Garden of Life Primal Defense® Probiotics and Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs) Blend
Ganeden Ltd./Garden of Life is the only manufacturer authorized to use the term HSO - homeostatic soil organisms.
Contains: Lactobacillus plantarum, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium breve,
Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus paracasei,
Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus casei,
Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum,
Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus
This is a ground-breaking probiotic formula. Potent soil-based organisms bolster the immune system via the gastro-intestinal tract. Beneficial bacteria stimulate the body's production of alpha interferon. Soil-based bacteria produce a protein that the immune system reacts to as a foreign substance, thus stimulating the formation of non-specific antibodies. The antibodies are not programmed to attack a specific pathogen so are available to neutralize viruses that cause herpes, hepatitis within the entire body.
The ingestion of soil-based organisms on a regular basis creates a huge reservoir of antibodies to utilize. These antibodies increase the antioxidant SOD whose enzymatic activity repairs cells.
Soil-based organisms correct malabsorption of nutrients through the mucosa and modify the ability to absorb larger doses of nutrients from food.
Primal Defense is one of the most powerful immune enhancers. It detoxifies the intestinal tract, breaks down food for increased absorption of nutrients and supplements, increases enzymatic and antioxidant activity, inhibits allergies, and are extremely aggressive against molds, yeasts, fungi and viruses. They stimulate the formation of lactoferrin to fight pathogens. SBOs provide GLA essential fatty acids, responsible for hormone production.
Initial studies show promise for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. Children diagnosed with ADD were found to have systemic yeast infection that affected their brains. Primal Defense helped rid them of their overgrowth of yeast and helped resolve their concentration deficit.
Primal Defense can raise levels of dopamine via the intestinal tract and therefore can benefit those with Parkinson's disease. Primal Defense is more than a digestive aid. There is no other product on the market like it. Each year we hear of new dread diseases and recurring old ones we thought we had conquered. It seems that everyone I speak to tells me of someone in the immediate family who is battling serious illness. Although relatively unknown before World War II, diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's colitis, diverticulitis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome are now common.
Today, in the midst of "plenty," it seems our most formidable task is just to stay healthy. More and more people tell me, "I'm basically OK but I just don't feel really healthy. I have low energy, I'm constipated and I get too many colds. I take supplements and try to eat well. What am I missing?" It is almost as if a time bomb is ticking as we see ourselves slowly succumbing to the modern day malaise: borderline health.
The biggest impact on the health industry is the aging of the baby boomer generation. Their common aging complaints have been addressed by a bombardment of natural and pharmaceutical products. "Longevity' is the new buzz word in health. Everyone is looking for that magic bullet. Can we correct years of bad nutrition, chemicals, environmental toxins and dead food with a single pill?
In an attempt to find answers the natural health industry has begun to look backward. You will be hearing more about the term "primitive" or "paleolithic" health in the coming years. This concept involves scrapping a lot regimens we currently use and "getting back to basics." What did people eat and how did they live 100 or even 10,000 years ago? How do so-called "primitive" societies live today?
The immune systems of our ancestors seemed to be much stronger. The same can be said of certain societies today where a significant portion of the population lives to 80+ in good health. What is their common denominator? Lots of health supplements? Hardly. The consistent elements seem to be unpolluted, nutrient-rich soil, clean air, simple diet and stress free existence.
It is difficult to duplicate those conditions today. But there is one important common denominator that we can duplicate: the critical beneficial bacteria from the soil called "homeostatic soil organisms" or "HSOs."Bacteria, A Foundation for Life
For thousands of years humans ate fruits and vegetables from soil exceedingly rich in life-sustaining bacterial organisms. But after World War II, in our quest to reduce unwanted disease-causing pathogens, chemicals and pesticides were introduced to agriculture and chlorination to water treatment. As a result, most beneficial bacteria were eliminated along with the harmful ones.
Modern life styles also greatly contribute to critical gastrointestinal disruption. Antibiotics, excess sugar and alcohol, carbonated beverages, food chemicals and over-the-counter drugs can alter the acid/alkaline balance of the intestinal tract, often killing beneficial bacteria and creating the perfect environment for harmful microbes to grow. Without the "good" bacteria to keep them in check, these "bad" bacteria can eventually overrun our body and severely depress our immune system.
Normally we have a balance of about 85 percent good to 15 percent harmful organisms in the intestinal tract. But today most of us have the reverse ratio, creating a chronically unhealthy condition. Many nutritional researchers are convinced that as much as 90 percent of known diseases may be caused or exacerbated by these gastrointestinal imbalances. When toxins are dispersed through the bloodstream, a precondition of "intestinal toxemia," poisoning by harmful intestinal bacteria occurs. As far back as 1928, H. H. Boeker, D.C., remarked, "it is now universally conceded that autointoxication is the underlying cause of an exceptionally large group of symptom complexes." It is just now being understood what a critical role these "homeostatic soil organisms," or "HSOs," play in proper immune function. Their purpose is to help create "homeostasis" or "balance" of bodily systems. The accompanying pictures show the devastating effect of immune collapse and severe malabsorption reversed after restoration of HSOS.
When HSOs are ingested, they move through the stomach to the intestinal tract where they reproduce to form colonies which then attach themselves to the intestinal wall. These colonies take over "receptor sites" or home bases inhabited by harmful bacteria, actually crowding them out. Once established in the colon, the HSOs will multiply into larger colonies. Unlike most traditional probiotics, HSOs are very hearty and will implant regardless of the amount of yeast or bad bacteria in the GI tract.
Once colonized in the intestinal tract the HSOs begin to balance the colonic pH, which sets the stage for the balancing of the entire body. The survival of some of the most important resident microorganisms (like acidophilus) depend on the visiting HSO by-products and the HSO-produced acidic colonic pH.HSOs in the Digestive Tract
HSOs burrow behind the leather-like substance of rotting food, called "putrefaction" plastered to intestinal tract walls, devouring and dislodging it. Putrefaction is the perfect home for parasites and other pathogenic bacteria. While herbal colon cleanses may flush out some putrefaction, the beneficial bacteria will actually eat it off the walls and subsequently prevent its re-establishment.
The small intestine is responsible for absorption of nutrients from the food we eat. Little erect hair-like follicles called "villi" fill the small intestine. They make contact with enzymes, enabling the digestion and assimilation of food. Putrefaction often flattens the villi so they cannot make contact with enzymes. The HSOs free up the villi to absorb more nutrients from foods. Dr. Morton Walker, in his article about soil organisms, which appeared in The Townsend Letter for Doctors, states, "The anecdotal reports from users of the HSO formulas indicate a mucosal absorption increase averaging 50 percent with daily supplementation."
HSOs boost absorption by breaking down food into the smallest and most basic elements called "hydrocarbons." When foods are split into such small elements it is much easier for the digestive system to absorb the particles and to use the nutrients stored therein. Nutrition is enhanced and consequently so is cellular growth, development and repair. The 70-plus trace minerals in the HSO product furnish the "biological data" needed to provide an "absorption pattern," showing the body how to once again get nutrients from foods consumed.
As we know too well, many dangerous pathogens such as Candida albicans, fungi, molds and parasites can inhabit the intestinal tract, causing very serious illnesses. HSOs don't just eradicate these harmful organisms, they change the environment in which they thrive by taking over their receptor sites so they cannot re-establish again. This allows the over-taxed immune system to save strength for more urgent needs.
And finally, HSOs produce short chain fatty acids (SCFA). These are respiratory fuels for the mucus lining of the intestinal tract. SCFA can reduce the pH of the intestines to be more acidic. Most of us have alkaline pH colons; a colonic alkaline state is conducive to cancer. Not coincidentally, colon cancer is the number 2 diagnosed cancer in the U.S.Immune System Function
While colonizing in the digestive tract, HSOs produce specific proteins that the body believes are antigens or "foreign agents." In response, the immune system produces huge quantities of B cells (antibodies) to fight them. By the time the B-cells are ready, the harmless HSO proteins are depleted. HSOs also encourage the body's cells to generate faster, thereby accelerating healing of tissues.
The increased B cells could be likened to a reserve army standing at the ready. According to medical biochemist Peter R. Rothschild, M.D., Ph.D., who did a lot of early research on HSOS, the antibodies produced are "non- addressed," or "uncoded," meaning they've not been pre-programmed to assault any specific harmful agent. Thus they are free to travel through the system attacking where and when needed..In other words, the body is prepared to fight off anything. This is an extremely important function that could double or triple the body's immunity factor.HSOs Stimulate Immune Chemicals
The immune system produces a number of chemicals to assist in fighting invasions and diseases. HSOs play a major part in the production of several of those critical immune chemicals.
"Alpha-interferon" is a key immune system regular and premier virus fighter. The scientific community has identified over 50 immune regulating effects of this chemical alone. Our bodies manufacture alpha-interferon but in very small quantities. HSOs actually force the body to increase its output, thereby enhancing the immune systems' virus fighting capability. Many people report getting far fewer colds and flus when regularly taking the beneficial bacteria.
According to Dr. Rothschild's research, this small bit of alpha-interferon produced by the immune system in reaction to the bacteria effectively neutralizes toxic effects of viruses that cause herpes, hepatitis, influenza and other potentially life-threatening illnesses.
Many people suffer from what is called "iron-poor anemia." More and more physicians now believe that people are not suffering because they have too little iron but rather because they cannot absorb the iron they have. Only about seven percent of iron is absorbed by the GI tract and even less is actually assimilated by the organs that need it. The rest eventually gets flushed out or absorbed by the liver and other body tissues. Excessive iron is routinely given, especially to elderly patients. That extra iron stays in the body and creates the perfect environment for iron-loving parasites and harmful bacteria to grow.
Nature has an answer for this problem, of course. Within the HSOs themselves is a substance that somehow stimulates the body to produce a protein called "lactoferrin." Lactoferrin surrounds iron particles with a coating that allows them to be carried back into the small intestine for proper absorption by the digestive system. Iron carried by lactoferrin is not seven percent assimilable but 95 percent assimilable. It also becomes unavailable to the pathogens that normally feed off of it.
Lastly, because HSOs rapidly metabolize simple sugars for energy, they slow rapid elevations of glucose and control hyperglycemia. Controlling hyperglycemia reduces autoimmune mechanisms.
The HSO Formula metabolizes proteins for cell repair and nourishment and produces a wide spectrum DNA and RNA. HSOs also help rid the cells of toxic waste, rebalance cellular chemistry and dramatically enhance the cell's ability to survive and function. The inability of cells to expel waste products is implicated in many diseases, including many cancers and arthritis.
Our bodies are such complex, integrated systems, if one area becomes imbalanced or compromised, it can produce a domino effect throughout the entire body. This is why we must try to achieve "homeostasis" or balance. To me it is the key to health. Restoration of friendly bacteria provides that homeostasis by giving the body the raw materials to balance itself, starting with the critical absorption of nutrients in food to production of essential immune chemicals. And this perfect balance can lead to that state of well being we call "primitive health."
Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., has written a book on this subject entitled Beyond Probiotics,
Keats Publishing 1998, available from your local health store.
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THE NEW CAPLETS ARE STRONGER THAN THE FORMER CAPSULES. 10 Capsules are equal to 6 new caplets in strength.
Primal Defense Powder is 81 grams - 90 scoops. 6 scoops are equal to 6 caplets.