Smelling Farts is Good for You

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that sniffing farts can have some serious health benefits (not least being the joy of unbridled laughter).

Hydrogen sulphide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell of rotten eggs, can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and help stave off dementia, research suggests.

When we are sick, our cells create their own hydrogen sulphide which helps keep the mitochondria – our cell’s power generators – in working order.

Without the gas, the cells die and lose their ability to fight off disease.

Researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that hydrogen sulphide could help the body ward off illness, helping reverse mitochondrial damage in cells, a key part in treating conditions such as stroke, heart failure and diabetes.

Matt Whiteman, from the university’s medical school, said: “When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide.”

This keeps the mitochondria ticking over and allows cells to live. If this doesn’t happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.

Dutch Ovens 

As I regularly inform the wife… A Dutch Oven a Day keeps the Doctor Away!

Whilst I rejoice in the simplicity of such prodigious free healthcare, she is clearly less enamoured with it and often punches me.

A Dutch oven being the term for lying in bed with another person and pulling the covers over their head while dropping your guts, thereby creating an unpleasant situation in an enclosed space.

Pro Tip #1:

 Always allow the fuel for your Dutch Oven to build up naturally, and on no account force it too hard, or the resultant follow through may result in the Dutch Treat (generally even less well received by your ‘Baking Partner’).

Pro Tip #2:

A particularly malevolent presence may be generously obtained following the diligent consumption of pork, beans, and copious quantities of beer. Our research appears to indicate 6-10 hours beforehand being the optimum timeframe.

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