by aajonus vonderplanitz, ph.d. nutrition
(Aajonus’ humorous subject of this issue)
Dr. Bishinger says that our fingers are much better able to reach the nooks and crannies of our nostrils than with handkerchiefs, keeping our noses much cleaner.
However, his advice goes further, “…eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system.
"Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune system the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine. "Modern medicine is constantly trying to do the same thing through far more complicated methods [such as vaccines], people who pick their nose and eat it get a natural boost to their immune system for free."
However, consider that most of the pollution that the body discards into the nostrils contain the most contaminated free-radicals from the brain. The body already experienced an arduous process of neutralizing those toxins and encapsulating them into mucus. Probably, it would be far better to flick the bugger from your finger or wipe it into a handkerchief.
Understanding the reason why children eat their nose-pickings will allow us to remedy and stop them from re-poisoning themselves. Like nail-biting, mucus-eating is usually caused by a mineral or protein deficiency. If the child were to eat 1 tablespoon raw no-salt-added cheese with 1-1 ½ teaspoons unheated honey, mixed together in the mouth twice daily, s/he could remedy such deficiencies and bugger-eating.