spleen

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The Chinese Medicine Perception

a: Spleen ~
b: busy mailroom

What: "the Spleen is like a busy mailroom in a large downtown office building. The mail (aka food and drink) comes in from the outside, and the workers must sort through it, discarding the junk mail as waste, and delivering important documents to the correct businesses above. A properly functioning mailroom will do this task with expedience, no junk mail will collect, and all the businesses will receive the necessary documents in a timely matter. However, let's say a few of the workers are out sick. The functionality of the mailroom will decrease with similar consequences as to what happens when the Spleen Qi becomes weak: there will be an accumulation of unwanted material"

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Writer: Anna Strong
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:34 PM



a: Spleen ~
b: elaborate wetland

What: "More recently, researchers determined that the spleen is like an elaborate wetlands, a Mississippi bayou for filtering and freshening the blood. In other organs, blood flows through an interconnected mesh of increasingly narrow arteries, veins and capillaries. The spleen, by contrast, has a so-called noncapillary circulatory system: as the blood flows in, it is dumped into puddle-like sinusoids, and to get back out it must squeeze between cells. That dumping and squeezing help filter out blood-borne parasites, aging blood cells too brittle for compression and the little oxidized pellets, the BB's, with which red blood cells are often pocked. "

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Writer: NATALIE ANGIER
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:36 PM



a: Spleen ~
b: giant lymph node

What: "A spleen is like a giant lymph node, an oblong organ in the upper left abdomen. Its white pulp teems with lymphocytes and monocytes, and the red pulp houses more lymphocytes, red blood cells, and macrophages, which mop up debris - old red blood cells and bacteria."

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Writer: Ricki Lewis
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:38 PM


A Link To All Things Spleen

a: Spleen ~
b: airport security desk

What: "Blood flow through the spleen is really rather complicated, but for brevity imagine that the spleen is like an airport security desk through which all the red blood cells, white blood cells, viruses, bacteria, parasites and other assorted bits and pieces are passed. If the spleen is doing it's job, then the foreign material is quickly grabbed by macrophages (my favourite white blood cell"

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Writer: Nick
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:42 PM



a: Spleen ~
b: a big sponge

What: "The spleen is like a big sponge. It is a vascular, blood-filled organ that has the function of filtering the blood. Because that is its specific purpose there is a very large supply of blood to the organ. Also, it is surrounded by a cellophane-like capsule."

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Writer: Dr. Jerry Punch
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:44 PM


That Sounds Good To Eat....

a: Spleen ~
b: a big bowl of Jell-o wrapped in Saran Wrap

What: "The spleen is a fist-sized organ located under the left rib cage near the stomach. It helps fight infection in youth, but is not considered a critical organ as people age." ... "The spleen is like a big bowl of Jell-o wrapped in Saran Wrap,"

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Writer: Dr. Tom Shires
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: Jun 7 2013 4:46 PM



a: Spleen ~
b: big tonsil

What: "A spleen is like a big tonsil. "

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Writer: Magnolia
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Date: Jun 7 2013 4:48 PM


The Poetry Angle.....

a: Spleen ~
b: jelly in my belly

What: "my spleen is like jelly in my belly. I've been so alone since the crack of dawn. For so long I haven't written anything in this tongue. Nothing in nobody's mouth."

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Writer: Adam Wiedemann
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Date: Jun 7 2013 5:00 PM



a: Spleen ~
b: a minister of agriculture

What: "the Spleen is 'like a minister of agriculture, watching over production and distribution."

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Writer: Harriet Beinfield
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Date: Jun 7 2013 5:03 PM



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