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NANOMEDICINE A STEP CLOSER

Nanotechnology has long fascinated me, ever since the subject was a gleam in Eric Drexler's eye. Indeed, when his book Engines of Creation first appeared, I bought it and devoured it in a day. Back then, the promise was a whole new kind of technology, and medicine.  In recent years, it became a more personal interest, as I befriended someone with Morgellon's disease, who, along with his doctor, are convinced that at least some of the strange material they see growing from his sores is nanoengineering, gone horribly wrong, or worse, horribly according to plan.

But the promise remains as well, and I ran across this interesting article at phys.org on the most recent studies:

Zeroing in on the best shape for cancer-fighting nanoparticles

The implications here are worth spelling out, and, like all human technologies, there's a good side, and a bad side. First, the good side. I'm sure all of us have had someone close to us - perhaps a family member or close friend - who has had cancer of one form or another, and had to undergo chemotherapy, a process that is often as painful and debilitating as the disease itself, simply because the method of delivering the drugs into the cancer cells is so inefficient: the body literally has to be "saturated" with the drugs in order to be effective.  Imagine now being able to deliver drugs directly into cancerous cells on a cell-by-cell basis. The above-mentioned study brings us a step closer, for scientists have now determined the most optimal shape for a nano-delivered drug vehicle. Program that vehicle to "recognize" the genetic material of a cancer cell, and that nano-delivery vehicle snags cancer cells, latches on to them, and delivers its drug directly into the cells. Gone would be the days of having to "saturate" the body with chemotherapy. Indeed, viewed a certain way, a cell - its DNA - is already a kind of nanotechnology. Nor should we dismiss this study as "just a study" for scientists have now been "nanoengineering" for some time. Indeed, Drexler himself pointed out in his book that scientists at IBM had spelled out their company name using a few xenon atoms, and that Bell labs had even constructed humanity's first artificial atom.... and that was back in the 1980s (if I recall correctly).

But all that, of course, spells out the "down" side: for such vehicles of delivery could also be made into powerful, potent, biological or chemical weapons as well, and it would be virtually undetectable. Nano-delivery vehicles could be injected into foodstuffs, air, water, anything really, and then delivered to a target individual or group.  This means we can expect that the next meme we will hear about will be "nano-security"... watch the boys at DARPA carefully folks, and rest assured, they're already talking about it.

See you on the flip side.

13 thoughts on “NANOMEDICINE A STEP CLOSER”

  1. Just watch the movie “Beautiful Truth” (as far as I know, it’s even on YouTube).

    Great movie about the role of food in apparently curing many cases of cancer..

  2. Robert Barricklow

    Like you I ate up Engines of Creation and was telling everyone about it. Took a while for it to sink in but they eventually grasped to concept. All were focused on what it could do for mankind. All were looking forward as if nanothechnology were to be mankind’s servant not master.
    That is an engineered paragraph as a prelude to what money was many moons ago, a promising servant.
    It is now a cancer in the hands of the private money cartel.
    It is time to make money the servant it should have been, …& shall be.

    Orther wise nano will follow suit.

  3. There is a cure for EVERYTHING and THEY know all about it.

    THEY use it for the reverse, of course.

    Look to biophysics rather than biochemistry

      1. No one is supposed to get well.

        There’s no money in wellness.

        The disease is created and unleashed and voila,
        the treatment, but NEVER a cure.
        No money in cures.
        Just illness and ongoing treatment.

        Nothing went “horribly wrong!”
        All is according to plan.

        Is anyone aware of how many class-action suits there are going on?
        Covering almost all drugs out there and growing.

        THEY STILL MAKE A PROFIT !

        1. and if people die from the cure, and the big pharma lose the class action suit the stock in the company goes up.

          1. They never go to trial.
            Big Pharma stretches them out until
            the weary litigants settle for relative PEA-NUTS.

            I’m waiting for the statin drug con to hit the fan 🙂

  4. The big pharmacological companies will of course monopolise it by engineering the nano particles so that they ‘degrade’ and lose potency unless you purchase another dose.

    Out of this comes ‘control’. We can take your medicine away and the disease will come back.

    Just a very horrible thought……..

    1. When put that way, indeed it is a very horrible thought, Matt. Deliberately poison the populace and use the antidote as a method of control. Frightening.

      1. The Codex Alimentarius material demonstrates a similar line of thinking (providing it is true). Poison the food with preservatives, colours and additives, create conditions like ADD, ADHD and OCD and then prescribe behaviour altering drugs-with a dumbed down education to suit the ‘new generation’.

        I have witnessed both. My wife and I follow the failsafe diet and have removed all these nasties from lives, it has had amazing results. Seeing students drugged to the eye balls on chemical food and the disastrous effects on learning, then hearing the war against vitamins……..the Codex material looks more and more to be correct.

        I suspect that the food/healthcare paradigm is part of the ‘Transhumanation’ of humanity.

        http://fedup.com.au/

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