The following is an e-mail that came in through our website. It was a result of a conversation I had with a woman after one of our seminars in which I spoke about the medical benefits of snakes. Below this e-mail is more detailed information about the benefits of snake venom.
E-MAIL -- I talked with you at one of your shows this past weekend about the different kinds of cancers very interested in the info on this my daddy past away four years ago of aplastic anemia , myleodyplastic syndrome and CMML . i would to see a cure for all kinds of cancers and i must say just by hearing this has made look at snakes a little different and that is saying a lot. I am extremely afraid of snakes to the point after looking at your web site I had chills up and down my arms and will probably have nightmares tonight I was bitten by a snake and spent several weeks in the hospital when I was about three . My boys who are nineteen and sixteen tried their best to help me over my fear of snakes by hiding rubber ones in my bed when they were little and even having a green snake that would wrap around the handle bars of the bikes when they were about ten and seven but even then I just stayed in the house and watched from a far . This just goes to prove that God gives us what we need. He made us and also makes everything we need. We just have faith and hold on to Him . What a great day it will be when the world is cancer free and what a wake up call it would be for me that something from the snake I fear so much could stop the disease that took the life of my hero , my best friend , the first love in my life , MY DADDY . Thanks for what you do I really feel like meeting you this past weekend was for me to see a sign from God . My prayers are with you ,your family and your work . Please be careful though I'm still extremely afraid of snakes. - "bpfert"
Thanks for the e-mail "bpfert". Here is more detailed info that I think you'll find interesting
The Only Good Snake is a Dead Snake
The only good snake is a dead snake. I've heard this more times than I can count. It never surprises me and I cannot blame those that believe it. For centuries, snakes have been the most despised creatures on the face of the earth. Generation after generation have been taught to fear snakes and even kill them on sight. I can tell you that snakes are good and should be left alone but this is not going to be enough to convince most people, especially the ophidiophobes.
Ophidiophobia - An unrational fear of snakes that poses little or no actual danger.
For ophidiophobes, seeing and sometimes even thinking about a snake can result in breathlessness, dizziness, excessive sweating, dry mouth, shaking, nausea, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack.
The only good snake is a dead snake.
Do we really need to be afraid of snakes? Click here to see odds of dying from a snake bite.
What do we need snakes for any way?
Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix c.) has a component in its venom known as contortrostatin that has been shown in lab tests to reduce breast cancer tumors by up to 70%. Click here to read about this in more detail.
Pigmy Rattlesnake - The medication known as Eptifibatide, brand name Integrilin® prevents your blood from clotting during episodes of chest pain or a heart attack, or while you are undergoing a procedure to treat a blocked coronary artery. Eptifibatide is a cyclic heptapeptide derived from a protein found in the venom of the southeastern pigmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarus barbouri).
Malayan Pit Viper - Ingredients from the venom of this snake has shown promise in breaking blood clots that would be very beneficial in treating stroke victims. This medication is known as Viperinex or generically as Ancrod. Click here to read more.
Cobras - An enzyme derived from cobra venom may hold the keys to finding cures for Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Red Spitting Cobra (Naja pallida) - Ingredients from the this cobra's venom has provided clues to breaking down cell membranes that would provide treatment for leukemia and cancer.
Jararaca - (Bothrops jararaca is a venomous snake found in South America.) A version of a toxin found in the venom of the Jararaca has produced a blood pressure drug known as captopril.
Taipan - (The worlds most venomous land snake) Taipan venom contains a toxin known as tycotoxin which acts as a calcium channel blocker. It blocks the entry of calcium ions into human cells. It is believed that this may be useful for treating patients with heart disease.
Among several other venoms that are now being studied, some have shown promise for treating, or in some instances even curing osteoporosis and promoting tumor reduction and may also lead to the production of anticoagulants that may assist in treating heart disease.
Death Stalker Scorpion - The study showed that a synthetic version of a protein found in the venom of giant yellow Israeli scorpions (Death Stalker Scorpions) targeted tumor cells but did not harm the healthy cells of brain cancer patients. Click here to read more.