Riding roller coasters could help you pass kidney stones

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EAST LANSING, MI - Suffering from kidney stones is no fun, but new research might have found a thrilling new way to pass them; ride a roller coaster! Strap yourself in for this one.

Researchers from Michigan State University say riding roller coasters could "jolt" stones (or renal calculi) right out of you. Dr. David Wartinger, professor at Michigan State says, "An ideal roller coaster to facilitate renal calculi passage subjects riders to quick drops and sharp turns. but it does not exceed 40 mph or invert rides."

This magic coaster was conveniently found at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. With silicone models of kidneys containing stones, the researchers rode Big Thunder Mountain Railroad a grand total of 230 times. The results: stones were passed nearly 70 percent of the time. The key researchers say to passing kidney stones, is knowing where to sit. Dr. Wartinger adds, "Renal calculi were twice as likely to pass with the model located in the rear car of the roller coaster."

Other rides at Disney were tested, but only Big Thunder Mountain Railroad "passed" the kidney test. Still, researchers encourage kidney stone suffers to try out other rides at different parks. According to Dr. Wartinger, "Roller coaster riding may offer patients an entertaining as well as preventative, and therapeutic option to medication dietary restriction and further surgery." This exhilarating study can be found in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.