" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 10, 2019

Painkiller Found in Mud Promises to Be "as Potent as Opioids" ... But Safer?

I saw the above headline in my local paper about
Professor Rob Capon, from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience and his team that were investigating the chemistry of marine fungi, including a sample collected next to a boat ramp in the
Huon Valley, Tasmania, which is the area of Tassie where Gordon White from 'Rune Soup' has a farm (pharma?-) and I couldn't help thinking of Gordon White's rant about apocalypse pharmaka -
Apocalypse Pharmaka and #137?
Painkiller without the side effects
"It’s hypothesised that the signalling bias is behind the adverse side effects seen in opioid drugs – addiction, tolerance, respiratory depression – so by activating the opposite bias, bilorphin has the potential to be a safer pain drug.
Professor Capon said a targeted program analysing soil samples and the diverse microbes found within them could benefit the development of drugs for conditions without effective treatments.
“Although our discovery of an analgesic from an estuarine mud fungus was serendipitous it does beg the question – with an almost infinite diversity of fungi in the soils, plants, animals and waters of the planet, perhaps we should be exploring other fungi for analgesics?”
I see that the TV show 'Sesame Street' turned 50 years old this year and that the show is going to introduce the character Karli, a green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo, whose mother is battling opioid addiction.
Enter the Matrix Kali?
Hmm ... Karli looks a lot like Oscar, don't you think?-)
Sesame Street is turning 50, and its residents show no sign of stopping
I hope they're not trashed on opioids:-)
I kind of found it synchromystic that when I was putting this post together that the latest podcast at 'Rune Soup' had Gordon White talking to Chris Knowles about Alan Moore's comic 'Providence', as well as Grant Morrison's 'The Invisibles'.
Chris mentions at around the seven minute mark about Moore working on a comic called 'Swamp Thing':-)
So, was it "providence" that a full page ad for the new TV show based on Moore's graphic novel 'Watchmen' should appear on the opposite page on October 16th, 2019, to a news story about some scientists who discovered a fungus in mud/swamp in the Huon Valley in Gordon White's part of the world and that they plan on making an opioid substitute from, just as 'Watchmen' is about to hit TV screens and Gordon talks to Chris about Moore in a podcast a few weeks later? 
'Come on and take your medicine!'
Maybe I've just been reading and watching too much pop-culture lately?-)
Maybe I just need some Moore soup?-)

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