Chronic Pain

Cobra Venom - The Deadliest Healer

Posted by Tom Macek on

The cobra snake has had a suspicious image, throughout the ages, in many respects. Some observe the snake as a carrier of insidious or awful news; however, most observe the snake as the healer and otherworldly symbol that it is. A patient lies in terrible pain on doctor's facility bed, writhing in torment. It's as though his body had been determined to flame. He feels just as his nerves were being torn separated, one by one. The morphine had done nothing. A medical attendant went into the room, holding a little container. She nears the shaking tolerant, holding the container...

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Venom as Medicine

Posted by Tom Macek on

Snake venom is a curious thing, and king cobra venom is even more mysterious. Cobra venoms are among the fastest-acting venoms found in snakes. They quickly cripple the nervous system, sending out toxins that bind to muscular receptors in the victim. These toxins then block the chemical neurotransmitters that communicate with the muscle and control its contractions. Without this ability, the victim becomes paralyzed, and experiences respiratory failure and could die (Carroll, 2010). This explains the first scenario, but what about the second one? At the National University of Singapore, Professor R. Manjunatha Kini of the Department of Biological Sciences...

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