Psychic Readings History | Biorhythm FAQs
Whilst perusing some research findings relevant to psychic readings history, I happened upon a number of articles relating to Biorhythms. Most were devoted to the results of studies or experiments that focused on whether “critical” days for each Biorhythm cycle supported the theory of the 23 day Intellectual cycle and the 28 day Physical cycle. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a definitive assessment of the accuracy of bio-rhythm cycles because no two research protocols are identical. One would think that the principle of replicability demanded identical protocols between any two studies with the same objective but that is not the case. The question of the validity of Bio-rhythm Theory is still undecided at the micro-results level. However, I have found that when one combines Circadian (daily) rhythms with the broader trends suggested by bio-rhythm cycles one gets a more accurate reflection of the findings compared with one’s own experience.
Psychic Readings History | Biorhythm FAQs
Bio-Rhythm Theory is identified mainly with two scientists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dr. Wilhelm Fliess and Dr. Hermann Swodboda although the original (recorded) observations of cyclical influences on human intellectual functioning, emotional state and physical state come from Aristotle’s work. The essential theory is based on the female menstrual cycle of 28 days. Women are more than vaguely aware of the physical changes and emotional consequences that result from hormonal cycles. Swelling of the womb and breasts at ovulation and again at the onset of menses are unmistakable signs of hormonal flux. The cycle in men is less dramatic and follows a 23 day chronology. The difference in length of time between cycles may account for some of the conflicts between partners in a relationship. Both Fliess and Swoboda found evidence that supported the Aristotelian theory of periodicity in human energy, physical co-ordination and strength and emotional states. Their observations have come down to us in the theory of bio-rhythms and their influence on our sense of well-being and productivity.
The Fliess-Swoboda theory was based on the date of birth and the failure of some researchers to find a positive correlation between birthdate and the cycles made me wonder if it might not make greater sense to calculate from the conception date. If we could identify the date of conception accurately, one might find a greater correlation in the cycles. As our technology develops we may be able to pinpoint conception to a level of accuracy that might require a new assessment of Fliess and Swoboda.
Lest you be tempted to dismiss the entire idea of bio-rhythms as bad 19th century science, consider this: Fliess who specialized in otolaryngology (eye,ear,throat,nose) discovered what he thought might be a significant link between olfactory function and sexuality. It has since been demonstrated that sneezing mimics the physiology of orgasm in humans so his theory may not be that far out! In addition, researchers into rat mutations discovered that there is such a link in rat physiology and even an olfactory organ that accounts for it: the vomeronasal organ. Removing this tiny organ from a female rat makes her behave like a male in terms of sexuality resulting in full bisexuality in which the same female will try to mate with other females and yet accept male sexual advances, get pregnant and deliver off-spring. However, rather than nursing her brood for the usual 7 days, within two days of giving birth the bisexual female once again becomes sexually active. Although humans do not have a vomeronasal organ the human nose does contain erectile tissue and there is such a thing as “honeymoon rhinitis” in which nasal congestion occurs during sex. Think about it – has this ever happened to you? Fliess might have claimed too much for Bio-rhythm Theory as a predictor of human functioning but until we have studied the cycles in greater detail at subtler levels of human autonomic nervous function, we should not dismiss Bio-rhythms out of hand. Meanwhile, the best way to assess the accuracy of the method is to download a free Biorhythm app and check it once in a while. You may be surprised at how accurate it can be.
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© Delia O’ Riordan 2012