Dec 2016 Q & A on Nature Fresh Calcium and Probiotics
What type of calcium – spell it out!
Q ) On the container you do not specify the type of calcium in the product. Could you please spell that out: Is it carbonate / dolomite / citrate….or whatever else? Thanks and kind regards
A ) Thanks for your query. I hope this solves your dilemma:
According to the label we do spell it out: CALCIUM CITRATE.
Calcium citrate is made by adding calcium carbonate to citric acid. We also include homeopathic tissue salts like CALC PHOS, CALC FLUOR & CALC SULPH. That’s why it’ called Calcium Complex – it is! But for over 20 years it has done a good job at a low, low price so people can afford it in their old age. It is also nappi coded. For more information, click here: http://naturefresh.co.za/calcium/
You asked if our products are biodegradable?
A ) We make consumable products, so one would assume them to be biodegradable as far as grey water and the environment are concerned. Formulations are fluoride free, SLES free and do not have nasty chemicals that harm people, plants or animals. We recycle grey water for our garden, if that is what you mean?
Our plastic containers are made of thermoplastics and are 100% recyclable, so next time you sit on a park bench, you can appreciate what it is made of!
Response: Perfect, yes, thanks very much. Now I just need to find time to sit on the park bench. 😉
The parasite remedy label change
Q ) I had a few comments from clients/patients about a slight change in the taste of Parasite Herbal remedy with the new label versus the old Parasite Herbal Remedy. Can you please inform us all if there has been an alteration in the formula?
A ) We changed the label, not the remedy. As you know, we are not allowed to make “claims” including what the product does and how it should really be used. The taste may vary from batch to batch because we use plant based material and seasons, crops and odd things may cause a taste change. Rather like wine and how they go on about the flavour nuances caused by soil, acidity and so on.
Nature Fresh and probiotics for VEGANS?
Q ) I wanted to follow up on whether your products are still vegan friendly or not. The reason I ask is I noticed your intimate wash now contains probiotics. Some of the probiotics listed such as lactic acid sounds like it could be derived from animals so I just want to know if any of those ingredients are derived from animals?
A ) We do not derive any probiotics from animals, as far as I know. Lactobacillus is alternatively fermented from things like cabbage (sauerkraut).
But if in doubt, don’t if you have a conscience problem with the possibility of using something that may have come from a microbe. It is a big problem for strict vegans because even the air is full of biological matter, including dust mites that we inhale unwittingly. Our Nature Fresh Bee balm is obviously not vegan, neither is the Aloe toothpaste with propolis. For the rest, we try our best.
Response: Thank you for getting back to me. It was actually the lactic acid I was wondering about? Or is that the same thing? If you say the probiotics are not derived from animals then I am happy to continue using the product as there really is no other product like it.
I understand not everything can be 100 percent vegan because of cross contamination in labs or factories etc but as long as none of the ingredients used in the intimate wash are derived from animals then I am happy.
Thanks for your response: I remembered a story told to us about Indian vegans who had adequate B12 levels. They ate chapattis made from wheat that was accidentally harvested and processed with locusts. EEK! Evidently we need good gut probiotics to help improve B12, so obviously we can make and absorb more vitamins and nutrients that way. I am not strictly vegan but am very careful about not hurting “anybody” either.
I noticed your other request about animal anti-cruelty. We are not going to apply for (or buy) any endorsements as our word is good enough. Instead we devote all our promotional money to Operation Smile and display their logo instead. Next year we will include St Luke’s hospice.
Thanks Sue! Regarding the cruelty free endorsement I am happy to take your word for it as I know you are an ethical company.
Information and trials done on Nature Fresh Probiotic liquid?
As stated on our label, they are from EFFICIENT MICROBES (EM) and their website address is: www.saem.co.za
Q & A on Nature Fresh Probiotic – 15. The product is made by EM (efficient microbes)
For more technical information please contact the EM Head Office on 031 2662935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are FAQ and answers provided by EM:
How do your products differ to other probiotics?
The reason for EM’s efficacy and results is not, as many people believe, the number of microbes present in the product but, rather the number of microbial species. Although lactic acid bacteria are the most predominant bacteria in the GI tract they cannot establish themselves without the natural symbioses they share with other types of microbes. In the natural world various classes of bacteria are utterly reliant upon each other for growth and stability, as can be seen by the diversity of microbial life in soils and plants. Unlike most probiotic products which contain freeze-dried strains of just one or two species of microbes, EM closely mirrors the natural range of microbes that are found in our soils and food. It is the combination of these species which make EM unique. This is what accounts for EM’s efficacy and successes.
Why are EM Products unique?
The reason that we consider our product superior to other bacterial or probiotic supplements is simply that unlike most biological products available, EM is made up of three classes and multiple strains of bacteria, as opposed to the usual single-class bacterial products. The product is brewed at body temperature and stable at room temperature. It is completely raw and natural. One of the major benefits of EM is that it not only consumes toxins and eliminates pathogens, but also, through its extremely powerful probiotic qualities, promotes health and life. Thus, it is also used widely in the fields of waste treatment, agriculture and livestock (our other lines of business in South Africa). EM technology is one of the only technologies on the planet that allows for a variety of different classes of bacteria to be grown and maintained stably in a probiotic consortium.
The bacterial count of EM is lower than other probiotics, why?
The questions of bacterial counts (more commonly referred to as the CFU count – Colony Forming Units) and survivability in the GI tract is really only relevant when one is dealing with pure cultures i.e. those strains are grown in isolation. Pure cultures are generally very weak and have very little resistance or adaptability. Very high counts are therefore essential in order to get a fraction of the dose to survive the stomach and GI tract. Generally AB (Acidophilus/Bifido) culture probiotics have CFU counts in the billions. These are often freeze dried or dehydrated which further reduces their efficacy. They are also sometimes inserted in “carrier” mediums in order to “shelter” them from the low ph. stomach acid. An analogy would be taking a child and protecting him/her from any and all illnesses during the initial 2 years of life. As soon as that child is exposed to the real world you can expect him/her to contract numerous illnesses as there is very little resistance that has built up; the immune response has not developed.
Conversely, the microbes in EM are composed of a wide ranging consortium of multiple strains and classes. They are not grown in pure culture and therefore have to compete with each other in order to survive and proliferate. This far more closely approximates the conditions that life encounters while trying to survive.
In addition, EM is already a low ph. product (ph. is in the range of 3.0 – 3.5). Tests done on EM show the microbes survive in a wide ph. range from as low as 1.0 up to 13.0.
I have been using your product for a while now but have heard that the micro-organisms are destroyed by the hydrochloric acid in the stomach before they even reach the colon.
To answer your question, specific tests done by our parent company in the USA confirm that the microbes in EM survive ph. levels as low as 1.0 This is lower than the ph. of the stomach. The fact is that the natural microorganisms that occur in the gut arrived there via the stomach, so while some may not survive, it is generally the ones we don’t want! The ph. of EM Health Booster is in the range of 3.0 – 3.5 (Mainly lactic acid) which is already quite low.
One of the key purposes of the stomach is to act as a sterilizing or sanitizing tank. The low ph. kills almost all of the pathogens provided we chew the food correctly. Our ancestors as recently as 100 years ago ate food that would probably kill most of us today!
In addition, the microbes in EM are extremely robust. Most conventional “probiotics” are produced from what is known as pure cultures and tend to be very fragile, so the chances are that a lot of them will be affected by the stomach acid. The multi-class, multi-strain nature of EM means it is very adaptable under a wide ranging set of environmental variables.
Why are there white flakes on the top?
This is the natural yeast that forms when the product is exposed to oxygen (in other words, once the seal is broken) Do not shake it, it is normal for it to be there.
Can I take EM health products with other medications?
Yes, you can. The gastro-intestinal tract’s healthy function relies on the presence of beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria aid in digestion, correct pH balance (acidity), the processing of nutrients and the prevention of the build-up of harmful bacteria. Beneficial bacteria do not interfere with medication. In fact, they are almost completely killed off with the use of antibiotics and the immune system is hugely compromised by the toxins in most medical drugs. Taking EM Probiotics help to protect the body from harmful toxins.
Can I refrigerate the product?
No, it is a “live” microbial product. The microbes go dormant if refrigerated. Keep at room temperature.
Can I give EM to babies? What age can they start to take EM and what dosage?
Yes – Depends on age of baby. New born babies, a couple of drops. Increase with age to half teaspoon and then one teaspoon.
Can I use EM in a nebulizer?
Yes, use as a substitute in the same dosage as the recommended pharmaceutical products.
How will I know if EM has gone off?
The product has a 6 week shelf life once the bottle has been opened. It will get a really “rotten” smell when it goes off.
Are there any side effects?
Very seldom. Occasionally the body may start to detox and get rid of chemicals which have been in your system, resulting in mild diarrhea or gas. If this occurs too suddenly, just cut down quantity and increase slowly until the body is comfortable with it. Any side effects experienced will be as a result of the detox action of EM. This is a good thing as it shows the body is cleansing itself.
Sulphur allergy – Parasite Remedy and Probiotics? Self-test with Kinesiology
Q ) My husband is violently allergic to sulphur. He almost died from A Vogel’s echinea force. It is very important that I confirm that the Probiotic 15 and the parasite remedy does not have sulphur.
A ) Your letter was referred to me this morning. We cannot guarantee that any of our products are free of sulphur as it is a natural and very abundant element. It depends on the amount of sulphur present. Even lighting a match will release some sulphur into the air!
At best, one could test your husband with the substance in question on equipment that measures the patient’s tolerance to a substance.
Here is a link to find out more: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/allergy-testing-1/applied-kinesiology-muscle-testing-for-allergies-and-food-sensitivities
Here is some advice from a blog:
Re: foods to avoid when allergic to sulfur
I think you need to get a better understanding of what you’re allergic to because it’s fairly unlikely that an actual Sulfur allergy would ever create a problem with what you eat. Sulfur by itself is a crystalline chemical element that is not found in food.
Sulfa is a class of medications, based on Sulfoanamide that do not contain Sulfur but that commonly cause allergic reactions. If you are allergic to Sulfa medications you should avoid any sulfa-based medication but sulfa is not found in food.
Sulfites are a chemical compound naturally found in food, and added to food as a food preservative. Sulfites are most commonly found in wine (where they occur naturally but are also added as part of the fermentation process), dried fruit, dried potato products. If you are allergic to sulfites you should look for the words sulfite, bisulfite, metabisulfite on food labels and should probably avoid foods that contain them. I hope that helps. Regards, Sue Visser
Response: ) Thanks Sue I think his bracelet says sulfa and sulfanomindes or something like that. He reacted to bactrin medication and to echienaforce. Even one glass of wine is out of limits. Thanks. I will do further research. I took parasite remedy and I got sick. Almost didn’t make it to work today. I decided to take a break from it and I will resume on the weekend to get the healing crisis over and done with. Thanks for the info and keeping people educated and loving good health.
A ) Parasites don’t like to be expelled, but you should be feeling better by now? Drink a lot of water with lemon juice, it helps. I use a personal self –test I can share with you. If I don’t know if something is going to react (I am gluten intolerant) then I hold the substance against my chest with one hand and stretch out the other arm. Somebody presses it down and I try to keep it up. If the arm immediately sinks down, the substance I am holding is not suitable. This movie shows how to do this muscle test (kinesiology). Anybody can do it, but you need to practice a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGwYMZvJTmU Sue’s demonstration of Kinesiology
Then next time you are in doubt, hold the parasite remedy, or the Echinacea, etc against your husband’s chest and push down his arm, asking him to resist as hard as he can. The arm will always weaken if you hold a live cell phone against the chest, so this is how I show people the reaction. Then I ask them to say their name, without holding anything and the arm is strong again!