How to Yawn #9
When it comes to health advice, who would you believe, Ray Peat or Gwyneth Paltrow?
Usually, I’d go with Dr. Peat, but when it comes to the Science of Yawning, I’d choose Ms. Paltrow.
Herb Doctor Andrew Murray was kind enough to ask Dr. Peat about extended yawning for me, and his reply was …
“Although some people think it’s a possible diagnostic sign, I don’t think it’s specific enough to be useful, and I don’t know of anything that’s benefited by intentional yawning. It cools the brain, and it’s not good to cool the brain too much.”
I’ve personally remedied many cases of edema by simply getting people to yawn and stretch (pandiculate) to the point of activating their lacrimal glands while simultaneously putting pressure on their Achilles tendons (the same tendons used for the Achilles Reflex Test used to diagnose hypothyroidism).
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) taught me this technique, and praised the benefits of a “cool brain” and a “hot tailpipe.”
The brain (the ovum grown to maturity) runs better “cool,” and the spine (the sperm grown to maturity) runs better “hot,” and the medulla oblongata (where the sperm penetrated the ovum) is the thermostat.
The medulla oblongata is the continuation of the spinal cord within the skull, or (depending on your point of view) the continuation of the lowest part of the brainstem where it exits the cranium to begin the spinal cord.
The medulla regulates gaseous pressure (lungs) and liquid pressure (heart).
Any plumber knows pneumatics (gaseous pressure) controls hydraulics (liquid pressure).
According to McGarry and Madsen Home Inspection (“What Are the Pipes on My Roof?”) (16822 SE 92nd Danna Avenue, The Villages, FL 32162) …
“All the plumbing fixtures in your home need air supplied to the drain pipes for the liquid to flow properly, and the pipes poking through the roof are there to provide it. Every home is required to have at least one plumbing vent above the roof, and most have several.
“To understand why air supply is so important, think of opening a 2-liter bottle of soda pop and turning the bottle completely upside-down to pour. It will drain slowly, and make a gurgling sound as air bubbles fight their way up to the top of bottle to displace the falling liquid. But, when you turn the bottle horizontally and allow some space above the stream of soda for air to enter the bottle, it flows smoothly. The same principle applies to a home’s plumbing system, with a poorly vented or unvented drain making similar gurgling, slurping noises.”
Chris Deziel (“How to Clean Plumbing Vent Pipes,” SFGate) wrote …
“Sluggish drains aren’t always caused by obstructions in the drain lines. Although it might seem counterintuitive, you often can fix them by climbing to the roof, because that’s where the vent openings are located. When the vents get blocked, air can’t get into the drains, and the vacuum produced by rushing water can slow it down or stop it altogether. Even worse, the vacuum can pull water out of drain P-traps and toilet bowls and allow sewer gases into your house. None of this needs to happen, though, because cleaning the vents is a routine maintenance task.”
I learned to “de-gas” edema in the 1970s in Houston, Texas.
My buddy, the Leather Tiger, ex-Marine George Adams, came to see Adano Ley at his Richmond Avenue clinic and home.
George’s legs were swollen with edema.
Adano did some preliminary work on him while he was leaning back in a recliner chair.
Then he instructed me to hold George’s feet.
He told me to push George’s toes in the direction of his head — foot dorsiflexion, like taking your foot off a gas pedal.
He told me to gently push George’s toes together — foot inversion, the opposite of Charlie Chaplin toes-out foot eversion.
He told George to yawn and stretch.
George’s legs deflated down to normal in just a few minutes.
(To Be Continued)