TIME MAGAZINE PRAISED SILVER’S ANTIBACTERIAL EFFECTS

In the course of my research for that article, I somehow missed the fact that Time Magazine praised silver’s antibacterial effects, in its annual special issue “100 New Scientific Discoveries 2014.”

Last year, when I wrote the article “Infection-Fighting Silver Gains New Respect from News Media,” I quoted nearly a dozen famous news media sources which had published positive articles on the germ-fighting benefits of silver.

In the course of my research for that article, I somehow missed the fact that Time Magazine praised silver’s antibacterial effects, in its annual special issue “100 New Scientific Discoveries 2014.” Time reported on new research from Boston University demonstrating antimicrobial silver to increase the effectiveness of existing antibiotic drugs by anywhere from 10 to 1,000 times. 

The idea behind the new research is that silver could simply be added to modern antibiotic drugs in order to make them more effective against drug-resistant microbes such as the deadly MRSA pathogen as well as Clostridium difficile and others.

Why Time is Behind the Times?

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Of course, Time magazine is just a little bit behind the times.

After all, Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. had documented the astonishing effectiveness of silver against antibiotic-resistant bacteria back in…drum roll, please…1978. This was during the course of his well-known research at Syracuse Medical University.

As Dr. Becker would later write regarding his research in his New York Times best-selling book, The Body Electric:

“What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver kills bacteria, a fact which had actually been known for centuries…

…All of the organisms we tested were sensitive to the electrically generated silver ion, including some that were resistant to all known antibiotics…In no case were any undesirable side effects of the silver treatment apparent.”

LOOK BACK ON THE HISTORY OF COLLOIDAL SILVER IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE

So for Time magazine to name antimicrobial silver and its ability to kill drug-resistant pathogens as one of the “100 New Scientific Discoveries” of 2014 shows a decided lack of understanding of the long history of silver in medicine.

Nevertheless, we have to give Time credit where credit is due, and give them a great big vote of thanks for covering the most recent developments demonstrating silver to be so effective against drug-resistant superbugs that drug-makers now want to add it to their antibiotic drugs in order to increase their effectiveness.

Here’s what Time magazine wrote about silver’s antibacterial effects

“When it comes to simple solutions to complex problems, we are repeatedly told “there is no silver bullet.” But it turns out there just might be.

New research from Boston University suggests that adding silver to existing antibiotics can make the antibiotics 10 to 1,000 times as effective by interfering with a pathogen’s metabolism and making its cell membrane more permeable to drugs that can kill it.

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Silver has been used as an antimicrobial since antiquity (Hippocrates prescribed its use in 400 B.C.) and there has been recent research to determine the effectiveness of silver compounds in treating cuts, burns and wounds…

…The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as deadly MRSA and Clostridium difficile, is a growing public health crisis, particularly in hospitals where drug-resistant infections kill tens of thousands each year.

Now, researchers hope that silver can be used as a coating on existing antibiotics as well as incorporated into medical implants to help prevent or eradicate infections that often occur during such medical procedures…”

— Time magazine special issue, 2014 edition “100 New Scientific Discoveries,” pg. 111

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