March 14, 2007

What?!? No Artificial Phlegm? Believe Me, I Even Checked Google.

Did you know that they make synthetic saliva? My wife Liz recently started using it on her doctor's recommendation because one of her new medications just sucks the moisture out of her mouth.

Saliva is a vital component of such everyday processes as tasting, swallowing, speech and digestion, and its absence is what leads to dry mouth. A reduction in salivary flow can occur for a number of reasons, but medication use is a key contributor.

I love that "duh" statement above about [saliva's] absence is what leads to dry mouth. Even so, it makes sense to have developed synthetic saliva.

Of course, in our family we call it "pseudo-drool" or just "fake spit".

(mental note: brownie-flavored saliva for dopers...niche market but has potential)

Posted by Ted at March 14, 2007 05:14 AM
Category: SciTech Square Pegs

The abstract in bloglines ended with:

"Saliva is a vital component of such..."

boy did I finish that sentence differently.

Posted by: Mad William Flint at March 14, 2007 11:00 AM

Well, they manufactured artificial urine for dopers. The trick is keeping it at body temperature.

Posted by: triticale at March 14, 2007 02:18 PM
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