Cold War Probiotic Discovery Now a Weapon in American Cold & Flu War

Soviet Cold-War era Chief Health Minister and scientist, General Vsevolod Ogarkov, had no idea the fruits of his bio-warfare research program would be used by 21st century American doctors and patients for immune system support during the winter cold and flu season. Dr. Ogarkov’s team were the first researchers to successfully modify probiotics, also known as “friendly” bacteria, as immune system supplements.

The probiotic-derived supplement Del-Immune V® is the culmination of Russian and U.S research that began 30 years ago with Dr. Ogarkov’s discoveries. Originally developed in the bio-warfare labs of the former Soviet Union, the immune-support supplement was first developed to protect Soviet soldiers and citizens from bio-warfare agents. Modern research confirms Dr. Ogarkov’s findings that the grandchild of his original research, Del-Immune V, triggers an immediate immune response to help protect users not only from bio-toxins, but seasonal illness and other viruses and infections as well.

Scientifically known as Lactobacillus bacteria, probiotics are a traditional part of the Eastern-European food culture. Probiotics support the body in dozens of functions, including healing and maintenance of the impaired immune system and digestive tract.

Today, Del-Immune V is the only probiotic-derived products in the U.S. made from the original Russian formula and offers a natural way to build up your immune system during the cold and flu season.

“Even though probiotics were first discovered in the early 20th century, we discover new uses for them every day,” said Dr. Liubov Shynkarenko, Ph.D. and Vice-President of Pure Research Products, distributor of Del-Immune V.

Early in her career, Shynkarenko, a Russian-trained microbiologist, helped develop the product for the USSR and discovered that Del-Immune V could be helpful in supporting the immune system during cancer treatment and other serious health challenges such as virus infections.

“What was developed in the old Soviet Union during the Cold War is now being used to keep people healthy all over the world,” said Dr. Shynkaranko.

“I have observed that patients who support their immune system with Del-Immune V significantly reduce the number of times they get sick over the winter season and also show decreased duration of colds and flu,” said Elin Ritchie M.D., who practices integrative medicine in Taos, N.M.

About Del-Immune
Del-Immune V®, manufactured by Lyoferm Inc (Indiana) and distributed by Boulder-based Pure Research Products LLC (PRP), is a probiotic-derived nutritional supplement that provides immediate immune system support. Del-Immune represents the culmination of 30 years of research originated by Cold War-era Soviet Bloc scientists and Russian military bio-warfare troop protection programs. PRP obtained exclusive rights to manufacture, distribute and market the unique Lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain) from its Russian partners in 2002. Del-Immune V is used by thousands and recommended by doctors around the world. For more information on how Del-Immune V works, click here.

How to Cure a Lingering Cough After You’ve Had a Cold

How to cure a lingering cough after a cold

Elin Ritchie, M.D. is a medical doctor trained in Canada at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She graduated from medical school in 1992, and from a family practice residency program in 1994. She is a Board Certified member of the American College of Family Practice (ACFP). Dr. Ritchie currently practices integrative medicine in Taos, New Mexico.

If you’re in an office building, school or other crowded place, you probably hear someone coughing right now—it might even be you! Do you wonder what causes lingering coughs? Some people seem to have a lingering, dry cough following a cold or flu that persists for weeks, if not months. But why?

Lingering Cough After Bronchitis

When I started my practice 15 years ago, my patient, John, baffled me. He had a genuine case of bronchitis with a mild fever, yellow phlegm, chest congestion and cough. I treated him with the usual medications and he recovered. However, he continued to have a dry, irritated cough for weeks afterward. I’ve seen this a lot since then and I have a few suggestions for getting better sooner.

First, make sure you drink plenty of water. Water moistens the throat and helps the tissues heal quickly. Do you put a band-aid on a healing sore? Drinking water is like a band-aid on the dry, cracked and healing skin of the throat. Think of a dry cough as scratching a healing sore. It itches because it’s healing, but scratching makes it worse. Anything that helps you cough less will help the healing process. Water is easy and effective in this.

You could also use a humidifier. Similar to water you drink, humidity in the air can reduce the itchy irritation of the throat and reduce the amount of coughing allowing healing to occur quickly.

Lingering Cough After a Cold or Due to Allergies

Do you have allergies? My patient, Mary had a lingering cough every winter (does cold weather weaken your immune system? find out). She would have a simple cold in the fall and would cough until Spring. When she moved from an older house to a newer one, we discovered she had been allergic to the dust and wood smoke from her older house. Her coughing subsided once she removed herself from that allergen-rich environment.

The most effective way to reduce your exposure to allergens is to start with your bedroom. Some people go so far as to replace wall-to-wall carpet with tile floor and area rugs that are easily cleaned. If you live in a damp place, make sure there is no mold or mildew behind the head of the bed or in the wall of the bedroom. If you have pets, keep them in another part of your house away from where you sleep. These efforts reduce your exposure for eight to 10 hours a day, and that makes a big difference!

My Own Experience with a Lingering, Dry Cough

I’ve suffered through terribly dry coughs, too. A few years ago, I was struggling with a dry tickle cough. I would have coughing fits in front of my patients, coughing uncontrollably, turning purple, even gagging at times. Now I carry strong peppermint oil with me. Just a dab of it on my tongue will stop a coughing fit immediately. It’s not very pleasant, but it works.

Get Rid of the Cigarettes!

It goes without saying that if you are still smoking, it’s time to quit! Coughs are aggravated by cigarette smoke. There is no “safe” cigarette that is OK to smoke.

Best Way to Try and Cure that Lingering Cough: A Stronger Immune System

Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Del-Immune V® will help strengthen your immune system to lessen your chances of picking up respiratory bugs in the first place. A healthy immune system is also better equipped to deal with allergies and post-viral cough. I recommend Del-Immune V® immune supplements to all my patients seeking relief from those annoying, lingering coughs.

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Vacation Days are Here, but it’s Always Flu Season at 30,000 Feet

While most of us have made it through the worst of the seasonal bugs, it’s important to remember that aircraft cabins are year-round virus incubators.

A 2006 study at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. confirmed that, like us, a microbe’s favored mode of travel is airplanes. Likewise, trains, buses, taxis and rental cars can be breeding grounds for traveling germs—not to mention airport terminals, restaurants and public restrooms.

Many are making their summer travel plans, but that doesn’t mean the immune system can go on vacation, too. Independent Traveler magazine says travelers “may be more than 100 times as likely to catch a cold on a plane as in your normal daily rounds.”

Travel often means additional stress as well. We put ourselves under pressure by getting ready to go, preparing our homes, businesses and pets to be cared for in our absence, and making it to our gate, connection, etc. on time.

According to the Center for Disease Control, three glands “go into gear” and work together to help you cope with a stressful situation. Two are in your brain: the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The third, the adrenal glands, are on top of your kidneys. The hypothalamus signals your pituitary gland that it’s time to tell your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones called epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. These chemicals increase your heart rate and breathing and provide a burst of energy, but prolonged stimulation wears on the immune system, making us more vulnerable to environmental pathogens.

In addition to frequent hand-washing and ample hydration, taking Del-Immune V® prior to, during and after travel can help your body adjust to the sudden fluctuation in stress levels. Several customers have written to us about their experience traveling with Del-Immune V®:

“My husband travels almost every week and his trips are always overseas lasting four to five days at a time,” wrote Jan W. of Boulder, Colo. “In the past, the weekends have been a time for him to recover from travel and jet lag. Since taking Del-Immune V® on a daily basis, I have noticed my husband has not had any infections caused by air travel. I believe his jet lag has diminished and I know for a fact that he has more energy on the weekends.”

Another Boulder customer , Mark S. wrote, “I recently attended an international conference in Mexico. During the course of the week, most of the Americans became sick, but I was taking Del-Immune V® and never missed a beat. Even though I ate in local restaurants, worked late and got up early, I felt great throughout the conference and even after I returned.”

To learn more about how Del-Immune V® can supplement your immune health during travel, click here.

Feed the Immune System During Cold and Flu Season

Our immune systems are smart. When exposed to new viruses, our immune system learns to recognize and react to many different strains of the invaders. The system also remembers bugs it has seen before. But, we’re in a mobile society. Each year world travel brings new strains of germs and viruses home, forcing the immune system to deal with new invaders it has never seen.

This is why the Center for Disease Control makes yearly changes to the flu vaccine, hoping to predict which bugs will arrive in the U.S. on a seasonal basis.

A flu vaccine may help during cold and flu season, but there’s no guarantee for full protection. Extra efforts are needed to avoid seasonal germs, including a healthy diet, exercise and nutritional supplements. Here are some suggestions for building up immune system support against seasonal infections and avoid the seasonal flu:

Diet can make a difference. Prevention Magazine recently published a list of immunity-boosting foods, including lean beef (in moderation) for its zinc content, orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots for vitamins A and D, mushrooms such as shitakes which may help white blood cells act more aggressively against foreign invaders and a daily cup of black or green tea to provide powerful antioxidant activity.

According to ABC News, turmeric, a rich and flavorful spice, has been used for centuries as part of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines in addition to being used for cooking. Turmeric is found in every yellow curry, and its golden color is the result of curcumin, a polyphenol with strong cold and flu-fighting properties. Although the mechanism is unclear, a study published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications found that curcumin prevents some immune cells from responding to stimulantsand has some anti-inflammatory effects. Other studies have also shown the immune-boosting properties of curcumin in turmeric, however these results have not been confirmed in humans.

Turmeric is found naturally as the rhizome part of the turmeric plant and looks very similar to ginger. The powdered spice is made by boiling, drying and grinding the root. The power has antiseptic qualities when applied to to cuts, burns and bruises. The spice is available as an encapsulated supplement at health food stores.

In addition to a healthy diet, Del-Immune V® may provide significant support to avoid seasonal bugs. The muramyl peptides in Del-Immune V® act as switches in the immune system and are responsible for dramatically elevating immune activity in our bodies. This increased activity is critical for fighting many of the germs that infect our bodies—especially seasonal infections caused by immune depression. The addition of Del-Immune V® to a daily immune-support regimen can help users achieve year-round health.

To learn more about how to improve immune system readiness with Del-Immune V®, click here.

Cold, flu and cough: Persistent symptoms and Del-Immune V®

Elin Ritchie, M.D. is a medical doctor trained in Canada at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She graduated from medical school in 1992, and from a family practice residency program in 1994. She is a Board Certified member of the American College of Family Practice (ACFP). Dr. Ritchie currently practices integrative medicine in Taos, New Mexico.


Practicing integrative medicine in this small town of 10,000 people provides an opportunity to see patients of many different ages, walks of life and with multiple different types of medical problems. I began offering Del-Immune V® to patients in my practice that presented with cold or flu symptoms and with any type of illness that they would catch from another person. I have now used Del-Immune V® for four flu seasons, and have seen a positive response in over 75 percent of patients who are treated with the product.

Del-Immune V® has been a very effective immune treatment for upper respiratory tract infections, chronic cough (persistent over more than eight weeks), colds, bronchitis and fighting the influenza virus. Many of my patients return to see me and routinely give rave reviews, stating that they no longer miss days from work or school because they are using Del-immune V on a regular basis.

Most of my patients were able to avoid having antibiotics prescribed because they used Del-Immune V® in the early stages of their illness. As an example, I have been amazed by the effect of Del-Immune V® on chronic coughs, and even as a lingering cough after a cold treatment during recovery from other illnesses. I recently saw a patient who started Del-immune V. Previously I had treated her with inhalers and antibiotics but with no response.

Chronic cough is difficult to treat. Many of the common therapies are only effective about 40 to 50 percent of the time. Adding Del-immune V to any other cough therapy is effective and safe. I did not make an either/or decision about Del-immune V— it complements every other therapy I use for coughs.

To find out more about how Del-Immune V® works, click here.