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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39212.592477.BE (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1015

Yogurt and Probiotics

Yogurt is outdated milk that has been recycled by adding certain
bacteria,
which are supposedly good for you. These "good" bacteria are called
probiotics to distinguish them from antibiotics, which can be harmful.
Actually, the distinction between "good" and "bad" bacteria is artificial;
all
bacteria can be harmful, and yogurt is not good for you. Fresh milk is
better
than spoiled milk, and we don't need foreign bacteria. We need our own
bacteria, which are produced by our intestines through proper nutrition
and
the avoidance of toxins and addictions. It amazes me that the food
industry
has been able to fool so many people with yogurt.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 May 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA