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Living with the StarsHow the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycles of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars$
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Karel Schrijver and Iris Schrijver

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727439.001.0001

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Countering Wear and Tear

Countering Wear and Tear

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Living with the Stars

Karel Schrijiver

Iris Schrijiver

Oxford University Press

This chapter is at the heart of remaining healthy. When the body’s self-repair processes fail to function effectively, diseases emerge, in many cases because the balance between cell death and generation is upset. Many diseases have their origins in damage to the genetic material (DNA), whereas others result from the accumulation of detrimental chemicals. There is no permanent way around aging, although lifestyle decisions influence the process. Considering just how much goes on in our bodies to maintain it in a healthy functional state over decades, it is simply amazing how well the body functions. Much in our body is replaced, recycled, and in flux over our lifetime. Billions of cells die each day and roughly the same number are created in cycles that continue throughout life

Keywords:   aging, disease, health, cell generation, self-repair, cell death

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