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Scientists finally discover the function of the human appendix - but go into damage control and minimize the findings

Barbara Miller
Political Blind Spot
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00 CDT

It has long been regarded as a potentially troublesome, redundant organ, but American researchers say they have discovered the true function of the appendix.

The researchers say it acts as a safe house for good bacteria, which can be used to effectively reboot the gut following a bout of dysentery or cholera.

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Similarly, gallbladders are more than vestigial.

"When in doubt, cut it out" NOT!
British Journal of Cancer (2003) 88, 79–83. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6600661 www.bjcancer.com
Cholecystectomy and the risk for developing colorectal cancer and distal colorectal adenomas

"After adjustment for age and other known or suspected risk factors, we found a significant, positive association between cholecystectomy and the risk of colorectal cancer (multivariate relative risk RR 1.21, 95% CI 1.01–1.46). The risk was highest for cancers of the proximal colon (RR 1.34, 95% CI 0.97–1.88) and the rectum (RR 1.58, 95% CI 1.05–2.36)."

Appendix activates b-cells

Thymus activates t-cells.


The appendix functions as a mammalian bursal. Discovered in chickens and called b-cells.

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Ah, but have they figured out the real function

of the earlobes? Or maybe they won't because of criticism of their piers?

Do you really think

Do you really think scientists are covering this up because if too many people find out about it suddenly the Bible will make sense?

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If anything, it'$ becau$e the$e organ$ are routinely removed.

If anything, it'$ becau$e the$e organ$ are routinely removed.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I'd say a bit of both

Sometimes it seems like some folks with titles go out of their way to do other than what the Bible makes sense of. Sometimes greed is as far as you need to look to find a bad reason for something to go on, that likely never should have!

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

I see a future

of appendix harvesting. Poor people will sell the contents of their appendix so that rich people can have their guts re-booted.

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

I've felt something missing inside of me...I am incomplete

my appendix was removed 30 years ago...I have to go find it.

who will help me in my quest?

In New York, We have the Department of ORGAN

The Office of the Right to Government subsidized Appendices New and used (ORGAN) was created under the executive branch of New York State Government when it was revealed that one of Governor Andrew Cuomo's personal aids lost her appendix somewhere on the thruway between Albany and New York City.

This department with a budget of 50 million dollars will help New Yorkers who have lost their appendix due to circumstances beyond their control such as: clinching too hard during a bowel movement causing the appendix to shoot out, having their appendix removed by accident during a colonoscopy or under the likely circumstance that a TSA agent asks you to surrender your appendix before boarding an aircraft because the agent thinks it is a dangerous weapon.

A rebate will be issued for the loss of the appendix upon the taxpayer submitting an affidavit of proof to the Department of Taxation which will forward it on to the Department of ORGAN.

Governor Cuomo said in a recent speech in front of the healthcare insurance lobby, "We must show New Yorkers that we care about the health of the total person including their appendix."

Afterwards Cuomo's aid met with the governor in private and disclosed to him that she lost the appendix to the State budget not her own appendix. Unfazed by this revelation, Cuomo told her to keep her mouth shut or he will not pardon her uncle who is in prison for practicing politics without a license. :)

Turn left..

..at Albuquerque.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Hey, I've heard there is a

Hey, I've heard there is a support group for men who feel a sense of loss over their foreskin from childhood circumcision and do things/surgery to get it back!

Flash from 2007: scientists find purpose of appendix

Seemingly useless organ may produce, protect good germs for your gut

Although apparently its the same Duke scientists, William Parker and Randy Bollinger. Must have rediscovered it in time for grant renewal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermiform_appendix#Maintaining...

Awww man... Mine was removed

Awww man... Mine was removed :(

anti design argument

Appendix has been given as bad design argument and only rational explanation for a useless organ would be an evolution effect. Well we can see it is not useless after all.

My moustache is useful in that

My moustache is useful in that it stores food for later. Women don't need as much food as men do... thus no moustaches.

Extra Salty?

And milk turns to cheese in there.

You Bob-45 & Emalvini

are catching up. Or maybe I am catching up to you two.
More fine information from the medical folks. Of course they make a lot of money taking out the organ that turned against us, our organ that turned against us. But that probably doesn't have anything to do with them saying it is a redundant organ.


Thanks for posting. I love

Thanks for posting. I love how cheeky they make it, the appendix is important but if the organ is inflamed you should get it removed anyway...

People often make fun and discount chinese medicine but it makes a lot more sense than some of the crap western doctors spew out on a regular basis. Dont get me wrong, western medicine is great for acute issues like reconstructive surgery etc but when it comes to long term wellness it is really a failure.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

I couldnt agree more

for about 10 years I have had constant headaches. Doctors quit trying to solve the issue and just want to put me under constant medication to treat the symptom, most of the time making it worse and once almost killing me. Now I am going through the same thing with my chest and arm pain. Once they checked the obvious things that could be fatal they quit worrying about the cause and started to treat the symptoms.

I am so sick of hearing the

I am so sick of hearing the word "symptoms". Cures cold and flu symptoms, cure symptoms of arthritis, cures depression symptoms, are you taking drug x but still experiencing symptoms of depression? Then take drug Y as well!

They never go to the root cause of the disease, just mask the effects with synthetic substances that create side effects which is just symptoms to be treated with yet another round of substances with even more 'side effects'. I even saw a drug ad for an arthritis medication for people that were on a different medication that didt work. In the fine print there was actually a warning list of medications to stay away from and the original medication was listed. I couldnt believe it, they actually advertised a drug to a specific group of people on a certain med with a new drug that has dangerous complications with the med that they were just on!

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Dont forget the ones that

Dont forget the ones that have a side effect that causes what the drug is trying to treat. Like anti-depressants that cause depression.