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    Thousand Year Old Anglo-Saxon Recipe Kills MRSA SuperBug Cultures

    Interesting article:

    "Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections has been found to kill the modern-day superbug MRSA and disrupt naturally antibiotic-resistant biofilms in tests conducted by researchers from The University of Nottingham and Texas Tech University

    It involved "ingredients such as onion, garlic, and part of a cow’s stomach brewed in a copper vessel. The recipe is from Bald’s Leechbook, a volume in the British Library that is thought to be one of the earliest-known books of medical advice and medicines."

    Apparently they tested it because they already knew that copper, bile salts and garlic have some antibacterial properties.

    How on earth did ancient people stumble onto this one?

    Well, this goes along with willow bark to lessen fevers, and moldy bread being put on sores or wounds in some places, and salt water for cleansing, among other things.

    It's best to remember that in some places they were also fond of putting cow dung on wounds too, weren't they and they didn't have any problem with having cesspits feed into the water supply? It seems as if it was a hit or miss business.

    Do you think anybody should test the following?

    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
    Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”

    (Totally off topic, but for anyone in love with language, with words and sounds and rhyme and meter, reading Shakespeare is )

    Ed. One of my cousins told me that when she was in medical school they put cold germs, stomach viruses etc. in a petri dish and then just put some cloves of fresh garlic in there. Next day all the germs and viruses were dead. Old peasants in my neck of the woods used to eat it whole or with some bread. Onions too. The problem was that you couldn't stand downwind of them. Alas, even if I didn't mind that I would clear out the elevator, it's impossible for me to eat it raw, and even cooked I have to use it judiciously in food as it gives me terrible heartburn and indigestion. I can't even tolerate the pills. So, I'm stuck.
    Last edited by Angela; 31-03-15 at 19:55.

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