Wonder Water

Wow, this is fascinating:  a new kind of super water which kills bacteria and other nasties in your body but is perfectly safe to drink.

A California company has figured out how to use two simple materials — water and salt — to create a solution that wipes out single-celled organisms, and which appears to speed healing of burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers.

The solution looks, smells and tastes like water, but carries an ion imbalance that makes short work of bacteria, viruses and even hard-to-kill spores.

Developed by Oculus Innovative Sciences in Petaluma, the super-oxygenated water is claimed to be as effective a disinfectant as chlorine bleach, but is harmless to people, animals and plants. If accidentally ingested by a child, the likely impact is a bad case of clean teeth.

Oculus said the solution, called Microcyn, may prove effective in the fight against superbugs, crossover viruses like bird flu and Ebola, and bioterrorism threats such as anthrax.

The company has just been granted approval in the United States to test the solution in the treatment of wounds, and already has government approval in Europe, Canada and Mexico for diverse uses, from disinfectant to wound irrigation.

Doctors conducting trials in Mexico and India are recounting stories at international conferences of their surprise at another feature of the solution: It speeds the healing of severe burns and diabetic ulcers.

I enjoy reading about advances in science which will eventually benefit us in everyday life…a lot of times the big breakthroughs seem a little far out to me, as if it won’t affect me personally.  For instance, we always hear about how some company managed to squeese a zillion more semiconductors into a smaller chip than ever before, which is nice for the consumer electronics industry…but this can actually save lives and limbs, and it’s something I can see benefiting everyone at some point.

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