Ivermectin and A Miracle Spit in the Dirt
Ivermectin is back in the news, the past couple of days. One article notes another peer reviewed study on Ivermectin’s efficacy against Covid-19, another article informs readers that a doctor who prescribed Ivermectin is being forced to undergo psychiatric evaluation, a Soviet method of dealing with dissent, i.e. not toeing the party line, and this in the United States of America.
I first learned of the efficacy of Ivermectin in December 2020. Since that time, I’ve learned even more about Ivermectin’s history, though I’ve had to search for it diligently, and where its use has greatly mitigated the dangers of
Covid-19 The Gain of Function Flu (manmade), or The GoFF as I often refer to this virus.
One of the most interesting aspects of Ivermectin, at least to my mind, is how it was discovered, and the medium it was discovered in. Dirt.
“The story of how ivermectin was discovered is quite incredible. In the late 1960s, Satoshi Ōmura, a microbiologist at Tokyo’s Kitasako Institute, was hunting for new antibacterial compounds and started to collect thousands of soil samples from around Japan. He cultured bacteria from the samples, screened the cultures for medicinal potential, and sent them 10,000 km away to Merck Research Labs in New Jersey, where his collaborator, William Campbell, tested their effect against parasitic worms affecting livestock and other animals. One culture, derived from a soil sample collected near a golf course southwest of Tokyo, was remarkably effective against worms. The bacterium in the culture was a new species, and was baptised Streptomyces avermictilis. The active component, named avermectin, was chemically modified to increase its activity and its safety. The new compound, called ivermectin, was commercialised as a product for animal health in 1981 and soon became a top-selling veterinary drug in the world. Remarkably, despite decades of searching, S. avermictilis remains the only source of avermectin ever found.”
Since I first found out about Ivermectin’s discovery, and the fact that the dirt it was found in, close to a golf course in Tokyo, that this dirt is the only dirt it has ever been found in, I could not help but think of the miracle of Jesus Christ healing a blind man’s eyes related in John 9:1-7. In that story, Christ spits in the dirt, mixes this spit and dirt up to make a bit of mud, applies that mud to the blind man’s eyes, tells the man to go wash in the Pool of Siloam, and the blind man does this and his sight is restored. A miracle of dirt and spit.
I think the same of Ivermectin, now. It is a miraculous drug, its discoverers won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015, derived from dirt, one of a kind dirt evidently, and its miraculous properties are being concealed from the public with the same zeal which the Pharisees and Sadducees attempted to conceal the truth of The Messiah.
UPDATE – 01.20.2022
The seeming miraculous properties of Ivermectin continue to be found. Via Ann Barnhardt.
New Brazilian study on Ivermectin as a prophylaxis adds “antibacterial” and “anti-protozoan” to Ivermectin’s attributes.