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Diseases of Ductless Glands--Signs in Iris

Hyper-Thyroidism or Goiter
(Fig. 32, p. 264)

Outline of the section: Find out the signs in Iris when a patient suffer from disease if ductless glands.

The thyroid gland is a double lobed gland, connected by a narrow bridge, situated in front of and on both sides of the trachea at the base of the neck. It is now proved that the secretion from this gland has much to do with the oxidation and absorption of protein food materials. It provides the blood with a substance which enables the body to assimilate nitrogenous food elements and to oxidize and eliminate protein waste and morbid materials.

Goiter is an ailment characterized by permanent enlargement of the thyroid gland. This is usually accompanied by accelerated and irregular heart action and by more or less pronounced and serious nervous symptoms. The secretions of the thyroid are tonic in their action and act as a strong stimulant when present in large quantities. The gland has an abundant blood supply and becomes enlarged very readily when unduly irritated by systemic or drug poisons.

The disease is very common in Switzerland and certain other parts of Europe. It has been attributed to excessive amounts of lime in the drinking water, but this does not hold true in all cases. Heredity and excess of protein in the diet are undoubtedly prominent factors.

Soft Goiter
(Fig. 32, Area 28, right)

Fig. 32.

In the first stages of this disease the enlargement is soft and spongy, but in time it becomes tough and hardened until it appears to the touch like hard rubber. The enlargement in the soft stages is due to some kind of irritation and over stimulation. When the source of this irritation or over stimulation is removed through natural living and treatment, the enlargement is readily absorbed and disappears entirely within a few months' time.

Hard Goiter
(Fig. 32, Area 28, left)

Long continued irritation, over stimulation, acute and subacute inflammation are always followed in time by atrophy of the affected organs and by the formation of connective or scar tissue. This occurs in the thyroid gland after prolonged irritation and over stimulation. The soft enlargement then gradually turns into hard connective tissue similar to a fibrous tumor. After this has been in existence for some time even strict adherence to natural methods of living and of treatment may not succeed in dissolving and absorbing these hard formations. In such cases, however, natural treatment will result in purifying the body, adjusting mechanical lesions and in improving the vital processes, thus restoring the system as a whole to as good condition as is possible under the circumstances.

Ever since I began to teach the principles of natural healing I have claimed that enlargement of the thyroid gland was caused in most cases through irritation of the organ by systemic or drug poisons. When the circulation becomes overcharged with nitrogenous waste and systemic poisons the gland enlarges and its secretions become more profuse. Excessive secretion over stimulates the nervous system and heart action and causes increased oxidation (destruction) of protein waste and also of protein tissues and food substances. This, in turn, produces loss of flesh and weight.

The succeeding gradual atrophy of the glandular tissues tends to inhibit hyperactivity of the organ and is followed in time by the opposite condition of deficient secretion. While the natural dietetic treatment is very much the same in both extremes of soft and hard goiter, the manipulative treatment must be entirely different. In the first soft and hyperactive stages the nerve and blood supply of the gland should be inhibited. In the atrophic stages the treatment must be stimulative in its effects.

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