Simply searching for biofilms using Google brings you to page after page of medical jargon. Since it’s a medical term, this isn’t surprising, but what about those who don’t have an MD after our name? How are we expected to know what biofilm is? Is it a good thing? Is it a bad thing? What does it have to do with Autism and why is there a specific Biofilm Protocol that people are talking about?
Sit tight, let’s take a layman’s look at what all of this means.
Okay, so what exactly is Biofilm – minus the big words?
Let’s get the basics right out of the way. Biofilm is more easily thought of as slime. This slime, or biofilm can exist and thrive wherever there is water, from the bathroom counter to your teeth (think: dental plaque) to the gut of living mammals including humans. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of some biofilm as that sticky, green stuff clinging to pipes and plumbing.
About 99 precent of bacteria live in biofilm communities. Of course, not all bacteria is bad. Some bacteria’s primary function is to kill other, more damaging bacteria. More commonly though, we know about the bad bacteria that can do things like corrode pipes and invade our bodies and make us sick, or even causing bodies to reject medical implants.
Whenever we have an infection or some sort, we typically go to the doctor and they prescribe us an antibiotic that starts working immediately and attacking bacteria in our bodies that are making us ill. However, biofilm is a very intelligent thing. Some biofilm resists antibiotics and medicines, and continues thriving despite intense attempts at destroying it. It’s also important to note that depending on the environment, biofilm can form in as little as 30 seconds, to several weeks.
How Does Biofilm Relate to Autism?
You’ve heard it all before – toxic metals being evidenced to Autism. Many treatments for Autism target the removal of existing toxic metals in the body and avoiding putting additional toxins in the body.
Only recently did people begin taking a closer look at what biofilm is actually made of. Biofilm builds itself a protective matrix in order to thrive inside of. It’s general knowledge that to build that matrix, biofilm utilizes iron, magnesium and calcium. Peta Cohen mentions this almost like building a wall: you not only want bricks, you also need cement to hold it all together. The minerals provide the “cement” that biofilm needs to hold its matrix together.
When biofilm began to be broken down using a proper order of processes including chelation, there were huge releases of toxic metals into the bowel. Prior to doing to conducting the breakdown of Biofilm, however, the stool cultures didn’t show abnormal levels of toxic metals. This may be because biofilm is intelligent, and as we said, builds up it’s matrix of protection. It isn’t until you break down that matrix and get to the heart of the matter that you find the toxic metals living inside.
What Can We Do?
Next week we’re going to look at Biofilm Protocol and what many are finding to find to be a very successful form of Autism treatment.