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Posts Tagged ‘human body’

The Incredible, Amazing Skin

Posted by terrepruitt on January 16, 2014

Whoa.  I have a Twitter account and I follow a lot of Nia people, of course.  The other day one of them, Jennifer Hicks post a link to a fact sheet about skin.  Many of the things I knew such as skin is the largest organ of the human body, the three layers of skin, feet have the thickest layer, over 50% of the dust in homes is dead skin (ewwww!) and some others.  But I don’t think I knew about each hair having a muscle.  It makes sense because how else could it “stand on its end” if it didn’t have a muscle to help it stand?  And ear wax is actually produced by a type of sweat gland . . . did you know that?  Everyone has the same number of melanocytes.  Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin and melanin is the protein that gives skin its color.  Wow!  So since everyone has the same number it is the activity of the melanocytes not the quantity that determines skin color.  You can see the information for yourself on the Elephant Journal’s website, click here.  What REALLY fascinated me was the “skin replacement”.

When I read that I thought, “What?  Replace your skin?”  So, of course I had to look it up.  Then I thought, “Ohhhhhhh!  I get it.”  It is amazing.  Sometimes I don’t think about some of the stuff that needs to be done.  And let me tell you, I am grateful for not having to know.  But if you have a need for skin it makes sense and this sounds really cool.  Well, cool once you get over the “gross factor” and the “sad factor”.  But this “replacement skin” is actually considered a “wound care device”.  So this company called INTEGRA makes the INTEGRA™ Bilayer Matrix Wound Dressing which can help with severe wounds.

The product acts like skin so the wound has a better chance of healing without infection by blocking bacteria and helping control ” water vapor loss”.  Wounds including: abrasions, lacerations, second-degree burns, and skin tears.  It allows the skin to breath and move, as your real actual skin does.  It is made up of two layers, one is silicon and the other is collagen and glycosaminoglycan.  The silicon layer is removed after about 21 days of healing.  Then the other layer is expected to help provide a structure for the body to build onto, so that layer gets absorbed into the body.  Which for me – at this point, having no wounds needing something like this – is a bit icky as it is bovine collagen and sugars.  But I am certain if I needed something to help a serious wound heal, I probably would tell myself it was like eating a steak.

But anyway . . . this interested me and intrigued me.  It also helps remind me of how incredible our skin is.  I mean there are 50 facts that Catherine Beekmans shared with us/reminded us of, but then also that it can heal from such deep and/or severe wounds such as those that would require something like the product mentioned here.  I am sure many of you know of this product or others like it, but sometimes I am happy I don’t know these things.  I am happy I have never had an occasion to be introduced to this type of thing.  But then again when I do learn about it, I am just amazed.

What about you?  How many of the 50 Skin Facts did you know?  What about this “replacement skin”, do you think it is amazing?

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Human Body Fantastic

Posted by terrepruitt on October 25, 2011

Nia is a body centered practice. Nia came about partly because at that time, in the 80’s, popular exercise classes were very hard on the body and the industry in which the creators of Nia worked produced a lot of injuries. The couple that brought us Nia spent a lot of time examining many different forms of movement which in turn shaped Nia into a body-centered movement practice. Nia is a cardio dance workout that moves the body as it was designed to move. Debbie Rosas-Stewart, one of the creators of Nia, wanted to be a doctor, she has always been interested in the human body. Nia’s training material often refers to the science of the body. The body is fascinating and fantastic. I believe that Debbie’s love of medicine and the human body is evident in Nia. Here are some facts that I found interesting. They are facts easily found on the internet so they might not be new to you. Even if you have heard them before I hope you marvel at the human body as I do.

  • There are 10 human body parts having only three letters.  (Can you name all 10 human body parts having only 3 letters?)
  • Food is moved through the digestive tract by muscular contractions.
  • The pressure created from the human heart can squirt blood 30 feet.
  • Hydrochloric acid found in the stomach can dissolve certain metals.
  • The surface area of a human lung is equal to a tennis court.
  • Half of our taste buds are gone for most of us, by the time we are 60 years old.
  • The human brain is capable of storing everything it is exposed to, but it is the ability to recall the information that might be the challenge.
  • We are shorter at the end of the day due to cartilage being compressed throughout the day.
  • Kneecaps aren’t developed in a human until the child is between 2-6 years old.
  • The longer the finger the faster the nail grows.
  • Hair and nails do not continue to grow after death, but it appears as if they do since the skin shrinks and recedes as the moisture dries up.
  • The skin of a human body contains 45 miles of nerves.
  • The average human will breathe 23,040 times in a 24 hour period.
  • People with dark hair have less hair than blondes.
  • The stomach produces a new layer of mucus every 14 days in order to keep from digesting itself.
  • The “funny bone” is actually the ulnar nerve.
  • About 8% of the human body weight is blood.
  • A human snore can be a loud as a jack hammer.
  • Starvation takes a few weeks, but a total lack of sleep would cause death in roughly 10 days.
  • A human sneeze has been measured to exceed 100 miles per hour, whereas the average cough is only 60 miles per hour.
  • “Veins in the skin appear blue for a variety of reasons only weakly dependent on the color of the blood. Light scattering in the skin, and the visual processing of color play roles as well.” **

The 10 human body parts with only three letters: eye, ear, lip, gum, jaw, arm, rib, hip, leg, and toe.

Aside from what was **copied directly from Wiki, the above information was gleaned from the following sites:

The Nurse Nut, Yes, ICantSeeYouMawlana Faizani International, and ESZlinger.  I have seen many sites contain the same information and more.  I just found these ones particularly fascinating.  I think the body is fantastic.

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