The Master…GLAND…What Exactly Does It Master?

Moving along through all the glands that encompass the endocrine system, we arrive at the Pituitary gland which is quite possibly the most important part in the endocrine system.

This gland has been referred to as “THE MASTER GLAND”… It’s located at the base of the brain just below the hypothalamus.

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WHAT ROLE DOES THIS MASTER GLAND PLAY

The pituitary gland governs the equilibrium or balance of the entire glandular system.  In the words of Dr. N.W. Walker D.Sc., “The front part of this gland is concerned with the growth of the body and in the reproductive functions. The hormone which this gland generates serves to stimulate the sex glands.

The posterior, or rear part is involved in the contraction of the muscles, in the pressure of the blood circulating system, and in the color pigment of the skin.  It also exerts a controlling influence on the function of the kidneys, regulating the passage of water through them.

The intermediate, or middle part of this gland, on the other hand exerts a restraining influence on the function of the kidneys.  Thus we see both functions of the same organ or gland, regulated by different parts of another gland.  It is easy to see how the dysfunction of the pituitary gland would cause either an excess or a deficit in the flow of urine.”

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Today I constantly see commercials for prescriptions to help folks manage what’s referred to as an overactive bladder issue, this mainly affects the ladies, but as men age leaky bladder issues can become an issue for them as well.

Dr. N.W. Walker D.Sc., also found the starch molecule in grain and flour foods may be blamed for many pituitary disturbances, disrupting the function of the kidneys.  This stood to be true even in children that were having bedwetting issues.  When they were taken entirely off cereals, bread and other starchy foods, and given fresh raw vegetable juices instead of milk, this habit of bed-wetting soon ceased.  This is not a coincidence, as the difficulty which so many elderly folks have in controlling urination may usually also be traced to their copious intake of starchy foods.

 

Proper nutrition and hygiene for all the cells in our body will enable all the glands to function at their best, without the need of synthetic vitamins and hormones.” (Dr. N.W. Walker N.D.,)

So in conclusion if you happen to notice weakness in your kidney’s through the inability to hold your urine,, if you have pigment issues with the skin, if you have blood pressure issues.  First nutritional/dietary change that would stand to reason would be to get off the starchy foods, and replace them with more fruits/vegetables on a daily basis.  Drink lots of clean water daily to assist the kidneys in proper filtration.

This also stands to reason for ladies and young ladies who have menstrual cycles that make them sick each month, either heavy bleeding, headaches etc.  Ditch the starches in favor of lots of fresh fruits/veggies, drink more water and avoid carbonated drinks and refined sugars.  That’s not to say this is going to totally rebalance any hormonal imbalances completely.  But remember your health is only as good as the soil it’s planted in, meaning the stress environment , the foods your choose to eat. chemicals you are subjected too.

 

But reducing the starchy intake is a definite health benefit to everyone since the majority of folks in our country have a starch intake overload on a daily basis.

Stay tuned because the next endocrine organ we are going to, address will be the thyroid… THAT BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

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You Are NOT What You Eat, You ARE What You Can Digest!

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Digestive enzymes enable food’s incredible journey through the body—giving us strength and energy to recharge and live a healthy life. Digestive enzymes act as catalysts as they break down food and make it possible for the body to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Although the digestive system is a powerful one, it’s also very delicate.

Taking care of your digestive tract by keeping it clean and providing what it needs plays a major role in the body’s overall health.Many fruits and vegetables contain digestive enzymes. Such enzymes are also beneficial for breaking down proteins and meats.

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DIGESTIVE TRACK:

When the digestive tract lacks necessary digestive enzymes and harbors toxic build-up, the abdomen feels uncomfortable, stressed and bloated.

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FINDING HEALTH WITH ENZYMES!

What are enzymes? They are said to be the “powerhouse” of every cell in the body. Intertwined with nearly every system in the body, digestive enzymes determine how effectively the body breaks down food. The body can’t function without them. We are born with some digestive enzymes. However, these alone cannot sufficiently break down all of the food that we eat. The body can produce and replenish enzymes; but still it needs more from outside sources. Natural, raw foods have enzymes in them that are designed to assist with the break down of the foods eaten. These are the same molecules that make fruit ripen and then eventually rot.

However, today’s food preparation processes can kill these enzymes, making digestion difficult on the body. If you cook, freeze, dry or can your food, you’ll most likely kill the enzymes your body needs for healthy digestion. As most of today’s diets include some form of processed food, it’s likely that you have an insufficient level of digestive enzymes.

This causes stress on the digestive system, which can lead to indigestion, heartburn, bloating and more. Moreover, digestive stress can affect how many nutrients your body is able to absorb. Often, those with symptoms of digestive stress have a weakened immune system.

Since it’s nearly impossible to maintain a diet of just raw, natural foods, it’s important to supply your body with the essential digestive enzymes it needs. It’s easy to do so with a safe, healthful digestive enzyme supplement that will help you feel better as you find greater health.

So many peeps are walking around in misery, they are bloated, suffering with constipation or IBS, GERD, Acid reflux, heartburn because they are dealing with incomplete digestion and improper food combination.  Most folks are not eating near enough fresh foods ( i.e. fruits and veggies); the majority subsist on over-cooked meats, potatoes, breads, gravy’s, sauces, dead foods like cereals, chips muffins etc.

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Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

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Orthomolecular Nutrition Practitioner,

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Trouble Sleeping?

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I’m continuing my procession through the Endocrine system and today the focus is on the Pineal Gland.  There are lots of folks who struggle with experiencing deep and meaningful sleep cycles.

One of the hormones this gland produces is Melatonin, and the job of this hormone regulates circadian and ultradian rhythms, this gland is often referred to as the body’s biological clock.

 

This important gland is located in the center of the brain.  It has been much of a mystery to Western medicine for many decades.  But according to Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D. in “The Chemistry of Man,”, “More recent research, however, shows that the pineal gland plays an active role in health and wellness at the mental and physical levels.

The pineal gland scientists theorize, is a Light-sensitive organ which requires stimulation from electromagnetic impulses from the optic nerves.  Meaning when sunlight enters the eye and triggers retinal nerve impulses which travel to the pineal gland.  From there, the resulting nerve impulses from the pineal gland are fed to the hypothalamus and pituitary, which control, mediate or affect many of the vital functions of the body.  Additionally, only the pineal gland makes melatonin from serotonin, a process which operates strictly according to day-night cycles.

Melatonin formation is stopped by light and proceeds in darkness.  So, we find the pineal gland, because of its sensitivity to light, has a profound effect on the biorhythms of the body.  Its sort of a biological clock that affects the timing of certain physiological functions in the body.

Melatonin works together with tryptophan in the brain to regulate the sleep/wake cycle.  We find that alpha is the healing state of the conscious, awakened mind, while sleep interspersed with vivid dreams is known to be a wonderful restorative.  The pineal gland, in others words, may be called the “peace gland” because of its biochemical role in rest, relaxation and healing.

 

Because the pineal gland strongly influences the brain-wave pattern and sleep-wake cycle, we can be sure it is involved in coming to the state of consciousness in which spiritual processes take place, and this, too, profoundly affects our health.

The life of the spirit is a fundamental harmonizing factor, a guiding factor in leading us to that path in life that is uniquely ours.  It is the “quiet place” within that we meet with God to seek the wisdom we need for right living and right understanding  Here is the fountainhead of truth, and when we “exalt the Great within”, this truth comes down through the soul and body to manifest in our lives.  When we seek that place of peace and quiet within, stilling the noise of the mind, truth works in us.” (Ph.D n.d)

Further agreement on the benefits and attributes of the pineal gland is stated by Dr. Norman Walker in Become Younger, “The Pineal gland is more actively engaged in the business of our “higher” or spiritual self.  It is involved, usually in cooperation with the Pituitary gland, in the activities of the brain, such as memory, judgment, reason, contemplation, reflection, love, adoration, pure worship, etc.  These activities work along lines of vibrations which are set in motion by the Pineal gland, much like the vibrations of the loud speaker in your radio, only several million times faster.

The activities of the Pineal gland depends upon the spiritual plane on which the individual is living.  If he is on the higher spiritual planes, its vibrations have an uplifting emotional influence, if he lives in the lower, material gross, physical plane the emotions are more in the same class as that of the animals.” (Dr. N.W. Walker n.d.)

It’s amazing to me how our unique intricate workings of our body are designed to function in a particular fashion, even correlated with that of nature, meaning our sleep cycle is dependent on the day/night rotation,  The fact that our eyes take in the detection of light and darkness and the shifts in those is what triggers our body to manufacture melatonin, this is fascinating stuff.

Folks who tend to work swing shifts find their sleep cycles and metabolism ends up “off”, as the body by design is meant to be awake during daylight hours, and asleep during the night.

If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep and consider yourself a night owl, might I suggest you consider supplementing some melatonin, and begin eating some foods that are high in Tryptophan as well to work together in helping your body reset your natural sleep/wake cycles.

Melatonin supplements I recommend: melatonin supp

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I know this one was long and for those who actually read to the finish….. CUDO’S, you are learning more about how your body works.  Stay tuned because tomorrow I will post about the Pituitary gland and what important job it holds in the function of our bodies!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

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How is our Lifestyle Affecting our Endocrine system?

 

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The Endocrine system plays a huge role in our over all health and yet typically the only organ in this system that most folks recognize is the “thyroid”, I am going to write a series of posts focusing on each gland in the endocrine system, giving a description of what it’s role and contribution is when it comes to our health.

The Hypothalamus gland’s general function… IS IT ALL IN MY HEAD?  Well, it kinda is especially when it comes to one’s thirst and appetite…

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HYPOTHALAMUS:
The hypothalamus gland is a main link between the endocrine system and the nervous system. It is located in the lower central part of the brain with a specialized collection of cells.
The nerve cells of the hypothalamus control the pituitary gland by stimulating or suppressing the hormone secretions.

The hypothalamus gland, since it is responsible for controlling hunger and thirst.
Paul Pitchford expressed in Healing with Whole Foods,

“The way you eat is an expression of who you are, regardless of the quality of the food. The enjoyment of good food and company creates such an inner joy that it’s possible to taste the sweetest of nectar in even the simplest of food. Without this joy, and with no blessing offered, the most wholesome, delicious food can seem tasteless and leave the soul hungry. People who eat only for the taste or according to a diet or nutritional value often develop cravings for something they aren’t getting. They bring turmoil into their lives and homes in their constant search, and they eat to satisfy a misplaced hunger.

Overeating, a popular pastime in the wealthy nations, is thought to be the major cause of premature aging. Fifty years of research have shown that when a nourishing diet is eaten sparingly, aging is retarded; the maximum life span and immunity are extended in all animal species so far tested, from protozoa to worms, insects, fish and rodents as well as humans. In fact, consumption of too much rich and denatured food is responsible for most of our civilized diseases, such as obesity, cancer and diabetes.

Overeating by vegetarians also occurs regularly, and while it may not always result in weight gain, it invariably causes weakness, digestive upset and accelerated aging.

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On an emotional level, overeating results from excessive and undifferentiated desire, which also leads one to choose an unnecessarily great variety of foods. Each food has a unique flavor which the appetite control center of the “hypothalamus” recognizes. Before it feels satisfied, the “hypothalamus” seeks a certain amount of every flavor it has sampled. Thus it is very difficult not to overeat a meal of many ingredients.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)

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“Refined foods may also contribute to overeating, according to a scientific study reported by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (March 1, 1990). An explanation is that one is biologically conditioned over millions of years of human evolution to consume whole foods; excessive eating may represent an instinctive craving to obtain nutrients that are lost during refining.

Common foods depleted in nutrients include “white” refined: sugar, pasta, bread, pastries, and rice; refined oils, and reduced-fat dairy.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)
“Habitual over-eating, especially of meat and strong flavors, inflames the lining of the stomach. ( So tell me does this NOT sound like a common issue for the average person?  Acid reflux, indigestion, Ulcers are some of the top health issues that bring someone through the door of their Physician’s office!)

According to Chinese medicine, excess heat in the stomach is itself a cause of overeating, but even when this heat-overeating cycle is broken, one still must change underlying habits, which may have become imbedded in the body’s cells and organs over many years.” (Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition)

DOES OUR LIFESTYLE HAVE ANY AFFECT ON THE FUNCTION OF THE GLANDS IN OUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM?

The human body could not function were it not for the Endocrine Gland system.  The glands in our body are the activating mechanisms responsible for, and involved in, every function and procedure taking place within our system.  There are glands of internal secretion and glands of external secretion.  These glands all manufacture in micro-microscopic quantities a substance known as hormones.

Hormones are a product generated and elaborated in the glands and discharged into the blood or lymph, in most cases, while in some instances their action is somewhat like making an  electrical contact in one place to start, stop or to modify an action in a separate and perhaps remote place.

ENDOCRINE means that the manufacture of hormones takes place within the gland, with no duct for its discharge from it.  The discharge takes place by osmotic transmission from within the gland through its covering, and is collected by the blood or lymph from outside the gland.

 

The volume of hormones secreted at any one time is so infinitesimal, so infinitely small, that in order to obtain one-quarter of an ounce of the Pineal Gland Hormone extract, for example, it would be necessary to collect hormones from more than 20,000,000 glands! (D.Sc.n.d.)

That being said, like every other part of the human body, glands must have constant nourishment in order to be able to operate efficiently.  Such nourishment should be of the very finest quality, because of the important, intricate, and delicate work which the glands are called upon to perform. (D.Sc.n.d.)

 

I’d like to encourage you to stay tuned, because tomorrow I will post about the Pineal Gland and I will be making my way through the entire endocrine system, one post at a time.  It may sound like information that is boring or to some useless to know, however, the more you know about how your own machine works, the better equipped you will be to notice when it’s time to service your own engine.  Sad truth is most folks know more about maintaining their cars then they do their own bodies.  Same thing rings true with our vehicles as it doe’s with our bodies.  Preventative maintenance is not only smarter, but more cost effective, then waiting for either of them to “break-down”, before assessing any issues.

References:

Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition Third Edition

Dr. Norman W. Walker D. Sc. (Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices)

(Sat Dharam Kaur, Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health n.d.)

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

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