THE PINEAL GLAND – A Selection of Comments From Researchers.
When this organ is at its height of productivity, it effectively guides each person through difficult intellectual and moral dilemmas.
The ‘third eye’ is thought to have mystical powers.
It is the centre for the production of the hormone melatonin.
Melatonin is implicated in a wide range of human activities:
The pineal gland is a small organ shaped like a pine cone
(hence its name).
It varies in size among species; in humans it is roughly
1 cm in length. It is located in the brain.
The French philosopher Rene Descartes called it the Seat of the Soul, the location of what we call the mind. The pineal gland is occasionally associated with the sixth chakra (also called Ajna or the third eye chakra).
It is believed to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enable “telepathic” communication. It is made of the same tissue as the eyes. The pineal gland is the real secret ruler of the human system, at its best is able to work in tandem with the pituitary gland.
THE ORGAN OF MORALITY
When this organ is at its height of productivity, it very effectively guides each person through difficult intellectual and moral dilemmas.Outcomes are the specialty of this gland’s function with the “moral” outcome being that which will produce the most value for the human race as a whole. The human race has been steadily moving away from its race-wide value producing capabilities as this organ’s vitality wanes.
When we are not experiencing physical pain we, as individuals, call this condition comfort or happiness. We have acquired the habit of acknowledging mental distress as a necessary evil and, too often, assume a, “this too shall pass stance.”
A MASTER HORMONE
Melatonin was unknown prior to 1950. It is a master hormone that indirectly regulates all other hormones. Even the mighty pituitary gland and all of its hormones are under the control of the hormone melatonin. Giarmin and Freedman did find that the pineals of certain deceased mental patients who had suffered from specified mental disorders showed a considerable excess of serotonin (ser-o-TOE-nin), in their pineals. The average amount of serotonin found in the pineals of normal persons is about 3.52 micrograms per gland. One schizophrenic was found to have a pineal containing 10 micrograms of serotonin, while another patient, a sufferer from delirium tremens, had a pineal containing 22.82 micrograms of serotonin.
The neurotransmitter, melatonin, is produced in the pineal gland from serotonin which is the neurotransmitter that regulates many functions, including mood, appetite, (it helps induce a feeling of fullness) and sensory perception. It is involved in pain disorders and emotional perceptions. Studies have shown however that low levels of serotonin are associated with increased levels of aggression in animals. Serotonin is our feel good chemical, it gives us – get up and go, it is involved with mood and behaviour, physical coordination, appetite, and body temperature. Serotonin is derived from tryptophan – an amino acid. Tryptophan♦ also helps in niacin (B vitamins) production. It is associated with memory. It is found in most protein-based foods. It is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, mangoes, dried dates, milk,yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, peanuts, turkey, pumpkin seeds, passion fruit and bananas – so don’t go bananas – just eat them…
WHAT THE PINEAL GLAND NEEDS
Melatonin is released in the dark, during sleep, which many of us do not get enough of. Good nutrition including vitamin A, B6 and minerals including zinc and selenium, are required to keep the pineal, our third eye functioning.
SUBSTANCES THAT INTERFERE WITH THE PINEAL GLAND
Caffeine, Drugs, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Corticosteroids, Prozac * (Alchemy of the Devil), FLUORIDE †, tobacco, drugs, and excessive consumption of alcohol. We have learned that light is a nutrient for the pineal, and, like food, the wrong kind can make us ill and the right kind can help keep us well. The fundamental pattern observed is that serum concentrations of melatonin are low during the daylight hours, and increase to a peak during the dark. Excessive stress depletes the body’s melatonin levels.
Calcium, phosphorus and fluoride deposits in the pineal gland have been correlated with ageing meaning that as the brain ages more deposits collect.
Synthesis and secretion of melatonin is dramatically affected by light exposure to the eyes. The use of sunglasses impairs the entrance of sunlight into the pineal gland via the eyes, causing reduced production of melatonin. ‡ We need full spectrum light and not too much late night TV !
MELATONIN AND ILLNESS
The pineal gland has been implicated in a number of physical disorders including cancer, sexual dysfunction, hypertension, epilepsy, and Paget’s disease. The pineal gland calcifies with age and melatonin production correspondingly decreases. This decline in its function has been suggested to be a trigger for the ageing process. Environmental stresses affect pineal function, impacting on overall body alertness, temperature levels, and hormone operations. Stresses that affect pineal function include unusual light and dark rhythms, radiation, magnetic fields, nutritional imbalances, temperature swings, high altitude, and overall daily stress patterns.
Melatonin overload may be related to Seasonal Affective Disorder, (SAD), the depression some people feel during the overcast, short days of the winter months (when there is minimal sunlight, especially in northern Europe). Blind people’s sleep patterns get all messed up. Studies do show that partially sighted eyes may still maintain subconscious awareness of light or its absence. For these people, the circadian rhythms established by the pineal gland are intact. For totally blind individuals, with no subconscious feedback to the pineal gland, there may be periods of severe insomnia, or they may fall asleep at unusual times. Wearing sun glasses can also be a problem…
The Pineal gland is large in children, but shrinks at puberty. It appears to play a major role in sexual development, hibernation in animals, metabolism, and seasonal breeding. The abundant melatonin levels in children are believed to inhibit sexual development. Girls living in an environment polluted with fluoride mature on an average nine months early. After puberty, melatonin production is reduced.
Doctors at the Centre for Disease Control reviewed 100,000 hospital records of female patients with breast cancer and were surprised to find that the condition was only half as frequent among women who were blind, versus those with full vision. Researchers specializing in the pineal gland believe this is because the level of melatonin is higher among women without sight. As far back as 1940, researchers had found that cancer and tumours grew faster in animals, which had their pineal glands, removed. They had also found that by adding an extract from pineal gland tissue to a group of cancer cells, that it would inhibit their growth.
Today, they know that pineal extract was melatonin. It is well known that the blood-brain barrier is damaged in MS patients and pineal gland atrophy is pronounced.
Fifty per cent of the serotonin in the system is metabolized in the pineal gland. However because drugs impair the metabolism of serotonin, there can be a buildup in the pineal gland.
When the pineal gland is overloaded with serotonin, people say they feel possessed, like someone else’s brain is in their body, that connection with the higher self is literally severed by the high levels of serotonin within the brain.
SO WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
As you can see from the above, our third eye will govern us adversely, unless we take care of its needs. We need a correct ratio of serotonin to melatonin during night and day, or we will become slaves to the whims of our environment, and our uncontrolled impulses, imprisoned, and not understanding our situation or our behaviour, – possessed. It is difficult to be spiritual when we have continuous pain, or suffer from confusion.
If we take care of our pineal, we will be rewarded with health, wisdom and clear thinking and insight. A good diet with adequate tryptophan + plenty of daylight = adequate serotonin, = get up and go in the day. Early to bed = adequate melatonin – resulting in, less pain, more fun, better sleep, and a healthier body and mind, able to face the future, the cosmos, and put a spring in our step as we tread the spiritual path.
*Prozac – Foods that are considered natural sources of tryptophan are dairy products, beef, poultry, barley, brown rice, fish, soybeans, and peanuts. Tryptophan is safe as a dietary supplement it is used for treating premenstrual syndrome and depression. L-tryptophan is still available by prescription in Canada; it was removed from the market in USA in 1990, after a faulty batch was imported… !
Its removal by the FDA opened up the market for
Prozac and all related drugs
– Warning withdrawing from these drugs needs to be done slowly –
† The human pineal gland is outside the blood-brain barrier [Arendt, 1995].
‡ Violet is the primary color and is the highest vibration which effects the pineal gland. The bare eye (without glasses of any kind) should be exposed to indirect sunlight on a regular basis. Light reflected by the retina stimulates the pineal gland.
CAUTION: Looking directly into the sun can damage the retina.
♦“… Abnormalities in serotonin function can result in depression, as noted in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 1992. The study also states tryptophan can stimulate the proper function of serotonin in the brain.
Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid, it is unlikely to produce toxicity or negative side effects. It can be a successful agent in treating disorders such as depression.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which must be obtained through a person’s diet (as opposed to non-essential amino acids which the body can manufacture on its own). Once in the body, tryptophan is converted into niacin, serotonin and melatonin. Most anti-depressant drugs work to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, usually by preventing the serotonin from being depleted. Tryptophan actually increases serotonin levels, and has the advantage of doing it naturally without the extreme side effects associated with traditional anti-depressant drugs…”
[roundup] damaging effects on gut bacteria lead to depleted sulfate supplies in the gut, resulting in inflammatory bowel disease. As more chemicals are absorbed from the environment, alterations in body chemistry actively promote weight gain by blocking nutrient absorption. By effecting CYP enzymes in the liver, obesity incidence is compounded, impairing the body’s ability to detoxify synthetics chemicals.
Since serotonin is derived from tryptophan and
acts an appetite suppressant, the depletion
of tryptophan encourages overeating
in / by the brain, leading to obesity.
“…In the 1980s I used to prescribe L-tryptophan for my patients as a sleeping aid and for the treatment of depression. So did numerous other doctors. However, the supplements we prescribed were manufactured conventionally. But when one of the manufacturers started to use genetic engineering, a deadly epidemic ensued and the FDA took all the brands of L-tryptophan off the market. Thus, the agency used this disaster as a tool and leverage to attack natural supplements with a pristine safety record. Prior to the release of the GE version of L-tryptophan, that supplement had never created a problem in anyone.
When full-spectrum light (i.e. sunlight) enters your eyes, it not only goes to your visual centres enabling you to see, it also goes to your brain’s hypothalamus where it impacts your entire body. For starters, your hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger and thirst, water balance and blood pressure. It also controls your body’s master gland, the pituitary, which secretes many essential hormones, including those that influence your mood.
Your “body clock” is also housed in tiny centres located in the hypothalamus, controlling your body’s circadian rhythm. This light-sensitive rhythm is dependent on natural cycles of light and darkness, to function optimally. Consequently, anything that disrupts these rhythms, like inadequate sunlight exposure to your body (including your eyes) or chronic exposure to unopposed blue light from artificial lights, has a far-reaching impact on your body’s ability to function. [ We suspect blue LEDs could be a problem! ]
Some experts even believe that “malillumination” to light is what malnutrition is to food. The best way to get exposure to healthy full-spectrum light is to do it the way nature intended, by going outside, exposing your bare skin — and “bare” eyes — to the sun on a regular basis.