refining composition of a human being

Artem Evdokimov AEVDOKIMOZ at
Mon Jan 6 19:55:38 EST 2003

"j" <news at> wrote in message
news:3e194bc6$0$49115$e4fe514c at
> well, if you're curious, I would just like to have a shopping list
> to take to a human-being-retail-shop and get all the ingredients
> myself, rather than just getting one out-of-the-box. I'm a bit of
> a do-it-yourself handyman, you see ? but to be sure, I would love
> to see all these ingredients together and then imagine a scientist
> trying to puzzle and mix everything together, a bit like what we're
> trying to do with DNA sequences, these days. You think you can
> help me getting this list a bit more accurate ? I'm not a chemist or
> biologist, perhaps you are ?

I am a biologist/chemist - at least on cursory examination the list seems
reasonably complete. There are nonzero amounts of almost any other stable
isotope in human body, just depending on how much you're exposed to. For
instance, daily exposure to fluorinated toothpaste will result in
accumulation of fluorine (which if I remember correctly isn't on your list).
Exposure to certain medication (and natural abundance) means a small degree
of retention of Lithium. Exposure to leaded gas or its derivatives would
result in slight incorporation of Lead. There is a reasonable amount of
Boron in the human body also, especially if it's true that certain bacteria
use boro-organics to signal each other (or if you were exposed to Borax).
This can go on ad infinitum :) oh don't forget if you ever played with
yellow fluorescent glass marbles, chances are you've been exposed to Uranium
salts (perfectly harmless at that dosage). If you ever lived in or near
Eastern Europe (Chernobyl) or other sites of nuclear accidents you have
probably been exposed to all sorts of esoteric isotopes which in turn
decayed to various interesting elements.



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