(Popular Mechanics) In confirmation of what feels like an urban legend, researchers have been able to prove that riding on a roller coasters can help you pass a kidney stone.
David Wartinger, a professor emeritus in the Department of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties at Michigan State, led multiple studies based off anecdotal stories he had heard from patients. "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 in a press release. "I even had one patient say he passed three different stones after riding multiple times."
Curious about the consistency of their testimony, Wartinger decided to test it out for himself. He stuffed a backpack with a synthetic 3D model of a kidney with three complete kidney stones and sent it on Big Thunder Mountain twenty times.
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