Probiotics considered safe, despite headlines

If you were as shocked as I was to read about the recent deaths of 24 Danish pancreatitis patients in a probiotics trial, you might find a more balanced perspective at this article by Stephen Daniells, PhD, originally published on In it, he explains the high mortality rate of those with pancreatitis. Here are some highlights:

"The fact remains that probiotics have displayed significant benefits for a range of health conditions, and the safety record is exemplary when used by the average health consumer at recommended intakes."

" may serve as an interesting example of expecting too mcuh from nutritional supplements. Whether it's a probiotic, a pomegranate extract, an omega-3, or whatever, the bigger issue from these data may be that the benefit of nutrients is in the prevention, not the cure of disease."

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