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!
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