Until recently the appendix was considered to be the body organ with no function. But the scientists have proven that this believing is not true and they have found its function. So they claim that appendix is actually a shelter for healthy bacteria.
The body uses these bacteria to repair the digestive tract in case of cholera or dysentery.
Researchers from the Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina also claim that the human organism takes from the reserves of good bacteria in the appendix to fulfill the amount of good bacteria in the bowels which were reduced due to dysentery and cholera.
However, Professor Bill Parker explained that:
“It’s very important for people to understand that if their appendix gets inflamed, just because it has a function it does not mean they should try to keep it in,”
“So it’s sort of a fun thing that we’ve found, but we don’t want it to cause any harm, we don’t want people to say, ‘oh, my appendix has a function’, so I’m not going to go to the doctor, I’m going to try to hang onto it.”
This was concluded after many studies conveyed on koalas which have long appendix. The appendix has a very important role in the digestion process as their diet is based on eucalyptus leaves.
Nicholas Vardaxis, an associate professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at RMIT University, also supports this theory on human appendix.