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Have you every thought about starting a diet or getting healthier but didn’t? Or perhaps you started one and then quit?  What about going to the gym or committing to yourself to become more active and healthy?  I am sure everyone has but the real question is, what is really going on with you in these situation?
The truth is that your body tells you daily that you can be doing better.  It is constantly sending you messages (masked as symptoms) for you to eat better, lose weight, sleep deeper, move more and make extra time for self-love so that you can have more energy, age slower, experience an active sex drive and enjoy boundless health.  It is these signals that send a surge of motivation to change and to act.  The problem is that your deep rooted self-sabotaging habits revolt and work on overdrive to keep you in familiar routines by prioritizing things far less important before your own health.

Here is what I want for each one of my clients:

  • I want you to learn to listen to your body when it is speaking to you, it’s telling you what it needs.
  • I want you to live longer.
  • I want you to age appropriately
  • I want those wrinkles to soften and for you to have beautiful skin.
  • I want you to lose weight, if necessary and have more energy
  • I want your organs to thrive and to stay in good shape for your entire life.
  • I want what your body wants and I jump in heart and soul to equip you with the tools to start your transformation.
  • I partner with the part of you that motivates you to act and get healthy and I battle against the part of you that tries to stop you from achieving greater health.
  • I stay consistent until habits merge with your goals.
  • BUT, you are the one who has to do the work!

Integrative Medicine’s approach to health and medical treatment is an entirely different way of thinking.  Instead of just treating symptoms, I look upstream as far as I can to find the cause of health issues.  Where conventional medicine is focused on finding disease that can be treated with drugs or surgery, a functional integrative approach looks for the root causes and makes that the starting point.

An integrative functional approach does not mean that I will just replace your medicines with herbs.  That is still just managing symptoms.  A typical plan will likely address diet, sleep, relationships, stress and exercise.  I might however, use supplements and herbs to help manage symptoms while we work on the deeper changes.  I may also decide to incorporate other modalities like chiropractic, acupuncture which I have practitioners who I partner with for referrals.

Each person is unique, and therefore assessment and programs are tailored to your situation.  I discuss options and decide together what you want to tackle, and strategize how to actually accomplish your goals.

If you want to know more about me, here are some questions that I am often asked that may be helpful to you:

  1. What type of clients do you work best with?

I see the best results with those who have reached many of their goals in life and now feel like their health is holding them back.  They are ready to take the steps needed to change their health and are open to trying a new approach.  They don’t have to be gourmet chefs, but  at least be open to learning and experiencing greater comfort and know-how in their own kitchen.

2. How is what you offer different than traditional nutritionists?

Well typically most nutritionists offer solutions that stick to the guidelines which follow the food pyramid from the ADA.  I take into consideration that each person is unique in their own right which means they each have their own nutritional needs.  What works for one person, isn’t going to be the best across the board,  We are not a one size fits all world.

My clients look to me for personalized coaching and support on things as specific as food allergies, food sensitivities, digestive issues, yeast overgrowth, endocrine imbalances (hormonal), blood pressure and cholesterol balance, blood sugar control through their diet and as general as “how can I get meals on my table faster?”  While most nutritionists dwell on lists of good/bad foods.  I work with clients to create a  whole food diet that incorporates of course more plants and for those that still want meat in their diets as some body types actually require the addition of meat into their nutritional routine.  So helping them to reach their goals in a way that can be flexible and fun and benefits the health and well being of their entire family, so they don’t feel like they are making separate meals for everyone. No one has time to feel like a short order cook.

3. What is your approach to eating healthy?

Well you will be excited to hear it doesn’t have to turn your busy, successful lifestyle upside down and doesn’t involve gimmicks or be overly expensive.  You do have to be willing to spend time in your kitchen preparing whole foods and I also offer you guidance on how not to derail yourself when traveling and eating out.  I can offer you short cut suggestions and teach you how to incorporate prep -cooking techniques that will be time well spent to move you from the kitchen to the dining table with less hassle.

4.  What’s it like working with you once I become a client?

After we complete your initial session, which consists of a one-hour private consultation where we get to meet each other and see if we are the right fit, you can expect to make the transition a pleasurable part of your life.

I provide on-going support during and in-between our sessions to make sure you have the guidance needed to reach all of your health goals.  We can speak over the phone for our weekly calls depending on what program you choose, and I’ll outline up to three, personalized, very simple actions steps to upgrade your nutrition at each session.

Each session will build upon the previous one, creating momentum and lasting results, delivered with lots of support and encouragement.

5.  How can I sample your work before I sign up?

You can sign up for my FREE blog .  Once you have added your email address you will always receive notification every time I post a new article, recipe or health tip.  This is a great way for you to get to know me, my work and if it feels like it’s a fit to what you’ve been looking for. So you can take the time to pour through the numerous topics, recipes and anatomy lessons I have there.

6. What kind of programs do you offer?

I invite you to take a look at my programs here.  I offer a range of programs for different needs, and budgets and if I feel that I can absolutely help you, I’ll go over them in great detail with you in your initial session.  By the way, I offer telephone sessions too so geography doesn’t have to be an issue.

7. So what does it take to experience the benefits of working together?

In over a decade of professional teaching and mentoring and consulting, here are what I believe to be the necessary steps to reach your physical, emotional and wellness goals.  These 4 steps are important for your success:

  1. Clarify: The first step is knowing what results you want to achieve.  What is your reason for a more natural approach for supporting your health? What is the end result you desire?  You will need to get clear on the big picture of your personal journey and then step two becomes effortless.
  2. Commit:  Without a commitment to regular application, as with anything in life, results can be expected to be minimal.  Many people never move past step two because they have not found the greater purpose for what being healthy is supposed to feel like.  If you find yourself struggling, repeat step one.  The bottom line: what you put into any program is what you will get out.
  3. Direct: As you move further into making your lifestyle changes, your willpower will get stronger and you will find your drive and desire enhancing.  This comes with proper direction and support of a good teacher.  For some it will be about re-connecting with their love of self in a natural and non-dogmatic way; for others it will be about learning new life strategies for enhancing everyday living; for some it will be about removing self-limiting and self-destructive behaviors that hinder their forward progress and others their practice will be about cultivating energy for health, vitality, self-love, anti-aging support, anxiety-relief and body confidence and really this list of positives is ongoing.
  4. Application: Everything you will learn in your sessions spent with me will be applicable to everyday living.  You will learn how to apply what you learn in each session to improve the quality of your life through stronger health and vitality.  Your wealth is in your health; when you are feeling healthy and strong everything else in life is achievable.
  5. Refine: The nature of learning new habits and applying as well as experiencing the benefits provides ample opportunities to make subtle, yet powerful adjustments to suit your unique lifestyle and schedules.  This results in making who you are and everything you do better.
  6. Live: with ongoing practice, you will be applying and experiencing the benefits and deeper insights that equip you with the tools for continuous personal growth that can be used to assist you in living fully and achieving your personal and even professional goals.  When we feel clear headed and have higher levels of physical energy it boosts our productivity in all levels of what we call “our lives.”

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Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist, QFA Clinician

To Me, living well means so much more than how one looks on the outside physically.

I took my passion for healthy living and created  an inspiring educational approach that awakens my clients innate desire to tap into their unique rhythms for a healthier more joyous living.

The healthful and practical nutritional choices  need to provide fuel for your body and mind to enhance your quality of life.

I believe strongly that every single individual has the power within them to honor themselves by achieving a healthier mind and body.  The journey is easier than you think when you have the right information to assist you.  I teach clients how to make small nutritional changes that reap big results in their health.

I bring a combination of my professional qualifications, consulting experience and personal journey to all my consultations allow me to share…

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #1

HOME IS WHERE HEALTHY LIVING STARTS.

True health begins at home, the heart of where we rest and recharge.  The relationships we have with ourselves, our partners, families, and physical dwelling impact hugely on and may determine the state of our health.  Integrating healthy lifestyle and eating habits into our home environment is one of the most powerful tools we have over our health and long-term wellness and happiness.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #2

HEALTHY HOMES CREATE HEALTHY FUTURES.

Children are the future; they are the next generation.  They hold in their power the ability to build a world greater than we ever could have fathomed for ourselves.  Healthy children from a healthy  living home will yield healthy leaders, communities, and life.. Children are like sponges.  They absorb what is around them.  Engage in healthy living, healthy foods, and self-nurture and you will raise children where healthy living is second nature. We must lead by example, you won’t fool them into being healthy.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #3

FINDING YOUR OWN ROUTINE IS THE NEW LIFE BALANCE.

I believe each person  brings with them a unique life routine.  We need to honor our respective rhythm or we risk being overly influenced by our peers and society.

Consistently staying in sync with our unique human blueprint allows us to thrive in every aspect of our lives.  Authenticity in emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical realms keeps us connected to our source and feeds that inner calm.

Reconnecting to our inner selves may always feel like a journey, but just as you pause and reflect upon different aspects in your life; perhaps your career or life direction, it is important from time to time to take a step back and reflect on your daily rhythms/routines; your food choices, sleep patterns, exercise and more – then the hard part is to reevaluate whether or not they are serving you in a positive or negative way.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #4

EDUCATION EMPOWERS.

Once you learn the various health and nutritional options you do have, you will feel empowered to make new choices that prove to be both satisfying and beneficial, and your desire to have a body, mind and soul that blossoms into it’s healthier version by design.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #5

SMALL CHANGES, BRING BIG RESULTS.

Healthy living doesn’t translate into being deprived…. It is about incorporating slight changes that yield big gains.  Its really is about tailoring your efforts to your circumstances and your needs so that everything you implement works for you and your life.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #6

FOOD AFFECTS EVERYTHING AND CAN ENHANCE YOUR LIFE.

The quality of the food you put into your body influences the quality of your thoughts and your thoughts will color every experience in your life.  Eating healthier leads to a clean and clear body, mind and soul.  Choose wisely instead of leaning on convenience due to lack of planning ahead for your daily schedule.

HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLE #7

YOU HAVE THE POWER.

No one can improve your health but yourself.  No one can take responsibility for your choices.  No one can control you unless you allow them too.  Taking ALL responsibility may seem daunting, but with all responsibility also comes all the power.  The power is yours.  Own it by empowering yourself.  I will show you how when we work together.

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Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D., Orthomolecular Nutritionist,

QFA Clinician.

Harvested Health LLC

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Three Layers of Protection

Did you realize that our body possesses 3 layers of protective health? Yep, it does, we all are familiar with the 1st layer, it’s what we see and feel and slather all sorts of lotions, soaps & potions on. Did you also realize that the Thyroid controls ALL the functions of all 3 of these layers of protection?

So, the purpose of our outer skin aside from protecting and holding all our “inner stuff” together. LOL it breathes just like the movie Waiting to exhale, our outer skin does the exact same thing it releases gases, it sweats out toxins and usually the sweat contains salt many realize this when sweat from the “brow” runs down into your eyes. Oh yeah and it also knows how to lubricate itself too, there are oil glands in the skin via the hair that resides there.

Now most of us are super familiar when this outer layer is letting stuff loose, we experience the dreaded body odor and hurry to try to mask and cover it up instead of celebrating that your elimination system is releasing what no longer serves you. Albeit, it should have been released via the colon, but follow me here….and when there is imbalance within that when we see over production of oil on the skin that can leads to many skin “issues” that most people go to the skin doc to fix… the eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, sebaceous cysts.

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All these outer manifestations really are pointing to the fact that you have an overabundance of stuff that is proving harmful to the inner function of the body. Yet, most of these outer annoyances typically respond very well to changing your food choices and neutralizing inner body pH levels and getting your bowels doing its job in a better more frequent fashion. Oh yeah, I also wanted to mention that normally when one is experiencing the topical visuals on the skin your Thyroid (remember the one who controls all 3 layers) has been ramping up production, meaning it’s busy putting the pedal to the medal to speed up the inner work system towards achieving a better inner atmosphere. Doesn’t our kitchen always smell better when we take out the trash?

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Ok, so that covered the 1st layer, now I want to talk about the 2nd skin layer, this is the mucous membrane layer which produces or secretes a clear mucus, the purpose of this secretion is to keep things moist and helps too with eliminating that which has overstayed it’s welcome within. So, this 2nd layer is going to help to direct an exit plan from the body usually we notice this when our sinus’s are needing a good box of tissue, even the lungs will help and assist and ever heard the saying come on cough it up, when we are trying to get someone to give us ALL the information! Yet what do we do when the body is doing what it was designed to do? We suppress it, how do we do that, well, we don’t like the experience of having that mucous making its way out because it causes pressure, headache, makes us cough up “junk” and hey it really interferes with what we’d rather be feeling. So…. we take stuff to dry up the sinus area, and to suppress the cough. When instead we should be working with the wonderful body knowledge and encourage the mucous to get out, we can keep that mucous thinner to assist the process and instead of suppressing the cough, lean towards natural expectorants these are things that will make the cough more productive.

When the superficial cells of this inner layer are being challenged, we are usually experiencing the symptoms of the common COLD… Folks I’m going to toss something at you here that lots will probably disagree with, but we don’t CATCH a COLD, we EARN IT!!!! So… if you understood what I just explained above realize the true definition of the cold is eliminating what has overstayed it’s welcome within.

Remember when you are dealing with sinusitis, bronchitis, gastritis, enteritis, appendicitis, tonsillitis, mastitis, cervicitis, pyelitis, notice that all those “labels” end with itis? That little ending is what describes “inflammation” so realize that all the mucous membranes are inflamed when you have those not so nice symptoms. this is the same layer protection being affected which is that 2nd layer, yet it is being affected at a deeper level.

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When there is really a decent traffic jam within, we experience more discomfort at the deepest level the 3rd layer zone the serous membrane which lines our pleural, pericardial, peritoneal, and cranial cavities and the joints.  When the toxic overload has really built up, we can experience discomforts called arthritis, peritonitis, encephalitis, meningitis, again notice that itis ending on all those?

Inflammation comes about by our body saying ok, you know what, I can’t take another minute of looking at all this clutter and forces an exodus. What’s a person to do? well… glad you asked… in order to experience some relief you have to change the fuel going in, lighten the load on the liver and encourage all systems that are in charge of “dumping” or taking out the trash to stop sleeping on the job and do what they get paid to do….(of course their payment comes truthfully in the form of what you pay them in the way of foods, so remember when I said a cold is not caught it’s earned, well consider yourself the contributing factor when those elimination channels are picketing and going on strike because they don’t like their wages…give them what they NEED to do their job properly) Oh yeah these workers have names: I like to call them by their names, colon/bowel, skin, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

In my office many a patients come in and at the very heart of their complaints from a physical perspective and emotional (thought I’d toss that in the mix because it too is important) we run across the Adrenal glands. God put those in for “emergency”, the fight/flight mode. I think many have heard and understand that adrenal fatigue is a real thing, but I don’t think people really understand the importance of getting those glands supported. so let me place some emphasis on this truth… YOU CANNOT LIVE FOR FOUR SECONDS WITHOUT WHAT THEY SECRETE!!!! That is the truth…. Remember those Agatha Christie who done it movies… where someone was poisoned by the dreaded Cyanide, Cyanide halts all oxidation in the body. Those adrenal glands secrete what makes oxidation possible. Oxidation can be called the “fire of life”… this secretion is super important, and our body realizes that so it will toss some in our reserve tanks within to call upon in a crisis. Where will it reserve? The brain is one area, the pituitary, our gonads (aka. sex glands) and for good measure it will scatter it thru out the kidneys why not since they are neighbors.

Realize that your kidneys cannot do their job of filtering without oxidation, kind of like cooking your meat. Oxidation description is like burning something. we also store the adrenals secretion in the Great Nerve Ganglia which resides in our solar plexus close to our kidneys. When we have overload and the body is having a hissy fit so to speak because we teenagers refused to clean our room and it’s a total mess, those adrenals can FORCE the kidneys to clean it up. What can we identify with this process? Oh, well we see our blood pressure go up, possibly heart attack from elevated blood pressure, hardening of arteries.

 Many don’t understand that the adrenal glands are also responsible for helping to regulate the strength of our muscle tone. Which everything within us, organs etc. all are muscular by design right.  Our bowel is a muscle, we have muscles that support our skeletal system, when our bowel muscles are in tip top shape what does that mean, well, it means we eliminate well without stress/struggle and multiple times per day, I like to say think babies and puppies, what happens with them when we feed them?  

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Peeps, it boils down to one thing toxemia, when the blood, body, lymph system, bowels are overloaded we are not in a healthy place (the medical field acknowledges this, when this is left unkept and out of balance for too long it begins to affect our immune responses and can contribute to confusion on what is friend and foe, we know that as auto-immune issues. Preventative maintenance makes so much sense to me, even Hippocrates realized the importance when working with his patients that the best form of treatment was fasting, administering a cleansing diet and lifestyle changes, fresh air, sunshine etc.

I’d prefer to see people who want to address maintaining their health before its broken down, but sadly many people take the approach of if it’s not broken what’s there to fix, hence they wait until they have a health crisis and have exhausted all other avenues, then they want to drive down the more natural route.  I am always ready to help folks change their trajectory, but I’m pretty quick to point out that once you’ve jumped off a 12 story building, it’s going to take more than rose hips, and it’s a process not a procedure; it’s a JOURNEY.

 When you are ready to bid a fond farewell to any of the annoyances we talked about here, you know what you can do, you can invest in yourself and schedule a consult with me, yep you can… we can schedule. We can seek a better understanding of what maybe running in overload, (what I offer is NOT medical diagnosis), I am a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. I recommend foods, and lifestyle changes, herbal support and dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies to balance a starving system. You choose.

 Www.jodibarnett758.com and click on services and we will give you a call (make sure you type in your contact information so we can call you) and we are ready to get to moving towards a brand new healthier YOU!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

219-713-4789

Sound and Music, Medicinal?

We all know that sounds, such as music, are soothing, yet sometimes stimulating or even irritating vibrations. Music has been shown however to help aid the healing process and just make life more pleasant. Viktoras Kulvinskas has written, “The harmonies and rhythms present in music heal and stimulate the subtle bodies of people. Music induces emotional states by creating certain vibrational activities within the astral and mental bodies.”

People are not the only ones who can benefit from pleasant sound, animals, and even plants, have been known to respond as well.

Some have speculated that music rhythms essentially organize the body. Some even believe that music therapy is a medium through which the organization is “regained by linking the brain, body, and music.” Changes in brain waves due to music exposure (specifically converting from theta to alpha or beta rhythms) have been measured with and E.E.G. for coma patients. This same report showed that even improvised singing may offer help for comatose patients. Another study found that combining relaxation breathing techniques and soothing music resulted in lower cardia complications for people with coronary concerns.

Music therapy has been found to help children who were developmentally delayed, it seemed to improve their hearing and speech, hand-eye coordination, and personal-social interaction. One study found that surgeons did a faster and more accurate job when they listened to music.

Some reports have indicated that music helps some sleep, remove stress, builds muscle tone (especially when singing), calms thoughts, and relieves some headaches. However, what soothes one, may agitate another. Slow music tends to sedate us more than fast music, strings and woodwinds seem more soothing that trumpets or trombones, and many find the most relaxing music to be other than rock or jazz. Some music professionals say music therapy works best when there are no lyrics on which to focus.

Music and sound must help with loneliness this may be one reason that people who are alone listen to music (or sometimes simply have the television on without watchin it). It is believed that the sound of the voice may support the endocrine system and that music itself stimulates healing.

To use music, many find that they need to listen to a variety of pieces to determine what works best. And for sleeping, some advise listening to the same piece each night (once you find which one works best for you). To calm down, some suggest writing down feelings while listening. Some believe visualization techniques while listening or doing breathing exercises. Music actually has been called one of the most ancient of healing arts. Even the Bible talks about sound. The sound of a bubbling brook is likened to the fountain of wisdom (Proverbs 18:4) and when one is happy one is encouraged to sing (James 5:13).

There is a distinct difference between music and NOISE. “Noise is an environmental pollutant derived specifically from the technological age.” Noise pollution is becoming an increasingly significant problem.

There is a report (anecdotal), that magnesium supplementation may help with noise intolerance, but that does not mean it is recommended that people working in a noisy environment should take necessarily additional Magnesium.

Might I suggest that you experiment with a variety of different music genre’s, specifically reach for some instrumental pieces as well and simply let your body “FEEL”, the musical flow, the rhythm, allow it to relax your breathing. Allow music to make a joyful noise to your body/health!

References:

  1. Kulvinskas, V. Survival into the 21st Century, 21st Century Publications, Woodstock Valley (CT) 1975
  2. Aldridge, D., et al. Where am I? music Therapy Applied to Coma Patients. J Roy Soc Med, 1990: 83:345-346
  3. Guzzetta CE, et al. Effects of Relaxation and Music Therapy on Patients in a Coronary Care Unit with Presumptive Acute Myocardial Infarction. Heart and Lung, 1989:18 (6):609-616
  4. Aldridge, D., et al. A pilot Study of Music Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Developmental Delay. Complementary Therapies, In Med, 1995; 3:197-205
  5. Allen, K and Blasovich, J. Effects of music on Cardiovascular, Reactivity Among Surgeons. MAMA, 1994;272 (11):882-884
  6. Scofield, M. Music Therapy: Melodies that Mellow, In Everyday Health Tips. Rodale Press, Emmaus (PA) 1988
  7. Harding, S. More Noise or Sound Therapy? Alt & Compl Ther, 1999; 5(3):164-174
  8. Godlee, F. Noise: Breaking the Silence. Brit Med J, January 11, 1992: 1101-113
  9. Bahadori, R. and Bohne, B. Adverse Effects of noise on hearing. Am Fam Phys: April 1993: 1219-1226
  10. Freidman, B. Magnesium for restless sleepers. Cordlandt Forum, 1992; 121-48

Anxiety and The Stress Effect Combo!

These two “sisters” as I like to refer to them can really be heavy hitters when it comes to the quality of our health factor. Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder in North America. 65% of North Americans take prescription medications daily, 43% take mood altering prescriptions on a regular basis. Paxil and Zoloft (two of the more popular anti-anxiety medications) ranked 7th and 8th in the top 10 percent of prescribed medications. These two medications totaled almost $5 Billion in sales in 2002. While anxiety is a symptom that everyone experiences at some point in their life, in some individuals it can be more than just occasional nervousness or stress. People with anxiety disorders often have symptoms that go beyond a simple response to stressful situations. The manifestations of an anxiety disorder are extremely debilitating and can prevent the individual from engaging in a fully functional life. The consequences of anxiety excompass all areas of life including emotional, occupation and social.

COMMON ANXIETY SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
  • back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
  • blancing (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
  • blushing, turing red, flushed face, flushed skin, blusing, red face or skin
  • body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised.
  • body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”.
  • body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
  • buring skin, itchy, “crawly”, prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin.
  • burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp or shoulders
  • buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
  • chest pains, chest tightness
  • choking
  • chronic fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
  • clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
  • cold chills, feeling cold
  • craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
  • difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
  • dizziness, feeling lightheaded
  • excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
  • falling sensation, feel like you are falling or dropping even though you are not
  • feel like you are going to pass out or faint
  • feel wrong, different, foreign, odd or strange
  • flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with the flu
  • frequent urination
  • heart palpitations, racing heart
  • hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
  • increased OR decreased sex drive
  • muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
  • muscle twitching
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
  • night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
  • startle easily
  • urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go the the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
  • difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
  • difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations

That is just covering what “Anxiety” can feel like. Now lets tackle “THE STRESS EFFECT”…

Stress can be defined as any perceived physical or psychological change that disrupts an organism’s metabolic balance. In today’s society, people are faced with constant exposure to stress. Stress automatically activates a chain of events which occur in order for individuals to respond to the stress. Signals are sent throughout the body through the communciation efforts of the neuroendocrine system resulting in “fight or flight” responses. Some of these signals cause positive changes in order for the body to respond to the immediate or acute stress. Long term or chronic stress poses too many challenges which overload the circuits and cause the systems of the body to eventually shut down.

Surveys and research reports conducted over the past 2 decades reveal that 43% of all adults suffer adverse effects due to stress. Infact, 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care physicians are in some way related to the adverse impact of psychosocial stress. Furthermore, an estimated 1 million workers are absent on an average workday because of stress-related complaints. The market for stress management programs, products and services has skyrocked in the past two decades and is estimated to currently exceed $11 billion annually. While all age groups are affected, the aging population faces compounded susceptibillity to stress-induced disorders because of the accumulation of problmes mediated by chronic, long term stress.

THERE IS A PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO STRESS:

The autonomic nervous system which is a brach of the nervous system is automatically activated when the stress response is initated. The autonomic nervous system activities are involuntary and take place completely beyond our conscious control. The functions of the ANS include digestion, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperatures.

The two branches of the ANS that regulate the fight or flight response are the sympathethic and the parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic is the part of the ANS that is responsible for initiating the fight or flight response. With each perceived thought of danger or pain, the sympathetic nervous system automatically initiates the fight or flight response so that the body can handle any potential danger or pain.

The parasympathetic returns the body back to balance. During parasympathetic activity, blood concentrates in the central organs for such processes as digestion and storage of energy reserves. Breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, muscl;e tension and body temperature are all decreased back to normal.

The Master gland or hypothalamus controls the ANS. When it receives the message of danger from the higher order thinking component of our mind, a signal is then sent to the hypothalamus. The message is then delivered through the nervous system that connects, like a hard wired neuron system, to every other system of the body. Hormones are secreted as the hypothalamus stimulates the endocrine system to initiate the secretion of hormones. The adrenalin and cortisol hormones are then secreted into the blood stream and travel throughout the body to deliver information to cells and systems.

Epinephrine (adrenalin) and norephinephrine (noradrenalin) are released into the blood stream from the adrenal medulla. The adrenal medulla is the part of the adrenal glands positioned on top of our kidneys. Cortisol is the other key hormone released from a portion of the adrenal glands called the adrenal cortex. Together, these hormones flood every single cell in the body with the specific message to prepare for fight or flight.

WHAT DOES THIS LOOK OR FEEL LIKE IN THE BODY?

  • increased mental activity
  • increased heart rate
  • increased cardiac output
  • increased breathing rate
  • increased metabolism
  • blood is shunted away from the digestive tract and directed into the muscles and limbs
  • increased circulation of free fatty acids
  • increased output of blood cholesterol
  • increase blood sugar released by the liver to nourish the muscles
  • release of endorphins from the pituitary gland
  • pupils of the eyes dilate
  • blood thins
  • immune system is suppressed
  • reproductive and sexual systems stop functioning normally
  • digestive system stops metabolizing food properly
  • excretory system turns off
  • kidneys decrease output
  • bowel and bladder sphincter close

There are some stages the body will move through:

  1. alarm stage
  2. resistance stage
  3. exhaustion stage

This is a serious combination or the One/Two punch that many people are struggling with today.

There are some natural remedies that can assist; as will diet and lifestyle changes. We know stress isn’t going anywhere, but how we deal and respond to it can make all the difference. Also, equipping our bodies to be stronger and more nutritionally fit to be able to bounce back faster when faced with stress and/or anxiety issues is critical.

If you find yourself dealing with chronic stress/anxiety and you’d like to incorporate some natural/ nutritional avenues into the mix. You can reach me through my website www.jodibarnett758.com, or by calling my office 219-879-5437 to schedule an appointment. (I also offer tele-visits). I have multiple office locations available:

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

6646 W. Johnson Rd, LaPorte, IN 46350 Office Number: (219) 879-5437

Michigan City, IN, and Highland, IN office locations. Office Number: (219) 713-4789

WHY STATINS ARE NOT THE ONLY AVENUE!

Millions of folks in the United States take a statin medication to lower their cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Some believe that these statins are the new wonder drug, while others wonder whether if the benefits outweigh the risks. With research studies uncovering questionable gain and serious side effects, critical concerns are justified. A thorough understanding of the way that statins work helps explain why they may not be the key to healthier hearts and longer lives.

LOWER LEVELS OF CHOLESTEROL

The statins job is to block the activity of enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, an essential step in the synthesis of cholesterol. Inhibition of this enzyme prevents the body from producing cholesterol, which lowers the levels in the blood. However, cholesterol has several important functions in the body, and we cannot live without it. Did you realize it acts as an antioxidant, a repair molecule and an essential component of all cell membranes? Did you know that the body uses cholesterol to make sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone and adrenal hormones, which help the body deal with stress and regulate blood volume? The body also uses cholesterol to make bile, which aids in our digestive process and assimilation of dietary fats, and vitamin D, which increases absorption of calcium, which builds stronger bones, strengthens our immune system and provides protection against hypertension, autoimmune and even some cancers.

Truth is that our cholesterol accounts for approximately half the dry weight of our brain, where it plays an important role in insulating our neurons and allowing cells to communicate. When our body does not make enough cholesterol, neurological issues can slide to the forefront. Some of the side effects of taking statin medications include: cognitive impairment, memory loss, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, personality changes, depression, anxiety and irritability.

DEPLETION OF CONENZYME Q10

Statins also deplete and inhibit the synthesis of coenzyme Q10, which is an antioxidant and essential cofactor in the production of energy inside our cells. Because heart cells have such a large energy requirement, they contain the highest concentrations of CoQ10. When we are deficient, it can lead to a weakening of the heart and compromised cardiovascular system.

The deficiency of CoQ10 caused by statins can start soon after treatment. This is where I break out the studies folks; Columbia University found that after only 14 days of treatment with Lipitor, COQ10 levels were reduced by 49 percent. Once there is a depletion in CoQ10, heart issues can quickly follow, even in folks who have had no prior history of any cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Cardiology followed adults who were healthy aside from mildly elevated levels of cholesterol. After only 6 months of taking a low dose of Lipitor, 71 percent of the participants developed early heart muscle dysfunction.

Some side effects of statins are related to the loss of CoQ10 in muscles and a reduced capacity for energy production.

What does that present itself as physically:

*fatigue

*shortness of breath

*problems with mobility/balance

*muscular pain/atrophy

The Journal of American Medical Association found that all statins caused cancer in animals, in some cases at doses comparable to those prescribed in humans. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine linked statin meds to an increased risk of breast cancer. Some additional side effects associated with statin medications:

  • nausea
  • heartburn,
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • headaches
  • asthma
  • skin rash
  • hair loss
  • impotence
  • inflammation of the pancreas
  • liver damage

QUESTIONABLE BENEFITS

What I have found through research is that the benefits of statins are questionable, and that major studies have failed to show protective effects. The American Journal of Cardiology found that statin medications taken to lower cholesterol actually increased the risk of death in some people. They also found that participants taking statin drugs who had the the lowest levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) had the highest rates of mortality. The reduction of cholesterol is widely believed to be beneficial in preventing heart disease, but only half of all people who suffer heart attacks and strokes have high cholesterol.

For four years, researches at Yale University measured total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL), in almost 1,000 participants and tracked the rates of death from heart disease, death from any cause, and hospitalizations for heart attack and unstable angina. They found no differences between the two groups. People with high total cholesterol had no more fatal heart attacks than individuals with low total cholesterol.

WHAT ARE SOME ALTERNATIVE INTERVENTIONS?

Maybe lowering cholesterol is not the best way to prevent heart disease. Maybe more effective lifestyle interventions that include regular exercise, weight control, stress management and a healthier diet low in refined carbohydrates like sugar and flour and adulterated oils, and high in antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables should be incorporated.

Supplemental nutrients can also be beneficial in bringing a balance for example: Fish Oil can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, thin the blood to prevent blood clots and decrease levels of triglycerides, slowing accumulation of atherosclerotic plaques that block coronary arteries. Fish oils have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, dangerous arrhythmias, stroke and death. The truth is that cholesterol is made by our liver, and it is used in seminal fluid and vaginal lubrication, and is an essential pat of nerve fiber structure, strength, and resilience. Reducing cholesterol may also mean lowering sexual activity and becoming nervously irritable and depressed.

  • CoQ10 improves circulation
  • fiber helps to lower cholesterol and most folks don’t get near enough dietary fiber in take daily.
  • Garlic lowers cholesterol levels and improves blood pressure and is a natural blood thinner.
  • L-Carnitine lowers cholesterol levels in peeps who have had heart attacks.
  • Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and helps balance cholesterol.
  • Vitamin B complex is important in controlling cholesterol levels.
  • Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B3 (niacin) taken in conjunction with B complex are important with balancing cholesterol levels. (NOTE: if you have a liver issue, gout or high blood pressure you don’t want to take niacin.
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E improve circulation and helps keep cholesterol in check.
  • Essential fatty acids thin the blood and balances neurotransmitters.
  • proteolytic enzymes aid in digestion to help break down fats/proteins.
  • Selenium deficiency has been linked to heart disease.
  • Shiitake or Reishi extract helps to control and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Protease or Peptidase split large polypeptides by breaking and adding a molecule of water to the broken ends and forming smaller polypeptides. They have been shown to e absorbed in substantial quantities into the blood where they bind to serum proteins and are utilized by tissues involved with immune function. Plant or food proteases have been proven to be effective in dissolving blood clots and restoring normal blood flow.
  • Lipase hydrolyzes fats into monoglycerides and fatty acids. The role of the enzyme lipase is being studied extensively in treatment of chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, malabsorption abnormalities, myocardial infarction, and cholesterol and triglyceride studies.
  • apple pectin also lowers cholesterol levels by binding fats and heavy metals.
  • chromium picolinate lowers total cholesterol levels and improves HDL to LDL ratio.

WHAT ABOUT FOODS TO INCORPORATE?

Including almonds, apples, carrots, col water fish, dried beans, garlic grapefruit, oats, olive oil, salmon, strawberries, walnuts. How many know that strawberries in particular were shown to reduce damage from oxidation to the bad LDL cholesterol, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. Make sure you take in plenty of fiber in the form of fruits vegetables and whole grains. Water soluble dietary fiber is very important in reducing serum cholesterol. It is found in barley, beans, brown rice, fruits, glucomannan, guar bum and oats. How many are willing to incorporate juicing into their daily routine; carrot juice helps to flush out fat from the bile in the liver and helps lower cholesterol. Almonds are rich in the amion acid arginine, and were found in one study to cut cholesterol levels by sixteen points over a four-week period.

Include daily exercise, which helps manage stress. Drinking large amounts of coffee can elevate blood cholesterol levels, more than doubling the risk of heart disease. According to a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine, observation of 15,000 coffee drinkers revealed that as the intake of coffee rises, the amount of cholesterol in the blood goes up.

But before starting any new supplements or discontinuing any statin medication, schedule an appointment with your doctor, ask about evaluating your risk of cardiovascular disease using indicators more reliable than cholesterol tests along like: where are your levels of homocysteine levels (amino acid in the blood), LDL particle size, and C-reactive protein, which measures inflammation.

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FOOD ALLERGIES, WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? If you had a full eight hours of sleep, do you still feel groggy with zero energy? Do you get sleepy in the middle of the day? Do you feel you heal slowly? How about headaches, do you get those on a regular basis? Would you place yourself in the category of struggling with joint pain, or diagnosed with auto-immune issues? If you are experiencing some of these issues, there is a chance you are suffering from food allergies or food intolerances.

In fact, you may be surprised to know that almost any health issue from bladder control to dark circles under your eyes, can all be signs that point to food allergies, and what I refer to as food intolerance. A true food allergy is where the body produces antibodies against the food in question, causing an allergic reaction. To name a few, allergic reactions to food include itchy skin; itchy or swollen throat; runny nose; itchy nose and eyes; gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, cramping or diarrhea; shortness of breath or wheezing; low blood pressure; and headaches. When the reaction is severe enough, it is called anaphylaxis and can be life threatening. Common food allergens include shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, tomatoes, corn.

Immediate food allergies, known as type one toxic reactions, are obvious, causing peeps to suffer almost instant reactions. Extreme cases of this happens all the time. When a food that does not contain peanuts but came in contact with them during processing is consumed by someone highly allergic to peanuts that person could go into anaphylaxis shock and die.

Type two reactions, which are also referred to as “delayed food allergies”, are not immediate, thus are much harder to detect without specific testing.

Blood tests (radioallergosorbent test, or RAST) and skin tests are the two most common and accepted ways a doctor can determine which foods cause allergies in a patient. The skin test is more accurate and gets faster results. With this test, a doctor will prick or scratch the skin and then drop an extract of the food in question onto that spot. Typically this is done for many foods and/or other possible allergens at once. Though relatively painless, it can make for a very unpleasant experience. My advice would be to only be tested for a limited amount of foods/allergens in one visit. We tested my son in this fashion only allowing for 5 allergens to be tested in one visit to limit his histamine response.

Common food intolerance can happen with dairy, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial colors/flavors, and preservatives. There is no conventional medical test for food intolerances. Celiac sprue, also known as celiac disease, is neither an allergy nor an intolerance but an immunological reaction to food. Celiac disease causes the lining of the small intestine to be damaged from the processing of gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye.

There are also foods that really don’t provoke either food allergy or food intolerance but cause most everyone issues. Examples include refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed foods.

The best way to know for sure which foods are making you sick is to cut out all of the foods that could be causing intolerances. Many of these are foods naturopathic doctors will tell you to stay away from anyway. Start by cutting out wheat, sugar, soy, dairy, eggs and any other foods you think may be causing your problems.

After at least one week, add one food at a time back into your diet to see how your body feels. Take your time! It’s a very common mistake to rush this process. It can take up to and over two/three weeks for your body to stop reacting to certain foods. It can also take just as much time for your body to start reacting to the adjustment.

When you have food allergies/intolerances it also means you have leaky gut issues and healing is a process not a procedure. Yes it will be a journey and take time. My advice is to seek the assistance of a doctor that is well vexed in dealing with digestive issues. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with my office; visit www.jodibarnett758.com

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC