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Microbiome; Front and Center

The Human Super OrganismHow Understanding the Microbiome Can Help Us?

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could decrease the rise of chronic diseases.

Dr. Rodney Dietert just published his book on this topic, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life. Dieterts’ book focuses on the study of microbiome diversity as it relates to our immune system. 

Rodney Dietert, Ph.D. is an internationally-known author, lecturer, scientist and professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell.

His area of study focuses on how the origins of  asthma, autism, Alzheimer’s, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression are linked to our organisms which reside in our gut. We now know that the microbiome is responsible for our immune system function and has a direct link to our brain, controlling the neurotransmitters that produce our “feel good hormones.”  

Rodney Dietart MicrobiomeAward-winning researcher on the microbiome,  Rodney Dietert, presents this new paradigm in human biology that has emerged.

Dieters states,Given the intimate relationship between the human immune system and the microbiome, it is not surprising that alterations in our microbial makeup can greatly affect health.”

We couldn’t agree more and are so excited to see new information coming out daily from top experts on the human microbiome and it’s connection to the immune system and brain function.

In his book Dietert explains macrobiotic self care and how important probiotics are for maintaining strong immune system health.

Probiotic & Prebiotic Awareness on the Rise

The Probiota Americas Conference in Chicago this past month produced exciting new information on probiotics and consumers awareness of their benefits. Some hopeful information came from a recent survey by AIDP which measured consumers usage of prebiotics and probiotics.

Probiotics & Prebiotics in our MicrobiomeWhat we learned is that the word is getting out.  In an article by Hank Schultz, he talked about the survey results. “In a poll of 400 dietary supplement users, it was revealed that more than 38% would be very likely or somewhat likely to try a prebiotic with strong digestive and immune health benefits. The survey also showed that 44% of these consumers had tried a probiotic supplement. Further results showed that more than 60% of respondents would be interested in buying a product that contained both a prebiotic and a probiotic.” This reflects a better understanding of the role these supplements have in digestive and immune wellness. 

Furthermore consumers would be more likely to try a product that was backed by research and human clinical trials. The vast majority of solid probiotic research has occurred in just the past 3 years with the conclusion of the largest consortium of scientific research on the human gut ecology called Human Microbiome Project. For the latest findings and research in relation to probiotics check our Microbiome Series with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan.

What is the Difference Between a Probiotic and Prebiotic?

We know that feeding the existing bacteria is just as important as introducing new bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and maintenance of our beneficial gut microbiota. Probiotics increase the diversity of our bacteria and increase its numbers. Our clients have reported the most improved results when taking both a prebiotic and probiotic together for a two-three month period.

Lower your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

Last month President Obama signed  legislation which will overhaul the nation’s archaic, 40-year-old toxic chemical rules.  Due to loop holes in the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, there’s at least 64,000 chemicals used today, which have not been tested for safety.

How Soon Will Testing of Toxic Substances Go Into Effect?

In a nutshell, these 64,000 existing chemicals will be subject to safety testing for the first time. Sound like a step forward? Critics say the changes will not happen fast enough. The testing will include 20 chemicals at a time with a deadline of seven years per chemical.

This is far too slow to limit our exposure to toxins found in everything from children’s toys to household cleaners. Even more surprising is that the new legislation doesn’t cover pesticides used in food production. 

A coalition of doctors, scientists and health advocates have joined together to launch Project TENDR; Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks. They released a statement today in Environmental Health Perspectives calling for aggressive regulation. Their goal is to protect citizens from neurotoxic chemicals by increasing regulation and testing of toxic chemicals before they are approved for use. BrainThey argue “why should we wait until chemicals are deemed unsafe before they are banned.” “Most chemicals in use today were not adequately tested for safety before being allowed on the market,” states  Dr. Jeanne Conry, an obstetrician-gynecologist and member of the TENDR coalition. 

Their combined research has shown that exposure to toxic chemicals may cause long term damage to the brain, especially during children’s critical development periods and during fetal development. 

What Can you Do to Reduce Toxic Chemical Exposure?

  • Minimize your pesticide exposure by choosing organic produce when possible. Refer to the 2016 Dirty Dozen List.
  • Drink plenty of fresh, clean water to flush your system. If you don’t know what’s in your drinking water check out the EWG Guide to water testing companies in your area. Consider adding a countertop water purifier to ensure fluoride, lead and other contaminants aren’t in your water. These toxic chemicals have been shown to have endocrine disrupting effects in children and elderly. 
  • Buy furniture without flame retardant chemicals
  • When choosing flooring check to make sure it’s phthalate-free vinyl flooring. Choose wood, bamboo or cork as alternatives.
  • Avoid any plastics that contain polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which can be a source of phthalates. These include toys, backpacks, lunch boxes, food containers and school supplies. Avoid plastic for storing food and invest in glass containers. 
  • Choose fragrance-free personal care products to avoid phthalates in fragrances.
  • Avoid toxic cleaning products; everything from toilet bowl cleaners to laundry detergent can be loaded with toxic chemicals. Many cleaning products are available without toxins. Consider making your own with vinegar, lemon and baking soda.
  • Use nontoxic pesticides in your yard and on pets.
  • Screen your house for lead. If your house was built prior to 1978 chances are high that there is lead paint on the walls. If you think you may have had exposure consider taking the Genova Lab Toxic Element Profile test. 

    You can detoxify on a daily basis by adding PerfectPass Immune Support to your diet. The green component of our formula consists of barley grass, alfalfa leaf, spirulina, wheat grass and oatgrass. These greens are considered powerhouse grasses that clean up our toxins and repair damage. They are most effective for detoxification and aid in removing heavy metals from  the body.

Think Beyond the Symptoms With Sinus Infections

Are you Plagued by Chronic Sinus Infections?

If so, you should know there are ways to treat them without antibiotics.

In fact, taking antibiotics for sinus infections puts you at risk for a chronic condition called sinusitis. Basically a treadmill for sinus infection. One that goes nowhere, but leads to yet another sinus infection. 
Think Beyond Symptoms with Sinus Infections

We recently saw an interview from Dr. Brannick, ND, DC, of the Brannick Clinic of Natural Medicine. She treats many patients naturally for chronic sinus infections and offered some good advice.

“Start by looking at the cause”,  Dr. Brannick says.The cause is almost always related to diet, and an imbalance of flora in our gut and lungs.

That’s right. A round of antibiotics  destroys the good  bacteria not only in our gut but also wipes out the good bacteria in our lungs and weakens the mucus lining. If you are suffering from chronic sinus infections check out these five strategies to help you get at the root cause and heal naturally.

Five Steps to Stopping Chronic Sinus Infections

  1. Reduce inflammation in the body by finding out if you have allergies to food, gut related illnesses or parasites. There are a number of non-invasive diagnostic tests that you can do at home. Be you own health detective. 
  2. Rinse your sinus cavity daily with a neti pot and saline solution. This will flush the mucus in your nasal passages that contain allergens and other  infection causing bacteria. 
  3. Drink plenty of fluids. The more flushing the better.
  4. Address any nutritional deficiencies that may be weakening your immune system. If your diet is lacking consider taking a supplement to support your overall health.
  5. Replace your gut flora with probiotics.  The most effective and well tested form of probiotics are those strains containing the bacillus spore. If you have been on antibiotics take a therapeutic dose because chances are you have completed wiped out all your good bacteria. 

Remember, there are ways to treat sinus infections, even chronic sinusitis without destroying your gut health. It’s time to get off the treadmill.

Immune Supplements to Know About


Attempting to boost the cells of the immune system is particularly complicated as there are so many different kinds of cells in the immune system that respond to so many different microbes in so many different ways. Which cells should you boost, and to what number? So far, we’re still learning. What we do know is that the body is constantly generating immune cells. No one knows how many cells or what the best mix of cells the immune system needs to function at its optimum level.

Studying the relationship between stress and the immune system is also a challenge. Its hard to know what’s a stressful situation for everyone. What’s regarded as stress for one person is not for another. Also we can only measure the result of the stress, like the number of times the heart beats each minute, but that also may be due to other factors.

It is interesting to note that a reduction in immune response to infections has been shown by older people’s response to vaccines. For example, studies of the flu vaccines have shown that for people over age 65, the vaccine is much less effective compared to healthy children over the age of two.

Supplements to Help your Immune System

We’ve noticed that everyone is talking either about their gut or their immune system these days. This is so exciting because the two are really linked. Did you know that over 80 percent of your immune system resides in our gut?

At Good Gut Solution we are dedicated to providing you with ways to improve your overall health starting with your gut and including your immune system.  We find that the two are so intrinsically linked.

Why should you think about Immune Support Supplementation?

  • Today’s hectic, fast paced lifestyle does not always allow us to eat balanced meals, get enough sleep, or exercise consistently.
  • The time and cost associated with eating a perfectly balanced diet which supports our wellness is just not possible for most of us.
  • Restricted diets and food allergies leave us with a need to fill in nutritional gaps.
  • Helps us deal with the imbalances of modern day life.

Here are some of the most powerful immune Support Supplements

Immune Support SupplementsAlgae
Provides a rich source of iodine to keep the thyroid functioning properly. The thyroid is very important because it is responsible for the production of hormones.

Reishi and Shitake mushrooms
These are the ones often referred to as medicinal mushrooms. They are excellent immune boosters which contain anti-viral compounds that can help fight infections and flu.

Aloe Vera
It’s used for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It may also help alleviate constipation and calm ulcers and acid reflux.

Barley Grass
Known as a multi-nutrient rich super food. This powerhouse grass is loaded with vitamins, electrolytes, minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes and amino acids. It even plays a role in detoxifying the body from heavy metals and reduces radiation stress on the body.

Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly gets its name from the fact that bees use it for the development and nurturing of queen bees. It is used as a general health tonic, for fighting the effects of aging, and for boosting the immune system.

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Sheryl Cohen August 31, 2016