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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Friday, May 8, 2015

It is so rewarding to read the articles that describe how scientists continue to tap into natures storehouse of elements to find ways to make us healthier and more productive.............McGill University Researchers are finding that concentrated extracts of maple syrup combined with antibiotics significantly reduced the growth of four common bacterial strains and bacterial communities called biofilms,.............. Bacterial biofilms accumulate on medical surfaces and devices, such as catheters and artificial joints, and are responsible for many antibiotic-resistant hospital infections, research has shown.............Maple syrup contains plant-based compounds called phenols that have exhibited antioxidant and anti-cancer properties in previous studies........... Maple syrup may reduce the dose of antibiotics needed to kill biofilms........In another exciting nature based study, Seattle-based Biotech firm, Kineta Inc, a biotechnology company, is in the process of developing an unusual drug—derived from the venom of a sea anemone to treat autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and multiple sclerosis................This new drug, called dalazatide, is intended to block only the white blood cells that cause many autoimmune diseases............... Traditional treatments for autoimmune disorders suppress the entire immune system, putting patients at risk for infections................Dalazatide is derived from the venom of the sun anemone, which lives on reefs in the Caribbean............ It is part of a burgeoning research effort, much of it centered in Australia, to find new treatments, including painkillers, from the venoms of snakes, spiders and other creatures......So for all those "MODERNISTS" that you come across who say "who cares if Sea Anemone go extinct" and "there are so many trees, so what if maples cease to be part of the forest mosaic"-----Please remind them that "the first order of intelligent tinkering is to keep all the cogs and wheels"-Aldo Leopold(great 20th century naturalist)............If we keep amping up extinctions, we are sinking the chances for the most optimum future for all living creatures on our planet, including us men and women


Maple Syrup: New Way to Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria?

Concentrated extracts of maple syrup combined with antibiotics reduced the growth of four common bacterial strains

Maple-syrup extracts appear to damage the outer membrane of bacterial cells and increase their susceptibility to antibiotics, researchers say.


Novel Drug From Nature Shows Early Promise

The medication is intended to treat autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis and MS

Researchers are investigating whether the venoms of the sun anemone, above, which lives on reefs in the Caribbean, and other creatures such as spiders and snakes could yield new medical treatments.

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