At a superficial level, it appears that some chemical processing of the food intakes generates blood, and that flow of blood is the source of heat and energy in the body. However, deeper analysis has shown that there is a separate mechanism causing all functions inside our body, which aids in the formation of blood and maintenance of our body-energy. The auto regulatory system of the neurons and the influence of the conscious and unconscious mind on it are also regarded as a manifestation of some subtler processes. The hormone secreting endocrine glands make up this subtle system which is has been found to be the basic controller of all functions, qualities, abilities or disabilities of the bodily and mental functions.The thyroid gland secrets a hormone called thyroxin, which enters the blood steam and reaches different parts of the body. Deficiency of this hormone reduces the absorption rate of oxygen in our body, which often results in disruption of metabolic functions, excessive fatigue, loss of memory and bluntness of mind. The skin and hair become dry, lips and eyelids become lose and appear as pulled downwards. The body fattens a lot. One is unable to bear chills,and feels tired because of the reduced level of this hormone. Growth of thyroid gland results in a swollen, protuberant throat and gives rise to diseases like goitre. The reasons of abnormal shrinkage or growth of this gland are not fully understood.
So far, the deficiency of iodine in food is found to be a major cause to disrupt the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Doctors recommend that daily meals should contain at least 20 micrograms of iodine. Seawater, natural salt, sea grass and fishes are rich in iodine contents. However, in many cases even the desired intake of iodine and iodine based medicines do not help control the abnormal functioning of this red colored, butterfly shaped tiny gland whose two ‘wings’ in leaf structures cover the upper end of the respiratory canal.
Experiments of controlling the deficiencies of thyroxin by injecting extracts of thyroid of other animals have not been successful so far, because of lack of bio-compatibility.
Drs. E.C Kendall, Harrington and Berger of Britain had synthesized thyroxin in a laboratory by taking appropriate combination of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and iodine. Although this artificial substance resembles thyroxin in chemical structure, its injection in the patient body could not substitute for the deficiency of the latter. Use of iodized salt is considered as preventive measure but it has not been successful in permanent prevention of the thyroid related problems so far.
Excessive secretion of this hormone also causes a variety of problems.The ‘engine’ – source of energy of the body gets’ over-charged’ and as a result, different metabolic and biochemical reactions and physiological functions are accelerated untimely. This often gives rise to increase in a person’s pulse rate, professed perspiration, high blood pressure, excitation, hypersensitivity, mental restlessness,irritation etc. At present, radium based X-ray therapy and radioactive iodine, calcium etc is being experimented as a possible remedy against an over-active thyroid gland.
From medical experts like Dr. Eimley to the chemical scientists like Dr. Collins of Canada, efforts of many researchers have been dedicated to find methods of controlling the thyroid gland since long time. Role of the tiny parathyroid glands in influencing the thyroid functions has been investigated in several laboratories. However, the secrets of these glands still remain unfolded – hidden behind iron curtains.
The chemical processing of extraction of energy from the food constituents begins as soon as it reaches in the stomach. Starch and sugar are converted into glucose. Part of this glucose goes in the blood steam and helps energize the body and maintain temperature… the remaining quantity of glucose is stored in our liver in the form of glycogen, piling up for future energy-requirements. In diabetic patients, the sugar levels in the blood increases and the corresponding energy supplied by glucose gradually weakens our body. This disorder in blood sugar arises due to the deficiency of insulin – a hormone secreted by the pancreases.
In healthy blood, the normal level of sugar is about one sixtieth ounce per litre. This small amount is the fuel (source of energy) that keeps the cellular and muscular machinery warm and active. Insulin along with another hormone adrenaline helps regulate this function.
Growth of the body is maintained by the pineal gland in the brain. Drastic changes in one’s growth – especially height, are caused by the disorderly functioning of this small ‘dot’ sized endocrine gland. Dr. Harve Cusching, a surgeon at the Harvard University medical school had removed the pineal gland of a puppy in an experiment. The growth of this dog stopped after this operation and it remained a puppy. the growth of some young rats was arrested since their pineal glands were cut out. They appeared like baby rats throughout their lives.
In another such case, surgeon Philip Smith had fixed the pineal gland of one rat into the brain of another normal rat. The latter, because of two such glands, grew at an exceptionally fast rate and became a giant – almost three times bigger than normal rats, ever found in that family of rats.
Imbalance of the endocrine glands creates amazing disorders in natural living system as well. A pair of a 25 inches ‘tall’ man, Tom Thumb and a 24-inched lady, Lebonia is counted among the great wonders of nature in the human society. However, experts know that such wonders are results of slight disorders in the endocrine system. Tom Thumb weighed 9 pounds 2 ounces at the time of his birth, but due to deficiency in hormonal secretions, his body-weight remained the same. His body become a source of earning for him through jugglery. He married a matching dwarf woman and enhanced his business through their joint shows. The other extreme example of hormonal imbalance implies uncontrolled growth of height and or weight. Robert Widelio’s height of 8ft 11 inches was a live example of this effect. He used to look like a moving Palm Tree.
Czar Peter of Russia was very tall. He used to like tall people. When one of his favourite, exceptionally tall Sergeant died, the Czar ordered to preserve his skeleton in the Kuntzkare museum. This specimen was about 200 years old when some scientists tried to investigate the cause of its abnormal height with the help of X-rays. The analysis carried out by them identified excessive secretions thought the pituitary gland as the cause of this exceptional growth.
Alipus of Alexandria was a dwarf. His height was only 17 inches. Amira Jembilakas kept him in his house to entertain his visitors. He used to carry Alipus in a small cage while traveling.On the other hand, Fanny Miles a girl born in 1880 in Cincinnati, Ohio USA, had exceptionally long feet in her otherwise normal body. Her 2-ft long used to frighten people. Nobody married her because of this abnormality.
The above examples present a small sample of the varieties of abnormalities in the body-functions that could be caused by the imbalance in the endocrine secretions. Renowned psychoanalyst, Dr. Edgar has conducted research on effects of hormones on behavior and attitude. His results indicate that many individuals, despite having excellent physique and charming appearance, do not have the natural masculine (or feminine) tendencies because of the abnormal levels of certain hormones. Impotence is also attributed to hormonal disorders in general.
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Many physically weak persons have gained repute in diverse fields of sports, arts, literature, sciences, etc. Dwarf men and women have become popular actors.
The importance of A hormone in regulating the defense mechanism of the immune system in the body is well known. Whenever, any germs,viruses or any substance, which is ‘foreign’ or ‘toxic’ to its normal functioning, invades the body, some hormones secreted by the endocrine glands react instantaneously. These stimulate the B-cells in the blood to recognize the antigens and harmful microphages ,thus producing specific antibodies to eliminate the foreign invaders. Hormones also participate in the struggle, of our body to fight infections/diseases during this defensive activity. This struggle of a hormone induces psychological effects that are manifested as – restlessness, irritation, anger and anguish in diseased persons.
The endocrine glands are affected by the internal state of our mind and emotions and accordingly generate feelings of joy, enthusiasm, courage, alacrity, or that of dole, dullness, despair, apprehension etc. Modern scientists are actively engaged in finding hormone-based therapies to control one’s physical and mental health. Partial success has been gained in the cases where major cause of hormonal imbalance is identified as, a deficiency of certain chemicals, some disease or a known physiological disorder.Scientific investigations have revealed that hormonal secretions do not have any direct relationship with the quantity and quality of the food intake and physical activities in general. No geneticists have been able to establish any correlation between driven functions and hormonal regulation.No psychological study has yet confirmed any correlation model between specific functions of the endocrine system and state of the conscious mind, which could be regarded as a universal mode. Possibilities of some inherent tendencies of the subconscious and unconscious mind influencing the hormonal secretions do not find ground because of the lack of coherence. A natural that question arises is–What is the reason of variation in the levels and types of hormonal secretions from the endocrine glands? We will have to look into deeper depths of the subtle levels of human consciousness in order to find possible answers.
A human being is an ensemble of three systems:
- One is physical – made of panch tatvas, which is known as physical or the gross body. Food, atmosphere and physical activities affect this system. Disorder or malfunctioning of this system is treated with the help of medicines and external devices.
- Second is the spiritual or Subtle body consisting of the conscious and the unconscious faculties of mind. Thoughts and intellectual levels of environment influence this system. Logical analysis,thought provoking discussions and studies, training of discreet planning and decision making, etc are used as means of healthy development of this body. Intoxication and steroids affect the brain functions and thereby exert a negative effect on the system of the subtle body as well, to some extent. Ambiance of life, quality of work, mental tasks, habits and deeds are affected by the status of this system. Epistemology, psychology, parapsychology and allied branches of neuroscience and philosophy of mind deal with orderly maintenance and refinement of this subtle component in a human being.
- The third and the innermost component of human consciousness is the astral body which is also known as – the causal body, the eternal emotional core of the heart, the inner self, the abode of soul, etc. The natural beliefs, faith, inner emotions, intrinsic instincts, desires,ascetic appetence, etc. emanate from this center. The feeling of ego, haecceity and afflatus also have their roots in this inner most core of human consciousness. The inherent characteristics – the reflections of sins (papa) and the virtuous, pious, altruist deeds (punya) of an individual are manifested in these expressions of the inner self. The intrinsic state, purity and spiritual level of these reflections are found to affect the activities of the endocrine system as well.
The treatment of any disorder or abnormalities in hormonal secretions would be most effective if it is focused at refining and arousing the subliminal causal body. One can regulate the hormonal levels in any desired manner by purifying the intrinsic characteristics (sanskars) of the inner self and controlling the emotions, faiths and aspirations assimilated in its core. This cannot be achieved by gross level treatments based on nutritious diets, physical exercises, medicines etc. Intellectual activities and creative methods of mental elevation are also ineffective in reaching the causal body.
The endeavours (sadhana) of spiritual refinement appear to be the only solutions. Ascetic practices of these sadhanas offer multiple benefits of regulating the endocrine system and thus helping and maintaining a harmonious functioning of the physical body, avoiding hormone driven disturbances in mental fluctuations and creating enchanting effects on the subtle and causal bodies. These sadhanas have the potentials to culminate the individual-self up to divine heights.
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