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Re: Probiotics - and how they relate to Klebsiella

Klebsiella pneumoniae is found in about 5% of healthy people, either in the respiratory tract or in the intestine. It can even be introduced by hospital personel that touch or care for you while you are hospitalized somewhat in the same way that Clostridium deficile is spread from patient to patient. While it most often will express as pneumonia when it gets out of control, sometimes it will express as a GI infection. In the latter case, Klebsiella will produce flu-like symptoms like vomiting, nausea, fever, cramps, and watery diarrhea. If it spreads through the body systems it can produce generalized septicemia, meningitis, outer ear infections, urinary tract infections and produce secondary infections in surface injuries like burns. Most of the time the friendly bacteria in the body give enough competition population- wise and also produce enough IgA type immunity factors to keep the little beggers under control. Sometimes, as in individuals that may have immunity problems like the very young, the elderly with assorted other physical challenges and disease entities going on, prople exposed to HIV, on immune suppressive therapy, people with diabetes, or average people that may already be fighting some disease like Candida, these people can lose the control on the Klebsiella population and it can express as a full blown infection. Often the Klebsiella can be mixed in with the other pathogens and the mix can produce a very stubborn and confusing set of symptoms.

Klebsiella live on the same carbs as Candida does and respond the same way to sugars. One large difference is Klebsiella really love fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which is quite often used as a substrate to encourage the establishment of friendly probiotic species in individuals that have trouble in forming a stable population of friendlies. While FOS will not encourage Candida to grow, it will act like gasoline on fire for Klebsiella. Hence for the 5% of the population that has a population of Klebsiella in their system, FOS is not a good choice for a substrate and one should try lactoferrin (if you are not allergic to dairy products) or arabinogalactans (which come from the larch tree)to perform the job of a substrate.

Go to for a good rundown on the GI form of Klebsiella. While this site is primarily concerned with syndromes seen in relation to autism, this particular entry gives a good orientation on Klebsiella as it expresses in the intestine.

I hope this has been of some help.

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