Body Care Manual Food Digestion, Colon and Waste Part 1

About Dick Gregory and the Body Owner's Manual, biology and anatomy of the stomach, intestines, colon, digestion, other parts and how they function.

THE SEWAGE SYSTEM

This is probably the most important section of the Body Owner's Manual. It has been claimed that 9/10 of the physical disorders and diseases of body owners have their origin in the stomach and intestines. The 2 great abuses body owners inflict upon the machine Mother Nature has given them are the failure to nourish the organs in the body responsible for the proper elimination of waste matter and the failure to give careful and immediate attention to Mother Nature's call that waste matter must be eliminated.

First, let us trace the route of food as it leaves the plate. Food is chewed by the teeth, manipulated by the lips, tongue, and cheeks, and moistened and softened by saliva fluid. The saliva also has a chemical action on the food, and it begins the digestive process. When food is gulped or chewed very little, the digestive process is thrown out of balance from the very beginning. . . .

Food which has been chewed and insalivated in the mouth reaches the stomach through a drainpipe called the esophagus, entering at the upper opening of the stomach. Then the stomach begins its own process of digestion by secreting a fluid called the gastric juice. The gastric juice begins to dissolve and break down the mass of food so that it can be absorbed into the body. While this chemical action is going on, the fluid portion of the food and the liquids which have been consumed are being separated from the solids, absorbed through the walls of the stomach and taken by the blood to the kidneys, the skin pores, and so on. The stomach muscles are busy churning up the digested food and creating a semifluid food mass of chemically changed matter which passes into the small intestine.

The small intestine is about 1 1/2" in diameter, some 30' long, and ingeniously wound around upon itself so that it occupies only a small place in the body machine compared to its length. The entire length of the small intestine is lined with a soft, velvety covering of tiny little projections known as villi. The wall is also lined with millions of glands that secrete enzymes needed for the digestion of various food elements.

In the small intestine the digestive process of breaking down food elements is completed. The enzymes secreted from the walls of the small intestine are assisted by enzymes secreted by the pancreas and bile provided by the liver. When the breakdown is completed, the digested food element is ready for absorption into the lymph system. It is picked up by the villi, which contain blood and lymph vessels.

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