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JAOA kidney stone roller coaster study goes viral

Spanning the globe

News is spreading across the country and around the world about David Wartinger, DO, and his findings that moderate roller coaster rides can lead to the passage of small kidney stones. The results of the study, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, have appeared in roughly 850 news reports, including about 140 broadcasted news segments.


  1. For those asking about kidney stone symptoms, I can tell you about following symptoms. Yes, you can experience severe/moderate/mild gas and bloating, and you can feel/be constipated. Yes, the pain can reach places you wouldn’t think they should be present (legs, testicles, stomach, feet, just about anywhere south of the boarder). It can feel like sciatica. You may vomit and a stent can cause an infection and lots of pain (I’ll never have one installed again). Yes, you may experience ringing in the ears. And yes, they are terrible!

  2. The cases of kidney stones are quite common, and it has been found that one in every twenty people develop renal calculi in his or her lifetime.

    Our kidneys eliminate fluid and toxic materials from our blood in the form of urine. At times, when the volume of these toxic substances gets more than the body fluid, the former clumps together to form deposits and these deposits are known as kidney stones.
    Kidney stones — also known as renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, or lithiasis – are hard and crystalline deposits of salts and minerals that tend to form inside your kidneys.

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