Flaws

BONES THAT LOSE MINERALS AFTER AGE 30 Demineralization makes bones susceptible to fractures and, in extreme cases, can cause osteoporosis (severe bone degeneration) curvature of the spine and "dowager's hump"

FALLIBLE SPINAL DISKS Years of pressure on the spongy disks that separate the vertebrae can cause them to slip, rupture or bulge; then they, or the vertebrae themselves, can press painfully on nerves

MUSCLESTHAT LOSE MASS AND TONE Such atrophy can impede all activities, including walking. In the abdomen, hernias can arise asthe intestines (always pulled by gravity) protrude through weak spots in the abdominal wall. Flaccid abdominal muscles also contribute to lower-back pain

RELATIVELY SHORT RIB CAGE Current cage does not fully enclose and protect most internal organs

Normal direction of blood flow

Malfunctioning check valve

Pooled blood

Normal direction of blood flow

Malfunctioning check valve

Pooled blood

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