Aug 25 2019

Let’s get to the bottom of bottled water

Published by under Drinking Water,General

Let’s get to the bottom of bottled water.
Bottled water is a way of life…see which ones ranked highest in a comparison test and know the environmental impact the plastic is having on our world. (1,2)*

During our last couple of blogs, we have explored the importance of clean and healthy water, whether we are drinking it or playing in it. It hydrates all things, is life giving and  life sustaining and without it, we couldn’t survive. Because water is so essential to our daily lives and well being, it is essential we get plenty of it and we protect this valuable resource for the future. It is easy to take for granted this readily available resource, but without it, life as we know it would cease to exist. 1*

Purity of water has gone to the next level with the bottled water industry. There is value in this and there is a problem with this as well. Bottled water is bringing clean water to people in regions around the world where water is undrinkable, and therefore saving lives. But the downside is that plastic water bottles are being consumed at alarming rates… 1 million plastic bottles being purchased every minute—or about 20,000 per second—around the globe. According to market research company Euromonitor International, The Guardian. Less than half get recycled, leaving them to pollute our water ways.  But we have come to depend on them and it is a hard habit to break. (1,2)*

Bottled water varies in terms of its health value. So which ones are worth the money and which ones are not? It’s in the eye of the beholder. There was a study done that looked at a variety of bottled waters on the market and evaluated which ones are better than others. 1*

The primary reasons people turn to bottled water are convenience and taste. Regular tap water can have a bad taste and odor because it has to travel a long way through multiple plumbing systems before it gets to us, and so can be inconsistent in taste. Chlorination is an inexpensive and effective way to treat water, but the taste can be off-putting.  Bottled water manufacturers go the distance to make sure the taste is good by using extra filtration and adding a blend of minerals and salts. 1*

A company called Test Assured decided to put bottled waters to the test. They looked at the different types of water on the market, and broke them down into four categories: 1*

Spring Water/Artisan Water

These are the most common of the bottled waters found in grocery stores and retail outlets. While most of these come from underground aquifers, Artisan water is tapped from a well, while spring water is sourced on its way to the surface.  Spring water can also be collected through a borehole.  Some brands undergo filtering or treatment, but not all. 1*

Sparkling Water

Two varieties of sparkling bottled water were tested and both brands, Mountain Valley and San Pellegrino, have carbonation added after they are sourced. But they differ in that Mountain Valley is spring water and San Pellegrino is a mineral water.   Mineral waters must meet certain specifications in order to be classified as such, must be naturally sourced and contain 250 or more PPM of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). 1*

Reverse Osmosis

Purified water can come from any number of sources, but most often, it is specially filtered or treated municipal water. One common filtration method is reverse osmosis, which purifies water by pushing it through a semi-permeable membrane using pressure.  The membrane, acting as a filter, traps unwanted particulate.  The result is demineralized and deionized water. 1*

Vapor Distillation

Some of the electrolyte waters tested were purified by vapor distillation.  Industrial distillers use large-scale boiling chambers connected by tubes to turn the water into steam. A compressor than condenses the steam back to water and releases it into storage chambers.  Contaminants and minerals are not affected by the temperature, so they remain and when processing is finished, the result is purified water. 1*

Infused Water

A popular trend right now is infused water. Water is infused with hydrogen, electrolytes and ozone and the manufacturers of these waters claim that added salts improve athletic performance, while hydrogen boosts energy and endurance and reduce fatigue. Adding ozone makes water the “cleanest and safest water.”  I have tried hydrogen water and it did give me more energy and endurance for the day. But, I’d need to try it several times to become a true believer. 1*

The tests performed on over 20 brands of water, included one for contaminants which included copper, chlorine, nitrites, and nitrates. While chlorine is safe to add to water as a disinfectant, levels higher than 4ppm come with a risk of increased risk of cancer, asthma and heart problems. Copper, which can leach into water supplies through rocks, soil, and copper piping, should be at levels below 1,300 parts per billion. Too high of levels of copper can lead to gastrointestinal issues and research has linked it to liver damage and kidney disease. Nitrates and nitrites which are found in soil fertilizers sometimes contaminate drinking supplies  “…The EPA recommends nitrate levels under 10 parts per million and nitrite levels under 1 part per million for safe drinking water.  Higher levels can result in developmental issues, blood disorders, and possibly cancer…”1*

Bottled water companies take extra measures to provide the public with water that doesn’t contain most of these impurities so in the test, they scored well. Tap water can often have high levels of chlorine and nitrates. 1*

The company also tested for alkalinity levels, which is the water’s ability to neutralize acid. If water is too high in alkaline it can disrupt the body’s pH and cause gastrointestinal issues. Studies show that drinking slightly alkaline water can minimize symptoms caused by acid reflux and other studies have claimed it can slow bone loss. 1*

Hard water is usually high in calcium and magnesium which result in an unpleasant taste.  The upside is hard water’s mineral content can help you meet your dietary needs for calcium and magnesium. 1*

Iron is also naturally found in the soil where it is absorbed by rainwater and aquifers and if water has too much iron it can cause an unpleasant taste and cause the growth of harmful bacteria in the water.1*  See how the different bottled waters tested stacked up against each other for these different levels. 1*  

There are water test kits you can buy to test your own tap and filtered water at home. You can also test for total dissolved solids, using a TDS meter.  “…The amount of total dissolved solids is a measurement of the weight of all solids that are dissolved in the water.  These solids can include minerals, salts, metals, cations, or anions…”  While a high TDS reading doesn’t always indicate poor water quality, it also reflects levels of minerals and salts in the water.  These occur naturally in some waters and manufacturers sometimes add them to purified water to improve taste.1*

So why do you drink bottled water? Convenience? Taste? Health? Before you purchase these products, think about the environmental impact plastic water bottles are having on our environment. According to, about “…480 billion plastic bottles were purchased globally in 2016 but less than half gets recycled, meaning most of this waste ends up in our oceans and landfills. Even worse, the report notes that the world’s increasing thirst for bottled beverages, especially in economically growing Asian countries, will bump these figures up another 20 percent, or 583.3 billion bottles, by 2021—fueling a crisis that experts believe will be as serious as climate change…”2*

According to researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology, in “…Lake Michigan alone, an equivalent of 100 Olympic-sized pools full of plastic bottles get dumped into the lake every year. Like in the oceans, the plastic trash in the Great Lakes breaks down into microplastics, which are consumed by fish and other aquatic life and moves up the food chain…”2*

You can still get clean water through home filtration systems and using reusable bottles that you simply wash after use and use the again. Recycle all plastic when able. Many airports are installing water filling stations where you can refill your own bottle. When you are done with your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, please recycle our bottles too! *

Healthiest wishes,






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    Aug 11 2019

    Know what’s beneath the surface before jumping in that beautiful ocean or lake.

    Published by under Drinking Water

    Know what’s beneath the surface before jumping in that beautiful ocean or lake.
    Don’t let contaminated water spoil your fun this summer.   

    There is nothing more delightful than jumping in the cool ocean or a refreshing lake during the height of summer. It’s a sure way to cool off, experience pure joy, and forget about life for awhile. Beneath that surface is a beautiful silent world teeming with vegetation and a variety of fish and other critters. Protecting these bodies of water is crucial so that we may continue to enjoy them for years to come.

    Swimmers beware. There are some unwanted critters swimming around that we cannot see. And for that reason, it is important to take precautions when hitting the beach, lake or pool this summer to make sure you leave as healthy as you came. *

    Have you ever experienced an ear infection, sinus infection or stomach bug after swimming in the ocean, lake or a swimming pool? There may be a very good reason for this. “…Research, done by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, analyzed 2018 bacteria testing data from more than 4,500 beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states as well as Puerto Rico. The results showed that 2,620 sites had at least one day of fecal contamination higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Beach Action Value.”…”1*

    With this level of contamination, the EPA estimates that 32 out of every 1,000 swimmers may catch some sort of illness, be it respiratory or stomach “…Swimming in contaminated water causes up to 57 million illnesses each year, according to researchers…” For that reason, the EPA recommends that in cases of contamination, the public should be made aware through posted warning signs to forewarn swimmers of the possible risk. Yet, the decision to post warnings are made at the local level, and each state has its own beach safety standards. So even though beachgoers may be at risk, the beaches won’t be closed if a state doesn’t follow the Beach Action Value, or follow a higher threshold for safety.(1,2,3)*

    “…Our data doesn’t tell us why the beaches are polluted, but we know that sewage overflows and storm water runoff tend to happen in large metropolitan areas. When it rains, the water has nowhere to go on developed landscapes like parking lots and sidewalks. It runs off into the street, pulling bacteria and chemicals along with it. That contaminated rainwater flows into the nearest waterway, or into the sewer. In some large cities, that’s enough to overwhelm the sewer system, which releases raw, untreated sewage. That, too, flows to the nearest waterway…”2*

    So what happens if you swim in contaminated water? What should you look for? And how can you avoid it? First of all, don’t swallow the water. Don’t open your eyes under water, and try not to get it up your nose. Here are some of the problems you might encounter from swimming in water with high bacteria levels: (1,2)*

    Digestive Problems are the more commonly reported ailment by those after swimming in contaminated water, usually due to a parasite like cryptosporidium or girardia. Norovirus, E. colii or shigella can also cause digestive troubles. (1,2)*

    You can get Conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) by swimming in the same pool with someone who has it. Pink eye  makes your eyes turn red, swell up and excrete a yellow fluid. Also caused by chemicals, pool chlorine can sometimes lead to a mild version. (1,2)*

    For those that spend lots of time in the water, Swimmers Ear can be a problem. The skin breaks down more easily when it is moist and allows bacteria to move in. (1,2)*

    Beware of hot tubs too. If you breathe in a bacteria called legionella, you can get a type of pneumonia called legionellosis or Legionnaire’s Disease. This germ can thrive in unclean hot tubs and is inhaled through mist or steam. It’s one of the most common waterborne illnesses in the U.S. (1,2)*

    If after a long soak in a hot tub you get itchy, bumpy, red spots, or Hot Tub Rash, you may have been exposed to a germ called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. High temperatures break down chemicals like chlorine faster than in a regular pool, which makes hot tubs a hot bed for this bacteria. Showering with soap immediately after being in a hot tub and washing your swim suit will help prevent this rash. (1,2)*


    Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) happen when algae plants grow out of control in either oceans or fresh water, releasing toxins. Every U.S. state with a coastline has had them. These can give you diarrhea, rashes and lung problems. If an area looks scummy or foamy, avoid it. Also, look for signs warning of HABs. (1,2)*


    Swimmer’s Itch is caused by a tiny parasite that lives in both fresh and saltwater which burrows into the skin and causes a rash called cercarial dermatitis. It comes from infected snails, and you’re more likely to find these in shallow water near the shoreline. Avoid marshy places and always rinse off after you’ve been in a lake or ocean. (1,2)*


    Leptospirosis are bacteria that live in lakes and rivers where infected animals have urinated. The germs enter your body through your eyes, nose, mouth, or a cut.  More common in warmer climates and where flooding from heavy rains occur, symptoms include diarrhea, red eyes, headache, fever, and jaundice (yellowish skin or eyes caused by a problem with your liver). (1,2)*

    There are certain organisms that live in warm coastal waters that can get in an open wound or cut and cause an infection called Vibriosis. Vibrio vulnificus, are sometimes called “flesh-eating bacteria” and though very rare, it can cause skin ulcers and lead to serious problems, especially if your immune system is weak. Therefore, avoid swimming in contaminated ocean water if you have a cut, scrape, or recent tattoo.(1,2)*

    Take these precautions to avoid waterborne diseases:

    • Look for signs that may be posted regarding high levels of bacteria or other contamination in the water
    • Don’t  go into lakes, rivers, oceans, swimming pools or hot tubs if you have an open wound
    • Take a shower after going in the water
    • Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea to protect others
    • Avoid water that looks murky or discolored or that has a strong chemical smell
    • Keep your immune system strong by taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ so you are less likely to be affected by bad bacteria that you encounter. We are less vulnerable when our immune systems are strong!

    Enjoy the rest of your summer, play in the water, but please be safe doing it!

    Healthiest wishes,




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      Jul 28 2019

      Just how Important is Clean Water

      Published by under Drinking Water

      The Importance of Clean Water.
      Whether you are drinking it or swimming in it, pay attention to your water.

      Water, water, everywhere. It is essential for life and all living things. Our bodies are made up of up to 60 % water. The brain and heart are made up of 73% water and the lungs 83% water. The skin contains 64% water while the muscles and kidneys are comprised of 79%. Even the bones contain 31% water.(1,2)*

      In order to survive, we must consume a certain amount of water daily.This varies depending on our age, and gender and where we live. Men, on average need about 3 liters daily, while adult women need about 2.2 liters. We get it not only from drinking water and other liquids, but we also get it from the food we eat. Without water, we get dehydrated, which can be fatal if it goes too long.We can go several days without food, but remove water, and we are goners. The same goes for animals, plants and all living things. (1,2)*

       While water keeps us hydrated, it goes much deeper than that. It fills our cells  and regulates our internal body temperature. Carbohydrates and proteins a protective barrier for a developing fetus. It lubricates our joints and helps our mouths to form saliva. It plumps our skin and keeps our eyes moist. (1,2)

      Water has the ability to dissolve many substances which allows our cells to absorb  valuable nutrients and minerals. When we take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, it takes water to make the dehydrated friendly critters come alive and flourish in our digestive system. It also takes water to flush waste from our bodies through urination. The more water we drink, the more we flush.Drinking plenty of water keeps us from getting constipated which helps us avoid getting hemmoroids and it minimizes bloating. It helps to detox our systems. Drinking plenty of water aids in weight loss as well. It also helps prevent kidney stones. If we don’t drink enough water, it literally affects every bodily system. So drink lots! Especially during the hot summer months and when we are exerting ourselves. We sweat, causing us to lose water. So it must be replenished at a greater level during these times. (1,2)*

      It’s important to drink clean water. But as water travels through the world, it picks up contaminanats, impurities, chemicals and bacteria that can not only make the water taste bad, but also cause illness. Water treatment plants clean our water, but it is still exposed to chemicals, bacteria and other minerals as it makes its way to yoru faucets.3*

      Water treatment plants kill harmful bacteria, filter out pesticides and larger particles. They add fluoride back into the water, in small amounts. But many take it a step further and get home filtration systems that clean out many contaminants. There are many types of water purifiers on the market, but the most well known and commonly used are activated carbon filters. Charcoal,  a very porous form of carbon, has a large internal surface area that traps contaminates. The larger particles stick to the outside surface, removing sediment from the water. Carbon also acts like a magnet and attracts compounds like lead and VOCs, trapping contaminants internally as the water passes through the filter. Chlorine and other chemicals are reduced via a chemical reaction when water first contacts carbon.

      Alkaline water systems add potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium back into the water. According to Eddie Diaz, at Blue Jug Alkaline Water in Austin, these essential minerals get stripped from the water by all the filtration processes. Drinking alkaline water “…dissolves acids in the blood with four main components: calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, which together keep the body running properly and healthy. With all the acidic foods, coffee, alcohol, air pollution that we taken in, our bodies tend to be more acidic. Drinking alkaline water helps balance the body’s pH…” Alkaline water can help neutralize the acid in your bloodstream, and possibly prevent disease. Disease loves an acidic environment and eating and drinking more alkaline foods and water can help correct your pH levels…” Body Biotics™ pH perfect™ is another good way to do this…just add this powder to your water.*

      As with most things, too much of a good thing can cause harm. The same with water. Water intoxication or poisoning is when brain function becomes disrupted as a result of drinking too much water. This happens because we increase the amount of water in the blood, which dilutes the electrolytes, namely sodium. When our sodium levels fall too low, we develop a condition called hyponatremia. In this case, fluids shift from being outside the cell to inside the cell, causing them to swell and when this occurs with brain cells, it can be life threatening. So, drink your recommended amount of water each day. 3*

      There are a lot of different bottled waters available to purchase. From flavored water to water imported from Figi. In a later blog, we will look at which ones are better, and which ones are not worth the money.

      The water you choose to splash in is also important, and this summer there have been reports of our country’s beaches having water too polluted to swim in. A new report found that this pertained to almost 60% of the country’s water tested beaches at least once last year. In fact, 85% of the gulf coast beaches and 75% of Great Lakes beaches were unsafe for swimming at least once last year.4*

      Lakes and swimming holes can have the same problem. Swimming pools that are not properly tested and maintained can also have unhealthy levels of bacteria. So if there is a question about how safe the water is, think carefully before going in. Oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds can get things from animals, sewage spills, runoff from rainstorms, or other swimmers. And while chlorine kills most of the germs in places like pools, hot tubs, and splash fountains, it doesn’t work instantly. Next  time, we will look a little more in depth at what some of the things to look for when swimming and what can be lurking out there.4*

      So while we are surrounded by water, we have to have it to exist and are 60% waters ourselves, we all must do our part to keep the water as clean as possible. Respect the laws regarding dumping chemicals and paints. Avoid using or overusing pesticides on yards that can lead to run off into our water supply. Push for laws that protect our water supplies. We are part of a beautiful eco system and water is such an essential part of this system for the health not only of ourselves but also for our planet.

      Healthiest wishes,




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        Jul 14 2019

        Let’s slow this medicine train down

        Published by under General

        Let’s slow this medicine train down.
        The constant bombardment of drugs from a marketing and medical perspective are causing some  health care practitioners to reassess the direction of medicine and prescription drugs.*   

        In our last blog, we explored the world of functional medicine. Functional medicine asks the questions, ‘ Why do you have this problem to begin with?’ ‘How do we get to the core of the problem?’ And ‘How do we restore loss of function?’ Functional Medicine, includes dietary changes, exercising and working as a partner with your health care practitioner to create a health plan individualized for your needs, genetics and chemistry. It is about making behavioral changes so that we live not only a healthy life, but a life full of vitality. According to Dr. Herbst, with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine,  “Functional Medicine is not a quick fix. It’s a process. It takes work and an active patient, or it won’t be successful. (1,2)*

        This is a different approach than that of Conventional Medicine where health issues are matched with a particular drug to best manage the condition. While we can’t group all practitioners into one basket. Periodically, it is good for all of us to  assess our own health and review our own drug list, if there is one. How many prescriptions are you on? Can a discussion take place with your health care practitioner to cut down that list? Is there a lifestyle change that can take its place?  So often people get on a particular medication, and just keep taking it, because they were told to do so. Setting time aside to talk you’re your primary care provider about what you are on, and if you can get off of it, are all good questions. Less is sometimes best when it comes to prescription drugs. As Hippocrates said, “to do nothing is also a good remedy.”(1,2)*

        There are some physicians out there who espouse reductions in treatment. They see the over prescribing and the overmarketing of prescription drugs in our society. And they believe we can curtail this onslaught of treatment. They call themselves “medical conservatives.” 3*

        According to Medical Conservatives “…We appreciate progress and laud scientific gains that have transformed once-deadly diseases, such as AIDS and many forms of cancer, into manageable chronic conditions. And in public health, we recognize that reducing exposure to tobacco smoke and removal of trans fats from the food supply have contributed to the secular decrease in cardiac event rates. Indeed, medical science has made this era a great time to live. The medical conservative, however, recognizes that many developments promoted as medical advances offer, at best, marginal benefits. We do not ignore value. In a plot of spending vs. outcomes, we define marginal advances as “flat of the curve” gain. On the flat part of the curve, additional spending, whether it be on a new drug, device, or diagnostic test, confers little benefit to individual patients or society. We resist the urge to conflate benefits of a therapy to a population vs. benefit to the individual.  The medical conservative knows that even when clinical studies show that a drug, device, or surgery reaches a statistical threshold, the actual benefit derived by an individual can be far less than what is advertised or publicized…” (3,4)*

        A recent book takes this a step further. It questions the way and amount that prescription drugs are being prescribed in today’s medical world. The author of Medical Nihilism is Jacob Stegenga, a philosopher of science at the University of Cambridge. Published  by Oxford University Press, it takes a serious and critical look at today’s medicine.  He suggests that many of today’s  treatments don’t work all that well and more importantly,  may be doing more harm than good. (3,4)*

        “…Skepticism toward medicine, sometimes called “therapeutic nihilism,” was once widespread, even among physicians,” Stegenga notes. He sites that in 1860 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Dean of Harvard Medical School, wrote that “if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind—and all the worse for the fishes.”…”  But when real cures and solutions were introduced to include  anesthesia, vaccines and antiseptic surgical techniques, along with truly effective treatments such as antibiotics for infectious disease and insulin for diabetes, criticism eased. 4,5)*

        It is the widespread consumption of certain drugs that are being heavily marketed to the public by the drug companies that he says are “…”barely effective and have many harmful side effects.”…” Drugs that treat metabolic syndrome to include  high cholesterol, depression,  hypertension and  type-two diabetes are often over prescribed. Diseases that can often be avoided by a healthy gut and healthy lifestyle. (3,4)*

        The author isn’t suggesting to get rid of medications, but instead to “…improve medicine, aligning it with what rigorous research actually reveals about the pros and cons of treatments. ..”(3,4)*

        He adds “…” there are a handful of truly amazing medical interventions, many discovered between seventy and ninety years ago. However, by most measures of medical consumption—number of patients, number of dollars, number of prescriptions—the most commonly employed interventions, especially those introduced in recent decades, provide compelling warrant for medical nihilism.”…”(3,4)*

        How we got here? Among the reasons he sites are:   

        Medical research is eager for positive results   When people are sick, they are desperate to be cured, and can be   prone to “the placebo effect.” Likewise, journals are anxious to print ‘good medical news’ for the public to read. Researchers get accolades when treatments are effective. Yet  “…conflicts of interest abound…” in medical research and according to Stegenga, “the rigor of research on medical treatments is inversely proportional to the benefits it finds.”  Lastly, the majority of research is sponsored by biomedical firms, who stand to earn billions from the approval of a single drug. ( 3,4)*

        The harmful effects of drugs tend to be underreported.  Too often, the benefits of a drug are overrated and the safety problems are downplayed or ignored. There is little to no data on patients who withdraw from studies due to adverse reactions to a drug.  This leads to a medications harmful affects being revealed only after it has been approved by regulatory agencies. According to one study, “…harms are underestimated  by 94 percent in post-approval surveillance…”4*

        Disorders are invented and common conditions pathologized.  The author refers to this as  “disease-mongering,” when common disorders now  have a name and a plethora of treatments being marketed to address them. This includes such things, according to the author, as restless leg syndrome, halitosis, ADHD, erectile dysfunction, male balding and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, osteoporosis and social anxiety disorder.(3,4)*

        Screening doesn’t save lives. Instead, it can lead to“false positive diagnoses, overdiagnosis and overtreatment.” With the advancements in technology and screening, every little thing is caught and now has the potential for treatment, whether it is necessary or not. (3,4)* 

        While Stegenga admits that the title of his book  “Medical Nihilism” sounds pretty severe, he hopes it will catch people’s attention. Another phrase he uses is  “gentle medicine,”  which calls for less emphasis on cures and more on care. (3,4)*

        Which brings us back to Functional Medicine and Conservative Medicine. Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ is part of the daily care we take to ensure a healthy microbiome and a strong immune system. Our Body Genesis™ when taken on a daily basis, provides essential minerals and vitamins we might be lacking. Our pH Perfect helps balance acidity and alkalinity and our Liquid B 6-9-12 drops provide the hard to get B Vitamins so essential for managing the stressors of our lives. Addressing our health at the core and staying healthy prevents disease and prescription medicines down the road. Listen to your health care provider, but be part of the conversation, ask questions, and take procactive steps to be your own best steward of your health. *

        Healthiest wishes,




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          Jun 30 2019

          Ahead of the Curve with Body Biotics

          Published by under probiotic supplements

          Understanding Functional Medicine
          Because you take Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia, you already are ahead of the curve.

          Functional Medicine is still a relatively foreign concept to many people. Of course it really isn’t new, as this line of thinking dates back to Hippocrates. But years of science, technology and a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry has steered medicine down a different course to what we know today. Conventional medicine, is the standard model of care in our country and in many ways, it is working great. (1,2)*

          In Conventional Medicine, when we get sick or have an ailment, there is a common course of action. We visit our general practitioner who then refers us to a specialist who puts us on a corresponding drug and treatment plan to match the disease. For many of the common ailments afflicting people in our country, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the treatment plan is pretty standard and generally everyone follows more or less the same plan.(1,2)*

          In cases of trauma, an emergency, infection, and acute disease, Conventional Medicine works miracles. But where it isn’t really working as it should is for the millions of Americans afflicted with chronic diseases. This has become a huge problem because chronic disease, to include diabetes, Alzheimer’s and coronary disease, is one of the biggest killers in our country. “…Six in 10 U.S. adults have a chronic disease, while four in 10 suffer with two or more chronic conditions…” Rather than addressing the core of the person’s health and asking why does this person have this condition or how did they get here, we have a country of people taking prescriptions and over the counter drugs that mask or treat their symptoms. “…Research suggests that more than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with some estimates as high as 70 percent; many in this group regularly take between two and four medications…”  (1,2,3,4)**

          With Functional Medicine, instead of just matching a drug with a disease, doctors asks the vital questions such as”… ““Why do you have this problem in the first place?” “Why has function been lost?” and “What can we do to restore function?” …”  This can mean dietary changes, exercising and working as a partner with your health care practitioner to create a health plan individualized for your needs, genetics and chemistry. It is about making behavioral changes so that we live not only a healthy life, but a life full of vitality. According to Dr. Herbst, with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine,  “Functional Medicine is not a quick fix. It’s a process. It takes work and an active patient, or it won’t be successful.(1,2)*

          It is more cost effective to stay healthy then to pay for doctor visits and prescriptions after you are ill. When people stay sick, you have to ask, who is benefiting from this? (Think pharmaceutical companies). Instead of masking or managing symptoms  after we get sick with prescription drugs that lead to other problems, it is about living a healthy life so that you don’t get sick in the first place and avoid medications as much as possible.”(1,2)*

          Functional medicine looks at health from the following perspective:

          We are all unique:

          Functional medicine looks at each human as unique and tailors health care for each person’s genetics and biochemical make up. It treats the individual, rather than the disease. Rather than addressing the disease directly, “…it supports the normal healing mechanisms of the body…” (1,2)*

          It is based in Science What happens inside our bodies is the result of a complex network of interconnected systems. By understanding how these relationships work, we can understand the deep functioning of the body. (1,2)*

          Body’s have the ability to self regulate. When our bodies are in balance, they can heal and self regulate. (1,2)*

          Our bodies can heal and prevent nearly all the diseases related to aging. Being healthy doesn’t just mean being absent of disease, but also enjoying a state of energetic vitality. By taking the right approach to your health throughout your life, you can avoid many of the age related illnesses so many experience. (1,2)*

          Taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, and following the guidelines we set forth in these blogs is one way that we all are addressing our core health and staying on the side of health and wellness, which is really what functional medicine is about. There is a time and place for Conventional Medicine and Functional Medicine. Understanding the premises for both will help you decide which path you would most like to follow. 2*

          Healthiest wishes and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!




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            Jun 16 2019

            Build a beautiful garden and reap the rewards

            Published by under Organic

            Build a beautiful garden and reap the rewards.
            Planting a summer garden brings a bounty of fresh produce that you can enjoy all summer long.  

            A century ago, gardens were in every back yard with fresh produce on every dinner table. But things are different today. It has become a lost art to many with busy work schedules, the ease of dropping into a grocery store and fast food restaurants on every corner. We don’t have to grow our own food because it is so easily accessible. We are incredibly lucky for this reason.

            But the more we learn about the overuse of pesticides, the over farming of land which is depleting our soils, and the fact that we often don’t know which country is the origin of that day’s produce shopping, it may be time to reconsider going back to the days of planting  our own gardens. There is nothing more rewarding than stepping outside to appreciate your own herb and vegetable garden, or fruit trees that you planted and tended to yourself. From breaking ground and tilling your own soil, to planting the seeds, watering, trimming, weeding and plucking. At harvest time, the joy of picking those fresh veggies and herbs and bringing them into the kitchen to be included in your meals is something that is lost on most people today.

            Having a garden is not always easy, but when you get the hang of it, it can really become a pleasurable hobby and way of life. Sustainable living is something we all might want to explore. And it doesn’t take that much room…just a small plot of land that gets plenty of sunlight and water. There are a lot of creative ideas for gardens in small spaces. One trip to Pinterest can spark your creative juices.

            Consider the many benefits of having a garden:

            • It encourages you to be outside doing physical activity in the sunshine.
            • It gives you the chance to get your hands dirty, making contact with the rich soil, exposing us to the natural soil born bacteria that we lack in our daily diets. Connecting with the earth is good for the soul. It takes you back to the days of making mud pies and makes you reconnect with your younger self.
            • It gives you the satisfaction that you grew something yourself and your efforts brought something so beautiful.
            • It saves you money.
            • It provides a wonderful education for your children about how to be self sustaining and that, yes, food does come from the ground, not out of a box.
            • It promotes healthy eating within the family.
            • It tastes so much better to have home grown fruits and vegetables.
            • You decide what goes into your soil
            • You can grow your vegetables without pesticides or fungicides.

            Not sure where to start? Do what I did and head to your local nursery and ask lots of questions. There you can get not only the advice you need but the soil, tools and materials to create a space that can flourish, Grab some mosquito netting to ward off any pests and deters any animals that might want to dig up your seeds or your plants.  The nursery staff can also help you figure out when to plant each vegetable.    

            So what if growing your own garden is not your thing? How can you still get the same fresh local produce? Hit the farmers markets! They are everywhere and getting bigger and better each year. According to the USDA Farmers Market Directory, “….The number of farmers markets in the United States has grown rapidly in recent years, from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 markets currently registered…”.Support your local farmers and you will know the areas and farms from which your produce was grown. Grocery stores have produce from all over, which is good and bad. But sometimes we are buying  produce and even fish and meats from other countries without knowing it. At the Farmer’s Market you can chat with local farms and find out about their farming practices.1

            Support farm to table restaurants. They work with local farmers to bring fresh local produce into their restaurants.

            Since it is Father’s Day, there is a segue here…after all, we reap what we sow. And so do fathers. Father’s plant their own gardens so to speak, and watch their little sprouts grow into amazing human beings. If it weren’t for our fathers, we wouldn’t be here. A father gives care, a nurturing environment and the resources needed  to grow a family. They provide the support and strong foundation for his children to build upon and from which to launch into the world. He weeds out the bad behaviors and ideas, and guides his children to grow upward. A father gets out what he puts into his family. Take time today to tell your father ‘thank you’ for giving you the environment, nourishment, love, and hard work that it took to raise you. If not for our fathers, we would not be the people we are today. If you are a father…thank you! If you have a father, thank him.

            In honor of Father’s Day, go plant a garden and watch how the care you put into it makes it grow. You’ll find it is not always easy, but it is so worth the effort.

            From all of us at Body Biotics, Int’l., Corp, enjoy your day Dads!

            Healthiest wishes,





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              Jun 02 2019

              What do you really know about Glyphosate

              Published by under Damngerous Chemicals

              Now here is something to whine about.
              Glyphosate is everywhere…yes even in wine and beer.

              Glyphosate, You’ve heard of it. Or you haven’t. But you’ve probably consumed some of it in the past week. Maybe even today.*

              Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s), ever popular herbicide. It is the “…most used agricultural chemical in history…” While glyphosate is used in over 700 herbicides, RoundUp is the most widely used and recognizable brand name. RoundUp was introduced in 1974, with more than 1.8 million tons having been applied to agricultural fields in the US so far and with 2/3 of that amount being applied in the last 10 years. (1,2)*

              Scientist Anthony Samsel, PhD dug up the patents showing glyphosate is a biocide and antibiotic. According to Samsel, “…chronic low dose oral exposure to glyphosate causes a disruption of the balance of gut microbes, leading to an over representation of pathogens, a chronic inflammatory state in the gut and impaired gut barrier…” A study in poultry found the chemical destroys beneficial gut bacteria and promotes the spread of pathogenic bacteria. (1,2,3)*

              His research also revealed Monsanto knew in 1981 that glyphosate caused adenomas and carcinomas in rats.3*

              Other research shows glyphosate may have the following effects:

              • May disrupt the endocrine system, affecting reproduction and the development of the fetus.
              • Stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells
              • Induce neurotoxicity and oxidative damage in the brain
              • Affect the balance of sex hormones(1,2)*

              Also in RoundUp are many inactive compounds that when isolated are not harmful, but amplify glyphosate’s effects. They can contribute to an ingredient’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. “…a 2012 study revealed that inert ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other added substances are anything but “inactive…” They “…contribute to a product’s toxicity in a synergistic manner. Even if they’re non toxic in isolation…”(1,2)*

              So what about the wine?

              There was a small sample test done by the advocacy group Moms Across America. (And who doesn’t love wine more than moms?) In this sample study, 10 wine samples were sent to be tested for glyphosate. All ten tested positive…even the organic ones, even though they tested lower. The highest levels was 18.74 parts per billion (ppb) which was an unnamed 2013 cabernet, and the lowest was a 2013 Syrah that came in at 0.659 ppb. The alarming part about this is that glyphosate is not sprayed onto grape vines, as it would kill the vine. Instead it is used to spray the ground on either side of the grape vines, and it is most likely absorbed through the roots and bark of the vines where it is translocated into the leaves and grapes. The organic wines most likely became contaminated by the glyphosate drifting over into the organic and biodynamic vineyards from conventional vineyards nearby. (1,2)*

              Additionally, glyphosate remains in the soil for more than 20 years, so it could also be due to an organic vineyard growing on what was once a conventional farm. (1,2)*

              The Munich Environmental Institute also found glyphosate in 14 best selling German beers. All beers tested had levels above the 0.1 microgram limit allowed in drinking water. Although no test have been done on American Beer, it is most likely to show the same results. This was a huge blow to the German beer industry as they pride themselves on having only the purest beer. (1,2)*

              Lab tests commissioned by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse revealed that glyphosate is showing up everywhere, in blood and urine samples, breast milk and drinking water. (1,2)*

              Now keep in mind, Round up became the most popular weed killer for a reason. It works! People don’t want weeds in their yards, and farmers want to see their agricultural crops thrive. It has become a highly successful agricultural tool. Ignoring weeds could affect food production, and with it we have higher yields needed to feed a growing planet population. Farmers see economic gains and there has been a decrease in other toxic herbicides.  The EPA has set tolerance levels at 200 to 400,000 ppb…the amount found in wine was 51ppb. According to a beer spokesman and reported in USA today, “…It’s such a small amount that an adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine or beer daily before causing a real problem…” (1,2)*

              According to regulatory agencies around the world, the Accepted Daily Intake for glyphosate is “…based on animal studies, human epidemiological evidence and knowledge of how glyphosate is metabolized. As a general rule, a hundred fold safety factor is built into the ADI based on the maximum amount that causes no observed adverse effect in animals. The consensus is that an ADI of around 0.5 mg intake per kg body weight is supported by the available data. In other words, a 70 kg person can take in 35 mg glyphosate a day without the chemical causing any problem. In the wines tested, the maximum amount detected was 18 ppb, or 0.018 mg per Liter. This means that to approach the ADI someone would have to consume 35/0.018 or 1944 Liters…”4*

              The long term affects of ingesting glyphosate in humans is not known, as tests are only done on animals. Only time will tell. Avoiding pesticides in our foods is the safest pathway. But how can we avoid it? Follow these practices:

              • Eat organic
              • Invest in a good water infiltration system for your home
              • Take Probiotics. The lactic acid bacteria helps break down the pesticides in your body and helps you to detox
              • Include fermented foods for the same reason.
              • Eating organic means avoiding genetically engineered seeds which means glyphosate being used less in the environment. (1,2)*

              While ingesting glyphosate seems unavoidable, regardless of how hard we try to eat a clean diet, you can do your part to help keep your body free of this chemical by taking Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consorita™ regularly to continue to break down and detox from the unwanted chemicals in our system. Staying informed and staying on top of your health is your best defense.  

              Healthiest wishes,






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                May 19 2019

                Why are nuts and seeds so good for us?  

                Published by under General

                Why are nuts and seeds so good for us?
                These simple whole foods are your key to long term health.*

                Last time we talked about different types of fiber and the importance of getting plenty of whole grains, nuts and seeds in our diets. These whole foods provide excellent fiber, as well as bountiful other nutrients, fat and protein. Based on recent research, eating too few whole grains, nuts and seeds is an underlying reason, according to researchers, for millions of people developing such chronic diseases as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancers. Surprisingly, studies conducted on nuts, have revealed they don’t really affect weight gain or weight loss. But they have found that people who do eat nuts live longer than those who don’t, by helping to reduce such risk factors as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and high blood sugar. (1,2,3)*

                So why are they so good for us? Let’s look at the different types of nuts and seeds available out there and their nutritional value.(1,2)*

                For example, one serving of almonds, which is approximately 28 grams/1 ounce (or a small handful) contains 3.5 grams of fiber, 37% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, and 19% of the recommended daily allowance of magnesium. Many studies suggest an almond rich diet can reduce bad or LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and oxidized LDL cholesterol which are particularly harmful to heart health. In addition, eating a serving of almonds with a meal may help lower the rise in blood sugar by as much as 30% as well as reduce inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes.  Almonds also positively affect the gut microbiome by supporting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, including bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.3*

                Hazelnuts are also high in fiber with 3.5 grams per 28 grams per serving and 37% of Vitamin E and 20% magnesium They were found, according to one study, to reduce total cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Eating hazelnuts  also lowered markers of inflammation and improved blood vessel function. 3*

                Pistachios are also high in fiber, with 3 grams per 28 gram serving. They also have Vitamin E and magnesium, and 6 grams of protein. Like almonds, they can help to improve cholesterol levels.3*

                Peanuts while not a tree nut, but a legume, are also high in fiber and have 21% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E and  11% of Magnesium. 3*

                Pecans have 2.5 grams of fiber per serving and have shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol in people with normal cholesterol levels. They contain polyphenols, compounds that act as antioxidants. 3*

                Walnuts have 2 grams of fiber per serving and are high in omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) This helps reduce total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol which increases good HDL cholesterol levels. Diets high in walnuts seem to improve a number of heart disease risk factors which may be due to their high content of ALA. A study of college students found that eating walnuts has beneficial effects on the brain as it seemed to improve their inferential reasoning.3*

                Brazil nuts, originate from the Amazon and are very high in selenium. Just one serving provides 100% of the amount of selenium needed. Brazil nuts have a great antioxidant affect. They decrease cholesterol levels, and improve blood vessel function and reduce oxidative stress along with inflammation. 3*

                Macadamia nuts have 2.5 grams of fiber and are very high in monounsaturated fat, making them an excellent part of a heart healthy diet. 3*

                Cashews, while they contain less fiber per serving (only 1 gram), contain other important nutrients and studies indicate they improve blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure.3*

                Seeds are another excellent source of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.4*

                Adding seeds to your diet can also help reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar. Here are some nutritional facts about seeds:  .

                Flaxseeds: These are also known as linseeds. They are a great source of fiber and omega-3 fats, particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).The omega-3 fats are contained within the fibrous outer shell of the seed, so grinding flax seeds helps to get the full benefit of the omega-3s. Flax seeds are high in fiber with 7.8 grams of fiber and 5.2 grams of protein. They pack 6.5 grams of omega -3 fats and 1.7 grams of omega 6 fatty acids. Additionally, they are high in manganese, thiamine (vitamin b1 and magnesium. Flaxseeds also contain polyphenols, which are beneficial antioxidants for the body. Getting plenty of flaxseeds in your diet helps reduce cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors to include high blood pressure and help regulate blood sugar levels. One study showed eating flaxseeds may “…reduce markers of tumor growth in women with breast cancer and may also reduce cancer risk…” 4*

                Chia seeds, are similar to flaxseeds because they are also good sources of fiber and omega-3 fats, along with a number of other nutrients. One serving, contains 10.6 grams of fiber, 4.4 grams of protein along with high levels of thiamine, magnesium and manganese. Like flaxseeds, chia seeds also contain a number of important antioxidant polyphenols.4*

                Hemp seeds are one of the few plants that are complete protein sources, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make. One serving provides a whopping 8 grams of protein.  One study found that taking hem seed oil supplements for 20 weeks helped people with eczema experienced less dry skin and itchiness. 4*

                Sesame seeds are commonly eaten in Asia. One serving contains 3.3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of Omega-6 fats, along with high levels of copper, manganese and magnesium. They contain a lot of lignans, with one in particular called sesamin. Studies have shown that sesamin gets converted by the gut bacteria into another type of lignin called enterolactone, which can act like the sex hormone estrogen. Low levels of  lignans in the body have been associated with  heart disease and breast cancer.  “…One study found that postmenopausal women who ate 50 grams of sesame seed powder daily for five weeks had significantly lower blood cholesterol and improved sex hormone status…”4*

                Sesame seeds may also help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which can worsen symptoms of many disorders, including arthritis.4*

                Pumpkin seeds are one of the most popular seeds and are an excellent source of omega-6 fats, monounsaturated fats and phosphorus. One serving contains 1.7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. They are a good source of phytosterols, which help lower blood cholesterol, reduce breast cancer, and even reduce the risk of getting bladder stones in children by reducing levels of calcium in the urine. Other studies have shown pumpkin seed oil to improve symptoms of prostate and urinary disorders.4*

                Sunflower seeds contain 2.4 grams of fiber, 5.8 grams of protein along with a good amount of monounsaturated fat, Omega-6 fats, Vitamin E, Manganese and Magnesium. They are associated with reduced inflammation in middle-aged to older people, reducing the risk of heart disease.4*

                Don’t be fooled thinking that nut milks are a substitute for eating the actual nut or seed. While they are a good alternative to dairy, they are NOT a substitute for eating whole nuts and seeds! Many contain a very small amount of the actual nut or seed, and rather a lot of water.*

                Here are a few tips for fitting in more fiber, nuts and seeds into your diet.

                For breakfast choose a high-fiber breakfast cereal, something that contains 5 or more grams of fiber per serving.  Choose whole oats or steel cut oats and add nuts and seeds along with some banana. Choose whole grain, seeded bread for your toast. Add nuts and fruit to your pancakes. Top fresh fruit with some yogurt and nuts. Add seeds to your smoothies. Mash up some avocado and put it on Ezekiel toast and top that with pistachios. *

                For lunch, top your salads with nuts and seeds, or even add sesame seeds to your sandwiches. One of my favorite salads is spinach, walnuts, mandarin oranges and avocado with citrus vinaigrette. Avocado, tomato, sprouts and sunflower seeds on a sandwich are delicious.*

                For dinner, use brown rice or wild rice as opposed to white rice, and use your blender to make a nut sauce to top off your vegetables. There are great recipes on the internet. Use tahini on steamed vegetables or as a spread. Make a lentil soup or other vegetable soup and sprinkle with  nuts. Once you start adding nuts and seeds to all your meals, you will get hooked.*  

                Snacks: Fresh fruits, raw vegetables, a hand full of seeds or nuts are an excellent, high energy snack. Try grabbing those before a high calorie, low nutritional value cookie or chips. It’s a great way to get your healthy dose of nuts and seeds, and will help you manage your weight and get your seed and nut intake also.*


                Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs water! And be sure to continue with your daily intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Keeping the gut healthy, will only help with the nutritional absorption of all these healthy foods.*


                Healthiest wishes,








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                  May 05 2019

                  Add years to your life by adding fiber to your diet

                  Published by under Colon Cleanse,Drinking Water

                  Add years to your life by adding fiber to your diet. *
                  Fiber does more than keep you regular but can extend your life. *

                  During a previous blog in April, I shared a research study by the Global Burden of Disease, which was published in The Lancet, which tracked trends of the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries from the years 1990 to 2017. The results of the study showed that “…one in five deaths globally — equivalent to 11 million deaths” — were associated with poor diet, which contributes to a range of chronic diseases. The researchers quantified the impact that eating a poor diet can have on diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, the non-communicable diseases which lead to death.(1,2)*

                  According to this study, there were more deaths in 2017 as a result of consuming too little of the good foods such as nuts and seeds, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as opposed to eating too much of the bad foods such as transfats, processed and red meat and sugary drinks.(1,2)*

                  So in other words, we need to place a priority on ensuring certain foods are included in our diets as well as making sure certain foods are excluded. 1*

                  The primary foods that were being left out of people’s daily diets and that the research reported is at the core of millions of otherwise easily avoided premature deaths around the world, is whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables…basically, dietary fibers. This week, let’s look at why these foods are so important.1*

                  For starters, consuming foods rich in fiber, to include whole grains, nuts and seeds provides excellent prebiotics for the healthy bacteria residing in our microbiome. The more good bacteria have to feast on, the more they will diversify and multiply. This results in plenty of digestive health benefits to include regular bowel movements, less constipation and an overall healthy immune system. Committing to a regular regimen of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ ensures we are getting the friendly critters otherwise missed as a result of the depleted soils in which commercial produce is grown due to modern day agricultural practices.*

                  But dietary fiber in the form of whole grains, nuts and seeds does more than maintain a healthy gut. It helps us to manage our weight, reduces our risk of coronary heart disease as well as lowers our risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and cancer. High-fiber foods help us to feel full with fewer calories and our bodies utilize the calories more quickly than meats, or processed foods.  (1,2)*

                  Eat a high-fiber diet for great health benefits:

                  • Lower cholesterol levels.Studies also have shown that high-fiber foods such as oats, flaxseed, beans and oat bran can help lower cholesterol levels in the blood by lowering low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol levels.  Other benefits include reducing blood pressure and inflammation.(3,4,5)*
                  • Fiber, especially soluble fiber has shown to slow the absorption of sugar High fiber diets improve blood sugar levels in diabetics. Eating a diet high in dietary fiber helps reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.5*
                  • Normal bowel movements.“…Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool…”(3,4,5)*
                  • Maintain or improve bowel health.Your risk of developing pesky hemorrhoids and diverticulitis (small pouches in your colon) can be minimized by eating a high fiber diet.. Studies have found high-fiber diets will likely lower the risk of colorectal cancer. 5*
                  • Achieve a healthy weight Eating diets high in dietary fiber help keep weight down because high-fiber foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, leaving us satisfied sooner and longer. High-fiber foods tend to take longer to eat (think brussel sprouts vs. cookie) and tend to be more “energy dense,” which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.5*
                  • Helps you live longer.As in the study mentioned above, increasing your dietary fiber intake — especially whole grains, nuts and seeds — is associated with a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, all cancers and developing type 2 diabetes.5*

                  There are two types of dietary fiber…Soluble, which dissolves in water, and insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve.

                  • For example…soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and syllium. It dissolves in water to form a “ gel-like’ material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
                  • Insoluble fiber is the fiber that promotes the movement of food through the digestive system and increases the bulkiness of the stool, which is good for those who get easily constipated. Examples of insoluble fiber are nuts, wheat bran, beans and such vegetables as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green beans and artichokes. 5*

                  According to the Institute of Medicine, the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber for men and women is as follows:

                  Men aged 50 and under: 38 grams per day

                  Men aged 51 and over: 30 grams per day

                  Women aged 50 and under: 25rams per day

                  Women aged 51 and over: 21 grams per day5*

                  During our next blog we will look at how to add more fiber to your diet, and specific health benefits of different types of nuts and seeds. We’ll also look at a couple of ideas for recipes to make fiber not only a healthy addition but a tasty addition to your daily meals.  

                  Healthiest wishes,





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                    Apr 21 2019

                    Super Bugs Resist Treatments

                    Published by under antibacterials,Antibiotics

                    Fungi resistant to treatment cause new concern in the fight against super bugs.1*
                    Nearly 600 cases have been discovered in the US and officials worry this number is going to rise. 1*

                    Antibiotic resistant bacteria remain a growing concern for health care providers worldwide. And now a new bacteria– a fungus– has been making headlines for its mysterious origin as well as its drug resistance. “…This germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa…”1*

                    According to the CDC, “…Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for three main reasons:

                    1. It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections.
                    2. It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods, and it can be misidentified in labs without specific technology. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management.
                    3. It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings. For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread…”2*

                    For years, the overuse of antibiotics has been reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics that have been saving lives. “…But lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a new and frightening dimension to a phenomenon that is undermining a pillar of modern medicine…”

                    The CDC is working to limit the spread of the drug resistant C. auris. And investigators are working to determine its origin.  CDC investigators have a theory that it started in Asia and spread from there. “…But when the agency compared the entire genome of auris samples from India and Pakistan, Venezuela, South Africa and Japan, it found that its origin was not a single place, and there was not a single auris strain…”1*

                    In the US, there have been 587 cases of people contracting C. auris, with the majority in New York, Illinois and New Jersey, according to the CDC.  Most cases have been in nursing homes.(1,4)*

                    “…The earliest known case in the United States involved a woman who arrived at a New York Hospital on May 6, 2013, seeking care for respiratory failure. She was 61 and from the United Arab Emirates, and she died a week later, after testing positive for the fungus. At the time, the hospital hadn’t thought much of it, but three years later, it sent the case to the CDC after reading the agency’s June 2016 advisory…”  1*

                    There have been outbreaks in hospitals in England, Spain, and other places, but health officials are not disclosing outbreaks because they don’t want to cause panic, and scare patients regarding a situation over which they have little control and of which they are unclear of the risks. The CDC has an agreement with states that they can’t disclose the hospital name or location in outbreaks. Patient advocates are furious, feeling patients should know the risks of entering a health care facility, especially when deciding on a hospital for a non emergency, such as elective surgery. 1*

                    “…”Why the heck are we reading about an outbreak almost a year and a half later –and not have it front-page news the day after it happens?” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a physician in Kentucky and board chairman of Health Watch USA, a nonprofit patient advocacy group. “You wouldn’t tolerate this at a restaurant with a food poisoning outbreak.”…”1*

                    Health officials counter that revealing information about a situation they can do nothing about, when the risks are unclear, just frightens the public.1*

                    World health leaders have pleaded against the overuse of antimicrobials to combat bacteria and fungi, yet they are still rampantly prescribed by health care professionals worldwide. “…Antibiotics and antifungals are both essential to combat infections in people, but antibiotics are also used widely to prevent disease in farm animals and antifungals are also applied to prevent agricultural plants from rotting. Some scientists cite evidence that rampant use of fungicides on crops is contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans…” 1*

                    Azoles are a fungicide used to combat fungus in the soil and “…have created an environment so hostile that the fungi are evolving, with resistant strains surviving…” As antibiotics are used in farm animal production, azoles are used on crops, such as potatoes, beans, wheat, tomatoes and onions. ”… C. Auris actually has existed for thousands of years, hidden in the world’s crevices, a not particularly aggressive bug. But as azoles began destroying more prevalent fungi, an opportunity arrived for C. auris to enter the breach, a germ that had the ability to readily resist fungicides not suitable for a world in which fungi less able to resist are under attack…”1*

                    Superbugs don’t necessarily kill everyone, but are most dangerous to those whose immune systems are compromised, such as newborns, older people, diabetics, smokers and those with autoimmune disorders taking steroids that suppress the body’s defenses. But there is concern among researchers. “…Scientists say that unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations…” A study conducted by the British Government concluded that unless something is done about this mounting problem, the number of people expected to die worldwide from infections resistant to drugs in 2050 could be 10 million people…2 million more than are expected to die from cancer. 1*

                    Christina Cuomo, a senior group leader of the Fungal Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University sang a less threatening tune ,”…I think that something just for the general public to be aware of is that people are not at risk. This group of [affected] patients already have medical issues, such as people who are hospitalized. The CDC reported very well on this and they’re the primary group within the United States that has been tracking and monitoring it. They’ve been very open on their website about reporting cases around the United States. But it is still pretty rare in the United States. I think it’s just getting a lot of attention right now and I think all of us have to have our eyes on it because we’re concerned about it increasing. So we’re trying to be proactive in responding to it…”3*

                    Health care institutions are working hard to control the spread of the infection and also that “…the germ is not a health threat to the general public. The people at the greatest risk are those who have compromised immune systems, typically through illness and age, and who are in hospitals and nursing homes where many infections are carried and transmitted…”4*

                    Given this information, it reinforces the need to keep your own immune system is at its best. Eating organic produce, meats and dairy in order to avoid hidden pesticides and fungicides can only further protect you. Stay healthy so as to avoid hospitals. Keep your gut healthy and your immune system fortified with Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Knowing that scientists and health care professionals around the globe are working very hard to find new solutions also provides comfort. Forewarned is forearmed, so stay the course with your own healthy lifestyle.

                    Healthiest wishes,






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