A natural secretion of the intestines is known as "mucin" (made up of glycoproteins) and serves to protect the gut flora mucosa (epithelium cells). This glycoprotein biofilm acts as a barrier from inflammation and irritation to the gut absorptive epithelial cells and also serves as a lubricant for peristalsis and healthy gut motility.
What do we know about the function of the gut epithelial barrier? There is a high turnover rate. The goblet cells, the entero-endocrine cells, and the absorptive epithelial cells, are all derived out of the stem cells in the gut mucosa and are re-differentiated upon the gut mucosal every 7 to 10 days. When the body has been chronically subjected to (or put under attack by) overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, excessive dietary salt, toxic chemical exposures, parasites and other toxic conjugated metabolites , the gut continues to produce more and more of the “mucin biofilm” then collects and is not routinely excreted from the intestines. Instead it lodges in the numerous folds and crevices of the large colon villa. Over time, the biofilm grows thicker, firmer, and more widespread—colonizing upon itself within the interior of the intestines therefore creating a "mucoid dysbiosis" condition. This can be an excessive cumulative condition in some people while in others it is less aggravated to represent these events on a very microscopic level.
- James Sullivan, N.D.