DEBATE RAGES OVER AN UNPROVEN THEORY LINKING A BACTERIUM IN
MILK WITH CROHN’S DISEASE — A DEBILITATING INTESTINAL DISORDER
AFFLICTING AT LEAST FOUR MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE.
June 16 - 22, 1999
Rodrick Chiodini went on a treasure hunt. Like most people
who embark on an improbable journey, the hunt took over his
life, changing it irrevocably. Unlike most treasure hunters,
he found what he was looking for. While working on his Ph.D.
in microbiology at the University of Connecticut, Chiodini
developed an expertise on a bacterium, Mycobacterium paratuberculosis
(Mp), that causes a debilitating intestinal disorder in cattle.
The disease in cows, identified more than a century ago by
Heinrich Johne, is characterized by diarrhea, excessive weight
loss, reduced milk production and ultimately death..."
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response to this article:
milk and Crohns
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000
From: "Elaine Gottschall"
Mike, we had a long discussion on the group called PARA a
while back and it again puts the focus on a bacterium which
is undoubtedly the cause of most of these IBD's. I don't mean
that it has to be this particular bacterium, but certainly
some infectious microbe. But I think the whole thing may be
bigger than the dairy industry. I think it may have some relationship
to the grain-fed cow work that was reported in Lancet at the
end of 1998. The work was done by the Dept. of Agriculture
at Cornell. In other words, feeding not only beef cattle but
also dairy cattle, a high grain diet instead of hay can change
a HARMLESS BACTERIUM into a HARMFUL ONE because of the excess
fermentation of starch raising the acidity (pH) and thereby
turning on some genes and turning off others - almost like
a genetic change. This, in turn, would probably affect the
probes used in identifying the DNA of bacteria and cause this
kind of confusion. In simple terms, what the cattle are being
fed today is comparable to our eating the high grain starch
as compared to the sprouted (completely) grain. And this is
bigger than just the dairy industry - it has to do with a
Pharmacist reports "...A 9-month double-blind trial of
40 individuals found that a combination of three probiotic
bacteria could significantly reduce the risk of a pouchitis
flare-up. Participants were given either placebo or a mixture
of various probiotics, including four strains of lactobacilli,
three strains of bifidobacteria and one strain of S.
salivarius. The results showed that treated individuals
were far less likely to have relapses of pouchitis during
the study period.."
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