Probiotics lecture

This is an extended version of the lecture presented at the 8th International Conference of Herbal Medicine in Melbourne 2013.

In this lecture, Jason explains the intricacies of the probiotic strain and how to select the most appropriate strain or strains for your patient's specific condition. The overall aims are to help clinicians become more critical consumers of probiotic products and help practitioners prescribe probiotics in a more evidence-based manner. He concludes the presentation by busting some long-held probiotic myths.

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Both Dawn and Jason will be presenting in the upcoming Building Better Babies Webinar series (  Please register for this free event to hear us and many other wonderful speakers talk about a range of pregnancy, birth, and childhood-related topics.

Dr Hawrelak is available for one-to-one mentoring sessions via skype or phone.

If you are a practitioner dealing with a challenging case or would like a fresh pair of eyes to aid in gastrointestinal pathology interpretation and would like to organise a mentoring session, please email Jason

Dr Hawrelak is also available for skype and phone consultations for patients that do not reside in the Hobart area. He has considerable expertise and experience with gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal parasites, gluten-related issues, peptic ulcer disease, and ulcerative colitis, as well as helping expectant mothers and children optimise their gut microbiota.

Dr Hawrelak currently practices at Goulds Natural Medicine Clinic in Hobart (Tasmania, Australia). An initial consultation with Dr Hawrelak generally goes for 90 minutes. To book an appointment with Dr Hawrelak, please email reception at Goulds Natural Medicine Clinic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Dr Jason Hawrelak, ND (SCU), BNat(Hons), PhD, MNHAA, MASN, FACN

Jason Hawrelak

Jason is a naturopath, Western herbalist, researcher and educator with more than 16 years’ clinical experience working in busy natural medicine apothecaries and clinics on the North Coast of NSW and in Hobart, Tasmania.  He is currently the Senior Lecturer in Complementary and Alternative Medicines at the University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine (Hobart, Tasmania), where he is the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicines. He is also the Gastrointestinal Imbalances lecturer in the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States (Portland, Oregon).

Probiotic Resources
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The below probiotic resources are a bit out of date - but they will remain available for the time being. Our updated probiotic resources are now available on our new probiotic-specific website - . The information available in the pdf documents below has been throroughly updated and converted into an easy-to-use searchable database called the Probiotic Advisor.

The Probiotic Advisor is searchable by health condition, probiotic strain, and product (brand). The Probiotic Advisor will tell you the strains contained in a given supplement, the research that has been conducted on these strains (if any), and the CFUs of each strain in a single dose, as well as information on potentially-allergic excipients in the product.

The database format allows me to add in new evidence as it gets published and new supplements when they get released. Plus it is far easier for you to use than the paper documents!

I think you’ll find it an invaluable clinic resource!

Visit to give the database a free 24-hour test drive.

Probiotic Strains in Australian Probiotic Products - Free

A table detailing the better characterised and researched probiotic strains and the probiotic products (foods and supplements) in which they can be found, with a focus on the Australian market


Probiotic Strains in American Probiotic Products - Free

A table detailing the better characterised and researched probiotic strains and the American probiotic products (foods and supplements) in which they can be found.


Worldwide probiotic culture suppliers - Free

This document highlights some the larger probiotic culture suppliers and the probiotic strains they provide to industry. They typically have dossiers available on each of their strains and are often more than happy to provide you with a list of clinical trials that have been conducted on their strains.


Probiotic supplement assessor - Free

This instrument has been designed to help clinicians differentiate probiotic strains (and thereby probiotic supplements) worth using in practice from those that are not. This is the first iteration, so feel free to provide me with feedback so I can improve upon it.


Choosing the Right Strain for Specific Therapeutic Applications

The Probiotic Advisor database (available at supercedes this pdf document. This pdf document is no longer being updated; whereas the Probiotic Advisor is updated regularly.

The ultimate guide for the selection of the right, and therefore clinically effective, probiotic strain for the particular disorder you are treating. This document makes prescribing probiotics in an evidence-based manner simple and will become an invaluable clinic resource. Probiotic research on nearly 50 health conditions is highlighted – from abdominal pain to viral gastroenteritis – with information gleaned from 138 clinical trials.

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