Phage Complete
Frequently Asked Questions



General Questions

Phage Compete can be taken during all stages of The Gut Health Protocol (just like fermented foods and SBOs).

You should take Phage Complete at least two hours away from strong kill supplements or antibiotics and at least 6 hours away from Lactoferrin. Do not take antiseptic like products (e.g. nano silver and grapefruit seed extract) with Phage Complete as they will kill both the probiotics and phages. Despite what the manufacturers may say, these products destroy the microbiome. Chapter 3 in The Gut Health Protocol discusses this and includes excepts from research studies.

If you have bad histamine intolerance please see the FAQ on that topic. Phage Complete does not contain histamine, but dying unwanted bacteria can cause it to be released, this is temporary.

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The strains in Phage Complete are very acid tolerant. They have been shown to be very tolerant to the harsh conditions of the stomach. The powder can be mixed in food or drink and consumed that way. Just do not microwave the powder or cook it. If added to hot food just make sure the temperature of the food is below 140°F (60°C).

You can also consume just half a capsule of powder if you wish. This may be handy during the first week if you are still experiencing die off symptoms from 1 capsule.

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No, the phages used in this product are grown in a sterile lab environment. The company I use to bottle the ingredients purchases all of the ingredients from this well respected supplier. Everything used in this product, at each step of the way, must be cGMP certified, FDA inspected, and independently inspected. I’m the formulator of the overall product, I never actually touch the capsules or the raw ingredients.

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Are you feeling achy, have a headache, maybe some flu-like symptoms after starting Phage Complete?

Congratulations! Most likely you are suffering from a “Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction” (or Herxheimer Reaction, or Herx for short), also known as “die off”. This is caused by gram-negative, endotoxin (LPS usually) releasing, bacteria dying! This is a well known condition in medicine, and can also be seen after antibiotics. For very severe diseases (e.g. sepsis) a Herxheimer Reaction can be dangerous, for chronic gut issues, with bacteria dying at a moderate pace, it is not. This type of bacteria has to die in order for you to feel better and balance your microbiome.

Symptoms (usually mild) can include:

  • Body aches
  • Muscle pain
  • Head ache
  • Migraine (if prone)
  • Nausea
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Low grade fever
  • Thirst
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Body itch
  • Worsening of existing anxiety and/or depression

These symptoms are temporary, and generally dissipate in 2-4 days. If you had a lot of bad bacteria (now dead bacteria!) you may continue to feel a bit achy for a week, but you will most likely improvements after 2-4 days.

Bacteria, of course, die all the time, but at slower rates. LPS producing bacteria can make you feel a little bad day to day (e.g. brain fog); when they die in mass, you feel a lot worse. It sort of overwhelms your body’s ability to quickly detox them. The problem is everyone is different in the amount of toxins produced and their ability to detoxify them. So there is no one phage/probiotic dosage that works best for everyone.

Because you still need to “do life”, and not just lie in bed all day, you’ll need to adjust your dosage. You don’t want to just get through this, you want to control the die-off as to only experience low to low/moderate levels. If you were taking 2 capsules per day, take 1 capsule for a week instead, then try 2 after that (remember, it isn’t the probiotic making you ill, it is the dying bacteria. Once most of the LPS bacteria are dead adding more probiotic won’t cause more die off). If, after a couple of days, that doesn’t help try 1 capsule every other day for a week, then 1 capsule per day, then after another week ramp up to 2 capsules per day (divided, 1 in the morning, 1 in the evening). You can also break open a capsule and take 1/2 per day if you wish (rather than one every other day), even a 1/4 if necessary. So if you start with one and experience a lot of die off, skip the next day and then start with half a capsule per day. It is also fine to start with 1/4 capsule per day and work your way up, this is especially recommended for children, elderly or if being at your best (what ever that is) is critical.

Here are some more things that can help:

  • Drink plenty of water. Try not to drink anything that can possibly dehydrate you for the first week (e.g. alcohol, coffee, soda).
  • Take a Milk Thistle supplement to help support the liver and kidneys.
  • Active Charcoal supplements can help mop up LPS endotoxins. But don’t take them for more than a week without a break as they can interfere with mineral absorption as well, so only take if you are getting die off symptoms,
  • Get more sleep. Remember that detoxifying LPS molecules from gram-negative bacteria is a normal function of the body. It is when your body can’t keep up that you get symptoms; sleep helps our bodies function better and greatly improves detoxification of LPS.
  • Epsom salt bath – it seems to help some people, but not others. It doesn’t hurt and it feels great.
  • Mild exercise helps, a brisk walk is great. Don’t over do it while experiencing die off. Anything inflammatory isn’t not a good idea.
  • As outlined above, take a one day break and/or reduce the dose.

Don’t worry if you do not get a Herxheimer Reaction, you are still killing unwanted bacteria and improving your microbiome. Not everyone experiences die off, in fact less than half of the people do. They can still be greatly improving their microbiome (fewer undesirable bacteria, more beneficial bacteria), but if they have gram-negative LPS endotoxin coated bacteria dying, they are able to keep up with the detoxing. Younger people generally handle detoxifying more efficiently than older people. You are also still helping to rebuild your microbiome, and that is always a good thing.

You can read a lot more on lipopolysaccharides (LPS) endotoxins in Chapter 12 of The Gut Health Protocol.

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Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) released from dying gram-negative bacteria (such as e.Coli) can trigger the body to release low levels of histamine. This should last about as long as die-off does, which varies from person to person, but generally 3-7 days. Just keep in mind that killing unwanted bacteria and making room for beneficial bacteria is a good thing. Since Phage Complete kills gram-negative bacteria this can temporarily cause histamine symptoms.

“The effect of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on histamine release from human basophils. I. Enhancement of immunologic release by LPS… lipopolysaccharide (LPS)… enhanced by an average of sixfold the response of peripheral blood basophils obtained from allergic donors to several allergens in vitro as judged by release of histamine.” —

“The potentiating effect of LPS was observed in grass pollen and dog dander allergic patients as well as in patients sensitized to E. coli or Staph, aureus bacteria… Bacteria can release histamine by immunological or nonimmunological mechanisms, and only the immunological histamine release was found to be potentiated by LPS. It is speculated that endotoxins reinforce release of histamine caused by allergens in allergic patients or by bacteria in persons sensitized to these microorganisms.” —

So getting rid of this LPS producing bacteria is important as it produces (sheds) LPS molecules 24/7; again, killing unwanted bacteria and making room for beneficial bacteria is a good thing. LPS producing bacteria might actually be one of the reasons some people suffer from histamine symptoms even when not consuming any histamine containing / liberating foods.

Following the FAQ advice for die-off and cutting back might help.

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Probably “Yes” if your condition is related to the gut’s microbiome (the bacteria that inhabit it). Unless your doctor says otherwise, Phage Complete is appropriate any dysbiosis (imbalance) of the microbiome.

Will it “cure” these conditions. The FDA does not allow nutritional supplements to use the word “cure” in conjunction with any medical condition. And now that there are prescription drugs for SIBO-D, it is now considered a medical condition (strange, 5 years ago most doctors said it was all your head).

“Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is defined as the presence of an abnormally high number of coliform bacteria in the small bowel.” — PMID # PMC3752184 (Amit H. Sachdev and Mark Pimentel)

Good bacteria is also what keeps intestinal candida in check. This is why people often get intestinal candida after taking antibiotics, antibiotics kill off the good bacteria, leaving the gut wide open to a candida (or other yeast) infection. Restoring the microbiome can Bacteria Time Bombonly help with this. With 70% of the immune system in the gut keeping it healthy can provide benefits to the entire body.

Correcting a dysbiosis of the small intestine will go a very long way towards helping you overcome these conditions. Improving the microbiome never hurts. My advice would be to read through the testimonials.

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Yes, Phage Complete is gluten / soy / egg / etc free. Phage Complete only contains what is listed on the label, there are no hidden ingredients.

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Because of FDA regulations, the phage complex is being marketed by the manufacturer as a PREbiotic (as the beneficial bacteria feed on the cells of the dead bacteria). The manufacturer can not make health claims about killing disease causing bacteria, so they don’t mention the names of the bacteria. Since I sell the product I can’t make those health claims either.

All I can say is the 15mg of phages in this product make one HECK of a PREbiotic!

Though I am not calling these phages a medicine, this is what one researcher said about the ability phages to multiply in the gut.

“It’s the only medicine that grows” – Ryland Young, head of the Center for Phage Technology at Texas A&M University

If you haven’t read the Bacetriophage Therapy article yet it’s a great read (even if I do say so myself).

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Maybe, especially over time.

SIBO-C is caused by methane producing “archaea”. Archaea are not bacteria, and as such they don’t respond the same way to drugs and many natural botanicals used against bacteria (antibiotics don’t really effect archaea very much at all). However, archaea are subject to competitive pressures by bacteria (which can actually release bactericides to kill competition). So improving the microbiome can naturally help keep archaea in check. In fact it is normal to have a small amount methane producing archaea in the gut, it is when they’re allowed to overgrow that it causes a problem. As with many opportunistic infections, it can over grow after taking antibiotics or getting food poisoning, when the gut is left undefended. This is when less desirable strains are allowed to flourish.

Beneficial bacteria and archaea have been competing with each other for millions of years, so bacteria can actually (actively) help keep archaea in check (through the release of peptides and bacteriocides), as well as competing for resources and space.

Archaea also feed on hydrogen. Since many unwanted and pathogenic bacteria produce hydrogen, controlling hydrogen producers can also help control archaea. Phage Complete, and The Gut Health Protocol, are great at this.

Phage Complete amplifies certain beneficial bacterial strains (such as lactobacillus strains) throughout the colon. Testing has shown increases of over 100x. Whereas most probiotics often can not even be detected in stool samples, some of the probiotic bacteria included in Phage Complete test 100x the CFUs in the stool than what was consumed. This is due to the phage complex.

However, not everyone with SIBO-C seems to benefit from this. I am currently investigating ways to improve the success rate. If Phage Complete doesn’t help your constipation, please check back often to see if there is new advice.

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For Best Results

For Best Results

Maybe, if you don’t have histamine intolerance (HIT/MCAD/MCAS).

However, Phage Complete amplifies the amount of beneficial bacteria throughout the colon from 10x to 100x. Most probiotics that you consume normally aren’t even measurable in the stool (several people in the Facebook group have proven this to themselves using uBiome stool testing). However, with Phage Complete the probiotics are amplified throughout the colon, providing benefits to the entire colon, this does not occur with other products.

This is a great thing! However, if you start off with a huge amount of beneficial bacteria (CFUs) then amplify that, it can get to be too much. It isn’t dangerous, in fact it will help push out unwanted bacteria, but you may get a lot more CO2 gas than usual. This gas can cause bloating and, basically, shredded, stools. Might cause some embarrassing flatulence as well.

For this reason I recommend consuming no more than 4 ounces of fermented food per day. If this amount causes you too much gas, try consuming less, or consume 2 ounces, twice per day. If you don’t get a lot of gas / bloating you can consume more. Again, this assumes you do not have histamine intolerance, if you do have one of these conditions do not consume fermented foods. It will do no harm to quit fermented foods all together if you need to. Phage Complete provides the probiotic strains that help your gut the most, and perhaps the best prebiotic on the market (phages). More probiotic bacteria simply is not necessary.

I also recommend avoiding yogurt as it is high in both histamine and d-lactate producing strains. In addition the l.acidophilus in yogurt can deconjucate bile acid. This deconjugated bile acid can cause pain and inflammation of the intestine (gastritis and enteritis).

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Phage Complete – For Best Results

Please see the following PDF file for a printable version.

This probiotic / prebiotic supplement can be taken the same as any other probiotic. However, to get the most from its unique properties the following are a few tips.


  • If your gut is out of balance take:
    • 1 capsule per day for the first week (this helps prevent bacteria die-off symptoms)
    • 1 capsule / twice per day for 7 more weeks (longer is OK). If you start to feel flu like symptoms this is caused by undesirable gram-negative bacteria dying (die off). It is fine to switch back to 1 capsule.
    • 1 capsule as maintenance and for general health
  • If your gut seems healthy, and you want to help keep it that way, take 1 tablet / once per day.
  • More than 3 capsules per day will not show additional benefits.

General Advice:

  • Avoid other probiotic supplements that may contain probiotic strains that produce histamine or d-lactic acid, especially if you have histamine intolerance or issues with d-Lactic Acid (see The Gut Health Protocol if you aren’t sure). Phage complete does not contain these potentially problematic strains. Yogurt is high in both histamine producing and d-lactic acid producing strains, you may want to consider not consuming yogurt if you are sensitive to these conditions.
  • There is no need to take other lactobacillus probiotics. You may take an SBO or HSO probiotic if you wish (Phage Complete does contain an SBO strain), but it is not necessary.
  • Follow The Gut Health Protocol diet and protocol (with modifications below)
  • While healing the gut, consume no sugar, wheat, dairy (other than grass fed butter and fermented kefir), and alcohol (again, see The Gut Health Protocol for more information).
  • Avoiding lactose (from dairy) and fructose (mostly from fruit) sugars can be especially important as many people malabsorb these sugars and don’t know it (malabsorbed sugars feed bad gut bacteria). If you are sure you have neither of these issues they can be added back after your gut health is better. Again, see The Gut Health Protocol for far more information.
  • You may experience some very mild die off symptoms at first (this is called a mild “herxheimer reaction”), such as a little gas (from dying bad bacteria, not from the product) and mild muscle aches. Again, these should be very mild only last two to three days. See the FAQ regarding Die-Off (see link below). This occurs any time bad bacteria are dying, and is one of the reasons you already feel bad (as bacteria die all the time, they will just die at a faster rate with this supplement). There is also a video on die-off in the FAQs that can be very helpful. You may need to start off at a lower dosage and work up.
  • Please see the FAQ at The Gut Health Protocol website for up to date information. See address below.

Using Phage Complete On “The Gut Health Protocol”

The Gut Health Protocol (TGHP) is the perfect companion to Phage Complete. Phage Complete has been formulated to “First Do No Harm” but it goes well beyond that. The probiotic strains have been specifically chosen for their gut healing benefits. I could find no other probiotic on the market that I felt was appropriate for people: with chronic idiopathic gut issues, wanting to improve their gut health, wanting to strengthen / balance their microbiome, or who have complicating issues such as those under the Histamine Intolerance umbrella. Therefor I had to create one.

  • See the FAQs at
  • Phage Complete can be taken during all phases of TGHP, it contains no FODMAP fibers so does not feed bad bacteria.
  • Because of the unique nature of this formula you should reduce the amount of fermented foods you consume. Limit intake to one 4 ounce serving of kefir, kimchi or sauerkraut per day, or avoid completely for a few weeks. Avoid kombucha due to the sugar it contains, fewer benefits, and possibly d-Lactic acid producing strains. Some people may need to stop consuming fermented foods for a couple of weeks.
  • Follow the “For Best Results” recommendations above.
  • Follow the “Strategy” sections in TGHP book.
  • Phage Complete contains no FODMAP fibers, no maltodextrin, no histamine producing strains, and no d-lactic acid producing strains.
  • During the kill phase, it is best to take Phage Complete 1-2 hours away from any kill supplements. The strains in Phage Complete have been shown to not be very sensitive to cinnamon oil, therefore taking the two together during the Healing & Repair phase should not be an issue (though still separate by 2 hours, just in case). If you take lactoferrin, try to take it at least 8 hours away from PC, or stop taking it, as lactoferrin has anti-viral properties.
  • During the Healing and Repair phase, soluble fiber enhances the benefits of this formula. The fiber will help feed all beneficial strains; while Phage Complete will help them succeed and create a very hostile environment for many of the undesirable strains. You may find that you need to start slowly with soluble fiber and less may be needed with Phage Complete than without.

See for more information on Phages (in general) and this product.

The information contained in this document is intended for educational purposes only. If you are currently taking medications, or have other health-related conditions, consult a physician before adding any new supplements to your diet.
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Yes & No.

Because of the probiotic amplifying effect, you need to make sure you are taking probiotic strains that do not encourage histamine production, created d-lactic acid, or interfere with bile acid. Especially those with a high CFU count.

Phage Complete contains only probiotic strains that do not produce these harmful or unwanted side effects and, for most people, should be the only probiotic you need.

SBO / HSO probiotic strains are usually safe to take with phages, but you should take the minimum recommended dosage.

As new research comes out, and is tested by members, I will probably be advising what specific probiotic strains work particularly well with Phage Complete for specific purposes.

The following probiotic bacterial strains should be avoided (really even if you aren’t taking Phage Complete).

Histamine Liberators / Producers:

  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii

People with histamine intolerance should always avoid these strains, regardless of whether take phages or not.

D-Lactate (D-Lactic Acid) Producing Strains:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus (yes, found in yogurt!)
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus (also very common in yogurt)
  • Lactobacillus lactis (found in buttermilk)
  • Lactobacillus buchneri
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. delbrueckii
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. lactis
  • Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus,
  • Lactobacillus jensenii
  • Lactobacillus vitulinus

A couple of these strains are found in lower amounts in Kefir. Kefir contains a lot of different strains, this actually helps lower the risk of D-Lactate from these problematic strains. It is when a strain is taken at a higher CFU count in isolation that you see the most problems. Never the less, you should consume no more than 4 to 6 ounces of kefir per day while taking phages. Also watch for symptoms D-Lactate.

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The following FAQ assumes that you have read The Gut Health Protocol. The paragraph numbers below line up with the section numbers in Chapter 1 of the book. Phage Complete (PC) changes what is needed for supplements. Most of you will end up taking fewer supplements, having much better results and perhaps even save some money. The following will briefly cover those differences:

Chapter 1

  1. Fermented Foods - Do not consume any fermented foods the first week you are on Phage Complete, then introduce them slowly. PC will amplify the beneficial bacteria, and fermented foods already contain a lot. After the first week, one 4 ounce serving per day is enough; consuming more isn't dangerous, but can cause an over abundance of CO2 gas, thus bloating and perhaps loose stools. If you continue to experience gas you should try stopping all fermented foods again to see if that helps. Phage Complete contains a good balance of probiotic bacteria, all of which help the gut in various ways.

    Avoid commercial yogurt due to both histamine and d-lactate producing bacteria strains. The L.acidophilus in yogurt can also interfere with bile acid. Yogurt is the cause of some symptoms for many people without them even knowing. It is possible to make gut healthy yogurt at home using Phage Complete as the starter, several people in the Facebook group do this. Dairy kefir is OK in small amounts as it has a very large variety of strains, helping to keep L.acidophilus in check, yogurt does not. But it too is high in histamine. If you think you have histamine intolerance you need to avoid all fermented foods.
  2. Diet - A very low sugar diet is still recommended. No need for a highly carb restricted diet (though doing so is fine). Jump straight to the "Repair or Healing Phase" diet in Ch 1, Section 2 diet. Your gut is probably a mess, so avoiding grains, dairy and raw vegetables is still recommended, at least until you've completely healed. Well cooked vegetables are fine after the first week. Especially avoid lactose, fructose, and sugar alcohols as these often malabsorb and feed bad bacteria. If you have histamine intolerance, or think you might, you will need to be on a low histamine food diet. If you know you are currently sensitive to FODMAPs you will need to avoid those as well. For most people the diet does not need to be very complicated.If you think you have SIFO (intestinal yeast) it can still help to restrict carbohydrates. See this FAQ as to how Phage Complete should help with SIFO.
  3. Sleep & Exercise - Continue to get plenty of sleep and a little exercise. This can help with die off symptoms too. Do not underestimate the power of both sleep and a little exercise for healing!
  4. Biofilm disrupter - Optional. An enzyme based biofilm disrupter is still a good idea. But you do not need to take it for more than a month. The body will eventually get rid of biofilms on its own, but an enzyme biofilm disrupter will speed up that process and help with nutritional absorption.
  5. Lactoferrin - Optional. Due to its anti-viral qualities, Lactoferrin can interfere with bacteriophages. If you do take it do so 8-12 hours away from Phage Complete.
  6. Betaine HCl - Optional. Use as needed, per The Gut Health Protocol. Not everyone needs this. As your gut heals you'll probably need it less.
  7. Parasite Kill Supplements - Optional. Use as needed, per The Gut Health Protocol. Take at least 2 hours away from Phage Complete
  8. Soil Based (SBO/HSO) Probiotics - Optional. Not really needed with Phage Complete. Can be optionally taken as needed if the formula contains no lactobacillus strains. PC will encourage the growth of all probiotic bacteria. Once you can eat raw organic vegetables again you'll be getting SBOs from those vegetables. Work the soil in a garden, walk in the woods, visit a farm, go camping, all of these things will encourage SBOs to return once your gut is functioning well. You can, optionally, take a good SBO if you wish. Make sure the formula only has SBO/HSO strans; both Prescript Assist and MegaSporeBiotic are good choices. Phage Complete contains one very good SBO strain to help get the process started, it also helps in healing the gut (not all SBOs do, but they are beneficial in other ways).
  9. Kill supplements - If you are just starting out, see the "Strategy" information at the end of Ch.1, Section 9. 100% Pure cinnamomum zeylanicum bark Cinnamon Oil is the most important kill supplement (do not take other kinds, or powders. See the book for more information). Clove oil is a good 2nd choice. This helps selectively kill bacteria that Phage Complete does not. PC encourages the removal of all bad bacterial strains through improving the microbiome, strain competition, and bactericides released by beneficial bacteria. Though Phage Compete might be all you need, I recommend taking this cinnamon oil anyway, it can help speed the process of rebalancing and restoring the microbiome. If you have not done a kill phase recently take 2 drops of cinnamon oil / twice per day, at least two hours away from taking Phage Complete. If you have completed the kill phase take 1 drop / twice per day, 2 hours away from PC for two weeks. You can then drop it completely, or if you like the flavor, 1 drop / day is OK. More than that and you might be interfering with microbiome diversity. Keep a bottle on hand in case a family member needs it.
  10. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Optional. Removing Polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) from the diet is beneficial, especially for general health. Replacing "vegetable" oils (all are high in PUFA) with EVCO, refined coconut oil (no coconut smell/flavor), olive oil, and pure animal fats is a very good idea. Most people are consuming a diet far too high in PUFA oils (vegetable, corn, soy, safflower) with a high Omega 6 content. This excess Omega 6 is very unhealthy, we need some PUFA Omega 6 in our diet, but we're, on average, consuming about 20x too much.
  11. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) - Optional. Useful if you are on antibiotics. Can also help the liver deal with the negative consequences of Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) producing bad bacteria. Can help with killing bad bacteria and preventing biofilm production. Again, most likely optional.
  12. Colostrum - Optional. Excellent for helping to heal the lining of the gut, also improves the immune system. If you use this purchase a good liposomal colostrum. Wait to take this until after the kill phase to get the most for your money. Once any infection is gone the body can heal itself without it. Naturally contains a little lactoferrin, so take 8-12 hours away from Phage Complete.
  13. Lauricidin / Monolaurin - Optional. May help kill bacteria and yeast were Cinnamon Oil and PC do not. If you don't get better the first time around (though I'm betting you will) this might be good to add the second time.
  14. Zinc Carnosine - Optional during the kill phase. See next section.
  15. Milk Thistle - Recommended. Can really help with detox symptoms. Try to take it the first 3-4 weeks after adding PC or starting any kill phase. Taking longer is fine. Some people with histamine intolerance (MCAD/MCAS) have reported histamine reactions with some brands / batches of powdered Milk Thistle (this is the same for many dried herbs).
  16. Larch Tree Arabinogalactan Fiber - Recommended. Take per the protocol. This helps feed good bacteria and hinders many bad strains (see Chapter 2 in the book).

Take Phage Complete daily.

Chapter 2:

See the Strategy section at the end of this chapter.

  • Fermented foods – Optional. Again, limit to 4 ounces per day while on PC. If it bothers you, stop consuming it.
  • Soil Based Probiotic (SBO) – Not needed, optional.
  • Fiber – take per book instructions. Eating good, well cooked vegetables is the best way to obtain soluble fiber. This should be a staple in your diet for the rest of your life.
  • Butyrate – Optional. Excellent for helping to heal the colon, and also helps the small intestine. Take if you can afford it. Otherwise Phage Complete encourages the reestablishment of your natural microbiome. As such, within weeks of starting PC you’ll be making your own butyrate by consuming foods high in soluble fiber.
  • Sleep – Do not underestimate the healing powers of sleep!
  • Diet – See the “Repair and Healing Phage” section of The Gut Health Diet in Chapter 1. The important point here is to avoid most sugar; especially avoid lactose, fructose, and sugar alcohols.
  • Continue to take Phage Complete daily.

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International ordering to many countries is now available. The postal service lists Priority Mail International shipping to most countries as 6-10 days, but this may not include the time spent in customs; this can sometimes add 7-14 days in a few countries.

You will need to know the customs and duty rules / costs in your country before ordering. You’re advised to contact your local tax agent or customs office to get an estimate of what these fees / rules might be. Once an order is placed it can not be canceled. I’m sorry, but no refunds will be issued for orders refused, confiscated, or duties assessed by customs.

All orders are shipped by USPS “Priority Mail” (air) as to avoid long periods of time in a shipping container in possibly very hot conditions. See this FAQ for more information. If you purchase other items from the U.S. you may want to consider a reshipping service to save money on shipping.

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If you live in another country, and wish to place an order, contact me and I’ll see what I can do. Your risk of problems with custom clearance might be higher, some countries are not included due to very high fraud reports / advisories.

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Phage Complete is a shelf-stable probiotic. However, very long periods (several days to weeks) of time at temps over 90°F can shorten the remaining shelf-life. Between 90-140° it actually starts to activate the bacteria, eventually, if it stays at those temps, the bacteria run out of food. It isn’t until that point that the probiotics *start* to die off. The phages will be fine through all of this.

Probiotic bacteria are designed to live in our intestine, where the temperature is 98.6°F. One day in a hot mailbox may knock a week off the food supply in the capsule, but it will otherwise be fine. If you think you’re going to keep a bottle for a long time before using it you may want to put it in the refrigerator.

Separate from their food supply, very high temperatures can kill probiotic bacteria. The four lacto & bifido probiotic strains in the formula won’t be killed until temperatures reach 60°C (140°F). Bacillus Subtilis (DE111) won’t be killed until temperatures reach over 90°C (190°F). Temperatures have to reach 70°C (158°F) to start to kill the phages. It is actually possible to reach 140°F in a ground/sea shipping container on a very hot day, if the container is left in direct sunlight. This is why I will not ship Phage Complete by slower ground/sea shipping methods.

All shipping will be by Priority Mail (Air). The shipment will go from the postal facility to the plane to postal facility or customs (so no long periods in the sun), and transit times will be far less than ground/sea shipping methods.

The post office says that normal delivery is 1-3 days for U.S. domestic shipping, and 6-10 days for international (though the order may sometimes get caught up customs). Because all of the long haul legs of the shipment go by air, I don’t expect very long periods of time at very high temperatures.

The shipping from the manufacturer to me was ground shipping. Therefore I had the shipment go by refrigerated truck the whole trip (actually “chilled”, temps were 33-36°F the entire time). My storage here, while waiting for fulfillment, is completely environmentally controlled. So Phage Complete will leave here with maximum shelf life and it is guaranteed to have label potency for 18 months from the manufacture date under standard shelf conditions.

This is my long way of saying, shipping Priority Mail should present very little risk. But it is for this very reason that I am not offering a ground shipping option.

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Ordering couldn’t be easier. Ordering is processed through PayPal, all credit card information goes through them, we never see it. You can checkout through your PayPal account, or you can just enter your credit card information. More information is provided on the ordering page.

If checking out your PayPal account, please make sure your shipping address is current / correct.

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The following are the active ingredients in Phage Complete. See the label image below for all of the ingredients and measures.

Probiotic Strains

  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • DE111® (Bacillus subtilis)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum

PreforPro ® – Phage Complex

  • LH01 – Myoviridae
  • LL5 – Siphoviridae
  • T4D Myoviridae
  • LL12 – Myoviridae
Phage Complete Bottle Label
Phage Complete – Label (click to enlarge)

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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