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Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:42 PM

Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11504166/Anglo-Saxon-cow-bile-and-garlic-potion-kills-MRSA.html

Telegraph.co.uk
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Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
1:12PM BST 30 Mar 2015

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A thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections which was discovered in a manuscript in the British Library has been found to kill the superbug MRSA.

The 'eyesalve' recipe calls for two species of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine and oxgall (bile from a cow’s stomach).

It describes a very specific method of making the topical solution including the use of a brass vessel to brew it, a strainer to purify it and an instruction to leave the mixture for nine days before use.

None of the experts really expected the concoction to work. But when it was tested, microbiologists were amazed to find that not only did the salve clear up styes, but it also tackled the deadly superbug MRSA, which is resistant to many antibiotics.

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Reply Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA (Original post)
G_j Mar 2015 OP
Zorra Mar 2015 #1
PoliticAverse Mar 2015 #5
G_j Mar 2015 #8
Orrex Mar 2015 #31
Pooka Fey Mar 2015 #51
mike_c Mar 2015 #2
msanthrope Mar 2015 #10
dflprincess Mar 2015 #20
awoke_in_2003 Mar 2015 #21
valerief Mar 2015 #3
JustAnotherGen Mar 2015 #4
PADemD Mar 2015 #27
G_j Mar 2015 #43
JHB Mar 2015 #6
cyberswede Mar 2015 #9
Coventina Mar 2015 #13
hifiguy Mar 2015 #14
Liberalynn Mar 2015 #18
Surya Gayatri Mar 2015 #48
hifiguy Mar 2015 #7
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 #11
Dont call me Shirley Mar 2015 #12
840high Mar 2015 #15
Aerows Mar 2015 #40
They_Live Mar 2015 #16
dixiegrrrrl Mar 2015 #33
Thor_MN Mar 2015 #44
Surya Gayatri Mar 2015 #49
gollygee Mar 2015 #17
MisterP Mar 2015 #19
niyad Mar 2015 #22
silverweb Mar 2015 #23
bhikkhu Mar 2015 #30
Aerows Mar 2015 #38
Aerows Mar 2015 #37
niyad Mar 2015 #39
Aerows Mar 2015 #41
niyad Mar 2015 #42
Aerows Mar 2015 #46
BrotherIvan Mar 2015 #50
Blue_In_AK Mar 2015 #53
jtuck004 Mar 2015 #24
Tyrs WolfDaemon Mar 2015 #34
Thespian2 Mar 2015 #25
riderinthestorm Mar 2015 #26
d_r Mar 2015 #28
madamvlb Mar 2015 #29
Historic NY Mar 2015 #32
Aerows Mar 2015 #35
Thor_MN Mar 2015 #45
Surya Gayatri Mar 2015 #36
Laffy Kat Mar 2015 #47
phantom power Mar 2015 #52

Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:49 PM

1. DU Monsanto reps call for banning this natural remedy in 3..2..1...

This is truly wonderful, and fun, news, thank you!

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Response to Zorra (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:55 PM

5. Someone will find a way to patent it and get their version FDA approved. n/t

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Response to Zorra (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:09 PM

8. Yes, I thought it would be fun

and it's also fascinating.

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Response to Zorra (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:17 PM

31. Ladies and gentlemen, I present yet another sad case of

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Response to Zorra (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 06:52 AM

51. ROFL

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:50 PM

2. substituting eye of newt at step 27 turns maidens into insatiable sex machines....

Just sayin'.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:21 PM

10. I got better. nt

 

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:17 PM

20. +1000

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:19 PM

21. DUzy. nt

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:50 PM

3. I'm sure our Congress will ban its use pretty soon. nt

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 07:55 PM

4. I've had MRSA three times since September 2009

They need to take a deep dive on this.


I bet they burned the people at the stake who discovered this all those years ago . . .

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Response to PADemD (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:44 PM

43. That is interesting also

Another one of nature's surprises.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:00 PM

6. As if Anglo-Saxon cows weren't snooty enough!

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:12 PM

9. LOL

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:37 PM

13. Anglo-Saxon cows are much more civilized than those murderous Nazi cows!!!

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Response to Coventina (Reply #13)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:45 PM

14. How now, Nazi cow?

 



This is one odd picture.

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:59 PM

18. Best laugh I've had all day!

 

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 12:28 AM

48. Thanks for that!

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:03 PM

7. It turned me into a newt....

 

Well, I got better.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:29 PM

11. Garlic is a very well known antiseptic.

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among other properties it has.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:35 PM

12. And onions.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:55 PM

15. Yes.

 

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:30 PM

40. Anti-fungal, as well

 

probably one of the more powerful ones, actually.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:55 PM

16. What this thread needs is

more cow bile!

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Response to They_Live (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:19 PM

33. Lol! well done.

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Response to They_Live (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:45 PM

44. +1

 

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Response to They_Live (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 12:29 AM

49. Ba da boom!

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 08:57 PM

17. If it wasn't invented in a modern lab

I don't trust it.


LOL just kidding. This is fascinating. I suppose they worked by trial and error.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:03 PM

19. cwic-wys, feor the leechboces!

they're also doubting the total domination of humorialism over medieval medicine--everyone used it, sure, but that's just what you started out with

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:20 PM

22. it is completely unsurprising that these old wisdom remedies actually work. why

do you think big pharma hates them so much!!

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Response to niyad (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:32 PM

23. Agree completely!

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Response to niyad (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:04 PM

30. It was apparently developed through experiment and observation

...similar to modern scientific methods. They wouldn't have known why it worked, or what they were treating (other than the symptoms of infection), but I'd give the old doctors some credit for developing an effective treatment.

"Old Wisdom" gave us the four humors theory, bloodletting, the Magic Egg, and plenty of quackery that did as much harm as good. The Anglo-Saxons behind this remedy were a little better than that.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #30)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:28 PM

38. More like Ancient wisdom

 

This type of craft has been studied for millennia. "Witches" were mostly persecuted because they also had the ability to help women put off childbirth or terminate pregnancy. Once the Catholic church got involved and made it so that only men could practice medicine, then you saw much of this knowledge fall away.

It was political.

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Response to niyad (Reply #22)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:25 PM

37. Garlic and rennet for infection

 

mustard for burns.

Garlic also for topical fungus and yeast infections (yes, this works).

Willowbark tea for headaches and fevers (hint, it's Salicylates - aspirin, essentially that is drawn out of the bark with hot water).

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Response to Aerows (Reply #37)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:29 PM

39. such simple, effective, inexpensive treatments.

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Response to niyad (Reply #39)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:32 PM

41. And we are trained

 

to be ignorant of them.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #41)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:35 PM

42. some of us are still quite familiar with them

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Response to niyad (Reply #42)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:48 PM

46. Indeed

 

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Response to Aerows (Reply #37)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 02:39 AM

50. I've also heard of garlic for ear aches

Literally just stick a half a clove in your ear

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Response to Aerows (Reply #37)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 06:40 PM

53. Garlic also works great for ear aches

My kids thought I was crazy to stuff their ears with garlic, but it always worked.

ed. Brother Ivan, I didn't see your post before I posted. Great minds and all that...

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:42 PM

24. I remember when they were doing the research on how to kill bugs with cows...

 



There were a couple of moments where it might have gone another way...

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #24)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:19 PM

34. Someone forgot to give that cow some roller-skates and a cape.

Forget car races and horse races, we need Flatulent Cow Races!

I can see it now, each cow will be given a team of three monkeys instead of the cape. The first monkey will steer the cow, the second one will fling monkey crap at the other racers. The third one will supply the crap as he pretends to be the cow's 'rocket engine mechanic'.






This idea has potential. Now I just have to find someone to sell this to. Does anyone know the number for Trump's hair?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:45 PM

25. K & R

More power to the cow! Not surprised. Ancient texts have much to teach modern man.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:46 PM

26. Just sent this to my medieval archaeologist daughter

 

and discovered she has already received it 42 x already ...



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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 09:54 PM

28. good on mash potatoes also

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:00 PM

29. This is really good news.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:19 PM

32. Who Moo?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:19 PM

35. Garlic and rennet

 

have been cures for infection for thousands of years.

And let's discuss mustard plasters for burns. Old ass medicine that still works a charm.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #35)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:47 PM

45. SSShhhh... Don't give McDonalds any excuses for their mayo and mustard burn cures...

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2015, 10:22 PM

36. All hail the powerful bovine! Who knew!

 

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The famous 'Laughing Cow' (La vache qui rit) --and now we know why!









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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 12:16 AM

47. It may clear up the MRSA but..

You ain't gonna smell that great.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2015, 06:28 PM

52. Is it really a mystery that a mixture including acid and alcohol kills bacteria?

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