Sunday, March 16, 2008

The amazing human body

Last night I caught an encore of the Discovery channel's "The Human Body: pushing the limits." I watched three of the four shows which looked at strength, brainpower, sensation, and sight. The premise of the shows were to give real world examples of how our bodies perform to the maximum when pushed to their limits.

Some of the stories they presented were incredible. A man launched a quarter of a mile thrown onto the ground due to a raging tornado and surviving with no broken bones. The sturdiness of his bones saved him after he had been knocked out by a lamp which made his body limp. Another man slipped while rock climbing and had a half ton boulder fall pin him. He managed to throw the boulder off. He never would have been able to do this except that his body was under so much stress.

One man became lost at sea for 76 days. He survived by eating all parts of a fish, including eyes, liver, etc. Essentially, his brain retuned itself to the missing nutrients his body needed under starvation.

There were many other stories like these. It's a fascinating topic to me. It reminds me how much we take our own bodies for granted. Our bodies were made to adapt and survive. It truly does everything in its power to keep itself sustained when it is pushed to the limit and under tremendous stress. This is a good reminder to to all of us how important it is to take care of our bodies. After all, we all only have one.

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