SBO probiotics – lot of skimpy formulations

Today, I decided to see if there were any worthy new-comers to Soil Based Organism (SBO) probiotics. The reason I tend to favor a good formulation of these is that historically, before our modern hyper-hygienic world, kids would pick a shaft of straw from the fields and suck on it — transferring bacteria from there. Or take an apple from a tree and just ripe out any dirt and eat it. Today, it will likely be washed several times before it is ever consumed. There is a growing body of evidence that this change of hygience has caused growing immune issues.

“The Amish and Hutterites are U.S. agricultural populations whose lifestyles are remarkably similar in many respects but whose farming practices, in particular, are distinct; the former follow traditional farming practices whereas the latter use industrialized farming practices….Despite the similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles of Amish and Hutterite children, the prevalence of asthma and allergic sensitization was 4 and 6 times as low in the Amish” – i.e. industrialized farming practices resulted in six times (600%) the rate of asthma and allergies. See Innate Immunity and Asthma Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children(2016). This is also echoed in their farm products!!! Amish and Hutterite Environmental Farm Products Have Opposite Effects on Experimental Models of Asthma [2016]. Given a choice of buying groceries from a Hutterite farm or a Amish farm, buy the Amish (non industrialized) groceries!!!!

SBO Probiotic Supplement, 90 Capsules

  • Lots of Lactobacillus — which I do not classify as SBO
  • Bacillus subilitis, Bacillus clausii, Bacillus coagulans

Ancient Nutrition SBO Probiotic Supplement Dr. Axe Formula

Total disappointment as above — appears to be very similar product (may just be a custom label from same manufacturer)Lots of Lactobacillus — which I do not classify as SBO

Prescription Strength Three Strain Soil Based Probiotic – Primal Earth Probiotic from The Myers Way Protocol

Same ones as above! Bacillus subilitis, Bacillus clausii, Bacillus coagulans

Totnes’ NEW Stomach-Surviving Super Strong Soil Based Probiotics

Lactobacillus (not SBO) and Bacillus subilitis only

Enviromedica Terraflora Synbiotic SBO Supplement 

At last something a little different:

  • Bacillus pumilus
  • Bacillus megaterium
  • Bacillus subilitis,
  • Bacillus clausii,
  • Bacillus coagulans 

Just Thrive: Probiotic & Antioxidant Supplement 

  • Bacillus  Indicus 
  • Bacillus subilitis,
  • Bacillus clausii,
  • Bacillus coagulans 

Royal Flora Soil Based Organisms

just states “soil based organisms” without identification

Bottom Line – Nothing new

None of the above seem to be a rich SBO probiotic.

All of these are bacillus probiotics mixtures for SBO species, very different from my two traditional favorites: Equilibrium and Prescript Assist (which appears to be under a cloud, has had recalls, and involved with legal disputes).

I would advise readers to read my earlier post from 2016 on Bacillus Probiotics. Many of these are histamine producers which can cause adverse effects for some people. If you buy, buy for best price per BCFU.

Legal Notice Received

Suggested reading after reading below.

Dear Mr. Caton:

I have been retained to represent Mr. George Ackerson to address his concerns regarding the reputational damage caused by the following links on blogs and the below Facebook page you control:

https://cfsremission.com/2017/12/10/change-of-formula-for-prescript-assis/

https://www.facebook.com/CFSRemission/

http://www.meditopia.org/chap3-2.htm

http://www.meditopia.org/docs/George%20Ackerson%20-%20Grand%20Jury%20Indictment%20-%20Counterfeiting%201990.pdf

http://www.altcancer.net/ashwin/ashw1115.htm

I understand that you have a long history with Mr. Ackerson, and that your friendship and professional relationship ended badly. That being said, the extent to which you are posting attacks about him online goes beyond speech protected by the First Amendment to be unprotected defamation.

Further, this defamation amounts to tortious interference with Mr. Ackerson’s and Safer Medical’s business relations, as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The amount of damage being inflicted is quite severe and is recoverable in a legal action against you.

On Mr. Ackerson’s behalf, I hereby request that you remove any and all reference to Mr. George Ackerson from your blogs and Facebook page, including the specifically listed links above and to refrain from posting additional information about him.

Please feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss this matter. We look forward to your prompt response.

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New Chart Style for Conditions to Bacteria Taxonomy

I have created a new set of charts showing the connection of bacteria to various conditions.  These charts allow drill down by taxonomy rank (phylum, order, class, genus, etc).

http://microbiomeprescription.azurewebsites.net/Condition/Graph

NOTE: As you move down the rank, some items may not be available to graph

Phylum

Class

By Class

Order

By Order

Family

by Family

Genus

By genus

Species

Often at this level — there may be no studies.

Compensating for Prescription Drugs

A reader asked how to compensate for some prescription drugs that he takes for other conditions. In an earlier post, I had added the ability to see the Compare Impact on the microbiome of drugs, supplements, etc. for example

http://microbiomeprescription.azurewebsites.net/library/GutModifiers?mtype=?M

The result can be a long list of bacteria taxonomy impacted Changing this information into an actionable plan is a challenge — until now.

You will notice a new button Get Suggestions for reversing impact on Microbiome.

http://microbiomeprescription.azurewebsites.net/library/modifiercompare

Clicking this button takes you to the classic suggestion page 

That’s it!

Bottom Line

Trying to correct a microbiome while taking various needed prescription drugs is a complex situation. I hope the above tool will assist you,

Quality Assurance:

For each of the above pages, I have them open in new windows so readers that are interested, can verify the logic being used.

Looking next at the suggestions:

Clicking on one of the items, Fish Oil, we see that it increases http://localhost:42446/Library/Modifier?mid2=142

Verification can be complex between of multiple impacts of modifiers against multiple items. If you set the filters as shown below:

Then just clicking thru items until you find the above (or another taxonomy). For example, http://localhost:42446/Library/Modifier?mid2=1768

Microbiome impact for Seniors and Low diversity

Recently I have seen a number of articles looking at how the diet needs of the seniors (over 60 y.o.) are very different from younger people. One characteristics of many seniors is a decrease of microbiome diversity — the same situation that happens with some medical conditions. 

Changes with Age

“Beyond descriptive connections between microbial composition and host health status, very few studies to date have dissected the causal role of the gut microbiota during ageing. ” [2018]

“Besides microbiota diversity, reduced microbiota-related metabolic capacity, such as lower short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) levels, in old age may also be associated with aging-related maladies such as irregular bowel transit, reduced appetite, frailty, weight loss, cognitive decline, hypertension, vitamin D deficiency, diabetes, arthritis, sarcopenia, etc. [47–50].”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6004897/
  • “As signature bacteria of the long life we identified specifically Eubacterium limosum and relatives that were more than ten-fold increased in the centenarians.” [2010]
  • “In centenarians, we observed a reduction in the quantity of enterobacteriaceae, bifidobacteria, and bacteroides and an increase in clostridia sensu stricto.  The presence of Bifidobacterium longum in the gut seems to be a particular feature in centenarians. It is interesting to note that only 1 strain of B. longum was isolated from each centenarian subject.” [2012]

Diet Changes Suggested in the literature

Back to my primary topic of this blog

Old muscle in young body: an aphorism describing the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome [2018]. 

  • “The data support the hypothesis that patients with CFS are subjected to some of the problems typical for muscle aging, which is probably related to disorders of muscle protein synthesis and biogenesis of mitochondria.

Bottom Line

There is a lot of literature recently published stating the same things:

  • Higher protein content than a younger person “The optimum amount for elderly adults (0.24 g/kg/meal) is approximately 70% greater than that for young adults (0.8 g/kg/day) [19], indicating an age-associated anabolic resistance to dietary protein.”
  • Leucine content is very important. See this page for the suggested foods and this page also.
    • 2.5 g is 1 serving of Greek Yogurt = 5 eggs, but half the calories
    • Study with an addition of ( 3.2 g L-leucine, 0.9 g L-valine, 0.9 g L-isoleucine) [2018]
https://bmjopensem.bmj.com/content/2/1/e000156

Some 15 years ago, I recall many people with CFS/ME had significant improvement with non-denatured whey — an excellent source of protein.

Translation to American

0.24 g/kg/meal – means for a 200 lb person we are talking ~ 3 oz/day of good quality protein that is high in Leucine.

Some more enhancements for condition analysis

Condition Citations

I have made viewing the citations (sources of information) easier. At present, there is at least one academic research using my site to find the articles of interest and validating my encoding of the information into the database.

This is located here , http://microbiomeprescription.azurewebsites.net/Library/ConditonAdjustments

Where to find the citations

When you click on one of these, you will be shown the citations:

Easier viewing of Taxonomy Layers to Conditions 

I have enabled changing the condition by just selecting a condition and clicking a button.

What is the best diet in your opinion?

I have been asked this often. My answer is extremely logical but not what you will get from most health experts (and unfortunately, may not be easy to determine for some).

The Diet….

Very simple — the type of diet that your ancestors ate 300+ years ago! 

From a post that I did three years ago:

Some nuggets that I found in a Christmas Present…

My wife gave me “Danish Cookbooks” by Carol Gold. This is NOT a cook book, but rather an academic study of cookbooks published in Denmark.  I’m 100% Danish and very interested in history.

I have always been inclined towards going for ancestral diet patterns, and did Paleo for a while. My problem with Paleo is that it is more idealogical based than actual (scientific) archeologically based. It is also trying to jump the diet back thousands of years which effectively ignores how our bacteria evolved to meet our changes of diet.

A diet based on typical diet of your ancestors 400 – 1400 years ago is likely a better choice. You avoid the newly introduced foods, for example, potatoes. You also avoid process foods and modern additives. On the plus side, your gut bacteria is likely closer to the optimized bacteria your ancestors evolved from eating the same food for a thousand years.

In this book, I found two gems from the historical records:

  • We have decreased the use of spice considerably — in 1600, the common spices were:
    • cumin, anise, coriander, dill, fennel, lavender, sage, rosemary, mint, bay leaves, cloves, pepper, saffron, thyme, marjoram, nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, cinnamon, hyssop, wormwood, lemon balm, angelica-root.
    • “The issue here is … the use of seasonings in general slackens” p.47
    • Many of these spices (like wormwood and ginger) have strong antibacterial characteristics which would have kept some gut bacteria families in control well.
  • “Their most common food was meat” p. 122
  • White (wheat) bread was very uncommon, expensive, and typically seen only in upper class homes on special occasions(not as part of the regular menus). It appears that most of the carbohydrates came from Rye Bread.

I am sure that some readers who favor a diet that is vegan or vegetarian on ideological grounds would object to these suggestions.  My response is simple, if your ancestors were vegetarians for centuries or millenniums (as some friends who were born in India can validly claim), then that is the right diet without any doubts.

Evidence shows that gut bacteria is inherited through generations — hence it is good to know what your ancestors ate because your gut bacteria have likely adapted to that diet. Given my heritage (which likely applies to people from the UK, Poland, northern France and Germany etc), this boils down to:

  • Rye Bread without any wheat flour
  • Meat and Fish (especially since the family seemed to always been within 5 miles of the coast back to 1500..)
  • Vegetables:

No potatoes — they really did not enter my ancestor dies until the early 1800’s – after one of my great-grandfathers was born. Little or no sugar (“Worldwide through the end of the medieval period, sugar was very expensive[1] and was considered a “fine spice“,[2] but from about the year 1500, technological improvements and New World sources began turning it into a much cheaper bulk commodity.” – Wikipedia)

This Wikipedia article may be a helpful start for many.

The last item needs to be taken with a touch of salt and sung: “A spoonful of soil helps the microbiome recover!” We have become hyper-hygienic. See the Hygiene hypothesis. This comes from a post in 2016:

“The Amish and Hutterites are U.S. agricultural populations whose lifestyles are remarkably similar in many respects but whose farming practices, in particular, are distinct; the former follow traditional farming practices whereas the latter use industrialized farming practices….Despite the similar genetic ancestries and lifestyles of Amish and Hutterite children, the prevalence of asthma and allergic sensitization was 4 and 6 times as low in the Amish” – i.e. industrialized farming practices resulted in six times (600%) the rate of asthma and allergies. See Innate Immunity and Asthma Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children(2016). This is also echoed in their farm products!!! Amish and Hutterite Environmental Farm Products Have Opposite Effects on Experimental Models of Asthma [2016]. Given a choice of buying groceries from a Hutterite farm or a Amish farm, buy the Amish (non industrialized) groceries!!!!

So I advocate not a Paleo diet, but a medieval-food diet (modified for modern nutritional needs). No prepared foods (talk about being extremely unnatural!), so food prepared from scratch — ideally organic with heritage seeds.