|Flora Immune Lactobacillus Sporogenes Probiotic
|| by Scott Siegel
Is There a Connection between Microbes, Health, and Longevity?
fully appreciate the benefits of a product such as Flora Immune, it is
helpful to examine the historical understanding of the role of microbes
in the overall health of the body. Through out history, using fermented
foods have been used as dietary staples for many cultures--from the
sauerkraut of the Germans to the kefir of the Finnish. These foods have
been noted to be "longevity foods". So what was it in these foods that
contributed to long life? From the days of Louis Pasteur and the "germ
theory" to the continuing work of Dr. Élie Metchnikoff, clarity on why
microbes are essential to life unfolds.1
In 1905, Dr. Metchnikoff
advocated his Theory of Longevity. He proclaimed that to grow into old
age and be disease free and healthy (full of vitality), the continuous
use of Lactobacilli was necessary. He was the first doctor to recognize
the problems caused by the "die off" of friendly bacteria in the
intestines and the first doctor of modern medicine to recognize the
disorder Dysbiosis (irregular and abnormal intestinal flora). With this
disorder, pathogenic bacteria, fungi, virus and parasites hang around
longer, which allows them to proliferate and run rampant inside the
The Golden Ages
But such understandings and discoveries
eventually lost favor in light of new medical practices. With the ending
of World War II, the modern age of medicine began, the so-called Golden
Age of Medicine. Standard medical practices were established which
prevail to this day. If there is a problem in the human body--cut it
out, or kill it with antibiotics. New drugs were created by the
pharmaceutical industry to support these practices. The power of an
individual's health shifted from the family doctor to the large
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after 50 years of experience with the Golden Age of Medicine we have
lengthened our lives, but have ushered in, "The Age of Chronic
Diseases". The medical establishment is beginning to admit it does not
have the means to treat many chronic diseases and many individuals as
well as physicians recognize that Dysbiosis is currently involved with the contributing factors of chronic diseases. Dys-means
faulty and -bios means life and growth. This implies faulty life. In
biological terms the phrase intestinal Dysbiosis is used for an
imbalanced bacterial flora in the intestines. The microflora is
dysbiotic. Normally it is understood that this condition includes
harmful metabolic activity of the flora.4
Could our forefathers
have known that is was the microbes in their foods that caused lactic
acid formation and contributed to longevity and health? Regardless of
what they understood, we can now combine the wisdom of the ancients and
the knowledge of modern science to create a probiotic (meaning pro-life)
environment in our intestines.
The Necessity of Probiotics
diet, lifestyle, and environment have changed significantly from that
of our grandparents. Maintaining a balance of friendly verses unfriendly
bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract is more of a challenge today
than in the past. The problem arises when the numbers of friendly
bacteria become compromised through out life due to the use of
antibiotics and sulfa drugs, diet, stress and age.5,6
bacteria or lactobacilli are the most useful microbes for humans and are
part of the normal commensal flora of the mouth, small intestine, and
large intestine. 7,8 They are present in large number in feces, and
within the first 2 to 3 days after birth the alimentary canal is
colonized with lactobacilli.9,10,11
To keep these friendly bacteria
thriving, supplementation is absolutely necessary today. A properly
functioning intestinal tract is one of the body's first lines of defense
against invaders. The immune system of the gut is one's insurance to
How Effective is Lactobacillus Acidophilus?
are over 200 different strains of Lactobacillus. However, the most
commonly "used" probiotic is Lactobacillus acidophilus. But
Lactobacillus acidophilus loses most or all of its potency before the
body is able to use it. The cells of Lactobacillus acidophilus do not
survive in bacterial gastric juice due to its nonspore-forming nature.
Very few cells are able to reach the intestines and are unable to
produce sufficient lactic acid to inhibit the growth of pathogens.
Further more, acidophilis-bifidus produces D (-) lactic acid, which is
slowly and incompletely metabolized in excess and causes metabolic
acidosis and can be toxic to the brain.12,13
acidophilus is the common bacteria found in our sour milk products and
promoted by health care professionals. Thus it stands to reason that
even with acidophilus supplementation, chronic and acute illnesses are
on the rise.14
Where Are the Friendly Microbes?
where can we find the necessary microbes that were present in the
non-processed foods of the past? This is a very important question to
answer. Even if we did eat fermented foods full of healthy microbes the problem lies with current processing practices. All foods are pasteurized and that KILLS everything. Yogurt is a perfect example. In order to ensure that other pathogenic microbes do not culture, yogurt is pasteurized, which kills all enzymes. Then animal strains of microbes are added.
Good News for a Modern Day Problem
1949, Lactobacillus sporogenes was first isolated in green malt by
Professor Nakayama at Yamanashi University in Japan. This plant material
has a non-protein shell that protects the bacteria which remains
dormant inside the shell. In fact, this bacterium is also known as
Bacillus coagulans, is an aerobic, is spore-forming, and does not have
any animal by products or known toxicity. It is a harmless transient
bacterium naturally occurring in the intestine and plays a major
housekeeping role. Its responsibilities are to:
* produce substantial amounts of B complex vitamins
* synthesize vitamin K
* assist nutrient absorption into the body
* produce oxygen in the small intestine
* produce an abundant supply of lactic acid for digestion
* consume old putritive fecal matter
* clean "friendly bacteria" and destroy "bad bacteria"
* produce L(+) Lactic acid, which is completely and efficiently metabolized to glycogen
* protect friendly resident bacteria in the presence of antibiotics
* support digestive enzymes required for the digestion of various carbohydrates, fats, and proteins 18,19
Why is Lactobacillus Sporogenes Effective?
its close cousin, Lactobacillus acidophilus and many other strains,
Lactobacillus sporogenes is a spore-bearing, positive rod, and an
aerobic bacterium. The spores are extremely stable and have a long shelf
life. Survivability of the bacterium is the key to maintaining
intestinal health. Most probiotics on the market today can not survive
the pH changes that take place in the intestines.20,21,22|
more alarming is the die-off rate from the time they are manufactured to
the time of consumer use. The following supports the survivability of
1. Lactobacillus Sporogenes shell is non-protein and the bacteria are made up of proteins.
A. Survives with or without oxygen
B. Survives at room temperature; no refrigeration is necessary
C. Survives light
D. Survives hydrochloric and bile acids
2. Sporogenes comes out of its shell when it reaches the small intestines and
E. Survives any pH
F. Proliferates in great numbers
G. Decreases the number of candida
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spores of Lactobacillus sporogenes travel well through the human gut
just like a paratrooper jumping out of an airplane. The spore coat
absorbs moisture and begins to swell in the stomach. Once in the small
intestines, the friendly paratrooper releases itself from the spore.
Immediately this bacterium is ready to germinate and multiply.
Lactobacillus sporogenes doubles every 30 minutes. Upon reaching the
lower bowel, a mildly acidic environment is created. The L (+) lactic
acid environment allows friendly bacteria to survive and prevents
overgrowth of pathogens.24 The length of this trooper's mission is three
days. At that time the bowel releases these transient bacteria.
Lactobacillus Sporogenes Fulfills World Health Organization Recommendations
standards for Lactobacillus acidophilus were established in the USA, it
was reported that preparations contain less than 1000 cells of viable
bacteria.25,26 The enthusiasm over the therapeutic properties of
Lactobacillus has been great among scientists and physicians; however
there is little evidence that such Lactobacillus acidophilus
preparations are effective.27,28
Thus, there is uncertainty about
survival of Lactobacillus acidophilus in carrier products of
pharmaceutical preparations and production of D (-) lactic acid during
fermentation which may cause acidosis, especially with infants.29,30
Furthermore the World Health Organization has recommended restricted
intake of D (-) lactic acid, and in the infant Nutritional Program such
products should be avoided.31 L. sporogenes on the other hand produces L
(+) lactic acid.32,33 This bacterium is used extensively in Japan and
is approved by the Japanese Ministry of Health, an organization
equivalent to our FDA.34
Within the past 10 years L. sporogenes
has been introduced to the United States and is gaining favor with
physicians as a replacement for the less effective popular probiotics on
the market. Research studies in hospitals showed an improvement rate in
intestinal complaints such as gas and bloating, constipation, diarrhea
and indigestion (usually in 4 to 5 days) from patients using L.
sporogenes.35Several studies were of patients who had surgery; others studied patients who had chemotherapy.36 Studies have also showed that diarrhea in newborns was also treated successfully.37
Why Flora Immune?
Sporogenes is the primary ingredient in Flora Immune. It is a very
strong and hardy, robust intestinal flora designed for the dietary and
environmental challenges we face today. This bacterium will enable the
bowel to move more frequently by balancing the ratio of putrefactive
bacteria to "friendly" bacteria. Unlike most probiotic products on the
market, L. Sporogenes not only survives the harsh pH condition of the
digestive tract but further creates and maintains the proper pH
environments. What is truly amazing about this armored bacterium is the
ability it has to withstand the hydrochloric acid of the stomach and
bile acids in the intestines. This is and considered by many to be a
"miracle in a bottle." Because of this feature, L. Sporogenes
proliferates in great numbers and decreases the number of candida which
is a major upset for gut health. In addition, the production of oxygen, B
complex and lactic acid (L+), become more readily available to the body
therefore nutrient absorption is enhanced. A natural reward of this
process is ENERGY and a feeling of WELL BEING.
Flora Immune is
convenient to use due the fact these microbes are spores and NO
refrigeration is necessary. There is no need to worry about light
sensitivity or temperature changes.Flora Immune supports
implantation of new strains of friendly, resident bacteria. If using a
probiotic now, Flora Immune will enhance the effect of all other
Death Begins in the Colon.
safe would your home be in the middle of a busy city without the
service of a police force? If an uninvited guest happens to show up, a
policeman is a welcome site. He is there for surveillance and
protection. The lower bowel houses a population of roughly 100 trillion
bacteria which needs the same action.
There is an old saying
that "DEATH BEGINS IN THE COLON." When the intestines have a surplus of
bacteria and toxins, many digestive discomforts occur. Symptoms
* Diverticular Disease
* Cohn's Disease
* Ulcerative Colitis
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
the bowel becomes so toxic of the gases and undigested matter, pressure
is generated. This environment becomes a breeding ground for many
pathogenic invaders to flourish. Parasites, fungus, virus, and bacteria
are now the police force of the gut and anarchy is established. Instead
of the intestinal membrane bursting (many cases it does), these toxic
substances pierce holes in the intestinal membrane and penetrate the
blood stream. Auto intoxication contributes too many autoimmune
disorders. These include:
* Chronic Fatigue
* Gall stones
* Rheumatoid Arthritis
* Varicose Veins
your digestive tract like a beautiful, grassy carpet of golf greens in
the spring time. Summer comes and the harsh weather stresses the grass.
Many brown barren patches appear, therefore; the lawn keeper removes the
old grass, reseeds and waters. The same happens to your gut. This is
why it is important to constantly cleanse, replant, and nourish the
gastro intestinal tract.
When there is a healthy microbial
balance in the gut, this multicultural community lives in harmony. This
is called "eubiosis". However; the standard American diet (SAD) and
lifestyle prevents eubiosis and ushers in Dysbiosis (unfriendly gut
How does Flora Immune and Aloe Immune Work Together?
complete the effectiveness of Flora Immune, a food for this transient
trooper is necessary. Fructooligosaccarides (FOS). FOS promotes the
resurgence of good bacteria by "feeding" them the needed fuel.
Flora and Aloe Immune are combined, this synergistic duo creates a very
effective surveillance team. L. sporogenes maintains housekeeping while
the aloe polymannans signal for defense and ultimately repair damaged
tissue. Immunological factors may be restored and better nutrition is
delivered to all tissues of the gut and cells of the body. The
combination of these two products will enable the immune system to
become more functional.
Remember, you are what you eat and what
you don't digest! Detoxification and elimination is your first line of
defense towards immunity. Optimal health begins and ends with a well
balanced gastrointestinal tract that calibrates the Immune system. How
effective is your digestive system?
1 Food Technology 43, 92, 1989
Élie Metchnikoff, the Prolongation of Life. Heiemann. New York. 1907.
One of the first books of this century in which the prospect of the
Optimum Lifespan was treated seriously.) Metchnikoff, E. (1910), "The
Prolongation of Life", William Heinemann, London.
3 Lenore Skomal, Health News July 26, 2000
4 Functional Medicine by Dr. Helmut W., Schimmel, M.D., D.M.D. with Victor Penzer, M.D., D.M.D., D.Sc.
5 Goodwin, C.S. (Ed) (1984), "Microbes and Infections of the Gut" p. 5, Blackwell Scientific Publications, London
6 Keogh, B.P. (1978), Aust. J. Dairy Tech., June, 41.
7 Hawkworth, G. et al (1971), J. of Microbiol., 4, 451.
8 Smith, H.W., and Crabb, W.E. (1961), J. Path. Bact., 82, 53.
9 Hall, I.C., and O'Toole, E. (1935), Am. J. Dis. Child., 49, 390
10 Sayder, M.L. (1940), J. Inf. D., 66, 1.
11 Stewart, F.S. and Beswick, T.S.L. (eds) (1977), Bacteriology, Virology and Immunity for Students of Medicine, 10th Edition.
12 British Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain - British National Formulary (1984) p. 54.
13 Martindale - The Extra Pharmacopsia (1982), 28th Ed. P. 786, the Pharmaceutical Press, London
14 Robinson, R.E. (Ed), (1986), Development in Food Microbiology, p. 153, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, U.K
15 Gilliland, S.E. (1979), J. Fd. Prot., 40, 760.
16 Gilliland, S.E., and Speck, M.L. (1977), J. Fd. Prod., 40, 760.
17 Robinson, R.E. (Ed), (1986), Development in Food Microbiology, p. 153, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, U.K
18 Speck, M.L. (1976), J. Dairy Sci., 59, 338.
19 Speck, M.L. (1978), J. Fd. Prot., 41, 135.
20 Claus, D. (1980), DSM, Grisebachstrasee 8 D-3400, Gottingen, Germany
21 Nakayama, O., and Sakaguchi, K. (1950), J. Agr. Chem. Soc., Japan, 23, 513-517.
22 Nakayama, O. and Ueno, S. (1952), J. Agr. Chem. Soc., H Japan, 26, 117-120.
Nakayama, O. (1960), Studies on the Spore-bearing Lactic acid Bacteria.
The Bulletin of the Faculty of Agriculture Tamagawa University, No. 1,
24 Gilliland, S.E. (1979), J. Fd. Prot., 40, 760.
25 Bass (1923), J. South Med. Assoc., 16, 1.
26 Lockic, B. (1980), Dairy Products, 8, 3.
27 British Medical Association and the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain - British National Formulary (1984) p. 54.
28 Martindale - The Extra Pharmacopsia (1982), 28th Ed. P. 786, the Pharmaceutical Press, London.
29 Oh, M.S. et al (1979), New England J. Med., 301, 249.
30 Zallubriga, A. et al (1970), Halvet Poediatr. Acta, 25, 1.
31 Alm, L.(1982), J. Dalry Sel., 65, 515.
32 Claus, D. (1980), DSM, Grisebachstrasee 8 D-3400, Gottingen, Germany
Nakayama, O. (1960), Studies on the Spore-bearing lactic acid Bacteria.
The Bulletin of the Faculty of Agriculture Tamagawa University, No. 1,
34 Japanese Government Ministry of Health, and Welfare
Certificate Oct.26, 1972. Sporlac and Lacbon are Japanese registered
trademarked names for Lactobacillus Sporogenes.
35 Literature No.
1 on Lacbon, (1965). Mashita, H. et al.: J. New Remedies & Clinics
13, 977 (1964). Yamada, H. et al.: Chiryoyaku-ho 638, 14 (1964).
"Dr. Y. Hara using Lacbon (L. Sporogenes) along with Antibiotics and
Chemotherapeutic agents found excellent results. He emphasized the
advantage of adding Lacbon (L. sporogenes) to antibiotics."
37 Dr. Rk Dhangade & Dr. R. Anyaneyulu MMJ Vol. XXX, No. II, Page 473 & 474, 1977
Benefits of Flora Immune TM
* Increases energy
* Stops yeast infection
* Controls Candida
* Can be taken with Antibiotics
* Enhances the immune system
* Brushing with Flora Immune helps control gum disease
* Controls diarrhea
* Relieves constipation
* Reduces harmful cholesterol (LDL)
* Increases beneficial cholesterol (HDL)
* Produces the B-group vitamins
* Produces enzyme to break down proteins
* Produces enzyme to break down complex fats
* Produces L+ Lactic acid unlike acidophilus production of D- Lactic acid
* Greatly reduces and eliminates harmful bacterial
* Increases beneficial bacteria and restores balance of the intestinal flora
SPOROGENES is much superior to LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS due to its
excellent preservability, high proliferating ability in the intestinal
tract, excellent intestinal conditioning, and restoration of disturbed
ecological balance in the gut. (Federal Register, March 21, 1975. The
New England Journal of Medicine, Vol.31, No.5, Pgs.249-252 (1979)
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