Sucking On An Injury Helps It Heal
Anyone who was ever a human child remembers getting a cut or a splinter and feeling the immediate impulse to plop the affected area of skin into your mouth, because sucking on a wound inexplicably made it feel better, and we all secretly love the taste of blood. Hell, maybe you still do that now.
Well, though your mother probably demanded that you stop doing it immediately, research has revealed that drooling all over our wounds fast-forwards the healing process, like Wolverine climbing into one of those face-repairing beds from Elysium.
So start sucking as much that movie did.
Scientists created artificial wounds in two separate Petri dishes, and then treated each with a different solution. One was bathed in human saliva, the other in a plain isotonic fluid. Less than a day later, the slobbery sample had almost completely mended its wound, while the control sample had taken a year off to backpack through Europe to see if "healing" was what it truly wanted to do.
After running the super-saliva through their radly-named "wound model," Dutch scientists identified a compound in our spit -- histatin -- that dramatically ramps up the speed of healing. So, tetanus aside, cramming that sliced finger into your mouth was the exact healthcare step to take back when you fell off the swing set during recess.
It doesn't do shit against cooties, though, so make sure you stay vaccinated.
On a similar note, shitty Little League coaches worldwide will be happy to hear that the seemingly negligent childhood remedy of "rub some dirt on it!" has some real-world merit, despite outwardly appearing to have all of the wisdom of shitting into the wind. While examining treatments described in ancient medical texts, researchers at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute recently stumbled upon a family of antibacterial clay capable of killing pathogens which range from simple old E. coli clear on up to MRSA, otherwise known as the antibiotic-resistant bacterium currently staging an uprising against humanity.
While dirtying up a wound to help it heal seems entirely counterintuitive, the treatment takes advantage of the absorptive characteristics of clay and Mother Nature's rich cocktail of metallic ions to seal out pathogens, absorb devitalized tissue, and deliver devastating antibacterial doses that would humble even the most flagrant Purell junkie. Though this admittedly involves special healing dirt, and not some random clump out of your back yard that a squirrel might have ejaculated on minutes earlier.
So yeah, probably better to suck on it until you can get a Band-Aid.
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