Code 710 - 3.2 oz.
182 Servings - $24.95
robiotics is one of the most important discoveries to be made in the field of nutrition. Although given a great deal of attention of late, its role as a critical component of good health has been established and well known for well over 100 years. In its simplest terms, probiotics refers to live microbial supplements, usually bacteria, which are beneficial to the host user by displacing or destroying competing pathogenic micro-organisms in the intestinal track, as well as assisting the body in ridding itself of other organic debris.
Given the extensive knowledge and history behind probiotics, it is amazing more health-conscious consumers and health care professionals don't pay attention to this area. The concept was most widely developed in the West with the work of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943). Though his eccentricities in other areas of been widely publicized, there can be little doubt that Dr. Kellogg was one of the most prescience physicians of the early 20th century: he promoted the concepts of roughage and high fiber diets, the importance of regularity, the value of vegetarianism (or a diet not so dependent on animal proteins) - as well as the critical contribution a healthy intestinal flora, all many years before peer-reviewed scientific study and the winds of convention would support these views. His practice of introducing live yogurt culture to the lower bowel rectally following colonic irrigation, though unusual in a clinical setting, could not be found to be without merit given our current understanding of intestinal flora balance.
Another great medical mind of this era was 1908 Nobel laureate, Dr. Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845-1916). Mechnikov correctly observed that Bulgarian peasants lived longer than average and associated this with their intake of cultured, sour milks. He associated their rich diet of lactobaccillus with increases in longevity, and found that such a diet curbed the abnormal growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestinal tract.
Today we understand even better the importance of intestinal flora balance. The colon is literally a battleground for beneficial and harmful bacteria and toxins, and the side that "wins the war" determines our general state of digestion, elimination, and general health. When healthy, the intestinal tract is lined with billions of beneficial bacteria which are there there to keep our digestive system clean by feeding on waste, putrefaction, toxins, fungi such as yeast, and harmful bacteria. The benefits are well-established:
How Our Bodies Acquire Beneficial BacteriaAs a baby goes through the birth process, beneficial bacteria are passed from mother to baby in the birth canal. Mother's milk is designed to support these newly introduced bacteria and stimulate rapid colonization in the baby's digestive tract, setting up a healthy di-gestive system and helping to build his immune system as well.
Ideally when baby gets older, he will keep his intestinal flora properly balanced by eating fresh vegetables and fruits, which carry friendly soil born bacteria. Cultured dairy products such as yogurt, cottage cheese and buttermilk are also helpful in maintaining a healthy microbial population.
How We Lose Intestinal Flora BalanceIn a colon that has a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria, there are over 400 separate species of friendly microbes. That's literally billions of bacteria per square centimeter, all working to keep your body strong and healthy. Unfortunately, the balance between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" can easily be thrown out of balance. The number one cause of bacterial imbalance is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy all bacteria in the body, good and bad. Once those microbial numbers are depleted, harmful organisms such as Candida albicans, (yeast), can easily overwhelm the system.
Other drug therapies, for example birth control pills, the heavy use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as Advil or Motrin can disrupt microbial balance. So also, can radiation therapy. Some other factors that can contribute to an improper balance of intestinal flora are dietary habits such as excessive sugar or alcohol consumption, or drinking fluoridated or chlorinated water.
In the 1800's most of our great-grandparent's food came from local farms or their own gardens. They ate seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, endowed with abundant beneficial microbial life. Before the industrial age, Americans suffered far fewer digestive problems than we do today.
With the coming of the industrial revolution, the Western diet evolved from primarily seasonal fresh produce to sterile, heat processed canned or frozen foods. Under our modern conventional farming methods of today, the fresh foods we do eat are sprayed with fungicides and pesticides, which kill a great number of beneficial microbes.
For these reasons and more, many Americans suffer from "ecological deserts" in their intestinal tracts. Candida albicans (see sidebar at right) is one of the outcomes from this imbalance. (By the way, Candida can quite readily be treated quickly, easily, and with no side effects with Lugol's Iodine. However, you will want to use Microflora Restore afterwards to replenish lost bacterial flora.)
The Solution: Microflora Restore!If you consume a Western diet or have any of the symptoms found in the column at right, chances are you suffer, in part, from a microbial imbalance. Fortunately, good flora is easily restored. Microflora Restore contains 28 different "soil bacteria" that assist in quickly restoring intestinal flora health. Unlike many other probiotic products, you need very little Microflora to accomplish the job: just a half gram (0.50 grams), just enough to cover the tip of a teaspoon, mixed with water or fruit juice, is a sufficient daily dosage.
TestimonialsI am really impressed with your "Microflora Restore" product! I was having intestinal and colon problems due to heavy antibiotic use. It is calming my stomach down and helping my system to be more regular.
April 3, 2003
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A single dose is just 0.5 grams. - see article below. There are 182 servings per jar - under 14 cents per dose.
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Are Probiotics Safe?Unlike most medications probiotics don`t seem to have any side effects. A recent review identified 143 human clinical trials of probiotics between 1961 and 1998, involving more than 7,500 subjects, with no adverse effects being reported.
Ingredients: Contains only pure microbe cultures, dried down in a food grade diatomaceous earth. No artificial color, preservatives, flavor, soy, gluten or animal products are added to this product. Our culture media and methods are proprietary information.