2000: This work was originally done by Dr. McCann at Kaiser
Permanente in Ohio. He submitted proper protocol to mainstream
journals and has been rejected in the past. I sure hope they
at least reference him. McCann's treatment used bacteria from
a healthy med student and one can buy this bacteria in foreign
countried like Germany. It used to be called Pigel strain
after the med student who contributed it.
Dr. McCann has done years of work on it and calls it "Reflorastation."
It worked a miracle on one girl whom I know. Dr McCann and
his wife actually came to Toronto to administer it about 7
years ago. But I have sent two others to him for UC and they
did not recover and both needed an ileostomy when it failed.
He did not specifically direct the treatment to Clostridium
difficile but to Crohn's and UC of unknown origin. ( By
the way the girl has been well for all this time.)
in his papers is much more detailed and deals with first sterilizing
the gut with vancomysin, gentomycin, cephamandol and mycostatin.
They then introduce a healthy form of E. coli called
Pingel (med student from whom it is taken) as well as Lactobacillus
acidophilus. He does extensive testing along the way to
make sure he has killed off all indigenous flora and that
the new ones become implanted. The basis of his hypothesis
is that E. coli has mutated to a pathogenic type (E.
coli are normally not pathogenic) and he gets rid of this
pathogenic type and reflorestates with healthy E. coli.
He makes no restriction as for diet. I guess his work was
what made me so pleased with the Cornell research on grain-fed
cows fermenting the overload of starch from grain (rather
than grass) and the raised acidity (or lowered pH) transorming
healthy E. coli into pathogenic E coli.
felt that his procedure would work better if he put them on
the SCD. In fact, the girl he cured of relapse was on SCD
but the parents were not strict, went to Hawaii and she suffered
the relapse that took them to McCann.
cited in The American Journal of Gastroenterology of Nov.
2000 is practically a repeat of work dating back 100 years
ago. Dr. Galland has tried reflorastation (before he went
gung-ho for SCD) and it did not work on the patient who was
not on SCD but it also did not work on another patient McCann
treated who did not respond to SCD.
would like to contact McCann his address is Kaiser Permanente
Medical Center 1230 Snow Rd, Parma, Ohio 44130.
think McCann should combine his work with SCD but what can
I do? He is already aware of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
I was so pleased to hear that McCann was working with Robert
Good, an immunologist who retired from a professorship at
a med school and who wrote one of my immunology books.