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BIOFILM 101 - Understanding Biofilm


Lyme spirochetes are found to aggregate (gather) in biofilms. Until 2009, protocols focused on eradicating individual pathogens, with little attention paid to biofilms. Especially in chronic infections, newer protocols address biofilm as a colony of different organisms with a defensive barrier.

What are Biofilms?
A biofilm is a multicellular colony of multiple species of microorganisms and extracellular materials (materials outside of cells) that stick to one another or a surface. In some camps, biofilms are referred to as "slime," although when viewed with a microscope, fibers are present. The growth and proliferation of disease causing pathogens depends on biofilm. Although not all bacteria form biofilm, Lyme spirochetes are shown to aggregate within them.

Humans, as a rule, are a host to various "friendly" bacteria and viruses. We carry them around with us in tissues and biofilms and they normally exist in balance within our bodies.
The body is made of an estimated 100 trillion cells. However, humans host between 1.5-2 quadrillion and approximately 1,500 different types of bacteria. "The number of bacteria living within the body of the average healthy adult human are estimated to outnumber human cells 10 to 1!"

Although more research is needed as to everything we get from this arrangement, we know that:
  • We need their enzymes for various body processes
  • They communicate with the immune system
  • They prevent growth of harmful species
  • They regulate the development of the gut
  • They produce vitamins (such as biotin and vitamin K)
  • They ferment unused energy substrates
  • They produce needed hormones
  • They assist us in the biofilms in the gut, respiratory system, urinary tract, mucus membranes of the reproductive tract.
Is it realistic or even possible to try and remove all biofilm from the body, when we have always hosted biofilm communities? No, because we are designed to live in harmony with one another, unless infection and other problems create an imbalance. Humans are "symbiotes" with various organisms.

It is when Lyme Disease and co-infections and strong antibiotics
enter the picture that the normal, symbiotic biofilm arrangement in the body can most likely be tipped over the edge into more pathogenic ("bad") biofilm communities.


Pathogenic organisms are seen in tissues and blood in various forms and growth phases, meaning organisms are not always strictly limited to the location of the biofilms. They can also live outside of it. This is why our protocols address pathogens throughout the body, including blood stream, joints, nerve tissue, brain, and biofilm.

Within the protective barrier of biofilms, pathogens aggregate and multiply, greatly increasing virulence. Enzymes and other agents are recommended in Tick Disease protocols to degrade and destabilize the pathogenic biofilm "slime" organism/layer.

Do organisms live outside the biofilm or are they all inside the biofilm?
No, they can also live outside the biofilm, too. They will seek out and signal one another, however, to accumulate in biofilm.

How do pathogens move to other areas of the body?
Single pathogens can migrate outside the biofilm - they go in and out of the colony. Also, biofilm can fragment and the fragment can float to other areas and attach elsewhere, carrying a small part of the colony to a new location.

Not only does biofilm fragment, it also relocates via "rolling, streaming, and rippling." Biofilm can also "disperse seeds," meaning the biofilm can release single pathogens (planktonic cells) into the bloodstream and surrounding areas. http://www.cs.montana.edu/ross/personal/intro-biofilms-s4.htm


Biofilms act like an intelligent community of pathogens
, and pathogens that are embedded within them appear to use and have access to:
1. A signaling communication system.
2. A pump system to transport internal and external fluids and solids and a network of channels to transport them.
3. Quorum sensing (messaging) ability.

Biofilms and Infection video featuring Dr. Rachel Fresco on Usage Protocols for Biocidin and the Comprehensive Cleansing Program.

Is it possible that the good guy, friendly biofilms can be "brought to the dark side," and go from good to pathogenic? We think this is certainly possible, particularly in chronic illness, and especially in the theory of "Pleomorphism." Pleomorphists believe that internal microorganisms can change from avirulent, benign forms into a potentially virulent, pathogenic, forms." Click for article and reference. The goal then, is to re-establish the healthy balance and symbiotic relationship to the natural biofilm and organisms in the body.

Think of it this way: When you are healthy, your body exists as a balanced series of communities of human cells carrying thousands of species of organisms that help you and one another survive. When you begin to kill off these species, especially with toxic chemicals like antibiotics, they will in effect fight back to survive, turning against the host or one another in chronic disease.