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Scientists Have Finally Discover the Function of the Human Appendix

For generations the appendix was thought to have no purpose. But now, researchers say they have disc...

For generations the appendix was thought to have no purpose. But now, researchers say they have discovered the true function of this organ, and it is anything but redundant.

Researchers now say that the appendix acts as a safe house for good bacteria.

The body uses this to essentially “reboot” the digestive system when one suffers from a bout of dysentery or cholera.

Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina researchers say that following a severe bout of cholera or dysentery, which can purge the gut of bacteria essential for digestion, the appendix acts as a reserve for good bacteria to emerge.


In spite of the findings, Professor Bill Parker says that this does not mean we should cling onto our appendices at all costs.
“It’s very important for people to understand that if their appendix gets inflamed, just because it has a function it does not mean they should try to keep it in,” he explained.

“So it’s sort of a fun thing that we’ve found, but we don’t want it to cause any harm, we don’t want people to say, ‘oh, my appendix has a function’, so I’m not going to go to the doctor, I’m going to try to hang onto it.”
Scientists were led to the discovery by examining the appendices of koalas. Unlike the short human variety, the koala is famous for having an extremely long appendix. This aids in their diet which is almost exclusively made up of eucalyptus leaves.

Nicholas Vardaxis, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at RMIT University, says that the theory put forward by the Duke University team makes a lot of sense.
“As an idea it’s an attractive one, that perhaps it would be a nice place for these little bacteria to localize in, a little cul-de-sac away from everything else,” he weighed in.
By James Achisa, PBS; images via ABC; h/t to Barbara Miller


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  1. I believe there is always a reason for everything, even if we don't understand it at the moment. Like the old "junk" dna paradigm. I hope we eventually discover the unity of everything and then act accordingly. We are all each others brothers and sisters and should help each other along this journey called life.

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    1. no clowns.. this is the truth.. wake up!

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  2. Of course it has a purpose. Really wish I would have known before I let the hospital convince me I needed to have mine removed. I came in for gallbladder pain and left three days later with my immune system seriously compromised aka no appendix. People shouldn't try to keep their appendix if it is about to burst...BUT if there's a mild infection causing no pain at all it might be in a patient's best interest to try to heal their FUNCTIONING ORGAN before paying tens of thousands of dollars to have it removed. I'm sure the development of my auto-immune disease a year later has nothing to do with my severely crippled immune system either. Just putting my story out there in hopes it doesn't happen to someone else!

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    1. Every part of our body has a god given important purpose. It is interesting to me that certain people set up a situation that leads to removal of part of their body. There is a reason for it.

      Defintely better to keep one's parts but the body has an amzing way of re-routing and compensating for many things.

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  3. articles about that? Proves? Bibliographi? AND What makes a good bacteria? I kwon but i not published yet!

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    1. Good bacteria help the digestive & excretory systems to function. When women take antibiotics it's often necessary to consume foods like yogurt to maintain "good bacteria" and prevent a yeast infection (which occurs when good bacteria, which balances the environment in ladyland, is killed off by the antibiotics) . I applaud your consideration for sources before buying into any "facts" shared online. I also appreciate your neutral tone. This is how we share and learn, weeding out the disinformation. Check out the series of books, "Everything You Know Is Wrong". I didn't get my info on good bacteria btw but did learn through my husband's & my own experiences with related health issues.

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  4. It is no wonder that the mainstream medical publication JAMA (Journal for the American Medical Association) listed 'Doctors' as the third leading cause of death worldwide in an issue about 6 years ago. The elites and big pharma have modified the academic curriculum to the point where all the medical students know how to do is make a superficial diagnosis and then prescribe a 'medicine' that has absolutely nothing to do with treating the cause of the symptoms. What it does do is mask the symptoms and causes some pretty horrific side effects, which generate a whole new set of symptoms in the patient. When the patient goes in for diagnosis of his new symptoms, the doctor prescribes a 'medicine' that has absolutely nothing to do with treating the cause of the symptoms but rather all it does is mask them while.... You get the picture.
    I have a friend in medical school and they keep her so inundated with memorizing data and procedures that it is all she can do to stay up with the curriculum. They never seem to teach the students to do any sort of critical thinking that goes outside the box of what they are teaching and if she were to question the reasoning behind some of the established norms, she would be exiled from the program. This is a fact as there is no room to question "why" they do what they do, only to blindly accept the information given and follow the established protocols. Personally, I have not seen a doctor in 35 years and I will only use homeopathic remedies to actually cure what ails me. No vaccines for me or my family as I discovered long ago that they don't "immunize" you from anything. What they actually do is poison you in ways you can't even imagine over the long term. They are part of a population control agenda as well as a huge profiteering scam for big pharma. Have you ever wondered why there is always such a push for getting Flu shots and why you can actually get one from your local grocery store or Wal-Mart? And why do they offer you special deals to take the shot and even pass laws the make certain vaccinations mandatory when there is no viable reason for anyone to have one - ever? Doctors are clueless and anyone who looks upon them as the end-all know-all in terms of what is best for their body is an idiot! People need to stop being so lazy when it comes to their health and DO THE RESEARCH themselves on what these "medicines" prescribed by their doctors are actually doing to their bodies. Just listen to a commercial sometime for virtually any pharmaceutical product. Most often the 'side-effects' are either way worse than what they allegedly treat or they are fatal. Yep, they are super effective in what they treat - not because they actually work - but because your symptoms no longer persist when you are dead from the side effects of the drug!
    Is it any wonder after centuries of “practice” they are only now discovering what the function of the appendix is? Furthermore, how insane is it to arbitrarily remove an organ just because you don’t know what it does and therefore conclude that it must not be necessary?
    This system and “practice” is entirely retarded!

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    1. You are a moron.

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    2. nah, you are. you must be another libtard.

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    3. Way to increase the spread of deadly diseases we've almost wiped out in non 3rd world nations by not vaccinating your family, dumb dumb...

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    4. No viable reason for vaccinations? Are you serious? Have you ever known someone with polio? Have you seen an iron lung? Have you seen pictures of the kids in countries that have prohibited vaccinations and what that's done to their limbs when polio is contracted? Nevermind the sudden outbreaks of various diseases we're experiencing now because people think death is better than a vaccine.

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    5. Another moron who thinks everyone is as dumb as him...

      Darwin is gonna murder you and your family... congrats...

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    6. Keep taking your vaccines and Darwin will sort you all out: http://naturalsociety.com/vaccine-fraud-the-polio-elimination-by-vaccine-hoax

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    7. 10.29 Anon has got it spot on. A wise man.

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    8. I agree with above 10:29 comment. The commentator from Feb 11, 2014 at 10:29 was indeed spot on. No names need be called here and political affiliations such as "libtard" only serve to help our fascist government and elitist money puppet-masters in their quest to divide & conquer. I for one don't waste time having opinions where I am not affected (gay marriage, abortion, all "hot-button topics" whether a conservative or liberal concern are tools to divide). Where I am affected along with everyone else on the planet is worth the concern. But make no mistake who the enemy actually is. We all want the same things. If you wouldn't like something from another's perspective, it shouldn't be supported. Name calling doesn't get you to think about the name-caller's point objectively. Why would you come with that approach? The only possibility is to feed the ego and feel smarter.

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  5. "Medicine" ... has become very dangerous. Beware of you Doctor, behind him is a large corporation and a mountain of arrogance.

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  6. Proofread your headlines.

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  7. First things first.

    This is VERY Old news.

    Secondly it was useful mainly when talking about very small human groups where access to unaffected people would be unlikely after a bout of disease. (imagine small Hunter/gatherer extended families)

    I think it has been at least a decade since I first saw this, so crappy "news"

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    1. Until something gets done about something, it is news. Until everyone is aware, the data warrants sharing. Your post only serves to declare how much you know and that you have known it longer than some other people. Access to data shouldn't be limited to a period of time. The news represents the reality which is crappy enough to remain pertinent indefinitely if not to represent the type of things people do to each other, if nothing else....

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  8. If the appendix were useless, it would have been removed by evolution a long time ago. Look at blind cave fish.

    It is clearly an immunological organ. It function is not understood, since we don't understand the immune system. It is like the tonsils in the mouth. A short while ago the thymus gland and the spleen were thought not to have an important function.

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  9. A useless organ would not necessarily disappear through evolutionary pressures if its existence exerted no disadvantage to the organism, especially if the organ's existence was a side-effect of the creation of some other, necessary organ (this last is just a theoretical question; I don't know the ontogeny of the appendix)

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