Should you have a leg ulcer anytime soon, your friendly neighborhood physician might want to consider the new craze in treating such an affliction: maggots. Yes, friends, some doctors are now utilizing maggots instead of medicinal hydrogel to help heal leg ulcers. Of course, maggots have been used for centuries to help treat wounds, but more civilized times brought less gruesome forms of therapy. But last year, the British Medical Journal did a study that noted maggot therapy worked just as well as the hydrogels utilized in conventional therapy, according to the Associated Press.
Maggot therapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so any doctor can prescribe it. However, one negative side effect to maggot therapy is that some patients report a tickling sensation as those little dudes gobble away the dead tissue.
Oh, and in other instances, the maggots can wriggle out of the dressing that covers your leg ulcer, but all medicine has side effects, right?
So, the next time you suffer from a painful leg ulcer, use maggots.
Maggots. Let them eat away the pain! (Use as directed.)
Enjoy this wonderful video concerning maggot therapy!
Last week on April 15, groups of disgruntled citizens held T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Parties across the nation. Spurred on by media personalities such as Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck from Fox News, as well as CNBC's Rick Santelli, thousands of folks gathered to protest the manner in which President Obama's administration and Congress have handled the country's economic crisis.
Many of the participants in the T.E.A. parties told reporters they had a genuine concern for the state of our nation, and insisted they were protesting in a "bipartisan" spirit. If so, good for them for utilizing their First Amendment right to voice their worries.
But of course, there were also many protesters across the country who were, well, wacko.
Here's a rundown of some messages displayed on signs at some of the rallies: OBAMA'S PLAN-WHITE SLAVERY; THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE THE JEWS FOR OBAMA'S OVENS; and BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA-THE NEW FACE OF HITLER.
Tasteful and intelligent, no?
One moron even displayed a sign in the background of a Sean Hannity broadcast from a T.E.A. Party that compared the president to a Somali pirate.
If John McCain had been elected instead of Barack Obama, we would still most likely be in the same situation we are now. And this begs the question: would all of these same people and media personalities have held these protests if McCain was sitting in the Oval Office?
Witnessing at the venom, racism and sheer idiocy of a few of the protestors, as well as the message and tone of most of the more sane and decent protestors, I think the answer would be no.
Look: this economic mess in we which find ourselves is a bipartisan mess. The entire American political machine -- populated by Democrats and Republicans -- is a corrupt and infected institution that has divided the country into schoolyard factions who only see black and white and no shades of gray, no spirit of simple cooperation. And, thousands of the T.E.A. Party participants realize this and voiced their concern in this spirit. It's too bad they were overshadowed by the immature and hateful voices of some of their fellow partygoers.
But, everyone on both sides should take a deep breath. Relax. Everything's going to be O.K. America will survive, all right? Simmer down, everyone. And, I mean everyone.
Mr. Hannity and, particularly you, Mr. Beck: take a chill pill. Hey you -- Rachel Maddow and your fellow MSNBC smart-aleck, Keith Olbermann -- not every Republican is an idiot or intolerant bigot. I think the two of you, Beck and Hannity, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell -- and, heck, let's throw in Rush Limbaugh and the editorial staff of The New York Times, as well -- I think all of you should take a weekend retreat to Vegas or some spa together and just get to know each other, unwind, talk about each other's families and friends, and then all have a big, warm and fuzzy group hug.
This ridiculous and single-minded division that is promulgated and encouraged on both sides is the real enemy. That's what we should be protesting.
Actually, wouldn't it be nice if Maddow, Olbermann, Limbaugh, Madonna, Chris Brown, Lindsay Lohan, Rosie O'Donnell, Hannity, Beck, Pelosi, McConnell, Nancy Grace (not you, Mom!), Paris Hilton, the Octomom and Barney Frank all went on a nice luxury cruise for a long and relaxing trip...to the coast of Somalia?
Seriously, we should look into that.