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BIOFILMS: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM THE RESEARCH? –
by Paul S. Anderson, NMD
Paul S. Anderson, NMD interviewed by Dr. Michael Ruscio
Biofilms Can Cause Infections That Won’t Clear –
What to Do About It with Dr. Paul Anderson
What is a biofilm?
- A protective fence formed by microorganisms
- Can be normal or pathological
- They occur in most natural environments where there is moisture including the human body and in oceans
- In humans mostly in digestive and respiratory tract
Why are biofilms important clinically?
- They can also make certain infections harder to treat or clear
- Bad biofilms can become progressively strong in different phases as illness progresses
- There is a spectrum of how “bad” they become so what you do to prevent or treat biofilms has to be on a spectrum as well
Symptoms that indicate a biofilm might be present
- Known, lab-verified, pathogen that you have been unable to clear
- Those who have been sick for more than one year
- Those with no digestive labs findings but with many symptoms, may want to perform trial with biofilm
Types of infections that are more commonly associated with biofilm
- There is still much to be learned here, but there are some
- H. pylori.
- Pseudomonas – which can cause lung infections like pneumonia
- Gram negative bugs of the gut – like e. coli,
- SIBO appears to to be associated with biofilm
- Likely Lyme and Lyme co-infections may
- Blastocystis hominis may
- Candida (may be associated with biofilm, more research is needed)
Testing for biofilm
- No good testing options are available currently. Fry Laboratories has some offerings
Treating biofilms, big picture notes
- Sometimes all that is needed to clear an infection and/or biofilm is simply retreatment without specific biofilm agents
- Start with gut, usually via oral dosing
- Then consider IV or nasal spray dosing for respiratory biofilm.
- Oral often better than IV according to Dr. Anderson
- Many traditional diets contain anti-biofilms agents
- Spices and herbs; curcumin, oregano, rosemary, garlic, coconut, etc…
- Start with lighter agents and then progress
Natural treatment of biofilm
- Lighter: many herbals like oregano, thyme, rosemary, volatile spices, curcumin, capsaicin, olive leaf.
Prescription treatment of biofilm
- Rx bis-thiol: BioSolve, made by compounding pharmacy
- Do not use long term – weeks to months, then scale back to natural agents above, then wean off completely
- Heavy: Drug is currently being developed.
- Note: Bismuth + DMPS/or sulfur compound = bis-thiols.
How to know a treatment is working or not working
- Very strong die-off may indicate a progressed biofilm issue is present. You may need to scale back slightly and / or use additional agents that kill bacteria and fungus.
- How to distinguish intolerance reaction versus die off reaction
- Flushing, rashes, itchiness, and/or headaches suggest intolerance reaction. Reactions usually more mild.
- Achy joints, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, irritability suggest die-off. Reactions are usually strong.
- Starting agents one at a time can help to pinpoint reaction
- Usually one will improve by 1-6 weeks. 8-12 weeks with no change indicates the approach is not working.
- Adrenal support during treatment may be helpful also
- Make sure you are eating a healthy diet
- Remember not to treat biofilms forever and to work toward reducing treatment over time. 3 months for most.
Where to find out more
- Published paper: visit NDNR.com to find a paper by Dr. Anderson. You can bring this paper to your doctor. The paper is called “Biofilms: What have we learned from the research?”
- Visit his website: ConsultDrA.com
- Book: Integrative Cancer Care – Outside the Box Cancer Therapies (written for patients but well referenced if you want to take it to your doctor.)