Sometimes great things come in small packages. The pineal gland, so-named because of its likeness to a pine cone (Latin pinea), is about the size of a grain of rice. Yet, science has barely discovered the fullness of its uses in the body or its connection to the mind/soul.
The Nervous-Endocrine System Connection
The parasympathetic nervous system incites our “rest and digest, feed and breed” activities; the endocrine system produces hormones, communicating signals such as hunger, satiation, sexual desire, wakefulness or sleepiness. The pineal gland is vital for converting signals from the parasympathetic to the endocrine system.
The pineal gland is also responsible for the production of melatonin from tryptophan. Melatonin helps to regulate circadian rhythm and plays a role in the timing of puberty. Deficiency in melatonin is linked with premature sexual development, insomnia, cancer, Alzheimer’s and mental disorders such as bipolar.
The pineal gland has been tagged the “third eye” because of its resemblance to the human retina and its function as a light receptor. Light enters the body through the retina of the eyes and is sent to the brain, which then sends it to the gland.
The Mind’s Eye
Some have also linked the function of the pineal gland to extrasensory abilities naming among them intuition, discernment, psychic awareness and expanded mind capacity.
The gland’s semblance to the human eye and its location in the brain make it appear to be, quite literally, the mind’s eye.
Practically speaking, the desires of our heart direct our eyes to and from that which we do and don’t want. The eyes then receive light into the body, send it to the brain, which transports it to the pineal gland. The light stimulus activates the gland.
It happens that our mind’s eye receives constant and massive blood supply, ever taking in nourishment from the blood life force. As a result, any “death” in the blood, aka toxicity, easily accumulates in the pineal gland.
For this crucial piece of the brain, one of the most prevalent dangers today is the accumulation of fluoride and other toxins in the blood, causing a protective measure over the pineal gland known as calcification.
Calcification of the Pineal Gland
Artificial foods and ingredients; toxic levels of hormones from treated animal foods; poor nutrition; weak immunity; and sodium fluoride are largely blamed for the rampant calcification of the pineal gland worldwide. Some experts suggest that exposure to radiation via cell phones is another contributor.
Mal Effects of Calcification
A blocked pineal gland is associated with several disorders as well as inhibited enzyme function. Resulting effects include:
weight gain or obesity
loss of sense of direction
mood or mental disorders
lack of vision
A healthy gland is said to enhance:
healthy nervous system function
Here are 7 tips to decalcify and reignite the health of your pineal gland.
1. Clean Water
Municipal water in the USA has been treated with a toxic form of fluoride for more than half a century. Many people have accumulated sodium fluoride in the pineal gland. To reverse this, start with your drinking water. Purchase a reverse osmosis or other fluoride water filter or get well or spring water if you can.
2. Ditch the Crest
If you haven’t already, eliminate sodium fluoride by getting rid of conventional toothpastes. You can easily make a homemade teeth cleaning and whitening, mouth cleansing paste out of coconut oil, baking soda and a dab of peppermint or cinnamon oil. You can also buy fluoride free herbal toothpaste.
3. Eat Organic
The problem is not simply fluoride; it’s also the accumulation of calcium deposits as the body’s immune response to toxins. Pesticides, artificial ingredients, hormones, other contaminants enter from bad food into the blood stream and flow directly to the pineal gland. Calcification occurs as a protective guard against these harmful chemicals. Switching to organic fruits, veggies and animal products will help to stop the flooding of chemicals into the bloodstream and throughout the body; thus reducing immune responses like inflammation and calcification.
4. Sun Soaking
Sunlight activates the pineal gland and stimulates decalcifying. Get 20 minutes of sunshine every day for a healthy dose. Go hatless so that the sunrays will also be received through your skin and go straight to the brain. Do this consistently and you should notice excellent activity in the gland when night falls, producing a goodly measure of melatonin for sound sleep.
To take it a step further, try safe sun gazing. The famous Hira Ratan Manek pioneered the sun gazing practice in the West and claims to have enlarged his pineal gland.
5. Citric Acid
Eat citrus fruits or drink the raw juice of lemons each morning. The acid helps to break down calcium deposits and gently detoxes.
Iodine has been shown to assist the body in releasing fluoride through the urine, and is essential for the healthy function of the thyroid gland. Enjoy dried seaweed, such as kelp, navy beans, tuna and eggs. Kelp supplements are also available.
Boron is a mineral found in food. It’s used to build strong bones and muscles, promote good muscle coordination and healthy testosterone levels, and to enhance cognition. It’s also known as an effective fluoride remover. Boron is found naturally in raisins, dates, chick peas, red kidney beans, hazel nuts, walnuts, lentils and peanut butter.
Borax is the common supplement form for Boron, but note that concentrated supplementation is controversial.
Other foods that cleanse and nourish the pineal gland include coconut oil; superfoods like chlorella, blue-green algae, and wheatgrass; along with herbs and spices like cilantro, parsley, turmeric and cayenne. Many also swear by zeolite, which remove metals and toxins from water and from within the body, and raw apple cider vinegar.
Exciting things are happening to protect the future of our pineal glands from poisonous fluoride. To learn more or participate check out the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).