Crohn's Disease Caused by Biofilms?

Richard Stanley

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Biofilms frequently consist of more than one species and also a symbiotic mixture of bacteria and fungus. As I have learned the hard way, biofilms seem to be at the root of most cases of seemingly permanent chronic sinusitis. In the mean time I have had two bouts of symptoms that appeared identical to Crohn's Disease.

The researchers found that the people with Crohn's disease had significantly higher levels of two types of bacteria, called Escherichia coli and Serratia marcescens, and one fungus, called Candida tropicalis, compared with their healthy relatives and the other people in the study who did not have the disease, according to the study, published Sept. 20 in the journal mBio.

Although previous research in mice has suggested that this fungus may be involved in Crohn's, this is the first time it has been linked to the condition in people, the researchers said.

Moreover, when the researchers examined these bacteria and fungus, they found that the three microorganisms worked together to form a so-called biofilm — a thin, sticky layer of microorganisms — that attaches itself to a portion of the gut. This biofilm could trigger the inflammation that causes the symptoms of Crohn's disease, the researchers said.

That carageenan will trigger Crohn's like symptoms is interesting in that carageenan is also known as 'agar', which is the growth medium in Petri dishes used to culture microbes. This, because it seems to be a preferred food for the buggers.

No thanks to my gastro doctors I fortunately found out that avoiding food products (e.g. most ice creams today) with the thickening agent, carageenan, eliminates the symptoms altogether. Many countries, except the USA, for one, have banned carageenan.