Body Care Manual Carburetor or the Lungs

About Dick Gregory and the Body Owner's Manual, biology and anatomy of the carburetor or lungs, functions of the respiration.


The lungs are made up of tiny bunches of cells similar to grapes, microscopic in size and about 400 million in number. The importance of the lungs is emphasized by the fact that the body machine can operate days, weeks, and months without food; at least days and perhaps weeks without water, but only a few minutes without air. The blood cells and corpuscles must have oxygen to burn up waste matter, break down the structure of food and liquid, and make available atoms and molecules to the cells, tissues, and glands of the body machine.

The machine takes in about a pt. of air at a time, or 20,000 pts. a day, or 2,500 gal. After each intake of air, the body lets out millions of molecules in the form of carbonic-acid gas. That's the in-and-out performance of the body machine according to Mother Nature's ideal design, with no interference in the carburetor.

When foods are eaten which produce a high degree of mucus in the system, such as cow's milk and starchy foods, the excess mucus lodges in the lungs (as well as other places in the body). The little bunches in the lungs become so tightly clogged that oxygen can't get through. The same thing happens, of course, when cigarette smoke or polluted air is inhaled. This is in addition to the nicotine content of cigarettes, which has an extremely poisonous effect upon the system . . .

Incidentally, the "relaxing" or "soothing" effect upon the nerves cigarette smokers claim to rationalize their habit is really nothing other than a deadening or anesthetizing of the nerve centers. Death is indeed ultimate relaxation!

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