Blue (Lymphatic) Iris  - Information on
common predispositions for this iris color
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Blue Eyes (Lymphatic)

“Where did you get your eyes so blue? Out of the
Sky as I came through.”
                ------George MacDonald
Blue Eyes

Blue eyes are called ‘lymphatic’ by iridologists because a main physical
characteristic of blue eyed people is a genetic weakness of the lymphatic system.
Blue irises can
appear primarily blue with shadings of blue-white, white-blue,
blue-gray, blue-black, or a greenish
appearance. When the eye appears green ,
it is important to look to the kidneys for signs of stress or weakness.

Physical Tendencies

If you were born with blue eyes you most likely came into this world carrying an
ancestral predisposition to kidney and lymph congestion, an over acid body
chemistry is common, arthritis and rheumatic conditions, skin eruptions, and
irritation of the mucosal tissues.  Tonsils, appendix, peyers patches, spleen,
and all immune tissue are included and one or more may be affected.
Lymph congestion would result in frequent colds, or a possible immune system
dysfunction.  Infections may be common, such as ear infections, sinus
infections, and swelling of the lymph nodes. The lymph fluid flows throughout
the body, is a clear liquid derived from blood plasma and is rich in cells.  As the
blood plasma circulates throughout the body, some of it passes out of the
circulatory system and becomes interstitial fluid (or lymph). Lymph is returned
to the venous system through two large lymphatic ducts, the thoracic duct and
the right lymphatic duct.  The lymph system transports absorbed fats away from
the digestive tract and into the circulatory system.  Since our hormones are
carried by fats, you can see one vital importance in this system.
The lymph system provides immunological defense against disease causing
agents.  Lymph filters through lymph nodes which contain phagocytic cells and
germinal centers that product lymphocytes.  So the strength of our immune
system is reliant on the lymphatic system.  
Blood tends to dump excess toxins into the lymph fluid.  Lymph has no exit
from the body, so it relies on the detoxification body systems of the colon,
kidney, respiratory, and skin to provide the passage for cleansing.  
In this manner, while the lymphatic system is the primary area of weakness for
blue eyed people, the major elimination systems of kidney, colon, and
respiratory,  are still important for blue eyed people, as they are for other color
While one bodily system may need extra nurturing, we must treat the body as a
whole systematic working entity, and not deny awareness of full body support.

Emotional Tendencies

The lymphatic system most closely relates to the emotion of apathy.  Often a
person who has a strong genetic code for the lymphatic emotional
predisposition will have difficulty receiving.  Examples of how this issue can
manifest could be feeling inadequate to receive gifts, to receive love from
others or even oneself, or an inability to receive compliments.  Have you ever
had someone say, “That’s a nice outfit on you.” and your reply may be “Oh, this
old thing, I’ve had this forever.”  Rather than saying a simple, “Thank you, I
appreciate that!
“Self-esteem may be an issue.  Negative thought patterns are likely to be on the
order of: “I’m not good enough”, “I don’t feel like it.”, “I just can’t do it, so why
even try.” ,  “What’s the use?”   These issues of self limitation can most certainly
be overcome.  They may vary dramatically with each person.
Spoken affirmations could include:  “I am worthy”,  “I deserve to be happy, I
deserve to achieve success and recognition.”, “I can do anything I decide to do,
and I can succeed at it.”,  “I love myself and I am worthy of love from others.”
These people need to work on feelings of personal empowerment to negate the
sense of vulnerability.
A mother came to my office with her five year old daughter.  She was at her wit’
s end, as is so often the case before someone seeks alternative modalities.  For
two years the child had had chronic ear infections of such severity that she went
once or twice weekly to a major hospital to have her ears flushed out.  The
consequence of these constant infections and scar tissue was, sadly, that the
child was beginning to go deaf.  The young mother looked as though her heart
would break when she said, “She’s so brave, the flushing is terribly painful; but
she bears it as quietly as she can.”  The family was beginning to learn sign
A look in the little one’s eyes showed a lovely blue iris; but with very much
congestion in the lymphatic system.  It also revealed a colon that was sluggish
and toxic.  How could a colon become toxic at so young an age?  Quite easily
really; if the genetics prove that the colon is sluggish from birth, then the
toxins will accumulate causing mucous congestion and re-entry of toxic
substances through the permeable barrier of the intestinal walls.  A diet change
which eliminated all dairy (which is mucus forming) and herbal and vitamin
supplements to encourage elimination, and decongestion of the lymph system
were in order.  The mother was also instructed to gently massage the
Eustachian area from the ear down the neck with a combination of herbal
extracts to encourage drainage.  
The next visit the mother announced that they had cancelled the ear flushing
for that week because the pain and inflammation were gone from the child’s
ears.  They continued flushing, but on a much more bearable basis, as the little
girl’s situation had improved.  

Nutritional Supplementation and Diet Changes

Since lymph is circulated mainly by exercise, rather than the pumping action of
the heart, it can become stagnated in an under active body.  All people benefit
from exercise.  People with a lymphatic eye will achieve benefits which help that
genetically weaker area by exercising daily.  Incompletely digested food and
poor bowel management compound the problem of congested lymph fluid.  
Taking digestive enzymes is of utmost importance.  Keeping the bowel moving
regularly is also extremely critical.  When partially digested food particles re-
enter the blood stream and extra cellular fluid, the body recognizes them as
foreign invaders and the immune systems creates mucous to encapsulate and
destroy them.  This process weakens the immune system and congests the
lymphatic fluid even further.  If the bowel is plugged, the irritated bowel wall
becomes weakened and allows even more food and poisons through the leaky
gut.  The poisons further congest lymph fluid and create illness due to
weakened lymphatic response.  This also contributes to food allergies because
the immune system reacts each time you eat the food that was “leaked”.  
If you eat three meals a day, then you should have 3 bowel movements a day, or
at least two.  The bowel transit time (time food enters the mouth until it exits
the body) should be twelve to eighteen hours.  Any more than this will create a
situation of putrefaction in the colon and re-entry of poisons into the body.
Bowel cleanses can be achieved with a variety of herbs in a combination.  
Laxatives alone do not cleanse the plaque build-up of fecal matter in the colon.
Adequate fiber is important for everyone on a daily basis.  Colonics is an option.
Plenty of water will aid the kidneys and bowels in flushing out debris.  The
general rule of thumb is to drink one half of your body weight in ounces daily.  
So a 100lb person would drink 50 ounces of pure filtered water throughout the
day.  Do not try to drink the water in great amounts at a time, or you will find
yourself eliminating too much.  The body can only absorb two ounces every half
hour.  So in order to keep the body hydrated it is essential to maintain a
steadily spaced drinking regime.  When beginning to dramatically increase your
water intake you will find a need to go to the rest room frequently.  Do not let
this stop your commitment to drink more water because within a general period
of three days, your bladder will happily accustom itself to more water and will
Oregon Grape - is one of the best lymphatic cleansers available. Oregon Grape
is a bitter herb with detergent and antibiotic qualities for cleansing and
clearing infections. In addition, Oregon grape can tackle problems of the liver,
joints, and imbalances of both female and male reproductive organs.
Cleavers - is another terrific herb with many actions.  It is especially good for
the kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen (the spleen is the largest lymphatic
organ in the body).
Not to be outdone, Blue Flag -  is an herb which influences all bodily fluids,
digestive juices, blood stream, urinary flow, alimentary canal, glandular
secretions, and especially the lymphatic.  This herb has great energy to detoxify
and is often combined with other herbs to slow its role of cleaning bodily fluid,
so as not to elicit an uncomfortable response to detoxifying too quickly.

Contact Gael Riverz, ND, traditional naturopath: e-mail:
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