Gimme My Appendix Back

antibiotics vaccine

We often have the hubris to assume that human evolution has made some big mistakes. These assumptions are evident in the belief that:

  1. Newborns are made deficient in Vitamin K.
  2. Contracting infectious diseases and developing lasting immunity is inferior to chemical antibody production through vaccines.
  3. 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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KELLY BROGAN, MD, is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the New York Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your OwnOwn Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression. She is the founder of the online healing program Vital Mind Reset, and the membership community, Vital Life Project. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. Learn More