I wrote a blog a few days ago that talked about the use of intestinal worms to treat constipation. That was bad enough but this article on maggots to heal diabetic ulcers really grossed me out. From Aphrodite Women's Health:
Researchers from the University of Manchester are ridding diabetic patients of the drug-resistant superbug MRSA by treating their ulcers with maggots. The treatment, documented in the journal Diabetes Care, used green-bottle fly larvae to treat diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA. After three weeks, all the patients but one were cured, a much quicker result than the 28-week duration of the conventional treatment.
Professor Andrew Boulton, in the Science Blog, had this to say about maggots:
"They have been used since the Napoleonic Wars and in thethey found that those who survived were the ones with maggots in their wounds: they kept them clean. They remove the dead tissue and bacteria, leaving the healthy tissue to heal.
"Still, we were very surprised to see such a good result for MRSA. There is no reason this cannot be applied to many other areas of the body, except perhaps a large abdominal wound."
So, hey! It might be gross, but my husband was diabetic and he had ulcers on his legs. Those ulcers were pretty gross, too.