Lawrence University.org – When you have a vast sprawling backyard, tendency is you’re advised to watch out for insects and whatnot, particularly scorpions because they carry venom in their tails. And while the rest of the world continues to treat scorpions as nothing but treacherous critter, in Havana, Cuba, the indigenous species of blue scorpions are hailed as the answer to cancer.
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The research on the potency of blue scorpion venom in Cuba has been underway for a long time. Misael Bordier, a Cuban biology, has extracted scorpion venom and tested it on animals for a decade.
Misael refused to test the venom on humans for fear of possible effects. The anti-carcinogenic venom found its way into the human body for the first, when just like something which would happen in a movie, the parents of a dying 15-year-old cancer patient asked him for help.
Niurys Monzon was the name of that young girl. Niurys Monzon is currently almost 40, if my computations are correct. Jubilant at the survival of his daughter, Niurys’ father then decides to help spread the word about the blue scorpion venom.
The blue scorpion’s scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus. The extract of the venom of the species could be ingested orally, taken vaginally or even applied through aerosol. Misael Bordier has registered the venom extract in the Cuban Science, Technology and Environment Ministry in 1995. It was given the name, Escozul.
Though the drug hasn’t undergone strict scientific observation yet, the popularity is phenomenal. In Labiofam, the biggest laboratory in Cuba, approximately 800 scorpions are being milked using electrodes so the anti-carcinogenic properties of the venom could be closely studied. As of now, what’s known is that the venom inhibits proteases, a kind of protein.
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Cancer cells thrive on proteases, so when they’re eliminated by the venom, the cancer cells also are. Let’s hope that in the future, Escozul could be of much help to all the people who need it.