What’s wrong with Bifidobacterium lactis (bifidum) anyway?

So, I’ve revamped Nicholas’s supplement routine, which included the removal of Kirkman’s Pro-Bio Defense.  He will be on the SCD diet and this is illegal on this diet, because of the bifidus, but I’ve been curious to know, “What’s wrong with the bifidus?”  Afterall, I’m searching for yogurt to make my own with and wouldn’t you know, I can’t find one without it.  So after much digging, here’s what I was able to find…

  • When bifidus persists into early childhood and beyond, it is correlated with celiac.  (Bifidus is present in newborns, but disappears at some point in time)
  • It has a tendency to overgrow if it has no competing bacteria
  • It increases IgA production (increased IgA-secreting cells)
  • It could act as a poly-clonal activator for B cells
  • It induces systemic antibody responses
  • It increases total secretion of major Ig isotypes as well as the number of IgA secreting cells
  • It has been implicated in the initiation of colitis and colon cancer
  • If overgrown, can cause bad bowel symptoms
  • Bifidus overgrowth is likely present in those suffering with bowel afflictions


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One Response to “What’s wrong with Bifidobacterium lactis (bifidum) anyway?”

  1. Indunil says:

    Hi there,

    What is actually wrong with bifidum?, me too wondering my son 2 and half was an angel on his healing plan before adding babybiotic http://www.bioceuticals.com.au/product/preview/BabyBiotic-0yrs with ample of bifidus species

    Bifidobacterium lactis (CUL 34)
    Bifidobacterium breve (CUL 69)
    Bifidobacterium bifidum (CUL 20)

    Our biomed doctor recommended this to treat his constipation and it made him to throw tantrums in every few minutes… for an example even a leaf falling off from a tree is enough for him to melt! I was searching what’s wrong with Bifidus in Google and came to your wonderful blog. I stoped it all together two days back and he is still the same… Do you have any idea how to solve this prioblem. My doctor and the rest of the google seems heard only the good things about bifidum… Where did you find above bad effects of bifidus?

    Many thanks

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