The bad bug cure

News from the NIH: Sneaky bacteria ar­mored by biofilms are keep­ing 99% of women fat, foggy and fa­tigued. Dis­cover the fast-act­ing fix!

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Drop 1 pound a day on this proven plan that will re­lease fat, heal in­fec­tions, ease joint pain, lower choles­terol and more!

Think back to your last den­tal ap­point­ment. As part of your clean­ing, the hy­gien­ist likely used a tool to scrape away the sticky plaque that builds up around the gums (no mat­ter how dili­gently you brush and floss). This residue, called a biofilm, is formed by the bacteria that make their home in the mouth—and left unchecked, it can trig­ger in­flam­ma­tion and bad breath.

Now sci­ence from the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health (NIH) has re­vealed that a sim­i­lar film en­cases bad bacteria in the gut. “Biofilms are cre­ated as a pro­tec­tive coat­ing by com­mu­ni­ties of bacteria,” ex­plains Raphael Kell­man, M.D., founder of the Kell­man Cen­ter for In­te­gra­tive and Func­tional Medicine in New York City. In a healthy gut, he says, this film is thin and harm­less. “But in a gut that is over­run by high lev­els of bad mi­crobes,

biofilms can grow into thick, sticky masses. And once bacteria are en­cased in this coat­ing, they re­main out of reach of the im­mune sys­tem as well as med­i­ca­tions or pro­bi­otics.” In fact, Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity bi­ol­o­gists found that when heath-sap­ping mi­crobes are en­cased in biofilms, they are 1,000 times harder to erad­i­cate.

Thick, sticky biofilms pull us into a sick/fat cy­cle. Michelle Schof­fro Cook, Ph.D., au­thor of The Cul­tured Cook, ex­plains that good bacteria typ­i­cally keep the pop­u­la­tion of bad bacteria in check. “But when bad bugs are pro­tected by biofilms, they end up driv­ing out the good bugs—and that leads to weight gain be­cause there are not suf­fi­cient num­bers of ben­e­fi­cial bacteria in the gut.” What’s worse, com­mu­ni­ties of bad bacteria en­cased in biofilms se­crete an enor­mous amount of meta­bolic waste, which cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant toxic load in the body. And fil­ter­ing these tox­ins falls to the liver. “The liver is the body’s ma­jor detox­i­fier,” Cook notes, “but con­stantly fil­ter­ing out tox­ins can leave it slug­gish and too over­worked to op­ti­mally per­form its other im­por­tant du­ties— in­clud­ing fat burn­ing.”

Biofilms can ex­ac­er­bate a va­ri­ety of other health con­cerns, as­serts Dr. Kell­man. Any health is­sue caused by bad mi­crobes—from fa­tigue to sea­sonal al­ler­gies to si­nus and yeast in­fec­tions—can be­come chronic and seem­ingly in­cur­able due to the pres­ence of the sticky film. “Biofilms are one of the main rea­sons peo­ple ‘try every­thing’ but don’t see any health im­prove­ments,” adds Cook. In­deed, re­searchers from the NIH es­ti­mate that 80 per­cent of dif­fi­cult-to-cure in­fec­tions are at­trib­ut­able to biofilms.

De­spite how dam­ag­ing biofilms can be, it’s pos­si­ble to quickly elim­i­nate them. Cook has de­vel­oped a six-week pro­to­col that uses enzymes to erad­i­cate biofilms and floods the body with pro­bi­otics to elim­i­nate bad bugs. “Biofilms have a pro­tein mem­brane, and pro­tein-di­gest­ing enzymes work like lit­tle Pac-Men to lit­er­ally di­gest and break down biofilms,” Cook ex­plains. “When the mi­crobes come out of the dis­rupted biofilms, the pro­bi­otics fight them off.” As gut bal­ance is re­stored through­out the body, the liver’s toxic load is less­ened, al­low­ing the or­gan to fire up fat burn. The pay­off: Women lose up to 6 pounds ev­ery week, plus they are able to keep the weight off long-term—one woman we in­ter­viewed has main­tained her happy weight for more than three years!

Weight loss is just the be­gin­ning. Women FIRST spoke to re­port ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sky-high en­ergy, clearer skin, bet­ter fo­cus and sun­nier moods. And Cook adds that the plan is es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial right now. “Re­mov­ing biofilms elim­i­nates a key source of low­grade in­flam­ma­tion that can am­plify sea­sonal al­ler­gies, so this plan may also elim­i­nate itchy eyes and runny noses dur­ing hay fever sea­son.” It may cut the risk of colds and flu too: “When the body isn’t ex­pend­ing so much en­ergy try­ing to fight biofilms, it’s bet­ter able to fend off in­fec­tions,” Cook ex­plains. What’s more, stud­ies sug­gest that elim­i­nat­ing biofilms can lower joint pain by 67 per­cent, choles­terol by 41 per­cent and di­a­betes risk by 40 per­cent. Read on for the pro­to­col that will help you look and feel your all-time best!

“Once you get rid of biofilms, weight loss be­comes

ef­fort­less.” —Michelle Schof­fro

Cook, Ph.D.

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