Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker,
author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. We’re going to talk a bit more
about biofilms today. Particularly, about the different bacteria, Candida or yeast,
associated with biofilms, but also the different diseases that are associated with biofilms.
Biofilms are associated with many different types of chronic diseases, particularly. So
I’ll just read out a list here of some of the diseases associated with biofilm. Recurring
tonsillitis, recurring ear infection, chronic sinusitis, bronchiectasis or lung problems,
osteomyelitis like bone infections, chronic cystitis, urinary tract infections, kidney
stones, chronic prostatitis, cystic fibrosis, recurring vaginal yeast infections, pneumonia,
endocarditis, inflammation of the heart. This is just a few. There’s like hundreds and hundreds
of different kinds of infections associated with biofilms.
It’s a very important field now that a huge amount of research is being conducted in many
different countries. In China and Pakistan, in Japan, in America, in Germany, many countries
now are really studying biofilms, particularly the formation and the best eradication ways.
I think they’re really barking up the wrong tree when it comes to pharmaceutical medicine
because I haven’t really found much joy yet using these �anti� kind of drugs for biofilms.
What are some of the examples of bacteria associated with biofilms? Well, E.coli is
a common one. E.coli can be good or bad. And certain types of E.coli, particularly large
amounts of it, affect people very much and cause urinary tract infections. So it’s very
easy for you to get a colony of E.coli that just sits there and keeps causing problems
there. And recurring amounts of antibiotics are not really going to do much there when
a biofilm is present with that extracellular mucopolysaccharides enclosure we spoke about
in a previous video, where it’s almost like a tent in covering these bacteria, where antibiotics
can’t really get into anymore. Staphylococcus aureus is a very common bacterium
that we find there with many different kinds of skin infections, for example. Endocarditis,
like heart infections. Infected medical devices like joint prosthesis and heart valves. These
are all areas where biofilms love to grow. Catheter infections, very common. Many patients
I’ve seen in wheelchairs over the years have a biofilm.
Pseudomonas, a very common bacteria that we find with ear, nose or throat disease, lung
disease, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, very common in that. We also find a lot of pseudomonas
in patients with bad bowel problems. Another one I see is Citrobacter. It’s another
bacterium, particularly Citrobacter fundi is a very common one. And I remember reading
a paper only recently, the Journal of Microbiology Technology, December 2013. This is a medical
journal. Effects of Nutritional and Environmental Conditions on Biofilm Formation of Citrobacter.
Basically, the article stated that the best approach for eradicating biofilm was through
diet and lifestyle. That’s really what the article said, which is the kind of work that
we do as naturopaths. Streptococcus mutans, which is a typical bacteria
that we see in plaque formation. So I hope you’re brushing your teeth two or three times
per day. It’s important to get rid of bacteria out of the mouth that cause plaque. Because
these bacteria can cause a lot of problems further downstream in the gut. Healthy mouth,
healthy gut, is what I always tend to say to people.
Klebsiella, another bug found often there with prostate infections, urinary tract infections,
[wilsonominium] SP? And the list goes on and on. There are many different types of bacteria.
The list could be as long as your arm that is associated with biofilm formation.
So it’s important for you to understand how biofilms are formed, so check out my other
video, the Five Stages of Biofilm Development. In subsequent videos, I’m going to talk about
eradication of biofilm. Thanks for tuning in today.