Ladies Dancing with a Neti Pot

She looks like she's drowning, yes?
She looks like she’s drowning, yes?

I’m doing my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas this year. Today, on the day lyrically celebrated by 9 Ladies Dancing, I’m republishing the 9th most popular post on StealingFaith in 2012.


I’ve never been one to stick stuff up my nose.


Beads, nah. Snorting Pixie stix, not so much. My first attempt at using a nasal spray left me choking and certain I was drowning, so I’ve steered clear of all nostril activity my whole life.


My decision to avoid putting things up my nose was confirmed tonight when I saw a news story linking the Neti pot to two deaths via brain-eating amoeba.


Yep, a brain-eating amoeba. Sounds charming, huh?


Maybe you aren’t familiar with the Neti pot; it’s a bidet for your nose. I was late to learn about it — one day I woke up and realized everyone in my hippie-loving hometown was using this little teapot (short and stout) to clear out their nostrils and clean their sinus out.


Here’s how a Neti pot works. You fill the personal-sized teapot with water. You stick the spout of your personal drowning device up your nose and pour liquid through the airway typically marked “Exit” and pray it comes out the other nostril, clearing away nasty sinus issues as you go.


I’ve had several people strongly recommend this method as a way to combat overuse of medicines and stop illness in its tracks. I typically clear my nasal cavity out by eating hot chiles or Sadie’s Albuquerque, NM salsa, but others prefer to flood their noses. Go figure.


When someone mentions “Neti pot” to me I have an instant memory of the day I used nasal spray and thought I would die. It’s a negative reaction and does not encourage me to use a personal nasal irrigation system.


Now I know I was wise in my avoidance of said Neti pot.


Brain-Eating Amoeba.


OK, granted, the brain-eating amoeba was introduced into the body because the Neti pot user didn’t follow instructions and used tap water instead of distilled water. They probably deserve a Darwin Award for that move.


But I still question the judgement of anyone who would willingly slide non-mucous related fluid through their nose on purpose.


They’re brain dead.


Knew it.


Have you used a Neti pot? Will you still use it after learning of this disturbing and deadly amoeba? If you use a Neti pot, do you still plug your nose when jumping into a swimming pool or amoeba-filled stream, lake or ocean?


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