I’ve been getting more and more people with outstanding infections. Helping people who have chronic infections can be tricky because they are most likely to react to supplements, which is why such people often require a ‘slower’ approach (one that lessens reactions).
Identifying infections can also be really tricky. Is it bacterial, fungal, parasitic or viral? Biofilms make the equation more complex, because even if someone took an anti-microbial that would kill their infection, biofilms can prevent this from happening.
If you are struggling with chronic health issues – the way I used to – you probably have piles of lab tests that can potentially tell you a lot about your health. However, doctors never had enough time to explain it properly. They will only notice it if the lab flags your test results as outside of normal. But what if all your results are coming back normal, yet you’re still struggling with chronic infections? They may even tell you there is nothing wrong with you, and that it’s all in your head – I’ve been there.
Lab Test Analyzer is the tool I wish I had when I was dealing with all my health issues. Instead of normal, it will tell you the optimal values for your lab tests. And if you are outside the optimal range, it will give you actionable tips and recommendations that will help you get there.
What Are Biofilms
Biofilm formation occurs when free-floating microorganisms attach themselves to a surface and create a colony (R).
They secrete materials (extracellular polymers) that provide a structural matrix that adheres to surfaces (R).
About 80% of human infections affecting the gut, mouth, sex organs, lungs, heart, teeth, eyes, ear, and skin are caused by biofilm-associated microorganisms (R).
Biofilms may be a reason why some people suddenly do worse for no apparent reason – because after biofilms grow, they disperse.
Biofilms also might be a reason why people herx from herbal supplements.
For example, if you take a supplement that breaks up biofilms, some of the bacterial products can be released, which can cause an immune reaction.
Why Are Biofilms Bad?
Currently, there is a large sum of money and research aimed at the use of and protection against biofilms (R).
Because biofilms protect the bacteria, infections are often more resistant to traditional antimicrobial treatments, making them a serious health risk (R).
This is because antibiotics can’t pass through the biofilm enough (R).
Biofilms are known to be involved in many chronic infections such as in a chronic wound, lung, ear, heart and nose infections (R).
Most people (59%) with chronic sinus infections were found to have a bacterial biofilm, whereas none of the controls (people who didn’t have a sinus infection) had bacterial biofilm (R).
The most common biofilm that you might be familiar with is the plaque in your teeth (R).
Most, if not all, antibiotics and antiseptics fail to eradicate mature biofilms, and today, the poor efficiency of available antibiotics is a major challenge for the successful treatment of chronic infections (R).
At present, the most efficient treatment for biofilm infection is to mechanically remove the infected area or body part. This is sometimes possible if the focus is a catheter, an implant, or an infected organ that is eligible for transplantation (R).
So far, the two main strategies for preventing or suppressing bacterial biofilm infections are (1) early aggressive antibiotic treatment before the biofilm is formed or (2) chronic suppressive antibiotic treatment when the biofilm is established if it cannot be removed physically (R).
There are more than one million cases of catheter-associated urinary tract infections reported each year, many of which can be attributed to biofilm-associated bacteria (R).
Catheters have a surface that is conducive for biofilms to form, which is why infections are so common.
In the body, when biofilms form, they form a protective layer by which bacteria evade the immune system and antimicrobials.
Bacteria become tolerant to antibiotics and most other antimicrobial agents (R).
So if you have a fungal or bacterial infection that’s coated with a biofilm, normal antibiotics and antifungals won’t kill the infection.
If you have a bacterial infection that persists despite antibiotic therapy and you have a high level of proinflammatory cytokines, then you either have a biofilm or a nonbacterial infection (R).
How to Inhibit Biofilms: Natural Biofilm Disruptors
When bacteria form biofilms, they don’t lump together by chance.
In order to form biofilms, bacteria need to communicate with each other (R).
One way to disrupt biofilm formation is to interrupt bacterial communication, also known as quorum sensing (QS) (R).
- Linoleic acid (omega-6) (R, R2, R3)
- Oleic Acid/Olive Oil (R, R2)
- Honey (R)
- Propolis (candida biofilm) (R)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (R) -physiologically tolerable concentrations of acetic acid can completely eradicate bacteria in mature biofilms vitro.
- Caprylic acid (G+,-, fungal) (R)
- Stevia (R)
- Xylitol (R)
- Garlic (R, R2)
- Manuka (R)
- Ginger (R) (G+,-)
- Cranberry (R)
Non-Herbal Biofilm Disruptors
- Ozone (R, R2)
- Chitosan (R, R2, R3)
- NAC (R)
- Lactoferrin (R, R2)
- EDTA (R)….EDTA likely exerts antimicrobial activity by chelating magnesium and calcium – minerals necessary for growth and membrane stability and may also display anti-biofilm activity by reducing biofilm material (EPS) production and/or enhancing the detachment of bacterial cells from the biofilm. Magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and manganese appear to stabilize the biofilm matrix of a variety of organisms by enhancing structural integrity through electrostatic interactions that serve to cross-link the matrix (R).
- Zinc (R)
- Iron (R)
- Manganese (R)
- High alkalinity (magnesium)? (R)
- Monolaurin (R) (G+)
- Colloidal Silver (R)
- Zeolite (Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans) (R)
- L Reuteri (R)
- Citrate? (R) – Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Citrate
- Norspermidine (found in chlorella) (R),
Herbal Biofilm Disruptors
- Andrographis (R)
- Curcumin (R, R2)
- Berberine (R, R2)
- Cinnamon/Cinnamaldehyde (R, R2) and Cinnamon essential oil (R)
- Black cumin oil/Thymoquinone (R)
- Boswellia (R)
- Oregano Oil (carvacrol+thymol) (R)
- Quercetin (R)
- Apigenin (R)
- Naringenin (R)
- St John’s Wort (R)
- Kaempferol (R)
- Rosmarinic acid (higher concentrations) (R)
- Baicalein (R, R2)
- Neem (R, R2)
- Gentian violet (R)
- Mangosteen (streptococcus) (R)
- Alfalfa (R)
- Eugenol (R, R2, R3) – found in Tulsi, clove essential oil and cinnamon essential oil
Health Tools I Wish I Had When I Was Sick
At SelfHacked, it’s our goal to offer our readers all the tools possible to get optimally healthy. When I was struggling with chronic health issues I felt stuck because I didn’t have any tools to help me get better. I had to spend literally thousands of hours trying to read through studies on pubmed to figure out how the body worked and how to fix it.
That’s why I decided to create tools that will help others cut down the guesswork:
- Lab Test Analyzer – a software tool that will analyze your labs and tell you what the optimal values are for each marker — as well as provide you with actionable tips and personalized health and lifestyle recommendations to help you get there.
- SelfDecode – a software tool that will help you analyze your genetic data from companies such as 23andme and ancestry. You will learn how your health is being impacted by your genes, and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.
- SelfHacked Secrets – an ebook where we examine and explain the biggest overlooked environmental factors that cause disease. This ebook is a great place to start your journey if you want to learn the essential steps to optimizing your health.
- SelfHacked Elimination Diet course – a video course that will help you figure out which diet works best for you
- Selfhacked Inflammation course – a video course on inflammation and how to bring it down
- Biohacking insomnia – an ebook on how to get great sleep
- Lectin Avoidance Cookbook – an e-cookbook for people with food sensitivities
- BrainGauge – a device that detects subtle brain changes and allows you to test what’s working for you
- SelfHacked VIP – an area where you can ask me (Joe) questions about health topics
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