Not Getting Better with Treatment? Time to Target Biofilms
As an integrative, holistic doctor, it is not uncommon to see complex patients who “fail” by traditional medicine. They successfully tried every option to address their situation. Standard drug protocols and alternative treatments made doctors scratch their heads and make patients feel powerless. Often they have been struggling with some sort of mysterious disease that has been causing uncertain symptoms for years like fatigue, brain fog, and digestive complaints.
However, it can be a response to groundbreaking research in a rapidly growing field of medicine – it provides critical insights into increasing problems with “mystery diseases” and “resistance to treatment”.
Most importantly, new findings have set a critical therapeutic target that can reverse this potentially life-threatening condition – which allowed drug treatments and the body’s own immune cells to do what they expect: Heal us.
From chronic Lyme disease and drug-resistant MRSA to atherosclerosis, chemo-resistant cancer and undiagnosed mystery conditions, patients who find it difficult to find solutions can share a common thread: Biofilms in the body.
The Matrix Revealed
Biofilms are infections, tumors and physical barriers that occur around other areas of injury and disease in the body. In one aspect, they represent one of the body’s survival strategies: to isolate problem areas in such a way that they do not spread.
Paradoxically, however, biofilms form a kind of shield that prevents drugs, therapeutic agents, and the immune system from reaching the affected area. Therefore, despite aggressive treatments, many patients do not recover until biofilms are addressed.
Many biofilm structures in the body are created by colonies of different harmful microbes as their own pests – an important survival strategy of these organisms themselves. Common criminals include H. pylori, Candida species and other fungi, E. coli, dental plaque, and other microbial and parasitic species, including Lyme disease. Many of us live with them unknowingly, linking uncertain symptoms to other causes.
These germs secrete a gel-like substance that binds to sugars and proteins, heavy metals, minerals, and other substances in the body to create a sticky, stubborn, pro-inflammatory armor where toxins, bacteria, fungi, and parasites can be stored. Biofilms interfere with detoxification and nutrient absorption, promote and protect coinfections, form arteriosclerotic plaque, and give cancer cells a hiding place.
Imagine slime paths left by slugs and add calcium, heavy metals and toxins and other ingredients to build structural strength. Small channels within the matrix allow nutrients and messages to pass between organisms pointing to each other to make complex decisions that encourage their growth and survival.
Organisms that have settled in a biofilm community are much more resistant to antimicrobial treatments than their free-living counterparts. They can also sense what’s happening around them and become more invasive when the host is weak.
Galectin-3: The Backbone of Biofilms
There is a protein in our body that contributes significantly to the formation of biofilms: a pro-inflammatory protein called Galectin-3 (Gal-3). This adhesive binding protein is expressed in circulation in response to disease, infection, injury, stress, aging, and other factors, but later becomes the driving force of chronic inflammation, tumor growth and metastasis, fibrosis, and immune suppression.
Gal-3 has a unique shape that allows it to be attached to it and then to other pro-inflammatory compounds to form dense lattice structures. These Gal-3 cages are what make up the backbone of biofilms. Tumors also use Gal-3 to protect the tumor’s microenvironment, allowing cancer to protect itself from drug treatments and immune surveillance.
Strategic Success: Addressing Biofilms
The handling of biofilms represents an important strategic approach to cancer and other chronic, inflammatory conditions, as well as to eliminate permanent infections. The best way to address biofilms is specific antibiofilm agents and detox therapies, which have been shown to break down biofilm structures and help other or complementary treatments reach their target tissues.Why do antibiotics not work on biofilms?,Why is it hard to treat biofilm?,What kills biofilm?,How do you control biofilms?,How do you get rid of biofilm naturally?,How do you get rid of biofilm in the bladder?,Does vinegar kill biofilm?,How do you get rid of biofilm in your mouth?,Do antibiotics kill biofilm?,What problems do biofilms cause?,How do you get rid of Candida biofilms?,What bacteria form biofilms?,How do biofilms promote antibiotic resistance?,How can biofilms complicate treatment of infectious diseases?,What happens when bacteria form biofilms?
Modified Citrus Pectin
The most important natural detox and protection supplement proven to block Gal-3 is a modified citrus pectin (MCP), a clinically researched ingredient derived from regular citrus pectinine and modified for a high degree of bioactivity against a variety of conditions. I use MCP extensively to address Gal-3 in cancer, cardiovascular and kidney disease, and in many other cases. This MCP is the only known substance that can bind and block the pro-inflammatory, pro-fibrotic and cancer-promoting actions of Gal-3, and has been shown through extensive research to stop and reverse the effects of Gal-3 in critical diseases. This MCP has been shown in many studies and clinical applications, since it binds and blocks Gal-3 and interrupts biofilm cage formations, synergistically enhancing the effects of other drugs and therapies, from chemotherapy to antibiotic treatments.
It is also a strong detoxification and heavy metal binder that is often used as a “mop” in biofilm protocols to clean the byproducts of degraded biofilms and microbes. Heavy metal toxicity is often associated with biofilm formation and chronic infection, making MCP another key factor in the success of these protocols.
Certain Edible Mushrooms
Research shows that some edible mushrooms can offer important antibiofilm and antibacterial activities, prevent biofilm formation by common bacteria, and prevent them from sticking to tissues and forming complex colony structures. Of the varieties tested, Trametes versicolor mushroom – which I commonly use in practice – showed the highest antibiofilm and antibacterial activity.
Alginates from Kelp
Additional research shows that alginates derived from algae algae are capable of breaking down biofilms formed by gram-negative bacteria. Low molecular weight alginates are often used in GI health protocols and I use them as part of detoxification formulas in my clinic to help remove toxins and microbial infections in the GI channel.
Enzymes and Probiotics
Advanced enzyme formulations are often used to break down and solve the biofilm matrix. Enzymes are usually given on an empty stomach before a specific antimicrobial treatment – pharmaceutical agents, botanicals, or both. Probiotics are given separately; They show their own protective effects to support digestive health and balance the digestive system.
Final Thoughts on Biofilms
By incorporating specific agents to strategically address the biofilm issue, treatments become more effective and tolerable. Successful treatment of biofilms in the body can allow practitioners and patients to finally triumph over permanent, health-causing infections and conditions. Chronic infections are often a factor that appears behind complex disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Biofilm therapy shows promising success with these and other conditions, including integrative Lyme therapy, especially when combined with other targeted nutrients and compounds to restore health and vitality.