Mining for a Heart of Gold
Friday, April 15, 2016
The US Treasury and jewelers everywhere put gold to good use but did you know that it’s an important component in the medical industry as well?
Gold has been used to improve circulation and prevent infection since the late 1800s and was used in dentistry even before that. But the earliest known use of gold as medicine comes from ancient Egypt. More than 5000 years ago Alexandrians ingested gold to purify mind, body, and spirit (which we don’t recommend, by the way).
Today gold is an even more crucial aspect of medicine as it’s being used in medical technology, therapeutics, and diagnostics. It is used in surgery to patch damaged blood vessels, nerves, bones, and membranes. Surgeons use gold instruments to clear coronary arteries, and gold-coated lasers give new life to patients with once inoperable heart conditions and tumors.
· Gold nanoparticles are being employed to diagnose certain types of cancers and deliver treatment directly to tumors in others.
· Gold can be found in state-of-the-art medical technologies including those related to cardiac health.
· An injectable compound containing gold is used as a highly successful treatment for arthritis.
· Gold is used in diagnosing HIV/AIDS.
· Women with ovarian cancer are treated with colloidal gold, and gold vapor lasers help seek out and destroy cancerous cells without harming their healthy neighbors.
Gold’s unique molecular structure makes it practically immune to corrosion, acid, and bacterial growth. Gold allergies are extremely rare (while allergic reactions to other metals can be quite common), it’s nearly indestructible, and malleable, which makes it an ideal medium for instruments that live for decades inside our bodies, such as pacemakers and heart stints.
Gold is also a popular component in facial treatments, particularly in Asia where many beauty experts believe that gold stimulates cellular growth of the deepest layer of the skin to regenerate healthy skin cells and provide a tightening effect. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also thought to decrease skin inflammation and seem to slow down melanin secretion and thus reduce age spots.