For Sale

Auto body parts include things like mirrors, headlights, tail lights, bumpers, fenders, hoods, grilles and doors, but more money can be made by selling human body parts.  I don’t want to turn this into a Jeffrey Dahmer post, but it is getting really close to Halloween and I want to have some fun.  I am listed as an organ donor on my Driver’s Licence and if I get into a fatal accident and somebody can use any of my body parts, they are welcome to have them.  A new business has developed called body brokers which are firms that specialize in harvesting organs for transplant.  They go to the morgues at hospitals and try to talk people when they’re at their most vulnerable, into giving up the body parts pf their recently departed relatives by pretending to have noble intentions, but what these companies really do is get the body and chop it up and sell the parts all around the country.  Cadavers and body parts, especially those of the poor, are sold to researchers, universities, medical training facilities and others in a thriving and largely unregulated market.  Pretty grisly stuff is going on, as they sell the heads, arms, legs, hips, genitalia for all different purposes.

Some people can get money by selling their hair, but I am out of luck in that department, unless someone is interested in my nose hair, as I probably should do some trimming there.  There are potential risks involved in responding to hospitals and researchers that are conducting clinical trials, which they need so they can test their new drugs or other treatments on you, but the money is supposed to be good, although I don’t think that I will be signing up for any of these trials any time soon.  Some blood banks will pay you to donate your blood or plasma.  A healthy male can sell their sperm, women can sell their eggs and some may be able to sell their sell breast milk.  A woman can rent out part of their body and agree to carry someone’s baby for nine.  It’s illegal to sell or purchase organs in the US, but certain states will allow you to sell your stem cells or bone marrow and you could get paid well for this, but I heard that it is very painful.  You may even be able to sell your poop for money to patients that need this for difficile infections (disruption of normal healthy bacteria in the colon, often caused from antibiotics).  That is going on my bucket list, as I think it would be a great conversation starter to tell someone how much money my shit is worth.  Some people get tattoos put on their skin and sell this as ad space to companies that want to see their logo displayed.  I am going to leave you with a song about a cold-blooded serial murderer, because I think it fits the prompt perfectly.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is body parts.

22 thoughts on “For Sale

  1. A very informative look at “body parts.’ Who knew sh*t would be considered as a commodity? Most folks are full of it (at one point or another), so it seems like it would be plentiful. But I understand the need for healthy colon bacteria, as I’ve known a couple of people whose ‘cultures’ have been destroyed by illness or heavy duty antibiotics, and the end result (no pun intended) is fairly gruesome. One can become well acquainted with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) if they lose that required balance southward. I applaud you for being an organ donor. I used to be a blood donor (and plasma too), but diabetes has robbed me of that opportunity. And I think they’d say the same about my organs when I die – that they’re too affected by the diabetes to be useful to someone else. Have you ever seen the movie with Will Smith entitled “Seven Pounds?” (I think that’s the title anyway). It takes the idea of organ donation to a really different level.

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    1. I’ve signed up to be an organ donor when I die because maybe something no longer of any use to me will give someone a chance of a better quality of life. I saw Seven Pounds and it was an interesting concept.

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