A UK biochemist invented a crucial treatment for serious diseases without surgery. Biological engineer George Frodsham claims that he can filter pathogens directly from the patient’s blood with magnets.

Based on the ability of cells in a living organism to bind to magnetic nanoparticles, Frodsham wondered if this interesting property could be used to remove pathogenic agents from human blood. He used the principle of dialysis — cleaning colloidal solutions from low molecular weight compounds dissolved in them using a semipermeable membrane. This principle has been used in medicine for a long time: with its help, kidney patients are pulled out “from the other side”.

Frodsham called his treatment technology “MediSieve”. It works like this: the patient’s blood is run through a special apparatus where it enters the reservoir, where nanoparticles stick to the cells that cause the disease, and here the magnets come into work. They attract nanoparticles together with the “bad” cells, and the renewed blood enters the patient’s body.

“When someone has a tumour you cut it out”, says Frodsham. “Blood cancer is a tumour in the blood, so why not just take it out in the same way?”

The scientist suggests running a person’s blood through a magnetic apparatus several times until critically few pathogenic agents remain in the blood. After that, it will be much easier to treat the disease — perhaps the immune system and medications will cope with the disease, and the person will finally recover.

In the near future, Frodsham is awaiting the approval from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. The scientist is ready to conduct tests on patients with malaria. The parasite that causes this disease is very suitable for this treatment: its waste contain a significant amount of iron.

The results of this new study have every chance to make a revolution in medicine. According to Frodsham, any disease which pathogenic agents can be detected in the blood can be treated with his magnetic machine.

“Poisons, pathogens, viruses, bacteria, anything that we can specifically bind to we can remove. So it’s a very powerful potential tool”, — says the engineer.

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