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The appendix is a small, worm like attachment at the beginning of the colon. It was believed that the appendix had no purpose, therefore was often surgically removed as a preventative measure.

It is now believed to help in the immune system of the intestinal tract, as a vermifuge for parasites.

Because of this quality, it is likely to become infected just as the tonsils are in the throat. The appendix can become irritated from a blockage that will cause a build up of bacteria which can lead to infection. Constipation and hardened stool can cause this type of blockage.

Prevention is worth a pound of cure. Eating green leafy vegetables, which are discussed below, is the best way to prevent appendicitis.

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