In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-Biofilms – what are they? Are they just a problem for your toilet?
-How biofilms can be a roadblock that prevents us from healing
-How can we treat biofilms?
-Two cautions when working with biofilms
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health
And in this quick video I want to talk to you about…Biofilms…
If you watched last week’s video where we talked about how yeast can affect and worsen IBD, you’ll remember we mentioned biofilms. If you haven’t watched that video yet, we’ll just pause here for a second and wait for you to come back…
Most people have never heard of biofilms, and the closest many people may have come to thinking about biofilms is cursing the ring around their toilet (which is a biofilm by the way)
So what is a biofilm?
You can think of it like an apartment building for microorganisms.
So we have bacteria floating around doing their thing, and then some decide they want to set up a home, and they begin to secrete a slime to cement themselves in place.
This biofilm can be made up of one type of bacteria, or it can involve multiple bacteria, and even as we saw in the yeast discussion, it can involve yeast and bacteria, working together.
The main job of biofilms is to protect the bacteria. And this is an issue when it comes to antibiotics, whether they’re prescription drugs or herbal medicines.
These antibiotics typically do a good job getting rid of the free floating bacteria, but have a really hard time getting through the biofilm to affect the bacteria there.
The second thing we see is that these biofilm communities can make some of the nasty bacteria, even nastier, causing more problems, and we saw that in the yeast-bacteria combination.
So biofilms can be a real issue in clearing infections or dysbioses whether they’re in the gut or elsewhere in the body.
What can we do?
We have a number of agents we call ‘biofilm busters’ substances that can break up these biofilms and expose the bacteria.
Things like chelating therapies, if you’ve heard about these you may have heard about them for their ability to bind to toxic metals like mercury or arsenic and pull them out of the body. They can also disrupt the minerals that the bacteria need to construct the biofilm and cause the biofilm to collapse.
Other agents like NAC, or n-acetyl cysteine, can also work to cut apart biofilms.
There are some good products out there that work really well, and we’ll look to a couple in the notes for this video you can check out.
BUT, HERE’S A WARNING: Biofilm busters are not a first line therapy. If you haven’t done the proper treatments yet you don’t need to rush out and add a biofilm buster to your regimen.
First, you may not need it. Many dysbioses clear without the need for biofilm busters.
Second, good bacteria make biofilms too and biofilm busters will affect them, so, just like we should avoid antibiotics unless we need them, we should avoid biofilm busters as well, unless they’re necessary.
How do you know you might need a biofilm buster?
First, you’ve had testing that confirms you have some dysbiosis, and you don’t respond to reasonable therapies. In that case you should investigate the use of a biofilm buster.
Second, the therapies you’re taking work, while you’re taking them, but the dysbiosis keeps coming back as soon as you stop the therapies. This can be because biofilms are acting as reservoirs for the unwanted bacteria.
And one more warning. When the busters break open biofilms, it can trigger some heinous die-off for people. So I recommend anyone going with biofilm busters go low and slow. If you’d like more info on die-off, we have a two part series packed with great info. Just go back a few episodes and you’ll find those.
So there you have it…
In our work, helping people with digestive and autoimmune issues, we’ve definitely seen biofilms be a significant roadblock to healing, but again, it’s important to remember these aren’t first-in therapies.
But if you’ve been struggling with hard to clear dysbioses, biofilms might be the cause.
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Until next time folks…Take care!
Remember, these are not first line therapies, but can be helpful when you’ve already tried antimicrobials therapies and not gotten the results you expect
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