One of these days we are going to fight foot fungus with the mighty moose’s super drool…
According to saliva expert, David Wong, There’s a medicinal value in saliva that’s not appreciated. Like adorable St. Bernard dogs, moose leave a trail of slobber wherever they go. However, this actually works out in their favour. Over the years, plants developed thorns, spines and bitter berries to stop animals from grazing upon them. They also developed a fungus that produces a toxin called ergovaline. This particularly highly toxic alkaloid, when digested by animals, can lead to a disease which may cause them to lose limbs. However, the lucky moose is exempt due to their excessive and fungus-fighting super drool.
York University researchers applied moose saliva to samples of toxic grass and within 2 days or less, the samples showed less toxins. Essentially, the moose’s spit helped to stop the fungi from further growth. This goes to show why most animals are apt to lick their wounds. Dutch scientists have been doing research with human saliva as well. They claim that it contains a wound-healing compound called histatin that speeds up the healing of wounds.
While I’m sure we are not going to start bottling up the nearest available moose (or human) drool and stocking our medicine cabinets with it; you have to admit, that the idea, while nauseating, is also quite fascinating… But a lot more research needs to be done before we start lathering our feet in moose spit. So we shall have to stick with the various pills, lasers and creams to see what works for our own particular brand of fungus. If you or your loved ones suffer from foot fungus, Healthy Steps Podiatry can help.
Author: Angelique Owenby