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Thank your liver. Tuesday December 3, 2013

In the late 80's, in the Spanish town of El Ferrol, a memorial statue was unveiled in praise of the liver. The then Mayor Ulla, also a doctor, said that the granite sculpture was to give credit to this "unpretentious and unselfish organ."

It's perhaps not until something goes wrong with one of our intricately designed, beautifully made body parts do we truly appreciate our wondrous anatomy. It wasn't until I discovered I was about to lose my thyroid did I start to read about the astonishing role it, and indeed the endocrine system as a whole, plays in the mind-boggling symphony performing within us.

So, have you thanked your liver today? Did you give a wink of acknowledgment to your digestive system for dealing with your breakfast this morning? Do you know what your pancreas does, or even where it is situated? What of our windows on the world; the eyes? Do we take time to think about the awesome complexity of our brain?

Returning to the liver, I love what one anonymous writer wrote about this organ in an article entitled Your Liver Speaks Up:

'I participate in practically everything that you and the other organs in your body do. I'm vital to the digestion of your food, the sharpness of your brain, the strength of your muscles, the makeup of your blood, the beat of your heart. I'm well acquainted with you. Now, don't you think you should become more familiar with me? Only if you care for me can I do the same for you.'

Yes, taking a little time to learn about the wonders of the human body can inspire us to want to take better care of ourselves and to give our bodies a helping hand wherever we can.

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Melanie Lowndes Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 9:02am

I love this - I would like to know more about my organs and also from a Chinese medicine point of view.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 10:57am

Really liked this. The "physical" gets overlooked quite a lot as we try to understand the "mental" - but how fantastic is the body and mind and how can they possibly be unrelated?

Anonymous Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 3:55pm

Thank you for letting me know all about the liver. Yes, I would love to know more about each organ and what is perform to make my life alive. Cheers, M

Clare Wilkins Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 5:16pm

Drugs are metabolised in the liver and I have a liver function blood test twice a year because of this.

Anonymous Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 5:59pm

Not really what I wanted to read today, it triggered me as I lost my beloved Dad 2 weeks ago to liver cancer!

Anonymous Tue, Dec 3rd 2013 @ 11:12pm

Considering the amount of booze I used to guzzle down, it's amazing that my liver still works. I'm lucky to be alive ...

Anonymous Thu, Dec 5th 2013 @ 12:14pm

How could anyone say we are the product of blind chance or evolution!!! The way our bodies are designed is truly amazing and inspires awe. Psalm139:14

Anonymous Thu, Dec 5th 2013 @ 4:44pm

30 second anatomy by Gabrielle M Finn is great foe this!

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