For a long time, I've been wanting to talk to my readers about probiotics. The trouble is, this subject is very troubling to me.
I'll start by saying I do know some things about probiotics, not just from reading but from people and places and putting my hands in strange smelling soils.
I'll tell you about a great guy I met named Dr. Teruo Higa. Dr. Higa is to probiotics what Einstein was to physics. Higa is the mad genius of soils science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teruo_Higa
From the website, TeraGanix.com "In 1982 Dr. Teruo Higa presented his new discovery to the world. Dr. Higa called this discovery "Effective Microorganisms". Since then, the use of Effective Microorganisms® has spread to over 120 countries. Effective Microorganisms® is a brand name, referring to a proprietary blend of non-pathogenic microorganisms that secrete beneficial compounds for other life. From this original product, a technology has evolved into what Dr. Higa is known as EM Technology®." So in a nutshell, Dr. Higa created a special process of fermentation utilizing a proprietary "recipe" of live photosynthitic microorganizms, yeast, fungus, and lots of stuff I don't know. When you activate the mixture, and get this stuff moving and shaking, it has extraordinarily "magical" effects. I have experienced them first hand. Beneficial probiotics.
I'm talking about an Earth Saving Revolution . Ways of growing plants and farming that are truly sustainable. This special sauce is like a finger of god. As a tornado can naturally destroy so much, this naturally- occurring sauce can FORTIFY the world with the same kind of power.
Dr. Higa is a super-famous rock star in Asia. He has changed the world and everyone loves him for it. He's a cool guy too.
Back in the late 90's, Dr. Higa met a white boy from Kansas when he was visiting the EARTH school in Costa Rica. Dr. Higa and the white boy, we'll call him Matthew Wood, got to be friends, and so Dr. Higa shared some Effective Microorganisms (EM) with Matt. Matt was able to grow cucumbers with the EM, and evidently, cucumbers do not grow in Costa Rica.
Later, Dr. Higa invited Matt back to Okinawa to study EM and soils science. Matt worked his way deeply into Dr. Higa's manufacturing company, EMRO. Matt learned the whole process and business. He came back to the States, started a business with his family's wealth and power, and began distributing Dr. Higa's products. And Matt started trying to make the EM himself.
Something went wrong, but based on Dr. Higa's enormous popularity, you can image what went wrong. Matt Wood and Dr. Higa parted ways and sued each other in federal court . Dr. Higa came out on top. But not before Matt had ripped-off many of Dr. Higa's products and used his family's resources to FORTIFY his company against Dr. Higa's company, EMRO.
Matthew Wood effectively competes with his mentor, Dr. Higa-- a man who is loved the world around. In purchasing terms, SCD Probiotics are the unscrupulous and estranged protege of Dr. Higa's EM and TeraGanix. You could liken Matt's career to theoretically developing a close friendship with Colonel Sanders, learning the secret recipe, and then going balls-to-the-wall in competition with Kentucky Fried Chicken, selling nearly identical products in the building next door.
I will tell you that I love real probiotics (and most things labeled as such are not). I've went to Okinawa, had dinner with Dr. Higa, and immersed myself in EM for a week. That was in '99, and I've been using probiotics ever since. The stuff is amazing, and so is the guy-- Dr. Higa.
Now, when you buy probiotics, look for live organisms. Look for a process of activation. And if you can, try to buy them from the amazing wizard who invented them, Dr. Teruo Higa. His products are called Effective Microorganisms (EM) and TeraGanix .