Now, although the cells keeling over in my gut affect my well-being, it is inarguable that my skin cells affect what really matters - my social life. I refer to the unspoken competitive snobbery that goes on between the upper 10% blessed with dust mite allergy (Clot). Although opinions differ, Zyrtec is factually the most prestigious medicine a fourth grader could take. It is a privilege well-earned because desquamation - the process of shedding dead skin cells - tirelessly lobs off over one thousand cells from one square centimeter of forearm flesh per hour to feed Dermatophagoides farinae, the common dust mite. (Rob) (Clot) Along with a nightly does of a liter of sweat, my cells furnish the production of mite-secreted enzymes, which proportionately affects the itchiness of my eyes. In effect, my own dead cells caused me asthma and fever systems, a circumstance which played a role from delivering me from band, to visual arts. (Clot) However, the effect of dead cells has always played a role in a transformation several orders of magnitude larger since the agricultural revolution.
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