The brain on stress” focused on how prolonged stress can shrink the hypothalamus. The article explained how the hypothalamus is a part of the brain that connects with structures of the endocrine and nervous systems enabling it to play a vital role in maintaining homeostasis, the ability of our entire system to maintain internal stability. It does this in part by controlling body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep, and circadian rhythms. Now lets break this down a little further and explain how the pineal gland plays a part in regulating our body clocks.
The pineal gland, also know as “third eye”, “the seat of the human soul”, the “pineal body”, and the “epiphysis cerebri, contains a map of the visual field of the eyes.The pineal gland is located within the third ventricle. It is large in children, but shrinks at puberty. It plays a major role in sexual development, hibernation in animals, metabolism, and seasonal breeding. In humans it affects circadian rhythms, sleep patterns (melatonin levels increase at night), and is implicated in seasonal affective disorder. The abundant melatonin levels in children is believed to inhibit sexual development. When puberty arrives, melatonin production is reduced.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm, our 24-hour clock, plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up.
Melatonin is released in the dark, during sleep. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops. Bright light at night or too little light during the day can disrupt our normal melatonin cycles.
Melatonin is responsible for the release of female reproductive hormones. It helps determine when a woman starts to menstruate, the frequency and duration of menstrual cycles, and when a woman enters menopause.
Young children have the highest levels of nighttime melatonin. For this reason, it is thought that melatonin levels may be related to aging. Lower levels of melatonin may be related to sleep problems as we age.
Melatonin has strong antioxidant effects and may help strengthen the immune system. It has been shown in animal studies to inhibit the growth and metastasis of some tumors. Reduced production of melatonin in the pineal gland has been implicated in the increased incidence of breast cancer in animal testing. Breast cancer patients have lower levels of melatonin in the blood. Tests also show this hormone to protect against genetic damage.
Though studies indicate the pineal gland calcifies with age and as it calcifies melatonin production decreases, more recent studies indicate fluoride is largely responsible for its calcification. The reduced production of melatonin in the pineal gland has been implicated in disorders and disease including cancer, sexual dysfunction, hypertension, epilepsy, and Paget’s disease.
Environmental stressors that affect pineal gland function include, but are not limited to unusual light and dark rhythms, radiation, magnetic fields, nutritional imbalances, temperature swings, high altitude, and overall daily stress patterns. These stressors impact body alertness, temperature levels, and hormone operation. The production of melatonin is critical to our overall health.
In summary, working night jobs and sleeping during the day, getting too little natural light during the day and too much artificial light at night, may be one cause of decrease in melatonin production. Couple this with the addition of toxic fluoride to our water and food and we have a serious threat to our health and our immune systems ability to heal our bodies. Add to this radiation, toxic spraying or our skies, nutritional imbalances, temperature swings, overall daily stress patterns, electromagnetic fields (EMF) which suppress the activity of the pineal gland and reduce melatonin production thereby disrupting the bodies circadian rhythms, we now have a combination of lethal stressors.
Is it really any wonder we have a rapid increase of depression and disease worldwide? Is there any hope we can heal? It may not appear so after reading this but the first step to healing is awareness. If we do not understand how we arrived here, we cannot find our way home. This will require diving deep down the rabbit hole to find what is lurking in the dark. Once we have located it and understand its intentions, we can then take back our humanity and reclaim our health and freedom.