I have come across the news stating that diseases such as malaria, sepsis and leukaemia will be rooted out from the patient blood by using magnets. So, will it be that simple that instead of taking medications one can you go to the hospital and the disease will be sucked out from the blood?
Yes, I saw the news. It is a good idea, and the trails are going to start next year. So, the process will remove the affected cells from the patient rather than killing them through drugs.
A British engineer, Dr George Frodsham, has come up with this idea. He designed a blood-filtering tool which can remove the disease from the blood. So, diseases such as leukaemia and malaria can be easily removed.
He deduced his idea that if it is possible to magnetise cells for imaging, then why not it could be removed from the blood.
I agreed that the idea is straightforward. If you can grab the affected cells, then they can be removed as well. So, in theory, any virus diseases, bacterial infection or even blood cancer which can be caught by a tiny magnetic particle can also be sucked from the blood.
It would be a revolutionary idea to cure diseases without lengthy treatments or expensive medications.
In laboratories, scientists have been using antibodies attached to magnetic beads to separate cells for their experiments. So, the process is possible.
However, some diseases are not that simple to be removed. For instance, blood cancer cells are not always circulating in the blood. Some are nested in other places such as bone marrow. So, curing leukaemia, for instance, needs a full cleansing of the body from the cancer cells; otherwise, it will come back.