Disgustingly Healthy: Maggots

43 mins2007

A bad smell catches your attention and you follow it to its source. Your curiosity turns to disgust as you discover discarded food with a mass of maggots merrily eating away at the rotten remains. The maggots’ capacity to consume only dead flesh while completely disinfecting its surroundings, has left medical scientists completely intrigued.

History has only given us hints as to the effective use of maggots for treating warfare inflicted wounds. What was once regarded as repulsive is reemerging as new scientific discoveries fuel a burgeoning medical industry. Attesting to the benefits of maggot therapy, we talk with patients who have beaten the odds when all other medical treatments failed. It may be rash to proclaim maggots as a medical miracle, but it would daft to deny their therapeutic effectiveness.