Book Review

Bacteria for Breakfast: Probiotics for Good Health

Kelly Dowhower Karpa, PhD, RPh
Trafford Publishing

This book on the importance of probiotics for good health is an excellent reference for any healthcare professional or parent.

The author is a pharmacist, internationally known writer, professor and mother of two children. It was while wearing her “mommy hat” that she stumbled across probiotics. Her oldest child had been diagnosed with a lifethreatening gastrointestinal infection and became seriously ill. After an extensive amount of research, she found probiotics to be the answer to her problems. Because of her experience, she has written this book. She had two main goals for her book: (1) to introduce probiotics and their uses to the general public; and (2) to provide clinical documentation on the uses of probiotics for physicians and practitioners. This comprehensive 319-page book is written in an easy-to-understand language for individuals without a medical background, yet it contains a comprehensive list of medical literature at the end of every chapter for clinicians who want to learn more. The introduction and first few chapters provide the reader with an overview of the role that friendly bacteria play in the digestive tract. We also learn in these early chapters how we acquire immunity from these friendly bacteria during the first few months of life and why we can consider our gut as an immune organ. The remaining chapters discuss the use of probiotics in certain health conditions, such as diarrhea, inflammatory bowl disease, allergic diseases and urogenital infections. The author explains how probiotics are effective therapies for many illnesses and diseases. There are also excellent sections on how to select a quality probiotic and prebiotic. This reference is easy to read and is an excellent resource for all healthcare professionals.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  Mar/Apr 2005