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Our guts are made up of both bacteria and fungi, but for decades, the scientific community has focused solely on balancing bacteria as a way to promote digestive health.

“Fungus has been highly overlooked in the past because we really haven’t had the technology to study the importance of fungus in the microbiome of humans,” said Dr. Raymond Rackley, board member of BIOHM Research Foundation.

Finding balance

That changed recently when Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, the leading expert on medically important fungus, used advanced genetic sequencing technology to make a breakthrough discovery about the gut. He found that bad bacteria and bad fungus work together to create digestive plaque, allowing the organisms to create imbalance in the digestive system.

“If you just focus on bacteria, you allow the fungi to overgrow. When they overgrow, you start to have digestive problems,” Dr. Ghannoum said.

Based on Dr. Ghannoum’s research, PathoBiome developed BIOHM, the first and only probiotic engineered to address the total microbiome of bacteria and fungi in the gut.

“You can’t balance and maintain digestive health if you’re only dealing with bacteria. You have to deal with both bacteria and fungi,” said Afif Ghannoum, biotech attorney and CEO of PathoBiome.

Promoting health

BIOHM uses a powerful enzyme to break open digestive plaque, then neutralizes the bad bacteria and bad fungi with a formulation of good bacteria and fungi.

An estimated 15 percent of Americans suffer from occasional digestive challenges. The right daily probiotic can help relieve those issues.

“The science is definitive that maintaining the balance of the microbiome in the gut is tied to a number of positive health outcomes. By not only balancing bacteria but fungi as well, you’re putting yourself in the best spot to not only optimize your digestive health, but also your overall health and wellness,” said Afif Ghannoum. 

Jordan Teicher, [email protected]

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