Don't like antibiotics? Try Maggots!!!!

OulOat

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Yeah, they used to save soldiers with maggots by using them to clean out dead tissue. I also saw a documentary on the medical uses of maggots several years ago; a couple of people were spared amputation because the maggots cleaned the diseased area and healthy tissue eventually grew back.
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: cjchaps
OMFG! I would be way to creeped out! That is just nasty!
You'd think otherwise if you had non-healing wounds for one reason or another. Maggots have proven quite effective at stimulating new growth in those cases.

 
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Originally posted by: OulOat
Yeah, they used to save soldiers with maggots by using them to clean out dead tissue. I also saw a documentary on the medical uses of maggots several years ago; a couple of people were spared amputation because the maggots cleaned the diseased area and healthy tissue eventually grew back.

so you saw it too..

I think the soliders in WWII used it on the field to fix wounds..
I know its nasty.. but I saw this original article about 10 years ago on the BBC.
 

eigen

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Get ready to see more of it as bacterial resistance to anti-biotics increases.Compare how the U.S uses antibiotics
as compared to the rest of the world.
 

Graphicd00d

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Originally posted by: OulOat
Yeah, they used to save soldiers with maggots by using them to clean out dead tissue. I also saw a documentary on the medical uses of maggots several years ago; a couple of people were spared amputation because the maggots cleaned the diseased area and healthy tissue eventually grew back.

You are correct. The native americans also used maggots for the same purpose.

 

Slugbait

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Great, but will the patients be able to buy ?over the counter? maggots? And what about ?generic maggots??? Oh Christ, I?ll bet my inbox will soon be filled with spam to purchase online maggots?
Previously, patients could obtain sterile maggots only from certain hospitals and research centers.
Hey?leave some pizza out for a week or two, swab them in wood-grain alcohol?they get drunk and have the munchies, you save some cash.

Here?s an idea! How about filling a tub with maggots, and using them as a full-body exfoliation treatment? It?s a million-dollar idea!!!!

I can see money in the grossest of things?
 

Renob

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You guys sound like a bunch of little girls, I would do it in a heart beat.:D
 

Triumph

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Maggots are my most hated insect of all. That scene in Gladiator where the guy puts maggots in his shoulder wound to clean it? Yeah, I have nightmares about that. I'd rather die than put a maggot in my body.
 

ski2slow

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I saw a documentary on this as well. I just can't remember if it was on Discovery or TLC. If it was a choice of getting a limb amputated, I will definitely try this.
Here is an article from NationalGeographic.com
 

OrganizedChaos

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how does the maggot know good tissue from bad tissue? how does the maggot eat the bacteria thats so much smaller than it? having an open wound full of maggot crap can't be healthy?
 

db

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Originally posted by: OrganizedChaos
how does the maggot know good tissue from bad tissue? how does the maggot eat the bacteria thats so much smaller than it? having an open wound full of maggot crap can't be healthy?

How does a blind dog tell the difference between a T-bone stake and a plate of cat sh!t?
 

OulOat

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Originally posted by: OrganizedChaos
how does the maggot know good tissue from bad tissue? how does the maggot eat the bacteria thats so much smaller than it? having an open wound full of maggot crap can't be healthy?

A) I don't know exactly, but it has probably something to do with smell. Sure, some types do target live tissue, but others will target dead tissue first (as long as it lasts).

B) They wash out the wound at most every 72 hours. Maggot waste is nothing compared to rotting tissue.
 

OrganizedChaos

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Originally posted by: db
Originally posted by: OrganizedChaos
how does the maggot know good tissue from bad tissue? how does the maggot eat the bacteria thats so much smaller than it? having an open wound full of maggot crap can't be healthy?

How does a blind dog tell the difference between a T-bone stake and a plate of cat sh!t?

from what i can tell they can't, they'll be more than happy to eat both
 

tweakmm

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Originally posted by: Slugbait
Great, but will the patients be able to buy ?over the counter? maggots? And what about ?generic maggots??? Oh Christ, I?ll bet my inbox will soon be filled with spam to purchase online maggots
Hahaha:D