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#1    Big Bad Voodoo

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:32 PM

http://www.livescien...ling-farts.html

Some Chinese who practice alternative medicine apparently believe that each person's flatulence has particular nuances — bitter, savory, sweet, fishy — and these undertones can be used to detect diseases by a trained expert with a sharp sense of smell. An unusually meaty smell, for example, might be interpreted as an indication of intestinal bleeding or tumors.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

I'm lost for words here.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

View Postthe L, on 08 December 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:

http://www.livescien...ling-farts.html

Some Chinese who practice alternative medicine apparently believe that each person's flatulence has particular nuances — bitter, savory, sweet, fishy — and these undertones can be used to detect diseases by a trained expert with a sharp sense of smell. An unusually meaty smell, for example, might be interpreted as an indication of intestinal bleeding or tumors.

"Then there's the lengthy training program and the accreditation test — and that's one final exam most of us would probably be happy to skip."

Do they use professional farters? Do these farters have to be accredited?   :blink:

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

My job seems a whole heck of a lot better now.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

View Postcoldethyl, on 08 December 2012 - 05:03 PM, said:

My job seems a whole heck of a lot better now.

Thats main reason why I posted this. To cheer up dear UMers a little.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

View Postthe L, on 08 December 2012 - 05:06 PM, said:

Thats main reason why I posted this. To cheer up dear UMers a little.

Lol, worked here.


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Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

I wonder when this proffesional fart smellers come home and tell "I had a bad day at work"? I can only imagine one scenario.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

View Postthe L, on 08 December 2012 - 04:32 PM, said:

http://www.livescien...ling-farts.html

Some Chinese who practice alternative medicine apparently believe that each person's flatulence has particular nuances — bitter, savory, sweet, fishy — and these undertones can be used to detect diseases by a trained expert with a sharp sense of smell. An unusually meaty smell, for example, might be interpreted as an indication of intestinal bleeding or tumors.

It's part of five element theory . You look at color of certain areas of the body ,you smell them .Actual body odor ,which can be very subtle.
In my line of work ,we just ask about flatulence and bowel habits .Urine too ,and does it have a smell .
I'm not a five element practitioner for a reason .
Heh ...
I use some aspects of it just during initial interviews though .


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:40 AM

Do the patients fart into a sample bottle or is it a plastic sample bag kinda thing. They can't just fart on demand, surely.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:01 AM

I wonder if some animals, such as dogs, can detect certain human disease through the various odors given-off by the human body.


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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:14 AM

View Postpallidin, on 09 December 2012 - 08:01 AM, said:

I wonder if some animals, such as dogs, can detect certain human disease through the various odors given-off by the human body.
The article says they do ,with 97% accuracy .Probably because their sense of smell is so acute.

There is no such thing as a professional fart smeller may I add.
Anyone doing this is a chinese medical practitioner ,and we take all observations into  account .   We do not ask patients to just fart ,and render a diagnosis ,so this article is amusing,but misleading .

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 09 December 2012 - 08:15 AM.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

For some reason this article reminds me of an episode of M.A.S.H. on TV.

http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0068098/

The episode were Alan Alda had been temporarily blinded and had his eyes covered while the others were performing operations. He alerted them to one particular patient because he said he could smell bowel or something. His sense of smell was more acute because he couldn't see. Anyone else remember that one?

I've heard of some medical conditions being alerted by sense of smell before, like diabetes is said to make your breath smell sweet. So I guess the idea behind this isn't all that odd, except for the people doing the smelling!

*behind*...no pun intended :lol:

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:35 AM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 09 December 2012 - 08:14 AM, said:

There is no such thing as a professional fart smeller may I add.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:10 PM

Are they aware that blood tests already exist that give the same results?


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 12:21 PM

I will never complain about my job again





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