Oct 16 2016

Artificial Food Dyes should be a Tale of Caution

Published by under Food Additives

Artificial dyes banned in other countries are still found in many of the foods we eat.
Food dyes, found in many of our processed foods can cause hyperactivity in kids along with other adverse health effects.1*

This week, we are continuing our look at the food supply in our country and how it has changed since the early 1900s. The wholesome diets once consumed by our ancestors have been replaced with diets full of processed foods, added sugars, preservatives and chemicals. Our meats are tainted with antibiotics and growth hormones and many of our crops have been genetically engineered. Food producers, in their efforts to make food look and taste more enticing, are selling products that look good but are not always good for our health. As a consumer, it is easy to assume that if the grocery store is allowed to sell it, then it must be ok! While eating many of these foods may not kill us instantly, they lead to weight gain, metabolic syndrome and other diseases brought on by an unhealthy diet.

One way that food manufacturers make their products look more appealing –especially to children–is by adding food dyes and colorings. There are seven artificial dyes approved for use in our foods. You’ll probably recognize the most common dyes…Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6. These three make up more than 90% of the market. Created synthetically – some by burning coal tar and other derived from petroleum byproducts such as tartrazine and erythrosine – they offer no nutritional value and are considered to be possibly harmful. Already, the FDA has banned some food dyes after they found they caused health problems from minor illness to cancer, but very little research has been done to prove the ones that remain on the market are safe. 1*

One of the more well publicized negative health effects of food dyes is their adverse effects on children’s behaviors. Give a blue, sugar drink to a child with ADHD and you’ll know what that means. ”…Research has shown this rainbow of additives can cause behavioral problems as well as cancer, birth defects and other health problems in laboratory animals. Red 40 and yellow 6 are also suspected of causing an allergy-like hypersensitivity reaction in children. ..” (1,2)*

Food dyes have been banned or carry warning labels in the European Union and other countries. In the countries where these food dyes are banned, companies use natural coloring instead such as beetroot, paprika, annatto, carrots. If food manufacturers are selling the same foods in other countries with natural dyes, why can’t they do the same in ours? As long as the FDA allows it, companies will continue to use the cheaper, brighter dyes. They appeal to kids in particular. When it comes to food additives in our country, the policy seems to be innocent until proven guilty. The problem is, by the time research has been done to prove these additives, chemicals and dyes are harmful, we have been eating them and feeding them to our kids for a period of time.*1,2)*

According to the FDA website, “…FDA evaluates safety data to ensure that a color additive is safe for its intended purposes. Color additives that FDA has found to cause cancer in animals or humans may not be used in FDA-regulated products marketed in the United States…”3*

Because many of the foods that contain artificial dyes are highly processed, you can safely assume that by avoiding processed foods, you will most likely will be eliminating dyes from your diet. This is true, but buyer beware! They are added to many foods you may not suspect. For example, farm raised salmon has synthetic astaxanthin made from petrochemicals added to it to give it the appetizing orange color. Without it, it would be an unappealing grayish color. This coloring has not been approved for human consumption and has known toxicities. It is banned in Australia and New Zealand already, but still sold in the US. It is best to avoid farm raised salmon and go for fresh wild sockeye or Alaskan Salmon.2*

As long as food dyes are allowed in the US food market, it is up to each of us to be proactive in our food choices. Our bodies don’t recognize these chemicals as food, so it doesn’t know how to process them. The compromise our guts, and our overall health, so it’s imperative to do your part to rid your body of these unwanted chemicals and other impurities. This is where Body Biotics™ comes in. When you take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, you are not only populating your gut with the good bacteria so necessary for good health, you are naturally removing these unwanted toxins from your system that have accumulated over the years. Eat organic, avoid processed foods, add friendly bacteria to your diet whenever possible, and read labels!2*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. https://cspinet.org/new/pdf/food-dyes-rainbow-of-risks.pdf
  2. http://yournewswire.com/10-common-american-foods-that-are-banned-in-other-countries/
  3. http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/ColorAdditives/ColorAdditivesinSpecificProducts/InFood/default.htm

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Oct 09 2016

News Flash – Food is Designed to Taste Good

Published by under Food Additives

All food is not created equal.
“…Today, what we call “food” is often little more than a bunch of highly refined ingredients mixed together with a range of artificial chemicals designed to taste so good that we can’t stop eating…”1*

Over the last two weeks, we have been looking at how our food supply has changed over the last century. We talked about our attitude regarding sugar after Harvard scientists in the ‘60s tweaked research results in favor of sugar over fat and its role in coronary heart disease. We also looked at the many changes that have taken place in the meat and dairy industry without our knowledge. This week we will look at another change that’s taken place in our food supply and its drastic impact on our health and that is in the area of processed foods.  

There was a time when meals were prepared primarily from scratch. Fresh meats and produce were the main staples of every diet, and they were raised or purchased from a local butcher and pulled directly from the rich soil of  the family garden, full of SBOs, the friendly bacteria so important to good gut health. Eggs were collected from the family chickens,  bread and pies were baked by someone at home. Fresh, whole foods and raw ingredients were combined in the kitchen at home at every meal. Though this may sounds like something from an episode of Little House on the Prairie, it wasn’t that long ago that this was a way of life.

To cook every meal from scratch takes planning and effort. Time, now a luxury for so many, is something many households don’t have.  People have jobs, school, sports and busy lives, and for this reason, so many turn to processed or fast food for a quick meal. A 2012 study out of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, found that 60 percent of the calorie intake of Americans is coming from highly processed foods to include cookies, candy, snack foods and soda. They defined highly processed foods as “multi-ingredient goods that are not clearly recognizable as coming from a plant or animal food source…”1*

So what is a processed food? “…Components in a food are modified when processed, which changes the way that our bodies are able to digest it, regardless if the food is fully processed, minimally processed or refined…” Processed foods are full of sugar, corn syrup, sodium, fat and chemicals. Due to these added ingredients, these foods are addictive, causing your body to crave more instead of leaving you satiated. They are made to withstand an extended shelf-life due to the preservatives, additives, and chemicals which ensure the product’s flavor and texture over time. Even if you skip fast food restaurants, you must remember that processed foods are anything that comes in boxes and packages at the grocery store with a list of long ingredients, many of which you can’t pronounce. White bread, crackers and cookies, boxed brownie and cake mixes, cereals, frozen meals and pizza, noodles in a carton, instant soups, microwavable meals breakfast sandwiches, canned foods and any other pre-made foods are considered processed. (1,2,3)*

 “…Since the year 1970, average calorie intake has increased by 425 kcal/day, with a sharp increase around the year 1980, which coincides with the beginning of the obesity epidemic…”  As the population shifted their focus away from home cooking, to processed, “hyperpalatable foods” they became sicker and fatter. Our sugar intake has increased 10 fold due to the introduction of high fructose corn syrup. As fat was blamed for heart disease (as we mentioned in our blog a couple of weeks ago), people almost eliminated lard and butter from their diets yet replaced that with margarine and processed seed and vegetable oils, which are even worse. “There hasn’t been any massive shift in the type of macronutrients that are eaten. However, the quality of foods have deteriorated significantly…” When we consume too many processed foods, even if you exercise, it can still lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, hypertension, strokes,  and other metabolic diseases. It plays havoc on the microbiome. (1,2,3)*

While we weren’t paying attention, food manufacturers have been making money with products that taste good but are not good for us. But we have the power and choice of what we purchase. We’ve seen the result of taking short cuts and eating fast, instead of healthy in the way of obesity and increased metabolic diseases. But people are making the shift back towards whole foods again. Of course, the convenience and easy access to processed foods makes it very difficult to eliminate them completely from our diets, but awareness is key.

What can you do? Try to stick to whole foods…those that are in their natural form…fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and meats, nuts, oats, seeds…you get the picture. Look at a package’s ingredients and if you don’t recognize the ingredients, head back to the produce section! Shop the perimeter of the store…the healthier, whole foods are located there.  Avoid fast food restaurants.  If you are going out to eat, choose wisely. Chipolte serves organic meats and no GMOs…Stay away from the tortillas, and you can get a nice fresh salad with fresh ingredients.  Plant  your own garden at home in healthy organic soil. Take the time to cook at home, because despite how busy you are, it is the healthiest way to feed yourself and your family. Give your entire family Body Biotics™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to replenish the gut with healthy bacteria that is not found in most foods people eat. It takes a little time and commitment, but what is more important than your health? 3*

Healthiest wishes,






  1. https://authoritynutrition.com/sad-tory-of-the-western-diet/
  2. http://dailyburn.com/life/health/news-processed-foods-study-040115/
  3. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/10-tips-for-shifting-from-processed-foods-to-whole-foods/

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Oct 02 2016

Animals Consume 80 Percent of all Antibiotics in USA

Published by under Antibiotics

A few beefs with the meat industry.
What goes into the meat you eat may not be what we think. *

Last week we talked about how back in the 1960’s, a group of Harvard Scientists were paid by the sugar industry to present research regarding sugar in a favorable light. The news was reported in a high profile, well-respected journal and has influenced the public’s opinion for years. While consumers were led to believe one thing, the truth and reality regarding the health risks of sugar were buried for years while the public focused its concern elsewhere. While the sugar industry purposely deceived the public, there are other sectors of the food industry that while not being intentionally deceptive, are not completely transparent either.

Dairy and meat are foods that we consume a great deal of, yet there is not a lot of knowledge on the consumer’s part about the source from where it came. In this respect, we are somewhat in the dark about what we are really putting in our bodies and over time we have found that meats and dairy are from livestock that have been treated with antibiotics to speed their growth, fed genetically modified feed of corn and soy, and raised in crowded, inhumane conditions. While we don’t give it much thought, the livestock industry does what it can to increase profits while meeting demand…but at what cost to the health of the public and the humane treatment of the animals?1*

Meat has always been a staple in our diets. Our grandparents and their ancestors before them included meat at every meal. Back then, the meat they were putting in their bodies was in its healthiest form.  Meat came from a butcher, who most likely knew the person raising the meat he sold, and possibly knew the animal himself. Milkmen delivered bottles of fresh milk to the door step from a local dairy. Many people raised their own meat, had their own cows that had to be milked daily, and raised chicken for eggs and meat. I recall my grandmother telling me she had been told to “go out and get a chicken for dinner.” She couldn’t bring herself to “wring its neck” so she had to find someone else who did. They proceeded to pluck the feathers, clean the carcass and cook the meat in their own kitchen. They knew what was going into the meat they ate, because they fed and cared for their own livestock. 2*.

During the 1940s, livestock production began to change due to breakthroughs in pesticides and fertilizers as well as in medicine, animal nutrition and machinery. Industrialized farming began to take hold. Science was evolving, as seen with the discovery of Streptomycin by Selman Waksman, for which he received the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery. Waksman had been seeking a cure for certain livestock diseases but found that Streptomycin was effective on so much more. It worked on many diseases previously only treated with penicillin, but was also effective against tuberculosis, pneumonia, urinary infections, typhoid fever and dysentery. It also helped eradicate bovine tuberculosis, mastitis, an infection found in dairy cattle’s udders. 3*

 While farmers and researchers were giving their livestock this antibiotic to combat disease and illness, they discovered something else which changed the livestock industry going forward. They found that the animals receiving these antibiotics were not only healthier, but they were growing at a faster rate, without increasing their food intake. This is when animals started to receive these antibiotics in their feed for sub-therapeutic reasons…. whether they were sick or not. Today, approximately 80% of all antibiotics used in the US are given to farm animals. That means only 20% of antibiotics, developed to fight illness in humans, is given to people. (3,4)*

.“…The meat industry doesn’t publicize its use of antibiotics, so accurate information on the amount of antibiotics given to food animals is hard to come by. Stuart B. Levy, M.D., who has studied the subject for years, estimates that there are 15-17 million pounds of antibiotics used sub-therapeutically in the United States each year. Antibiotics are given to animals for therapeutic reasons, but that use isn’t as controversial because few argue that sick animals should not be treated…”3*

The meat industry doesn’t broadcast their use of antibiotics for growth purposes, nor do they broadcast the living conditions, or the type of food they are giving their animals. So, as a consumer,  it is very difficult to know exactly what you are eating .While the meat or dairy industry is not being deceptive, they are not being overly transparent either and presenting us with the farm conditions on each package of meat. As consumers, we are trusting that our food is coming from a clean and healthy source, when it may not be the case. 4*

If you go out to eat, it is very difficult to know what you are really getting. Some restaurants are committed to serving antibiotic free meats. You can buy Certified Organic meats at most grocery stores, which, according to federal standards, means they prohibit antibiotic use in their meats.4*

If you are concerned about what you are eating, the best answer is to make sure your meat and dairy is certified organic. Look for eggs from free roaming chickens, and beef from free range cattle that are grass fed. Do your own research and seek out the farms whose practices you agree with most. Over use of antibiotics in meats and dairy has led to an even bigger problem and that is the creation of superbugs which become resistant to antibiotics. Many farmers are looking into adding probiotics to the diets of their farm animals and are finding it effective against preventing disease. It is important that we don’t overuse antibiotics. It is also important to supplement with BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. If we are taking such care in our own bodies, why wouldn’t we expect the same standards for the meat we eat? *

Healthiest wishes,






  1. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat
  2. http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/food-then-and-now-how-nutrition-has-changed
  3. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe40s/crops_09.html
  4. http://www.sustainabletable.org/257/antibiotics

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Sep 25 2016

The science of deception – Harvard Sugar Study

First it was deception with the Milk, now with sugar…
In the 1960s, Harvard researchers were paid to release findings that favored the Sugar Industry at the expense of the American public.   

Over the next few weeks, we are going to look at how our food has changed over the last 50 to 60 years. These changes are at the core of our gut health and why probiotics are such an important supplement to our diets today. There was a time when we were getting all of the necessary bacteria simply from eating wholesome foods which were being grown in our own yards, or by local farms, then cooked in our own kitchens. *

Times have changed and progress has taken place. With all this change comes many good things: convenience, efficiency, speed, lifesaving medical advances, comfort and ease in our daily lives. But along with this ease and comfort, comes some changes that we were not always aware were taking place. Changes to our food supply that unbeknownst to us, were not good for our health. The result over the last 50 years has been increases in certain diseases and illnesses and an increase in obesity rates, nationwide.    How did we go from having such wholesome, farm raised, organic, garden grown, home cooked food to modified, processed, packaged, sweetened, filler filled, chemically treated, prepared-by-someone-else food?*

Watch the series Mad Men, and you’ll see a little history regarding how advertising has influenced our behaviors and opinions. You’ll also see the changes that took place in our culture and attitudes regarding food and health. Anything, when presented in a certain light, can sound fabulous and convincing. Packaging, presentation and words are influential and persuasive. There is a particular episode when they are developing the creative campaign for a Burger King type fast-food restaurant. It was presented as a fun and entertaining option to slaving over a hot stove for tired mothers…of course we bought it hook, line and sinker! *

There was some recent news that shocked the public about how back in the 1960’s, Harvard scientists were paid to present their research on sugar in a way that was favorable to the sugar industry. It blamed fat for coronary heart disease, and left out the role sugar plays. Their findings, which were published in 1967 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a prominent publication, have influenced our thinking on how we look at sugar vs. fat for decades. (1,2)*

The recent news, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed that scientists were essentially bribed to “downplay the risks of sugar” and instead, focused on the dangers of fat.  “…The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to “refute” concerns about sugar’s possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding…”(1,2)*

 It suggested that all the prior studies which implicated sugar were flawed, and that the real answer for addressing coronary heart disease was to reduce or eliminate fat from the American diet. The authors of the new JAMA Internal Medicine article suggest that for the last five decades, the scientific debate regarding the risks of fat vs. sugar were being influenced directly by the sugar industry.(1,2)*

 “…”It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion,” co-author Stanton Glantz told The New York Times…” Though there wasn’t direct evidence that the SRF edited any of the 1967 manuscripts  published by the Harvard scientists, “…there is “circumstantial” evidence that the interests of the sugar lobby shaped the conclusions of the review, the researchers say…” While the current authors are not suggesting that sugar is the culprit and fat is not, they have revealed that the research surrounding sugar was released in the light that satisfied the SRF…” (1,2)*

It was noted in the same issue of JAMA Internal Medicine that this practice continues today… “…:In 2015, the New York Times obtained emails revealing Coca-Cola’s cozy relationships with sponsored researchers who were conducting studies aimed at minimizing the effects of sugary drinks on obesity. Even more recently, the Associated Press obtained emails showing how a candy trade association funded and influenced studies to show that children who eat sweets have healthier body weights than those who do not.”…”1*

Research such as this, when funded by the industry that is being investigated, can lead to skewed results.  Unfortunately, this corruption was at the expense of the American public. Over time, we have become so much more aware of the dangers of sugar in our diet and people are waking up to the importance of eliminating it. As for this research, it is just  a sad chapter in our history.*

Sugar is the favorite food for unfriendly bacteria and the more you eat, the more they multiply. Take away this food source, and you begin to starve out the unfriendly, as the friendly multiply. Adding BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to your daily regimen puts back the friendly critters that we have lost in our daily diet. Because they are encapsulated in their food source of humic and fulvic acid, they quickly multiply when taken with an aqueous solution. Adding friendly bacteria to your diet and eliminating sugar, you can more quickly balance the ratio of friendly to unfriendly bacteria.*

Stay tuned next week when we look at another area of the food industry that has seen big changes over the years and has had an impact on our health.

Until then, healthiest wishes,




  1. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat
  2. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2548255
  3. http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/food-then-and-now-how-nutrition-has-changed
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3785753/How-sugar-industry-paid-prestigious-Harvard-researchers-say-fat-NOT-sugar-caused-heart-disease.html

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Sep 18 2016

Foods to Fight Chronic Inflammation

Consider Wholesome Food before Medicine.
“…One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store…1*

Over the past two weeks we have talked about the increasing number of prescriptions being taken by people on a daily basis. The big business behind pharmaceuticals continues to fuel these numbers and the ease, convenience and ability to address our problems, even though many times they are just masking them, causes people to happily fill them, despite the cost and side effects. Instead of allowing ourselves to get into a situation where drugs are our answer, we would be better off taking care of ourselves throughout our lives with the intention of avoiding reliance on prescriptions to get us through our day. *

One of the major causes of disease is inflammation. “…Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation…” Inflammation can be a good thing. When our bodies recognize something as foreign, be it a pathogen, allergen or chemical property, our bodies react with inflammation. It is our bodies’ way of protecting us and fighting off infection. But, the trouble begins when inflammation persists on a daily basis, even when there is not a threat. This is when inflammation works against us. In order to fight off inflammation, research is showing that we might look at the foods we choose.  “…:Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health…”1*

By choosing certain foods, we can help reduce our risk of inflammation, which is a huge precursor to many diseases. Pick the wrong ones, and we are setting ourselves up for disaster. “…”Some of the foods that have been associated with an increased risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease are also associated with excess inflammation,” Dr. Hu says. “It’s not surprising, since inflammation is an important underlying mechanism for the development of these diseases.”..”1*

In order to avoid inflammation, it is important to avoid the following foods as much as possible.

  • Refined carbohydrates, This includes white bread , white sugar and foods containing these ingredients. *
  • Fried foods *
  • Soda and other drinks sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners*
  • Red meat and processed meats*
  • Shortening, margarine, lard1*

On the flip side, there are many foods that are considered “anti-inflammatory”. These include:

  • Olive oil and coconut oil. Olive oil is rich in a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. Some studies suggest that it may help reduce the risk of heart disease due to inflammation. Coconut oil contains lauric and capric acid which are important in fighting off toxic elements that lead to inflammation, in such degenerative diseases like arthritis.(1,2)*
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards. Kale has been getting a lot of attention because it is a huge warrior against free radicals that lead to inflammation. It is high in antioxidants and Vitamin K. (1,2)*
  • Tomatoes 1*
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts 1*
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines have an abundance of the important Omega 3 fatty acids. They help reduce the risk of heart disease caused by inflammation and also help improve digestion, brain development and cholesterol levels. (1,2)*
  • Garlic is full of antioxidants and nutrients and rich in sulfur compounds which boosts your immune system and enable your body to reduce inflammation. These compounds are also helpful inpreventing hypertension. Additionally, garlic contains Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B6 and other nutrients giving it antibacterial and antiviral properties too.2*
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges. Blueberries and other dark fruits are high in Quercetin, which is great inflammation fighter. They also are good for reducing oxidative damage and inflammation caused by toxins in the body.(1,2)*
  • Ginger has a compound called gingerols which is known to haveanti-inflammatory properties and prevents the production of nitric oxide, an element that turns into damaging free radicals.2*
  • Green tea “…Studies show that tea may have anti-inflammatory properties. In lab studies, Case Western Reserve University researchers in Cleveland showed EGCG (a substance in green tea) may halt arthritis progression by blocking interleukin-1, a pro-inflammatory cell, from damaging cartilage…” 2*


Eating foods that feed the good bacteria and reduce inflammation in our bodies is not only doable on a daily basis, but it can be done with joy if we do it right. Sometimes the foods we think of as being healthy, can seem unsatisfying, because the foods we “crave” and satisfy us are the ones that feed the unhealthy bacteria and satisfy them. But given the right recipes, some time and determination, you can adjust your taste buds so that you crave the foods that reduce inflammation, feed your good bacteria and help you lose weight. With time, you will associate the taste of healthful foods with feeling good and start to crave them.

Keep in mind though that in addition to having anti-inflammatory food in your diet, it is also important that you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent the dangers caused by inflammation. Keeping your microbiome healthy with BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is also a key element in keeping inflammation in check. Our journey is our own to make the best choices possible. Taking care of our bodies is such a vital part of this journey.

Healthiest wishes,




  1. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation
  2. http://cleanfoodcrush.com/inflammation-fighting-foods/

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Sep 11 2016

Can You be your own Magic Pill

Published by under probiotic supplements

The magic pill is you.
Too many of us rely on prescriptions to fix our health problems. Instead look within.


Last week we talked about prescription drug use in our country, the big business behind it and the staggering statistics of how many people are on prescription drugs for one ailment or another. Prescription drug research has advanced tremendously in the past decades, and it has benefitted us tremendously, and saved or prolonged many lives. But it is also a double edged sword. Because we can take a pill to make our symptoms go away, seeking and addressing the reason behind the ailment can get pushed aside. Can’t sleep? Take a pill. Blood pressure up? Take another one. Stomach upset…yet another. It is too easy to pop a pill that relieves our symptoms rather than address the underlying issues causing the problem in the first place. *

Taking care of our problems from the core requires a great deal of commitment, effort, dietary changes and often counseling to help people look at what lifestyle changes need to be made. For many Americans, especially older Americans who haven’t followed good health practices throughout their lives, it can be very difficult to make changes. When we don’t take care of ourselves, neglect a healthy diet and exercise, we open ourselves up to developing a number of conditions that begin to snowball. Poor gut health and excess weight sets us up for metabolic syndrome, and all its related conditions: Diabetes, coronary problems, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. An unhealthy gut can lead to depression. It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to reverse.*

A doctor can feverishly try to stabilize and manage this multitude of conditions, but if the individual isn’t willing to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes, all the medicine in the world isn’t going to “fix” them. It just becomes a matter of managing the disease, masking symptoms and stabilizing the body’s metabolic levels. This is how so many people in our country get through each day, with a plethora of pills to address their multitude of health issues. But what about an alternative approach such as seeking the advice of a nutritionist and personal trainer and making serious changes for the long term. It means being willing to do the hard work and sticking to it. By losing weight, eating right, staying on probiotics to really address the gut, and exercising daily, many of the prescriptions we rely on can be eliminated. *

Just as a prescription is not always the magic pill, you can’t think that probiotics alone are going to fix all your problems overnight either. It is absolutely essential to be on probiotics, there is no doubt about it. But taking BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is one essential part of whole body health. If you are not willing to change your diet and exercise habits, simply taking probiotics will not be nearly as helpful or effective. People often wonder… why am I not getting better faster? The question is: are you doing your part in a well rounded health program? *

Our guts, as a whole, have been severely compromised over the years as we have been subjected and taught that antibiotics were the answer every time we got sick, that processed foods’ convenience outweighed their lack of nutritional value. For years, we were unaware that antibiotics and growth hormones were being added to our meat supply and that companies were genetically modifying foods without public awareness.  All of these things have snuck up on us and severely compromised the diversity of our microbiota and the health of our guts. *

Taking a proactive approach to our health is best. Instead of accepting that medications will fix our  conditions, perhaps we could change our behavior instead. Taking care of the one body we have every day will mean a healthier body throughout our lives with less dependence on medications. Create a more diverse microbiome with daily intake of a natural, bio-identical probiotic such as BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ with prebiotics. There is no magic pill…not a prescription, a supplement or magic food. But there is a combination of things you can do overtime to be the healthiest person you can be. And that’s where the magic happens! *

Healthiest wishes,




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Sep 04 2016

Do we really need all these prescriptions?

Published by under General

Prescription drug use on the rise.
Do we really need to take so many prescription drugs or are we victims of big business advertising?


As I was drinking my morning coffee and watching the morning news, aside from being bombarded by jibber jabber of the upcoming election, I couldn’t help but take notice of the myriad prescription drug commercials. Commercials for drugs that treat high cholesterol, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure, depression, to name a few, are advertised during the busiest air traffic times.  “…Drug makers in 2014 spent $4.5 billion marketing prescription drugs, up from $3.5 billion in 2012. That’s also up from the $2.5 billion drug makers spent in 2000, or $3.39 billion in 2015 dollars when adjusted for inflation…” So why all the advertising? . According to a CDC report, increased drug marketing to doctors and directly to consumers, has had a direct influence on increased prescription drug use in our country. ” (1,2)*

According to a study done by the CDC, “…Nearly 3 in 5 American adults take a prescription drug, up markedly since 2000 because of much higher use of almost every type of medication, including antidepressants and treatments for high cholesterol and diabetes.”  But the CDC also noted, “…that although the greater role of prescription drugs in U.S. health care had led to better treatment of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions, it also had contributed to serious problems such as the overprescribing of antibiotics and the ongoing overuse and abuse of prescription painkillers…” (The study did note that the use of antibiotics has decreased, which is good news.) The overprescribing of pain killers has led to a growing problem of opioid addiction in our country. According to the Health and Human Services, “…The United States is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose epidemic. In 2014, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose, and at least half of those deaths involved a prescription opioid…” (2,3,4)*

As we continue to over-medicate in our nation, we are masking many problems that could be addressed with better diet, exercise and improved gut health. It’s a vicious cycle that often begins with bad choices. Granted some prescriptions are absolutely necessary and can save people’s lives. Many of our ailments develop due to genetics, old age, and other conditions that life’s circumstances bring on. But there are many that could be avoided if we would just take better care of our microbiome.*

If you grow up eating fast food hamburgers and French fries, and you don’t exercise, chances are you are setting yourself up for health problems later in life. Overuse of antibiotics wipes out the good bacteria along with the bad, and if we don’t replenish it with probiotics, we leave ourselves susceptible to many ailments of which a weak immune system can’t combat. If you are overweight and don’t move, you are more susceptible to joint problems, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. “…Researchers noted that eight of the 10 most commonly used drugs in the United States are for hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and other elements of the “cardio metabolic syndrome.” 2*

Don’t fall victim to taking drugs to mask problems that could be avoided by addressing your gut first. Eat good foods, keep moving and make sure you are on a good regimen of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™. Once on BODY BIOTICS™ for a period of time, many people find they can actually reduce their prescription intake as when the gut is truly healthy, we metabolize everything better, including medications and their efficacy improves.*

Know the difference between drugs you need and drugs that are just being pushed on you by big pharmaceuticals. Only take those that are truly necessary and above all else, address your gut which is at the core of your health.

Healthiest wishes,






  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/23/yes-drug-companies-are-bombarding-your-tv-with-more-ads-than-ever/?tid=a_inl
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/11/03/more-americans-than-ever-are-taking-prescription-drugs/
  3. http://www.hhs.gov/opioids/
  4. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drug-use-therapeutic.htm

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Aug 28 2016

Different Microbes Indoors Outdoors by Neighborhood or City

Published by under probiotic supplements

Which microbes live in your home, office and neighborhood?
Scientists find microbes can vary depending on the city where we live.1*  


So many people in our country spend a great deal of time indoors. We spend time in our homes, in our cars, offices, grocery stores, malls, movie theaters and various other indoor destinations. In fact, on average, we spend 90% of our time inside some sort of man made building or environment. But guess what? We are not living alone…we are sharing these environments with millions and millions of microbes that we don’t even know are there.1*

Researchers understand this and one team in particular wanted to find out how these “microbial roommates” might play a part in influencing the health of the people who live there. What they found out was that buildings and rooms have their own unique population of microbes, and depending on the city they are located in, these microbes have their own unique characteristics to boot.1*

In a recent study which was published in the journal mSystems,researchers examined the microbial populations inside nine different offices across three different cities and what might influence these populations. Scientist Gregory Caporaso, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences who studies microbiomes at Northern Arizona University, along with his team, collected microbial samples from office buildings in various areas known for their different climates. These cities included San Diego, Flagstaff, Arizona and Toronto. (1,2)*


They then took these collection plates and covered them with varied materials such as drywall, ceiling tile and carpet, which were then installed on the walls, ceilings and floors of offices. They followed up by collecting samples in four, six week periods over a year. The results from all nine offices showed human skin bacteria “accounted for 25-30 percent of the office microbial communities, but the largest numbers looked like microbes that also live outdoors…” 1*


They also discovered that each city had a unique microbial signature. Plates from offices in the same city were more closely related to each other than the plates from other cities. Researchers suspect that bacteria travel inside buildings via shoes and through air ventilation systems. The material did not seem to affect the microbial communities, so much as the location in the room.1*

 “…It’s intriguing to think that our homes, offices, hospitals, and cars are not just inanimate places where we conduct our business; they’re also complex ecosystems. Our indoor environments appear to be affected by changes in the outdoors, as well as by the people who come through it. Those people bring with them their own microbes which affect, and are affected by, the microbes in the built environment…”1*


The hopes of these researchers are to eventually use this information and these microbial connections to help with designing and constructing buildings “…with healthier microbiomes that are in balance with the surrounding environment…” and create healthier environments where we spend so much of our time. 1*

This study is one more example of how vast the world of microbes is and how they can affect our health and well being. The exterior environment influences our internal microbial community. As the good microbes have been affected negatively by antibiotics, hand sanitizer’s, pesticides…the list goes on, it is important to continue supplementing our gut with good bacteria that are specifically known to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong. Daily intake of BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBITOICS CONSORTIA™ is vital to maintaining the healthy balance of bacteria in your microbiome, which as this study suggests, can positively influence the environment around you.1*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/19/474730734/your-invisible-neighbors-each-city-has-unique-microbes
  2. http://caporasolab.us/


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Aug 21 2016

Healthy Steps to Ready your Kids for School

Published by under antibacterials,Antibiotics

Are you getting your kids ready for back to school?
Take steps to ensure a smooth and healthy transition from the slow days of summer to the busy days of school.

It is always hard to say goodbye to summer. Long, lazy, warm summer days are such a gift and a wonderful time to slow the clock down and take a break. But, for students across the country, it is time to get ready to go back to school. As a parent, there are things you could be thinking about ahead of time to make the transition easier for your children and yourself…things to make sure the school year starts off right, with as little stress and anguish as possible, and with a solid foundation for a healthy year.*

Reset your internal time clock. If you and your kids have been sleeping late, start two weeks ahead of time easing into an earlier wake up schedule. It will help everyone avoid being over tired which can exacerbate the emotions that come with starting a new school year. When you are well rested, you can handle stress, worry and a new schedule much better. Additionally, sleep is a key element in keeping the immune system strong which will reduce your child’s chances of getting sick the first week of school. *

Organize menus now. Think ahead as to what you need for that first week of school, not only for you but also for your kids. This includes menu planning for breakfast, lunches and snacks. Think of foods that are healthy that can be prepared ahead of time and even frozen so that your children go to school with the foods that will keep their guts healthy and not succumb to more readily available processed and sugary foods that are high in fat, sodium and other chemicals that harm the microbiome and feed the unfriendly bacteria. School lunches are notoriously unhealthy and kids will grab the foods that are available. So instead of making junk food available, have lots of healthy options be the first thing they see when opening the refrigerator or pantry. If your child is eating healthy, their chances of staying healthy during the school year will be better. Buy a special water bottle so that your child can bring water with them to school to stay hydrated.*

Avoid antibiotics. Being around a school full of kids can expose your child to illness and they may end up sick. If they do, turn to rest and fluids first before immediately assuming they need antibiotics. Unless your child has a serious bacterial infection, an extended sinus infection, bacterial pneumonia or strep throat, it is a better to wait it out. It is so easy to want to find a quick fix, especially when school and missed classes is involved. In the long run, a natural approach to getting over a cold or flu is best, and antibiotics won’t help these illnesses anyway.1*

Avoid overuse of hand sanitizers. Remind your kids to wash their hands, and avoid overusing hand sanitizers.  Research shows that overusing hand sanitizers, which wipes out all bacteria, including the good ones, is not doing us any good and adding to the development of superbugs. Encourage your child to wash his or her hands after using the restroom, before eating and periodically throughout the day with soap and water and avoid hand sanitizers especially when soap is an option.2*

Exercise. Only half of boys and one third of girls meet the exercise standard of one hour per day, and this can become even more difficult once school starts. Make sure your kids are playing outside when they get home not only to relieve stress, but also for their cardiovascular and physical health.1*

Listen to your children. Along with the start of school comes a new gamut of personalities. A bully on the playground or in the halls is a real and troubling issue for many school age kids and social media only exacerbates the problem and feelings of being left out. “…According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school. At least 10 percent of children are bullied regularly…”  Personality conflicts with teachers can also stress out a child. It is important to listen to your child when they talk and help them navigate these types of emotional stressors that can wear on their immune system, cause stomach upset and loss of sleep. 3*

Watch for depression. Many kids have anxiety and depression. Childhood depression can sometimes be hard to diagnose so pay attention to indicators and signs of depression and anxiety, and seek appropriate counseling or medical attention. It is not something to push aside. “…Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression. Depression also tends to run in families…”4*

All of these things tie back to one important thing and that is a healthy gut. Keeping your child eating the right foods, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding stress all will help keep their gut healthy. A child’s healthy gut will help with their mental state — as 90% of serotonin is created in the gut– and will keep their immune system strong, to avoid getting sick. Just as we know the importance of a healthy microbiome for us as adults, it’s just as important for our kids and teenagers. Their lives get very crazy and they don’t make their health a priority. Setting this foundation for them will help ensure they have a healthy start to their school year and throughout the year as well. Put your children on the same regimen of Body Biotics™  Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ as yourself. If they don’t like to swallow capsules, give them our tasty, berry flavored Body Biotics™ Children’s Chewables™. But it is imperative that children get the probiotics they need. Good luck this school year!5*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. http://www.today.com/health
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/fda-hand-sanitizers/
  3. http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/The-Depressed-Child-004.aspx
  4. http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/child-bullying.html
  5. https://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495

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Aug 14 2016

Clear Connection to Obesity and Gut Flora

Published by under probiotic supplements

Researchers connect obesity to social behavior in mice…could it be the same for humans?
Scientists discover an important possible link to social behavior and it is tied to the gut.


Researcher Mauro Costa-Mattioli of Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, recently published research in Cell, that suggest in mice, a “…clear relationship does exist between gut flora, obesity and social behavior…”1*

 Along with colleague Shelly Buffington, Dr. Costa-Mattioli conducted a series of experiments over an eight week period in which they fed 100 female mice a normal diet or a high fat diet. They then impregnated the mice and examined the behavior and gut flora of the babies. They observed how they interacted with other mice and inanimate objects. They also studied their feces to see what bacteria populated it.1* 

“…One of the less-known problems of obesity is that obese mothers are 50% more likely than those of normal weight to give birth to children who go on to develop autism. This correlation is perplexing, but some suspect it is connected to differences between the gut bacteria of the overweight and those who are not. ..”1*

Researchers found that the offspring of the “obese” mice had problems with social interaction. They interacted with other mice for only 22 seconds during a 10 minute period, compared with two minutes of social interaction for the offspring of the normal weight mice. Additionally, when given the choice of interacting with an empty cup or another mouse, 55% of the obese mice offspring, chose the cup. This is in comparison to ALL the mice of the normal weight offspring choosing other mice.1*

“…As expected, the gut bacteria of the obese mothers and their offspring were quite different from, and less diverse than, those of other mice…” The researchers questioned whether restoring their micro biomes to a “normal” balance of bacteria  would improve their social behavior. So during the next step of their experiment, they took advantage of the mice’s tendency to eat each other’s feces and put the offspring of the obese mothers in a cage with the normal weight mothers, in an effort to balance their gut flora. Miraculously, their social interactions developed normally.1*

The next step was to examine the bacteria present in the mice whose mothers were obese compared to the normal weight mothers. One bacteria in particular seemed to be lacking in the guts of the obese mice, Lactobacillus reuteri. Normal weight mice had nine times more of this bacteria than the obese mice. This same strain was shown in the past to promote the release of oxytocin, the hormone that plays an important role in controlling mammalian social behavior.  So, Dr. Costa-Mattioli and Dr. Buffington added L. reuteri to both types of mouse’s drinking water , and also had a control group which drank plain filtered water or water that had been heated to kill off the L. reuteri. Their conclusion?1*

“…Among the offspring of obese mothers, those given the live bacteria developed normally while the control mice developed social problems.  This suggested L. reuteri does indeed promote the release of oxytocin in the developing brain, which then helps mice to develop normal social behavior. To reinforce their case, the investigators dissected the brains of the animals involved in the last experiment and counted up the number of oxytocin producing cells therein. As they suspected offspring of obese mothers that were in the control arms of the experiment had 29% fewer such cells than did offspring of normal mothers. Those given L. reuteri in their water, by contrast, had only 13% fewer. That apparently was enough to abolish detectable behavioural differences…”1*

As to whether doctors and scientists will reach the same conclusion in humans is unknown but it is something they will most certainly be exploring. “…If examining the gut floras of autistic children and their mothers (whether or not those mothers are obese) even hinted at something homologous happening in human beings, then dosing infants who might be at risk with L. reuteri could be a sensible idea…”1*

The vast world of the microbiome continues to be an exploding area of research for scientists and doctors as they continue to tap into the vital importance of maintaining a healthy balance of bacteria. At Body Biotics™ we will continue to follow this type of in-depth research taking place that explores how our microbes shape our health and those of our children. Our BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, which was developed more than 30 years ago, was built on this knowledge that the gut is at the core of all our health and a strong immune system, and still offers the same health benefits in this original formula that it has for all these years. It is exciting to see all the new research that continues to surface about the microbiome and see what keys to our health it uncovers.*

Healthiest wishes,





  1. The Economist, Microbes and Autism, Gut Feelings, June 18th-24th, 2016
  2. http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674(16)30730
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160201104030.htm

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