Saturday's "Pure Opelka," featured one of the strangest bits of health news host Mike Opelka has ever shared with TheBlaze Radio audience.
For ages, moms have been warning kids about the dangers of picking their noses and consuming the results of their labor. Now, science appears to be on the verge of proving mom (your teachers, friends and well, everyone) was wrong.
According to reports from several respected scientific institutions and professors, devouring the dried mucous harvested from your nose might be good for you. It may even be lifesaving.
Opelka shared the details from a recent post on the science page of the UK Telegraph.
The story quotes findings printed in a journal from the American Society for Microbiology showing noshing on "nose nuggets" can stop bacteria from sticking to the surface of your teeth. The study goes on to suggest this practice could possibly prevent respiratory infections, help with stomach ulcers and fight off HIV.
Professor Friedrich Buschiger of Austria contributed to the research and deemed the practice to be "perfectly natural" and make "great sense" medically and "works just like medicine." Buschiger added, "what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system," he said.
According to the findings from Dr. Scott Napper, a Canadian professor of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Center, the practice of eating boogers is perfectly normal and likely good for human. "Nature pushes us to do different things because it is to our advantage to have certain behaviors, to consume different types of foods," Napper told the Telegraph, adding, "So, maybe when you have an urge to pick your nose and eat it, you should just go with nature."