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Leading Lung Specialist Endorses Picking Your Nose and Consuming What You Find

Suspend what parents have been teaching kids for eons, and suspend the "wow is that gross" factor:

Picking your nose and eating it is one of the best ways to stay healthy, says a top Austrian doctor.

Austrian lung specialist Dr. Friedrich Bischinger says that those who pick their noses with their fingers are generally healthier, happier and more in tune with their bodies.

He encourages people to adopt a positive attitude to nose-picking, and to encourage children to perform the habit, not suppress it.

A Healthy Habit that Even the Queen Engages In?

"With the finger you can get to places you just can't reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner," says Dr. Bishinger. "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.

"Modern medicine is constantly trying to do the same thing through far more complicated methods. People who pick their nose and eat it get a natural boost to their immune system for free."

He noted that kids pick their noses happily and without abandon, but by the time they become adults they have stopped (or do so on the sly) under extreme pressure from a society that has labeled it anti-social and disgusting.

"I would recommend a new approach where children are encouraged to pick their nose. It is a completely natural response and medically a good idea as well," says the respected doctor.

So is it really just a gross habit or gold worth digging for after all? Ultimately, that's a pick you'll have to make on your own.

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