The first time I heard the word Biofilm, I thought it was all starting to sound a bit sci-fi; I did think that people of the heath forums I follow on Facebook, were being a bit kooky. I was to discover though, that Biofilm is more relevant to my health than I ever 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, sorption 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.
There is a lot of information on what is known as ‘biofilm busting’, lots of herbs and enzymes that can facilitate the arduous task of breaking down the bioflm in order to treat diseases, but it seems to me that measuring the efficiency of these busters is tricky. Often we rely on how terrible we feel to know if a product or protocol is working, which isn’t pleasant. But when this biofilm resides in the gut, well you know when you get that stuff out. But whats in it?
More and more people are discovering they are harboring this mysterious goop like stuff inside them, and going to great lengths to get it out. It can be linked to IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, even Crohns Disease, and has been given different names such as ‘mucoid plaque‘ and ‘ropeworms‘. Many different and dangerous toxins and pathogens are released when it is removed, and so removal needs to be done carefully, with use of toxin binders to mop up its aftermath. Many people all over the world are sharing tips and experiences online, some use enemas, anti parasite medications seem to help, but I have found the most helpful and affordable way to remove it is by drinking Psyllium and Bentonite shakes, or PB shakes as they are known. Add charcoal to this and it, for me, works a treat!
I have been drinking these shakes for about 2 or 3 years now, and I still remove this strange substance. It appears to grow quite quickly so its important to be consistent in whatever method you use. For many of us with leaky gut or dysbiosis, its evident that the biofilm does not stay in the intestines but can migrate around to the organs, and almost any tissue. Observing what is going on inside the body with bioresonance scanning, it shows that, like parasites, it particularly likes the gallbladder, this seems to come hand in hand with the infection which is commonly known as Ropewom.
Is this Ropeworm biofilm? well its a type of biofilm, in that it is harboring pathogens, but exactly what it is nobody seems to know. There are parents with autistic children that have found to be carrying Ropeworm, and the symptoms often reside when the Ropeworm infection is lessened. What most adults seem to have in common, who find this stuff inside them, is chronic disease. Most commonly Lyme and its co-infections are the pathogenic diseases, but also pathological problems such as gastrointestinal diseases and autoimmune diseases. Many of these problems seem to improve after long term treatment for Ropeworm. But only self treatment is possible. It has never been officially diagnosed and is the source of much contention within the medical profession, mainstream and alternative alike. The argument has been about whether or not this organism is a helminth (worm) or not. It behaves like a parasite, but so far no worm DNA has been found, though without funding adequate testing has not been possible.
Why is this so relevant? well finding that the removal of an unknown organism from ones body improves physical health and well-being is pretty groundbreaking. If chronic disease, many which are said to be a mystery as to exactly what causes them, is so widespread among sufferers doesn’t that suggest that were on to something here? If it is a worm then we should be able to remove it with anti worm medications, but they seem to be only partially effective. Does this mean that it is part worm, and something else? Could it be that the ‘city of microbes’ could be mutating into something more than the sum of itself?
Ropeworm and autism http://ropeworms.com/autism/