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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 15:17:01 -0500
From: rfodrek@netcom.ca
To: SCD <SCD-list@longisland.com>
Subject: Re: Proboitics

What are probiotics?



Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 12:28:32 -0800
From: Pam Dahl <pdahl@slip.net>
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: Proboitics

Before you subcribed, Schchetjet@ aol.com wrote:
Probiotics are the essential friendly bacteria needed in the intestinal tract to digest food. These are often lacking or out of balance with intestinal disorders. They include Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Bifidobacteria bifidum. The Natren products come in powder form which you mix in water, 1/2 teaspoon each. There are two varieties, in dairy based (which Elaine recommends) and the other on a soy or bean based which those on SCD shouldn't take.
The home made yogurt will provide some of the above; but I don't tolerate the yogurt and need them so these Probiotics have been a tremendous help for me.


Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 21:42:48 EDT
From: CTFUTURES@aol.com
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: Re: experience's needed about pro-biotics


On 9/9/98 you wrote:
What should I know about taking Probiotics that I might not think to ask
you folks, and
Is there additional supplements i should also be taking with


One important friendly bacteria,(Acidophilus) was completely missing from
my intestinal tract as indicated in The Great Smokies Lab test results. You
will not get this information from conventional medicine unless your doctor
uses their services.
Acidophilus stands for "acid loving". These vital microorganisms thrive in
an acid environment. A pH of 7.7 (alkaline) will not support this microflora.
I have been told that it is not uncommon to see test results showing an
alkaline gut in which pathogenic bactera thrive. Acidifying the gut with
natural agents like fresh lemon juice, etc. is helpful in restoring that
I am happy to hear that others like myself have been helped by the product
Nature's Biotics. Jill has a reply mentioning this product. My story, if you
haven't read it,
can be found on the web at this address:


I wish you well,

Carl Tuttle

Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 18:54:15 -0400
From: ruth <callahan@webspan.net>
To: SCD-list@longisland.com
Subject: Re: Diet and Chrohn's article

Paula Sirois wrote:
> Thanks for your response, Ruth. I would also love to know...have you tried
> probiotics, Ruth? Have you had any success with those? I know of two people
> who SWEAR by it for both UC and Crohn's. Unfortunately, much as I respect
> and admire these folks and their wonderful recovery, they also happen to
> SELL the stuff. And the cost is somewhat prohibitive, so I would appreciate
> hearing from others on this list regarding their first-hand experiences,
> positive or negative, with the Homeostatic Soil Organisms.
> Thanks.
> Paula

I just started taking Probiotics from Natren a couple of weeks ago. I don't the
foggiest clue if I can pinpoint anything to this product. I had been getting
better because I'm fanatical about what food goes in my gut. I'm still eating
mostly the cooked/ baked foods. Only one piece of fruit a day and a small
amount of raw veggie.

I have been adhering to scd without any margin for error in the type of food I
select and the way it's prepared. I have also been using the Rowasa
Suppositories which has also helped me cause my colitis flare is very low

If I couldn't afford to buy probiotics I would probably being doing the same
without them.
I do love my B complex and B12 vitamins. I feel differently (tired) when I
don't take them.

I have no idea what the Homeostatic Soil Organisms is about.


  • Probiotics article in Time magazine

    Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 10:28:21 EST
    From: Schchetjet@aol.com
    To: SCD-list@longisland.com
    Subject: Re: Natren Proboitics

    Here is where you contact Natren: (Probiotics)

    You can call: 1-800-992-3323 ask for extension 132 for Connie. She has talked with Elaine and is very helpful.

    Natren, Inc
    3105 Willow Lane
    Westlake Village, CA 91361

    I contact her each time I order, she handles a lot of SCD referrals and has talked extensively with Elaine.

    Lori Bush

    See also: The page on vitamins, herbs, etc.

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