BiofilmakerThe first time I heard the word Biofilm, I thought it was all starting to sound a bit sci-fi; I did think that people of the heath forums I follow on Facebook, were being a bit kooky. I was to discover though, that Biofilm is more relevant to my health than I ever could have imagined.
Also known as extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), a slimy substance consisting largely of polyssacharides proteins, glycoproteins, and glycolipids, and in some cases, surprising amounts of extracellular DNA (e-DNA), Biofilm is a protective matrix that houses various organisms and pathogens.
“If biofilms can be metaphorically called a “city of microbes” (24), the EPS represent the “house of the biofilm cells.” The EPS determine the immediate conditions of life of biofilm cells living in this micro-environment by affecting porosity, density, water content, charge, sorption properties, hydrophobicity, and mechanical stability (6).”When protected by biofilm, pathogens become almost impenetrable, they appear to work together as a community, and mutate into something that can become uncontrollable. This is one of the reasons why Lyme Disease is so difficult to eradicate. Together they are stronger.
There is a lot of information on what is known as ‘biofilm busting’, lots of herbs and enzymes that can facilitate the arduous task of breaking down the bioflm in order to treat diseases, but it seems to me that measuring the efficiency of these busters is tricky. Often we rely on how terrible we feel to know if a product or protocol is working, which isn’t pleasant. But when this biofilm resides in the gut, well you know when you get that stuff out. But whats in it? More and more people are discovering they are harboring strange goop like stuff inside them, and going to great lengths to get it out. It can be linked to IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, even Crohns Disease, and has been given different names such as ‘mucoid plaque‘ and ‘ropeworms‘.
Many different and dangerous toxins and pathogens can be released when it is removed, and so removal needs to be done carefully, with use of toxin binders to mop up its aftermath. Many people all over the world are sharing tips and experiences online, some use enemas, anti parasite medications seem to help, but I have found the most helpful and affordable way to remove it is by drinking Psyllium and Bentonite shakes, or PB shakes as they are known. Add charcoal to this and it, for me, works a treat! Is the ‘Mucoid Plaque’ biofilm? well its a type of biofilm, in that it is harboring pathogens, but exactly what it is nobody seems to know. What most adults seem to have in common, who find this stuff inside them, is chronic disease. Most commonly Lyme and its co-infections are the pathogenic diseases, but also pathological problems such as gastrointestinal diseases and autoimmune diseases. Many of these problems seem to improve after long term treatment for Mucoid Plaque. But only self treatment is possible. It has never been officially diagnosed and is the source of much contention within the medical profession, mainstream and alternative alike.
Why is this so relevant? well finding that the removal of an unknown organism from ones body improves physical health and well-being is pretty groundbreaking. If chronic diseases, many which are said to be a mystery as to exactly what causes them, are so widespread among sufferers doesn’t that suggest that were on to something here?
ILLUSTRATIONS BY SKWAK; Slime and the City
Biofilm in the gut http://www.nature.com/articles/npjbiofilms20155#mucosal-biofilms-do-they-exist
Mucoid Plaque http://cleanse.net/mucoid-plaque
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