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Venerina Conti

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Nutrition - (Part 1) - The most efficient machine - Our body
10/15/2006 7:23:17 PM

The human body is the most efficient machine in existence.  It comprises:


1)     The skeletal system, made up of bones and joints which facilitates movement and protects some of the major, soft tissue organs, like the heart;

2)     The muscular system, which not only gives shape to the body but, also, encompasses the major functions of movement;

3)     The nervous system, which acts as an intermediary between the external world, we experience, and our infinite possibilities of reactions to it and, also, integrates and controls all body functions.

4)     The endocrine system, ductless glands, which secretes singular or multiple hormones and pass them directly into the blood stream through their own substances.

5)     The senses of smell, touch, hearing, pain, tasting and vision, which allow us to interpret and respond to external and internal influences.

6)     The digestive system, which produces 10 litres of gastric juice every day to break down food and allow it to be transported through the intestinal tract, which is 30 feet long and has been described as the size of a small football pitch, enabling food to be transformed into energy for all the processes that take place, plus all our daily activities and eliminate the unnecessary waste.

7)     The immune system, which is like a protective army defending us against disease and viruses. It reproduces its entire cells every week and when it’s under the influence of viruses, it is capable of producing 200,000 new immune cells per minute. 

8)     The respiratory system, which provides the body with oxygen, upon inhalation, and eliminates poisonous gases on expiration.

9)     The circulatory system, which transports this precious oxygen to the cells and takes away toxins and poisonous residue.

10) The lymphatic system, which are a series of filter vessels between the blood stream and the body tissue which filter the blood from viruses and bad cells before it comes into contact with the body’s tissue.

11) The urinary system, which controls the amount of fluid in the body.

12) The skin, which is the largest organ of the body.  It’s the protective shell that replaces its cells every week and, almost, completely regenerates itself every seven years. 


Every second, 2.5 million red blood cells are created every within the bone marrow which distribute oxygen to other body cells.  The brain, which is only 3lbs in weight and made up of fat and water is connected to over a trillion nerve cells, each individually connected to about a hundred thousand others which make up our life and the meaning we attach to it. 


Reportedly, we only live half the potential life span of our bodies and about a quarter of our brain’s true capacity and, in today’s society illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular disease are claiming a great proportion of human life.

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Re: Nutrition - (Part 1) - The most efficient machine - Our body
10/15/2006 7:38:18 PM


Thank You. You are so astute!Are you a Doctor?


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Re: Nutrition - (Part 1) - The most efficient machine - Our body
10/15/2006 10:55:17 PM
Hi Venerina, Thank you for your invite to this forum. As children we’re taught to eat a well-balanced diet, but even if everyone ate a so-called ‘well-balanced’ diet we’d still be lacking in vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. Why? Two main reasons: 1) the foods we eat are grown from soil that has little, if any, minerals and 2) most of our foods are processed in ways that destroy almost all their nutritional value. Food gives us energy, but enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are the building blocks that enable our bodies to use that energy to keep us alive and healthy. A MUST read for everyone is Elmer G Heinrich's book "The Root of All Disease". Free Download of the condensed version is available at: Another perspective on minerals CHEMICAL ELEMENTS & YOUR BODY CALCIUM: The "Knitter" - In the Body: Bones, Teeth, Nails IODINE: The "Metabolizer" - In the Body: Thyroid, Metabolism SILICON: The "Magnetic" Element - In the Body: Skin, Hair, Nails, Nerves, Bones, Teeth SODIUM: The "Youth" Element - In the Body: Joints, Stomach, Lymph MAGNESIUM: The "Relaxer" - In the Body: Bowels, Muscles, Nerves POTASSIUM: The "Great Alkalizer" - In the Body: Muscles, Heart, Kidneys IRON: The "Frisky Horse" - In the Body: Blood, Brain, Lungs, Nerves OXYGEN: The "Giver of Life" - In the Body: Medulla, Brain, Lungs, Blood MANGANESE: The "Love" Element - In the Body: Brain, Nerves FLUORINE: The "Decay-Resistant" Element - In the Body: Teeth, Bones, Hair PHOSPHORUS: The "Light Bearer" - In the Body: Brain, Nerves; Bones SULFUR: The "Heating" Element - In the Body: Brain, Nervous System, Blood, Liver CHLORINE: The "Cleanser" - In the Body: Nourishes Nerves, Tissue Construction, Body Cleanser, Balances Hydrochloric Acid and Assists Peristaltic Action (Digestive System) CARBON: The "Builder" - In the Body: Cell Organization Purifies NITROGEN: The "Restrainer" - In the Body: Skin, Muscles Wishing you Good Health & Many Blessings, Gerri US Naturals - 25 Years of Excellence
Re: Nutrition - (Part 1) - The most efficient machine - Our body
10/15/2006 11:42:43 PM

Hi Dr. Venerina

very interesting.

You might be enjoying this article:

Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows.




GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A Brazilian berry popular in health food contains antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a recent University of Florida study, one of the first to investigate the fruit’s purported benefits.

Published today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study showed extracts from acai (ah-SAH’-ee) berries triggered a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukemia cells tested, said Stephen Talcott, an assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

“Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants,” Talcott said. “This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries.”

He cautioned that the study, funded by UF sources, was not intended to show whether compounds found in acai berries could prevent leukemia in people.

“This was only a cell-culture model and we don’t want to give anyone false hope,” Talcott said. “We are encouraged by the findings, however. Compounds that show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies.”

Other fruits, including grapes, guavas and mangoes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies, he said. Experts are uncertain how much effect antioxidants have on cancer cells in the human body, because factors such as nutrient absorption, metabolism and the influence of other biochemical processes may influence the antioxidants’ chemical activity.

Another UF study, slated to conclude in 2006, will investigate the effects of acai’s antioxidants on healthy human subjects, Talcott said. The study will determine how well the compounds are absorbed into the blood, and how they may affect blood pressure, cholesterol levels and related health indicators. So far, only fundamental research has been done on acai berries, which contain at least 50 to 75 as-yet unidentified compounds.

“One reason so little is known about acai berries is that they’re perishable and are traditionally used immediately after picking,” he said. “Products made with processed acai berries have only been available for about five years, so researchers in many parts of the world have had little or no opportunity to study them.”

Talcott said UF is one of the first institutions outside Brazil with personnel studying acai berries. Besides Talcott, UF’s acai research team includes Susan Percival, a professor with the food science and human nutrition department, David Del Pozo-Insfran, a doctoral student with the department and Susanne Mertens-Talcott, a postdoctoral associate with the pharmaceutics department of UF’s College of Pharmacy.

Acai berries are produced by a palm tree known scientifically as Euterpe oleracea, common in floodplain areas of the Amazon River, Talcott said. When ripe, the berries are dark purple and about the size of a blueberry. They contain a thin layer of edible pulp surrounding a large seed.

Historically, Brazilians have used acai berries to treat digestive disorders and skin conditions, he said. Current marketing efforts by retail merchants and Internet businesses suggest acai products can help consumers lose weight, lower cholesterol and gain energy.

“A lot of claims are being made, but most of them haven’t been tested scientifically,” Talcott said. “We are just beginning to understand the complexity of the acai berry and its health-promoting effects.”

In the current UF study, six different chemical extracts were made from acai fruit pulp, and each extract was prepared in seven concentrations.

Four of the extracts were shown to kill significant numbers of leukemia cells when applied for 24 hours. Depending on the extract and concentration, anywhere from about 35 percent to 86 percent of the cells died.

The UF study demonstrates that research on foods not commonly consumed in the United States is important, because it may lead to unexpected discoveries, said Joshua Bomser, an assistant professor of molecular nutrition and functional foods at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

But familiar produce items have plenty of health-giving qualities, he said.

“Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with decreased risk for many diseases, including heart disease and cancer,” said Bomser, who researches the effects of diet on chronic diseases. “Getting at least five servings a day of these items is still a good recommendation for promoting optimal health.” 

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Re: Nutrition - (Part 1) - The most efficient machine - Our body
10/16/2006 10:25:58 AM
hello   Venerian....thanks for the good health information...we can always use this kind of information...Larry
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