We have been told that boiled water is an effective way to kill bacteria, right? But have you ever wondered what happens to their corpses? I mean, they have to leave something behind, isn’t it?
Yes, they do. Bacteria dead byproducts leave behind a type of “pyrogens”. They are called this way because they cause (among other things) fevers. And when you drink that water, where do those pyrogens end up? You guessed it, in your stomach; you swallow them.
But don’t worry, they won’t kill you. Since you are entirely covered in and filled with teeming hordes of bacteria, your body is used to dealing with them. Pyrogen reactions are a concern when you put dead-germ bits into places that don’t have germs – blood, pleural cavity etc. But what happens in a surgery room? (the article continues after the ad)
They corpses of the bacteria have to be removed in that situation isn’t it? Yes, they are removed but not from the sterilisation. For things like heart surgery scalpels, there will usually be a second step of “Depyrogenation” This is the process, not of killing bacteria, but of removing the bits left behind so they don’t trigger an immune reaction.
So now you know; you corpse swallower.
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