Biofilms – the blocks to getting better


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Biofilms :

by Paul S. Anderson, NMD

From Dr. Michael Ruscio page above :

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

Dietary treatment

  • 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.
  • Medium-heavy:

Prescription treatment of biofilm

  • Medium-Heavy:
    • 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.

Other tips/tricks

  • 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