The Weirdest Way Ever To Get Rid of a Kidney Stone – But it Works!
Over 300,000 people in the US each year have to get emergency care for kidney stones. If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know… the pain from passing one is as bad or worse as giving birth to a baby. Kidney stones are no minor inconvenience. They can really cause great aggravation and trauma. But what if there was a fun, easy and painless way to rid yourself of them?
Bring in Dr. David Wartinger, urology professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. After dealing with patients who had kidney stones for many decades, he had begun noticing a trend – people were anecdotally telling him that they had passed small stones either during or right after a visit to a Disney theme park. What did Disney have to do with this, he wondered?
Wartinger soon realized the correlation – it seemed that those who had passed the stones around their Disney vacations, had been riding roller coasters prior to passing those stones.
So a new research study was started by Wartinger to examine the possibilities that riding coller coasters could get rid of kidney stones. He and his team conducted experiments at Orlando’s Walt Disney World, specifically on two of their most popular roller coasters – The Space Mountain and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The team created a clear silicone model of a kidney using 3D printing. They fill it up with urine (yes, real urine) and 3 differently sized kidney stones. The full kidney was then placed in a backpack and taken on 60 roller coaster rides.
What the scientists found was this: when the kidney was situated toward the front of the roller coasters, the stones passed at a rate of around 17%. However, when it was in the back of a roller coaster, the pass rate increased to a whopping 64%. The position of the stones inside the model did not seem to make any difference.
Based on this study, one can surmise that going on thrilling roller coaster rides could provide therapeutic benefits for those with small kidney stones, which could prevent them from becoming bigger and turning into emergency room visits and future surgeries.