Monday, December 14, 2009

Ahhhh the Aroma of Bodily Wastes

It seems like not too many years ago smelling bodily wastes as a diagnostic tool would have been dismissed as ridiculous and “primitive.” However I am happy to report that researchers at Warwick University in Coventry, UK are working with technology, developed interestingly by the auto industry, for examining odors in feces, as well as breath, urine and blood as a diagnostic tool for bowel disorders and other health conditions such as diabetes. 

While these scientists are using “electronic noses”, not their own, they are working on an accurate, non-invasive and rapid way to analyze gut and overall health by examining fermentation in the gut, a critical aspect of health, attention to which has been lacking in mainstream medicine. 

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