This is about as literal as it get's when refering to cures for disease derived from the 'earth'.
"COMMON CLAY CAN TREAT LETHAL INFECTIONS
Canwest News Service
Ordinary clay can kill the drug resistantsuperbug MRSA - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - and other lethal infections, and is being investigated as a potential tool in treating patients.
"Healing" clays have been known for years to soak up toxins produced by bacteria, which can limit the spread of infection.
But now research at Arizona State University shows some forms of clay actually kill salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, and Mycobacterium ulcerans, which causes flesh-eating disease...
...How it kills bacteria is still an enormous mystery, but [Linda] Williams [study leader, geochemist at Arizona State] knows that it does the job somehow...
...They aren't sure whether it's the acidity level in clays (which range from very high to very low), the other elements contained in them, the oxygen available to them or other chemistry.
Her results are to be presented Sunday night to the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans."
"New Research Confirms Healing Power of Clay
January 10th, 2008
MRSA is the scourge of hospitals, but now the discovery in France of a volcanic clay with miraculous healing properties raises the prospect of a cure for it, and to other dangerous superbugs
Scientists in England have discovered a new and highly effective weapon against deadly superbugs like the MRSA sweeping through dirty hospital wards – green French muck.
The dramatic antibiotic success of agricur, a clay made from ancient volcanic ash found in the mountains of central France, marks it out as a potential rival to penicillin, the wonder drug of the 20th century. In experiments, the clay killed up to 99 per cent of superbug colonies within 24 hours. Control samples of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) grew 45-fold in the same period.
The clay has a similar effect on other deadly bacteria tested, including salmonella, E. coli, and a flesh-eating disease called buruli, a relative of leprosy which disfigures children across central and western Africa. Buruli has been classed as “an emerging public health threat” by the World Health Organization (WHO).
MRSA is also a growing concern. Since the early 1990s, deaths in the UK have risen sharply from fewer than 100 annually to more than 1,600 in 2005. The Government recently announced new measures to deep clean all hospital wards in an attempt to cut the number of infections. US annual deaths from MRSA recently surpassed AIDS deaths - 18,700 people died from this aggressive bacterial infection in 2005. (http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5220692.html)
Many other bacteria have also developed resistance to medicine’s arsenal of antibiotics, largely because patients stop using prescribed drugs when they begin to feel better rather than finishing their course of treatment, allowing the hardiest bugs to survive and spread. Some bacteria are now resistant to a spectrum of drugs. As a result, the developed world is starting to see the return of diseases, such as tuberculosis, that had been all but wiped out a few decades ago. "
Research of only 20 types of clay have resulted in finding 3 types of common clay that were highly effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
It is very likely that only rare clays will be marketed for sale in their natural form.
For the more common clays, work is being done to find and isolate the effective elements to mass produce treatments in case of a supervirus outbreak.
[I'm not sure if this is the most suitable place to post this info. It's been a while since I've been to this forum. If anyone can suggest a category more suitable please let me know and I will repost it there.]
[ 21 October 2008: Message edited by: lonewolfbunn ]