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CARDINAL AFFLICTIONS & ADRENALINE DOMINANCE

Adrenaline Dominance – it is a cycle of stress that upsets our hormones. Our endocrine system is ruled by or affected by Cardinal signs. Uranus and Pluto hitting our Cardinal sign planets can easily trigger health issues associated with the endocrine system.

ADRENALINE DOMINANCE: First, it seems that I attribute everything to Adrenaline Dominance. This is more common now with Uranus and Pluto in Cardinal signs, triggering stress reactions to personal and global events.

HOW ADRENALINE DOMINANCE WORKS:
• Adrenaline/Epinephrine is released when the body feels stressed or is
confronted with some type of thread.
• Adrenaline increases the sugar level in the body (it helps make the brain
feel alert)
• Excess Adrenaline can produce anger and even rage (think of road rage)
• Blood flows to the brain and muscles (what we need in a time of
stress/crisis)
• Blood flow is reduced in non-essential organs such as the gastrointestinal
tract and the kidneys

If the brain is not receiving sufficient fuel (glycogens from carbohydrates such as with the low carb diets), adrenaline is triggered to stimulate the production of glycogens. We feel sleepy without glycogens – coffee triggers adrenaline release and we wake up!

There is a close relationship between adrenaline and insulin. If we do not exercise sufficiently or burn up the glycogens when they are released, the pancreas/Islets of Langerhans releases insulin.

“Under the conditions for which adrenaline was originally designed, all or most of the elevated blood sugar would have been burned up during the fight-or-flight response. Insulin was only needed to take care of small levels of residue sugar.”

“However, nowadays, because of continuous low-level stress, ongoing excess adrenaline, and not enough activity to use up the sugar, much of the sugar is not burned up. So, insulin moves this extra sugar into fat cells, where it is turned into fat (even if you do not eat a lot).” Even worse, the increase of adrenaline makes the individual feel stressed – or more stressed.

The end result of this process is an increase in Cortisol. The first effect from the Cortisol is an increase in sugar – so the body can have energy to physically fight the dragons. If there are no dragons and only stress, the sugars are driven into the fat cells of the body, which promotes hypoglycemia, which in turn “prompts the body to release adrenaline and cortisol to raise the sugar level again in a cascade of hormones.”

As indicated, Cortisol leads to osteoporosis, it impacts the heart (rhythm), it increases coronary artery calcification…among other effects listed in this Profile.

The adrenals and adrenal stress eventually impacts the thyroid gland. “It causes T4 (thyroxin) to convert into T3, a form of thyroid that the body cannot use. The resulting hypothyroid state is not detectable if only the T4 level and not the T3 level is tested. Excess Cortisol can promote thyroid resistance at thyroid receptor sites.”

Eventually, Cortisol impacts the pituitary gland, where it suppresses the production of thyroid-stimulating hormone and growth hormones. Treatment must regulate adrenaline-cortisol-insulin, the 3 major hormones associated with stress.

HOW TO TREAT ADRENALINE DOMINANCE:

First, Dr. Platt feels that the root of AD is a brain hungry for fuel.

“This is best achieved by following an appropriate meal plan (low glycemic foods), bio-identical hormones (yes, even men need progesterone) and nutritional supplementation needed to support the brain function.” The positive results can occur within 24 hours!

The brain can be low in sugar for two reasons:

1) the over-production of insulin, which causes the blood sugar to drop;

2) the individual is not eating correctly.
Low glycemic carbohydrates are digested more slowly and release sugar more steadily. Most low glycemic foods are green vegetables, which are the perfect food for the brain. People who live on adrenaline usually skip breakfast, except for coffee, and they do not eat regular meals. Adrenaline takes away the appetite.

The only hormone that helps to control adrenaline/cortisol is Progesterone.

This should be applied in the form of a bio-identical transdermal cream. It possibly blocks insulin at its receptor sites. Progesterone always the individual to maintain the sedentary lifestyle of working in an office without the negative side effects. In women, Progesterone blocks the negative effects of excess estrogen – cramps, migraine headaches, fibroids, POSD, asthma, gall bladder disease and even certain cancers. MEN NEED PROGESTERONE TOO!

1. Low GI Foods (55 or less)
• 100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread.
• Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli.
• Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar.
• Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils.
• Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots.

Low glycemic foods are those that cause but minor changes in blood sugar levels. Such foods can be grouped into one of two broad classes, according to carbohydrate content:

1. “No carb” foods that consist entirely or mainly of proteins, fats, and/or water. These mainly include:

• Meats, poultry, fish
• Eggs, tofu
• Cheese
• Nuts and seeds
• Many vegetables
• Oils and Fats

2. “Good carb” foods that – because of the biochemical properties of the component carbohydrates – result in relatively small increases in blood sugar when eaten in “normal” or “average” portion sizes.

These “good carb” foods are the focus of this website, and should constitute your “go to” carbohydrate sources.

So, this is the first step in treating AD, preparing low glycemic index meals.

► Second and most important, apply bio-identical Progesterone onto the soft part of your skin before each meal. Dr. Platt offers Natural Progesterone Cream (5%) for $42 per bottle or $117 for 3 bottles.
www.plattwellness.com or 760-836-3232 (California time)

► Adrenal Supportive Supplements – Dr. Platt recommends the following…

• Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that helps us to be less anxious and less depressed. 5HTP requires that it be taken with B6, Folic Acid, Magnesium and vitamin C. It is easier to take Seriphos before bedtime of when you feel anxious. NOTE: I found taking 200 mgs of 5-HTP from Vitamin Shoppe when going to bed helped me during the following day.

WARNING: InterPlexus has changed their formula and it no longer contains Phosphorylated Serine. It is totally different. You need to order this supplement online from another company.

• Taking any one of the following will be a good alternative to 5-HTP

1. Ashwagandha 200 mgs daily
2. Holy Basil 500 mgs twice a day
3. Passion Flower 100 mgs per day
4. L-Theanine 400 mgs per day (converts to GABA, that cannot be absorbed when taken directly)
5. Use Stevia and not other artificial sweeteners

PANCREAS RULERSHIPS & FUNCTIONS:

The pancreas is a gland organ that is located in the abdomen. It is part of the digestive system and produces important enzymes and hormones that help break down foods. The pancreas has an endocrine function because it releases juices directly into the bloodstream, and it has an exocrine function because it releases juices into ducts.

Enzymes, or digestive juices, produced by the pancreas are secreted into the small intestine to further break down food after it has left the stomach. The gland also produces the hormone insulin and secretes it into the bloodstream in order to regulate the body’s glucose or sugar level. Read on to learn more.

What does the pancreas do? A healthy pancreas is able to produce the right chemicals at the right times in the right quantities in order to properly digest the food we eat. After food enters the duodenum, the exocrine tissues secrete a clear, watery, alkaline juice that contains several enzymes that break down food into small molecules that can be absorbed by the intestines. These enzymes include:

 Trypsin and chymotrypsin to digest proteins
 Amylase to break down carbohydrates
 Lipase, to break down fats into fatty acids and cholesterol.

The endocrine portion of the pancreas, or islets of Langerhans, is composed of several cells that secrete hormones directly into the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone secreted by pancreatic beta cells in response to a rise in blood sugar. The hormone also moves glucose from the blood into muscles and other tissues so they can use it for energy. In addition, insulin helps the liver absorb glucose, storing it as glycogen in case the body needs energy during stress or exercise.

Glucagon is a hormone secreted by pancreatic alpha cells when there is a decrease in blood sugar. Its primary job is to cause glycogen to be broken down into glucose in the liver. This glucose then enters the bloodstream in order to restore the level to normal.

The islets of Langerhans are responsible for regulating blood glucose. If these cells do not produce enough insulin, there is an increase in diabetes risk as blood glucose levels rise.

ASTROLOGICAL RULERSHIPS:

• It is obvious from the description of the Pancreatic Function that it is ruled by Virgo and Cancer. These are also the Food Addiction signs.

• Diseases are connected to Jupiter – pancreatitis is caused by gallstone block (Jupiter because it is just cholesterol soaked in bile) or a tumor (growth).

• Libra/Venus are associated with a function of the pancreas. Libra, being a Cardinal sign, has an affinity with high cortisol levels (glycogens). In response to the Cardinal afflictions, the pancreas via the Islets of Langerhans to produce insulin as cortisol triggers glycogens/sugars to be released for energy. The Pancreas has been referred to in former times as the Sweet Breads.

• The Moon and Virgo rule enzymes – the Moon is digestion and Virgo breaks down.

  1. bec Says:

    Brilliant article!! Thankyou so much for your online efforts and research.
    Astrology has been the only modality of science which has helped explained my health issues – specifically endocrine issues. I’m astounded by its accuracy!
    Keep up the good work :-)

  2. Wendy Says:

    Solar Arc Pluto at 29 degrees of Libra is conjuncting my natal Mars/Neptune conjunction at 29 degrees of Libra, and I am experiencing digestion issues, as yet undiagnosed.

  3. saugata ghose (research student of medical astrology) Says:

    This is very helpful & accurate article. Thank you.

  4. Michelle Cremer Says:

    Great article! I had been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance and prescribed bioidentical progesterone. I’ve been re-orienting my diet and only just added 5-htp. Feeling soooo much better and this article was a wonderful validation of my journey. THANK YOU

  5. Lynn Koiner Says:

    MICHELLE (5-2016): Excellent, Michelle. Progesterone will calm cortisol levels as well. I have an article on Adrenaline Dominance on this website – that causes fatigue. There is recommends progesterone.

  6. April Says:

    Some gentle critique from another herbalist/astrologer: it is very important to discuss contraindications in such realms. Two critical errors in this article could create serious problems for folks following this advice without a practitioner. One, that advanced trauma over years can bottom out cortisol completely, making application of progesterone cream without hormone monitoring a dangerous game. Two, holy basil is strongly contraindicated for hypothyroid, as are most mints (including lemon balm, too). I saw elsewhere on the site where it was recommended to take wild yam and/or chaste berry to balance mood during these insane times. Both of these plants are hormonally active and should only be used where hormonally indicated. Thank you for your dedicated work and please be responsible with the needs of individuals rather than making blanket statements when it comes to the endocrine system.

  7. Lynn Koiner Says:

    APRIL (8-2016): Thank you for adding the information for readers. Indeed, high and low Cortisol both have the same symptoms and a hormone saliva test is important.

    Wild Yam/Chaste: When I was young, these really helped moods, which I did not have often, so I took them infrequently.

    In the past, I preferred Seriphos for anxiety and Cortisol but InterPlexus completely changed the formula and it does not work. Another company makes this Seratonin producing product called ENERPHOS. Students will be trying this to let me know.

    Another friend has PTSD after her husband’s death. The new Seriphos did not work for her. She took Planetary Herbal Lemon Balm and alternated each day with another product called Best Rest Formula (it has everything in it) – 3 caps only a night for sleep. These were the only products that worked for her. She no longer needs to take them.

    Holy Basil is found in a lot of anti-inflammatory supplements – I think Zyflammend has this.

    BUT, knowing the counter-indicators is really important and thank you for posting.

  8. Desseri Says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for the simple, and VERY understandable explanation of this. I have been stumbling around looking for a concise way to deal with this problem and happened across your site when looking for effects of Neptune retrograde. Now all the pieces I’ve found have come together. Thank you again.

 

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