Dr Oz Gross Habits: Is Picking Your Nose Bad For You?

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Dr Oz Gross Habits: Is Picking Your Nose Bad For You?

By on April 18, 2012

Dr Oz: Gross Habits – Healthy or Harmful?

Do you have a family member or a loved one with a gross and disgusting habit? Then today was the show for you! Dr Oz visited several fans who wanted to turn in their loved ones with their gross and disgusting habits. But are these habits just gross or are they dangerous to your health? Dr Oz hit the streets and ambushed your husbands, wives and best friends to find out their most disgusting habits. (Which, happen to include burping, sharing toothbrushes and picking lint from your belly button.)

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Dr Oz spoke about gross habits like itching your butt and picking your nose.

Is Picking Your Nose Bad For You?

Geri told Doctor Oz that her son was always picking his nose. (Her son was a grown man, btw!) Doctor Oz hit the streets and ambushed Geri’s son and took them back to the studio where Geri admitted that her son’s constant nose picking grossed her out. She wanted to know where does it go and how do you stop it. (She wanted to know where it goes? Really?)

Dr Oz says that 91% of you admitted to picking your nose (including Dr Oz…and me.) Only 8% actually admit to eating what they pick. (That, I am not admitting to, thank you!) Doctor Oz had a giant nose on the stage and pulled out some green slime from the nostril. Then he did the unthinkable….he licked the slime! The question was, is it a problem to pick your nose and eat it?

Dr Oz says it’s not bad for you. We do it because the mucus in our noses drains into our mouth. This happens all the time and our immune system is actually enhanced by this. It helps you beat viruses before you get infections. The bigger concern is when we go in and pick the nose and it starts to bleed. The mucus functions as a protective barrier, and when you pick, the barrier is disrupted, which triggers nosebleeds. Picking your nose is not a good idea for the simple reason that you may be hurting a part of your body that enhances your immunity.

Is Eating Raw Meat Bad For You?

Sylvia was turning in her sister-in-law, Margaret. Dr Oz showed up at Margaret’s house to confront her. Sylvia says her sister-in-law has been eating raw meat for as long as she could remember. Margaret told Doctor Oz that she has never gotten food poisoning from eating raw meat. Doctor Oz says when you eat something unsanitary, it gets digested, because your body has a backup system to protect you. When you eat e-coli, which can be contained in raw meat, it goes down as usually, but when your stomach has “stuff” in it that you don’t want, you throw up or have diarrhea.

Doctor Oz suggested Margaret start eating steak tartar instead of raw meat. The bacteria in tartar is on the outside of the meat but not ground up in the meat and is basically steamed out. Raw beef is a definite no-no at home.

Is Butt Itching in Bed Bad?

Dr Oz pulled out the gross camera for this one and focused in on an unsuspecting member of the audience. (I would kill if that was me!) The gross cam landed on Alex, whose wife was turning him in for scratching is butt while in bed. (The worst part was when they had to actually come to the stage and discuss his nasty scratching habits.)

Dr Oz says when you itch back there, something is wrong. Dr Oz pulled out a giant rectum (fake of course) to demonstrate. Normally, your bowels will come through and wiggle its way down. Then it comes out. (This is okay when it’s a normal shape.) When it looks more ridged and you have to strain to go to the bathroom, it tears away parts of the bowels. This is when you have hemorrhoids. The itching is a common system of hemorrhoids.

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To help with hemorrhoids, try eating lots of fiber for a soft stool. You can try over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to help alleviate the itching. Dr Oz also suggested using moist wipes instead of toilet paper, which can cause even more irritation.

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Comments to Dr Oz Gross Habits: Is Picking Your Nose Bad For You?

  1. Hi,
    My step-son and step-daughter came to live with us full time two years ago. Their mother neglected them in many ways. My step-son came with a disgusting habit of picking his nose and eating it, but worse than that, picking his butt and eating it!!! We have tried everything from talking with him about the dangers of feces, to pleading with him, counseling, getting him a wings worker, counselor, acadia, taken him to the hospital, disciplining him…everything!!! My step-daughter, and my two kids all have gotten pin worms! Our family has been treated several times.This is a disgusting habit this kid has had for years! I remember when they weren’t living with us full time, and having to treat my family every time they came for pin-worms because that’s what they brought with them minus their toothbrush and clean clothes! Seriously I am scared for my family because we had a teenager we were close to die. She died because someone cleaning her incision did not wash their hands and feces got into her blood stream! Did I mention she died! This child has many other problems but this to me right now is the worst. Can somebody help me please! I have literally tried everything and I don’t want to give up on him. Thank you for your time in advance!

  2. Very interesting however its weird that in the introduction you said burping, sharing toothbrushes and picking belly button lint and none of those were in the article!

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