These products can be found on eBay and other sites, BUT DON’T WAIT TO GET THEM – Current lawmakers are working frantically to take these products away from the people – REMEMBER – the Mark of the Beast will be total domination of humans – no money, no supplies.
Dr. Bones recommends the following list of antibiotics along with their veterinary equivalents:
Amoxicillin 250mg/500mg (FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE)
Ciprofloxacin 250mg/500mg (FISH-FLOX, FISH-FLOX FORTE)Cephalexin 250mg and 500mg (FISH-FLEX, FISH-FLEX FORTE)Metronidazole 250mg (FISH-ZOLE)
Doxycycline 100mg (BIRD-BIOTIC)
Sulfamethoxazole 400mg/Trimethoprim 80mg (BIRD-SULFA)
Azithromycin 250mg, 500mg (AQUARIUM AZITHROMYCIN)
Clindamycin 150mg/300mg (AQUARIUM CLINDAMYCIN)
All of the above, with the exception of Amoxicillin and Ampicillin, are acceptable to those with Penicillin allergies. And furthermore, with the above antibiotics, you should be able to to treat 90% of the bacterial diseases that will appear on your doorstep in times of crisis.
There are various others that you can choose, but the selections above will give you the opportunity to treat many illnesses and have enough variety so that even those with Penicillin allergies with have options. Cephalexin, although not in the same drug family, has been quoted as having a 10% cross-reactivity rate with Penicillin.
Amoxicillin (Aquarium version: FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE, AQUA-MOX): comes in 250mg and 500mg doses, usually taken 3 times a day. Amoxicillin is the most popular antibiotic prescribed to children, usually in liquid form. More versatile and better absorbed than the older Pencillins, Amoxicillin may be used for the following diseases:
• Anthrax (Prevention or treatment of Cutaneous transmission)
• Chlamydia Infection (sexually transmitted)
• Urinary Tract Infection (bladder/kidney infections)
• Helicobacter pylori Infection (causes peptic ulcer)
• Lyme Disease (transmitted by ticks)
• Otitis Media (middle ear infection)
• Pneumonia (lung infection)
• Skin or Soft Tissue Infection (cellulitis, boils)
• Actinomycosis (causes abscesses in humans and livestock)
• Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis (Strep throat)
This is a lot of information, but how do you approach determining what dose and frequency would be appropriate for what individual? Let’s take an example: Otitis Media is a common ear infection, especially in children. Amoxicillin is often the “drug of choice” for this condition.
First, you would want to determine that your patient is not allergic to Amoxicillin. The most common form of allergy would appear as a rash, but diarrhea, itchiness, and even respiratory difficulty could also manifest. If your patient is allergic, another antibiotic such as Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprin or Cephalexin could be a “second-line” solution.
Once you have identified Amoxicillin as your choice to treat your patient’s ear infection, you will want to determine the dosage. As Otitis Media often occurs in children, you might have to break a tablet in half or open the capsule to separate out a portion that would be appropriate. For Amoxicillin, you would give 20-50mg per kilogram of body weight (20-30mg/kg for infants less than four months old). This would be useful if you have to give the drug to a toddler less than 30 pounds. A common child’s dosage would be 250mg and a common maximum dosage for adults would be 500 mg. Take this orally 3 times a day for 10 to 14 days (twice a day for infants). Luckily, these dosages are exactly how the commercially-made medications come.
If your child is too small to swallow a pill whole, you could make a mixture with water (called a “suspension”). To make a liquid, crush a tablet or empty a capsule into a small glass of water and drink it; then, fill the glass again and drink that (particles may adhere to the walls of the glass). You can add some flavoring to make it more palatable. Do not chew or make a liquid out of time-released capsules of any medication, you will wind up losing some of the gradual release effect and perhaps get too much into your system at once. These medications should be plainly marked “Time-Released”.
Anytime you, as medic, place a person on a new medication or supplement, they should be carefully watched for signs of allergy. If they develop a rash, itching, diarrhea, or other untoward symptoms, you should discontinue your treatment and look for other options.
You will be probably see improvement within 3 days, but don’t be tempted to stop the antibiotic therapy until you’re done with the entire 10-14 days. Sometimes, you’ll kill most of the bacteria but some colonies may persist and multiply if you prematurely end the treatment. In a collapse, however, you might be down to your last few pills and have to make some tough decisions.
For official recommendations regarding the use of Amoxicillin to treat the other illnesses listed, consider investing in a book called the Physicians’ Desk Reference. It will have all this information (and more) on just about any medication manufactured today. Listed are indications, dosages, side effects, risks, and even how the drug works in the body. Online sources such as drugs.com or rxlist.com are also useful, but you are going to want a hard copy for your library. You never know when we might not have a functioning internet.
Bargain Bin: For your convenience, I am listing some sources for pet and veterinary medicines below. I want to remind you, however, that I am not a medical professional and not qualified to give medical advice. If you have a medical condition, the advice and counsel of your own physician should always come first.
Fish Mox 250mg: This is the veterinary equivalent to Amoxicillin 250mg (Pet-Source.com)
Fish Mox Forte 500mg: This is the veterinary equivalent to Amoxicillin 500mg (Pet-Source.com)
Fish Flox 250mg: This is the veterinary equivalent to Ciprofloxacin 250mg (Pet-Source.com)
Fish Zole 250mg: This is the veterinary equivalent to Metronidazole 250mg (Pet-Source.com)
Bird Biotic: This is the veterinary equivalent to Doxycycline 100mg (Amazon)
Bird Sulfa: This is the veterinary equivalent to Sulfamethoxazole 400mg/Trimethoprim 80mg (Amazon)
Here are the top prepper medicines to stock for survival:
#1: Activated Charcoal Tablets (toxin adsorption*).
Activated charcoal will be the black magic potion your prepper’s medicine bag. We’re
not talking Kingsford here (don’t use chemically laden charcoal briquettes): the
recommended medicine for your cabinet is a special activated charcoal. While activated
charcoal has many uses (from teeth whitening to reducing your cholesterol) its ideally
suited for preppers as an emergency toxin removal. Activated charcoal traps toxins in
the body to help flush them out. Another of the major benefits of activated charcoal is
that it helps alleviate gas and bloating.
• Learn more about Activated charcoal uses from from Dr. Axe.
Make way for Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal capsules, pictured left. Nature’s Way
Activated Charcoal (from Indian Hardwood) is commonly used to adsorb* digestive gas.
It also protects the body from overdosing on harmful toxic substances. Due to its large
surface area, activated charcoal has high adsorption properties, meaning that it keeps
certain substances from being absorbed in the body’s gastrointestinal tract.
* Note: adsorption, not absorption, refers to adhesion of atoms, ions, molecules
from a dissolved solid, liquid or gas. The adsorption process flushes poison and
toxins from the body.
#2: Ammonia Inhalant (smelling salts).
Ammonia Inhalant, pictured left, is a modern day version of “smelling salts.” It’s
intended as a product to arouse patients who’ve fainted. An often overlooked prep,
you will be happy to know you can revive someone to save their life with a swift
measure of ammonia inhalant.
#3: Antibiotics – Fish Mox (amoxicillin – broad sprectrum antibiotic)
The role of antibiotics in modern day is immeasurable. FishMox is the primary brand of
amoxicillin (antibiotic) stocked by preppers for extreme catastrophic situations where a
doctor or when medicines intended for humans are not available. Amoxicillin treats
bacterial infections, but also presents a severe allergic reaction in some people which
is sudden, intense and possibly deadly. Consult your doctor about FishMox* to see if
this option is right for you and your family in a survival situation when prescription
antibiotics will be hard to come by after a societal collapse. Remember, this antibiotic is
intended for fish, not humans, but may be the only antibiotic available in uncertain
times when a doctor is not available. Stock Fish Mox, but do not use it under ordinary
circumstances, and do not stock it without consulting a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Learn the proper dose for your bodyweight before you ever need it and discuss your
family’s history of allergies! This is the value a medical professional can provide. Fish
Mox is no longer currently available on Amazon.
• Discover the nine best survival antibiotics from the Urban Survival website.
• Nurse Amy and Doctor bones have a video about Fish antibiotics.
• Medical professionals may like to order Antibiotics Simplified.
• Did you know antibiotics are safe to use for at least five years after expiration?
Learn more about expiration dates. Save your unused medicines!
• Read: Fish antibiotics for preppers.
An important prepper medicine to stock is an over the counter anti-diarrheal. It doesn’t
matter whether you stock a brand name or a generic:
• Imodium® A-D or other anti-diarrheal to controls symptoms of diarrhea.
• Kirkland Anti-diarrheal includes the active ingredient (Loperamide HCI 2 mg.)but
at a much lower cost.
#5: Antihistamine allergy medicine (e.g., Benadryl)
Benadryl is diphenhydramine, the brand name of antihistamine allergy medicine. Since
1946 Benadryl has been providing temporary relief of seasonal and perennial allergy
symptoms. Most notably, taking an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
provides a measure of relief against bee stings.
• Learn more about bee sting treatment.
#6: Aspirin (painkiller).
Much more than a painkiller, you’ll find many reasons to include aspirin in your preps.
For your bugout bag, pack aspirin in small packets, pictured immediate left.
#7: Boiron Oscillococcinum (Homeopathic flu remedy).
Boiron Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic product for Flu-like Symptoms, pictured left.
Boiron Oscillococcinum, pictured left, temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as
body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue.
#8: Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic).
A powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, Colloidal Silver soothes a number
of skin ailments, including soothing burns, minimize scarring, relieving herpes sores,
and medicating boils, ringworm or warts!
Colloidal Silver is a mineral with wildly debated medical claims, but preppers agree it is
a necessary item in the medicine cabinet. According to the manufacturer of Ultra Pure
Colloidal Silver Natures Best Antibiotic, “There is no known disease causing organism
that can live in the presence of even minute traces of Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver is
used to treat a wide range of diseases and infections, both internally and externally.”
The big pharmaceutical companies don’t appreciate these claims, and the Federal Drug
Administration isn’t on board either and so colloidal silver gets a bad rap.
While we don’t think anyone should self medicate, there may be a time in the future
you may be faced in desperation to cure a disease. Preppers pack colloidal silver in
their personal pharmacy because it is a natural antibiotic available without a
prescription. It serves as an alternative when prescribed antibiotics are not available
and infection is life threatening. Preppers also appreciate versatility of a prep.
• Read more about the Benefits of Colloidal Silver for Preppers.
#9: Digestive enzymes (Enzyme supplement, digestive aid).
Your stomach won’t be quite the same after your diet changes. Many a backpacker has
overdosed on freeze dried food and can testify to this. Digestive enzymes will help
restore your body’s proper balance.
#10: Frankinsense (natural immune booster).
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) reduces inflammation, helps fight infection and boost
immunity among so many uses. Read our full article on the benefits of Frankincense.
Here’s what Dr. Josh Axe has to say:
#11 Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex (treats parasites).
During a survival situation, you may be hunting and unable to provide a stable source
of fresh drinking water. Have a plan to clear parasites out of the body with Fresh
Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex. This powerful extract, derived from the hulls
of green black walnuts, is a centuries old herbal tonic to promote healthy microbial
activity. Fresh green black walnut wormwood complex comes highly recommended by
The Patriot Nurse in a survival situation for those who plan on hunting.
#12: Goldenseal (immune support).
Popular as antifungal and antibacterial, Goldenseal root promotes a healthy immune
system. Goldenseal, also called Indian turmeric or “ginseng’s little brother” by the
Cherokee, has potent medicinal properties. It can kill germs on contact particularly in
mucus membranes and not get absorbed in the blood stream, which can be
advantageous for many, but can make blood pressure fluctuate, so check with your
health care practitioner. It’s also used as a digestive aid and studies are underway for
using goldenseal to support healing of cancer.
#13: Neem Oil.
Neem oil reduces skin inflammation and helps remedy skin disorders, including acne,
eczema and psoriasis. Commonly also used as an antiviral, antifungal, and
antibacterial, you’ll find neem oil is also an antiparasitic; and neem oil is also used as
an organic pesticide!
#14: Oregano Oil (an antiflammatory and more).
Packed with protection against bed bugs, fleas, lice, even mosquitoes, and tape worm!
Oregano oil is also effective against vaginal infections, cold and flu, and a host of other
• Read more about oregano oil, and other natural antibiotics.
#15: Potassium Iodide Capsules (radiation emergency).
Potassium Iodide is a prepper medicine often overlooked and yet essential to take if
radiation is imminent and may be limited or unavailable when health officials notify the
public of exposure and urgency. Potassium Iodide capsules, pictured immediate right,
can help maintain a high level of beneficial iodides in the thyroid gland. Potassium
Iodide supports the body’s normal detoxification processes, including the removal of
heavy metals, though it’s not a cure for radiation sickness.
• Learn more about radiation exposure and survival.
#16: Stool softener (constipation relief).
You’ll be eating foods you’re not used to eating, so consider that bowel movements
may fluctuate more often. Miralax, pictured bottom left of page, is a stool softener to
help you get through eating too much freeze dried food.
#17: SaltStick caps Plus (hydration).
Avoid cramping during and after long distance and high elevation hikes. Trusted by
marathon runners, SaltStick buffered electrolyte salts plus caffeine and sodium,
pictured immediate right, will give preppers on the move an edge. In addition to
reducing muscle cramping, these totally vegetarian capsules reduce heat stress,
maintain electrolyte levels and increase energy levels. It’s a great bugout-bag item or
#18: Tea Tree oil (external use only).
Tea Tree Essential Oil, pictured left, is best known as a very powerful immune
stimulant. It’s a powerful anti-fungal and disinfectant for topical use only. It can help to
fight all three categories of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses), and
there is evidence that Tea Tree Oil massages prior to an operation may help to fortify
the body and reduce post-operative shock. Tea Tree Oil can help with colds, measles,
sinusitis and viral infections. Tea tree oil is very penetrating oil to help cure infections
and boils, and even seep through toenails. It’s great for athletes foot!
• Do NOT ingest tea tree oil! You may wind up in the hospital. Some apply tea
tree oil sparingly to sores in the mouth and on lips, but this is a deadly
concoction to some and not worth the risk for others. Never ingest tea tree oil!
#19: Thieves Oil (pandemics).
• Ebola prevention? Possibly, however, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration has
been very careful in preventing Thieves Oil manufacturers, like Young Living from
marketing their product as a drug to prevent Ebola and has sent them a severe
warning letter. Such products are not intended for use in the diagnosis, cure,
mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and should not be marketed as
such, according to the FDA. It is illegal to market this product as an anti-viral for
• Plague prevention: There is evidence that Thieves Oil keeps plague at bay!
During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and
other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.
• Upper respiratory support: In the Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for
When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP, they
recommend stocking Thieves Oil! (Page 78.) for upper respiratory infections.
#20: Topical Anesthetic Gel – Hurricaine (tooth pain relief).
Nothing bites worse than tooth pain! Hurricaine topic gel, pictured right, will
anesthetize muscle tissue to provide temporary relief in discomfort in teeth and gums.
This medication will be a godsend for the day when a dentist is not available. In the
old days, the agony of dental pain was among the top causes of suicide.
Nature’s medicine cabinet
Interested in other prepper medicines? Preppers also stock a variety of home
remedies, salves, unconventional medicines, and essential oils for survival:
• Aloe vera. Aloe will provide soothing relief from sunburns.
• Coconut oil. Learn to cook with coconut oil.
• Echinacea. A medicinal powerhouse and secret of Native Americans, echinacea
has been popular as an anti-viral and antibacterial sold to help fight symptoms
of cold and flu.
• Elderberry. Proven effective for use against swine and avian flu, elderberry
extract is manufacturered as Sambucol. Safe and effective for kids, there are no
known side effects.
• Epsom Salts. Discover the medicinal uses of Epsom salts, including how Epsom
salts help flush out toxins from the body, improve absorption of nutrients, and
even soothe aching muscles.
• Honey. Honey is ideal as a topical antibiotic because apparently honey kills
bacteria, according to Science Daily. What’s more, honey will last almost
indefinitely! Consider the many good reasons to hoard honey.
• Hydrogen Peroxide. As a first aid essential, hydrogen peroxide can help prevent
infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. It may also be used as an oral
debriding agent. It can aid in removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions
associated with a sore mouth. Stock hydrogen peroxide in your prepper’s
medicine cabinet and learn more about applications for your survival.
• Onions. Onions have natural anti-fungal properties. For immediate relief, rub on
affected areas. Here’s how an onion can soothe a bee sting.
• Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is great for your health, and you’ll keep pesky
little critters away. Spiders hate peppermint oil and rodents too! 100%
peppermint oil will burn their little nostrils!
• Salt. Discover the many medicinal uses of salt.
More great finds:
• Christopher’s Infection Fighting Formula (dietary supplement, flu season).
Pictured at the bottom of the page, Christopher’s Infection Fighting Formula is
highly rated on Amazon. Such dietary supplements offer added peace of mind
during the flu season. Get through pandemic situations knowing you’re charging
your family with infection fighting vitamins.
• Melatonin (sleep aid). Many preppers stash coffee and tea for survival. They
need also stock something to help them fall asleep: Melatonin. During a crisis,
your mind may be hyper alert with thoughts keeping you awake at night, but
without adequate sleep you may not be able to follow through on an effective
strategy of survival. That’s where Melatonin comes into play. Melatonin by
Nature’s Bounty, pictured right, is great for people experiencing occasional
sleeplessness, those with jet lag, or anyone seeking to improve their quality of
• Caffeine (alertness and energy aid). Caffeine supplements will help you stay
awake and five-hour energy boosters may help provide the endurance you need
to protect your family or meet another critical survival need.
Is a caffeine pill hard to swallow? Try decaffeinated chewing gum!
Considering that stress and poor nutrition along with reduced hygiene and total lack of
medical care are very real threats to your health during a catastrophe, it’s wise to
prepare; however, for any health or dietary matter, consult your Doctor well in advance
of needing to use any of these products. This medicine cabinet supply list is intended
for long-term storage and use only for a scenario where a pharmacy and medical
professional network is unavailable.*
– See more at: http://www.happypreppers.com/medicine-cabinet.html#sthash.2dRglbtk.dpuf
In case of apocalypse, here’s how to make penicillin in your kitchen
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What’s rotting in your kitchen right now? How about we grab it, and make life-saving antibiotics with it? We’ll take you through the steps, and you’ll be prepared if the world ends by Sunday.
Penicillin, the most famous antibiotic of all time, has saved millions of lives. And it’s quietly lurking in your kitchen right now. If you have that moldy piece of bread in a bag at the back of the fridge, or a rotting cantaloupe or orange in the crisper, you’re most likely growing penicillin by accident. In fact, penicillin’s whole discovery hinged on the fact that it was easy to grow accidentally.
The Accidental History of Penicillin
Infection has always been a killer, and while soap and water could prevent it externally, when it went internal humans were often helpless. Any anti-bacterial agent injected into the body would kill a person more quickly than the infection would. Then Alexander Fleming had the nasal drip felt round the world. He was working with a plate of bacteria when his nose dripped into them. The bacteria around the dripping died off, and he was encouraged by the idea that the body could tolerate internally a substance that could fight off bacteria.
Fleming’s next stroke of luck came when he lost his assistant. When dishes of bacteria were no longer useful, they were put in a sort of tub of bleach. Without his assistant, Fleming’s dirty dishes formed towers in the tub. The highest dishes sat well above bleach, and remained filthy. They grew even filthier when mold which had floated up from the lab downstairs started growing on them. And then they stopped being as filthy, when the mold, one of the many types of penicillium fungi, killed off the bacteria.
That was all the luck Fleming got. It took years to find a way to cultivate the right strain of penicillium, and to extract the right parts of it to make penicillin.
How to Make Your Own Penicillin
The strains that we have are from the mold grown on a cantaloupe in the 1940s, so you can grab some cantaloupe if you’re feeling like a traditionalist. Otherwise, a leftover crust of bread or the peel of some citrus fruit will do fine. The mold will start out gray, but as it develops will turn a bright blue-green. Once it gets started, cut the bread up into pieces and put it in a sterilized flask. (You can sterilize a flask by putting it in an oven at 315 degrees for an hour.) Incubate it in the flask for about a week at around seventy degrees.
Some people just stop there. Folk recipes for “penicillin tea” or “penicillin soup” abound, with people just boiling up the molded bread or adding the citrus to tea with honey, and serving it to sick people. (Note: Do not do this.)
If you want to get more involved, you can extract the penicillin by sterilizing yet another jar and, according to the experts, adding the following:
Into 500ml of cold tap water put 44.0 grams Lactose Monohydrate, 25.0 grams cornstarch, 3.0 grams sodium nitrate, 0.25 grams magnesium sulfate, 0.50 grams potassium phosphate mono, 2.75 grams glucose monohydrate, 0.044 grams zinc sulfate, 0.044 grams manganese sulfate. Then add enough cold tap water to make one liter. Use hydrochloric acid to adjust the pH to between 5.0 and 5.5.
Then you add the spores from the moldy bread. Another seven days incubation will leave the penicillin floating in the liquid portion of the results. A quick filter and you have penicillin.
Urgent Medical Disclaimer!
In theory, at least, you have penicillin. I must stress at this point that you should not use this homemade penicillin on any limb that you want to keep. Although you did probably get a lot of penicillium mold growing on the bread, you also got other molds. Even with the right kind of fungi growing, filtering out everything but the penicillin is difficult, and best left to the professionals. Molds make a lot of different things to kill bacteria, and many of them are harmful to humans. While there are plenty of survivalist websites that recommend clapping whatever grows on bread or citrus to your wound, and while that might even be an option sometimes after the world ends, there are better options right now, and you should take advantage of them. If you want to see how well you’ve done making penicillin, try growing a tray of bacteria and using the penicillin on that.
Making Penicillin at Home
May 10, 2011
Making Penicillin at Home
Hey Prepper Nation,
Accumulating medications may be simple when it comes to finding aspirin and other non-prescription drugs but prescription drugs will be hard to get for those who can’t write their own prescriptions or don’t have a relationship with an understanding physician who can. Antibiotics are a case in point.
I consider this a major issue because there will be a much larger incidence of infections when people have to fend for themselves, and injure themselves as a result. Simple cuts and scratches from chopping wood can begin to show infection, in the form of redness, heat and swelling, within a relatively short time. Treatment of infections at an early stage improves the chance that they will heal quickly and completely. However, many preppers, being the rugged type, are most likely to ignore the problem until it get much worse and spreads to their entire body, causing problems that could eventually be fatal. Having antibiotics readily available would allow them to deal with the issue until medical help (if available at all) arrives.
What Are Good Sources for Antibiotics?
Of course, I’ve mentioned using aquarium antibiotics as a simple and relatively cheap way to get good quantities of various antibiotics. Since the only ingredient in these medications is the antibiotic itself, it’s a perfectly reasonable alternative to begging your physician for a bunch of prescriptions. Once in a while, I get someone who wants to know how to make penicillin (it’s just bread mold, ain’t it?). It’s true that penicillin is a by-product of a fungus known as penicillium and the fungus will indeed grow on bread and fruit. In 1942, A moldy cantaloupe in Peoria, Illinois was found to have a strong version of it. Most of the world’s supply of the stuff in the 1940s came from cultures of the fungus on that cantaloupe.
Well, our good friend The Covert Prepper has sent me the secret formula for making penicillin at home. If you haven’t listened in on his show on Saturdays, you’re missing something, because this guy is an expert on making you invisible as a prepper. This is exactly what you will want to be if a collapse situation occurs. You can tune in to his show every Saturday at 6pm eastern/5pm central or download it at your convenience at prepperpodcast.com.
This article will tell you how you can actually make Penicillin at home. It sure as heck isn’t easy, and WE don’t even have all the stuff necessary to produce it. But I’m going to tell you the process anyway to illustrate an important point.
Let me say, once again, that this information is only for use in a post-collapse scenario, so don’t go and convert that meth lab of yours to an antibiotic factory. The practice of medicine without a license is illegal just about everywhere, and home laboratories are dicey legal subject matter.
Penicillin is a by-product of the Penicillium fungus, but the thing is, it’s a by-product of a Penicillium fungus that’s under stress! So you have to grow the fungus, and then expose it to stresses that will make it produce Penicillin.
First you need to produce a culture of the penicillium fungus. – A microbiological culture is a method of multiplying microscopic organisms by letting them reproduce in a certain environment under controlled conditions
One of the most important things to know is that it is easy for other critters to contaminate your penicillium culture, so use sterile techniques at all times or you will likely wind up with something entirely different!
Expose a slice of bread or citrus peel or a cantaloupe rind to the air at 70 deg. F until a bluish-green mold develops. Takes a few days….
Cut two fresh slices of whole wheat bread into ½ inch cubes and place in a 750ml Erlenmeyer flask (the flask on the right in the above picture) with a non-absorbent plug. One thing you might not know is that a lot of bakeries put a substance called a mold inhibitor on bread. This stuff, which is called mycoban, is going to suppress the fungus, so you should probably use bread that you baked yourself. Sterilize the flask and contents in a pressure cooker for at least 15 minutes at 15 pounds. An alternate method is to place in an oven at 315 deg F for one hour.
In a sterile fashion, transfer the fungus from the bread or fruit peel into the flask containing the bread cubes. Allow the cubes to sit in the dark at 70 deg F for 5 days. This is called incubation. That’s the easy part….
Step 2 This is where it gets complicated….
Prepare one liter of the following solution:
Lactose Monohydrate 44.0 gm
Corn Starch 25.0 gm
Sodium Nitrate 3.0 gm
Magnesium Sulfate 0.25 gm
Potassium MonoPhosphate 0.50 gm
Glucose Monohydrate 2.75 gm
Zinc Sulfate 0.044 gm
Manganese Sulfate 0.044 gm
You’ll obviously need a scale that measures very small amounts, these are called gram scales and you can find them online. By the way, looking some of these ingredients up, I could find them at chemical supply houses, but they usually sell them in amounts of 500 gm or more.
Anyhow, dissolve in the order I listed them in 500ml of cold tap water and then add more cold water to complete the liter.
Adjust pH to 5.0-5.5 using HCL(hydrochloric acid). You’ll need a ph test kit, they sell them at pet shops and garden supply stores Fill containers with a quantity of this solution. Only use enough so that when the container is placed on its side the liquid will not touch the plug.
Sterilize the containers (use glass) and solution in a pressure cooker or stove just like you did before. When it cools, scrape up about a tablespoon of the fungus from the bread cubes and throw it into the solution.
Allow the containers to incubate on their sides at 70 deg F for 7 days. It’s important that they are not moved around. If you did it correctly, you’ll have Penicillin in the liquid portion of the media.Filter the mixture through a coffee filter or something similar, plug the bottles and refrigerate immediately.
To extract the penicillin from the solution:
Adjust the cold solution to pH 2.2 using ( .01 %) HCL. Mix it with cold ethyl acetate in a separatory funnel (that’s a funnel with a stopcock; you can find all these items at chemistry glass suppliers) and shake well for 30 seconds or so.
Drain the ethyl acetate (which should be on the bottom) into a beaker which has been placed in an ice bath and repeat the process. Add 1% potassium acetate and mix. Now you want the ethyl acetate to evaporate off. This can be induced by a constant flow of air over the top of the beaker, say from a fan. When it dries, the remaining crystals are a mixture of potassium penicillin and potassium acetate.
There you have it, you have put together a laboratory and made Penicillin! You are now officially a mad scientist! Seriously, After looking at all this a few times, I’m guessing that making Penicillin at home isn’t that workable, after all. However, it does make a point. If there’s a collapse, you know there is no way that anyone will be able to reliably produce antibiotics.
So you can try to do all of the stuff I mentioned, or….you can google search “aquarium antibiotics” and buy fish-Pen (250mg) or Fish-Pen Forte (500mg) online. 100 tablets go for about 39.99 at the lower dose and 49.99 for the higher dose. Buy as much as you can afford, there is no prescription necessary. $400 will buy you 1000 tablets to save or to use for barter. It seems like a lot of money, but those antibiotics will be like gold in a collapse situation.
It’s clear to me that every prepper should have a stockpile of antibiotics (several varieties) in their storage, and should learn what each one is used for. If you don’t want to buy fish medicine, at least grow plants that have some antibacterial action. Garlic has scientifically proven antibacterial properties. Other plants that are thought to be helpful would be calendula (a special type of marigold), goldenseal, cayenne pepper, eucalyptus and thyme.
For more info, download Dr Bones and Nurse Amy Show #7 or look up my article on survivalblog.com from 7/28/10. (A doctor’s thoughts on antibiotics, expiration dates and TEOTWAWKI).
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