Green Snot and Earlobe Creases Signs of heart disease?
Posted Sep 13 2009 10:22pm
Pretty soon we are going to be looking through everything. If we are not hypochondriacs now, just read a few more articles like this and that condition could develop. Actually there is some rationale to some of this too. I can get the snot part I think better than the ear crease. As the article goes on to say the ear crease is perhaps just a sign of early aging, thus your ears wrinkle up, but the green snot connection is to be published soon in a journal. I do wonder though in time if my snot will constitute some type of screening test, gee a test where you pick your own nose?
We already do saliva for genetics, so maybe snot is the next frontier (grin). BD
Green snot. An upcoming paper in Biochemical Journal reportedly shows a connection between heart disease and green snot, which is caused by an enzyme called myeloperoxidase. The enzyme fights bacteria by producing hypochlorous acid, which can also damage your body's tissues and lead to asthma, arthritis, and atherosclerosis.
Earlobe crease (ELC), i.e., a line running diagonally from the bottom of the ear opening to the ear's lower tip. I first discussed this in 1997 ( The Straight Dope: Why do older men have hair growing in their noses and ears? ), observing that, based on research then available, if you had hairy ears with creased lobes, you were basically a heart attack waiting to happen. The jury's still out on the hairy part, but ELC's status as portent of doom has been abundantly confirmed.