Inside the Nose
I had never thought about what was inside my nose. When an ENT said he was going to remove a polyp, I didn’t even conjure a mental image. To me, the nose was little more than a decorative object, a polite cover-up for those two holes in one’s face. I had once seen a man who was missing his nose, and its purpose was frightfully obvious.
As far as what lay beyond those holes, I would have imagined some sort of funnels for guiding air into the lungs. There really is no excuse for my ignorance. I aced Anatomy and Physiology in college, but didn’t recall a single thing about the nose. Whatever dry, boring facts I was taught couldn’t hold a candle to reality.
What lies beyond those holes is the organ of the nose. The nose is an organ, actually very similar to a sex organ. It resembles a vagina. Those with a philosophical bent might say that the nose is a sex organ. Here is an actual video of the inner nose, during a surgery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_VK8ImsksM. This surgery is being performed on a patient who suffers from Empty Nose Syndrome. She is receiving implants from Dr. Steven Houser, a pioneer in the replacement of missing turbinate tissue. (I visited Dr. Houser, in Cleveland, but I am not a candidate for the surgery.)
The inner nose is so similar to the vagina that the same medication—estrogen—is prescribed for atrophic conditions of both organs.
Scientists also are leaning toward the idea that the nose is a sex organ. A study has shown that a tiny organ called the VNO–vomeronasal organ—produces electrical activity in response to the smells of the opposite sex in heterosexual study participants. The VMO is right next to the wall that separates the nostrils, on the ‘floor’ of the nose, and about a centimeter inside the nose. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2001/05/11/292413.htm
Researchers at the University of Chicago have found proof that female ovulation can be regulated through the use of pheromones. http://www.pheromonespotlight.com/study_finds_humans_react_to_pheromones.htm
“A 1998 study from the Athena Institute for Women’s Wellness Research in Chester Springs, Pa., documented the sexual activity of 38 young to middle-aged heterosexual men while using pheromones. Users of pheromones, but not of an inactive control substance, had increased frequency of informal dates, affectionate gestures, sleeping next to a romantic partner, foreplay, and sexual intercourse.” http://www.pheromonespotlight.com/love_all_in_your_head_or_in_your_genes.htm
Just seeing the inner nose—the moist pink mucosa, covering bones which form a tunnel– those are turbinates–is information enough for those who think even somewhat creatively. Combine seeing with the experience of having a significant portion of that organ removed, and you will understand that the nose is more than just a breathing apparatus.
The nose is the moisture in your body, the fluid in your joints. It’s the sap that energizes and vitalizes. The nose is the smell of rain, and the fragrance of flowers. It is the memory of English Leather the first time you danced with a boy. The nose is happiness and contentment. It is lying in bed watching snow fall out your bedroom window, and wanting to inhale the whole world. The nose is the fountain of youth and the center of well-being.
It makes sense that this organ of sensual experience is also an organ of breathing. In China, Life force or bio-energy is the air itself. Thus, life is the air we breathe. http://www.naturalhealthontheweb.com/breathing/therapy.html. The portal for this exchange between the physical and Life is the nose, and it is a mysterious, hidden, tender sanctuary.
It is not merely misguided that ENT’s are routinely cutting and burning off pieces of the inner nose. It is tragic. Life-destroying. If you don’t believe it, read a few of the testimonies of young people—kids in their twenties—who no longer want to live because their lives have been destroyed by this surgery. http://guest.6.forumer.com/viewforum.php?f=36&sid=124c196e3c70e69fe7a27086f8bef922
Add to their losses, intolerable pain and suffocation and the loss of their futures.
I don’t understand how this can be going in an allegedly civilized country, and nothing can be done about it because the medical industry is such a powerful lobby. ENT’s are making alot of money doing this. We are horrified by the sexual mutilation of young girls in distant countries, while this goes on in our own backyard.
There may be some need for turbinate reductions, but they are being done routinely, hundreds of thousands of them yearly. Even though the medical literature warns against it, except as a last resort.
“Surgery is an option for those patients whose quality of life is disrupted, who have failed an adequate trial of medical therapy, or who have a contraindication to some aspect of medical therapy.” http://www.bcm.edu/oto/grand/090398.html
This practice is barbaric and it needs to stop.