Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Super Water Kills Bugs Dead

By Skip Kaltenheuser
02:00 AM May. 16, 2005 PT

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.

According to Hoji Alimi, founder and president of Oculus, the ion-hungry water creates an osmotic potential that ruptures the cell walls of single-celled organisms, and out leaks the cell's cytoplasm. Because multicellular organisms -- people, animals, plants -- are tightly bound, the water is prevented from surrounding the cells, and there is no negative impact.

While super-oxygenated water is nothing new -- Microcyn has its roots in efforts to decontaminate nuclear reactors' cooling pipes, according to Alimi -- it is typically effective for only a few hours after it is formulated. To keep it handy, hospitals and labs must invest in extremely expensive machines costing $100,000 or more.

Oculus has developed a new formula with a shelf life of at least a year, which opens up an array of potential applications.

And unlike prior formulations of super-oxygenated water, Microcyn is pH-neutral, so it won't damage healthy tissue. This has prompted successful experiments in the treatment of challenging wounds like diabetic ulcers.

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At 5/30/2005 01:19:00 AM, Blogger CharlesWT said...

You can buy Microcyn™ in its veterinary version, Vetericyn™

INGREDIENTS: Oxidized Water, Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), Ozone (O3), Chlorine dioxide (ClO2), Hydroxide (NaOH), Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3), and Sodium Chloride (NaCl)

At 10/06/2005 09:29:00 PM, Blogger CharlesWT said...

218-patient study indicates Microcyn(TM) Technology superior in microbial load reduction, healing time, surgical dehiscence and adverse side effects as compared to povidone iodine (10%)

Oculus Innovative Sciences, Inc. announced that Dr. Luca Dalla Paola, a surgeon with the diabetic foot unit of the Abano Terme Hospital in Italy, recently presented the results of a 218-patient controlled clinical study that assessed the safety and efficacy of Microcyn(TM) Technology in treating diabetic foot ulcers as compared to povidone iodine (10%) antiseptic, which is often used as the "standard care" in treatment of open wounds.
"In light of the positive evidence generated by this study," said Dr. Dalla Paola, "my associates and I are highly enthusiastic about Microcyn's potential to redefine the standard of treatment in diabetic foot ulcers. This study certainly warrants further examination of this super-oxidized water formula, not only in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, but also in dealing with other chronic wounds and burns -- essentially in any wound where infection is a challenge."
Results of Clinical Study Evaluating Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers Using Microcyn(TM) Technology Presented at Stuttgart2005: 10/5/2005 9:00:00 AM EST


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