by Dr Dan Waniek, MD
Copyright © 2006 danwaniek.org
The meaning of such differential stimulation of the processi dentati, according to an irido-morphologic code, could be to provide optical information to the cortex - with the purpose of producing specific signals of homeostatic value to targets within the body.
Should this model be true, a coherent possibility for a new homeostatic circle arises :
( a ) A deficient structure within the body might induce changes in iridial morphology
( a' ) deficiencies might be expressed in the morphogenesis of the iris of the same phenotype.
( b ) The iris codes the light signal and transmits it to the ora serrata;
( c ) The ora serrata informs the cortex, acting like a peripheral sensitive homunculus,
(c') possibly via the lateral geniculate body and the pulvinar of the thalamus...
( c'' ) because of their strategic position in the diencephalon;
( d ) The cortex produces homeostatic messages ( nerve impulses or chemical mediators )...
( d' ) to compensate for the deficiency...
( d'' ) possibly by converting normal into “ exceptional ” metabolic pathways.