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Chapter 8
What To Eat When Sun, Moon Or Pluto Is
THE human body is an engine which is kept
running by the burning of fuel. Yet other things
besides fuel are necessary to keep it moving
properly, just as an automobile requires
lubricating oil, water for cooling, grease for the
working parts, and an electrical ignition
system. When the electrical ignition system
(Uranus) goes wrong either in a human body or
in an automobile the engine does not work
properly. And oxygen (Mercury), both for the
body and an auto is part of the fuel consumed.
But in addition to oxygen and the three different
types of fuel, the human body also requires
water (Moon), the various vitamins (Sun) and
the twelve minerals (Saturn): sodium,
potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron,
manganese, copper, chlorine, iodine, fluorine,
phosphorus and sulphur.
Of the fuels there are three different types; the
glucose of sugars and starches (Venus), the
fatty acids of fat (Jupiter), simple and
phosphorized, and the 20 amino acids of
proteins (Mars).
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Physical energy depends upon the ability to burn fuel. And this ability is governed by
the Sun through not merely one gland but several. The speed with which fuel is
burned, and hence the general speed of energy production, and of life itself, is
controlled by the thyroid gland, which secretes the hormone known as thyroxin. But
the maintenance of fuel ignition which gives endurance is largely controlled by the
front pituitary gland.
Still other glands influence the mobilization of the fuels for burning, and stimulate or
depress the thyroid and pituitary glands. Thus the adrenal glands produce the
hormone which mobilizes fuel and electrical energy for emergency purposes. And in
some way the disturbance of almost any of the other important endocrine glands
reacts upon the pituitary and thyroid in such a way as to influence their regulation of
fuel consumption.
The Pituitary Gland
--The pituitary is about the size of a pea, located a little behind the nose in a small
bony case at the base of the brain. It is not one gland, but two, the front pituitary and
the back pituitary. And each of these two glands secretes more than one hormone
having a different function. Consequently the influence of different planets finds a
ready response from these hormones. The front pituitary gland often is called the
"master gland,, because it secretes twelve different hormones that are now known,
and may secrete others.
Two of them find ready response from the Sun thought-cells, one from the Saturn
thought-cells, one from the Mercury thought-cells, one from the Uranus
thought-cells, and one from the Pluto thought-cells.
The growth hormone of the front pituitary, which responds to Saturn, controls the
development of the skeleton and supporting tissues. Its over activity gives rise to
gigantism. Tadpoles and rats stimulated artificially by this hormone grow to huge
size. In normal human beings this growth hormone which gives length to the long
bones, decreases at puberty, and a gonad stimulating hormone--the pituitary
hormone which responds to Pluto--increases in activity.
When this fails to take place in an adolescent boy he becomes excessively fat with
folds of tissue around his girdle and with prominent breasts. His sexual organs
remain infantile. But when treated with injections of this hormone made from the
pituitary glands of cattle the fat quickly disappears, his voice deepens, and he soon
has normal development of his sexual organs. Yet in females and males, as important
as this sex (Pluto) stimulating hormone is, it is only effective in the presence of
functioning ovaries (Venus) or testes (Mars).
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Here we are interested in the pituitary hormones that respond to Sun, Moon and
Pluto. In this respect the front pituitary bears the same relation to the back pituitary as
the Sun bears to the Moon. The front pituitary is decidedly masculine in all the
tendencies its secretions stimulate, and the back pituitary is as decidedly feminine in
the influence of its secretions. The front pituitary secretions make for control, for
aggressiveness, and for the use of reason. The back pituitary secretions make for
emotion, for love of children, and for sympathy. Yet the pituitary secretions must
have the hormones of the sex glands to support them.
The truly feminine women are those in whom the back pituitary is more active than
the front pituitary, and in whom the gonads are active enough to sustain proper
gonad-pituitary balance. If, instead, the front pituitary is more active than the back
pituitary, and there is proper gonad-pituitary balance, the woman is of the masculine
type. Instead of finding her great pleasure in domestic responsibilities, she desires to
go out into the world and compete for leadership.
The truly masculine men are those in whom the front pituitary is more active than the
back pituitary, and in whom the gonads are active enough to sustain the proper
gonad-pituitary balance. If, instead, the back pituitary is more active than the front
pituitary, and there is proper gonad-pituitary balance, the man is feminine. He is not
merely more delicate in physique, but he is decidedly emotional and lacking in
aggression. Certain poets and musicians represent this combination. But for creative
work in any line there must be good support from the hormones of the gonads, that is,
from Venus and Mars.
Now a birthchart affliction involving the Sun indicates some disturbance of the front
pituitary gland, and a progressed affliction involving the Sun gives additional and
more discordant activity to the thought-cells affecting the front pituitary gland.
Probably all the secretions of this "master gland,, are to some extent influenced by a
progressed aspect involving the Sun, but two of them in particular respond to such a
progressed aspect with alacrity; one which stimulates the secretion of thyroxin by the
thyroid gland and also more directly contributes to sustaining energy and giving
endurance, and one which stimulates the secretion of cortin by the adrenal cortex and
also more directly contributes to courage. These two front pituitary hormones
respond to the activity of the Power thought-cells within the soul.
The Moon and the Back Pituitary Gland
--One back pituitary hormone regulates woman's periodic functions. When a
woman becomes pregnant this hormone is no longer needed, and lack of its presence,
according to the Aschheim-Zondek test, is supposed to be 98% or 99% accurate as a
test for pregnancy. But the back pituitary hormone about which more is known,
called pituitrin, is the one with which we here are chiefly concerned; for with cortin it
exercises control over the water-salt balance which is so necessary for health.
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Pituitrin, which responds with alacrity to the activity of the Domestic thought-cells
mapped in the birthchart by the Moon, controls imagination, sympathy, tenderness
and the maternal instincts. Its excessive secretion leads to delusion. It also controls
the tone of the intestines and causes contraction of all the arteries except those of the
kidneys. It causes the contraction of the plain muscles of the bowels, the bladder, the
womb and other organs. It is sometimes used in childbirth to contract the womb. It
also has something to do with the metabolism of the carbohydrates, ruled by Venus,
and its deficiency leads to obesity.
Its responsiveness to the Moon is indicated by the readiness with which people with
an unstable back pituitary take on and lose weight through variation in water
retention. It is also believed that the type of mental restlessness and inability to sleep
which is experienced by many people near full moon is due to the stimulating effect
of water on the brain cells, more water being retained at the time of such mental
activity due to more pituitrin being secreted by the back pituitary gland.
Lack of water gives rise to a craving called thirst, which if prolonged leads to
delirium. But, because thirst is a sensation arising from imbalance between water and
salt, when there is too much salt in the system thirst develops quite as readily as when
there is too little water. What is really required by the body is salt water.
Pituitrin, the hormone of the back pituitary, causes water to be retained in the body.
An over-active back pituitary means a water-bloated individual; and a back pituitary
which fluctuates in activity tends to rapid weight variation due to water content. Such
activity is chiefly influenced by the thought-cells mapped by the Moon.
Astrologers often speak of the Moon as having a magnetic influence. And the salt in
the body dissolved in water or protoplasm does break up into positively charged
sodium and negatively charged chlorine. That is, salt taken into the system as a
mineral is decomposed into elements which possess electric or magnetic fields, and
these electric or magnetic molecules travel through the blood and cells to be finally
excreted through the kidneys as sodium and chlorine. And while the cells themselves
generate electrical energy and high-frequency radiations, the magnetic tone of the
body is profoundly influenced by the water-salt balance of the body.
But water retention is also influenced by cortin and thyroxin, both of which respond
with alacrity to hormones of the front pituitary stimulated by activity of the
thought-cells mapped by the Sun. That is, the thyroxin and cortin responding to
activity of the thought-cells ruled by the Sun, have exactly the opposite effect on the
amount of water retained in the body from that of the hormone stimulated by the
Moon. It should be here noted also that under emergency the thought-cells ruled by
Mars also have a similar and more violent effect, and that Pluto thought-cell activity
also may affect the water-salt balance. For cortin responds somewhat to Pluto and
quite directly to Mars, and adrenaline, which Mars thought-cells release in
emergency, stimulates the flow of thyroxin. And a desiccated body, lacking power to
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retain water, may develop either from a weak back pituitary or an over active thyroid.
It is the balance between them; the balance of the Sun to dry, and some influence of
Pluto in the same direction, Mars being quite violent in this respect in emergencies,
and the Moon to retain moisture, so to speak, that determines the water content of the
Thus it is that even as sugar cannot be retained in the system without insulin, and as
calcium cannot be retained without parathyrin, so water cannot be retained without
pituitrin. The disease resulting from this inability to retain water for use is called
diabetes insipidus, that resulting from inability to store sugar for use is called
diabetes mellitus. Water depends upon the balance between pituitrin and thyroxin
(and cortin), and when this balance tips in the direction of pituitrin there is need of
less water, but when it tips in the direction of thyroxin (and cortin) there is need of
more water. Thus it is that the individual requirements for water are as different as are
the prominence of Sun and Moon in various birthcharts; and in the life of the same
individual they are much different during those periods when the Sun is powerfully
afflicted by progressed aspect than they are when the Moon is powerfully afflicted by
progressed aspect. It is easily possible to drink either too much water, or too little.
Of course, other things (especially the glandular secretions) being equal, the more
water taken into the system the more salt is needed to keep the solution
approximately that of sea water.
The ancestors of all land animals originally came out of the sea. Sea creatures are
bathed in water containing various salts, and incorporate this solution in their bodies.
Their blood stream, as it developed, had the general composition of the sea water in
which they lived. And the animals which moved out of the sea onto the land and
continued their development there, brought with them their sea water blood stream.
So even today, among the higher animals, including man, health is impossible unless
the cells of the body are bathed in fluids having about the same composition as the sea
had when our ancestors left the ocean for dry land.
The percentage of sodium, chlorine, potassium, calcium and iodine in the human
blood stream is that of the present day sea water. But the magnesium of the human
blood is less than that of present-day sea water; from which it is logical to infer that
the magnesium of the ocean has undergone a considerable increase since that early
day when man's first land ancestors moved out of it. Shortly I will indicate the
importance of preventing the iodine content of the blood stream from getting much
lower than that of sea water, but at the moment let us consider not merely the amount
of salt, but also its relation to the amount of potassium in the diet.
There is normally a small amount of potassium in the blood, but any excess enters
into a compound with sodium chloride (salt), and the new compound thus formed is
promptly carried out of the body. Thus it is that the higher the diet in potassium in
proportion to sodium, the more salt is required to keep the proper amount of salt in the
system. There must be additional salt to neutralize the potassium. Now flesh foods
have about the same proportion of sodium and potassium in them that are present in
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the human system. Carnivorous beasts, therefore, need no additional salt with their
food. But nearly all edible plants, tubers, fruits and vegetables (with the exception of
rice) have an excess of potassium. Horses, cows and sheep must be given salt to
neutralize this excess of potassium, and wild herbivorous animals risk great dangers
to reach salt-licks to restore the salt depletion of their bodies. And among primitive
tribes, especially where a vegetable diet is the mainstay of life, salt is bartered for
even at great sacrifice.
There can be either too much salt or too little in the food. Meat eaters do not need to
acquire so much salt as vegetarians; for the latter must have an extra supply to
replenish the depletion due to combination with potassium. A reasonable amount of
common table salt will thus often be found advantageous to them. Excessive salting
of foods, and thus too much salt in the blood stream, tends to harden the tissues and
prevent the nutrient fluids reaching the cells as they should. The amount of salt
actually needed, and salt should not be present in excess of this, is enough to
neutralize the potassium present and to bring the blood stream to a salinity about that
of sea water. The less water and the less potassium present the less salt is needed; the
more water and the more potassium present, the more salt is needed.
In general, heavy progressed aspects involving the Sun or Mars (for Mars increases
the flow of cortin directly, and of thyroxin through the additional adrenaline
hormone), and to a less degree Pluto, tend to drive the water from the body, and thus
more water is needed, with sufficient extra salt to hold the water-salt balance. And in
general, heavy progressed aspects involving the Moon tend to retention of the water
in the body, and thus less water is needed and less salt to hold the water-salt balance.
However, no blanket rule in this respect can apply, not only because the body
chemistries of people vary according to their birthcharts, but because, according to
this birthchart chemistry and previous progressed aspects, the point at which a given
glandular secretion becomes exhausted when placed under the strain of a heavy
progressed affliction involving the planet to which it readily responds, varies. So
long as the back pituitary gland can respond to the thought-cell activity mapped by
the Moon by secreting additional pituitrin, water will tend to be retained, and less
water and less salt will be required. But when due to strain, insufficient pituitrin is
secreted, the action of thyroxin will tend to overbalance this tendency, and water will
be driven from the body. And as water which thus is excreted either by the kidneys or
the perspiration glands is salt, not only more water is then required, but more salt.
This we can say with much confidence; that afflictions involving the Moon in the
birthchart, and progressed afflictions involving the Moon during the time they are
within one degree of perfect, tend to upset the water-salt balance, and thus this factor
should then be given careful attention. If the individual under such aspects tends to
take on weight, and especially if tendencies to water bloat are indicated, it shows an
over supply of pituitrin, and that less water and salt are needed. But if the individual
under such aspects loses weight, especially if there are signs of drying out, it
indicates that the pituitrin supply has become so depleted under the strain that more
water, and sufficient salt to give it the proper salinity, are needed.
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The Moon and the Thymus Gland
--But the back pituitary is not the only gland which readily responds to thought-cells
made active by aspects involving the Moon. The thymus gland is situated in the chest
astride the windpipe and covering the upper portion of the heart. It prevents too early
maturity in children, and when overly active the adult continues childish in his
attitude toward life, seeking the line of least resistance, and resorting to day dreams
instead of facing the hard realities. Its dominance also affects the differentiation of
sex, tending to produce feminine expressions in the male and masculine expressions
in the female. The individual thus has a fixation at the emotional level of
development commonly just preceding puberty, finding greater pleasure in those of
the same sex than in the company of the opposite sex.
Such retardation of emotional development, of course, is due to a marked imbalance
of the hormones of this gland in relation to the hormones of the gonads. And the
thymus does have an important function in adult life. There is a close relation
between it and nutrition and growth, for it has a direct action upon the lymphatic
Lymph cells take part in the absorption of food, particularly of fat, from the
intestines. These cells are migratory, moving throughout the body, some of them, the
phagocytes, being called the police cells, because they protect the body from
infection. These attack and devour bacteria and other invading forms of life. They are
not confined to the blood and lymph, but make their way by their own movement
through most of the soft tissues of the body. In the blood stream lymph cells become
the white corpuscles.
The thymus gland is composed of a network of reticular cells, supporting lymph
cells; and these lymph cells are quickly depleted by malnutrition or starvation.
Together with the fat of the body, they serve as a reserve supply of food. And not only
does the thymus quickly shrink in size when there is lack of food, but the lymph cells
also disappear from the blood stream. But in addition to food, there must be present
the internal secretion of the thymus if the Lymph cells are to remain in normal
quantity and do their appointed work.
Yet in spite of other foods, and in spite of any kind of thinking, the thymus cannot
continue active without vitamin B-2. It has been experimentally shown that vitamin
B-2 deprivation, both in animals and in man, produces a shrinkage of the thymus with
a corresponding depletion of lymphatic cells and a lowering of the nutrition.
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Use Harmonious Mars Thoughts to Neutralize Discordant Moon Thought-Cell Activity
--When the Moon is afflicted care should be exercised that the food contains plenty
of vitamin B-2, and care should be exercised to provide for a proper water-salt
balance. But such care can only give the thought-cells of the soul optimum facilities
for maintaining health; and if the thought-cells themselves remain sufficiently active
and discordant they will not permit the production of proper chemical balance in
spite of these facilities.
With an over stimulation of the back pituitary, due to such discords, the feeling for
others in distress may become overmastering, and thus result in inability to afford
practical help. And with an undeveloped back pituitary, there is a tendency to be
cruel and to brook no interference from sentiment of any kind.
In addition to care with the water-salt balance, and furnishing abundant vitamin B-2,
there is need to provide for beneficial Moon thought-cell activity. And because they
act as natural antidotes, there is nothing better for this purpose than harmonious Mars
thoughts. Mars expresses discordantly as anger, belligerency, harshness,
destructiveness, undue haste and over expenditure of energy. Such Mars expressions
offer little help to discordant Moon thought-cells. Anger and irritation bring
responses from the emergency hormone, adrenaline.
But Mars expresses harmoniously as courage, constructive activity, and in protecting
the weak and helpless. These Mars expressions bring a response from cortin, which
tends to counteract pituitrin secretion. And--especially aggressive yet harmonious
thoughts relative to protecting the weak and helpless and providing for those unable
to care for themselves--these harmonious Mars thoughts added to the discordant
Moon thought-cells result in a thought-element combination which gives
thought-cell activity of a kind which helps establish proper water-salt balance,
emotional stability, food digestion and assimilation, and the proper development of
lymphatic cells.
The Sun and the Thyroid Gland
--United by a connecting strip, the thyroid gland consists of two masses of glandular
tissue close to the larynx, lying either side of the neck above the windpipe. Its
enlargement is known as goiter. Its glandular principal, thyroxin, which controls the
rate of metabolism and energy production, is about 60% iodine. Iodine is one of the
minerals present in sea water, and lack of this element in the blood stream prevents
the manufacture of thyroxin. The thyroid gland responds not merely to the
thought-cell activities mapped by the Sun, but also to those mapped by Venus. Thus
too much emotional excitement, or too great a proportion of proteins and fats in the
food places a strain on thyroxin production. But in spite of regulating those other
foods, and in spite of any amount of right thinking, the absence of iodine in the foods
will result in serious thyroid disturbances.
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Some soils, especially those formed from sea deposits, contain iodine. Water
filtering through such ground contains iodine, which is acquired by drinking the
water, and vegetables and fruits grown on such soils contain iodine. Even milk from
cows drinking the water and eating the vegetation from such ground contains iodine.
But other soils made from igneous rocks where there has been no sea deposit, lack
iodine, and people living in these regions commonly develop goiter.
For instance, in Yellowstone River Valley millions of dollars' worth of calves, colts,
lambs and pigs were lost each year due to thyroid deficiency because of lack of iodine
in the soil. Thyroid strain is readily handed on from mother to unborn offspring. And
in this region the loss of young animals due to this cause has been overcome by
giving small doses of iodized salt to the mother while carrying the young.
In the United States certain areas are goiter regions, due to iodine deficiency,
especially in the states about the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, Colorado,
Utah and the Pacific Northwest. The region of the Alps in Europe, embracing
Switzerland, parts of the Balkan States, Italy, France and Germany are also thus
affected. And in Asia we find the Himalayan Mountains of Mongolia to be iodine
deficient, with goiter prevalent.
This relation of maintaining a blood stream with a mineral content similar to sea
water is not confined to land animals; for fish hatcheries were faced with the same
problem, especially when the young, as was customary, were fed on liver, a food
which requires more iodine for proper handling. Both salmon and trout thus raised
developed goiter; but the goiter disappeared when a trace of iodine was added to the
fresh water in which they were being raised.
Children with thyroid deficiency fail to grow. Except the skull, the bones and
cartilage fail to develop; the temperature is low, the hair thin, the nose flattened, and
the hands and feet are broad and clumsy. Such dwarfish children are known as
cretins. They are always mentally deficient. Many such a moron has been made into
an intelligent citizen by building up his supply of thyroxin, the hormone of the
thyroid gland.
While goiter is a definite indication of a disturbance of the thyroid gland, all thyroid
disturbances do not manifest as goiter. But as might be expected from the knowledge
that the thyroid controls the speed of energy production--the rate of fuel
combustion--an over active thyroid tends to too great a consumption of fuel, with a
corresponding restlessness and increased activity, while a deficient thyroid activity
tends to low consumption of fuel, subnormal temperature, and mental and physical
The individual with an over active thyroid is the live wire high-pressure individual
who works early and late, who sleeps unsoundly because he is anxious to do
something the next day, and who never takes on weight no matter how much he eats.
Such an individual tends to a fair or ruddy complexion. Aspects of Mars to the Sun, in
particular, tend in this direction; the increased flow of adrenaline from the adrenal
medulla assisting in the mobilizing of fuel.
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Unless the front pituitary secretions that respond to the Sun are at the same time
strong, to give endurance, such an individual tends periodically to break under the
strain. If, however, the other glands are active enough to support the thyroid
intensity, especially the adrenals, the pituitary and the parathyroids, he becomes the
type of individual who drives himself and controls others through possessing more
endurance, initiative, energy and mental activity than his fellowman. Leaders in
industry and politics who, commencing at the bottom, by their own efforts work to
the top, have such a glandular combination as this.
In contrast to these are the people who, permanently as shown by heavy afflictions
involving Sun and Venus in the birthchart, or temporarily while there are heavy
progressed afflictions involving afflicted birthchart Sun or Venus, have subnormal
thyroid activity. There is a tendency to dry hair, to sallow complexion, to irregular
teeth, to dry rough skin, to cold bluish extremities, to chilblains, to obesity, and either
to dullness of intellect or, if the pituitary is active, to a good intellect but with not
enough energy to enable it to do much work. This particular type, because the fuel of
the food cannot be burned, becomes clumsy in action and tends to take on weight in
spite of careful dieting.
The endocrine glands constitute an interlocking system, and anything affecting the
secreting of hormones by one gland in some measure affects all the other glands, and
the thyroid is thus especially sensitive to the action of the hormones of the other
glands, as might be expected from the fact that the aspects of any planet to the Sun are
so significant in affecting the vitality. And, as its responsiveness to Venus would
suggest, the thyroid is also sensitive to the slightest change in the emotions.
After all, the amount of energy needed at a particular time, and the amount of heart
(Sun) action are indicated by the emotions (Venus). Some emotions slow down the
bodily activity, some accelerate it, some give it harmonious tone and some place it in
a condition to meet disagreeable situations. Invasion of the body by bacteria or
viruses and the disposition of their products is also a problem to be met. And it is
common knowledge that when the vitality is high there is little danger of infection.
Thyroxin from the thyroid glands is an antidote to toxins and poisons, and resists
infection of any kind.
Fuel combustion and vitality are closely related. It is not strange, therefore, that the
gland which regulates the speed of fuel consumption should respond with facility to
the planet ruling the most readily available fuel, the carbohydrates (Venus), and to
the planet controlling (Sun) and regulating the fuel combustion. This control over the
activity of the thyroid gland exercised by the Sun is chiefly carried out by means of
one of the hormones of the front pituitary gland.
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The Sun and the Front Pituitary Gland
--The endocrine system as a whole, including the various hormones of the front
pituitary gland, is ruled by the Sun. And of the foods, the vitamins are ruled by the
Sun. These chemical substances, some manufactured in the human body, and some
taken into the body in the form of food, are minute in quantity, but they exercise
profound control over the general chemistry and functions of the human organism.
l he Sun is the ruler of the vitality. The thought-cells mapped by it in the chart of birth
determine the amount of ability the individual has to recover from disease or injury;
and the physical agents of such ability are largely the endocrine secretions and the
vitamins. To maintain vitality, therefore, when the Sun is heavily afflicted, especial
attention should be paid to providing the system with all the vitamins and, through
the thoughts and emotions, to keeping proper endocrine balance.
In addition to its general rule over the endocrine glands and the vitamins, however,
not only the thyroid gland, but two hormones of the front pituitary gland respond
with alacrity to the thought-cell activity mapped by the Sun. And it has now become
known that three things in particular are needed in the food if these front pituitary
hormones are to be manufactured in normal quantity. One of these is a supply of
manganese. Just as there must be sufficient copper and iron for the blood, and
sufficient calcium for the parathyroid glands to keep the nerves steady, so it is now
found that a deficiency of manganese prevents the proper regulation of fuel by the
front pituitary. The 2nd table in Chapter 8 indicates the best food sources of this mineral.
The other two known essentials for proper functioning of the front pituitary gland are
vitamin A and vitamin B Complex. The fat-soluble pigment called carotene, because
it gives the yellow color to carrots, is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Certain
fish liver oils contains it in a high state of concentration, and it is abundantly present
in dairy products and green leaf vegetables. A table showing the best food sources is
given in Chapter 10. An afflicted Mars or an afflicted Venus, as well
as an afflicted Sun, calls for abundant vitamin A.
Vitamin B Complex, which is so essential in the food if the front pituitary gland is to
function normally, was the first vitamin to be described and experimentally
demonstrated. It was originally called simply vitamin B. Later it was found to be two
vitamins, one of which retained the name vitamin B and the other was called vitamin
G, using the initial letter of the name of Goldberger, who did considerable work
isolating it. Still later the original vitamin B was found to comprise many different
vitamins, twelve of which have now been positively identified, with other factors
evident which have not as yet been isolated. With the discovery of various vitamins
in what was originally called vitamin B, the various components have been renamed.
They are discussed in Chapter 6.
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In 1884 beriberi, which is denoted by swelling, inflammation of the nerves, loss of
coordination between the muscles and a gradual paralysis of the limbs, was epidemic
in the Japanese Navy. Admiral Takaki had come to the conclusion that this condition
was due to the diet of the sailors, which consisted chiefly of rice and other starch
foods, and very little protein. By way of experiment, on a nine month cruise, one
training ship of 276 men was given the usual rice diet. 169 came down with beriberi,
and of these 25 died.
Then he sent another training ship over the same route with about the same number of
men for ten months. On this occasion the rice was reduced and replaced by other
types of food. During this trip only fourteen cases of beriberi were evident, and all of
these had refused the new diet and continued with rice.
Some twelve years later Dr. Eijkman, a Dutch physician working in Java, observed
an epidemic among his fowl which were fed on unused cooked rice. And by
experimenting he found that he could induce beriberi in the fowl by a diet of polished
rice, but that the disease could be prevented, or cured, by unmilled rice or rice
polishings. He concluded that something contained in the brown, or unpolished rice,
was absent in the white, or polished rice, and that it was essential to health.
The publication of his observations in 1897 led British and American workers in the
Orient to give systematic attention to the nutritional aspect of beriberi; but it was not
until after the turn of the century that the anneuritic constituent of foods, the absence
of which gave rise to beriberi, was shown to be an organic substance more stable in
acid than in alkaline solution, and was named vitamin B. Now that vitamin B has
been divided into various constituents it has been found that beriberi is primarily due
to an insufficient supply of thiamine, which is also called vitamin B-1. A table
showing the best food sources of vitamin B-1 is given in Chapter 7. A table
giving the best food sources of riboflavin, which is also called vitamin ES-2, and
used to be called vitamin G, is given above. As the other factors of vitamin B
Complex are so commonly associated with these two B vitamins, there is little
likelihood that the person who includes vitamin B-1 and vitamin B-2 abundantly in
his diet will lack in any of the other factors of the vitamin B Complex.
Use More Harmonious Thoughts of Vitality and Power to Recondition Discordant Sun
Thought-Cell Activity
--To facilitate the healthful work of the Sun thought-cells when the Sun is afflicted,
the diet should contain iodine, manganese, vitamin B Complex and vitamin A. But
these foods can only supply the materials which make the work easy; of themselves
they cannot do the work. And if the Sun thought-cell activity remains sufficiently
discordant, the vitality will be lowered in spite of any foods which may be eaten.
What happens in the body is not due to influences from but one plane, but from two.
And to maintain vitality and health when the Sun is afflicted, particularly while there
is a heavy progressed affliction involving it, requires that the thought-cells it maps be
given a more normal and harmonious activity.
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It is not considered that the Power thoughts ruled by the Sun have, or need, any
antidote. They combine readily with other thought-elements. The compound so
formed is beneficial or detrimental, not so much due to the other thought-element
entering into it as due to the harmony or discord accompanying the combination.
There cannot be too much of the Power thought-elements in the soul; and a great deal
of failure and lack of vitality in the lives of most people is due not so much to the
discord in these thought-cells mapped by the Sun as to their lack of energy Thoughts,
efforts and other experiences relating to significance have been too few and lacking
in intensity in the soul's past to build up these thought-cells and enable them to have
activity enough for outstanding accomplishment.
Nevertheless, with such energy as they possess, these thought-cells when given a
new supply of discordant energy by a progressed affliction involving the Sun tend to
upset the health and lower the vitality through their action on the thyroid and front
pituitary glands. What they need is reconditioning through which the same
thought-elements are reorganized into a harmonious combination.
Either undue pride or shame should be perceived as the useless thing it is, inferiority
complexes and superiority complexes should be dissolved in the knowledge that the
individual is important in the cosmic scheme of things, neither more nor less so than
others, and that he is warranted in a feeling of self satisfaction whenever he does his
best, be that little or much.
Joy should be cultivated in attaining significance through efforts that benefit others.
Almost any person can find something to do which will secure the esteem of others,
or at least, through benefiting others will heighten his own opinion of himself.
Working to unselfish ends with joy in the accomplishment adds harmonious
thought-elements to the thought-cells mapped by the Sun in such a manner that they
tend to recondition these thought-cells so that their activities are harmonious.
Harmonious Sun thought-cells, to the extent they have proper foods with which to
work, give healthful activity to the thyroid and front pituitary glands and otherwise
contribute to the vitality.
Pluto and Adrenal Cortex Activity
--Pluto is a planet of opposites. It may be either as negative as the Moon or as
positive as Mars. Its thought-cells in the soul find ready response from four different
endocrine glands, and hence the foods when Pluto is afflicted should be numerous
enough to give these glands the materials in abundance which they must have if they
are to keep in good working order.
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The secretion of the pineal gland, which also responds with alacrity to the Neptune
thought-cells, together with parathyrin, induces a negative sensitiveness. This
negative sensitiveness greatly facilitates Feeling extrasensory perception. The pineal
secretion also depressed the manufacture of, and tends to neutralize, both cortin and
adrenaline, the chief chemicals (thyroxin also in less degree does this) with which the
body fights invasion and makes harmless the toxins left in the blood by invading
organisms. Pineal secretion, while it has a useful function, makes the body more
susceptible to infection and poisoning.
When under the activity of the Pluto thought-cells the pineal secretion and the
parathyroid secretion are more powerful than the front pituitary hormone ruled by
Pluto, and cortin, which Pluto influences, the resulting condition is very similar to
that produced by Neptune. And if the aspect giving rise to the Pluto thought-cell
activity is discordant, the health suffers much as it would under an affliction
involving Neptune.
On the other hand, if the cortin supply, due to its stimulation by Pluto, and the
hormone of the front pituitary gland which responds to Pluto, are more powerful than
the pineal hormone released, the electromagnetic condition produced is positive, and
the extrasensory perception which is readily developed is of the inner-plane
Intellectual type. And under these conditions--the balance seemingly being
determined by the Pluto front pituitary hormone--if the aspect giving rise to the
Pluto thought-cell activity is discordant, the health suffers more in the manner it
would if under a Mars affliction.
As Scorpio rules the lower part of the kidneys, as well as the sexual organs, the
kidneys may be affected by an aspect involving Pluto, as well as by an aspect
involving Venus or Mars. And this Scorpio affinity is still further manifested by the
power of the front pituitary hormone which responds to Pluto to stimulate the gonad
glands, which respond more directly to the thought-cell activity of Venus or Mars.
The negativeness induced by afflictions involving Pluto, in addition to producing a
feeling of sensitiveness similar to that influenced by Neptune, tends also to the purely
mediumistic type which is associated with the Moon. And those who become
controlled by some inner-plane entity against their wills, in contrast to those who sit
for development and seek a controlling guide, seem always to have this Pluto type of
negativeness which invites coercion.
While even in its positive expression Pluto when discordant can do much damage,
one of the things that should be sought under an affliction of Pluto is to prevent a
development of negativeness. As the parathyroid glands are influenced by Pluto
thought-cell activity, calcium and vitamin D with which to handle it, are requisites.
And to enable the front pituitary hormone which responds to it, and which stimulates
cortin and the gonads, to be secreted in ample amounts, it is as essential that the food
contain vitamin B Complex as if there were a progressed affliction involving the Sun.
A table showing the best food sources of vitamin B-1 is given in Chapter 7. And
at the front of this chapter is given a table of the best food sources of vitamin B-2.
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For the adrenal cortex to perform its function normally it must be provided with those
substances which are also required when Mars is afflicted; for cortin, the hormone
which must be depended upon to keep positive when Pluto is afflicted, while it
responds to Pluto, is more directly under the influence of Mars These foods are low
protein and variety of protein; iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B-1.
A table giving the best sources of iron is given in Chapter 10, a table giving the best
sources of vitamin A is also given in Chapter 10, and a table showing the best sources
of vitamin C is given in Chapter 9.
Use Harmonious Mars Thoughts to Neutralize Discordant Pluto Thought-Cell Activity
--On its positive side Pluto in many respects resembles Mars, and if this positive
energy can be evoked and made to express harmoniously it is constructive and
cooperative, and may be made highly spiritual. Yet Pluto also has many qualities
resembling the Moon. And the best thought antidote for discordant Pluto
thought-cell activity is the same as that for discordant Moon thought-cells.
To add these Mars thought-elements to the thought-cells mapped by Pluto, not only
should pleasure be cultivated in keeping positive and aggressive in the interest of
Universal Welfare, but activities should be deliberately undertaken which call for
initiative, courage and even combat, to defend the rights of people, to relieve
oppression, and to further the cause of universal progress.
These activities should not be permitted to cause feelings of discord. They should be
cultivated in a spirit of joy in being helpful. The thoughts thus added to the Pluto
thought-cells will cause these cells to conduct their activities more positively and
more harmoniously. They will, if proper foods are provided, cause ample secretion
of cortin to prevent negativeness, and normal secretions by the parathyroid glands,
the front pituitary which responds to Pluto, and the pineal gland. And should the
individual so desire, they will assist in generating those highest-frequency
electromagnetic radiations of the nervous system which enable him to extend his
consciousness on the inner plane.