What is your body worth to you, and others? Numerous statistics and studies have been conducted to determine the chemical value of the human body. It has been found they range from the $.89 value taught in school, excluding of course the cost of extracting the elements, inflation and the fluctuating stock market for the price of chemicals, up to a $4.50 value including the skin. Apparently a Japanese team meticulously measured the square area of the skin on a human body and determined it calculated out to between 14 and 18 square feet; depending upon the body size. They also determined using the approximate price of quality cowhide, about $.25 per square foot, the skin of the human body averaged out to be worth about $3.50.
While leaving the city dump recently, the attendant at the scale was asked about the fee for dumping: The answer, “$20.55 per ton including tax.” That meant it would only cost a little over $2.00 to leave a body at the city dump instead of in an expensive box under the ground. That led to a further questions and exploration into the value of a human body, that is, the entire material or physical structure of the organism humans carry around every day.
But the above studies reflect a mere pittance of the real value of a body. New information and techniques have made a body worth up to 45 million bucks, instead of just feeling like a million on a good day. A lung, a heart or a kidney is worth between 50 and 100 thousand dollars. The brain has no value, sometimes even an active one. Replacement body parts are only a fraction of the value. Throwing in the DNA, antibodies, male sperm, female eggs (here again women are worth more than men.), and especially the bone marrow, these elevate the value up into the comfort zone, that is if you believe insurance companies and hospitals.
Put the items on E-bay and watch the value climb from the comfort zone to the stratosphere. There is only one drawback to the economic process of this evaluation: All prices are based on living tissue and it is no known how long someone can sit still and have the DNA, or other things, extracted from their body, molecule by molecule.
Research further determines the human body has worth other than to a chemist or surgeon. There are value scales other than the scientific. To fly a body from New York, NY to Melbourne, Australia and back, first class, makes a live body worth $16,906 to the airlines for taking up one seat on a 747. If it goes as an economy type body, it is only worth $3,197 for a less comfortable seat. But to sit that body on a bus or subway in the city is only worth about a buck or so. To sit that same body in a VIP seat at a New York Broadway show, The Producers, for 2 hours and 40 minutes it is worth $200 plus $40 service charge.
Looking at all the figures it is determined that a body-asset is like a small business. Any balance sheet, even for a body-asset, has expenses subtracted from the actual value. Figure in haircuts, perms, manicures, body waxing, cosmetics, shaving, some visits to the dentist, and the like, and they are minor maintenance expenses that improve the package, but not the product. Plastic surgery is in a neutral zone between body maintenance and mental maintenance. Doctor appointments and operations are major and necessary maintenance expenses to keep the body an asset and not a total liability. Physically working out the body in one form of exercise or another is positively split between minor and major expenses; looking good on the outside, and feeling good on the inside – with a dash of mental maintenance thrown in.
What to eat is an important factor. This is a totally different subject and deserving of a full examination. But in a nutshell if every recommended diet is followed and every scientific study is believed, this asset will wither away from the confusion. How to exercise is another profit making decision for the body asset and must be studied and weighed against personal preference.
The bottom line comes down to the fact that a body is a primary asset and must be taken care of while being hauled around. Eating correctly and exercising smartly, a long-term valuable asset is the result; if you don’t, a short term liability can become a short-term lifespan. Sooner or later it is inevitable the owner of any body must be asked to quit carrying it around and exchange it for a no-maintenance spirit type body; that is unavoidable. But in the meantime, watch out that your asset doesn’t become a liability.