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We visited “The Bodies Revealed” last week in Toledo.
Being a nurse I have always been fascinated by the wonder of the human body, so dragged my poor non-medical husband through an exhibit that some people would find gross. I loved it!
Bodies Revealed exposes the human body in unprecedented detail normally reserved for medical professionals. The human body specimens are preserved through a new technique called polymer preservation. In the process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body’s many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. All of the bodies and partial specimens were donated to accredited medical universities and all died from natural causes.
The details in the human body reveal just how much God attunes to every minute details to our lives.
Think about this:
1. The human body is composed of 100 trillion cells
2. Bone marrow creates 2.5 million new red blood cells every second
3. Humans have the most evolved facial muscles of all the mammals.
4. By the time you reach the age of 70, you will have taken at least 600 million breaths
5. You have 100,00 miles of blood vessels within you.
6. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin. (Tempted to make a diet comment here but won’t. LOL)
7. The average human body contains enough: iron to make a 3 inch nail, sulfur to kill all fleas on an average dog, carbon to make 900 pencils, potassium to fire a toy cannon, fat to make 7 bars of soap, phosphorous to make 2,200 match heads, and water to fill a ten-gallon tank.
8. There are 45 miles of nerves in the skin and 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
9. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. While a bloodhound’s nose may be a million times more sensitive than a human’s, that doesn’t mean that the human sense of smell is useless. Humans can identify a wide variety of scents and many are strongly tied to memories.
10. Do you know that except for the brain cells, 50,000,000 of the cells in our body die by the time you will complete reading just this single sentence and still amazing, another 50,000,000 cells will have replaced the dead ones?
Creator God, I am astonished at your intricate masterpiece that I so often take for granted. As I pause to appreciate your attention to the tiniest detail of this body I am living within, I thank you for life. You surprise me once again and I am grateful for your creativity.
What surprised you the most about God?