jueves, 10 de febrero de 2011


Nerves are the children and associates of one mother—the HEART. She, the heart, is the wise form-giving power of life. She is life centralized for the use of each and all animals. All beings are simply constructed through the wisdom in the vital energy contained in this mother’s power. She plans and builds according to the forms necessary to execute the orders of her dictators. She is the mother, nerve, and soul of all nerves pertaining to this body. She orders, constructs, and repairs, and continues in constructing her work to absolute completeness. She is a graduate from the school of the Infinite, and her works are expected to show perfection in forethought, and are to be inspected, passed upon, received, or rejected by the scrutinizing mind of the Infinite, whose orders are very positive, always holding before her mind the penalty of torture and death for failing to do all her work to the fullest degree of physical perfection. The first command of the Infinite is for her to be at her post, to keep the picture of the plans forever before her eye. Before she makes a motion to construct a fiber of flesh to cover her nakedness, she must open both eyes, and scrutinize and inspect carefully every fiber that enters into the

material house known as the physical heart.
First is formed the material heart, in which the spiritual establishes an office in which to dwell and oversee and enforce the requirements of the specifications for constructing the human body or that of any animal, fish, reptile, or bird. Having established the office of life in which the plans and specifications stand in bold relief, she receives from her superior officer an order to prepare a laboratory in which the necessary material is prepared to enter Into the construction of this divinely formed being. She runs or constructs a branch road of transportation to and from that manufactory, which is located at the proper distance from her office to give it plenty of room to carry on the business of manufacturing. She calls this, when done, the abdominal workshop. In order not to be disturbed, she sends out her foreman with instructions to build a fence or wall around herself, and calls that wall the pericardium. Outside of that are other separating walls, with attachments. At this important moment she reads in the specifications that she is expected to run out the necessary tracks for the construction of a storage battery, the brain, with the grand trunk line, the spinal cord, and connect that battery with her office, the grand central, with wires, the nerves. As she advances with the plans and specifications, she makes other connections and constructs lungs, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, genital organs, limbs of locomotion, the framework and the finished house, the thorax and abdomen. She patiently continues the performance of making all conveniences necessary for the comfort of the indweller, the spiritual being. Thus we find the heart to be the mother of all the nerves of the human body, of all its parts and principles known in vital action. From her vital chamber she delivers vitality to all forms, fibers, and functioning substances of life and motion. All parts of the body are wholly dependent on this vital center, and it can move and act without the assistance of any machine

or part of the machine to which she has given form and life. She charges one set of fibers with vitality, and we call them nerves of sensation; she charges another set we call nerves of nutrition, and another set of wires we call nerves of motion. They have no motion, no sensation, no nutriment; they are simply roads for the convenience of executing the orders as found in the plans and specifications of life.

My object in the foregoing description of the heart is to draw the attention of the reader to another thought that I will present as well as I can. We can all comprehend that the heart is the engine of blood-force and supply. With this statement I will ask the question, Would the severing of a nerve produce paralysis of a limb or any division of the body, or would it be the tearing up of the road between the limb and the heart?

It is true enough that the brachial nerve reaches the brain from the arm. If that nerve has been severed and motion destroyed, has it not separated the limb from the storage battery, the brain, from whence it was supplied? To illustrate this thought more forcibly, I will compare the heart to a tree whose fruit is good to eat, nice to behold, fine in flavor, and surely a child of the mother tree. The wood, the leaf, and the coloring matter of the leaf, limb, and fruit are simply physical expressions of the power of the mother tree to create variations in the several divisions of the tree. What evidence have we, that is absolute and undebatable, that all physical forces of the body are not conceived, developed, and issued from the heart? We speak of sensory nerves, nutrient nerves, motor nerves, voluntary and involuntary nerves, and to some degree we have described their special locations. By the knife and microscope we have found that all systems of nerves have one universal connection. We have found nothing that would warrant us in saying that the brain has any power to create nerve-fluid or force. We can talk about the brain of the head, the abdominal brain, the brain of

the liver, and go on with such speculative divisions and find a new brain in every ganglion of the body, but we have only found storage batteries from the heart that are new to our observation. We find one cluster in the lungs, one in the brain, one in the stomach and bowels, one at the kidneys, uterus, bladder, spine, and limbs, but all sing “Sweet Home” to Mother Heart when peace and harmony prevail, and cry with anguish when she fails to communicate the glad tidings of health, peace, plenty, and harmony. Thus joy is perpetual when the watchman cries, “All is well.”

A.T Still. "Philosophy and Mechanical principles of Osteopathy"

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