“This new science amazes me, Sir Bedevere! Tell me again how sheep’s bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.”
One bite and you dont have to worry about cancer OR taxes anymore.
Some of us are hoping for a cure in our lifetime...
Professor Smith to Professor Jones - "How are we going to extract the snake venom we need?"
Professor Jones - "I know! Let's have the students do it. There's always plenty of them."
Killing the cancer with venom isnt hard. Its not killing the patient at the same time thats the challenge.
Makes sense. Some venoms are cytotoxic attacking blood and tissue. If they can be targeted at specific cancers that would be awesome.
Well, Dr. McCoy used a Klingon nerve agent to help the Enterprise crew in the TOS episode “The Tholian Web”.
The Reptile Gardens in the Black Hills could become a Cancer Treatment Center!
California will post a warning label on it claiming it causes cancer.
I always chuckled that someday God would show man when Man’s heart is humble enough, that the cure for cancer has been right in front of him - like from poison ivy - i.e., confounding the ‘wise’. Snake venom is a better example of that.
Maybe He was eluding to it when He had Moses lift up the image of the snake as a method of healing.
I'd hate to have to extract it.
I hope the secured facility is seriously secured. I'd hate for those things to escape and reproduce. The Florida python problem is bad enough.
I believe snake venom can relieve breathing...
“From rattlesnakes to vipers...”
Probably “getting in the weeds” here; but, rattlesnakes are pit vipers (Crotalinae); which are part of the viper family (Viperidae); so, the statement is, at best, redundant.
The use of snake and other venoms for treating diseases of various types is not new. I remember back in the early 1960’s I had an aunt who was being treated for hypertension w/a medication derived from a type of cobra venom.
Interesting article; though, thanks!
All chemotherapy meds are poisonous. Chemotherapy relies on finding meds which are more poisonous to cancer cells than to normal cells.
So venomous snakes are our friends?
One never knows.
When I was a physician in the Medical Corps of the US Army stationed in Europe, I had a patient from Transylvania with hemochromotosis. This is a metabolic disorder in which the body does not process iron effectively and deposits of iron accumulate in the body's tissues to a toxic level. The treatment is phlebotomy, i.e. the removal of blood, which contains the iron-rich erythrocytes, at regular intervals. His being from Transylvania caused me to reassess my opinion of Count Dracula. Maybe he wasn't so bad after all. One must always remain open-minded.
Well, a mamba bite is 100% effective at killing every type of cancer.