Winter is a season that invokes a lot of different feelings. Looking at the snow outside while wrapped in a blanket next to the fireplace is as cozy as it gets. On the other hand, however, winter is the common cold season. One day, your throat starts aching out of nowhere when you’re outside, and it all goes downhill from there.
On tv and in magazines, you can find thousands of reports about how to avoid catching it during the winter.
But according to doctor Dr. Meg Lemon, a dermatologist in Denver who specializes in allergies and autoimmune disorders, the solution is boogers.
“I tell people, when they drop food on the floor, please pick it up and eat it,” Meg Lemon told the New York Times.
Poking your nose is nothing strange really, we all do this every now and then.
However, it’s considered bad manners and we usually do it alone in the privacy of our homes or if it can’t wait, we take it to the closest bathroom. Somewhere we can dispose of the boogers and wash our hands.
“Eat your boogers”
But according to Dr. Meg Lemon, who treats allergies and autoimmune diseases, we should do more than just pick our noses.
“You should not only pick your nose, you should eat it,” she said.
Dr. Lemon believes that today’s society is too clean, which makes it easier for us to get sick during Winter.
“Get rid of the antibacterial soap. Immunize! If a new vaccine comes out, run and get it. I immunized the living hell out of my children. And it’s O.K. if they eat dirt.” Dr. Lemon continued.
Challenge your immune system
By exposing yourself to bacteria, you challenge your immune system so it works properly when really needed.
“Our immune system needs a job. We evolved over millions of years to have our immune systems under constant assault. Now they don’t have anything to do.” Dr. Lemon concluded.
Our bodies, simply put, need bacteria to survive. However, you may not need to eat your own boogers if you don’t want to, but you can stop using antibacterial soap, go out more often and try your best to interact with nature.
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