News from EFI’s Science Director, Dr. Ross Pelton

Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN




Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
Scientific Director, Essential Formulas

About 15 years ago I was speaking at a health conference in Florida. When I attend health/medical conferences, one of my objectives is to see what I can learn from new companies and new products that are being exhibited. At this particular conference, I stopped by the Essential Formulas® booth, which had a banner announcing Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics®.

The people in the Essential Formulas booth took the time to explain the multi-year fermentation process that is unique to Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. Although I was familiar with the category in general, I had never come across a probiotic that was produced this way.

Although it all sounded very interesting, I basically said, “I’m a science-based guy. You’ve gotta show me some research that documents your claims.” Well, they loaded me up with a bag full of literature with articles, studies, and a book written by Dr. Ohhira on lactic acid bacteria.

On my transcontinental flight home from Florida to California, I devoured the literature Essential Formulas had given me. I soon realized that Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are not only unique, but also superior to any other probiotic product I had ever evaluated. From that point on, I started taking Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics myself, recommending them to clients, and teaching about them in my seminars for health professionals.

I look forward to sharing my findings and insights with you regarding all of Essential Formulas products as well as posting significant news, clinical studies, and articles regarding probiotic health. We believe knowledge is power and imperative in helping you in the journey towards life-long health!

The Dilemma of Taking Oral Probiotics
Feb 27, 2024

The Epidemic of Asymptomatic Dysbiosis
Feb 27, 2024

Top Recommendations for Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome
Apr 5, 2023

Switching to a Healthy Diet Makes Kids Smarter
Mar 16, 2023

Microbiome: #1 Game Changer in Healthcare
Mar 1, 2023

Essential Formulas’ Director of Science has Scientific Paper Published in Respected Journal
Feb 14, 2023

Why Omega-3 is Essential for Cardiovascular Health
Feb 1, 2023

Essential Formulas Announces Publication of Scientific Study Demonstrating the Significant Anti-Fatigue Effect of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
Oct 18, 2022

Your Gut Microbiome A HUGE Party: Feeding 100 Trillion Guests
Oct 1, 2022

The Microbiome Diet
Sep 14, 2022

Worldwide Acceleration in Microbiome Scientific Research
Sep 1, 2022

The Microbiome link to Urinary Tract Infections
Aug 14, 2022

Your Microbiome is a Better Predictor of Long-Term Health Than Your Genes
Aug 7, 2022

The Malnourished Microbiome: American’s #1 Nutritional Deficiency
Jul 31, 2022

Help for Constipation: Try Prunes & Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
Jul 24, 2022

Why Mosquitoes Like to Feast on You: It’s Your Skin Microbiome
Apr 7, 2022

Fecal Microbial Transplants (FMTs) Intestinal Microbiota Transplants (IMTs)
Apr 3, 2022

Probiotics Improve Quality of Life During Pregnancy
Mar 29, 2022

Stomach Acid: Protection Against Infections
Mar 25, 2022

More Evidence: Exercise Increases Good Gut Bacteria
Dec 20, 2021

Polyphenols: Influential New Food Group for Your Probiotic Bacteria
Dec 15, 2021

NAC or ME-3: Which is most effective at boosting glutathione levels?
Dec 8, 2021

The Health Benefits of Time-Restricted Eating & Intermittent Fasting
Dec 2, 2021

The Importance of Stomach Acid
Nov 29, 2021

FERMENTATION: Your Life Depends on It
Nov 21, 2021

Glutathione May Improve Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Oct 20, 2021

Acetaminophen Depletes Glutathione
Sep 30, 2021

Your Pet’s Microbiome – Are Probiotics Good For Your Cat or Dog?
Jul 30, 2021

Skin Dysbiosis: How To Protect and Balance Your Skin Microbiome
Jun 25, 2021

The Importance of Collagen for Healthy Skin
Jun 22, 2021

Revolutionary Products that Protect and Reverse Skin Aging!
Jun 20, 2021

Analysis of 2,000-Year-Old Gut Microbiome: Why Humanity Is Sick & How To Protect Yourself
Jun 14, 2021

Understanding Butyrate and Why You Should Care
Jun 11, 2021

The Cocobiota: Bacterial Fermentation Creates the Flavor of Chocolate
May 25, 2021

Obesity Skyrockets During COVID-19
May 14, 2021

Microbiome Regulates High Blood Pressure
Apr 27, 2021

Skin Dysbiosis: How To Protect and Balance Your Skin Microbiome
Apr 26, 2021

Products that Protect and Reverse Skin Aging!
Apr 9, 2021

Gut-Brain Communication: How Postbiotic Metabolites Influence Mood, Behavior & Mental Health
Mar 8, 2021

Sulforaphane: A Postbiotic Metabolite with Well Documented Health Results
Feb 22, 2021

How Contact Lenses Change Your Ocular Microbiome and Can Increase the Risk of Eye Diseases
Feb 10, 2021

Your Probiotic Bacteria Love Avocados
Jan 29, 2021

Essential Formulas Products That Help Promote Cardiovascular Health
Jan 26, 2021

Probiotic Bacteria: Source of Essential Nutrients
Jan 22, 2021

The Elderly: A Greater Need for Postbiotic Metabolites
Dec 10, 2020

Unlocking the Microbiome-Sleep Connection – Are Your Bacteria Sleep Deprived?
Dec 3, 2020

Using the Microbiome to Diagnose Disease
Oct 15, 2020

The Butyrate Revolution
Oct 8, 2020

Mold, Mycotoxins & Glutathione
Sep 21, 2020

The Importance of Collagen for Healthy Skin
Sep 14, 2020

Biohacking Your Microbiome
Sep 3, 2020

Antibiotics Cause Depression And Obesity
Aug 31, 2020

Feed Your Probiotic Bacteria Well
Aug 25, 2020

Response to 60 Minutes Segment: “Do Probiotics Actually Do Anything?” – Aired Sunday June 28, 2020
Jul 31, 2020

Polyphenols: A New Class of Prebiotics
Jul 20, 2020

Probiotics Can Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep!! – Unlocking the Sleep-Gut Microbiome Connection
Jul 10, 2020

Sugar’s Negative Effect on Microbiome & Memory
Jun 30, 2020

Vitamin C: Important Protection Against Viral Infections
Apr 27, 2020

Glyphosate: The Most Widely Used Herbicide In The World, Kills Your Body’s Probiotic Population
Apr 7, 2020

Oral Contraceptives Deplete Glutathione, a Recognized Biomarker of Aging
Feb 20, 2020

Recent Studies Discover Proton Pump Inhibitors Disrupt Your Microbiome and are Addicting
Jan 21, 2020

Probiotics and Postbiotics: Beneficial Effects on the Brain & Aging
Jan 13, 2020

Drinking Coffee = A Healthier Microbiome
Jan 6, 2020

Scientific Abstract on Postbiotic Metabolites Awarded Top Honor at Microbiome & Probiotics Series: USA Conference
Nov 14, 2019

Low Glutathione & Erectile Dysfunction
Nov 6, 2019

Are Probiotics Safe To Take During Pregnancy? They are not only safe but critical to baby’s immune system.
Oct 23, 2019

Dr. Ohhira’s Propolis Plus – A Superior Immune System Support
Oct 10, 2019

Fiber: The Most Important “Essential” Nutrient – How Fiber Effects Every Aspect of Your Health
Oct 8, 2019

NOT Breastfeeding often has Negative Effects on Both Mother and Child
Oct 1, 2019

Vaginal Births Offer Babies Best Chance for Robust Health – while C-Section Deliveries Carry Long-Term Health Risks
Sep 24, 2019

How Do You Keep Your Kids Healthy this Cold and Flu Season? – It may be easier than you think!
Sep 10, 2019

Production of Stomach Acid Declining with Age is NOT a Good Thing! – Why the Elderly Should Supplement with Probiotics
Jul 18, 2019

Postbiotic Metabolites: The New Frontier in Microbiome Science – published in The Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine
June 2019

Probiotics for Depression & Anxiety
Jun 27, 2019

Probiotics to Treat Obesity…??? – How your microbiome plays a role in your weight
Jun 15, 2019

New Killer Epidemic: How to Protect Against Infection with Candida auris
May 15, 2019

How Exercise Improves Your Microbiome and Your Overall Health
May 1, 2019

Protect and Nourish Your Skin with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Skin Care Products
Apr 3, 2019

Exploring the Role of Probiotics and Brain Health: A Conversation with Ross Pelton, RPh – published in Natural Medicine Journal
March 2019

The Epidemic of Inflammatory Bowel Problems & The Importance of Proactive Gut Health
Mar 29, 2019

Keep the FDA Out of your Bathroom: Say NO! to the FDA Regulating ‘Poop’
Mar 26, 2019

How Gut Bacteria May Influence Your Mental Health & Improve Your Quality of Life
Mar 25, 2019

Beyond Probiotics: Postbiotic Metabolites Regulate Your Health – guest contribution for Natural Medicine Journal‘s blog
Mar 15, 2019

Probiotic Can Decrease Your Risk for Dementia – A good gut makes for a great mind!!
Mar 19, 2019

Can improving Gut health with probiotics help children diagnosed with Autism & ADHD?
Mar 19, 2019

How To Protect Yourself From Antibiotic Resistant ‘Superbug’ Infections
Jan 10, 2019

Sugar Causes Dysbiosis & Leaky Gut
Jan 10, 2019

The Microbiome: Predicted as the #1 Game Changer to Transform Healthcare
Nov 20, 2018

Household Cleaners Alter Microbiome: Associated With Childhood Obesity
Nov 20, 2018

Osmotic Laxatives Damage Your Microbiome
Nov 20, 2018

Shocking Report: America’s Foods Most Toxic on the Planet – Three Important Steps to Better Health
Nov 19, 2018

Breast Dysbiosis: Diet Affects Breast Microbiome & Breast Cancer Risk
Oct 7, 2018

Cold Severity Linked to the Bacteria Living in Your Nose – A Probiotic Nasal Spray Could Cut the Severity of a Cold
Oct 7, 2018

Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Postbiotic Metabolites That Lower Cholesterol
Oct 1, 2018

Study Reveals Taking a Probiotic Regularly Means less Need for Antibiotics
Oct 1, 2018

Response To Recently Published Research In Issue Of Cell Denoting The Benefits Of Probiotics – Essential Formulas Science Director Addresses Recent ‘Bad Science’ Concerning Study in Cell claiming Probiotics are ‘Almost Useless’
Sep 20, 2018

Next Generation Antibiotics: Bacteriocins and Defensins: Postbiotic Metabolites That Fight Pathogens – The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has created a global health crisis
Aug 15, 2018

Review of Clinical Trials on Probiotics Affect on Bone Health – Science Catching Up to a Decade-old Study by a Pioneer in Probiotic Health
Aug 7, 2018

Should I Take Probiotics During or After Antibiotics?
Aug 2, 2018

Colonoscopies Upset Your Microbiome & Weaken Your Immune System – Can Probiotics & Postbiotic Metabolites Help?
July 17, 2018

Exercise Promotes Beneficial Bacteria! – Postbiotics Produced by Workouts
July 16, 2018

Postbiotic Metabolites: The “New” Secret to Health – The Future of Microbiome Science and Probiotic Health Discovered
July 6, 2018

Vitamin-Producing Probiotic Bacteria contained in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Provide Nutrients Critical for Human Health and Development
July 5, 2018

Why Postbiotic Metabolites are the New Frontier of Microbiome Science – The Difference Between Taking Probiotics and taking A Fermented Food Probiotic That Contains Probiotics, Prebiotics & Postbiotics
July 5, 2018

Scientific Abstract on Postbiotic Metabolites selected for presentation at Probiota Americas Scientific Frontiers Conference
June 13, 2018

Bacteria & Postbiotic Metabolites Provide Insights Into Obesity
June, 2018

The History & Discovery of Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3; The Glutathione Producing Probiotic
June, 2018

The Genito-Urinary Microbiome: clarifying the role the microbiome plays in common urological conditions
June, 2018

Probiotics For Healthy Adults: Help or Hype – Does everyone need to take a probiotic?
June, 2018

Can Postbiotic Metabolites Help Preterm Babies Battle a Sometimes Fatal Bowel Condition?
May, 2018

Discover the Dr. Ohhira Difference! – Explaining Probiotics, Prebiotics & Postbiotic Metabolites
May, 2018

A Series Listing and Explaining Postbiotics and their Health Benefits – Fulvic Acids: Newly Discovered Postbiotic Metabolites Contained in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics®
April, 2018

A Series on Explaining Postbiotics and their Health Benefits – Butyrate: A Postbiotic Metabolite That Accelerates Intestinal Healing and Can Increase Energy
April, 2018

The Microbiome: New Definition and Understanding – Postbiotic Metabolites are the next frontier of microbiome science
April, 2018

The Role of Microbiome Balance and Diversity in Maintaining Good Health
March, 2018

The Genome Complexity Conundrum – Discover Why Humans Have 50% Less Genes Than a Rice Plant!
March, 2018

The GUT-BONE AXIS – The Microbiome & Bone Health and Osteoporosis-Related Fractures
February 21, 2018

Your Microbiome: A Radical New Understanding of Life – The Genome Complexity Conundrum: 99% of Your DNA is the DNA of Your Probiotic Bacteria
January 2018

Natural Practitioner Magazine interview with Dr. Ross Pelton: Conquering Cardiovascular Health, Healthy Sleep & Rest, Probiotics, and Multivitamins
January 2018 interview with Dr. Ross Pelton: The Human Microbiome & Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Formulas
December 2017

Health Quest Podcast interview with Dr. Ross Pelton: Glutathione for Liver Health and Detox
December 2017

The Clostridium difficile (C. diff) Epidemic, Help Protect Yourself Against C. diff Infections With Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics®
December 19, 2017

Natural Practitioner Magazine, RA Detox Feature
November 2017

Get Immune System Support with Dr. Ohhira’s Propolis Plus Mother Nature’s Perfect Antibiotic
November 10, 2017

New Study Reveals The Key to Exceptionally Good Health in Old Age is the Diversity of Your Gut Microbiota
November 1, 2017

Microbiome Update: Every time you eat, you are feeding 100 trillion guests.
October 25, 2017

Glutathione: Key to Health & Longevity – Master Antioxidant & Regulator of Immunity & Detoxification
October 25, 2017

Major Trauma and/or Injury Destabilize Microbiome Within Hours
October 25, 2017

Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira (1936-2016) & The History of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics®
October 23, 2017

Wide variety of probiotic bacteria found to inhabit the female reproductive tract
October 23, 2017

New Study Reveals Dentist-Prescribed Antibiotics Cause C. diff
October 23, 2017

How To Tell If Your Probiotic Is Working
October 9, 2017

Why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Skin Care Products are Perfect for Every Skin Type
October 9, 2017

Glutathione Detoxifies Alcohol
October 9, 2017

Microbiome Related Problem
September 25, 2017

Presentation to students at Bastyr University
September 21, 2017

Potential Mold & Mycotoxin Health Nightmare
September 4, 2017

A Clinical Trial: Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® are a Successful Treatment for Constipation
September 4, 2017

Health Alert – NSAIDs Deplete Glutathione
September 4, 2017

Creating a Global Microbiome Effort
August 30, 2017

Enhanced Athletic Performance
August 30, 2017

August 21, 2017

Essential Formulas’ Director of Scientific Research has Scientific Paper Published in Respected Journal
July 17, 2017

A New Era in Glutathione Therapy
June 22, 2017

Humans in a Bacterial World
June 16, 2017

Fulvic Acid
June 16, 2017

Postbiotics Defined
June 5, 2017

An Explanation of The Benefits of Propolis
May 5, 2017

If Glutathione Is So Important, How Come I Haven’t Heard About It?
May 5, 2017

Postbiotic Metabolites
May 5, 2017

Ross’s Retort to JAMA’s Attack on Nutritional Supplements
Feb 25, 2017

Rapid Microbiome Restoration
February 23, 2017

Microbiome-Disrupting Drugs
February 2017

What are CFUs and why ‘Billions Aren’t Better’?
January 16, 2017

The Root of the Problem
January 12, 2017

ME-3 Child Follow-up
Jan 2017

Overview on Microbiome and Mental Health
Dec 07, 2016

Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3: A New Era In Glutathione Therapy
Dec 2016

A Deeper Explanation Of Why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Are So Effective
Dec 05, 2016

Poster Abstract on Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 Selected for Presentation by Two Prestigious Science Conferences
Oct 12, 2016

A Breakdown of Dr. Ohhira’s Fermentation Process: The Health-giving Power of Whole Food Fermentation
Sep 30, 2016

ICU patients lose helpful gut bacteria within days of hospital admission
Sep 13, 2016

Investigating potential mechanisms by which gut microbiota modulates eating behaviour
Sep 02, 2016

How antibiotic-induced gut dybiosis may influence cognition in mice
May 23, 2016

White House calls for microbiome science support
May 04, 2016

Lifestyle has a strong impact on intestinal bacteria, which has a strong impact on health
May 04, 2016

PTSD could be prevented with gut microbes, study suggests
May 04, 2016