Mucophagy is believed to be a subgroup of pica (a disorder in which an individual only craves non food items such as toilet tissues, sand, soap, rocks, mucus etc.) Those who suffer from it, usually fall for the nasty behavior either in private or public.
I once stumbled upon a discussion about the good and bad in picking nose and eating its contents. Surprisingly, those in support of it also pulled handful of scientific reasons to imbibe in this habit. This is shocking, against any cultural issue, it seems this habit needs proper examination.
Below are some of my observations on the unpleasant habit. When I think it’s high time to make the world a mucophagy-free planet, some people say it’s healthy with scientific proofs while others are against it. Where do you belong?
The Good and the Bad
A research from University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon says picking nose and eating boogers isn’t that unhealthy as thought, as it helps build up immunity i.e. pulling out and eating mucus helps in boosting immunity.
A leading lung specialist, Dr. Friedrich Bischinger who endorsed the picking of nose and eating of boogers, said:
“With the finger you can get to places you just can’t reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner. 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.”
Hence, Dr. Friedrich Bischinger encourages children to pick and eat their boogers. “It is a completely natural response and medically a good idea as well.”
Apart from the shame it brings, you are at the risk of nosebleeds as a result of hole dug through your nose, which could lead to anemia.
Research says there is high percentage of salt content in the mucus, thus a steady diet of it would create some hypertension issues for whoever is enslaved to it.
Starting from finding pleasure in picking nose, one graduates to an intense act involving eating of boogers. Just as the case of one taking alcohol escalates into taking harder drugs. One who sometimes picks and eats boogers is guaranteed to graduate to intense booger-eating, booger raves, and binge boogers.
References: Why most addiction treatments don't work. What is snot? And why do some people eat it? - Boingboing.net Essential Facts about Mucophagy - healthguideinfo Reasons why kids should not eat boogers - ineffableisland