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Scientists May Have Found Appendix’s Purpose

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Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 29 Posts
Tuesday, November 06, 2007 11:03:09 PM
"Well that's great it used to have a use but now its useless.
I was always terrified of having appendicitis when I was younger and wished they would just remove everyones appendix at birth."


Female, 18-29, Western US
 251 Posts
Friday, October 19, 2007 3:46:24 PM
i feel smart now :) i learned something new hahaha

Female, 13-17, Southern US
 151 Posts
Sunday, October 14, 2007 2:26:38 AM
and all this time they've been removing them ^^; humans are idiots, Doctor 1:"oh whats this, an organ!,it appears useless so lets just take it out!!" doctor 2 "Jolly good idea Ralph!! cause we all know how useless organs are!!" my point=Idiots!! i mean its not rocket science ppl its obviously there for a reason!! Da dur dur!!

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 862 Posts
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 4:33:52 PM
So, you only need it if you're a hermit?

Female, 30-39, Southern US
 4337 Posts
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 7:11:18 AM
Interesting, I've not heard this theory before. Personally, I eat yogurt when my stomach bacteria is out of whack.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 1704 Posts
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 6:57:54 AM
IMO that theory is kinda worthy!

i'd say the appendix used to be a lot bigger so many 100's n thousands of yrs back when man ate bark, plants and leaves etc. and it was used to help breakdown all that crap.
then over yrs, fire was created, meat was cooked, no more bark so the appendix wasnt needed so through the evolution it jus shrunk.

so yeah it could contain good bacteria to help with the digestive system but jus doesnt need to be as big.

Female, 13-17, Southern US
 225 Posts
Monday, October 08, 2007 7:32:36 PM
i can no longer say u useless apendix wait yes i can
you cant stop me im unstoppable

Female, 13-17, Europe
 3 Posts
Monday, October 08, 2007 12:49:27 PM
Actually the apendix used to be used for when we were only herbivores and didnt eat meant....it was used to help digest the grass...but now we eat mainly man made crap and meat...we dont need them

also its been proved that chinese and japanese people are less likely to get appedicitis as they traditionally drink and eat more herbs than anywhere else in the world.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 550 Posts
Monday, October 08, 2007 9:57:26 AM
I had always heard it was important a long time ago to help with the digestion of diffeent kinds of leaves and veggies we used to eat.

Male, 13-17, Western US
 281 Posts
Monday, October 08, 2007 9:29:33 AM
ZOMG so we think it's part of the immune system? Wow... nifty!

Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 37150 Posts
Monday, October 08, 2007 5:26:50 AM
Fascinating, I'll have to share that with others.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 3156 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 11:12:27 PM
I am having a bit of trouble digesting the statement from the article that there are more bacteria than human cells in the typical body. That sounds awfully bizarre.

"Of course everything has a purpose. Guys, the human body doesnt just create something for the f*ck of it."

I would argue that everything at least *initially* has a purpose but there are indeed such things as vestigial structures whose conditions for function are diminished or superseded over time and began to shrink so as to conserve energy. For all we know - this article notwithstanding - the appendix is one such structure.

Female, 30-39, Western US
 29 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 8:50:02 PM
So when will we learn to be less OCD about cleanliness? A little dirt and disease helps our immune system!

Female, 18-29, Western US
 532 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 8:36:30 PM
What about wisdom teeth silverfyre? I sure as heck don't see a use for those, especially since they can cause serious problems with your teeth, gums, jaws... entire mouth, almost...

Yes, we have parts we don't need. Why does the human fetus produce gills, just to lose them again in a few weeks?

And not all scientists are atheists, to a question posted earlier. In fact, there are entire organizations of Christian scientists who attempt to disprove evolution all the time.

Plus, this is not even a theory... Its more of a hypothesis. And as far as I read, the evidence they have for it is pretty scarce anyway...

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 381 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 8:07:34 PM
Kinda late. I saw this in the paper last week.

Female, 13-17, Western US
 45 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 5:53:00 PM
Someone told me that the appendix was somewhat like an signal to tell you that you treating your body fine. If you don't have appendicitis, then you are most likely healthy.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 158 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 3:20:49 PM
Of course everything has a purpose. Guys, the human body doesnt just create something for the f*ck of it. The body doesnt sit there and think "Gee, I think I'll spend those extra stem cells I happen to have lying around and use up ALL ATP I worked so hard to get to make a little sliver of organ that is not going to have any purpose whatsoever."


Just because we happen to be able to survive without it; just because scientists dont know what the heck its for, does NOT mean it has no purpose. sheesh.

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 2835 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 2:17:49 PM
um.. yeah..

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 246 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 1:37:22 PM
Appendicitis hurts :(

Male, 13-17, Europe
 87 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 1:21:47 PM
Meh, old news, the friendly bacteria theory has been around for years.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 104 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 1:14:59 PM
wow, it can do something XD

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 805 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:53:05 PM

Male, 13-17, Africa
 4412 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:16:05 PM
although now i'm scared of appendicitis cause i still have mine >.<

Male, 13-17, Africa
 4412 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:15:12 PM
^^^ for the person who wanted to know how an apendix becomes infected

and also i believe that this is a good theory

Male, 13-17, Africa
 4412 Posts
Sunday, October 07, 2007 12:14:36 PM
appendicitis is believed to occur when theres an ulceration within the appendix, causing an invasion of bacteria.the bacteria multiply within the appendix.
The appendix may become swollen and filled with pus (a fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of while blood cells and cellular debris), and may eventually rupture. Signs of rupture include the presence of symptoms for more than 24 hours, a fever, a high white blood cell count, and a fast heart rate. Very rarely, the inflammation and symptoms of appendicitis may disappear but recur again later.
In most cases, a blockage inside the appendix probably starts a process in which the appendix becomes inflamed and infected. If inflammation continues without treatment, the appendix can rupture. A ruptured appendix spills bacteria-laden intestinal contents into the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis, which may result in a life-threatening infection. A rupture also may cause an abscess to form.

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