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Postby Chris55 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:54 am

Just wanted to share some possibly positive info with everyone. First, I do NOT have MS but my daughter does. I DO have three "autoimmune" diseases. (After much reading/research, I do not believe in the autoimmune theory--not important however.)

I started taking Activia after reading about it and the fact that their claims are validated by the FDA. Activia balances the digestive tract where many problems can originate. It balances the good and bad bacteria. It may do other "stuff" too.

I have suffered for years with dry mouth (reaction to garlic and pretty much anything that comes in capsule form!) and intersistial cystitis. These are both considered autoimmune diseases.

I started eating Activia, just one a day, a few months ago. Previously, when I had flare-ups, I could successfully "treat" them so they eventually went away. But it took a lot of effort and was be a real nuisance!

I was on a strong antibiotic a few months ago (a classic trigger for dry mouth). The third day, here came Mr. Dry Mouth--UGH! I increased my Activia to 5 a day and within 2 days the dry mouth was gone! It has also been very effective when an IC flare-up starts--it stops it immediately.

I am not saying this will "cure" MS. We all know no such animal exists! But before my daughter's MS stopped, she had terrible digestive problems. She also took Activia and has noticed a dramatic difference.

My point is, it can't hurt any of you and just may provide some small relief for some of your problems. And no, I do not have stock in Activia!!! If anyone does give it a try, would love to know if it helps you in any way. It is expensive but you only need one serving a day. It takes 2 weeks to adjust the digestive tract and you need to continue the one a day. I have mine with my dinner meal because it is always a consistency in my daily schedule.

My prayers for you all--Chris
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Postby Wonderfulworld » Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:16 am

Hi Chris
what's Activia? In Ireland there's a pro-biotic yoghurt called Activia, so not expensive at all and claims to help your digestion too!

Interestingly I saw an experiment on tv a while ago where volutnteers were given pro-biotics and another group were given pre-biotic foods (these are foods that naturally create conditions in your gut that promote good bacteria growth). The pre-biotic group had much more beneficial bacteria at the end of the experiment than those who had eaten pro-biotics.

So perhaps you could save yourself some expense by just eating pre-biotic foods, which may give better effect. They include onions, tomatoes, bananas, leeks etc - but I'm sure if you google them there will be a full list somewhere.

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Postby viper498 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:31 am

Its actually Yogurt made by Dannon. Its called Activa... I've had it but never stuck with it. It is pretty good stuff.

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Postby Chris55 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:08 am

Thanks for the tips, Wonder. Think I might just do both!

I've just had real good results with it, especially in dealing with my conditions for which the docs have no real help! The IC can be totally incapacitating. IT actually qualifies for full SS disability retirement.

Nothing even close to what you folks endure though! Thanks again...

Brock--I really lvoe the taste of the blueberry. Just wish I could afford to eat a huge bowl of it!
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