Back in the day, getting a cut or a scrape was no big deal.
You slapped on a Band-Aid... smeared on a topical antibiotic cream (remember Bacitracin?)... and poof!
In a few days, that gash was all healed up.
But as we age, our bodies heal wounds much more slowly. After all, our immune systems aren’t as active as they used to be.
And because many of the bacteria that thrive in open sores have become resistant to some of our toughest drugs, you could even wind up with a wound that NEVER heals -- even when your doc prescribes powerful oral antibiotics to treat it.
But according to a new study, there's something that can kill these superbugs AND mend your wound -- and it may come as quite a surprise.
I'm talking about MUD! Well, a special type of mud that comes from Oregon, that is.
Now, in modern life, we think of mud as something that needs to be cleaned OUT of wounds.
But the idea of applying wet clay or mud to skin as a wound treatment goes back nearly as far as human history.
And when Mayo Clinic researchers tested blue clay from Oregon on superbugs like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in the lab, they found that it stopped these nasty bacteria in their tracks.
What's more, the clay even blasted its way through the biofilms, or the protective coatings that help superbugs resist antibiotics.
And that's pretty amazing -- because two-thirds of all infections these days involve these biofilms, which are incredibly tough to treat with conventional methods.
Of course, this isn’t NEW news. Previous studies have shown that minerals in certain clays (including iron and aluminum) can poison bacterial cells, causing them to die off.
And you can bet that our ancestors figured out how to use everything that was right under their noses – and feet – to survive as long as they could.
That’s something we seem to have forgotten.
Now, if you've got a wound that won't heal, I'm not suggesting you go dive into a mudslide.
Not all mud has medicinal properties -- and some types of mud and clay can even ENCOURAGE harmful bacteria to grow.
But you may be able to find an integrative doc in your area who incorporates clay treatments into their practice.
At the Rothfeld Center here in the Boston area, I like to use bentonite clay for many purposes, including detoxification.
It can soak up toxins like a sponge!
You should also slash sugar from your diet, since high blood sugar can keep wounds from healing. (That’s why wounds that won’t heal are a common complication of type 2 diabetes.)
Whatever you do, don't keep throwing antibiotics at your wound -- because these drugs can open the door to deadly diarrhea and a Pandora's box of other health problems.
And their overuse is largely responsible for the rise of superbugs in the first place!