I tend to share about some of my client’s (keeping their identity hidden unless they agree for me to share their name) cases, with the hopes that it helps others in their quest for turning around a health situation they may be struggling with.
Three years ago I had a 55 year old woman who came to me on the verge of begging to die, even admitted she had contemplated suicide because of her extreme depressive state. On her first consultation she complained of heart palpitation and a near non existent sleep pattern. Her blood pressure was 170/100; her urine was extremely acidic (QFA Analysis where I process first morning urine and saliva). Her knees, ankles and feet were super swollen, she had fevers that came and went for no apparent medical reason and her joints were so painful that she could barely get up and down small steps. She complained about being stiff and had what felt like crippling pain in her hands, hips and right shoulder area. Her biggest fear was that she was destined for confinement in a wheelchair.
Upon taking her lifestyle history; her dietary habits consisted of about 10 cups of coffee daily(she was running on Dunkin) with zero water intake, the coffee is what propelled her thru her day since her sleep pattern was terrible. She smoked cigarettes, ate primarily meat for all three meals, lived and craved starches, canned fruits and refined sugar foods and to cap it all off she rotated between aspirin and Tylenol all day long to compensate for the stiffness and pain. She has been rotated for years on different arthritis medications, sleeping pills and depression medications too. She was very much overweight as a consequence of her lifestyle.
She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said,” I’m willing to give you 6 months of my life to see if you can help me get well.” My response to her was ” It will probably take much longer than that,” I believe in being honest with my clients. I went on to tell her that “your joints didn’t get stiff in a day; the toxic saturation of your body has been years in the making, like burying a toxic metal drum in the soil, after years of erosion occurs and the contents start to leak out, then the ground water starts to become contaminated, the EPA cannot just drive in with a backhoe and take out the area with the leaky drum and consider the area “clean”. Also, you have been covering up your symptoms with drugs, and coupled with a horrible daily diet, all these combined has been a cocktail for health decline.”
I convinced her to give up all the drugs, (since they were not fixing her symptoms), smoking, coffee and meat for her particular issues, although I do permit some clients to eat meat and drink weak herbal tea or coffee. I recommended some calcium/magnesium capsules as her only nutritional supplementation and the following foods: upon rising, one tsp of yeast dissolved in some warm water. Then for breakfast; a vegetable soup made with only green beans and zucchini. Mid-morning; four ounces of raw cucumber juice.Then for lunch; steamed celery, more vegetable soup, one slice of whole grain bread and a blended salad with zero dressing. Mid-afternoon; fruit or fruit juice diluted with water. Dinner; one package of frozen or 10 oz. of fresh cut green beans, lightly steamed including the liquid from the pan and a head of romaine lettuce. Before going to bed, another teaspoon of yeast dissolved in warm water.
Three years later, I’m happy to report that her weight-loss was just under 100 lbs; her blood pressure was 120/92; her depression had left completely; she was now sleeping well for the first time since she can’t remember when. She was able to exercise and she was elated that she was free of arthritic pain. She no longer struggled with edema in her feet or hands. She said, ” I feel happier than I ever have and I never get tired of my diet, although it was super hard in the beginning to get used to and sometimes, for short periods, I went off of the diet because my craving for sweets and meats won the battle. But strangely they didn’t seem to offer me the same satisfaction as I remembered in the past. I realized I could feel the same symptoms returning when I cheated, and my quest to not end up in a wheel chair is what kept pushing me on. The vision of my grandchildren visiting me in a wheel chair was just unacceptable.”
She went on to say: “my whole body feels better, I actually look forward to getting up in the morning, I have the physical energy to actually play with my grandchildren, and physically, I haven’t had this much energy without coffee since my early 20’s, even the tone of my skin is better and everyone tells me how much better I look.”
Even better was as she continued to go see her family physician, he kept insisting that the nutritional changes she was making had nothing to do with her physical improvements? Yet since she was no longer taking any of her medications, what other explanation could there be? She eventually decided to look for a different family physician.
Dr. Frederick Hoffman who for many years was the chief statistician of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, who authored a dictionary-sized book on cancer and diet concluded: “I am fully convinced that profound dietary influences in cancer are to be looked upon as a causative factor.” Still, it is heresy to mention diet and cancer in the same sentence or diet and any disease which the medical profession believes can only be “cured” through a pill or an injection.
We are so concerned with synthesizing chemicals which will cure; that we have lost sight of the fact that these same chemicals have been lodged in our foods for thousands of years. “Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”
Folks through the years I have been able to observe the close relationship of someone’s diet and lifestyle and the connection of dis-ease in their health.
I remember the very first client that sought out my services who had a tumor. At that point in my practice my focus had been mainly on digestive support, candida over growth, weight-loss, and leaky-gut issues. So truth be told I knew practically nothing about the relationship between tumors/cancer and diet & lifestyle connections.
This client had a tumor that could NOT be operated on because of certain nerves and blood vessels that were connected that the tumor had grown into. This gal was referred to me because she was told I used foods to help folks strengthen their bodies and wanted to know if I could help her? The first thing I did was I sent her for a hair mineral test, and I did a QFA Analysis. The mineral test showed that her Sulphur was super elevated, which typically most folks are Sulphur depleted. But her levels were the highest I’ve ever seen.
Her and her husband raised farm animals to sell, and she had been eating a lot of turkey before she was diagnosed with the tumor. I was honest with her that I was not 100% certain what was going to be the best course of action, as I had never worked with a client whose Sulphur levels were off the chart like hers were. I did decide that it made sense to remove anything that would be contributing to the Sulphur from her dietary plan. I recommended foods that would increase her alkalinity by using certain veggies and fruits and fresh juices and blended raw salads. It took about 8 months of sticking to a super rigid dietary plan, but her tumor was beginning to shrink. 18 months later it was all but completely gone. ( she did continue working with her physicians as she was changing her dietary lifestyle, I was NOT dealing with her tumor, I was dealing with her nutritional balance.)
Now the way my mind works, made me beyond curious that there had to be some major connections between diet and the healing capacity of our own bodies. Here was an inoperable tumor that was consuming this gals blood vessels and nerves, and with severe dietary and lifestyle changes; a tad past 2 years and her doctors couldn’t find any signs of the tumor. Realizing each one of us is unique by design, she had incorporated some meats back into her diet; beef, lamb, some fresh water fish, but I recommended she keep severely limited amounts of Sulphur rich foods in her diet.
I’d like to point out that not all my clients stick to what I recommend like their lives depend on it. Yet in many cases it really does, if what you have been doing for years isn’t making you feel like the poster child for glowing health, then it should be obvious what your doing isn’t working well for you.
Some complain that their lives are just too busy to fit these dietary changes into “living on the run” and they just can’t stick with it. When you realize that most folks go to their doctor not really for preservation of life, but for freedom from pain and as much disability as possible, most only focus on preservation when they are told they have an illness that is going to kill them.
Yet when the client/patient chooses not to co-operate, the recommendations given have zero power to function. The other part that causes some clients to stop the nutritional battle plan that I end up recommending for their particular needs; is the housecleaning that their body starts through as the body is getting what it needs to start repairing and rejuvenating. The body has to get rid of what has been making it feel less than it’s best. Sometimes that process doesn’t feel the greatest either, so most will give up, and that is a shame.
Folks, the one thing NO practitioner can give you as a person is a MISSION in your own life, each one of us usually has something important that we hope to accomplish to the best of our ability. For some it’s to make mountains of money, for others to acquire happiness although my life has taught me that happiness is declared on what is currently happening in our lives at any given moment which means our definition of happiness is governed to change based on our outward circumstances. Yet JOY, is something that we choose to house within ourselves that cannot be affected by outward circumstances! Whatever, your mission in life is or was way back when, the truth is; being in a great state of health physically should be the starting point. Your WEALTH is in your health…. if your sick nothing else matters, it’s all you can think about, it’s all you can focus on…because its the wheel that is squeaking the loudest!
Change your starting point and put your health at the top of your priorities and change your trajectory in life… IF you’d like some help doing just that, guess what… that is what I do… I offer you the help and your own body has the built in programming to do the rest! Your body has a built in “do it yourself” repair shop, but as any good repair shop owner will attest too, you have to have the proper tools to do the job!
I offer phone consults as well as in office appointments. I’d be honored to work with you.
Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC