May 19, 2013

Boogers: The New Health Food

"I've got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose. And without fail, it goes right into their mouth afterwards. Could they just be fulfilling what we're truly meant to do?"
Scott Napper, biochemistry professor at the University of Saskatchewan

In The Big Book of Gross Stuff, I wrote about evidence that boogers can be good for our health. So I was pleased to see this article in which Scott Napper talks about an experiment he’d like to try.

"All you would need is a group of volunteers. You would put some sort of molecule in all their noses, and for half of the group they would go about their normal business and for the other half of the group, they would pick their nose and eat it. Then you could look for immune responses against that molecule and if they're higher in the booger-eaters, then that would validate the idea."

Napper added, with a chuckle, that he has already been approached by people keen to participate in a study. But like he says, science is about the exchange of ideas.

Or boogers. Either way.

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