Imagine a baby being born late in the night. The first screams of life fill the hallways of a cold and sterile hospital. The walls are painted white and stainless steel and plastics fill the room. The smell of disinfectants saturates the air, that unmistakable scent of a hospital. The medical team wears plastic gloves and face guards; everything must be of an antibiotic nature, sterile, to prevent any contamination to the child.
The doctor looks at the young mother and says, “It’s a healthy boy. What are you going to name him?”
“Joseph,” she says.
The doctor replies, “What a beautiful name,” and hands her Joseph for the very first time. The doctor says he is in great health. Then he adds, “Let’s start his life out right. Please breast feed Joseph.”
The mother instinctively knows what to do; no lesson is needed. She knows what her baby needs and she provides that “first sip of life” for her precious child. In this cold and sterile environment, full of antibiotics, full of sterilizers, the doctor knows that the child will need to be inoculated by his mother.
You see, mother’s milk is more than just milk that contains protein or calcium; it is loaded with lactobacillus acidophilus. This is our first inoculant. We are administered probiotics upon entry into this world. A coincidence? Is it simply a part of our evolutionary success or God’s plan? It does not matter what you believe. This I do know: it is needed to sustain health from the very start of our life.
Now Joseph is eight months old. He is an explorer by nature. He crawls from the kitchen to the living room several times a day. His older siblings play outside, and they come in and out of the house 20 times a day. The floor is full of soil and other organic debris they bring in on their shoes. Joseph wants to explore and keeps crawling, and he also loves to put his hands in his mouth as most babies do. All of us tend to put our hands and many foreign objects in our mouths.
Why is this? Is it an accident? Or is it by greater design, because it is needed to sustain our life? You see, every time Joseph puts his hands in his mouth after crawling, he ingests a wide variety of microbes that are ubiquitous in garden soils and around our homes. Joseph, not knowing what he is doing, is simply inoculating his stomach with probiotics which are needed to protect him as he develops into a mature, healthy adult. As Joseph grows, he will be able—with the help of probiotics— to fight off disease, because a variety of beneficial microorganisms exist in his mouth and digestive system. A sterile environment is the farthest thing from what we humans need to sustain life on this wonderfully bio-diverse planet.
Joseph is now 14 years old. He has been given the job of weeding the garden in preparation for the family’s vegetable patch. It is early spring. The soil is warm and so is the weather. Around lunch time, his mother brings him a sandwich along with a bag of potato chips and a juice. Like most teenagers, Joseph does not wash his hands and eats his sandwich quickly with soil under his fingernails and all over his hands. He freely eats the chips out of the bag, licking his fingers to taste every bit of salt that he might have missed. Unknowingly, he has further inoculated his body, once again, with more probiotics. This is the most natural thing. All kids do it, and need it, to build a bio-diverse set of micro flora in their intestines.
Soil, plants, animals, and our living bodies all come into contact with thousands, even millions, of microbes daily. Just as Joseph needs microbes to keep him healthy, so does the living soil. Probiotic microbes in the soil keep it healthy and alive. Probiotics break down the organic material that we add to the soil in the form of organic amendments, or fertilizers, just as they also break down a fallen tree branch or earthworms that have died and begun to decompose. The microbes are doing their job, breaking down organic materials so all life on our planet can benefit from their hard work. Energy is harnessed by and from microbes to further perpetuate life.
All living things, from plants to mammals, need microbes for basic survival and energy. Without the digestive enzymes that microbes produce, much of the needed nutrients that we consume would never be assimilated by our bodies and would simply pass through our gut without any benefit, without their energy being absorbed for growth and health. Similarly, the microbes prepare bio-available nutrients in the soil for absorption by plants. If nutrients are in an unavailable form, locked up by Mother Nature, then our plants would not grow either.
Life is about energy exchange, and probiotics facilitate that exchange. They share their energy with all life that is higher on the food chain. In order for us to live a full life, abundant with energy, we need to create an environment that is healthy and full of bio-diversity. I ingest a probiotic blend of microbes every day with my green juice, and I know it keeps me healthy and provides me the ability to fight off diseases and absorb the nutrients from the food I consume daily.
I also know for sure that my backyard needs probiotics as much as I do, to keep it healthy and alive. I do not use “sterile” chemical fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides that are designed to kill all life. I take a proactive method in my garden, like the one Joseph took throughout his life, like the one we have all taken throughout our lives.
I have great faith in 2011 as being the year of “life,” a year of probiotics, and I hope that we consumers are shying away from chemicals in our diets, homes, and gardens. All of these chemical potions that we are exposed to are “anti” life, but they are sold to us with misleading pictures that suggest they are “pro” life, images of beautiful green gardens that seem safe for us to grow in and play.
The freedom to play in a natural garden, without fear of chemical contamination, should be everyone’s right. Now, opportunities to fill your life with clean and healthy choices are here. I have based my entire company on products formulated with life as the base of my beliefs. I invented Pro-Biotic™ organic lawn and garden products in 1992, way before many people had even used the word. Please join me in creating a healthy life in your garden, where all kids, pets and adults can feel great playing. Our gardens nurture us. Remember: Pro-Biotic® literally means for-life!
Milo Lou Shammas
Founder & Formulator