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).
Non-Herbal Biofilm Disruptors
5EDTA (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).
12Zeolite (Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans) (R)
15Norspermidine (found in chlorella) (R),
Herbal Biofilm Disruptors
2D-Amino Acids (R)