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Article by Marie Cargill:
THE SMART PATHOGEN

 

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Killing off pathogens is not easy at all. Sending an antibiotic at them can result in some change or no change. This is due to their intrinsic intelligence working to keep them alive and reproducing.

Populations of microorganisms in the gut are either free living microbes or colonizing organisms encased within a matrix of proteins which adheres to tissue and resists dislodgement.

This matrix is a biofilm highly resistant to the antibiotics and other medicines used as killing agents. These biofilms are the hiding places of almost every pathogen and only when they are broken into can the pathogens be eliminated.

Biofilms are ideal homes. Several species of microbes can live in them and communicate and collaborate with each other. They ca. set a diverse community. They start with simple attachment to an area, form a micro-colony, develop the biofilm, mature and release members into more areas.

Life within a biofilm has significant survival advantages particularly for bacteria and yeasts. Very importantly this home resists dislodgement enabling microbes to persist indefinitely and reproduce in a comfortable niche. Not only does a biofilm offer safety against antibiotics but it protects the microbes from being eaten by protozoa in the immune response as well.

On the plus side a biofilm can be healthful as well as pathogenic. Good bacteria such as bacteroides, biofidobacterium, an. fusobacterium also form and maintain biofilms ensuring continuity between early and late colonizers.

Riding the body of bacteria, yeast and other microbes is no. simple. A multi-step process is involved and all steps have to be taken: degradin. the pathogen-associated biofilm, killing the pathogens and restarting the integrity of the gut.

There are effective approaches to the problem. One method is using enzymes -polysaccharideses, proteases and lysozmes. These are killing agents able to break down the biofilms and degrade bacterial and yeast cell walls. Enzyme actions are enhanced when combined with high potency broad multi –specifies. pre- and probiotics. They can also be combined with conventional anti microbial agents.

Some antibiofilm enzyme combinations include an agent that can bind up calcium, iron and magnesium. These metals are essential to biofilm creation an. pulling them out helps in maximu. destruction.

Ending the life of the biofilm is step one. Killing the pathogens comes next. At this point conventional medication can be used. But the price to pay for using them is major disruption to the entire gastrointestinal system with the possibility of serious side effects. A more benign answer is herbal medicine. Both western herbal medicine and Asian herbal medicine have answers to eradicating e. coli, helicobacter pylori. klebsiella, pseudomonses, clostridium, staphylococci, streptococci, and candidas. There are herbal programs for modern pathogens such as Lyme’s. Herbs need to be taken in very high doses for an aggressive attack for the first few days and then can be used continually for a long period of time at lower doses without side or adverse effects.

The gut then needs to be healed and given the opportunity to optimize immune function and bowel regularity. Healing irritated and inflamed tissue, ulcerations and lesions is the work of an amino acid L-glutamine. The nutrient is great fuel for intestinal cells. It decreases permeability. the main cause of leaky gut syndrome. It maintains normal pH balance and eliminates high ammonia levels. The nutrient supports intestinal immune cells. (seventy percent or more of one’s immunity is in the gut). And glutamine will help in the prevention of future growth of harmfu. bacteria.

The last two parts are the introduction of pre- and probiotics. In a healthy digestive system, hundreds of diverse microbial species coexist in a balanced way. Prebiotics influence GI health in several ways. They stimulate growth of beneficia. bacteria, promote normal colon transit time, enhance absorption of other important nutrients, increase production of fatty acids particularly butyrate , an effective anti-cancer agent. In general they alter the gut environment increasing good colonization which in turns keep pathogen populations under control.

Prebiotics work synergistically with probiotics. Prebiotics are usually herb and plant material such as inulin, a fuel source for healthful intestinal bacteria, and beta-glucan which ha. a big effect on immune function through enhancement of specific white cells.

Probiotics need to be of the highest quality available. They are live and easily degraded by acid in the stomach and by digestive enzymes therefore the best brands contain specific additions to their strains such as polysaccardies from marine plants an. encapsulate. in a gel matrix to counter this.

A probiotic formulation can contain anywhere from one specific strain to a dozen strains and in different ranges, for example from 2 billion to 100 billion per capsule. Choosing strains based on need, age, gender and of course, symptoms, is important.

Research has shown that there are strains for anxiety and depression (the gut talks to the brain). strains for support in ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, for urinary tract support and prevention of urinary tract infections, for managing cholesterol metabolism, for allergies, and there are strains for infants, young children, all the way to seniors. Not one size fits all.

The next time an infection takes hold be aggressive. You are pitted against a foe that wants to win.

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