Potent Weapon Against Superbugs Is ... Silver
It makes antibiotics far more effective, says study
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2013 1:37 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Researchers trying to figure out how to stop superbugs—strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics—may have found a silver bullet of sorts. Actual silver. In studies involving mice, researchers found that antibiotics became up to 1,000 times more effective when silver was added to the mix, reports the Los Angeles Times. The silver even made bacteria that had developed resistance vulnerable again. "We went from basically no killing to substantial killing," says a Boston University microbiologist.

Nature explains that silver had long been used to fight infection—even by Hippocrates himself in 400 BC—before the age of antibiotics. The study shed light on how:

  • Researchers found "that silver—in the form of dissolved ions—attacks bacterial cells in two main ways: it makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell’s metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds. Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today’s antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria ..."
All of which sounds great, but a physician not involved with the study cautions that silver can be toxic and that more research is needed to figure out how to add it to antibiotics without doing more harm than good to patients. (Back to Hippocrates again.)

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crafter67
Jun 22, 2013 6:12 PM CDT
and it might turn you blue... - http://boingboing.net/2007/12/20/another-person-turns.html - IF you get the stuff that has too large of pieced of silver in it... - http://www.naturalnews.com/035219_colloidal_silver_blue_man_skin.html "Argyria first shows up under the fingernails and around the mouth and nose, then spreads across the surface of the skin. The skin literally turns into a living photographic plate (some black- and- white photographs contain silver as the photosensitive material) turning the skin dark when exposed to light and the chemicals in the body. Unfortunately, there's no way to unexpose the skin once it takes on this color. "
locketelli
Jun 22, 2013 6:01 AM CDT
I have long been advocating the amazing properties of Colloidal Silver and it's ability to treat many ailments. I personally have used it for various different types of infections including eye/ ear infection with great effect. Not only does the Silver ions eradicate pathogens, it does it in super fast time. There is a lot of bad press surrounding Silver usually created by the pharma companies who are well aware of its effectivness. They cannot Patent a natural product so they continue to write bad press about it. There are many reputable websites around that will scientifically prove that Silver does actually work. Colloidal silver is the product the FDA and many mainstream medical people love to hate. Listening to them you would think every person taking colloidal silver is going to turn gray with silver accumulation in their skin (argyria). Their worst nightmare is people taking colloidal silver to combat the H1N1 swine flu – the nightmare for them is that it might actually work. Check out www.thesilveredge.com http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/5/190/190ra81
OrneryPup
Jun 21, 2013 11:17 PM CDT
Hmm, silver made the Hunt brothers pretty sick a number of years ago.