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article imageDoctors recommend Coca-Cola to treat stomach blockages

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 7, 2013 in Health
Athens - Doctors are now recommending Coca-Cola as a remedy and alternative to surgery for treating stomach blockages that may result from concretion of ingested matter. Coke has been shown to be effective for treating a condition known as gastric phytobezoar.
Recent studies have shown that the bubbles and acidic chemicals in Coca-Cola make the beverage an ideal treatment of stomach blockages and point out that doctors have been recommending Coca-Cola as alternative to surgery in cases of stomach blockage.
Gastric Phytobezoar is a blockage of the digestive passage with vegetable matter that may lead to bowel obstruction and can result from eating high fiber fruits that fail to digest properly. Essentially, a gastric bezoar is a mass of undigested matter, especially vegetable matter, hair (trichobezoar) or other difficult to digest material in the gastrointestinal tract. The material build-up over time in the system may be diagnosed by endoscopy or x-ray.
Although gastric bezoars may be symptomless, they may lead to bad breath, nausea, vomiting, abdominal bloating, pain, ulcers, internal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, and intestinal obstruction.
Doctors give an example of the common case in Asia where eating persimmons tend to form gastric blockages due to high fiber content.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Athens Medical School, published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, has shown that Coca-Cola is an effective alternative to surgical and non-surgical procedures such as lasers and non-surgical endoscopy that have been used in the past to treat stomach blockages.
The Athens study confirmed that Coca-Cola has a success rate of more than 91.3 percent for treating gastric bezoars. According to the study and others, the effectiveness of Coca-Cola for treating gastric bezoars is due to its high acid content which works in a manner similar to gastric acids and helps to digest gastric fiber. Coca-Cola contains carbonic and phosphoric acids, as well as bubbles which help in digesting and dissolving gastrointestinal masses that are otherwise difficult to digest.
According to the researchers, Diet and Coke Zero also work because they have the same level of acidity. The Athens study reviewed published academic papers that detailed 46 patients with gastric bezoars and who were treated with Coca-Cola in hospitals worldwide in the past 10 years.
Of the total treated with Coca-Cola, half were completely cured, 19 needed only non-invasive treatments to aid the action of Coca-Cola. Only four needed full surgery. The statistics showed that Coca-Cola has 91.3 percent success rate in treating gastric bezoars.
The study said: "Coca-Cola administration is a cheap, easy-to-perform and safe procedure that can be accomplished at any endoscopy unit." The researchers added: "It resembles gastric acid, which is thought to be important for fiber digestion. In addition the bubbles enhance the dissolving mechanism."
Coca-Cola reportedly has an acidity rating of 2.6 on the pH scale due its carbonic and phosphoric acid content.
The study explained that even where Coke does not completely destroy the material causing the blockage, it breaks it down into smaller parts that are easier to remove without need for full surgery.
The Examiner notes that "for generations, folks have passed along stories of soaking hunks of cheese or even meat in glasses of cola overnight, only to find such specimens eroded or completely dissolved by morning."
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