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Fearfully and wonderfully made: Appendix redeemed, we do need it

Credit: Steve Braund/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Steve Braund/Flickr/Creative Commons

A favorite tactic of some to prove evolution is to point to what they call vestigial organs in the human body. According to this theory, vestigial organs evolved in our ancient history, but have no real purpose today.

They are left over relics from our evolutionary past.

One of the prime examples of a vestigial organ is the appendix that is routinely cut out when it becomes infected because doctors see no real use for it.

However, a group of researchers at Midwestern University Arizona Hospital in Glendale, Arizona have concluded the appendix actually serves a very important function in the human body.

Because of the large amount of lymphatic tissue in the appendix, they said it is a production center for beneficial “gut bacteria” necessary for good health.

Good gut bacteria serves several important functions including helping the body absorb fiber and nutrients. It  also plays a vital role in the body’s immune system and some bacteria even supply a form of beneficial hormones.

Contrary to what scientists have believed for decades, our body needs an appendix to function properly.

Then on the heels of that announcement, a group of researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland announced the discovery of a new organ in the human body — the mesentery.

Grey’s Anatomy, the Bible on the human body, has already been updated to include this recent finding.

Coincidentally, the mesentery, like the appendix, is related to the human gut. Located in the stomach area it is connected to the small intestine, pancreas, stomach and spleen.

Speaking on behalf of the research group, lead scientist John Calvin Coffey said:

“The anatomic description that had been laid down over 100 years of anatomy was incorrect. This organ is far from fragmented and complex. It is simply one continuous structure.”

He added once they decide its role, it could prove a major aid in curing illnesses.

“If you understand function, you can identify abnormal function,” said Coffey.

Christian scientist Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was the first to discover this organ, but his views were basically tossed aside.

King David wrote:

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14 NASV)

The Hebrew word (pl’) translated wonderful and wonderfully means to be unusual, surpassing and extraordinary, but also includes the idea “to be difficult.”

These recent announcements show that despite the fact man has cut open and studied the human body for centuries, we still don’t fully understand how it works.

It is proving to be wonderfully difficult.


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