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Healthful Living, Page 193

Chapter 29—The Brain and the Nervous System

The Physiology of the Nervous System

819. Each faculty of the mind and each muscle has its distinctive office, and all require to be exercised in order to become properly developed and retain healthful vigor.—Testimonies for the Church 3:77.

820. Every organ of the body was made to be servant of the mind.—Testimonies for the Church 3:136.

821. The brain is the capital of the body, the seat of all the nervous forces and of mental action. The nerves proceeding from the brain control the body. By the brain nerves, mental impressions are conveyed to all the nerves of the body as by telegraph wires; and they control the vital action of every part of the system. All the organs of motion are governed by the communications they receive from the brain.—Testimonies for the Church 3:69.

822. The senses ... are the avenues to the soul.—Testimonies for the Church 3:507.

823. The brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate with man, and affect his inmost life. Whatever disturbs the circulation of the electric currents in the nervous system, lessens the strength of the vital powers, and the result is a

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