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The endocrine system produces hormones responsible for the signaling that coordinates and controls functions of our body’s organs and processes. Endocrine diseases fall into broad categories of hormone overproduction or underproduction, altered tissue response to hormones, or tumors arising from endocrine tissue.

Being inactive increases the risk of developing long term health problems such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, dementia, depression – the list seems to get longer all the time. In fact, being inactive is rather risky behavior!

Exercise Is Medicine!

We must eat food to survive, and that’s because our bodies demand energy to carry out all of life’s biological processes. This energy comes from the nutrients we get from the digested food we eat. For the body to function optimally, our energy intake must match our output.

As a young boy, I was fascinated that the stars knew how to organize themselves into shapes like a Bull, the Twins, the Big Dipper, and the Great Bear. This must be evidence for the existence of God, at least I thought so at the time. How else could one explain it?

The organ systems are benefited by different herbs, some herbs producing a medical action within one system and not another. This is a three-part series of articles highlighting specific herbs beneficial to specific organ systems.

PART III: Wild Indigo Root, Pellitory of the Wall, Marshmallow.

The organ systems are benefited by different herbs, some herbs producing a medical action within one system and not another. This is a three-part series of articles highlighting specific herbs beneficial to specific organ systems.

PART II: Skullcap, Indian Tobacco, Red Sage

The organ systems are benefited by different herbs, some herbs producing a medical action within one system and not another. This is a three-part series of articles highlighting specific herbs beneficial to specific organ systems.

PART I: Yarrow, Schisandra Berry, Black Cohosh

   In the human body there are eleven organ ‘systems’ working together to make up one whole, a system of systems – our body. It should be kept in mind that these divisions are somewhat arbitrary as to which organs are included and which are excluded in any one system. It also bears remembering that no one organ system ever functions independently of the others.

   The maintenance of homeostasis is pivotal to any experience of wellness within the urinary system. The kidneys are major organs of elimination. They work in conjunction with the liver, lungs, the skin and bowels to help ensure a clean internal environment. The Kidneys are responsible for maintaining the water balance of the body, the pH of the blood, regulating blood pressure, and eliminating drugs or their metabolites. The kidneys also release the protein erythropoietin, which stimulates the bone marrow to increase the formation of red blood cells.

   The nervous system collects and processes information from the senses via nerves and the brain and tells the muscles to contract to cause physical actions. The central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that connect every other part of the body to the central nervous system. Together with the endocrine system, the nervous system is responsible for regulating and maintaining homeostasis. Through its receptors, the nervous system keeps us in touch with our environment, both external and internal. Millions of sensory receptors detect changes, called stimuli, which occur inside and outside the body. They monitor such things as temperature, light, and sound from the external environment. Inside the body, the internal environment, receptors detect variations in pressure, pH, carbon dioxide concentration, and the levels of various electrolytes.

   Extensive skeletal and muscular misalignment can impair the function of the neurological system and other organs and disrupt the harmony of the whole body. The health and wholeness of the musculoskeletal system can be maintained only as long as the inner environment and metabolism remain in harmony. Musculoskeletal diseases include tendinitis, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Fibromyalgia, Bone fractures, Arthritis, Bursitis, Osteogenesis imperfections, Rickets, Osteomyelitis, Osteosarcoma, Hip dysplasia, Bone disease, Metabolic bone disease and Bone cancer, muscular dystrophy, mitochondrial myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and tetanus and others. Primary symptoms of the musculoskeletal disease include pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion, weakness, fatigue, and decreased physical function.

   The male reproductive system's function is to produce, maintain, and transport genetic material. It's also an integral system to enhance quality of life. Some Men who are experiencing problems with functions of the male reproductive system, are often embarrassed to talk about it with a doctor.

   Many immune system disorders or diseases are chronic illnesses and are hard to address with modern medicine. With all holistic healing, any approach to whole body immunity must address the following aspects of human life;

  • Bodily health and wholeness. The Health Guardian should ensure that the physical body has the appropriate nutritional and healing support to prevent or treat ills of chronic illnesses that may be affect it.
  • Emotional well-being. The Health Guardian should ensure that the person dealing with an immune system disorder has a nurturing, feeling experience of life, encompassing both the joy and the pain of human life.
  • Mental vision and perspective. The Health Guardian should help create a mind-set within which the individual can find his or her own place in the world and make life choices from the center of his or her being, not from a victim’s stance.
  • Spiritual openness and vitality. This will take the shape of whatever feels appropriate for the individual.

  These are the common diseases of the female reproductive system; Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Gynecologic Cancer, Cervical Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Interstitial Cystitis, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

   The skin stretches two square meters and weighs over 10 pounds! Waterproof yet permeable, protective yet sensitive, skin may best be described as the outer expression of inner health. The epidermal or integumentary system is susceptible to a variety of diseases, disorders, and injuries. These range from annoying but relatively benign bacterial or fungal infections that are categorized as disorders, to skin cancer and severe burns, which can be fatal.

   Your hormones are involved in every aspect of your health. You need them in very specific amounts for your body to function optimally. Hormonal imbalances may increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. Despite the fact that aging and other factors are beyond your control, there are many steps you can take to help your hormones function optimally. Consuming nutritious foods, exercising on a regular basis and engaging in other healthy behaviors can go a long way toward improving your hormonal health.

   Digestive diseases or issues are disorders of the digestive tract, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Some of the symptoms that may need to be addressed are; bleeding stools, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea and vomiting, pain in our stomach or bowels, swallowing problems, weigh gain or loss.

   Many diseases of the cardiovascular systems are also called "lifestyle diseases" because they develop over time and are related to a person's health choices and habits. The more heart disease risk factors a person can control, the less likely he or she will develop cardiovascular disease. There are some cardiovascular risk factors that can be altered by; not smoking, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, participating in physical activity and controlling diabetes.

   We are, not only what we eat, but what we breathe. Any issues with breathing, will not only affect other organs and systems, but may also cause disease in these. However, as the body is a whole, the reverse is also true. When the lungs need attention, we must also look at the circulatory system. We must also consider the condition of the digestive system, especially the organs of elimination, as the lungs share the job of eliminating waste with the bowels, kidneys and skin. If a problem develops in any of these systems, the body will compensate by increasing the load on the other systems. Many pathological tissue changes can be prevented if the environment milieu of the cells is constantly rich in oxygen. The amount of oxygen supplied to the tissue by circulation is largely controlled by respiration.