Archive for the ‘Probiotics’ Category

Probiotics Boost Immune System

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The British Journal of Nutrition published a study that showed daily supplements of Bifidobacterium anamalis ssp. lactis (BB-12) or Lactobacillus paracasel ssp. paracasei (L. casel 431) were associated with 66% and 46% increases in levels of the antibody IgG3. This study along with previous studies show that supplementation with these probiotic strains strengthen the immune system.

So it is good to get a good probiotic supplement for daily health. I use a probiotic from Nordic Naturals for my wife and I each day.

Love You Gut

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Probiotic bacteria are good for your gut. But most of the time we just hear about anti-biotic. Whenever antibiotics are taken it kills all bacteria in the system. This means the probiotics, the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria.

There are literally trillions of bacteria in your body that are good for you. They live in your gut, mouth and vagina. These bacteria live in a complex equilibrium with other bacteria and help keep the harmful ones from growing. They may also aid your digestion and improve your absorption of nutrients. They can improve your immune function.

But there are forces that throw off this delicate balance. Some of these are aging, alcohol, poor diet, stress, chronic illness and particularly antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the good as well as the bad bacteria Adding probiotics to your diet either in food or supplementation can restore your normal balance.

Remember when you do have to take an antibiotic but sure to take a probiotic afterwards to help restore your body to its proper functioning.

Antibiotics Proven to Alter Digestive Flora

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Byron Richards, CCN

The new tools of science are not friendly to the inept practices of Western medicine.  Using advanced genomic analysis of stool samples researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have clearly proven that the commonly prescribed antibiotic Cipro can alter the ecological balance of power in the digestive tract, setting the stage for all manner of future health problems.

The study showed that a single five-day course of Cipro could induce problems.  However, two courses over a 10 month period were adequate to adverse changes.

“Ecologists have found that an ecosystem, such as a wildlife refuge, that is quite capable of rebounding from even huge occasional perturbations—forest fire, volcanic eruption, pests—may yet be undone by too rapid a series of such perturbations,” said Les Dethlefsen, PhD, a research scientist in Relman’s lab and the study’s first author. “In the same way, recurring antibiotic use may produce a cumulative effect on our internal microbial ecosystems with potentially debilitating, if as yet unpredictable, consequences.”

This problem has been obvious to anyone in the alternative health field as well as to millions of patients who have had their health altered by repeated antibiotic administration.  Western medicine operates on the assumption that a germ is the cause of disease and anything done to eradicate a germ is preventing disease, and that one’s body will simply bounce back and return to normal after their treatments.  This study shows that the common use of antibiotics alters intestinal health in a way that produces future disease and poor health.

When the balance of power within the digestive tract is disturbed then beneficial function of various bacteria is blunted and the risk for pathogenic bacteria that induce ongoing poor health is increased.  Antibiotics encourage the overgrowth of normally friendly organisms, like Candida albicans, which can turn one’s digestive tract into a constant source of problems that lead to immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, asthma, weight gain, and many other health problems.

The Western medical pill-pushing establishment needs a serious re-evaluation of their purported creed to “first do no harm.”

Anyone who legitimately needs an antibiotic should always follow that treatment with at least a supplement of friendly flora and may need to do a more comprehensive recovery of their digestive health.

Probiotics Can Block Alergies

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Probiotics actually manufacture enzymes to help give your body a fighting chance against allergens.

Big Pharma would rather have you take decongestants which in the long run actually increase nasal congestion. And antihistamines can cause sleepiness, stomach upset or pain, headaches, rapid heartbeat and dry mouth.

Studies found in the Journal of Nutrition back the support of using probiotics.

Check it out.

A Study of Gut Bacteria

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Changing gut bacteria could explain chronic western illnesses: Study

A shift in gut microbial composition may explain the rising prevalence of chronic stomach upsets and even obesity among children in developed nations, suggests new research.

Diets high in fat, sugar and protein, and low in fiber have been associated with increased incidence of noninfectious intestinal diseases all over the world.

Researchers writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), examined differences in gut microbiota in 14 healthy children in rural Burkina Faso and 15 healthy children in urban Italy in an effort to explain the role of gut bacteria in some of these chronic illnesses.

The Burkina Faso children ate a diet high in starch, fiber and plant polysaccharides, and low in fat and animal protein – a diet thought to be similar to that of early human settlements at the time of the birth of agriculture. The Italian children’s diet was typical of the developed world – high in animal protein, sugar, starch, and fat, and low in fiber.

The researchers, from the University of Florence, compared intestinal bacteria in the two populations and found that significant differences developed from the time that breast feeding ceased.

“Our results suggest that diet has a dominant role over other possible variables such as ethnicity, sanitation, hygiene, geography, and climate, in shaping the gut microbiota,” the authors wrote.

“We can hypothesize that the reduction in richness we observe in EU compared with BF children, could indicate how the consumption of sugar, animal fat, and calorie-dense foods in industrialized countries is rapidly limiting the adaptive potential of the microbiota.”

By Caroline Scott-Thomas, 06-Aug-2010,

Revolutionary New Product from Nordic Naturals Addresses Fish Oil and Probiotic Supplementation

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Watsonville, CA (June 15, 2010) Nordic Naturals, the industry leader in omega-3 fish oil, introduces Omega Probiotic™, a synergistic blend of fish oil and live probiotic spores for optimal digestive and gastrointestinal health. The breakthrough formula combines two important nutrients that are commonly lacking in today’s modern diet in one easy-to-take supplement that does not require refrigeration.

Concentrated fish oil works in synergy with a unique spore-form probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, to deliver all the health benefits of omega-3s (EPA+DHA), while also supporting the immune system and promoting an optimal balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. Unlike most probiotics on the market, this species of probiotic is in spore form. Research shows that this unique spore-form probiotic delivers ten times more live cultures than common probiotic yogurt cultures, delivers those cultures more effectively, and does not require special treatments such as refrigeration.

According to Dr. Joseph Maroon, Nordic Naturals Medical Advisor, “This timely product provides an important way for consumers to be proactive with their health care. This two-in-one product is also perfect for travel, making compliance easy.”

Nordic Naturals Omega Probiotic offers these important benefits:

  • Provides over 2 billion stable and viable probiotic spores per serving
  • Provides double strength EPA+DHA fish oil for more omega-3 benefits
  • Supports the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response
  • Promotes a healthy balance of intestinal flora
  • Enhances overall digestive and gastrointestinal health and function

Omega Probiotic contains purified fish oil from anchovies and sardines sustainably sourced from the waters of the South Pacific. Nordic Naturals’ policy is to harvest 100% of its fish in compliance with the Norwegian fisheries management system, which has been a model for the sustainable harvest of marine life for over 30 years. For more information about the company’s commitment to green and socially responsible initiatives, please visit

Since 1995, Nordic Naturals has been the industry leader in fish oil supplementation, setting standards of excellence in the areas of purity, freshness, taste, and sustainability. With a reputation for efficacy and potency, Nordic Naturals fish oils and EFA blends are regularly chosen by independent research institutions and universities with 13 published scientific studies already completed and more than 30 currently underway. Distributing to over 20 countries on 6 continents, Nordic Naturals offers over 150 products in a variety of flavors, concentrations, and delivery forms. Nordic Naturals continues to deliver on its promise of innovation and quality you can trust. For information, call 800.662.2544 or visit

Why There Is No Cure For Cancer

Monday, May 17th, 2010

In 1971 President Nixon declared war on cancer and promised that it would be gone by 1976. In 39 years we taxpayers have spent over $35 billion on research and $1 trillion on treatment and we’re further behind now than in 1971. In fact the overall rate of cancer deaths have increased nearly 10% since 1971.

What happened?

Scientific researchers have been quietly conducting their own war on cancer. They have come up with amazing discoveries.

Probiotics is the key to digestive health making the immune system strong and putting an end to gas, bloating, colds and flu. AND it has also been shown with helping the fight to prevent cancer.

During the last 30 years, studies have shown that probiotic bacteria have anticarcinogen properties capable of inhibiting tumor growth.

The nitrites used in the processing of foods, such as bologna, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, bacon and cured ham, are converted to carcinogens by certain enzymes in your intestinal tract.

Lactobacillus acidophilus (L.acidophilus) in your system reduces the supply of enzymes that convert the nitrites to carcinogens and can help lower the risk of colon cancer.

This should be on the front page of every newspaper, magazine and blog in the world – IF we were serious about fighting cancer.

Thank you Sherry Brescia, Holistic Blends Inc.

925 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY  13209


Monday, October 5th, 2009

The average HEALTHY human being has over 100 trillion microorganisms flourish in your intestinal tract. These aid in digestion, absorption and the production of large amounts of B vitamins and enzymes. And most importantly they crowd out harmful bacteria.

These good bacteria decline dramatically as we age. The acid/alkaline balance of the gut can play a major role in destroying good bacteria leaving room for disease-causing bacteria, or bad bacteria.

Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like Advil, Motrin, Midol, etc. destroy intestinal flora. Chlorine in the water kills bacteria in the water and is equally destructive in our gut. Radiation and chemotherapy kill bacteria. Almost all meats and chicken, and dairy are loaded with antibiotics, which destroy good bacteria – unless it is organic. Cigarettes, alcohol, and stress are also guilty of destroying good bacteria.

The bottom line is you need good bacteria to be healthy.

You need to supplement. Be sure to get a one for best intestinal health.

Follow up by reading The Barron Report found in Baseline of Health Foundation:å

Raising Healthy Children

Monday, May 4th, 2009

One good move today is taking place as some schools are taking soda/pop machines out of the schools. The cola companies promised to give a percentage of the dollars spent back to the schools. But at what cost? The corn syrup industry likes it. The dentists get plenty of business filling teeth. But the student suffers. For one thing it raises the omega-6 level in the body which is already out of balance for a healthy life.

The most important thing we can do for our children is to provide them with good, natural fresh foods and clean water. Instead of the candy bar eat a piece of fresh fruit. To my understanding, most tastes are acquired. If you give a child wholesome, nutritious food they will look for that when they snack. I suggest organic foods wherever possible. They may cost a little more up front but then you don’t have as many illnesses and doctor’s bills.

There are also several supplements you actually need.

First we don’t get enough omega-3—the anti-inflammatory “medicine”. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be one-to-two. Studies today say it is more like 1-to-17 or 25. (Much of this comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diets. Omega-3 is also very important for making healthy cells in every part of our bodies. They are also essential for prenatal and childhood brain development.

Probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus) are the healthy bacteria that needs to be in our digestive system. When we take an anti-biotic, the good bacteria gets killed along with the bad and it needs help to be restored to the proper level.

A multi vitamin for children then helps to fill the gays that usually happens in every diet. Keep extra vitamin C on hand for use when a cold is coming on.

As the child gets older vitamin D is a necessity for those of us living in northern climates where we don’t get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin D our system needs. Milk is often fortified with vitamin D.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is the energy running every cell in the body. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. To keep it healthy we need a balance to keep our energy up.

Just a reminder! When you buy food supplements buy QUALITY. The cheapest is probably the most expensive in the long run. A recent study showed that one-third of the supplements tested didn’t provide what was stated on the label. A poor supplement will just pass through the body without any benefit at all. Some children’s vitamins were too potent for the age listed on the label. It is important to buy a good quality supplement.

You only have one body. Take care of it.

What are Probiotics?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

This is a question that has the experts debating how to give a good definition. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations give this definition: probiotics are “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” (Microorganisms are the tiny living organisms—such as bacteria, viruses, and yeasts—that can only be seen under a microscope.)

Probiotics are available in foods and dietary supplements. Some foods containing probiotics are yogurt, fermented and unfermented milk, and miso, tempeh, and some juices and soy beverages.  Most probiotics are bacteria similar to those naturally found in people’s guts.

One of the major reasons for probiotic supplementation has been to restore the good bacteria in a person’s gut after they may have been sick or taken some types of medication which destroys the good bacteria.

Probiotics and prebiotics are not the same thing. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial microorganisms already in the colon. When the two are combined they are called synbiotic and they work together to improve the friendly flora in the human gut. Fermented milks such as yogurt and kefir are true symbiotic products that supply the live bacteria and the food they need to survive. The reason for using a symbiotic is that a true probiotic, without its prebiotic food, does not survive well in the gut.

I first wrote about probiotics last September but as it is continually being brought up in nutritional news I felt urged to explain this a little more.