Hi. I am not sure about the pickles. The scoop on Bubbies is mixed. Stanna is right that they heat their product, yet I have also read here that it is not heated enough to destroy all the bacteria. Whether that is true or not I don't know. But, there was someone over on another Candida Forum that could only get access to Bubbies brand, and he got better using it. Howver, Rejuvenatives does have a website you can order from if you want to go mail-order.