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Friday, June 12, 2009

For All Things a Purpose

While not a topic for polite conversation, it seems that an old, old remedy now has scientific validity. Using maggots on wounds works!

Before you cover your eyes and say Ewwwww, just listen to this. For years, hospitals have kept a supply of maggots on hand to use for certain difficult to heal wounds and burns. Researchers feel they have finally figured out why.

A fluid secreted by the maggot as it feeds, contains an enzyme that breaks down decaying tissue. This enzyme could be isolated and placed in an ointment that will promote healing.

Though still a work in progress, someday we may be able to buy maggot-produced products at the local drugstore.

For more information on research, check out this article.

It could give a whole new meaning to the phrase "a fly in the ointment", couldn't it?

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

LOL! A good thing surely, so long as you don't think about where it came from!

James said...

Ok, and then if you REALLY want to get grossed out, go take a look at actual LIVE maggots being used, as opposed to their "essence":

Believe me, at parts you'll WISH you'd closed your eyes, even though it's really a good thing happening.

The Word Place said...

Well, whatever works, I guess. . .maggots, leeches. . .I'm convinced that some of the old remedies are better than the pharmaceutical ones today. . .and cheaper!