It has been known for some years that potentially fatal superbugs resistant to all antibiotics are increasing. A reader has put us on to a December ’09 article in ‘Daily Health’, an e-letter published by the UK Health Sciences Institute, who report on advances in ‘modern, underground medicine’. The article states that:
“The survey of intensive care doctors, published in the infectious disease journal Eurosurveillance, found that half treated at least one patient with an infection that was totally resistant or almost totally resistant to antibiotics during the past six months.
One in five had seen more than three patients and some had seen more than ten patients with the superbugs.
As we’ve noted many times before in this e-letter, the true scale of antibiotic resistant infections in Britain is unknown because reporting of most types is voluntary. Only cases of MRSA and Clostridium difficile must be reported to officials.
But the report said other bacteria including E.coli and bugs that cause pneumonia – and which are no less deadly than MRSA and C.Difficile – are increasingly becoming resistant to drugs, too…”
Daily Health cites the work by Dane Niels Finsen in the 1890s, that showed that light had the ability to kill bacteria.
Niels argued that it was light, acting slowly and weakly, rather than heat that was effective and devised various filters and lenses to separate and concentrate the different components of sunlight. He found that it was the short ultraviolet rays, either natural or artificial, that turned out to have the greatest bactericidal power.
He found phototherapy to be very useful against lupus vulgaris, a skin infection produced by the tubercle bacillus and he claimed that on exposure to ultraviolet rays the skin regained its normal color and the ulcerations began to heal. For this work Niels Finsen received the third Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 1903.
Why isn’t Niels Finsen’s discovery used today in every hospital in our battle against ‘super’ strains of bacteria and viruses, such as MRSA, C.Difficile and E.Coli?
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