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The father of Biofilms, Dr. William "Bill" Costerton, and acclaimed Wound Specialist, Dr. Randy Wolcott, along with an impressive group of medical experts, illuminate the role of Biofilms in creating persistent disease for millions of people and offer exciting diagnostic and treatment solutions enabled by molecular science.
This cutting-edge film Why Am I Still Sick? establishes critical linkages between hospital infections, sinusitis, periodontal disease, middle ear infections, tonsillitis, COPD, diabetic foot wounds, osteomyelitis, Lyme disease and co-infections, and cystic fibrosis. The film documents the omnipresence of slimy biofilms in all of these medical conditions and how they encase bacteria and microbes of many types, exploit the immune system, and resist antibiotic treatment, causing chronic diseases that affect many more than 17,000,000 people annually and kill as many people as cancer.
Interviews with specialists, patients suffering from such conditions, and striking graphics identify the multifaceted roles of biofilms in causing persistent disease and offer startling revelations:
- How bacterial biofilms form sequestered communities within all parts of the human body;
- The way in which biofilms help microbes “talk” among themselves, with other species, and exchange genetic programs specific to antibiotic resistance;
- The startling numbers of patients ping-ponged within a medical system of outdated diagnostics;
- Critical linkages between oral hygiene and systemic health.
While the film produced by The Arthroplasty Patient Foundation paints a grim picture of the diagnostics infrastructure within the American medical system, it presents a number of available solutions for patients through current breakthroughs in molecular diagnostics and treatments that can prevent chronic suffering, and save limbs, lives, and many millions of dollars.