- What this unlucky man found in his toilet…
- Poisonous, but could this be the next revolution in pain relief
- Irish spiders to the rescue!
So here’s how it happened…
An Australian man named Jordan was working on a building site and needed the loo.
Nothing weird there.
But hold on…
When he sat down to let nature take its course, he felt an almighty sting on the most private part of his anatomy.
He leapt up – looked down – and there it was….
Not any old spider, but a venomous redback spider.
He was whisked off to hospital where they gave him treatment and he considered himself lucky, all things considered.
But this is not a lucky man.
Far from it.
He became very wary of using portable toilets and made sure he did his business elsewhere. That’s only to be expected.
Then one day – only five months later – the portaloos were freshly cleaned, and he was desperate, so he returned to the scene of the crime for another go.
Suddenly – OUCH.
Another bit from another spider on the VERY SAME SPOT.
And so off to hospital he went…. again.
Before you go “yeah right”, this is true story reported by the BBC on the 28th September – check it out here.
“So what’s this got to do with anything, Rich?” you might ask.
Well, I’ll be honest, I told you about it because it’s funny and sometimes I have the sense of humour of an 8-year old.
It’s also because I’ve been actively seeking out stories about venom ever since I wrote two previous issues of The People’s Doctor that suggest venomous animals could be at the forefront of a health revolution.
The tarantula that can switch off your brain’s pain response…
The first was about the Peruvian green velvet tarantula. Researchers have found a peptide in its venom called ProTx-II. This interacts with a pain receptor in your brain, preventing it from functioning – potentially a solution to chronic pain problems.
Of course, you might be phobic about spiders and think they’re terrible things, regardless of ANY breakthrough.
So try this for size instead…
The snake bite that keeps you young….
My other investigation into venom was about a 49-year old singer in the USA who claims to have found a way to slow down the ageing process… by
injecting poisonous snake venom into his arm!
Well think about this….
The Brazilian snake that changed heart medicine
There’s a snake from Brazil called the Pit Viper. A compound in their venom was isolated in order to create ACE inhibitors, commonly used to control blood pressure.
“The discovery of the ACE inhibitors was one of the really great advances in cardiovascular medicine” says Philip Poole-Wilson, a professor from the National Heart and Lung Institute in Imperial College, London.
And it all started with a snake!
Now can you see why scientists are rushing to analyse and test venoms?
For instance, a potentially even more significant breakthrough also came from Brazil at the end of last year.
In September 2015 a report in the Biophysical Journal revealed that venomous wasp called Polybia paulista was found to contain a cancer-fighting ingredient called MP1 (Polybia-MP1A). It can seek out and destroy cancer cells without harming regular cells in the process.
Now there’s another one to add to the list…
Irish spiders to the rescue
In NUI Galway, researchers have been studying the venom of some spider species and found that it kill deadly bacteria such as E-Coli… and also – potentially –be used to treat cancerous tumours and pathogens in the future.
You might be taken aback to think of venomous Irish Spiders, but there are in fact 400 which fall into this category, although their bits don’t harm humans, only smaller prey.
It’s amazing what still lies undiscovered in nature – and not just in the far flung jungles of the world.
Why it’s important to look deep into nature for new solutions
These innovations are becoming more important as we begin to realise that our conventional approach to pain and inflammation is highly problematic.
Just because we find a drug that works, it doesn’t mean we should prescribe it to all and sundry.
As I mentioned last Saturday, it has just been revealed that regularly taking NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen are being linked to a huge increase in your risk of heart problems.
Natural alternatives, like this one we recommended, can offer relief without this risk.
Arthroforce tackles three types of joint pain:
1. Mechanical joint pain – It lubricates the joints and regenerates cartilage
2. Inflammatory joint pain – It soothes inflammation around the joints
3. Neuropathic joint pain – It repairs the nerve fibres of the joint and helps reduce the hypersensitivity of your nerve endings
While Brazilian wasps and Irish Spiders might be something you cannot yet benefit from, at least there are options like this which you can try now.
Meanwhile I’ll keep an eye on all the latest breakthroughs and developments for you – even if that includes terrifying stories of toilet mishaps!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Until next time, stay healthy!