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This is a discussion on why doesn't our stomach "like" our own blood? in Gastroenterology Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... Maybe the stupidest question? But for GI bleeders, or even just tonsillectomies or wisdom teeth...by brownbook Jun 15, '12Maybe the stupidest question? But for GI bleeders, or even just tonsillectomies or wisdom teeth removal, etc., why can't, or doesn't, our stomach just digest blood like any other "food." Why does it almost always get thrown up?
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- Jun 17, '12 by amoLuciaWhatever possessed you to thinkup this question??? YUCK! It is an interesting one to think about! Just something I would never have thought of. But I can add folk with 'bloody noses' too.
This inquiring mind would like to know too. Think maybe there's an allergic response??? I don't know --- maybe somebody in hemotology would know?Last edit by amoLucia on Jun 17, '12 : Reason: spelling
- Jun 18, '12 by brownbookI still don't know, but thanks for your response. Makes it seem like not such a dumb question. I float to the GI clinic once in a while. I will ask the MD.
- Jun 18, '12 by amoLuciaBrownbook - please come back to the thread if you get an answer. Your question really does intrigue me and I'd like to knoow too. Thanks.
PS - There's no such thing as a dumb or stupid question. This IS a good question.
- Jul 16, '12 by brownbookHi, I asked two different GI docs. The answer was just kind of vague.....blood is an irritant, blood is an emetic, blood is a laxative, etc. If I understood the Dr. correctly he even said blood will scar the intestinal lining it is so irritating.
But I still don't understand what "chemical" is in blood that is so irritating to our GI system?
Sorry, still confused.
- Jul 16, '12 by amoLuciaThank you for the comeback - I had forgotten about this thread. Still find it interesting. I'm not in any position to be checking with anyone, but I'll keep it in mind. Wonder what the pH is? Stomach is acidic so maybe it's too alkaline???
I wonder why I start to salivate a lot just before I throw up - I mean I just drool "sweet' too. Do others do this? This is getting to be a nasty topic. LOL:icon_roll
Thinking again to acid/base. People take antacids to neutralize sour stomach and that doesn't necessarily cause them to throw up, sooooo Back to question 1.Last edit by amoLucia on Jul 16, '12 : Reason: thinking about it more
- Jul 16, '12 by Hygiene QueenThe only thing I could think of would be pH.
How about the iron in the blood???
- Jul 17, '12 by amoLuciaThis is still on my mind. What about salinity of blood? If it's hypertonic maybe that would trigger emesis?
- Jul 22, '12 by Tragically HipThe pH of human blood is between 7.35 and 7.45 — very slightly alkaline — so that's not it. The salinity of human blood is certainly isotonic to the blood in your circulatory system, and is less salty than a lot of salty foods, so that's not it.
Here's some interesting information from answers dot yahoo dot com: Why is blood a cathartic?
- Jul 23, '12 by RNsRWeSince it's a biological 'quirk' that we can eat animal blood without issue and frequently (although not always) vomit after ingesting human blood, I like to think it's G-d's little way of making sure Bobby doesn't become Breakfast
OTOH, it isn't kosher to eat even ANIMAL blood so.... Ok, this is going weird now.
Sometimes a small amount of human blood with make someone violently sick, and another person won't react at all.
Me, I think I'll stick with Margueritas!