The Truth About the Appendix

According to a new article published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, the appendix, previously thought to be a disposable organ of no physiologic importance plays quite an important role in preserving our gut flora.  This research article will likely be the first of many studying the true functions of the appendix.  The appendix has long been studied and there are many theories of its functions, none claiming it to be of any use presently.  However, with continued research we are finding that the appendix is a highly evolved organ that protects our very important gut flora during times of infection (thus answering the question of why it’s so hard to treat something like appendicitis with antibiotics).  It acts as a safely enclosed sac protecting the flora when the rest of the intestinal tract is compromised.  This isn’t to say, however, that if you no longer have your appendix, that you are of any lesser health than those that still have theirs.

Sources:  Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Aug 12, 2009

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I am a licensed Acupuncturist and NCCAOM Board certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. I live in Hailey, Idaho, where I have an Acupuncture practice, Erin Hill Acupuncture as well as a type of Integrative Wellness Care practice, Tune Up. I am also a Level I & II certified Kettlebell Instructor and teach private classes in the Wood River Valley, Idaho. I have been very active in sports and athletics since I can remember. I received my BS in Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado @ Boulder. In my practice I utilize all modalities to help get you where you want to be, whether with Acupuncture, Nutrition, or Kettlebell training. I am well versed in treating Sports specific conditions; pain, injuries, strains & sprains and use my knowledge of the body both from a Chinese Medical standpoint and a traditional Western one; a concept that most of my patients are familiar with. In addition, I incorporate my knowledge of the physical body & how we move, where restrictions, pain, or tightness may reside and how that, in turn, affects the internal organs or vice versa. For each individual that walks through my door, I am able to assess what each person needs as far as therapy to achieve their goals. Each person is different, inside and out and treatments should reflect that. Among my modalities, I use Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Tuina (a type of Chinese bodywork), Japanese style Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Nutrition, and Lifestyle coaching as well as my Kettlebell training for rehab and for improving one's fitness level.
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