OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN
OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN is a fascinating, artful and educational exhibit consisting of actual human bodies and organs.
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Appropriate for all ages, this exhibit literally goes “under the skin”, revealing the mysteries of the human anatomy. The bodies, specimens and organs have been preserved using a process known as polymer impregnation. OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN allows you the insight to the inside: giving one a true look at the inner workings of the extraordinary human body.
As you enter the exhibit, you will have the opportunity to examine the human body as a whole. Continuing throughout the exhibit, you will journey through each of the body’s major systems allowing you to see first hand how they function and relate to other systems.
OUR BODY SYSTEMS
THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
There are eleven major organs in a human body and five organ systems which each contains a vital organ. These structures are important for a healthy body function, keeping you healthy. Here are some of the most important organ systems without which your body to cease to function.
The nervous system sends signals which can work throughout your by which can help one control functions and movements. It comprises of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous systems. It helps one to direct the quick responses which can help one ensure that you have the right stimuli with automatic reflexes. The nervous system works with the endocrine systems, which is important to control the metabolism and other body functions.
The Nervous system relies on the electrical signals to send messages to the endocrine systems. These signals help the endocrine systems to secrete hormones into the blood and body fluids. The water balance, body growth and responses which can allow one to regulate activities by the systems. These glands help secrete hormones which include the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas and hypothalamus.
The cardiovascular system is also called the circulatory system. It contains the heart, the blood vessels and blood. The blood is important to transport nutrients, hormones, gases and waste products. The heart helps pump the blood throughout the body and maintain the blood pressure; the arteries pump blood away from the heart, veins return blood towards the hearts.
The respiratory system is the nasal cavities, throat areas and lungs. The air moves from the pharynx, which is connected to the digestive tract, which protects the opening of the trachea. The tracheas help one to find the right passage into the lungs. It acts as an air filter which can allow one to extract oxygen from the air and exhale carbon dioxide, which can be exhaled by the waste products.
The digestive system is the food which is absorbed by the body after being swallowed the food goes through the mouth, oesophagus and into the stomach. The stomach later breaks the food down mechanically and can be digested by the small intestine which can be used as the nutrition. The undigested materials generally go through the large intestine and the through the small intestine and excrete through the anus. The liver also plays a huge part as the undigested food is generally released through the system, and the bile helps with proper digestion.
It is important to note that each and every organ in the body has it is very own function, which aids in the organ system moving forward and helping one have a healthy body. It is important that one makes sure that they are taking care of the body in the best possible way.
I am interested in studying traumatic brain injuries as a medical student. I know some things about it, but not holistic treatments yet. I rely on traditional medicine for basic approaches but want to extend my research to new ways of coping and curing this malady. Few people think about TBI unless they know someone affected. I am interested in helping a young boxer my fellow students and I know from our gym. We see him punching the bag every evening and he has shared the fact that he has the condition and enjoys a workout to alleviate symptoms. Thus, the first piece of the puzzle is in place: exercise. He also jogs for his training and this compounds are certainty that working out helps TBI in many cases. We will test our hypothesis. We have interviewed him extensively and also some of his friends, many of whom served in the armed forces in the Middle East.
We know that traumatic brain injury means that brain cells die from some kind of trauma such as might occur in combat, or from lack of oxygen. This is most common in children. Blood plasma seeps into surrounding brain tissue resulting in dangerous inflammation and a compromised blood flow. The damage area then can become dormant or fully non-functional. Hyperbaric oxygen is the recommended treatment and can bring out significant healing. I am going to suggest to the boxer that he seek this road to recovery.
With boxers, a TBI can happen after a sudden jolt which may occur after a fall or a wayward jab. This occurs as well with motorcycle and bicycle riders. The brain in effect hits the skull. It can cause TBI or a concussion, a mild version. Most of you have heard of this. If the jolt is strong enough, the afflicted may experience a reduction in cognitive abilities including loss of emotional control, limited mobility, and compromised speech and use of the senses. It is a serious illness. Fortunately, our boxer didn’t get this far and he can enjoy the sport at any time. It often then comes down to treating mental health.
People with TBI can have emotional outbursts, experience difficult sleeping, feel dizzy, have headaches or memory loss and confusion. They may have trouble concentrating and are sensitive more than normal to light and noise. Controlling one’s environment is part of holistic treatment. Every patient has a different combination of symptoms and so there is no one formula for a cure. Psychiatric treatment is in order in many cases since behavioral problems often are symptomatic. It was heartening to see that our young boxer is not an extreme case and that he copes quite well as a result of his favorite sport. Research shows that the cure rate can be high if the right methods are used for treatment. My fellow students and I have learned a lot from our frequent conversations and observations. There is much more to know.
Special people require special gifts when there is a celebratory occasion. Such is the case of one of my favorite professors who is retiring. I want to give him something appropriate, not too fancy or expensive, but shows that I care about this major life change. Certain milestones are rather significant and this one, while about a professional relationship, is nevertheless very personal to me. I want to send him off in style with a small party to which everyone brings a little token gift.
I thought of a book on holistic medicine. There is a new one on the market that he probably doesn’t own. I think this would be appropriate and I can write an inscription inside the cover. Something like this:
Retirement is a time of reflection and new beginnings. May you enjoy your moments of freedom with gusto and ease. I will miss your constant presence, but will always remember you fondly with esteem.
Then I will sign my name.
The last day of class, I brought the book wrapped in festive paper. There was going to be a party nearby to send him off in style. He took the book and said he would treasure the gift from a favorite student. I was so flattered, but not as much as I was when he bestowed upon me a surprise present. I was humbled that he had thought of me with a very nice high-end rechargeable pen light. This was so useful, perfect, and a gift to cherish. This kind of consideration doesn’t always happen in an academic environment. As a matter of fact, I didn’t have a penlight, but it was more than that. The gift was symbolic of a long-standing, solid relationship. You welcome these moments in life as they are few and far between. It was a fond farewell and a bit sad.
I love the penlight. When I am out late at night and am trying to find my way or get the key in the car door, I can get it out in a second. For a small item, it has surprising range. I also like to use it to read menus in dimly-lit restaurants or a newspaper or book while on the bus. Some small practical devices become a staple of utility in your life. I will never regift it, but would consider buying a few for future presents. I know my colleagues and friends, even family, will enjoy it as much as I have. It comes in handy when you least expect it. Plus, who wants to carry around a giant flashlight. Where do you put it? I suppose in your backpack, but frankly mine is already full what with my wallet, keys, cell phone, bottled water, and appointment book. I have dark glasses, sometimes a snack, and a dictionary.
Thank you, professor, you were a good mentor and friend. It is hard to say goodbye. You made me enjoy your teaching subject and I will retain the information no doubt for life.
No one likes the idea of chemical extermination, even for those nasty roaches that invade now and then. It does the job but it is hardly green. It can be toxic to others besides pests such as humans and pets. So why use this old-school process? You must deal with roaches and you don’t know what else to do. People feel that having them is a sign of lack of cleanliness although this may or may not be the case. Sometimes they just find their way in whether or not you leave food on your kitchen counter. Some regions are more prone than others, so you live with it and hire a service.
I am here to tell you that you need not depend exclusively on traditional spray control. People have been working on non-toxic products for years. I know—you don’t trust them or find them as effective. Once you obliterate a roach, you never want it to once again rear its ugly head. So, you bait them with traps that your pets get curious about. I would never leave a cat or dog in a house with them. Then there is the problem that people put them in roach hiding places such as under the sink and forget about them until they stack up and become unsightly. Or maybe they are in the bathroom and one night you step on one. It is not a pleasant thought.
It is time to get down to using the power of nature for roach control. I know of some holistic approaches and so should you. I also have experimented with making my own powders and solutions. I have a problem in my apartment building laundry room and have taken it upon myself to do something about it before the landlord starts chemical treatment. Of course, I am going to let him know if I am successful. Pets are not allowed in the laundry room so there isn’t fear of harming them, but nonetheless I still want to use a green solution to an age-old problem. I will then let people know about it and they can borrow my product for their homes.
It is simple to use plants and herbs for pest control. The Chinese use them holistically for medicine and they are quite effective for many ailments. Add acupuncture and you have a complete program for good health. I have found that oleander ground into a powder and mixed with white cider vinegar works well when applied to affected areas. You can sponge it around the baseboard of any room and come back in a few hours. You will then no doubt find a carcass or two that you can simply pick up with a bit of newspaper and toss it in the trash, preferably in a plastic bag so it won’t fall out.
I believe in holistic living and that means pest control for roach killing. Join me and avoid chemical contamination of your home.
THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The Digestive System contains organs for changing the food we eat chemically, for absorption by our body tissues.
THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
The primary function of the respiratory system is to supply the blood with oxygen in order for the blood to deliver oxygen to all the different parts of the body.
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