Probiotics protect against eczema

For many years, Dr Ford has been advocating the use of probiotics for the treatment and prevention of eczema.

Probiotics supplements make a huge difference. Perhaps the biggest leap forward in the curing of eczema is giving regular probiotic supplements for several years. Probiotics are the “good bugs” that should be living in the bowel, in very large numbers. It has been shown that children developing eczema have relatively low levels of these bugs. By supplementing these children with a probiotic on a daily basis you see the following benefits: their gut health improves; their immune health improves; and the inflammatory activity in the skin is reduced.

Probiotics protect against eczema

Studies have shown that regular probiotics will improve most babies’ troublesome eczema. In combination with the appropriate food exclusion diet these children’s eczema will get cured. So he welcomes the articles by the team led by Professor Julian Crane from the University of Otago, Wellington: “Probiotic supplement protects against eczema” –  see this link:http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0809/S00057.htm

First published inJ Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Oct;122(4):788-94

A 4-year-old update

This study has gone on to show that the protective effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001) against eczema in the first 2 years of life persists to age 4 years.  Also they found a protective effect against rhinoconjunctivitis.  This suggests that this probiotic might be an appropriate preventative intervention for high risk infants.
See link: Protective effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus persists to age 4 years

50% reduction in eczema by the age of two

In summary, they demonstrated a 50% reduction in eczema by the age of two, in children given a regular probiotic, including L. Rhamnosus. They gave pregnant women the probiotic supplement during the last five weeks of their pregnancy, and for six months after birth while mothers are breast feeding, and then gave their infants the same probiotic up to two years of age.

This is a very important therapeutic strategy. It seems that the probiotic helps switch off the allergy mechanisms.

Professor Julian Crane, one of the study’s authors, said “the latest findings showed that Lactobacillus rhamnosus  has a long-term protective effect and could be an effective solution in reducing the risk of eczema development in children with a family history of allergy. This study adds support to the theory that the placement of beneficial bacterial cultures in the diet, through probiotics, may allow more control over infant conditions such as eczema even after supplementation has ceased.”

Dr Rodney Ford writes much more about this is his ebook: Eczema! Cure It!

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