The mother’s kiss that protects…

Group B Streptococcus and other infections can pose life-threatening hazards to newborn babies. Researchers have discovered that newborn babies receive and colonize protective, beneficial probiotic bacteria from the saliva of their mother! Professor John Tagg and his team of researchers at New Zealand’s University of Otago have been giving pregnant women BLIS K12 oral probiotic in the last few weeks of pregnancy. They’ve found that, once colonized in the mother, this beneficial probiotic bacteria is passed on to the baby and offers protection against Group B Strep and other infections.

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In this video, Professor John Tagg from Otago University talks briefly about how probiotic S. salivarius BLIS K12 fights the bacteria that cause bad breath.

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We’ve all heard that “Digestion starts in the mouth.” But probiotic supplements like acidophilus have typically targeted only the lower intestinal tract. BLIS K12 is different. It is a probiotic for the mouth. It doesn’t pass through the stomach and live in the lower intestine like other probiotics. It stays in the mouth, colonizing on your tongue and protecting against infection where it most often enters the body… through the mouth and nose.

So how can you colonize friendly BLIS K12 probiotic bacteria in your mouth and start benefiting from the “infection protection” it provides? In this video, Professor John Tagg gives the short answer to this question, while pointing out that the mouth is actually the beginning or “front” of the intestinal tract, with its own unique flora.

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We’re getting a lot of excitement and questions from the natural health communities as we near launch date with our new CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12. People recognize that this product represents an exciting new chapter in Probiotics… and an absolute FIRST for health-minded Canadian consumers.

One of the questions that we appreciate is “Where can I learn more about the research and science behind probiotic BLIS K12?”

Professor John Tagg has been studying this unique probiotic for over 30 years. If you’re interested in learning about his research and you want to review published scientific articles by him and his colleagues, a great place to start is here:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/dg56pk5k48l6w5h1/fulltext.html

The above link will take you to an article “overview” by Professor Tagg that is accessible enough for most people, with enough technical meat to satisfy scientific types. At the end of the article is a useful list of over 40 relevant scientific articles by Professor Tagg and his colleagues. Most of the article titles are followed by a link to PubMed, an online database of published scientific articles.

You can also find links to selected articles in our own reference section here:
http://culturedcare.com/references/

At CulturedCare we work collaboratively with Professor John Tagg and the BLIS K12 team. If you have a request for a specific published article, please let us know and we will do our best to get it for you.

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Professor John Tagg of Otago University (NZ) tells his story of studying 100 school age children for 6 years. Ten of these 100 children did not get a strep throat infection over the course of the study. Tagg and his team discovered that these 10 children had a special “friendly” probiotic bacteria (S. salivarius) colonized in their mouth that was protecting them against strep throat infection (Streptococcus pyogenes) by producing powerful infection-fighting molecules that John Tagg eventually named “BLIS K12.”

We’ll be featuring more video segments with leading probiotic researcher Professor John Tagg over the next few weeks.

Please post your questions and comments in the comments section and we’ll be sure to respond!

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BLIS K12 is the world’s only probiotic specifically designed to protect the entire oral cavity which includes the throat, mouth, gums and teeth. Under specific conditions, it has even been shown to protect the nasal sinus from infection.   BLIS K12 is known as an advanced probiotic, because unlike other probiotic organisms, it will produce antibacterial peptides (called BLIS) when it is under threat from a potential disease-causing bacteria. Studies on the potency of the antibacterial effect of the advanced probiotic organism demonstrates that it is hundreds of times more effective than even most traditional antiseptic throat lozenges if used as an oral antiseptic.
Jocelyn Mathern, (M.S., R.D.), Technical Health Manager for Frutarom, reported that a research group from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, recently published a paper on the unique properties of the organism BLIS K12, in the scientific journal from the American Society of Microbiology,  called “Infection and Immunity”. The research paper went beyond examining the classic probiotic activity of certain bacteria to determine if the BLIS K12 probiotic conferred any additional benefit, simply by colonizing in the oral cavity.
“What’s exciting about this research is that it showed that BLIS K12 exhibited a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect and this was directly related to its interaction and colonization with its host (i.e. the person taking it). This demonstrates that the human body actually responds in positive and beneficial ways, in the presence of BLIS K12, unlike many of the other bacteria that can be found within the human body.”  Mathern said.  “Additionally the study also suggested that the BLIS K12 could switch on the genes in the epithelial tissue that are responsible for cellular rebuilding and repair, especially after a cell has been damaged by a pathogen.”
The research group that investigated BLIS K12 took several months to complete their work and involved researchers from the University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Leeds (UK), Inimex Pharmaceuticals (Canada), and the University of Otago (New Zealand). They now confirm that the beneficial effects of the probiotic BLIS K12 goes  beyond the unique ability to produce its well-known, anti-bacterial peptides  (called BLIS), which are clinically demonstrated  to kill bacteria implicated in upper airways infection, chronic bad breath and bacterial infections of the oral cavity.  “We know that BLIS K12 has protective benefits against sore throats and upper respiratory infections, but this research suggests that if you are already sick, BLIS K12 can stimulate an immune response to help a person recover faster,” stated Mathern.
Just prior to this publication from the group at the University of British Columbia, another important study appeared in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.  In this earlier study it was suggested that the advanced probiotic, BLIS K12, could exert a long term protective effect upon the upper respiratory tract (ear, nose and throat) if the subjects sucked on a series of BLIS K12 lozenges immediately after a course of antibiotics. The study suggested that BLIS K12 had the potential for unique application of protection against ear infections in children.
INFECTION AND IMMUNITY,      Sept. 2008, p. 4163–4175 Vol. 76, No. 9
DR. M. ROHDE, HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR INFECTION RESEARCH,  Braunschweig, Germany
MICROBE Oct 2008, Commentary on Infect. Immun. 76:4163–4175
EUR J CLIN MICROBIOL INFECT DIS,    DOI 10.1007/S10096-008-0569-4
BLIS K12

BLIS K12

BLIS K12 is the world’s only probiotic specifically designed to protect the entire oral cavity which includes the throat, mouth, gums and teeth. Under specific conditions, it has even been shown to protect the nasal sinus from infection.   BLIS K12 is known as an advanced probiotic, because unlike other probiotic organisms, it will produce antibacterial peptides (called BLIS) when it is under threat from a potential disease-causing bacteria. Studies on the potency of the antibacterial effect of the advanced probiotic organism demonstrates that it is hundreds of times more effective than even most traditional antiseptic throat lozenges if used as an oral antiseptic.

Jocelyn Mathern, (M.S., R.D.), Technical Health Manager for Frutarom, reported that a research group from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, recently published a paper on the unique properties of the organism BLIS K12, in the scientific journal from the American Society of Microbiology,  called “Infection and Immunity”. The research paper went beyond examining the classic probiotic activity of certain bacteria to determine if the BLIS K12 probiotic conferred any additional benefit, simply by colonizing in the oral cavity.

“What’s exciting about this research is that it showed that BLIS K12 exhibited a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect and this was directly related to its interaction and colonization with its host (i.e. the person taking it). This demonstrates that the human body actually responds in positive and beneficial ways, in the presence of BLIS K12, unlike many of the other bacteria that can be found within the human body.”  Mathern said.  “Additionally the study also suggested that the BLIS K12 could switch on the genes in the epithelial tissue that are responsible for cellular rebuilding and repair, especially after a cell has been damaged by a pathogen.”

The research group that investigated BLIS K12 took several months to complete their work and involved researchers from the University of British Columbia (Canada), University of Leeds (UK), Inimex Pharmaceuticals (Canada), and the University of Otago (New Zealand). They now confirm that the beneficial effects of the probiotic BLIS K12 goes  beyond the unique ability to produce its well-known, anti-bacterial peptides  (called BLIS), which are clinically demonstrated  to kill bacteria implicated in upper airways infection, chronic bad breath and bacterial infections of the oral cavity.  “We know that BLIS K12 has protective benefits against sore throats and upper respiratory infections, but this research suggests that if you are already sick, BLIS K12 can stimulate an immune response to help a person recover faster,” stated Mathern.

Just prior to this publication from the group at the University of British Columbia, another important study appeared in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.  In this earlier study it was suggested that the advanced probiotic, BLIS K12, could exert a long term protective effect upon the upper respiratory tract (ear, nose and throat) if the subjects sucked on a series of BLIS K12 lozenges immediately after a course of antibiotics. The study suggested that BLIS K12 had the potential for unique application of protection against ear infections in children.

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY,      Sept. 2008, p. 4163–4175 Vol. 76, No. 9

DR. M. ROHDE, HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR INFECTION RESEARCH,  Braunschweig, Germany

MICROBE Oct 2008, Commentary on Infect. Immun. 76:4163–4175

EUR J CLIN MICROBIOL INFECT DIS,    DOI 10.1007/S10096-008-0569-4

(Full article at http://www.npicenter.com/anm/templates/newsATemp.aspx?articleid=22916&zoneid=8)

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Come see us at the Victoria Health Show January 16 and 17, 2010!

http://www.canwestshows.com/health/victoria/

RoseMarie PierceYou can find us at The Vitamin Shop booth where we’ll be giving away samples of our new CulturedCare Probiotic Gum with BLIS K12 (while they last!). CulturedCare Director of Education - Holistic Pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce - will be a featured speaker at the show. She’ll be talking about Professor John Tagg’s breakthrough research on probiotic BLIS K12, and it’s demonstrated effectiveness at protecting against infections like strep throat.

Read the full write-up at http://www.canwestshows.com/health/victoria/seminars.html

You can even get free tickets when you buy any Prairie Naturals product at The Vitamin Shop… while they last.
http://www.canadianvitaminshop.com/

Hope to see you there!VicHealthPoster

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Re: Rules and Guidelines for the CulturedCare Twitter Giveaway
A few of our friends and followers have asked why our Probiotic Gum Giveaway on Twitter is for Canadians only.
Our product is currently slated for distributed in Canada only. While we are actively exploring US distribution options, and our product will be available internationally online via some of our Canadian retailers… Our CulturedCare Probiotic Gum w/ BLIS K12 will initially be sold only through Canadian natural health product retailers. Therefore the focus of our promotion is Canada.
Also, please be aware that additional rules and guidelines apply to this promotion. We have done our best to make them fair and transparent for everyone. They can be viewed at http://culturedcare.com/freegum/

A few of our friends and followers have asked why our Probiotic Gum Giveaway on Twitter is for Canadians only.

Our product is currently slated for distributed in Canada only. While we are actively exploring US distribution options, and our product will be available internationally online via some of our Canadian retailers, our CulturedCare Probiotic Gum w/ BLIS K12 will initially be sold only through Canadian natural health product retailers. Therefore the focus of our promotion is Canada.

Also, please be aware that some additional rules and guidelines apply to this promotion. We have done our best to make them fair and transparent for everyone. They can be viewed at http://culturedcare.com/freegum/

Thank you for your interest in the exciting development of Oral Health Probiotics (probiotics for your mouth) and for giving your Canadian followers on twitter the opportunity to sample CulturedCare Probiotic Gum!

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When I first met Professor Tagg and heard his personal story about Strep
throat and his ultimate discovery of BLIS K12, a natural probiotic to
prevent it, I knew it was something that needed to be shared. Here is the
first video in a forthcoming series of short video interviews with Professor
Tagg, one of the world’s foremost Streptococcus researchers.

When I first met Professor Tagg and heard his personal story about Strep throat and his ultimate discovery of BLIS K12 (a natural probiotic to prevent it) I knew it was something that needed to be shared. Here is the first video in a forthcoming series of short video interviews with Professor Tagg, one of the world’s foremost Streptococcus researchers.

(Please be patient if the video takes some time to load. YouTube can be slow.)

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