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volcanic clay antibioticHave you heard of volcanic clay? It’s producing some impressive results in the medical community by doing what other antibiotics cannot. One particular infection, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), shows no resistance to volcanic clay, otherwise known as “agricur.”

Antibiotic Resistance is A Growing Concern

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes antibiotic resistances as a “global health security threat.” In the United States alone, over two million people are infected with bacteria that are resistant to multiple drugs. These bacteria are known as “superbugs.”

Info On MRSA

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MRSA is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infection. it commonly occurs in people who have been in hospitals or similar health care facilities such as nursing home and dialysis centers and is a result from surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

When MRSA occurs in healthcare settings, it is known as healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA).

CA-MRSA is community-associated MRSA that often begins as a painful skin boil and spreads by skin-to-skin contact and enters the body through a cut or wound. Otherwise, MRSA is harmless. Even when it does infect, it usually only causes minor skin problems in healthy people.

However, left untreated, MRSA can produce potentially fatal complications in your bloodstream, lungs, heart, bones and joints.

Research With Volcanic Clay

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A recent study by Arizona State University that was published in the Environmental Geochemistry and Health journal suggests the potential of volcanic clay to combat superbugs.

When researchers added volcanic clay to MRSA cell colonies, they discovered that 99% of the colonies were eliminated within 24 hours! In contrast, colonies that were not treated with clay grew by 45%. The clay displayed similar effects against salmonella, E. coli and buruli, (a flesh-eating relative of leprosy that causes disfigurement in children.)

How is volcanic clay able to do what antibiotics cannot?

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Researchers don’t have the answer to this question as yet. One hypothesis is that the clay minerals transfer elements to the bacteria that impede their metabolic function. There may be a combination of elements toxic to bacteria that are breaking down the bacteria’s defense systems.

Another hypothesis is that the clay is shifting the pH range of chronic wounds that are usually more alkaline towards a more acidic number to keep bacteria in check, promote healing, and kill any invading bacteria.

A third hypothesis credits volcanic clay’s rapid uptake of iron due to the minerals within the clay. As the iron oxidizes, it creates molecules that damage the bacteria cells, ultimately killing them.

Regardless, the research can’t deny the healing potential of volcanic clay!

A More Common Use For Volcanic Clay

Researchers have discovered healing properties in volcanic clay, though applying clay to wounds has been used by humans for millennia, but more people know of volcanic clay as a facial spa treatment due to the clay’s ability to hold heat and draw out toxins. You can find volcanic clay in select beauty supply stores or online.

Sources:

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/minerals-clay-could-be-used-combat-antibiotic-resistance

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mrsa/basics/definition/con-20024479

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