Probiotics and yogurt: restores beneficial strains of bacteria to the stomach and intestines, increases immune-response, may help diverticulitis, aids digestion and elimination, multi-strains are best (9-14). Always purchase shelf-stable capsules, but store in the refrigerator. They’re costly, but if the freeze-dried probiotic bacteria are truly live, you can use two capsules to a quart of milk (page of hits for directions; this one calls for boiling the milk, though I only heat until there are small bubbles around the edge, and a light skin has formed on the surface) with a cup or two of added dry milk solids when it’s cooled, and grow yogurt in ten or twelve hours in an oven with only the light bulb as heat.
When your jar is down to the last couple tablespoons, you can add them to the cooled milk as the culture. If you’re nervous about that (as I sometimes am), add one capsule of store stuff.
Udo’s Choice multi-strain shelf-stable brand always used to culture; some other brands…haven’t, which is vexing, as it means you wasted your hard-earned money. Just try getting your money back, heh. Come to think of it, culturing a couple caps is a good way to know if the bacteria IS live, even if you’d rather take the capsules. Update: Nature’s Way, a rather inexpensive brand, IS culturing, thank goodness, but the Fortify sort available here only contain three strains of bacteria. Others with more strains are available. If plain probiotic yogurt is available, 2 T of it should culture a quart of scalded milk.
On a recent thread at MoA on the zika virus, I’d contributed an ecowatch/Counterpunch essay postulating that the transgenic mosquitoes constructed to sorta self-destruct in aid of ratcheting down dengue fever and other diseases might have mutated and were the culprits behind the possible increase in Zika cases and microcephaly in newborns. Who knows? But it caused me again to consider how many (hopefully) unintended consequences of transgenic foods have been poorly researched in the US, yet seem to be wreaking havoc with human health.
For instance: most corn (therefore corn syrup in so many processed foods) have been ‘modified’ with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that was designed to bust the digestive systems of certain insects like corn borers and kill them. In animals and humans, it seems to act like little pesticide factories in our guts, killing even the many sorts of beneficial bacteria required for good health. It may be the same with Monsanto’s glyphosate (RoundUp) or 2-4D, I dunno what all.
It’s inarguable that more and more of us are developing food, mold and dust mite sensitivities, allergies, neurological/neuromuscular/auto-immune symptoms, compromised immunity, that a long-ago friend reminded me recently are now considered underpinned by Leaky Gut Syndrome, which are arguably directly related to transgenic foods. Sources said: ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is a disorder which allows partially digested foods, toxins and bad bacteria to pass though the small intestine and into the blood stream. This event compromises the liver, the lymphatic system, and the immune response including the endocrine system.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness that affects adults and children alike. The illness is also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
There are many schools of thought even in the naturopathic world, but my sense is that one needs to cleanse intestines, provide multi-strain probiotics (see the section above) regularly, and add L-glutamine amino acid to one’s system often to help restore the integrity of especially small intestines, thereby correcting some of the affects (and eat fewer GM products when possible). Fresh fermented veggies as well (again, see above)… We use Wally World’s Equate brand (it tastes like Tang, the breakfast of astronauts!) of ground psyllium seeds and husks, sort of the poor person’s Metamucil, and two or three times a year do more complete intestinal flushes with increasing amounts over a few days. Psyllium (an arbitrarily chosen link) swells to 100 times its original size in liquid, and is rather slippery, and can get into intestinal nooks and crannies to allow for more complete elimination. Drink it quickly once you mix it in water: or else! You’ll want to check out any of these items and usages online yourself, of course.