During 1996, at the age of nineteen, Jordan Rubin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida had arrived at death’s door, suffering from the most severe symptoms of Crohn’s disease. This condition is a chronic, inflammatory, abnormality of the bowel showing overlapping clinical, epidemiologic, and pathologic findings. But medical science has determined no definite cause for the condition. It produces numerous, serious discomforts by exhibiting four common and characteristic disease patterns: (a) inflammation with pain and tenderness in the right lower part of the abdomen; (b) recurring acute intestinal obstructions that bring on deeply painful spasms of the intestinal wall, swelling of the abdomen, persistent diarrhea, and vomiting; (c) inflammation and chronic partial intestinal obstruction causing subtle but serious malnutrition and chronic debility; (d) abnormal channels (fistulas) with many pus-filled pockets of infection (abscesses) that produce fever, painful masses in the abdomen, and severe weight loss. Jordan Rubin showed all four of these disease patterns.1
For more than two years the young man experienced between twelve and 30 usually bloody bowel movements per day. They came on all night too, allowing him to sleep no more than one hour at any given time.
Laboratory tests showed that Jordan had no iron in his blood, and his serum measurement for albumin indicated muscle wasting (cachexia). By laboratory standards, this patient’s blood was like that of a dead man. His body was affected by candidiasis, amoebiasis, cryptosporidiosis, extreme intestinal dysbiosis, acute electrolyte imbalance, elevated C-reactive protein, anemia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, hair loss, and leukocytosis. The chance for recovery by conventional treatment methods remained discouraging, because Jordan also exhibited malabsorption syndrome for food nutrients. He could not assimilate the nutrients in food even if he had any appetite, which had been lacking for him for over a year. Jordan had dropped so much weight, from 180 to 104 pounds, he looked like a survivor of a Nazi death camp.
Jordan Rubin’s quality of life was nonexistent. To find some viable therapy, he consulted over 70 health practitioners worldwide and tried more than 200 different nutritional products, including several probiotic preparations. As he explained to me, “During the two years of my illness, despite my ongoing search for treatment, I was never granted even one day of reprieve from the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. The excessive amounts of emotional, physical, and mental distress caused me to want to die. All I could do was pray to a compassionate God that the cure for Crohn’s disease would someday be found. “And then,” he added with a smile, “it happened!”
The Cure for Crohn’s Disease Comes to Jordan Rubin
Most people are unaware of the groundbreaking findings of Nobel laureate Elie Metchnikoff, PhD, the Russian bacteriologist who more than 91 years ago documented a direct link between human longevity and the necessity of maintaining a healthy balance between those beneficial and pathological microorganisms residing within the human gut. Dr. Metchnikoff’s 1908 Nobel prize in physiology had been awarded for his discovery of phagocytes and other immune system components, but his accurate description of vital elements in the body’s intestinal flora is equally important.2
Dr. Metchnikoff came to believe that human beings could live to the age of 150 years if they kept the organisms within their intestines in a state of homeostatic balance. This, he said, could be accomplished by consuming live, fermented foods. Such a concept expressed way back in 1909 by this great scientist forms the foundation for the cure of Crohn’s disease that came to Jordan Rubin.
Jordan was able to regain his health by supplementing the small amount that he could eat with homeostatic soil organisms (“../../Cannes/) which reversed the degenerative process of his Crohn’s disease. The HSOs detoxified Jordan’s intestinal tract, increased his ability to absorb nutrients from food, and boosted his immune system, especially in its ability to phagocytize viruses and bacteria. Moreover, the Homeostatic Soil Organisms – HSOs turned really aggressive against pathological molds, yeasts, fungi, and parasites of all types which permeated his gut. They stimulate the formation of lactoferrin (the iron-binding protein found in neutrophils which exerts anti-microbial activity by withholding iron from any harmful microorganisms that the patient ingests).
Homeostatic soil organisms are super probiotics (the opposite of antibiotics). They restore balance to an autointoxicated gastrointestinal tract in a specific manner.
Upon being swallowed, the HSOs activate and bring about gut restoration by attaching themselves to the intestinal mucosa. On the gut wall they reproduce to form colonies along the course of “receptor sites” which had previously been established by harmful bacteria and other pathological microorganisms. These pathogens are crowded out or eaten up by the probiotics so that symptoms of illness they had been producing tend to terminate eventually. The time factor for symptomatic healing is dependent upon the volume of pathogens lodged at the gut’s receptor sites. No matter what the number of bad bacteria or other pathogens, HSOs™ implant themselves and bring about gut restoration.
Medical journalist Ann Louise Gittleman, MS, like myself a proponent of supplementing with HSOs, affirms that once colonized in the GI tract, these super probiotics eventually balance the colonic pH to set the stage for restoring all body systems. She assures us that the survival of some of the gut’s most important resident microorganisms such as Lactobacillus acidophilus depends on the visiting HSO byproduct and the HSO-produced acidic colonic pH.3
Ingesting HSOs allows people to achieve optimum health by supplying them with the nutrients they would ordinarily be receiving had they eaten food derived from nutrient-dense soil. HSOs are beneficial bacteria which live in pure, nutrient-rich soil and are responsible for providing plants (vegetables and fruits) with those nutrients they require. The HSOs are absorbed by plants and become their protectors against harmful invaders. In that way the HSOs keep plants healthy and loaded with nutritional components as a source of food for humans. The same thing occurs for humans when we ingest the friendly organisms as nutritional supplements. These friendly organisms keep the human GI tract in a state of homeostasis by increasing intestinal absorption and keeping it free of parasites, yeasts, molds, other fungi, harmful bacteria, viruses, and additional pathogens such as spirochetes, rickettsiae, chlamydiae, protozoa, and helminths.
In large measure, the probiotic content of each person’s gastrointestinal tract is an integral part of his or her immune system. While not generally known by the average individual, probiotics are absolutely essential for effective functioning of the gastrointestinal system. They synthesize the B-complex vitamins, crowd out yeast and parasites, help regulate blood cholesterol levels, and produce antibiotic compounds.
The Original Reason for Jordan’s Two Years of Misery
How Jordan Rubin’s gastrointestinal tract came to be so out of balance to bring on his affliction is no puzzle. As occurs with so many young people who leave home and head out on their own, Jordan’s two years of misery were probably brought on inadvertently by a bad diet and stress.
“Crohns disease began for me during my first year away at college. I did not take care of myself. While I had grown up under the supervision of my dad, Herb Rubin, DC, an advocate of holistic health who never allowed processed food or refined sugar in our home, on my own his food rules were forgotten. I stayed up late to pursue my studies or to carouse with the guys. Sleeping was a waste of time. But then I came under much scholastic stress – constantly on the run – and for the first time ate lots of junk food,” Jordan admits. “My body wasn’t able to cope, and it broke down.”
During that first college year, this student followed the lifestyle patterns of most people in the United States which cause them to develop a disproportionately high ratio of bad to good bacteria in the gut. While the normal ratio of friendly microorganisms to harmful ones usually runs at 85 to 15%. Jordan’s wrong proportions probably ran in the opposite direction. In fact, stool analysis does show that the average resident of North America possesses a pathogenic gut content of about 55%, so that he or she remains in a subclinical state of disease. Symptoms may not show up, but illness lies waiting to manifest itself just under the surface. Eventually, abdominal dysfunction flares up in response to any stress that tips the balance further into the pathologic realm. Check your local pharmacy and count the vast number of commercial products used for digestive problems.
The good and bad microorganisms fighting it out in a person’s gut get out of balance because of a series of unhealthy lifestyle practices. To name just a few: (a) too much alcohol; (b) eating foods impregnated with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotic residues, and hormonal pollutants; (c) the overconsumption of sugars and other refined carbohydrates; (d) the distress of too much stress; and (e) the lack of nutrition from living fresh foods grown in nutrient-rich soil. Such conditions are the precursors for assorted GI tract dysfunctions such as malabsorption syndrome, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, polyps, intestinal obstruction, colon cancer, diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel diseases, diverticular diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, ischemic bowel disease, fistulas, fissures, hemorrhoids, peritonitis, hernia, small intestine dysbiosis, leaky gut syndrome, and more.