15 Insects that Could Save Your Life
1. Blow Fly Larvae to Treat Wounds and Infectious Bone Disease
When the blow fly lands in an open gash, it does what all flies do – it lays maggots. But these maggots are special; they secrete a curative chemical known as allantoin. Today’s doctors use allantoin (extracted from blow fly maggots) to treat osteomyelitis... kind of gross, but effective.
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Some doctors, however, don’t even bother extracting the allantoin. Instead, they insert maggots directly into the open cut in a process known as maggot debridement therapy (MDT). As the maggots squirm they eat infection-causing bacteria and dead tissue.
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Pat Wagner gets stung 200 times a week. Intentionally. Even though she may seem like a nutcase, her reasoning is sound; bee venom (which is rich in enzymes, peptides, glucocorticoids and other curative components) has been proven to help with everything from rheumatoid arthritis to Multiple Sclerosis.
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