Another interesting topic on pharmaceuticals is the antibiotics. Many antibiotics are actually natural products and of course there are countless times they have been used to save people's lives. Penicillin as one antibiotic is a natural product and was discovered early in the 20th century and then used to its full effect in the 1940's and for years after that. Penicillin was extracted from cultures of the fungus Penicillium notatum
(which has since had its name changed). We have of course been using yeasts for years and is the leavening used in bread making.
Here's an interesting bit for Jeanne
since we were discussing compounds being extracted from urine.
When penicillin was first extracted from cultures of fungi, it was in such small amounts and was so expensive that when it was given to a patient their urine was collected afterwards and the penicillin was recovered and purified back to pure penicillin so that it could be used again.
You are a parent and you have a husband whom you love and children whom you love too. You have developed an infection that is very quickly spreading through your body and any other type of treatment that may work such as eating lots of onions and garlic and turmeric will probably not halt the infection before you die. There is some penicillin (a God created molecule) that has been extracted from another person's urine and is clean and purified down to being just pure penicillin and nothing else.
Would you like to take the penicillin tablet and survive? LOL No pressure
A) No thankyou, I would rather die.
B) Yes, please.
There are lots of other antibiotics that are natural products too. If anyone is interested in having a look further, have a look at the cephalosporins, bacitracin, vancomycin.
The Google Hangouts talk was interesting, because it does also bring up the topic of people taking antibiotics. Penicillin has been used extensively for treating Gonorrhea and Syphilis which as we know are diseases usually caused by people's lifestyle. Because of the widespread use of the antibiotic, resistant strains of the pathogens have emerged. Because of bacterial resistance, more and more artificial
antibiotics have been created and antibiotic toxicity is one of the side effects amongst others. I picked up that this might have been what Tonya was thinking of when she mentioned about the use of antibiotics.
Doing a Google search for "antibiotic toxicity" "horror stories" https://www.google.co.nz/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22antibiotic+toxicity%22+%22horror+stories%22
brings up quite a few results. Lots of people have heard of someone who was on antibiotics and this happened or that happened, not realizing that those compounds were developed by man, were sythesized in a laboratory and eventually given the OK by bodies like the FDA to be used on people.
Apologies if some of my posts are more like microbiology lectures, but one day some old remedies might come in very handy and may even save the life of someone near and dear to us.