jpketz Posted February 15, 2013 Share Posted February 15, 2013 According to an article in the Huffington Post, Darwin may have been wrong in assuming the human appendix is just an evolutionary legacy with no real physiological purpose. According to William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina... the appendix has an immunological role, acting as a "safe house" for beneficial gut bacteria. These bacteria help train the immune system and can prevent diseases by outcompeting dangerous pathogenic bacteriaâ€”but there are times when the dangerous microbes gain the upper hand and overrun the gut. The researchers reasoned that when this happens, the beneficial bacteria could retreat to the safety of the appendix, which remains unaffected. Once the immune system has beaten the infection, the beneficial bacteria emerge from the appendix to quickly recolonize the gut. This gets personal because my wife who has had autoimmune disease for over a decade also just happens to NOT have her appendix. She just finished Whole30 with some success but no significant weight loss, and less frequent but still severe migraines. She's looking into the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) version of Paleo as the next step in an effort to improve her health. Thought this article was fascinating, though, and may be relevant to anyone trying to restore their gut flora. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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