Endocrine System and the Gang
We’re taught that each of our endocrine glands stands alone. Perhaps we say we have a thyroid problem, one gland, one problem. Diabetes says we have a pancreas problem. And so on.
Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that’s not how it works. Endocrine glands define teamwork. Teams work together, and no team does better at that working together business than the endocrine team.
In football, or any sport, one team wins, and the other team loses. Both teams may have star players. Both teams may run spectacular plays. Both teams have loud fans cheering them on. But at the end of the game, one team wins, and one team loses.
That win-or-lose result carries over to our endocrine team, too. The opposing teams are toxins, bacteria, viruses, and all the bad guys that want to beat the tar out of us. They never stop fighting, and, like all bad guys, they fight dirty.
Your endocrine team needs your help. Football teams have armies of coaches, trainers-whatever it takes to boost the team to victory.
The endocrine team only has us. Yikes! Did you ever hear about being the support staff for your team? And if you don’t step up and help out, your team is going down? Nobody mentioned that to you? Me, neither. Like everybody else, I had to find out the hard way.
To give you an example of how it works, let me introduce one relentless enemy that’s out to get us: Fluoride.
Perhaps you don’t realize fluoride is a huge, big-time, rock-and-roll enemy of our endocrine team, so you don’t think anything about showering in fluoridated water, cook with it, drinking it, etc.
But fluoride charges into the body intent on mayhem, heads straight for our pineal gland, an important player for the home team, and turns that gland into stone, deactivating it. Stones can’t create and release hormones, so there goes the pineal’s gift to health, melatonin.
Pineal’s gift to health
But we don’t worry about it because we don’t know it’s happening. Besides, who ever heard of the pineal?
Well, maybe we’d better listen up, because the pineal shares its melatonin with our thymus gland, another star player on the endocrine team and the king of our immune system. Thanks to fluoride, though, there will be no sharing.
And here cometh trouble! The thymus takes a disabling hit when melatonin doesn’t come its way, and the entire immune system sags.
In addition to everyday colds, flu and other irritants, a weakened immune system leads to autoimmune disease. And also to allergies. And on, and on, and on. You are on the downward trail to the exit.
So, we’re in a world of hurt, with our body begging and pleading for help, and we’re told not to worry because these things are just normal and expected.
Medicine’s downhill approach
Medicine’s downhill approach to health, their definition of aging, doesn’t have to happen. Yes, we get older, which is how most of us define aging, but disease doesn’t have to be part of it. And won’t be if you take care of your endocrine system, including the thymus.
Let’s look at a few of the reasons our immune system needs better support:
• Well, there’s always trouble when you allow fluoride in your life.
• Losing your tonsils, adenoids, appendix and/or spleen — all parts of the immune system — means you have to compensate for your loss to defend your health. Doctors remove these organs as if there were no consequences, but we don’t come with spare body parts.
• Autoimmune disease and/or allergies loudly announce trouble in immune land.
• Creaky joints often sing off key when we’re not supporting our team.
• Atrial fibrillation, leaky gut, interstitial cystitis, COPD, BPH, etc., etc., etc. signal a weakened thymus. Matter of fact, any health problem is an SOS.
• Cancer points to an immune system that can barely crawl.
Now that I have your attention, let me say we can make things better — but it takes some knowledge and effort.
Showing your thymus a little love is never a one-shot effort; you can’t treat just one endocrine gland and think the job’s done. The whole team has to march to the same beat, and because of the way our bodies work, it takes a step-by-step process to get them hoofing in step.
But it’s doable.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.