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Angela
28-12-18, 20:26
Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs—new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance

https://phys.org/news/2018-12-bacteria-ancient-irish-soil-halts.html

"The soil they analysed originated from an area of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which is known as the Boho Highlands. It is an area of alkaline grassland and the soil is reputed to have healing properties.The search for replacement antibiotics (https://phys.org/tags/antibiotics/) to combat multi-resistance has prompted researchers to explore new sources, including folk medicines: a field of study known as ethnopharmacology. They are also focusing on environments where well-known antibiotic producers like Streptomyces can be found.
One of the research team (https://phys.org/tags/research+team/), Dr. Gerry Quinn, a previous resident of Boho, County Fermanagh, had been aware of the healing traditions of the area for many years.
Traditionally a small amount of soil was wrapped up in cotton cloth and used to heal many ailments including toothache, throat and neck infections. Interestingly, this area was previously occupied by the Druids, around 1500 years ago, and Neolithic people 4000 years ago. "

They should investigate all folk remedies. They lasted so long for a reason, i.e. putting moldy bread on wounds.