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    Silver Boosts Antibiotic Efficacy

    When Collins and his colleagues supplemented antibiotics with a small amount of silver, both in vitro and in a mouse model of a urinary tract infection, the combination killed up to 1,000 times more bacteria than the antibiotics did on their own. In addition, the researchers showed that silver sensitizes Gram-negative bacteria to vancomycin, a large-molecule antibiotic that usually can’t breach the outer coating on the bacterial cell membranes.

    “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,” the authors wrote.

    Vance Fowler, an infectious disease physiologist at Duke University in North Carolina, told Nature that the study is “really cool” but warned that silver can be toxic. But Collins said that even with non-toxic doses of silver, his team observed enhanced antibiotic efficacy in mouse models of infection. Collins added that other researchers might now attempt to find non-toxic compounds that mimic silver’s bacteria-weakening mechanisms.
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    Breakthrough.

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    • #3
      Thanks rdf but it's common knowledge that silver has antibiotic properties.
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      • #4
        Yeah, most SCI peeps know about silver. But now researchers have discovered why it does have such properties, and how it works.

        "Collins added that other researchers might now attempt to find non-toxic compounds that mimic silver’s bacteria-weakening mechanisms."
        Originally posted by SuprSi View Post
        Thanks rdf but it's common knowledge that silver has antibiotic properties.
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        • #5
          I wonder how much silver is considered toxic. We could have bottled water with silver added for health benefits. Sorta like that gold flake vodka.

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          • #6
            I put colloidal silver in my water every day. Haven't have a UTI since I started doing it, and my acid reflux has completely disappeared. I've heard all the hype about argyria (the bluing of the skin) but would rather take my chances with small amounts of a natural antibiotic than risk the very real and dangerous side effects of Rockefeller's pharmaceutical empire's products. If I drink enough to turn me blue I'll let you know.

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            • #7
              "If I drink enough to turn me blue I'll let you know."

              Well, if that happens you can always switch over to gold flake Vodka...

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