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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