Mike, Maldon asked:
I used to be a pig man, and many years ago we had a really bad bout of E. coli, we were losing something like 15-20% of piglets born. A herbalist claimed credit for clearing it up. He put bramble tips and coal dust into the adult pigsí feed. Was it purely coincidence, or was there something in those ingredients that fought E. coli?
Youíve probably heard of pro-biotic products, usually yoghurt drinks, which actually contain live bacteria that are said to influence the bugs that live in your intestines. Thereís also a parallel effect called a pre-biotic effect, based on the idea that the food you eat is also the food that your gut bacteria eat. So if you eat certain foods yourself, itís said to influence the spectrum of bacteria that live in you.
You can read more about probiotic products here.