Designed into the human body are multiple survival mechanisms that kick in automatically. These monitoring systems are one of many involuntary responses to dangers that will engage without our conscious input. One such example is the nausea sensation that is usually followed by a violent discharge of the stomach contents. Colorful terms include puke, upchuck, ralph, spew, chunder, vomit, doing the technicolor yawn, and engaging the face fountain. This response takes place when the regulatory system detects a poison that has entered the body, either by ingestion or through the vascular network. It can also be triggered by sensory overload of the inner ear. In the first example, chemical signals are recognized as intrusive and a series of violent muscle spasms of the thoracic diaphragm (used to expand and contract the lungs), expels the contents of the stomach upwards. This is to purge the toxin so no more absorption takes place. The feeling of your navel trying to touch your spine is unforgettable, along with the acidic chunks of food rolling past your taste buds. You can prompt this response artificially by putting your finger down your throat and applying pressure at the base of the tongue. This procedure is known as the Karen Carpenter, weight loss diet. The second example is a warning to the individual to quickly remove one’s self from their current location because the movement of the liquid in the inner ear is in conflict with other senses, and is referred to as motion sickness. A third example of this unpleasant condition is experienced only by a pregnant female and is known as morning sickness. The body recognizes a foreign invader and tries to eject it but is not in the digestive tract. It grows within and daily the body tries to expel it, but to no avail. Within months it finds another escape route and is purged through an alternate exit. This vaginal vomit thus begins its lifelong purpose: to forever drive you crazy. 

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