A Healthy Life Requires a Healthy Microbiome

Dr. Erin Stokes

Digestive Support

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I purchased my first probiotic supplement in 1972 in Berkeley, CA at a health food store. I was heading to Mexico for the first time and I asked them how to protect my digestive system while traveling south of the border. I was advised to take Acidophilus and Hcl (hydrocloric acid). Looking back, that advice holds up to today’s science. Probiotics and a digestive aid is still appropriate advice. As I recall the Acidophilus had a potency of 100 million. That now seems like such a little bit. But unlike many nutrients that we enjoy in today’s marketplace, the supplements of 1970’s were very basic. Today we are in a golden age of science and products. If you are a careful shopper and a knowledgeable consumer, you have the opportunity to create a nutritional program that can transform your health. Probiotics are critical and easily added to your nutritional menu.

What has emerged from the science is that probiotics are important throughout life. Beginning with prenatal health, through childhood and on into and through one’s life. Probiotics are something that we all have. We each have a personal microbiome. The good news is that we can have profound impact on our health with the use of probiotics to maintain and support digestive health.

In this interview with Dr. Erin Stokes you will learn how specific probiotics can be targeted for specific times of life. Dr. Stokes will discuss several aspects of choosing a probiotic and she will describe the specific Megafood targeted formulas. Choosing a quality probiotic is your first and most important decision. Dr. Stokes will discuss the importance of specific strains that have been clinically studied and evaluated for specific benefits. You will learn how to identify if a formula uses a specific studied strain.

She will also explain the importance of prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food for the beneficial bacterial. You can enhance the growth of your microbiome by supplying the fiber that bacteria love and thrive on. Lastly she will discuss how food complements the probiotics. As you might expect, Megafood has a high standard and include both prebiotics and organic foods in their probiotic formulas. Here are the new formulas recently introduced by Megafood:

  • MegaFlora for Women includes organic cranberry to naturally support urinary tract health. Beet, burdock and dandelion root also nourish the existing microbiome and feminine health.
  • MegaFlora for Baby and Me is taken by pregnant moms to promote immune health and nutrient absorption in pregnant mother and child. Organic ginger is included to gently support digestive function.
  • MegaFlora for Over 50 contains a broad spectrum of probiotics designed to encourage regularity, healthy bowel function and proper digestion for reduced gas and bloating. Organic turmeric root also promotes the health of the colon in both men and women.

You can also learn more about Megafood by listening to our previous interviews. MegaFood CertificationsMegaFood products are certified to be pure and free of most common allergens. They are easy to digest, even by people with the most sensitive stomachs. MegaFood products are easily tolerated even on an empty stomach.

About Dr. Stokes

Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState.  Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.





Moducare brings balance to your immune system

Immune Support

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The typical approach to immune issues usually takes one of two paths. We usually seek to boost our immune system when we want to fight colds, flu, infection and similar conditions with an under active immune system. We usually seek to suppress an over active immune system when one is faced with auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. There is a third option and that is to bring your immune system into balance, neither over active or under active. There are not many products that have been shown to do this.

ModuCareOne product that has been scientifically and clinically shown to bring balance (modulate) your immune function. That product is Moducare. Moducare is a precisely balanced formula that contains sterols and sterolins in a 100 to 1 ratio. Sterols such as beta-sitosterols are plant fats. Think of cholesterol as an animal fat and beta-sitosterols as plant fats. The science of plant sterols has been growing for many years. You may have noticed plant sterols in butter substitutes, for example.

Stephen Wicks has been involved with Moducare for over 15 years. He is responsible for introducing Moducare to the world including the US in 1999. In this interview we will discuss the origins of Moducare and the science behind the product. Moducare is another example of a clinically studied that you can consider as a reliable and credible nutritional product. The challenge is to learn enough about the product to determine if this is a good product for you to try.

Moducare Has The Only Clinically Proven Plant Sterolins To Support Immune System Health

ModucareInternationally-recognized research has shown that the patented blend of sterols and sterolins found in Moducare may help to support a healthy and balanced immune system. Supporting immune health is key to the prevention of colds, flu and infections, as well as allergies and painful autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. The phytosterols in Moducare are plant nutrients naturally found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. They can activate immune cells that protect our body from outside invaders.

Research on sterols has been underway since the 1920s. Studies using Moducare have been conducted in those people with rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, general immune function, TB and stress-induced immune suppression. Research has shown quite clearly that the blend of sterols and sterolins, in a 100:1 ratio as found in Moducare, exhibits the best immune balancing activity. Double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on Moducare have been published in international medical journals. Moducare comes in formulas for immune health, prostate health, and cholesterol support, so you can choose a targeted formula.

You can listen to my previous interview with Prof. Patrick Bouic who is the researcher who studied Moducare and determined the benefits and mode of action. CLICK HERE to go to that podcast page. For more information go to and

About Stephen Wicks

Stephen Wicks has had more than twenty four years’ experience in the mainstream pharmaceutical industry in South Africa. Stephen joined Essential Sterolin Products, the research and manufacturing company of Moducare in 1997 . He has conducted lectures and seminars to practitioners, consumers and retailers throughout North America, Europe, Scandinavia , Asia and Africa, lecturing on the properties of the proprietary blend of the sterol and sterolin product Modcuare. He was involved in the launch of Moducare in Canada in 1998, and the USA in 1999 – heading the educational program for retailer’s, consumers and professionals of the nutraceutical industry into the immune modulating properties of Moducare.



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