Saturday, February 15, 2014

Potential for Widespread Rumors about Pomegranates

It feels so good to return to blogging!

I admit it, I got burned out. Between working at the restaurant and trudging through grad school, there was only so much non-paid writing I could do. Now that my thesis is underway, and I'm confident that I'll graduate from the MFA in Prose (fiction) program this semester, I'm dabbling in other genres. If interested, check out some food blogs I posted last semester with the Mills College newspaper, the Campanil.

I had every intention of posting my Thanksgiving recipes on Mookie's Food Odyssey, but it felt a little awkward after New Years came and went with the black eyed peas.

In keeping with my tradition of highlighting what's funny about food, here's some correspondence I found online. I can't remember how I stumbled upon it--probably when I was helping a dentist with copy for her website. Anyway, it gave me a few laughs! For context, what follows is a Q and A between an orthodontist and someone who seems very confused about dental care. Check it out:


Friday, 05 May 2006 - answered by Dr. Seema T. Gupta

Consultant Orthodontist,
Incisor Dental Clinic, Agarwal Eye & Dental Care,
 New Delhi

Q: I am a 20 year old student. One day a doctor came to our college to explain to us about dental care. He said that if you brush your teeth with a stick of pomegranate, then it can cause leprosy? Is this possible?

A: Leprosy is caused by infection with Mycobacterium leprae and not by brushing with a stick of pomegranate. You can read more about Leprosy on our website. 


I'm gonna be straight up. I don't know a lot about pomegranate sticks (or how they help your teeth). But I do know something about leprosy (Hansen's disease). Some armadillos are naturally infected with the above-mentioned Mycobacterium leprae, and some have been injected with the disease for research purposes.

By the way, armadillos are edible!

Dr. Gupta is so nice not to have simply replied, "lady, are you trying to get my goat?" He probably thought it, and then changed his mind.

I'm no expert, and you didn't ask me, but my advice is to keep getting at your plaque with the pomegranate stick, and if you happen to eat an armadillo, spit it out right away. Just not on anyone else, in case it has leprosy.

Personally, I find the lack of information out there very distressful.

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