By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© July 2014, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
The appendix is an interesting little organ located in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, close to the right hip bone. It is sort of an extension of the lower left side of the large intestine, also called the cecum. The appendix is about three to four inches long and about ¼ to ½ inch wide. It is sometimes called the vermiform appendix, which means that it looks something like a little worm.
Function of the Appendix. Doctors disagree on the function of the appendix. However, it contains a large mass of lymphoid tissue. Therefore, it may function as part of the lymphatic system of the body.
The lymphatic system is a secondary circulatory system in which a whitish fluid called lymph drains away from all the organs of the body. Lymph is rich in white blood cells called lymphocytes, whose function is to engulf and destroy many kinds of bacteria, viruses and other cellular debris.
The lymphatic system of drainage helps prevent the spread of infection through the body and is a critical part of the immune response of the body.
The problem is that the large intestine in that area is usually full of infected feces, and some can easily penetrate into the appendix. This is called appendicitis. If the infection gets very severe, the appendix can rupture, spreading infection throughout the abdominal cavity. This is called peritonitis, and it is potentially life-threatening.
Symptoms. These include pain that may start in the area of the belly button or umbilicus, and then it spreads to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, near the hip bone. However, sometimes there is little pain or it just occurs in the lower right part of the abdomen.
Other symptoms may include malaise, nausea, vomiting, constipation or other digestive upset, dizziness or perhaps fever.
Correction. If perforation has occurred and peritonitis is present, surgery is usually best. For many cases of appendicitis, however, total rest and fasting for a day will often cause it to pass.
This is one condition, however, in which surgery is fairly safe and very important in advanced cases, so never ignore it!
Warning: APPENDICITIS CAN BE A HEALING REACTION IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING A COMPLETE NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM. Therefore, if you experience symptoms that you think may be appendicitis, AND you are following a nutritional balancing program with one of the Approved Practitioners listed at www.drlwilson.com, please contact your practitioner at once and ask that he or she consult me, personally, about the situation.