Penicillin--grow your own

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  1. -06
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    Survivalist: How To Treat Infections
    One of the very first horrors most of us will face after the collapse will be an almost total lack of medical aid and medicines. Many of us and our loved ones will sicken and die over things that wouldn't have even been considered serious before the fall. The main reason for this is the almost total ignorance of modern man about our ancestral medical remedies that, up until just 60 years ago, had been passed down since the dawn of time from generation to generation. Below I'm going to teach you how to make the most important of all medicines, penicillin. You should start making your own as soon as possible and get the art down and have some in stock because when someone needs it, you won't have time to grow what you need. You'll need to have it ready. Later on I'll teach you some of the other arts you'll need to know...

    Penicillin..The Oldest cure:
    Penicillin has been around a lot longer than people think. In fact the American Indians used it centuries before the white man ever ventured onto America's shores. Oh, they didn't have syringes and bottles, but they had something almost as good. When a member of the tribe caught an infection, the medicine man would go out in the unspoiled woods and look for a particular type of greenish-blue mold. He would bring a large chunk of this stuff back to camp, clean it, then plaster it over the cleaned wound, which he washed beforehand with pure mountain water. Wrapping the wound in a piece of hand woven cloth made by one of the squaws, he would order the inured warrior or child to leave the dressing alone and get a lot of rest. Within days the infection would be gone and the wound would begin to heal nicely. This was the earliest known use of penicillin...

    And although today most Americans couldn't tell a penicillium mold from a fungus, there are still easy ways to find and grow it for later use. This mold can be used either alive or dead. It doesn't kill the infection outright, but instead causes our body to boost its own immune system to the point it can kill whatever little beastie is eating on you. By exposing the body to penicillin, it reacts violently, assuming it's another critter out to attack it. This is a cry wolf that fools the body into creating more antibodies than it needs, which it then uses to kill the real infection. It was the first of the "wonder drugs" and is still one of the favorites in any good doctor's arsenal...

    Finding Penicillin:
    Believe it or not, that funky looking blue mold on that deli salami you bought is none other than penicillin! Most people peel that off their salami in disgust and toss it in the trash. That's a really dumb thing to do. Take that rind and keep it. Take a paring knife to it and scrape the mold off the peel and place it in a plastic container. Leave a piece of the meat in there with it to keep it alive. Puncture a small hole in the bottle so air can get in because penicillin is an aerobic bacteria, which means it needs air. That way, even after it eats up the meat and lies dormant, you will be able to revive the spores any old time you want by placing a small portion of it in with some more cured meal or damp bread or old cantaloupe, which is one of this particular mold's favorite foods. But always remember, even dead penicillin is good stuff. Never throw it out. It could save your life or the life of someone you love. Antibiotics are going to become as valuable as gold and as rare as chicken lips, so you'll have the market cornered.

    To mass produce the stuff, get you one of the following: Cantaloupe, black soil, corn mash with sugar added. Make sure whatever you use is damp, then place it in a large sealed container that has plenty of air in it. Leave a small hole though, because it will eventually use up the oxygen and need more. Place your containers in a warm, dark place and let the mold do its thing. Yeah, it looks nasty alright, but remember, this is the good mold. You can make sure it's penicillin by starting out with salami or cantaloupe mold, which are two mediums where only penicillin will grow. I've included a pic so you'll have an idea what to look for. Remember, this stuff is a life saver, so put up with the grossness and do what's necessary...


    How To Use It:
    The safest way is the old Indian way, which is by making a poultice or patch and applying it to the afflicted area. But if the infection is internal, you'll need to dry the stuff up, grind it to a powder, then feed it to whoever is sick. As far as dosage goes, I myself would use it by the gram. One gram twice a day, orally. I wouldn't try injecting it because it's not been processed and could cause more harm than good. If after two days you see no improvement, double the dose. If it fails to help after this, then it's something beyond penicillin's power.And with the introduction of so many third world toilet bugs into our beloved land, there's going to be some that nothing can help. But as a rule, penicillin is a life saver, so memorize what I've shown you here.
  2. Penguin Zen
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    Great Post Thank You sooo much. It kind funny I was just talking about this last week..
  3. gettingoldsucks
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    Really good information, thanks
  4. enough
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    ... call me a skeptic, but what other ways can you verify that it is the proper strain? Why would it be the only blue-green mold to grow on salami?

    While I think the premise is great, and could certainly be used when in a life and death situation, can we refine the technique and identification method?

    Not flaming here, just trying to improve on the original post...
  5. flavapor
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    If you thought you got the right kind of mold out in the woods, and didnt, would that be more harmful than good?
  6. rictus
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    rictus Monkey

    Now THIS is useful info, vary rare on survival forums to see such.
  7. Maxflax
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    Beware.. penicillin can kill some people.. like me

    Also, it is like soda pop against super bugs. You are far better off with natural oils and cures
  8. Grunt Medic TXARNG
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    -06; I've seen this post on several boards, but I have yet to see the original poster given credit. Every one contains that link to an image file that goes nowhere.

    The odds of a layyman isolating wild penicillium notatum and refining it into a useful antibiotic are exceptionally slim. This is due to Penicillin being a secondary metabolite of the fungus penicillium that is produced when growth of the fungus is inhibited by stress. It is not produced during active growth.

    The poultice method referenced is indeed part of folk medicine - but has never been evaluated as for efficacy. My belief is that this knowledge is unsupported and possibly dangerous rumor. I'm happy to be proven wrong, if someone can steer me to a reputable source that endorses this practice.

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