Episode 171 Lyme Biofiolm with Dr. Eva Sapi

Dr. Eva Sapi has been a trailblazer in Lyme disease research, proving that Lyme has a protective layer called a biofilm that protects itself.  She and her students at New Haven University are continuing to study a recent breakthrough in which they found that liquid, whole-leaf stevia extract - not the powdered varieties that people most commonly use - have reduced the biofilm mass by about 40 percent. The goal of her research is to ultimately identify novel antibacterial agents that are effective in killing all forms of Lyme.  

Topics Covered in this episode:

  • How did you get involved in studying Lyme?
  • What is Lyme?
  • What are some reasons why Lyme is difficult to treat?
  • What is different in the Lyme life cycle that makes it take longer to treat with anti-biotics?
  • What is Lyme biofilm?
  • What is biofilm made of?
  • What is the roll of biofilm for the bacteria?
  • How do the biofilm form?
  • Is Lyme the only bacteria in biofilm, or are other bacteria part of it as well?
  • Can you speak to the comments that some say there is no proof that biofilm is forming in humans or part of the Lyme complex?
  • How do biofilms contribute to antibiotic resistance of Lyme disease?
  • Can you explain Lyme persisters?
  • Has there been any studies showing what is effective against persisters?
  • In your studies, what herbs have you found that are effective against Lyme?
  • Are the herbs more effective than antibiotics?
  • How do you feel about the debate of herbs vs antibiotics?
  • What have you found with Morgellons?
  • What do you see as the future of Lyme disease?
  • How can someone get more info?