Probiotic Bacteria - The Foundation of Good Health
Modern science has rediscovered one of the ancient secrets of optimal wellness: good health begins in the gut! Since the time of Nobel laureate Ilya Metchnikov in the early 20th century, biologists have been examining the role of friendly lactobacilli, aka lactic acid bacteria, in human digestion, immune support, neurotransmitter production, and many other physiological functions. These good bacteria, numbering over 400 strains in the human body, comprise what can be considered the largest organ in the body, one without which we simply could not live. The most effective probiotic cultures evolved in fermented foods in nature, each one a consortium of master strains that give rise to all the sub-strains so important for human health. The nature-bred consortium provides greater viability -- the strength of the probiotic to establish its colonies in the gut. The value of this vastly exceeds the actual cfu count, i.e. the colony-forming units. One of the world's most effective cultures remains today, the Caucasus kefir which Metchnikov originally studied, the subject of our story below.
THE MYCES STORY
To the people of the Caucasus Mountains in the republic of Georgia, the Kefir they have used to prevent and treat illness for over a thousand years is a wonderful blessing they call a gift from God. Kefir has antibiotic and antiviral properties, which may help explain the long lives and good health for which the natives of the Caucasus are known.
The villagers of the Caucasus Mountains gave us yogurt, and the origin of the fermented milk product called kefir. The history of kefir is centuries old, mentioned in the Koran and is well known throughout Eastern Europe. The Caucasus people exhibited the degree of longevity which captivated Metchnikov, with reports of many who lived from 120 to 140 years.
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been used to ferment foods for at least 4000 years. Without understanding the scientific basis, people used LAB and kefirs (bacteria and yeast complexes) to produce cultured foods with improved preservation and with different characteristic flavors and textures from the original food. A wide variety of foods, including sausage, ham, wine, cider, beef, sauerkraut, olives, and pickles contain LAB and other GRAS (“generally recognized as safe”) microorganisms. LAB are used for many fermented milk products from all over the world as well, including yogurt, cheese, butter, buttermilk, kefir and koumiss.
I have had the pleasure of working with Jerre Bannister and the Culture since 1982. In that time period we have identified multiple helpful bacterial and yeast strains and have been able to stabilize this unique culture through a freeze drying process. Defined as a probiotic, research in this area is exploding. A review of papers published through the National Library of Medicine has shown that more than 1500 scientific papers have been published on probiotic therapy in the last 2 years. I personally benefited from the culture 3 weeks ago when I contracted food poisoning in Korea. The Culture literally kept me from the hospital and allowed for a rapid recovery. Probiotic therapy is now recognized in many areas of health, and as bacteria become more resistant due to antibiotic overuse, these products will become critical in general health maintenance. Jerre’s unique culture holds tremendous promise in the area.
Lee Lorentzen, Biochemist
January 28, 2006
Dear Bob and family,
Thank you for your continuous support and contact. Thank you for the Myces shipment and your donation when I was in the US. It was wonderful to meet your family and to be in constant contact with you and them. I pray for you always and your family. Myces is a wonder – I use it often and it has helped many lifes and now we cannot do without it. My prayer is that we are able to always get a continuous supply. We will shortly follow up to this email with a detailed report for your company.
Always in appreciation for support, with warm regards and thanks.
Sister Freda, Kenya
"It seems like I have tried
almost every probiotic supplement on earth. I have never been so
surprised by the results of a few days use of a probiotic until now
with Myces SB5000™. It is amazing!"
Evidence from clinical research demonstrates that adding 'good' bacteria to the diet promotes a healthy digestive and immune system."
Dr. Allan Walker, Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Begin strengthening your good flora today!