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Breast milk is 87% water.

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With migraine headaches, people usually need to lie down to feel better.

With cluster headaches, people usually need to move around to feel better.

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Sledding down the snow on the concrete steps behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a piece of cardboard leads to contusions of the L5-S5 vertebrae.  🙂

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Carbon dioxide is acidic.  When you hyperventilate, you are basically blowing out a ton of carbon dioxide.  Since you are blowing out a ton of carbon dioxide, you are getting rid of a whole lot of acid in your body and making your body generally more basic, or alkalitic (like lye or baking soda).  This leads to what’s called respiratory alkalosis.

This is why, when you hyperventilate, someone will hand you a brown paper bag to breathe into.  This will effectively make you re-breathe all that carbon dioxide you are getting rid of, thereby bringing your body back into the correct acid-base state.

This is also why, if you attempt to hold your breath forever, you will pass out — the body’s way of saying, “Whoa nellie, let’s get ourselves back into a better acid-base state.”

Good times!

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Medical Fact of the Day #10

The heart pumps out about 5 liters of blood per minute, depending on heart rate, blood pressure, and other things.  That’s more than 1.5 gallons of blood per minute!

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You can’t have an allergic reaction to anything the first time you are exposed to it.

For example, if you have a peanut allergy, you will not have a reaction the first time you ever eat peanuts — it’s the 2nd time you eat peanuts where you will have an allergic reaction.  This is because the body, during first exposure to peanuts, starts up its defense mechanisms in preparation for subsequent exposure, and then when you eat peanuts for the 2nd time, it goes into attack mode and you have an allergic reaction.

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A little update for y’all.  Just checked the numbers, and the total amount raised as of this afternoon is …

$4,343,830.75

Woo!  I thought it was over $2 million, and it sure is.

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