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Probiotics and Spinal Cord Injury

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We often hear that probiotics are good bacteria—but why? What makes certain bacteria “good” or “bad”? And does taking a daily dose of probiotics really help us?

Associate Professor William DePaolo, PhD, director of the University of Washington’s new Center for Microbiome Sciences and Therapeutics (CMiST), explains the science behind these live micro-organisms and debunks the widespread idea that every probiotic is good for every person, condition, or disease. He also discusses current efforts to change a person’s microbiome through fecal transplants and other methods.

After Dr. DePaolo’s presentation, Rina Reyes, MD, associate professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and physiatrist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System talks about what is currently known about probiotics for individuals with SCI.

Both speakers then answer questions from the audience. Presentation time: 83 minutes.

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