by Judith G. Cobb, MH, CI, NCP
Common features of a biliary iris
Hazel eyes, which are also known as mixed or biliary irides, often express a predisposition to many types of imbalances, including liver, pancreatic, and blood sugar issues.
Possible PCOS iridology signs
When we see orange in an iris we ask about blood sugars. When we see brown we ask about liver. When we see both in a woman of reproductive age we look a little deeper and wonder about fertility issues.
PCOS is becoming an epidemic. The full name of this condition is PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Since I specialize in infertility and high-risk pregnancy work, I attract a lot of clients who have been diagnosed with PCOS. I’ve often sent clients back to their doctors for further testing when I’ve suspected PCOS and have had the doctor confirm my suspicions.
PCOS is a part of the Syndrome X issue that was the ‘hot topic’ of the last decade. Both PCOS and Syndrome X seem to be garnering less attention.
PCOS is a complex metabolic disorder that includes insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance that affects/inhibits ovulation, and further hormonal imbalances that reduce or inhibit menstruation.
Most women with PCOS will have irregular or absent menstrual periods. They will also have reduced fertility; if they do conceive, they have a higher risk of miscarriage, often miscarry repeatedly, and have an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.
Aside from irregular/absent periods, they often, not always, struggle with excess facial and chest hair, thin hair on their heads (including male pattern baldness), and excess weight around their midsections. They can also have acne, oily skin, elevated cholesterol, and hypertension, among other symptoms.
Why does this happen? Their diet has usually been one of refined carbohydrates that has led to insulin resistance. I have, however, been seeing more PCOS in women who have nearly perfect diets and lifestyles, suggesting that environmental contamination with xenoestrogens is at play.
Another possibility is that the pituitary gland may not be functioning totally well. While we may see pituitary iris markers in some women who have PCOS, we don’t see them in every woman. That simply underscores that there may be more than one cause of this complex condition.
When one is insulin resistant, excess insulin circulates in the blood stream. This reduces the sex hormone binding globulin and allows testosterone to increase. This often leads to reduced FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). Normal levels of FSH are needed to stimulate the maturation of egg follicles in the ovaries. Without adequate FSH the follicles start to mature and get stuck. These partially mature follicles produce androgens in the next menstrual cycle. Androgens are easily converted into testosterone.
The next hormone that is affected is LH (luteinizing hormone). This will often be elevated as it is trying to trigger the release of an egg from the ovaries. Because the eggs are not mature, the surge of LH does not stimulate the egg to release. The elevated LH also triggers an elevation in estradiol, which often stimulates weight gain.
Additionally, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is often elevated. However, when it is not elevated and we see lower than normal basal temperatures, we can suspect type II hypothyroid.
I always have my women who want to increase their fertility track their basal metabolic temperature (see http://womensholistichealth.com/fertility/). Women who have PCOS have temperatures that are usually on the low side with no consistency from one day to the next. Their follicular phase will often have very erratic temperatures and be extended. If they do ovulate (and a woman can have a menstrual flow without ovulating), the luteal phase may seem normal, or it, too, may have erratic temperatures.
What to look for
What do I look for in a case history and an iris assessment that might suggest that further medical investigation is warranted?
1) irregular periods, less than 9 cycles per year
2) late onset of menses
3) thinning hair on the head
4) increase of body hair
5) anovulatory cycles as indicated by basal temperature tracking
6) low temps that might suggest type II hypothyroid
7) pancreas markers of any description in the iris
8) thyroid markers
Iris assessment of a woman who has a medical diagnosis of PCOS
Main concerns: unable to conceive even with help from fertility clinic; no menstrual cycles without hormone injections
Details: Periods started age 15, used birth control off and on since age 16, came off it completely at age 23, has not had periods on her own since. Does not display usual characteristics of PCOS (waist over 36”, thinning hair). Does crave carbs severely. She and her husband want to have a baby together.
Rx: Has done 3 rounds of clomid, FSH injections without success
Possible PCOS iridology signs
|Iris sign||Questions to ask||Dietary/lifestyle suggestions|
|Hazel irides (biliary)||History of excess mucus, inflammation?|
History of liver concerns? Inability to digest fats? Anemia? Hormone issues?
|* Lots of leafy greens
* Minimal dairy
|Pigmentation hugging pupil – liver/pancreas color||How’s digestion? Burpy? Farty? Avoid certain foods because they don’t feel good in the stomach?||Food sequencing|
|Freckles in irides – brown/liver||History of liver concerns? Inability to digest fats? Anemia? Hormone issues?||* Lots of leafy greens
* Avoid coffee and alcohol
|Wrinkles in irides||Prone to stressing out? Takes on too much at once?||Hemp hearts|
|Freckles L pancreas zone - genetic||Carb cravings? Blood sugar balance?||Increase frequency of protein
Eliminate refined carbs
|Thyroid L iris - rarefied, pigment||Hormone imbalance? Fertility issues? How is protein digestion?||Increase minerals – manganese, iodine|
|Thyroid R & L sclera - dynamic|
Hormone imbalance? Fertility issues? How is protein digestion?
|Increase minerals – manganese, iodine|
|Liver – R sclera - dynamic||History of liver concerns? Inability to digest fats? Anemia? Hormone issues?||Lots of leafy greens
Avoid coffee and alcohol
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