A single human being’s DNA contains as much information as fifty novels.
A 1982 Harvard study confirmed that Tibetan monks can raise their body temperature with their minds. Practitioners of “g-tummo” yoga demonstrated the ability to raise the temperature of different parts of their bodies through meditation alone.
If you rub fresh garlic on the soles of your feet, about an hour later you can actually taste the garlic. This is because the molecule that causes garlic’s smell, allicin, is small enough to penetrate the skin and blood vessels, where it goes all the way up to your mouth and nose.
In 1991 it was discovered that the heart has its “little brain” or “intrinsic cardiac nervous system.” This “heart brain” is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system.
Most Korean people don’t have armpit odor. Only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor. As a result deodorants are rarely sold in Korea.
When a girl from India lost both her arms, she received big, dark and hairy arm transplants from a man. However after a few years, her new arms became more slender and also changed colour to match her skin tone.
Feeling sick is part of the body’s attempts to preserve energy for the immune system and make you act in a way that signals to nearby people that you need help
Our skin is covered in invisible stripes. First observed by Alfred Blaschko in the early 1900s, they appeared not to follow any known body system. Visible only under UV light, these stripes now known to be cellular relics of fetal development from singular-cell beings to fully formed humans.
For generations doctors assumed that the appendix had no function. But recently it is determined it “acts as a good safe house for bacteria”. Sometimes bacteria in the intestines die or are purged. The appendix’s job is to reboot the digestive system in that case.
The average human body temperature has been dropping by 1/20 of a degree Fahrenheit per decade, since being established as 98.6 in 1851. The reason is improved health and thus reduced population-level inflammation; heat is a symptom of inflammation.