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Enlarged Prostate and Prostate Cancer – How the Body Works by Susan L. Arieli, M.D.

This is a three-part series on the physical symptoms, metaphysical causes and nutritional treatments regarding the prostate gland and its functions.  Although I tried to keep this section ‘physical’, the dividing line between the workings of the mind and the working of the body is much too thin.  Our active minds can have an incredible impact on our spirit, health, metabolism and endocrine system.    

“Our physical body is where all the other levels—the spiritual, mental and emotional aspects of our being—reside in this life.  Our bodies mirror and express our state of well-being or lack thereof on all the levels.  A block or imbalance on the spiritual, mental or emotional level eventually shows up in the physical body.  So not only is the body constantly communicating its own needs, it is frequently trying to communicate the needs of the other three levels as well.

If we have unmet needs on any level that we are unconscious of or ignoring, eventually our bodies try to let us know about it.  For example, if you are pushing yourself to work so hard that your spiritual and emotional needs are going unmet, your body may get sick as a way of forcing you to slow down and go inside.” THE FOUR LEVELS OF HEALING ~ Shakti Gawain

Our body’s health reflects how much we honor our values and abilities as well as our deepest feelings.  If, for whatever reason we resist change or our true calling, our hormones, affected by every thought, feeling, attitude etc., can change in an instant.  Even negative feedback from others or in the environment can cause the whole endocrine system to go haywire and run amok! 

“All sex hormones, including progesterone, estrogens, androgens, can affect mood, memory, and cognition in complex and interrelated ways.  Receptor sites for these hormones are found throughout the brain and nervous system, and nerve tissue itself has been found to produce them”. Christiane Northrup

Male sex hormones are called androgens and the most important of these is testosterone.  Male hormones take a much more linear approach then the constant ebb and flow of females.  They rise in adolescence, level out at maturity and fall after middle age.  The prostate is the weak link at middle age, also known as andropause, as it reacts to the many stresses and changes man goes through after reaching his fifties.  Hormones form a closely interconnected web where a change in one affects them all.  

“The gonads, located in the male and female sex organs, release the sex hormones testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.  These hormones influence, among other things, sex drive and secondary sexual characteristics, including the ratio of muscle to body fat.  One of the reasons men tend to gain weight as they age is that their declining testosterone levels allow fat storage to increase, and lean muscle mass to decrease.  This decline of testosterone appears to be reversible, however.  

Sex hormones also have a powerful influence on the mind.  They influence how efficiently we think, how well we remember, how well we perform physical tasks, and how we feel emotionally.” BRAIN LONGEVITY ~ Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. with Cameron Stauth

HOW THE PROSTATE WORKS

The prostate is a spongy male sex gland shaped similar to the texture of the fruit of a plum and located just under the bladder.  It actually wraps itself like a doughnut around the urethra, which carries urine from the bladder out through the penis.    Through several ducts, the prostate secretes fluid that passes into the urethra to nourish and increase the speed of the sperm.  The prostate actually has muscles that contract, squeezing out fluid that makes up the bulk of semen in the urethra.  

“…the prostate contains a network of internal piping (ducts) and supporting muscle and fibrous cells (stroma).  When ejaculation occurs the muscular stroma contracts like a pumping fist, deploying the seminal fluid out through the penis, along with the sperm it is charged to preserve and defend.  

[I’d like to interject for just a moment and mention that biologically, sperm are manufactured in the testicles, each of which contains a maze of narrow tubes where sperm grow and develop for 8 to 9 weeks.  The sperm then move into a wider, coiled tube (the epididymis) where they spend another two weeks maturing.  Interestingly this tube where sperm mature (epididymis) would be about 20 feet (6 m) long if it was stretched out, but instead the tubes are coiled on top of each testicle, fitting into a space the size of a bean!]

“In young boys, the prostate is miniscule.  It lies dormant until puberty, when, stimulated by a surge of male hormones, the gland grows and begins its lifelong task of churning out seminal fluid (semen). The seminal vesicles  (attached just above the prostate) and Cowper’s glands (along the urethra just below the prostate) also add to the seminal fluid that is released during ejaculation.  Within the prostate, fluid manufacturing occurs in the epithelial cells that line the microscopic glands and ducts.” DR. PETER SCARDINO’S PROSTATE BOOK, Revised Edition by Peter T. Scardino, M.D., Judith Kelmen

PROSTATE GLAND PROBLEMS

The prostate is, as mentioned earlier, very hormone-dependent and reacts very strongly to any imbalance (hormonal or otherwise).  Your brain plays a major role in regulating your hormones and the development of your sperm. It is the hypothalamus and the pituitary that start the process….

If there are problems with the prostate it will directly affect the bladder.  If you’ve found yourself scurrying to the washroom in the middle of the night and during the day at the most inconvenient of times, you could blame your bladder but in all probability, the prostate is the problem. Other symptoms of prostate ailments could include blood in the urine, trouble starting the flow, a weak flow and even when you’re done or think your are, it feels like you’ve still got to go.  

“Men have urinary-tract problems, too—they could be suffering from an enlarged prostrate gland, which presses on the urethra, thus affecting their urine flow or stream.” THE BODY KNOWS…HOW TO STAY YOUNG Caroline Sutherland, Louise Hay

PROSTATE SYMPTOMS

*Some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of a prostate problem are:

1)     An unpleasant feeling in the lower abdomen.

2)     Low back pain

3)     A frequent need to urinate

4)     Difficulties in urinating and emptying the bladder

5)     Difficulties ejaculating

6)     Problems keeping an erection

7)     A decrease in libido (low sex drive)

*See the “great links” below that go into these symptoms in great detail.

PROSTATIC HYPERTHROPHY (BPH)

“The prostate gland grows rapidly during puberty and is essentially fully formed in most men by about the age of twenty five. However, at this stage it does not stop growing as you might imagine but continues growing very slowly throughout the remainder of your life. Later in life however, and typically at some point after the age of about forty-five, hormonal changes which are part of the normal ageing process can result in a slight ‘speeding up’ in the growth of the prostate gland.

As a result, once you pass the age of forty-five you begin to run the risk of your now enlarging prostate beginning to cause a series of problems. For most men sufficient enlargement to cause symptoms does not occur until after the age of sixty and some men will never experience a problem at all. Nevertheless, all men are at risk of developing problems after the age of about forty-five. http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

The prostate gland is the only organ in men that continues to grow after twenty-five.  This growth can put pressure on and affect the outflow of urine, a condition called benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).  When the prostate puts too much pressure on the urethra, the muscular walls of the bladder have to work harder to help the body urinate.  The stronger the contractions, the thicker the bladder wall becomes actually decreasing the size of the bladder and the amount of urine it can hold. If the prostate continues to squeeze the urethra, it may cause the bladder to work harder and harder, holding smaller and smaller amounts of urine until working harder and harder will hold smaller and smaller amounts of urine and possibly causing urinary retention. 

“What triggers BPH is not well understood, but aging and testosterone (the predominant male sex hormone) are believed to be the primary influences on its development.  Animal studies suggest that the female sex hormone estrogen (produced in small amounts in men) may also play a role, perhaps when a man’s testosterone production declines and the balance of the two hormones is altered.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter (John Hopkins Health)

Usually an enlarged prostate occurs in half of men over 60 and even more (75%) in men over 70.  Although the enlarged prostate is not cancerous, it can interfere with urination by obstructing the urethral canal, putting pressure on the kidneys, encouraging bladder infections, and creating frequent burning urination and incontinence. 

 “There has also been some research done on the effects of cycling, where there are extended periods of sitting on a hard, narrow bicycle seat. Numbness and pressure on the testicles, prostate and urethra have resulted in prostate problems, impotence or tumors…..the recommendation is that hard bicycle saddles should be avoided, padded cycling shorts should be worn, the saddle should be correctly adjusted—either horizontal or pointing downwards at the front—and men should make sure to get off the saddle regularly.” Zita West

In middle-aged men, sitting on the tailbone in a recliner for hours watching television can affect the prostate enough to make it hard to urinate.  Nearby muscles can also aggravate prostate trouble.  Heavy lifting also affects the prostate by adversely affecting muscles in the area.  

“….although some prostatitis may be caused by Chlamydia or other organisms, most of these cases involve muscle tension.” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Many of our joints, muscles and ligaments are connected to thousands of tiny nerves that flow to different glands and organs.  In particular, the intrapelvic muscles are hidden deep within the floor of the pelvis and not at all that easy to get at.  Pain in this area can affect the genitals, perineum, bladder, urethra, anus, tailbone, and on the upper back of your thighs.  When these muscles have been stressed, they can pull the bones of the sacroiliac joint out of position, resulting in pain in the lower back and groin. (The sacroiliac joints are where the wings of the pelvis—the hip bones—attach to the sacrum, the large bone at the base of the spine. 

“The pelvis is the pivot of the body, aligning the upward movement of the chest and head that is most exposed to the world, and the movement that goes out and down into the feet giving direction and grounding.  It is from here that we go out to meet the world, and it is here that we meet the reaction of the world to us.” Deb Shapiro THE BODY/MIND WORKBOOK

PROSTATITIS

“Chronic prostatitis is one of the most common chronic infections in men of the middle and later years. On examination, the prostate gland feels enlarged, soft, and extremely tender and its surface out-line is irregular. This disease frequently produces no symptoms, but the prostate is believed to harbor infectious microorganisms responsible for some allergic conditions, arthritis, and inflammation of the nerves (neuritis), muscle [soreness] (myositis) and the iris [eye inflammation] (iritis).” SARUP’S DICTIONARY OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY, by Poly Mary

Prostatitis is caused by bacteria or hormonal changes, which cause inflammation of the prostate gland.  Bacteria prostatitis can affect men of all ages. It’s usually caused by the spread of infection in the bladder or urethra.  Doctors aren’t quite sure how the infection enters the urinary tract but some suspect an obstruction in the urethra or unprotected anal sex could be the cause. This inflammation can cause urine retention, bladder infection, or kidney infection.  

“Bacteria prostatitis is often an uncomplicated illness, but if an infected prostate clamps down on the urethra and prevents the bladder from completely empyting, the infection can spread to the bladder and cause cystitis.  The symptoms of cystitis and prostatitis are similar—pain and/or burning on urination, urinary urgency and hesitancy with scant urine flow.  With cystitis, however, a urinalysis shows the presence of bacteria.  If left untreated, cystitis can progress to a kidney infection, which is considerably more serious and often requires hospitalization” Dr. Ira Sharlip

Acute prostatitis symptoms can cause pain between the rectum and scrotum, frequent burning urination, fullness of the bladder, fever, chills, back pain and blood in the urine.  Chronic prostatitis symptoms can also cause burning urination, blood in the urine and lower back pain but the symptoms are milder than acute prostatitis.  

Prostate congestion can also be caused when the prostatic fluid (low or no ejaculation) backs up in the prostate causing some calcium deposits almost small little stones in the prostate which can cause inflammation.  There is the possibility that there is some correlation between chronic prostate problems and prostate cancer. 

PROSTATE PROBLEMS = AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

“Another theory under investigation is that prostatitis is an auto-immune disorder, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy prostate tissue and promotes inflammation—not unlike the way the immune system targets the joints in rheumatoid arthritis.  In fact, researchers recently found that men with chronic prostatitis had increased levels of the same inflammation-related substances that are elevated in the joint tissue of people with rheumatoid arthritis.” PROSTATE DISORDERS H. Ballentine Carter

When an infection causes inflammation in the body, it can quickly spread through and affect other parts of the body.  Any inflammation is seen as a dangerous predator and puts the immune system on high alert to attack and release white blood cells to protect your physical body.   White blood cells are extremely important in attacking infections and thus begin the process of healing.  But if the inflammation is constant and on-going, the stressed-out immune system will begin to fatigue/burnout losing its purpose and momentum.  Feeling the pressure to make things right it can overextend itself and start attacking things it normally wouldn’t.  

“This immune hypersensitivity can lead to a gut of problems ranging from simple allergies and weight gain to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, prostate problems, and autoimmune diseases. 

Many of these happen because as the immune stays on higher alert longer than it should, its agents begin to fatigue and make bad decisions, possibly leading to autoimmune disease or not destroying mutated cells, leading to cancer formation with more frequency. This can easily give way to cancer, getting a foothold it won’t relinquish.” REVERSING DIABETES – Don Colbert

PROSTATE CANCER

“The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, widely used to screen for prostate cancer in men, illustrates another kind of deficiency. It often gives false positives, but even when it does detect cancers, it gives no information about their nature—specifically, how aggressive they are and how likely they are to metastasize. That is really what we need to know, because most older men develop prostate cancer, and in most cases, the risk of spread is low. A man can live to be a ripe old age, enjoy good general health, and die with cancer contained in his prostate. The problem here is that a positive PSA test is often the first step down the road ending in radical prostatectomy, an operation that has many risks and may be completely unnecessary. Until we have a reliable follow-up test that can clearly distinguish aggressive from non-aggressive tumors, I have doubts about the wisdom of using the PSA as a general screening tool, except for those at high risk on the basis of family history and lifestyle.” Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to your Well-being ~ Andrew Weil, M.D.

There is mounting evidence that prostate infections and prostate cancer can follow after prolonged periods of severe stress.  The stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol are being looked at as the major players in the progression of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men over 50 and the second leading killer among cancers in men in North America.  Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 45 but it can happen, especially to those with a family history of this disease.  It is curable if detected early.  Often this cancer grows silently within the gland without any symptoms until it has spread to the surrounding bone and tissue.  This is why it is so important for men over 50 to get a digital rectal exam that lets the doctor feel for lumps on the prostate and a prostate antigen blood test that detects a protein that seeps out of the prostate when there is a tumor present.  A urine test can point to problems in the prostate too. 

“These prostate problems are to men what breast cancer is to women, as there is a strong relationship of the prostate to the flow of semen and therefore to a man’s sense of personal power, sexuality and fertility.  All these issues become more pertinent as the body ages.  After retirement it is not unusual to find a man feeling worthless and powerless; financial pressures can be worrisome and stressful, and relationships habitual and boring.  If you find it hard to connect to your emotions and have used sex as a means to communicate, you may become even more emotionally isolated at this time. 

An enlarged prostate or prostate cancer is indicative of these issues of expression and worthiness.  The increase in the desire to urinate, even if there is nothing to pass, indicates a difficulty with expressing the inner conflicts and longings. Deb Shapiro YOU BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

Animation—testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Bacteria, environmental chemicals (e.g., pesticides), tight underwear and diet are other possible physical causes of an enlarged prostate.  A high fat, high sugar, high sodium diet can also affect the prostate, causing an anti-inflammatory response.  High levels of cholesterol not only increase your risk of heart disease it has also been linked to prostate cancer.  As well, body fat in a man or woman is a major producer of a hormone called estrogen.  This hormone can interfere with the action of insulin which can cause excess sugar in the blood, and it has been well documented that cancer is a “sugar feeder”.

TESTOSTERONE

Approximately every ninety minutes a specialized area in the brain (hypothalamus) secretes GnRH (gonadotrophin-releasing hormone).  GnRH signals the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, to produce LH (Luteinsizing hormone) and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone).  The LH tells the testes to secrete the male hormone testosterone.  Testosterone stimulates the sexual desires and develops and maintains male secondary sex characteristics such as hair growth and deep voice.  Together, testosterone and FSH stimulate the testes to produce sperm (spermatogenesis). The body’s ability to make and regulate these hormones is vital for maintaining virility and sperm production.” Textbook of Medical Laboratory Technology ~ Sood

During puberty LH is secreted only at night but as a boy matures later on in adolescence, the LH levels start rising during the day causing secretions of testosterone to be secreted 24 hours a day.  It’s around this time that boys usually go girl-crazy and start to produce sperm. 

Skin changes during puberty occur at this time too and male sex hormones called androgens can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete an oily, waxy substance called sebum. If the glands secrete too much sebum, the skin will react by breaking out in acne or pimples.  

We know now that testosterone is produced by the male testes and is known to give men their maleness:  It makes hair grow on their face and bodies, it makes their voices deepen at puberty and it is instrumental in the production of sperm.  

“Testosterone causes the larynx to enlarge and the vocal cords to increase in length and thickness. These changes cause a boy’s voice to break and become deeper.  At around the same time a beard begins to appear, with a growth of chest, underarm and pubic hair. The amount of body hair also increases over the whole body.  All androgens have what is called an anabolic effect, that is, they raise the rate of protein synthesis and lower the rate at which protein is broken down.  The effect is to increase muscle bulk, especially in the chest and shoulders, and to accelerate growth of the long bones (in the arms and legs), especially during early puberty.  When puberty is finished testosterone stops the growth of the long bones by ossifying the cartilage plates (epiphyses) at the end of the bones.” Encyclopedia of Family Health ~ David B. Jacoby,  R.M. Youngson

But too much testosterone produced in the body can potentially cause reckless behavior, liver damage, acne, cholesterol problems, create tumors in the body and also cause the production of a liver protein that cause clusters of cholesterol to attach in the arterial walls.  And as seen below, testosterone can cause prostate and circulatory problems. 

“According to a Journal of Behavioral Medicine study, men with higher than normal amounts of testosterone were much more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Those slightly above normal levels were 24% more likely to have had an injury, 32% more likely to drink heavily, 35% more likely to have an STD, and 151% more likely to smoke. As the amount of testosterone increased above that point, so did the men’s chances of risky behaviors. Decision making abilities can also be negatively impacted by higher than normal levels of testosterone.

Other symptoms men may face as result of elevated testosterone levels include aggressiveness and mood swings, acne, and testicular shrinkage. It can also cause hair loss and lowered fertility. Too high levels of testosterone maintained over a longer period of time can lead to an enlarged prostate and problems with the circulatory system.” http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Low testosterone symptoms – dry and/or thinning skin, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, andropause, loss of morning erection, fatigue, poor tolerance of exercise, lack of exercise, heart palpitations, loss of muscle tone in arms and legs, poor memory or concentration, loss of libido, depression or anxiety, loss of motivation or competitive edge, low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions, headaches or migraines, gaining fat around abdomen, difficulty building or maintaining muscle, loss of bone density or osteoporosis, sleep apnea, use of corticosteroids

Excessive testosterone levels – testicular shrinkage, acne, hair loss, infertility, hardening of the arteries, prostate enlargement, intense mood swings, irritability, aggression, agitation, an overpowering, controlling personality.   

“The relationship between testosterone and prostate cancer isn’t as clear as we would like it to be.  It is true, however, that patients with existing prostate cancer should not receive testosterone replacement therapy, as it could make matters worse.  Scientists are beginning to consider the possibility that estrogen plays a role in the hormonal regulation of the prostate.  If that proves true, there could a connection between prostate cancer and high dietary and environmental estrogen levels.”  THE PROSTATE HEALTH PROGRAM – Daniel Nixen, Max Gemex, The Reference Works  

ESTROGEN AND XENOESTROGENS

In men, the testicles produce testosterone and very small quantities of estrogen.  Unfortunately estrogen-like substances in hormone-fed meats and poultry, plastic bottles, detergents and petroleum-like chemicals, are creating toxins in the body.  Our bodies were not designed to cope with and be exposed to these hazardous substances.  These estrogen-like substances are interfering with the absorption, metabolism and transportation of nutrients in the body. Xenoestrogens are known as potent carcinogens and are causing many health problems to erupt, especially prostrate problems.  

Scientists and other medical media have emphasized the dangers of these estrogens and their relation to low sperms counts as well as prostate and breast cancer in men.  Men, like women have a tendency to gain weight and as they age these xenoestrogens are known to attach themselves to the fatty tissues of the body causing an array of hormonal problems. The reason being, we are unable to excrete them and so they are accumulating in our bodies, disrupting enzyme function and throwing our bio-chemistry out of balance.    

As well, too much estrogen can produce an excessive amount of serotonin, raising stress levels and sugar levels in the blood and depleting an important hormone created from the pineal gland known as melatonin.    

(Part III of this series goes into depth about the benefits of melatonin and its ability to strengthen the immune system and inhibit prostate cancer.) 

ANDROPAUSE

Andropause, is another of saying ‘male menopause’.  And similar to menopause in women, it’s a turning point in a man’s life. It’s literally where we take ourselves apart and put ourselves together again…but in a different way.

“Personality changes which take place in middle age generally involve what are known in psychology as ‘cross-sex issues.  This means that men start exploring qualities in themselves which are traditionally associated with ‘feminine’ urges’ and women turn to spheres and issues which are more conventionally classed under ‘masculine’ drives.  Exactly what this entails is worth exploring in a little more detail.” Howard Sasportas

Physically andropause is a term used when a man’s production of testosterone begins to fall and his sexual urges diminish.  It’s a time when his muscles start losing their mass, skin starts to lose its tightness, and crows-feet may start appearing.  In some men, it may feel like their power is draining away and they may try to regain their youth by being overly active and seductive to remain young. This is their way of reassuring themselves their still in the race.  

Retirement is supposed to be a time of doing what we want rather than what we think or what others think we should be doing.  It’s not a time of being obsessed with the past, or mourning over lost opportunities.   

STRESS

Stress is more prevalent today than it has ever been before.  Some stress is good, because it helps us to grow and motivates us to keep moving forward.  In fact, every action or reaction we experience comes from stress.  But too much stress can impair every cell, tissue and organ in your body—it can affect your sexual expression and stifle your creativity.  Stress can affect normal everyday mental processes, causing either an overactive or inactive mind.  Your outer behavior may express these by overdoing or underdoing things—creating clutter in your life—or by avoiding situations or becoming too aggressive.  Mental stress can increase muscular tension, leading to stiffness, clumsiness and aching limbs and joints.  It can cause inflammation in the body, emotional breakdowns, depression and illness.   

Stresses that impact the prostate are related to middle-age fears and insecurities, relationship crisis, competitiveness, jealousy—and of course the ‘old age’ concept. It’s a time when you may lose confidence in yourself or feel that somehow you have failed.  Prostate problems can arise from, giving up, nailing the lid on the coffin so-to-speak and resigning into the mode ‘I’ll just make do’. 

Competition and jealousy can lead to fear and insecurity, which in turn adds more stress as you feel pressured to work more efficiently at a job your spirit just doesn’t feel invested in.  OR you may be an addictive workaholic—which means you need the constant roar of adrenaline and cortisol racing through your bloodstream.  But if that project stops or suddenly ends, you’re faced with exhaustion, depression and a sense it was all a worthless production.  

“Men’s Prostrate problems have a lot to do with self-worth and also believing that as he gets older he becomes less of a man. IMPOTENCE adds fear and is sometimes even related to spite against a previous mate”.  YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE ~ Louise Hay

It is in this part of the body that we fear losing control and fear of losing our power.  These fears could manifest as chronic pain in the lower back and in the pelvic area, arthritic conditions, prostate cancer, impotency and bladder problems.  Problems with the prostate can also be associated with financial difficulties or losses and the fear of losing control of our sense of security and independence.  There has been a tremendous increase in prostate cancer in the last 20 years, because we have unknowingly, unconsciously, connected the energies of sexuality and power with money. 

Join me in Part II of this series, where we really dive into the psychological and metaphysical causes of prostate ailments. 

to be continued….

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Great links

Low back pain http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5514576_back-pain-caused-prostate.html

Ejaculation frequency http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/ejaculation-frequency

Histamine and sexual exhaustion http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/histamine-and-sexual-exhaustion%20

Antidepressants and sexual function http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/antidepressants-and-sexual-function

Premature ejaculation http://cure-erectile-dysfunction.org/premature-ejaculation%20

High levels of testosterone  http://blog.americanlongevitycenter.com/tag/high-testosterone/

Animation – Testosterone and prostate cancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3j5Ig4dJY

Andropause http://www.mastersmensclinic.com/male_sexual_function.htm

http://www.prostateaction.org.uk/prostate-information/understanding-prostate-gland

Candida http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/yeastinfectiontreatment.html

http://www.herbalextractsplus.com/

http://www.disabled-world.com/health/cancer/prostate/prostate-gland.php

http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/semen.html

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INTRODUCING THE SEVEN ENDOCRINE GLANDS AND THEIR FUNCTIONS

“During the course of our research into the role of the chakras in health and disease, over 200 cases were observed clairvoyantly, and in a large number of these the disease was found to be related to the endocrine glands…..

Studies of the etheric chakras showed that whenever there were severe abnormalities in their colors, rhythm, direction of movement, brightness, form, elasticity and texture, this indicated a serious condition, probably resulting in the development of the disease, either in the endocrine glands related to that center or in that part of the body to which the center provides energy.” The Chakras and the Human Energy Fields by Shafica Karagulla, Dora Van Gelder Kunz

It is no secret that the endocrine glands have an intimate connection with the chakra system. The seven chakras or centers of energy have been seen as whirling cone-shaped vortices, which receive and distribute vital energy (lifeforce/prana) throughout the physical body. Each chakra also corresponds to a different endocrine gland and these glands govern specific parts of the physical body and areas of psychological and spiritual development. We know from the previous articles in this blog, on the subtle anatomy that the physical body has an aura of subtle fields known as the etheric, astral (mental/emotional) and causal bodies. We also know that damage to one or more of the subtle bodies through physical or emotional trauma can filter down from the aura to the etheric and physical level, creating a wide range of physical and mental ailments. All four levels of being, (etheric, astral, causal and physical body) are supposed to work together, encouraging and supporting each other.

More and more, science is proving what the mystics and ancient healers have been trying to tell us: there is no separation between the etheric system, endocrine system, nervous system, blood system and immune system; they all interact together at many levels. Each one spins a web of connectors not only to each other but to every other being and with the universe as well. Throughout our lives we learn by trial and error about our own physical presence on this earth and the effect that our presence has with others.

“The importance of this glandular system cannot be over-estimated. It is a replica in miniature of the septenary constitution of the universe and the medium of expression and the instrument of contact for the seven ray forces, the seven Spirits before the Throne of God. Around this at present unrecognized truth the medicine and the healing methods of the future civilization will be built.” Alice Bailey, Esoteric Healing

The day you were born, your spirit descended into matter, ready to face a new set of circumstance, or circumstances similar to those of a previous life, if the lesson had not been learned. At the moment of your birth, your body chemistry was set, directly related to the position of the planets at that point in time. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, (main controller of the endocrine system) react to your thoughts, emotions and knowledge (placement of the planets, houses), that let the other glands know what the brain is planning and wanting the body to do. These special glands also have a thinking capacity all their own, you could say, that our endocrine system is an amazing group of different beings, each with their own history and experience, each with their own attitude, emotions and responses. With no exception, these glands are united by a very strong bond and linked by a shared history, each reacting to the other by way of the nervous system (mediated by neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and neurohormones). They are constantly eavesdropping on your thoughts and feelings and listening to the conversation you are having with yourself—every second of your life!

If you are familiar with the many Edgar Cayce readings, (the sleeping prophet) he stated the endocrine glands are repositories of past life memories emotionally charged and repressed. As we become more aware of ourselves, through dreams, meditation, self-healing, astrology, etc., these past memories come to the surface, appearing as symbols, giving us clues to hidden parts of our personality and to emotional problems/illnesses we are experiencing in this lifetime.

The endocrine system is made of glands situated throughout the body that secrete hormones or chemical messengers directly into the bloodstream. Circulating around the body in the blood, they continually bathe our tissues, stimulating changes in body cells. Each hormone has a variety of different effects, depending on the cells they are acting upon. Each gland and its chemical function has a part to play in the whole and with its own personality, character and agenda. The endocrine glands contain hidden aspects of yourself, which at times we all have had trouble seeing or accepting.

“Hormones are essentially tiny chemical messengers that spark communication processes throughout your body. They play an enormous role in influencing almost every aspect of your well-being, including your thoughts and feelings. Whether you feel the need to sleep, warm up, cool down, eat jelly beans, grab a coffee or have a quickie, your desires and actions can be traced back to your hormonal activity.” Dr. Natasha Turner

When we are reacting to either food, or a situation, or a person, or to the weather, we are actually responding to a signal that started from the hypothalamus to the pituitary gland. The signal may be in the form of comfort or discomfort, but if we could learn how to listen to these signals that are being sent to us, all the time from within us, then, we’d realize that these signals affect our moods, our behavior, our perceptions, our tastes, our habits, our attraction to other people, our appetites, our urges and so on. Knowing your body/mind, allows you to TUNE into yourself and of course to others. This allows the pituitary to analyze situations before taking action.

The most powerful chemicals created in the body come from the endocrine glands. This highly complex and sophisticated system is…. “controlled by the nervous system through the hypothalamus. This structure at the base of the forebrain has intimate connections with the pea-sized pituitary gland, to which it is adjacent. The pituitary gland releases a great variety of hormones that fan out within the body, stimulating actions in the other endocrine glands. In this sense, the pituitary is known as the master gland of the endocrine system, although the hypothalamus is the real power behind the throne”. Wayne Weiten

THE PITUITARY is a pea-sized gland that hangs like a little round bag from the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls emotion and appetite. Though the pituitary is tiny in size, it plays a major role in the functioning of your whole bodily system. It is constantly influenced by the higher centres of the brain, which give us our senses, memory, creativity and thought. It governs the lower base of the brain, the ears, nose, left eye, medulla and nervous system. Its color is indigo and its note on the musical scale is “A” .

Astrologically, the planets I associate with the pituitary is Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter, for its wisdom and intuition and Saturn for its intelligence and reason. This idea seems to works well with the 6th chakra, known as the Ajna or ‘Third Eye, which when opened represents telepathy and knowing. This chakra is depicted with two indigo lotus petals, one representing the ego self and the other, the spiritual self. It is at this centre that the masculine and feminine energies merge, initiating a spiritual awakening. The pituitary points to the earth and is our connection between spirit and earth, it is the ‘meeting place’ of both body and mind.

The pituitary produces nine hormones of its own and regulates our sexual characteristics, growth, blood pressure, fertility, metabolism and numerous other activities. It takes its orders from the hypothalamus, stimulating the other 6 endocrine glands (pineal, thymus, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, and sex glands) through the autonomic nervous system to produce their hormones. (The autonomic nervous system is a part of the nervous system that is ‘not’ under our conscious control—it is responsible for certain functions such as heart rate, breathing and muscular contractions of the internal organs)

An unbalanced pituitary can affect the performance of the pineal, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, ovaries, and testes glands, causing one’s whole life to be affected. When our brain is thrown badly out of balance from a hormonal imbalance, everything can go out of control. We’re going to do an extensive study on the endocrine system and the emotional/physical effects they have on the body. We’ll look at weight gain (obesity), Cushing’s disease, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, bi-polar, prostrate problems, asthma, allergies, insomnia, diabetes, heart problems, cancer, Cushing’s disease, etc., but first we need to know and understand the performance of each one and how they work together.

Our hormones are constantly rising and falling, caught up in the fluctuations of the earth’s natural cycles (spring, summer, fall, winter) and, our own fluctuating thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes about ourselves. The PINEAL GLAND (so-called because it looks like a pine cone), is associated with the crown chakra or ‘third eye’ (clairvoyance, vision) which is related to our personal understanding of the universe and spirituality. It responds to light. This light not only reflects our vital energy, it also reflects the Light of wisdom, compassion, healing and understanding. When the pineal is active and healthy, we become sensitive to the higher frequencies of light and subtle energy bodies.

The pineal gland is situated just above the ears and adjacent to the eyes, at the center of the brain. Esoterically, the pituitary gland points to the earth; the pineal gland points upward to spirit. This endocrine gland responds positively to the musical note ‘B’, the color violet and associated with the planet Neptune. The reason I chose Neptune is because of its association with empathy, inspiration and insight, bliss, romance, spiritual yearning and even hallucinations, loss of identity and mental confusion. Both Neptune and the pineal gland are associated with dreams and with the chemical known as melatonin.

During the day, the pineal gland releases the hormone serotonin and at night the hormone melatonin. Serotonin keeps us awake during the day, it influences our appetite, boosts our energy levels and makes us feel relaxed and good about ourselves. If serotonin levels are low, you’ll find yourself craving for sweets or constantly wanting to binge on foods. We tend to eat to make ourselves feel better…and it works because the more carbohydrates we eat, our serotonin levels go up! The problem is, the more weight we put on, the more serotonin it takes to elevate our mood.

Low levels of serotonin have been linked to such conditions as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, overeating, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, autism, PMS, migraine headaches, schizophrenia and even erratic behavior.

Melatonin is secreted when darkness falls. It makes us drowsy, calm and ready for sleep. Production of this hormone usually occurs while you’re sleeping. If you sleep with a light on or light floods into your room, it can effect the production of melatonin. Melatonin also works with the growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As you sleep and your body cools, growth hormone is released into the bloodstream, repairing tissue, skin, bone and muscle, preparing you for a new day.

But too much melatonin (usually winter months or in areas with little sun) can affect our personality, sexual and reproductive functions as well as our appetite. It has been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is known to create symptoms of lethargy, irritability, overeating, low self-esteem and mood changes…it’s where we just want to sleep all day.

Melatonin is mainly found in the brain, skin, heart and genitals. It can affect mood swings, menstrual cycles, estrogen levels, sperm levels and ovulation. When too much of this hormone is in our system, during daylight hours, we can suffer mental confusion and depression, insomnia, nightmares, skin problems, fertility problems and many other health complications. People suffering from these ailments tend to have large amounts of cortisol, a hormone produced from the adrenal glands, in their bloodstream. Too much cortisol has toxic effects to the billions of nerve cells in the brain, particularly the hippocampus.

“The hippocampus is the part of the brain that is particularly vulnerable to stress and stress hormones. Some researchers have reported that high cortisol levels are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease…..While cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day, they often soar when a person is faced with a stressful situation. Studies have shown this stress also affects memory….[for instance] people taking cortisone pills which change into cortisol in the body were not good at remembering a list of words as people taking placebo pills.” The Encyclopedia of Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Turkington, Deborah R. Mitchell

The pineal gland is a biological clock and is highly sensitive to the solar activity of the Sun as well as the Moon’s phases. Our bodies operate on a 24 hour clock, regulated by sunlight, which controls the day/night levels of serotonin and melatonin. As we know, melatonin is important in regard to the health of our immune system as well as the healing process, which takes place while we sleep. Melatonin declines as we age. This is possibly because the pineal gland slowly withers and calcifies as we grow old. Taking melatonin supplements can help but too much can cause some negative side affects, interfering with the natural rhythms of the body. Meditation, yoga, tai chi, breath work and other spiritual practices not only help to regulate the serotonin/melatonin balance, they also help us to understand there is a life force, an energy that flows through us. They also help us to develop our spiritual sight and keep the pineal gland and endocrine system healthy and strong.

From the endocrine glands in the brain (hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal) we move down to the THYROID GLAND located in front of the neck below the adam’s apple, larynx or voice box. Its two sides look very much like the wings of a butterfly. This endocrine gland responds to the musical note ‘G’, the color blue and sits in the 5th or throat chakra. The throat chakra rules the arms, hands, throat, mouth, voice, lungs, cervical vertebrae and respiratory system. Not only does this chakra govern communication, willpower, truthfulness and creativity, it provides a link or bridge between the spirit and personality. If you suffer from sore throats, dental problems, speech impediments and the inability to express yourself creatively, this chakra may be imbalanced. A weak or overpowering voice, problems listening to others and hearing and speaking the truth are indications this chakra is blocked too. The neck is the link between the mind and body.

“The throat center is the organ specifically of the creative WORD. It registers the intention or creative purpose of the soul, transmitted to it by the inflow of energy from the ajna center; the fusion of the two energies, thus brought about, will lead to some type of creative activity. This is the higher correspondence to the creativity of the sacral center. In that center the negative and the positive creative energies are embodied in the separate male and female organisms and are brought into relation in an act of creation, consciously undertaken, though as yet without much definite purpose.

The dense physical externalization of this center is the thyroid gland. This gland is regarded as of supreme importance in the well-being of the average human being of today. Its purpose is to guard health, to balance the bodily equilibrium in certain important aspects of the physical nature, and it symbolizes [155] the third aspect of intelligence and of substance impregnated with mind. It is in reality connected with the Holy Ghost, or the third divine aspect in manifestation, “over-shadowing” (as the Bible expresses it), the Mother, the Virgin Mary. The para-thyroids are symbolic of Mary and Joseph and the relation they hold to the over-shadowing Holy Ghost. It will eventually be determined that there is a close physiological relation existing between the thyroid gland and the pineal gland, and between the para-thyroids and the two lobes of the pituitary body, thus bringing into one related system the entire area of the throat and of the head.” Esoteric Healing by Alice Bailey

The thyroid gland is one of the most sensitive organs in the body producing hormones that control the metabolic processes in all the cells of the body. These hormones have an impact on your energy, muscle strength, growth and development, and nervous system.

“This gland is not only involved in keeping our hormones aligned, it also keeps all the organs in the body balanced and running smoothly. It also regulates our metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

An illness in the body could indicate a thyroid problem. Also, if your autoimmune system is out of whack this can also be the thyroid. Hormone failure can also indicate problems with the thyroid, adrenals and ovaries. Thyroid dysfunction is NOT something to ignore. If you suspect a problem, please check it out before more harm is done.”

I wrote this in a previous article called Zooming in on the Thyroid. Clicking on the link https://ravenstarshealingroom.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/zooming-in-on-the-thyroid/ will guide you to this article and help to understand how the thyroid works and the different illnesses caused when it is out of balance (e.g., hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, weight problems, ADD/ADHD, high cholesterol, tonsillitis, speech problems such as struttering, goiter, dwarfism and problems with excess estrogen, etc.)

Another link on the thyroid in this blog is here https://ravenstarshealingroom.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/emotionally-psychologically-and-spiritually-decoding-the-thyroid/

Stress, illness and poor diet can easily affect the thyroid gland. The thyroid uses foods such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats and minerals as fuel. This gland coverts food into energy, not only controling the body’s growth and temperature, it also controls every cell in the body as well. Your skin, complexion and even your outward appearance is affected by the thyroid. It’s the engine of your body and when it goes into low gear, the whole body is affected.

The astrological planet I’ve associated with the thyroid is Mercury. The reason I chose Mercury is because of the 5th chakra’s involvement with mental development. It’s also related to thoughts and belief patterns you use in when communicating, your indentity and your creativity. Mercury in the positive sense is about flexibility and adaptability to understand a variety of different options and reaction to change. In mythology Mercury was known as the quicksliver mind; he was imaginative, communicative and as Carl Jung said, able to get one in touch with his or her creative gifts. Mercury also had the ability to touch the unconscious and spirit as well. Clarivoyance and telepathy can be developed in this area.

We now move to the PARATHYROID GLANDS, four very tiny small shaped discs embedded in the back of the thyroid gland with one behind each of the upper and lower poles of the ‘thyroid wings’. Interestingly, the parathyroid glands and the pancreas (organ and a gland) are not controlled by the pituitary, they act independentally, which means they are not influenced by any ‘outside’ stimulus. The parathyroid glands, like the thyroid respond to the musical note ‘G’ and are situated at the 5th or throat chakra area. Right now I’ve associated Mercury with the parathyroid glands. The reason being, Mercury is the planet that controls your metabolism. If your metabolism is high, your bodily system is dominated by the adrenal system and the thyroid. If your metabolism is slow, it’s dominated by the parathyroid gland and the pancreas and the sedating hormone calcitonin. When the parathyroids are active, the heart rate slows down, decreasing oxygen supplies, metabolism and energy.

“Your parathyroids support your pancreas, liver and ovaries and are regulated to calm down your thyroid.” Pamela Levin

From the above statement we begin to understand that the parathyroid and thyroid actually work in opposition to each other, for example, in color healing orange stimulates the thyroid gland but depresses the parathyroid glands….indigo stimulates the parathyroids and works as a depressant for the thyroid. But when these two are balanced like a see-saw or teeter totter affect, they work together to make sure the calcium levels in your blood are balanced.

The parathyroid glands also affect one’s mental development and polarity in the body. The parathryoid glands secrete parathormone (parathyroid hormone, PTH) that controls the body’s calcium levels in the blood, which are important for healthy bones and teeth and proper brain function. When calcium levels drop, the parathyroids go into action by secreting parathormone. Parathormone signals the kidneys not to flush calcium out in the urine. If there is too much calcium in the blood it can affect our nerves, cause hand spasms (tetany) in some people, or even depression, tiredness and irritability. Sometimes the cause is just from taking too many calcium supplements, other times it can be caused by a much larger issue. The parathyroids are often overlooked by doctors. The parathyroids out of whack can cause body weakness, nausea, constipation, thirst and even possibly kidney stones. Since alternative healers are not allowed to diagnose, we usually recommend a client see their doctor and have blood tests done on his or her hormone levels.

Below the thyroid and situated just above the heart sits the THYMUS GLAND. The thymus gland’s main function is to produce hormones that guard against infection and keep your immune system strong. This gland reaches its maximum size in early childhood and begins to shrink as we mature in age.

The thymus gland can indicate the all around condition of the endocrine system and is related as well to how rapidly we age. Even though it does shrink as we mature it continues to produce hormones against the many viruses, bacterias, parasites that invade our system. In fact, as you’ve been reading this article, you body has already created around four million new immune cells and hundreds of thousands of antibodies which are now coursing through your bloodstream. Even if you are a healthy person, there may be thousands of viruses in your blood and only a few of these are known by scientists and doctors.

It’s only been recently this gland has been explored more. One reason is that it was thought to be only involved in the growth process and the development of immunity in childhood. Now there is more research being done on this gland which has been given the name, ‘the throne of immunity’. It has also been called the ‘gateway to the chakras’ and other endocrine glands because of the intense interchange of energy between the etheric system and the physical body.

“The thymus gland produces T-cells, which deal with bacteria, viruses, parasites, cancers, allergies, and release the T-cells into the blood system. It also produces specific hormones that help deal with infection and immunity. When excessive stress or trauma cause an increase in hormones released by the adrenal glands, these in turn inhibt the production of the thymus hormones, leaving you more susceptible to infection and illness.

The thymus is also known as the seat of fire because of its close connection to the heart. For instance, when you are in love, feel confident or have an open and positive frame of mind, you will find it quite hard to get ill, as your T-cell count will be high. Conversely, when you feel depressed, lonely, or sad, your T-cell count drops and you can catch cold or get ill quite easily.” Deb Shapiro

Our immune system is not totally controlled by the brain and pituitary gland. It is a sensory organ as well, transmitting chemical messages about bacteria, viruses, harmful chemicals, dead tissue, dust and even cancer cells which spontaneously arise every day in everybody and must be disposed of.

The word thymus in Greek means soul or personality, which fits well, atrologically, with the brilliant clear light of the Sun, the ‘core’ of your self-expression and personal identity. The thymus gland responds to the Musical Note F.

The PANCREAS lies behind the stomach and secretes digestive enzymes to break down carbohydrates, fat, proteins and acids. It produces insulin to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. Our brains run best when the amount of glucose (digested sugar) in the blood is balanced with the amount of oxygen. It is the pancreas’ job to produce insulin in order to escort this glucose into cells where it can be ‘burned’ and use as fuel for energy. Insulin also helps the muscles and other tissues to obtain the sugar needed for their activity. Too much sugar, can damage its ability to function.

“…..sugar depletes the body of specific nutrients including B complex vitamins, magnesium, chromium and other minerals. Ingested sugar destroys the germ killing capacities of the white blood cells for approximately four hours.” Dr. Jacqueline Krohn, The Whole Way to Allergy Relief and Prevention

Sugar isn’t all bad. The body, genetically and evolutionarily was designed to crave sweets….the main reason for this is because it doesn’t or hasn’t the ablity to manufacture vitamin C. In the study of primitive man, we learnt they not only hunted animals but gathered berries and fruits as well. Fruits and berries gave them the fuel they needed for energy as well as vitamin C and also the fibers present in fruit. But in our day and age, we consume sugar in hundreds of different forms (e.g., cereals, snacks, cakes, juice, ice-cream, carbonated drinks) and too much sugar can cause the body to go into crisis mode.

When we consume sugar, insulin is released from the pancreas, usually a small amount is all that’s needed to do the job. Under normal circumstances, our sugar levels flunctuate all the time, but when we eat a sugar loaded meal or snack, the pancreas panics and overreacts, producing large amounts of insulin. We still get that sudden burst of energy but the high insulin production drops it just as quickly lowering our sugar levels to below average, creating a condition called hypoglycemia. If there’s too much insulin in the blood, it can cause a condition called hyperinsulinemia. This condition can lead to problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.

Insulin also influences the sodium levels in our body and too much can cause us to retain water causing our bodies to swell. An excess of insulin in men can cause their testerone levels to be converted to the feminine hormone estrogen which increases fatty deposits in the abdomen and breasts…this is caused by an enzyme called aromatase which is stored in the body’s fat cells. It can also cause hair loss and affect their sex drive. In woman, too much insulin and the same enzyme, aromatase can cause their estrogen levels to covert to testosterone. This too increases fat stored in the abdomen as well as their breasts to sag and shrink; acne, and abnormal hair growth is also possible, especially in the facial area.

“The need to be loved is a secret hunger for the Pancreas. Eating is a social act that has deep emotional meanings. Early in life food somehow got mixed up with love and caring — we started eating because we felt undernourished and/or didn’t get enough nurturing. There are also some of us who eat to feed the hungers caused by stress or loneliness. All this has an impact on our pancreas, affecting our energy, our attitudes and blocking our metabolism.

The Pancreas is also extremely vulnerable to intense emotions and feelings caused by a reaction to an outer event. In fact both the spleen and pancreas react to serious events that can affect us for life. These two organs absorb most of our severe shocks.”

This is quoted from another article I wrote on this blog called https://ravenstarshealingroom.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/diabetes-balancing-the-sweetness-in-your-life/ Reading this may help to understand the metaphysical and physical aspects of the pancreas. The pancreas is connected to the third chakra or solar plexus, responds to the musical note ‘E’ and is associasted with the planet Venus.

“…….Venus represents what you like and dislike. Venus’ cycle comes into play in our astrological chart around 10 months of age. After a lifestyle of the ‘same stuff’ , we start wanting something else.

Venus also represents your sense of ’taste’ what you like and don’t like, and taste is also tied into early memories of what’s nice and not nice, what’s beautiful and not beautiful as well as our Self Worth and Personal Values.”

This is a previous article I wrote on Venus…. https://ravenstarshealingroom.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/how-venus-influences-your-life/

The ADRENAL GLANDS are two small, somewhat flat glands, located at the top oc each kidney in the lower mid-back of your body. The adrenal cortex or outer part of the adrenal gland, is essential for life, producing the hormones adrenaline, cortisol and even sex hormones. These hormones help to balance the levels of salt and potassium in the body, maintain proper blood pressure and keep the kidneys working well.

If we were to take a closer view, the right adrenal gland can look triangular in shape, the left one often crescent shaped. The triangle symbolizes fire, the masculine principle and the Trinity, which represent your aspirations, potentials and truths. The crescent Moon represents the feminine principle and the continual cycle of changes, movement and renewal. Together the adrenals represent the energetic balance of your inner and outer life as well as your emotions. Without the adrenals we would die. They are our strength to continue to push on even when the odds are against us. Unfortunately the stress levels in our lives can takes it toll on these two little glands and buildup up to a danger point causing burnout and a wide range of neurological and physical ailments. Continual high adrenaline levels raise the blood pressure to dangerous levels, which in turn can damage the heart. We’ve already read about cortisol and the dangers it can cause to the hippocampus, causing such illness such as Alzheimer’s.

Bodily stress can come from anywhere, it can be triggered physically, biologically, chemically, psychologically or when the body feels threatened.

“Physiologically, emotions are themselves electrical, chemical and hormonal discharges of the human nervous system. Emotions influence—and are influenced by—the functioning of our major organs, the integrity of our immune defences and the workings of the many circulating biological substances that govern the body’s physical states. When emotions are repressed……this inhibition disarms the body’s defences against illness. Repression—dissociating emotions from awareness and relegating them to the unconscious realm—disorganizes and confuses our physiological defences so that in some people these defences go awry, becoming the destroyers of health rather than its protector.” WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO by Gabor Mate, M.D.

Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS is a motor neuron disease, a stress related illness that causes the nerves that control muscle movement to gradually die. My friend’s mother passed away recently from this terrible disease. I’d like to look at this disease with you, down the road, and its metaphysical causes in reference to the above statement.

In Part 1 of the Endocrine System, we talked of the HYPOTHALAMUS and its close ties with the parasympathetic and the sympathatic systems. It is the nerve fibers of the sympathetic system that ends in the ADRENAL GLANDS. In fact the energy producing systems of the body are the adrenal, thyroid glands, the parathyroid glands and the pancreas. Both the adrenal system and the thyroid gland are dominated by the sympathetic nervous system, which is part of the autonomic nervous system, which we discussed earlier. We know this system controls our heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, hormonal balance and metabolism. The sympathetic nervous is associated with two hormone stimulants, adrenaline (also known as epinephrine and closely related to norepinephrine) and cortisol. Adrenaline and cortisol are released to bring you to a heatened state of awareness….when they think there is a threat to the body, they sound the alarm! When this happens the sympathetic nervous system stimulates the release of sugar/glucose from the liver, to get your blood pressure up. Your digestive system literally comes to a halt so that all your energy can diverted to the muscles, which become tense and prepared for action. With your nerves on edge, you’re ready to respond to the fight or flight reflex.

“The stress response can also literally poison the brain—because it causes excessive secretion of the adrenal hormone cortisol. Cortisol is released at about the same time adrenaline is. However it stays in your system much longer than adrenaline does, and that creates a terrible problem. Cortisol gives your hippocampus, as well as other parts of your brain, a highly destructive ‘toxic bath’. It can be so destructive that your brain may never again recover absolutely all of its cognitive function.” Brain Longevity by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. with Cameron Stauth

There does seem to be a stress loop that connects the adrenal glands, brain, hypothalamus, and pituitary together, which then flows back to the adrenals again, pushing them way out of kilter. This stress loop also affects the other endocrine glands creating a continual cycle of stress in the body, causing muscle tension, stiffness, eating disorders, depression, heart palpitations, excessive sweating and even migraines. Too much cortisol in the blood damages our memories, our learning capabilities and our creativity. This stress cycle will, if not corrected, eventually affect the immune system.

Exercising, dance, massage, yoga, breathwork, reiki and healing all help to relax the muscles and allow the blood and oxygen levels to return to normal.

Sometimes our most negative emotions such as anger and fear will be extracted by the kidneys causing urinary tract infections and problems with the bladder.

I think most astrologers agree the planet Mars is what rules the adrenal glands. Mars governs our creative force and power, it wants to act on something and respond. Mars is a definite expression of our creativity added with passion, strength and confidence. It is a planet that is self-reliant, brave, instinctual, erotic and willful. Mars is definitely passionate but not exactly tender or always aware of another person’s feelings. The problem with this planet’s warrior-like energy is its impulsiveness. It can get carried away and make hasty decisions and later on regret its actions. The adrenals respond to the musical note ‘C’ on the music scale.

The GONADS or SEX GLANDS (reproductive glands) are among the most subtle and power chemicals in nature. Scientists are still trying to get a handle on how these glands affect the whole human brain-body system. Although scientists are skeptical of the sex glands and the so-called kundalini energy, they can’t deny that male and female energies become heightened, balanced and attuned during orgasm. And although the word sex makes us think of sexual intercourse, the act itself is only a tiny portion of what is known to be sexual. Its energy infuses life and influences everything we do.

“Sexual energy underlies every act of individual expression. It is a creative force, the influence of which extends far beyond sexual activity to include thought, feeling, behavior, dress. Sexual energy informs art, music, fashion, even architecture and automotive design. It is an all-pervading force.” Christopher S. Kilham

Unfortunately, when our sexual energy is blocked or not flowing well, it affects our entire system. Not recognizing or transforming or lifting up this energy can interfere with the body’s naturally healing process and block spiritual development as well. To generate this energy can only be done by the power of one’s will and through intense concentration. Life itself is an array of sensual experiences, if only we would realize our inner potential, we could also actualize our dreams.

Men and women who suffer from hormonal problems most likely suffer from too much or to little testosterone and too much or too little estrogen. Testosterone like estrogen is obtained from a substance called cholesterol (surprised, I was too). We all need cholesterol in our blood to produce DHEA, adrenal and sex hormones. In some cases doctors have worked so hard to reduce a person’s cholesterol, it has interfered with their hormone function and their immunity.

“Many people who take cholesterol lowering medication experience a reduction in their libido; this makes sense as their body is less able to produce sex hormones. Low levels of sex hormones may also contribute to erectile dysfunction and aggravate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as tender, aching muscles…..People with low cholesterol die earlier than those with normal to high levels, and they seem to have higher rates of cancer” Cholesterol, The Real Truth by Sandra Cabot and Margaret Jasinska

But there is also twist in all this, as the liver eliminates toxic estrogens in the form of cholesterol, which can damage the liver. High estrogen levels can also affect the gallbladder and slow down the excretion of bile. In woman this can make them more susceptible to gallbaldder stones than men.

If you are a male with high amounts of testosterone, this too could compromise your immune system, which means you may not be well protected from viruses and bacteria that invade your body. High testosterone levels have also been known to cause narrowing or hardening of the arteries or heart disease and problems with your prostrate. Men are also suffering from too estrogen in their system. The testicles are supposed to produce testosterone and a very small amount of estrogen. But with more animals being fed estrogen-like hormones there is more estrogen being found in a man’s blood. Too much estrogen can affect the muscular system of the body, making them flabbier than usual. High levels of estrogen in men, can also cause weight gain, breast growth, love handles around the waist, headaches, mood swings, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s etc…

Low testosterone can also cause heart disease, dry skin, fatigue, loss of muscle tone (especially in the arms and legs), depression, problems making decisions, impotency, sleep apnea, loss of bone density, etc…

In women, estrogen is produced by the ovaries and also in smaller quantities from the adrenal glands and the placenta. Estrogen levels rise each month as a woman begins to ovulate, stimuated by hormones from the pituitary. Progesterone rises after ovulation in hopes of fertilizing the egg and if fertilization doesn’t occur, it falls dramatically and then menstruation begins, caused from the shedding of the uterine lining. Then all this build up again as a woman’s hormone cycle begins again. Many of us woman have suffered from the emotional roller coaster of our hormonal cycles. The dramatic flunctuations of estrogen and progesterone can cause, headaches, cramps, water retention and bloating, swollen breasts, acne, fatique, insomnia, joint pain, as well as overwhelming feelings, moods and depression. All these along with emotional stress have been given the name Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS.

And if that isn’t enough to contend with, we also have to contend with menopause, which causes hot flashes, loss of sexual desire, painful sex as well as vaginal and urinary infections. There is also a link with menopause and heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Both the ovaries and the testes are dependant on and sensitive to the hormones secreted from the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal and adrenal glands. The hypothalamus communicates with the pituitary and the pineal gland that has been said to control our biological clock. These glands send signals to the body to begin puberty, fertility cycles and sexual arousal. But sometimes certain kinds of stress can make the uterus and ovaries react, having a sudden affect on the pituitary gland’s hormonal production and cause a woman’s menstrual cycle to go completely out of whack.

The gonads or sex glands sit in the 2nd or sacral chakra, but we should add the 1st chakra to them as well. The musical note is ‘D’ and the planet I assocate with this area is Pluto. Pluto represents the subconscious, the underworld, excretion, reproduction, chemical processes, regeneration, cellular change and tissue destruction.

Most of the people I’ve seen in the years have been concerned with weight gain, fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, lack of interest in sex and feelings of being run down. In healing, I’ve been trained in a variety of alternative healings, however Reiki is most definitely at the top of the list and can be used with all types of healing applications. I’ve trained many nurses and massage therapists who find Reiki enhances their healing and intuitive abilities. As well, astrologers, naturopaths, psychics, tarot readers, yoga instructors and many more have found this ancient practice an asset to themselves and their clients. A healthy energy flow enhances and influences our health, affecting everyone and everything around us.

In Reiki, the hand positions are related to the locations of the chakras and the endocrine glands. Reiki energy has an accumulating effect in the endocrine glands, which helps to keep our immune system in top-working order. When enough energy has accumulated, then the chemical reactions of the glands push the immune system into different cycles of the healing process.

When a person has had a long-term imbalance, there is usually not enough energy to trigger the immune system, the “condition” seems stuck, which can have an impact on our health. But, when additional energy is introduced, then the immune system can draw upon it, kicking the body’s defense mechanism into a higher level of healing, breaking up the trapped energy and allowing the body to regain its balance. By doing the specific hand positions with Reiki a practitioner can give the fastest “charge” to the glands that are responsible for maintaining ‘health’, and accelerating the healing process.

I tried my best to explain the endocrine glands in a simple but concise way to help you to recognize these ‘tiny beings’ are an essential part of your health and nature. Out of your own life experiences these glands have documented your habits, attitudes, perceptions, traumas, challenges, feelings, thoughts, memories, and unresolved issues or situations to make you aware of what’s getting in the way of your health and progress. Pain and suffering cannot be avoided no matter how much we try. Pain is a built-in warning mechanism, a wake-up call, telling us something in our lives need to change. It is my and your responsibility to learn what our bodies are trying to teach us so we can avoid illness and continue evolving.

Now that we have studied the endocrine system from the top to the bottom, let’s approach them again in a metaphysical way and study each illness independantly affected by their imbalance. This way we can understand and take the positive steps needed to physically, nutrtionally and psychologically empower and heal ourselves.

Great links….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_Z1zsR9lFM&feature=related

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body_basics/endocrine.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMi4GikWwQ

http://www.livestrong.com/stimulate-pituitary-gland/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k-UKR2vGsk

 

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“Diabetes – Fear of fully participating in life. Great need for control and to know things. Deep need for attention and approval. Constant craving for love, with a belief that you are unworthy or undeserving. Deep-seated guilt. Belief you have to struggle to survive. Can often lose yourself in relationships. Constant need for sweetness to mask the feelings of weakness, limitation, and belief that there is not enough”. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF YOUR BODY: The Essential Guide to Health and Wellness ~ Inna Segal

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which a person cannot metabolize sugar in the blood.  As the levels of blood sugar, known as glucose rise, especially over a prolonged period of years, the sugar becomes toxic to a number of systems in the body, including the cardiovascular system.

 The cells of our body need glucose to produce energy……AND….the brains only food is glucose.  Glucose needs to be at a certain level for the brain to function normally.  After we eat, sugar levels normally rise in the body triggering a release of a hormone called insulin from cells in the pancreas called beta-cells.  Insulin ‘knows’ how to opens the doors of all our cells in the body, allowing glucose to enter them.  As glucose enters the cells, sugar levels drop off until we eat again.

 This site http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/overview/ gives a clear and concise overview of diabetes as well as a wealth of information on clinical trials and research.

 “When people eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into the cells. In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body in the urine. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose…….

 TYPES OF DIABETES

 TYPE I DIABETES

 Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease results when the body’s system for fighting infection—the immune system—turns against a part of the body. In diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The pancreas then produces little or no insulin. A person who has type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily to live……

TYPE II DIABETES

 The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2. This form of diabetes is most often associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, previous history of gestational diabetes, physical inactivity, and certain ethnicities. About 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.”

 METAPHYSICAL CAUSES OF DIABETES

“Children can develop diabetes at a time of parental conflict, such as divorce or death, feel that they are the cause of the loss, or that the parent no longer loves them, or due to a smothering, excessively adoring parent.  Adult diabetes can occur during times when you feel under-nourished emotionally.  It also occurs in connection with obesity, which is often linked to a loss of love or fear of intimacy and shows the link between overeating to make up for a lack of love and inability to receive love.” Deb Shapiro YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND

My brother passed away from a Diabetic Coma at the young age of 34.  Like so many who have lost loved ones at an early age, I started searching to understand the energetics of this disease.   Two years after Len’s death, I found myself catapulted into Alternative Healing.  Every person encountered taught me more about the forces and causes behind an illness and how each illness acts upon and affects one’s physical well-being.  Each healing  shared, helped me to recognize what needed to change about myself.

How Others Intuit The Energetics of Diabetes

 “One of the things I have discovered about diabetes is that it requires being in the present. It forces us to be diligent. It requires us to manage our lives – every little tiny thing: food, sugar, sleep/rest, testing, insulin, exercise, treatment options. It requires we take responsibility for ourselves. Our health, our quality of life depends on our ability to act responsibly.” Carolyn Myss

RESPONSIBILITY FOR OURSELVES

I understand what Caroline Myss is saying, for it is absolutely essential to understand a disease.  Type II diabetes can place major obstacles in your efforts to stay healthy, but this disease can magnify other risk factors, especially  your cardiovascular system and nerves.  Damaged nerves stops us from feeling the sensations of heat, cold, touch and pain.  You may not be aware of the pain that results from the heart not getting sufficient oxygen.  Without this warning singal, you may not be conscious of angina or even heart attack.  Also when sugar levels stay high in the blood, damage can occur in the tiniest blood vessels transporting oxygen to the tissues.  These tiny arteries or arterioles become scared or clogged with cholesterol-containing plague.

Only YOU can manage your disease,  Of course your doctor will prescribe insulins or oral medications but ultimately it is YOU who must be the one in control on a day-to-day basis.

There is extensive material on the internet and in books about diabetes.  Take the time to really learn all that you can about your condition.

The good news is, diabetes can be well controlled.  In both type I and type II, diet and exercise play major roles and are essential as part of your treatment.   Stack the odds in your favor by doing all you possibly can to work with you doctor and bring your diabetes under control.

The most important element to self healing is the ability to be present with your self.  You cannot begin if you are preoccupied with the past or living in the expectations of future times.  All these do is scatter your ability to focus and  leave you powerless.

Being in the present  will begin the process of releasing powerful emotions that have been masked or blocked.  It means courageously looking back and inward on a pain originally based on a fear…..an often painful process  we all try desperately to avoid.  AND  when we avoid pain, we experience frustration, anger and exhaustion…..our bodies only get sicker.

Taking care of yourself requires discipline and focus……it takes alot of courage to nourish and respectfully pay attention to YOU.

It is your right and responsiblity, as well as your joy to love and be loved.

“The sugar level in our blood obviously relates to the amount of sweetness and love in our lives and to the opposite, anger and sourness. Diabetes can indicate that the love we are receiving is uncontrollable and excessive, to the point where it is smothering or overwhelming. It is also unusable as it is constantly being eliminated in the urine, thus responding to a sense of loss and inner sadness. In this state there is a great desire for affection and love, yet an inability to know how to act if it is received. This give rise to anger and resentment, a blaming of others for our own inner fear and confusion in dealing with love. The word spleen also means moroseness and irritability. Hypoglycemia indicates the same conflicts with expressing and receiving sweetness, but the conflict leaves an inner depletion and emptiness.” Deb Shapiro

From Louise Hay’s “Heal Your Body”:
“Diabetes (Hyperglycemia, Mellitus):
Probable Cause: Longing for what might have been. A great need to control. Deep sorrow. No sweetness left.
Affirmation: This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.

Pancreas:
Represents the sweetness of life.
Affirmation: My life is sweet.

Pancreatitis:
Probable Cause: Rejection. Anger and frustration becauuse life seems to have lost its sweetness.
Affirmation: I love and approve of myself, and I alone create sweetness and joy in my life.”

This quote is also from a book by Louise L. Hay  and Mona Lisa Schulz

“People who have adrenal gland, pancreatic, and blood sugar problems are often overwhelmed by their emotions and have lost their identity by being constantly in service to others. These people often feel better about their internal spiritual life than their external life of weight and looks and work. Sprituality becomes the outlet they use to build self-worth and self-love. It is literally how they define themselves. Because of this tendency these people often let their physical appearance go and their digestive health plummets, leading to blood sugar problems and fatigue. To them, spirituality is the universe; advancing their career or caring for their appearance or well-being on Earth is not part of their skill set.

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from the symptoms of adrenal gland and blood sugar problems, the first step is to take medical actions. But as is the case with many emotion-centric disorders, medicine will probably only be effective for acute problems; chronic issues need a subtler approach to healing. You need to build your sense of self-worth and manage your responsibility for others.” All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition ~ By Louise L. Hay and Mona Lisa Shulz

 “DIABETES: Mental Attitude: Refusing to give. Takes the form of deliberately withholding Self from others. Fear of never being able to have enough. Thinking Self does not have enough to give, therefore being stingy with how one gives.

Suggestions for Improvement: Be courageous. You can’t hide your Self forever, and fear is a limitation. Bring the real you out where others can see you. You may find you are a pretty valuable person. Practice giving something away every day to a stranger. It must be a stranger so you will not expect something from them in return. Choose to give to someone you will not see again. This is a place to begin.

Pancreas
Mental Attitude: Desire to give and holding back on this. Fear of losing from giving. Attitude of Self righteousness which is selfishness. Conditionally giving and receiving. Jealousy.
Suggestions for Improvement: Have the courage to reveal the Real you. Give to ten people each day. Find a present for someone each week, a present that is very special and just exactly for that person.”   Daniel Condron

EMOTIONAL IMBALANCE AND HEALING

There are many different reasons why illness and disease develop in the human body. And although we have come to know that all illness has its roots in spirit, we cannot simply decide that all people with diabetes suffer psychologically from it the same way.  There are so many extenuating circumstances and conditions that a soul may have experienced, that each illness should be looked at as unique in terms to it’s meaning for each person. Many have written on the meaning of different illnesses, however, it has to feel right to in order for the information to empower you in taking charge of your life.

Dis-ease, and the circumstances of your life cannot be simply explained away by just telling yourself you’ll love and honor yourself more. The crux of the problem is discovering what prevents you from loving yourself first that needs to be explored.  Once uncovered then you can take your old beliefs and replace them with beliefs that support who you are.

Reality is created according to our beliefs and feelings about ourselves, the Universe and the Divine. So if a soul identifies with the need to suffer in order to learn, it will see that belief reflected in the reality he/she is in.  In fact all of life is truly an attempt at healing.  We learn more about ourselves and our life on Earth from falling off balance, then finding our way back to balance again.  There is no value to pain and suffering unless it leads to some kind of learning.

DE-MISTIFYING THE PANCREAS 

Imagine if you could actually plug yourself into a main computer; you’d be able to listen in and discover how the interplay of emotions and feelings affect every cell and organ of your body.  Today we’re going to zoom into the pancreas and discover what could cause low blood sugar or diabetes.   In the next section we’ll look at a couple of case studies and what is needed to balance the sweetness in our lives.

 The pancreas’ main function is to assist in transforming and transporting foods and fluid throughout the body, purifying the blood and chi (lifeforce/energy) in the body. So the pancreas has a nurturing, nourishing energy about it.

 In Chinese Medicine, the pancreas is paired with the Spleen Meridian.   This meridian is feminine (Yin); its element is Earth, relating this body-centered organ to the archetypical Mother.

For most of us our mother was the first encounter we had with being nurtured and loved, we were dependant on her care.  Constantly we had to watch, anticipate and respond to her needs and wants, trying our best to make her happy. What an emotional rollercoaster!  A smile or a frown can change our perception that the world is safe or dangerous.  And we carried these emotions, these feelings and our ways of coping with them all through our life.

 The brain is the first to record traumatic events and experiences.  When the brain can’t handle the excess stress it passes it on to an organ in the body, which immediately records the emotion.

 The need to be loved is a secret hunger for the Pancreas.  Eating is a social act that has deep emotional meanings.  Early in life food somehow got mixed up with love and caring — we started eating because we felt undernourished and/or didn’t get enough nurturing. There are also some of us who eat to feed the hungers caused by stress or loneliness. All this has an impact on our pancreas, affecting our energy, our attitudes and blocking our metabolism.

The Pancreas is also extremely vulnerable to intense emotions and feelings caused by a reaction to an outer event.  In fact both the spleen and pancreas react to serious events that can affect us for life.  These two organs absorb most of our severe shocks.

Emotional shocks felt physically and emotionally by the body are recorded by the unconscious mind in two-thousandths of a second!  Physically we can dress and heal our outer wounds but the memories of the trauma become imprinted in the unconscious mind. When something or someone triggers that memory, it resurfaces activating a rush of adrenalin, fear and stress in our lives.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND ITS PROBABLE CAUSES

When writing Daniel Condron’s (intuitive thoughts/feelings/ideas on diabetes and the pancreas, (see above) my mind searched to understand his true meaning.  Words Daniel spoke of, like refusing to give, holding back and selfishness all seemed (to me) to be trapped in a web of ‘Self Interest’.  Most dictionaries describe selfishness  as “an excessive interest in oneself”, or egoism.   But I wanted to go deeper, I wanted to get to the ‘Source’ of how a person becomes selfish in the first place.  How is it they become blind to the need of others?

We know the pancreas/spleen thrives on being understood, accepted and loved.  When functioning at its fullest, we feel good about ourselves….we give unconditionally to others and experience a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

But what happened along the way that the pancreas didn’t get its needs (love, nourishment) met?  Where was it that a person’s normal development of personal power (the ego) got thwarted?  Was it someone very close and dear (a parent, caregiver, teacher) who kept telling them as child they weren’t good enough, smart enough or strong enough to make the grade.  Was the parent(s) emotionally cold, depressed or consistently unavailable?  Perhaps verbal and physical abuse as well?

 When a mother/parent is emotionally distant, the child soon learns to keep his/her own distance as well.  Rejection from a parent can lead to a child rejecting the parent which can lead to rejecting his/her own life-force.  To survive, he/she numbs their body, numbs their feelings, constricting and minimizing their life energy.  Holding it in, they look and appear independent, others admire their independence, but they are virtually alone in their own world, determined to avoid, at all costs, being vulnerable to rejection.

The pancreas/spleen is also affected when a person is told over and over  “you’ll never make it”, “you’ll never be good enough”, or is being overly controlled.  Its energy draws in on its Self, the individual feels frustrated, hurt, discouraged and brokenhearted….wounded, the pancreas starts to shutdown.   When this happens, an alarm sounds off!  The Heart and Heart Meridian gets its lifeforce from the pancreas/spleen meridian.  The body/mind sensing something isn’t working as it should, tries to takes over and in the pancreas’ case, fights to gain a sense of control.  But if a person is unable to express his/her anger to his/her abuser, their sense of self-worth is threatened and the pancreas becomes doubly wounded.  This can also lead to craving for sweets and rich foods, which indicates a way of compensating for the lack of love in one’s life.

If only a person could see how much he/she is truly loved and admired by others.

Anger is a way of protecting our boundaries and showing others we will not tolerate others intimidating or injuring our own sense of worth.  Unfortunately, everything and everyone is seen as a threat and  the angry person finds themselves in a vicious circle of conflict, causing separateness, loneliness and despair.  As Louise Haye, Caroline Myss and others have noted,  ‘the sweetness is gone’.

 Balancing receiving with giving helps us to experience a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.  Not only do we feel accepted by others but we also begin to accept ourselves.  We escape from the circle of constantly needing to achieve to get others approval in order to feel worthy and accepted.  The next section will delve into this more.

If you’ve read this article from the beginning, you’ll remember the Element ruling the pancreas/spleen is Earth.  The Earth’s highest expression is being there for others…it is the comfort-giver and empathizer, graciously supporting and caring ALL who are in need.  An Earth person is wonderful to be around.  They listen attentively to your problems and know exactly what to say to make you feel better.  They love to please.  At their worst, Earth people worry and overthink everything excessively!  This of course can prevent the mind from seeing the truth objectively, restless and searching everything seems in a muddle and they can’t make a decision.

But what happens when the Earth person lacks the solid inner foundation of self-esteem this motherly archetype provides.  Toxic waste strips them of their natural resources and severs their connection to Her rhythmic cycles.  This in turn has triggered a painful disconnection from their own inherent nature.

My mother suffered abuse and rejection as a child and this spilled over to her own children.  It’s a wonder all four her children didn’t get diabetes.

It was my brother who suffered from and absorbed her feelings.  Leonard was sensitive to her struggles of unworthiness which in turn made him feel isolated and unworthy.  He was only 8 when they discovered his fainting spells were caused from a lack of sweetness in his life, projected from the mother.  As an adult, he  seriously believed he’d never be able to love another because of this serious health problem.  He never quite felt he belonged.  In an attempt to cover this up, Leonard bent over backwards to make everyone else’s life happy and fulfilled.  He gave of himself freely what he felt he didn’t deserve himself.  He constantly rejected any praise from others, he couldn’t accept their compliments.  He was so focused on his own failures and limitations, he couldn’t see what others saw that was right and good about him.  He didn’t believe in himself.  If only he could have seen how others saw how wonderful and lovable he was, perhaps he would be alive today.

THE PLANET VENUS

This leads us to Astrology, especially the planet Venus.  Venus rules the secretion of insulin, the assimilation of sugars and carbohydrates in the body.  She also rules the saliva in relation to digestion, the swallowing reflex  as well as the our sense of taste, touch and smell.

In the next section we will see what happens when Venus is strong in a natal chart and in difficult aspect to other planets.  In a couple of case studies we’ll look at this and a person’s predisposition to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or diabetes.

 In ending this segment I’d like to quote what Jeanne Avery wrote in her book ASTROLOGY AND YOUR HEALTH…..

“Almost all people who are psychic or who work in areas where psychic energy is an essential commodity, have a predisposition to hypoglycemia or diabetes.  This is particularly true of clairvoyants, mediums and astrologers.  Such problems are also common in people who work as therapists and healers.  People in these fields seem to have a particularly heavy draw of energy from the solar plexus area, which includes the pancreas.  This is the center ruling the emotional body.  If the balance of love and pleasure is disrupted or destroyed, that area of the body may be afflicted.  It is very important for healers to allow pleasure and love to be a major part of their lives.  These dedicated people give a great deal of their universal love energy and frequently have a lack of that energy on a personal level.  With this kind of imbalance, energy is also drained from surrounding organs such as the kidneys, spleen and gall bladder.  It is necessary to consider all of the related planets when a diagnosis is made.”

Here is an interesting site on the spleen/pancreas meridian.  It contains a wealth of information and all you wanted to know and understand about it!  http://www.meridianpress.net/articles/introducingthespleen.html 

Stay tuned to the next segment…….

One girls ongoing healing journey – Type 1 Diabetes http://mysweetlife.co.uk/

 

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“Osteoporosis; is the eating away of our firm foundation. Bones are the hardest substance in the body. They support and give strength to the body. They are also the most brittle of substances that make up the body. If we see ourselves as having little or no support in the world of a physical or of a metaphysical nature our own foundation is weakened and the structure collapses in upon itself. “
http://www.compassionatedragon.com/metaphysics5.html

“EMOTIONAL BLOCK ~On both a physical and metaphysical level, bones represent support. Bone disorders are invariably linked with a fear of not being sufficiently supported or fear of not sufficiently supporting others. Bone disorders indicate that we don’t feel “solid” enough to take care of our own lives.

…MENTAL BLOCK ~ Bone disorders are a message from your body to acknowledge your own inner strength. Your body is telling you to stabilize yourself, to regain your balance by allowing yourself to experience simple pleasures without guilt. You have everything you need to create a stable life, without having to depend on others for support.” Your Body is Telling You: Love Yourself ~ Lise Bourbeau

The word Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. Bones are our inner scaffolding, a supportive solid structure created to give our bodies form as well as protect our internal organs and works as a frame for our muscles and skin. It is through our bones we strive towards independence and find our place in the world. But in a world that is in a continual state of flux and change, women and men are physically crumpling to the increased pressures and stress that surround them. Many who have been unable to regenerate their energy against the bitterest winds and storms are now being diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

Lise Bourbeau, author of the excellent book, Your Body is Telling You: Love Yourself, also claims that bone disorders that end with “itis” (inflammatory disease) also indicates repressed anger. Anger is a form of energy; the more it builds up, the more necessary it is to release it.  Energy can’t be destroyed, so if we don’t release our anger and let it build, it can have damaging effects on the physical body.  Repressed anger can cause hypertension, headaches, PMS, heart problems, ulcers and it makes osteoporosis worse.  Holding on to anger causes you to “tense up”, putting extra pressure on your joints and muscles.  Long-term anger exhausts your life force and energy – it drains energy from the ‘foundation’ of your body.. your bones, muscles, blood vessels, immune system and internal organs..it also destroys your self-esteem and self-worth.

The need to control also creates an aura of stress and tension around ourselves…it drains our energy. Control comes from the need to dominate and perfectionism..it can also come from not trusting others. Control keeps us limited and disconnects us from our creativity, spontaneity, imagination and fun. Control can easily lead to aggression or anger…it can constrict and restrict our energies leading to oppression and depression.

Stress also causes our body to become rigid, tight and inflexible. This in turn causes the muscles, ligaments and tendons to tighten and over time shorten, creating an uneven pull on the skeletal bones of the body. Eventually the tension can build up to a point where it causes pain, inflammation and bone malformation. As energy levels drop from the buildup of toxins, this puts a ‘crimp’ in our circulation of energy, our energy backs up, and the already maxed out immune system weakens and turns on itself. Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are autoimmune conditions as well as Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Epstein-Barr Virus.

Releasing anger takes time and patience. For some people it can take longer but if you work at releasing anger (hitting a pillow, yelling in your car, walking, exercising, etc.) it will reprogram your nervous system and will help to make you less ‘reactive’ to emotional triggers.

From http://www.alive.com/420a2a2.php?subject_bread_cramb=227

“Your immune system is the most complex and critical component of your body’s inherent defence mechanism: a vast network of specialized cells and organs including your liver, lymphatic system, thymus, spleen and bone marrow. Together they share the responsibility of maintaining your resistance to disease.

Immunity is partly inherited and partly shaped by lifestyle. Your ability to ward off disease is determined by the resilience of your natural defences.”

Most of our immune cells originate in the bone marrow, in fact there is a whole cast of characters that make up the immune system and its roots can be traced to the ‘stem cells’ in our bone marrow. When balanced, the immune system cells are able to distinguish what is the “enemy” and what is the “self”.

If you’re really interested in learning all you can about the immune system this site “The Anatomy of the Immune System” is fantastic! If you click “elsewhere” on 1. Bone Marrow, you’ll discover and learn more about the various characters of our stem cells.

Look at it here http://www.microbiologybytes.com/iandi/2b.html

One of the stem cells, the macrophage is the easiest to identify under the microscope. It looks like a dark, horseshoe shaped blob and is rather quite large compared to the other cells of the immune system. If you remember the old Pac Man game then you’ll have a good idea what the macrophage does.

“Monocytes circulate in the peripheral blood prior to emigration into the tissues. Within certain organs they have special names, e.g. in liver they are known as Kupfer cells, in brain as microglia, in kidney as mesangial cells, and in bone as osteoclasts. Elsewhere they are referred to as tissue macrophages”

The macrophage also accumulates in tissues that are injured and inflamed, such as arthritic joints. There its venemous tentacles seek out, surround and destroy its prey. It dines on the bacteria or a clump of viruses that were tied together by your antibodies. Sounds like a horror story involving poisonous spiders, doesn’t it?

As mentioned in the above quote, the macrophage exist in bone as osteroclasts. These are microscopic cells specially designed to nibble, dissolve and breakdown bone. They are similar to the demolition crew in the construction industry. How and why an area is targeted for ‘remodeling’ is still not yet understood…although they are called in when a bone is fractured or broken. What we do know is that the osteoclasts spend a couple of weeks resorbing the bone and when done, mononuclear cells, the cleanup crew pull up and prepare the surface for new bone formation. Then, the osteoblasts take over and start rebuilding. So healthy bones are constantly remodeling themselves. But what happens in the case of osteoporosis or osteopenia? What causes the osteoclasts to continue demolishing?

“In osteoporosis, the net rate of bone resorption exceeds the rate of bone formation, resulting in a decrease in bone mass without a defect in bone mineralization. In women, osteoclast activity is increased because of decreased estrogen after the menopause. (Men with prematurely decreased testosterone may also have increased osteoclast activity.) These changes result in further net loss of bone. The amount of bone available for mechanical support of the skeleton eventually falls below the fracture threshold and one may suffer a fracture with little or no trauma.” From http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11794

So somehow the osteoclasts become hyperactive and perforate and penetrate too deeply into the bone. These osteoclasts act like hungry termites, gobbling away at the framework of your house, weakning the foundation of your physical being. There are more osteoclasts then osteoblasts and the fewer osteoblasts cannot keep up the demand of rebuilding and recalking the holes in your bone. Your bones become less supportive and more fragile.

Our bones are constantly losing and replacing cells….they are ‘living tissue’ that grow as the body grows. Bones, give our bodies form, protect our internal organs and work as a frame for our muscles and skin. It is our bones that enable our muscles to move, giving motion and life to our physical being.

How do we prevent and/or reverse the cause of bone loss? What makes our bones stay strong and healthy? Is calcium the answer? We’ll be looking at these questions and more in the next article(s) of this blog. Osteoporosis afflicts both men and women. In fact studies indicate that doctors/scientists have not paid enough attention to osteoporosis in men. Perhaps the reason women are catalogued more, is because, they are known to live longer than men.

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