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Different strains of probiotic bacteria vary widely in
their side effects and efficacy, especially in people
whose immune systems are compromised by
illness or age, reports Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., a
food microbiologist, in an article published in 2008
in the journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases."
Sanders states that it's unwise to assume that using
probiotics will restore a healthy balance of microbial
flora in all consumers. Overgrowth of certain strains
of bacteria could be harmful, causing infections or
allergic reactions if used incorrectly.
Furthermore, probiotic use may lead to
over stimulation of the immune response,
metabolism, or transfer of genes.
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