Vaccines… Should they be avoided?


This is certainly a controversial topic, are vaccinations safe?  Are they really protecting us from what we are being vaccinated for?  Are there side-effects that should be considered before receiving any of them?  Personally & professionally I felt there is reason for DOUBT.  Having my 1st two children both having adverse reactions to their MMR shot, really placed me as a mother and as a Doctor of Naturopathy in the quest for answers, and searching for reasons why these vaccinations are better to receive vs. allowing the body to create it’s own natural immunity from exposure.  I found some interesting answers as I began to dig into this topic.  What I’ve compiled is NOT my own statements, but statements and research gathered.

So, what I put together are documented research by other professionals , that will  allow my readers to make their own decisions.  I have my own professional/personal view on this topic, however, my purpose is not to share that one way or the other, it is to share some factual information and leave the rest to my blog followers.



Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National Institutes of Health, declared, “The only safe vaccine is one that is never used.” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection: The story of the Medical Conspiracy Against America. The National Council for Medical Research, P.O. Box 1105, Staunton, Virginia 24401, p. 145)

I want to walk you back in time to the 1800’s, people were contracting something called “smallpox”.  This was not a pretty virus by any stretch.  Folks were dying, and those who managed to live through the outbreak, were scarred for life from the pox.

The Cowpox vaccine was believed to be able to immunize people against smallpox.  When this vaccine was introduced, there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox.  Japan introduced mandatory vaccination in 1872.  In 1892, there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths DESPITE the vaccination program.  A very stringent compulsory smallpox vaccine program, which prosecuted people refusing the vaccine, was instituted in England in 1867.  Within 4 years 97.5% of folks between the ages of 2 -50 had been vaccinated.  The following year England experienced the WORST smallpox epidemic in its countries history, with 44,840 deaths.(Null, Gary, “Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks,” Port Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec. 2003, p 78)

Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence  of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000.  So does this suggest that the smallpox vaccine was effective or not?

Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water sanitation and better quality of drinking water, less crowded living condition, better nutrition and an overall higher standard of living.  Typically the incidence of a disease was clearly declining before the vaccine for that disease was introduced.  In England, the incidence of polio had already decreased by 82% BEFORE the polio vaccine was introduced in 1956.

In the early 1900s an Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. Clarke, stated, “Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccination with cowpox vaccine began to be introduced.  I have had to deal with 200 cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection, p. 132)

There appears to be a widely held belief that vaccines should not be criticized, because the public might refuse to take them.  This is valid only IF the benefits exceed the KNOWN risks of the vaccines. Does valid research prove that the benefits exceed the risks?


I believe this question to be important, yet I cannot seem to find and adequate study suggesting that they do.  What I have found is that vaccines are extremely profitable for the drug companies that are manufacturing them, and recent legislation in the U.S. has exempted lawsuits against the pharmaceutical firms in the event of adverse reactions to vaccines, which are quite common reported.

In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.  Today less than 10% of German children are vaccinated against pertussis.  The number of cases of pertussis has steadily gown down even though far fewer children are receiving the pertussis vaccine. (Gary Null interview with Dr. Dean Black, April 7. 1995)

Measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination rates over 98% in all parts of the U.S. including areas that had reported no cases of measles for years.  As measles immunization rates rise to high levels, measles becomes a disease being seen only in vaccinated people.  The World Health Organizations has conceded that persons administered the measles vaccine have a  14 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than those who remain unvaccinated. (National Health Federation Bulletin, November 1969)

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90% of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated.  Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination.  Pertussis remains endemic in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96% of children have received 3 pertussis shots by the age of 12 months. (DeMelker HE, et al, Pertussis in the Netherlands: /an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 1997; 3(2): 175-8, Centers for Disease Control.)

After institution of diphtheria vaccinations in England and Wales in 1894, the number of deaths from diphtheria rose by 20% in the subsequent 15 years.  Germany had compulsory vaccination in 1939. The rate of diphtheria spiraled to 150,000 cases that year, whereas Norway, which did not have compulsory vaccination, had only 50 cases of diphtheria the same year.

The continued presence of these infectious diseases in children who have received vaccines proves that life-long immunity, which follows natural infections, does NOT occur in people receiving the vaccines.  THE INJECTION PROCESS PLACES THE VIRAL PARTICLES INTO THE BLOOD WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY CLEAR WAY TO ELIMINATE THESE FOREIGN SUBSTANCES.


Walene James, author of Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, states that the full inflammatory response is needed to created real immunity. (Gary Null Interview with Walene James, April 6, 1995)

Prior to the introduction of the measles and mumps vaccines, children got measles and mumps and in the great majority of cases these disease were benign.  Vaccines “trick” the body so it does not mount a complete inflammatory response to the injected virus.


The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has grown from .55 per 1000 live births in 1953 to 12.8 per 1000 in 1992 in Olmstead County, Minnesota.  The peak incidence for SIDS is age 2 to 4 months, the exact time most vaccines are being given to children.  85% of cases of SIDS occur in the first 6 months of infancy.  The increase in SIDS as a percentage of total infant deaths has risen from 2.5 per 1000 in 1953 to 17.9 per 1000 in 1992.  This rise in SIDS deaths has occurred during a period when nearly every childhood disease was declining due to improved sanitation and medical progress except SIDS.  These deaths from SIDS did increase during a period when the number of vaccines given to a child was steadily rising to 36 per child.

Dr. W. Torch was able to document 12 infant deaths that appeared within 3 1/2 and 19 hours of a DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) immunization.  He later reported 11 new cases of SIDS death and one near miss that had occurred within 24 hours of a DPT injection.  When he studied 70 cases of SIDS two-thirds of these victims had been vaccinated from one half day to 3 weeks prior to their deaths. (Torch, W.S., Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunizations: a potential cause of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Neurology, 1982: 32-4 A 169 abstract.)

None of these deaths was attributed to vaccines,  vaccines are a sacred cow and nothing against them appears in the mass media, because they are so profitable to pharmaceutical firms.  There is a valid reason to think that not only are vaccines worthless in preventing disease, they are counterproductive because they injure the immune system, permitting cancer, auto-immune diseases and SIDS to cause much disability and death.


Dr. Robert Strecker claimed that the Department of Defense (DOD) was given $10,000,000 in 1969 to create the AIDS virus, to be used as a population reducing weapon against blacks. (Collin, Jonathan, They deployed the AIDS virus.  The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, April 1988, p. 152)  By use of the Freedom of Information Act, Strecker was able to learn that the DOD had secured funds from Congress to perform studies on immune destroying agents for germ warfare. (Department of Defense Appropriations for 1970, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Ninety-first Congress, First Sessions, H.D. 15090)

Once produced, the vaccine was given in two locations, according to Strecker,  the smallpox vaccine containing HIV was given to 100,000,000 Africans in 1977.  Over 2000 young white homosexual males in New York City were given the hepatitis B  vaccine that contained  the HIV virus in 1978.  This vaccine was given at New York City Blood Center.  The hepatitis B vaccine containing the HIV virus was also administered to homosexual males in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Houston and Chicago in 1978 and 1979.  U.S. Public Health epidemiology studies have disclosed that these same 6 cities had the highest incidence of AIDS, SIDS related complex (ARC) and death rates from HIV, when compared to other U.S. cities.

Understand, when a new virus is introduced into a community, it takes 20 yrs. for the number of cases to double.  If the apparently fabricated story that the green monkey bites of Pygmies led to the HIV epidemic, the alleged monkey bites in the 1940’s should have produced a peak in the incidence of HIV in the 1960s, at which time HIV was nonexistent in Africa.  The World Health Organization (WHO) began an African smallpox vaccination campaign in 1977 that targeted urban population centers and avoided Pygmies.  If the green monkey bites of the Pygmies truly caused the HIV epidemic, the incidence of HIV in Pygmies should have been higher than in urban citizens.  However, the opposite was true.

In 1954 Dr. Bernice Eddy (a bacteriologist) discovered live monkey viruses in what was supposedly sterile inactivated polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. (Harris, R. J. et al, Contaminant viruses in two live vaccines produced in  chick cells. J Hyg (London), 1966, Mar:64(1): 1-7) This discovery was NOT well received at the NIH and Eddy was demoted.

Later Eddy, working with Sarah Stewart, discovered the SE polyoma virus.  This virus was quite important because it caused cancer in every animal receiving it.  Yellow Fever vaccine had previously been found to contain the avian (bird) leukemia virus.  Later Dr. Hilleman isolated the SV 40 virus from both the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines.  There were 40 different viruses they were trying to eradicate in these polio vaccines. (Horowitx, Leonard G., Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, p. 484, Tetrahedron Inc. Suite 147, 206 North 4th Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, 1-888-508-4787,

They were never able to get rid of these viruses that were contaminating the polio vaccines.  The SV 40 viruses caused malignancies.  It has now been identified in:

  • 4% of the cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Vilchez, R.A. et al, Association between simian virus 40 and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Lancet 2002, Mar 9;359 (9309): 817-823).
  • 36% of brain tumors: (Bu, X., A study of simian virus 40 infection and its origin in human brain tumors. Zhonghu, Lui Xing Bing Xue Zhi 2000 Feb: 21 (1): 19-21)
  • 18% of healthy blood samples, and 22% of healthy semen samples, mesothiolomas and other malignancies.
  • By the time of this discovery SV 40 had already been injected into 10,000,000 people in the Salk Vaccine.  Gastric digestion inactivates some of the SV 40 in the Sabin vaccine.  However, the isolation of strains of the Sabin polio vaccine from all 30 cases of Guillain Barre syndrome (Friedrich, F. et al, Temporal association between the isolation of Sabin-related poliovirus vaccine strains and the Guillain-Barre syndrome. REv Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 1996 Jan-Feb: 38(1): 55-8) in Brazil suggests that significant numbers of people are able to be infected from this vaccine.  All 38 of these patients had received Sabin polio vaccine months to years before the onset of GBS.  The incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has “mysteriously” doubled since the 1970s.

Dr. John Martin, professor of pathology at the University of Southern California, was employed by the Viral Oncology Branch of the Bureau of Biologics (FDA) from 1976 to 1980.  While employed there he identified foreign DNA in the live polio vaccine Orimune Lederle that suggested serious vaccine contamination.  He warned his supervisors about this problem and was told to discontinue his work as it was outside the scope of testing required for polio vaccine.

Later Marin learned that all eleven of the African green monkeys used to grow the Lederle polio virus Orimune had grown simian cytomegalovirus from kidney cell cultures.  Lederle was aware of this viral contamination, as their Cytomegaloviral Contamination Plan clearly showed in 1972. (Horowitz, Leonard, Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola p 492)

The Bureau of Biologics decided not to pursue the matter, so production of infected polio vaccine continued.

In 1955 Martin identified unique cell-destroying viruses termed  stealth viruses in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.  These viruses lacked genes that would enable the immune system to recognize them.  Thus they were protected by the body’s failure to develop antiviral antibodies. In March of 1995, Martin learned that some of the stealth viruses had originated from African green monkey simian cytomegalovirus of a type known to infect man.

The Lederle vaccine experience suggests that those who want to be in charge are not concerned about sloppy and dangerous preparation of vaccines.  Animal cross infection is a huge unsolved current problem for all vaccine manufacturing.  If this vaccine production sounds like an unbelievable mess to you, you are right.



In the March 4, 1977 issue of Science, Jonas and Darrell Salk warn, “Live virus vaccines against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance produce the disease it intended to prevent.  The live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis (brain damage).”

The swine flu vaccine was administered to the American public even though there had never been a case of swine flu identified in a human.  Farmers refused to use the vaccine, because it killed too many animals.  Within a few months of use in humans, this vaccine caused many cases of serious nerve injury (Guillain Barre syndrome).

The Washington Post on January 26, 1988, featured an article that mentioned that all cases of polio since 1979 had been caused by the polio vaccine, with no known cases of polio from a wild strain since 1979. (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by injection, p 146)

This might have created  a perfect situation to discontinue the vaccine, but the vaccine is still given.  Vaccines are a wonderful source of profits with no risks to the drug companies since the vaccine injuries are now recompensed by the government.

The steady escalation in the number of vaccines administered has been followed by an identical rise in the incidence of autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, asthma) seen in children.  While there is a genetic transmission of some of these diseases, many are probably due to the injury from foreign protein particles, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and other toxic agents injected in vaccines. (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks, Part I, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Octo 2003, pp. 90-95)

In 1999, the rotavirus vaccine was recommended for all infants by the Centers for Disease Control.  When this vaccine program was instituted several infants died and many had life-endangering bowel obstructions.  Prelicensure trials of the rotavirus vaccine had demonstrated an increased incidence of intussusception 30 times greater than normal (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks. Part 3, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec, 2003, p. 78), but the vaccine was released anyway without special warnings to practitioners to be on the lookout for bowel problems.  Children’s vaccines are often not studied for toxicity, possibly because such study might eliminate them from being used.

A large study from Australia showed that the risk of developing encephalitis from the pertussis vaccine was 5 times greater than the risk of developing encephalitis by contacting pertussis by natural methods.

Naturally acquired immunity by illness evolves by spread of a virus from the respiratory tract to the liver, thymus, spleen and bone marrow.  When symptoms begin, the entire immune response has been mobilized to repel the invading virus.  This complex immune system response creates antibodies that confer life long immunity against that invading virus and prepares the child to respond promptly to an infection by the same virus in the future.

Vaccination, in contrast, results in the persisting of the live virus or other foreign antigens within the cells of the body, a situation that may provoke autoimmune reactions as the body attempts to destroy its own infected cells.  There is no surprise that the incidence of autoimmune disease  (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, psoriasis) has risen sharply in this era of multiple vaccine immunization.


Dr. John Classen has published 29 articles on vaccine-induced diabetes. (Classen, JB et al. Association between type 1 diabetes and HIB vaccine, BMJ 1999: 319:1133.)  At least 8 of 10 children with Type 1 (insulin needing) diabetes have this disease as a result of vaccination.  These children may have avoided measles, mumps and whooping cough, but they have received something far worse; an illness that shortens life expectancy by 10 to 15 years and results in a life requiring constant medical care.

Classen has shown that in Finland, the introduction of hemophilus type B vaccine caused three times as many cases of type 1 diabetes as the number of cases of deaths and brain damage from the hemophilus influenza type b it might have prevented.

In New Zealand, the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children rose by 61% after an aggressive vaccine program against hepatitis.  This same program has been started in the U.S., so we can now look forward to many cases of type 1 diabetes in children.  Similar rises in type 1 diabetes have been seen in England, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark after immunization programs against hepatitis B.


Vaccines contain toxic substances that are needed to prevent the vaccines from becoming infected or to improve the performance of the vaccine.  Among these are mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum. (Brain, Sept. 2001)

In the past 10 years, the number of autistic children has risen between 200 and 500 percent in every state in the U.S.  This sharp rise in autism followed the introduction of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1975.

U.S. Representative Dan Burton’s healthy grandson was given injections for 9 diseases in one day.  These injections were instantly followed by autism.  These injections contain a preservative of mercury called thimerosal.  The body received 41 times the amount of mercury that is capable of harm to the body.  Mercury is a neurotoxin that can injure the brain and nervous system.  And tragically, it did.

In the United States the number of compulsory vaccine injections has increased from 10 to 36 in the last 25 years.  During this period , there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of children suffering learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.  Many vaccines contain aluminum.  A new disease called macrophagic myofascitis causes pain in muscles, bones and joints.  All people with this disease have received aluminum-containing vaccines. (Incao, Philip, M.D., Letter to Representative Dale Van Vyven, Ohio House of Representatives, March, 1, 1999, provided to by the Natural Immunity Information Network.)   Deposits of aluminum are able to remain as an irritant in tissues and disturb the immune and nervous system for a lifetime.

“Nearly ALL vaccines contain aluminum and mercury.  These metals appear to play an important role in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease.  An expert at the  1997 International Vaccine Conference, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, related that people who had 5 or more flu vaccine shots between 1970 and 1980 increased their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a factor of 10 over those who had 2 or fewer flu shots.

When we take vaccines we are playing a modern version of Russian Roulette.  We not only get exposed to aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and foreign cell proteins, but we may get simian virus 40 and other dangerous viruses that can cause cancer, leukemia and other severe health problems, because the vaccine pool is contaminated due to careless animal isolation techniques.  Congress has protected the manufacturers from lawsuits, so dangerous vaccines simply increase profits at no risk to the drug companies.”  ( Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

U.S. Children at age 2 months, began receiving hepatitis B vaccine in December 2000. No peer-reviewed studies of the safety of hepatitis B in this age bracket has been done.  Over 36,000 adverse reactions with 440 deaths were soon reported but the true incidence is much higher as reporting is voluntary, so only approximately 10% of adverse reactions get reported.  This means that about 5000 infants are dying annually from the hepatitis B vaccine.  The CDC’s chief of epidemiology admits that the frequency of serious reactions to hepatitis B vaccine is 10 times higher than for other vaccines.  A vaccine expert, Dr. Philip Incao, states that “The conclusion is obvious that the risks of hepatitis B vaccination far outweighs the benefits.” (Ibid.)  “Once a vaccine is mandated, the vaccine manufacturer is NO longer liable for adverse reactions.” (Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

Dr. W.B. Clarke’s important observation that cancer was not found in unvaccinated individuals demands an explanation and one now appears forthcoming.  All vaccines given over a short period of time to an immature immune system deplete the thymus gland (the primary gland involved in immune reaction) of irreplaceable immature immune cells.  Each of these cells could have multiplied and developed into an army of valuable cells to combat infection and growth of abnormal cells.  When these immune cells have been used up, permanent immunity may not appear.  The Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, estimates that up to 60% of our immune system may be exhausted by multiple mass vaccines. (Rowen, Robert, Your first consultation with Dr. Rowen, p. 20)

In 2005, 36 vaccines were required in total for children, and in 2016, IF  I managed to count right, we are in the 50 dose range: (

Only 10% of immune cells are permanently lost when a child is permitted to develop natural immunity from disease.  There needs to be grave concern about these immune system injuring vaccinations!  Could the people who approve these mass vaccinations know that they are impairing the health of these children; many of who are being doomed to requiring much medical care in the future? Compelling evidence is available that the development of the immune system after contracting the usual childhood diseases matures and renders it capable to fight infection and malignant cells in the future.

The use of multiple vaccines, which prevents natural immunity, promotes the development of allergies and asthma.  A New Zealand study disclosed that 23% of vaccinated children developed asthma, as compared to zero in unvaccinated children.

Cancer was a very rare illness in the 1890s.  This evidence about immune system injury from vaccinating affords a plausible explanation for Clarke’s finding that only vaccinated individuals got cancer.  Some radical adverse change in health occurred in the early 1900s to permit cancer to explode and vaccinating appears to be the reason.


“Vaccines are an unnatural phenomenon.  My guess is that if enough people said NO to immunizations there would be a striking improvement in general health with nature back in the immunizing business instead of man.  Having a child vaccinated should be a choice, NOT a requirement.  Medical and religious exemptions are permitted by most states.

When governmental policies require vaccinations before children enter schools, coercion  has overruled the lack of evidence of vaccine efficacy and safety.  There is NO proof that vaccines work, and they are never studied for safety before release.  My opinion is that there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the only reason for their existence is to increase profits of pharmaceutical firms.

If you are forced to immunize your children so they can enter school, obtain a notarized statement from the director of the facility that they will accept full financial responsibility for any adverse reaction from the vaccine.  Since there is at least a 2% risk of a serious adverse reactions, they may be smart enough to permit your child to escape a dangerous procedure. Recent legislation passed by Congress gives the government the power to imprison people refusing to take vaccines (smallpox, anthrax, etc,). this would be troublesome to enforce if large numbers of citizen declined to be vaccinated at the same time.” (James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeingjournal,:VOL., 14, NO2… is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients.  The second edition of Dr. Howenstein’s book, “A Physician’s Guide To Natural Health Products That Work, is out in digital format.  This second edition contains 620 pages, references, and an expanded index. and addresses many additional subjects as well as important new advances in medicine.  Readers may download the book at

Much of what I have written here has been quoted and the research information is NOT mine, all resources have been noted within the post.


It is my hope that you will continue to do your own research as to the safety and necessity of whether you should allow you or your loved ones to have vaccinations administered. It should be a choice NOT a forced requirement, hence from where I stand, they are failing to prove that these vaccines are protecting folks from what they claim they should.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.


Where did my journey begin?


I’ve had multiple clients ask me over the years why did I choose to embark into the field of Naturopathic Medicine.  My answer has always been I didn’t choose it, IT chose ME.


I was recently asked the same question and I felt maybe it was time to put my journey into words.  I think that some folks naturally assume than when one is in this type of a field of practice that they don’t struggle with the same mental or physical issues that folks who seek my services out do, but I have to burst the bubble with that assumption…. WE too are humans on this spinning ball we call earth, and therefore are subjected to the same hurdles. There is zero doubt in my mind and heart that God chose my path for me, and my conditioning began for me right from the stages of infancy.


Back in 1965 , it was quite common for laboring mothers to be placed in what was referred to as a twilight sleep.  The drugs used to initiate this twilight sleep were comprised of a chemical cocktail of “Morphine & Scopolamine”.  The Morphine was to reduce the pain in labor, and the scopolamine was to create amnesia so the experience wasn’t remembered.  The problem is that this cocktail greatly suppressed the Central Nervous system of both mother and baby.  This meant the baby would need to be delivered with the assistance of forceps, (which I was), and  baby upon birth, to have a very suppressed Central Nervous System which could cause breathing issues and a host of other neurological malfunctions, mine began in the digestive tract.


The other common thing to offer the mother after birth was medication to dry up her milk, my mother was told by the medical staff that her emotional state was too nervous to breast feed me, and would make for a very nervous baby, so they recommended she resort to feeding me formula vs. breast milk.  Hence, my digestive issues began from the starting gate. The colostrum in breast milk works as the perfect stimulant to allow the baby to pass out the meconium, which is a black tar like coating inside the infants colon. I was constipated before I even left the hospital with my parents.  As an infant I was diagnosed as having colic, and infant constipation.  My parents rode the rollercoaster of trying to find which formula would work best for me. I was given colic prescriptions and prescription laxatives as an infant, adding insult to injury.

As a child I always remembered, (what should be a simple task) of having a bowel movement was one of great agony and a dreaded body function that I sought to avoid at all cost.  Was I the only child, that in order to use the bathroom had to sit on the throne rocking back and forth with a cold rag on her forehead, and the wastebasket between my legs (because most bowel movements meant throwing up), cold sweats and feeling like I was going to pass out, which some times actually happened?  I remember asking my mom, what is wrong with my “poop shoot”, twas, what I called it…..

When I reached the age of 8 yrs. old, I experienced my 1st migraine headache, albeit it took the medical field upwards of a year to realize that was what I was experiencing.  In the meantime, I was put thru E.E.G’s to see if the headaches were some form of a seizure, or possibly a brain tumor, once those were ruled out, they assumed I must need glasses, which they gave me yet I couldn’t SEE thru them. They mysteriously keep getting lost! Not sure what was up with that?

So after spending much time at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, it took a Pediatric Intern to confront my parents with the statement that he felt I was having migraine headaches.  So, they prescribed a medication… I do NOT remember what it was, but what I do remember was when I took it, it was like having a total out of body experience, and I was expected to still sit at my desk at school and be a kid at recess, when I couldn’t even manage to keep my feet underneath me when I was on it. Mom took me off of that when the school nurse gave me my dose, and next period was recess and I literally walked off a 3 + food concrete pad on the playground and had a goose egg on my forehead the size of a grapefruit coupled with a concussion.  Problem with it was, I couldn’t even “LIE” about having the headache when they would occur, because it was uncontrollable vomiting and the pain was so excruciating that all I could do was lay down and moan, crying made it worse so I learned really quickly not to add insult to injury.


At the age of 10, I experienced my 1st go round with a “blocked bowel”, I hadn’t had a bowel movement in at least 2 weeks and I became septic.  My fever shot up, and my body was trembling uncontrollably, coupled with a migraine. Folks, during these young ages I spent a LOT of time in the E.R. and doctors offices.  I also struggled with lots of upper respiratory issues, it got to when I felt the urge to cough or sneeze, I’d hurry up and leave the room so mom couldn’t hear, because instantly she would give my cold to “Contact, or Dristan”, (remember those commercials way back when?  I hated taking those because they made me feel jumpy inside, and I quickly learned after taking those, then I’d end up with a UTI, (Urinary tract infection) because it would dry EVERYTHING up!


So now being in the E.R. and mom being told I had a severely blocked bowel, the only course of action would be to remove my colon and have a colostomy bag. I remember my mom crying, but conceding, the doctor left the room to put the surgery team together.  God being supreme and in control, had placed an E.R. nurse in my room during the doctors conversation with my mom, (I was pumped up on feel good juice of some sort), but I do remember the nurse telling my mom, she could lose her job for what she was about to suggest and that they didn’t have much time, but she didn’t want to see this baby (meaning me), lose her colon, did she have my mom’s permission to try to save it before surgery.  My mom didn’t even ask “what” she wanted to do, she just agreed.  What she gave me was a high enema, I remember them trying to muffle my screams, and massaging my belly, and using tools to help the stool exit, and demanding that I PUSH with everything I had…. Yes I gave birth…. birth to the petrified stool, and gave birth to my 1st go round with hemorrhoids, what a way to welcome the age of being “10”…..I had another go round with a blocked bowel when I was 17 yrs. old.  But to this day, thanks be to God, this lady still possesses her proper set of pipes given to her at birth!


Now after the stool birthing process at the age of 10, I distinctly remember dreaming of an evening, and it was so prominent of a dream that I actually wrote it down in my little girlie diary at the time, which I had forgotten about, until my mother who for whatever reason saved the diary (not sure if she save it with intention or it just got shoved in a box of misc. stuff, but shortly before she died in 2005, she gave it to me, of which I didn’t end up reading until 2 yrs. after she passed).  But I DO remember that dream set a ball in motion for me that put me at odds with both my parents from that point forward.  My dream told me to pay attention to my foods!  God’s honest truth… the exact words in my diary ” a voice in my dream told me to pay attention to my foods, I don’t know why, maybe doing this will help me”. I don’t think I completely understood, but things began to make sense after that.  I began to realize that after I ate certain foods, I would get a migraine, that was the 1st place I began to connect the dots.

Remember those cookies that looked like windmills?  I’d get a horrible headache after eating those, or when dad would bring home Arby’s roast beef sandwiches for lunch, I’d be sicker than a dog after eating those.  Or doubled up on the floor after drinking a glass of milk.  My mom loved Chinese food, so we’d frequent a local Chinese restaurant, and Migraine from hell would occur after eating there.  Slim Jim’s same thing, Doritos, Funyuns,  White Castle hamburgers, my list kept getting bigger.  Of course back then I didn’t know that MSG. was the culprit, or being lactose intolerant.  I just knew after I’d eat certain foods, I didn’t “FEEL” good.  Now being raised by a father who insisted you eat whatever was placed in front of you, becoming defiant and refusing to eat certain things, well that boat didn’t float too terribly well.   Same with liver and onions, I couldn’t digest it not to mention couldn’t stand the taste… but there was a huge turning point for me in 6th grade when I remember standing up, (being the last Mohican at the dinner table), and Liver -n- onion was the main dish, coupled with left over Chinese and a big glass of milk.  I remember staring at that and thinking “you’ve got to be kidding me”…..


I stood my ground, and actually I was getting quite upset, my father was sitting at the table with me as mom was doing the dishes, and I got this lecture, Jodi Ann, I don’t care if that food tastes like it just came out of the freezer, you are going to eat it, there are people starving who would give their right arm to have what is sitting in front of you… Now being the bright 11 yr. old that I credited myself to be, I got up from the table and walked over to the “junk drawer in the kitchen, you know the one every household has”, and took out an envelope and remember walking back to the table, I placed what food I could in that envelope licked it shut and set it down in front of my father and made the statement, “Daddy, I am feeling like a giving person right now so you can mail this to them, and then they can save their right arm, cuz I’m NOT eating any of it.”  As any of you parents that may be reading this, that brave stand didn’t fare super well for this brilliant 11 yr. old Joan of Ark, as a matter of fact I remember being quite sore for a day or too.  However, I remember my parent’s arguing, and my dad saying if she isn’t going to eat what we eat, she need not be at the dinner table.  Inside, I was doing my happy dance…

So here is where I impose my years of WISDOM on all reading parents….. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN…. when I get clients who bring their kiddo’s for a consult, and are disgusted because they say their kids are being picky eaters, they are quickly corrected by ME, children are not BORN to be picky eaters, but they cannot always convey in conversation that when they eat something, they don’t feel right…I will tell you this though, Kids are way more in tune with listening to their bodies than adults.  Let me also pose a question to all parents who take the stance that your children will eat what is placed in front of them… when you go to a restaurant, do you purposely order something off the menu because you know its GOOD for you, or do you order something that you actually LIKE?  You have an element of choice, why shouldn’t they? Now I’m not saying you cave in and allow them to have crap food in place of something healthy.  What I am saying is you need to sometimes allow them the freedom to choose in the different food categories.  So if they don’t like a particular veggie, give them other veggie choices, and same with other food groups.  Their taste will change and improve as they grow older.

As I stop and sift through looking back over the years, I lost a lot of play time, laying in a bed with a bucket and rag on my head.  I missed out on spending the night at friends houses, (until my later teens), because I never knew when I was gonna have to use the bathroom, and it always meant I’d have to lay down for awhile afterwards. Not to mention I had no control over what foods would be served at friends houses, and didn’t want to bring on a headache.  It was easier to just forego and stay home.

When I got married and became pregnant with my 1st child, I ended up with toxemia, and gestational Diabetes, after I gave birth to her via C-section.  I made a solemn vow, the buck stops HERE.  There has to be a better way forward, and there was no way my children were going to experience any of what I went thru.  I began to scour thru the library and began reading everything and anything I could get my hands on that pertained to nutrition, I began to collect “OLD” cookbooks (pre-circa processed foods).  Everything I could was made from scratch and if I couldn’t make it from scratch, we didn’t eat it.  Well, I should say that didn’t roll super well with the hubs, so some concessions were made and his favorite junk foods were hidden, or he ate them at work. (we called it compromise). Not that our children never experienced any processed/junk foods, yes they did, however the moderation they received or were allowed to eat was greatly controlled especially when they were smaller.


One of the 1st life changing material that I came across was the book written by Dr. Henry Bieler, M.D. called Food is your Best Medicine, and the other was by Dr.Norman Walker’s book called Colon Health, those two books changed my direction in profound ways.  So to end where I began with this post, I didn’t pick my field of practice, IT picked me!  God had a direction, he had a plan for my future, I had to walk in the trenches for awhile, it developed within me a particular “bed-side manner”, and truth be told as with Paul and his “thorn in the flesh”, I have to still watch because I still succumb to migraines, and bowel malfunction when I drift off course.  So I do not place myself on any particular pedestal of perfection.  I believe I probably struggle less than most, but I do have my moments of weakness, like every other breathing mammal on the planet. Of which I usually pay dearly for when I cave into temptation.


Is there a better way to live?  ABSOLUTELY… and it begins with realizing “Food is your best medicine”,,,, and restoring intestinal integrity, that many are lacking including our children.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.


Harvested Health LLC

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“9” Natural Immune Boosters


9 Natural Immune Boosters
A vital immune system can mean the difference between a pleasant winter and a miserable one. Do your part to help your body stay strong with help from these gifts from Mother Nature:
The root and leaves of this purple coneflower have been used for centuries by American Indians and Europeans to boost immunity. Echinacea triggers the body’s white blood cells to attack unwanted invaders. According to research, it can significantly increase the body’s white blood cell count. Specifically, this herb increases the body’s count of T-cells, interferon, interleukin and immunoglobulin.
Believe it or not, your gut is a key part of your immune system. And eating plenty of friendly bacteria (probiotics) helps strengthen your immunity!
A recent study published in Postgraduate Medicine found that women who took a daily probiotic had higher levels of T-cells. T-cells are special white blood cells that support the immune system. So say “Yum!” to yogurt or get crazy for sauerkraut. But check the labels. Some yogurts offer very minimal amounts of friendly flora. Consider taking a quality probiotic supplement.
Many of us hit the orange juice or eat extra oranges or grapefruits during the winter months. Citrus and other red fruits and veggies (red peppers, strawberries and even leafy greens) contain vitamin C, which helps protect and support the immune system. It also strengthens the cardiovascular system, supports eye health and more.
Long-cherished for its support of the bones, vitamin D3 (the sunlight vitamin) is opening eyes for its immune-system benefits. Researchers are studying this nutrient to find out how it helps support immunity. It appears to help regulate the function of lymphocytes (an important type of white blood cells), the production of cytokines (another key white blood cell) and the activity of macrophages (protein messengers vital to immune function).
This flavorful and aromatic member of the onion family stimulates the production of important white blood cells. Garlic also helps quench free radicals in the bloodstream. It even supports heart health.
The western U.S. and Canada are home to the Sambucus nigra or elderberry. Its properties have been studied by many scientists, and for good reason! It contains principals that stimulate the body to make cytokines, a type of protein molecule that enhances the immune system’s response to attacks. This dark-colored berry also contains powerful antioxidants, including anthocyanins.
Most people think of mushrooms as a flavor enhancer or use them to bulk up a dish. But some mushrooms offer much more than that. Researchers have found that reishi and cordyceps mushrooms contain chemicals that offer a host of immune benefits, including boosting the immune system and offering lung support. And, guys, it may help with prostate health as well!
This essential trace mineral supports the body’s immunity and aids with nerve function. Zinc seems to work the best when taken at the first sign of concern.
Hold the pimientos. We’re talking about olive leaf here, not cocktail garnishes or pizza toppings. The leaves of this Mediterranean staple offer a powerhouse of protection against unwanted invaders. Olive leaf contains a bitter compound called oleuropein that also provides fabulous support to the circulatory system. And it battles free radical damage.
Minimize stress.
Stay active.
Eat a healthful diet. Steer clear of sugary and high-fat foods, which can slow and/or weaken immune response.
Socialize. People with friends have stronger immune systems than those who feel alone. Of course, try not to socialize with people who are sick

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

The “COME HITHER”, call of sugar…

There is a massive “love affair”, sweeping our country!  I believe the harlot’s name is called “sugar.”

Once you’ve tasted her, it only makes ya want more.  Yet for years, the concept of sugar addiction was dismissed by most scientists and doctors.  Research, however, is forcing this concept to be reconsidered.

Experts used to explain “sugar cravings” as the result of spikes & crashes in blood sugar levels.  Now of course this contributes, hence sugar and refined carbohydrates, which are easily reduced to sugar, are calorie dense and are rapidly absorbed by the body.  These foods 1st elevate the blood sugar levels, but are processed fast, leaving you feel unsatisfied and still hungry for more sugar.  This hunger is NOT driven by a need for caloric energy, but by a need for a stable blood glucose level.  Foods that are high in protein and fiber have a slower absorption rate and keep one satisfied longer.  All carbohydrates do eventually convert into sugar once inside the body, but more complex carbs do so at a much slower rate than simple carbs.

The word “addiction” has many connotations.  People laugh about all sorts of vices they consider themselves to be addicted too: sex, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, internet, video games, shopping….. Yet, there truly is no definitive test for addiction.  You cannot go to your doctor and have him swab your throat and come back and tell you that, yes, you have tested positive for addiction.  Mental health professionals usually diagnose addiction, and the definition is somewhat subjective.  A person’s quality of life, rather than their biochemical state is assessed.  Most agree, however, that a loss of control, along with the presence of tolerance and withdrawal, are the most notable features of addiction.

The”Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV”, the manual used by professionals to formally diagnose mental disorders, lists the criteria for diagnosis of addiction as meeting three or more of these factors:

  1. tolerance; the need for increased amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effect, or a diminished effect when the same amount is consumed.
  2. withdrawal symptoms when the substance is not taken
  3. a greater use of the substance than intended
  4. unsuccessful efforts to control the use of the substance
  5. a great deal of time spent using the substance or recovering from use
  6. a reduction of social, occupational, or recreational activities because of the substance
  7. continued use of the substance despite knowing that it causes social and physical problems.

When you base the above criteria alone, there is no doubts that sugar, as well as any other substance or action, can be considered addictive.  But can a person be addicted to sugar in the same fashion that someone can be addicted to drugs or alcohol?  For some, sugar does seem to have tangible effects in the brain, leaving them in a neurochemical state similar to drug addiction.  Although sugar does not exactly mimic the brain activity of addictive drugs, alcohol or nicotine, some similarities have been discovered.  If you’ve ever known someone who was recovering from alcoholism or drug additions, most of those folks are reaching for “chocolate, coffee, even cigarettes.”  Why might that be?  Well the endogenous opioid system is the brains mechanism for controlling pain.  Normally, pain is adaptive, letting us know that a part of our body needs attention & rest.  Persistent or excruciating pain, however, is maladaptive.  To manage pain, the body produces brain chemicals called endorphins.  Endorphins, also called opioids, work by binding to special receptors on our brain cells, called opioid receptors, and blocking a complex cascade of reactions, leading to the perception of pain. So when you hurt your back, and the doctor prescribes pain medicine, that medicine is blocking the brains pain receptor signal so you can’t quite “FEEL” the pain.

Research has suggested that SUGAR has a similar effect on the endogenous opioid system.  Of course “rats” were used for the study, but the study was to determine if excessive sugar intake could lead to tolerance and withdrawal, so the rats were placed on a cycle of bingeing on a glucose solution in addition to eating regular rat food.  After 8 days, the rats had increased their intake of glucose solution from 30mL to 79mL per day, and were eating more food.  At this point some of the rats were administered a drug called Naloxone which is used on folks who have overdosed on an opiate, because it blocks the opiate molecules from binding to the opioid receptors, and, by the same blocking, can induce withdrawal symptoms in an addict.  So they precipitated a withdrawal in some rats and the others were taken off the glucose solution and given saline injections.  Both rats experienced similar withdrawal symptoms.  If sugar did not have an opiate like effect on the brain, the naloxone group would not have displayed withdrawal symptoms.  In addition, further analysis of the rats brains found that the naloxone group had decreased levels of brain chemical dopamine and increased levels of the brain chemical acetylcholine.  This dopamine/acetylcholine imbalance is characteristic of morphine and nicotine withdrawal.

This same study determined that both sugar and morphine had a similar effect on dopamine levels in the brain, first increasing the amount of dopamine and then causing the dopamine to be down regulated, so that the absence of sugar and/or morphine left the rats lacking adequate dopamine.  Dopamine imbalances are found in schizophrenic and cocaine abusers.  Now with this being said; not everyone who consumes sugar will have an addictive effect  because not everyone experiences the same neurochemical effect, just like not everyone who drinks alcohol will become an alcoholic.

Biologist Sarah Tanksley believes that a “lack of serotonin is a factor in many mental disorders, including clinical depression.  Sugar and other refined carbs increase the level of serotonin in the brain.  Serotonin plays a key role in the pathway of pain management by inducing their release of opioids.  It would seem reasonable to conclude that a person with depression may resort to bingeing on sweet foods to increase serotonin, release opioids and feel the addiction process.”

Sarah went on to say: ” Perhaps a better understanding of the effects of sugar on our brains can lead to treatments for eating disorders such as binge eating and bulimia.  Many therapists treat eating disorders as addictions, and the endogenous opioid system may be the mechanism at work.  The binge eater will consume hugs amounts of food in a short amount of time, seemingly without limits.  A bulimic will eat large amounts of typically sugary, starchy foods, and once the desired opiate like effect is obtained, will purge the food to avoid weight gain.  Since bingeing on sweets, prolonged starvation and vigorous exercise all activate the endogenous opioid system, it is easy to see how a person could become stuck in an addictive cycle of starving, bingeing, and purging, through vomiting and/or exercise.”

These findings also make sense when you consider smokers who will gain weight after they quit smoking, and heroin addicts who suffer a loss of appetite when using the drug, then crave sugary candy during detoxification from the drug.  Eating disorders, bulimia in particular, have a high co-morbidity with alcoholism and other drug additions, according to Sarah Tanksley Biologist.

What makes it difficult to refrain from sugar is the fact that it is so readily available.  You don’t have to go to a bar or a special store to buy candy like you do other addictive elements.  It’s NOT illegal either.  In fact, eating sugar is often encouraged, we give candy as gifts, as rewards and treats to our children, sugary treats are elevated as gifts of acknowledgement and as expressions of love and kindness. Heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates are given for Valentines Days, Christmas, Easter etc.

There is a whole host of physical issues that also accompany a sugar addiction:

weight gain

candida/yeast over-growth

immune system weakness


insulin imbalances (hypoglycemia & diabetes)

digestive issues



Cancer: ( sugar creates a very acidic pH internal environment which is like fertilizer to cancer cells)

I get clients who when I’m working nutritionally with them and their children, I cannot tell you how many mothers “ask”, when can they have sugar again?  We get emotionally attached to what we offer through our foods, meaning, cooking a nice meal for someone has become a way of exhibiting “love” for another, especially when its their “favorite.”

Folks, food and eating is meant to FEED and NOURISH the body, there are other ways to show your love for someone.  Don’t make food a reward, it is a basic need.  One example that drives that point home to me is how many have ever watched any of those shows where folks are dropped off in the middle of no where to survive.. like ” Naked and afraid”,  the people participating in those do or die situations, when they run across something that can be eaten, they are not elaborating in their minds about how it LOOKS, what kind of plate its served on, what side dish will they serve with it.  The truth is they are hungry!  When you can change and adapt your mental connection as to what role food is meant to play, I believe you can begin the healing process of being able to abstain from all the overly processed foods that create these addictive cycles that are destroying our health, and especially the health of our children.

The amount of sugars and carbohydrate overload that our youth are consuming on a daily basis is and should be totally SHOCKING!  Yet those foods (which I hate even categorizing them as), are easy to serve, they are quick convenient. Although, grabbing an apple is quick and convenient, how about a handful of grapes, or strawberries, a banana, are NOT all of those quick and convenient too?

I believe there is a PRICE to pay for the simplicity of quick and convenient. We are developing a generation of over-weight, underactive people who struggle to stay emotionally balanced, cannot cope with even simple stressors, even technology is jumping on board to fill in the anti-social gap, even though we refer to it as “social media”, “text messaging”, and all the other communication “apps”, sure we are able to connect with people all across the globe now, but think about something,  those connections are emotionally unattached, and impersonal.  Try calling a teen-ager or young adult on their phone today and most will let it go to voice mail.  But text message them and it’s answered within seconds, look at groups of people in social gatherings and  how many are physically making eye contact with the folks they are with?  Most have their heads down buried in their cell phones.  Lack of serotonin production, dopamine levels that are off, all the neurotransmitters that allow us to FEEL our emotional connections are off and just spend some time people watching and tell me I’m wrong.

We need to also realize we have been conditioned over the years by commercials/advertising.  Ever notice that all the junk foods tend to cost “less” than wholesome fresh foods?  Well that is because those junk foods can grace the store shelves for 3+ years, I don’t think an apple/orange or banana would pass that test. But you are wasting your money on those junk food items because they offer the body ZERO in the nutritional elements, so you are eating empty food items. So why waste your money?

So for any of my readers who may still be wondering: “Is my body addicted to sugar?”  if you find yourself asking the very question, your answer probably needs to gravitate to a yes!!!  Is there a way to navigate yourself away from that addiction?  Yes there is, but it will be a process, the body needs to be built up nutritionally for balance.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC


Wellbeing journal Vol,. 14, NO.2

Sarah Tanksley, Biologist.