For years, doctors have considered the appendix useless and expendable. However, it turns out we just didn’t know what it did. But now scientist have finally discovered it’s use.
According to researchers, it acts as a safe house for good bacteria in the body.
Scientists from the Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina say following a severe bout of cholera or dysentery, which can purge the gut of bacteria essential for digestion, the reserve good bacteria emerge from the appendix to take up the role.
But Professor Bill Parker says the finding 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 said.
Although, I agree that we should not keep the appendix at ALL costs. I do believe this research should broaden our understanding of how organs of the body work together to keep us strong. An inflamed organ should not automatically lead to removal of that organ, especially without addressing the root cause of the inflammation.
Many times, we think people are doing fine and are still healthy after removing the organ. However, we may overlook later symptoms and conditions that appear to be unrelated, but are an indirect cause of the removal of an organ.
This is also evidence that our science is limited. We are still exploring and learning the human body. So when science gives us definite answers about health and the body, we should interpret those as educated guesses and not definitive facts.
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