Body Care Manual Transmission Fluid Blood and Bloodstream Part 1

About Dick Gregory and the Body Owner's Manual, biology and anatomy of the transmission fluids, functions of blood and bloodstream.


The bloodstream is the transmitter of food throughout the body system and at the same time the garbage collector. There are about 4 qts. of blood in constant circulation out of the 6 qts. or more in the body machine.

To appreciate the marvel of the circulating bloodstream, it might help to realize that your blood deals in more billions than the U.S. Dept. of Defense! The bloodstream is composed of some 24 or 25 billion microscopic cells. They travel so fast through the body machine, it would make the astronauts' and the NASA engineers' heads swim. Every 15 to 25 seconds, the 20 billion-plus cells travel the whole route, from head to foot, through the heart and to the lungs to get a fresh supply of oxygen and leave behind the carbonic-acid gas from the body system. Those 20 billion-plus cells make from 3,000 to 5,000 round trips through the body machine every 24 hours!

So every second of the day and night, billions of blood cells are traveling through the heart and into the breathing chambers of the lungs. And each and every one must have proper nourishment for the journey. The next time you're tempted to make a diet of pastries and coffee, stop and think if your blood cells will find it ideal fuel for the distances they must travel. And think of the work load of the blood cells in a mere 16 cupfuls of blood.

Every cell and tissue of the body is constantly being bathed in lymph fluid. The lymph is a fluid substance made up of cells known as lymph cells; white blood cells or corpuscles, or leukocytes; and scavenger cells known as phagocytes. So completely is the body machine covered with lymph vessels for the bathing and lubricating process that if the lymph vessels were placed end to end in a straight line they would span a distance of over 100,000 mi.

The lines of the intestine, for example, are filled with lymph nodes, or knots, which continuously serve as security agents in the body to guard against the intrusion of destructive substances and liquids. Millions of other lymph security guards are located at strategic points in the body machine. For example, a specially refined lymph (cerebrospinal fluid) cushions the brain and the spinal cord against the walls of bone surrounding them. The condition of this lymph is very important in maintaining the mental and physical balance of the body machine.

Such seemingly simple acts as standing up, walking, running, and other physical movements are completely dependent upon the healthy functioning and the balanced relationship of the brain and the spinal cord. The muscles receive their impulses for physical movement from the spinal cord and the coordination comes from the brain. The ear channels are also filled with lymph. Every time the head is moved one way or the other, the lymph level changes. You can't agree or disagree without the lymph being involved! Thus the lymph is very important in keeping the physical equilibrium of the entire body machine.

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