Indonesian Frog Breeds Out its Useless Lungs

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Evolution is a fascinating thing. It’s amazing to think that animals can physically breed out organs their bodies deem unnecessary, while some “scarred for life” humans can’t even seem to shake traumatic events from their lives. Granted, the evolution of animals happens over a much longer period of time, but it’s still an amazing concept. And it makes you wonder if there’s something we could learn from the smaller creatures that share our planet.

Clearly, we couldn’t survive without lungs. But a frog called the Barbourula kalimantanensis that can was recently found in a cold-water stream on the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

Pinkeye Medicine Stops Frog Fungus

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With its annual $7 billion dollar revenue, the beauty industry feeds on our love for hair spray, creams, deodorant, cologne and make-up. Unfortunately, so does our skin. Dr. Don Colbert says that poisons and cancer-causing substances can be absorbed slowly over time through the skin and lungs, collecting in the central nervous system, tissues, and organs, creating toxicity in the body.

As it turns out, we have a few things in common with frogs. Interestingly enough, frogs have lungs; but they have simple lungs, which means they must absorb oxygen from air and water through their skin. And just like us, this absorption can be deadly. Chytrid fungus, or chytridiomycosis, is a fungus attacking the amphibian population via the skin. More than a quarter of frogs worldwide have died from the fungus found in ponds and other water bodies they habitat.

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