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A Very Large Organ
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Did you know the world’s largest organ (based on numbers of pipes) is the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium organ in Atlantic City, New Jersey? It contains seven manuals, 449 ranks, 337 registers, and 33,114 pipes. It was built between 1929 and 1932. But it’s not working. During a renovation of the boardwalk a worker accidentally cut an important cable and rendered the organ useless. A small portion of the organ has been restored. [1]

Do you know what the largest organ is in your body? Not the lungs or liver. Not the brain or kidneys. It is your skin! Most people do not think of their skin as an organ, but it is very important to the health of your whole body. The skin has pores and breathes (not quite like your lungs). It protects your body from invaders, it helps regulate your temperature, and it helps discard impurities from your system. That’s why it’s important to care of your skin.

Here are five simple tips on good skin care
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  1. Be careful of too much sun exposure. Being in the sun is good, but you can get too much of a good thing. Lots of exposure can increase freckles, wrinkles, age spots and rough dry skin. It can also increase the likelihood of skin cancer. So, cover yourself properly with a hat or sun block. The sun is strongest in the late morning until mid-afternoon.

  2. Avoid smoking. Your skin has tiny blood vessels that are damaged when you smoke. This takes away oxygen and nutrients that keep your skin healthy. Smoking also damages the elasticity of your skin by harming collagen and elastin. Ask your doctor for help on ways to stop smoking.

  3. Be gentle on your skin. A daily bath or shower is good for your whole body. It not only washes away impurities, but moves the blood to the skin. Long, hot showers are not the best for your skin. Keep the temperature a little cooler or end with cool water to help close your skin pores. Limit strong soaps that can dry out your skin.

  4. Eat healthy food. The building blocks of your body come from the food you eat. If you had a $250,000 thoroughbred horse, would you feed it pop, candy, and chips and keep it up all hours of the night? Never! Yet we treat our million dollar bodies worse than our own pets. Get nutritious plant food (fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains) in your diet. Greasy and oily food along with too much refined sugar increases blemishes and acne.

  5. Drink plenty of water. Bathing your skin on the outside helps keep it in good condition. But you can bathe your skin from the inside by taking in adequate liquids. The clear choice made by the Creator is water. It helps keep your internal system in top working order and flushes the system of waste and impurities. Seven or eight glasses a day is just right for most adults.
What a sad day for the owners of the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium [3] when a cable was cut and shut down their magnificent organ. Why wasn’t this worker more careful? Yet, each day we abuse the most amazing organ in our body—our skin. Don’t neglect caring for this splendid part of your body. Like a beautiful pipe organ, maintain the health of your skin and it will perform well for your entire life.

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipe_organs
[2] Some portions of this list come from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-care/SN00003

[3] To see a picture of the Boardwalk Hall Auditorium organ, go to:

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