The first time I heard the word “biofilm”, I thought it was a bit sci-fi. I also thought that members of the various heath forums I follow on Facebook were being kooky. I discovered, however, that biofilm is more relevant to my health than I 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, asorption 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.
Considerable information exists re what is known as ‘biofilm busting’ – i.e. lots of herbs and enzymes that can facilitate the arduous task of breaking down the bioflilm to treat diseases. It appears, however, that measuring the efficiency of these busters is tricky. Frequently, we rely on how terrible we feel to know if a product or protocol is working: this isn’t pleasant. When the biofilm resides in the gut, you will know when it exits. But what’s in it?
More and more people are discovering that they are harboring strange, goop-like substance inside their bodies, and are going to great lengths to get it out. This can be linked to IBS, ulcerative colitis, even Crohn’s disease, and has been given different names. These include ‘mucoid plaque’ and ropeworms‘.
Many different and dangerous toxins and pathogens can be released when biofilm is removed – therefore, removal must be done carefully, with toxin binders to mop up its aftermath. Many people globally have been sharing relevant tips and experiences online. Some use enemas. Anti-parasite medications seem to help, but I have found that the most helpful and affordable removal method is drinking psyllium and bentonite shakes, or PB shakes, as they are known. Add charcoal and it works a treat!
Is the ‘mucoid plaque’ biofilm? Well, it’s a type of biofilm, in that it harbours pathogens. However, exactly what it is, nobody seems to know. Most adults who find biofilm inside their bodies have in common chronic disease. Lyme Disease and its co-infections are the most common pathogenic diseases, but pathological problems such as gastrointestinal diseases and autoimmune diseases also occur. Many of these problems seem to improve after long-term treatment for Mucoid Plaque. Note that only self-treatment is possible. Mucoid Plaque 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 one’s body improves physical health and well-being is quite groundbreaking. If chronic diseases of mysterious causes are so widespread, are we on to something here?
ILLUSTRATIONS BY SKWA: 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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