Why You Should Detox Your Pineal Gland

10 Signs Your Pineal Gland is Calcified

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Brain Health Diet & Detox Emotional Well-being Preventative Medicine Self-healing

Your pineal gland is part of the endocrine system in your brain, and it plays an important role in regulating almost every function in your body, including reproduction, executive function, growth, body temperature, blood pressure, sensory and motor activity, sleep, mood, immune function, appetite, and longevity.

The pineal gland sits in the epithalamus located beneath the cerebral cortex where the two hemispheres of the brain meet. It sits at the level of your third eye (6th chakra). In addition to regulating physical and mental functions, the pineal gland is associated with perception, thought, morality, intuition, and even clairvoyance. In fact, French philosopher René Descartes believed that the pineal gland housed the soul. In some cultures, the pineal gland is believed to be a portal to higher dimensions.

 

The Unique Functions of the Pineal Gland

The pineal gland regulates your body’s circadian rhythm daily and seasonally. Pinealocytes (cells that make up the pineal gland) produce and regulate the secretion of melatonin. (Serotonin is the precursor of melatonin. Serotonin is acetylated and methylated to yield melatonin within the pineal gland.) Melatonin is an indole analog and plays a vital role in circadian rhythm. It is the regulator of your sleep-wake cycles, menstrual cycle, and pituitary gland functions. Melatonin also influences the secretion of neurotransmitters, endorphins, and hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. Melatonin is associated with bone metabolism, weight loss, and cardiovascular health. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant by scavenging free radicals, immunomodulators, and anticancer agents.

 

Glial cells in the pineal gland maintain homeostasis, form myelin, and provide support and protection for neurons to transmit information to other cells. Interestingly, the pineal gland also contains rod- and cone-type cells like those found in the retina. These light-sensitive cells receive signals that travel down the optic nerves. So, it truly is a third eye!

 

Finally, the pineal gland has been linked to the production of dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. Called “the spirit molecule,” DMT is a substance found in certain plants and can be consumed as a psychedelic drug. It is possible that the brain releases DMT at death, which may explain why people brought back from death describe similar near-death experiences.

Pineal Gland Dysfunction and Sleep Disruption

Unlike the rest of your brain, your pineal gland is not separated from the rest of the body by the blood-brain barrier. It actually has one of the richest supplies of blood, so it is not protected from toxins that can build up in the body over time. Therefore, your pineal gland has the potential to clog, or calcify. Fluoridated water is one of the main causes of pineal gland calcification. When your pineal gland calcifies, you are potentially at risk for a host of health concerns, including neurological diseases such as autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder, and Parkinson’s disease. The common thread is that all of these diseases are associated with abnormal sleep patterns, which are directly linked to pineal gland dysfunction.

 

In the 1990s, British scientist Jennifer Luke discovered that the pineal gland had high levels of fluoride accumulation. Fluoride is an endocrine-disrupting hormone that has been linked to early puberty in girls. Due to the high volume of blood flow, the calcified tissues of the pineal gland contain the highest levels of fluoride in the entire body—up to 21,000 ppm F, higher than bones or teeth. Fluoride also accumulates in the soft tissues of the pineal gland. This has been shown to reduce the number of pinealocytes, thereby lowering melatonin production. As already mentioned, melatonin influences the secretion of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. Reduced levels of melatonin in children may contribute to premature sexual development and early puberty.

 

In 2015, research performed by MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff and others showed a strong correlation between glyphosate and neurological disorders including autism, ADHD, anxiety, dementia, and depression-related suicide. She showed that glyphosate could be causal in these diseases because it facilitates the transport of aluminum across the gut and brain barriers. Aluminum buildup in the pineal gland suppresses melatonin and disrupts sleep.

 

Through a poor diet, environmental exposure, and even stress, your pineal gland is also susceptible to the accumulation of other toxic metals, including mercury, which has been determined to be a causative factor in autism. Mercury impairs your pineal gland’s ability to detoxify itself, making it unable to eliminate the toxic metals is has accumulated. This creates a cycle where toxic metals are more easily absorbed into the brain. Toxic metals also interfere with sulfate synthesis, which results in accumulation of cellular debris.

 

10 Signs Your Pineal Gland Is Calcified

Many common physical and emotional symptoms can be caused by a calcified pineal gland that is unable to produce the proper amounts of melatonin. Here are 10 signs you may need to detoxify your pineal gland:

  1. Impaired circadian rhythms. Sleeping too much or too little, feeling active and restless in the middle of the night, feeling sleepy at unusual times, or not remembering dreams may all be signs of pineal gland dysfunction due to calcification.
  1. Headaches. If you suffer from headaches, including nocturnal headaches and migraines, it may be coming from your pineal gland. Research shows that pineal cysts can be the cause of headaches in women and are more common in women as they grow older. Vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and tremors may also be symptoms. Pineal cysts can cause a deficiency in melatonin. Radiology reports often show calcification of the pineal gland along with cysts.
  2. Difficulty with sense of direction. The pineal gland, and specifically melatonin, plays a role in spatial navigation. People with impaired pineal glands can suffer from a decline in their sense of direction. One study showed that melatonin improves spatial navigation memory in male diabetic rats.
  3. Changes in fertility. Circadian rhythms and fertility are interconnected. The pineal gland plays a vital role in regulating female hormones and the menstrual cycle. In addition, a 2014 study shows that healthy melatonin levels are necessary for optimal fertility. One reason may be that melatonin acts as an antioxidant in the ovaries, removing free radicals and preventing cellular damage.
  4. Osteoporosis. While postmenopausal osteoporosis accounts for 90 percent of all cases and is primarily associated with estrogen deficiency, there is evidence that a substantial decline in melatonin and an increased rate of pineal calcification may contribute to the disease.
  5. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Too much melatonin can make some people feel sad and sleepy, especially in the winter months. Research shows that melatonin is a biochemical marker for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The good news is you can reverse SAD symptoms with exposure to bright, full-spectrum light. Detoxifying your pineal gland may also help reset your body’s circadian rhythm.
  6. Depression. Studies show that people who suffer from depression, including major depressive disorder (MDD), have been found to have circadian rhythm dysfunction and sleep disturbance caused by pineal gland abnormalities.
  7. Anxiety. A 2015 systematic review of 12 randomized controlled trials with 774 patients—4 comparing melatonin, placebo, and midazolam (benzodiazepine) and 8 comparing melatonin and placebo—showed that in many cases melatonin was equally effective at alleviating preoperative and postoperative anxiety as midazolam.
  8. Other mood disorders. Disturbances of circadian rhythms and sleep play an important role in various types of mood disorders. Melatonin’s involvement in mood regulation has been shown in many studies, including studies proving melatonergic antidepressants (MT1/MT2 melatonin receptor agonist and 5-HT2c antagonist) are effective on various types of mood disorders.
  9. Neurological disorders. Calcification of the pineal gland may play a role in neurological diseases including dementia, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. In fact, some health authorities say pineal gland calcification is a serious concern and potentially a major risk factor for neurodegenerative disorders. Melatonin is known to inhibit the formation of amyloid plaques, so it may be effective in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.

 

How to Detox Your Pineal Gland

Detoxifying your pineal gland is not difficult. There are a number of holistic treatments you can try in addition to diet and lifestyle changes. Here are some of the ways you can detox your pineal gland and improve your health:

  1. Avoid fluoride. Tap water and toothpaste are the two most common sources of fluoride exposure. Drink pure water to stay hydrated. Spring water is best. You can also try a water filter, but be sure to do your research, because not all water filtration systems filter out fluoride. Use a fluoride-free toothpaste. There are plenty of fluoride-free toothpastes on the market today.
  2. Clean up your diet. Eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables and lean protein. You may also want to limit shellfish and tuna if you eat a lot of it, due to the mercury content. If you do eat a lot of fish, try adding cilantro to your diet. This helps to remove mercury. Be sure to limit alcohol or stop drinking altogether.
  3. Eat foods high in chlorophyl. Dark, leafy greens are a great source of chlorophyl. Wheatgrass, blue green algae, and chlorella are also great for detoxifying the pineal gland and especially help to rid the body of fluoride. You can also find these in green superfoods supplements.
  4. Reward yourself with chocolate. Raw cacao is said to stimulate and detoxify the pineal gland. This may be due to its high antioxidant content.
  5. Take iodine. Fluoride interferes with iodine metabolism. Iodine chelates fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum. Supplementing with iodine can go a long way to detoxifying your pineal gland. Lugol’s 5% iodine solution is a good one to take. But do your research and see what works best for you. Seaweed and kelp are high in iodine content and are easy to add to your diet.
  6. Add a boric acid supplement. Boric acid is the most common form of the trace mineral boron. Boric acid supplements are readily available. You can also get boron in foods such as avocados, bananas, beans, almonds, walnuts, chickpeas, and others.
  7. Drink chaga tea. The chaga mushroom has been called the “king of mushrooms” as well as the “third eye activator,” and it certainly has many health benefits. In addition to helping to increase the production of melatonin in the pineal gland, chaga has been shown to support hormonal balance, act as an immunomodulator, heal digestive problems, and keep skin, hair, and nails looking good. Chaga contains high levels of the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD), which has antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  8. Eat turmeric. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has neuroprotective benefits, and studies show that it can mitigate the effect of fluoride-induced neurotoxicity. You can add turmeric to food or take it as a supplement.
  9. Take activator X. Activator X is a fat-soluble substance similar in structure to vitamin A. It helps the body absorb and use essential minerals and helps to expel calcium from the pineal gland. Grass-fed meat and raw milk are the primary sources of dietary activator X. Organ meats such as goose and chicken liver are also high in activator X. Consuming grass-fed butter or organic ghee as a source of activator X is also a great way to get this into your diet. There are also supplements such as X-Factor Butter Oil.
  10. Reduce exposure to EMFs. While technically not a cause of calcification, EMFs have been shown to negatively affect the pineal gland by hindering its production of melatonin. Common sources are Wi-Fi routers, cell phones, microwaves, smart meters, and TV and computer screens.

Have you tried a pineal gland detox protocol? What worked for you?

Last Updated: October 20, 2020

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.

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  1. jimmy
    3 weeks ago

    Awesome Advice Dr. Northrup, you can see Truth others cannot, and relate back to them so they can understand.

  2. Heleng
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks for the article. What’s the view on spirulina? I’ve been reading it is a neuro disruptor and to be avoided whereas the common wisdom is it’s a superfood.

  3. Scott R
    4 weeks ago

    Miss Northrup. My question would be, how do you definitively know ones pineal gland is calcified and how would one definitively know that they have successfully reversed this in a detox, as you have stated. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Elizabeth B
    4 weeks ago

    Thank you for writing about this. My sister is having lots of issues falling asleep, and she’s been told her endocrine system is way off. I told her I’d see what I can find, and voila! I found this!

  5. Fran
    1 month ago

    What is your opinion on the thermometers aimed at children’s foreheads every day as they walk into school? I have the nurse take it at my wrist. Thank you for sharing so much usable information!
    Fran

  6. Jane Welch
    1 month ago

    Very interesting article, but no mention of flu shots. I also avoid them. I would love to know your reasons.
    Thank you!

  7. Sharon L. Pearson
    1 month ago

    Just curious what you think about doing Chelation therapy, does it have a beneficial effect on the Pineal Gland? If so, how many therapy sessions would it take to cleanse, then maintain in order to reduce the level of toxicity within the body? Thank you for your consideration.

  8. Diane
    1 month ago

    This is very informative and useful …thank you so much Dr. Northrup! I do appreciate you sharing and informing us in the way that you do.

  9. Gloria
    1 month ago

    Thank you! This has been so helpful

  10. KG Jewahar
    1 month ago

    Very insightful and practical. Many thanks for sharing.

  11. sara wilmott
    1 month ago

    Christianne, he above article was most interesting. Even though I am a nurse (retired) I never thought at all about the health of my pineal gland. I saw you recently on You tube being interviewed by a young English woman; you were talking about Bill Gates and Covid-19. here are many people talking about this subject, but no government official will sanction our doing so here in the West (I am a Canadian, and Canada’s leftist Prime Minister is a dictator, along with our press). How can concerned individuals link up with some group locally and worldwide that intends to do something about this horrific problem? If you know of any such group or groups could you share with me their emails/and/or addresses? Thank you for caring so much. And thank you oo for praying the Rosary. Our Lady is vigilant, and is preparing us all for Her Son’s imminent return to planet earth.

    1. Coulson Duerksen
      3 weeks ago

      Hi, I am Dr. Northrup’s editor. There are many groups that are rising up against government overreach. One that Dr. Northrup is a part of is Millions Against Medical Mandates, http://www.MAMM.org.

  12. Charita
    1 month ago

    I believe that the pineal gland is more often associated with the 7th chakra, and the pituitary with the 6th.

  13. Jill larson
    1 month ago

    Is it true that the new infared thermometers pointing to penal gland may cause problems?

  14. Patti
    1 month ago

    Thank you so much Dr. Northrup for sharing your great health wisdom regarding the pineal gland as I have been wanting to improve my sleep and intuition. It makes so much sense and will definitely be following your clean up recommendations. I appreciate all you do and am grateful. All the best to you, Patti

  15. Marie T
    1 month ago

    This was a great wealth of information. Thank you !!

  16. Lani Eldredge
    1 month ago

    This is a great article and explained in an “easy to understand format”. Thank you for the information. Time for a pineal gland detox!

  17. Jessica
    1 month ago

    I have seen chaga tea as an ingredient in a latte recently and was intrigued. The other list of detox items will come in handy. Im ready for this next focus on detoxing my pineal gland. Thanks for the info.

  18. Jessica
    1 month ago

    I am so blessed to have your guidance, knowledge and wisdom in my life. You truly bring such light and resources through the work you do. Thank you!

  19. Cheyenne
    1 month ago

    Thanks for this informative article. How can one know if their pineal gland is clear after a detox? Some of the symptoms overlap with other issues. Thank you.

  20. D from Edmonton
    1 month ago

    Great Information – Thanks Doc!

  21. Ana Victoria Villar
    1 month ago

    I have been diagnosed with a cyst in my pineal gland. It is 1.3 cm. Pretty worried because the neurologist has sent me to a neurosurgeon for evaluation. This article’s synchronicity is great. I am trying to focus on visualization and stress relief until the doctors tell me what I should expect. You think you are doing everything right and then “surprise”! 🙂

  22. Sarah Chandler
    1 month ago

    Thank you so much for these great tips. Detoxifying is SO important! I wanted to add to the EMF exposure: I read that having orgonite crystals near you, around your electronics or wearing them are helpful. Here’s a great site for purchasing if you’re interested. orgonitecrystal.com
    Have a beautiful day!

  23. Julia Hubbard Tully
    1 month ago

    Very interesting! Thank you
    Julia Hubbard Tully – SoCal

  24. Jodi Cohen
    1 month ago

    I love this article! I actually share similar information in my upcoming book “How to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body with Essential Oils”. And i created a circadian rhythm essential oil blend that helps decalcify the pineal gland – so important, especially now!

  25. Rebecca O'Donnell
    1 month ago

    Interesting! This is the first in-depth article I’ve read about the pineal gland. I already include many of the recommended protocols described here. But I also take a low dose antidepressant (Lexapro) and .05 Klonopin at bedtime along with 3 mg Melatonin. I seem to be addicted to the Klonopin and can’t sleep without it. I know that it affects memory. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

  26. Catrina DiPace
    1 month ago

    Thank you, so informative. I’ve been trying to detoxify my family for the past 8 months. How do you suggest reducing exposure to EMF (as it’s everywhere now!)? I’ve been looking into blockers but reviews are mixed on their efficacy. Can you enlighten me on your thoughts?

  27. Trisha
    1 month ago

    What about all I hear about temperature checks damaging pineal gland? Is this true?

  28. Garry Boyce
    1 month ago

    If I take anything with melatonin in it I have nightmares I am a 80year old male, any thoughts?

  29. Chris
    1 month ago

    Thank you so much for your expertise and courage.❤️

  30. McGowan Janine
    1 month ago

    I’m on mental health medicine, Latuda, triliptal and Wellbutrin….. I’m trying to reduce my meds and increase my body’s functioning. I’m tired of being sluggish and withdrawan. I started withdrawing as a child since I was highly sensitive and an empath. It was before people knew about this and unfortunately I didn’t get proper care. I’m only able to use minimal financing and unfortunately I spent my money in anxiety lol…. thank you

  31. Diane
    1 month ago

    I disagree with some of this information as it just didn’t resonate as ‘truth’ when reading it. I muscle tested this and got confirmation.
    I also asked why some women get osteoporosis post menapause where others don’t and the answer I received was ‘ the adrenal glands take over with the production of the oestrogen we need. Some people however have highly stressed lives which prevents this from happening due to the stress damaging the adrenals.’ Energy work can reverse the damage of stress and therefore the adrenals can then take over the oestrogen production once damage free.

  32. Barbara Mitchell
    1 month ago

    Dear Dr. Northrup, I am a Warrior of the radical light. Thank you for all your wisdom. I have followed you since I read women’s bodies women’s wisdom and have always been curious if you yourself took bio identical hormones when you went through menopause? I am 68 years old and I am on Tri EST. A very low dosage. I would like to stay on it. I know you can’t advise me but I wonder if you are on hormones or ever were. Thank you

  33. LAURIE SUDBRINK
    1 month ago

    Thank you, I loved reading about everything you can do for the pineal gland.
    And I love your newsletter, I’m also a Warrior of the radical light! ❤️

    Curious if there are any other means of getting activator X? I have cut meat and dairy out of my diet completely as I can’t digest them well, even with very good enzymes. I get congested, and it doesn’t drain well, so I get sinus
    headaches.

    Thank you again for your gift to the world Dr. Northrup, you’ve made such a positive impact on my life and I am positive many others!

  34. Susan
    1 month ago

    Would this help a thyroid problems I had half removed because of cancer now on 50mg of Synthroid

    1. Michael
      3 weeks ago

      Look up “Iodine Protocol” for information on Iodine and the thyroid.

  35. Susan
    1 month ago

    Great post!! I took notes 🙂

  36. Ann clow
    1 month ago

    I am so thankful for your YouTube information session that I just heard about the Covid vaccine
    You’re a gift to the world and hold so much knowledge and knowledge is power and we will keep the freedom to make her own choices and our top priority We take care of our own health, research everything that we want to put in our body and form my own opinions on subjects as we love people and bring peace to the world If they don’t agree with us and all matters
    we only can do our best

  37. Liz
    1 month ago

    I am so grateful my friend Dolly shared a video to me, introducing me to Dr Christiane Northrup. SO much fantastic information, I’m VERY grateful. I LOVE this woman!

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