Over the past two weeks, I’ve been taking serrapeptase to break up biofilms of the various chronic infections and to break open the Lyme cysts. Predictably, this has shaken things up. I’m more symptomatic, though the symptoms keep shifting. The early reaction to the serrapeptase gave me clues about where the biofilms are, specifically the places that hurt right away. This, in turn, has helped me decide where to coil. Over the two weeks, I’ve also started to think about what infections I need to coil for, and I’m starting to consider other opportunistic infections that may be stirred up as the biofilms dissolve.
Rather than explaining biofilms in a Lyme Disease context, I’ll start with the biofilm that most people can readily locate on their bodies: dental plaque. This is where multiple species of bacteria form a matrix or scaffolding to keep out the part of the human immune system contained in saliva. That allows the bacteria to grow slowly and use the minerals in teeth to form a protected colony, while also allowing nutrients that pass through the mouth to be collected and distributed among the colony. The easiest way to disrupt this particular colony is to scrape apart the scaffolding, i.e. using a tooth brush.
It is more difficult to use a large scraping device on the surface of a kidney or a nerve bundle. Thus, we have to find other ways of destroying the scaffolding and making the bacteria within more susceptible to being killed (by herbs, coiling, or antibiotics). There are many ways to choose from, mostly chemical in nature. Some doctors suggest starving the biofilm of minerals, though I reject that because the host body (person) needs minerals to survive and a biofilm is good at stealing nutrients even when the person is suffering from a deficit. There are several different kinds of enzymes that dissolve the outer coating, which is the protective outer layer, of a biofilm. The particular one I’m using is serrapeptase, which is what dissolves the coocoon of silk worms once they have transformed into moths. I started at a dose of 60,000 serrapeptase units, and after a few days went up to 120,000 serrapeptase units once a day, always on an empty stomach. (Serrapeptase is an enzyme that will get used until it is destroyed. If food is available, it will break down the food and not get absorbed into the blood stream where it can come in contact with biofilms throughout the body.)
Like many biological supplements, serrapeptase is not specific to borrelia biofilms. It can dissolve other biofilms and random stuff clogging up the body. It can also reduce clotting ability, so if you are taking any other anticoagulants, such as fish oil, this might not be your best option. It is always good to check with a naturopath or holistic doctor before using a supplement for the first time.
Back to biofilms, here are two links to doctors who have written about biofilms:
- Dr. Rawls – straightforward explanation in the context of Lyme
- Dr. Ross – various strategies for breaking up biofilms
The first few days after starting serrapeptase, I could feel it in my lower back, around my sacrum, and in my neck. I’ve had other evidence that the biofilms are in the radicular nerves coming out of the base of my spine (including a painful nerve test, called an EMG). The area became tender to touch within two days, warm, and later on, itchy. My neck became a tangle of muscle knots causing headaches and muscle tension in my shoulders and upper back.
Apparently, I took serrapeptase back in 2012 and it gave me excruciating headaches which forced me to stop after a week. This time around, I’m more prepared to deal with the herxes. I’m taking NAC, chanca piedra, drinking lots of water with lemon juice, and doing a compressed eating schedule, aka, a daily fast. I leave at least 16 hours between my last meal of a day and the first meal of the next day. After about 12 hours, the body goes into clean-up mode, getting rid of toxins, destroying damaged cells, and digesting proteins that aren’t where they should be. I think this has allowed me to push past where I had to stop the previous time I took serrapeptase.
Where to Coil
As a result of the two initial locations that flared up, I’ve done extra coiling on the back of my head/neck, and on my sacrum. These are the two places where I know the biofilms are dissolving and the highest concentration of vulnerable Lyme and Bartonella cells are gathered. However, the bacteria are not going to stay put and wait for me to coil them. Some will move around my body to find new hideouts, and the remaining ones will attempt to repair and rebuild the biofilms.
In addition to those two locations, I’m coiling the rest of my central nervous system, since that is an immune privileged location for the bacteria to hide out in, so all around my head, and the rest of my spine. I’m also coiling the organs that process blood and where bacteria may also try to hide out: heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, and abdomen (for intestines and the peritoneum where biofilms might also try to form).
For Lyme, in particular, I’m coiling the rest of my body at least once a week, which seems to help with the returning joint pain and stiffness. For both Lyme and Bartonella, I’m coiling my shoulders daily to get the nerves on the sides of my neck.
Two Weeks Later
Predictably, when the infections get stirred up, the symptoms spread past the two big biofilm locations. My whole nervous system has been on red alert. I suspect this is from Bartonella, which is usually the culprit for my systemic nerve problems. I spent five days feeling like there was something crawling around on my skin when nothing was there. (It didn’t help that I found a dog tick on my leg looking for a place to bite on day three.) I had tingling in my arms and legs and odd sensations in all my limbs, various locations on my torso, and even on my scalp, face, and neck. More coiling didn’t help, but acupuncture on my back made it stop. What is still left is poor proprioception, which is leading me to drop things constantly and bang into objects in my environment.
In the meantime, I’ve had two migraines. Usually I would toss it up to Babesia, but I’m not having other Babesia symptoms, and I’m coiling 1583Hz daily. It could be that the serrapeptase can get to the dormant babesia cells, but I have a hard time believing it can get into red bone marrow. It could, however, be attacking babesia that is stored in the spleen. I have no way to test my hypotheses.
Beyond migraines, I’ve had tension headaches, but the tension in my shoulders and upper back has been relieved. It seems that as I coil the newly weakened biofilms in my neck, I’m able to move the symptoms.
About five days after I started the serrapeptase, I started to feel the classic Bartonella problems, in particular, spasms in my intestines. I’m still having daily bowel movements, but they are difficult to pass, dry, hard, and have to be done over several tries during the day. Other Bartonella issues include needing to urinate excessively and urinary hesitation. I think of that as some kind of autonomic nervous system problem with the nerves as they leave my spine, particularly my neck or my sacrum. In the past two days, I’ve had a recurrence of tricuspid valve prolapse (which is very loud and very obvious with a stethoscope, and has previously been confirmed with an echocardiogram). It feels like a lot of pain in my chest and left neck, and a strong desire to lie down and do nothing. It is even keeping me up at night. In the past, when confronted with this problem, the shortcut to resolving the cardiac problem is to coil the back of my head/neck for Bartonella (832Hz) for 10 minutes two to three times a day, and doing a few minutes on my upper back and shoulders. I restarted this today. In the meantime, my cardiologist recommended using ibuprofen to reduce cardiac inflammation.
I’m doing my best to dig up my inner warrior, the one who wanted to take a long nap after all the time on antibiotics. Instead, I find myself complaining to myself because I have a million things I’d rather do than sit around in a daze (did I mention the return of brain fog) waiting out the pain.
Advanced Biofilm Knowledge
What I wasn’t thinking about was the little stuff, like my temperature is totally out of whack again…feeling overheated, then feeling like my fingers and toes are frozen. This could be from the autonomic problems, or they could be from other opportunistic infections that piled into the biofilm matrix. I keep a list of opportunistic infections next to my coil machine, along with frequencies. Once this thought occurred to me, I looked at the list and decided to try a mycoplasma frequency (690Hz). I coiled for a minute each on my central nervous system locations, and on the organ locations listed above. About three hours later, all my joints got very stiff and very sore. I needed to kneel down to hug a child and I couldn’t get back up. Oops. Usually this is not a problem. Now I know I need to coil for mycoplasma for a while. Unfortunately, I think I need to try a few other frequencies for other infections as well. I already feel like I spend my whole life coiling, but if this gets me back to a place of energy, concentration, and stamina, I’m willing to do it.