Living Antibiotics (Full-length version)

Living Antibiotics (Full-length version)

Today, the medical world is waging an
apparently hopeless war against bacteria. Hopeless since the most effective weapon we know of – antibiotics – whether scarce or plentiful, are losing the battle against these
diseases. The need to produce a sustainable, effective alternative, has never been
greater than it is now. Alejandra and Tobias research scientists and entrepreneurs at
Lund University in Sweden, have dedicated their lives to research
into finding a natural alternative to antibiotics. It
all started in the Kullaberg nature reserve in southern Sweden. Tobias´s grandfather Tage Kimblad was a beekeeper for more than eighty
years. It was he who introduced his grandson
Tobias to the world bees. I grew up with a
beekeeping grandfather who taught me that honey has been used
as a folkmedicine for thousands of years. Later on as a researcher, I got curious
to find out why… Together with Alejandra, we made this
fantastic discovery. We found out that honeybees harbour the greatest lactic acid bacterial
flora in the world. They produce hundreds of substances and these substances can kill off all the dangerous
bacteria we have ever investigated. Alejandra
explains the difference between antibiotics and lactic acid bacteria. Antibiotics are made from one single substance unlike the lactic acid bacteria that produce hundreds of different substances. The substance from which antibiotics is created from is
extracted from bacteria and mold existent in nature. This is a substance that pharmaceutical industry uses by cultivating it, extracting it, and creating pills against infections and diseases. But this means that only one single
substance strikes at the bacteria. Eventually the bacteria adapt and create defenses against this substance, due to the widespread overuse of these pills. The bacteria learn to manufacture shields against our arrows. In order to deal with this problem, the pharmaceutical industry put new different substances into these pills. It´s like shooting arrows and cannonballs at the same time. However; this only means that bacteria, eventually build even stronger shields against these
substances, causing antibiotic resistance to grow and spread. Currently it takes about ten
years from when pharmaceutical industry
releases a new antibiotic until bacteria develops resistance. Once a revolutionary cure, in only a couple of decades, antibiotics have become a significant problem. The unique feature
with be’s lactic acid bacteria is that they are consisting of different kind of
bacteria that work together to build up entire armies, producing hundreds of different active
weapons. The lactic acid bacteria is like living antibiotic factories that this smart enough to manufacture what is needed and also to know to what extent. This
results in a system that prevents future antibiotic resistance. A sustainable method developed by nature itself. The basic idea of antibiotics needs to undergo a revolution. From the static substance that
generates resistance to formulation that this active and viable that generates protection. In the past decade, the research
undertaken within Alejandras and Tobias´s research
team, has in a number of studies shown that the 13
lactic acid bacteria triumph over everything that gets in
their way. At laboratory level tests have shown that they triumph over
everything, from dangerous terrorist bacteria such
as anthrax to bacteria that bring on tonsillitis
for chronic ulcers. Last year they performed studies using a
pilot product on 10 horses that had mud fever. All types of medication had been tried
previously, even antibiotics with no result. With treatment from Tobias and Alejandra, using the lactic acid bacteria from the honey produced and retract from bees, they all recovered in between 8 and 21
days. Taking place right now is a pilot
project using human patients with everything hinting at the treatment
producing results this time too. In addition to this study the research team is at present looking
at how this super bacteria can be delivered in functional food and
beverages that resembled the use of honey as
folkmedicine although now in a standardized form.
Despite their fantastic results the small research team that Alejandra and Tobias run has found it difficult to make
themselves seen and heard, with funding instead going to large
research groups with wellknown research scientists and
large contact networks. As things stand today, lots of Alejandras And Tobias´s projects operate unfunded with these research scientists fervent
commitment being the only driver. If we reach our first goal will we be able to produce preventive food and drinkable products against bacterial infections. But also to produce products against chronic wounds. We want to help those who need it the
most and give our products to nonprofit organizations for distribution in developing countries. In order to do so, we need an ongoing and secure production: something we hope to have in place during the first year. Now we have
reached a point where we can launch pilot products in
parallel with further research. In addition, we
control the entire chain, from research to products, that will
ensure that your contribution will make a real difference. Without funding however there is a risk with those visions
remaining only visions with the help of your financial
contribution, they will have all the conditions for success and with
more than 10 years a research behind them and with access to patents, laboratories, pilot product and production environment,
the research team is ready in the starting blocks. It will be possible to start creating
products and medical solutions right away based on the living antibiotics
constituted by the lactic acid bacteria. Together with you, we will be taking up
the fight against antibiotic resistance and improving the
situation for people all over the world. Do you want to come along for the ride? Together we can make history!


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