If you’ve been working the UTI protocol, and either your intestinal Candida is barely budging, or the bacteria in your bladder seems oddly unaffected by the natural meds, you’re dealing with a biofilm, whether produced by Candida, or the bacteria.
The presence of Candida biofilm is relatively easy to determine, as I’ve already mentioned in this Troubleshooting post. Many cases are easily eradicated by an activated charcoal cleanse, as outlined here, but in cases where there’s a significant past history of prolonged anti-fungal or corticosteroid use, the treatment is going to be somewhat more complicated. First of all, you want to stay on the Quick and Dirty Cleanse protocol, and you want to get horseradish root (benefits for the bladder and other systems found here) from your local grocery store, and a digestive enzyme supplement like this one. I haven’t observed enzymes to be very efficacious on their own, but paired with horseradish, they may be more effective. (take according to label instructions)
Anti-fungals need to be paired with a biofilm disruptor, which is a combination of specific enzymes that are designed to eat their way through the matrix.
Candida and other types of yeasts have no resistance and are not able to build a resistance to enzymes like they may be able to do with drugs or herbs. There are no side effects, only side benefits with this type of biofilm disruptor. When looking for an enzyme formula make sure and find one that contains a varied number of enzymes to target the layer of the cell wall, biofilm, nucleus and fibrin.
Enzymes to look for specifically in a product are cellulase, glucoamylase, amylase, invertase, protease, and serrapeptase.
Horseradish is an excellent source of natural biofilm-destroying compounds, link here…
…and as shown in the graph below, is highly effective against the biofilm of some strains of E. coli as well.
Competition between iberin and AHL signal molecules. The reporter lasR lasB-gfp (E. coli) (light gray bars), rhlR rhlA-lacZ (E. coli) (medium gray bars), and luxR-PluxI-gfp (E. coli) (dark gray bars) strains were treated with different concentrations of iberin and with the addition of the following concentrations of their cognate signal molecules: 25 nM, 20 μM, and 25 nM, respectively. Cultures with no addition of iberin were defined as 100%. No add, no addition of iberin. The results are based on three independent experiments. Error bars represent means ± standard deviations (SD).
The short and sweet of it is, if you’re doing everything right but not making progress, try adding horseradish to what you’re doing. If you’re using garlic, you can drop it while you’re taking horseradish.
Forget looking for supplements online: you want the fresh root. Unless you’re a hardy soul with a masochistic streak, I would suggest buying empty capsules like these, and stuffing the freshly grated root into them. Horseradish has mustard compounds in it, and if you’re one of those hapless, unwary souls who don’t know about the emetic power of mustard, don’t be like me and make that mental connection the hard way.
I just love it when my memory kicks in 10 seconds too late.
Like, “Wait, is it the 11th? I think it’s the 11th. I ovulate on the 11th.”
No, darlings. I’m not pregnant. I speak of the past, which lies shrouded in oblivion now that I have an app with WARNING ALERTS for such things. Klaxons blare, sirens wail…very handy.
What were we talking about? Oh yeah, biofilms and horseradish. So, grate your horseradish root with a medium grater, not the kind you use for hard cheeses like Parmesan, something more like this, which should be at your local grocery if it’s not already in your catch-all drawer. Horseradish grates into a dry-ish powder that compresses easily: you want to shoot for about 1/2 tsp of shavings, pressed into capsules and TAKEN WITH FOOD. You can take them with a little soda water to buffer it. Take with every meal, and brace for impact. If you’re taking it for Candida biofilm, you may have a *ahem* watershed experience within 24-36 hours. If you’re taking it for bacterial biofilm, you should notice improved test results within the same period of time. If you don’t, increase the dose size by about 50% over the course of the following 2 days. If you still don’t get improvement, message me on FB, because you have further complications we should chat about. (Like, you’re probably strengthening your biofilm with mineral supplements you’re taking: watch the iron and magnesium!)
WARNING: Horseradish is contraindicated (except in minimal amounts) for pregnant women.