A few weeks ago, I showed you how playing in the dirt can help kill even the most powerful superbugs. While most people don't mind playing in the dirt, when it comes to eating dirt, most people might not be so amenable. However, that might change after you read this.
If you're in the hospital with a superbug, playing in the dirt might be impossible. So eating dirt might be your best hope. Of course, I'm not talking about having a loved one bring in a shovelful of your garden dirt. I'm talking eating medicinal clay.
Medicinal clay has been around for millennia. The first recorded use was in 2,500 BC by the Egyptians. But even Native Americans were using clay for medicinal purposes in the 19th century. For instance, the Heiltsuk Nation on the central coast of British Columbia discovered the medical uses of a grey-green clay called kisolite. They used the clay to treat ulcerative colitis, arthritis, skin irritations, and burns. But they also used it to treat infections.
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Researchers from the University of British Columbia heard about the Heiltsuk's use of kisolite and wanted to see if it could fight off superbugs. So they conducted in vitro tests and found something remarkable about the clay. When they suspended it in water, the clay can kill 16 strains of "ESKAPE" bacteria. So named, said the reseachers, partly because this is the bacteria that “causes the majority of U.S. hospital infections and effectively 'escape' the effects of antibacterial drugs."
That means this medicinal clay could be a natural cure for some superbugs that are completely resistant to antibiotics. The ESKAPE strains of bacteria don't respond at all to antibiotics and are a major contributor to high mortality rate in hospitals.
While kisolite clay is very difficult to find, companies are working to bring it to market. Until that happens, there are other clays that can work in much the same way. One of the most popular is Bentonite, which is readily available online and in many health food stores. Other studies are showing that many types of clay can fight these superbugs. But the research on clay and superbugs isn't very well developed yet, so there aren't any guarantees. When nothing else works, though, it might be worth a try.
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