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Pat Shingleton: "Snow and Scabs..."

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Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:46 PM by Pat Shingleton
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Topics: Eating Snow, Scabbed Wounds

Even though we are just 3 days into spring, snow storms will return to those in the northern sections of the country. I mentioned what my Mom often told us in previous columns, "I don't want 'younze' kids eating that 'thar' snow!" 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 it 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 grew twice as fast on covered wounds that were moist rather than scabbed.

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