Do hormones have an inner room? (2)

The pituitary gland releases thyroid-stimulating hormone whenever the innate intelligence commands it.  This chemical causes the thyroid gland, set like a pinkish bow tie on the windpipe, to secrete hormones that influence general metabolism, especially the growth of the brain, bones and teeth.

It is tempting to refer to the pituitary gland as the master gland because it is used to regulate the release of hormones from other glands.  However, the pituitary gland is actually controlled be a region in the middle underside of the brain known as the hypothalamus (Greek for “under the inner room“).

Always remember what Oscar Hammerstein said once:  “A bell isn’t a bell until you ring it.”



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