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"Eating Snow and Band-Aids"

3 years 6 months 3 days ago March 23, 2013 Mar 23, 2013 Saturday, March 23 2013 March 23, 2013 2:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Spring snowstorms "up north" linger into April which is great for skiers but irritating to others. It reminded me of a directive from our Mom, "I don't want you kids eating any of that ‘thar' snow..." In 2008 Science Magazine revealed that snowflakes form around bacteria seeds such as Pseudomonas syringae which causes a fatal disease in beans and tomatoes, not people. Catching snowflakes on your tongue is no big deal but buckets of white stuff could give you a tummy ache. Mom would also encourage us to take off the Band-Aid and let the cut "air-out." In 1962, Dr. George Winter compared open-air abrasions to covered wounds on young pigs. Skin cells regrew twice as fast on the covered wounds which were moist and didn't scab

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