" You might say that the appendix is like holding a Republican party sign-up drive at an Aerosmith concert or slapping on Right Guard before you jump in a sauna--that is, pretty useless. "
"The appendix is like a cul-de-sac near the junction of the small and large intestine - basically stuff...partly digested food and things can get stuck in there and cause us problems by essentially sort of rotting a bit and causing swelling and redness. Eventually the appendix will burst."
"Appendix is like a barrack where good bacteria live in the gut- it serves as a safe house from which the human gut can repopulate its beneficial bacterial population in environmental conditions were sanitation is poor and there are frequent outbreaks of diarrheal disease"
"Appendix problems (namely appendicitis) are not due to physical trauma to the appendix, but rather blockage of it by fecal material, with subsequent bacterial infection. If you imagine your intestines as a roadway, the appendix is like a small offramp connected to it. When fecal material is going down the road, sometimes it can get lodged in the offramp and block it, making it a nice little pocket for bacteria to grow. "
"Appendix is like a final safe haven for gut bacteria. So if you get a stomach or intestine infection the good bacteria can be replenished from the appendix. It has such a high bacteria content because it's former use was helping in the digestion of cellulose which is quite tough to digest."
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