287 Biofilm Candida – Brain Fog – Fresco -2

biofilm, yeast, candida, brain fog

Biofilm and Candida Create Treatment Failure

Dr. Rachel Fresco, L. Ac. Ph. D. is the founder and chief formulator for Bio-Botanical Research. In 1989 Dr. Fresco began looking for ways to improve GI health and address systemic infections. One of the results of this research is her development of Biocidin®, a broad spectrum botanical formulation. This formula is recognized by many major diagnostic labs, clinicians, and authors as one of the most useful products for addressing difficult and resistant biofilm-relevant clinical presentations, such as candida. Women know candida as that vaginal yeast infection, and knowledgeable practitioners know it as the overlooked fungus that creates brain fog, depression, exhaustion, and “ADHD.”

Dr. Fresco presents lectures internationally at medical conferences and shares her research on the topics of biofilms, the link between GI dysbiosis and systemic inflammation, and the use of plant-based medicines in clinical practice. Her remarks on the clinical challenges with biofilm will change your perspective on several clinical mysteries.

Ed Note: This is a replay, published earlier and republished here because it was so well received previously. Dr. Fresco is making a difference and she tells you how you can begin to understand the importance of Candida on the brain and biomedical dysfunction. At CorePsych Treatment Systems we use this product regularly, and always experience more improvements than when previously missing the relevance of biofilm and used treatments with only conventional antifungals.

Biocidin isn’t the only candida product out there. However, many who dig deeper for clinical answers for treatment failure repeatedly praise it – for the reasons we discuss in this interview.

My Favorite Clinical Question: #2

If you follow our discussions with guests here at CBJ you’ve heard me address this issue repeatedly – “How many times a day do you go #2?”  No, I’m not trying to become a gastroenterologist. My end target is the mind, not the gut. Sorry to sound so defensive, but I can assure you there is a reason – many reasons – as other territorial docs don’t consider the significance of these medically relevant connections – and I am a psychiatrist, so you can imagine how that chatter goes.

It is necessary to remind folks: I’m a brain function professional looking for answers that cripple brain function, feelings and thinking. Cognition and affect just-don’t-work-right with destructive #2 problems1 – brain functions do become unpredictable in spite of psychotherapy and meds. And, even more importantly, medication treatments become almost impossible when bowel and downstream liver compromises pollute the traditional psychiatric medical care process. Meds must first pass through the body to arrive in the brain. [Transit Time Tool for cost-effective home evaluation of bowel function – Mayo Clinic at Pub Med Transit Time Reference – PDF Here]

Candida and its protective biofilm change gut function, contribute to malabsorption and directly affect brain function.

Biofilm Downstream From Candida Creates Treatment Failure

Candida is one of the most prominent challenges that traditional medical folk think is quackery.  They believe that it’s quackery for one simple reason: they limit their targets to only bowel function, life-and-death acuity, not chronic brain function associated with psychiatric treatment failure.

The FDA assures us that candida laboratory testing is valid, so what’s the point with the candida naysayers? Lack of experience and denial of hard data based on inside gossip creates a limited view of these pervasive, coalescent mind problems. To overlook the cognitive problems of candida and associated biofilm is both short-sighted and small-minded.

This is my friends, a classic recurring case of acuity focus and chronic denial. 

This fascinating interview with Dr. Fresco added many additional helpful perspectives for anyone trying to understand what to do about refractory mind illnesses and GI disturbances that present as untreatable – even those identified and treated with conventional medical interventions for candida, such as nystatin. Candida biofilm, formed by quorum sensing between the candida organisms [see the video below ↓], fends off that treatment, and, take it from me, candida does reoccur if biofilm is overlooked. Or, more precisely, it’s simply not adequately eradicated and persists for years.

Data Demonstrates:

IgG antibodies to Candida may be due to past infections and therefore may not indicate a current infection. However, Candida antibodies may trigger autoimmune disease. Candida antibodies react with virtually all human organs, including the brain.

In one study, individuals with pituitary malfunction had Candida antibodies that also reacted to a human pituitary protein. Candida antibodies are elevated in Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and cancer. Individuals with cancer and elevated IgG antibodies to Candida died on average one year sooner than individuals with the same type of cancer and normal amounts of IgG antibodies to Candida.

A wide range of disorders has been linked to Candida including depression, chronic fatigue, thyroid disorders, autism, multiple sclerosis, vulvodynia. Use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy, and anti-inflammatory steroids greatly increase susceptibility to Candida. Overgrowth of Candida may also cause a rise in cases of food allergies, as we see demonstrated every day in our offices.

Related Candida Disorders

The symptoms of a candida infection can range from mild to severe, and they vary from person to person. For instance, one person may experience bloating and nothing else; another may struggle with every possible side effect. Candida overgrowth symptoms include any number of the following:

  • Oral thrush (characterized by creamy white bumps on the inner cheeks and tongue)
  • Recurring vaginal yeast infections
  • Chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Unrelenting fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Digestive issues (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Sugar and carbohydrate cravings
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Recurring sinus infections
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Brain fog
  • Poor sleep

Practitioners Often Recommended Biocidin For:

Biofilm and Candida Detailed at CBJ/097

  • I had a class 4 cervical cancer at 19 yo – responded to acupuncture [3:38]
  • Varieties of yeast, bacterial and parasitic infections responded to herbs [8:00]
  • How I put the Biocidin formula together [11:08]
  • Herbal Medicine and PubMed [16:27]
  • Biofilm issues create treatment failure [19:18]
  • Quorum sensing and biofilm [19:58]
  • ‘Normal’ candida can become unbalanced [24:38]
  • Example: Interstitial cystitis and Biocidin [28:02]
  • Examples: Lyme Disease and PANDAS [31:09]
  • The advantage of the LSF-liposomal formula [34:00]
  • Children & Biocidin yeast, parasites, colds [37:18]
  • The difference: Herxhiemer reaction or allergy to Biocidin? [41:18]


Quorum Sensing and Biofilm – Bonnie Bassler – 18:11 min


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  1. Kimberly Pearce on 01/07/2019 at 4:52 AM

    I was diagnosed of Lyme disease four years ago. I was so terribly sick. I think my worst complaint was the severe headache. I was taken doxycycline hyclate 100 mg as treatment for Lyme disease, twice a day for 21 days. and didn’t seem to be improving. I did not display a rash or any kind of bull’s eye. Diagnosis was from blood test. We tried every shots available but nothing worked. My Lyme Disease got significantly worse and unbearable because of her cognitive thinking. In 2015, our physician advised we go with natural treatment and was introduced to Organic Herbal Clinic natural organic Lyme Disease Herbal formula, I had a total decline of symptoms with this treatment, the fever, joint pain, weakness, shortness of breath, and anxiety. and others has subsided.

    • Dr Charles Parker on 01/13/2019 at 4:45 PM

      Thanks so much for this comment – I did go over to consider that Clinic and do hope to have them on the CBJ podcast asap! Noted especially was their excellent interest in biofilms which are so often overlooked and regularly contributory to treatment failure. This particular Episode w Dr. Fresco does address a number of these issues. Let’s keep this discussion going!

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