Silver boosts fight against infection

 

Hi Ho Silver!

Hi ho silver!
And away with disease.
Your power we’ve seized
now we have the keys
of your healing molecular depth.

More potent than gold,
there’s a tale to be told
of the power you hold
over illness, mortality, death.

Lycanthropes quake
when the bullet you make
shakes their core as it takes
away their very last breath.

And imperious bacteria
disappear in hysteria –
they’re mysteriously cleared.
You’ve steered the body to health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re our secret lone ranger,
you can keep us from danger
though your role is much stranger
than your usual symbol of wealth.

Antibiotic abuse
has set microbes loose
and tightened our noose.
You’re our new weapon of stealth.

Yes we live in a shroud
where resistant bugs crowd
but within this dark cloud
you’re our silvery lining of health.

Hi ho silver!  Away!

 

20th June 2013 – Headline from BBC

Notes:  “Silver boost to antibiotic success”.  Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics which are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible.  Silver has been used as an antimicrobial for centuries, but little has been known about how it works.  New research suggests adding silver to antibiotics makes them 10 to 1,000 times more effective at fighting infections.  Experiments in mice showed the metal disrupts the biological processes of bacteria, making them more permeable to antibiotics.  Silver acts against Gram-negative bacteria – one of the two main types of bacteria – which are particularly difficult pathogens to treat thus strengthening the antibiotic arsenal for fighting bacterial infections.

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