Copper-based pajamas? Copper alloy bed railings and door handles? Is that the basis for reducing or eliminating hospital-acquired MRSA infections?
The answer might be “yes” and it might have come from the efforts of an 18 year-old girl:
Two years earlier, when Amber was just 16, she happened across a video by none other than Dr. Bill Keevil, talking about the antimicrobial properties of copper. Fancying herself an inventor, Amber spent 18 months researching the issue and she carried out various lab tests which proved bacteria couldn’t survive on a copper gown versus the standard hospital gown. So by the time Gemma was in the hospital fighting for her life, Amber was ready. She brought in copper pajamas, bedding, socks, and a hospital gown for Gemma. (Since copper is a metal the fabrics were a blend of 60% copper, 20% cotton, and 20% bamboo.) …“It was incredible,” said Gemma, “the nurses took swabs from my stomach daily and they always came back infected with MRSA, but a few days after wearing the copper-infused clothing, they came back negative. You wouldn’t think something so simple could make such a huge difference but I could feel the difference in my skin almost overnight. Instead of feeling lethargic I felt brighter, more alert and healthier. More importantly, I was healing. It was a miracle.” The “miracle” is actually sound science according to Dr. Keevil. Copper overcomes pathogens in 3 ways: it destroys their cell walls and the contents spill out like air from a balloon; it kills the DNA; and it stops cellular respiration – all within seconds of contact with pure cooper.
Great news, but really not a miracle. Scripture tells us that God has given us medicine to heal the body embedded within creation. We just don’t know all that we don’t know, yet.
Along each bank of the river every kind of fruit tree will grow; their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fresh fruit because the waters of the river flow out from the sanctuary. Their fruit is used for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47:12
Watch this interesting TED presentation on What We Do When Antibiotics Won’t Work Anymore