Keep your appendix if you can

The idea that there is an “extra” unneeded organ in your body always seemed strange to me, but not to the Western medicine. Doctors have been cutting it out for several decades assuring patients that no harm will be done and the organ will not be missed.

Well, this month, finally, some of them are speaking out on how much appendix is needed and how vital it is in the immune system functionality.

Yahoo news ran an article today titled “The Appendix: Useful and in Fact Promising” in which the role of this organ is explained, or, perhaps correctly “rediscovered”.

“Maybe it's time to correct the textbooks,” said researcher William Parker, an immunologist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. “Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a 'vestigial organ.'” [aka useless].

Further more, in this article you will find what appendix is needed for.

“Parker and his colleagues recently suggested that the appendix still served as a vital safehouse where good bacteria could lie in wait until they were needed to repopulate the gut after a nasty case of diarrhea. Past studies had also found the appendix can help make, direct and train white blood cells.”

Of course, this is not going to help those who already lost their appendix due to inflammation and tranditionally prescribed surgery. But for those you didn't, this “discovery” might give you more reasons not to be in the hurry to ger rid of it.

There are some helpful tips I gathered from various sources to help you keep your appendix:

* watch your bowel movement to make sure it's regular
* do not be afraid of bacteria, anti-bacterial soaps and other products are not your friends
* do breathing exercises and yoga which emphasize on increasing blood circulation to all organs, including appendix
* go easy on anti-biotics
* if your appendix becomes infected, ask the doctor to treat the infection instead of cutting it out


Note: This article was first published on Watchdogs Blog on August 24, 2009


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