No One is Worthless. Everyone is Worth at Least $160


The monetary value of the chemicals in the human body is $160

If you have ever heard someone described as “worthless,” you would do well to remember that no one truly qualifies as such. Setting aside the value of life and what a person chooses to do with his or her life, everyone has some value — $160, in fact.

The human body is made up of about sixty chemical elements. Of these, six elements make up 99% of the human body: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. The next five make up 0.85%: potassium, sulfur, chlorine, and magnesium. The remaining chemicals, making up 0.15% of the body exist in only trace amounts.

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These elements are all readily available to purchase on the open market. Current market values are as follows:

Element Mass [Kg] Cost/Kg Value
O Oxygen 49.14 $0.20 $9.83
C Carbon 18.29 $0.01 $0.18
H Hydrogen 8 $0.20 $1.60
N Nitrogen 2.06 $0.20 $0.41
Ca Calcium 1.14 $0.10 $0.11
P Phosphorus 0.89 $1.00 $0.89
K Potassium 0.16 $650.00 $104.00
S Sulfur 0.16 $0.10 $0.02
Na Sodium 0.11 $250.00 $28.57
Cl Chlorine 0.11 $1.00 $0.11
Mg Magnesium 0.02 $3.00 $0.07
Fe Iron 4.80E-03 $0.20 $0.00
F Fluorine 2.97E-03 $2,000.00 $5.94
Zn Zinc 2.63E-03 $2.00 $0.01
Si Silicon 1.14E-03 $2.00 $0.00
Rb Rubidium 7.77E-04 $10,000.00 $7.77
Sr Strontium 3.66E-04 $1,000.00 $0.37
Br Bromine 2.97E-04 $50.00 $0.01
Pb Lead 1.37E-04 $0.40 $0.00
Cu Copper 8.23E-05 $7.00 $0.00
Al Aluminium 6.86E-05 $2.00 $0.00
Cd Cadmium 5.71E-05 $10.00 $0.00
Ce Cerium 4.57E-05 $50.00 $0.00
Ba Barium 2.51E-05 $60.00 $0.00
Sn Tin 2.29E-05 $20.00 $0.00
I Iodine 2.29E-05 $2.00 $0.00
Ti Titanium 2.29E-05 $8.00 $0.00
B Boron 2.06E-05 $6,000.00 $0.12
Se Selenium 1.71E-05 $53.00 $0.00
Ni Nickel 1.71E-05 $20.00 $0.00
Cr Chromium 1.60E-05 $20.00 $0.00
Mn Manganese 1.37E-05 $5.00 $0.00
As Arsenic 8.00E-06 $5.00 $0.00
Li Lithium 8.00E-06 $100.00 $0.00
Hg Mercury 6.86E-06 $40.00 $0.00
Cs Caesium 6.86E-06 $3,000.00 $0.02
Mo Molybdenum 5.71E-06 $300.00 $0.00
Ge Germanium 5.71E-06 $2,000.00 $0.01
Co Cobalt 3.43E-06 $200.00 $0.00
Sb Antimony 2.29E-06 $300.00 $0.00
Ag Silver 2.29E-06 $700.00 $0.00
Nb Niobium 1.71E-06 $180.00 $0.00
Zr Zirconium 1.14E-06 $600.00 $0.00
La Lanthanum 9.14E-07 $1,500.00 $0.00
Te Tellurium 8.00E-07 $240.00 $0.00
Ga Gallium 8.00E-07 $1,800.00 $0.00
Y Yttrium 6.86E-07 $2,000.00 $0.00
Bi Bismuth 5.71E-07 $400.00 $0.00
Tl Thallium 5.71E-07 $500.00 $0.00
In Indium 4.57E-07 $2,000.00 $0.00
Au Gold 2.29E-07 $40,000.00 $0.01
Sc Scandium 2.29E-07 $10,000.00 $0.00
Ta Tantalum 2.29E-07 $200.00 $0.00
V Vanadium 1.26E-07 $50.00 $0.00
Th Thorium 1.14E-07 $0.00
U Uranium 1.14E-07 $0.00
Sm Samarium 5.71E-08 $0.00
W Tungsten 2.29E-08 $0.00
Be Beryllium 4.11E-08 $0.00
Ra Radium 0.00E+00 $0.00

When it is all totaled up, you can purchase all the chemicals needed to build your own human body for $160. Life not included.

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