Don't Mind That Smell, It's My Blood Pressure Going Down

This is true fact; I read it on the Internets.

The gas that comes from our bodies, our rears, our behinds... That gas that the boys used to set on fire, and laugh, and run from? That gas. Our smelly, embarrassing gas... is being researched as a possible medication to lower blood pressure.  I am not kidding!

A report in Science released yesterday shared research findings of a group of international researchers, including scientists form Johns Hopkins, that hydrogen sulfide (the smelly stuff) is a gasotransmitter. Thus, like nitric oxide, dopamine, and acetylcholine, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) sends chemical signals to the brain that relax nerve cells. (Well, you know you feel better after you let out gas!)

One little fart molecule...One little fart molecule...“Now that we know hydrogen sulfide’s role in regulating blood pressure, it may be possible to design drug therapies that enhance its formation as an alternative to the current methods of treatment for hypertension,” says Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., a co-author of the paper.

Although nitric oxide is effective at reducing blood pressure and, thereby, possible heart attacks, the researchers indicate that H2S may not be a redundant treatment, but may have assistive or other functions not yet known.

Further study will go on. So don't be surprised if in the near future you are putting little "fart pills" under your tongue to lower your blood pressure.

It just goes to show you that you can find good in everything.

Source: Science Daily
Photos: Pressure cuff, iStockphoto via Science Daily; Hydrogen Sulfide, Wikipedia

Keeping you posted!

Oct 24, 2008
by Anonymous

Nitric oxide, not nitrous oxide!

It's nitric oxide, not nitrous, that reduces blood pressure.

Oct 24, 2008
by Anonymous

This Seems Counter Intuitive

If this conclusion were accurate, then we would expect to see zero instances of high blood pressure among neo-conservatives, their supporters, and other fascist-leaning groups, since they are known to be brimming full of shit, and since flatulence regularly exudes from every orifice.

One cannot help but notice the flatulence escaping from their mouths, in fact, every time that they are open, yet many of them do seem to have high blood pressure.

Conclusion- even if flatulent gasses do, in fact, reduce high blood pressure, the effect is not enough to counter the epidemic obesity and overall poor physical condition that is well represented in this group, as a result of their poor diets, shocking stupidity, and extreme laziness, which prevents them from exercising.

Oct 25, 2008
by Anonymous

How come all you libs say we

How come all you libs say we have to accept your right to an opinion, but we can't have one different from yours without being full of it?

You people whine abou the need for tolerance, but you're the least tolerant demographic around.

Oct 25, 2008
by Anonymous

Why do the Fascists and their apologists....

...always seem to label those who disagree with Fascism, as "libs"?

Everyone has a right to an opinion, but anti-human ideologies like Fascism were soundly rejected and rightly flushed down the sewer of history, both in Germany and in Italy for example, following WWII.

The racism, greed, and religious nuttery that they foist on others has no place in a civil society.

The Fascists in the US are clearly in the toilet, but they are clinging to the rim of the bowl, so we must keep flushing, and trying to educate them about the difference between Conservatism and Fascism.