May 16, 2005

Super water

This will be interesting if it pans out. From Wired comes this story of some people in Petaluma and an application they have for water.
Super Water Kills Bugs Dead
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.

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.
Very curious -- normally when I hear something like this my bullshit flag goes up but these people are shipping a Veterinary product and the FDA has given preliminary approval. Posted by DaveH at May 16, 2005 8:07 PM

That article doesn't spell things out, it sounds like ozonated water to me. I've seen ozonated water referred to as 'super oxygenated' before, but in a non-journal setting it seems like they use a magic 8 ball to generate the technobabble sometimes. I could see a salt increasing the shelf life also.

google://ozonated +water turns up 23,000 hits including 'real' companies (Praxair) .mil sites, and many others.

Posted by: Al at May 16, 2005 9:42 PM
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