In the 1970s, Chiffon margarine’s television commercial said, “It is not wise to fool Mother Nature.” Dena Dietrick, the actress portraying Mother Nature, passed away just a few months ago at 91.
The commercial was famous and repeated by many. Lightning bolts and wild animals fleeing in fear told us that if we messed with Mother Nature, bad things could happen that would be beyond our control.
Are all things in nature perfect? I think not. The same applies to inventions and improvements. We experience new products and improvements in our world every year. Some are great, and some did not pass the smell test. We see vaccines being made with modified RNA. That sounds like messing with Mother Nature. Time will tell on that decision.
Viruses have preferences—the coronavirus attached to the ACE2 receptor in the nose or lungs. The spike of the virus slides into the receptor and, Voilà! Contact is made, and the virus begins a new life in a human host.
Can viruses be fooled into mating with other parts of the body that will not allow the virus to develop into a disease?
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/scientists-inactivate-sars-cov-2-by-tricking-it-with-peptides Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor are in the lungs, arteries, heart, kidney, and more. The overall process is complex and detailed. However, block the ACE2 receptor, and the virus cannot attach itself to our bodies.
Scientists are creating a faux ACE2 receptor using peptides. Any viral particles sticking their spike into the peptide receptor cannot complete viral particles’ transmission into the body. Nasal sprays are effective ways to implant the peptides and reduce the ability of COVID-19 to begin the infection process.
Ferrets & Nasal Spray
https://www.biospace.com/article/inexpensive-nasal-spray-prevents-covid-19-infection-in-ferrets-shows-promise-for-human-trials/ About four months ago, I wrote about tests that were being done on ferrets using a nasal spray to block COVID-19 from attaching to ACE2 receptors. The key ingredient in the nasal spray is a lipopeptide containing amino acids found in the coronavirus spike. The nasal spray works exceedingly well and prevented ferrets using the lipopeptide spray from contracting the virus when caged with infected ferrets. The protection lasted about 24 hours.
Testing on humans was scheduled before the end of 2020. This peptide study is similar. Interrupting the infection process stops the virus from transmitting genetic material from the virus to the human body. Locking the virus’ spike protein in a ‘receptor jail’ prevents the virus from doing anything.
The spike buries itself into the fake receptor, thinking it has found pay dirt and cannot infect the host. The artificial receptors contained two peptides that effectively locked the virus spike in place and disarmed.
The Future of Nasal Sprays to Prevent Infection
https://www.biospace.com/article/more-data-suggests-over-the-counter-nasal-spray-is-effective-against-covid-19-virus/ Less than a month ago, researchers discovered an over-the-counter nasal spray, Xlear, that nearly shuts down COVID-19 from infecting people. Xlear contains grapefruit seed extract and xylitol. Grapefruit seed extract kills the virus, and xylitol prevents attachment of the virus to the host.
Researchers in the United Kingdom are working concurrently with nasal sprays to counter COVID-19 use carrageenan and gellan polysaccharide. Both chemicals are approved by regulatory agencies in Europe and the United States.
Human testing is ongoing, and emergency use authorizations are being filed. Nasal sprays or swabs are safe, inexpensive, and non-invasive. This technology can be used for other coronaviruses that have spikes and probably effective against seasonal influenza viruses.
The United States health industry focuses on fixing health problems rather than preventing them. The hundreds of studies within the last year to discover the keys to unlocking the combination of coronavirus infection have been spectacular.
I believe that the idea of a spray option for the prevention of seasonal and ad hoc viral infections might be a safe, inexpensive, and quick remedy to reducing future pandemics.
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