So Much Wasted Medicine: Eating Your Boogers Is Good For You

May 5, 2017


According to a recent study published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, scientists at Harvard and MIT suggest eating your own boogers is good for you (plus your teeth by preventing bacteria from sticking to them), and parents shouldn't discourage their children from doing it. Unfortunately, no word if wiping your boogers on the underside of restaurant tables has any health benefits. I doubt it though, otherwise I wouldn't feel like I'm dying all the time.

The findings even suggest snot could defend against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers and even HIV.

Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, who also contributed to the study, said research show people who pick their noses are healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.

"Eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system," he said.

"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."

And is drinking your own urine still a go too? I forgot where we landed on that. Because I feel like I could be saving a small fortune on grocery bills. Also, where do these scientists stand on eating other peoples' boogers? Is that good for you too? I'm asking for a friend. A friend I'm about to force-feed a booger.

Thanks to c, who agrees sometimes it's just better to take your chances getting sick.

  • sandul

    i guess that might explain why i only get a cold once or twice a year, and i never get the flu. I mean... its' because of my healthy diet of course... bacon, pizza, and hamburgers several times a week. that's more likely why i'm so healthy :P

  • Jenness

    Life is ridiculously unfair. Everything that is 'good' for you is totally gross and makes life unbearable: examples: exercise,kale, wheat grass, celibacy or sex with everything covered in latex so you don't actually feel anything, working for a living.

    However, delicious and amazing stuff is bad and kills you, examples: bacon, foie gras, cheese and bread, drinking a vat of wine, unprotected sex with strangers, living in the woods, most fun activities (swimming in the ocean - i.e. sharks, jellyfish, flesh-eating bacteria)...

    And of course it's now unhealthy not finding your own snot appetizing and being revolted by people with boogers between their teach.


  • TJ Wilferd

    Sounds like a few scientists who were the kind of nerds even other nerds beat up in school for eating their boogers all got together and studied how it could be scientifically great to eat boogers. No thanks.

  • Munihausen

    Ah, sweet vindication.

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    It all ends up in your digestive system anyway though. Mucus returns back into the stomach. If anything, removing it to eat just reduces the amount of bacteria it collects.

    This entire post was so disgusting. I'm going to go blow my nose.

  • cock stain

    Recent study? I've been dropping this "hey did you know?" At office holiday parties since '06.

  • Bling Nye

    And here all this time the only thing I've been dropping is my pants.


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