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What do people who have had a military IED injury, Lyme disease or whiplash have in common?

Posted by on Thu, Mar 11, 2010

by Debbie McCabe


At a recent conference I learned that the Pituitary Gland of the people who have survived these health challenges may be affected. Not only can the pituitary gland be affected by an IED (improvised explosive device) injury, Lyme Disease and whiplash, but sports injuries (soccer, football and sports where the athlete endures multiple body and head blows) as well.

Why is the Pituitary gland such a big deal?
Well, the Pituitary Gland is also called the "master gland" and as such it is probably the most important gland we have.

The pituitary gland is a tiny organ, the size of a pea, found at the base of the brain. As the master gland of the body, it produces and secretes many hormones that travel throughout the body, directing certain processes and stimulating other glands to produce different types of hormones. The pituitary gland controls biochemical processes important to our well-being.

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