If your having chronic health problems it is very important to consider the bacteria in your intestines. Unless you are much smarter than me you may not have realized that each species of bacteria has a very different function.
For years I would recommend one probiotic or another to my patients based on what was working well for patients at the time. Also I may have recommended one product or another based on lectures I may have heard.
It is only in the last year that I have been able to get my head around the different species of bacteria and how they function in the body. I used to think about the different bacteria that live in the intestine the same way that we would think about different colors of roses. All of the roses are basically the same with just a few variations of color.
What I have come to realize is that each species of bacteria is powerful medicine on its own. The difference in bacteria is as wide as the difference between an oak tree and a dandelion. Some of the bacteria you can take are good at getting along with other bacteria. These are more common ones you hear about that are called lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus bifidus.
There are different species of bacteria also that are less cooperative and more competitive. These are the bacteria often called soil based microorganisms. These are the bacteria you would consume if you were eating a carrot that you pulled out of the ground with dirt on it. These bacteria are more competitive than cooperative. These soil based microorganisms and are more like oak trees than like roses.
Here are some examples from the literature of a product we use in the office that contains five competitive bacteria. One bacteria is bacillus licheniformis. This bacteria produces the antibiotic bacitracin. It also produces protease and improves protein digestion and it produces whole spectrum of B vitamins and Folic acid.
It’s one of those things I find really interesting about our use of modern medicines is when the try and replicate what we are missing in nature. Here is a bacteria that when it gets into your intestines produces antibiotics. By not eating food from the soil we are not getting the bacteria that produce the antibiotics that our system must be craving.
More and more we are discovering that most of our digestive ability is also based on our intestinal bacteria. Some where between 95% and 99% of our digestion requires intestinal bacteria. The bacteria are actually the little machines that break down our food. We actually can’t absorb foods properly without the bacteria to do the work for us.
Another one of the bacteria that is used is bacillus coagulans which is strongly studied with long history of use in irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease and ulcerative colitis a form of lactic acid that is a potent immune stimulation.
Another bacteria used is bacillus licheniformis produces the antibiotic bacitracin produces protease and improves protein digestion produces whole spectrum of B vitamins and folic acid and produces high levels of carotenoids such as lycopene, axtaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lutein and produces quinols and vitamins.
Bacillus Subtilis of the specific strain name HU58TM which produces over 12 affective antibiotics that are widely used, it is regarded as safe and highly effective and it also produces nattokinase and vitamin K2 in our intestine that we absorb into our system.
One bacteria that is most interesting to me is a bacteria called nissle 1917. Nissle 1917 was discovered almost one hundred years ago now, in 1917. It is with some frustration that I have only learned about this bacteria this year. So after four years of naturopathic medical school and twenty years of practice even I did not know about this powerful medicine.
Nissle 1917 was discovered when a troop of soldiers got dysentery. All except on soldier when Dr. Nissle examined his stool he was able to isolate the strain of bacteria that was protecting the soldier. Even though this was a form of e-coli bacteria is was a good one, and did not produce any toxins or side effects.
In fact in a hundred years of study and use this bacteria has proven itself effective over and over again. In some of the worst conditions like ulcerative colitis it proves more effective than many of the drugs that are used. It is very easy to look up and research for yourself, once you know that such a thing is even a possibility.
More and more we are finding that the chronic illnesses that affect us are driven by the balance of our microbes, basically it is dependent on our bacteria. Restoring our correct bacteria or using ones that are therapeutic can be the answer. Many people try diets and other difficult therapies that require a lot of time and effort. The answers may be more complex and more simple then we imagine.
Many mental, emotional and physical conditions may be treated by the right bacteria.