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Masonic Wellness ? What amazing substance is your own Blood!

From: user 9.
Sent on: Sunday, November 22, 2009 2:00 PM
Mariners #67 of GLNY
invites all brothers and sisters to a regular Weekend Biking event on the scenic Manhattan bikeway along Hudson River.
Regular Weekend Biking is part of the Mariners 67 initiative for Masonic Wellness. 
This initiative aims to promote ideas about
Better             Physical Health,
Better             Nutrition and
Sharper Mental Fitness
among Masons and their families.
 
The biking weekend is also an opportunity to meet with fellow Masons and people interested to join Freemasonry. 
We meet around 4:00PM to share our bicycling experience and for light refreshments:
at Bowling 300, Pier 60 (23rd street @ West Street), at the tables near the Games Area.
 
The bar at ���Lackawanna Barge��� part of the ���Frying Pan��� complex is closed now till May of 2010.  There is also no running water and the water fountains do not work.
However the ���Frying Pan��� complex is open to visitors and hosts and metal sculpture exhibition ���Skins��� of the Argentinean sculptor Raul Farco.
It is open at 11:30AM.
Pier 66/Maritime at 26th Street and West Street
 
The health tip for the week of Nov.13-Nov.20, 2009:
What amazing substance is your own Blood! 
In ancient times the people didn���t have the tools of the modern science but still they understood the importance of the blood and very often declared it SACRED SUSTANCE.
Today science have discovered so many aspects of the Blood that it is frustrating to read all that is posted even in the easy to read - popular articles on the internet. 
It is even harder to sift through all this information and to learn only what is important and practical to know about your own blood.  For this reason, I will try to summarize what is Blood.
 
The average human adult has a blood volume of about 5 liters (1.3 gal), composed of
1)    Blood Plasma (54.3%)and
2)    several kinds of cells (45.7%).
The  formed elements (cells) of the blood are:
1.     Red Blood Cells (RBC or Erythrocytes) ��� 45%,
2.     Leukocytes (White Blood Cells) 0.7%, and
3.     Platelets (Thrombocytes).
 
Red Blood Cells (RBC or Erythrocytes) ��� 45%,
The RBC-consist mainly of hemoglobin, a complex molecule containing heme groups whose iron atoms temporarily link to oxygen molecules in the lungs and release them throughout the body.  Oxygen can easily diffuse through the red blood cell's cell membrane.  Hemoglobin also carries some of the waste product carbon dioxide back from the tissues. 
 
Leukocytes (White Blood Cells) 0.7%,
The White Blood Cells are part of the immune system; they destroy and remove old or aberrant cells and cellular debris, as well as attack infectious agents (pathogens) and foreign substances.  
 
Platelets (Thrombocytes).
The Platelets are responsible for blood clotting (coagulation).  They change fibrinogen into fibrin.  This fibrin creates a mesh onto which red blood cells collect and clot, which then stops more blood from leaving the body and also helps to prevent bacteria from entering the body.
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