I really don’t want to talk about bacon. This is not because I don’t appreciate bacon (at least in moderation) but because bacon has become to the food world what CGI has become to the film world – something that presumably makes everything better. This is just not always the case. I have reported in the past about the lengths of creativity that marketers have employed to sell bacon in every conceivable form imaginable. If you were to ask me a few months back about the limits of bacon passion, I would have said there are in fact limits…I am not so sure about that anymore. Nevertheless, while the culinary world remains in an adolescent fugue over bacon, the medical world has arrived upon a practical medical use for these strips of pork fat, and no, it is not a cure for being skinny.
According to the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology (a publication I have yet to pick up, but will surely seek it out) our friend bacon, not only provides a world of flavor to soups, pastas, sandwiches, cookies, what have you, but bacon also does double duty as an effective method to curb nosebleeds. The report provides a fairly straightforward description of how this works:
“Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae … To our knowledge, this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia.”
News like this makes a person wonder how researchers even conceived of the idea of stuffing bacon up one’s nose. I will have to admit, it sounds more like a collegiate hazing ritual than something that would actually produce results. But it appears that bacon up the nose is an old tradition that fell out of favor because, “packing with salt pork was fraught with bacterial and parasitic complications. As newer synthetic hemostatic agents and surgical techniques evolved, the use of packing with salt pork diminished.” Not to mention the fact that a nose packed with bacon might just be too much of a good thing.
Skepticism aside, it seems this folk-like remedy does actually work, but however one may love, love, love bacon, it is difficult to imagine anyone being even remotely happy about a nose full of packed fatty pork.
Feel free to comment upon this particular practice, but I certainly will not require it, as the ridiculous nature of it fosters more one-liners than serious commentary. However, if anyone would like to share some interesting, and maybe even effective, folk remedies involving food, this would be a good place to do it.