New Drug-Resistant Bacteria: “Fatality Rate Can Be Quite High”
I remember back when 2 years ago it was a big deal that a ‘superbug’ outbreak killed 2 people and infected almost 200 people. Since then, the numbers have gotten beyond scary.
According to the CDC, 2 million people in the U.S. alone become infected with the drug-resistant bacteria every year. Over 23,000 infected people die from this and there’s nothing we can do to stop it with medicine, at this point.
Are you catching this?
If you come to the ER with a strand of this antibiotic-resistant bacteria, chances are there’s nothing they can do for you.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says this about the superbug:
“It’s a type of resistance that spreads between many different types of bacteria, it can resist virtually all of our antibiotics, and the fatality rate can be quite high.”
I won’t keep dwelling on the dark situation we are in by throwing out more quotes and stats by scientists. Instead, I will bring to light a possible solution to the problem that comes from an unlikely place.
The Resurrection of a 1,000-Year-Old Eye Treatment
This will literally sound like the script to a Hollywood movie, our only hope may be the uncovering of a 1,000-year-old remedy for eye infections called “eye salve.” Did I mention that this remedy involved part of a cow’s stomach?
Yes, scientists have been busy with recreating a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon concoction that uses garlic, onion, and cow bile. And a little wine.
This treatment has been killing the lethal superbug known as MRSA, like it’s the special forces.
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a form of staph infection, is one of the toughest to kill than most strains of staph. The success of this initiative will soon be presented at a national microbiology conference.
Thank God for libraries, this magic healing potion was discovered in an old English manuscript housed in the British Library.
The manuscript provides some rather interesting instructions, for instance, it says this has to be brewed in a brass vessel, strained, and stored for 9 days before it’s ready.
The scientists who have used this to treat the bacteria believe the process of making the recipe is equally important to the ingredients used. Also, they don’t believe that it is just one ingredient doing all of the heavy lifting, that the mixture as a whole is what’s responsible.
Dr. Freya Harrison said the team thought the eye salve might show a “small amount of antibiotic activity”. “But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was,” she said.
I’m not sure I will be making my own batch of this stuff, but if you were so inclined, here you go!
- 1 tablespoon organic garlic, finely chopped and crushed
- 1 tablespoon organic onion, finely chopped and crushed
- 2 tablespoons English wine
- Cow stomach bile (might be able to use rennet?)
Mix everything together and store in the refrigerator for nine days.
This seems relatively harmless to try, but by all means, consult a doctor first.