When I reviewed Dr. Robert o. young’s book, pH Miracle, in this column about 10 years ago, one of the articles was published under the title THE PIT TOILET INSIDE ALL OF US.

Many of the Features of a Pit toilet are present in an unkempt digestive system tract or alimentary canal… that is, the mouth, stomach and intestine (big and small), and they are partly responsible for bad breath or mouth adour. As it has been shown in the first three parts of this series, bad breath may not respond favourably to a good toothpaste or mouth wash if its roots lie deep in the digestive tracts. As I hinted last week, another Chart has been included in this part of the series to provide a better comparison of a normal colon (big intestine) and several abnormal variants. Many people, men and women alike, walk about like “walking corpses” with severely paralised colons without recognising the danger this poses to their lives. For it is not for nothing that surgeons in England, for example,   coined the warning: Death begin slowly but surely in the intestine.

Friendly bacteria

For some people, a dying intestine may be helped if the situation is not beyond remedy. And one of the major life – lines may be friendly bacteria or probiotic.

Naturally, a reasonable person who has heard about the germ theory and of the havocs which bacteria can unleash on health will not wish to add bacteria to their diet, friendly or not. The truth, however, is that friendly bacteria are one of the designs of Mother Nature to keep unfriendly bacteria out of our bodies, especially the intestine. One evidence of this is a Nobel Prize Award for a study by Russian Professor Ileja Iljitsh mechnikov which explained why Bulgarians were the longest living people on earth by 1908 despite the under development of their country.

Bulgarians drank a lot of yoghurt with every meal. And Prof. Mechnikov found that a specie of friendly bacteria named Lactobacillus Acidophilus present in the yoghurt was the miracle worker. Lactobacillus converts milk sugar to lactic acid and lactic acid, in the intestine, makes the intestinal environment inhospitable for unfriendly bacteria. Lactic acid does not kill the bacteria but simply makes them unable to live and to prosper or flourish. On the basis of this information, I do not consume Nigerian- made yoghurt. Largely, many of the brands are purely milk powder mixed with lime, which provides some lactic acid. Many of them have little or no culture of friendly bacteria in them. That is why they taste too sweet. Yet, other than fermenting milk sugar to lactic acid, friendly bacteria carry out other functions in the intestine which improve overall health status. Some of these other functions which many Nigerian yoghurt brands may, therefore, not oblige, include

(1) Manufacture of vitamin A

(2) Manufacture of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, K and Biotin.

(3) Manufacture of essential fatty acids (EFAs), such as Omega-3 fatty acids,

(4) Purification of the colon

(5) Improvement of digestion (milk sugar and protein)

(6) Production of anti bacteria and antifungal chemicals against unfriendly bacteria and fungi in the intestine

(7) Supporting regular bowel motion

(8) Reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels to normal status

(9) Helping to normalise blood sugar levels.

In some experiments, friendly bacteria have been reported in some peer- reviewed scientific journals to inhibit tumor growth in animals by promoting apoptosis. Apoptosis is the process by which an abnormal cell commits “suicide” by activating its P. 53 gene which nature provides every cell for this purpose. Many researchers believe cancerous cells continue to grow only because they are too weak to pull the trigger of the P.53 gene and, in the search of a cancer cure, have been investigating foods and herbs which may help them do so. In their belief that friendly bacteria can do this, they suggest the feeding of this bacteria to enhance their cancer- fighting potential. A dietary supports for them, as suggested by researchers, are fructooligosacharides. Also called FOS, there are sugar molecules so tightly linked together that the body cannot digest them.

That is why they are often preferred as sweetners where simple sugars cannot be consumed without detrimental effects as diabetes. In the intestine, friendly bacteria consume the FOS to grow their population. Besides their role in the nutrition of friendly bacteria, FOS help to reduce excess blood cholesterol and sugar levels, improve regular bowel motion. When friendly bacteria are well fed, they may constitute viable support for the elevation of mood and smashing of depression. For in their activities, friendly bacteria are known to produce tryptophan, an amino acid which improves mood and helps to subdue depression. It is possible some people with an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria, mold, fungi and viruses suffer from mood swings and depression because they do not have enough friendly bacteria in their intestine to help them overcome their enemies and produce enough tryptophan, an anti- depressant. There is a lot more to say about friendly bacteria and why many brands of sugar- laden Nigerian yoghurt are not recommendable on account of their poor rating in friendly bacteria. One of the points I would like to add is the research finding published in the British medical journal which suggests that lactobacillus relieved atopic allergic eczema and acute respiratory infections in children.

Dr Mayur Joshi, medical adviser of probiotic international Ltd.

Explains: “In a recent trial, infants were given traditional tropical skin care for their eczema and then given either the probiotic mixture or placebo, which they add to milk, water, or yoghurt. The probiotic group showed a greater improvement in the severity of their symptoms than the placebo group, indicating that probiotics could be an effective therapy alongside standard treatment for asthma”.

Clinical pharmacist Mike Wakeman Says: “A paper published in the international journal of sports science and sports medicine in 2012 concluded that athletes who took probiotic suffered fewer symptoms of illness and recovered sooner than does who did not”.

Gastroenterologist professor Ingvar Bjarnason who led a placebo- controlled experiment at kings college Hospital to see if probiotics had any positive effect on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is reported by Sadie Nicholas as saying: “we designed the trial using a probiotic drink called SYMPROVE which contains four strains of bacteria, where many probiotics contain just one. During the trial, 186 patients with moderate to severe IBS took a daily dose of SYMPROVE or a matching placebo liquid for 12 weeks. By week 12 there was a significant improvement in the stomach pain in the symprove group.”

In the battle between friendly bacteria and unfriendly bacteria in our bodies, we stand, again, before the

Law of Balance. This is a law of nature which demands that everything which interacts does so in ratios with each other. Thus, Zinc and Copper relate in 4: 1 ratio, calcium and magnesium in 2:1 ratio. Potassium and sodium, like estrogen and progesterone and prolactin, have their own relationships. So do work and rest. Antibiotics, a modern feature of medicine, destroys the good and bad bacteria alike while simple sugars increase bacteria growth. That is why a course of antiprobiotic medication is better followed by a course of probiotic to repopulate the friendly bacteria flora and restore the balance. The need to remember probiotic always is driven home to me by the information that there are more bacteria in every- one of us than there are human beings on this earth. In fact, one study suggests one billion bacteria cells in every milliliter (of fifth of a teaspoon) of colon fluid. People whose bad breadth stems from oral questions may empty one or two capsules of probiotic into the mouth before retiring to bed and paste the contents on the gums, teeth and tongue. The contents of one of these capsules may be diluted with small water and allowed to trickle down the throat. Women who suffer from vagina issues profit a lot from inserting a capsule deep into the vagina overnight and holding it up with a menstrual pad. The heat of the secret place melts the capsule and billions of friendly bacteria are released to scavenge and destroy unfriendly bacteria. Sometimes the treatment may involve a three- course or four- course therapy.

In the first, Golden Seal Root is used, as just explained, followed by two shots (one on each day) of Alove female hygiene from nature’s gift for life. The probiotic course (oral and insertion) concludes the therapy. Some women may wish, before the probiotic segment, to try Gufeibao (sold as Happy Woman in England). It is inserted and left on for four or five days from the second day after the end of menstruation. It drags out lots of debris. Probiotics may then cap the therapy.

So much today on bad breadth.