by Judith G Cobb, CI, MH, NCP
PMS, menstrual cramps, mood swings, fluid retention, infertility, PCOS, hot flashes, menopausal issues – everyone knows when a woman’s body is out of balance! As either a woman or a health practitioner, you know this to be true!
The female endocrine system is a remarkable system. It’s made up of the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, adrenals, ovaries, and during pregnancy, the placenta. These glands secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream. More recently, it has been recognized that the heart, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, liver, skin, adipose (fat) tissue, and even bones also have endocrine functions.
When any one of the endocrine glands goes out of balance, the rest become unbalanced as they try to create a new, dynamic homeostatis. Re-establishing the healthy balance is sometimes difficult, but it can usually be done.
Often, endocrine imbalances have very broad symptoms that could apply to any number of other health concerns. Aside from the symptoms mentioned at the beginning of this article, see how many of these you have:
Increased body or facial hair
Low sex drive
Aches & pains
Lowered immune response
Blood sugar imbalance – either high or low
Always feeling cold
The real questions are 1) what is out of balance to create these symptoms, and 2) can the imbalance be corrected?
Our health is really a simple mathematical equation. Bill Caradonna taught it like this: Physical inheritance + environment (including diet, emotions, physical activity) + emotional health + spiritual health + age = health status.
The endocrine system being out of balance is no different – it’s a simple mathematical equation. With iridology we start off asking about the physical inheritance – in this case, is there a personal or family history of hormone imbalances of any kind? Then we move to the environment and often ask a lot of questions about diet. The Standard American Diet (SAD) provides many serious offenses including excessive sugar in many forms, along with processed, nutritionless consumables (I can’t call them foods) that keep the endocrine system struggling to maintain any semblance of balance. I have noticed in my practice that even the holy grail of beverages, coffee, sends most women’s hormones reeling.
While we can’t do anything about the genes you inherited, there are many things we can do with the diet that allow the endocrine system to rebalance as far as its genetics will allow.