Archive for July, 2007

Dr. Katz’s New Oral Strips Are Effective Immune Supplements Designed to Strengthen and Boost

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Stopping Yourself From Getting Sick Has Never Been Easier.

Why Do You Need Immune Supplements?

When I first started testing bad breath back in 1993, I realized that it was absolutely necessary to physically smell the odor exhaled by patients at my clinics. This was in addition to all of the other tests I performed. An unfortunate side effect of that procedure was an increase in rate of getting sick. You see, I was picking up a lot of “bugs” from every heavy exhale.

I realized that if I wanted to continue I needed something to help me boost my immune system and fight off these viruses and bacteria. Some of you may remember the liquid product I introduced in the 1990’s known as Immune Therapy. You needed to mix a few drops of this immune supplement (a blend of compounds I knew would work, based on experience working with bacteria and viruses back at UCLA) with water. It was a bit of a hassle, but it worked very well to strengthen the immune system. One problem with that formula was that we couldn’t add any flavor, because of the method used in preparation.

A few months ago, when we started to market our TheraBreath PLUS FreshStrips (for fresh breath), I went to the laboratory and asked them if they could place the same effective ingredients I used for my immune supplements into dissolvable film, but with a delicious natural flavor to help stimulate saliva as well.

Well, I’m proud to announce a new strip product – Immune Strips!

 

  • ZINC
    The Zinc Gluconate in Immune Strips is the only form proven to be effective.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Zinc
  • VITAMIN C
    Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and vital for the immune system.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Vitamin C
  • ECHINACEA
    Echinacea has been used for over 400 years as a general “cure-all”.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Echincacea
  • Many of you are aware of a popular product known as Airborne®. It’s an effervescent tablet that when dissolved in water helps to boost the immune system and ward off viruses and bacteria. I have nothing bad to say about their formula (although I think mine is better), but I will admit that my Immune Strips are much more convenient to use as an immune supplement – because you don’t need a full glass of water in which to dissolve anything. You simply place a delicious strip on your tongue and your done.

    How To Use Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips
    For best effects to strengthen your immune system, I recommend taking one strip every 2 hours until you’ve taken four on the first day of traveling, or being around people who tend to carry germs (children, crowds of sneezing people, work, trains, airplanes, etc). Most people do fine with 2 strips a day after that – but the good part is that you can take as many as you’d like, because the wild cherry taste is absolutely delicious.

    Better yet, my Immune Strips cost less than Airborne® Immune Supplements.

    Immune Strips and Immune Supplements to Boost and Strengthen Your Immune System
    Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips are a specially-designed synergistic blend
    of natural compounds to help cut
    down the extent and duration of
    colds and other common illnesses.

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    The Truth About Bad Breath & What the Symptoms Mean

    Sunday, July 8th, 2007

    Bad breath is caused by Anaerobic Sulfur Producing Bacteria which normally live WITHIN the surface of the tongue and in the throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there, because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins found in specific foods, mucous or phlegm, blood, and in diseased or “broken-down” oral tissue. Under certain conditions, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate. Proteins are made up of Amino Acids. Two of the Amino Acids (Cysteine and Methionine) are dense with sulfur.

    Sinus Cavity When these “beneficial” bacteria come into contact with these compounds, the odorous and “lousy-tasting” sulfur compounds are released from the back of the tongue and throat, as Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, and other odorous and bad tasting compounds. These “problem” compounds are often referred to as volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), where volatile means Vaporous and Effervescent, two adjectives which accurately describe their ability to offend other people instantly.

    Because my original degree is in Bacteriology, let me explain a very important fact about these “bugs”. They are not “bad guys” – they are not infectious. Everyone in the world has the same group of bacteria in their mouth. You cannot “catch” bad breath from someone else – even by kissing. Since they are part of our normal oral flora, you cannot permanently remove them from your mouth – not by tongue scraping, not by antibiotics, and not by rinses which claim to “lift the bacteria off your tongue”. The only scientifically proven and clinically effective method of halting Halitosis is by attacking the bacteria’s ability to produce VSC and by converting the VSC into non-odorous and non-tasting organic salts. (I should know, I’ve personally treated nearly 10,000 people at my California Breath Clinics and I’ve helped thousands more through my TheraBreath formulas. Take a look at a small fraction of testimonial letters to see What Doesn’t Work!

    Sinus Cavity Speaking about bacteria, there is one other fact that you must understand about these bacteria. They are classified as “Anaerobic” – which literally means “Without Oxygen”. They thrive in an environment where Oxygen is NOT present. That is why they DO NOT LIVE ON THE SURFACE OF YOUR TONGUE! They live in between the papillae (fibers) that make up your tongue!

    These sulfur compounds are actually by-products of anaerobic bacteria (Fusobacterium and Actinomyces, among others). Everyone needs these bacteria, because they assist the digestion process. But, unfortunately, for some, as yet undetermined reason these particular bacteria are found in higher numbers in those anguished by Bad Breath. (Various theories attribute this to hormonal changes, a history of medications, usually antibiotics or sulfa drugs-which create an imbalance of oral bacteria, or even Genetics-these disorders appear to run in some families.) We do know however, that it seems to be evenly split between men and women.

    Conditions under which the problem becomes worse:

    Dry Mouth
    Although some cases of dry mouth are naturally occurring, most cases are caused by one of these factors; prescription medications (usually prescribed for high blood pressure or depression) antihistamines, and adult beverages, with alcohol in them. (see “Why Regular Products Don’t Work”)

    When your mouth is dryer, you have less Saliva. Saliva naturally contains Oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. These bacteria are anaerobic, which simply means that they will thrive and make more sulfur in the presence of little or no oxygen. Thus if you have less Saliva, you have less oxygen, thereby creating an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to produce more of these odorous and sour/bitter compounds. For people with Dry Mouth, products such as Saliva Stimulation Tablets can help greatly.

    Post-Nasal Drip
    We know that proteins contain amino acids, which in turn contain sulfur compounds (see text above). When a person has a post nasal drip, mucus drains and coats the back of the tongue and throat, exactly where bacteria live (see diagram above). Since mucus is made up of interlinked strands of protein, the bacteria have a field day, breaking down these proteins into odorous and sour tasting sulfur type compounds. Strong Antihistamines don’t help, because the drying effect of the antihistamines also creates a problem. The only method of ending the odor and taste are to use Oxyd-VIII based oral products. Many of my patients with post nasal drip have claimed great success with use of the Nasal-Sinus Drops.

    What About The Sinuses?
    After personally treating nearly 9,000 people worldwide, I have yet to see a patient get rid of his bad breath following sinus surgery. First of all, these anaerobic bacteria cannot live in the sinuses. When someone has a sinus infection, one of the common symptoms are intense sinus headaches, caused by the pressure from the infection in the sinus. If you don’t have these powerful headaches, you probably don’t have a sinus problem. The fact is that once someone has an elevated amount of these anaerobic bacteria, they will create the problem from any protein source, including mucous, phlegm, etc, which drain down the back of your throat into the area where these bacteria live.

    High Protein Foods
    These bacteria love those proteins, and certain foods are packed with them:

    Milk and Cheese and most other dairy products. (The fat content does not matter.) If you are lactose intolerant, do not eat or drink these products! Since your system cannot digest them properly, they are available to the bacteria for an extended period of time. A recent research article from the Los Angeles Times (November 1996) on lactose intolerance showed that nearly 67% of all Americans can be classified as “Lactose Intolerant”. This is due to the fact that in a diverse population such as we have here, there is a predilection for Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans to be lactose intolerant.

    Fish are high in proteins. As many people eat a high fish diet, logically they make the problem worse.

    Coffee with caffeine (and even without) contains high levels of acids which cause the bacteria to reproduce more rapidly and create a bitter taste for many people. (Virtually any acidic type of food will do this.)

    Coffee drinking was one of the problems that my patients used to have. After starting my treatment, they have been able to go back to coffee drinking (in moderation of course) without any bitter tastes afterward.

    What Works?
    Oxyd-VIII is the active ingredient in TheraBreath products. It prevents the anaerobic bacteria from creating the odorous sulfide and Mercaptan compounds by “adding oxygen” to the environment. The end result is the formation of a “Sulfate”, which has no odor or taste. Most of my patients start out with a Starter Kit and work their way up from there if necessary.

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    Post Nasal Drip and Nasal-Sinus Congestion Will Transform a Case of “Normal” Breath into BAD Breath and “Bad” Breath into HORRIBLE Breath!

    Sunday, July 8th, 2007

    Post Nasal Drip and Nasal-Sinus Congestion Will Transform a Case of “Normal” Breath into BAD Breath and “Bad” Breath into HORRIBLE Breath!

    • How to Eliminate That Annoying ‘Frog-in-the-Throat’ Feeling!
    • Why Your Over-the-Counter Anti Histamine Could Be Making The Problem Even Worse!
    • If You Have Post Nasal Drip – It’s Guaranteed To Affect Your Breath!

    New Article
    Dr. Harold Katz, Founder
    California Breath Clinics

    Post Nasal Drip Bad Breath is very closely related to post nasal drip, excess mucus, sinus problems, your tonsils, and tonsiloliths.

    If you recall from my book ‘The Bad Breath Bible‘, remember that the bacteria which cause bad breath and sour/bitter/metallic tastes are anaerobic (live without oxygen). Their goal in life is to break down the proteins in foods that we eat. However, under certain conditions, they will also start to break down the proteins found in mucus and phlegm.

    Therefore, those people who suffer from post nasal drip, sinus problems, and other such ailments are more prone to bad breath and lousy tastes because the bacteria use the mucus as a food source and start to extract sulfur compounds from the amino acids that make up the proteins found in all this excess mucus.

    Scientifically, the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath “love” the amino acids Cysteine and Methionine, which are the building blocks of the proteins that are found in mucus (and phlegm) and in dairy foods, too. In fact, many people notice that when they drink too much milk or eat too much cheese they end up with more mucous or phlegm in their throat (see my article on Foods that may cause bad breath). This is a natural reaction for many people and unfortunately, ends up causing more bad breath and lousy taste.

    If you still have your tonsils, you may be harboring a higher number of the bacteria which can lead to an “interesting” and very often misunderstood phenomenon, called TONSILOLITHS. Literally translated, they are “tonsil stones” produced by the conglomeration of mucus draining down the back of the throat and the volatile sulfur compounds created by the bacteria which easily end up in the “nooks and crannies” of the tonsils, every time one swallows. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from my patients who asked their dentist what these objects were, and more often than not the answer was ‘food particles’. This couldn’t be further from the truth! For more information, see my article about Tonsil Stones.

    If you suffer from excess mucus, sinus congestion and post nasal drip there are essentially only a few different routes that you can take:

    1. Use medication and or drugs to dry up the sinuses and prevent mucus buildup – all the while being careful to avoid a dry mouth, a likely side-effect of virtually all antihistamines. Dry mouth is the most common initiator of bad breath because it mimics an anaerobic environment, perfect for the “bugs” to pump out Volatile Sulfur Compounds. You should be careful about using any antihistamine too frequently – many are habit forming!
    2. Use TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Formula. By squeezing 3-4 drops into each nostril (and then lightly inhaling to move the potent formula through the sinus) twice daily, most people can finally experience that fresh breath and taste feeling by eliminating the production of sulfur compounds created by the reaction of mucus and the anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria…
    3. For chronic sinus problems, many patients will find relief by using the Hydropulse® (an amazingly effective Nasal-Sinus Irrigator, designed by an Ear Nose & Throat specialist) to flush the sinuses. (Works even better when you add just 2-3 drops of AktivOxigen serum into the trough before each use).
    4. Minimize the amount of post-nasal drip in your throat and sinuses, and eliminate the #1 side effect of excess mucus (Bad Breath!) by using oxygenating oral care products, such as TheraBreath, TheraBreath PLUS, AktivOxigen, PerioTherapy, and TheraBrite.

    Medication and Drugs MAY help Prevent Post-Nasal Drip, But At What Cost?

    There are dozens of different over-the counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines you can use to help relieve congestion and dry up excess mucus, and some of them are very good at what they claim… but mostly they are TOO GOOD! They create an extremely dry mouth, which exacerbates bad breath. And even in cases where the dry mouth side effect is minimal, when you stop taking that medication the problem comes back, and almost always with a vengeance! This is because in some cases, your body will actually develop a resistance to any antihistamines or nasal decongestants, especially nasal sprays (be careful, because many sprays are habit forming – but NOT TheraBreath formulas!)

    Suffice it to say, this should NOT be an option that you pursue.

    Use a Nasal-Irrigator such as the Hydropulse® to Flush Your Sinuses free from Excess Mucus

    Hydropulse® Nasal-Sinus Irrigator

    Hydropulse
    Nasal-Sinus Irrigator
    $97.00
    Click to Add to Cart

    Nasal Irrigation is probably the most effective method of eliminating post-nasal drip and helping to control sinus infections. The Hydro Pulse Sinus Irrigator is an FDA registered device supported by over 37 published medical reports. The unique pulsatile irrigation of the Hydro Pulse helps to restore ciliary function and relieve post nasal drip. A short period of regular use can stimulate the cilia (the tiny hair-like fibers in the nasal sinus passages) to restore their natural protective “sweeping & cleansing” action.

    When you feel a sinus condition come on, or feel that you have persistent post-nasal drip and excess mucus, consistent daily use for 10 days should result in a clearing of the condition.

    For best results, we recommend a combination of this easy-to-use home instrument with an oxygenating solution such as AktivOxigen serum.

    Stop Bad Breath Associated with Post-Nasal Drip, Excess Mucus, and Sinus Problems

    For people who don’t really have sinus problems, just “off and on” or seasonal post-nasal drip, then an alternative (and better) solution might be to minimize the amount of excess mucus in the back of the throat and more importantly to make sure you neutralize the odor caused by this excess mucus.

    You see, the proteins in mucus make an excellent food source for the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath. The bacteria feed off the amino acids, Methionine and Cysteine, and create extremely odorous and lousy-tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds as by-products, which are the odors and lousy tastes found in the medical condition halitosis, which YOU (or maybe everyone around you) more commonly knows as bad breath.

    There are three key formulas that most of my patients find extremely effective at neutralizing the odor caused by post-nasal drip:

    Keep in mind that we always recommend using an oxygenating oral rinse and toothpaste such as TheraBreath as the primary ingredients of any breath treatment program

    Nasal-Sinus Drops Eliminate Odor From The Sinuses

    These drops are highly effective at cleansing the sinuses (a very hard-to-reach area) of the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

    TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Drops - Stop Bad Breath Associated with Post Nasal Drip

    Nasal-Sinus Drops
    One Bottle – $12.00
    Click to Add to Cart

    Nasal-Sinus Drops Instructions for Use:

    1. Blow nose before use
    2. Tilt back head and gently press sides of dropper bottle to release 3-4 drops into each nostril
    3. Allow nasal-sinus drops to slowly run back through your sinuses and down the back of your throat
    4. *Important* – Allow drops to remain in the sinus cavity for at least 1-2 minutes. So, do not blow nose for at least that length of time.

    AktivOxigen Tablets Create an Unflavored Oral Rinse to Cleanse the Back of the Throat

    These tablets make an unflavored oral rinse that you can actually swallow – this gets much deeper down in the throat than just regular rinsing, and it will actually help break down post-nasal drip congestion and excess mucus in the throat.

    AktivOxigen Tablets - Breaks downs excess mucous and post-nasal drip

    AktivOxigen Tablets
    12 Tablets – $42.00
    Click to Add to Cart

    AktivOxigen Tablets Instructions for Use:

    1. Dissolve 1 or 2 tablets (creates a double-strength formula) in the 8 Ounce Mixing Bottle. Be sure to use the opaque bottle that comes with the system otherwise the solution will lose its potency.
    2. Shake well for 10-20 seconds
    3. Before bedtime, tilt your head back and swallow 1 or 2 capfuls of the solution. Let it slowly run over your throat and tonsil area for maximum effectiveness.
    4. *Important* – Do not drink or eat anything for 5 minutes after using the AktivOxigen solution. Many of our patients say that they get the best results when they use it right before they leave the house in the morning and again, as the last thing they do before they go to sleep.
    5. Keep cap tightly closed after use

    TheraBreath Extinguisher Spray With It’s Patented 6.9cm Spray Nozzle Reaches The Back of the Tongue Where Few Other Sprays Can Reach

    The Extinguisher Spray has been extremely popular – its patented 6.9 cm Extinguisher Nozzle applicator is very effective at applying the formulas to the back of the throat and tonsils, which is a very common problem area for people with post nasal drip and excess mucus.

    Extinguisher Spray - Bad Breath Spray neutralizes odors in the back of the throat

    Extinguisher Spray
    One Bottle – $8.00
    Click to Add to Cart

    Extinguisher Spray Instructions for Use:

    1. Shake well before use
    2. Place the nozzle on the back of your tongue (so that it holds down your tongue) pointing to the very back of your throat and tonsil area
    3. Dispense 2-3 sprays or until you feel that the entire area is covered.
    4. Use as often as necessary to maintain a ‘fresh’ oral environment

    When I first started treating my own daughter’s breath problem 10 years ago, I never dreamed that I would end up helping so many people all over the world who had the same problem, which my fellow dentists ignored or misdiagnosed for far too long. It was only a few years into our clinical therapy that I realized that “Every case of bad breath is different and that there is no such thing as one formula to treat every case of halitosis.”

    We’ve been here for the last 10 years to help our patients prevent bad breath, sinus congestion, and lousy tastes, and we’ll be here for many more years to come. If there is anythingwe can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact us – that’s why we’re here!


    Warmest Regards,

    -Harold Katz, DDS

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    This is a test post

    Sunday, July 8th, 2007

    I hate bad breath.

    • It smells bad.
    • It tastes bad.
    • It offends people.
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