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Aller Calm for Allergies and Hay Fever

Regel Silver PolishedHay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, and other seasonal allergies are allergic inflammatory conditions of the nasal passages that affect a large portion of Americans. For some individuals, allergies are a seasonal manifestation. For others, they are a year-round challenge. Additionally, hay fever can develop into chronic sinusitis or even asthma in some individuals.

The term “hay fever” originated in the early 1800s, when individuals seemed to suffer allergy symptoms during the hay growing season. Some of the symptoms commonly seen with hay fever and seasonal allergies are, watery, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, excessive mucous production, and sneezing. Histamine, which is produced from the mast cells, creates a cascade of events that are meant to flush out or rid the body of the offending substance. That is why we traditionally turn to antihistamines to address the symptoms of histamine release. However, antihistamines come with a number of adverse side effects which can create additional challenges for individuals using them. Fortunately, there are several natural substances that may be able to address and manage allergy challenges without the side effects found in traditional antihistamine products.

For allergy sufferers, 500mg of Vitamin C taken 2-3 times daily has been shown to be beneficial against allergies due to Vitamin C’s ability to expedite the elimination of inflammatory histamine from the body. Quercetin, another natural substance, can serve as a mast cell stabilizer, blocking the release of histamine. Quercetin has also demonstrated a bronchodilator effect, helping to open the airways of individuals with asthma. The natural enzyme, bromelain, is commonly taken with food and used as an aid in digestion. However, when taken on an empty stomach, bromelain can be absorbed into the bloodstream, helping to reduce inflammation and break up mucous.

Aller Calm Complex from Regel Pharmalab is a unique formulation featuring all of the above ingredients as well as additional ingredients in a single tablet that supports allergy and asthma relief. Aller Calm Complex has been the subject of several studies, and has been shown to help relieve allergy symptoms in most individuals with allergies and asthma, and minimize the need for prescription medications. Aller Calm Complex is safe for both children and adults. In helping individuals manage allergies, a good preventative approach is often very helpful. Omega-3 essential fatty acids can be beneficial in helping to manage inflammatory allergic and asthmatic symptoms. A quality probiotic, such as Probiotic-5 helps to support a healthy intestinal tract. We know that 70 percent of our immune function is located in our gut. So maintaining good gut health is essential for the management of allergic issues, regardless of the source.

My recommendation for Hay Fever or seasonal allergies is:

Aller Calm
Pro-Omega Q-10 (Omega 3)
Probiotic 5

If you would like a customized regimen designed for your symptoms give me a call at (901) 757-9434.

Are you toxic?

Have you ever done a detox program?  Summer and I have several times with some interesting results.  Detoxing is not the most fun thing to do, but with a good detox program, the results can be impressive.  One added benefit from the detox programs that Summer and I have completed is that we always seem to improve our dietary choices a little bit each time.

If you are not familiar with detox programs let me explain what is involved and the benefits of completing a quality detox program.


Why detox?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) releases a report every once in a while to determine our exposure to chemicals.  One of the latest reports showed that the CDC tested the blood and urine for 212 different chemicals and found that most Americans had all 212 of the chemicals in their body.    We really do not know all of the problems that these chemicals cause to our bodies.

Where do these toxins come from?
Some of the most common sources these toxins are found in the following:
Plastics – Bottles and containers we use every day
Household products – Cleaning products etc
Food – Insecticides, Herbicides, Pesticides etc
Heavy Metals – multiple sources

How to determine if you are toxic?  Look for the symptoms
Chronic Fatigue
Difficulty concentrating
Muscle aches and pains
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Abdominal Pain

This video can answer most of your questions about our Detoxification Program.
Our goal in the metabolic detoxification program is to help you feel better, increase your energy level, and improve your overall wellness.  We recommend doing this type of metabolic detoxification no more than three times in a 12 month period.

Now what do you do?

Take the questionnaire click here. Print this out and bring it to our pharmacy or send it to me at

Other resources for your information:
What is involved in the 10 day Clear Change Metabolic Detoxification Program?  Click Here 

What will I have to eat on this program?  Click here to review the recommended foods/recipes.

Do you have any helpful tips for doing a detoxification program?  Comment Below

Alternatives to Stimulants for ADD and ADHD

The questions continue to flow in from concerned parents about their children who have either been diagnosed with ADHD or they suspect they may have a case of ADHD.  Many have heard about some of the negative side effects that can go along with some of the drugs that are commonly prescribed for this problem and would like to know about what alternatives are available.  Last summer we started digging a little further into the matter to try to help out.  Another pharmacy student passing through, Peyton Lucas, Pharm. D. Candidate 2016, did some additional research and not only found more information that supports what we had already discovered  (read,)  but he has also reported on some additional information as well on prescription alternatives.  Here are the details:

ADHD is a common problem that affects many children and leaves their parents with a difficult decision:  should their child be started on a stimulant such as Adderall or Ritalin?  Although this provides a quick fix to the symptoms caused by ADHD and is often the first treatment recommended by doctors, there are many side effects to be aware of before starting your child on these medications.  Stimulants are associated with abuse and dependence, heart problems, decreased appetite/weight loss, and trouble sleeping.  According to the literature that comes with ADD and ADHD medications suicidal thoughts are a concern.  Fortunately, there are prescription and non-prescription medications that can be tried before stimulants to control your child’s ADHD.

Non-prescription alternatives that have been proven effective in ADHD are Omega-3’s, Phosphatidylserine, and Magnesium glycinate.  Omega-3’s and Phosphatidylserine have been shown to directly improve ADHD symptoms in children by increasing functioning of the brain.  Magnesium glycinate, on the other hand, has been shown to improve sleep.  Improving sleep often resolves many of the symptoms associated with ADHD.

Prescription alternatives to stimulants include Atomoxetine (Strattera), Guanfacine (Intuniv), and Clonidine (Kapvay).  These medications have been proven effective in children with ADHD and unlike stimulants, they are not controlled substances and are not associated with abuse or dependence.  They also do not cause heart problems, decreased appetite/weight loss, or sleeping issues like stimulants.

Although stimulants are needed in some situations and some children, they are associated with many side effects.  Unfortunately, many doctors do not discuss the alternatives that are available with parents of children with ADHD.  Wouldn’t starting with safer non-prescription supplements and then moving to prescription medications and/or stimulants, if needed, seem like a good option?

Check out the ADD/ADHD Nutrient Kit offered by Regel if you are looking for an alternative treatment to try with your child.  You may see a desirable change and teachers may notice a difference as well.

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ADD and ADHD Kit


Let us know if you would like us to reserve an ADD/ADHD Nutrient Kit for you – email us at

If you have a child with ADD or ADHD what kind of challenges are you having?  Comment Below



Half the population are Mutants! Folic Acid

Co-authored by Amber Moss, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015

It seems like every day we are hearing something about our genetics.  Much research is being done to understand the reasons some of us are more prone to diseases and some are not.  The latest in medicine is coming from biotechnology.  We are starting to see research in medications custom made to fit your specific genetic fingerprint.   What I will be discussing is a genetic mutation of the enzyme methtetrahydrofolate reducatse (MTHFR).  To discuss this I must start with the B-vitamin Folic Acid.

Here are two major reasons that you need folic acid

  1. Prenatal care to prevent neural tube defects (see
  2. Heart to prevent elevated Homocysteine (Strokes, hardening of the arteries, and blood clots)

So, all of us need folic acid, Right?

 Due to our genetic makeup some of us have a weakened ability to convert our folic acid into a useful form of folate.  The genetic mutation does not allow the enzyme Methyltetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) to be formed appropriately.  The malformation on this enzyme prevents the enzyme from converting folic acid to the active form folate.  Low levels of folate can disrupt a process called methylation which is necessary for the body to work properly.  We have been working for years with patients that do not methylate efficiently.  Some of these are listed below.

Attention Deficit Disorder Click here for more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Fertility issues/Frequent Miscarriages
Autism Spectrum
Seizure Disorders
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
Hashimoto’s (Low Thyroid) Click here for more

There are two most common types of MTHFR mutations.  The C677T mutation is the result of the amino acid cytosine being switched for thymine.  The A1298C mutation is the result of the amino acid adenine being switched for cytosine.  The C677T mutation is associated with lower enzyme activity than the A1298C mutation.  This means that those with the C677T mutation will have more issues related to high homocysteine.

If you feel that you might be a mutant and would like to do something about it, you have two options.

  1. Get tested for the MTHFR mutation (contact me to discuss how a simple blood test can determine if you are a mutant)
  2. Supplement with the proper nutrients (see below)

These supplements are recommended to reduce homocysteine and to improve methylation

Methylfolate (the active version of folic acid)
B-12 as Methylcobalamin (the active version of B-12)
Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (the active form of B-6)
Riboflavin-5-Phosphate (the active form of B-2)
Glutathione or N-Acetyl-Cysteine – to improve glutathione levels
Trimethylglycine (TMG) helps to form methionine which lowers homocysteine

Before you say “no way am I going to take all of that,” let me tell you that we have a Multi-vitamin that has 4 of these nutrients in one capsule.  The other 3 come in easy to swallow capsules that you will have no trouble taking.

In summary, our mission is to solve medication problems.  Testing for the MTHFR mutation can give answers to many individuals that are not sure why they may be suffering.  Treating the body for the MTHFR mutation can have a major impact on the life of a child, a mother that has had multiple miscarriges, a patient with fibromyalgia, and many other common issues.  This is what we do best, solve medication problems by customizing medications.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Please leave a comment below if you have questions.   If you have been tested and you have a MTHFR mutation what treatments have you tried?  What has worked?  What did not work?  We all would like to hear your story.

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Are you getting enough protein?

A couple years ago I started working out with a trainer.  I thought to myself that I would get in shape and lose a little weight.  At the time I was 38 and since I was considering the thought of turning 40, I decided that I needed to take better care of myself.  So with the encouragement of my wife, Summer, I invested in my health.

In my younger years, I was an active person I played several sports and played college baseball for a year at Union University.  After that one year, I maintained a little athletic ability and picked up running during pharmacy school.  During pharmacy school and at the beginning my career I found out about stress and how to maintain a poor diet.  I added 20 to 30 pounds of non-muscle within that 5 to 10 year stretch.  During the later years of this time I tried several popular diets.  I tried the south beach diet, the HCG diet and the Adkins diet.  I was successful with all of them but the pounds came right back on within 6 months.

Now fast forward to working with a trainer.  I was expecting to just get a workout plan and workout enough to be able to tone up, lose weight, and eat what I wanted and not worry about it.  What I found out was interesting and this is what I would like to share with you.

When trying to lose weight, 80% of my problem is my poor diet.  I thought it was a 50% thing.  So I was thinking I could start exercising and then I could eat anything I wanted and lose weight.  I found this to be a major hurdle to achieving my goal.

I also learned that stress releases the hormone cortisol that breaks down protein and turns it into “blood sugar”.  Excessive amounts of blood sugar make the pancreas pump out more insulin and insulin pulls the sugar into the cells for energy production.  If there is too much blood sugar in the diet and “lots of stress” then the body is designed to store this excess sugar.  The storage form of sugar is called fat.

My diet was like most Americans high in carbohydrates and low in protein.  My stress level was also like most Americans, high.  I created a situation where my metabolism was low.  To increase my metabolism my trainer suggested that I increase my water intake and increase my protein intake.  This combined with strength training and cardio will have my metabolism back to normal in a few short months.

I never have been one to try protein shakes but I realized that I was not getting enough protein and the protein that I would normally intake was not the best quality.  So I tried several and found that there are some pretty good tasting shakes out there.  I never found one that met my standards until I found Perfect Protein Powder.

My Criteria for choosing Perfect Protein:

  1. Taste (I am picky)
  2. Amount of Protein per shake/smoothie
  3. The source of the Protein (Vegan) – Whey protein makes you have gas
  4. Other stuff that are found in the powder – No weird herbs or ingredients that no one has ever heard of
  5. Gluten Free/Soy free/Dairy Free and NO GMO

Here now was the question.  How much protein do I need?  How do I calculate this?  As it turns out, there are several ways to calculate protein requirements.  I chose one that is easy and I could remember.

1 Gram of protein per Kilogram of body weight.  To calculate Kilograms of body weight all you need to do is divide your weight in pounds by 2.2.  For example:

Body weight = 225 pounds

Body weight in Kilograms (Kg) = 225/2.2 = 102 Kg

The protein intake for someone weighing 225 pounds is 102 g.

There are several apps that you can download that will do all of this for you.  The one that I use is “my fitness pal”.  With this app you can enter your meals to determine if you are getting enough protein.

When you find out you are not getting enough then stop in and pick up Perfect Protein Powder.  Click here to find out more about Perfect Protein Powder.

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7 Diet and Nutrition Principles

Deciding to eat right and exercise is on everyone’s “To Do List”.  I recently ran across these 7 principles in a book called The Original Prescription.  I thought I would share what I think may help those of you like me that struggle with food choices.View More:

Dietary patterns that promote health

  1. Choose a healthy dietary pattern that takes up 80% of your food choices.  That means that 80% of the time choose the right thing to eat.
  2. Let your body tell you when to stop eating.  Listen to your body.
  3. Don’t skip meals. Start each day with a balanced breakfast.
  4. Eat real Food!  Limit prepared and packaged food.
  5. Invest appropriately in your food selections; your life may depend on it.
  6. Drink enough water and limit your liquid calories.
  7. Prepare for cravings that can jeopardize you plans for success.

Many times I have attempted to diet and I have been successful at dropping a few pounds and then gained them right back.  I know now why.  One of my goals this year is to follow these principles. My intended outcome is to feel healthier.

My definition of feeling healthier:

  • Increase in energy level (Sun-up to sun-down)
  • Sleep better (feel rested every morning)
  • Feel stronger
  • See more of my feet when I look down (Reduce belly fat)
  • Handle stress better

What is your definition of feeling healthy?  (post in comments below)


Holiday Stress for women: A Christmas Gift no one wants

Several years ago, I was so frustrated with our success in helping women with their hormone symptoms.  Among these problems are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, sleepless nights, mental fogginess, and the list goes on.  At first, we were having success with each individual’s plan.  We were able to help women feel “normal” again.  Symptoms were reduced to almost none and overall the individuals felt great.  We even had a few husbands come in to show their appreciation by saying, “thank you for giving me my wife back.”  But all of a sudden symptoms were returning to these patients.  I struggled with this for a few years until I noticed that most of these individuals would have issues around the holidays.


I then decided to call a friend of mine in Texas and discuss this issue. He enlightened me to what he called “Holiday Stress”.  I had no idea what he meant by this. He informed me that patients already dealing with hormone issues and daily stress tend to have further hormone changes around the holidays.  The added stressors of the holidays can alter the way the body utilizes the hormones and throw them out of balance again.  This, in turn, throws off the hormone balance (symptom improvements) that we had worked so hard to create.  (See the blog on Progesterone)  So I decided to ask patients what their life is like normally and then during the holiday season.

Here is what I found out.  Preface this with the fact that most are between the ages of 45 and 60 and are female.

  • Work full time
  • Have 1-3 children (teenagers and or empty nest)
  • Cooking
  • Packing lunches
  • Laundry
  • House cleaning
  • Shopping

Holiday Stressors (all the above plus)

  • Heavier cleaning of house (relatives visiting)
  • Christmas Decorations
  • More Cooking
  • More shopping
  • Tighter budgets
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Household clutter (for those neat freaks)
  • Relatives
  • Traveling

My first impression of this list was WOW.  How in the world can you keep up with this daily stress and then keep your sanity during the holidays?  Often times I tell patients to have a Merry Christmas and then I realize that most women that I see daily are not going to be Merry for Christmas.

So what can you do about this?  Women need to find a way to pass along some of the responsibilities to others who can help.  Freeing yourself of some of the burdens that you place on yourself is so rewarding.  It is possible to have a Merry Christmas this year but you may have to change a few things so that everyone is not trying to avoid you at all cost this year.

Tips that may help:

1. Make your own list of what is stressful for you this time of year and ask others to help you accomplish these tasks.
2. Ask them to help you determine what they think is important for you to do and the things that you can take off the list.
3. Get some sleep.  Set a bedtime so that you are not running on fumes by the time Christmas is here.
4. Do not stop your exercise routine.  Or maybe start one.
5. Don’t forget to take any vitamins you include in your daily regimen.  You need them now more than ever.  Call us if you need help finding extra energy
through vitamins and minerals.  (901) 757-9434

Make Christmas Merry this year!  It is your choice.

What helps you handle Holiday Stress?  Post in comments Please.

What does your medication do to the level of your vitamins and minerals?

I am going to share with you something about medicine that your doctor, nurse, and pharmacist may not know much about. The subject I am referring to is medication induced nutrient depletions. Put simply, medications can cause your body to lose vitamins and minerals that your body desperately needs.

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Some of the most popular medications prescribed today can create this problem. Medication induced nutrient depletion occurs when the medications we are taking block the absorption, synthesis, transport, storage, metabolism or elimination of the nutrients that are essential for our health. When nutrients are blocked or depleted in this fashion, health concerns can develop.


Statin drugs that lower cholesterol, acid-lowering drugs that relieve stomach acidity, antibiotics for infections, estrogen replacement products, or even aspirin can cause depletion of essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body. Let me know what medications you are taking – both prescription and non-prescription medications and I can help you replace these necessary nutrients. We are specially trained to recommend nutrients that will help offset medication induced nutrient depletions that are created by the medications that you take.


Here is a short list of the most common medication induced nutrient depletions we see every day.

Depleting Medication Depleted Vitamin/Mineral Supplement with
Antibiotics Decrease Normal Bacterial Flora, Vitamin K Probiotic Mega Blend DF, Vitamin K2
Stomach Acid Medications Vitamin B12, Calcium, Vitamin D, Folic Acid Vitamin D3 5000 IU, B-12 Liquid (Methylcobalamin), L-Methylfolate, Calcium and Magnesium Plus
Cholesterol Lowering Medications Coenzyme Q-10 Coenzyme Q-10 100mg
Estrogen Replacement Medications B Vitamins, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc Coenzyme-B, B-12 Liquid (Methylcobalamin), Magnesium Chelate 200-400mg, L-Methylfolate 1000 mcg
Diabetes Medications Vitamin B12, Coenzyme Q-10 B-12 Liquid (Methylcobalamin), Coenzyme Q-10 100 mg
Anti-Inflammatory Medications B Vitamins, Calcium, Folic Acid, Vitamin K Coenzyme-B, Methylfolate 1000mcg, Calcium and Magnesium Plus, Vitamin K2
Anti-Anxiety Medications Melatonin Melatonin 3 mg Long Acting


Even if you are not taking prescription medications you may still be low on essential vitamins and minerals.


Digestive Issues? Have you considered digestive enzymes?

Suffering from symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux or heartburn?  Patients complain about these problems often.  Regel’s staff RN, Anita Hester,  would like to share what has worked for her as well as others.

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For most of my life I suffered with a lot of these symptoms. I learned many years ago that taking probiotics to keep my intestinal tract healthy eliminated some of these issues.  Josh Regel, Pharm.D. recently discussed probiotics.  Find out more about probiotics by clicking here.  Even after identifying and dealing with food allergies, I continued to deal with some GI discomfort.  Over time I learned about digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid(HCL) supplements to help break down the foods I was eating.
Why is this important?
Enzymes break down our foods:  proteins (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), and fats (lipase).  They are necessary for proper digestion.  This process begins as we chew our food (Always chew your food slowly and thoroughly.)  In the stomach, a substance called pepsin helps break down proteins.  Hydrochloric acid (HCL) or “stomach acid” is necessary for activating the pepsin.
So why is there a problem?
As we age we produce less enzymes and also less stomach acid.  Zinc and thiamine, among other nutrients, are necessary for production of stomach acid.  If we are deficient in these nutrients, there may be too little acid to react with our food as it passes from the stomach to the intestines.  When this is the case, the pancreas may not release its enzymes which are necessary to process the digested material so that the body can utilize it.  Hence the annoying symptoms of  improperly digested food.  To make matters worse, many of us eat refined, processed and fatty foods that require more enzymes and tend to further deplete what our bodies produce.  Raw foods that are naturally rich in enzymes are a better choice.
Why did my doctor tell me I have too much acid?
Acid reflux and heartburn were major problems for me.  l had difficulty eating protein without excruciating heartburn and chest pain.  I was told I had a serious problem with too much stomach acid.  A prescription remedy was recommended and I only got worse.

 Seems like almost everyone I know is on a drug to decrease stomach acid and many of them still have symptoms.  Acid reducing drugs are one of the most prescribed medications in this country.  Hydrochloric acid is vital for digestion, proper stomach emptying, triggering release of digestive enzymes, absorption of nutrients, and killing harmful bacteria that may be ingested with foods.

 A few years later another doctor told me that my problem was actually a stomach acid deficiency rather than an excess.  He recommended that I try taking a supplement of betaine with pepsin.  This totally eliminated the acid reflux and heartburn problem!  Relief at last, after years of suffering!  Now I very rarely have any kind of stomach upset.
Using digestive enzymes or a stomach acid supplement may be helpful for you too.  Of course, you want to use caution if you have a history of ulcers, or take medications that can cause stomach irritation.  Below are a couple of suggestions that I am happy to discuss with you in further detail if you would like to give me a call at 757-9434 or if you would like a recommendation for your particular situation, click here to have Anita, Josh or Natalie recommend a digestive enzyme that is customized for you.
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5 Reasons why I take probiotics.

ProbioticsPreventive medicine is something that is often overlooked.  Physicians and Pharmacists are trained to treat people that are sick.  One of our main focus areas here at Regel PharmaLab is to provide ways either by information and or products to prevent illnesses.  Using Probiotics is, in my estimation, at the top of my list for everyone to consider when the subject of preventative medicine comes up.  Selecting the right probiotic can be a challenge.  Below are the reasons why I take Probiotics every day.

1.  Immune support

I am all about finding ways to prevent illnesses especially with 3 children bringing in all kinds of bugs into our house.  Also being the owner of a small business I don’t have the luxury of  “sick days.”  So preventing an illness is a requirement.

According to the British Journal of Nutrition (click here to see abstract), taking probiotics can prevent colds and can enhance the protective effects of the flu vaccine.

2.  Improved nutrient absorption

Did you know that bacteria inside our gastrointestinal tract can help us absorb nutrients?

According to the Journal of Nutrition (click here to see abstract), taking probiotics can enhance the absorption of minerals.  For most of us absorbing minerals like Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Chromium, etc is not that easy for our bodies to do.  

3.  Improved gastric Flow

Whether you have heart burn, reflux, constipation, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel, crohns, or ulcerative colitis, probiotics have a place.  Honestly, this is one of my can’t miss opportunities to help patients.  I have seen impressive results when patients (infants to elderly) start using probiotics for their stomach issues.

4.  Healthy skin

For more details on how probiotics can help with skin check out a previous post “Acne, What does your Pharmacist recommend?” and “Managing Rosacea from the inside out“.

5. Increased metabolism. 

If you are like me I welcome any increase in metabolism.

The microflora (this is the bacteria in the stomach and intestines) converts 30% of the inactive thyroid hormone, thyroxine, to its active form, T3, to help boost your metabolism. If you’re feeling a little sluggish, constipated, and your hair is falling out (three signs of a sub-clinical thyroid disorder), perhaps you want to add a good probiotic to your thyroid optimizing protocol.

So now lets consider which probiotic to choose.  Generally, you can see results with a probiotic that:

1.  contains at least 10 billion Colony Forming Units or CFU’s

2.  Contains at least 5 different strains of bacteria

3.  Contains at least one of the Bifidobacterium.

If you would like us to fit you for a probiotic that matches your needs exactly click here to fill out our questionaire.

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