Every other day I head up to the third floor for a special biological infusion. Some days it’s ozone-therapy, other days Vitamin C or immune stimulators, today it’s snake venom. Yes, those limbless, scaly, slithery reptiles of the suborder Serpentes have much more to offer than meets the eye. They are often colorful, intricately patterned, are capable of considerable bodily extension and they never blink. Interestingly, snake’s venoms’ high toxicity potential not only makes them scary, but also makes them an attractive option in the development of anticancer agents. Scientific experimentation that screens for activity against biological targets has helped to recognize and extract therapeutic substances from bio toxins, such as snake venoms that show promising potential to combat cancer.
Snake venom is complex, to say the least. It’s a mixture of enzymes, peptides, carbohydrates, minerals and proteins. It’s also chock full of zinc calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc., lectins, polypeptides, bio-scientific stuff I can’t pronounce, and substances known as disintegrins. Disintegrates (like contortrostatin, extracted from the broad-banded copperhead) prevents cells from adhering together and also, inhibits their interaction with surrounding tissue, so less cell motility and invasiveness. The venom, because it also has the quality of being cytotoxic to tumor cells (more so than normal one’s) has potential to directly destroy tumor cells. Snake venom that contains ancrod (a protein molecule) can activate a clotting cascade that can decrease the spread of some tumors. So, snake venom components basically inhibit cell proliferation and promote cell death (hisssssss). That said, the remainder of the day’s treatments seem pale.
I am about to have a sodium bicarbonate infusion (and you thought bicarbonate was just for an upset stomach). It’s colorless and never intricately patterned but, it is truly amazing stuff. Cancer cells have a lower pH than surrounding tissue. That’s important because an acidic pH promotes invasive tumor growth in primary and metastatic cancers. The external pH of solid tumors (like the one I’m hosting at the moment) is acidic as a consequence of increased metabolism of glucose and poor perfusion (the passage of blood through the blood vessels). Sodium bicarbonate treatment works by increasing the pH. It’s important to understand that sodium bicarbonate infusions (or snake venom, or mistletoe, etc.) is not a standalone single shoot treatment. In order to be effective it should always be used in conjunction with a full protocol that includes other vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, plus a naturopathic approach to diet, intestinal cleansing and detoxification, sunshine, movement, and all else that makes you smile and feel at ease.
These treatments make for an interesting morning and consume it entirely. Three weeks of infusions have proven to be wearisome for my veins. My arms have become discolored, smudged black and blue. The nurse tends to my tender limb, slathering it with calendula, arnica, and chamomile creams and then bandaging it with care. It will remain untouched until Friday, allowing for some curative magic to take hold. Tomorrow I have an interruption of activity between morning treatments and lunch. I may jaunt off to the Solymar Therme and catapult that curative magic a tad further.