and you thought nose-picking is a bad habbit? think again..!
There is an Austrian doctor who has gained popularity by advocating the picking-of-one's-nose -and-the-consumption-of-resulting-bounty, particularly in children.
[children being soft targets for new health theories...]
According to the theory...children/people who pick their noses with their fingers are healthier, happier, and *more in tune with their bodies*.
This forks from the notion that...exposing the body to the dried germ corpses helps to reinforce the immune system...
"With the finger you can get to places you just can't reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner. And 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."
Further, probably...the society should adopt a new approach to nose-picking, and encourage children to take up the habit...and even the adults should be welcome... :)
If the theory gets accepted..nose-picking could be considered just another humanly act..with no dirty looks attached...
can't stop myself thinking of interesting scenarios in which people would be found nose-picking...
[feel free to leave comments with interesting ones striking your ignited minds...:) ]
So..don't feel guilty if you'r caught picking nose in public...it's all part of one of those our good-health-drives... :)
Wikipedia too has a say.
A bit of google coined the terms like...
rhinotillexis: technical name for using one's finger to extract boogers.
(and doing so compulsively is termed: rhinotillexomania).
The act of eating the resulting harvest is called mucophagy.