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20 Reasons to Love Bacteria

16. Reduces Symptoms from Chemotherapy and Radiation

Scientists at the University of Alberta, Canada, found that probiotic supplementation may reduce the gastrointestinal (GI) complications linked to chemotherapy.   Since GI complications can compromise the efficacy of chemotherapy, probiotic supplementation may play a role in improving the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments in people suffering from cancer.  Additional research at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, Canada, found that probiotics aided in the prevention of diarrhea caused by radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer.

17. Anti-Cancer Effects

Scientists at Harvard Medical School found that Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria may induce tumour cell death in colon cancer cells.  Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology, their research suggests a possible role for supplementation with L. acidophilus in the prevention or treatment of colon cancer.

18. Obesity and Overweight

Research in the journal Internal and Emergency Medicine indicated that probiotics may help balance the intestinal bacterial flora in humans, with promising preliminary results in the prevention and treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders.

19. Urinary Tract Infections and Other Infections

Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition indicates that urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and other types of organ and tissue infections may be helped through probiotic supplementation.

20. Your Body is Made Up of Bacteria

This is probably the most surprising reason to love bacteria:  over one trillion bacteria of more than four hundred different spe­cies reside in your intestines.  Actually, there are more micro-organisms found in your digestive tract than there are cells in your body.

Copyright 2011 Michelle Schoffro Cook.  Adapted with permission from the free e-news: World’s Healthiest News, July edition.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:05PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

many friends within

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7:56AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

very interesting.thanks.

8:07PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Thank you for posting!

1:50AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Those who don't "use" their immune system because they're "too clean" actually have a diminished system. Just like your brain, use it or lose it.

12:11PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011


11:31AM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

Very interesting!

1:26PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

great thanks for this

8:30AM PDT on Jun 15, 2011


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