Why microbiome tests are currently of limited value for your clinical practice

Posted 29 July 2022

This article concludes:

Microbiome testing is still in its infancy. Here is a summary of some clinical takeaways that you can explain to your patients the next time they ask about the utility of microbiome tests:

  • Scientists have not yet defined a healthy or normal gut microbiome that can reliably predict whether a person will develop a particular disease.
  • Relying on stool samples for studying the gut microbiome is inaccurate as the microbiome in stool does not faithfully reflect the microbiome at the intestinal mucosa. The stool microbiome is stable over time and different from the luminal microbiome, which varies depending on each part of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Some commercial microbiome test reports describe the patient’s gut microbiome profile in terms of “good” and “bad” bacteria. The behavior of a particular gut microbe depends on the environment in which it lives and interactions with other commensal
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ProIBS – Does it really work?

Posted 31 November 2016

ProIBS is being fairly extensively advertised on Radio 702 daily. It claims to be effective for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

It claims that its efficacy has been confirmed by a clinical study.

Are these claims true?

Well, . . . . . not really, not factually.

The study in question does not fully support the claims being made in the advert.

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