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Indian Scientists find cure for Flatulence
March 27, 2002 12:21 PM   Subscribe

Indian Scientists find cure for Flatulence I don't know.....this could be even more disturbing than cloning!
posted by Lanternjmk (12 comments total)

I wish I had a clip of the scientist saying the following:
"In India, beans are a very popular and important part of the national diet, but some people can't eat a lot of beans because of the flatulence problem." Farts are funny.
posted by aj100 at 12:27 PM on March 27, 2002

But Glenn Gibson, a food microbiologist at Reading University in New Scientist, from which Yahoo paraphrased:

"Flatulence is an important indicator of a healthy gut system," he says. "It's only a social problem. You need to expel gas to ensure your gut is functioning properly. The gases that cause it could be of benefit, and we should all just learn to live with it." we would hear that flatulent people healthier than those who aren't ....
posted by justlooking at 12:33 PM on March 27, 2002

BARC is an awesome awesome place. It's in the city, but it's really well located. You can't see it from the outside, because it's surrounded by small hills, and the valley bit where it is situated opens up into the sea. Brilliant strategic location.
I went there on a special one of a kind tour and the whole facility is unbelievably cool. I've been to the nursery and I do remember talking to one of the scientists who was researching effects of irradiation of a few pulses (as mentioned in the news article). I am glad because I've seen some of their labs in person, and it's good to know they've gotten good results.
posted by riffola at 12:39 PM on March 27, 2002

Irradiation would make beans less of a problem

They originally wanted to irradiate Pakistan, but decided that the beans were a lot less likely to mount a counterstrike

The finger of blame is most commonly pointed at beans and vegetables

Go ahead, pull it! Make my day!
posted by groundhog at 12:40 PM on March 27, 2002

If farting is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
posted by adampsyche at 12:40 PM on March 27, 2002

That should be "effects of irratiation on a few pulses"
posted by riffola at 12:40 PM on March 27, 2002

Is anyone else disturbed by the idea of eating food that has been speed-decayed by radiation? I'd rather fart, thankyouverymuch.
posted by bonheur at 1:03 PM on March 27, 2002

Food irradiation produces interesting and novel chemicals, including a heapin' helpin' of cancer-inducing free radicals. There hasn't been much research on the long term effects of eating irradiated food, and while I might put up with irradiated food rations on a liferaft in the middle of the ocean, I'm certainly not eating nuked beans to avoid farting.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:46 PM on March 27, 2002 we would hear that flatulent people healthier than those who aren't ....
Cue asok and 'vegan farts don't smell', part XVIII.
posted by darukaru at 2:17 PM on March 27, 2002

Food irradiation produces interesting and novel chemicals, including a heapin' helpin' of cancer-inducing free radicals.

... and your credible source for this information is where?
posted by mischief at 3:05 PM on March 27, 2002

My father, who has a PhD in chemistry and was a working food scientist for 25 years until his retirement 3 years ago.

However, since "spleen's Dad" is a weak authority, try this, which I excerpt:

George L Tritsch, Ph D

Cancer Research Scientist,
Roswell Park Memorial Institute,
New York State Department of Health

I am speaking as a private citizen, and my opinions are my own, based on thirty-three years of experience since my doctorate at Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University, and, since 1959, as a cancer research scientist and biochemist at Roswell.
I am opposed to consuming irradiated food because of the abundant and convincing evidence in the refereed scientific literature that the condensation products of the free radicals formed during irradiation produce statistically significant increases in carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and cardiovascular disease in animals and man. I will not address the reported destruction of vitamins and other nutrients by irradiation because suitable supplementation of the diet can prevent the development of such potential deficiencies. However, I cannot protect myself from the carcinogenic and other harmful insults to the body placed into the food supples and I can see no tangible benefit to be traded for the possible increased incidence of malignant disease one to three decades in the future.

posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 4:45 PM on March 27, 2002

I mourn the death of a significant comedy staple. Farts are funnier than tumours.
posted by Arqa at 8:46 AM on March 28, 2002

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