This condensed book provides facts and ideas about essential aspects of life and suggestions about how to stay healthy.
We are hardly aware of how the body works, since it manages very well on its own without our conscious control. The digestion of food and the intricate extraction of nutrients are examples of the many automatic functions that help us survive.
An extensive network of sensory nerves reports to the spinal cord and also directly to the brain. The five basic senses, vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch inform us of the external world.
The performance of a symphony orchestra demonstrates the unbelievable accuracy and efficiency of the nervous system. A complicated piece of music seems to stream directly from the brain of the musician to the piano or the violin.
The predominant part of our bodily pains is caused by muscular knots somewhere. Unfortunately, the pain fails to tell us where the primary cause is (referred pain). Once the knot has been detected, however, the pain may easily be removed by deep massage.
Recently, behavioural therapies have been invented that may seem laughable in terms of their theory and practice, but they are respectable in view of the documented effects on various kinds of phobias and painful memories.
The past century provided amazing facts about evolution and the human genome, but more recent discoveries clearly show that the heritage of traits is not exclusively determined by the DNA molecule. Epi-genetics opens completely new perspectives that may lead to a medical revolution.
The following subjects occur in the table of contents.
• The peripheral nervous system
• Nervous control in the intestinal channel
• The senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch
• Piano, violin, and theatrical virtuosity
• Ambiguous pains in medical history
• Muscular pains or trigger points (muscular knots)
• Detection of knots by their tenderness
• Neck, shoulder, arm, abdomen, leg, and foot pains
• Deep massage techniques
• How does referred pain arise?
• Strength training and electro-stimulation
• “Energy” medicine
• Placebo effects
• Cognitive behavioural therapy
• Practice of “energy” psychology
• Preventive medicine before invasive medicine
• Biological evolution and primitive life
• Natural selection among humans
• Epi-genetics and the importance of nurturing
• Why are we waiting when we have had enough?
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