Why doesn't Big Pharma simply develop silver-based antimicrobial substances to fight the growing scourge of drug-resistant superbugs?
After all, it's been known for over 100 years that silver is the world's most powerful natural infection-fighting agent. And it's been known for decades that silver is astonishingly effective against the drug-resistant superbugs.
Yet all we see are scary headlines proclaiming that medical science is "running out of options" in the fight against the superbugs. Are they really? Or is something else in the wind? Here's what you need to know…
Hi, Steve Barwick here, for TheSilverEdge.com...
You've no doubt seen all of the screaming headlines lately about the scourge of drug-resistant superbugs that are now able to defeat even the strongest of prescription antibiotic drugs.
Public health authorities – both on the national and international levels – are sounding the alarm over the drug-resistant superbugs.
And the news media is helping them whip up a fervor among the general public, demanding that the governments of the world "do something" to solve the problem.
For example, one recent news headline read, "Post-Antibiotic World Is the Real-Life Version of the Zombie Apocalypse."
Ah, yes. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my!
Right In Front of Their Faces
But the solution to the crisis of antibiotic-resistant superbugs is staring medical science right in the face. And it has been for decades. And they know it.
Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the fact that safe, natural colloidal silver is astonishingly effective against antibiotic-resistant super-pathogens.
For example, one of the latest clinical studies demonstrates that adding silver to antibiotic drugs actually increases their effectiveness by up to 1,000x, and makes drug-resistant pathogens susceptible to the antibiotics once again!
Here's what the magazine Scientific American had to say about this most recent clinical study:
"Like werewolves and vampires, bacteria have a weakness: silver.
The precious metal has been used to fight infection for thousands of years – Hippocrates first described its antimicrobial properties in 400bc – but how it works has been a mystery.
Now, a team led by James Collins, a biomedical engineer at Boston University in Massachusetts, has described how silver can disrupt bacteria, and shown that the ancient treatment could help to deal with the thoroughly modern scourge of antibiotic resistance.
…Collins and his team found that silver – in the form of dissolved ions – attacks bacterial cells in two main ways:
It makes the cell membrane more permeable, and it interferes with the cell's metabolism, leading to the overproduction of reactive, and often toxic, oxygen compounds.
Both mechanisms could potentially be harnessed to make today's antibiotics more effective against resistant bacteria, Collins says."
Silver Works Alone, As Well
More importantly, numerous other studies demonstrate the fact that silver by itself kills numerous drug-resistant super-pathogens.
For example, this clinical study, published in the World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2010, demonstrates that antimicrobial silver alone is effective against drug-resistant bacterial strains, including multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ampicillin-resistant Escherichia coli, and erythromycin-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes.
Colloidal silver even kills the deadly, drug-resistant MRSA pathogen, now responsible for up to 94,000 life-threatening infections and 23,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone (see documentation at the Colloidal Silver Cures MRSA website).
In just a moment, I'll show you even more clinical studies proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that colloidal silver and other forms of antimicrobial silver are devastatingly effective against the antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
The Multi-Billion Dollar Scam
But first, a question:
If the situation with drug-resistant superbugs is so dire – and it most definitely is – then why won't the medical authorities embrace silver as the solution?
The answer is disturbing: Ultimately, it's because the big drug companies have something else in mind.
You see, Big Pharma wants to tap into billions upon billions of dollars in taxpayer funds, in order to pay for the cost of developing brand new, super-strength antibiotic drugs.
In other words, they want taxpayers to pay for the development of these new antibiotic drugs. And then, afterwards, they want to sell these same new drugs back to the taxpayers for additional billions of dollars in profits!
According to the news media, the big drug companies are claiming that it's no longer "profitable" for them to develop antibiotic drugs.
Big Pharma wants to focus solely on developing drugs that people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes will have to take for the rest of their lives, rather than drugs that only need to be taken for a few weeks at a time to cure an infection.
So what if tens of thousands of people are dying every year in the U.S. of drug-resistant infections? It's all about the Benjamins. Only the money matters. The cost in terms of human lives is irrelevant. And the truly big money lies in developing drugs for diseases that have to be taken for the lifetime of the patient.
But …says Big Pharma, if the federal government will fork over billions of dollars in taxpayer monies to help fund antibiotic drug development, then (and only then) will they begin work on new antibiotic drugs to help stem the tide of drug-resistant pathogens.
As investigative reporter John Aziz from The Week has pointed out, "The incentives to produce more and better antibiotics only kick in under the worst circumstances, when millions of people are dying from antibiotic-resistant infections."
Greed and Avarice
What Big Pharma wants – in their utter greed and avarice – is nothing more than direct guaranteed access to the public trough, meaning to taxpayer money.
So they've purposely stopped developing new antibiotic drugs – claiming they're "not profitable" – until the governments of the world agree to fund their development via taxpayer money.
And if they have to wait for millions of people to be dying of drug-resistant infections from the superbugs before the governments of the world give in to their blackmail, then so be it.
This is not rank speculation, folks. This is happening right now, right in front of your faces. And you can read about it here in my previous article "Big Pharma Shuns Silver; Blackmails U.S. Government Into Paying for New Antibiotic Drugs With Taxpayer Money."
In short, the entire antibiotic-resistant drug problem is very real, yet the so-called "hunt for a new solution" is a great big scam of the highest order. It is an utter fraud.
There's no "new solution" needed. They have the solution. It's thousands of years old. And simply put, it is this: Pure, natural antimicrobial silver.
Big Pharma knows for a fact that silver kills antibiotic-resistant microbes. They've known it for decades.
And Big Pharma is simply choosing not to use it, because if they admitted knowing that a few cents worth of silver could eradicate an infection caused by a drug-resistant pathogen, they'd never get their hands into the taxpayer's pockets to the tune of billions upon billions of dollars in free drug development monies.
So safe, natural colloidal silver sits on the sidelines, alone and completely ignored, even though numerous clinical studies demonstrate it to be astonishingly effective against the very super-pathogens you're reading about in the newspapers every day.
Proof Positive Colloidal Silver Kills Superbugs
As I mentioned, numerous studies have now demonstrated colloidal silver to be highly effective against antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
Let me summarize just a few of these studies for you, and tell you exactly what the experts are saying, as well:
In this clinical study, conducted quietly in October 2006 at the Department of Microbiology/Molecular Biology of Brigham-Young University, and published in the journal Current Science, Vol. 91, No. 7, October 10, 2006, it was found that a number of the antibiotic drugs which formerly killed MDR (multiple drug-resistant) pathogens such as MRSA could actually be restored to full efficacy against the deadly pathogens, but only if a colloidal silver solution was used in conjunction with the drug!
The researchers found that when they used a liquid colloidal silver solution in conjunction with the antibiotic drugs, the synergism between silver and the antibiotic drugs brought the deadly pathogens back under control. Since the antibiotic drugs had previously lost their effectiveness against the super-pathogens, this clearly demonstrates that the silver was the deciding factor in the deaths of the deadly pathogens!
This clinical study, published in the journal Microbiology in June 2013, also demonstrates the ability of silver to dramatically boost the effectiveness of antibiotic drugs against drug-resistant super-pathogens.
According to the study authors, "A declining pipeline of clinically useful antibiotics has made it imperative to develop more effective antimicrobial therapies, particularly against difficult-to-treat Gram-negative pathogens…This work shows that silver can be used to enhance the action of existing antibiotics against Gram-negative bacteria, thus strengthening the antibiotic arsenal for fighting bacterial infections."
This is the study I linked to earlier in this article, demonstrating the fact that antimicrobial silver alone is extremely effective against some of the most common (and deadly) antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Most importantly, this study demonstrates that silver is bactericidal against these superbugs, and not just bacteriostatic. This means it flat-out kills the drug-resistant superbugs rather than merely inhibiting their growth rate.
According to the study authors, "We aimed to determine through different in vitro assays the antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles against drug-resistant bacteria, infectious agents that represeant a constant threat in hospital and community environments…Our data suggest that silver nanoparticles are effective broad-spectrum biocides against a variety of drug-resistant bacteria."
In this study, antimicrobial silver by itself was demonstrated to literally decimate the deadly and very opportunistic multi-drug resistant pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The researchers concluded, "In the present study, colloidal silver was shown to demonstrate very potent antibacterial activity against P. aeruginosa."
The researchers went on to plead, "This activity should be urgently exploited in the development of highly active antibacterial therapeutic agents to combat the rapidly increasing infectious diseases that currently challenge the present arsenal of antibacterial drugs." In other words, the researchers are practically begging Big Pharma to look into the use of antimicrobial silver as a means of stopping the horrific spread of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
In this clinical study, published in 2010 in the International Journal of Microbiological Research, colloidal silver was found to be highly effective against such drug-resistant super-pathogens as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Salmonells typhi.
According to the study authors, their research "was the result of bioassay experimentation on the effects of colloidal silver on multidrug resistant bacteria." The researchers found that colloidal silver demonstrated "powerful antimicrobial activity against multi-drug resistant clinical gram positive and gram negative bacteria."
In this fascinating medical case study, lung disease specialists from Great Britain report on an 11-year old Cystic Fibrosis victim afflicted with multi-drug resistant pathogens including Burkholderia multivorans and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.
The best antibiotic drugs the doctors could prescribe were not able to stop the boy's debilitating lung infections. But when his parents learned about colloidal silver and began giving it to the boy, his astonishing recovery from the infections literally stunned his doctors. Read about it in the doctor's own words at the link above.
Many Other Studies
There are many other clinical studies just like these demonstrating the fact that colloidal silver and other forms of antimicrobial silver kill the deadly drug-resistant super-pathogens with ease, or can be used in conjunction with existing antibiotic drugs to kill the deadly drug-resistant superbugs.
But Big Pharma doesn't want you to know about these studies, because if you did, you'd never again believe their hysterical cries that they need billions of dollars in taxpayer money to help develop brand new antibiotic drugs.
My point in writing this article is to demonstrate that medical science has known decades that antimicrobial silver is highly effective against the antibiotic-resistant super-pathogens.
And therefore the current ongoing media scare in which the public is constantly being bombarded with the message "The world is about to run out of effective antibiotic drugs" is a grand farce designed solely to scare the bejabbers out of people, and to convince politicians to funnel billions of dollars of taxpayer monies into the coffers of Big Pharma as a means of inducing them to develop new and more powerful antibiotic drugs.
But brand new antibiotic drugs are simply not needed. Silver is the key. And silver always has been the key. All they have to do is start using it, either alone, or in combination with existing antibiotic drugs.
As the famous surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D. reported way back in 1977:
"What we have done was rediscover the fact that silver killed 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."
– Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., surgeon, Syracuse Medical University, author The Body Electric
And as clinical immunologist Dr. Joseph Weissman stated back in the early 1990's:
"Today, many antibiotics are losing the battle with germs. Fortunately, the best germ killer, which was discovered over 2,000 years ago, is finally getting the proper attention from medical science – natural silver. I sincerely recommend that everyone have electrically generated colloidal silver in their home as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent."
– Dr. Joseph Weissman, M.D. board certified immunologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Medical School
As clinical researcher S.M. Foran pointed out over a decade ago:
"Ongoing studies on antibacterial properties of silver...indicate that silver is effective even against bacteria that are already antibiotic-resistant."
– S.M. Foran, Therapeutic Properties of Silver: an Historical and Technical Review
As researchers writing in the International Wound Journal pointed out in 2012:
"The antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a major concern to wound care because of their ability to resist many of the antibiotics used today to treat infections. Consequently, other antimicrobials, in particular ionic silver, are considered ideal topical agents for effectively helping to manage and prevent local infections."
– International Wound Journal, 2012 October, 9(5):488-493; The antimicrobial efficacy of silver on antibiotic-resistant bacteria isolated from burn wounds.
As researchers writing in the prestigious Journal of Nanobiotechnology explained in 2011:
"… it is well known that silver ions and silver-based compounds are toxic to microorganisms, possessing strong biocidal effects on at least 12 species of bacteria including multi-resistant bacteria like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ampicillin-resistant E. coli O157: H7 and erythromycin-resistant S. pyogenes…"
– Journal of Nanobiotechnology, September 2011, "Silver nanoparticles are broad-spectrum bactericidal and virucidal compounds"
And finally, as the New York Times pointed out over half a dozen years ago:
"Now, with more and more bacteria developing resistance to antibiotic drugs, some researchers and health care entrepreneurs have returned to silver for another look. This time around, they are armed with nanotechnology, a fast-developing collection of products and skills that helps researchers deploy silver compounds in ways that maximize the availability of silver ions – the element's most potent form."
– New York Times, January 10, 2006
The point being, silver's astonishing effectiveness against antibiotic-resistant bacteria has long been known to medical science.
The fact that Big Pharma refuses to utilize silver, while constantly beating the media drums claiming that we're "running out of options in the war against drug-resistant pathogens," is an indictment against them for the massive fraud they're perpetrating.
They have their eyes on the taxpayer pie. And that's all they care about. They worship the money.
And they know the truly big money lies in tapping the taxpayer to pay for the development of brand new antibiotic drugs, rather than simply letting people know that a few cents worth of safe, natural silver by itself, or added to existing antibiotic drugs, could solve the entire antibiotic-resistant superbug crisis virtually overnight.
As I pointed out in my previous article "Big Pharma Shuns Silver; Blackmails U.S. Government Into Paying for New Antibiotic Drugs With Taxpayer Money" at this link:
"Big Pharma has no intention of looking into antimicrobial silver.
After all, silver is a natural substance, and even if you could patent it as a drug and sell it for hundreds of dollars a prescription, people can still make and use their own colloidal silver for just pennies per batch in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
So Big Pharma ignores silver in the fight against drug-resistant infections. And now they're forcing governments to tap into the taxpayer's wallets for new drug development."
-author Steve Barwick