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more than one potentially pathogenic organism.

The investigators concluded that most commercially available Lactobacillus supplement products available in Washington State were viable, but a large discrepancy existed between labeling and actual contents. The most commonly identified labeling discrepancy was at the species level rather than the genus level.

"Many products contained organisms not listed on the label," the authors noted. "Some of these could act as human pathogens, posing risk if used by susceptible consumers," they added. It is not clear where quality was compromised in the chain of events from manufacturer to consumer.

Additional research is needed to identify the brands of Lactobacillus dietary supplements that are safe and viable. If supplements contain nonviable microorganisms, the products will fail to produce the desired benefit, and if they contain potential pathogens, they could be harmful to patients.

Abstract 383 Quality Assurance and Lactobacillus-Containing Dietary Supplements Commercially Available in Washington State
Berman, S, Eichelsdoerfer, PE, Spicer, D, McGann, M

ORAL PRESENTATION 520
May 26, 2006 at 11:00AM
Salon 4

Presenting Author: John Weeks
National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground (Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium)
Seattle, WA

Conventional and Complementary/Alternative Medicine Inter-institutional Programs Are Mixed

For complementary/alternative medicine to play an important and beneficial role in today's health care, it must establish a relationship with conventional medicine. A number of federally-recognized complementary/alternative medicine schools and conventional academic health centers have launched inter-institutional partnerships in recent years, and now investigators have revealed the extent and nature of their relationships, and the data will be presented at T
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