This month’s meeting was conducted by Ruth Kriz, a nurse practitioner who practices in Washington, DC. She specializes in Interstitial Cystitis, with an interest in tick-borne infections, biofilms, and hyper-coagulation.
As she stated, “Anyone with chronic illness has some degree of biofilms.”
Some people are more susceptible biofilms, though. Biofilms can be found in individuals with a high infectious load, chronic infection, depressed immune function, hereditary coagulation genetic mutations, high cholesterol, and elevated toxic metal load. Addressing biofilms requires a multi-pronged approach to include a controlled targeting of biofilms, so as to not release too much at one time; the use of antimicrobials to control what is released from the biofilm; and immune support to help the body as it deals with the toxins being eliminated. Controlling inflammation is necessary to reduce complications in those with coagulation mutations. She uses niacin to address high cholesterol, lumbrokinase to address excess fibrin, and EDTA to chelate heavy metals. The herbals she likes to use include Beyond Balance, Byron White’s formulas, and Cowden’s protocol, especially for medically fragile people. She also mentioned a new test for lyme by Neuroscience that she is having good success with called Ispotlyme. This test can tell if lyme is active, how active and if it’s gone.
Some things of importance that she mentioned:
–Some bacterial issues can cause cancer directly, so biofilms should be addressed as soon as possible.
–Those with large biofilms have less symptoms than others and are harder to treat.
–Inflammation triggers the coagulation pathway, which leads to biofilms.
Ruth only treats people that have bladder involvement as part of their lyme symptoms. She is willing to work with people over the phone as well as in person.