Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

 

Dr. Mehmet Oz,Dr. Mike Roizen

New Pill Fights Lethal Stomach Bug C. Diff

Monday, 28 Oct 2013 09:33 AM

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None of the gravity-defying balancing acts Ed Sullivan featured on his show (there were The Baronton Sisters, for example, who lay on their backs while spinning full-size tables with their feet) come close to the astounding balancing act that goes on 24/7 in your gut. There, trillions of bacteria work together to keep your immune and organs systems up and running.

But when those bacteria get out of balance, well, running is a good word to describe what may come next. One deadly infection associated with a disrupted gut biome is Clostridium difficile or C. diff. Every year, half a million Americans suffer from the severe diarrhea it triggers, and about 14,000 die.

Recently, fecal transplants from a person with a healthy gut biome to the intestines of someone with C. diff have proved effective in controlling the disease. But there's a huge ick factor for many folks. Well, now there may be a way around that - a side-effect-free gel capsule containing a huge variety of bacteria extracted from a healthy fecal sample.

Thirty-one of 32 folks who'd had repeated bouts of C. diff saw it go away after taking one round of pills containing fecal microbes. Interestingly, C. diff wasn't eradicated; the balance of bacteria in their guts was restored so that the good guys controlled the bad.

If you have chronic intestinal distress, ask your doc about bacterial replenishment. And everyone can keep his or her guts well-balanced with a daily supplement of spore probiotics containing bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 or lactobacillus GG.

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