A study carried out by the University of Exeter in England claims that hydrogen sulphide (that’s fart gas, to you and me) could actually be REALLY GOOD for you.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking – this study sounds like it was just invented by a man who can’t keep his stink bombs to himself. But no – the study is for real. They believe that regularly inhaling gas could protect against damage to the cells that prevent cancer.
Yeah, you read that right – they think that farts can actually reduce your chances of getting the big C. Well, kind of.
Whenever we let one rip, it produces a gas by the name of hydrogen sulphide. This study and others believe that hydrogen sulphide is really beneficial to a certain group of cells which are known to stave off diseases.
The cells are called mitochondria, and are basically the powerhouse of the cell. Their activity can make a huge difference when warding off diseases, including those as serious as cancer in its various forms.
As with most scientific studies, the findings of it were complex, and open to interpretation. But obviously, the headline of this study – that exposure to farts could cure cancer – was what interested people the most, and the University staff who were involved in the study have been contacted by countless media and news organisations to find out more.
The hard-working researchers were more than happy to oblige. One of the leaders of the study, Dr. Mark Wood, a researcher at Exeter, explained that hydrogen sulfide is the stinky component of passing gas, and that it “could in fact be a healthcare hero, with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”
Presumably, when it comes to treating sick patients, this would mean getting hold if hydrogen sulphide in its purest form, rather than using farts as therapy – I mean, can you imagine! I don’t want to.
The study is much more complex than just farts – it goes on to talk about a number of different subjects relating to health. But to be honest, none of them are quite as interesting as this one!
It has to be said that many scientists do accept the findings of the study, in terms of passing gas. But many think that the study does have merit, and are now left wondering how it took so long to find this information out in the first place! After all, there are plenty of sick people out there, and all of us pass gas at least every now and then, whether we like to admit it or not! It’s pretty incredible that no one has connected the dots before. Maybe they were scared that they would sound crazy for even making the suggestion!
I doubt that doctors are going to be prescribing sniffing farts as a cure any time soon. But next time you’re offended that someone has passed gas around you, remember how beneficial it could be to your health in the long run!
What do you think of the study? Are they gassed up? Let us know in the comments.