Pineal Gland Weird Stuff Within

Pineal Gland – Weird Stuff Within

Pineal Gland – Weird Stuff Within

Wondering around on the internet, you can come across a lot of cool, weird Stuff these days, and this particular subject does not disappoint. Hidden in the bodies of humans and animals alike, the Pineal Gland is a little known yet indispensable endocrine gland which is arguably the source of both our waking state and our dream state, controls our sexual development, and protects our bodies from cell damage.

The Pineal Gland is thought of by many to be perhaps the most mysterious aspect of the human body, a notion that has been understandably prominent throughout  history, largely due to its potential to have the ability to promote higher consciousness. Regardless of whether the Pineal Gland has this capability or not, it is still rather difficult to diminish the control over our lives that we are certain is has.

Pineal Gland Weird Stuff Withinphoto credit: Lauro Roger McAllister – via photopin cc

The Pineal Gland is shaped like a pine cone, and is located between the two hemispheres of the brain. Its function is to regulate Melatonin levels in the body through the synthesis and secretion of this hormone. Melatonin is responsible for maintaining the Circadian Rhythm, or waking and sleeping cycles of the body, as well as protecting the body from free radical cell damage, and influencing sexual development. This effect of Melatonin is found in humans as well as other animals, and dictates much of our lives.

One of the most interesting things to know about the Pineal Gland, and one that sparks much speculation, is the fact that it is actually filled with water. It is known that over time, the gland becomes calcified, due in large part to what we eat and drink, as well as high concentrations of Fluoride which collect in the gland. This calcification is clearly visible in CAT scans and can actually be used to detect brain tumors, as well as help to locate them, though the calcification of the Pineal Gland is not a good thing. Studies have actually found that this calcification of the Pineal Gland is associated with reduction of Melatonin production and disruption of wake/sleep cycles.

“Fluoride is likely to cause decreased Melatonin production and to have other effects on normal Pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans.” (National Research Council 2006).

There is also evidence indicating that through this effect on the Pineal Gland, Fluoride may be contributing to the rapidly increasing and startling trend of children reaching puberty at earlier ages, which can cause a variety of health issues both immediately and later on in life.

Another interesting thing about the Pineal Gland? Get this, in some lower vertebrates such as birds and reptiles the gland actually has a well-developed eye like structure! One example of this is found in the Green Iguana wherein the Pineal Glands of these lizards literally serve as a functional third eye, with a lens, a retina, and nerve connections to the brain! This strange eye looks like a clear window on top of the lizards’ head, and though the exact function of the eye is unknown, we do know that it is extremely sensitive to changes in light and darkness. So, it is no wonder that the Pineal Gland has long been a major subject of interest! If only Iguanas could talk, imagine what they could tell us!

Pineal Gland Green Iguanaphoto credit: Kieran (AU) via photopin cc

Though this eye like structure is not found in all lower vertebrates, it functions as a light receptor in any case, and again, the full purpose for this function is not yet fully understood.

Also referred to as the “Third Eye”, the Pineal Glands’ connection with visual abilities, and its prominent involvement in the mysterious state known as sleep are the reasons for the stigma which has surrounded it for centuries,  leading many to speculate that it may serve further functions in regards to sleep, such as dreaming, and perhaps even various states of higher consciousness.

Regardless of what comes of all of this speculation, we must admit that the Pineal Gland is definitely one of the most intriguing components of the body, and certainly merits further research and study in hopes of discovering its full potential!

Pineal Gland – Weird Stuff Within

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