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The Probiotic Difference

The Probiotic Difference

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Exploration of Probiotics by Niels Wandler, niels@biosa.com 
The Probiotic difference
Life on Earth would cease to existwithout the microorganisms that live inus and keep all animals, plants and theenvironment around us alive. It is asymbiotic relationship. We provide themwith a home in our bodies and feedthem; In return, they enable us to benourished by the food we eat and keepus healthy. These invisible friends haveevolved over millions of years to work inan intimate dialogue with all living thingsto maintain life, and without them wewould cease to exist. Yet we pay moreattention to microorganisms on Marsthan to the microbes on earth
.Mars image with the courtesy of jpl.nasa.gov
The only time we give them anythought is when our lives are threateneddue to our neglect of them. Themicrobial community within us
is 
us.Ignoring them is having a profound anddangerous effect on our health and thehealth of our environment on manylevels. Our bodies are complex eco-systems, and its microorganismsmaintain the balance between its manyprocesses.One of the prime functions ofmicrobacteria is to break down the foodwe eat so it can nourish the body,stimulate the immune system andmaintain the health of our organs. Thereare many factors that can interfere withthe work of our microorganisms: the useof pharmaceutical drugs such asantibiotics, processed food, prolongedstress, insufficient exercise, infections,radiation and environmental pollution. Itis not only humans who suffer fromthese things, our pets, farm animals andother creatures who share ourenvironment are also subjected to manyfactors that harm our system.Unfortunately, human beingshave become the major source of harmto the subtle balance of our bodies’ecosystems. In our ‘war on bacteria’ wethink that to keep clean and healthy wemust get rid of bacteria and therefore killthem with antiseptic sprays andantibiotics. Because we think all bacteriaare equally dangerous weindiscriminately try to assassinate themall. The result is that we create anexcessive growth of pathogenicmicroorganisms in both our own bodies
 
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and in the environment. We end up atwar with the very forces of nature thatkeep us alive.In this situation it becomes moreimportant to maintain a healthycommunity of microorganisms in ourbodies, our pets, farm animals and othercreatures that share our environment.The best and most efficient way is totake a good quality probiotic. That waythe colon and digestive tract cancontinue to utilise food and keep ourorgans healthy and our immune systemstrong. All animals and humans needthis.
 So, what is a “probiotic”?
According to the World HealthOrganisation, the definition of a probioticis “live microorganisms, whenadministered in adequate amountsconfer a health benefit on the host".No one doubts the beneficial effect oftaking probiotics, yet the scientificestablishment has neglected them. Thedifficulty is that science has tended tofocus on the effects of a single organismon the health of the host. Yet what isreally happening when you take aprobiotic is that the microorganismsoperate in a collective interaction witheach host’s unique physiology. Just asyou can never step into the same rivertwice, you can never have exactly thesame effect with probiotics. They forman intelligent community of bacteria,which work from within the bodyaccording to that particular body'sunique needs.Traditional science finds suchcomplexity hard to analyse, it preferssimple cause-effect situations, whichcan be reproduced exactly. Also in aculture where the drug companies want‘quick fix’ cures, which can be definedand manufactured, the healingproperties of microorganisms has beenundervalued. Adding to the complexity isthe fact that there are many ways totake probiotics. For example, takingthem in pill or capsule form is verydifferent from letting them ferment.In a fermented tonic, using amulti microbial consortium, the variousbacteria metabolize a particular carbonsource and create a wonderful array ofbeneficial bioactive metabolites,cofactors, antioxidants, digestiveenzymes, hormones, antimicrobial / antibiotics, amino acids, etc. If they wereworking singly in the gut, they would notmanage this. That is the magic offermentation. It allows a beneficial eco-system to flourish in the colon that issubtly interconnected with the specificneeds of that particular body; the wholeis greater than the sum of the parts.Fermentation allows microbes towork with each other in ways that

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