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Revolutionary Probiotic Gum Makes Your Mouth a Healthier Place, Promises Renowned Microbiologist

A research scientist from New Zealand is telling us that our mouths are the front door to a lifetime of good health.

“Probiotics are friendly, health-promoting bacteria,” says Professor John Tagg, a world-renowned microbiologist at the University of Otago in New Zealand. “Everyone knows about the importance of probiotics for the digestive tract. But for good oral health and overall immunity, we also need oral probiotics that are specific to our mouths. “

He should know! As a boy, Professor Tagg suffered from a strep throat infection that led to rheumatic fever, a serious condition that can cause permanent heart damage. He required antibiotic drugs for 10 years. Because of this experience, he devoted his life to finding friendly probiotic bacteria that prevent strep throat and other infections that enter through the mouth. He discovered BLIS K12, a naturally occurring component of the S. salivarius probiotic strain. BLIS, which stands for Bacteriocin- Like Inhibitory Substance, is an advanced oral probiotic.

“My published research shows that BLIS K12 controls the undesirable and diseasecausing bacteria that cause bad breath, strep throat, thrush, and ear and upper respiratory infections,” explains Professor Tagg. “BLIS K12 probiotic bacteria also promote general oral health and help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.”

Professor Tagg’s BLIS K12 probiotic is now made as a gum in Canada by Prairie Naturals, an established, family-owned nutritional supplement company in BC. “

Gum is an ideal way to ‘seed’ BLIS K12 probiotic throughout the mouth and throat, where it can colonize and grow. The gum can provide protection for teeth, gums, throat, and ears,” says Professor Tagg.

Made with proprietary cold-pressed technology, BLIS K12 gum contains the therapeutic dosage determined by Professor Tagg’s research. Its potency and purity are confirmed through independent testing in government-licensed laboratories in Canada, New Zealand, and the US.

Ausra Dalinda is a dietician and nutritional consultant

and owner of Georgian Health Foods, 1295 Mosley St., Wasaga Beach.

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(Read the original article at http://www.bodymagazine.ca/ProbioticGum.html)

Revolutionary Probiotic Gum Makes Your Mouth a Healthier Place, Promises Renowned Microbiologist

Study Looks at Why Mum’s Kiss is Good for Baby (While Other Story Argues Opposite)

(NOTE: The following news article came out on the heels of an MSNBC story titled “Mom’s kiss can spread cavities to baby,” which argues that moms should be careful about spreading bacteria through kisses. The story below points out that some bacteria, like BLIS K12, actually protects baby.)

Study Looks at Why Mum’s Kiss is Good for Baby

by Eileen Goodwin
nzherald.co.nz
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10652667

swab-220Encouraging a mother to spit on her baby may not sound like good science, but it is the basis of a world-first study in New Zealand.

The University of Otago study aims to determine if newborns can receive, and establish, good bacteria that have been introduced to their mother’s mouths.

Pregnant women will suck a probiotic lozenge each day of the last month of their pregnancy to colonise their mouths with the bacteria associated with preventing sore throats and ear infections.

“There has been no study like this before,” Professor John Tagg said.

Women would be checked to see if they naturally carried streptococcus salivarius K12, which occurs naturally in 5 per cent of the population.

Why some people had K12 was a mystery; it was random, but there were indications it ran in families.

“What we want is to take the randomness out of it,” he said.

If his theory is right, his method will establish the good bacteria, potentially with life-long benefits.

“When she kisses baby, it should give the kiss of protection to her baby.”

The study is based on the same principle as Blis K12 Throat Guard, which Professor Tagg developed.

Only two participants were signed up for the trial, but Professor Tagg hoped about 50 women would take part over the next year.

Sterile when they were born, babies inherited bacteria from their main carer, usually their mother.

The person who got the most “spits in” passed on their bacteria to the baby. Babies would be checked for K12 at one week, and then at six weeks, to see if the bacteria remained.

The babies would not be tracked as they grew up, but that could be the basis of future research, Professor Tagg said.

Dunedin mother-of-three Anna Wescombe, who is six-and-a-half months pregnant, was pleased to be taking part in the study.

Hopefully her baby would benefit from the “good bacteria”, Mrs Wescombe said.

By Eileen Goodwin

PS – Here’s a video of Professor Tagg on the protective qualities of a mother’s kiss:

“Probiotic Professor” John Tagg to Visit BC Health Food Stores and Appear on TV

Professor John TaggProfessor John Tagg, “The Probiotic Professor” will be in Vancouver as a guest speaker at the Canadian Health Food Association‘s annual Expo West industry convention and trade show this month.

Professor Tagg will also be visiting select health food stores in the Vancouver/Victoria region… PLUS he’ll be appearing on Fanny Kiefer’s TV show “Studio 4″ talking about his discovery of the oral probiotic BLIS K12.

(We’ll be giving away free samples of our CulturedCare Probiotic Gum w/ BLIS K12 at Professor Tagg’s health food store events.)

Professor John Tagg’s May, 2010 Vancouver  itinerary:

Thursday, May 13 – TV appearance on Fanny Kiefer’s Studio 4 (Shaw TV)
Broadcast Live at 9:00 am PST (and again at 1, 4 and 9pm PST)

Monday, May 17 – Instore at Whole Foods / Capers – Cambie
12-1pm
510 W. 8th Ave (at Cambie)
Vancouver BC
778-370-4217

Monday, May 17 – Instore at Nature’s Fare Markets-Langley

2-4 pm
#120-19880 Langley Bypass
Langley BC V3A 4Y7
Phone Number 788-278-1300

Tuesday, May 18 – Instore at The Vitamin Shop
1-3 pm
1212 Broad St.
Victoria BC V8W 2A5

Wednesday, May 19 – Instore at Lifestyle Markets
1-2 pm
180-2950 Douglas St. Victoria BC

Wednesday, May 19 – Instore at Lifestyle Select
2:30-3:30 pm
9769 5th St.
Sidney BC

PowerPoint Intro to CulturedCare Probiotic Gum w/ BLIS K12

Oral probiotics are an exciting new category of probiotics for the mouth.

Oral probiotics have their own unique benefits and story.

We created this PowerPoint slideshow to help educate people about the differences between “gut” probiotics (which live in the intestinal tract) and “oral” probiotics (which live in the mouth.)

Health conscious consumers and retailers normally associate “probiotics” with digestive health. Oral probiotics are different. They offer protection from strep throat, bad breath, ear infections and related mouth, nose,throat and upper respiratory infections.

The Probiotic Battle in Your Mouth – Professor John Tagg (Video)

“Why would you want to kill your relatives?”

There is a constant battle in your mouth between healthy and pathogenic bacteria. Professor John Tagg talks about how BLIS K12 molecules help protect us from their dangerous relatives like Streptococcus pyogenes.

BLIS K12 Probiotic Gum During Pregnancy Protects Baby’s Health


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.

“BLIS K12 fights Bad Breath” VIDEO w/ Professor John Tagg

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.

How Can You Colonize Healthy Probiotic Bacteria in Your Mouth?

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.

We Got Science. 40+ links to scientific studies… at your fingertips.

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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.

BLIS K12 – “Hundreds of times more effective than even most traditional antiseptic throat lozenges”

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)