Dr. Lee, Endocrinology and Old Age

By John Courtney, BS, I.A.P.M, 1961

Dr. Lee often questioned, do we get old because of the effects of time alone? Is it just because our endocrine system is arranged to operate for a given period of time and like an eight-day clock, “runs down”?

This could be illustrated by the fact that a pigeon’s system degenerates in about 10 years, while a parrot, physically similar in size and supplied with the same food, normally reaches five or more times that age.

The average age of a mammal is usually figured at 7 to 10 times puberty. Thus, normal life expectancy for humans would be 84 on the low side and 120 on the high side, since puberty is considered around 12 years old. Today’s research says our average life expectancy is only 66. Why?

We know from research that certain occupations shorten the lifespan of the workers and other occupations can support longevity. Life insurance statistics show that deep-sea fishermen live the longest, with watchmakers ranking second. About the only thing in common between these two fields of activity is that the worker has little occupational cause for worry, both seem to be low stress occupations.

This would offer supporting evidence to that old axiom “worry kills more people than work.”

Now physicians, according to the same statistics, have a relatively low position on the longevity scale. You would reason that because of their ability to prolong the lives of others, you could expect a different rating.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that the reason the physician (or anyone living a life of stress) has such a short lifespan, is because they choose to stimulate the hormonal output of their endocrine system, emotionally or physically with stimulating drugs or alcohol, thusprematurely consuming their vital energy reserves.

Ultimately I believe, the time will arrive when there will be a general knowledge of the importance of vitamin therapy, so that the course of treatment will be replenishing the needed nutrition of the endocrine system, instead of prodding those glands it into reluctant activity with chemical stimulants.

It is also highly probable that with our rapidly expanding knowledge of endocrinology, we should be able to properly feed the endocrine system (that now becomes deficient) with the needed nutrients to maintain functions.

Today’s allopathic approach discourages the glands’ long-term function, weakening the overall endocrine system, which encourages premature aging. Dr. Henry Harrower found that using whole gland extracts had a short-term, positive effect, but long-term use decreased the gland’s function. This is what encouraged Dr. Lee to develop the Protomorphogen.

Vitamin therapy should focus on preventing the premature decline or deterioration of physical strength that is the end result of endocrine starvation, but it cannot prolong life beyond the normal physiological limits. The intelligent use of vitamin therapy, however, can quite possibly increase the average life span by up to 20% or more.

The Endocrine system in humans starts its decline around the age of 25 to 30. This is demonstrated by the fact that prize fighters or professional athletes are at their physical peak within this part of their lives.

The physical changes that signal old age usually start, quite significantly, 20 to 40 years after this point of peak performance. But that’s a variable of 20 years. It is my opinion that this may be because we do not look deep enough throughout the years at our diet and the stress of our lifestyle on our endocrine system.

We know there is a gradual increase in calcium content of the connective tissue with age. The increase is especially noticeable today in blood vessel walls with the increase of cardiovascular problems, which I believe directly depend on one’s diet and lifestyle.

Isn’t it convenient to blame the advancing of age for the arteries to become less elastic and the veins more rigid when we get older?

This lack of calcium absorption nullifies the normal mechanism (stopping the clock) of arteriole function that controls blood flow to the capillary beds of muscular system and other tissues, which brings in immediate reserves of the nutrition needed to energize and support those systems. This also blocks the normalization of balance in the autonomic nervous system, hampering the body’s ability to buffer and rebuild.

In his research, Dr. Hugo Schulz called attention to the fact that the elasticity of connective and elastic tissues was proportional to the silicic acid content, and that the silicic acid content was greatest in the young subject and gradually dropped as age advanced, following an opposite course to unabsorbed calcium content increasing with age.

Other investigations have shown that treating animal tissues with soluble silicates measurably increases the elastic response. Again, silicic acid content of tissue fluids has been found to prevent excessive alkalinity. Excessive alkalinity is a condition that can encourage cancer development.

No doubt, some as yet unsuspected hormone (or group of hormones) that controls the silica metabolism will soon be isolated and synthesized to be sold as the new fountain of youth. Just as improper calcium metabolism is being used to sell a new class of drugs rather than looking at the therapeutic value of the food we eat.

You would think it would be reasonable to suspect that proper vitamin therapy from food would be more desirable to support the thyroid and anterior pituitary hormones, particularly from a health and prevention principle.

It’s no secret that the endocrine system is negatively impacted by poor diet and the lack of proper nutrition, which we know can upset the calcium and phosphorus relationship as Dr. Melvin Page pointed out.

Dr. Lee showed us with his Endocardiograph that processed foods, especially white sugar, interfered with vitamins B, E and proper calcium assimilation. Long-term use affected the adrenals, liver and biliary function.

Dr. Melvin Page, with thousands of case studies, reconfirmed the relationship between calcium / phosphorus and the impact of processed food on the endocrine system and overall emotional and physical health.

“So it should seem obvious to all of us, that those golden years require good nutrition prior to any problems. This encourages prevention and health, contrary to the focus of the current allopathic model of today”.

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