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By Michael Odent

Former obstetrician and childbirth pioneer Michel Odent argues that the point of human way of life that has been such a lot profoundly replaced in fresh many years is the time period surrounding the start of a kid. seeing that this formative time is taken into account severe in defining our species, Homo sapiens, basic alterations during this sector may still usher in major evolution in regard to how infants are born. This, without doubt, could be on the center of our discussions of the longer term, even above concerns of the way humanity and planet earth have interaction.

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This is a point of view expressed by breastfeeding advisers and lactation consultants who have many decades of practice. Genital sexuality Any question about the evolution of the human oxytocin system leads us to look also at genital sexuality. Erection and vaginal lubrication are associated with oxytocin release. There is no sexual intercourse without activation of the oxytocin system. For obvious reasons, it is difficult to provide valuable statistics about the incidence of sexual dysfunction.

The race for the surface’ means that the winners of the race to reach a germ-free territory will likely be the rulers of that territory. It is clear today that from a bacteriological point of view a newborn baby ideally needs to be urgently in contact with only one person – her mother. It is also clear that the human mammal has been programmed to enter the world via the bacteriologically rich perineal zone: this is a sort of guarantee that the newborn baby – particularly her digestive tract and her skin – will be immediately contaminated by a great variety of friendly germs carried by her mother.

The recent history of Korea offers a typical example. After the Second World War, Korea was artificially divided into a Northern part (above the 38th parallel) and a Southern part. North and South Koreans share genetic ancestry and, until the middle of the twentieth century, the same lifestyle and the same morphological traits. Today South Koreans are on average 12cm taller than their North Korean counterparts. All these rapid transformations inside the genus Homo cannot be explained by changes in DNA sequences: perspectives other than ‘evolutionary genetics’ are needed.

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