The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using probiotics to prevent pouchitis

    Pouchitis? In people who require an ileostomy, surgeons can use the intestines to create a “pouch” (as shown in the drawing) to store stool and decrease the frequency of passing fecal material through the opening. The pouch eliminates the need for an external bag to collect the feces. The Mayo Clinic has a nice review.

    What?s the role of probiotics?

    • The probiotic preparation called VSL#3 prevents the onset of pouchitis in patients with newly formed surgical pouches
    • In patients who have recurrent pouchitis, VSL#3 prevents its return following antibiotic therapy
    • Treatment guidelines from the US and the UK include VSL#3 as a therapeutic option for the prevention of pouchitis relapse in patients with chronic pouchitis
    • In general, patients can take VSL#3 with a low risk of side effects

    What is VSL#3?

    It’s a preparation of eight freeze-dried bacteria that are normally found in the human gastrointestinal tract, including several types of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, and one type of streptococcus.

    Illustration: Shaz’s Ostomy Pages

    11/1/06 09:26 JR

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