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There are two systems of healthcare available in New Zealand - conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Conventional medicine is the well established Western medicine mostly involving medical doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, etc. and pharmaceutical drugs. The emphasis is placed on diagnostic testing and drug treatment or surgery. For this system the body usually has begun to hurt, become damaged, or disease has developed and action is taken at these stages. Conventional medicine is excellent when it comes to surgery, emergency, trauma, technical laboratory testing, etc.

The other system is referred to as alternative medicine (or natural health). Alternative medicine blends body, mind and spirit, science and experience, with the recognition that each body is unique. Emphasis is placed on preventing ill health and disease. Nature's medicine links our health and wellness to a state of harmony or balance, and our disease to a state of disharmony or imbalance. Treatments and therapies frequently originated from ancient healing traditions and nature.

Alternative medicine has a lot to offer you. It can be used on its own or with mainstream, conventional medicine. Use the best of Eastern alternative medicine and Western conventional medicine.

We need both.

As pharmacists, specialising in natural health, we are asked daily to advise people about alternative choices that may help their health disorder. We are sometimes asked only when conventional methods or drug treatments have failed, or may be causing side effects that cannot be tolerated. Many times we are asked because there is no conventional treatment or drug available to help reduce symptoms of an illness or disease. Or we may be consulted because symptoms have returned again, and the person has realised they can, and need to, do more to strengthen and create balance in their body, than urgently use a drug to remove distressing symptoms.

Today we are seeing an increase in intestinal digestive disorders, bowel irregularities and vaginal irregularities. We are seeing many people with conditions that have resulted from taking too many antibiotic courses, or in some people just one course of antibiotics may cause harm. These people are now getting digestive effects. For many people their digestive disorder is the result of too many stresses.

Sometimes these people have tried many different natural vitamin and mineral supplements and have not had the positive response they expected to. It is likely they are not properly absorbing these nutrients in their intestines. Too many people are now responding poorly to their diet and even to medications, because of this inadequate absorption. Their body weight can change also-they may either become underweight or overweight.

The foundation for good absorption needs to be rebuilt first-by replacing the friendly bacteria (probiotics) and then providing an environment these bacteria will thrive in. As pharmacists we see too many multivitamins and minerals sold without first laying the foundation that ensures best absorption and digestion. Would you start building a house with the walls and roof without first engineering the secure foundations? Once you have built your body's foundation for good absorption and digestion, you can then concentrate on creating harmony within your body.

So why are we not absorbing or digesting our food properly?
Over thousands of years our digestive systems have developed to become very flexible, processing a wide variety of foods. This was because we often had scarce food supplies and had to eat what was available. Now our nutrition has changed. Today in developed countries we have plenty of food available to eat, no one starves to death, and a wide variety of food is available. Yet, we tend to choose foods from a very narrow range, mostly refined food that is high in sugar and fat, and low in fibre. This change has been quite sudden - it is only a hundred years since the industrial revolution when it became possible to refine foods. One example of this refining is the production of white flour, where we lose the essential fatty acids which we would normally have consumed daily. This is leading to low essential fatty acid (EFA) levels in people who then develop conditions which are typical of this deficiency.

Processing of foods continued with the introduction of chemicals and hydrogenated fats to give foods stability and create a longer shelf life, or enhance flavours. This provides convenient food but often not body nourishing food. We are eating high carbohydrate breakfasts and lunches - toast, cereals, sandwich bread and rolls, pastry, and eating very little protein or vegetables until dinner at night. Our digestive system is better if we have some protein in the morning, or at lunchtime if preferred. If we provide mostly simple carbohydrates during the day, it creates stress to our digestive system, which results in lower energy levels particularly in the afternoon. During the working day we tend to rush the morning and lunchtime eating which does not allow our body enough time to digest properly. Therefore, we are eating the food but not nourishing our body, particularly our nervous system, as the food is not digested properly. We don't give enough consideration to the variety of food our body needs, or to the quantity. Many people eat too much food too quickly. All of these factors weaken our digestive system, making it hard for our intestines to absorb the nutrients from our eating. Good absorption of food is extremely important to achieve good well-being.

What happens to us if our nutrient absorption is poor?
If absorption lessens, then you will not get enough nutrients to all parts of your body, even though you eat well. This creates a stressed body which manifests as a person who gets stressed, is stressed, or doesn't have enough energy, becomes dull and suffers from mood changes with very little internal harmony. Very quickly digestive symptoms develop e.g. bloating, bowel wind, loose bowels, constipation and belching. As we know already, this stress may contribute to illness and dis-ease. If you do not have plenty of nutrients readily available for repair processes which are happening continuously in your body, you may get sick and be slower to recover from simple conditions like colds and 'flu. Inflammation will increase, leading to aches and pains, sore muscles, cramps and stiffness. Not enough absorption of nutrients can lead to deficiencies such as iron or calcium (osteoporosis). If you also have a stressful or overactive lifestyle, have a course of antibiotics or a few courses over the years, absorption of food will decrease even more. This is because antibiotics, stress and poor digestion wipe out or reduce your friendly, helpful bacteria (probiotics) in your body. These friendly bacteria increase absorption of all food nutrients like vitamins and minerals. These friendly bacteria will improve digestive function-helping symptoms like diarrhoea, constipation, belching, bloating, bowel wind and many other symptoms.

We recommend…..
Sometimes we are not able to make all the changes at once that will improve food digestion and absorption, like changing stressful situations, rethinking our habitual eating patterns, increasing exercise. But we can start to support our body by replacing friendly bacteria (probiotics), essential fatty acids (EFA's), and taking a fast absorbing, high mineral and vitamin, plant extract.
Probiotics NZ Ltd advised many people how to do this successfully. We will help you lay the correct foundation with the supplements required to build good health. We are keen to educate you. Our foundation consists of

  • Natren probiotics
  • Green Magma mineral and vitamin plant extract
  • Efamol essential fatty acids(EFA's)

At PROBIOTICS NZ, we continue to educate about Probiotics, quality plant extracts and herbs, and to supply health supplements that are respected and used by medical doctors, healthcare practitioners and pharmacists world-wide. Much inspiration for this company was gained from time spent with Hans Wagner, for many years, while he promoted the benefits of probiotics in New Zealand and Australia.

Hans' Story
Hans Wagner was a vibrant and enthusiastic leader in natural healthcare in New Zealand and Australia who became increasingly convinced that the future of health food products lay in concentrated plant extracts, probiotics and herbs. He believed quality should never be compromised, especially when it came to the health of his customers, and he only imported the highest quality nutritional support products the world had to offer. Much of his information was backed by solid scientific research and clinical studies. He encouraged customers to seek quality information before making their supplement decisions.
Hans left us with the following comments:

"As we get older the sounds in our body get louder and more inconvenient. All of a sudden we can feel our heart, our lungs start to become less effective, the kidneys have problems getting rid of fluids, the water works spring leaks, the adrenals spoil our fun in bed, and the joints are harder to bend. The muscles slacken, the skin sags, and wrinkles show. Even the solid bones seem to whittle away. But if someone asks how we are, we proudly proclaim - well, very well indeed! We simply fail to understand that our body needs to be looked after in a special way. As well as eating a diet for our body type, we must provide our body with additional, very special plant nutrients to compensate for our stressed life-style and the polluted environment we live in. Spend money on fun and games, but always remember to put a few dollars away, so you can buy the necessary health support to strengthen your body. Thousands of dollars are spent on holidays, forgetting that only a sound body will let you enjoy all the pleasures of life."


Which brand can I trust?

As health professionals and retailers, we are faced with the same situation as consumers choosing good supplements. We need to determine which products are considered leaders in their category world-wide. Which products are carefully prepared, and have a reputation for achieving consistent, effective results? Their potency, purity and quality must be amongst the best nutritional support products offered today.

As a pharmacist, I am concerned first with the quality and safety of a supplement. I always want to know more than just what the label tells me. I need to know how the product is extracted and manufactured, how pure are the raw materials and how stable is the finished product?

I ask many questions because supplements are not required to be registered before sale, meaning the quality of manufacture will vary.

  • Has the evening primrose oil been extracted without chemicals and has no heat been added during processing?
  • What strain of acidophilus was used, and is the quantity of acidophilus stated on the label the amount there at the time of manufacture only, or is it the amount I would expect to be there right up until expiry date?
  • Have some of the bacteria died in the meantime?
  • Is the correct extraction process used for barley grass that ensures active enzymes, minerals and antioxidants that we can absorb?
  • Lots of questions are asked, research is read and this inquiry leads us to identify high quality products and manufacturers. Care is required in selection of supplements because safety, purity and quality control are critical.

Quality should never be compromised, especially when it comes to health. Money spent on anything less is not good value.


Probiotics NZ searches for and brings you superior plant extracts and probiotics. These products are considered leaders in their category worldwide.

When you select Natren you are in good company. Leading medical universities direct inquiries on probiotics to Natren. Natren has the largest library in the world on the subject of probiotics. This corporate library is referenced and recommended to the medical industry by prominent research scientists and medical schools. Natren has the honour of being recognised for having established the national USA standards for probiotics which were read into United States Congressional Record.

The Advisory Board for Natren is as follows:

  • Alexander Angelov,M.D.
  • Derrick DeSilva,Jr.,M.D. President, American Neutraceutical Association
  • Saheer Gharbia,Ph.D. Senior lecturer, Dept of Life Sciences, University of East London, England
  • Robert Gross,M.D. Director, Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Brotman Medical Centre, CA
  • Calvin Hobel,M.D. Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Paediatrics, ULCA School of Medicine, CA
  • Jan McBarron,M.D. Professor, Columbus State University
  • Julius Metts,M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Practice, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Richard Podell,M.D. Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Randolph Porubcan,M.B.A. Senior scientist in field of probiotics and natural biotechnology
  • Neal Rouzier,M.D. Emergency and Preventative Medicine
  • Haroun Shah,Ph.D. FRC Pathology Director, London, England
  • Sanford Singer,MD Pediatrician, OH
  • Aristo Vojdani,Ph.D.,M.T. Immunologist and Microbiologist, CA

Efamol Evening Primrose Oil has been associated with over 120 studies in university hospitals in 15 countries. Over 90% of all the published research studies on the medical benefits of Evening Primrose Oil have been carried out on the Efamol brand. Since 1979, $NZ100 million has been spent on research. The researchers and universities only wish to carry out studies and research trials on the highest quality brand available - Efamol.

Only Efamol Evening Primrose Oil has been approved for use as a medicine by drug regulatory authorities world-wide, including New Zealand, and the NHS in the United Kingdom (UK). To be registered as a medicine, extensive clinical trials are required. Many countries require at least one clinical study to be carried out within that country before they will grant a pharmaceutical product licence. As a result Efamol have conducted human clinical studies across the world. Most of this research has been carried out by independent investigators at hospitals and medical schools, including 28 of the United Kingdom's medical schools.

Efamol has been successful in obtaining 4 United Kingdom and 19 foreign pharmaceutical licences. The first licence was granted in 1988 in the UK for GLA from Efamol Evening Primrose Oil for the treatment of atopic eczema. This product is now among the top three dermatological products on the UK National Health Service. Research has been particularly successful in the fields of diabetes and cancer. Efamol has completed a trial of over 500 patients at 12 centres in the UK and Europe for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Dr Yoshihide Hagiwara, Green Magma's founder is a world-renowned scientist, inventor and research pharmacologist. In order to capture and protect the delicate nutrients and enzymes in young barley grass, Dr Hagiwara developed a unique extraction and spray-dry process that earned him Japan's prestigious Science and Technology Award. He also earned the Lifetime dedication to Pharmaceutical Industry Award presented by the Governor of Japan. In 1995, he received a Special Award from the Brazilian Government for his many contributions to world health and welfare.

What is antibiotics?

Some bacterias that invade us and cause infections and disease are no longer being kept under control by antibiotic medicine. The bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic-the antibiotic is not working to kill the bacteria and the infection continues. This is not what we expect to happen. How will this affect our health and disease control?

In 1928 the antibiotic penicillin was discovered. By the early 1950's this "miracle medicine" was being used to save lives and eradicate disease. This was the antibiotic era, and it brought about one of the greatest changes to medical history.

Antibiotics come from the Greek word anti (against) and biotics (life)-this means antibiotics kill living bacteria. With this discovery, doctors were convinced that infectious diseases might some day be wiped out. Diseases that were once life threatening, such as pneumonia, had become curable.

In June 2000, the World Health Organisation issued a stark warning about the rise of drug resistant diseases that threaten to return medicine to the dark days before the discovery of penicillin. Drug or antibiotic resistance means the antibiotic does not work anymore against a particular bacteria or disease. The bacteria are able to resist the antibiotic. In a report on the rise of antibiotic resistance, the organisation said that the world had about 10 years to ensure that our grandchildren do not face the same childhood diseases that terrorised our grandparents. The global spread of antibiotic resistance is occurring because of the overuse of antibiotics. Sixty per cent of the infections picked up while patients are in hospital are now antibiotic resistant-they cannot be cured with drugs.

So how did this happen?
At first small doses of antibiotics like penicillin worked miracles. They stopped bacteria in their tract. In 1941 only 40,000 units per day of penicillin for four days was required to cure pneumococcal pneumonia. Today, a patient could receive 24 million units of penicillin a day and die of pneumococcal meningitis. Doctors realised they have to give ever increasing doses of antibiotics to have the same effect. This is because bacteria don't stand still - they evolve and change very fast. They can do this because they replicate so quickly- they can form a new generation every 20 minutes. As they multiply they mutate, bringing on new defenses to the antibiotics. No matter how big the doses of antibiotics become, some bacteria always survive because they are strong organisms with a determined life force. When the bacteria become resistant they are terrifying. These bacteria are known as "super-bugs" and are resistant to all standard antibiotics. As an infectious diseases physician in a South Auckland, New Zealand, hospital reported " we are really down to one antibiotic" after they had tried 30 different antibiotics for an outbreak of a super-bug infection.

Antibiotics are not selective. In most cases they do a good job of ridding the body of the culprit bacteria but they do not just kill only the harmful "bad" microorganisms. They also kill off high numbers of the beneficial bacteria needed to maintain optimum health. After a course of antibiotic treatment, the friendly intestinal bacteria are severely diminished. At the least this is likely to cause some digestive upset, anything from diarrhoea, bloating, heartburn, and bowel wind, to constipation and thrush. Worse problems may arise because the areas where the friendly bacteria were killed off from, are now open to invasion by hostile, harmful bacteria. They will expand their numbers explosively and dangerously.

There are times when antibiotics are necessary. It is recommended that probiotic supplements are taken while on a course of antibiotics, and for a period of time after the antibiotics are finished, to replace the good bacteria. Some infections, like viral infections do not respond to antibiotics. The 24 November, 2000 issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal said " It has long been assumed that antibiotics have no place in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections popularly known as the common cold, however in one year, 78% of patients received antibiotics. Over half of the patients wanted antibiotics for this condition. And a staggering 82% of patients who see a doctor for the cold expect to be given antibiotics". This demand puts pressure on the doctors to prescribe and increases the risk to the community of developing resistant bacteria.

What can you do?
There are many ways to improve immune function so that the need for antibiotics can be reduced. What is needed is a reduced employment of these often life-saving drugs so that they work when one really needs them. This more selective use of antibiotics will also stem the explosion of resistant organisms appearing world-wide. You can learn about probiotic supplements and Probiotics NZ can advise you how to take them.

This is the time for probiotics - for life. Many of the germs in our air, food, and water have become antibiotic-resistant "super bacteria". Factors in today's stressful world contribute to the loss of good bacteria in the body. Some micro-organisms like bacteria, fungi and viruses that we encounter daily are not only unfriendly, they are very harmful. Some can even kill you. For this reason, you must bring back the beneficial bacteria to the gut lining. You will need to use safe beneficial bacteria supplements that really work. It is important that the product you select delivers friendly bacteria to specific areas of your intestinal tract. Not all probiotic products on the market today are created equal. Probiotics NZ will teach you about Natren probiotic supplements. Natren is recognised as a leader in the field of probiotics, and their products are respected and used by medical doctors, healthcare practitioners and pharmacists world-wide. In addition, Natren have had the honour of being recognised for having established the national standards for probiotics read into the USA Congressional record. Their products are suitable for all the family and for all ages.

Probiotic supplementation is very important to human health.


  • Arroll, Bruce and Goodyear-Smith, Felicity. "General practitioner management of upper respiratory tract infections: when are antibiotics prescribed? "The New Zealand Medical Journal 113(1122), 2000.
  • Trenev, Natasha. Probiotics Nature's Internal Healers. Avery Publishing Group, New York, U.S.A, 1998.
  • Probiotics: The Foundation Of Your Health, Now And Forever, Natren Inc. CA91361.
  • Trenev, Natasha. The Power of Probiotics: Secrets to Great Health. Yortren Inc. Burton Goldberg Group. Alternative Medicine, The Definitive Guide, 1994.

What is probiotics?


In today’s world where battle superbugs, food poisoning and chronic infections, that one simple word can make people cringe. What if someone told you here where one and half kilograms of bacteria, living inside your intestinal tract right now? Bacteria are vital to protect you. In fact, those one and a half kilograms are a mixture of good, neutral, chameleon, and bad bacteria that keep you healthy and alive. These gut microflora (very tiny living organisms) are a major part of your digestive and immune systems. When you are healthy, all of these types of bacteria are in a crucial, very delicate balance. Once your microflora is out of balance, your health is in major jeopardy.

Stress, pollution, drugs, diet changes, aging, environment and travel, not only to foreign countries but also outside your home, are all culprits that deplete beneficial bacteria levels, creating an imbalance in your intestinal (digestive system) microflora. Digestive problems, skin conditions, debilitating diseases and even death can result. Beneficial bacteria help protect you from the onslaught of disease- causing microorganisms. They defend the body against bad bacteria (pathogens including salmonella), detrimental fungi (such as yeast and mould) and viruses (like your annual flu virus).

Probiotics are good bacteria that help to relieve a variety of health problems including chronic diseases, autoimmune diseases, acid reflux, coronary heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food poisoning and lactose intolerance. They have an involvement with autism and yeast infections.

Probiotics means "for life" and this name is now mostly used to refer to concentrated supplements of beneficial or good bacteria taken by humans and animals. We know what bad bacteria can do to us-they make us ill-and hospitals and doctors have tried to clean them away or kill them with antibiotics.
However, antibiotics don't work as well as they used to, and some bacteria survive all antibiotics. We now need Probiotics. The good friendly bacteria, or probiotics, promote the body's natural immunity, keep us healthy and help our digestion. They are very necessary and may keep the bad bacteria level lower. There are many types of good bacteria in our body that we need - acidophilus is one that you may have heard of.

Probiotics, from the Greek "for life", is the science of administering living bacteria to treat or prevent a clinical disorder. It is the opposite of antibiotics or the killing of bacteria. The usefulness of probiotics has been known for thousands of years. The ability of beneficial bacteria to transform milk into a longer lasting food was recorded as far back as 6,000 years ago. Throughout most of history, food has been used as medicine as well as nourishment. The revered Greek physician Hippocrates said "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food". Fermented milk products were used to improve appetite and to treat dysentery, peptic ulcers, diarrhea, and other gastric (stomach ) disorders.

In 1908, Elie Metchnikoff, a Nobel Prize recipient working at the Pasteur Institute, observed that Bulgaria had an incredible number of people who lived more than 100 years. This country was one of the least advanced countries in Europe so it was believed that modern medicine was not the reason people lived such long lives. He observed that Bulgarian peasants consumed large quantities of yoghurt. He isolated the responsible bacteria and used them in trials. Only recently, in the last 30 years, has conventional medicine turned its attention to the scientific study of these friendly bacteria using probiotic supplements. For more on Metchnikoff’s observations, see Natasha Trenev’s book “The Power of Probiotics: Secrets to Great Health” which may be purchased from this website (in book section under Natren probiotics).

Your body needs balance
The secret to a long, healthy and vital life is to assist your body in minimising the growth of harmful (bad) bacteria and encouraging the growth of beneficial (good) bacteria. Unfortunately it is not possible to restore your balanced microflora through proper diet alone. Supplementation with selected stains of probiotic bacteria is necessary. Due to the damage we have done from our inappropriate use of drugs and chemicals, it will take several generations before we will be able to restore the beneficial bacteria naturally to our bodies.

All mammals are born germ free but rapidly acquire their own unique bacterial flora-primarily from the mother during birth. This bacterial flora is highly active, some species replicating every 20 minutes. Beneficial bacteria are abundant in nature and present on your skin, in your mouth, digestive system and the vaginal mucosa of healthy individuals. Beneficial bacteria act as an indispensable defense barrier to repel the attacks mounted by bad bacteria and yeast. When the balance is good the body operates at its peak. This optimum balance is your guarantee of protection from disease. It is when you lose your optimal balance that trouble begins. The bad bacteria and yeast rapidly spiral out of control, leaving you with a barren intestinal landscape full of toxic waste. Taking beneficial bacteria supplements daily provides a fast, simple and effective way to promote bowel regularity and elimination of toxins. (More in-depth information is given in Natasha Trenev’s book “The Power of Probiotics: Secrets to Great Health” available in the books section of Natren probiotics.) Not only do they control the growth of bad bacteria and reduce the toxic load of harmful byproducts from normal body metabolism, chemicals in food and in the environment, they minimise the inflammatory cycle and allow the intestinal wall to heal. These valuable health promoters perform indispensable functions that help the body tolerate lactose (the sugar found in dairy products that is difficult to digest), keep the vaginal tract healthy and inhibit opportunistic, disease-causing pathogens. They boost the immune system and stimulate the body’s tolerance to food and environmental elements. They help you avoid allergic reactions and optimise the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals from food and dietary supplements.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most prominent bacteria in the small intestine. Super strains called NAS and DDS-1 have demonstrated increased production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which destroys bad bacteria, yeasts and viruses, and have proven antimicrobial and antifungal characteristics.

Bifidobacterium bifidum is the powerful supporter of the large intestine, regulating unwanted bacterial growth and acting as your all-important waste and disposal system. Super strain Malyoth is the most potent and beneficial strain of resident bifidobacterium available. It has been validated in clinical trials with cirrhotic liver patients as an important support system to repair damaged livers.

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus is a travelling transient bacteria that aids the other two (L. Acidophilus and B Bifidum)as it passes through your body. It supports a healthy GI tract by helping to digest complex carbohydrates and proteins. Super strain LB-51 increases the absorption of essential minerals (especially calcium).

Bifidobacterium Infantis is the most important bacteria for the development of a healthy infant, minimising the predisposition to allergies and encouraging the production of antibodies. Super strain NLS is the essential “baby bacteria” which stimulates better weight gain and assists in the absorption of nutrient and vitamins.

What do these healthful bacteria do for us?
These hard working bacteria keep us healthy by

  • Increased nutritional value through better digestibility and increased absorption of minerals and vitamins.
  • Normalisation of gut function, relieving constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reduction in urinary and vaginal tract infections cause by bacteria and yeast
  • Inhibition of helicobacter pylori, the bacterial cause of stomach ulcers
  • Prevention of GI tract infections caused by bacteria, viruses or yeast
  • Improvement of kidney and liver function by elimination of toxins
  • Repopulation of beneficial flora following antibiotics or radiation
  • Reduction of the hyper-allergenic reactions of the immune system
  • Improved well-being and optimal physical and mental health
  • Prevention of atherosclerosis by reducing blood cholesterol
  • Stimulation of the immune system to boost defenses
  • Alleviating bowel wind, bloating and belching
  • Increased resistance to infectious disease
  • Reduction of disease-inducing agents
  • Improvement of lactose digestion
  • Decreased duration of diarrhoea
  • Reduction in blood pressure
  • Prevention of osteoporosis
  • Reduction in allergies

What causes us to have low levels of good bacteria?
These friendly bacteria living in your intestinal tract can be easily damaged. They can only perform the functions that keep us healthy if they are in a fit state. For example, when bifidobacteria are in a good state of health they will help rid the body of toxins as well as manufacture B vitamins. When in a poor state of health, however, they cannot do these jobs as well or at all. Many factors influence just how healthy your bacterial flora is. Here are some of the reasons good bacteria become unfit and cause low levels of friendly bacteria:


Ageing process

Drugs eg Antibiotics, Steroid drugs, Contraceptive pills


Radiation (x-rays)


Alcohol consumption

Eating disorders



Caesarean delivery(birth)

Not breast feeding an infant(formula feeding)

Chemical additives, Pesticides

Infants born in Westernised Urban Areas

Taking antimicrobial herbs eg Echinacea, raw garlic, golden seal



Environmental changes

What happens when we don't have enough good bacteria in our body?

When harmful bad bacteria invade us, they take up residence on the lining of our intestinal tract. They take over the home that should belong to our beneficial bacteria. They multiply and spread taking over more and more intestinal area. This leads to a loss of the good bacteria. Initially there may be only a few symptoms that you may think are minor…." symptoms that we presume everyone else has too"….. like bloating, bowel wind, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, etc. Then the symptoms continue, and start to occur most days and we get used to them being there. Clearly there is now a shortage of beneficial bacteria - a probiotic deficiency. It is important to replace the beneficial bacteria and know how to encourage their growth, while minimising the expansion of the unfriendly ones.

Health Conditions Associated with Low Levels of Friendly Bacteria (Probiotic Deficiencies)








Premature Ageing





Cold Sores


Nappy Rash


Strep Throat





Reproductive Organs

Immune System


Jock Itch

Allergies i.e. Hay Fever




Chronic Diarrhoea

Yeast Infections


Crohn's Disease


Ankylosing Spondalitis

(Weight Loss)

Vaginal Viruses

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Urinary Tract Infections


Peptic Ulcers
Bowel Wind

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