Penicillin has been used for over six decades to cure diseases with a bacterial pathogen. But as with most breakthroughs, the public wasn’t aware of the costs that came with the mass distribution of this miracle multi-cure until it was too late.
When antibiotics, like penicillin, work to inhibit to growth of bacteria, bacteria reacts over time by actually growing stronger. Bacteria can evolve so quickly in the face of antibiotics for two main reasons. First, the astronomical rate at which bacteria can divide and multiply make the very capable of dealing with any threats to their survival. The more quickly new generations can be produced, the faster a species can evolve. Secondly, antibiotics mostly don’t kill bacteria, they simply make it weaker. This gives bacteria more of a chance to respond by building immunity, much like how the human immune system can react to certain viral illnesses by building an immunity (which makes vaccines possible.) Over time, this process creates “superbugs,” bacteria that are deadlier and more resistant than anything that have come before.
One of the first discovered “superbugs” was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. This is an evolved strain of a common bacterium, and has been shown to survive treatments from a variety of medical antibiotics. MRSA can cause pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, meningitis, and other ailments. Outside of prevention by regular hand washing and using ever-harsher antibiotics with unpleasant side effects, most hospitals have little recourse against MRSA. Some people, however, have claimed to find success in fighting MRSA by using true colloidal silver. And at least one study has found evidence that suggests that colloidal silver can be an effective treatment for MRSA.
The study was performed in 2004 by the independent research lab EMSL Analytical on the effectiveness of colloidal silver on MRSA. The researchers took multiple cultures, exposed them to true colloidal silver, and examined their survival rate at different points over the course of 24 hours. A control culture, where no colloidal silver was added, was also observed for comparison. According to the summary of the study “Mesosilver products have a negative impact on the survival rate of S. aureus.” In the culture that was exposed to the highest concentration of Mesosilver the bacteria died off to “below the level of detection” within just five hours. All other bacteria samples exposed to the product died within the twenty-four hour observation period.
If colloidal silver works like this study suggests, it has some major advantages of other antibiotics. Instead of simply inhibiting MRSA, it appears to actually kill the bacteria over time. This would give the bacteria less of a chance to evolve so quickly. This means that colloidal silver would work to assist the immune system, instead of replacing one of it functions, and thus weakening the immune system over time. It also has the advantage of having fewer side effects than antibiotics. Antibiotics can cause fever, nausea, serious allergic reaction, and diarrhea due to the fact that antibiotics kill some useful bacteria in the intestine. Colloidal silver, on other hand, has no known side effects when taken at the recommended dose. While it may take time to properly discover how to deal with this new wave of powerful bacteria, anyone infected with a “superbug” such as MRSA should take colloidal silver seriously into consideration, based on recent impressive evidence and testimonials.