The route behind your snout?

May 22, 2009

Bye Mom, I’m off to school!

Not so fast, young lady! Did you brush your teeth?  Floss your nasal passages?

Mom! As IF I’d ever forget to floss my passages!

Welcome back to Hygiene Minute. The above has been a simulated conversation to show the importance of keeping those passages squeaky clean.

Just thread some string or tubing into your nostril and out of your mouth, then go back and forth, kind of like a hack saw.

Doesn’t that feel better? Now, all the junk that has to go from your mouth to your nose can get there easily. Like, you know, streams of milk when you’re watching the Stooges, and stuff like that.

Coming tomorrow: Getting to those hard-to-reach areas between your ears and cerebral cortex! Get your pipe-cleaners ready!

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Students perform Rubber Neti, an ancient yogic technique, in Chandigarh, India, May 21, 2009. Many Indians believe that Rubber Neti controls the common cold, cough and asthma and keeps the nasal passages clean.

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Yak! How do they…? Don’t they need to…? Do they fish these things through like running cable through a wall or something?

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive


Unfortunately, yes.

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

Wow! A kid in my elementary school used to demonstrate this astonishing technique every spaghetti day. I don’t think he knew he was showing us anything useful, though…

Posted by K4 | Report as abusive

Regular neti pot use works wonders, but that’s flushing with water. I could NOT do it with a band of rubber! *gag*

Posted by DoublePlusMeh | Report as abusive

Clear the passages? Wouldn’t it also remove some beneficial and indigenous body defenses that have the same purpose?
Culture is one thing, but with temperament so it doesn’t cause harm. Perhaps a mock demonstration?

Posted by LarryC | Report as abusive