How Thought, Glands and Hormones Affect the Physical Body: It’s Not What We Eat But How We Think

The body is a recipient of the brain’s activity and function. In the symbiotic relationship of brain and body the old proverb, “As above, so below,” is incredibly well demonstrated. And though this world so full of distractions and challenges at every turn might have us believe we are victims of it, in truth, we become our attitudinal responses to the world and by our choice.

In other words, we are what we choose to think about all day long. And there’s science behind these statements. When we understand the science, which we’ll break down in this article in a somewhat simplistic easy-to-understand way, it might motivate us to better guard and focus our thoughts if we want to live lives full of health, vigor and vitality.

“The pituitary gland and the hypothalamus—are located in or near the brain. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland are like orchestra conductors. Their job is to tell other endocrine glands throughout the body to make the hormones that affect and protect every aspect of your health.

Found deep inside the brain, the hypothalamus produces releasing and inhibiting hormones and controls the ‘master gland’—the pituitary. Together, the hypothalamus and pituitary tell the other endocrine glands in your body to make the hormones that affect and protect every aspect of your health.” —

Did you know that the brain contains all the information, molecules, peptides, amino acids and emotions the body contains? Here is what happens when we think a thought and then how it affects our entire body, physically:

1. We have a newly generated thought or we recall a past memory.

2. The brain immediately creates a picture, a holographic image, in the frontal lobe. It immediately begins to push buttons to begin preparing chemicals to make this image happen in the body.

3. Neurons begin firing.

4. These neurons bundle together as trunk lines or networks.

5. The holographic image created in the frontal lobe now moves to the midbrain where the pineal and pituitary glands, hippocampus and hypothalamus are located.

6. The pituitary Master gland of the body, in concert with the pineal gland, becomes activated to flow hormones into the body based on those images our brain has created.

7. These hormones flow into other glands and into the amygdala,(1) hippocampus(2) and hypothalamus(3) in the brain.

8. The Master pituitary gland transforms the holographic thought-form into a hormone consistent with the thought. Simply speaking, think of fear of survival and the pituitary will create hormones that carry the codes of fear of not being able to survive.

9. The pituitary will then send a cascade of these code carrying hormone chemicals down through the body and into the cells.

10.The cells receiving these hormone messages will then create amino acid chains that actually carry the variants of your initial thought or attitude.

11. Next, the cells which now possess these amino acid chains of attitude variants begin to conform or re-conform according to the old or new attitude, respectively. Every attitude we can possibly have can be chemically reproduced as amino acid derived hormones.(4)

12. These reinforced or newly re-conforming cells will either further destroy or begin to uplift the body.

Do you see why the quality of our thoughts and attitudes are so important to the health of the body? And do you see why the pituitary gland is called the Master gland of the body?

The body itself is a chemical laboratory. Our thoughts actually become transferred into biological material. The body crafts chemical combinations according to the thought commands we give it. Any thought we can think, though we may not think it is a command, is indeed a command.

If you have been thinking thoughts of wellness, for example, those thoughts get transferred into amino acid chains and peptides that get flowed through the bloodstream to nourish the body’s cells.

Disease or wellness doesn’t just happen. We promote it.

We like to talk about nutrition and all the other physical actions we can take to promote wellness, balance, health and vitality in the body and those are all good and we shouldn’t throw those out. But a person who consumes an impeccable diet and exercises perfectly will still not enjoy optimum health if his thoughts aren’t right. Diet is probably only ten percent of the equation for great health.

We promote excellent physical health by way of our thoughts and attitudes. And this speaks to why you can’t have good health if you have poor mental health.

A person suffering with depression, for example, will begin to suffer physically, too, because that person’s thoughts are not consistently strong and vibrant. A depressed person who is constantly thinking disempowering thoughts will manufacture enough chemicals in the body to debilitate his immune system and cause physical illness.

A closed minded or bitter person, will actually close off and starve the body, feeding it only the “bitter herbs” of victimhood, jealousy, anger, and resentment while an open minded person who is receptive of new constructive thoughts and ideas will foster an environment in the body capable of receiving nutrients from food.

Here’s how that works.

Every cell has receptor sites there for the purpose of accepting nutrients carried to them by the bloodstream.

Over time, as we continue to dredge up old memories many of which were traumatic to us or reinforce negative thoughts and emotions (creating an acid-based environment in the body not conducive to health), the body manufactures chemicals that align with unhealthy attitudes (vengeance, anger, to name only two) and the ports to these receptor sites close themselves to nutrients. The very nutrients you need to give the cells life and vitality don’t get absorbed by the cells. Instead, these nutrients get stored as fat and without proper nutrition, the body begins to break down into disease and death.

These cell receptor sites basically turn the body on with life or off with disease. You can take tons of nutritional supplements and they won’t work because your cells can’t receive them.

It is not what we eat. It’s what we think.

Memories are basically chemical and they’re stored in peptides and amino acid-derived hormones. When you keep revisiting the past in your mind, the negative emotions you felt when the incident historically occurred, get passed throughout the body. You may not think so, but they do. The hypothalamus and its neurons and peptides send the information of that memory to the pituitary and the pituitary goes to work.

If the pituitary Master gland of the body could speak, it would always say: “Thy will be done.” So when the memory is once again given to the pituitary it “rubber stamps” that memory, so to speak, which is chemical substance/amino acid hormones and then sends that information out into the bloodstream by way of the adrenal glands. This is because stress is perceived and so the body must be soothed by the steroids the adrenals can offer.

Whenever we reactivate the past or hang onto an unhealthy attitude, we active emotions in the body needlessly and destructively and this creates an emotional and life force drain on the body. After a while, left unchecked, the body is chemical-laden from within and its days are numbered.

This sequence of events kills the body as opposed to the preservation we desire.

Negative attitudes are “worn” in the body, expressed outwardly as bitter, sad people whose immune systems become so depressed they advance toward death more quickly.

When you actively heal your body in the brain, you do so neurologically and neurochemically.

If you heal something or create it in the brain, you will eventually have the same in the body.

If you visualize that you are well and hold that thought and image there in the frontal lobe of the brain for as long as you can and consistently, you actually will begin to change the structure of the body’s cells and create that health.

You must be patient and consistent though because there’s negative programming in the brain that’s been going on for an awfully long time. There’s a lot to undo.

If you were alive during the time of tape recorders using magnetic tapes, here is an analogy:

If you made a recording on a reel-to-reel old-fashioned tape recorder and then rewound the tape and hit the record button again and started speaking, you’d re-record over the original recording, essentially wiping away the original programming.

That’s what you have to do with new thoughts and attitudes of anything you desire in life.

“Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.” —Allen

The great and oft-quoted American New Thought writer and author of several self-help books, Wallace Wattles, said in his book, The Science of Being Well:

“That there is a Thinking Substance from which all things are made, and that man receives the Principle of Health, which is his life, from this Substance.

That man himself is Thinking Substance; a mind-body, permeating a physical body, and that as man's thoughts are, so will the functioning of his physical body be.

That if man will think only thoughts of perfect health, he must and will cause the internal and involuntary functioning of his body to be the functioning of health, provided that his external and voluntary functioning and attitude are in accordance with his thoughts.”

And further Wattles says in his classic book dating back more than 100 years ago:

“Mentally take the attitude of being well, and do not say anything or do anything which contradicts this attitude. Never speak a word or assume a physical attitude which does not harmonize with the claim: ‘I am perfectly well.' When you walk, go with a brisk step, and with your chest thrown out and your head held up; watch that at all times your physical actions and attitudes are those of a healthy person. When you find that you have relapsed into the attitude of weakness or disease, change instantly; straighten up; think of health and power. Refuse to consider yourself as other than a perfectly healthy person.”

The primary and first prosperity anyone can have is not money or possessions. It’s the ability to utilize the incredible gift of the brain and mind rightly and effectively.

Think it first, consistently and persistently, but at the same time, don’t try too hard. Let the process flow. Be easy breezy with it. Just flow with it in the way that breezes flow.

Persistent thought will slowly become life force in your entire cellular structure. The cells’ programming will change and uplift. Your glands will change and uplift. Your pituitary Master gland will begin to expand giving you hormones for greater youth, life and vitality.

Create a strong and balanced body. Declare it often:

“My body is beautiful. It is young. It is firm. It is resilient. It loves and rejoices in equilibrium. It knows just what to do to create complete balance and harmony within it. My body is strong because I will need to be strong to …............”(Perhaps you’d like to fill in that blank.)

There are masters documented on this earth that are hundreds of years old, perhaps more. Once they got it, they turned everything around in their bodies and stopped aging. And they are still alive today.(5)

We all have the power of life or death, sickness or health, poverty or abundance—in an attitude.

The body, the recipient of chemical substances of information known as hormones, is totally dependent on the mind. Your body cannot survive well if your attitudes don’t align with it.

Attitudes of fear of not being able to survive, lack, failure and anger will only create a body ravaged with sickness and deterioration. We are meant to live for hundreds of years, at the very least, but our thinking, our constant revisiting of the past, and our emotional attitudes are what have us stuck living short lives, in comparison, ending up in hospitals with great suffering at the end.

It is all a matter of belief and how we focus that belief in our consciousness.

We must hold the constructive uplifting thought long enough to convince the mind (and it might take awhile) to send the right corresponding hormones throughout the body. We can regenerate and exhilarate the body by our sharply focused right thought action.


1. Amygdala: a roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere involved with the experiencing of emotions.

2. Hippocampus: the elongated ridges on the floor of each lateral ventricle of the brain, thought to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system.

3. Hypothalamus: a region of the forebrain below the thalamus which coordinates both the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, controlling body temperature, thirst, hunger, and other homeostatic systems, and involved in sleep and emotional activity.

4. Amino acid derived hormones are those chemicals whose names end in “-ine” or “-in;” e. g. melatonin, serotonin, epinephrine.

5. Spalding, Baird Thomas. Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East (Life & Teaching of the Masters of the Far East). United States, DeVorss, 1935.


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