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,





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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,





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Sep 11 2016

Can You be your own Magic Pill

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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?

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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,





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Aug 28 2016

Different Microbes Indoors Outdoors by Neighborhood or City

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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,







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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,





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Aug 14 2016

Clear Connection to Obesity and Gut Flora

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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

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Aug 07 2016

Healthy Benefits from Fresh Summer Fruits

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Summer’s fresh fruits bring a bounty of health benefits.
Among summer’s fruits that bring supreme nutritional benefits is… watermelon!

It’s the best time of year for fruits and vegetables as crops ripen and are in abundance at the grocery store and farmers markets. Cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, plums and watermelon are just a few. Organic fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.. One, in particular—watermelon —  provides an especially high value, despite prior beliefs that is only water and sugar, with “…impressive concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C…”1*

In the past, watermelon had a bit of a bad rap as it was thought to be just water and sugar. But researchers are discovering it is much more than that. Watermelon has become a focus of recent research because next to tomatoes, it has one of the highest levels of lycopene. Lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient, is important for cardiovascular health and possibly even for bone health. Other important sources for lycopene are pink grapefruit and guava. 2*

Researchers have also found that the lycopene content of watermelon remains stable when refrigerated for a period of time. Watermelon cut into two-inch cubes and stored at 36°F (2°C) for over 48 hours had virtually no deterioration in lycopene content. (1,2)*

Another attribute of watermelon that interests scientists is that it contains citrulline. “…Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems into arginine (another amino acid). The flesh of a watermelon contains about 250 millligrams of citrulline per cup. When our body absorbs this citrulline, one of the steps it can take is conversion of citrulline into arginine. Particularly if a person’s body is not making enough arginine, higher levels of arginine can help improve blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health. There’s also some preliminary evidence from animal studies that greater conversion of citrulline into arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells due to blocked activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, or TNAP…”2*

Watermelon is also a great source for both Vitamin C and other antioxidants which help prevent the formation of free radicals, so important in cancer prevention. It is also a good source of beta carotene which is great for our skin and hair! “…Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine…”(1,2*)

In order to get the maximum nutritional benefits from watermelon, it needs to be eaten when it is fully ripened, as its  biggest increase in lycopene content and beta carotene occurs when the flesh of the watermelon goes from white-pink to pink. As it continues to ripen, and the color changes from pink to red, these nutrients become even more concentrated. Like lycopene and beta-carotene, total phenolic antioxidants in a watermelon also increase consistently during ripening, all the way up until the appearance of fully red flesh. The bottom line: eating a fully ripe watermelon can really pay off in terms of nutrient benefits. 2*

Lastly, and certainly not least, watermelon is an excellent source for both soluble and insoluble fiber, which feeds the friendly microbes in our gut. Just as BODY BIOTICS™ Bio Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ contains both probiotics and prebiotics, it is so important to consume both good microbes and the food they eat. Watermelon is not a super concentrated source of fiber, but it is usually consumed in large amounts, so for a low amount of calories, it can be a good source. It is also great for hydration due to its high water content, which additionally helps with digestion.(1,2)*

In one cup of watermelon, there is only 46 calories, and the following:

Vitamin C 16%

Pantothenic acid 7%

Copper 7%

Vitamin A 5%

Potassium 5%

Biotin 5%

Magnesium 4%

Vitamin B6 4%

Vitamin B1 4%2*


So indulge in this delicious fruit and all the gifts of nature we are given this time of year. If you can grow it yourself, pick it fresh from the vine or a tree, even better. Happy summer!

Healthiest wishes,







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Jul 31 2016

Sunshine is Good but Not too much

Published by under Personal Care

Summer’s hot topic: sunscreen
How important is it to pick the right brand and how, when and where you should use it.

It is that time of year to enjoy the great outdoors and the warm, sunny days of summer. Many of us seek out the sun at the beach, lake, pool or park. We all need a little sun for healthy Vitamin D levels, eyes and skin. Yet too much of the sun can lead to skin damage, premature aging and skin cancer if we don’t protect ourselves. So the question is, how do we best protect ourselves and which sunscreen products are safest?*

Almost all dermatologists recommend using sunscreen, but not all sunscreens are created equal. The purpose of sunscreen is to block both the UVA and UVB rays of the sun, both of which are absorbed by the skin. These rays affect our skin differently, and this difference is important to understand.*

UVB rays are strongest between the hours of about 10am and 4pm. When the skin is overexposed to these rays, it will burn, letting us know we’ve had enough. But constant burns will lead to damage of the upper layers, which results in age spots and a thicker and more leathery appearance to the skin. *

UVA rays are present whenever the sun is up. These more dangerous rays go deeper, harming connective tissues, blood vessels and can cause the skin to be less elastic and more wrinkled. They harm cells called keratinocytes which are involved in most skin cancers. The tricky part about UVA rays is they don’t cause sunburn, so it is hard to know how much you are getting. (1,2)*

An important way to protect our skin is with a broad spectrum sunscreen. A study from Queensland, Australia, home to the world’s highest rates of melanoma, found that people who used sunscreen every day were 49% less likely to develop melanoma after 15 years than those who used it occasionally or never. Those who used it daily had nearly 75% less invasive melanoma.1*

Most Americans use sunscreen. In fact, 80% of us used it last year, and spent over $400 million on it during 2015. Though this is our primary source of sun protection, it is curious that melanoma rates have soared. “..This year, more than 76,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease-up from 22,000 in 1985 and more than 10,000 will die from it. Millions more will develop non fatal, but potentially disfiguring basal cell and squamous cell cancers…”*

So why, if we are using more sunscreen, are our cancer rates going up? “…The primary problem, according to researchers is that “many sunscreens sold in the US don’t actually block UVA, the sun’s most damaging rays. When the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 1400 sunscreen products in 2016, it found that more than 750 of them did not provide adequate UVA protection. Worse, some had no UVA filtering ingredients at all…1*

“…In theory, sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” should filter both UVA and UVB rays, but in the US, that term isn’t a guarantee…”1*

The second part of this is that when we block the UVB rays, it fools us into thinking we can say out longer. Sunscreen with UVB protection prevents our skin from burning, which is really a warning sign that we are getting too much sun. As a result, we stay out longer, being exposed to the dangerous UVA rays that don’t show their effects until later.(1,2)*

Another factor to consider when using sunscreens are that many contain dangerous toxins such as oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, which was found in the blood of 96% of adults and children in a CDC sample of 2500 Americans who use sunscreen. The EWG annual review of more than 1400 sunscreens found toxic chemicals in both conventional and “natural formulations. “Mineral sunscreens are the first choice of the two groups EWG and Silent Spring, Institute, a group which investigates environmental links to cancer.  Most natural sunscreens use minerals such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to physically block rays rather than chemically filter them. 1*

So what is the best way to protect yourself if you want to enjoy the sun?

  • Take cover. Be outside, but stay in the shade or under an umbrella.
  • Chose broad spectrum sunscreens which offer both UVA and UVB protection. Products containing zinc oxide, provide stronger UVA protection than most other ingredients do.
  • Take care to avoid sunscreens containing the following toxic chemicals:

-Oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can mimic the effects of sex hormones.

-Phthalates, parabens and bisphenol A, which may act as endocrine disruptors, mimicking sex hormones and interfering with natural levels.

-Retinyl palmitate, a type of Vitamin A that is used because it conditions skin, but may speed the growth of  skin tumors when exposed to the sun.  According to the EWG, this is a serious concern, because many sunscreens contain it. Prevention magazine released a list of eight mineral-based sunscreens that contain no toxic chemicals and meet the EWG’s safety and efficacy standards. These include: All Terrain, Babo Botanicals, Badger Sunscreen Cream, Elemental Herbs, Kabana Organic Skincare, Raw Elements and Sunegrity Skincare. (For more specific details refer to Reference 1 below).

  • Dress for the occasion: Protective clothing, such as hats, long sleeves, and long pants. Some fabrics are specifically designed for UV protection. Eyes can get sunburned too so choose sunglasses that provide 99-100% UV protection.


  • Don’t be fooled by numbers: People tend to think the higher number gives them longer protection, leading to fewer applications. It is best to stick with an SPF of 30, and just apply more frequently. To properly apply your sunscreen, put it on at least 20 minutes before heading outside to give it time to be absorbed into the skin. Reapply every 2 hours, and more often if you have been swimming or sweating. (1,2)*

Remember, some sun is good for you! Our bodies need it. The sun today is different than years ago, as the ozone layer is thinner, so the exposure is stronger. But we need Vitamin D that we can only get in its best form from the sun. But you only need about 4-5 minutes of direct sun during peak hours of the day during summer to get the Vitamin D you need. Remember that you are being exposed to UVA rays whenever the sun is out, so use caution to avoid too much UVA exposure. 2*

Most importantly, enjoy the summer days. A line from one of my favorite Don Henley songs is, “…there’s just so many summers, and so many springs…” So, armed with this information, and a little common sense, enjoy your summer! It only comes around once a year and we only get so many in our lifetimes.3*

Be happy and stay healthy,






  1. Prevention Magazine, July, 2016 issue, The Sunscreen Deception
  3. The Last Worthless Evening, Don Henley

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Jul 24 2016

Constant Struggle to Resist Foods High in Sugar

Published by under Organic,probiotic supplements

Why is sugar so hard to resist?
Avoiding that hot fudge sundae might take more than will power.

Unhealthy dietary patterns are common for so many people  and contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.  Despite the fact that we know we should not eat certain foods, our  cravings tell us otherwise. For some of us, more than others, there is  – those we just know are not good for us. Even though we know the negative effects of these foods on our waistline, health and even survival, it is extremely difficult to change.  Our failure to break these habits is often followed with feelings of guilt and shame for lacking self-control.*  

Research is starting to show us more and more that maybe it isn’t that simple. It is not just a matter of lacking self control or discipline, but there is an underlying cause for these intense cravings and need to satisfy them. It is all about the gut and the population of microbes living there. Though they are residents of our bodies, they outnumber our human bacteria by 100 to 1. You’d think our own  bacteria would always have our best interest in mind, but if the balance of unfriendly to friendly is out of whack, the unfriendly bacteria living inside us, work against us in their effort to survive. (1,2)*

According to an article published in Bioessays, the “…evolutionary conflict between host and microbes in the gut leads microbes to divergent interests over host eating behavior. Gut microbes may manipulate host eating behavior in ways that promote their fitness at the expense of host fitness…” In other words, despite our best efforts to eat right and avoid sugar, fat and other processed foods, our gut microbes might have something else in mind, leading us to reach for that hot fudge sundae or piece of cake. And even though our brains are telling us to pick the salad, the “second brain” with the vagas nerve leading from the gut to the brain, wins out and rational thinking is lost. 1*

In an effort to survive, the bad microbes will cause us to crave sugar and junk foods, which is their food of choice, and helps them to proliferate. They generate cravings in our bodies, that result in us eating foods that suppress their competitors. These cravings can be pretty hard to resist, as they cause the host –us– to feel dysphoria or lows in our mood until we feed them what they want. We feel rewarded temporarily because our cravings cease and our mood is elevated…until the cravings start again. This is how the cycle continues. It is important to recognize this cycle and make a conscious effort to end it. “…They (the bacteria) may change the expression of taste receptors, making certain foods taste better; they may release hunger-inducing hormones; or they may manipulate the vagus nerve (which connects the stomach to the brain) to control their hosts’ eating behavior…”(1,2)*

Having a diverse microbiome is important. Overuse of antibiotics, poor diet and exposure to over processed foods can result in a diminished diversity of microbes. “…Fitness interests of gut microbes are also often not aligned, because members of the microbiota compete with one another over habitat and nutrients. This means that highly diverse populations of gut microbes may be more likely to expend energy and resources in competition, compared to a less diverse microbial population. A less diverse microbial population is likely to have species within it that have large population sizes and more resources available for host manipulation. Moreover, the larger a particular microbial population is, the more power it would have to manipulate the host through higher levels of factor production or other strategies…” Populating the gut by adding probiotics, such as BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ is key to increasing the number of friendly microbes in your digestive tract.(1,2)*

So, what can you do to take control of the microbial population of your gut?

  • Take BODY BIOTICS™ BIO-IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™ daily. Increasing your friendly bacteria will starve out the bad.
  • Eat organic. Organic fruits and vegetables gives you better access to soil born organisms like those in BODY BIOTICS™ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIA™.
  • Eat fiber. Fiber works as a prebiotic and is food for good bacteria.
  • Avoid antibiotics. Whenever possible, avoid taking antibiotics which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad.
  • Avoid pesticides and others chemicals that are toxic to your system.
  • Avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. Sugars of all kind are food for bad bacteria.*

I hope this helps you understand why we crave certain foods and with this knowledge, make it easier for you to listen to your body and know when it is tricking you into feeding the unfriendly bacteria. Make a concerted effort to feed your body the food that will benefit the friendly microbes, which will starve out the bad. As your balance of friendly bacteria takes over, you should find that your cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods, diminishes.*

Until next week, healthiest wishes!





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