The human body is in danger every single day. Sometimes the attackers are visible, such as during physical violence or contact sport, sometimes the attackers are invisible and might even lurk within you.
In an episode of BBC’s Inside the human body, Michael Mosley uses spectacular graphics to reveal the ingenious ways in which your body defends itself against a hostile world where sunlight shatters your DNA and every breath contains microbes that can kill.
Mosley introduces us to Cristian, a bull jumper whose muscles give him the strength to avoid a violent death, three-year-old Rowan whose internal army fights off the flu virus, and Johnny who gets injured almost every week to earn his living, relying upon his body’s remarkable ability to heal.
We also witness an extreme example of the body’s ability to heal itself. Richard Edwards is filmed having his damaged hands cut off and replaced with someone else’s – the first time a transplant of this nature is done.
This episode is loaded in four installments.
(Compiled by Ilse Pauw and Denzil Daniels, Health24, June 2011)
The Inside the human body series on BBC.
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