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Got Kidney Stones? A Roller-Coaster Ride May Help

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  • Believe it or not, both anecdotal information as well as research performed at Walt Disney World suggests a roller-coaster ride can hasten the passage of small kidney stones
  • A 2018 Ig® Nobel Prize, a spoof award given for unusual or trivial scientific research, was awarded to honors research completed at Michigan State University (MSU) proving smaller kidney stones can be released after a moderate-intensity roller-coaster ride, especially if you are seated in the rear
  • While the research may seem promising, be advised it did not involve human clinical trials but, rather, was based on anecdotal information and data gathered using a 3D silicon kidney model filled with urine and kidney stones
  • In case you are not a fan of roller coasters, I also share helpful information about kidney health and the types and formation of kidney stones, as well as suggestions on how you can prevent and treat them naturally

By Dr. Mercola

Can a roller-coaster ride hasten the passage of kidney stones? While the pairing of an agonizingly painful health condition with an amusement ride may seem too outlandish to believe, research out of Michigan State University (MSU) has been recognized with a 2018 Ig® Nobel Prize for showing that it’s possible.

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