Take Two Leeches and Call Me in the Morning | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

Hey folks this episode is a bit more bloody than usual especially a little after the two-minute mark just letting you know in case flesh wounds aren't your thing thanks for watching ah the leech ravenous bloodsucker parasite

Nemesis to hikers but it wasn't always this way the same leech that's dreaded by pond swimmers was once a hot commodity for thousands of years draining blood from patients was considered one of the best treatments

For everything from small pox to scurvy and healers often used leeches to suck that blood out their favorite was her Rudo Medicine Alice but losing all that blood usually did more harm than good further weakening patients by the end of

The 18th century science-based medicine was in and leeches were out at least for a while so what are leeches anyway just horrible little vampires well actually they're more like earthworms in fact they share a common ancestor but some

Leeches developed a taste for blood and they've become experts at stealing it leeches have suckers on both ends of their body they use them to inchworm around the big sucker at the back anchors the leech inside that front

Sucker is a muscular jaw baring three razor-sharp teeth they use them to saw through the skin once suctioned into place the leech spews chemicals into the wound like anticoagulants that thin the blood

Keeping it from clotting that lets the leech slowly suck away for up to 40 minutes when done it leaves a three point scar at hospitals like California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco leeches have made a comeback

Okay get ready when doctors reattach body parts like fingers and ears blood sometimes pools in them keeping fresh blood from getting in that's where our buddy the leech comes in sucking out the stale blood to make way for the good

Stuff doctors literally prescribe leeches to help a patient recover the medicine has changed but the tool it's the same the leech continuing it's creepy though sometimes helpful relationship with us

Is still there nice here's another kind of leech he'll Abdellah but it's not after your delicious blood it's got a taste for escargot it spits in digestive enzymes and eats the snail alive and you thought leeches weren't cuddly stay

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