But why was the method discovered in Italy and not in other countries, even those that are more developed from a medical-scientific point of view? Italy is a country with a good medical tradition and a national health system, but it doesn’t have a very high standard from the point of view of scientific research. Instead there are countries that have excellent credentials that might help them to discover something of this sort. However, this discovery was made in small, provincial Italy. How come?
We asked ourselves this as well and couldn’t understand right away the reason for such an important discovery. In this article we will try to describe the reasons that allowed Italy to claim such a discovery for itself. Everything starts with the consumer revolution that took place in the Western world and in particular in the North Atlantic area.
From the 1960’s onward in Europe and the USA we took part in impressive economic growth that lead, for the first time in the history of mankind, to an improvement in the nutritional habits of millions of people. There is nothing missing on the tables of this population : protein, fruit, vegetables, fish. The variety of food stuffs is impressive and, above all, there is a lot of it. Everyone can get food of all types including the most exotic, at reasonable prices (salmon, bananas, kiwis…).
Around the 1980’s the effects of this change in nutritional habits began to show themselves more and more clearly. During this period millions of young people grew to heights unimaginable in previous decades. This improvement in nutrition has allowed the generation of the 1980’s to become the tallest generation in the history of mankind. Millions of young people reached a height of 1.80 meters and taller. This is an epochal change in the muscular and postural structure of the human race.
Today the average height of an Englishman is 1.76 meters, but only a few decades earlier the average height of an Englishman was 1.65 meters, and a few hundred years ago it was probably around 1.50. With the 1980’s, then, thousands of young people began to feel the weight of postural asymmetry on a much taller body, and for that reason the asymmetry that man has always carried with him since the time he stood erect became much more accentuated.
Due to increased height the skull, the heaviest part of the body, moved away as well from its center of gravity, situated more or less near the navel. This has also served to increase the incidence of dysmorphic changes. In fact, as we have seen in the book itself, if the skull doesn’t find a solid basis on which to rest, a jaw with optimal vertical dimensions of the teeth, it loses its center of gravity, causing a decline of the muscular-skeletal structure.
This is why only an individual in the West could enjoy the right vantage point to be able to make this discovery. But really, why in Italy? Let’s try to narrow the field of possibilities, excluding the non-European countries.
In fact the United States, Canada and Australia, countries involved as well in the nutritional revolution, are peoples who have a protein-based diet and are genetically relatively robust. A protein diet allows for the development of an important muscle mass and therefore aids in muscular compensation, preventing asymmetry from becoming too apparent.
These peoples were not able to perceive asymmetry due to their muscle mass, which their protein diet developed. Thus it is clear that the probability that a discovery of this kind would be made in America isn’t very high. That probability would be relocated inevitably to the other great center of the nutritional revolution, Europe.
Glancing at the map of Europe I would be inclined to exclude France right away. In fact France is the motherland of posturology, truly it was here that posturology was born. Nevertheless posturology is flawed, as it concentrates its own attention primarily on the feet and eyes, paying scant attention to the mouth. In this way the academic French debate has suffocated gnathology which instead identifies the mouth as the place to start when intervening in the posture.
So, France is out of the running. France excluded, there remain three great centers which participated in the nutritional revolution since the 1960’s and which have the social and intellectual resources to carry out an innovation of this kind: Great Britain, Italy, and Germany.
Let’s start by excluding Great Britain, which for historical and linguistic reasons is intrinsically linked to the United States. It contributes to the discussion and the medical development conducted and led by the United States.
Thus Great Britain cannot be a good candidate as it is distracted by discussions developed overseas. Also it is impossible that a discovery of this kind would be made in Germany because, for genetic reasons, it has a very robust population. As we have seen before, a robust constitution compensates for asymmetry, concealing it from view.
Only one candidate is left, Italy, which has a population that is genetically very fragile in its build, typical of Mediterranean peoples, and which has fewer means of compensating for asymmetry considering its diet based on carbohydrates. These are, according to us, the probable causes that allowed this extraordinary discovery to be made in Italy.