Probiotics: A Clinical Guide

Martin H. Floch, MD; Adam S. Kim, MD

Chapter 9: Single And Multiple Probiotic Organisms Intherapy Of Disease (continued)

Pramod Gopal, PhD; Gerald W. Tannock, PhD

The probiotic concept has a long history, but progress in the scientific and medical evaluation and validation of these products has been slow. Even today, adequate information by which the consumer and health professional can judge the efficacy and safety of retailed probiotics is often lacking.1 Murch2 has pointed out that there are more than 1.25 million Internet pages concerning probiotics, leading to his conclusion that “no other therapeutic modality spans the divide between internet voodoo and cutting edge high tech in this way.” As pointed out by Katz,