Scott Podolsky; Alfred I. Tauber, MD
To the Editors: In reference to the therapeutic potential of yogurt for candidal vaginitis recently presented by Hilton and colleagues (1), we note that yogurt-based Lactobacillus therapy has been a proposed remedy for one form of bacterial infection or another for almost 100 years. Its periods of therapeutic vogue have often been accompanied by misunderstanding and controversy.
The public has always responded quickly, at times even hysterically, to the proposal of yogurt as therapy, especially in the first decade of the twentieth century when it was advocated as a cure for old age (2). Elie Metchnikoff (2), the Nobel Prize-winning
Scott Podolsky, Alfred I. Tauber. Yogurt for Candidal Vaginitis. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:345–346. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-4-345
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(4):345-346.
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