Not on Top of Your Game? It Could Be Microbiome Dysbiosis

The Natural Pharmacist, Ross Pelton

Natural Pharmacist Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton,  The Natural Pharmacist talks with us about the Microbiome, dysbiosis and pathobiome. Click Here to see his interview.

Our gut microbiome is made up of over 100 trillion organisms, it’s a delicate balance which is made up of both good and bad bacteria. Hopefully more good.

What is Dysbiosis?

 Essentially it’s when your good gut bacteria is out of balance with your bad gut bacteria. When the good outweighs the bad you have dysbiosis. Ross calls Microbiome dysbiosis the ‘pathobiome’.

When you have dysbiosis or a ‘pathobiome’ you will experience symptoms.

What are the pathobiome Symptoms?

  • gas
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

When you have these symptoms it’s important not to ignore them.

These symptoms are your bodies warning signs.

Think of them as red flags that something is wrong.

What does a pathobiome lead to?

  • gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • extraintestinal disorders such as asthma, allergies, heart disease and obesity
  • mood disorders such as depression and anxiety

ADResearch compiled by the US National Library of Medicine from over 90 different studies in the last 10 years states that, “there is growing evidence that dysbiosis of the gut microbiota is associated with the pathogenesis of both intestinal and extra-intestinal disorders.”

Why do people get an upset microbiome?

  • Antibiotics are the #1 reason; antibiotics kill all the good bacteria.
  • Acid suppressing drugs; too low levels of acidity encourage the growth of bad bacteria
  • Steroid drugs
  • Birth control
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diet consisting of processed food and high in carbohydrates.
  • Pesticides in agricultural food supply
  • Environmental toxins: mercury, lead and arsenic
  • Chlorinated water which kills bacteria; good and bad
  • Not feeding your probiotics; you need to fertilize the good bacteria with prebiotic foods or a prebiotic supplement

“Remember every time you eat you are feeding 100 trillion guests.” thats good advice from Ross Pelton.

The Natural Pharmacist, Ross PeltonStay tuned for part 3 of our talk with Ross Pelton on Gut Health coming in two weeks.

Ross Pelton is a pharmacist and a true expert on pharmaceutical drugs and their life-altering side effects. He is also a clinical nutritionist and helps people with diet, nutrition and natural therapies.

He truly is an expert in helping his clients integrate the best of both worlds to improve their health.

Check him out on Facebook, The Natural Pharmacist.

Crohn’s & Colitis-Join the Team Challenge

What is Team Challenge? 

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is sponsoring the Team Challenge Race for the Cure Fundraiser.

Crohn's & Colitis Team Challenge

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundations mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Whether you have been directly affected by one of these diseases or want to support a loved one with Crohn’s or colitis, supporting this cause is so worthwhile. The foundation has already invested over $280 million in research.  More than 80% of each $1 raised goes towards research, education and support.

What does the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation do?

Since this non-profit was started, nearly five decades ago, the CCF has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, finance underdeveloped areas of research and enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.

For those suffering with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis they provide a forum of education, support and resources.

The Team Challenge Race event is an endurance training and fundraising program to raise money for research that could impact the scientific community’s understanding of the causes, cures and treatments for IBD. One of their current initiatives includes the research on the Microbiome. This event has raised  $71 million dollars to date since 2007.

How can you support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation?

You can sign up to compete in a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon. Check the site for more details on the fundraising program. There are even triathlon, Iron man and cycling events. Find the team that works best for you. Teammates receive professional coaching, free accommodation at select events, race entry, and fundraising mentorship.

Be a part of the cure and sign up today. Click Here 

Why VSL3?

VSL#3 Probiotic 2 Pack Capsules VSL3 Can Help If You….

  • Have heavy stress
  • Have recently taken antibiotics
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Eat a lot of sugar
  • Get recurring fungal infections

Did you know that if you do just one of these system stressors on a regular basis, your gut health could be compromised.  Microorganisms which reside in your gut can not be stimulated to grow by a change in diet alone. That’s why probiotics are necessary. Before your immune system gets out of wack, consider taking probiotics.

Why take VSL#3?

  • 10 times the strength of the average probiotic
  • Proprietary blend of 8 strains of live probiotic bacteria; multiple bacteria strains taken simultaneously provide a wider range of benefits than single strain probiotics.
  • The effects of probiotics are very strain specific; the strains of VSL#3 are backed by more than 170 published studies
  • Greater potency which ensures that bacteria survive the stomach acid and bile to colonize in your gut.
  • VSL #3 is now dairy-free for those people who suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

In 2014 the World Health Organization defined Probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” VSL#3 meets the definition of a probiotic.

What are the results of VSL#3?

  • Maintains a healthy mucosal lining
  • Strengthens intestinal barriers
  • Strengthens the tight junctions
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves digestion

What Conditions Does VSL#3 Help?

If you are still wondering if VSL#3 could be right for you, take a look at these testimonials from those who have been helped by this product. VSL#3 is now available in three formulations, regular strength, double strength and packet form. It’s simple to take as a capsule or just add it to a beverage or smoothie.

Contact us if you have any questions about VSL#3 or need help with determining the best dose to take for your condition or symptoms.

What Your Poop Can Tell You

“At Home” Stool Tests Enable You to be Your Own Health Advocate

Have you ever taken an “at home” stool test? Ever wondered what an analysis of your poop can tell you? There’s no need to be intimidated, its actually a very simple way to identify problems within your gut.

What if I told you it’s the best way to learn about your health and to shed some light on the root cause of symptoms you may be experiencing. Everyone should consider testing as the first step in finding out more about the health of your gut and systems. 

Dr's Data testWhat Does a Dr.’s Data At Home Stool Test Help Determine? 

  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites 
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years.  Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Why Stool Test?

When you’re considering an at-home stool test ask yourself this question; will knowing the results of this test change my treatment plan? If not, maybe you can skip the collection. If you’re like most people, you know that your poop holds information that could very well be the key to good health. Collecting it and shipping it off could be the easiest way to gather helpful information that will put you on the right path for a treatment plan.

When you are looking for clues for any digestion issues or concerns, start by being your own health detective and try the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology test. The results could end up saving you time and money while enabling you to focus on a treatment plan tailored to your specific issues. 

Yogurt May Not Provide Enough of the Probiotic Bacteria You Need

probiotics for good gut health - yogurt not enoughMany people who consider taking a probiotic for good gut health turn to yogurt. And while yogurt does typically contain some live cultures, often it’s not enough to make a difference in digestive health. Sometimes, the friendly bacteria in yogurt are not even alive at all. In addition, using yogurt as your sole source of probiotics could contribute to more gut complications than an individual already has, due to the excess sugar in many kinds of yogurt.

Taking a probiotic to keep the gut healthy is a great idea, but it’s imperative that you choose the right one. If you don’t, you could be taking a supplement that’s not working at all or setting yourself up for further health issues.

Why Yogurt Is Not a Reliable Source of Probiotics

Even though evidence strongly suggests that probiotics are good for intestinal health, the science behind the evidence is not without doubt. We know they benefit the gut by keeping a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, but we’re still learning about the best ways to get friendly microbes to propagate and thrive in the intestines.

Contrary to what many people believe, yogurts are not the best source of probiotics. Sonia Michail, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said that although yogurt can be healthy, it’s “not a consistent or reliable source.” She goes on to say that even if yogurt is initially made with tons of good bacteria strains, they’re likely killed by yogurt’s low pH level.

In a 2010 study, yogurt that sat for 10 days in the refrigerator had only 30 percent of its probiotics left in the mixture. Many brands say that they contain “live cultures,” but they don’t usually express how many live cultures are inside, and they certainly don’t guarantee that those live cultures will remain by the time a consumer eats the yogurt. Research suggests that, for a yogurt to be semi-effective, it must have at lease 106 to 108 live cultures per gram of product. That’s a huge amount that most companies simply don’t offer.

Probiotic Supplements as a Better Choice

If you want to take a probiotic, you’re better off choosing a powder or powder capsule. Supplements like Perfect Pass Probiotic and Perfect Pass Prebiotic have been used in studies with good digestive health results. These probiotic powder supplements contain billions of live cultures, they’re created to withstand the probiotic’s trip through the acidic digestive system, and they don’t contain substances that could potentially feed bad bacteria and help it flourish.

Perfect Pass, can help with many digestive and intestinal issues like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, and even minor stomach bugs. These probiotics and prebiotics are safe for kids and adults, and they can be just what you need to heal the gut and keep it healthy.