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2008-02-18 09:05:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. _ It's not all in your head. These days, it's all in your gut. Twenty years ago, oat bran was the food that was going to put us all into a state of high-fiber, clear-hearted bliss. Now the food trend is lower in the body. You want to be healthy in 2008? Ponder your intestines. Dannon sells Activia yogurt, which promotes bathroom regularity. It also hawks mini-smoothies called DanActive, that claim to boost immunity. You didn't know? Much of your immunity lies in the foot...

2008-01-29 18:00:00

By PETA BEE WITH their promise to rid the body of the 'bad bacteria' that make us ill, it's no wonder so many of us are buying probiotic dietary supplements. Two million Britons now regularly consume these 'friendly' bacteria in the form of drinks, yoghurts, powders and capsules. 'Friendly bacteria' sound so harmless. So what then are we to make of the story last week that patients with pancreatic disease had died as a result of being given them? Doctors at the University Medical Centre in...

2007-07-30 12:14:10

By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune Jul. 29--Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about probiotics. QUESTION: Which probiotic strain do I want? ANSWER: "If you have a specific health concern, see if any products on the market have been specifically tested for that condition," said industry expert Mary Ellen Sanders, co-founder and executive director of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics. "For mild irritable bowel...

2007-04-10 18:00:00

Eating live organisms sounds like a grotesque "Fear Factor" episode or a crude fraternity prank. But some nutrition and medical experts say eating live bacteria may be just what the doctor ordered. Called probiotics, these beneficial live bacteria are found naturally in most yogurts, tofu, sauerkraut, miso and other fermented products such as buttermilk and blue cheese. Probiotics reportedly help balance harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and create a more harmonious internal...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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