When the Heart Sleeps #3



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

According to Dan Peña (the Bouncing Bionic Billionaire) …

“They can take my heart because I’ve got nothing pumping through it but ice water.”


“Pumping through it” is an interesting phrase, is it not?

“Pumping through it” versus being “pumped by it.”


Sir Lauder Brunton, M.D. (Therapeutics of the Circulation, 1908) wrote …

“In addition to these mechanisms, however, we have the pressure upon the veins by the fasciæ of the limbs, and Braune has shown that when the veins are stretched, their capacity is increased, and they suck blood into them.”

According to the same source …

“The veins of the upper limbs are most stretched when the fists are clenched, the hands bent somewhat down, and the arms extended and pushed rather backwards — the very attitude, indeed, that is assumed by a man who has been sitting for a length of time at a writing-table and feels himself cramped in consequence. The veins become relaxed when the leg is bent and turned slightly inwards, whilst the veins become stretched when the foot is turned outwards and the leg extended and pushed somewhat backward. The first of these positions is nearly that assumed by one leg when we advance it for the purpose of walking, and the second when we move the body and other leg forward (Braune-Ludwig’s Festgabe, 1874).”

According to the same source …

“The late Professor Sharpey used to insist a good deal upon the functions of the rotators of the leg, and he pointed out that in books on anatomy the trunk is looked upon as a fixed point, and the rotation is discussed in terms of this; so that we say that the function of the tensor vaginæ femoris is to rotate the leg inwards upon the body, and that of the gluteus maximus to rotate it outwards. In reality, he said, it is the leg which is the fixed point in walking; and the function of these muscles is to rotate the body on the leg, the tensor vaginæ femoris rotating, not the leg inwards, but the body outwards, so as to bring the centre of gravity over the foot. But in view of Braune’s observations these muscles acquire a new value. We speak very frequently of accessory muscles of respiration, but I have not seen anywhere the tensor vaginæ femoris and the gluteus maximus spoken of as accessory muscles of circulation, yet both they and the muscles of the calf and thigh may well deserve such an appellation.”

According to the same source …

“This description of the circulation, however, would be insufficient without a consideration of how the lymph flows, for the circulation of the lymph is quite as necessary as that of the blood itself. Here also the muscles form one of the most efficient sources of motor power. At each relaxation of a muscle it tends to cause a vacuum within its surrounding fascia, into which the lymph flows from the muscular structure. At each contraction the muscle presses this lymph out, and these alternating muscular movements really act as a subsidiary heart, and do away with the necessity of having in mammals the lymph hearts which are seen in the frog.”


According to Wu Dang Chen (Yun Xiang Tsen) …

“Don’t ever follow your heart. Heart is emotion. Heart is a monkey.”


So what do you follow? According to Wu Dang Chen …

“Follow your gut.”


What about the heart? According to Wu Dang Chen …

“Don’t follow the heart. Guide the heart.”

'When the Heart Sleeps #3' have 5 comments

  1. January 3, 2019 @ 4:06 pm Atom

    According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …

    “What your heart is to your body, what your brain is to your body, the Life Stress Point is to your psychic and emotional life.”



  2. January 7, 2019 @ 1:38 pm Kira Miftari

    Atom, where can I read about your sugar experiment? I looked through the recent blog posts and cant find it… thnx!


    • January 10, 2019 @ 2:05 pm Atom

      A partial answer to your question is in my latest blog entry — “Sugar Is Today’s Devil” (Jan. 8, 2019).

      I’ll be writing more about sugar in the near future.


  3. January 10, 2019 @ 10:16 am John


    What’s up with all the Dan Pena referencing? I do appreciate the guys hard knocks attitude, though my gut tells me that more than 80% of what comes out of that guys mouth is bull crap.


    • January 10, 2019 @ 2:08 pm Atom

      80 percent? I agree. According to Rudyard Kipling, “Four-fifths of everybody’s work must be bad. But the remnant is worth the trouble for its own sake.”


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