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Infant Reflexes: Evolved or Designed?
Most of us are familiar with the “kneejerk” reaction that comes when a doctor taps our kneecap with a rubber hammer, but do you know what happens when you gently turn a baby’s head to one side? What about when you stroke a baby’s spine with your fingers?
Infants possess several unique reflexes that adults do not have. Because these are initially present at birth and disappear within the first few months, some scientists have speculated that they indicate some kind of evolutionary progression. For example, on page 534 of Pediatric Chiropractic, we find the statement, “…the disappearance of these movement patters demonstrate that higher cerebral pathways have established dominance over the primitive reflexes as the nervous system matures.” The overlying use of the word primitive brings to mind evolutionary stages and changes.
Are infant reflexes left over from evolutionary processes that fade away as the infant evolves into a higher being? No! It can be shown that these reflexes are designed to assist in the birth process and diminish as they are no longer needed...........Read More
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