This new development that in the fight against superbugs can also be great news for Spinal Cord Injury related health conditions. We all know how difficult and serious it can be when a Urinary Tract Infection is becoming difficult to treat, especially when the bacteria and infection isnt responding to treatment from the regular anti biotics.
Researchers at the Arizona State University have discovered that Naturally occurring clay may turn out to be one of the most effective ways to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs!
Clays kill MRSA, E. coli
The new study identifies and partially explains antibacterial properties in clays extracted from a volcanic deposit near Crater Lake, Oregon. The tests were conducted using the bacterial species Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis, which are common causes of human digestive and skin infections, respectively.
In addition, the researchers found that clays with antibacterial activity tend to be more acidic, thereby creating an environment more hostile to bacteria. This is particularly significant, since chronic, non-healing wounds tend to have a higher pH (i.e., less acidity and more alkalinity) than healthy skin. This same principle is used in many current wound treatments, such as acidified nitrate
"Antibacterial clays can buffer wounds to a low [more acidic] pH," Williams said. "The clays may shift the wound environment to a pH range that favors healing, while killing invading bacteria."
I think this sounds promising! Lets hope the research materialises into something concrete and a medicine is formulated from this...We need intervention for difficult to treat UTI's right now.. It also sounds like pressure sores may benefit too!