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Here Are 5 Body Parts You Can Actually Live Without

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By Lifepost | self meida writer
Published 18 days ago - 13 views

The human body is incredibly resilient. When you donate a pint of blood, you lose about 3.5 trillion red blood cells, but your body quickly replaces them. You can even lose large chunks of vital organs and live.

For example, people can live relatively normal lives with just half a brain). Other organs can be removed in their entirety without having too much impact on your life.

Believe it or not, the body is full of parts and organs that you don't actually need to survive. While many of them are there for a specific purpose, and are therefore necessary in some capacity, plenty of people have parts removed due to injury or illness, or to lower their risk of certain diseases — and go on to lead full, healthy lives.

Many times, that's because we have quite a few doubles of things in the body, so it's possible to function when only one is left. "It’s not that having two of the same thing is useless, it’s just that once it’s removed, [the] other half works double time to make up for its lost partner.

The human body is a marvelous machine. With more than 600 muscles, approximately 206 bones, and thousands of tendons, there are a lot of moving parts that go into keeping a person alive. Our organs are at the center of all this action. Each one is a part of a larger system and has a specific purpose that allows our bodies to perform many of life's basic functions.

But did you know that the body is capable of carrying on without some of them?

It turns out that you don't actually need all of your organs to live.

Due to a combination of evolution and medical advancements, countless humans have lived and are currently living without several organs that were once thought of as vital.

There’s no doubt about it — your body goes through some pretty amazing processes every single day to keep you alive. Your heart beats steadily without you having to think about it.

Your lungs take in oxygen with little effort. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg — The Independent reminds us just how important certain body parts are. Without your pinky finger, you’d lose 50% of the strength in your hand. And your stomach acid is strong enough to dissolve metal.

But have you ever considered the parts of your body that are pretty useless? From your internal organs to your extremities, there’s a lot going on that you really don’t need. If you removed these 5, you’d be totally fine.


1. Tall Bone.

Don’t get concerned as to how you’re going to walk without a tailbone, because research has proven that when humans learnt how to walk, the tailbone almost became useless. Interesting.

2. Appendix.

Your appendix is at the lower right side of your abdomen where the small intestine meets the large intestine, and people have had them removed because they were infected, and are totally fine.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, doctors still aren't 100% certain why we need appendixes in the first place.

So far they know the appendix produces immunoglobulins, which are proteins that help the immune system fight infection.

However there are other organs in the body that produce lymphatic tissue for a similar reason, so the appendix isn't completely necessary for survival.

3. Wisdom Teeth.

It’s more than safe to say that this is by far the most useless tooth in your mouth and gives the most pain when growing. Better get it out and enjoy true freedom!

4. Darwin’s tubercle – the top skin fold on the ear.

This term is used to describe the thickened fold of cartilage and skin at the top of the ear present in 10% of people.

The function of this thickened ear fold is unclear, but some researchers say that it might have been a joint that could allow the ear to flop down or swivel to enable prehistoric humans to hear better and protect themselves in the wild. Nowadays we no longer need the amplified hearing that was so crucial for our prehistoric forefathers.

5. Male nipples.

The only reason males have nipples is because for the first 60 days in the womb, males and females develop exactly the same way. It is only after 60 days that the chromosomes determine which sex organs will develop. Male nipples were possibly never eradicated by natural selection because they don’t do any harm.

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