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How to Beat the Body Snatchers: Be a Body Donor!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Last week, in a some-say-morbid celebration of Halloween, we talked about giving away your organs. Well, All Hallows Eve’s just a few days away now, so it’s time to take things up a notch. How about giving away your body?

Some folks donate their bodies to science. Medical students study on them. Ever thought about being a body donor? In this week’s featured article, “Donating Your Body to Science: FAQs,” you can hear one woman’s story about why she’s decided to give away her corpse.

“I was never comfortable with the idea of being cremated or buried,” she says. “Burial seems cold and lonely. Cremation is too hot.” She’s practical too. “I believe very strongly in the philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle. Why waste a body if it can help others?”

You can read her story here, and get answers to your questions from an anatomy professor—questions like, how do you donate your body, anyway?

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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