How to Yawn #9





By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

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)

'How to Yawn #9' have 14 comments

  1. April 25, 2018 @ 12:34 am Atom

    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.


  2. April 25, 2018 @ 9:00 pm John

    Hi Atom, what is your opinion of grapeseed oil ?


    • April 25, 2018 @ 10:14 pm Atom

      Grape seed oil is a byproduct of wine making.

      Grape seed oil is yet another example of numerous examples of how Big and Little Ag enroll the services of Big and Little Pharm to generate extra cash by creating a health elixir out of a waste product instead of having to pay waste disposal companies to haul it away.

      The most I can say for grape seed oil is that it won’t ever give anyone Yellow Fat Disease or Age Spots.

      Its polyunsaturated fats are almost entirely composed of linoleic acid.

      The whole grape and nothing but the grape at Whole Grape Time (5:00-7:00 p.m.) is the Highest Choice.


      • April 26, 2018 @ 8:26 am catalin voinea

        Greetings Mr Atom!

        Regarding ghee
        1 Is there any difference between ghee made with raw or pasteurized milk in terms of health?
        2 I can get raw sheeps milk – which one would you go for and why: ghee made with sheep`s milk or cow`s milk?



        • April 26, 2018 @ 1:43 pm Atom

          1) Very little difference.

          2) Generally, sheep ghee is a higher choice.

          Specifically, it can vary, depending on the specific sheep, specific owner, specific pasture, specific processing, etc.


      • April 26, 2018 @ 11:47 am John

        Why are ‘whole grapes’ at 5-7pm ?


        • April 26, 2018 @ 1:09 pm Atom

          Actually, whole grapes have a wider Time Window — 1:00-7:00 p.m.

          Grapes are versatile, benefiting the small intestine, urinary bladder, and kidneys.

          Compared to grapes, tomatoes used to have a narrower Time Window, confined mostly to Small Intestine Time.

          Conventional plant breeders widened the tomato plant’s Time Window back in the 1930s.


  3. April 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am catalin voinea

    Greetings once again!

    Regarding grains (reffering just to millet, buckwheat and quinoa) and lentils: which one would u recommend : soaking, sprouting and then cooking them or soaking and then just cooking them?



    • April 26, 2018 @ 1:38 pm Atom

      I soak my lentils overnight, then cook them.


      • April 26, 2018 @ 2:10 pm catalin voinea

        Does sprouting lentils make them easier to digest?
        How about the grains? Soak then cook? Or soak, sprout and cook?


        • April 27, 2018 @ 10:45 am Atom

          Sprouted foods are usually easier to digest, assimilate, utilize, and eliminate.


  4. May 7, 2018 @ 7:50 pm Lynne

    Hi Atom, what do you think of chiropractic subluxation correction for non-pain related issues eg digestive, adrenals, whatever. I’ve had free assessments from 3 different chiros over the last 5 or so years and all identified problems at C2, T9 and Sacrum, but I have no pain. Am I wasting my liited funds seeing a chiro for correction, or should I just be yawning and stretching and doing Adano’s 5 movements? Cheers :)


    • May 7, 2018 @ 11:29 pm Atom

      Chiropractic adjustments can definitely help multiple internal problems, but NEVER, NEVER, NEVER submit to an X-ray.

      The chiropractors I’ve hung out with believed rightly that any “pop doc” who needs an X-ray should have his license revoked.

      There’s no causal connection between an X-ray and pain despite what 99% of chiropractors will tell you.


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