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jaydee
752784.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:27 pm Reply with quote

Did i hear right? did Sir Stephen tell us that humans have a minute amount of gold in our bodies? if so where is it? cheers

 
Posital
752785.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:28 pm Reply with quote

Probably in yer liver - that's where all the heavy-metal dudes hang out...

 
Moosh
752788.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:37 pm Reply with quote

I believe many people keep theirs in their teeth.

 
CB27
752790.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:39 pm Reply with quote

You have to remember that there will be trace elements of various minerals, metals and chemicals in water and food. Our bodies are able to deal with certain levels of each of these, which is why we can enjoy foods like chocolate, so there's a good chance you might occasionally absorb gold, as well as other metals, sometime in your life.

 
Zebra57
752801.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:27 pm Reply with quote

In the average human body there is about 0.000021 pounds of gold. (ref Thomas Glover Pocket Reference Book)

 
jaydee
752802.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:29 pm Reply with quote

but where in the body is it held?

 
Jenny
752812.  Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:03 pm Reply with quote

Not necessarily all in one place, surely?

 
Just Say No To Vorderman
752884.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:59 am Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
I believe many people keep theirs in their teeth.


My dentist told me there is practically no gold in gold teeth these days and hasn't been for the last few decades (in the UK)

 
busk31
752891.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:52 am Reply with quote

It is everywhere in the body, but the highest concentrations are found around the heart. -We can now use that to do heart imaging using a Au 195 radio-isotope. -which can give an image of the blood-containing structures within the heart.
-In Britain this new technology has been developed in St. Bartholomew's hospital, London. One expert described the gold used in this way as 'a very convenient medium for rapid assessment of changes in cardiac function"

..You wave some gold around and the cardiac function changes..imagine that..

 
Efros
752931.  Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:42 am Reply with quote

Gold drugs have long been used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, heavy metals don't necessarily wind up in the liver some are known to accumulate in the brain, osmium I believe accumulates in the eyes.

 

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