What I Discovered About Our Secret Immunity-Weapon, The Thymus

Meet your charismatically challenged thymus. Although I think it’s a super sexy, interesting and rather mysterious organ (gland). Let me know if you agree after this crash course in thymology. [1]

“Research clearly shows that the thymus gland plays a lifelong role in immune function,” Nature magazine reported in December 1988 [2], findings that were largely ignored by mainstream media as well as medical professionals. This is nothing new; as early as 1902, the scientist John Beard, professor at the University of Edinburgh, lamented: “Has it yet fallen to the lot of any writer upon the thymus to write the truth and be believed?” [3]

So it is not surprising that most of us are clueless as to the whereabouts, size or function of an organ so crucial to our vitality and bodily happiness. Yet it is the thymus that monitors and regulates the body’s energy flow. It is also the first organ to be affected by stress. The myth of the shriveling, useless thymus is a persistent one!

Allow me to speculate about the life story of Alice Herz-Summer, who died on 23 February 2014 at the age of 110. It would not surprise me if Alice had a healthy thymus that was larger than ‘normal’. She seems to me a beautiful, practical illustration of the effect of ordinary (although some people would call it extraordinary), happy living and a spontaneous application of all things good for the thymus, one of them being music. [4]

Alice Herz-Summer was not only the oldest pianist alive but also the oldest Holocaust survivor. In 2013, at a 109 years old, when filmmakers Malcolm Clark and Nicholas Reed profiled her in their Oscar-winning documentary The Lady in Number 6, Alice was still healthy and living independently in her own apartment in Belsize in London (UK).

“Every day, your life is beautiful. Even the bad is beautiful. It has to be,” Alice said in the documentary.

Her fingers were still nimble and she played piano every day. “My world is music. I am not interested in anything else. Music is so beautiful. Music is God,” she said. “Music is a mystery. As soon as the first tone starts, it goes straight into you soul.”

It would be all too easy to dismiss Alice’s long, healthy and happy existence as a fortunate fluke of nature. After all, by labeling her as an exception, I can stay lazy and don’t have to find out what it is that she may have been living up to.

Low energy is something we have become quite used to. People up and down the main streets of our western countries looking worn out and dispirited is a common occurrence. When on the other hand someone full of energy and life walks down the street, we turn our heads and stare at her or him as if it were a rarity.

“Usually, the ordinary person’s nervous system is literally and physically curled in and their thymus gland small. People never equate enlightenment with full bodily life, being fully human, bodily at ease. Enlightenment is not some other state,” says the New Zealand-born living spiritual master and sage, Yanchiji, of Tushita Hermitage in Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand.[5]

The word thymus (derived form Greek) denoted life force, soul, and feeling or sensibility. Originally, thymos referred to the breath. In his book Your body doesn’t lie, John Diamond, physician and author on holistic health and creativity, explains that thymos was acknowledged as ‘the stuff of consciousness, the spirit, the breath — soul, upon which depended a man’s energy and courage’.

As Yanchiji explains: “The thymus gland has superior chemicals, The only way it is going to secrete them is when the body receives the message that you are totally not threatened anymore. Those chemicals will literally open up arteries, they open up nerves, they open up the central nervous system. Literally, they open up the brain, and it becomes more unproblematic. But the minute I give my body messages of threat, fear, trying to solve a problem, I am literally secreting inferior chemicals, which inhibits this ascension [of bodily energy].” [6]

In 1971, Arthur Guyton M.D. contemplated the possibility of a “thymic hormone” in his Textbook of Medical Physiology: ‘It is believed that some hormonal substance released by the thymus gland diffuses throughout the body to activate the growth of the lymphoid tissue. This substance is called simply the thymic hormone. Thus far all attempts to extract from the thymus gland a specific substance that will perform all the functions of the so-called thymic hormone have failed. Nevertheless, there is still reason to believe that such a hormone might exist and that eventually it will be extracted.” [7]

Through testing the human thymus in numerous experiments, using a form of kinesiology he calls life energy analysis, it was John Diamond M.D. who confirmed in the 1970s that this is the organ monitoring and regulating our energy flow throughout the meridian system, “much like the control room of a large electrical network”.

John Diamond M.D. proved that the thymus is the first organ to be affected at an energy level by an emotional state. He concluded that “the thymus may therefore be thought of as the link between mind and body.”

He proved that the thymus is the first organ to be affected at an energy level by an emotional state. He concluded that “the thymus may therefore be thought of as the link between mind and body.” Not only is the thymus affected by stress and emotional states, it’s also strongly influenced by an individual’s physical environment, social relationships and posture, which either lower or raise our life energy. John Diamond emphasizes that when the energy imbalances in the body are corrected, in his words, the practice of primary prevention, we “will live as we are supposed to live, and grow old as we are supposed to grow old, and die as we are supposed to die, not go through life from one illness to another, losing vitality and the will to live, and then dying the ignoble sort of death we now die in cold hospitals.”

Instead it will be much more like Alice Herz-Summer, or the man in ‘In Tara’s Halls’ by William Butler Yeats:

He bade, his hundred and first year at end, Diggers and carpenters make grave and coffin; Saw that the grave was deep, the coffin sound, Summoned the generations of his house, Lay in the coffin, stopped his breath and died.

  • Sources used for the article:

1] The word “thymology” doesn’t exist but I think it should

2] Nature, Dec 17, 1988, p.396, Koup, R & Douek, D: “Changes in thymic function with age and treatment of HIV infection”

3] The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer, Dr. John Beard 1902, 2009

4] The Lady in Number 6, documentary available on nickreedent.com, or watch the trailer on YouTube

5] Discourse in Wellington, October 2009, by Yanchiji (Tushita Hermitage Archives)

6] Discourse in Wellington, November 2006, by Yanchiji (Tushita Hermitage Archives)

7] Arthur Guyton, M.D., Textbook of Medical Physiology. W.B. Saunders Company: Philadelphia. Fourth Edition, 1971 (page 122)

8] “The Forgotten Thymus Gland”, e-book by Dr. Ronald Alan Duskis, B.A. in Zoology from UCLA, A.B.M.P., A.B.D.A., PhD in Nutrition, copyright 1999

and: “Central nervous system control and coordination of the thymus & T-cell function in the immune system”, Keith W. Wassung, available online

Freelance Journalist & Correspondent. I specialise in not knowing, I find out by writing. * Living off-grid in New Zealand native forest. * NVJ/IFJ-accredited *

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