The appendix does have a use - re-booting the gut

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  1. Rodimus Prime

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    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/health/article3038649.ece
     
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    That makes perfect sense. I've actually wondered what would happen to someone should all those good bacteria be wiped out by something.
     
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    Of course this is just one study. Nothing is conclusive. Wait for follow ups before swallowing this story whole.

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    I know hope not to have it removed.
     
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    Yes, but more important is finding out the function of the taint.
     
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    so it is still useless then. just for yet anoither reason.
     
  7. Ziero

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    According to the article, it's only 'useless' to people who live in highly populated areas. So it's more of an environmentally decided use, based on what part of the world you live it.

    Also, since getting 'germs' from others is supposed to help us, does this mean not washing your hands before eating is a good thing?
     
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    Here's the real question: not just does it have a function, but is that function truly advantageous enough to offset the fact that 1 in 15 people will develop appendicitis, a lethal disorder if the offending organ is not removed. Given that those who go through the procedure appear able to live a normal life without it, I would tentatively suggest that the benefit is far outweighed by the risk.
     
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    So, what - we should start pulling everybody's appendix out when they are born? I don't follow your reasoning, it sounds like you want them all removed right now.

    Of course they should be removed if it gets infected and your only option is death. There is no "benefit" in keeping an infected appendix.
     
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    Im with MMM. Prophylactically removing a non inflamed appendix is not a good way to do things. Generally speaking, surgeries "just in case" isn't a good idea, unless you're dealing with a super high risk of developing certain cancers.
     
  11. Rodimus Prime

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    It depends on where you live in the world. In the West, with all of the processed crap we eat, it is highly likely. In the 3rd world countries, there's like a 3% chance of it. Then again, they tend to die from a lot of other stuff, but still...
     
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    Bacteria and germs are not the same thing. They're not even in the same kingdom. Germs are organisms that evolved to take advantage of the body's immune system by using white blood cells as incubators for its offspring. Bactaria are much older, much more common, and essential for all life on earth.

    And washing your hands before dinner isn't a virus thing, the people you're eating with just don't want whatever you've got on your hands getting on their bread. Germs can't survive your digestive system. You should wash your hands before touching your eyes and nose if you want to avoid germs.
     
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    Next we'll find out that if you have your coccyx removed you can no longer transform into a gigantic destructo-ape by the light of the full moon.

    Or is that just me?
     
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    Actually, something similar happened to me. I used to be able to hold my breath underwater for five minutes, and then I had my adenoids removed and lost my superpower.

    I can't even go thirty seconds now.
     
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    Yay, North Carolina!

    Boo, Duke!

    Interesting, don't think it'll affect me, though, I like densely populated areas
     

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