I'm a Talking Liver Spot
© 2018, by Atom Bergstrom. All rights reserved.
Hi, there! I am your friendly neighborhood liver spot.
It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.
I am cellular poop, a toxic byproduct of your cellular metabolism.
I am composed of icky ocher-yellow-brown extracellular sludge.
My main ingredient is either ceroid, amyloid, or lipofuscin.
I accumulate in the nerve cells of your skin, brain, muscle, heart, liver, adrenals, and so on.
I am often found on the back of your hand.
You can also see me as an alien pigmentation in the iris of your eye.
I am composed of peroxidized fat and protein.
Ceroid, amyloid, and lipofuscin are breakdown products of cellular metabolism.
I fluoresce under ultraviolet light. This helps differentiate me from other metabolic byproducts such as uro-roseines, porphyrins, and melanins.
If you eat lots of trans-fats and deep-fried oils, lipids accumulate in your liver and throughout your cellular mechanism.
I can choke the living daylights out of any healthy cell.
Every time you buy polyunsaturated oils at the health food store you help increase my strength and numbers, 'cause I often am chock-full of these oils.
I'm a big, bad hunka wear-and-tear pigment, and I'm down on the case.
I'm an Exxon oil spill in the body ecology.