Pituitary - Healing Concussions
If you have any health issue, your endocrine system's involved. You may not know what an endocrine system is, but health problems mean it's in trouble. Today, let's talk about the possible scope of your endocrine problem.
People talk freely about the thyroid, and they should; it's estimated 50% of us have thyroid problems. Adrenal fatigue is in style-and uglier than massive shoulder pads ever were-so we're familiar, at least a little, with the adrenal glands.
We don't know about the King of the Endocrine Hill, the pituitary, though. Doctors don't check for it. Articles in popular magazines don't talk about it. It's just not on our radar, but it should be.
Pituitary - King of the Endocrine Hill
So let's talk about the pituitary. A little tear-shaped gland, it hangs from the base of our brains not far behind the bridge of our nose. It's called the master gland because, as I say, it's the King of the Endocrine Hill.
It doesn't take much to injure the pituitary. One study found that 68% of healthy people who suffered a concussion ended up with an injured pituitary gland. Even a mild concussion. In a concussion, our brains bang around against our skulls, and the poor little pituitary can take a terrible hit.
And that's trouble. The whole endocrine system suffers when the King is halfway off the throne and not really ruling the kingdom. Problems may arise quickly, or they may show up years later, but sooner or later, things start falling apart-the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, etc.
You look fine. People think you are fine. But you aren't fine.
I tell you all of this because to fix a problem, you have to know what it is. And I know you've been wondering why you feel like death struck by a brick.
Doctors don't take concussions seriously most of the time. They may not even tell you they suspect you have one.
If you suffered a concussion, and now you're dragging through life with a not-very-functioning brain, think pituitary.
Here's the problem: Doctors aren't taught about the connection between concussions and a damaged pituitary. You want an example of the disconnect? Footballs players get x-rays, electroencephalograms, all sorts of brain tests after concussions-but nobody ever looks at the pituitary.
And why would they? Doctors have no treatment that repairs the pituitary.
No time to be passive
We're on our own here, and this is no time to be passive. If you've been passive all your life, it's time to give it up. There's hope, but not unless you go out and grab it.
Passivity loses most of its battles. It leads to giving up and spending the rest of your days doing beached whale impressions.
Get your "OH, YEAH!" attitude in gear and make things happen.
A drunk driver ran into my parents' car a month before my first birthday. I suffered a concussion-and pituitary damage. Doctors insisted I was fine as my energy slipped away.
Finally, I realized it was up to me. I started researching and found out how to fix what ailed me. Now I'm a grandmother-with a brain that works better that it did back in my youth, no need to take naps and too armed-and-dangerous for colds or the flu to take me down.
Our bodies want to heal; we just have to know how to help them get the job done-which is what I talk about in my Moving to Health program. Check it out. Link below.
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.