Incredible Uses of Venom! Cancer Cures!!

Incredible Uses of Venom! Cancer Cures!!


Venom can be deadly. This should come as no surprise to literally
anyone. What may be surprising, however, is the amount
of positive uses there are for the venom! While the bite of a snake or the sting of
a bee may not be helpful to humanity on its own, scientists have spent decades studying
the chemicals in these poisons and have come to some surprising discoveries. From Painkillers to Blood Pressure medicine…stay
tuned to number one to find out WHICH venom is being used to help treat cancer! Number 10: Making Anti-venom. Okay, this one may be a bit obvious, but the
best way to make an antidote for venom is to use venom itself. When someone is bit by a snake, their body
reacts to the chemical that just entered the bloodstream, and they react badly. However, scientists have found ways to extract
the venom from snakes, spiders and many other creepy crawlers to create anti venom that
can quickly treat someone who has been bitten or stung. The process of collecting the venom is interesting,
too. Scientists have to basically grab the snake
and force it to bite into something, essentially “milking” it of its venom. The same goes for obtaining venom from a spider
or a bee or any number of other insects. This may not be exactly what they signed up
for with their chemistry major, but at least they’re helping the world! Number 9: Making Painkillers. Surprisingly, for how painful it can be to
be bitten or stung, scientists have found ways to use venom, itself, to create painkillers
of all kinds. So…how does THIS work? Especially since a bite from a snake or spider
is painful? As it turns out, it’s not about the bite as
much as it is about controlling the amount of venom that enters the body. Particularly with spider venom, it causes
pain that travels through the central nervous system to tell you that you have been bit. The problem is, a lot of venom tells your
body to become paralyzed and shut down the body’s essential functions, which could lead
to death. However, if a smaller amount of this venom
is applied to a pained area of a patient, the nervous system can “lightly” paralyze
the pained area, allowing for relief. This doesn’t mean that we’ll soon be prescribed
a spider bite from our doctor, but it does mean we could be relieved of our pain through
a controlled dose of spider venom. Number 8: Reduce Blood Pressure. All these images of bugs and snakes probably
have your blood boiling, so now would be a good time to mention how venom can actually
help you control your blood pressure. Since the 1970’s, doctors and scientists have
been studying the proteins of viper venom. At that time, they discovered that it has
a protein that disrupts the human body’s angiotensin-converting enzyme, or ACE. Disrupting the ACE is one of the most powerful
ways they have found to reduce blood pressure in humans. ACE inhibitor treatments have now become a
standard in the world of blood pressure reduction. See, even if these creepy crawlies are ugly
as hell and scary to look at, they can help reduce your blood pressure after all. Trust me! Number 7: Light Up The Brain
It may not seem to useful, in fact it may seem downright pointless, but scientists have
been able to use venom to light up brain cells. This may not seem like a good use of anyone’s
time and money, but there is really a good use here. Researchers at the University of California,
Davis have used tarantula venom to study its effects on the electrical charges that occur
in and around cells. As it turns out, the venom from these fur
balls offers a chemical that can make cells light up when a potassium channel is opened
or closed. Honestly, I don’t really know what that means,
but, while there is no conclusive evidence yet, scientists believe that this venom’s
control of lighting up cells can help fight electrical issues within the brain, such as
epilepsy. If the venom is used in the right way and
at the right dose, people with epilepsy and other similar disorders can find relief and
maybe eventually a cure. That’s a pretty good use of deadly venom from
a seemingly useless monster bug. Number 6: Treat Cancer. The world needs cancer treatments. A lot of them. Unfortunately, it’s such a unique illness
that it is hard to pinpoint the exact way to best treat it. Fortunately…and I actually mean this…we
have rattlesnake venom. Rattlesnake venom has a chemical named crotoxin. This chemical is known to attack and kill
cells. Now, normally, this is a bad thing, but when
someone has cancer and a tumor that needs to be reduced, crotoxin is a perfect solution. Use the venom to target specifically the cancerous
cells in the tumor, and you have a viable treatment for controlling the growth of a
cancer. Granted, a snake bite will not take away cancer,
but it is good to know that these little slithering poison bags have something useful in their
bite. Number 5: Treat Muscular Dystrophy. If there is any other disease tougher to fight
than cancer, it would be muscular dystrophy. MD refers to a wide array of diseases that
attack muscle tissue in the body, leaving a person weak and unable to function normally. On the plus side, even Muscular Dystrophy
sufferers can benefit from spider venom. Scientists from the University of Buffalo
have been studying spider venom for many years. Recently, they discovered certain chemicals
within the spider venom that could help slow down the destruction of muscle tissue. This could be useful for anyone who has a
temporary illness that is eating away at muscle, or someone with a more serious disease such
as Muscular Dystrophy. While the chemicals have not been proven to
repair muscle tissue, it looks hopeful as a treatment to slow down the process of deterioration,
which is a massive stride forward. Number 4: Central Nervous System Disorders. The central nervous system is a very delicate
system that can be shaken by many things, including physical trauma, a disease, or even
the venom of a bug or snake. That makes this next statement even more confusing:
the venom from a deadly black mamba snake can help fight central nervous systems disorders. It’s true. Scientists have been studying venom from all
over the world for many years, and one of the deadliest out there is from Africa’s Black
Mamba. A few drops of this venom can quickly kill
a victim because the chemicals bind themselves so tightly to the cells within the body, especially
nerve cells. This is why scientists want to study it so
closely. If they can figure out how the venom attaches
itself to the cells, they can have a better understanding of how to help the cells fight
it off. The venom of the Black Mamba, which can kill
a victim in a matter of minutes, may very well be the tool needed to help repair the
central nervous system. That seems really odd, but if they are right,
this could lead to cures for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. WOW! The Black Mamba seems a little cooler that
it did before. Number 3: Kill Parasites. Parasites are never a good thing. Just the name brings up bad thoughts. So it’s a good thing that snake venom has
been found to be a great tool in the never-ending fight against parasites. Venom from the Prairie Rattlesnake has a chemical
in it called crovirin. This chemical has been studied for many years
and has been found to be useful in battling protozoan parasites that cause many kinds
of deadly diseases. This is great news, especially for countries
in Africa that suffer from Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis more than anywhere else
in the world. These diseases kill tens of thousands of people
annually, and crovirin can help cure them. And it all comes from the venom of a rattlesnake. So the next time you see a rattlesnake…stay
away from it! But also remember that he’s not as useless
to the world as you may have thought before. Number 2: Detect Explosives. While these venomous monsters may be able
to help us with all kinds of diseases, they also have the ability to help us with entirely
different problems. One of those ways is by detecting explosive
devices. Bee venom (also known as the poison that makes
a bee sting suck so bad), features a peptide chemical that can help detect explosives. Researchers have coated paper with this peptide,
then exposed the paper to explosive materials, and the color has changed. This means that security teams around the
world can simply wave a bee venom peptide-laced cloth over a surface, detect explosive material,
and catch someone with a bomb in their bag. This seems like a really odd use for bee venom,
but if it can help us detect a bomb before it is used, then what’s not to love? Before we get to number one, take a second
to subscribe by hitting that little button below! Number 1: Making Batteries. You heard that right: making batteries. It is possible to use the venomous liquid
from certain ants to power up your devices. Well, sorta. Batteries are filled with ionic liquids that
create an electrical current and power everything we own, from computers to cell phones to clocks
and even our cars. However, researchers have long believed that
ionic liquids only exist in the lab, made from a mix of chemicals put together by man,
without being a natural element. As it turns out, they were wrong. Scientists studying two types of ants managed
to find ionic liquid in their venom. When a group of fire ants and a group of crazy
ants (yes, that’s their name) battle it out for territory, their venom blends and produces
an ionic liquid that can be collected and used for creating batteries. We can literally charge our phone through
the power of ant venom. Well, at least that unkillable ant hill in
your backyard is useful for something. Tell us what you think about these uses for
venom in the comments below, and take care!