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The Medicine Of Animals

If human products are considered unnatural, dogs must be so too. Dogs did not occur in nature; we manufactured them out of wolves. To be our friends.

Some of the latest dog research I've seen is just incredible. Did you know that we are now training dogs to sniff out cancer? True story. Just like the singular smell of cadavers, cancer in humans can be picked up and signaled by trained dogs. Pretty neat.

Robert Sapolsky has spent the last 30 years studying the brain science of stress by observing baboons. Stress in baboons, he notes, is the perfect model for human stress because they spend so little time finding food, and so much time abusing their hierarchal subordinates. They're nasty ! Instead of running for their lives once in a while like a zebra chased by a lion, baboons are just like us in that they marinate in stress hormones all day long. Their health really suffers for it, especially the low men on the totem pole. "Zebras don't get ulcers."

One of the latest lab rat studies shows that eating fatty foods not only drops your physical performance by 30 percent, but memory and cognitive function as well. One theory is that a high-fat diet can trigger insulin resistance, which means the body becomes less efficient at using blood sugar which is important to brain function. (seems like I saw something about fatty diets increasing the risk of Alzheimers...)

A very promising subject of research is the science of regeneration. A starfish can regrow a limb; so can a salamander. Maybe someday we can too.

Thousands of years ago, the Chinese began emulating the movements of animals for a variety of reasons: if you need to attack, tigers are pretty good; if you need to run away, chickens do that very well; and if you can stimulate your endocrine system by shaking your tail, your health and longevity will assimilate the deer's.

The snake is famed in Chinese myth because it could fight off a stork; the snake's stillness and blinding impulse speed were two observations said to have influenced the development of Tai Chi. This observation of nature also witnessed water wearing down rock, wind breaking trees, and the imminent cycle of the sun, the moon & the stars.

Over thousands of years, the Taoists observed animals in nature and developed systems of movement and breathing that replace chiropractic, physical therapy, and even higher levels of medicine.

When you see the word Tai chi you may find it easier to say the word Therapy.



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