Pork Can Stop Nosebleeds

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This doesn’t exactly fly off the advertising tongue. A new study has found that using “nasal packing with strips of cured pork” can cure nosebleeds. Three doctors at the Detroit Medical Center found that “cured salt pork crafted as a nasal tampon” cured a girl with a rare hereditary disorder that caused incessant nosebleeds. There is a long tradition of using pork as a deterrent to nosebleeds, but the practice has fallen out of use in modern times—most likely due to bacteria and parasite concerns. In fact, doctors in 1940, 1953, and 1976 wrote up similar findings, with the doctor in 1953 noting that the practice of using pork seemed “rather old-fashioned.”