Use This Botanical Formulation For GI and Overall Systemic Health

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It’s no secret that a balanced microbiome is a critical component to overall health. Biocidin® is a Wahls Protocol® sponsor and I can confidently say that I have used their family of botanical formulations for a number of years now.

Biocidin® is a Wahls Protocol® Sponsor. I am grateful for the partnership with this company and sponsorships like this are part of how we are able to produce so many informational resources at no cost to you. I have used affiliate links in this article.  I hope that you do find the information shared to be beneficial!

The really unique aspect of these formulas is that each botanical can have several different mechanisms of action. You may have one botanical in there that’s acting as an anti-inflammatory, but it also might be antimicrobial and immune-modulating. Better yet—they have identified 7 different delivery systems to get these powerful plant extracts into the different areas of the body.

From throat sprays to support your respiratory and immune health, to toothpaste and mouth rinse for your oral microbiome, there is a formula to help balance the good and bad bugs living in your body.

Learn more about their family of products by watching this video (the transcript is available below)

While many of these are safe to use on your own—the experts at Biocidin® suggest working with a clinician who is familiar with their applications—especially when working with acute or chronic problems. Click here to learn more.

Read the transcript here:

Dr. Wahls:

Hi. It’s Dr. Wahls. And I’m here today with Alia Khan-Elhady, who is a social worker and a functional nutrition therapy lead consultant for Biocidin. Now, she is an author presenter and the lead clinical consultant with Biocidin. She’s a licensed healthcare professional holding a master’s degree in social work and is a functional nutrition therapy practitioner based in Calgary, Canada. And I’ve been to Calgary actually several times. Ashton Embry was an early sponsor of my research. So I have tremendously warm feelings for a Calgary. She has 15 years of clinical experience. She has in-depth training in holistic nutrition, mental health, and the passion for gut health, pain management, and getting to the root cause of complicated cases.

Now, during our time together, we’ll be discussing botanical solutions for balancing the microbiome and Biocidin is a Wahls Protoco®l Seminar sponsor. And we’re really very grateful for these partnerships and they are great opportunity to share products that I use personally, for myself and for my patients. And sharing these interviews helps me teach you the public and you the commissions how you could think about using these products to support your healing journey.

So let’s get right to it, Alia, and let’s talk a little bit about Biocidin. Now, what makes Biocidin so very special?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Oh, gosh. I could spend hours talking about that question, but there’s several things about Biocidin that I think really special. It’s a layered botanical formulation. So for clinicians or patients who aren’t familiar with botanicals is each botanical on its own will have several different mechanisms of action. So you may have one botanical in there that’s posing as an anti-inflammatory, but it also might be antimicrobial, immune-modulating. So we’ve got 18 actual ingredients in there. 11, pardon me, 14 are herbal extracts and four are essential oils. So they’re designed to support microbial balance, which we can dive a little deeper into as well and new modulation. So really, it’s an overall formulation that can be used for GI health, but also systemic health as well.

Dr. Wahls:
So we’re talking about GI modulation, but this does more than gut microbiome correcting.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Definitely. So Biocidin is our flagship product, and that’s the one that was designed about 30 years ago by Dr. Rachel Fresco. It now has seven different delivery systems. So a lot of people think about Biocidin and then they think about GI health, which really is a huge component of Biocidin.

But we have also developed these different delivery systems to get the botanical to different areas of the body. So if we want to support GI health, we’ve got the liquid or the liquid-filled capsules. We want to go into blood stream, our lymph flow, even topical applications, we have Biocidin LSF, which is our lyposomal version. So for those folks who are familiar with lyposomes, very small nano particle size that can cross into the cell wall. So, in fact, we’ve done some research and that’s where we saw the LSF formulation over the liquid has a 75% higher intracellular uptake. So we can go intracellular. We can go systemic.

On top of that, we’ve got two different applications for the oral cavity. So we’ve got Dentalcidin toothpaste and Dentalcidin LS, which is almost like for lack of a better description to call it a mouthwash. But I think it’s so much more than that because it’s not annihilating our microbes in the oral cavity.

Dr. Wahls:

So hang on one moment. I want to put a, so I use the Dentalcidin toothpaste.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Oh, do you?

Dr. Wahls:

But my dentist and my dental hygienist keeps saying like your mouth keeps looking better and better and better. And so I’ve been doing that for the last couple of years. And so, they check your pockets. And so my pockets keep getting smaller and smaller and smaller. So I just want to put that out there that yes, I do use these products. So back to you. So we’ve got the gut. We’ve got …

Alia Khan-Elhady:

also have upper respiratory support. So we have two different throat sprays. There is Biocidin throat spray. So it’s 40% of the formula, 60% alcohol. And then we beefed that a little more if we want to add a little more immune defenses. We’ve added in some spores to megacidin, so with an additional throat spray.

And we’ve actually done some human clinical trials on that particular product with a throat spray. And we noticed with college athletes, because you know when athletes are working out, they have suppressed immune system, high cortisol levels. So it’s an opportune time for them to catch something, especially if they’re continuously training. So with these athletes, we actually swabbed the back of the throat, we measure their baseline or their secretory IGA levels, those bad immune markers. We gave them three sprays of the throat spray. Had them work out at pretty heavy capacity. Took a little bit of a rest period. And then we re-swabbed at 60 minutes and that’s where we saw 66% rise in that secretory IGA level. It’s really exciting.

Dr. Wahls:

Hang on. People may not know what secretory IGA is. So why don’t you refresh their memories there?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. So secretory IGA is one of those, I would say, it’s an immune marker. It’s one of our first line of defenses. We often see very low secretory IGA levels when somebody might have an infection. So I want to see that coming up, supporting our immune system. And based on that study, if I’m ever exposed to something or I’m feeling under the weather, I will use that throat spray on the hour because we saw at two hours in the levels came back down. So it’s something that I use all the time. It’s in my car. It’s in my house. Everywhere.

Dr. Wahls:

And when I’ve talked to some of my colleagues at the university, maintaining your IGA is really helpful for protecting yourself from respiratory viruses.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

100%.

Dr. Wahls:

We should all be thinking about respiratory viruses right now, particularly the coronavirus. So strategies to maintain your IGA, to improve your [inaudible 00:06:08] immunity would be great.

So you didn’t mention vagina. I know that the vagina has a microbiome as well. Do you have any insight? Does Biocidin have any impact on the vaginal microbiome?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Very interesting question. We actually are running a case study. Wrapping it up right here. We were working with an individual who had bacterial vaginosis. So an imbalance of the microbes in her vaginal tract. And one particular organism that was showing out of disproportion was Gardnerella. And so we used Biocidin as a vaginal suppository, along with taking it orally, but she specifically used Biocidin LSF orally. We do have the Biocidin liquid filled capsules, which historically I’ve heard of other practitioners using as a vaginal suppository, but we took it one step further because remember what I talked about, the LSF being the small nano particle size and in the vaginal tract, you have tons of folds. And so we want to make sure we’re getting into the tissues appropriately

So we had her take a double zero capsule, an empty one, and she put one full pump of Biocidin in there, the LSF version. And that’s what she inserted nightly. We did this for three months and we just got the results back. Post-testing. Completely cleared. We were really excited to see that.

Dr. Wahls:

Okay. Well, that sounds pretty exciting. So a lot of talk about biofilms and how they can occur and what kind of problems that they can lead for the patient.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. So I might even take that one step further in case some of the clients listening in aren’t familiar with what a biofilm is. So biofilm is essentially a living polymicrobial community. It’s organisms stick and attached to surfaces and they don’t discriminate. So we can have multiple organisms. You can have bacteria, fungus, viral species, even parasites underneath this biofilm. And they essentially develop as a mechanism to prevent bacterial eradication.<

hidden behind this biofilm and your immune response doesn’t actually, it’s not able to penetrate that biofilm, right? So it can’t get through. We see that antibiotic resistance occurs too quite a bit with that. You can see 5,000 times the normal antibiotic concentration required to get through that biofilm and it’s still not able to eradicate the organisms beneath there. So then we start to see further dysbiosis as well.

Dr. Wahls:

Let me interrupt just for a moment. So again, for all the listeners. We all have experience with biofilms. If you don’t brush your teeth or floss them at night, the next morning you wake up with that sort of a fuzzy, uncomfortable feeling in your mouth, on your teeth. That’s the biofilm on your teeth and the tartar, the dental hygienist that’s cleaning the tartar off your teeth, that’s biofilm. So we have biofilm in many places in our gut, in our body.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Anywhere that we can have microbes exist. So we can have them in the oral cavity, in the vaginal cavity, your GI tract. And Dr. Wahls, that’s a great example is plaque. So that’s usually how I explain it to individuals who don’t know. They go, “I don’t understand that this biofilm thing.” “Well, do you know what plaque is? Because that’s a biofilm. That’s a dental biofilm.” And teeth actually are an opportunistic place for them to formulate because there is no shedding surface there, unlike our epithelial turn over in our GI tract.

So with teeth or any type of implant that we might have in our mouth or even in our body, likely we’re going to start to see some biofilm formation over there. It gets problematic because these biofilms do have a lifecycle. And when they hit their disbursement detachment phase, they go back into their planktonic form. And so, oftentimes these organisms will have flagella.

Dr. Wahls:
I think you need to define those terms. People won’t [crosstalk 00:10:01].

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. Sure. My apologies. So free-floating, planktonic is a free-floating form. And then the biofilm is attached to the actual tissue. So when bacteria is in its planktonic form, it’s a lot easier to address. These biofilms do break open. They open up and they go back into planktonic shift and then they have oftentimes things like swarming motility or flagella so they can move very quickly around the body and then set up shop elsewhere in the body, reseeding infection, and you’re starting to see your symptoms almost like a rollercoaster. They come, they go, they come, they go. So if you feel like you’re riding that roller coaster, you likely have some biofilms that you need to deal with.

Dr. Wahls:

And so, how does Biocidin and help with those biofilms?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah, Several different mechanisms of actions. So one of the first things that it does is it will inhibit quorum sensing. And quorum sensing essentially is when these organisms are communicating with each other. So they quorum sense to communicate, to find each other. They need to have a large enough colony initially to excrete a biofilm. So if they don’t have a large enough colony, they are not excreting that biofilm.

So first things first, we’re going to inhibit quorum sensing. That’s through some botanicals, like the garlic, the oregano, bladder whack, golden seal in the formula. The next phase is it’s going to inhibit the initial attachment phase. So attachment phase is part of that biofilm life cycle. And once it attaches to the tissue, that’s when it becomes problematic and irreversible, unless we get a biofilm buster into play. So we’re going to stop that from happening. So that not only is that helpful for the planktonic organisms, but it’s also helpful when we open up the biofilm, it can recreate very quickly, within about an hour. So we want to inhibit that and the essential oils, as well as some of the botanicals in the formula, are going to stop that from happening.

I talked a little bit about swarming motility. So that’s when the organisms develop a tail and they can swim really quickly. So we’re going to inhibit that swarming motility as well. And that’s what the grape seed and bilberry. Of course, there’s antimicrobial components. So that’s a huge player in reducing the biofilm.

And then lastly, probably one of the most interesting, and to me, really important piece, is its ability to inhibit the efflux pump. And for those who aren’t familiar with efflux pump, that is going to be, think of it like a mouth on the cell of the organism. It allows nutrients in, excretes waste. If it feels threatened by anything, it’s going to excrete that out. So it’s also another addition for antibiotic resistance. So biofilms contribute to antibiotic resistance, but so does that efflux pump. So the [inaudible 00:12:31] , what else? The olive leaf, lavender, oregano oil, all of those different components are going to shut down that pump, allowing the antimicrobials to get into the cell and do the work that it needs to do.

Dr. Wahls:

How did the Bio botanical research get started?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Ah, good question. It’s one story I love sharing because I always want to know why were they developed? And really what I’ve noticed is all of the formulations from bio botanical research came out of a need and the first one was the Biocidin liquid and that was developed in the late 80s.

So Dr. Fresco, the creator of the line, she has a background in traditional Chinese medicine and essentially she was working at that time for a holistic veterinary and she’s got a great love for animals. And she had a formulation that she was using on some animals to treat some really difficult infections. And some practitioners caught wind of that and they liked what they saw and heard. So they asked her if she had something similar for humans. And at that time she didn’t, but she of course put on her little science hat and she went away and reformulated it and came up with something, handed that off to one of the docs or handful of the docs in San Francisco Bay area. And in fact, they were using it on their HIV patient population to kind of suppress that pathogen load, increase immune strength.

And they loved what they saw. So one of them, unannounced to Dr. Fresco, actually sent that bottle to Great Smokies Labs, which is now Genova Diagnostics. And she got a little bit of a startling call one day from the director of there, Martin Lee. And he asked her, “I don’t know who you are, but what is in this stuff, because it’s killing everything.” And she said, “Is that a good thing?” And he said, “That is an excellent thing.”

So it went on to be study for a handful of years. Over a quarter million stool samples were done. And it came out still being the most highly sensitive substance. So to this day, Genova still recommends it for several different treatment strategies when they’re looking at labs.

Dr. Wahls:
So how would you decide to use the liquid, to use the capsules, to use the lyposomal form?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. I’m glad you’re asking that because people often get confused because we have the seven different delivery systems of the same formula. So let’s try to demystify that a bit.

So the liquid and the liquid filled capsules are my go-to for GI support. I will say I’m fairly partial to the liquid and that’s because you can more easily titrate it. It is a very potent formula. So for chronic conditions, you do want to titrate low and slow. If somebody is really picky and they don’t want to taste it, it’s probably one of the best formulas I’ve tasted herbal wise, but if they really are opposed to it, you can use the capsules. Keep in mind one capsule equals five drops. So for some folks, that might be a little too much to start with, but certainly they could graduate over to that. Or as you noted, we’ve seen other individuals use the capsules as a vaginal suppository as well.

The LSF. So the Biocidin LSF is our lyposomal formula. That’s the one that gets into the cell wall at a higher capacity, is going to go beyond the GI tract. So if we have GI symptoms, but we also have systemic symptoms, LSF is my go-to because it’s going to get into the bloodstream, going to get into lymph circulation and we can also use it topically as well. So anytime there’s longstanding concerns that are beyond the GI track, that’s when I pull in LSF.

Dr. Wahls:

So if someone was worried about Lyme’s disease or Borrelia, or we’re out … I do a lot of hiking in the woods. Is this a tool to help me hike more comfortably in the woods?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

It is indispensable, in my opinion. It goes with me when I’m hiking, because I’m one of those avid hikers too, since you are familiar with our environment around here. We’ve got lots of great mountains.

So yes, I will say, I’ll back up a moment and say we’ve actually done a clinical research on Borrelia specifically. So that’s one of the tick-borne illnesses. And we have seen a 97% cell death rate within 10 minutes when we’ve used Biocidin LSF. We saw similar results with the liquid, but

So we do actually have, for practitioners, we have acute protocols as well as chronic protocols for somebody who may have just got tick bite versus somebody who’s had Lyme disease for quite some time. And that would be a very long conversation, but clinicians are always welcome to get in touch with us and we can guide them through that process too, if they have any questions.

Dr. Wahls:

So, I think, so we have two audiences that follow me. We have the clinicians. So we’ll talk about them first. So, if a clinician is listening to this, like wow, I really ought to learn more and get educated so I could add this to my clinical tool kit. How should they begin?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. So I would say go to Biocidin.com. You can sign up for an account there if you don’t already have one. Very easy to do. Once you’ve got that account going, you have access to so many different resources. So we actually do one-on-one training with clinicians. We also have group trainings. We’re designing a whole host of resources for them. Right now we have some protocols that are available to them, but we will be launching a practitioner website in the near future here that are going to have webinars, resources that they can actually share with their patient population as well. And we are going to be working on blogs for not only practitioners, but we’re going to also be working on them for patients as well, because we know that they want this information too.

Dr. Wahls:

Okay. Now, for the patients, what I want you to do is go to my website, terrywahls.com. On the shop page, you’ll see a very nice banner in there that includes a link back to a body bio, pardon me. Bio botanical. I get too many files here. So the bio botanical, the Biocidin, and you’ll see the Biocidin there. And once they go there, why don’t you walk through the resources that the patients can find?   Alia Khan-Elhady: Yeah. So, I will admit, I don’t feel like there’s very much at the moment. We are redesigning that website and we will have more for them, but they can get on online and they can see each product, go through some of their features and benefits and understand which product might be best for them. So those are the resources available to patients right now. But I say, if you’re able to hang tight and wait a month or so, we’re actually going to have a lot more available to you guys.   So I think the lesson there is to go visit now and keep visiting so that you keep getting the information.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yes.

Dr. Wahls:

And I think a great way to start is to start with the toothpaste. It’s very pleasant. It’s a very gentle way to begin getting some Biocidin in. Now, do we have to worry that as we’re shifting the microbiome, that we’re losing some of the good guys, some of the beneficial ones?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Very important question. It’s one I’m asked all the time when I’m consulting with practitioners. And it makes me know that they’re thinking broad, not just trying to attack one organism.
So, we actually had a hypothesis on this. We didn’t think, because of the botanicals and the formulation being small micro amounts of different botanicals, we didn’t think it would actually damage the microbiome, but we wanted to put some research into that. So we did run a pilot study, had about 25 different participants in it. We ran [inaudible 00:19:43] full genome sequencing. So stool samples. We did a before and after with them and during the interim, they were on an eight-week protocol where they took Biocidin liquid, as well as GI Detox. No type of probiotics. So they weren’t repopulating.

And on that post stool sample, we were very excited to see that the lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species were actually elevated. So they didn’t go down. The fecal bacteria [inaudible 00:20:10], which if you’re not familiar with that particular bug, it is a mouthful, but it has a huge role. So it will create butyrate short-chain fatty acids and that’s going to help our microbiome, again. So that actually went up.

And to our surprise, we were really excited about this. Akkermansia actually went up and that’s one of those keystone species that you can’t pop a probiotic in for. And Akkermans is going to help diversify our microbiomes. We really want to see that presence there. So we were really excited when we saw those numbers go up for us.

Dr. Wahls:

Now, sometimes when people begin a product such as Biocidin, they might experience a little bit of die off because you were talking about how it’s important to start low and gradually increase. If people are concerned, what are the symptoms associated with die off and how might they better manage those?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Yeah. So symptoms of die-off could be an exacerbation of your symptoms. So you might feel your existing symptoms a little bit worse. Flu like symptoms are also very common. So you might get a little bit of a headache, nausea, maybe some loose stool. If you’re experiencing that and it’s problematic, it’s interfering with life, that’s when I think you’ve gone a little bit too fast. So you were killing off the microbes faster that you’re able to excrete them.

So a few strategies with that. Titration, low and slow. That’s actually one of my mantras with Biocidins, especially if you’re working on a chronic protocol. Very different than acute. Acute, we’re dealing with planktonic organisms. We go at it right away. Chronic, because we’re working with biofilms, we want to titrate as you’re able to tolerate it. So I’m an individual that will start with one drop twice a day, and we will hold that until you’re feeling good.

So if you’re feeling good the next day, we’re going to add a drop. And I slowly increase that to a maximum amount, typically around 15 drops twice a day, depending on the individual. And if that is still problematic, if the slow titration is not working for them, introducing a binder.

So right off the bat, in my practice, we use a binder right away, unless there’s constipation in play. We work on that. And that’s for another conversation, but bringing in a binder like GI Detox or something similar would be very important. I really prefer using GI Detox as a binder rather than a solo binder because it’s layered. So it’s got some activated charcoal, some zeolite clay, MMST, silica, what else we got in there? Some humic and fulvic acid, which was lovely for that.

Dr. Wahls:

[crosstalk 00:22:36] as well.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

What’s that? Sorry.

Dr. Wahls:

[crosstalk 00:22:38].

Alia Khan-Elhady:

No. No TUDCA in this one.

Dr. Wahls:

Okay. All right.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

You don’t really find it causing any issues on the GI track for most folks. Little apple pectin and aloe in it too. So it’s a really nice layering binder that’s going to bind to the cellular debris that are coming out of those biofilms, mop up those toxins and just make for an easier protocol. It is something that I would say you need to take on an empty stomach because it’s going to bind to whatever’s in that GI tract.

So typically, I’ll start with two capsules. I’ll say, let’s do it at bedtime, unless you’re taking sleep aids. Then do it between meals, perhaps. That might be a better time for you to do it. And if two is not enough, you’re having a lot of die-off. You can increase that, just make sure you’re still having consistent stool movements. So I’ll do that a handful of times.

And then if we’re still needing additional support, open up those drainage pathways. We could do dry brushing. We can also do sweating. But also, you can bring in some additional products. Beyond our line, but even within our line, [inaudible 00:23:38] and Biotronic, two formulas that are more of our support formulas, have some drainage support in there as well to support excluding those toxins and making it more comfortable.

Dr. Wahls:

Well, if you want to give one final bit of advice, what’s the one product you’d have people start with?

Alia Khan-Elhady:

Well, like you, I love the toothpaste because you feel it right away. The next morning, you’re going to wake up and you’re not going to feel fuzzy teeth. Most likely. That’s been my experience as well as everybody else’s. So if you want to just dabble with the line, the toothpaste is harmless. You can definitely see the results right away. And if you want to take it up a notch, I’d bring in the throat spray too, because I think it’s indispensable in the current times that we’re facing right now.

Dr. Wahls:

Yeah. I think it’s, if you want a very gentle start, the toothpaste is a great way to go. And with the coronavirus, the throat spray is a wonderful adjunct. We should all be worried about our respiratory viruses. And the Biocidin, if you think you have a leaky gut.
This was wonderful. Thank you so very, very much. And hopefully, I will be back in Calgary sometime and we’ll get to meet in person.

Alia Khan-Elhady:

I would love to have you here and take you on a hike.

Dr. Wahls:

That would be like so cool. Okay. Hey, Wahls Warriors, now I would, this was a fabulous, fabulous interview. I’d like to hear what was the one take home message or two that you learned that you could begin implementing right away. So please leave a comment below, what you learned and what you could implement. And go to my website, terrywalhs.com. We have other videos. We’ve got the blogs. Please check those out. Download the Wahls diet cheat sheet. That’s a great resource. While you’re there, sign up for my newsletter. You’ll get updates on the latest research. My take on that. Incredibly useful. And you will get other offers from great partners that are also with me in the health and wellness industry that are helping you reclaim your health and vitality.

So again, please leave your comments. What did you learn and what are you going to implement? Thank you so much. And we’ll see you at the next interview. Bye bye now. Much love to you and your family.


About Alia Khan-Elhady:

Alia Khan-Elhady is an author, presenter, and the Lead Clinical Consultant with Biocidin. She is a licensed health care professional holding a Master’s degree in Social Work, and is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner based in Calgary, Canada, with over 15 years of clinical experience. In addition to her in-depth training in holistic nutrition and mental health, she has a passion for GI health, pain management, and getting to the root cause of complex cases.

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