Nailbiting question

Kristie Allen kla at RIVERS.OSCS.MONTANA.EDU
Thu Apr 18 19:30:53 EST 1996

On Thu, 18 Apr 1996, S J Holton wrote:

> Could anybody tell me whether excessive chewing of nails is detrimental 
> to ones health.  Surely such action will stimulate the stomach into 
> producing excess digestive juices in anticipation of the expected food, 
> but with no food arriving, the stomach will damage itself?
> Also I have noticed that people who excessively chew there nails suffer from a 
> subsquent loss in ability to memorise facts. Is there any known basis for 
> such observations?
> Thankyou

This is Kristie,

I have a few theories (or maybe thoughts is a better word) on this 
subject.  The lack of ability to memorize facts may actually be from a 
lack of attention paid to the facts since attention is on the 
nail-biting.  I am a nail biter but there does not seem to be anything 
wrong with my memory, just my attention span ;) !

There are health problems that can develop from nail-biting, though.  I 
had big problems when traveling out of the country.  Its very 
unsanitary, and I contracted several consecutive cases of worms.  I 
stopped biting for the time being!

Kristie Allen
Biology Dept., MSU
Bozeman, MT  59717

kla at

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