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Fantastic Voyage Essay

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Good afternoon everyone! I am Ms. Rae and I will be your tour guide today. I am glad that you are able to join me and my camera man as we are once again shrunken down to just eight microns long. Some of you have not been on this kind of fantastic voyage before and I see some that were here for our trip to the lung. Today we will be swallowed by 55 year old Mr. Barker. Today we will witness the digestion processes of his hamburger, French fries, and root beer. This will be a truly amazing process to witness. We will be traveling through his gastrointestinal tract (GI). This is a tube that goes from the mouth and down to the esophagus, to the stomach, duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and the anus. We won’t be exiting there, instead we will take our journey to the distal ileum and into the blood stream through the Superior Mesenteric Vein. Our sub will make ...view middle of the document...

Mr. Barker has just begun eating his lunch. We are in his burger. Don’t worry he won’t chew the sub. Looks like he is starting with his french fries. It looks like we are up next. This is so exciting. Here we are entering his mouth. See how his molars are breaking the food down into smaller and easier to swallow pieces. This is actually the beginning of the digestive process. Here his saliva helps aid in the breaking down of proteins and carbohydrates. Saliva is produced from the submandibular, sublingual, and parotid glands (Patton & Thibodeau, 2008). Saliva contains amylase, which breaks down the polysaccharides. Once we and the food have been chewed up in the mouth we are being swallowed, sending us down the esophagus. The esophagus is a long tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach. As we are moving through the esophagus can you feel that? That is a rhythmic wave that is pushing us and the food down to the stomach. Passing by the liver and the gall bladder, we are in this sac like thing. What is that, a passenger asks? Well, the structure that we are in is the stomach. In the stomach there is a gastric acid that the food is basically bathed in. This acid further breaks downs the food into amino acids and fatty acids (DeVault and Rinzler, 2013). This is known as chyme. Wow! I am glad that we are in this sub. I would hate to be out there in that. We better get going.
Let’s now head to the duodenum. This is the first part of the small intestine. Nutrients begin being pulled out of this mess as it travels through the intestines. In the small intestines are some other digestive juices like, bile from the liver and the gallbladder. This is neat because this bile allows fat and water to mix (DeVault and Rinzler, 2013). What? That can’t happen says someone. Look here and you can see that. Bile helps you to absorb fats into the bloodstream.The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder help pull out more of the much needed nutrients for our bodies to absorb. This part of our trip may take up to four hours. If we were to stretch out Mr. Barkers small intestine, it would be about 22 feet long!

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