Have you ever had an infection such as an ear or bladder infection only to be told that no bacteria were detected? This is becoming a more regular occurrence as bacteria cover themselves in biofilms.
Fluid taken from the ear of animals suffering chronic middle ear infection or otitis media are frequently negative. However, Haemophilus influenzae is a known cause of otitis media.
Similarly, Escherichia coli or E. coli can invade the bladder cells to establish intracellular communities that behave like biofilms. When samples are taken, cultures often product sterile urine cultures.
The biofilm is an excellent defence mechanism which protects the bacteria, not only from our immune system, but also from antibiotics.
In order to reach the bacteria, we need to destroy the biofilm. Nature has several options that are highly effective in this area. Other treatment mechanisms involve frequency therapies which penetrate the biofilm and reach the bacteria.
It is not only acute infections that are of concern. Bacterial infections have now been linked with a number of chronic and autoimmune conditions including:
- Hodgkin’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- imflammatory bowel disease
- asthma, and
There are many strains of bacteria that can contribute to chronic diseases. In addition, other microbes including viruses, fungi and parasites also challenge our immune system, often causing inflammation and tissue damage.