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Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain : Goats and Soda

Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain : Goats and Soda
Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. A woman in Burkina Faso (left) holds her baby so that his spine stays straight. The center image shows the S-shaped spine drawn in a modern anatomy book (Fig. I) and the J-shaped spine (Fig. II) drawn in the 1897 anatomy book Traite d'Anatomie Humaine. Courtesy of Esther Gokhale and Ian Mackenzie/Nomads of the Dawn hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Esther Gokhale and Ian Mackenzie/Nomads of the Dawn Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. Editor's note, June 10: We have added an acknowledgement of several sources that Esther Gokhale used while developing her theories on back pain. Back pain is a tricky beast. Many ancient statues, such as this one from Greece, display a J-shaped spine. Courtesy of Esther Gokhale/Gerard Mackworth-Young Many ancient statues, such as this one from Greece, display a J-shaped spine. Gokhale had a herniated disc. 1. 2. 3.

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