May 28 2017

Coconut Oil’s popularity continues to rise

Coconut Oil’s popularity continues to rise.
Part 2: Take a closer look at the types of coconut available for purchase to help you choose the best one for you.

I hope you are enjoying this series on Coconut Oil. We’ve looked at the health benefits of coconut oil and the two broad categories which are available to purchase – refined and virgin. There are different variations of refined coconut oil, and this week we will look at what those are, as well as the wet milling processing of virgin coconut oil.1*

As we discussed last week, refined coconut oils are usually referred to as “RBD coconut oils” which stands for: refined, bleached and deodorized. A bleaching clay, not chemicals are used to filter and remove impurities during the “bleaching process”. Steam deodorizes the oil, and the end product is bland and odorless. RBD coconut oils have been around for several years now, are considered healthy and are the primary dietary oils consumed by billions of people in tropical climates all over the world. This RBD process doesn’t alter the fatty acid profile of coconut oil, so medium chain fatty acids are kept intact. (1,2)*

While refined oils are considered healthy, the process does strip away some of the nutrients. As we mentioned last week, virgin oils tend to test higher in antioxidants, but refined coconut oils are still considered to be quite healthy. There are several types of refined coconut oils on the market, and it is important to know what they are and how they are made.

First of all, there is one coconut oil you should stay away from as an edible oil, and that is Hydrogenated Coconut Oil. In hydrogenated coconut oil, a small portion of unsaturated fatty acids are hydrogenated, creating some trans fats, which allows this coconut oil to remain solid at higher temperatures. “…Trans fats are produced when hydrogen is added to liquid plant-derived oils, which makes them more solid, and they can raise your low-density lipoprotein levels. High LDL cholesterol can increase your risk of developing type-2 diabetes, heart disease or risk of having a stroke…” Though not found  in the U.S. edible oil market, it most likely is used as an ingredient in the confection industry in tropical climates. While standard RBD coconut oils remain solid up to 76 degrees F., the temperatures in the tropics remain higher than that most of the time. So in order to keep coconut oil solid at higher temperatures, it will often be hydrogenated before adding it to baked goods, candies or in margarines. So you don’t really have to worry too much about finding hydrogenated coconut oils here, but be on the lookout, especially when travelling to these tropical climates. (1,2)*

Expeller-pressed Coconut Oils are produced in tropical countries through mechanical “physical refining” from copra. This process is considered to be “cleaner” than chemical refining as it doesn’t use solvent extracts. Among these solvent extracts is “hexane,” a chemical found in citrus and an extraction solvent used in food production. It is used to extract edible oils from seeds and vegetables. (1,3)*

If you find a product simply labeled “Coconut Oil,” it is most likely an RBD coconut oil. Because copra is exported to the United States from coconut growing countries, it is here that companies refine it into non-edible uses such as cleaning products, detergents, body creams and shampoos. Some of these large companies have jumped on the band wagon and are also packaging coconut oil as an edible oil. These oils are generally cheaper, as they are mass produced using solvent extracts. Because it is uncertain as to whether  these solvents remain in the finished product, it is best to steer towards coconut oils refined without them, or the virgin oil options.1*

Another form of coconut oil you may find on the market is Liquid Coconut Oil, or also referred to as MCT oil. which is newer to the marketplace. :This oil, which stays liquid even in the refrigerator, is not really new. Typically used in the past in skin care products, it is a “fractionated coconut oil” that has had lauric acid removed. It is “…a by-product from the lauric acid industry. Lauric acid from coconut oil is known as a strong antimicrobial component, and therefore used as a preservative in many commercial applications. Being a saturated fatty acid, and comprising about 50% of coconut oil, once it is removed you are left with a liquid oil with a much lower melting point. So if you see this product online or in a store, just be aware that it is a highly refined product, and that it is missing coconut oil’s star component: lauric acid…” Lauric acid has such a wide variety of important uses. Among these is it is used to treat viral infections, influenza, common colds, fever blisters, cold sores, herpes simplex virus, genital herpes, genital warts, the HPV virus and HIV/AIDS.  It is also used to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to children, as well as treat bronchitis, gonorrhea, yeast infections, Chlamydia, ringworm and a parasite called Giardia lamblia. So, if you are going to use Coconut Oil, don’t miss out on this important ingredient by choosing a liquid oil. (1,4)*

Let’s look at a form of virgin coconut oil which is processed with “wet milling” and produces the healthiest version of coconut oil with the highest amount of antioxidants. “Wet-milling” extracts the coconut oil from a wet emulsion, or “coconut milk” rather than pressing the oil out of dried coconut.

Research has shown that the fermentation wet-milling process, which uses heat, results in the higher levels of antioxidants in virgin coconut oil. This process is not too far off from what people have been doing in kitchens around the world for hundreds of years. The fermentation process is a simple technique of extracting coconut oil in which a coconut milk emulsion is made from freshly grated coconut. The milk is allowed to sit and ferment for a period of time, allowing the heavier water to sink, leaving a layer of oil on the top along with some solids. The oil is scooped and heated, until the solids fall to the bottom, then it is filtered.

A study was conducted in India in 2013, which showed that “…virgin coconut oils produced by wet-milling and using heat produce higher levels of antioxidants. The study compared “cold extracted virgin coconut oil” (CEVCO) with “hot extracted virgin coconut oil” (HEVCO) and standard refined coconut oil (CCO) and was published in the journal Food Science and Biotechnology. Their testing showed that the “antioxidant activity in the HEVCO group was 80-87%, 65-70% in CEVCO, and 35-45% in CCO.” …”1*

Next week we will wrap up our series on coconut oil, exploring how to use it in cooking, store it and its external uses.

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May 14 2017

The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Published by under Immune System

Coconut Oil’s amazing benefits
Try this oil for better health both inside and out.

For years, there have been misconceptions about the health benefits of coconut oil. It was not at the top of our list of healthy fats. Because it is a saturated fat, it was commonly grouped together with other saturated fats such as red meat and dairy, which can contribute to heart disease when too much is consumed. But coconut oil is different. It is now being touted for its myriad health benefits with lots of research to back it up. (1,2,3)*

So why the change of heart? For starters, while the saturated fats found in red meat and dairy products contain long chain triglycerides (LCTs), coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These unique fats include Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid. “…62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these three healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat…”  Coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid, which is a key ingredient in preventing heart problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, won’t increase LDL levels and reduces the incidence of arterial damage and helps prevent atherosclerosis. There are also studies that suggest that coconut oil may benefit pre-menopausal women maintain healthy lipid levels.1,2)*

Other societies have been aware of the benefits of coconut oil and have consumed this delicious fruit as a main staple of their diets for centuries. These societies have among the healthiest populations. For example, the Tokelauans, who live in the South Pacific eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are among the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world, yet as a whole, have little evidence of heart disease.1*  

The short and medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can also help us lose weight. Easily digested, it aids in thyroid and endocrine system function as well. “…It increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight…”1*

Coconut oil also has amazing antifungal, anti bacterial and antiviral qualities. When consumed regularly, it helps strengthen the immune system and is commonly used as a topical treatment for skin fungus such as ringworm. “…The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. It is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash…”1*

We’ve talked a great deal about candida albicans. The Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil has shown to help in eliminating Candida albicans, and help with inflammation. 1*

Coconut oil is also great for the skin and hair, as it is an effective moisturizer without adverse side effects. It is great for preventing dry and flaky skin and repairing damaged hair. 1*

It also contains antioxidants which helps with such skin conditions as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis so you will often see coconut oil as the base ingredient in body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams.1*

As you can tell, there are so many great benefits to this oil that we have just learned about in the last couple of decades. If you haven’t experimented with this oil in cooking and topically, it’s time to try it out! Next week we will look at the different types of coconut oil on the market to understand which is best for purchasing for your particular needs. 3*


Healthiest wishes,






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May 07 2017

Do you always feel like you are getting sick?

Published by under Immune System

Chronic Fatigue and feelings of getting sick could be the result of this latent virus.
Many people have Epstein Barr Virus and don’t even know it…until their immune system is severely compromised.

A friend of mine has been struggling with feelings of chronic fatigue. Frequently, she would say, “I feel like I’m getting a cold,” or, “I’m starting to get a sore throat.” It often wouldn’t turn into much, but it would be enough to keep her in bed for a few days, and leave her feeling tired, but never really better. Her health care practitioner recommended she get a blood test to see if she had Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), and sure enough, she did!

Surprisingly, many adults unknowingly carry this virus. Often contracted in youth, it remains latent and in check as long as the immune system is healthy. “…By the end of early adulthood, almost all individuals demonstrated detectable antibodies in their blood to EBV, indicating past infection…” But when the immune system is severely compromised due to lack of sleep, poor diet and stress, these viruses can become active. (1,2,3)*

EPV has been around for a long time. It is a member of the herpes group of viruses which includes herpes simplex types 1 and 2 and related viruses. The Center for Disease Control suggests that tens of thousands of people have the infection, though many are just carriers and display no symptoms. Once we get EBV, it always remains in the body but most develop antibodies to combat it. While it is not fatal, you feel completely wiped out for a minimum of a couple of weeks and up to a few months. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, sore throat, joint inflammation, muscle ache, poor concentration or memory, fever, night sweats, allergies, hypersensitivity, headaches and visual disturbances. Mononucleosis, also known as “the kissing disease” is a contagious infection caused by the Epstein Barr virus. Its symptoms are typically sore throat, extreme fatigue, and swollen lymph glands in the neck. “Mono”, as most people know it, generally affects adolescents and teens. 3*

The main causes of EPV and mono are a weakened immune system. Because EPV affects people with weakened immune systems, it is imperative to keep your immune system strong and healthy. Once you have the virus, restoring the health of the immune system is imperative. As 80%of our immune systems originate in the gut, it is just as vitally important to focus on gut health. Taking Body Biotics Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ will help with keeping the gut healthy. In addition, practice the following to ensure your immune system stays strong.3*

Eat right! Lots of veggies with antioxidants and phytonutrients will ensure your body is getting proper nutrition. If you have a hard time eating enough vegetables, take two scoops of Body Biotics™ Life’s Green Essentials™ daily. This amount of benefit is equivalent to eating two large leafy green salads.

Get plenty of rest and quality sleep

Exercise regularly. This improves efficiency of lymphatic system which removes metabolic waste from our systems.

Minimize alcohol and sugar, which is food for unfriendly bacteria, which can compromise the health of the gut.

Take your Vitamins to include C and D, two vitamins many of us don’t get enough of.

Drink bone broth, found in homemade chicken soup in which you boil the whole chicken. There are beneficial compounds in cartilage and bones to support immune health.

Digestive enzymes can act against viruses, especially when taken early and in high enough doses. Talk to your health care practitioner about which ones would benefit you.3*

Take these steps to boost your immune system and keep it healthy. A chronically compromised immune system can have lasting effects on your health, so take care to address your gut health and your overall health daily so as to avoid Epstein Barr among other unwanted health issues.

Healthiest wishes,





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Apr 30 2017

Vitamin B12 essential for children for healthy cognition

Published by under Immune System

Vitamin B12 essential for children for healthy cognition. 1*
New research sheds light on the importance of Vitamin B12 in our diets, especially during the developing years. 1*

There is new research available out of Bergen Norway involving children and Vitamin B12 levels. It found that children who are deficient in Vitamin B12, have more problems completing cognitive tasks such as doing puzzles, understanding other’s feelings and recognizing letters. 1*

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin, meaning the body requires it to work properly. Found in meat, fish and dairy products, it is essential for cognitive function. It can be taken in supplement form, and is usually combined with other B vitamins, as with our Liquid B Drops which is a combination of Vitamin B 6, 9 and12.2*

This particular research project, led by Ingrid Kvestad at Uni Research in Bergen, collected blood samples from 500 infants in Bhaktapur, Nepal, to measure their levels of B12. They chose this region due to its poverty levels, because in regions such as Nepal and other lower income  areas of South Asia, people eat less meat and other animal products, and as a result, tend to have lower levels of Vitamin B12. 1*

After five years, the team of researchers contacted 320 of the children and had them complete various developmental and cognitive tests. 1*

.The results were enlightening. They showed that little ones with low B12 intake had lower test scores. They also had difficulty interpreting complex geometrical figures and had an inability to recognize other children’s emotions. It showed that children with Vitamin B12 deficiencies had impaired or possibly delayed brain development during their most critical developmental years, and that Vitamin B12 is vital for the developing brain.1*

Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Kvestad said, “Most of the Nepalese children participating in the study did not have severely low levels of vitamin B12, but their levels were suboptimal, below the recommendations for best possible growth and development.”1*

The researchers’ findings, which were published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, further stated that…”The number of children in low-income countries that do not develop according to their potential is large. Our results indicate that correcting children’s vitamin B12 status early may be one measure to secure a healthy development for these vulnerable children. We are currently in the process of confirming our results in randomized controlled trials.”1*

While animal products such as meat, eggs, dairy products, fish and shellfish are the best natural sources for Vitamin B12, vegetarians and vegans may not get enough. Look to foods fortified with Vitamin B12 or seek it out in supplement form. But getting enough is imperative as it helps with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, slows the effects of aging, boosts energy, and helps with mood and concentration. Vitamin B12  “…is also used for heart disease, clogged arteries and decreasing the risk of re-clogging arteries after surgery, high triglyceride levels, lowering high homocysteine levels (which may contribute to heart disease), male infertility, diabetes, diabetic nerve damage, nerve damage in the hands or feet, sleep disorders, depression, mental disorders, schizophrenia, weak bones (osteoporosis), swollen tendons, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhea, asthma, allergies, a skin disease called vitiligo, and skin infections…”(1,2)*


  • B12 is essential for the formation and maturity of red blood cells; increasing white blood cells and platelets in the bone marrow; and correcting hyperglycemia which is caused by B12 deficiencies.  This is important for women who are at risk of heart disease because it protects them by helping to keep homocysteine levels low.*
  • B12 helps to speed up the metabolism, allowing the body to burn calories at a faster rate*
  • B12 is known as the energy vitamin because it increases the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. This is important because Hemoglobin helps red blood cells transport oxygen to all parts of the body. An increase in hemoglobin makes fuel consumption more efficient, which produces a boost in energy. Increased energy helps reduce the stress and depression often associated with being overweight.*


Our Liquid Vitamin B 6-9-12 drops have a berry taste and our easy to take. Just squirt a dropperful under your tongue. Evaluate whether you are getting enough Vitamin B12 in your diet. This research study is an eye opener on how important it is for people of all ages.

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Apr 23 2017

Antibiotics from dragon’s blood?

Published by under Antibiotics

Antibiotics from dragon’s blood?
A study involving komodo dragons may have resulted in the finding of a new antibiotic.

It sounds crazy I know, like something from a mythical tale. But sometimes we just don’t know where this magical world will take us. Enter the dragon. The Komodo dragon to be exact. Scientists from George Mason University in Virginia recently isolated a molecule in the blood of a Komodo dragon which appears to have powerful germ-killing, antimicrobial abilities. This particular protein promoted healing in infected wounds of mice and is now thought that it could be a future antibiotic. 1*

The race to find new antibiotics has taken on greater urgency in recent years as more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to the existing arsenal of antibiotic drugs on the market. “Scientists believe this could be a step forward in the quest to find new antibiotics that are needed to fight multidrug-resistant pathogens…” If new antibiotics are not discovered, a global health crisis could be eminent. “…In February, the World Health Organization ranked the most dangerous superbugs, calling for new tools against them. According to the World Health Organization, drug-resistant infections kill 700,000 people each year. One study has suggested antibiotic resistance will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide – more than currently die from cancer – by 2050 unless action is taken…” (1,2,3)*

Komodo dragons live in Indonesia and can be found on five different islands. They have as many as 80 bacterial strains in their mouths some of which cause blood poisoning and sepsis. Interestingly though, these dragons seem to be immune to these otherwise harmful bacteria. In fact, crocodilians and monitor lizards along with the dragon can survive grave wounds, even lost limbs in filthy environments and they don’t get infected.1*

The team developed a synthetic form of this particular protein and called it DRGN-1. They found that it was effective against two “superbugs” known as pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, both of which are stubborn and difficult to treat. Both “…have bacteria that “stick together to form colonies (or biofilms) that are much more resistant to antibiotics than a single bacterium…” The study suggests that DRGN-1 “…assists wound healing both through antimicrobial activity and also by promoting the migration of skin cells to close the wound…”(1,2)*

This study, which was published in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes and funded by the military’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, revealed that DRGN-1 had three “valuable properties” for healing wounds. It put holes in “…the outer membranes of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, dissolved the biofilms that glue bacteria together, and it sped skin healing…” It has only been tested on mice to this point, and only on these two forms of bacteria, but scientists believe that the possibility is very good that additional studies could lead to the development of a topical antibiotic for infected wounds…” (1,2,3)*

As a side note, Komodo dragons are an endangered species and are considered ‘divine’ in their native Indonesia. For these reasons, those in charge of the experiment had to locate a komodo dragon that lived in a zoo. A 100-pound male named Tujah was located at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida.  Under the care of keepers kept the dragon distracted, they were able to draw four tablespoons of blood from his tail without anesthesia.

This study shines light on the current situation we are in with antibiotic resistance and superbugs. This global health crisis is being fought on many levels as scientists race to discover new antibiotics from varying corners of our world. As a reminder, only take antibiotics as necessary, and keep your immune system strong and your gut healthy. Eat healthy, take your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily, and stay tuned on this interesting development!

Healthiest wishes,





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Apr 16 2017

Have your Seasonal Allergies got you down?

Published by under Allergies

Allergies got you down?
Before heading to the pharmacy, try a more natural approach to alleviating allergy symptoms.

 Last week we took a look at allergies and how our gut health can play a major role in their presence and their severity. Is it any wonder that all roads, when it comes to our health, lead back to the delicate balance of the microbiome? After all, our entire immune system is affected by the health of our microbiome, and if our gut is unhealthy, our immune system is weakened, and health conditions, including allergies, are exacerbated. 1*

There are many things we can do to alleviate allergies and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany them. Of course severe allergic reactions are not something to take lightly, and for those with anaphylaxis, a certain degree of allergic sensitivity will most likely always be present, and prescribed precautions as laid out by a knowledgeable health care practitioner should be followed.  But there are many things we can do to alleviate allergy symptoms as opposed to always reaching for Benadryl or other allergy medications which are expensive, and can often leave us feeling drowsy or out of sorts. Wouldn’t you rather find relief naturally? Let’s look at several things you can do to improve your quality of life during allergy season.*

Heal from within.

The first and best place to start is by healing your gut. If you have been overindulging in sweets, alcohol and other foods and habits that damage gut health, it is time to stop. It is however time to start back on a diet rich in nutrients, and whole organic foods as well as increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. These simple steps can help balance your microbiota and thus, improve your immune system. Certain friendly bacteria are histamine-degrading strains which are particularly helpful for individuals with histamine sensitivities. This include Lactobacillus plantarum which can be found in Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO probiotics Consortia™ . (1,2)*

Increase your intake of fermentable fiber

By consuming a variety of complex fibers you can improve gut health as they act as probiotics for our healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, “…Plantains, cassava, or sweet potatoes are fermented by gut bacteria, resulting in the formation of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate, acetate, and propionate that regulate the immune system. Butyrate has been shown to reduce intestinal permeability to dietary antigens in a mouse model of food allergy and induce regulatory T cells, which suppress immune responses. In mice, propionate has been shown to reduce allergic airway disease…” 2*

Get allergy tested.

To make sure you are informed about what your body may be sensitive to and to avoid further exposure to those foods and allergens, consider allergy testing. When we continue to consume foods that we are sensitive to, it can cause low-grade inflammation and interfere with the healing of your gut.2*

Eliminate certain foods from your diet.

When it comes to food allergies, you may want to perform your own allergy testing by eliminating certain foods from your diet that are known to cause problems for a lot of people. Eliminate grains, gluten, sugars and dairy from your diet, then slowly introduce them back to see which ones  affect you and which ones don’t. Dairy can cause problems for a lot of people. “…Pasteurization of dairy denatures fragile milk proteins and renders them allergenic among other problems…” Note: Some people have serious food allergies that can be extremely dangerous and in those cases always consult with a health care practitioner to avoid serious consequences.*

Eat foods low in histamine.

By avoiding histamine in our diet, we can reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. Foods high in histamine include red wine, citrus fruits, fermented foods, aged cheese,  fish, shellfish, cocoa, and many more. (For a great reference on foods high and low in histamines, go to Resource 3 below.) Additionally, ask your naturopath about natural antihistamines such as quercetin or diamine oxidase, which is an enzyme responsible for breaking down histamine). There are also antihistamine herbs such as thyme and holy basil which can be used in cooking.(2,3)*

Rule out SIBO

Consider getting tested for Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth SIBO or intestinal pathogens. These are often overlooked causes of allergies and can be a common cause of histamine intolerance.2*

Eat raw, local honey.

Raw, unfiltered local honey can help with local allergies at it can contain trace amounts of pollen picked up by bees from local flora and it contains beneficial bacteria. It also has a low glycemic index. “…Consuming raw honey produced in your area can help to “educate” your immune system to tolerate these local pollens. A randomized controlled pilot trial published in 2011 showed that allergic patients who consumed birch pollen honey had 60 percent reduced allergy symptoms and twice as many asymptomatic days during birch pollen season…”2*
Use a nasal wash.
Using a saline solution to cleanse the nasal passages can help with environmental allergies. Taking other steps like keeping windows closed and showering after coming inside can help when pollen is especially thick outside.*
Remember, when it comes to your health, all paths lead back to the gut. Keep it healthy, and your whole body will be healthier. I hope you are not suffering too much from allergies, but if you are, try these steps to see if it might give you relief before heading to the pharmacy.
Healthiest wishes,




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Apr 09 2017

Addressing your seasonal allergies may not be what you think

Published by under Allergies

The key to addressing your seasonal allergies may not be what you think
In many cases, the reason behind allergies is an unhealthy gut


If you have seasonal allergies, they can really be a bother. But they are more than just a nuisance, they are the sign of an unhealthy gut. If left to continually get worse, they can even lead to more serious autoimmune diseases down the road such as eczema, asthma, psoriasis, migraines, fibromyalgia, lupus celiac disease, M, diabetes and arthritis. .Allergies are a mild form form of autoimmune disease and possibly your body’s way of telling you that more autoimmune diseases are in store for you if you don’t get the problem in check.

If we don’t balance our gut bacteria, we weaken our immune system and open the gateway for opportunistic and pathogenic microbes to grow out of control and play a dominant role in our gut. The byproducts of these pathogens are toxins. Some come in handy when they are kept in check by the good bacteria, but when bad bacteria play a dominant role, these pathogens overproduce these toxins….one of which is histamine.

Histamine is actually an important neurotransmitter in the body, but when microbes grow unchecked in the gut as a result of a poor ratio of friendly to unfriendly bacteria, an overproduction of histamine takes place resulting in the body’s functions that react to histamine, to work overtime, allowing excessive amounts to enter the bloodstream.

If you suffer for severe and constant seasonal allergies, it may just be that you are really suffering from an overgrowth of histamine producing pathogens in your gut. Many people say that they “developed” seasonal allergies as they aged. If the pollen hasn’t changed in an area, it may be instead a signal that the gut health has deteriorated. Gut health can decrease as we age, and years of antibiotics, stress, alcohol and sugar intake can take their toll.  So if you suddenly are suffering from seasonal allergies when you didn’t as a youngster, this is a sign that you need to get busy getting your gut in check.1

The good news is that even if you or your children have seasonal allergies now, you can deal with it effectively with a change in diet! “…Restoring a healthy balance of gut flora is the best long-term solution to resolving a histamine issue…” 2

Next week we will look at some solutions for treating your seasonal allergies.

Until then, healthiest wishes,



Seasonal allergies need not continue to annoy you year after year during what should be one of the most beautiful and enjoyable times of the year.   Spend some time and energy fixing your gut environment and reap the rewards by breathing freely again no matter how thick the pollen may be!

Children with autoimmunity issues almost without exception have a mother and most likely also a father who invariably show sign of chronic gut dysbiosis. Most women have been on the Pill for years before having children and have had many courses of antibiotics. Almost every single one has a health problem that is associated with chronic gut imbalance the most frequent being digestive disorders, hay fever and other seasonal allergies, migraines, PMS, chronic cystitis (UTIs) and vaginal yeast infections.

Therefore, if you wish to have children free of allergies, it is imperative as a mother to be to get your gut health in order before birthing them.



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Apr 02 2017

The whole corny truth.

Published by under GMO's

The corny truth.
Don’t be fooled when it comes to GMO corn.

 There’s a lot to love about corn! Roasted sweet corn goes hand in hand with summertime and back yard barbeques. It comes in a compact little package, so it is often roasted in the husk and sold at fairs and picnics. It is even good raw. It’s crisp, sweet and fun to eat. It’s an American favorite!

Corn aficionados will tell you that it is best to eat it within 24 hours of picking. Back in the day, older varieties of corn didn’t stand up to time very well. Within 24 hours of being plucked off the stalk, they would lose their sweetness or turn to starch. In the 1950s, a man named John Laughman from the University of Illinois created a hybrid strain of corn by cross-pollinating three varieties of corn. This hybrid creation was sweeter, and able to retain its sweetness longer. Since then, hybrids have been created that are as much as five times sweeter than the corn from decades ago and will stay sweet for weeks. This is great for large grocers, as corn can stay on the shelf longer…but many feel that what we have gained in sweetness has been lost in the taste of the corn.1*  

Unfortunately, our favorite summer time vegetable has gotten a bad rap of late, and it is due to the introduction of GMOs. Corn ranks high on lists of food products most likely to contain genetically modified organisms.  “…Since 1996, corn has been genetically modified, and according to the USDA, 93 percent of the corn crops planted in the United States contained GMOs in 2014. But keep in mind that most of that corn is field corn, much of which will be fed to animals, although some may be made into corn-based products like cereal…” (1,2)*

So how do we know what corn is grown from GMO seed and what isn’t? There is so much confusion surrounding corn and GMOs, that many people serious about avoiding GMOs, are giving up on this favorite vegetable all together, rather than deciphering the complexities of what corn products do or do not contain GMOs. (1,2)*

Most of the corn consumed in the US is either frozen or canned while the fresh corn we eat is grown on only 250,000 US acres. Field corn is different from sweet corn. Field corn is harvested when its kernels are hard and dry, and is considered a commodity crop. You’ll find it in the manufacturing of products such as high fructose corn syrup, livestock feed, ethanol, corn oil, various alcohols and of course in our processed foods!  Today, GMO field corn seeds produce as much as 90 percent of the field corn in our country. This is different than the hybridized plants we discussed earlier that occurs through cross pollination. GMO field corn and other GMO plants have “…strands of DNA added to achieve desired characteristics…”1*

In the past, less than 5 percent of the sweet corn raised in the US came from GMO sweet corn seeds which were introduced by Syngenta, a global agribusiness company. Farmers began planting Monsanto’s recently approved, GMO Performance sweet-corn seeds in 2011, with its aim to market their corn on the cob to consumers…1*

“…The new corn has been bioengineered to survive applications of glyphosate (sold under the trade name Roundup), an herbicide that destroys competing weeds. Planting “Roundup-resistant” varieties allows farmers to control weeds by spraying, an alternative to expensive and time-consuming­ methods like mechanical tilling. Monsanto has also spliced genes into the corn that produce toxins that kill corn-eating caterpillars, helping farmers reduce their use of pesticides. The poisons are derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a bacteria that occurs naturally in soil and is approved for organic agriculture. Fatal to insect larvae, most experts say Bt is harmless to humans and animals. However, Cana­dian researchers reported in 2011 in the journal Reproductive Toxicology that they found residues of Bt in the blood of mothers and fetuses. “More research is needed. The impact of Bt on a fetus’s development is unknown,” says Aziz Aris, M.D., Ph.D., study principal investigator and professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Sherbrooke…”1*

Although the FDA claims there is no “material difference” between GMO corn and non GMO or the traditional ­varieties, there is research that suggests otherwise. “…A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences in 2009 by a group of French scientists found liver and kidney damage in rats fed Roundup-resistant corn…”

The environmental concerns are that weeds and insects become resistant to both herbicides and pesticides such as glyphosate and Bt. If this happens,  plants will need to be modified again to  withstand increasingly toxic chemicals. Currently, it is estimated that over 26 weed species across 20 US states are Roundup resistant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency Bt-resistant corn root worms live in four states. 1*

Presently, “…Syngenta’s Attribute and Monsanto’s Performance are the two varieties sold in North America…” Because GMO crops are not allowed under USDA organic standards, you can avoid GMO corn by purchasing organic corn only. And many farmers are saying no to GMO seeds because their customers are against it. This is reflected in a 2013 Friends of the Earth study which looked at 70 varieties of sweet corn products, which included canned and frozen products, and found that only two of the corn products contained GMOs. “Monsanto’s genetically engineered sweet corn appears to be a big flop in the United States,” said Friends of the Earth’s Lisa Archer. “Companies here are starting to reject genetically engineered foods, and rightly so. They know their customers, particularly parents, are leery of unlabeled, poorly studied GMOs.” (1,3)*

As we roll into the summer season, visit your local farmers’ markets and organic grocers to buy and enjoy this summer favorite. It’s only available for a short time, so enjoy it while you can! But ask questions and demand non-GMO produce whenever possible. *


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Mar 26 2017

GMO labeling laws…do they exist?

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GMO labeling laws…do they exist?
Last year, Congress passed a bill requiring labeling, but is it enough?


Last July, Congress passed and President Obama signed a bill, which establishes a federal standard for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Within a few years, consumers will have access to tools that allow them to know whether foods in the supermarket contain GMO ingredients. But proponents on both sides of this debate are not really 100% satisfied.(1,2)*

GMOs are estimated to be in between 75% and 80% of our food. Though the FDA insists GMOs are safe for consumption, consumer groups argue that we have the right to know what is in our food.. Companies in the US claim that adding GMO labeling to packaging is too expensive, yet 64 countries already require such labeling.1*

“…The bill allows companies several choices for labeling. They can add text to a label stating that it contains genetically engineered ingredients; put a symbol (yet to be determined) on packaging to denote such ingredients; or use a “digital link” like a quick response, or Q.R. code that consumers can scan with their smart phones…3*

“…Many proponents of G.M.O. labeling contend that anything short of text will allow food companies to obscure the genetically engineered ingredients in their packaging. They object in particular to Q.R. codes which they consider discriminatory because many consumers do not have access to the tools needed to read them….”3*

The details of this new bill have yet to be worked out. That responsibility falls on the Department of Agriculture, which will have two years to write up the rules.1*

There are criticisms regarding the bill because by allowing companies to use QR codes, or 1-800 numbers as their form of GMO labeling, it discriminates against those who don’t have access to smart phones, or don’t know how to use them in order to access this off label information. Some are calling this bill “…the DARK Act, short for “Denying Americans the Right to Know,.”…”. Others oppose the bill because it isn’t as stringent as the Vermont legislation which will now be superseded by this federal law.1*

Many food companies along with farm groups oppose the bill, as they fear that being required to provide GMO labels will drive consumers away from their products, which is something that happened in Europe.. At the same time, “…the Organic Trade Association, which supports GMO labeling, decided to support the compromise, in part because the law includes some special benefits for the organic industry. It includes, for instance, a provision that allows organic food companies to label their products as non-GMO. (1,2)*

The battle over GMO labeling is not nearly over. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture tackles the details, they will have to decide whether such refined products as soy oil or sugar from beets should require labeling. They are made from GMO crops, but the final product doesn’t contain genetically modified material to include DNA or proteins…”2*

There are some companies taking the lead when it comes to these labeling laws. One is Whole Foods Markets, which will require GMO labeling in two years, and will hopefully set the standard for other grocery store chains. Another is Dannon yogurt. They announced that they will disclose whether their products contain genetically modified ingredients, which was to go into effect by the end of last year.2*

There are many ways you can avoid GMOs, which we have discussed in the past. But continuing to demand that companies provide transparent labeling regarding whether their products contain GMOs is one of them. BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ does not contain GMOs. Additionally, the consortia of friendly bacteria help to clean up the gut from years of consuming toxins, pesticides, sugar, GMOs and other chemicals that can damage the delicate balance of the microbiome. *

I hope you found this information helpful! We will keep an eye on upcoming legislation that may affect the results of these new labeling laws.

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Mar 19 2017

Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.

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Brands to avoid if you want to avoid GMOs.
Show your disapproval of GMOs by voting with your wallet.

What can we eat? If you are trying to avoid GMOs, your options can be limited. You have to do your research and choose wisely. Gone are the days of skipping happily through the store throwing whatever you want in your basket, thinking all food is safe and nutritious.

Years ago, our grandparents didn’t worry about the health aspects of the foods they ate. Several decades ago, we didn’t question where our food came from, as we still had the local dairy, butcher, and produce stands right in our neighborhoods, but that is rarely the case today. It is easy to live in ignorance and believe that all foods sold in the grocery store are safe, but there is just so much available to us for purchase that we just shouldn’t be putting in our bodies. It’s common knowledge that big business and money drive market brands, and big dollar advertising influences our decisions. And if people will buy it, companies will sell it. So who is really looking out for what we put into our bodies? You! Me! We are the ones that have to be our own regulatory agencies. Don’t leave it up to the government or big business, because they are looking out for the mighty dollar.

Let’s look at Monsanto for example.  This company is BIG business. And their insidious claws are getting into all aspects of our food supply. This is the company that got its start developing saccharin, which is shown to cause cancer in rats. Yet, they continue to sell it to the public, and are allowed to continue to sell it, despite substantiated research. They are also the company that created Agent Orange. And they have created the herbicide glyphosate, better known as Round Up. And because Round Up kills not only weeds but also crops, Monsanto has genetically modified seeds  that grow plants resistant to this weed killer.(1,2,3)*

Last week we looked at the many seed companies to avoid if you want to steer clear of Monsanto GMO seeds. And, we included the safe list of non-GMO seeds. This week, let’s look at the brands that use GMOs in their foods. Most of these are processed foods, that you might not even think about whether they contain GMOs. But they do.(1,2,4)*

Here is a list of brands that use ingredients owned by Monsanto and are therefore subject to genetic engineering practices (1,2)*


  • Aunt Jemima
  • Aurora Foods
  • Banquet
  • Best Foods
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Cadbury
  • Campbell’s
  • Capri Sun
  • Carnation
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Coca Cola
  • ConAgra
  • Delicious Brand Cookies
  • Duncan Hines
  • Famous Amos
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • Heinz
  • Hellman’s
  • Hershey’s Nestle
  • Holsum
  • Hormel
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunts
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Jiffy
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Kelloggs
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Knorr
  • Kool-Aid
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Lipton
  • Loma Linda
  • Marie Callenders
  • Minute Maid
  • Morningstar
  • Butterworths
  • Nabisco
  • Nature Valley
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ore-Ida
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pasta- Roni
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Pepsi
  • Pillsbury
  • Pop Secret
  • Post Cereals
  • Power Bar Brand
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Quaker
  • Ragu Sauce
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Smart Ones
  • Stouffers
  • Shweppes
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Unilever
  • V8 (1,2)*

 You can fight back by choosing wisely. Buy products that have the stamp of certified organic or Non-GMO. You will find many products proudly state that on their packaging. And if enough consumers stop buying the products that use GMOs, brands will get the message as they are in it to make money…so hitting them where it hurts will make them wake up to the fact that people want not only good tasting food, but food that is good for our bodies as well.  

Because there are so many toxins and chemicals in our environment and our food and water supply, it is imperative to continue to stay on a regular dose of BODY BIOTICS™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ daily. The friendly bacteria, along with the naturally occurring minerals in the humic and fulvic prebiotic blend help to isolate and eliminate the accumulated toxins and putrefaction that accumulates in the intestinal tract. By taking all of these steps…eating organic, avoiding GMOs, keeping your gut healthy with proper intake of SBOs, you will be on the right path for long term good health.


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