You hear a lot in the news about some of the biggest threats and challenges that we’re dealing with as a society.
There’s the possibility that a terrorist organization gets its hands on a nuke or a biological weapon. And if they use it… well, that kind of attack would rock the global economy and definitely change the world we’re living in.
Then, of course, there’s the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse. An EMP could result from an attack on our nation, or it could simply result from a high-energy solar storm that hits us directly. Either way, the outcome could be that our power grid collapses completely. That would be devastating.
The economy itself — or rather government mismanagement of the economy — is another big worry. If the financial system collapses, it could throw much of the modern world into chaos.
These threats are all very real and they deserve to be discussed. But there’s another threat — just as dangerous — and it’s already in motion. It’s happening. And the aftermath could mean thousands, even millions, dead.
This threat, that’s growing in size every day, is drug-resistant bacteria.
Many diseases and infections, once treatable by antibiotics, no longer respond to that life-saving treatment. They’ve become resistant, and for some diseases, we’re running out of options.
Already, drug-resistant diseases claim 23,000 lives or more every year in the United States. That’s according to the CDC.
To compound the problem, drug companies aren’t researching and developing new strains of antibiotics at nearly the pace we need them to.
That means the situation is going to get progressively worse until we’re back to the days where small cuts and scrapes can lead to a life-ending infection and tuberculosis is basically a death sentence.
10 Million a Year Dead by 2050
According to the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, a research project commissioned by the British government, worldwide deaths from drug-resistant superbugs will climb to 10 million a year if nothing is done to stop the trend.
There is a ray of hope in all this mess, though.
It’s colloidal silver.
Now, you know I’ve been a big proponent of colloidal silver for years. When prepared properly colloidal silver can work as a topical disinfectant, it can treat contaminated water making it safe to drink, and it can work to clear your body of bacterial and fungal infections.
The powers that be in the medical industry have pooh-poohed colloidal silver. And government regulators have even gone so far as to threaten those of us who talk about its amazing benefits.
But now, those major players are having to eat some major crow. That’s because colloidal silver is breathing new life into antibiotics.
Will the FDA Eat Crow… or Play Dumb?
The initial studies have been impressive.
First researchers looked at the effect of silver when applied to bacterial colonies directly. They noticed two things. Bacteria treated with silver tend to produce more reactive oxygen species (ROS). These compounds are a natural product of any organism’s metabolism. But excessive production of ROS can damage cell membranes and DNA. In bacteria, that means they become more susceptible to the effects of antibiotics.
The researchers also noted that silver made the protective membrane of a bacteria cell weaker, even leaky. Again, that had the effect of making the bacteria easier for antibiotics to kill.
In these cell tests, they found that antibiotics could destroy bacteria exposed to silver at 10 to 1000 times the rate they could kill unexposed bacteria.
In animal studies, researchers were even happier with the results they witnessed. They infected a group of mice with a normally lethal urinary tract infection. They then treated some of the mice with vancomycin (an antibiotic), some with silver alone, and some with a combination of vancomycin and silver. Ninety percent of the mice in the vancomycin group died, but only 10% of the mice treated with a combination of antibiotics and silver died.
More good news from these studies… the amount of silver needed to dramatically increase the effectiveness of antibiotics is very low. They found no toxicity at all in the mice they were testing and anticipate that similar treatments would be very safe for people.
It may, unfortunately, be some time before this method of treating drug-resistant diseases is approved because of an unwillingness within the FDA to acknowledge the efficacy of colloidal silver in treating any medical condition.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the power of colloidal silver when dealing with bacterial infections. If your doctor every prescribes antibiotics for you, first insist that he verifies you have a bacterial infection. (The over-prescription of antibiotics is a leading cause behind the growing resistance to these drugs.) Then, take the antibiotics as prescribed. Continue the full course, even if your symptoms go away before you’re done.
And talk to your doctor about taking a small dose of colloidal silver — up to one ounce of a 10 to 20 ppm solution — each day during your treatment.
When choosing a silver product, make sure you select a brand that has been tested to be a high quality colloidal or ionic silver product. Avoid silver protein products, as they can quickly lead to toxicity. For more on selecting a quality colloidal silver product, you can see a comparison chart here.
The growing issue of drug-resistant disease is one of the biggest public health threats we’ve ever faced. The toll in dollars and in lives could grow to enormous numbers in the next decade or two. Fortunately, colloidal silver may be the answer to this deadly problem.