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There are also many alternative medical treatments on offer (homeopathy, naturopaths, chiropractors, etc.), who prescribe herbs, supplements, special diets and other therapies. 

We hired Dr. John P. Bennett as our CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, also a graduate of the University of Cambridge, the University of London, Stanford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He analyzed all of the existing scientific data, and while some very promising research was emerging, it wasn't much. Until we found an obscure patent issued to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (Patent #6,861,053), which found a common etiology between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Fibromyalgia (FMS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Depression, Attention deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Crohn's, and autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, to a Small Intestinal Bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO. They posed that with antibiotic treatment following a repopulation of the intestines with a probiotic, SIBO might be effectively controlled, and thus the conditions themselves.

Other reported symptoms may include:

  • Gluten and/or casein intolerance
  • An incapacitating fatigue or chronic lack of energy
  • Problems with concentration and short-term memory
  • Extreme tightness in the shoulders and neck
  • Hyper-acidity/acid reflux
  • Insomnia and un-refreshing sleep
  • Chronic sinus problems and headaches including migraines
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Alcohol intolerance
  • Recurrent yeast and fungal infections (Candida)
  • Rashes and dry, flaking skin
  • Eczema
  • Jock and rectal itching
  • Chronic athlete's foot and/or nail fungus
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Allergies and sensitivities to noise, foods, odors, chemicals
  • Brain fog
  • Muscle twitching and muscle weakness
  • Low sex drive

We had always thought these conditions were connected and probably had a common cause, but now we felt we had discovered that we were right all along. Knowing also that antibiotics kill off all bacteria, both good and bad, the quality of the probiotic was key to prevent an overgrowth of the yeast/fungus known as Candida albicans, a common problem after antibiotic use. Having tried hundreds of probiotics over the years with little or no effect, we set out to discover strains that might actually work and survive the stomach acids without having to artificially enteric coat it.

Not every probiotic product has proven health effects. But as a medical treatment, they're more than just the latest health fad, says University of New Mexico researcher Mohamed O. Othman, MD and Dr. Eamonn Quigley, MD, past president of both the World Gastroenterology Organization and the American College of Gastroenterology (to read the whole article, click here).

“Probiotics now have been used in many diseases, not only IBS but also ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease and in both children and adults with lactose intolerance,” Othman tells WebMD. “It is a new field, and there is a lot of investigation going on.”

There's good evidence that some people with IBS have SIBO: an overgrowth of large-intestine bacteria in their small intestines. Patients who do have SIBO may benefit from probiotics. The good bacteria may displace the bad bacteria in the small intestine.

“Another issue of perhaps even greater importance comes from the Quigley team's research. They find that probiotics may make subtle but important changes in the way a person's immune system works.”

“The immune system has built in switches that turn inflammatory immune responses on or off. This kind of immune response can be very helpful in responding to acute infection or injury. But in some people with IBS, the switch for inflammatory immune responses seems to be stuck in the "on" position. In ways that are not fully understood, probiotics turn this switch off.”

They also warn that not all probiotics are the same and something off the store shelf probably isn't going to help, or at the very least do you no harm. So, we thought, if we could find the right strains to displace the bad bacteria, then we might be able to forgo the antibiotic route.

We finally discovered three strains of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) that have their own protective shell, or exoskeleton, which are not harmed by the body's stomach acid and get to the intestines alive and unharmed. They were Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium and Bacillus coagulans. LAB are considered GRAS by the FDA (Generally Recognized As Safe). Three different products on the market contained one or two of each strains and we had tried all of them with mediocre results, but what if we put all three strains together? From our research, we knew that multiple strains were much more effective than just one. We found the three strains (not an easy task), and had them compounded into capsules by an FDA approved cGMP pharmaceutical manufacturing facility ( They were also DNA fingerprinted and tested to ensure cfu ingredient conformity, safety and purity.

We then conducted an informal field study with our new probiotic formula. It wasn't hard to recruit 29 people with IBS and 37 people with Fibromyalgia, and we gave them each these capsules for a period of 12 months.

All the study participants started out with two per day and slowly worked up to six per day over a period of a couple of months, then slowly came back down to four per day. Every month, they let us know what percentage improvement they had and we kept charts of their progress, which are below:

As you can see, the percentage improvement went steadily up to near 90% over the 12 months. Word of mouth quickly spread the good news through social media and support groups. After the study, we gave our new probiotic the name Symbion™ and made it available to others who have these conditions through medical clinics, pharmacies and direct sales. Symbion comes with a 60 day money back guarantee just in case for some reason a customer isn't satisfied with the results. After all, we've all spent a fortune on products that don't work.

Symbion is a breakthrough formulation so powerful and unique it is known in the scientific community as a "Super-Probiotic". While these bacteria have been shown to have some beneficial effect by themselves, in this combined formulation, they have been shown to have a massive multiplier effect. You will not find this combination of strains in any other product. They grow much more prolifically than typical probiotics and the protective shell that is a natural part of their body's structure does not allow them to be killed by the acid in the stomach, as other probiotics are. 

We hope you will try Symbion™ for yourself, and would love to hear from you as you progress. We wish you all the best in good health!

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