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Unformatted text preview: stimulus which could prove harmful is acting upon the body (Binshtok 1). This signal can be blocked through the use of sodium blockers, which bond to the nerve ending. This is achieved through the use of the capsaicin compound, which binds to TRPV1 and causes the relief from the pain (China View 1). However, one may inquire as to what happens to the uncomfortable pain caused by the spiciness of the pepper. C neurons are common receptors sensitive to heat. Is it not true that these nerves will sense the capsaicin stimulus? The opening of the TRPV1 receptor, however, causes a release of excess calcium, which overloads the C cells, and causes them to shut down, thus making them invulnerable to the pepper’s heat. This causes a numbness in the area. With continued research, it is not impossible that this technique could be utilized in various areas of modern medicine....
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