Three Endocrine Amigos


When it’s about health, everything affects everything. Big things, small things, unexpected things, anything can stomp in and drag you into a mess.

Why? Our complicated endocrine system always does its own thing. Since we often don’t know what “its own thing” means, results get dismaying.

Few of us understand our gooshy glands, so we’re headed for disaster. Maybe not quickly, but surely. Why? All disease starts with an out-of-whack endocrine system. As in ALL.

Endocrine glands

And the three endocrine amigos-the adrenal glands, the pineal gland, and the thymus-always show up.

Endocrine glands are complicated enough on their own, but now we’re learning they do a lot of work together. A single gland, working alone, is one thing, but together? Oh, yes, indeed! And we’re still not at the end of the story; research continues. (Especially in Russia; they are really good on the endocrine system.)

Let’s talk about each of the three amigos separately, then move on to how they work together.

Adrenal glands

Our two adrenal glands each sit atop a kidney, in your mid-to-upper back, from whence they cause all sorts of difficulties. Adrenals control our energy and our stress. No energy, but lots of stress? Bingo!

Heavy stress that goes on and on puts your adrenals in a very deep ditch. The medications suggested to you won’t help; your adrenals need some serious love, not a kick in the patooty.

Pineal gland

Our pineal gland lives in a custom-made Bat Cave, deep in your brain. It’s known for producing the melatonin that controls our circadian (24-hour) clock. Fluoride-in water, toothpaste, antidepressants, antibiotics, wherever-turns the pineal into stone, and so long, melatonin. Without enough melatonin, the endocrine system starts downhill.


Our thymus, which controls our immune system, lies behind our breast bone. When you hear about T-cells that go to war when bad guys show up, they’re thymus cells. And when you hear about the lymph system, that’s the part of the immune system that moves clean-up help all around the body.

Back in the day, they believed the thymus got smaller and smaller, and less and less effective, as we aged, which meant old age always brought dread disease. Lots of folks still see it that way, but the fact is, the thymus shrinks when it fights against any disease, small or large; then we have to jump in with nutrition to restore its lost strength. Chances are nobody ever explained this “jumping in to help” to you.

So that’s three rings of the circus, now let’s put them together.

For years, we believed endocrine glands worked only by emitting hormones into our bloodstream, but now we know there’s some plumbing (tubes of some sort) that connects at least some of the endocrine glands, allowing them to communicate directly.

We know, for instance, that the pineal, thymus and adrenals are joined together via plumbing. These connections are exciting news. We don’t know all that goes on, but we do know that aging-which, besides all the saggy-baggy, means dread disease-slows way down when these endocrine glands sing in harmony.

The newly-discovered plumbing may hold the answers we need. Or at least some of the answers.

Color me excited.

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Bette Dowdell   
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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.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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