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The Potential of Peptides and Penicillin

Possibilities are only limited by our discovery. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, and 1940’s radio talk show hosts, I give you… penicillin! This "once-sketchy" product introduced eighty years ago continues to produce modern day miracles toward healing and preservation. Since its discovery, penicillin has saved an estimated two hundred million lives, if you do the math based on this article, “The Discovery and Development of Penicillin", that is nearly two thirds of the entire United States population to date. Progress made since discovery has also opened infinite possibilities and pathways for mankind including, but not limited to antibiotics, advanced treatments, pharmaceuticals, entire fields of research, and thousands of jobs. 

Penicillin Hearsay and Conjecture

Thanks to these discoveries, we have access to so much more than we would have without them. Our lives are made easier and safer every day through the history of penicillin. But, did you know that in the 1940’s penicillin was widely rejected as being harmful to the body? People claimed, “It can kill you!” Doctors said, “It’s medicine!” Since, technically speaking, antibiotics have the capability to kill all bacteria, even the bacteria we need to live, both groups were half right. Due to all the hearsay and conjecture, penicillin was not approved by the FDA until 1944.  It took five of the largest American Pharmaceutical companies, four long years of work and thousands of injuries from the second World War to finally allow people to accept the drug as a benefit of discovery.  It took that long to remove the stigma around “antibiotics” (insert spooky voice here). Once they did that, miracles followed in their wake.

Historical Goggles

Peptide research is in the same boat. Perhaps history will look back on this time the same way.  This technology exists as part of our world now, as penicillin did almost eighty years ago. Yet the benefits are under-tested, and the potentially remarkable properties are still widely questioned or ignored. Sarms research could potentially unlock solutions to all sorts of ailments we’ve been stuck with for centuries and it's too early to rule out benefits for cancer, muscular dystrophy, chronic disease, and perhaps aging itself!

A World Without Medicine

Imagine if Alexander Fleming, the man behind the discovery of penicillin, had given in to the hearsay and the conjecture. Imagine if he had given up his research and kept antibiotics from the world. According to “The History of Antibiotics,” here is what could have happened:

  • Penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic would not exist
  • Lack of antibiotics themselves would prevent the expansion of modern medicine 
  • Millions would be consumed by bacteria infections with no hope of treatment

The discovery of penicillin was a miracle, but it didn’t look like one at first. Not everything in this world is what it appears to be. We must make room for infinite discoveries, to allow for our highest dream of infinite possibilities.

September 10, 2020 — Tucker Sanford