Study: Roller coasters may help patients with kidney stones

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WASHINGTON – New research is making some patients who suffer from kidney stones take a closer look.

Dr. David Wartinger of Michigan State University said he has heard several patients have passed kidney stones after riding roller coasters.

After those claims, Wartinger and another researcher decided to do some testing at an amusement park on the “Big Mountain Thunder” roller coaster.

After testing it 200 times, they found that sitting at the back of the coaster allowed you to pass kidney stones more than 60 percent of the time, according to the report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

The researchers suggest the method for people with small kidney stones that will pass easily.

However, if you want to try it, go see a doctor first.