September 26, 2021 – Continuing Review of “Breath (nearly 1/2 read): The New Science of a Lost Art” by James Nestor

Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Almost half way through “The New Science of a Lost Art”, I am in a swirl of conflicting interacting sometimes ecstatic emotions, much like how the author, James Nestor, has brilliantly presented the past (and often still present misconceptions) and present, with the still-developing future medical awareness – and confirmation – of how our most basic bodily functions, well, function 😊

My initial post, barely a dozen pages into reading, about Nestor’s book, included this quote —

Evolution doesn’t always mean progress, Evans told me. It means change. And life can change for better or worse. Today, the human body is changing in ways that have nothing to do with the “survival of the fittest.” Instead, we’re adopting and passing down traits that are detrimental to our health. This concept, called dysevolution, was made popular by Harvard biologist Daniel Lieberman, and it explains why our backs ache, feet hurt, and bones are growing more brittle. Dysevolution also helps explain why we’re breathing so poorly.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor –

I included it as much for the surprise I felt I reading it, as that it may contain clues about the book, not knowing then what a journey into medical progress / non-progress / and seemingly intentional or simply negligent non-acceptance of medical discoveries this book documents.

It’s discouraging, depressing, even while written like an emotional thriller, not knowing how the “problems” or threats could or will even be resolved

I still don’t know that.

But, except for the most tragic of stories – and the story of humanity hasn’t been finished yet – stories and tales that begin as entertainingly and at times humorously as this book does, do not – eventually – end badly. Or sadly.

Plus, (sorta cheating via the fact that I know the book has been written and finished, and the author had/has control of the narrative) it would usually be a tactical mistake for an author to begin in such a positive humorous tone, and yet end so differently. Especially in non-fiction.

Which is why I call this an emotional thriller, vs a mystery. In the latter, the “bad guy” is an unknown. In the former, we know the culprits, or most of them, and – usually desperately, by the end of the film or book – what we need to know is: how does this end 😊

I also must say, I’ve never encountered as much unexpected yet necessary medical information and such basic mechanisms of the human body – our bodies! – as I have in this book.

This is one small, yet, like most the information in the book so far, important example —

(at the 43% point in my Kindle Edition
Belfor then had me run my hands along my skull until I felt the web of cracks and ridges, called sutures. Sutures spread apart throughout our lives. This spreading allows the skull bone to flex and expand to double its size from infancy to adulthood. Inside these sutures, the body creates stem cells, amorphous blanks that shift form and become tissues and bones depending on what our bodies need. Stem cells, which are used throughout the body, are also the mortar that binds the sutures together and that grows new bone in the mouth and face.

Unlike other bones in the body, the bone that makes up the center of the face, called the maxilla, is made of a membrane bone that’s highly plastic. The maxilla can remodel and grow more dense into our 70s, and likely longer. “You, me, whoever—we can grow bone at any age,” Belfor told me. All we need are stem cells. And the way we produce and signal stem cells to build more maxilla bone in the face is by engaging the masseter—by clamping down on the back molars over and over.

Chewing. The more we gnaw, the more stem cells release, the more bone density and growth we’ll trigger, the younger we’ll look and the better we’ll breathe.

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In my Kindle copy, I have “lots” of areas highlighted, with a few, very few, of my own comments here & there.

I hope this book continues to develop then deliver what feels like even more useful / doable information to go with what I’ve already found 🙏

Hopefully you’re finding this running review useful; certainly great food for thought, lol!

Stay well everyone! Enjoy ❤️


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