Professor John Tagg and the BLIS K12 Story
Beginning with the very first kiss our parents give us when we are newborns, our mouths come in contact with billions of bacteria. Some are friendly, health-promoting bacteria called Probiotics. Probiotics are live micro-organisms that help to restore the healthy balance of bacteria and raise our natural resistance to infection from harmful germs. But other bacteria, the pathogenic kind, can cause strep throat, earache, upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, and bad breath.
When he was just a boy of 12, John Tagg contracted an especially bad case of strep throat that led to rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a delayed, autoimmune reaction to the bacteria that causes strep throat – Streptococcus pyogenes. It is a very painful, inflammatory condition that makes joints swell and redden. Because rheumatic fever can permanently weaken and damage the heart, it is important to prevent a recurrence of strep. John’s doctor put him on a course of antibiotics every day for 10 years, a common procedure at the time.
This childhood experience inspired Professor Tagg to devote his life to the study of friendly probiotic bacteria that can prevent strep throat and other infections that enter through your mouth.
Today, more than 35 years later, Professor Tagg is a world renowned microbiologist from the University of Otago in New Zealand whose targeted research has led to the discovery of S. salivarius BLIS K12, a revolutionary ORAL probiotic that prevents infection (including strep throat) where it begins – in your mouth.