Diarrhea/ConstipationPre, Pro, Synbiotics

Probiotics to prevent traveler’s diarrhea

Several were effective.

Dr. Lynne McFarland from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, Washington screened 940 studies and found 12 that were worth evaluating.

And the results.

  • Several probiotics (Saccharomyces boulardii, and a mixture of Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum) had significant efficacy.
  • No serious adverse reactions were reported.

Here are the top 10 recommendations from the Mayo Clinic to reduce the risk of Montezuma’s revenge.
10. No food from street vendors.
9. No unpasteurized milk or dairy products.
8. Eat foods that are well cooked, hot foods.
7. No moist food at room temperature.
6. Eat fruits and vegetables you can peel.
5. No salads and unpeelable fruits.
4. Use only clean dishes and utensils.
3. Wash your hands often and before eating.
2. Keep children from putting things in their mouths.

And the most important thing you can do?
1. Don’t drink the water.

5/23/07 22:41 JR

Hi, I’m JR

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