What’s an Anthrobiotic?


Anthrobiotics are unique, specific strains of naturally occurring bacteria that have a positive association on human life. Anthrobiotics encompass the positive impact that microbiology has on human life.

To dive into a further understand, the below wiki style offers more depth and insights:

Not to be confused with probiotics, a general category for microorganisms, or prebiotics, food for the growth or activity of microorganisms.

Anthrobiotics (anthro = human) (biotics = pertaining to the health of) contain specific strains of live microorganisms from families of bacteria with scientifically studied health benefits relating to digestion, immune function, and even microbiome balance.

Anthrobiotics claim to be different from probiotics due to advanced microbiological and molecular genomic sequencing that identify specific strains of bacteria, whereas probiotics stop at the bacteria species level.

Specific strains of bacteria are targeted based on specific health benefits for humans and typically focus on bacteria that supports immune health and creates an environment of balanced gut flora within the digestive system.

Anthrobiotics are bringing forward the impact of microbiology on human health specifically enhancing digestive and immune health.


1. Definition
Anthrobiotics are a unique category that forms from human life. Anthrobiotics are unique, specific strains of naturally occurring bacteria that have a positive association on human life. Anthrobiotics encompass the positive impact that microbiology has on human life.


2. Microbiology & Microbiome
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms that hone in on fundamental research regarding the microorganisms relationship with a host through biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects (nature.com).

The term microbiome describes the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside in an environmental niche or the microorganisms themselves (Backhead, 2005 & Ley, 2006). The ways the microbiome influences human and animal health, as well as methods to influence the microbiome are active areas of research (Wenner, 2007). The implications of this research have unveiled that the second genome of the microbiome provides potential importance in determining human health (Herd et al., 2018)


3. Bacteria
While the understanding of bacteria have come a long way since the original findings of Louis Pasteur and his invention of pasteurization and germ theory, much research into bacteria has been focused on the pathogenic or bacteria with negative impacts to the host with little regard into the positive interaction that bacteria can provide. With trillions of bacteria living in the digestive system and communicating directly with neurons in our brains, the role of bacteria in the gut-brain connection is one of the many benefits certain bacteria strains can provide (Foster, 2013). Bacteria also appear to influence immune function through cells like dendritic cells, T cells and B cells (Wenner, 2007).

There are typically 40 million bacterial cells in a gram of soil and a million bacterial cells in a millilitre of fresh water. There are approximately 5×1030 bacteria on Earth, exceeding the number of plants and animals on Earth (Whitman WB,1998).


4. Research methods
Finding particular strains, with particular functions that provide a role in enhancing digestion and supporting immune health and function, require advanced genetic recombination and mapping to identify the individual, utilizing advanced molecular genomic sequencing to identify specific, unique strains of bacteria. This is important, as not all strains are the same. There are numerous species of bacteria, with scientific estimates at more than a trillion. There are millions of strains (or subspecies/subtypes) of each of the different species that form the estimated population on the Earth at five million trillion trillion bacteria, or scientifically stated as 5×1030. Among the many strains within each family of living bacteria, there are significant differences between each individual strain. Some strains have little impact or can even negatively affect the host, while others are beneficial with specific purpose and function.

5. History
Anthrobiotics were originally founded by Richard Breunig using advanced molecular genomic sequencing to identify specific strains of bacteria that eliminate pathogens in the gut and support digestive and immune health.

Richard Breunig founded the company, Priority IAC Inc., after his dairy cows became sick due to a manufacturer’s error mixing minerals into the animal feed, which resulted innumerous animal losses. Richard, dedicated to finding a solution, partnered with microbiologists to learn how to naturally boost the health of his dairy cows. Richard persevered to uncover the impact of microbiology in the world and its role in quantum wellness. With his hands-on experience in the field of animal health and practical knowledge, he self-studied microbiology, nutrition, and wellness.

After developing formulas for animals, Richard and the farmers supporting his original products felt there was a market need for pairing microbiology and nutrition together for human benefit. With that, the anthrobiotic was born.

The term anthrobiotics was coined in early 2019.


6. Etymology
Anthrobiotics is a composite of the Latin preposition anthro, meaning ‘human’ and the Greek adjective βιωτικός (biōtikos), meaning ‘pertaining to the health of, or life’ the latter deriving from the noun βίος (bios), meaning 'life'.

The term contrasts etymologically with the term antibiotic (against life, evolving from 'antibiosis') although it is not a complete antonym. The related term prebiotic comes from the Latin prae, meaning 'before', and refers to a substance that is food to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal microorganisms (Hutkins,2016).  Similarly, the term probiotic comes from the Latin pro, meaning “for”.


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