Remember 'up your nose with a rubber hose'?

It has come to our attention that there is a new health craze sweeping the nation. It's hot, it's happening — it's nasal washing! "Last year, it was on 'The Office.' Last month, it was on 'Oprah' AND 'Grey's Anatomy.' This week, it was on 'Oprah' AGAIN," writes an excited rep from the "SinuCleanse PR Team," which promotes little teapots and squeeze-bottles that you fill with salt water and squirt up your nose, the more to improve the health of your sinuses.

The little pot, we further learn, has "been referred to as the nose bidet as well as the nose douche, but it's actually an ancient practice called "jala neti.... those who do it are staunch advocates." One hopes, of course, that anyone who chooses to pour salty water up his or her nose would indeed be enthusiastic about it.

A friend once squeezed the juice of nine lemons up his nose after hearing on a public-access TV show that it would clear his chronically blocked nasal passages. (This apparently hurt quite a lot.) A neti pot is on the way to him — should he have any nasal passages left to help, that is.

— Rosie Mestel

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