Paul Alper points to this news article by Susan Perry:
Probiotics have been overhyped and rely on ‘shaky’ science, reporter finds
Although some of these studies’ results may be promising, they aren’t strong enough to support the long list of claims currently being made by the manufacturers of probiotic products. . . .
Perry links to a news article by Megan Scudellari, who writes:
Based on the smaller-scale studies done so far, there’s no indication that probiotics can treat obesity, autism, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Nor do they seem effective against the flu or common cold. . . .
I’m reminded of the Peter De Vries book in which a character was asked if he was pro or anti-macassar.
P.S. More on macassar here.