Gimme My Appendix Back
We often have the hubris to assume that human evolution has made some big mistakes. These assumptions are evident in the belief that:
- Newborns are made deficient in Vitamin K.
- Contracting infectious diseases and developing lasting immunity is inferior to chemical antibody production through vaccines.
- The appendix is a "vestigial" (aka useless) organ.
This last assumption has been questioned by researchers at Duke University who have discovered that the appendix is a reservoir for beneficial bacteria.
Discussion of this article in the press focused on the role of the appendix in post-diarrheal recovery, but failed to mention the more relevant consideration - post-antibiotic recovery.
Protect the integrity of your gut microbes by avoiding anti-bacterial products and antibiotics and by eating naturally fermented foods.
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