Human Digestive System Facts

THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM breaks down food into simple components that the body’s cells can absorb and eliminates remaining waste. Food is propelled by muscular contractions through the digestive tract, the…

DIGESTIVE TRACT

The digestive tract is a series of hollow organs – the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and anus – connected to form a long tube. The tract has…

Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy

An allergic reaction to the proteins present in cows’ milk and cows’ milk products. AGE – Usually develops during the first 6 months of life GENETICS – Sometimes runs in…

EYETOOTH

I SUPPOSE YOU COULD call me one of the blue-collar workers of Joe’s body. I am not a brilliant chemist like his liver, or a dedicated slave like his heart….

THROAT

WHEN JOE SAYS “Good morning” at the breakfast table, the mechanical and electrical activity, and the intricate controls required to utter those words—any words— make the functioning of a space…

STOMACH

JOE FRETS about me more than any other organ in his body. He thinks I am terribly important. Actually, I am mostly just a convenience—a food reservoir that permits Joe…

INTESTINE

I AM THE UGLY duckling of Joe’s anatomy. Other organs behave with quiet modesty. Not me. Constantly I remind Joe of my existence: with embarrassing rumbles, crampy pain, overactivity at…

LIVER

JOE FRETS ABOUT his teeth, hair, lungs, heart; he is hardly aware of my existence. I am Joe’s liver, When he thinks of me at all, he has no trouble…