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