A war has been raging for billions of years, killing trillions every single day, while we don’t even notice. This war involves the single deadliest being on our planet: The Bacteriophage.
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The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth – The Bacteriophage
It’s not just phages that are getting the “using destructive things to do good in medical science” routine. *West Nile virus* has found to be effective in treating cytokine storm, a systemic inflammatory response that tends to happen by things like extremely severe allergic reactions serious enough to cause multiple systems failure. It’s also being studied for use in a couple of other autoimmune things.
The thinking is basically that, well we have this disease/problem - what’s awesome at killing shit? Some diseases. I’m not a biologist or a doctor, but from what I understand, this is actually a real Pandora’s box because if there is a way to accurately target things like cancer cells, which like to clump together in local areas - you can basically blow said cancer cells away and leave everything else untouched. It’s almost like laser-guided medicine.
Bullshit. Phages aren't "non lab tested". Phages themselves cannot be patented by Big Pharma so they pushed Antibiotics as the cure all. Now they have found a way to manipulate phages or some part of them which can be considered IP and so phages are making their way back into common parlence. Go look at Georgia and their use of phages. Big Pharma doesn't need to exist in many cases if we all have a fridge of categorised phages at home
Pharma companies don't invest in phages cause are living organisms and cannot be copyrighted, instead, companies are synthetizing substances present in phages that kill bacterias, so they can claim ownership over those substances, the problem is bacterias can become resistant to them as with antibiotic. Instead traditional effective phage therapy research, pharmaceuticals are spending time and money in that lucrative and inconvenient way.
there are another good virus that just infect evil virus not infect human, this is infect evil bacteria, but if there are good virus that infect evil virus without infect human cells please upload the video
*The issue is that antibiotics are shared so easily. Especially in 'murica. It's just ridiculous, it's like candy. Oh you have small flu? It's ok, here take antibiotics even though you could just rest for a few days and it'll pass but this makes no difference so take them anyway.*
Why don't just make microscopic nanites and programme them to attack the bacteria we choose?
Phages just sound like another penicillin, who knows if phages might even turn deadly to us with evolution!
Nanite technology is almost there, we just need more research and funding put into it.
Can phages kill cancer thats been around for 4 years? You see, my father has been diagnosed with colon cancer and his antibiotics have been bumped up multiple times (We've also tried radiation therapy and other stuff like that). Its all over his body at this point. It broke is spine, paralyzing him, its spread to his liver. Its basically everywhere. Does anyone know if we can get a hold of bacteriophage and save him? Or is it too late?
What's crazy about phages is how they're just messages - they're the same as "vesicles" which cells use to communicate. Every cell - human, bacteria, sloth, tardigrade, tree - constantly sends out messages in little packets of cell membrane, like a kind of email. And phages are just spam. One of the reasons we have a skin is to keep out most of this spam, so our vesicles are usually safe for our cells to receive.
If anybody wants an example of how phages can be used against superbugs, check out "H2O" and "Storm" by Virginia Bergen. It is fiction, but the way phages were used follows how phages actually work pretty well. A bacteria species that had survived in outer space arrived and began killing most everyone who encountered it in contaminated water. Antibiotics, boiling, any method to sterilize the water or protect against the sickness didn't work. Fantastic book, highly recommend it.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.