What If Human Body Didn’t Have Bones?
What if the human body didn’t have bones? Looking to get your beach body into shape, ready to lose that excess weight. Well, our new diet plan is for you today. We’re going to get rid of your skeleton. You don’t need your bones. What would your boneless lifestyle be like? How would you eat without jawbones? And is your skeleton still evolving? This is what if, and here’s what would happen if we didn’t have any bones. OK, brace yourself. We just got the results in, and we’re sorry to report that you’ve got a spooky, scary skeleton inside of you.
Your skeletal system is made up of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage, and it produces blood cells, stores and releases fats and minerals, and, you know, supports the structure of your body. But don’t worry, we’re going to take that sucker right out. In fact, we’re taking everyone’s bones out. You don’t need to thank us. We’re just trying to do our part. I want to know something. I’m a bad doctor. So what would your new boneless life be like?
Well, you wouldn’t be able to move, for starters. Have you ever wanted to spend the whole day in bed? Well, now you can take it every day, don’t worry, it’s perfectly fine. Just take a breath, take a deep breath, but not too deeply, because, without a ribcage, your lungs wouldn’t be able to expand their bones. You would need to be hooked up to a ventilator 24/7. This means you would be subject to more infections because your airways are always open.
This would let all sorts of nasty germs in. For example, a common cold would quickly become pneumonia. But as long as you eat healthily, you should be OK. Well, when I said I meant we’d give you a feeding tube, you can’t chew without your jawbones. On the bright side, you wouldn’t have any bone-related diseases like osteoporosis, plus you’d never have to worry about wearing a cast. But what if our bones weren’t removed? What if we never had them in the first place?
If we had evolved without bones, that might mean that we would never have left the ocean and lived our lives like human jellyfish; maybe we would evolve to have an exoskeleton. Then we would need to mould and grow bigger exoskeletons as we grew. OK, I’ll be honest, that sounds pretty gross. But the good news is, is that you wouldn’t have to deal with it for long. Yeah. Your life span would decrease significantly. Since your skeleton provides much-needed protection for your organs, your brain would be left without a helmet, making your noggin extremely vulnerable.
OK, maybe this wasn’t the best idea. Our bones do more than we give them credit for. We already know that our bones grow with us as we get older. But did you know that modern life is actually causing our bones to change? For example, feel the back of your head on the back of your skull is a spike-like feature called the external occipital protuberance. But it wasn’t always there. In fact, it used to be so rare that we didn’t start investigating it until 1885.
So, where did it come from? Well, get this. The spike is most common in younger people. The reason technology, the constant use of smartphones and tablets, has led to this spike. Since we’re hunched over our devices, it causes strain on our necks. This protuberance helps the skull cope with the extra stress because it spreads the weight over a wider area. So basically, your skeleton is looking out for you. Thanks, Bones. But you don’t have to worry about it.
There’s a rare genetic disorder called hypo phosphatase that affects one out of every 100000 babies. It’s a disorder that causes your bones to disappear. Patients with this disorder lack an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase. This causes their bones to be extremely fragile. So they break down easily. Thankfully, as of today, doctors are working on special enzyme treatments. These allow the bones to grow back so patients can move again slowly.
So to sum it all up, your bones are extremely important. Without bones in your body, you wouldn’t live long at all. And to be honest, you should make an effort to take care of that skeleton of yours. Get it? It’s a bone joke like the tibia. But with all this talk about short lifespans, what if that was the norm? What if you went from being a newborn to your death bed in a day? What if you only lived for twenty-four hours? Well, that’s a story for another.