Ep. 46 The Pros Of Probiotics

In This Episode

Probiotics are a trending topic in general wellness, so we’re thrilled to have Dr. Jessica ter Haar, Scientific Director of the International Probiotic Association, on this week’s podcast.

She and Neal get right into the complexity of purchasing a quality probiotic, and Jessica reveals a great tip of what to look for.

Jessica also explains why so many products are marketed as probiotics when they are not – from cleaning products to candy, to fermented foods, to this producer’s favorite weird topic – fecal transplants.

The discussion also covers the effects of probiotics on the health of both sexes, including oral health, fertility and menopause, as well as bacteria enriched soil, kombucha, and prebiotics.

Topics Discussed

  • The complexity of purchasing probiotics
  • Weird items marketed as probiotics
  • Misclassifications of fermented foods and fecal transplants
  • The truth about Kombucha
  • Bacteria enriched soil
  • Understanding product labels
  • What ‘colonization’ means
  • Prebiotics
  • Women’s health
  • Men’s health
  • Post-menopausal health
  • Fertility/IVF
  • Oral health

All About Jessica ter Haar

Jessica is a consultant specialized in women’s health, probiotic development, and scientific intelligence – her projects tend to be bridging in nature, pioneering, and at the boundary of change.

She often helps stakeholders to marry commercial/industry objectives with robust science in order to stimulate quality, safe, and efficacious probiotic products.

Due to also working closely with healthcare professionals and consumers for almost a decade, Jessica passionately understands the need to communicate evidence-based and honest information about probiotic science.

She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in medical microbiology and a Masters in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences (University of Guelph).

Jessica also serves the International Probiotic Association as their Scientific Director since mid-2018.


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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