Last night, after a particularly long and physical day, I didn't want to think so I put on Tales from the Crypt. I notice the Crypt Keepers hair was unusually long so I turn to my husband and asked: "Do you think it is true that our hair and nails continue to grow after we die?"
He turned to me with a peculiar expression on his face, he apparently never heard of this before. Well then, I guess I will have to check it out in the morning. Which I did, and I guess the answer is no. :( ... My source: A Dr. Weil, who wrote an article, Seven Medical Myths...not sure if I would consider this a medical myth...but I digress. He writes:
"Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death: This disturbing, gruesome image is pure "moonshine" according to forensic anthropologist William Maples, who was quoted in the BMJ study. However, he explained that dehydration of the body after death can cause retraction of the skin around hair and nails, giving the illusion that they have grown. All tissues require energy to sustain their functions, and no such thing is possible once the mechanism that promotes normal growth shuts down at death."
You can read the article HERE.
Thought of the day: How did this "myth" get started? Do you think it was grave robbers? Or maybe a group of people hanging around the campfire trying to freak each other out? (I like to think it was a campfire thing)
Well...That's it...I am out...Think I will be taking a five hour nap today. As always have a beautiful day. XOXO Elicia.
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