The Pineal Gland

I have received some interesting questions from people wanting to know how much of what is currently being disseminated about the pineal gland in metaphysical circles has a valid basis in anatomy and physiology. With all the “fake news” circulating in the realm of health care, it is challenging to get to the root truth of any subject … no matter if the source is medical science or metaphysics.

 

Interestingly one of my favorite go-to college textbooks on Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb 4th edition) has only 4 paragraphs describing the pineal gland. Wow, that’s pitiful! Why is so little information shared? Do we really know so little about this wonderful pinecone shaped gland? Or is information being suppressed?

 

Metaphysical theorists or spiritualists might say knowledge of the pineal gland is restrained because the ruling elite does not want us to access and utilize cognitive power to balance self-conscious awareness. Medical scientists might say it is simply because we haven’t studied the pineal gland enough to know more.

 

What we can all agree on is that the pineal gland hangs from the roof of the third ventricle of the diencephalon in the brain. It is located in an area called the epithalamus, near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres of the brain. Nearly all vertebrae species have a pineal gland, not just human beings. In medical science it is studied as a part of the endocrine system (the system in the body that regulates hormones).


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The pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin and appears to play a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and some aspects of mood, but this is not well understood. Its secretory cells, called pinealocytes, are arranged in compact cords and clusters and in between these clusters are dense particles containing calcium salts. These dense particles are referred to as “brain-sand” or “pineal sand” and show up on X-rays because they are radiopaque. Brain-sand is composed of calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, magnesium phosphate and ammonium phosphate. The accumulation of brain-sand increases over time and is associated with aging.

 

Wikipedia states that calcification of the pineal gland is largely associated with brain sand. It is common even in young adults, and has been observed in children as young as two years of age. “Calcification rates vary widely by country and correlate with an increase in age, with calcification occurring in an estimated 40% of Americans by their 17th year.” Recent studies have shown that the degree of pineal gland calcification is significantly higher in patients with Alzheimer’s disease vs. other types of dementia.

 

According to my text books the endocrine function of the pineal gland is still somewhat of a mystery and this is why there is so little information shared about it. Neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine have all been isolated within the pineal gland, but its only major secretory product is melatonin. Researchers have recently found that the pineal gland can also produce the hallucinogen N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) under certain circumstances, though my textbooks do not describe what these certain circumstances might be.

 

DMT has not only been found in the pineal gland but also in “motor neurons in the spinal cord and in the retina. While DMT is present in these tissues, there has yet to be a definitive determination of whether DMT is actually synthesized in these tissues and, if so, how it is utilized or released from the tissues under normal or altered physiological conditions.” (wileyonlinelibrary.com DOI 10.1002/bmc.2981)

 

It seems that the pineal gland can indeed play a role in a person’s ability to experience metaphysical proficiency through altered states of consciousness, and that role is not really being explored through popular medical science at this time. Another metaphysical link to the pineal gland has to do with retinal-like tissues found in pinealocytes.

 

The pineal gland indirectly receives input from the visual pathways concerning the intensity and duration of daylight, and in this way regulates the production of the hormone melatonin (that helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm).

 

Pinealocytes seem to have evolutionary similarities to the retinal cells in the eye, though they are distinctly different from retinal cells. Phototransduction genes are present in both the DNA of the retina and the DNA of pinealocytes in humans. However, pinealocytes in lampreys, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds actually retain photosensitivity. From what I can ascertain, the pinealocytes in humans do not retain photosensitivtiy. Because of its correspondences to the retina the pineal gland is metaphysically thought to be the third eye, the seat of occult power and wisdom, and how we are able to perceive things clairvoyantly. Of course, medical science that we know of at this time has absolutely no way of studying or confirming this theory. And, that does not mean that it is not an excellent explanation for the very real phenomena of remote viewing and clairvoyance.



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Another important fact about the pineal gland (especially in thinking about its health and vigor) is that the pineal gland is not protected by the blood-brain barrier system. Interestingly it receives a profuse supply of blood, second only to the kidneys. This means that whatever is coursing through the blood, whether nutrients or toxins, will have a profound effect upon the pineal gland.

 

So, this is what I can surmise … medical science concerning the pineal gland is quite limited, or at least the science that we are publicly privy to.

 

I think it is really helpful to acknowledge that the world in which we live is not exactly a Realm of Knowledge. It is a realm of veils and questions and NOT knowing. It is not wise to rely solely upon scientific data for our knowledge, because scientific means and measures are undeniably inhibited and incomplete. Yet they are helpful in aiding us to make choices.

 

And when it comes to the health of the pineal gland, we do need to be able to make some informed decisions.

 

To do this, let’s review a few Basic Neuroscience Concepts:

 

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) and is used to gain a better understanding of how the brain and mind function. As Dr. Kharrazzian puts it: the brain is the center of homeostasis for all aspects of physiological function including digestion, hormone production, immune modulation, learning, memory, mood and sleep.

 

The nervous system, immune system (75-80% is estimated to be in the gut) and endocrine system (regulates hormones) all influence each other in a co-creative web of continual interactions. Imbalance in one will affect the others.

 

Therefore the health and proper functioning of the pineal gland depends upon the health and proper functioning of the nervous system, immune system and endocrine system.

 

Tips for a Healthy Nervous System:

 

For optimal health and function a neuron needs glucose, stimulation and oxygen.  (See Remède Physique Neurotransmitters | Brain Health).

 

Just because neurons need glucose, doesn’t mean that eating lots of carbs and sugars is the best way to feed the brain. In fact it is not. Blood glucose levels need to be steady, not too high and not too low. Optimizing blood sugar handling is a critical component to healthy brain and pineal function. (See Remède Physique The Basics of Blood Sugar Handling)

 

When neurons are not stimulated, they become unhealthy due to their loss of intracellular protein production, this is known as transneural degeneration. Now, stimulation of neurons does not necessarily refer to playing chess or doing crossword puzzles and brainteasers. The only constant stimulation to the brain is the activation of muscle spindles by gravity. So, PHYSICAL EXERCISE becomes a really important tool in maintaining a healthy brain and pineal gland, not just by providing neuronal stimulation but by increasing oxygen in the blood and ATP production as well.

 

Oxygen levels in the brain are also affected by ATP production and anemia. ATP production is enhanced by neuronal stimulation, like physical and cognitive exercise. And anemia is a condition wherein the red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood is deficient, resulting in diminished capacity to transport oxygen to the cells. There are 12 different ways in which a person can develop anemia and the best way to identify them is through a functional comprehensive metabolic blood screening (See Remède Physique Bloodwork). Each type of anemia requires a different approach to alleviating it. When people think of anemia, they usually think it is due to iron deficiency, but that is only one type of anemia. And supplementing with iron, when you do not need it, or when there is a high degree of systemic inflammation can lead to cellular damage. Identifying and properly treating anemia is very important.

 

Tips for a Healthy Immune System:

First and foremost identify hidden food sensitivities and remove the offending foods from your diet. You can accomplish this by performing a Pulse Test.

 

If necessary, nourish and restore the GI tract and optimize gut flora.

 

Next identify any burdens to the immune system using functional blood chemistry. Viral, bacterial, parasitic and toxic burdens will all require different, very specific approaches.

 

Tips for a Healthy Endocrine System: blood sugar balance and stress management lie at the heart of optimal hormone levels. (See Remède Physique Hormones).

 

What about Decalcifying the Pineal Gland?

 

Yes, we definitely want to decalcify the pineal gland! Anytime calcium builds up in the body pain and distress ensue … from kidneys stones to gallstones, calcification of arteries to bone spurs.

 

·       The way to start decalcifying the pineal is to eat a clean diet of high vibratory foods. These are nutrient dense whole foods and they can include meats.

 

·       Do not take unbalanced mineral supplements to ward of osteoporosis. There are so many factors involved in maintaining healthy bone tissue and calcium and magnesium play only a small part. Healthy bone mass depends on maintaining the balance between the resorption and formation phases of bone remodeling. When this balance is disrupted the result is the loss of bone mass and increased bone fragility. You may need vitamin D or essential fatty acids rather than mineral supplementation. Additionally, taking only one mineral – like, just taking calcium supplements or just taking magnesium supplements, can push the ratio of the minerals out of sync with each other, leading to a disruption of the bone resorption-formation balance. I recommend working with a professional who can functionally analyze your blood chemistry to identify which processes in your unique body need support.

 

·       Many people recommend the use of iodine supplements or iodine rich foods to help decalcify the pineal gland. This is because fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine are all in the same family of elements in the periodic table. Flourine and chlorine can be found in municipal drinking water. Flouride is an ingredient in many toothpastes and mouth rinses. Bromine is an additive in processed foods, especially baked goods. When these three halide anions are over abundant the body will isolate them in a calcium husk and deposit the calcium in different organs and tissues, like the pineal gland. Increased iodine intake is therefore recommended to help reduce the effect of fluoridated, chlorinated water and processed foods. However, and this is really important to know, iodine supplementation is absolutely horrible for people who’s bodies have developed Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid Reaction and are actively attacking TPO. TPO  produces T3 and T4 by pumping iodine into the thyroid gland. The more idone you take, the more TPO has to work. But if the body is attacking TPO and TPO is low, the body then has to make more TPO. So the iodine stimulates more TPO production. Additionally, if the body is wired toward an autoimmune reaction but has not yet developed it then taking iodine can actually trigger it to manifest. Taking exogenous iodine is like adding fuel to the autoimmune fire. Excess iodine can make these people much sicker.

 

·       So, rather than taking iodine, the better solution is to stop drinking chlorinated, fluoridated water. Purchase a high quality drinking water filter. We have been using Aquasana whole house and under the sink filters in our home for years and have been extremely pleased.

 



·       There are a number of supplements besides iodine that are recommended for assisting in the decalcification of the pineal gland, I highly recommend working with a trained nutritional therapy practitioner who performs functional blood chemistry analysis to determine what will work best for you. There are so many excellent supplements, but not all of them work equally well for each individual. For instance, turmeric is fantastic for many people, but can cause IBS or GERD in others. MSM can work fabulously for some but cause allergic skin reactions or diarrhea in others. Give yourself permission to take advantage of the expertise of natural healers. They want to help and are usually more than happy to share their knowledge.

 

·       Work with a trained nutritional therapy practitioner to undergo a detoxification program customized to your needs, including possible heavy metal burdens. (See Remède Physique Toxic Metals).



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One final note on neuronal stimulation and decalcification of the pineal gland:

 

If you are seeking a spiritual awakening or looking to enhance or accelerate the awakening process then you must exercise the parts of the brain (like the pineal gland) that will support the process. We exercise the pineal gland through meditation and yogic pranayama. There are many different ways in which to practice meditation and pranayama. I encourage you to seek out a modality that speaks to your vision of Life, learn the techniques and practice them regularly with joy.

 

Many Blessings to You Dear Friends,

I am happy and honored to be here with you raising the mass consciousness together. Cheers! Vanessa

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