We see more and more folks today including children and young adults who are seriously struggling with proper emotional release.  Struggling with controlling their emotions in light of normal stressors of life and events.

Yet the body is perfectly designed to deal properly with normal amounts of stress and bounce back….So why does it seem like it’s harder and harder for  people to go with the flow so to speak when typical stress events cross their paths today?

Maybe the sensory overload that happens today with social media, the marked level of violence portrayed in our entertainment industry including music, the constant barrage of “fear” factoring by media headlines and the popularity of violent video games that majority of parents allow their young children to play (wonder how many parents take the time to sit with their children and watch them play some of the video games to actually see the content); then add to the equation, the barrage of chemicals in our living environments which work against the body as endocrine disruptors which interfere with hormonal responses in the body.

Too many folks no longer have specific set routine schedules either, we have no rest and relaxation that is not still interrupted with the constant companions we call cell phones.  You need only to walk thru a sit down restaurant and look around at the people sitting at the tables.  Too few are even personally interacting with one another,  instead they all sit there glued to their cell phones letting time evade them of physically and emotionally spending time with the loved ones they are with.  People are taking up physical space but it’s like they are personally unavailable.

Same with parents who have young children, are relying on now plugging them into tablets and I-pads vs. parenting them? There is nothing wrong with allowing your children to play on these devices, it is the way of their future and they for obvious reasons need to know how to use them, and there are some wonderful educational interactive programs devised for learning, the technology’s versions of PBS programming so to speak; but set a time ratio per day that they are allowed to spend on it.  Children are even spending less and less time in school actually physically writing.  You do realize that the process of writing with a pen/pencil and paper or using crayons and coloring books serves some critical brain/neurological & hand and eye development? Same with reading “books”, I mean actual books, everything is moving towards “audio” books, vs. children and their brains having to perceive what their eyes are seeing; instead we listen to videos, and audio books with little or no vocal inflection,  Ever really listen to an audio book?  The voice is mono-toned no expression or inflection to even make the story interesting.  Yet when I physically “read” a book my brain actually perceives the emotional tone of what I’m reading.  How many parents actually read books to their kids today?  Not only read the book but get silly with it, change voices for the different characters and stuff, you don’t understand that when you do things like that you are “TEACHING” a critical part of communication to your children, you are showing them personality and so much more.  I realize we are in the technology age, but there is NO SUBSTITUTION for parents to make the time to spend physically and emotionally PRESENT with their children, teaching them, playing with them, enjoying them.

I have to admit, I am guilty of it too;  it is super easy to become unaware of how much time all the apps. on our phones receive vs. the people in our lives.  With me having a practice/business, my emails come through my phone, I have the various social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  that I have clients reach out to me through.  So I have to frequently check the status of those accounts.  But then it’s so easy to get sidelined as you are intrigued by a post or article and next thing you know 40 minutes has zipped past. Or a BIG one for me is my followers and patients frequently send me things to read especially with supplements, herbal remedies, or a variant of health posts/articles etc.  I am learning how to set and establish healthy boundaries on those areas because I would never get anything done other then responding thinking I’m being polite.  Yet it literally sucks my time like a never ending vortex.

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How many of us have been short or testy with our loved ones including our children because they are trying to get our attention away from our faces being buried in our phones?  Technology is both a blessing and a hinderance.

That being said…. Emotional imbalances seem to be at an all time elevated high.  I started realizing that more then 35% of my patients within the past year all have the complaint that they cannot cope with their own emotions.  This is a REAL thing today, and I consider it to be a SERIOUS wake up call of sorts!

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Some things to make note of:  If you find your emotions feel like they are on the roller coaster highs/lows here are some things you can incorporate into your daily routines, many of my patients have noted that within 2 weeks they can certainly see and feel notable improvements …

  • Begin your day with an 8oz. mug of hot lemon water (this includes toddlers and young adults, you can sweeten initially with small amounts of raw honey or Agave Nectar)
  • Go to bed earlier so you can wake earlier as a family to actually pray together for the day and have breakfast as a family before everyone jets out the door for work and school.  ( I am blown away at how many children today are getting themselves ready and out the door for school because the parents have already left for work). There is much to be said for “Pre-paring” what is needed to start the next day the night before.  Set out clothing for everyone, figure out ahead of time what is for breakfast so preparation runs smoothly and children can and should help with this, you are teaching them how to be responsible.)  I realize some parents due to commute times and such may need to leave early for work, but like I said there is no reason why children cannot be woke early too so that everyone gets to physically see and interact together before they start their day!
  • Adults: how many have “games” on their cell phones ones that you find yourself playing here and there daily?  DELETE them… seriously, I personally LOVED these games, I used the excuse that when I was waiting, or while my husband was driving, I’d occupy myself playing those, they are HUGE time manipulators.  Take that time instead to actually INTERACT with real walking, talking PEOPLE and make eye contact while doing it!
  • Children: young ones and right up to early teens, establish SET time limits on how much time they can spend on these devices.    In the evenings instead of being plugged into the television, turn it off and play board games, do crafts together,  engage your kids to do puzzles with YOU, build Lego’s together, clean the kitchen after meals as a family instead of everyone eating and going their separate ways as mom is left to clean up.  So many of us have claimed our RIGHTS at the end of the day to “unplug” by literally vegetating in front of the television, and so we are not interrupted, we’ve made sure that the kids each have a television and/or tablet or such of their own to close themselves off in their rooms.  We are “electing” to teach isolation vs. social interaction right under our own roofs!  What happened to teaching our kids how to paint, how to build, how to cook, how to sew, how to play?
  • Check everyone’s schedules for extra activities; i.e many kids are in multiple things at school, like they play every sport offered at school, they are in a variety of clubs etc. at school too and they are still meant to juggle their school work, homework etc.  I’m all for kids exercising and playing sports, but when we allow them to be in everything and then wonder why they can’t handle stress or can’t be successful or excel in something could it be because they are functioning on “overload”? Pare it down, pick one or two favorite sports (truth is the majority of kids that play sports are not going to move into the sport as a profession).  I keep seeing different posts through social media about how many of the classes like shop class, cooking, sewing classes should be brought back into the schools….yet my mind keeps asking why can’t the parents  be meeting that need at home with their children?  If you are cooking meals why are the kids not helping?  If Dads are fixing or building or repairing something why aren’t the kids helping and learning (within safety reasons, they can hand tools learning their uses etc.)  You get my drift, why do we as a societal whole seem to be more comfortable abdicating the “teaching” of our children to someone else in the areas we are more then equipped to teach via example and simply by spending time with our kiddo’s?  Most families are running in separate directions all week long!
  • When is the last time we were honest with ourselves and identified NEEDS vs. WANTS… can you by choice scale back how you live or the gadgets and such that many are in debt trying to own, adding to their emotional overload.  Does anyone but me seem to notice that there are kidney dialysis centers popping up like Walgreens, (one on every corner so to speak)?  If you don’t think emotions affect our health you are WRONG!  Those who are constantly in fear over not having enough money, that emotional zone affects the kidneys.  I had a family I was working with their 14 year old daughter who was having a roller coaster of emotional imbalances and they wanted to try changing her diet and such before turning to prescription medications.  After the 2nd appointment, I counseled with the parents because every other word out of their lips was about “money”, if we do this it will take away from our vacation this year, it will cost, cost, cost, I mean it was infused into just about every sentence in some fashion. So their daughter lived in constant emotional stress over finances that she wasn’t even responsible for… and let me be clear they weren’t struggling in their finances but money was more in their forefront of conversation then any other topic.  We teach our children how to respond to stress by how we model it to them, we teach them how to cope again by how we model it to them.  The old saying “DO as I SAY NOT as I DO” doesn’t work, never has and never will.  Actions will always win!

Simply by having a moment to be simply honest with yourself, and to be willing to make lifestyle shifts the “stressors” can be limited by establishing different boundaries… Many are on sensory overload and that factor can be improved when choices are changed!

Now, there are also nutritional imbalances that contribute to emotions being out of sync too:  I also address those on a one to one personal approach.  There is NO one size fits all approach so rather then toss out a variety of herbal/nutritional remedies and such.  When it comes to this health issue, I prefer to work with my patients to tailor their nutritional battle plan.  If that is something you are interested in you can go to my website : www.jodibarnett758.com and click on the services tab.

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC.

Emotional Release…

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Can We Protect The Pancreas?

 

pancreas

Moving on forward through the endocrine system, we roll up on a gland lots of folks are familiar with which is the Pancreas!  Hearing about Type I and Type II diabetes and the lives it touches is sadly becoming common place. What is also beginning to go beyond common place is the amount of high sugary foods a single person consumes in any given day !

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So where can we find this important part of our endocrine system?  It’s located towards the back of our abdomen behind our stomach.

 

This gland is the most active gland in our entire digestive system.  According to Dr. N.W. Walker D. Sc. “It produces substances in the form of digestive juices of several different kinds at one and the same time, each to process the various elements contained in the food we eat.  When we eat raw vegetables & fruits, the functions of the pancreas are at their best.  They have virtually no splitting of molecules to do, merely assisting the atoms & molecules to separate so they can be readily collected by the blood & lymph streams & quickly utilized by the glands, cells & tissues throughout the body.

When we eat starches, sugar & meat foods, the pancreas has to do more than its normal work.  Starches cannot be digested as such, but must be converted into primary or chemical sugars.  The pancreas must not only furnish the digestive juices for these sugars but must also help to do the necessary work of conversion or breaking down of the starches.  This extra work is what eventually may develop into diabetes.

When we eat meat, fish or fowl, we cannot use either the concentrated protein or the amino acids that compose it as such.  They must all be reduced to the atoms composing them so that the body may reorganize these atoms to build its own amino acids & proteins.  The pancreas does most of this conversion work, furnishing the digestive juices for the purpose.  As this involves considerable work, it not only overworks the pancreas, but it also generates large quantities of uric acid in the system.

Fats contained in the food we eat, must be converted into glycerin, and the pancreas also furnishes the digestive juices for this purpose.

As the pancreas has so much work to do for us under even the most favorable circumstances, it is obvious that to overwork it just because we choose to eat food & drink beverages that do actual harm, does not make sense.  On the contrary, we should consider this angle of our appetites & desires seriously & with common sense.” (N.W. Sc., Become Younger n.d.)

HYPOGLYCEMIA (LOW BLOOD SUGAR)

Many folks struggle with a condition referred to as hypoglycemia which is when their blood sugar is abnormally low.  Reactive hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar drops to low levels 2-5 hrs. after eating a meal.  Symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia include sweating, tremors, rapid heartbeat, anxiety & hunger.  Most often, this results from the over secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin facilitates the transport of glucose from our blood into the cells, especially those of muscle & fatty tissue, & causes glucose to be synthesized in our liver.  If the pancreas is not functioning as it should, normal carbohydrate metabolism is impossible.  As the blood sugar then drops, stress hormones like adrenaline & cortisol kick in at high levels to prevent the blood sugar from dropping to fast.

Another type of hypoglycemia is known as fasting hypoglycemia. Meaning this happens as a result of not having food for 8 or more hours (typically, for some the effects can happen after 6 hours).  They symptoms are often more sever than those of reactive hypoglycemia & can include seizures, loss of consciousness, and a loss of mental acuity.  Liver disease generally contributes to this type of hypoglycemia too.

Someone with hypoglycemia may display any or all of the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • heart palpitations
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • inability to concentrate
  • light headedness
  • headache
  • irritable, fainting spells
  • depression
  • nervousness
  • anxiety
  • cravings for sweets
  • confusion
  • night sweats,
  • weakness in legs
  • swollen feet
  • feeling tight in the chest
  • constant hunger
  • pain in various parts of the body especially the eyes
  • nervous habits
  • mental disturbances 
  • insomnia

If the blood sugar levels drop below 40 mg of glucose per 100CC of blood (80-100 is considered normal), the person can actually become unconscious.  Typically someone with hypoglycemia can become very aggressive & lose their temper easily.  Any or all of these symptoms can occur a few hours after eating sweets or even fats.  The onset & severity of symptoms are pretty much directly related to the length of time since the last meal was eaten& the type of of foods that meal contained.

DIETARY HABITS

More & more peeps today are realizing and being diagnosed with this condition, due to poor dietary habits that include eating large amounts of simple carbohydrates, too much sugary foods, alcohol, caffeine & soda & they are not eating near enough complex carbohydrates.  High levels of stress also can contribute as high amounts of cortisol production also make the fat cells more insulin resistant.

Lots of folks will say they inherited their low blood sugar issue, but most often it is precipitated by a diet that has been overloaded for years with too many of the foods I talked about above.  This is referred to as functional hypoglycemia.  There are other imbalances that can also contribute to hypoglycemia like:

  • adrenal insufficiency
  • stomach surgery
  • thyroid disorders
  • pituitary disorders,
  • kidney disease
  • pancreatitis
  • candidiasis
  • smoking
  • large amounts of caffeine

WHAT SHOULD YOU REMOVE FROM YOUR DIET IF YOU KNOW YOU STRUGGLE WITH PANCREA ISSUES?

I’d remove alcohol, canned & packaged foods, refined & processed foods, dried fruits, table salt, white sugar, saturated fats, sodas and anything made with white refined flours.  Also avoid foods that contain artificial colors or preservatives.

Reduce fatty foods like bacon, lunchmeats, fried foods, gravies, ham, sausage or dairy products (exception would be low-fat soured/fermented products)

Instead you want to be eating a diet that is high in fiber & include large amounts of vegetables, especially broccoli, carrots, artichokes, raw spinach, squash & string beans.  Vegetables should be eaten raw or steamed.  Also eat beans, brown rice, lentils, oats, oat bran, Yukon gold potatoes, tofu, and fruits, especially apples, apricots, avocados, cantaloupes, grapefruits, lemons.

For your protein choices, I’d suggest low fat cottage cheese with some flax oil added, fish, whole grains, kefir, raw nuts, turkey, chicken.

Stop skipping meals and get in the habit of eating 6-8 smaller meals through out the day. The other mistake we make is we are in the habit of drinking liquids with our meals which dilute the digestive fluids, drink some liquid before you sit down to eat, and wait about 30-35 mins. after eating (if you can) before you drink anything.

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Are there herbs & particular supplements that can be helpful for supporting the pancreas…. absolutely, however, in this case I especially would as a practitioner prefer to have done a consultation/appointment before recommending any nutritional/orthomolecular support.  The one thing I don’t want is for people to think if I just take some herbs/supplements it will neutralize the “bad-food” choices and life goes on as usual.

I cannot tell you how many people I have worked with who use insulin and/or oral meds and rely on those to keep things in what they believe to be “check” while they continue to eat in ways that are not contributing in positive ways.

So if you are looking for a more holistic/nutritional way to support the health of your pancreas, I’d be honored to embark on that journey together.  You can go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and click on services.

Till next time, which we will be talking about the Adrenal glands, stay healthy my friends!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

 

References:

Imedpub.com

Become Younger N.W.Sc.,

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

 


Walking Through Your Endocrine System…

thymus gland

I’m continuing through the explanation of your endocrine system which leads us to the THYMUS gland…

This gland is made up of two identical lobes and it is located anatomically in front of the heart and behind the sternum.  Histologically, each lobe of the thymus can be divided into a central medulla and a peripheral cortex which is surrounded by an outer capsule.

Doctor Norman Walker Sc., in his book Become Younger; had an interesting take on what the role and responsibility of the thymus gland and how it affects who we become. Which is why I chose to include it in this post.

“This glands function is able to change during our different stages of growth and age.  From Infant up to the age of about 18 months, this gland is what is responsible for breaking down the casein and other elements in mother’s milk, which enables the body to assimilate and utilize the milk or its equivalent.  After 18 months of age it undergoes functional changes of a remarkable nature.  Until puberty and the beginning of adolescence the thymus gland is involved in the development of the sex glands.

As we enter into adolescence, it becomes an important factor in the higher and broader expansion of one’s character and emotions.  If the activity of the thymus in the development of the sex glands has not abated at this time, the individual keeps growing until he is taller than average.  On the other hand, if the sex glands develop too soon, and the thymus is diverted too fast to the next change in its activity, the individual ceases to grow and remains below the average height.

Also in adolescence, the thymus acts as a balance between the higher and lower instincts.  It is then controlled by the will, by the mind and by the desires of the individual, until maturity is reached.  This period is the most critical in everybody’s zone of development.  Therefore, what we are exposed to mentally during this period is beyond important.  To an extent it depends on the severity of the discipline applied to the individual.  It is the foundation upon which the future integrity and honesty of the individual is based.  If he is allowed to go about his way of life, unbridled, undisciplined and uncontrolled, the thymus gland will become flabby in texture and in years to come he will find himself on the lower, if not the lowest, plane of consciousness.  Could this account for so many adults today who struggle with low levels of self-esteem?

At this period in life the thymus works in close relation with the pineal gland, the spiritual gland  When discipline is slack or lacking we find youngsters gravitating toward juvenile delinquency, hoodlumism and crime.  To develop the character, integrity and honesty of future generations, parents must come to realize that children of all ages, NEED affection and understanding, as well as the right kind of nourishment.  The development of these two highly important character building glands, the thymus and the pineal, rest entirely in the hands of the parents.  When children and adolescents grow into dependable and honorable citizens even though they were allowed to grow up without guidance, they have done so in spite of lack of discipline and guidance and because of an inherent higher intelligence than that of their parents.”

We also know that the thymus plays an important role in our health working in tandem with the immune system especially during the adolescence years.  As we age the thymus gland begins to shrink in size, I believe this occurs because our immune system works from memory once it has done battle with specific virus’s and germs that it’s contribution is not needed near as much as during our growing years. However, it is still an important gland as we age therefore incorporating some much needed support is encouraged!

The thymus gland is responsible for manufacturing T lymphocytes (T cells) which are a critical component of our immune system.

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Are there remedies in nature that we can use to help strengthen and support our thymus gland?  I believe there definitely are:

  • Arginine  (click here to purchase) retards the growth of tumors and cancer by enhancing our immune function.  It increases the size and activity of the thymus gland, which manufactures T lymphocytes (T cells), crucial components of the immune system.  It is also good for liver issues like cirrhosis and fatty liver because it aids in liver detox by neutralizing the ammonia.  It may also reduce the effects of chronic alcohol toxicity. (I recommend taking an amino acid supplement that offers a balance of all the amino acids when it comes to needing to supplement L-Arginine)  Food sources of L-Arginine include: carob, coconut, gelatin, oats, peanuts, soybeans, walnuts, wheat and wheat germ.
  • Barley grass (click here to purchase) contains small amounts of calcium, iron all the essential amino acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and is loaded with many minerals, plus enzymes.  This food heals stomach, duodenal, and colon disorders as well as pancreatitis, and is a good and effective anti-inflammatory. (click here to purchase in a combination powder for smoothies, great way to get into the kiddo’s)
  • Black Current Oil (click here to purchase) Black Currant Oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) along with other important polyunsaturated fatty acids, including linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. Fatty acids are involved in many bodily functions, such as maintaining body temperature, insulating nerves, cushioning and protecting tissues and creating energy. These essential fatty acids are precursors of prostaglandins, which must be present for functions involved with blood vessels, maintaining arterial pressure already within the normal range, metabolizing dietary cholesterol, activating T-lymphocytes, protecting against platelet aggregation and other functions.
  • Echinacea Purpurea (click here to purchase) Active compounds in echinacea include polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils and flavonoids. Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, have antioxidant activity and help support a healthy inflammation response.
  • Vitamin A& D (click here to purchase) Vitamin A is essential for maintaining good vision and promoting normal growth. It is necessary for the health of epithelial cells and is required for the digestion of protein. Vitamin A is essential for lactation, reproduction and the formation of steroid hormones. It is used to form the cells lining the digestive, respiratory, reproductive and urinary tracts and in all tissue linings of the body. Vitamin A is best absorbed when taken with oil or fat. It occurs in animal tissues as retinol but in plants as carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.
    Vitamin D works synergistically with vitamin A. It plays a role in absorbing and regulating calcium and phosphorus. This vitamin helps the body synthesize protein. It is vital to the health of the nervous system and kidneys.
  • Zinc (click here to purchase) This is one of the most over looked minerals when it comes to folks supporting their immune system. The trace mineral zinc is involved in hundreds of important functions in the body, including sugar metabolism, DNA formation, protein metabolism and energy production. It is also needed for the growth and development of bones. Pregnant and lactating women require extra zinc. More zinc is found in the body than any other trace element except for iron. Relatively large amounts are found in bone and muscle. It’s also prevalent in the prostate and retina.

Eating healthy and including more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine as well as a variety of raw nuts, beans, whole grains and lower animal meat consumption is a wonderful way to improve the over all health of our endocrine system as a collective whole.

Stay tuned because the next stop in the story of our endocrine system will be the  Pancreas.

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC.

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.harvestedhealth,.mynsp.com


Health Lays In Our Neck?

In continuing on walking you through the importance of your Endocrine System; we come upon the Thyroid & Para-Thyroid glands. Which is the next stop realizing I’m working my way from the top down in the body.

thyroid

The thyroid gland is located in the lower front part of the neck and is shaped like a butterfly.  It produces the hormones thyroxine & triiodothyronine.

This gland is one that most folks are familiar with, & we are seeing more & more people struggling with “hypo or Hyper” performing thyroid glands.  Our diets are so void of adequate amounts of iodine that the proper function of this important gland is  evident in many, as well as chemical toxins that inhibit this gland from being able to uptake proper amounts of iodine.

Dr. N.W. Walkers’ description of The Thyroid Gland says, “The thyroid has a strong controlling influence on all the chemical processes which are carried on in the body.  One of the substances which is created by this gland is the hormone known as “thyroxine.”  This is the simplified name compounded from the chemicals composing it, namely: trihydro-triiodo-oxyindol-propionic acid.  Among the elements or ingredients which the thyroid uses to make this hormone is a protein known as casein.  The body manufactures its own casein out of the atoms present in our food, in the same manner that the cow generates the casein in her milk from her feed.  Casein is one of the important components of milk, but when cow’s milk is used by humans of any age, it is not digested properly or completely under any circumstances.  That is the reason why the use of milk not only creates a great amount of mucus in the system, but also has the tendency to disrupt the function of the thyroid gland.  The casein in cow’s milk is 300% more concentrated than that in mother’s milk.  When cow’s milk is pasteurized or cooked by boiling, the casein is changed still worse than in its raw state. (My emphasis here, “we are the ONLY mammals that drink milk past the whelping stage… why?)

Unless the thyroid is able to generate efficiently the thyroxine hormones, many disturbances can result.  Among these is the wasting of body tissues, irritability of the nerves, damage to teeth & muscles, affliction of the sex organs, thickening & coarsening of the skin, dry & unsightly hair, to name but a few.  These conditions are all regulated by the thyroid gland & its thyroxine hormones.” (D.N.SC.n.d.)

There are two malfunctions that can occur with the thyroid gland; one is when it becomes over active also know as Hyperthyroidism.  Phyllis A. Balch, CNC in Prescription for Nutritional Healing describes this disorder; “when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, resulting in an overactive metabolic state  All of the body’s processes speed up with this disorder.  Symptoms include nervousness, irritability, a constant feeling of being hot, increased perspiration, insomnia & fatigue, increased frequency of bowel movements, less frequent menstruation & decreased menstrual flow, weakness, hair & weight loss, change in skin thickness, separation of the nails from the nail bed, hand tremors, intolerance of heat, rapid heartbeat, goiter & sometimes, protruding eyeball.

The thyroid gland is the body’s internal thermostat.  It regulates the temperature by secreting two hormones that control how quickly the body burns calories & uses energy.  If the thyroid secretes too much hormone, hyperthyroidism results; too little hormone results in hypothyroidism.”  (Phyllis A. Balch n.d.)

Parathyroid Gland: Don’t hear too much about this gland but it’s important too!

There are 4 glands that are attached to each side of the thyroid gland.  Their function is to regulate the blood calcium levels & regulate calcitonin which is produced in the thyroid gland.  They also influence the lymph system in neutralizing certain types of toxins in the body.  Dr. Norman Walker D.Sc. states that the parathyroid glands” are responsive to the negative emotions, such as worry, anxiety, fear, anger, hatred, jealousy and so on, under which circumstances they excite or stimulate secretion from the Adrenal glands.  Adrenalin, is highly poisonous & affects the whole system when secreted to excess.

The principle function of the parathyroid glands, however, is the regulation of the calcium metabolism, the calcium content of the blood, in tooth & bone formation, & not residual calcium in the tissues.  It is most important to realize that these glands do NOT have the SELECTIVE ability to choose between organic & inorganic calcium.  That is to say that they will take whatever calcium atoms or molecules come along, irrespective of whether they are dead, or vital, live elements.  If our Creator had given them this ability to choose the live & reject the cooked or processed elements, we would have no arthritic victims, we would have marvelous teeth all our lives & no one would have any deformed bones, so long as we ate sufficient raw nourishment.

As it is, the calcium from pasteurized milk & cooked milk products, as well as that from grain & starch foods has become inorganic through the process of heating.  Under these circumstances no matter how much calcium we take into our system by eating these foods or taking calcium in tablet or similar form, the body cannot utilize it constructively without eventual damage to the calcium bearing parts of our system.  We have the proof of this in the swollen calcified joints in arthritis, in the degeneration of the teeth & bone, in impactions in our blood vessels as in tumors, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, high & low blood pressure & of course all the signs of premature old age.

It is necessary to furnish the body with the nourishment rich in organic or vital, live calcium elements which the parathyroid glands can work with to our best advantage.  These elements are found only in the raw vegetables & fruits & their fresh raw juices.

Among the richest calcium food’s, we have carrots, turnips, spinach, dandelion, to name but a few.” (N.W. Walker n.d.)

The biggest mistake I see folks making is in “knowing” that the diets they are consuming on a daily basis are void of the nourishment they require so they are trying to make up for it by swallowing a boat load of pills in the name of healthy.  Now don’t misunderstand me; I use herbs & supplements in my practice and recommend some of them when needed in the nutritional programs for my patient’s, but in the process I am also encouraging them to make major shifts in their lifestyle and dietary habits.

Cleaning out the chemicals that are going to inhibit their thyroids ability to uptake the much needed iodine.  Some of those chemicals:

  • fluoride (in tooth pastes and mouthwashes, and also given in a rinse form at the dentist)
  • chlorine (which is in most city drinking water supplies, and used in swimming pools)

When thinking about hormones, I want you to think parking garages for a minute.  Every hormone produced also has what’s referred to as a hormone receptor sight.  Meaning it has it’s own parking garage with its name plaque on it.  When we have impostors or inhibitors that come on the scene, they can occupy those reserved parking slots which don’t allow for proper hormonal reception to happen.  We see many people who are taking synthetic hormones in an attempt to balance what is imbalanced in the body.  There are some folks who’s thyroid is so iodine starved that taking synthetic hormones may need to be part of their daily routine.  However, they end up believing that their problem is solved once they begin taking them and make ZERO lifestyle changes.

I want folks to begin to realize that medicating any health issue doesn’t solve the on-going imbalance and nutritional deficiency, especially if you don’t make any needed changes.  Remember, the imbalance didn’t just show up because you were an unlucky chap.  We are not created to be “unhealthy”, our body in fact has many checks/balances built in.  When those checks/balances can no longer balance is when we start to see & feel unhealthy.

I don’t recommend supplements & herbs in the same capacity as folks are used to using them. Which for the most part is the same way they use prescriptions. I use them like that of a work out routine designed to strengthen what has become weak with the goal of getting stronger and back to God’s given working order. Not for you to assume that the supplements need to be a part of your daily lifetime intake.  You need to allow your body to rely on what it needs from the fuel you put in your engine, meaning what foods you are eating!

So are they herbal products you can use to help support the thyroid, absolutely.  A few that I highly recommend:

Benefits:
Supports the glandular system
Provides glandular extracts, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and phytonutrients
Helps support thyroid function
Supports a healthy metabolism
How It Works:
Thyroid Support is a blend of nutritional and herbal supplements specially designed to nourish the thyroid gland and to support the actions of the thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones regulate many body functions, including oxygen use, basal metabolic rate, cellular metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature.
Ingredients:
Vitamin B6, zinc, copper, manganese, l-tyrosine, kelp leaves and stems, thyroid substance, nettle leaves, protease blend, pituitary substance and hypothalamus substance.

  • Zinc: ( Click here to purchase this product)
  • The body needs zinc for many functions, with regards to the thyroid, it encourages the thyroid to uptake proper amounts of iodine.

Benefits:
Supports immune function.
Provides 25 mg zinc per tablet.
How It Works:
The trace mineral zinc is involved in hundreds of important functions in the body, including sugar metabolism, DNA formation, protein metabolism and energy production. It is also needed for the growth and development of bones. Pregnant and lactating women require extra zinc. More zinc is found in the body than any other trace element except for iron. Relatively large amounts are found in bone and muscle. It’s also prevalent in the prostate and retina.
Ingredients:
25 mg of zinc (167% of the Daily Value) plus calcium, phosphorus, kelp leaves and stem, thyme leaves and alfalfa aerial parts.

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When it comes to the calcium and para-thyroid support, I NEVER recommend a calcium supplement to any of my patients.  I encourage a calcium rich diet which includes plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables on a daily basis and I highly encourage juicing and blended salads (especially for those with digestion weaknesses), but I DO HIGHLY recommend supplementing with :

Magnesium: (click here to purchase product)

The difference between Calcium & magnesium is one of a push me pull me routine.  Meaning, calcium is the mineral that encourages contractions in the body when it comes to muscles (and isn’t every thing in the body with the exception of our teeth & bones a muscular composition?), and Magnesium I refer to as the mineral of movement, it is what relaxes, but it also is what encourages the body to place calcium in the proper places in the body.  So instead of supplementing with calcium, if you want to maintain better calcium levels, #1, CHANGE your diet, and #2 incorporate more magnesium.  It’s of a water soluble nature meaning you won’t overdose on magnesium, if you get more than your body can metabolize (use) it will clean out the pipes (south pole).

Benefits:
Highly bioavailable
Contributes to energy production
Promotes musculoskeletal health
How It Works:
Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is present in more than 300 enzymatic systems where it is crucial for energy production and other metabolic functions. The heart, brain and kidneys cannot function without adequate levels of this nutrient. Magnesium is used in reaction to form Tri Carboxylic Acid (TCA), which aids in the cells’ energy-producing cycle. It is also involved in smooth muscle contractions, affecting the heart, gastrointestinal, urinary and female reproductive tracts.
Ingredients:
Magnesium citrate and magnesium malate.

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It is my hope that as I continue to walk you through the endocrine system and explain the importance of each of these glands that you become encouraged to make changes in your diet/lifestyle or course; but that you also begin to understand more of how magnificent your body is with the intricate internal workings that take place every hour of every day.

The next endocrine gland stop will be the Thymus gland….

Thank you for taking the time to read, like and share the articles I post.  You folks are the BEST!

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

 

 


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.

Harvested Health LLC

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc

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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

tryptophanfoods-melatonin

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

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc


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

http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com

http://www.jodibarnett758.com

http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc