"Smelling farts can prevent cancer," "Smelling your partner’s farts can help you live a longer life," and "Whiff farts for better health." While these are all real headlines published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Communications The Doctors say they are not real facts!
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says this is a classic example of how quickly false medical data can spread. The study these headlines refer to looked at the actual compound hydrogen sulfide in a cellular environment. Dr. Travis says just inhaling hydrogen sulfide, the gas that makes farts smell like rotten eggs isn’t going to help anyone live longer!
“I thought for a brief moment in time, I was doing everyone in my life a favor,” jokes Dr. Travis. Speaking of farts, The Doctors discuss farting in front of a significant other. They all seem to agree on being comfortable enough to fart in front of your partner is a sign of a solid relationship!
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon notes a study that showed women’s farts are more potent than men’s! OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says that is because women hold onto them so they tend to linger with the feces, as opposed to men who just let them rip! She says eating some fruits and veggies may help the smell while protein tends to make the stench worse.
The Doctors then discuss another headline claiming that drinking baking soda can ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. They say this one is actually real. Half a teaspoon of baking soda was found to help reduce inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis subjectively reported.
They say it works on the spleen by making it relax so it isn’t working hard as if an inflammatory reaction is in your body. The Doctors recommend talking to your doctor before trying this but if it does work, they all think that would be great!
Dr. Travis reminds viewers if they see a medical headline that seems too good to be true, send it over to The Doctors to get the real deal!