This year is my 22nd year in practice and in the words of Jerry Garcia…what a long strange trip its been. As my knowledge has grown over the years, the types of patients that seek my care have changed. With allopathic medicine continuing to focus on suppressing symptoms and handing out toxic chemicals with horrible side effects many people sought my help to find the causative factors of their conditions. The people that have put their trust in me over the years to help them find solutions to their health problems humble me.
Today, approximately 90% of my patients suffer from either a primary digestive issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, candida infection, bacterial overgrowth, and acid reflux, or a secondary digestive issue which I’ll explain in the next paragraph. The number one reason patients visit their doctor is for digestive complaints. In addition to these patients I also started seeing more patients suffering from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and hashimoto’s disease. Many of these patients had horrible digestive symptoms in addition to their autoimmune diagnosis. Looking for ways to positively influence their dysfunctional immune systems, I learned that upwards of 80% of the immune system resides in the digestive tract. If I was going to be able to help these patients in any way I needed to find a way to help their digestion. I also saw first hand that patients with acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis often had poor digestion as the source of their symptoms. Then there were patients who presented with headaches, fatigue, and hormone imbalances and after a complete review of their condition I realized that, in some cases, their digestion was the source of their discomfort. These are examples of what I call secondary digestive issues…the main complaint is not a digestive issue but as soon as you start to dig around for the cause of their symptoms digestion quickly moves to the top of the list. At some point I realized if I didn’t have an answer to effectively support digestion then maybe a career change was in order.
My search led me to probiotics.
On paper probiotics seemed to be my answer. I went to the best conferences and listened to the brightest minds. They taught me that reseeding the bowel with good bacteria was the solution I was looking for. Supplementing my patients with billions of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria would correct the imbalance in the intestinal tract and solve all my patients primary and secondary digestive issues. I jumped in with both feet.
It turned out to be a little bit different in practice than what all those smart guys said.
I would say overall my experience with probiotics was very much a mixed bag. While I had some success using probiotics, it wasn’t uncommon for a supplement to work for a week or two, and then lose efficacy. Even in patients who reported improvement if they missed a dose or tried to lower the dose the symptoms came right back. So the results I saw were transient. We weren’t making any lasting change we were just treating a symptom. I saw infections that wouldn’t get better, no matter how many probiotics we threw at them. My frustration grew with every ineffective probiotic strain I tried.
New probiotic formulations came out every day, but none of them worked consistently.
Because of my experience formulating supplements, I had real questions and concerns about the quality and consistency of the probiotic supplements that were on the market. Some had one strain, while others had 15, but regardless, nothing gave me the results I was looking for. Then the market shifted to “more is better”. It seemed like overnight we went from recommending 5 billion to 20 billion to 50 billion to 100 billion. I bought in that more must be better but clinically I just didn’t see the changes in patients.
I questioned how these bacteria would make it to the intestines alive.
In school I learned that the stomach is an incredible barrier to entry. It doesn’t just let any bacteria pass into our intestines. If it did then we would always be sick and most people would die from some type of infection. I also learned that the bacteria that inhabit our intestines are anaerobic, which means they die if they touch oxygen. If the probiotic company is telling me the bacteria is alive when it is in my hand before I swallow it then it can’t be anaerobic. So even if these bacteria could magically get past the stomach acid how could it live in an oxygen free environment in the gut. Plus, where did caveman get his probiotics? He didn’t have a refrigerated section at Whole Foods to shop from. Nowhere could he access these bacteria in his environment. It didn’t make sense. As more research came out it became clear that this reseeding theory was just not supported by science.
Then something interesting crossed my desk…
A few years ago an article on Bacillus spores was passed to me from a colleague. I was immediately fascinated. Bacillus spores provided an answer to all of my concerns. First, they are safe. Bacillus spores were the first prescription probiotics in the 1950’s.
Bacillus spores easily survived the stomach.
Because Bacillus probiotics develop a hard shell (an endospore), they are highly resistant to UV and gamma radiation, high and low temperatures, and acidic conditions found in the stomach. Gut model studies proved they survived the acidic stomach to populate in the intestines.
Bacillus spores are a great value.
With Bacillus spores, I got great, consistent results with a wide variety of gastrointestinal issues. As I started to investigate more, I realized that these results came from the unique properties of Bacillus. These spores crowd out harmful bacteria in the gut, produce enzymes to help with food digestion, and fight bloating and cramping. They also produce RDA-equivalent quantities of B-vitamins, vitamin K2, and offer a significant source of carotenoids, important antioxidants that can reduce free radical production in the body.
MegaSporeBiotic was created to provide consistent, reliable effects.
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Yours in health,
Tom Bayne, DC