We all thought that this part of the human body doesn’t have any specific function. But, we were wrong. Now researchers have finally discovered its main function.
The appendix has the very important function, and according to the researchers – the appendix is a shelter for the healthy bacteria. The body uses this to essentially “reboot” the digestive system when one suffers from a bout of dysentery or cholera.
Conventional wisdom used to claim that this small pouch protruding from the first part of the large intestine was simply redundant or an evolutionary shadow of a once useful organ. For years, doctors advised people have their appendix removed and in spite of its now-apparent use, most seem none the worse for having it removed.
Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, explain that human body drains reserves from the appendix using its good bacteria to fulfill the needed number of bacteria in the intestines that ‘disappear’ as a result of cholera or dysentery. However, professor Bill Parker says that we should not abuse this fact, and exhaust our appendices at any price.
People should understand that the appendix can be removed if it gets severely inflamed, despite its beneficial function. It is interesting that this finding is not supposed to do harm to people who think that they should hold on to their appendix and won’t go to the doctor just because it has a function, the Professor explains further.
Nicholas Vardaxis, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at RMIT University, agrees with the theory of human appendix. He says that this is an interesting idea and that it is possible for the appendix to be the place for these little bacteria to localize in, a little cul-de-sac away from the remaining parts. If the changes that happen through evolution are observed, then it can be concluded that the higher the animals stand on the evolutionary scale, the smaller and less significant the appendix becomes. Humans are a great instance of this claim.