How Much Is The Human Body Worth?

Hey there. Welcome to Life Noggin. Would you be willing to let some sketchy guy
slice you open in his basement to harvest one of your kidneys? What if you were promised a nice chunk of
money in return? I really hope your answer is still no, but
for some people, this payout is apparently well worth the risk. While my animated body is valued at basically
nothing, your human bodies are pretty valuable. Just how much is the human body worth? Let’s add it up. Black market organ harvesting from dead and
living people is an incredibly huge and lucrative industry. It’s estimated to be worth a whopping one
billion dollars. In this market, kidneys alone are sold to
people in need for about $140,000 a pop. And some organs go for even more. Take lungs for example. Estimates value a set of lungs at almost $300,000! And the almighty heart? A whopping $595,000. But the people selling to the black market
are only paid a tiny fraction of these selling prices. The rest goes to the middle-men and women
making the transactions. And it’s not just major organs, all kinds
of valuable body parts are in demand on the black market. Do you think these 1s and 0s would go for
anything, because i have a lot of them! Underground organ sales and transplantations
originally came about for a number of reasons, but a major one is the fact that the legal
organ transplantation system is seriously lacking. Recent estimates quote that there are over
100,000 people on transplant waiting lists in the United States alone and 20 of them
die waiting each day. So, when people are desperate, sometimes they
turn to the black market in a last-ditch attempt to save their lives. With $1 billion floating around this illegal
market and massive organ shortages affecting so many people, some are starting to question
whether you should be allowed to sell your organs. Which got me to thinking, does anywhere allow
this? Kind of, yes. In Iran, people can sell their kidneys through
the government, which then gives them to patients who need them. This very progressive practice came into play
in the 1990s in response to the huge shortage of donated kidneys. It’s been extremely effective and now Iran
is one of the few countries in the world without a kidney shortage. But it’s more than major organs like kidneys
and hearts that are in demand. On the black market, skull and teeth sets
are sold for about $1,200. Small intestines, $2,500. Blood, about $3,000. Bones and ligaments add up to roughly $5,000. Corneas clock in around $20,000. And skin is also surprisingly valuable, with
the average person’s outer layer being worth about $24,000. All making you a pretty pricey product. Now, keep in mind that these estimates are
just that, estimates. There’s no official price list for black
market organ sales. But when we take all these price points into
account, the human body seems to be worth over $1,000,000 on the black market! Does anyone want both my legs, because my
animator can just give me new ones! So how do you feel about all this!? Would you ever consider donating your organs? or let us know in the comment section below what we should talk about next? Curious to know what happens after you die? Check out this video! The bacteria in your gastrointestinal track will start to break down tissues and cells. liquefying your body and producing horrific smelling gases like methane and hydrogen sulfide. as always, my name is Blocko, this has been Life Noggin, don’t forget to keep on thinking!


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