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Podcast: How Your Body Works - Overview of Organ Systems, by Dr. Ben Kim
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Aug 26, 2008
Experiencing your best health as you age doesn't have to be complicated. Actually, the secrets to staying healthy as you age are profoundly simple. But don't expect the majority of licensed physicians to share this opinion.
Some health practitioners understand that using complicated medical jargon tends to establish themselves as authority figures who should be respected and obeyed. Explaining simple truths on how to stay healthy isn't a good technique for building a reputation as a brilliant physician.
If you want to be relatively free of the fear of not knowing enough about your health that you have to rely on others to make big decisions for you, it's critical that you take some time to learn about how your body works.
The goal of this series of articles is to give you a broad look at the major organ systems in your body and how they work together to keep you well. As you read this series, I encourage you to adopt the mindset of having to learn this material well enough to teach it to a group of junior high school students - this mindset should lead to an excellent understanding of how to care for your health.
Before we look at the major organ systems that work to keep you well, let's first review some basic definitions.
You're likely familiar with most or all of the major organs in your body. Your brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, and pancreas are well known examples of organs. Less well known as organs are your bones and skin.
Your organs are collections of specialized tissues, and your tissues are collections of groups of cells. So in reverse order, a simple, big picture look at your anatomical make-up looks like this:
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