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How to Pass Your Kidney Stones with This Fun Natural Remedy

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Urologist recommends roller coasters for kidney stone removal

Having kidney stones is no fun, but according to a new study a bizarre treatment strategy can help you pass those stones and have fun at the same time.


According to a news release from Michigan State University, urologist and professor emeritus in the Department of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties, Dr. David Wartinger, led a study to determine whether the stories he was hearing from patients were true—that riding a roller coaster helped them pass their kidney stones.

“Basically, I had patients telling me that after riding a particular roller coaster at Walt Disney World, they were able to pass their kidney stone,” Wartinger said. “I even had one patient say he passed three different stones after riding multiple times.”

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How the Study was Conducted

According to the news release, synthetic 3D models of a kidney containing tiny kidney stones were strapped onto the backs of participating researchers, who then rode Big Thunder Mountain at the theme park up to 20 times for an initial pilot study.

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“In the pilot study, sitting in the last car of the roller coaster showed about a 64 percent passage rate, while sitting in the first few cars only had a 16 percent success rate,” Wartinger said.

Afterward, the study was expanded using multiple kidney models attached to the researchers who tried a range of coaster cars and kidney stones of varying types and sizes. What they found was that sitting in the back of the coaster resulted in a stone passage rate of nearly 70 percent―higher if the stones were located in the upper chamber of the kidney.

“In all, we used 174 kidney stones of varying shapes, sizes and weights to see if each model worked on the same ride and on two other roller coasters,” Wartinger said. “Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked. We tried Space Mountain and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and both failed.”

Rides that are too fast and too violent with a G-force actually traps the stones in the kidneys and prevents them from passing.

“The ideal coaster is rough and quick with some twists and turns, but no upside down or inverted movements,” said Dr. Wartinger, who added that, “If you have a kidney stone, but are otherwise healthy and meet the requirements of the ride, patients should try it. It’s definitely a lower-cost alternative to health care.”

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Reference: Michigan State University news release “Got kidney stones? Ride a roller coaster