Adopt the natural, healthy posture of athletes, young children, and
people from traditional societies the world over. Most of
what our culture has taught us about posture is misguided—even
unhealthy—and exploring the current epidemic of back pain, many of the
commonly cited reasons for the degeneration of spinal discs and the
stress on muscles that leads to back pain are examined and debunked. The
historical and anthropological roots of poor posture in Western
cultures are studied as is the absence of back pain complaints in the
cultures of Africa, Asia, South America, and rural Europe.
Gokhale, LAc, is the founder of the Esther Gokhale Wellness Center, a
licensed acupuncturist, and the creator of the Gokhale Method, an
approach that helps people achieve better health through better
This Authors@Google event took place February 14, 2008 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.