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LIVER

The liver filters all food, medication, pollutants and toxins. It also produces bile, a critical digestive enzyme. Its functions are vast including the manufacture of precursor proteins for sex hormones and brain health. Unlike the kidney and lungs that are in pairs, there is only one liver. It is critical for life

 

LUPUS-SYSTEMIC

This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system incorrectly thinks major organs of the body are the enemy. It attacks internal organs including the kidney and heart. This leads ultimately to organ failure and death.

 

LYMPH

Lymph is a clear fluid that flows through its own vessels located throughout the body. Lymph contains white blood cells, which are the germ fighters of the immune system. Lymph vessels do not have an active pump like the heart. Instead, lymph vessels have one way valves, and muscle motion pumps the lymph. You have just as many lymph vessels and capillaries as you have blood vessels and capillaries. Lymph in the lymph vessels eventually reaches a lymph node -- there are about 100 nodes scattered throughout the body. Lymph nodes filter the lymph and also contain large numbers of white blood cells which remove foreign cells and debris from the lymph. When you get certain infections, the lymph nodes swell with billions of white blood cells working to clear the foreign cells causing the infection. The filtered lymph then flows back into the blood stream at certain points.

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