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The power of silver: a medicine from Siberia to be tested on Mexicans

© предоставлено пресс-службой Томского политехнического университетаThe power of silver: a medicine from Siberia to be tested on Mexicans

TOMSK, Apr 20 – RIA Tomsk. Medicine based on silver will be tested in Mexico: experts check its effectiveness in diabetic foot syndrome treatment. According to one of the developers, professor of Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) Alexey Pestryakov, medicine can also fight against more terrible diseases, such as cancer and HIV. In more detail – in the material of RIA Tomsk.

What is a "diabetic foot"

Diabetes mellitus itself is not an infectious disease, but due to circulatory disorders in diabetics, there is often a "diabetic foot syndrome" – the main blood flow in the lower extremities decreases, the sensitivity of the legs rises, the slightest rubbing can grow to ulcers. And then the leg begins to literally rot ...

"Beauty" of what is happening the professor of Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences of TPU Alexey Pestryakov describes as follows: "One of my graduate students at the sight of a neglected case fainted".

In Russia, neglected cases are still rare, but in poor countries where hygiene is very bad, this is one of the most common causes of death. For example, in Mexico, which is the second most widely spread diabetes in the world after the United States (due to a sweet tooth, basically), a significant proportion of patients die who are diagnosed with diabetic foot syndrome. "Lucky" get off lightly with legs amputated.

"In the ten years that we tested our "silver" drug in Mexico, with the help of scientists from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), not a single patient was lost – not a single leg was cut! Over 600 people were cured, and among they were very old people, for 80-90 years", – emphasizes the professor Pestryakov.

He remembers how sometimes he had to buy tickets for the patients: "As soon as the improvements began, they stopped going to us – they say it's expensive to spend money on the bus. People were poor. We paid them tickets so long as they were treated to the end, and we would have received a complete medical history. Now we have begun preparations for conducting official clinical trials in Mexico".

How a new medicine treats

Back in the 1990s, a group of scientists from Novosibirsk Academgorodok (now the SPC Vector Vita) started developing a drug for the treatment of diabetic foot syndrome. In the early 2000s, Pestryakov's research group joined them.

Because of the difficult situation of science in the 1990s, part of the team moved to other cities and to Mexico, and over time, a triumvirate – Tomsk – Novosibirsk – Mexico, which is the nucleus until now – has developed in the study.

"From the very beginning of this work, the Mexican doctor, Cesar Almonasi, participates in the project, he actually paved the way for this topic with his enthusiasm. Then the Spaniards, Cubans and others joined us. Now this is a large international team that has achieved great success. In total at us there are 15 scientific groups, each of which is engaged in its own direction", – Alexey Pestryakov says.

The diabetic foot syndrome – is one of them, because colloidal silver "beats" everything - both viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and not only in humans: the drug treats both animals and plants.

Pestryakov explains: the healing power of silver is known since the Phoenician times. But this concerned its ionic form, which acts only on bacteria. But now about 80% of infectious diseases have a viral nature ...

Preparations based on colloidal silver (that is, suspended metal microparticles, ranging in size from 1 to 20 nanometers) were produced since the 1930s – protargoles, collargol and others known to all Soviet mothers. But the stabilizer of silver in them was so harmful that the toxicity of the drug crossed out all the benefits of treating the main "sores".

"We picked up a very good stabilizer – an analog of blood plasma, which is not harmful, and itself is a detoxifier for the body", – the scientist says.

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In the world are produced hundreds of preparations based on colloidal silver. They have opponents, but professor Pestryakov emphasizes: "At our dosages, there are no negative effects. Moreover, our silver is much less toxic than modern antibiotics".
Researchers officially declare 23 diseases which are treated by their drug. Also, it is not addictive, and bacteria do not form stable strains to it, it is fundamentally important:

"When penicillin was invented, the first stable strain of bacteria was formed in forty years. Now after the release of the next generation of antibiotics, resistant strains appear in a few months, pharmacorporations no longer have time to get back the money spent for the development. Therefore in recent years there have been practically no new antibiotics – only modification of old", – the interlocutor tells.

He also emphasizes the low price of the drug and the lack of allergy to it ("Allergic reactions to modern medicines have already become a big problem for many patients, especially children", – the scientist says).

All this would sound like a drug advertising, there is no drug officially preseted. In Russia, this development is certified as a dietary supplement and as a veterinary drug, in a free sale in Tomsk it can not be found at all – only in Novosibirsk and Mexico.

Deliveries from Mexico on orders are carried out in dozens of countries, mainly Hispanic – Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Spain and others. "There is no prophet in his homeland", – the polytechnician grins.

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To get a certificate as a veterinary is incomparably simpler. Scientists tested its effectiveness in a number of large Novosibirsk and Kemerovo farms, processing at each several thousand of calves, geese or chickens. Mortality of calves decreased by 3-4 times, geese–by 4-5 times,chickens–by 20 times

How to get recognition in Russia

The scientist says that in 1990-2000 the silver drug was actively tested in Novosibirsk – the doctors of 12 research and medical institutions agreed to participate in the so-called clinical approbation, when the doctor with the patient's consent can use an uncertified preparation.

"But in the course of time the tests in Russia calmed down – many enthusiastic doctors retired, the legislation became tougher. We gradually moved all the tests to Mexico, where we are systematically supported by the government, TPU has been contracting them for 17 years", – says Alexey Pestryakov.

To be certified in the Russian market as a medicine, it is necessary to conduct clinical trials, and this costs at least 50 million rubles, perhaps more. And scientists have no such means.

"Therefore we will carry out clinical tests in Mexico. Of course, we will not be able to work with the Mexican certificate on the Russian market, but I hope that when Russia sees officially confirmed results, it will be easier to get recognition from the Russian medical community", – says Pestryakov, adding that scientists are trying to use the Russian authorities to support clinical trials in our country.

He believes in the prospects of the drug – precisely because it solves a lot of problems. For example, it can treat drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, and it is very, very actual for the Tomsk region. Colloidal silver has shown its effectiveness even on the AIDS virus (in vitro), but, Pestryakov says, further studies in this direction have stopped:

"For the further tests on AIDS we need seriously equipped laboratories of the 4th class of danger, they are few in the world, so we stopped this direction. But now we have shifted the focus of attention to cancer – I think our drug has very serious prospects in this topic".




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