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Transcript of Probiotics
The word probiotic originates from the Greek words "pro" meaning "promoting" and "biotic" meaning "life." These magical bacteria a turning up in vitamin supplements, medicines and even food products, but what tests have been done to prove that they truly work? A randomized, double-blind, placebo test was conducted to test the claims. The study recruited 43 random individuals with a disease known as Hepatic encephalopathy (HE), which is a form of serious liver disease.
The basis of the placebo test was to administer fake medicine, a tablet that had no meaning yet was claimed to have beneficial properties to cure the patients. The basis of probiotics was to inject a steady flow of micro-organisms into the patient to see if it made a difference. Both the person handing the drugs and receiving them were unaware or their properties, making it double blind.
21 subjects were placed in the probiotics group, while the remaining 22 were in the placebo group. At the end of the trial, there was no visible improvement in the patients who had taken probiotics. Yet the people who had taken ordinary, plain tablets had come out feeling better. In our body we all have a balance of good and bad bacteria. Things such as fatty foods, alcohol and certain medications can throw out this balance. And according to some people, the use of probiotics helps restore this balance.
It's believed that the general idea of injecting these bacteria is to not only help balance out the good bacteria, but also inject more bad bacteria to maintain a constant balance. An example is of a practice mentioned earlier, which is injecting faeces to stop faeces.
This could also be an explanation as to why probiotics are a "cure-all," seeing as they can cure any disease if it's just replaced by more bad things, in the sense that you just need to inject cancer cells to fight other cancer cells. A personal evaluation on the subject is that it should not be considered as more than another false medicinal claim. The use of probiotics is silly as it counteracts itself by putting in harsh bacteria to fight good bacteria and then to use the other to fight the bad bacteria.
The cycle repeats itself and the only reason people still listen to the pseudo-scientists that sell these money making schemes is because they use large words, just like this presentation.
Thank you, and good night. http://www.medicinenet.com/probiotics/article.htm#probiotics
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