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How Much Human Skin Does a Person Ingest Over the Course of Their Lifetime?
Anonymous Kritter Show this Post
11-06-2018, 04:38 AM #1
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The average American eats almost a ton of food a year. This breaks down to roughly 630 of milk, cheese and ice cream, 185 pounds of meat, and an increasingly high dosage of anti-depressants. But where does human flesh fit in? Humans shed something like 500 million skin cells a day. The fact is that these literal millions of shed cells are making it right into our mouths, often—especially—when we think we’re only eating a couple of eggs or whatever.

What’s the final tally, eating-dead-skin-cells-wise? Laying on our deathbeds, will be ever be able to know the precise poundage of flesh we’ve eaten in a lifetime? For this week’s Giz Asks, we turned to a number of reputable dermatologists for some answers. It is maybe not so surprising that, as we learned, no serious scholar has devoted any research to getting a proper estimate on this one. But our experts gamely arranged their own equations.

Dr. Johann E. Gudjonsson

Professor of Skin Molecular Immunology and Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

To my knowledge, nobody has actually tried to measure this, but I guess it depends on whether you bite your nails or not. If you do, I’d expect it to be a lot over the course of an entire lifetime—probably up to at least few hundred grams, if not more. But if you don’t, then probably not more than a few grams.

You also have to take into account that the inside of your mouth, down to the opening of the stomach, is covered in what’s called stratified epithelia—similar to but not the same as the skin—and so that will add quite substantially to this amount over one’s entire lifetime.
Are we ingesting other people’s skin cells, too?

As for other people’s skin cells—That’s probably a bit hard to classify. Fomites [i.e., nonliving objects capable of carrying infection] are all over the place, and these carry dead skin cells, as well as breakdown products of skin—so yes, I think you’d be inhaling and ingesting other people skin to some extent. But probably much more from your own household members than from anybody else.

Lots more https://gizmodo.com/how-much-human-skin-...1830221873
Beef Jerkey Show this Post
11-06-2018, 04:46 AM #2
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11-06-2018, 06:32 AM #3
RiskyRob Master Blaster
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And you haven't mentioned the actual cannibals!
11-06-2018, 01:25 PM #4
Strigoi Diavolul
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lmao.gif Some consume more human flash than others.

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11-06-2018, 03:45 PM #5
Adde All in Moderation
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11-06-2018, 06:21 PM #6
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11-06-2018, 07:44 PM #7
Meh Member
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cheers.gif Hey Adde
11-06-2018, 08:53 PM #8
The Black Friar Member
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The article is bad enough but the comments on gizmodo are particularly unsettling.


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