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Worried about the COVID-19 virus, what kills germs but is safe for a closed environment like your home or hospital? Read this amazing fact about copper!


March 23, 2020 |

Barbara "BJ" Andrews, Editor-In-Chief, SAAB


Bacteria live on things like skin, furniture or soil. There are “friendly” bacteria such as those that live in your gut where they aid digestion but bacteria in your bladder, lungs, or throat can wreak havoc. Anti-bacterial medications can kill bacteria.



Viruses require live hosts to survive and a virus is never friendly. Viruses hang out on things like furniture but prefer living tissue like your throat and lungs. Some virus species can be prevented by vaccines. Antibiotics do not kill viruses.


So what about COVID-19 and copper? First some background on copper, one of the rare elemental metals that naturally occurs in a usable form. You can then decide if it would be beneficial against the 2020 COVID-19 viral attack that is spreading around the world.


Copper is one of the oldest and currently most suppressed health aids known to mankind. The medical use of copper is mentioned in the Smith Papyrus, an Egyptian medical text believed to have been compiled between 2600 and 2200 B.C. Copper has been used for over four thousand years to sterilize wounds (common from spear fighting and primitive hunting accidents).


The Greeks, Romans, and Aztecs also used copper for treating headaches, burns, intestinal worms, and ear infections. Interesting that ancient mankind knew about parasitic worms.


Copper was later discovered to purify drinking water. That is why copper is still used in high-end plumbing installations instead of plastic pipe which can leach chemical compounds into drinking water.


Today many people swear by copper bracelets to protect health even though shouts “Copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps have no real effect on pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis…” That speaks loudly about medicine today and some commercial “health” websites which stupidly deny what mankind has known for 3,000 years!


A continent away from early European chemists, Native Americans were hammering copper into weapons and utensils in 8000 B.C. Well why not? They had no forge and no TV or internet… Ironically, today there is a resurgence in “New Age” fascination with ancient tribal medicines and medical practices.


And that is with good reason because hindsight is always superior to blindsight.


By the 19th century, a new awareness of copper's medical potency. Copper workers were immune to the cholera outbreak in 1832. By the 20th century the use of copper for medicinal purposes was re-discovered. Copper proved effective in the treatment of eczema, impetigo and tuberculosis. As copper’s healing power became better understood and validated by modern science it was used for lupus, syphilis, anemia and other conditions.


Copper’s effectiveness as an antimicrobial was common knowledge until the advent of new antibiotics in 1932. By the 70s antibiotic resistance (failure) was encountered in hospitals, nursing homes, and animal breeding facilities. The best veterinarians and medical doctors of today realize this is a potentially deadly new problem and have begun to look for old-fashioned or novel ways to defeat today’s pathogenic microorganisms.


That’s where copper comes in and is being “rediscovered.” The anti-microbial power embedded in copper is being re-examined for implements and medical surfaces. A surgical RN told us that her hospital is talking to contractors about replacing “modern doorknobs” with brass or copper. We looked it up! 30 years ago (!) there was a report recommending using brass and bronze on doorknobs to prevent the spread of microbes in hospitals. But plastic was cheaper…


How does this apply to you as an animal owner? Well copper is expensive but worth looking at now that we have been so rudely reminded of our disease vulnerability.


You can start by exploring copper water vessels to render water drinkable. That ancient practice is still used in “poor” countries that can’t afford plastics! Hospitals and long-term care facilities should reconsider copper pipe when plumbing problems arise. PVC (plastic) pipe is cheaper but real copper pipes are healthier and safer.


We can’t envision the next epidemic but predictions are that COV-19 is going to “get worse before it gets better”. Our ancient ancestors instinctively used copper for water and food vessels. It wasn’t that easily found in some parts of the world but it was as sought-after and prized as gold is today!


I have just ordered a lovely hand-hammered water pitcher and set of copper cups.


References ~ National Institute Of Health, National Library Of Health, etc.


See  Abnormal copper metabolism in these breeds is an inability to utilize and store copper properly and may puzzle newer veterinarians.

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