Physicians: What You Need To Know About Biofilms
If you have patients who have chronic infections that seem to get better with antibiotics but they always come back, biofilms might be at the root of the problem.
When most people think about bacteria, they imagine single cells floating around. However, most bacteria exist in colonies called biofilms. These slimy colony of bacteria causes thousands of deaths in the United States each year. They are one of the leading causes of hospital-acquired infections. They are tough to stop, which is why the infection keeps coming back even after several rounds of antibiotics. Biofilms cause deadly infections and cost the healthcare tons of money each year.
Biofilms are made up of bacteria that attach to surfaces and then begin to collect into large masses. Biofilms are protected by a coating of polysaccharides, DNA, and proteins. This slime-like mass of bacteria manages to undergo changes that allow it to evade the immune system. Biofilms are largely resistant to antibiotics. In fact, their tolerance is as much as 1,000 times stronger than normal bacteria.
The Current Model Of Treatment Is Ineffective
Currently, it is assumed that acute infections are caused by single bacteria, and the infection is treated accordingly. This leads to ineffective treatments as most infections are caused by biofilms rather than single bacteria floating around. In fact, more than 80 percent of bacterial infections are linked with biofilms, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Where Do Biofilms Hide?
Biofilms are especially prone to the gastrointestinal tract. Because it has a large surface area and is lined with mucus, the GI tract is the perfect environment for biofilms. Furthermore, the GI tract is prone to problems with inflammation, which creates an opportunity for the bacteria to attach to the surface of the GI tract.
Why Can’t Biofilms Be Detected?
It is difficult for many health practitioners to diagnose biofilms. The biofilm tends to be tucked away in the GI tract or somewhere similar. Therefore, cultures and other tests do not often detect them. Stool samples are also not helpful when it comes to identifying biofilms. So, there is no good method of assessment.
If you have a patient presenting with chronic infections, then a biofilm could very well be to blame. Treatment of biofilms involves breaking down the biofilm, attacking the bacteria within and replenishing the gut with healthy bacteria.
The first step in treating biofilms is to disrupt their course of action. Enzymes, such as protease, lumbrokinase, and serrapeptase very helpful when it comes to disrupting biofilms. The help disrupts the formation of biofilms breaking them down. Other enzymes that break down biofilms include amylase and glucoamylase. These break down the walls of the biofilm and absorbs nutrients preventing them from continuing to grow. The nutrients then help create energy for the body.
Once the biofilms are broken down using enzymes, you must use enzymes to remove harmful bacteria and yeast. Bacillus coagulans is excellent at eliminating pathogenic bacteria and yeast from the body. This enzyme also helps improve digestion and gut functioning.
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