You can pick your nose. You can pick your friends. BUT you CAN'T pick your friends nose. This was a joke that my parents used to tell me when I was little, and I am sure that many of you have heard the same one before too. The idea that picking your nose is bad has been instilled in all of us from the time that we started doing it. Let's face it; we all did it at one point growing up. "Get your finger out of your nose," my mom used to say to me. Picking your nose has always been thought as a negative. Whether some say it's a bad habit or it's socially unacceptable or it's just plain disgusting, the concept of nose picking has been considered "bad."
However, some science has proven this "theory" otherwise. Among those saying that picking your nose is healthy is Professor Dr. Friedrich Bischinger, a well-recognized Austrian doctor. "With the finger you can get to places you just can't reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner," Dr. Bischinger explains. I believe that this statement makes total sense, and he brings up a good point. Dr. Bischinger goes on to explain how picking your nose is healthy for you. He explains how your nose is similar to a filter in which the body gets rid of bacteria. As the bacteria leaves the body, some of it stays in the nose. This bacteria is mixed with the mucus. This is when we get those dried up chunks or "boogers" in our noses.
With this being said, how would eating bacteria that's trying to leave the body help us become healthy? When I first heard about the idea of picking your nose being healthy I thought that it could make sense. I thought of it like this. When you're sick with a cold, your body fights off the cold and it tries to get rid of the infected mucus through your throat and nose. If you ate some of the infected mucus that would help make your body become immune to the infection. It turns out, I was far off. According to Dr. Bischinger, "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."
Basically, my picking your nose and eating it, you are boosting your immune system. In return, your body becomes used to the bacteria from the mucus, thus, making you healthier. There isn't really any evidence that says that picking your nose is bad for your health, however, it's probably not the best thing to do in public. Picking your nose may help make you healthy, but are you willing to do take part in this negatively viewed activity of "picking your nose?"