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In This Issue: Obama Declares H1N1 Pandemic National Emergency, Why Probiotics, Understanding Your Body's Acid Alkaline Balance, Essential Flora

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Obama Declares H1N1 Pandemic a National Emergency


In an unprecedented move, this past weekend President Obama declared the H1N1 Pandemic a national emergency.  Most mainstream media outlets are parroting the white house byline that there is "no cause for alarm". 

According to Anne Schouchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, "It's really more of a continuation of our preparedness steps".


Oh really... preparedness for what? That is the multi-billion dollar question. 

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Why Probiotics?

It is said that eighty percent of our immune cells are located in the gut. This makes sense when you consider that most of the harmful pathogens that routinely enter the body do so through the digestive system.

Probiotics are therefore perhaps the most important single form of nutritional supplementation available today. 
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Understanding Your Body's Acid/Alkaline Balance

The human body is in a constant state of flux, always seeking to maintain a metabolic state of balance known as homeostasis.  Perhaps the most critical self-regulating function the body has to perform is the removal of metabolic wastes and maintaining an internal environment that is slightly alkaline.  This is God s way of making our bodies unfriendly territory to destructive viruses, bacteria and fungi and virtually impregnable to disease.


However, this task is becoming increasingly more difficult as our planet and our bodies become more and more polluted.  

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Essential Flora is the most potent and advanced probiotic supplement now available. It contains fifteen different strains of the most effective and well-researched beneficial microorganisms needed by the human body. Resident and transient strains of compatible flora are stabilized and perfectly blended in natural proportion (unlike other broad-spectrum formulas) to produce a uniquely powerful immune system supplement.

While most "High Potency" probiotic products contain only 1 to 5 billion viable cells per capsule, Essential Flora offers 15 BILLION active cultures per vegetable cap - guaranteed through the expiration date!

* Dairy Free
* Vegetarian Formula
* Hypoallergenic

What sets Essential Flora apart from other products?

* Acid & Bile Resistant Strains
* Room Temperature Stable Strains
* GMP Standard Manufacturing
* Micro-Encapsulated Strains
* Vegetarian Capsules
* Cold Processing Technology

"Most Strains and Highest Potency"

In a recent comparison by, a third-party testing organization on the Web, no less than 25 probiotic products were tested to see if they had the potency and the strains that they claimed. Of those 25, 8 completely failed the test with less than 1% of the claimed number of live bacteria. In fact, 6 products had only a few thousand live bacteria of the expected minimum of 1 billion!

The report from stated, products that did not claim a specific number of live bacteria at time of use were much more likely to have been low in live bacteria. It is quite likely that products low in bacteria may not work. Some clinical studies have shown that products with less than 1 billion live bacteria may be ineffective.



Inside each of us is a vast ecosystem made up of billions of microorganisms. They coexist, sometimes harmoniously, but often in conflict. This unseen world is largely responsible for maintaining the body's vital chemical and hormone balance.

Resident friendly bacteria, or "probiotics" form dense colonies on the mucosal surface of the gastrointestinal tract, creating a protective barrier against pathogens. By competing for space and nutrients, they safeguard us from harmful viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeast.

Transient probiotic strains take up temporary residence in the GI tract as they are passing through, but nonetheless perform critical functions in maintaining health.

Our bodies were designed to host both friendly and harmful flora in a complex symbiotic relationship from which we normally enjoy tremendous benefit.


However, the delicate balance of power in the gut can be shifted dramatically by:

* Antibiotics, NSAIDs and Corticosteroid drugs
* Drinking chlorinated water, sodas and other carbonated beverages
* Sugar, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods
* Diet high in rich and fatty foods
* Stress

The resulting disruption in gut ecology is known as dysbiosis, and can quickly lead to serious health problems. In fact, some health professionals believe that intestinal flora imbalance is the root cause of up to 90 percent of all chronic illness! For centuries, wise practitioners (and mothers) have addressed this problem with fermented food products such as cultured yogurt, cottage cheese and buttermilk.

However, today's commercial food products may not contain adequate amounts of beneficial bacteria, or they may be contaminated with other unwanted ingredients. Probiotic supplements offer convenience, therapeutic dosages and tangible benefits.

Possible Benefits of Taking Essential Flora!

Probiotics help to restore optimum microbial balance to the GI tract which may:

* Strengthen the immune system
* Enhance the production of B vitamins and enzymes to improve digestion
* Promote the synthesis of natural antibiotic compounds
* Inhibit the growth of unfriendly microbes
* Alleviate skin conditions, allergies and chronic fatigue
* Lower cholesterol levels

* Relieve occasional diarrhea, gas or constipation
* Lessen depression and mood swings
* Reduce chronic yeast infections and dairy product sensitivities
* Improve absorption of vital nutrients

What's in it for you?

Lactobacillus salivarius- This particular microorganism has the unique ability to eradicate the dreaded Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) bacteria, which is considered a major cause of peptic ulcers. It interferes with the normal defenses against stomach acid and/or produces a toxin that contributes to peptic ulcer formation. The traditional treatment involves antibiotics, but this does not always eradicate to organism and is often accompanied by harmful side effects. It can also become resistant to antibiotics. L. salivarius was discovered by researchers to be able to produce a high amount of lactic acid and thus completely inhibit the growth of H. pylori and reduce associated inflammatory response. It is also effective against pathogenic organisms such as Salmonella typhimurium.

Lactobacillus casei- this microorganism is reported in Microbiology and Immunology to have the most potent protective activity against the potentially lethal Listeria bacteria than any other bacteria. About %30 of those infected with listeria die. Listeria bacteria infect shellfish, birds, spiders and mammals (including cows) in all areas of the world. It is transmitted to humans by direct contact with infected animals or their secretions, by breathing infected dust, or through contact contaminated sewage or soil. It is most commonly transmitted through consumption of contaminated dairy products and raw vegetables. The most common form of Listerosis is meningitis (infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord), which if left untreated can result coma and death. L. casei is being studied for use as a vaccine against sexually transmitted diseases, and also for use with tumors in cancer patients.

Lactobacillus paracasei- This lactic acid bacteria (LAB) is both acid and bile resistant and thus survives the journey from the mouth through the gastrointestinal tract and into the intestines very well. Recent research indicates that L. paracasei is effective in the prevention and treatment of certain types of diarrhea. Research studies also have focused on L. paracasei' s ability to alter the activity of the intestinal micro flora, modulate the immune system, and perhaps reduce the risk of some cancers.

Bifidobacterium lactis- Research studies have shown B. lactis has significant immunological effects. This strain resists acid digestion and the action of bile salts, survives intestinal transit and reaches the colon in significant numbers. This strain also helps constipation, helps prevent diarrhea, especially in children, and decreases chronic inflammation of the sigmoid colon. In addition, its antimicrobial properties decrease the effects of negative bacteria, especially clostridia.

Lactobacillus brevis- Research studies have shown that L. brevis decreases intestinal permeability, improves intestinal microflora, and has a positive effect on the intestinal immune system.

L. rhamnosus- This is one of the most thoroughly studied probiotic strains. Its advantages in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders are well documented. It has been associated with the alleviation or prevention of disorders such as lactose intolerance, viral and bacterial diarrhea, adverse effectors of abdominal radiotherapy, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and food allergy according to Applied Environmental Microbiology, Jan. 1999. It has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors. It is an organism of human origin that survives in the gastrointestinal tract, and has evidence proving its ability to inhibit the formation of human colon cancers. L. rhamnosus has demonstrated an increased resistance to vaginitis and urinary tract infections. More recently, there has been evidence linking a lactobacilli vaginal deficiency with sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. It has also been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of bacterial species. One researcher reports, "L. rhamnosus may be considered as one of the most important lactobacilli, if not the best."

Lactobacillus bulgaricus- This bacteria is not a colonizer, but it is a great help to the resident bacteria that set up colonies in your intestines. It is especially famous for alleviating digestive problems and taming runaway appetites, but everyone can benefit greatly from it. L. bulgaricus is recommended for overall support of the friendly bacteria. It enhances the digestibility of milk products and other proteins, helps to produce natural antibiotic substances, and to clean the colon without disrupting friendly bacteria.

Lactobacillus gasseri- This super strain has been shown to be the most effective against the widest number of pathogens. It produces extremely effective natural antibiotic substances that can inhibit 11 known disease-causing bacteria. It has also been proven to inhibit yeast infections, improve chronic constipation and/or diarrhea aid in nutrient uptake and prevent food poisoning by targeting the harmful bacteria. The DDS strain is highly recommended for overall daily maintenance. It fights candida overgrowth, and is helpful to those with food, chemical or environmental sensitivities. It adheres naturally to the walls of the intestine without harming the intestinal wall.

Streptococcus thermophilus- The antioxidant activity of this strain scavenges the body for free radicals which increase in the body as a result of aging, stress, antibiotics, consumption of sugar, antibiotics, chlorinated water and other chemicals and toxins. It displays anti tumor activity especially as related to colon cancer cell growth. It has been shown to inhibit ulcer formation in rats, and is effective in the treatment of diarrhea as well as intestinal and vaginal infections.

Bifidobacteria breve- This unique microorganism proved effective in lowering cholesterol by 104 points in a three-month study performed at the G.B. Pant hospital in New Delhi, India. There was a highly significant reduction in the LDL cholesterol levels, and a small but significant increase in HDL cholesterol levels. Use of this microorganism is an attractive alternative to drug therapy since there are no side effects. It also provides ? an excellent preventative effect against various diseases of the intestine.? According to one researcher.

Bifodobacteria longum- Researchers report that B. longum was able to eliminate the nitrates commonly found in foods ingested by humans. Normal levels of nitrates ingested by humans not able to destroy this strain. It may also significantly inhibit the development and growth of colon, liver and breast cancers in laboratory animal models.

Bifodobacteria bifidum- This microorganism has the ability to protect the body against rotavirus diarrhea and is a supportive therapy for intestinal infections and intestinal disturbances. It has also been reported to have immune strengthening properties, especially in relation to colon health and its suppressive effect on tumors. It is well tolerated without side effects, and reduces the inflammatory response of the colon and stimulating the body? s fluid immunity.

Bifidobacteria infantis- This strain is part of an important group of microorganisms, which are considered to exert a range of biological activities related to human health. One aspect is the inhibitory effect of B. infantis on invasive pathogenic bacteria such as E-coli. Results of studies show that it is able to exert more than one mechanism of inhibition, which is important with regard to protection of gastroenteritis. Although the mechanism of the anti tumor activity is unclear, it clearly produces compounds with anti proliferative activity useful in the prevention and therapy of solid tumors like breast cancer.

Lactobacillus plantarum- This strain is the dominating bacterial species in most naturally fermented foods. It is an excellent alternative to antibiotics, and makes use of its potential to block receptor sites for gram-negative bacteria. L. plantarum is capable of metabolizing semi resistant fibers, such as onions, garlic, artichoke, wheat, oat, rye, bacteria bananas, and yeast. It is also an important tool in anti-microbial defense and is effective both against extra-and intercellular pathogens.

Lactobacillus acidophilus- By far the most important bacterial resident of the small intestine is L. acidophilus. This is the colonizer, the inhabitant that constitutes the first line of defense against alien invaders as well as opportunistic organisms like yeasts. It even helps to keep your heart healthy by lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood. When present in significant numbers, they prevent pathogens form lining the intestinal walls. If too many colonies of intestinal bacteria build up, nutrient absorption can be blocked. Fortunately, when the walls are crowded with acidophilus colonizers, there is no room for newcomers.