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Discover the pros of probiotics

Also known as "friendly" or "good" bacteria, probiotics are fast becoming an important component of a successful health program. This hands-on, friendly guide gives you everything you need to make informed decisions about adding probiotics to your daily diet.

  • Put the "pro" in probiotics — find out the scientific foundations for probiotics' role in combating disease and promoting health

  • Microbes 101 — get the scoop on how your digestive system works and the ways friendly and unfriendly microbes affect your body

  • Here's to your health — discover how probiotics may fight a wide array of ailments and diseases, such as heart disease and cancer

  • Start cookin' — try two dozen delicious, probiotic-rich entree, snack, and dessert recipes

Open the book and find:

  • How prebiotics and probiotics work together

  • The scoop on digestive health

  • Advice on balancing probiotics and nutrition

  • More than 20 recipes and a plan for infusing probiotics into your diet

  • Common misperceptions about probiotics

  • The role of probiotics in allergies, infections, gastrointestinal disorders, women's health and more

Learn to:

  • Bolster your immune system against disease

  • Alleviate allergies and asthma

  • Keep a proper bacterial balance

  • Improve the health of your digestive tract

About the Author

Dr. Shekhar K. Challa is president of Kansas Medical Clinic. Board Certified in Gastroenterology, he is an award-winning author and co-creator of the first probiotic video game ( Find out more about Dr. Challa at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118169735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118169735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Barrett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2012
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Probiotics are good bacteria that live in your gut and assist in digestion and overall health. Recent studies show that a large percentage of processed meat and eggs contain antibiotics which can actually kill the beneficial bacteria. Due to these studies, more research has been dedicated to examining the role these beneficial organisms have on human health.

For learning a bit about why probiotics are good, this is a handy little book. There is not too much in depth information though, or chemical analysis which would more properly belong in a biology text. Instead the author attempts to explain things in laymen's terms. So good stars for that.

The reason I have given three instead of five stars are two fold. The author illustrates that probiotics are beneficial, but I feel that more research and case studies would have proven the point better. More focus on natural probiotics, especially from people who eat a plant based or vegan diet. Other dietary texts, such as the China Study, have much more concrete research to back up their facts. And I am a vegan who definitely believes in probiotics! I just feel some folks need more evidence.

The other negative aspect is that the book continues to promote a probiotic supplement. I have taken probiotic supplements on occasion, but I do not use them regularly. Instead I try and eat soy or almond milk yogurt with healthy cultures and other real sources of probiotics. The author is obviously convinced that the reader should be buying one product and using it regularly. It comes across as a sales pitch.

So if you want more information on probiotics, this is a handy beginning guide, but just be aware that the overall viewpoint seems to be skewed to encourage readers to buy a particular supplement.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Foster VINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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Written by a gastroenterologist, the book has some decent info in it, recipes, pros and cons, good microbes (the variety between various cultures makes a difference...not all probiotics are the same, nor do they have the same benefits/risks), but pretty much what you can get from the Web anyways. The thing about this book is that it comes across as really mostly a promotional tool for a particular commercial product (Probulin and a video game on microbes), which is mentioned over and over in the text, which is why I didn't like it (c'mon...PAYING for a promo??) and gave it two stars. The content is three star, the fact it is mainly a big ad to sell something makes it a one star, so I thought two stars were fair.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodmansee VINE VOICE on September 21, 2012
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Well, I had read somewhere once that there are basically three types of people in terms of what kinds of probiotics are supposed to be in their gut. I was hoping to find out which type I was so I could take the right supplements, or find out how to find out which type I was. This book did not answer that question for me, so that was a disappointment. But, this book did a lot of nice explanation as to the different strains which I did really like and thought was informative. However, the whole book just seemed like it was trying to sell me on one supplement, Probulin, a big turn off, a book like this should be informing not trying to sell. I also felt the recipes were a waste of time. Pass on this book, all they want is for you to buy their supplement, the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one star was the breakdown of all the different strains.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Kisser VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
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The very basic information regarding which bacteria are good, which are bad, the various types of bacteria, the health benefits of eating probiotic rich foods & some of the recipes are what make this book worth having mostly for quick reference.

The author is an MD (a Gastroenterologist). I don't have a lot of faith in conventional medicine. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of information that was given not related to pushing pills. However any time eating probiotic rich foods is mentioned it is typically followed up by saying that it is impossible to acquire enough probiotics to be beneficial by eating probiotic rich foods alone. The author then recommends taking various supplements & raves about all the new probotic products on the market plus the endless possibilities for more. One example is tampons. Women can easily treat vaginal infections by using real live yogurt. The easiest way is to dip a tampon into live yogurt & insert it before bed. In the morning remove it. No mus. No fus. Dr. Shekhar recommends using probiotic tampons instead. I ask why? So we can spend more money? It is unnecessary. In today's world we are led to believe that we need packaged products to treat ourselves rather than utilizing what nature provides us with in affordable abundance.

Another issue I have is with the authors insistence that we must have prebiotics in order for our probiotics to be able to do their job. This is only necessary if you are taking probiotic products rather than doing it the old fashioned way & consuming probiotic foods! The food product contains the prebiotics naturally. This is just another money grab by greedy corporations. As most of us know, doctors get plenty of kick backs from manufactures for promoting & using their products.
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