Biofilm consists of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, encased within a polysaccharide and proteinaceous extracellular polymeric matrix. It has a defined architecture, and provides an optimal environment for the exchange of information including plasmids and extrasomal DNA between cells. Microorganisms residing within biofilms are highly resistant to antimicrobial’s including antibiotics and bacteriocidal compounds produced by probiotic bacteria.
The role of biofilm in infectious and chronic diseases is such that it provides pathogenic bacteria and fungi an intricate web within which to communicate, seek protection from antimicrobial action and evade the immune system. They can also lead to further infection when detachment of biofilm particles can lead to infections in the bloodstream and other areas such as the urinary tract. Due to their ability to evade the immune system, this type of infection often becomes a chronic, low grade inflammatory process that leads to further chronic illness.
This biofilm matrix is often found embedded in the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract, sinus cavity (to name a few), and the extracellular polymers found within the biofilm are often nearly impossible to break down. There are a few substances that are important to have in your protocol for this reason including certain proteolytic enzymes, certain herbs such as cistus tea, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, freeze dried garlic, certain anti-parasitic drugs such as Praziquantel and Ivermectin, systemic enzymes such as serrapeptase and compounds such as N-acetyl cysteine, choline bound liquid silica even homeopathic silica.
Although there are many pathogenic microorganisms that produce biofilm, one of the most recent organisms to be identified in the chronic disease world is a protozoan once called FL 1953 but recently renamed Protomyxzoa rheumatica. It is highly immunosuppressive due to its ability to rapidly produce large amounts of biofilm in a short amount of time. This makes it very difficult to detect and to treat. In addition to a highly biofilm breaker focused protocol, it has also been recommended to strictly adhere to a lipid restrictive diet, as this is a primary way Protomyxzoa produces its biofilm. Speak with your doctor about the best way to approach biofilm treatment in your protocol.
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