“The old materialistic school of physiology has attempted to show that nerve-force, like the bodily material, is derived from the food we eat. … This, however, is only partly true. While it is true that there is a certain amount of nerve force in fresh food, … nevertheless the amount of nerve-force so absorbed is comparatively small, and is far too little to supply what is needed by the individual to run his physical organism. … Food chemical combustion results in giving bodily heat, but never in creating nerve-force
“The true source of nerve-force is the same as the source of electricity, namely the universal ether that fills space. … The atmosphere is charged with nerve-force, which is taken up and absorbed by the nervous system.” ~Theron Dumont (aka William Walker Atkinson)
You’ve Got Some Nerve-force
I don’t know if “Nerve-force” was a common term when Dumont wrote it about 100 years ago. It is clear that what he is talking about is energy. More specifically, the energy that circulates in the body and makes it run. Back then, it was a common belief that this energy was circulated through the body by the nerves. We now know that isn’t true. Yet for consistency, we will continue to use the term “nerve-force” in this article.
Food and Digestion
Mr. Dumont has an even stranger idea about how digestion works. He seems to think that food is simply burned up in the body to produce heat! Perhaps that was a common belief in his time. If it were true, however, we would soon starve from lack of nutrition.
The digestion process is far more complex than simply burning up food to produce heat. It isn’t a subject to get into here, however. The important thing is that despite his misunderstanding of digestion, Dumont makes a valid point about the amount of energy supplied. Continue reading “Nerve-Force (Energy) of Body, Mind, and Soul”