Dr. Joseph Mercola
Author of the
Total Health Program

Nature's 1st Probiotic
Protect your Digestive Tract and Attain Extraordinary Health with PRIMAL DEFENSE™

Total health begins in the gut. Not so long ago people used to ingest the benefits of nutrient rich soil and plant based microbes through their food. However, over the last 50 years, pesticides and herbicides used to rid the vital soil of bad bacteria -- have ultimately sacrificed the good bacteria. Add the modern realities of agricultural chemicals, pollution, and an abundance processed foods -- and you have a recipe for digestive disaster.

 If your GI tract is not at optimal health, then your overall health will be compromised. This is why, even though I routinely advise patients against too many dietary supplements, high-quality probiotics are one of the few supplements I recommend to nearly everyone.

That's why I highly recommend and now offer Primal Defense, the purest and most effective human probiotic that I have found. Furthermore, because this is one of the few supplements that I highly recommend and urge nearly everyone to consider adding to their daily diet.

This high potency formula re-populates your intestinal tract with 14 beneficial bacteria strains that are supposed to be there, but that most of us lack. Many people are unaware that daily exposure to our environment and even some habits considered healthy -- like taking antibiotics, drinking chlorinated water, and using antibacterial soap -- often kill these good bacteria essential for health.

 Clinical Studies show that PRIMAL DEFENSE can significantly improve your health by:

  • Providing partial to full relief from bowel problems
  • Reducing symptoms of fatigue
  • Decreasing joint pain
  • Improving skin conditions
  • Clearing of sinus infections
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Decreasing instances of shortness of breath
  • Creating a greater sense of overall well being

For anyone suffering from a digestive disease, the HSO- body link may be the key to reclaiming your health. For those who are healthy, an optimized digestive tract offers numerous benefits; including reduced cholesterol levels, better sleep, increased resistance to disease, and more energy.


What are Probiotics and HSOs and Why Do We Need Them?

Healthy human intestines contain billions of good and bad microorganisms. The good bacteria in the intestine are considered an integral part of your immune system. Probiotics are formulas designed to promote the growth of these good bacteria that are responsible for synthesizing the B-complex vitamins and protect us against yeast and parasites. Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs) is a collective term used to describe various naturally occurring families of probiotic non-pathogenic microorganisms found in healthy soil and plants. Originated from pristine cultures, these non-mutated probiotic colonies were found in unpolluted soil and plants -- and are now being cultivated into a substrate of nutrient rich Superfoods containing naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, trace elements, proteins and live enzymes.

Researchers have discovered that the microorganisms found in dirt influence maturation of the immune system. Studies further indicate that societal separation from dirt and germs may well be the cause of the epidemic rise in allergies, bowel diseases, chronic fatigue, and other immune disorders. According to soil studies at the University of Wisconsin, unknown organisms make up 99.9% of all microbes in the soil - and as little as one gram of soil can contain as many as 10,000 species previously unknown to science. Some scientists believe that treatments for many of today’s most deadly diseases might be found in the soil. Even the National Cancer Institute is funding research on Homeostatic Soil Organisms, and already several new antibiotics have been identified.

HSOs: the Key to Maintaining Gastrointestinal Balance and a Healthy Immune System 

Several decades of over-sterilization of the environment have denied many of us much needed exposure to microorganisms in the soil -- resulting in insufficient immune systems that have not been properly educated. The intestinal tract should normally have a bacteria balance of 85% beneficial to 15% harmful - but today, most of us have the reverse ratio! 

Use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and steroids disturb the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria, often fueling harmful bacteria to proliferate and repopulate barren areas of the intestinal tract. Over time, repeated use of these medicines can ripen conditions for the overgrowth of harmful organisms that are unaffected by medications and are able to regenerate once treatment has ceased.

The benefits of HSOs influence the entire digestive system - beginning in the esophagus and ending in the colon. Early research shows that HSOs have been found to:

  • Work from inside the intestines, dislodging accumulated decay from the walls and flushing out waste.
  • Break down hydrocarbons, which means they possess a unique ability to split food into its most basic elements, allowing almost total absorption through the digestive system. This increases overall nutrition and enhances cellular development.
  • Produce specific proteins that act as antigens, encouraging the immune system to manufacture huge pools of uncoded antibodies. This increased production of antibodies may significantly boost the body's ability to ward off disease.
  • Aggressively consume pathological yeasts, fungi, bacteria, parasites and viruses.
  • Work in symbiosis with somatic (tissue or organ) cells to metabolize proteins and eliminate toxic waste.
  • Stimulate the body to produce natural alpha-interferon, a potent immune system enhancer and powerful virus inhibitor.

Why My Choice for Probiotics is Garden of Life Primal Defense

Garden of Life accesses an exclusive process to cultivate naturally occurring colonies of HSOs in a laboratory, using Superfood substrates and pure, nutrient-dense soil. This formula is the only whole food probiotic blend containing 14 species of Homeostatic Soil Organism blends. Most supplement manufacturers use processes that strip away valuable nutrients. Garden of Life uses cutting-edge technology and an ancient fermentation process to bring you the most effective, whole food nutrition available. Their process actually enhances the nutritional value of the formula, while making it easier for your body to digest and absorb.

With more than 100 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and live enzymes, it's no wonder Primal Defense is used by more than 35,000 healthcare practitioner

Suggested Use and Supplement Facts for Primal Defense

  • Adults take 1 caplet 3 times a day with 8 oz. of water or juice
  • Advanced usage take 6-12 caplets per day for 90 days, followed by a maintenance level of 3 per day for life
  • Best taken on an empty stomach
  • To avoid rapid detoxification, start with one caplet per day and increase gradually to desired amount
  • Contains no artificial colors, preservatives, yeast, wheat, corn, soy, dairy or gluten
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Does not require refrigeration
  • Due to the organic nature of the ingredients color may vary among lots
  • Great for pets

    *Progress in Nutrition, Vol. 4, Supplement 1, December 2002

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