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In Dragon's Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Can dragon’s blood help fight off the scourge of antibiotic resistant bacteria? The microbial and biological characteristics of the Komodo dragon have provided a new line of study for scientists, and the results appear to be promising, if preliminary.

Komodo dragons have roamed the Indonesian islands for millions of years. They can grow up to 10 feet in length. Their menacing appearance and lumbering gate is straight out of a fairy tale. Komodo dragons prey on large animals such as deer and boars by lying in wait for hours. If their prey manages to escape, venom and bacteria (up to 50 different strains) in their saliva will complete the job, causing a combination of factors, including potential blood infection, that kill the animal in a matter of days. 

How do Komodo dragons survive with such a toxic brew of bacteria in their system? The New York Times reports that scientists at George Mason may have found the answer. They have isolated a chemical in the dragon’s blood, whimsically named DRGN-1, which possesses powerful germ fighting properties.

The George Mason study showed that DRGN-1 can heal skin injuries and puncture the outer membrane of infectious bacteria. The danger posed by antibiotic resistant “superbugs” cannot be understated. Currently, hospitals are the most common source of this infection, which is lethal in about 9 percent of all cases. In the U.S., more than 2 million people are affected by hospital-acquired infections every year, and 100,000 people die as a result. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics created this plague, and a solution to this crisis has the potential to save countless lives. 

The Komodo dragon is sacrosanct in Indonesia and also endangered. Scientists were unwilling to harm Komodo dragons for the sake of research, so instead they have to draw blood from zoo kept specimens. 

A Komodo dragon named Tujah donated the samples used in the study. He lives at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida and provided about 4 tablespoons of blood from his tail. 

Perhaps dragon’s blood does have the potential to save lives, and the novelty of this approach is noteworthy. Unfortunately, it is also illustrates the failed allopathic approach that got us in this trouble in the first place: treating the symptoms and not the underlying cause.

Instead, a two-pronged approach should be adopted. The first is to slash the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture. For this reason, I recommend consuming only sustainably sourced meats. Look for certified grass fed labels and refuse to purchase anything else. Also, use antibiotics with care and only when entirely necessary. They are frequently overprescribed.

Your second strategy should be to optimize your immune system. A great starting point is to optimize your gut biome with fermented foods from your diet and a high-quality probiotic if necessary. Another natural option is oregano oil. Oregano oil has wide-reaching health benefits, but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health. It is known for helping prevent and treat infections.

It is unlikely the dragon’s blood elixir will appear on the market any time and more research is required. On the other hand, you can start to take control of your health today. 
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