If you find yourself injured in a catastrophic zombie outbreak, you may not have access to a functioning health clinic or stocked first-aide kit. So what should you do? A recent French study suggests looking for a pile of maggots.
The journal Archives in Dermatology reports that 100 men suffering from open wounds that were too severe to naturally heal either underwent surgery or were given maggot therapy. Maggots naturally seek out and eat dead tissue, thereby cleaning and repairing the damage. After one week, the group treated with maggots was further along in the healing process than their counterparts.
These impressive results are possible because maggots secrete an enzyme that dissolves dead tissue but leaves healthy tissue alone. And maggot therapy is so safe and effective that is was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004.
Under normal circumstances many patients think that allowing maggots to feed on them is too gross to stomach, but a zombie planet is no place for the squeamish. A simple scratch that gets infected can spell certain death in an extreme survival situation If you’re not psychologically strong enough to deal with a few baby flies then just throw in the towel at the first sign of an undead plague.
Live long with maggots, or die of gangrene.