Posts Tagged ‘bacteria’


One of the many problems with the Lyme disease bacteria is that when under attack, they can coat themselves with a biofilm. Think ‘getting slimed from ghostbusters…


…in fact:
“A biofilm is any group of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other and often these cells adhere to a surface. Biofilm is a polymeric conglomeration generally composed of extracellular DNA, proteins, and polysaccharides. These adherent cells are frequently embedded within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) which may also be referred to as SLIME (although not everything described as slime is a biofilm).” wiki
Is this mucous-y armor-y biofilm strong? Strong enough to withstand the antibiotics used to kill them and tadpole biofilm has even been found intact from the Miocene era so, yeah. Lyme disease bacteria can morph back and forth into this armor-like biofilm when attacked and remove it when it is going about its normal (destructive) life cycle. In fact, antibiotics like doxycycline, the standard treatment for Lyme disease, actually trigger the bacteria into producing this biofilm armor.

“The culprit behind Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection, is spirochete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The antibiotics proven to kill this form of bacteria are doxycycline and amoxicillin. However, Borrelia burgdorferi can be found in morphological forms, including spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form), round bodies, and biofilms. When conditions are considered unfavourable for the bacteria, it morphs into the dormant round body, then hides in a biofilm form. When conditions are favourable, however, it can shift back to its spirochete form.”
So what’s a Lyme disease sufferer to do when THE TREATMENT essentially STRENGTHENS the antibiotic resistance of the PATHOGEN?
A new study shows there is increased hope for Lyme disease sufferers. The use of Stevia, a common sugar, has been fond to destroy the biofilm. Taking STEVIA and ANTIBIOTICS will destroy the biofilm and the bacteria more effectively:

“Subculture experiments with Stevia and antibiotics treated cells were established for 7 and 14 days yielding, no and 10% viable cells, respectively compared to the above-mentioned antibiotics and antibiotic combination. When Stevia and the three antibiotics were tested against attached biofilms, Stevia significantly reduced B. burgdorferi forms. Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

“Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics, Study Confirms – http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/01/25/study-finds-stevia-kills-lyme-disease-pathogen-better-than-antibiotics/


In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on June 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Aliens or martians cartoon illustration

Gut Bacteria= Stronger Stem Cell Response

“The diversity of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of patients receiving stem cell transplants may be an important predictor of their post-transplant survival, researchers report. Researchers found a strong connection between post-transplant gut microbiota diversity and outcomes, observing overall survival rates of 36 percent, 60 percent, and 67 percent among the low, intermediate, and high diversity groups, respectively.” – ‘Gut bacteria predict survival after stem cell transplant, study shows.’ ScienceDaily

I always believed it, now there’s proof!

WHY? Maybe because…
Stem cells are a natural healing system in the body that regenerate dead and damaged tissue and create new tissue– they require nutrients to do so. Gut bacteria helps digest food and derive nutrients for the entire body. More gut bacteria means a stronger immune system which means a greater ability to fight infection; more nutrients available for use as building blocks, to repair nutrients, etc. This results in increased potential benefits from stem cell therapy.


Medical Marijuana For Staph; Other Ailments (GFON)

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on July 28, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Also from April, 2009…

Medical Marijuana reduces the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA).  Just one more use for medical marijuana…

marijuana hemp uses weed grass

From BioHealth Investor – Biotech and Medical Business Blog – April 23, 2009

It is hard to imagine that there are now two medical-related marijuana companies that are public stocks. But that is the new world for you. Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCBB: GFON) has a report on the current state of research into the use of natural plant cannabinoids to reduce the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA), and the prospects for development of topical whole-cannabis treatments.

The company noted a Journal of the American Medical Association and a Center for Disease Control in 2007 report, showing that MRSA is responsible for more than 18,500 hospital-stay related deaths each year, and increased direct healthcare costs of as much as $9.7 billion.

Dr. Melamede, chief scientist and director at Cannabis Science, Inc., noted that research into use of whole cannabis extracts and multi-cannabinoid compounds has provided the scientific rationale for medical marijuana’s efficacy in treating some of the most troubling diseases mankind now faces. What is interesting is that the reference was made to infectious diseases such as the flu and HIV, autoimmune diseases such as ALS, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and brain injury, and numerous forms of cancer.

via Medical Marijuana For Staph & Other Ailments (GFON) : BioHealth Investor – Biotech and Medical Business Blog.

First Ever Multicellular Animals Found In Oxygen-Free Environment | Popular Science

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

First Ever Multicellular Animals Found In Oxygen-Free Environment

Unnamed Loriciferan:   via Nature

By Stuart Fox Posted 04.06.2010 at 5:30 pm

In the 236 years since oxygen was identified as a life-giving necessity, no scientist anywhere has discovered a multicellular animal capable of living without the stuff. Until now. Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy, have discovered three new species that live their entire life in an anoxic pit beneath the Mediterranean Sea. This discovery drastically revises science’s understand of where animals can thrive.Prior to this discovery, the only organisms capable of life in oxygen-free environments were viruses and bacteria.

via First Ever Multicellular Animals Found In Oxygen-Free Environment | Popular Science.

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