Hormones In The Darkness

After John Hunter, it wasn't until over 50 years later that there was a substantial advancement in the area of hormones. Keep in mind that at this point, the discovery of the concept of hormones were still not yet uncovered and that scientists across all around the world were still in the dark about this subject matter.

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In 1849, a man by the name of Arnold Berthold followed suit with John Hunter's previous experiments and made some new discoveries of his own.

Arnold castrated roosters as well but this time, he returned a testicle back into the body cavity of the corresponding castrated rooster. This led to the rooster showing normal sexual behavior and comb development. As a conclusion, the result was that the testes must have released something into the blood of the rooster. Now today, as we know, the consequence that was seen through this experiment was the responsibility of hormones.

Hormones For Your Wellness

It is important to have a good understanding about our hormones in our body. Hormones play a huge role in your body's functions. They are responsible for everyday functionality of many things that happen in your body - primarily with your organs' operations. For example, Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) can result in symptoms of:

  • Excessive growth throughout your body
  • Visual problems (which the pituitary gland is partly responsible for)
  • Low blood sugar levels ( which the pancreas gland is partly responsible for)
  • Soft skull parathyroid

Over the next few blog posts, I will try to cover the following key questions that pertain to our bodies:

  • What are hormones?
  • What problems are associated with hormone imbalance?
  • What treatments are available?
  • Are hormones used for any other reason than to correct an imbalance?
  • What are the risks and benefits of hormone treatments?

John Hunter, who lived from 1728 until 1793, conducted primitive experiments regarding hormones at a very early stage, long before hormones were discovered properly. Mr. Hunter castrated roosters and observed the unusual shrinking of their combs.

We will continue our look into the historical discovery and understanding of hormones in my next blog post! :)