Traditionally ancient folk remedies are not treated seriously by medical researchers and professionals. However, some scientists are taking a new look at these remedies because some are believed to hold the key to fighting deadly diseases and infections.
Hopefully you were all able to read my blog from earlier in the week talking about eating more dirt, if you haven’t already read it, please do because I feel that it’s important. Anyway, on the news today, I don’t even remember which station, it showed a village in Ireland called Boho, near the border with the Irish Republic, where people have been saying for years about the healing property of the soil. So coincidentally since I had just written the eating dirt blog, and this seemed to confirm what I wrote, I went online and there are a bunch of sites talking about this very same thing. Below is some info that makes you realize the idea about eating more dirt is a good one.
The testing of the ‘healing soil’ was carried out by Dr. Gerry Quinn, a senior microbiologist and a member of an international team of researchers, looking for new antibiotics to treat the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria. In the sample, Dr. Quinn found a previously unknown species of bacteria. This was then tested, and it was found to contain new antibodies. These are used by the body’s immune system to fight pathogens that cause disease. The microbiologist found that three particularly dangerous pathogens could be killed by the antibodies. These pathogens have been deemed to be a major threat to public health around the globe by the World Health Organization.
It is hoped by Dr. Quinn that up to twenty antibiotics can be produced from the newly discovered bacteria. However, these will need to be tested in exhaustive clinical trials, that could take years. Nevertheless, the new antibiotics could prove to be crucial in the fight against drug resistant pathogens.
There are fears that because of the overuse of antibiotics that even relatively treatable conditions and infections could become resistant to treatment. If people use too many antibiotics they can become less effective over time and this is expected to be one of the major public health problems in the coming decades. Quite simply if there are no new antibiotics found, patients could die from what should be highly treatable infections. This is why the bacteria found in the soil of the grave of the Irish priest, is of immense importance.
Source: Excerpts from
Ancient Origins Ed Whelan