IMAG3286Beneficial strains in kefir and other fermented milk products are connecting the link with streptococcus strains which may point to assisting in PANDAS diagnoses (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). PANDAS was brought to light and named in the late 1990s by Susan Swedo, along with her colleagues from the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, neurologist and neurosurgeon says PANDAS is a new title given to symptoms of a damaged microbiome which lacks the good bacteria to function properly. Rebuilding this microbiome is essential to recovery and is laid out in her protocol

The NIH says, “The diagnosis of PANDAS is a clinical diagnosis, which means that there are no lab tests that can diagnose PANDAS.” They say the development of tics and/or obsessive compulsive disorders with evidence of a prior strep infection, which if unknown can be determined through antistreptococcal titers which point to PANDAS. 

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They go on to say, “The average grade-school student will have 2 – 3 strep throat infections each year.”

Beneficial strains are known to drown out pathogenic strains.

McBride says the path to wellness is to drown out the pathogens no matter what the label of the disease.

IMAG3283The Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences reported, “In the presence of probiotic strain the streptococcal adhesion were reduced, and this reduction was non significantly stronger if the probiotic strain was inoculated to the system before the oral bacteria. The Lactobacillus acidophilus had more effect on adherence of mutans streptococci than non mutans streptococci with significant difference (p < 0.05). Adhesion reduction is likely due to bacterial interactions and colonization of adhesion sites with probiotic strain before the presence of streptococci. Adhesion reduction can be an effective way on decreasing cariogenic potential of oral streptococci.”

Studies show, “(Streptococcus) thermophilus may help balance Th1/Th2 responses. In one study, mice challenged with the antigenic protein ovalbumin produced significantly more TH1- associated IFN-gamma and significantly less TH2-associated IgE when fed milk fermented with S. thermophilus than when fed nonfermented milk. In another study, mesenteric lymph nodes from colitis-prone mice orally gavaged with S. thermophilus and B. breve organisms displayed a cytokine secretory profile polarized towards a TH1 response. These studies suggest probiotic organisms like S. thermophilus may favorably influence immune function and provide therapeutic benefit in TH2-dominant conditions such as ASD.”

Fermented milk products work together symbiotically. Czech Journal of Food Science says, “Yoghurt production is the result of an arranged development of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, microorganisms that remain vital throughout the maintenance period.”

Using home brewed kefir and yoghurt together to rebuild the microbiome shows to be most effective. The University of Pretoria, South Africa says, “Probiotics strains and the traditional yoghurt cultures, Lactobacillus delbrueckii spp. bulgaricus and IMAG3288Streptococcus thermophilus produce β-Dgalactosidase thereby improving tolerance to lactose.” This is specifically done by rebuilding the missing bacteria and enzymes needed to digest lactose.  The growth of Streptococcus thermophilus is, in fact, stimulated by amino acids and peptides produced by Lactobacillus bulgaricus from milk proteins.”

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.




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