Posts tagged: Why Am I Still Sick?

What Is A Biofilm?

In the past six years I’ve learned a lot about bugs. Microbes comprise 70% of all living organisms in the world. And we have ten times more bacteria than human cells. So why ponder these peculiar facts? In short, how we understand the myriad interactions between humans and microbes decides how we treat – or fail to treat – a range of human diseases.

My first unexpected foray into the pathology of bacterial disease started in 2005, as I became increasingly ill with an odd constellation of symptoms that eluded doctors. Looking back, it seems possible I visited every medical specialty in western medicine! My shortness of breath, fatigue, cardiovascular troubles and neck pains puzzled my PCP, ENTs, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, a physiatrist and an interventional radiologist. And that’s not the complete list. I knew I wasn’t crazy as my health spiraled downward into an indescribable hell.

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Biofilm Communities – The Organized Criminals Of Cellular Biology

Richard Longland is looking for a way to get word out about biofilm, and to spread that word beyond the scientific community with his coming film, Why am I Still Sick?.  After talking to the real brainpower here at Ondine, Richard sat down with me and captured my views on biofilm and infectious disease for his feature length piece on biofilm.  Richard was clearly familiar with the joy I take in making complex subjects easier to understand, and asked me how I would describe biofilm in order to make people aware of the danger it poses. It wasn’t something that I had given thought to beforehand, but the obvious answer was that biofilm communities are the organized criminals of cellular biology.

Stages of Biofilm Development - Source: Wikipedia Commons

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