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  • Joan Rothchild Hardin

In Response to “Do Probiotics Really Work?” (Scientific American, July 2017)


Source: Time Magazine

An article titled “Do Probiotics Really Work? in the current (July 2017) issue of Scientific American really irked me so I decided to send a Letter to the Editor responding to it. Since the chances my letter will get printed are slim and I think it addresses several important issues, I’m putting it into this post. Ferris Jabr, the author of the article, presents evidence from several sources that lead him to conclude “Although certain bacteria help treat some gut disorders, they have no known benefits for healthy people.”

It’s this conclusion and the outdated but widely held belief that we’re healthy unless we’ve been diagnosed with a disease that bugged me (pun intended). Here are the opening paragraphs of the article:

Do Probiotics Really Work?

Although certain bacteria help treat some gut disorders, they have no known benefits for healthy people


By Ferris Jabr |   Scientific American   July 2017 Issue