Stages of disease:
Knowing and understanding Iridology reflex signs, pigmentation, transversals and so on and being able to collate the information in order to understand more about your patient, is all part of Iridology. But it’s vital to know the stage at which the disease state, the body can potentially experience. We know that there is an emotional charge around disease as well as a physical one. If a person goes through their life fully appreciating their “genetic parameters” the likelihood of disease is lessened.
‘ Our health tolerance limitations’ most of us don’t know what they are: do you know yours?
Unfortunately in our modern world very few live within their parameters – within our health tolerances. Therefore the body comes under “stress” and the physical and mental weaknesses start to dominate. It is then that the Iridologist is able to interpret from the iris whether the conditions are potentially acute, sub-acute, chronic or degenerative. Based on that information a practitioner can adjust and form the correct health program for his or her patient.
Bernard Jensen – “ Disease has been called “normal function gone wrong”. It is function altered at the cellular level”.
There are four stages of the disease – acute, pre-chronic, chronic, degenerative.
Some text will show a fifth state being – irreversible. Having studied the anatomy of the iris we now understand that the iris has layers of fibres which run radially out from the pupil. Some run straighter than others, but it is the position within the iris “depth” that determines the stage of disease or tissue degeneration.
Some fibres lie above the surface and others fibres are open in the form of lacunas and crypts, giving a deeper and therefore darker appearance to the reflex signs.
“Extended periods of abnormal function lead directly to a disease state, with, as a rule, symptoms to shortly follow” – Bernard Jensen.
The acute stage – or hyperactive:
The iris shows a varying number of superficial iris fibres being light in colour i.e white in a blue iris and light yellowish in a brown iris. The acute stage is a result of inflammation which triggers a response mechanism in the body: increased blood, lymph and hormone supply with a heighten immune response. The symptoms are pain, fever, irritation, soreness, pus, drainage, discharge and swelling. The causes are many. Authors will talk about too much or too little nerve supply. Others discuss over eating of acidic and inflammatory foods causing extreme acidity within body tissue. Where there is acidity and inflammation, there is catarrh, phlegm or mucus aiding the body with elimination. Never forget that sugar is highly acidic and in the western diet, sugar consumption is exceptionally high. Acute inflammation can be as a result of deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, bacterial or viral invasion, and/or mechanical irritation.
In complementary medicine we look to dietary changes, supplementation and altered lifestyle habits, to resolve and calm inflammation.
Subacute – or Pre – Chronic:
The fibres at this stage are not elevated and appear grey white or paler yellow. Some fibres have receded and opened. The state of disease is less painful than acute and has less blood and lymph in the area. Nerve response is also diminished. Bernard Jensen describes this as the “beginning of hypo-activity”.
The process of eliminations has started to slow down and if corrective measures are not implemented then the degeneration will continue.
The chronic stage in an iris is indicative of dark grey. The tissue in the area represented by the Chronic stage, is hypo-active. It is accompanied by lowered temperature, stiffness, dull or no pain and a noticed reduction in function. Toxin elimination is slowed and the body is reluctant to respond to treatment. Years of ill advised eating and living habits has invariably brought the person to this stage. However, always bear in mind, the susceptibility of each person is different and they will reach degenerative stage within a different time frame, if there is a predisposition. At this stage measures to implement change both for mind and body, require a far more intensive and long term programe of recovery. Often with degenerative diseases we can only holt the process of decline as reversal at this stage, in some cases, out of our knowledge.
As the diagram shows degenerative disease shows as nearly black and deep within the stroma. This is a stage of severe under-activity and now the body has difficulty in healing itself. As we are all know, however with degenerative diseases such as terminal cancer, advanced diabetes and so on, the body does have the ability to heal itself, but the task requires a complete understanding of the mind and body of the person. The practitioner can only aid, the patient is the healer.
It is a cardinal tenet of iris analysis that its concern is mainly with determining the activity level of tissue and not with diagnosing or naming disease – Bernard Jensen. It is important to remember that in disease there is a corresponding inflammatory pathway of the body. Understand fully the pathway and you will go some way to understanding the components of the inflammation.
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