Scientists Finally Discover The Function of the Human Appendix

  • metta

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    Aug 25, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    Scientists Finally Discover The Function of the Human Appendix


    http://politicalblindspot.com/scientists-finally-discover-the-function-of-the-human-appendix/
  • ASHDOD

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    Aug 25, 2013 8:29 PM GMT
    not very convincing [but mind you i''m not a scientist]
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    Aug 25, 2013 8:40 PM GMT
    Great read, I had my appendix removed a few weeks ago.
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    jockfever: The appendix has long been a topic of debate between evolutionists and creationists. Evolutionists, going back to Darwin, pontificated that the organ is vestigial.

    This dogma is therefore preached in public school science textbooks:


    "When compared with the caecum of a horse, the caecum and appendix of humans is thought to be vestigial." (Oram, Biology, 1994, p. 311.)

    Lately evolutionists became less vocal about the appendix. Perhaps they sensed that their "science" was about to be exposed as junk science. As the article shows, they always have another artful contrivance to justify their religion.

    Since the occurrences of the appendix in mammals do not fit into evolution's precious "tree of life" diagram, the high priests came up with more smoke and mirrors:


    "They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree [of 361 mammals] that the structure [the appendix] must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times."

    If the data doesn't fit the theory that the appendix evolved once, don't doubt the theory. Just maniacally speculate that the appendix evolved many times.

    "The trick is to imagine solutions that don’t require evidence." Creation Evolution Headlines

    The occurrences of the appendix among mammals fit the creation model just fine.


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    Aug 25, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    Creationism and evolution are not polar opposite things that don't work together, first of all. Treating them as two things in a battle against each other is naive and close minded.

    Secondly, this article goes forward to explain how evolution and the appendix can fit together. It also states that science currently are thinking it is used as a safe house for bacterium in humans just like the above article.

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/08/25/evolution-of-the-appendix/
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    corvin saidGreat read, I had my appendix removed a few weeks ago.

    And mine at 14, a classic appendicitis attack. Everything go well with you?

    The hospital surgeon said I got to them in the nick of time. My appendix actually burst in front of him as he exposed it, and they were able to block its leakage into my abdomen, preventing possible sepsis complications.

    But what this article doesn't say, or link to, is how to manage our beneficial intestinal bacteria. Especially after antibiotic treatments, which I believe can deplete the good bacteria. Lacking an appendix, if their theory is correct, how do we "reboot" the gut more quickly with the bacteria we need?
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    Aug 25, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    Before I had an emergency appendectomy, a few times a year I would have considerable abdominal pain that would last for a few hours. After my appendectomy, the pain never recurred. As a result, I think that it's possible to have chronic appendicitis for years with only occasional problems.

    My appendix was removed on a Friday night in 1978, I left the hospital the following Sunday afternoon, and was back at work on Monday.
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    Aug 25, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidBefore I had an emergency appendectomy, a few times a year I would have considerable abdominal pain that would last for a few hours. After my appendectomy, the pain never recurred. As a result, I think that it's possible to have chronic appendicitis for years with only occasional problems.

    My appendix was removed on a Friday night in 1978, I left the hospital the following Sunday afternoon, and was back at work on Monday.

    My appendicitis hit suddenly - I don't believe I'd ever had anything like those stomach pains before. Which, BTW, were directly below my sternum, not coming from the area of the appendix. They lasted for 48 hours, and I became nauseous and lost my appetite, at which point my parents saw me turn pale and collapse at home.

    I guess because the appendix did burst, just as the surgeon opened me up, my hospital stay was for a full week. Did yours burst, too?

    But then this was 1963, and I was just 14. Today's medical tools, procedures & medicines didn't exist, and I think they were more conservative in treatment back then, perhaps also less confident of the home care a patient might give himself, especially a young teen.

    In any case I recovered quickly, and indeed didn't even feel any after-pain from the surgery itself, from the moment I woke up. And I've never had any more pain like it.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Aug 25, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    metta, where do you find these articles? ha ha ha dude, you find the most informative and intriguing articles
  • FRE0

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    Aug 26, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    FRE0 saidBefore I had an emergency appendectomy, a few times a year I would have considerable abdominal pain that would last for a few hours. After my appendectomy, the pain never recurred. As a result, I think that it's possible to have chronic appendicitis for years with only occasional problems.

    My appendix was removed on a Friday night in 1978, I left the hospital the following Sunday afternoon, and was back at work on Monday.

    My appendicitis hit suddenly - I don't believe I'd ever had anything like those stomach pains before. Which, BTW, were directly below my sternum, not coming from the area of the appendix. They lasted for 48 hours, and I became nauseous and lost my appetite, at which point my parents saw me turn pale and collapse at home.

    I guess because the appendix did burst, just as the surgeon opened me up, my hospital stay was for a full week. Did yours burst, too?

    But then this was 1963, and I was just 14. Today's medical tools, procedures & medicines didn't exist, and I think they were more conservative in treatment back then, perhaps also less confident of the home care a patient might give himself, especially a young teen.

    In any case I recovered quickly, and indeed didn't even feel any after-pain from the surgery itself, from the moment I woke up. And I've never had any more pain like it.


    No, mine didn't burst. But before the surgery, the pain was extreme. I ended up going to the hospital by ambulance. Had it burst probably I'd have been in the hospital longer. The nurses were surprised that I left the hospital so soon, but the doctor wasn't. I was able to walk to the bathroom within just a few hours of the surgery, but it was not easy. I had help getting up and had to drag the IV stand behind me. By noon following the surgery, I was walking up and down the corridor, at first with difficulty. The second time I got out of bed and did it, it wasn't so hard. I even chinned myself on the back of the hospital room door, being careful not to tense my abdominal muscles, and took the stairs two at a time. I was an impatient patient.

    I've been told that the appendix is not always in exactly the same position for everyone, i.e., that their is some variability. It may be unusual that I experienced symptoms years before the surgery; I don't know, but I had that periodic pain problem for more than 20 years before the surgery, and not once after the surgery.
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    Aug 26, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidBefore I had an emergency appendectomy, a few times a year I would have considerable abdominal pain that would last for a few hours. After my appendectomy, the pain never recurred. As a result, I think that it's possible to have chronic appendicitis for years with only occasional problems.

    My appendix was removed on a Friday night in 1978, I left the hospital the following Sunday afternoon, and was back at work on Monday.


    You went to work the following Monday?!?!

    I was still in pain for the entire week. But I didn't go to work since coincidentally I was on vacation at the time. But I wouldn't have been able to go to work like you did that week.
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    Aug 26, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
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    No, mine didn't burst. But before the surgery, the pain was extreme. I ended up going to the hospital by ambulance. Had it burst probably I'd have been in the hospital longer. The nurses were surprised that I left the hospital so soon, but the doctor wasn't. I was able to walk to the bathroom within just a few hours of the surgery, but it was not easy. I had help getting up and had to drag the IV stand behind me. By noon following the surgery, I was walking up and down the corridor, at first with difficulty. The second time I got out of bed and did it, it wasn't so hard. I even chinned myself on the back of the hospital room door, being careful not to tense my abdominal muscles, and took the stairs two at a time. I was an impatient patient.

    I've been told that the appendix is not always in exactly the same position for everyone, i.e., that their is some variability. It may be unusual that I experienced symptoms years before the surgery; I don't know, but I had that periodic pain problem for more than 20 years before the surgery, and not once after the surgery.

    OK, thanks. Mine did burst, but fortunately in the OR where they could quickly contain it and prevent complications. The pain wasn't too severe, but constant. And I later learned that appendix pain often "radiates" to exactly where mine was, below the sternum. That's why my parents & I never suspected appendicitis, no pain at my side at all. That's an important fact for people to know, who have severe pain in the center mid-abdomen.

    But modern surgery can be remarkable. My husband had open heart, triple bypass surgery this Spring. Surgery on a Friday, in the ICU recovering he initially had 3 drains and 12 drips going, plus extensive telemetry monitoring. They sent him home the next Tuesday, and he wasn't confined to bed, though he did mostly stay there for another few days. At 2 weeks after surgery the doctor cleared him to go out, and we went grocery shopping. I was astonished, and he was nearly 79.

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    Aug 26, 2013 9:29 AM GMT
    idk3333: Creationism and evolution are not polar opposite things that don't work together, first of all. Treating them as two things in a battle against each other is naive and close minded...

    Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. ~ Richard Dawkins