FCAAIA Notes: The best data on probiotics and allergic disease probably apply to atopic dermatitis and food allergy in infancy. Unfortunately, while there are some studies indicating some benefits, none have been so conclusive that it is a recommendation we routinely make. Some good news is that probiotics and prebiotics are unlikely to be harmful to mother, fetus, or infant (as far as we know!). Furthermore, not all studies use the same probiotics, so we cannot recommend a particular species.
I think the data on probiotic use to prevent allergic disease is nicely summarized by the authors and appears at the end of this article: “If probiotics are used in infants, Continue reading “GUIDELINES DESCRIBE USE OF PROBIOTICS IN PREVENTING ALLERGIC DISEASES”
FCAAIA Notes: Research into the potential benefits of probiotics in atopic diseases is confounded by lack of good controls, lack of fully comparable study designs, and difficulty in deciding what question to answer. This study is a good example.
Not all probiotics are created equally; some might have more or less of an effect on the development of atopic dermatitis (AD) and food allergy than others. Furthermore, the age of introduction and the dose might affect outcomes. Continue reading “DO PROBIOTICS PROTECT NEWBORNS AGAINST ECZEMA AND ALLERGIES?”
FCAAIA Notes: I posted this article for you because it portends something about which we will read more in the future. The role of the human microbiome (the microorganisms that normally live in and on us) is a topic of recent research. These organisms somehow affect us in innumerable ways. Pre- and probiotics affect the quality of the microbiome. But, not all supplements are created equally! Some pre- and probiotic supplementation may help control or prevent some illnesses. Others might not. One could also make the theoretical argument that pre- or probiotics might change the microbiome with adverse effects, making some conditions worse. Things get even more complicated when you factor in the possible role of epigenetics (the way some of your genes Continue reading “UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS IN PREVENTING ALLERGIC DISEASE”
FCAAIA Notes: The microbiome (the bacteria that live in and on us) has been a recent hot topic of research. You may have seen the New York Times Magazine a couple months ago about it. The microbiome probably affects far more than the risk of developing allergies or asthma. There are data suggesting it plays a role in diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, high cholesterol, and numerous other diseases.
For years, there have been studies looking at probiotics and prebiotics to treat or prevent food allergy and atopic dermatitis. Many are suggestive of a benefit, at least early in life. Continue reading “PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS IN PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGY AND ECZEMA”