How many of you wouldn’t even dream of starting your day without a big ole cup of hot Java? How many of you are relying on more than just coffee to get you through your day, like Red Bulls, or other commercial Energy drinks that are loaded with caffeine and other unmentionables?
No doubt you have learned to “enjoy” the coffee, who doesn’t LOVE the smell of it brewing, I have to admit I DO, and yes I do drink a nice mug of hot coffee in the morning, but I also love a hot mug of herbal tea, or even Dandiblend which is a wonderful herbal coffee substitute.
When we are young guns our systems can tolerate and eliminate the toxic effects of coffee through our urine. But as we get a tad more “seasoned”, and the kidneys gradually get some wear and tear on them, those acids begin to pile up in your system drop by drop. How can you tell, well a couple tell tale signs would be “fatigue”, “headaches” that hit mid day or you may even wake up with it, “depressed” because you feel like your get up and go, got up and went. So the rollercoaster effect begins, and you have to keep sending artificial stimulation to keep rolling through your day. For the moment you feel better, maybe even feel like you could run a marathon, but that’s because you are kicking your endocrine glands, usually the “adrenals” to over produce. That “feel-good” sensation is really a mask hiding the truth folks. You can only over stimulate the endocrine glands for so long before they decide to go on strike.
There is a medical diagnosis referred to as “toxemia”, which is an overload of impurities that have build up in the system including the blood and it makes a person feel less than wonderful to say the least. It can be very dangerous, even deadly. When the body has headed in this direction the body has to break out the emergency manual and figure out the fastest way to get these impurities out! So typically the body sets up road blocks and redirects these, and calls on the endocrine glands to jump to the rescue.
Here’s the way it works: We toss some food down the hatch, most folks are not reaching for the healthy “lets do a body good” choices. If we walk back in history to our ancient ancestors their primitive diet looks nothing whatsoever like ours does today, yet Man’s digestive system back then, and our digestive system today is still the same, (so much for evolution.) So when we are choking down chili cheese hot dogs, fried meats, boat loads of fried French fries, donuts, cookies, pop, alcohol etc. and very little in the way of water, fresh fruits and veggies, toxins build up and that affects our liver. Now whether the liver breaks down early or later in life depends upon how good of an organ it was at birth. But trust me break down it will,(many folks have a back up going on with calcified bile called gall stones, and many are losing that major “helper” for the liver) and when it fails to filter and neutralize these toxins from our blood, a back up line of defense has to step up to the task. That would be the endocrine glands. The key ones that come into play : Pituitary (at base of the brain), the thyroid (located in the front of our neck), and the adrenals (which are the hats on top of both our kidneys.)
These gland secrete hormones, meaning there is no duct for anything to flow from, these glands are pushed into hyper-drive, forced to manufacture more of their secretion. Keep in mind that the amount of a gland’s secretion is in exact ratio to the volume of blood entering it, the gland is then enlarged by this extra blood supply, which can bring some physical consequences.
The pituitary being located at the base of the brain doesn’t have a whole bunch of extra room to swell, it’s encased in a bony cup at the base of the skull. This pressure can cause symptoms that can really get one’s attention: Migraines, the common type of epilepsy, acromegaly and blindness.
Now, I personally can attest to the migraine headaches, I experienced my first one when I was 8 years old. it lasted an entire week. I couldn’t open my eyes, hold food down, could not stand an ounce of noise, had no urge to even try to speak, and I caught on rather quickly that crying made the pain worse so, they needed to be a no tears episodes. My diet as a child was horrible, sweets were never restricted growing up, neither was soda. It took me years to connect the dots that anything with MSG would trigger a headache from hell, so Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Funyon’s, lunchmeats, Chinese food, commercial salad dressings, lots of fast foods like White Caste hamburgers, these foods kept me bed ridden quite a bit growing up. Then when Aspertame came on the scene, we had a whole new set of problems, it not only caused migraines for me, but caused sever neurological problems for me as well.
When the body is backed up with all these toxins the truth be told the headache/migraine is really an alcoholic type of headache. I’m not talking about 8 year olds tipping their parents top shelf brandy when no one is looking, this is alcohol that ends up being manufactured in the patient’s own stomach. When the sugars ferment and starches that are on overload in someone’s diet.
LETS TALK ABOUT THOSE ENDOCRINE GLANDS:
So what happens when the thyroid gland which controls ALL functions of the body’s three layers of skin? We have the outer skin which we see and touch, the inner skin which is the mucous membrane, and the middle skin which is the serous membrane, which lines the pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and cranial cavities and our joints.
There is a normal function of our outer skin which is to exhale gases, sweat out water and certain toxic salt substances and it oils itself and its hair with special oil glands. When this elimination is done forcefully, there are names of the dastardly effects that keep many Dermatologists busy: Eczema, ichthyosis and psoriasis are some of the common ones. So is Acne.
The next layer called mucous membranes, when the thyroid is under duress it may force toxins out through the mucous cells. So when only the superficial cells of this inner skin are involved the secretion is just watery, doctors call it catarrh. Yet as the deeper layers are affected, the discharge becomes muco-purulent (mucus and pus), sounds fabulous right? Most know these as sinusitis, bronchitis, gastritis, enteritis, appendicitis, tonsillitis, mastitis, cervicitis, pyelitis, notice they all end in “itis”…this means inflammation.
When we move on to the adrenal glands, these are what supplies us with on the spot energy when they sense we are in danger. Like when you walk up on a big spider and before you realize it you have screamed, done a weeks worth of aerobics in 2 seconds and your heart feels like its pumping outta your chest and you are probably sweating, (that’s what fight or flight might look like.) When they secrete in this type of situation, our body goes into what is called “fight or flight” mode. Our body shuts down any other function that is not 100% needed so it can pulse all necessary energy into safety mode.
There is necessary oxidation that is the fire of life, that must take place in our bodies. The adrenal secretion is the agent that makes oxidation happen. This secretion is so important that our body has other storage spots like the brain, the great nerve ganglia; the posterior pituitary, the sex glands and scattered areas throughout the kidneys.
The filtration process of our kidneys depends upon oxidation. So, consequently under stress, the kidney can be forced by the adrenals into elimination even to the point of destroying itself and elevating the blood pressure until a heart attack or other circulatory damage results. We are hearing of more and more peeps on kidney dialysis these days, makes one wonder if this is just a coincidence or a evolutionary transit?
One of the other key functions of our adrenals is to regulate the strength of muscle tone. So our skeletal muscles even our bowel muscle, I would stretch to say since all our organs are of a muscular design, everything is affected. But lets roll back to the bowel muscle for a minute, we have 5 feet of bowel, with good well toned bowel muscle, our bowel function is perfect, effortless and regular. Adrenal types, that is, individuals who are dominated by their adrenal glands, seldom suffer from constipation as long as the chemistry of the liver remains normal. When an adrenal type becomes toxic from indigestion, they may notice that things become uncontrollable in the south pole region. They usually experience weakened kidney issues or kidney disease, and have a weight on/weight off issue, they can lose weight but find they pack on the pounds too and this goes back and forth through out the years if they don’t address the issue.
In my quest over the years, I have ran across a plethora of conflicting ideas on what actually causes disease. There are those that take the stance that food has little to do with preparing the inner growing field for disease. They stand on their beliefs that the body can utilize anything to good account with the exception of pure poisons. So when it comes to the theories of toxemia, intestinal putrefaction, auto intoxication these are labeled as “faddist” and they refuse to take these seriously. Dr. Logan Clendening in “The Human Body, stated: “what you want to eat will be good for you. “what one relishes, nourishes “, “The appetite is a wonderfully sensitive instrument, a safe compass. It keeps most of us exactly where we ought to be in weight and strength.” I read that and thought WOW, can’t speak for how things looked back in 1927 when he wrote that book, but he died at the age of 61.
But if you just merely look around when your in public, and all the different products being sold as weight-loss products, one doesn’t need a scientific study to prove that our society is more “over” weight, than simmering at an “exactly where we ought to be weight & strength ” as Dr. Logan Clendening so eloquently stated.
I found it interesting that in 1962, In his very first published book, Murray Bookchin, writing under the pseudonym “Lewis Herber”, warns of the dangers of pesticide use, and espouses an ecological and environmentalist worldview.
Our Synthetic Environment was one of the first books of the modern period in which an author espoused an ecological and environmentalist worldview. It predates Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson, a more widely known book on the same topic widely credited as starting the environmental movement. (* http://www.ecology.iww.org)
Murray Bookchin wrote: “we are exchanging health for mere survival. We have begun to measure man’s biological achievements, not in terms of his ability to lead a vigorous, physically untroubled life, but in terms of his ability to preserve his mere existence in an increasingly distorted environment. Today, survival often entails ill health and rapid physical degeneration. We are prepared to accept the fact that a relatively young individual will suffer from frequent headaches and digestive disturbance, continual nervous tension, insomnia, a persistent “cigarette cough.” a mouthful of decaying teeth, and respiratory ailments every winter. We expect his physique to acquire the rotundity of a barrel shortly after the onset of middle age; we find nothing extraordinary in the fact that he is incapable of running more than a few yards without suffering loss of breath or walking a few miles without suffering exhaustion.”
That was back in 1962, not sure that much has appeared to change with his observation. Harvard University published in 1957, the Findings of the United States Commission on Chronic Illness: “In 1950 an estimated 28 million Americans were suffering from chronic disease. That number has NOT decreased despite all the “medical breakthroughs”, according to http://www.CDC.gov ; “Nov 14, 2016 – Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs.” I can’t speak for anyone reading this post, but to me that is a staggering percentage. We NEED a proverbial light bulb to blaze, not just light up.
I’m going to post more and move on to how our body moves through various “lines of defense” to do battle on our behalf.
It is my hope that I can light a flame of not only concern, but of determination in the hearts and minds of folks to start treating their bodies like the precious vessel that they are, your body is your most prized possession, treat it to the best of the best.
Until the next post:
Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC