Lactobacillus bifidus is first introduced into the sterile intestines of the infant as a result of breastfeeding. Large numbers can soon be observed in the feces, of the baby. L. bulgarious is commonly used as a yogurt culture, but it is incapable of proliferating in the human gut. Other friendly bacteria may thrive unless broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs attack them. Additional beneficial lactobacillus strains include L. acidophilus, L. fermentum, L. casea, L. salivores, L. brevis and L. plantarum.
In addition to their usefulness in anti-yeast therapy, Lacto-bacilli strains have advantageous nutritional effects on vitamin and nutrient synthesis, cholesterol lowering effects, blood fat lowering benefits, and anti-viral activity. Lactobacillus supplementation or yogurt intake should always follow the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to replace the friendly bacteria killed by the non-specific action of the drugs.
For infant thrush – treat the mother (especially if she is breast-feeding with oral supplements of L. bifidus. “Paint” the nipples before each infant feeding with a concentrated culture of L. bifidus.
For vaginitis – use implants of fresh (sugar free) yogurt in the vagina. (Be sure the diagnosis is yeast infection and not bacterial vaginitis)
For intestinal infections – eat one or more cups of yogurt three or four times daily or take L. acidophilus concentrates.
For milk – intolerant patient or those with outright milk allergies – an acceptable way to avoid adverse reactions is to introduce potent amounts of the L. acidophilus organisms in small increments, beginning with one-quarter teaspoonful of powder or liquid – or one acidophilus capsule – two or three times daily, or as directed by physician, into the gastrointestinal system.