Copper Surfaces Reduce Deadly Hospital Infections

Ayurvedic practitioners knew it  5,000 years ago, but now modern medicine has confirmed that copper surfaces and devices in hospitals greatly reduce the rate of deadly hospital-acquired infections.

About 100,000 people a year die in U.S. hospitals from infections.

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina,  funded  by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, studied 650 patients over a year in three hospitals divided into 16 ICU rooms, half of which  were equipped  with copper surfaces. The two types of ‘superbug’ infections studied were  methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRSA),  and vacomycin-resistant Enterococcus, the two most difficult infections to treat.

The rate of infections in the copper-surfaced rooms was less than half the rate as those without copper. The dramatic findings were published in a recent issue of the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Another article in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology also noted that  copper alloy surfaces reduced the “microbial burden” by 83 percent.

California Naturopath Case Adams, also a Ph.D in Natural Health Sciences, pointed out  in his (greenmedinfo.com) report that what the researchers and the medical journals DIDN’T mention, was that ancient Ayurvedic medicine considered copper purifying and anti-infective thousands of years ago. They filled copper cups with water and left it overnight, drinking the water first thing in the morning. They also used copper plates and tongue cleaners, scraping their tongues daily. Copper was known to be cleaner and less toxic than other materials, and the copper ions infused in water or skin on contact was thought to stimulate immunity and wellness.

What a pity the Centers for Disease Control, the FDA and the mainstream scientific and medical profession don’t give those ancient practices due credit and admit there’s a lot to be learned from old wisdom.

While copper in hospitals may not be a total cure-all for today’s deadly hospital superbugs, it may go a long way in reducing the rate of infection, as well as alleviating the growing fear that people have of hospitals.

Not to mention it would make the copper industry happy!

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