Body and Soul

Endocrine disrupters

Elise Collins

The emerging science of endocrine disrupters examines the role of chemical pollutants in our environment and specifically their effect on human and animal hormones. Theoretically, endocrine disruption can be linked to our individual energy bodies and to our planetary evolution through the chakras and our pranic interdependence on the environment. Harish Johari, the late tantric scholar writes, "Chakras are psychic centers in the body that are active at all times, whether we are conscious of them or not. Energy moves through the chakras to produce different psychic states. Modern biological science explains this as the chemical changes produced by the endocrine glands, ductless glands whose secretions mix into the body's bloodstream directly and instantaneously. Ancient philosophers of the East related those changes with the five basic tattvas, or elements-earth, water, fire, air and akasha (ether)."

Increasing industrialization following World War II led to the creation and introduction of over 80,000 new chemicals which are sold and then propagated to our environment, "very few of which have been sufficiently tested to determine whether or not they are at risk to our health," writes D. Lindsey Berkson author of Hormone Deception, a guide to understanding endocrine disrupters. Derived from scientific method, these chemicals were designed to ostensibly improve the quality of our lives by helping us to eradicate pests, clean our homes, improve our health, and streamline manufacturing.

In 1962, Rachel Carson, published Silent Spring exposing the biological possibility that pesticides and other chemicals were not powerful weapons in man's attempts to conquer nature, but possibly stealthy killers which were slowly and quietly throwing the earth out of balance. Now some 40 odd years later, it seems obvious, not radical, that DDT is

both frightening and poisonous. Yet in the 1950's it was considered a wonder chemical. Children ran gleefully behind the 'mosquito truck' in small Midwestern towns as they sprayed DDT on the street to eliminate the blood sucking insects.

Long before scientific methodology, the observation and understanding of the interaction of the five elements in the natural world and the physical body served to make sense of these things for the ancient people of the Indus Valley or what is now known as modern India. The elemental model was derived through careful observation and experimentation; it implied an interconnected relationship between man and the environment. If the elements were contained within our bodies as well as in nature, then we must be related. These ideas were first recorded in the Vedas, originally an oral transmission of information which was later recorded in ancient writing. Part of the Vedas included an explanation of the chakra system assigned corresponding elements to the chakras.

In the 20th century biologists 'discovered' hormones. From the Greek word which means to urge on, hormones are released directly into the blood stream to deliver messages to the cells of the body to act. The ductless glands that release hormones into the blood stream as a whole are called the endocrine system. The first or root chakra is linked to adrenals, the second or sacral chakra is linked to the gonads and reproductive system, the third chakra is linked to the pancreas and sometimes the adrenals, the fourth chakra is linked to the thymus gland and the fifth chakra is the thyroid and the sixth is the pineal gland and the seventh or crown chakra is the pituitary gland. Hormones act as messengers to the cells in the body, telling them what to do, what not to do, when to do it or how. "Every organism operates through the same mechanism of signal and response that has changed very little over the last


400-500 million years or so," explains D. Lindsay Berkson.

Think of the hormones as a Federal Express delivery company that operates in the body. In this analogy Federal Express has planes, trucks and delivery drivers that deliver communication packages between cells. Then endocrine disrupters are the force that interferes with the body's subtle communication methods. Endocrine disrupters hijack Federal Express airplanes, they impersonate drivers, show up with the wrong package and the wrong message. The body's subtle physical communication system is being deranged by a gang of hormone mimicking hooligans, disguised as chemicals. Released by humans not conscious of their elemental and energetic connection to nature, endocrine disrupters are the dark side of better living through chemistry. The most conclusive scientific evidence of endocrine disruption in humans has come from observing the effects of traceable contaminants on wildlife in specific areas. Fish in the Great Lakes contaminated with PCB's have many reproductive problems as well as swelling in the thyroid gland (associated with the throat or fifth chakra). Although some scientists disagree on the effects of endocrine disrupters on humans, their effects on animals and fish is well documented. Animals and humans hormonal and reproductive processes are quite similar; therefore the implication of the consequences of endocrine disrupters is ominous. As we grapple with creating a sustainable world, interconnectedness and an understanding of basic energetic principles is essential.

For more information about the science of endocrine disrupters, read Our Stolen Future by Theo Colburn or check the website http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/. Also D. Lindsey Berkson's book, Hormone Deception outlines steps towards mitigating the damaging effects of obsequious endocrine disrupters in our personal environment.

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