I’ll keep this short and shrill.
I’ve noticed a funny pattern while researching the availability of various isolated prebiotic fibers and gut-enhancing supplements. Namely, that they are almost all meant for animals. Humans need not apply.
Don’t believe me?
Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) — a really interesting one. Seems to help keep the really bad guys like salmonella and e. coli from colonizing the intestinal wall by binding them. Interested? Sorry, horses, chickens, and pigs only.
Lactulose. Highly bifidogenic disaccharide formed by the isomerization of lactose. $8.99 at VetRx. Kitty will thank you!
Short-chain fructooligosaccharides. Pure, unadulterated FOS. This one we talk about a lot. Crack for good bugs. This one seems legit. Any happy customers? Hmm, just one review:
My vet recommended this for my dog, due to the fact that his medications had caused him to have soft stool. This product returned his daily ” business ” to it’s normal routine, and within a few days he was right as rain.
Wish humans had vets.
So what’s going on here?
I think it’s rather simple. You can’t make money from sick animals. All of these supplemental fibers have one basic use — to keep animals healthy. At some point, people who make money keeping and raising livestock realized that these things are necessary to keep their animals alive and healthy. There’s just no incentive to let animals get sick, and every incentive to keep them healthy.
See where I’m going?
With humans, it’s just the opposite: You can’t make money from healthy people. They have to get sick first. No conspiracy, just a broken system with perverse incentives.
But hey, I’m sure once they fix the website, we’ll all be fine.
It’s enough to make you go crazy, right?