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Skin(Review) Hi everyone, Yes, another week has past and we trust that it was a good one for you! Lets carry on with what we take so much for guaranteed and actually we know so little about... The skin. We have already mentioned, in passing, some of the other functions of the skin but let us briefly review. The membranes secrete certain fluids required for a variety of purposes. The skin is also an absorbing organ. It aids the lungs and stomach, for example, by taking up nourishment from without the body in the form of solids, liquids, or gases, oxygen being the most important. Each cell must make its own energy so that its function may proceed as required, so that it may carry on with the multitudinous numbers of chemicals, physical and perhaps, even electrical and other processes that are part of cellular metabolism. We all have sick cells and we all have healthy cells. If most of the cells are healthy, they will be able to maintain a working balance between their functioning duties and the elimination of their share of the metabolic wastes of the body. However, the more diseased cells there are in the skin, the more disturbed body equilibrium becomes and as a result, the integration of bodily is reduced or even no longer possible in severe cases. The vigour of the important eliminating processes of the skin is always dependent on the available energy supply. Cells enervated by toxic wastes become inefficient energy producers and thus become diseased. Another function of the skin is protection. The skin can cope reasonably well with bruises, scratches, hard blows, and friction rubbing. When the latter, for example, becomes excessive or prolonged, the skin simply mobilises its manufacturing facilities and produces a harder and thicker surface to act as a protective barrier, this being known to us as callous. A callous represents just one of the many defensive adaptive measures possible to the skin when it is confronted with danger. The human skin seems to come equipped with its own reparative supplies and with its own repairman well trained to cope with all common emergencies. It is fantastically self-healing. When the skin is well nourished and healthy, wounds seldom leave a noticeable scar. Another function of the skin is its flexibility. It can be moved in just about any direction we may choose. Whenever it is subjected to any undue pressure, it just bounces back and assumes a normal position once the pressure is removed. Perhaps the most remarkable talent of all is the skin's ability to grow as we grow and, in later life, to shrink as we shrink! Next week we will take a closer look at some common diseases of the skin. Until then we wish you and your families a safe and enchanted week. The Crazy Nut Team P.S. If you have missed any of the previous articles and would like to read them, please visit our archives at

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