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Traveler's Diarrhea -- How To Not Spend Your Summer Vacation Sitting Down
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Lifestyle impacts the health of our intestines, and stress, poor diet and many health conditions reduce the amount of healthy bacteria in the intestines -- Culturele puts it back.  US patented, exclusive and clinically proven with studies in US and Europe, research shows that the probiotic in Culturelle restores levels of good bacteria, supports optimal intestinal function, strengthens immune health, and reduces unpleasant side effects of medications, such as loose or watery stools (diarrhea).  Great for traveling, Culturelle does not need constant refrigeration (keep at room temperature or below).  And, for a probiotic to be effective, it must survive transport through the stomach to get where it works in the intestinal tract -- Culturelle has been shown to do just that.  Culturele is guaranteed to provide at least 30 billion live active cells of Lactobacillus GG Acidophilus in every capsule.

Each carton contains 30 capsules.  Each capsule is individually sealed in a double-foil blister to insure freshness.  The capsule has a minimum of 80 mgs of Lactobacillus GG, in a vegetarian capsule.  The amount of dairy related extract is so low (.01 mg of casein and whey) that it is deemed safe for babies.

*** Lactobacillus GG is grown on whey and will contain trace levels (less than 15 parts per million per capsule) of casein and whey, which are proteins found in milk.

Supplement Facts:  Serving Size - 1 capsule.  Servings / Package - 30
Inulin (chicory root extract)

200 mg

Lactobacillus GG

10 Billion Cells

Vegetarian Capsule (Hypromellose)

75mg

Casein*** less than .01mg
Whey*** less than .01mg

Other Ingredients:  Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (Vcap).  Contains no added starch, salt, wheat, gluten, corn, coloring, or dairy products.

Keep Culturele container tightly closed in a cool, dry and dark place.

Recommended Dose:  Adults one capsule per day; Children to one capsule per day; Capsule can be opened and stirred into cool beverage or food.


Culturelle and Traveler's Diarrhea -- How To Not Spend Your Summer Vacation Sitting Down
Jim English


Planning your dream vacation to some far-flung, exotic locale in the near future?  Among the many exotic experiences awaiting the modern traveler are a myriad of memorable and unpleasant intestinal surprises.

For some, the gut reaction to unfriendly locals of the bacterial sort may be only mild discomfort. 
For others, exposure can go beyond discomfort and can produce life-threatening events.

TRAVELERS DIARRHEA
Travelers diarrhea remains a common disorder affecting visitors to all countries of the world, but it is particularly troublesome in developing countries.  The incidence of diarrhea among travelers to underdeveloped countries can range from 25% to 50%, depending on the destination.

During an episode of acute diarrhea, the body's resident microflora can undergo profound changes that can delay a return to normal intestinal balance.

Among the limited options available for preventing diarrhea among travelers are antibiotics and bismuth subsalicylate (PEPTOBISMOL).

Antibiotics can offer travelers protection rates ranging from 80%-90%, but can be associated with numerous side effects, and their continued use only increases the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Bismuth subsalicylate, when taken in large doses as liquid (4.2 gm/day) or tablets (2.1 gm/day), may produce protection rates of 62%-65% when compliance (not missing doses) is high.(2,3)  At a lower and more realistic dosage of 1 gm/day, protection rates fall to 35%-40%.

LACTOBACILLUS GG AND TRAVELERS DIARRHEA
LACTOBACILLUS GG was discovered in 1985 following a coordinated search for a strain of lactobacillus that was capable of colonizing the human intestine and providing beneficial effects.  This strain has the ability to stabilize the microflora and hasten the removal of pathogenic microorganisms.

LACTOBACILLUS GG (LGG) has shown promising results in treating several forms of diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea in children, bacterial diarrhea in children and adults, travelers diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE relapsing diarrhea and colitis in children and adults.

STUDIES ON TRAVELERS DIARRHEA
Two placebo-controlled studies of LGG in travelers diarrhea have been reported.  The first study, a placebo-controlled trial with LGG, involved 756 Finnish travelers who visited two resort locations in southern Turkey.(1)  The study found that the overall diarrhea rate of a 1 or 2 week stay was 44%.  At one location, the protection among the LGG group was only 8%.  However, at the other resort location, the LGG group had protection rates of 50% during the 1st week and 28% in the 2nd week.

In a second LGG study, 245 subjects from New York visited a developing country for periods ranging from 1 to 3 weeks.(2)  The risk of having diarrhea on any given day was nearly double in the placebo group compared with the LGG group.  Treatment with LGG resulted in a protection rate of 47%.  The number of daily bowel movements was fewer, the duration of diarrhea was shorter, and the frequency of stomach pain, abdominal pain, and nausea were also significantly reduced in the LGG group.

CONCLUSION
Given the limited options (antibiotics or bismuth subsalicylate) available for the modern wanderer, LACTOBACILLUS GG seems a reasonable alternative to travelers diarrhea.

REFERENCES:
1. OKSANEN PJ, SALMINEN S, SAXELIN M, HAMALAINEN P, IHANTOLA-VORMISTO A, MUURASNIEMI-ISOVIITA L, et al.  Prevention of travelers diarrhea by Lactobacillus GG. ANN MED. 1990; 22:53-6.

2. HILTON E, KOLAKOWSKI P, SMITH M, SINGER C.  Efficacy of Lactobacillus GG as a diarrheal preventative in travelers.  TRAVEL MED. 1996.

3. DUPONT HL, ERICSSON CD, JOHNSON PC, BVITSURA JA, DUPONT MW, de la CABADA FJ.  Prevention of travelers diarrhea by the tablet formulation of bismuth subsalicylate. JAMA. 1987;257: 1347-50.

Warnings Information:

  • For dietary supplement use only,

  • Keep out of reach of children,

  • Do not exceed recommended dosage,

  • If you have a bad reaction or side effects, discontinue use immediately,

  • When using, please inform your physician,

  • If you are pregnant, lactating or have a medical condition, consult your health care professional before using this or any other nutritional supplement,

  • If the effects of an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue Culturele immediately.

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