Global warming causes more kidney stones!

In case you missed it, a few days ago a study linking global warming to increased kidney stone frequency made the news cycle.  The theory goes something like this… kidney stones are known to occur much more often in people living in warmer climates than cooler ones (proven fact); so global warming, by extension, will result in more folks being affected by the ailment.

The hypothesis and conclusion generally make sense.   Seems pretty simple cause and effect, assuming the warming predictions come true.  But it does make you wonder if these warming-calamity linkage studies sometimes go over the top.

Posted by Jim Duncan


5 Responses to Global warming causes more kidney stones!

  1. anon says:

    Emily, what you don’t realize is that lower heating costs in the winter translate to higher cooling costs in the summer. pls wake up.

  2. Emily says:

    It would make sense if it was a sustained drastic increase in overall temperature for a decent period of time but we haven’t seen that yet or even anything close. This is, at best, a loose correlation between facts and assumptions. It’s no more concrete than drawing the conclusion that global warming will also lead to increased weight loss as we all become more dehydrated and food sources cannot adequately grow; not to mention the lower costs in winter associated with this drastic temperature change. Increased weight loss and lower heating bills in winter? Bring on the warming.

  3. Christie says:

    Kidney stones are linked to dehydration. It makes sense that in a warmer and/or warming climate that more people would become dehydrated and thus lead to more incidents of kidney stones.

  4. Jim Duncan says:

    Read the last line in my post… “these warming-calamity linkage studies sometimes go over the top”. This is one of them imo.

  5. Robb says:

    That is the best joke I have heard today ! Get real.

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