Bad Assumptions & Bad Results, Stemming from the Idea of Bad Design

Naturally, Darwinism as a bad idea lead to all sorts of bad results: for society, for law, for culture, for science.

One of the more clear examples of bad results can be found in medicine, where the assumption that humans once walked on all fours caused real harm for ordinary people.

Evolution Did Not Cause Back Pain

Darwinists have taught for decades that the reason for the back pain problem was because bipedalism was superimposed by evolution on a skeleton previously well-adapted for quadrupedal motion.[4]  In the words of Krogman: “Although man stands on two legs, his skeleton was originally designed for four. The result is some ingenious adaptations, not all of them successful.”[5] Harvard evolutionist Ernst Mayr concluded that evolution will eventually solve the back problem when evolution completes “the transition from quadrupedal to bipedal life in all its [human] structures.”[6]  What changes he expects to occur when the evolutionary transition is completed, he does not say. Professor Krogman speculates that when humans started walking upright “a terrific mechanical imbalance” resulted, and backaches became common.[7]

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Reason Enters the Door
If, indeed, the back problem is due to some problem in the design of our back inherited from our quadrupedal primate ancestors, we may just have to live with it, or imbibe pain pills, such as aspirin or oxycodone, to deal with it. Or undergo surgery. We cannot alter the anatomy of the back we inherited from our ape ancestors unless we attempt the eugenic solution: Encourage families with few or no back problems to have large families and sterilize those with common back problems or in other ways discourage them from having families.
If, however, the problem is not due to the inheritance from ape ancestors, as evolutionists claim, this approach will be counterproductive.  Furthermore, the evolutionary explanation impeded progress toward finding the real reason for back problems. Among those looking for the real reason several decades ago were creationists.[12]  Consider that despite our long history on the Earth, it is only in the past few decades that we have begun to experience the epidemic of chronic back pain. Consequently, evolution theory cannot explain the cause of the modern epidemic. The data reveal that, among people who seek help with back problems, fewer than one percent are caused by a fracture, an infection, inflammatory arthritis, accidents, sports injuries, congenital disorders, cancer or other disease.[13]The headline of the latest New Scientist says it all, “The back pain epidemic: Why popular treatments are making it worse,” adding, “Chronic back pain is on the rise – in part because the way we treat it often does more harm than good. It’s time to think differently about our aches.”[1] The problem is not small. Up to 90% of all Americans suffer at least one debilitating episode of back pain during their lives.[2]  Furthermore, back pain is one of the leading causes of disability around the world. In the U.S. alone, it costs 635 billion dollars a year in medical bills and loss of productivity.[3]

How We Thought About Back Pain in the Past

Darwinists have taught for decades that the reason for the back pain problem was because bipedalism was superimposed by evolution on a skeleton previously well-adapted for quadrupedal motion.[4]  In the words of Krogman: “Although man stands on two legs, his skeleton was originally designed for four. The result is some ingenious adaptations, not all of them successful.”[5] Harvard evolutionist Ernst Mayr concluded that evolution will eventually solve the back problem when evolution completes “the transition from quadrupedal to bipedal life in all its [human] structures.”[6]  What changes he expects to occur when the evolutionary transition is completed, he does not say. Professor Krogman speculates that when humans started walking upright “a terrific mechanical imbalance” resulted, and backaches became common.[7]

Back Pain is Not Due to Evolutionary History by Jerry Bergman, PhD

If you suffer back pain , you don’t need strong painkillers, bed rest is one of the worst things you can do for back pain. Exercise, on the other hand, is one of the best things you can do.

The Real Cause of the Back Problem Epidemic

The article in New Scientist shows that the real cause was not evolution. The research clearly shows that spending more time sitting on the job and slumping in front of computer screens puts pressure on the muscles, ligaments and discs that support the spine and can deactivate muscles that promote good back health and good posture. Other lifestyle factors, such as the epidemic of obesity, which in the United State now tops 70 percent, amplifies the mechanical strain on the back and decreases mobility, predisposing disc deterioration in the spine. Obesity also increases the production of inflammatory chemicals associated with pain.

Smoking is also a major part of the problem. Smoking puts people at “higher risk of lower back pain because it is associated with a clogging of the arteries, which can damage the blood vessels that supply the spine, leading to muscle and bone degeneration.” [17]

Conclusions

This New Scientist article eloquently supports my conclusions that I published in an article I authored almost 20 years ago.  It also supports my own back pain experience[18] and fully agrees with my chapter on this topic published in my book on poor design.[19] I can do no better than repeat the introduction to my 2001 paper which, although my conclusions were roundly criticized by evolutionists, have now been scientifically supported. The New Scientist documents the fact that:

Darwinism has mislead researchers into developing a set of therapies that have proved detrimental to treat certain back problems.  These therapies were based on the Darwinian conclusion that humans evolved from primates which walked on all fours, and that back problems were produced primarily by complications resulting from humans’ newly evolved upright posture.  In short, Darwinism teaches that our vertebral structure evolved to walk on all fours, and back problems exist today because humans now walk upright on vertebrae that originally had evolved to walk quadrupedally.  This theory has led to a treatment protocol that is now recognized as impeding healing, and has caused enormous pain and suffering.  The orthodox treatment used today is, in many ways, the opposite of the older, now disproven, Darwinism-influenced theory.[20]

As the New Scientist article documents, back pain is due to other problems, including lack of exercise, too much sitting, obesity and other reasons not due to evolution.

Back Pain is Not Due to Evolutionary History by Jerry Bergman, PhD

This is the book I’m looking for. When I know how to get a copy, I’ll let you know!

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