BLOG #1-Synthesis of unique lubricants made of exotic butters infused with indigenous oils to promote inhibition of bacteria and protection against UV radiation.

Disputes about the affects of antibiotics have recently been on the rise as more research shows they are found to cause damage in the immune system as well as inhibit brain cell growth. Unfortunately, 30% of all prescribed antibiotics are not necessary and stem from doctors prescribing the medications before they receive patients test results. With the overuse of these antibiotics comes the consequence of building resistance towards them, so when needed, our bodies will resist the drug instead of helping our immune system. This topic has sparked many controversial arguments and is implanted in the 2020 action plan of the White House. By year 2020, our government hopes to push developments of new tests to decrease the amount of antibiotics prescribed. In order to achieve this goal, there would need to be 15%, or 23 million, fewer prescriptions by 2020. Our research focusses on aiding the governments plans to do so. It is important to understand that antibiotics are not the saving grace of all bacterial infections, but instead natural approaches can be more beneficial in regards to specific infections.

Our skin, hair and nails are crucial in keeping antagonists out of our bodies internal systems. Fungi like, Trichophyton rubrum, and bacteria like, Staphylococcus aureus, are the most prevalent causes of skin affairs. If not treated, infections of the skin like, Streptococcus pyogenes, are able to penetrate into internal organs and turn into fatalities. Our research not only focuses on bacteria affecting our internal makeup, but also how the mutagen, UV radiation, can alter the expression of our cells and lead to lethal health issues like cancer. In order to test against bacteria and UV radiation, Illipe butter, Mowrah butter, Tacuma butter, and Hemp butter are infused with a variety of exotic oils at different concentrations. These oils include argan, grapeseed, wintergreen, rosemary, guava seed, jajoba, lemongrass, cottonseed, black sesame, vetiver, black walnut and black cumin. In order to make these surfaces, we first need to melt the butters, since they are solids at room temperature. Once they are melted, specific portions of oils are pipetted into the butter. These mixtures are then placed into petri dishes and sent out to be tested against bacteria. If the growth of bacteria on our plates is less than the control (without the mixture) this means we see positive results. To test against UV radiation, UV light changing beads are placed into ziplock bags. On the outside of the bags our mixtures are spread out evenly, and a UV light is shined on top. Again, we will compare our color changing beads with our mixture to the beads in the ziplock bag without our compound. If the beads are less vibrant than the control, this means we see positive results.

We hope that our novel blends show positive results in working against bacteria and decreasing UV light exposure to the skin. If results are not positive, new exotic oils will be derived from all parts of the world, to find the best outcome for our population.

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