Today at work one of the guys complained of back pain. Having gone through two discectomies myself with back Doctors, chiropractors and home remedies, I know his pain. So many people struggle with back pain, and it got me to thinking … why is back pain so rampant? I told my buddy, “It is because we used to be apes and our backs haven’t caught up with us in the evolutionary process.” He replied, “That is the most asinine things I have ever heard.” But is it?
Our bodies are slow to change. Proof of this can be found in our health problems of today. Your appendix is a vestigial organ, meaning it no longer has a use. The appendix was used to help in the digestion of leafy material. Since we no longer dine on tough tree leaves and roots, the appendix is no longer needed.
Other examples of vestigial organs are wisdom teeth. When early man starting eating meat their brains grew because of the high protein diet. The increase in cranial capacity took space away leaving a crowded mouth. Incoming wisdom teeth cause problems with most of us because our mouths no longer have the space for these seldom-used teeth.