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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

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
510 W. 8th Ave (at Cambie)
Vancouver BC

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

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.