Riding A Roller Coaster Could Help You Pass Small Kidney Stones

If you’re worried about kidney stones you may want to head to a theme park. New research reveals that riding a moderately intense roller coaster for just a few minutes might be enough to dislodge small kidney stones before they turn into a larger problem. Scientists tested this out by actually using a silicone model kidney filled with urine and real kidney stones and carrying it onto a ride in a backpack and riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at a Walt Disney World 60 times. They discovered that sitting in the front of the ride resulted in a passage rate of 16.67 percent, while sitting the back resulted in passing a kidney stone 63.89 percent of the time. Researcher and urologist David Wartinger says, “The recommendation isn’t to go to Disney World and ride this one coaster. Amusement theme park rides of moderate intensity have the potential to dislodge stones. So whatever coaster or park catches your fancy, you can probably benefit from attending.” (PopSci