Five Things You Grew Up Knowing As Unhealthy But Are Medically Wise [Entry 11]

These are five things we are made to believe are dangerous and/or unhealthy but the internet says are actually good, healthy and medically wise.

Not Sniffing Or Smelling Fart

Recent studies have shown that Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell, can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and help stave off dementia. In fact, it helps to keep the mitochondria ticking over and allow the cells to live. Without the gas, the cells die and lose their ability to fight off diseases. Therefore, sniffing, smelling or even passing out gas should not be discouraged and/or intolerated as they are highly beneficial to the lung.

Cleaning The Ear

How do you tell a mother religiously cleaning the ears of her child with ear picks or ear ladles that the habit is uncalled for? Earwax, which is the brown, gray or yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear carnal, is needed to protect the ear from dirt, dust, and bacterial infections. So cleaning the ear is not only unnecessary but poses potential hazards with the possibility of puncturing the eardrums and damaging auditory ossicles while ear picking.

Not Nose-Picking And Ingesting

Picking the nose, which usually is done with a finger thrusted into one of the nostrils, is condemned in most cultures and societies, Africa especially. In fact it is seen as unhealthy, ridiculous and irritating. However some scientists have argued that picking the nose has a lot of benefits and even ingesting the extracted mucus. Friedrich Bischinger, an Austrian doctor, says the mucus contains antiseptic enzymes that weaken bacteria. So he finds picking the nose and swallowing the mucus as an act of reintroducing these antiseptic enzymes to serve as a natural boost to the immune system.

Cleaning The Vagina

Sprays, wipes, douches; cleaning the vagina is unnecessary as the bacteria in there, according to Obstetrics and Gynaecology, are actually good and there is no reason to try and get rid of them. A specialist, Dr Iffath Hoskins, says ‘There’s always a concern that you can insert an infection. The pH in the vagina regulates itself, and douching is going to change the equilibrium. My mindset is there’s no reason to do it.” She further adds that the vagina is a living person and is similar to the self-cleaning saliva in the mouth. Therefore not cleaning the vagina is right and health-wise.

Not Licking Wound

Have a cut? You should probably lick the blood off and rub the wound with your saliva. Wikipedia suggests that saliva contains cell-derived tissue factors and many compound that are antibacterial or promote healing. These tissue factors help to promote blood clotting mechanism and are known to attack the cell wall of many bacteria. Another added benefit of wound-licking is that small wounds and injuries can be cleansed of debris like dust, infected tissue, and other contaminants. So wound-licking is good and not dangerous.

 

This article was written by Aremu Adams Adebisi; connect with him on IG here

 

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