Re: Re: When Feces is the Best Medicine: An Anglo-Saxon Medicine follow-up

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anonymous
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I've just finished listening to this episode (late starter that I am) – absolutely fascinating.In the spirit of the podcast (ie pointing out the method in the madness) I'd just like to mention that cellulose products are even now used for stopping bleeding (ref herehttps://www.google.co.uk/#q=cellulose%20haemostasis) - the logic is that cellulose (found in plant material) is a long molecule which functions rather like fibrin, the protein used in the normal clotting process to trap blood.Horse faeces is going to have a lot of cellulose in it, and drying it will kill a lot of the bacteria in it (heating it over a flame might even kill the spores that cause tetanus, which would be my biggest concern, although I can't remember if the recipe included cooking).  Once powdered, I suspect it would be remarkably effective.Yes, some of the patients/victims might then die of tetanus.  But if they're otherwise going to die of blood loss, saving any of them is a bonus.

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