March 2009, Volume 39 Number 3 , p 58 - 59
Yantis, Mary Ann RN, PhD; Velander, Robyn RD, LD, CNSD
Issue: Volume 39(3), March 2009, p 58–59 Publication Type: [… & more: HEALTH MATTERS: Promoting health and wellness] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Mary Ann Yantis is an associate professor of nursing at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, Tex., and Robyn Velander is a clinical dietitian at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
PROBIOTICS ARE LIVE nonpathogenic microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, have a beneficial effect on the health of the host. 1 Some types of probiotic agents have proven to be especially helpful for preventing or treating antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD), which occurs when antibiotic use causes an imbalance of the normal gastrointestinal (GI) microflora. 2–5 (See What's so bad about AAD?)
Let's start by looking at a healthy GI system and its inhabitants.