Brown (Hematogenic) Iris - Information about the
common predispositions of this iris color.
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.    "Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.....it also includes inner pictures of the
soul."............Edvard
Munch     
                                                                                                                                                
                                                                  
       
Brown or Hematogenic Eyes

Brown eyes are the most common iris type found in the world.  Brown eyes may appear
as light brown, medium, dark, or black brown.  They are an even color when viewed with a
magnifier or microscope, without areas of differing color pigmentation.
Mixed color eyes (see page…..) are often mistaken for brown eyes; but close examination
will reveal areas of various genetic color other than brown.

Common Physical Tendencies

If your ancestors have passed on the genes for brown eyes, they have also passed on a
certain likelihood for physical conditions.  As previously stated, this does not mean that
those with blue or mixed color irises cannot experience these same conditions, nor does
it carry a certainty that you will.  The evidence through historical study is that people with
brown eyes are predisposed most typically to conditions of the blood.  These include
difficulty with iron metabolism, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, liver and gall bladder
congestion, digestive disturbance, blood serum and glandular disorders, and cholesterol
plaque build up in veins and arteries.  Often the liver malfunction and toxicity can lead to
skin conditions.
Heart and circulation symptoms are not uncommon, particularly due to tendency for
inorganic salt and cholesterol plaque buildup.  The blood of the person with a
hematogenic eye is good, warm blood that tends to be viscous due to nitrogenous
wastes and uric acids.  In some, the liver/gallbladder connection can lead to stomach and
bowel symptoms.  Thyroid function is quite often disturbed.
The liver is the largest gland in the body and is in charge of at least 500 duties that we
know of.  It produces an alkaline digestive juice called bile which is stored in the
gallbladder.  Approximately one fourth of the body’s blood supply is in the liver when a
person is at rest.  This gives you a glimpse of the association of the liver and your blood.  
Being the chemical plant of the body, the liver receives blood from the portal system and
converts nutrients into useable products for your health. It is in charge of protein
production and storage, as well as the control of by-products of protein metabolism.  The
liver also forms glucose from noncarbohydrates and converts glucose to glycogen.  It
oxidizes fatty acids and synthesizes lipoproteins, phospholipids and cholesterol. The list
of your liver’s weighty jobs goes on and on.
The good news is that, knowing your potential predispositions, you can take preventive
measures.  This means changes in diet, proper supplementation, and awareness of
emotional stressors.  

Thought and Emotional Tendencies

In Chinese medicine, liver and gallbladder difficulties are associated with the emotion of
anger.  All people feel anger; but from a genetic predisposition
standpoint, brown eyed people are more likely to have issues with anger being either
buried or out of control.  
It is interesting to think of the common phrases such as: “I was so angry it made my
blood boil” or “I saw red”.   Once again we see connections to blood.
Understanding these sources of anger can be the first step in letting go of this emotion
that can be so damaging when held within.  Every person has something that works best
for them.  There is any number of helpful ways to deal with emotional issues.  Meditation,
prayer, therapy, yoga, flower essences, energy work, or simple confirmations.  The mind
is extremely powerful and it will believe whatever we tell it.
Avoid negative expressions and words that feed the anger within.  When you find yourself
ready to spout statements similar to: “I hate that!”, “I’ll get even”, or “You can’t make me”;
stop and re-word those statements. Look into the mirror and saying aloud such
affirmations as:  “I love”, “I forgive”, “and I create joy and understanding”.  Or simply
repeating the appropriate affirmations to yourself throughout the day can help to release
long held emotions that do not serve you.
It is no secret among natural health practitioners as well as western, or allopathic, medical
doctors, that stress and strong emotions impact physical health.
Here again we see the strong connection between ‘Body, Mind, and Spirit’.
There, quite simply, is no physical illness that does not have some emotional component.

In my office I often see people with definitive signs in the iris that represent emotional
issues that they have not dealt with.  There are a number of ways to see this evidence of
emotion, thought, and spiritual needs.  One of them is noticing furrows in the brain flair
area.  This is the area most highly developed and researched by psychologist, Dr. David
Pesek, PhD.   When I bring forth these emotional issues, often people respond with some
perplexity, not quite recognizing what I am referring to.  Invariably, I will receive a call from
them later, saying that they finally came to a realization of the issue.  This inability to grasp
what I have given them to think about happens because the furrows are most frequently
dark in color, which indicates a ‘hypo’ situation.  Therefore, the emotions are stuffed down
deep in the psyche.  Bringing an issue forward is the first step toward release.
One incident in particular touched me deeply.  A 30-something man came to my office
seeking an alternative approach to his condition of high blood pressure. This was a
highly successful man with his own thriving business.  He carried himself with self-
confidence and his strength was apparent both physically and emotionally. In relaying to
him the various things seen in his irises, I said, “I have a hunch that a primary female
figure in your life (left eye) had a very strong impact on you.  She created in you a concern
for your ability to survive.   While moments before, this man had resembled an immovable
rock, now tears sprang to his eyes.  His hands cupped his face and he said, “How do you
know this about me?”  I replied, “I know nothing but what your eyes tell me, I do not know
details, and you needn’t tell me.  But it is important for me to tell this to you.”
When he’d taken some time to collect himself, he chose to tell me that he had grown up in
a small South American village.  His father had left long ago, and he never knew him.  His
mother spent the day in their tiny, barren hut.  She remained intoxicated for the most part,
unable to face life and care for her sons.  Though a small boy himself, each day he took
his younger brother by the hand and they went from villager to villager begging for food.
In this manner he and his sibling were able to survive, but not without emotional, and
much later, physical consequences.
An important implication from an experience such as this is that the connection, once
again, returns to the liver.  This gentleman was carrying a great deal of unresolved anger
toward his mother, as well as the unfairness associated with what he had to endure as a
child.  We hold anger in the liver, and the liver processes and detoxifies blood.  Whenever
I treat hypertension, I always treat the liver.  However, if the emotions are hanging onto a
great deal of anger, then herbal supplements or medications alone will not solve the
problem.  The issues of anger must be dealt with in order to correct the situation.

Nutrition and Supplements

Considering the chief role that the liver plays in the hematogenic (brown) iris, the most
important health consideration is detoxification.  There are many forms of detoxification.  
Some people like to do regular colonics under the direction of a good colon
hydrotherapist.  For others, a regular (every six months) herbal colon cleanse will help to
keep the liver and blood clean, and help to eliminate build up of plaque on the colon walls.
Reduction of saturated fats is important for all of us, no matter what our heritage, but
brown eyed people have a particular problem with digestion of fats.  Your system can only
handle a ratio of 1 good to 1 bad fat.  Avoid cooked fats of all types, any hydrogenated
fats, and anything that comes in a box will probably have some hydrogenated fat.   Look
for cold pressed or expeller pressed fats.  Olive oil that is first cold pressed is important.  
Remember that most of your hormones are made of protein and carried by fat.  So please
don’t try to eliminate fat from your diet.
The use of bad fats cannot be underestimated. They are standard in the American diet and
are directly correlated with an increase in heart disease, cancer and ADD/ADHD, as well
as many other illnesses too numerous to mention.   I have actually had clients who felt
they were getting a source of vegetables by using polyunsaturated fats that are labeled as
‘vegetable oil’.  This fat is not only unstable when heated, but it destroys the myelin
sheath of nerves and further will slow down thyroid function.  One way to know your oil
choice is wrong is if it stays in liquid form even if it is refrigerated or frozen.  These types
of fats should only be used when they are expeller pressed and then should always be
added only when the cooking is complete, so they are not exposed to heat.
Coconut oil is wonderful, good for the thyroid as well, and it is heat stable, so you can use
it in your stir fry.  One to two teaspoons of coconut oil daily is a good formula.  Your
omega 3 oils, such as fish oil are another source of necessary fat.  It’s important to know
that your immune system is completely hormone driven.  People tend to think of
hormones just in terms of the sex hormones; but our bodies are much more dependent
on a variety of hormones than that alone.
Your diet should be rich in blood building foods, such as dark leafy green vegetables, and
red vegetables such as beets (iron).  
Make sure you have good sources of fiber daily, such as psyllium hulls, freshly ground
flax seeds, etc.  Very importantly, it is necessary that you are able to digest your food and
supplements.  Without proper digestion, all your good efforts are going to waste.  A good
dietary food enzyme supplement should be taken with each meal.  This should contain
amylase, protease, cellulase, and lipase.  For anyone over 25 or 30, this should also
contain hydrochloric acid, since the parietal cells in our stomachs produce less
hydrochloric acid, to break down proteins, as we age.


Herbals and Supplementation

Milk Thistle - is classified as a hepatic (liver), antioxidant, and alterative herb.  It was used
in Europe as a well known remedy for liver problems and as a digestive aid.  Milk thistle
has a complex of compounds known as solitarian which are actually known to protect the
liver against some toxins and help increase the function of this busy organ.  Researchers
have found that solitarian works almost exclusively on the kidneys and liver.  It apparently
moves in a cycle from blood plasma to the liver bile and concentrates in the liver cells,
counteracting the destructive activity of poisons or toxins that enter the body.  The
properties of milk thistle have been confirmed in animal studies to be a protection in liver
disorders.  Other studies indicate that milk thistle is beneficial for severe liver disorders
such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, as well as general liver restoration and strengthening.  
Milk thistle also stimulates protein synthesis.

Devils Claw - is anti-inflammatory and a blood purifier among other things.  It has been
used in Africa for centuries to treat various ailments without any harmful side effects.  
Besides liver problems, devil’s claw has been used for arthritis and gout, rheumatism, and
kidney and bladder disorders.  One study showed that, taken as a tea, it was beneficial in
lowering cholesterol and fat levels.

Dandelion - is a hepatic, alterative, and blood purifier.  This herb has a long history of use.  
Fevers, diarrhea, fluid retention, liver congestion, and skin ailments have been used by
Europeans for at least 50 years.

Red Clover - is a wonderful antibiotic and blood purifier.  Herbalists have been using red
clover to rid the body of toxins, bronchitis, and spasmodic conditions.
Research is ongoing regarding the benefits of red clover as a cancer treatment, but has
not been validated as yet.  The list of ailments that red clover has been traditionally used
for is long and impressive.

These are but a few of the herbals that have a strengthening and cleansing effect on the
liver.  See your iridologist or health practitioner to find which supplements are most
effective for you.
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