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.

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.

Innate and Adaptive Immunity: Essential for survival and good health

We know that frequent hand washing, containing a sneeze in a tissue, drinking plenty of water, getting adequate sleep and proper nutrition are all great ways to reduce our risk of contracting an illness. We can also reduce that risk by understanding a bit more about the human immune response. Within our immune systems, there are two branches that provide defense against infections: Innate immunity and adaptive immunity.

A simple example of the innate immune response is demonstrated when we get a splinter under the skin. Within seconds, swelling, pain and redness appear, indicating an immune response. Swelling occurs when white blood cells arrive at the site and attack the foreign substance, in this case the wooden splinter and the bacteria it carries. Fluid collects at the site of the splinter causing pain and signaling that something has breached the body’s defenses. Redness demonstrates that immune reactions to initiate healing have begun.

The second immune response is known as adaptive immunity. Vaccinations teach our immune systems to produce antibodies to certain diseases without actually getting the disease. This is adaptive immunity. However, viruses often mutate. Our bodies may develop antibodies to one form of a virus, but those antibodies would be useless against a mutation of that virus. Some viruses, such as seasonal bugs, mutate constantly. This is why it is so challenging to the Centers for Disease Control in updating each year’s vaccines.

Del-Immune V® is made from a probiotic lysate (cell fragments) of bacteria called Lactobacillus rhamnosus (DV strain). When it was originally discovered and researched, this strain demonstrated broad-spectrum immune support activity. When ingested, Del-Immune V® has been shown to quickly stimulate the immune response, making it more robust without side effects or potential complications that may occur with prescription medications.

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