monounsaturated fats


Probably the #1 complaint I hear on a regular basis from my patient’s who are parents:  I cannot get my children to want to eat healthy foods!  Here is typically how I respond:


Begin slowly, replacing all snacks with fruits.  Then replace one meal a day with salad and a baked potato.  Serve a smoothie for breakfast with some raw nut butter mixed in for protein and to make more filling, instead of box cereal or toast.  Keep expanding the options.

It takes fortitude, but you must be lovingly firm.  If your child wanted to drink a 5th of vodka, would you give it to him?  Of course not you know it would be harmful to him.  Yet, it is the same concept with unhealthy foods and snacks.  Why give your child candy, pastries or hot dogs, when you know they are not good for them?  Does it matter that the damage takes years to manifest?   You may have allowed them to eat these unhealthy foods before, but now that you are learning better, trust me when I tell you that you will begin to see health & behavior changes little by little knowing as a parent that these are good!

When I work with families to begin to reduce the amount of proteins they are consuming because it makes our bodies too acidic.  (We live in a society that is OBESSED with protein intake). Many parents fear that their child will not be consuming near enough protein to grow and be healthy.  Yet with all the questionable issues surrounding our meat industry and the artificial chemicals being pumped into the animals… the REAL question should be IF we cut down or cut our meat in our diets all together, how will we get adequate amounts of protein?   LET ME SHOW YOU!

Here is a quick eye-opener about the percentage of protein that comes from these whole foods:


Vegetables: 1/2 cup to 1 cup serving

  • spinach   49%
  • broccoli   45%
  • Kale   45%
  • Leafy lettuce 34%
  • zucchini  28%
  • tomato 18%

Fruits: 1/2 cup to 1 cup serving

  • honeydew 16%
  • cantaloupe 9%
  • orange 8%
  • apricot 8%
  • grapes 8%
  • banana 5%
  • apple 1%

Grains/nuts/seeds: 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup serving

  • sprouted wheat 18%
  • Buckwheat 15%
  • walnuts 13%
  • almonds 12%
  • cashews 12%
  • pumpkin seeds 21%
  • sunflower seeds 17%

Given this brief breakdown, clearly protein is not an issue as many fear when they embark on a more whole food even raw diet.

So let’s consider “calories”:

The National Academy of Sciences has set the recommended daily dietary allowances for children as follows:

Ages 1-2               900-1800 calories

Ages 4-6               1300-2300 Calories

Ages 7-10             1650-3300 Calories

Then we start moving into adult ratios for calorie intakes

The wide range for each age group is due to variances in height, weight and activity levels.  Not all calories are created equal.  Many children that eat the Standard American Diet consume vast amounts of calories, far exceeding these recommended guidelines.  The calories consume are also empty calories, providing not a whole bunch if any nutritional value.  As a result, they may be receiving enough calories to fill the body’s energy needs, but are nutritionally deficient because the calories consumed are not providing the nutrients the body needs to maintain and optimize other functions.


Kids who “eat all day” and seemingly cannot get enough food, are experiencing their body’s signals for nutrients, NOT calories!  When we eat mostly cooked foods, (especially if it includes refined flour products, sugar and other empty calorie substances) the body doesn’t feel full because it’s hungry for nutrients.  When the body signals with hunger, asking for more nutrients and is given these nutritionally deficient foods, it keeps signaling, demanding what it needs.  The result is a body that is overweight (excess calories, but, nutritionally starving).  Sadly, this is the state of most of our society today, adults and children alike!

When you change the types of foods, the body is allowed to purify, and is receiving abundant nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, it becomes amazingly efficient at assimilating these nutrients.  The results are a decreased appetite nd better functioning of the body and mind.  It will amaze you at the decreased amounts of food you will need once you start eating a diet higher in raw fresh foods.  Reduce the amount of cooked meals you consume and at the beginning of this transition , you could be hungrier than you were before but, after a couple of weeks,  your appetite levels should adjust to the higher quality of foods being consumed.  (Don’t be expect to see miracles in a couple of days!) Changing habits takes repetition!



I don’t believe that any of us need scientific studies to tell us that the foods our kids eat affect how they behave.  Attend a typical birthday party, an hour after cake and punch is served you can see it for yourself in living color… Any teacher will tell you the weeks after Halloween and Easter are the worst times of the year.  Typically, sugar has been the culprit blamed for hyperactivity and unruliness.  I have discovered that there are many more subtle and far reaching things that are affecting our children through their diets!  I have been surprised to learn what should have been apparent all along; that when we eat anything that is altered from its natural state it alters US from our natural state because the body has to make adjustments to accept what has been consumed.  Perhaps, we don’t even know who o ur “real” children are; having never experienced their company, and seen their potential expressed through a pure and detoxified body with genuine emotions to go along with it?

The behavior our children exhibit directly influences how others treat them.  When a child is not given the chance to experience a pure, functioning physical body, he is ot able to relate to those around him in a way that builds strong, loving relationships.  Of course, we love our children, but, what parent can’t relate to the frustration of dealing with a demanding, high-maintenance child on a daily basis?

Many times these children will go through their entire childhood unaware that what they are eating contributes to or caused their problems.  Unfortunately, these children usually receive a label such as hyperactive, difficult or slow, which follows them through their entire school years and influences how they view themselves leading to low self-esteem.  Many times the parents don’t realize there is a problem having grown so used to these behaviors and devising various methods of dealing with them, (sad to say many parents out of frustration add to the problems by giving in to food choices to suffice an out of control child to get a moment of peace).  It is usually not until others (i.e. teachers, siblings, and friends) perceive the child as a problem because of the behaviors, that real perception is reflected back to the child.  It becomes the child’s perception of self now@.  If the child constantly operates in a fog, unable to grasp fully the world around them, their educations suffers, setting them up for future difficulties as they go through life.  This is why it is so important to understand the diet/behavior connection and to understand that what the child eats not only influence their behavior but how others treat them and how they view themselves and their place in the whole of the society they live in. (anyone been watching the news in the past 10 years or so and see our children/teens making smooth transitions into society?  or are we hearing of more and more violence at the hands of these young people?)  Bullying, teasing, name calling, children feeling isolated lashing out…. How can there not be a connection folks, the motor is only as good as the quality of fuel being pumped in the tank!



Most of us are used to preparing meals for our families with the basic food groups in mind.  There is usually a main dish (meat, or a protein sources), a starch and a veggie.  This is how we learned to cool.  When you adopt a more raw approach you can forget all of that.  Simplicity is the key.  It is perfectly alright to sit down and eat three bananas for lunch.  If you make the preparation of raw food meals into your routine overly complicated… YOU HAVE MISSED THE POINT!  This is especially important if there are others in your house who are not following a whole food/raw diet.

If you are trying to prepare two different meals for your family’s dinner you are setting yourself up for disaster.  Try to get away from the idea that each meal has to be so different.


The idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day comes from the advertising of the cereal companies.  It is actually better to have some freshly juiced produce or fruit until the noon meal, or to skip breakfast allowing the body to continue its fast (detoxification) which began during the sleep period. Some children will need a bit extra protein which can be given simply in the form of 1/2 cup of raw nuts of their liking.

A heavy breakfast ties up the body’s energy, making us sluggish and tired.  The two things your body expends the most energy on is digestion and elimination. If your child struggles with constipation issues, guess what their body wants to devote the most energy to, digestion OR elimination?   If you guessed elimination you were right!

In the morning, you can make vegetable juice made from a juicer.  This can include carrot apple, kale, celery and/or a variety of produce choices.

If you feel something more substantial in the morning is needed, you can have some sprouted buckwheat as a cereal with some fresh juice.  You can opt for sliced fruit or sprouted buckwheat cereal with raisin.  you can serve melon, a smoothie and fresh berries in the summer or soaked dried fruit in the winter.



At lunch you can let your family decide if they want fruit or a green salad.  A heavier meal like an apple dipped in a raw nut butter is tasty.  If your family is not totally raw you can provide a bowl of vegetable soup or steamed vegetables.  The hardest thing is to wean your family away from the typical lunch time sandwich.  Cooked starch (bread) is one of the most difficult addictions to give up.  I refer to cooked starch as an addiction because I believe the chemical reaction in the body after eating cooked starch acts as a drug, releasing a dopamine provoking  sedative effect.

This has been my own experience after going for some time without bread, then eating it again.  If you doubt the addictive quality of bread, try going without for several days, I mean having zero baked starch.  Then sit down and eat some and watch how your mental clarity changes or your digestive system reacts.  (YES this includes gluten-free products)

Try using cabbage or lettuce leaves instead and place veggies, like avocado, sprouts cucumber, tomato, grated zucchini etc. and roll these up like a burrito. (If your child is used to lots of sweets, grate up an apple or chop up some dried fruit and add to the vegetables to sweeten as you wean their palates.



This zone can get tricky for many as dinner is that one meal where everyone tends to come together, especially when the children are still smaller.  For this reason dinner seems more “official” and carries more meaning as we prepare the food we are to share with ur loved ones.  Let the kids help prepare the evening salad, it adds to the one on one with your kids.  You can serve a large salad, be creative include raw nuts, sprouts and raw cheese and on occasions some pasta on the side.  Have a plate of lightly steamed veggies or soup or baked potato.  Change your mind set that dinner has to be a 7 course blown out meal that our digestive system struggles to break down because it is too much.



Many clients complain that they would love to eat this way but it is too expensive.  Like we talked about before, you are used to the volume of food consumed when eating over cooked, processed, empty calorie foods.  Once you switch to more raw/whole food choices, it may take a week or two for your body to adjust but you will find your family is snacking less and consuming less  volume of food.  How many of you can sit down and eat a 3LB bag of apples at one sitting?  Your body will not allow it, the type of natural fiber and the way it reacts with our digestive process will automatically cause a gag reflex to stop you from overeating.  Try that with a 3 ob. bag of potato chips, you can eat the whole bag and still be hungry.

The next question is organic is so expensive… yes it does cost more, and not all produce needs to be organic, you can look up the dirty dozen and try to buy the produce that tends to have higher pesticide loads, and do non organic on the ones that do not.  Reduce cost by planting a garden n the spring and include the kiddo’s when caring for it to instill a love for how food is grown you will be teaching them a valuable lesson.  Over all for a family of 7, we can spend anywhere from $325.00 per  month to $400.00 per month on groceries depending on the season.  We don’t buy a whole bunch of junk food products (my hubs likes some of his junk snacks, especially ice cream). Making some of those items from scratch will always be cheaper and healthier options for treats.  We also buy in bulk the basic staples which is more cost effective.  I found out early on that when we were still buying half cooked food items and half raw items, we spent almost $700.00 tp$750.00 per month.  The cost of fresh food is still considerably lower than processed and convenience foods.  The cost of packaging (cans, bottles, boxes, freezer packs etc…) is costly to the pocketbook and the planet with waste.  Buy the convenience foods adds to your expenses in other ways as well, when you consume more of those items your family us usually not as healthy and more frequent trips to the doctor for illness is normally incurred as well.  Buy in bulk when possible.  Invest in a large freezer and a juicer.  Two of the best appliances you can obtain toward improving not only the quality of health and vitality for your family but it will save you money in the long run too.  Another appliance that is useful is a dehydrator.  You can dry your own herbs and vegetables for winter use.


Some quick ideas:

Salads: (Be creative) there is no wrong way to really make one.

  • sliced tomato or several cherry tomatoes
  • sliced cucumber
  • celery
  • carrot
  • sugar snap peas
  • red cabbage shredded
  • numb bean, lentil and alfalfa sprouts
  • jicama
  • zucchini
  • broccoli/cauliflower
  • bok choy
  • mushrooms
  • avocado
  • olives
  • sunflower/pumpkin ,pecan/almond nuts and seeds

With so many things to choose from in the veggie world it is hard to get bored with salads if you are not afraid to be creative! Make your dressing from raw ingredients and buy organic bottled dressings made with cold pressed oils.  Otherwise, a 1/4 up of raw apple cider vinegar with 1 cup cold pressed olive oil, some Italian spices and the juice of 1/2 lemon and a hint of fresh apple juice mixed in is an excellent dressing!

Taco salad:

  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • olives
  • sliced cucumber
  • sprouts of choice
  • guacamole in the center and fresh salsa of your choice over entire salad.

Buckwheat cereal:

Buckwheat is one of the softest grains.  It is moist and sprouts fast and easily.  Soak3/4 cup raw hulled buckwheat groats for 5-6 hours.  Drain and rinse several times till water runs clear.  Turn jar upside down in a drainer.  Repeat this rinsing several times thru the day.  You will notice sprouts appearing after one day.  Continue to rinse several times a day for 2 days, the sprouts will be about 1/4 inch in length.  They are now read to eat.  Place desired amount of sprouts in a bowl it won’t take much thee are dense and filling and top with raisins of fruit of your choice.  Add raw nut milk.  This is a good recipe for transition because it is filling and substitutes for a processed cereal so many kids at are used to.  You can store the sprouts jar and all in the refrigerator up to 3 days.  The sprouts will continue to grow, they may still be eaten.

Raw Hummus:

This is a great dip for raw veggies or to spread on dehydrated crackers or sprouted breads.  you can add as much tahini as you like creating a smoother texture.  Bu sure to process using a food processor for a creamy texture.

  • 2 cups sprouted chickpeas also called garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup rat tahini blended sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • Braggs liquid Amino to taste

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until creamy.


Chocolate Shake:

This tastes like a chocolate milk shake.

Blend in a blender and serve:

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1TB carob powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1TB raw tahini
  • you can sub nut milk in place of the water and you can also toss in 2 TB of flax meal for additional fiber and omega 3 benefit
  • This is a guarantee to satisfy a sweet tooth or chocolate craving and no need to feel guilty.

Obviously this topic can dive much deeper;  I offer raw food & juicing classes and I also have different consultation packages available.  You can go to and see what services would work for you.

Remember folks, WE are the example to our children,  the old saying “do as I say NOT as I do” didn’t work for you as a child and it will also fail to work for your children.  Children are sponges, they will watch and imitate you and what you do.  IF they see you sneaking food they will too.

Also don’t use food for a reward system.  You are setting them up for emotional connections to those foods, which lets face it are NEVER centered around, Oh honey you got straight A’s,  lets celebrate with a big bowl of broccoli…. seriously.  Reward them with a movie, or a special trip to the theme park etc.  Don’t center it around junk food rewards!

Thank you all for your continued support and for liking, sharing and reading my posts.  It is much appreciated…

Till next time…

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC




ADD & ADHD Learning Support…



“I can’t stop squirming.”   “I can’t pay attention.”  “Why don’t people like me?” “Why is my teacher always upset with me?” “I just want to be normal, mommy.”

As parents and children drown in what feels like anguish, the only answer seems to be powerful drugs that calm and quiet, too often with unpleasant side-effects.  So it begs the question is there anything else we can do for our children with behavior and learning struggles?

There is more and more research coming to light showing a common thread between learning, behavior, concentration and “ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS.”

Kiddo’s diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia often have lower levels of key essential fatty acids when compared to their more fortunate counterparts.  Adding these “good” fats into the diet of these children can make a real difference they can feel.  Even adults with learning issues can benefit.

Essential Fatty acids coupled with antioxidants for optimal brain and visual performance seem to be a key team player here.  We call these “fatty acids” Essential because they must be provided in the diet as the body cannot consistently make them.  Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is a derivative of essential Omega-3 fatty acids.  Less well known but also important are the omega-6 fatty acid derivatives, like gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and arachidonic acid (AA).  When they are added to the diet of some hyperactive kiddo’s they seem to calm right down.  It’s an amazing transformation!

Dr. Jacqueline Stordy, a noted researcher has had much success with a combo of fish oil and evening primrose oil.  She notes that children who take sources of both essential fatty acids become calmer and their reading skills improved.

Researchers at Purdue University have also shown that children who are hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive, may have low levels of essential fatty acids, especially DHA.  Their experiment involved 53 boys who suffered from ADHD compared to 43 matched controls.  Analyses showed that the boys with ADKD had significantly lower levels of essential fatty acids in their blood.  They concluded that, although more research was needed, supplementation with missing fatty acids could be a very useful treatment for hyperactivity. Many of these children in the experiment also were displaying other symptoms that go along with essential fatty acid deficiency, like

*dry hair

*dry skin

*excessive thirst

*frequent urination


*more prone to ear infections


Some children get enough of the shorter chain omega-e and omega-6 fatty acids, but they have difficulty converting them into the needed longer chain fatty acids like DHA and AA.  Factors that inhibit the conversion of essential fatty acids to their healthful metabolites are trans fatty acids in the diet (these are fats produced when hydrogen atoms are added to unsaturated fats for improved shelf-life; this process destroys the nutritional value and even makes them harmful over long tern usage), viral infections, even stress can inhibit the proper conversion.

DHA is mega important!!!!

DHA’s importance starts in the womb.  It is a major player in the brain development of the growing fetus and a primary fatty acid in breast milk.  In fact, DHA comprises as much as 60% of the fatty acids in the retina of the eye.  Another notch in the benefits of doing all you can to breast feed your babies.  A study in the January 1998 issue of Pediatrics showed that breast-fed infants may have higher intelligence and greater academic achievement that formula-fed infants.  This was an 18 year study comparing the IQ measurements and rates of high school completion in 1000 children.  After all factors were taken into account, breast-fed babies were 38% more likely to graduate from high school.  DHA may be that missing link.

Now to new moms and expecting moms, to make sure that your breastmilk is rich in DHA, exp0ectant moms and nursing moms should place high importance on supplementing with a good source of essential fatty acids.

Dr. Stordy was particularly interested in dyslexia because in her own family many were dyslexic.  She noticed among her family that those who were breast fed the longest were the least affected by dyslexia.  “My research on young adults with and without dyslexia showed that dyslexics have poor dark adaptation, which is a function of the DHA-rich rod cells of the retina.  However, supplementation with a high DHA fish oil restored dark adaptation to normal.  Synapse membranes the junctions between nerve cells contain high concentrations of DHA and AA, and these fatty acids are important for efficient conduction of messages from one nerve cell to another.”


There were some researchers who wanted to determine if DHA would have any affect on aggression in young adults. At the start of summer vacation 41 students were given either DHA rich oil capsules or placebo.  These students tool psychological tests at the beginning and end of the study.  The study began during summer vacation and ended during final exams, a very stressful time.  In the control group aggression against others was “significantly increased at the end of the study as compared with that measured at thee start, whereas it was not significantly changed in the DHA group… thus, DHA intake prevented extraggresion (aggression against others) from increasing at times of mental stress.”  We are seeing more and more aggressive behavior in our youth, and diet has a huge impact, as does what appears to be an overwhelming amount of stress that our youth are dealing with.  Many of these young adults are juggling schedules that most adults wouldn’t be able to keep up with.


This is important as these essential fatty acids once they become oxidized fail to present the proper benefits.  So you want to have some superior antioxidant protection too.

So to improve the learning factors for your children and even yourself, by providing the missing nutritional link can possibly be a beneficial addition for both helping parents and children.


Some of the products as a Practitioner that I recommend:

Super ORAC Antioxidants:

Provides key nutrients to neutralize free radicals while combating the effects of cellular oxidation
Powerful antioxidant profile
How It Works:
Antioxidants are the body’s natural defense against free radicals. They scavenge them, “mopping up” free radicals before they have a chance to harm cells. Super ORAC combines eight powerful ingredients known to quench free radicals. Green tea contains polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants. EGCG is considered the most active polyphenol. It appears to help protect brain cells from damage. Mangosteen xanthones are potent antioxidants with a special affinity for supporting the circulatory system. One such xanthone, mangostin, helps the body battle the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Resveratrol protects both the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a polyphenol with wonderful health benefits for the immune, circulatory and glandular systems. In studies, curcumin has been shown to inhibit oxidative DNA damage. The açai berry contains powerful anthocyanins—water-soluble compounds with potent antioxidant actions. This fruit also helps protect against superoxide and peroxyl radicals. Other ingredients offer similar antioxidant benefits.
Green tea leaves extract, mangosteen pericarp extract, turmeric root extract, quercetin dehydrate, resveratrol, apple fruit extract, açai (acai) berry concentrate and selenium.
Recommended Use:
Take 1–2 capsules twice daily with meals.

Krill Oil with K2:

Supports cardiovascular system and brain function.
Provides joint and skin support.
Is a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid.
Provides omega-3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
May support already-normal-range cholesterol levels.
How It Works:
Antarctic Krill provides a highly bioavailable source of EPA and DHA, essential omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are vital to the health of the cell membrane and also contribute to cardiovascular, brain and structural system function. They provide joint and skin support and may help support cholesterol levels already within the normal range. Krill is also a natural source of astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid. Krill oil also contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3 fatty acids, improving their absorption in the body. These phospholipids provide strength and elasticity to the cell membrane, helping to keep toxins out and let nutrients and oxygen in. Vitamin K2 provides added support for the cardiovascular system and bone health.
20 mcg vitamin K (25% of Daily Value), plus krill oil, fish oil, EPA, DHA and astaxanthin.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 capsule with a meal one or two times daily.

Focus Attention:

Provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulating levels.
Helps modulate brain activity and energy levels.
Supports the nervous system nutritionally.
Encourages restful, balanced mental activity.
Supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.
How It Works:

Focus Attention is a special formulation of herbal nutrients that help protect the body from undesirable side effects caused by drugs or exposure to toxic chemicals, food additives, pesticides, etc. Focus Attention combines powerful nutrients required for quiet, balanced mental activity.
Slippery elm aids nutrient absorption and is used as a soothing and cleansing herb for the digestive system. The amino acid l-Glutamine supports healthy brain activity and mental ability. DMAE is a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It also quenches damaging free radicals. Lemon balm leaves have been approved by the famous German Commission E for their ability to soothe the nervous system. Grape seed extract is high in proanthocyanidins—highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain-damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over-stimulated brain metabolism. Ginkgo biloba is well known for its support of brain and circulatory health.

Slippery elm bark, l-glutamine, DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), lemon balm leaf extract, grape seed extract and ginkgo leaf extract.
Recommended Use:

Over 12 years:Take 2 capsules with a meal twice daily. Age 6–12 years:Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily. Under 6 years:Consult your health care professional.


For the Kiddo’s:  I recommend

Sunshine Hero’s Omega-3/DHA soft chews:

Provides essential nutrients
How It Works:
Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 with DHA is a uniquely formulated dietary children’s supplement that provides omega-3 fatty acids. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are essential fatty acids found almost exclusively in fish that live in deep, cold water. These fatty acids are key building blocks in every cell in the body. DHA and EPA are recognized for their health benefits in all life stages and are essential components as the body grows and develops. DHA is critical for the optimal development and function of the brain, eyes and central nervous system during infancy and childhood. Further, DHA is a major structural fat in the brain and eyes, representing approximately 97% of all omega-3 fats in the brain and 93% of all omega-3 fats in the retina.
Fish oil, DHA, EPA and the Sunshine Heroes Protector Shield blend.
Recommended Use:
Chew up to 4 soft chews per day as a dietary supplement. Chew carefully and thoroughly before swallowing

Focus Attention powder:

Provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulation levels.
Helps modulate brain activity and energy levels.
Supports the nervous system nutritionally.
Encourages restful, balanced mental activity.
Supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.
How It Works:

Focus Attention is a special formulation of herbal nutrients that help protect the body from undesirable side effects caused by drugs or exposure to toxic chemicals, food additives, pesticides, etc. Focus Attention combines powerful nutrients required for quiet, balanced mental activity.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It also quenches damaging free radicals. Lemon balm leaves are approved by the famous German Commission E for their ability to soothe the nervous system. Grape seed extract is high in proanthocyanidins—highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain-damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over-stimulated brain metabolism. Ginkgo is well known for its support of brain and circulatory health.

Provides 50–130% of the Daily Value of thiamin, riboflavin, niacinamide, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid, plus flax seed powder, DMAE, lemon balm leaf extract, bacopa leaf extract, grape seed extract, ginkgo leaf extract, natural raspberry flavor, fructooligosaccharides, grape skin extract, lo han fruit concentrate, eleuthero root, malic acid, stevia leaf extract, biotin, inositol and choline.
Recommended Use:

Age 12 years and above:Add approximately 3 level scoops to 2 oz. water twice daily. Age 4–12 years:Add approximately 2 level scoops to 1.5 oz. water twice daily. Age 3 years:Add approximately 1 level scoop to 1 oz. water twice daily. Mix well and drink immediately.

Thai-Go Antioxidant liquid:

Enhances the immune system.
Supports the cardiovascular system.
Promotes energy.
How It Works:

Thai-Go contains ingredients rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C absorption and help maintain collagen and capillary walls. They also aid in the body’s immune–defense system. Antioxidants scavenge damaging free radicals that the body accumulates as a byproduct of energy production as well as through exposure to pollution, tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light and radiation.
Antioxidants benefit virtually every organ and body system because they mop up damaging free radicals. Thai-Go delivers a punch of antioxidant potential with a very high ORAC value. Among Thai-Go’s key ingredients is mangosteen, a tasty fruit found in eastern tropical nations, such as Thailand. Mangosteen and its pericarp contain the greatest known supply of compounds called xanthones. Xanthones offer powerful immune and cardiovascular support.

Mangosteen fruit concentrate and pericarp extract, Concord grape fruit concentrate, red grape fruit concentrate, blueberry fruit concentrate, red raspberry fruit concentrate, red grape skin extract, wolfberry/goji fruit extract, açai berry concentrate, pomegranate fruit juice concentrate, sea buckthorn fruit extract, red grape seed extract, green tea leaves extract and apple fruit extract.
Recommended Use:
Take 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) twice daily.


Now these suggestions may prove to be beneficial to some, however, one thing I do BELIEVE as a practitioner, is each one of us is created as unique individuals.  Meaning there is not always a “one size fits all approach” to plug-n-play when it comes to how our bodies respond to nutritional changes and deficiencies.

So, the information I share to offer better understanding for my readers and followers, shouldn’t substitute for following through with a personal consultation so we can identify which nutritional plan, approach that needs to be specifically tailored to your situation.  The body, YOUR body is the messenger….  For any interested in taking that approach you can go to .

As always,

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritional Coach,

References and Suggested Reading:

  1.  Stordy, Jacqueline B.  “Essential fatty acids (EFAs) and learning disorders.” Holistic Health Journal. October 1997
  2. Stevens, Laura J., et al. “Essential fatty acids metabolism in boys with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Amer. Jnl. Clin. Nutr. 1995. 62(4) 761-68
  3. Horwood, L. John and David M. Fergusson. “breastfeeding and later cognitive and academic outcomes.”  Pediatris, 1998. January. 101 (1.):e9
  4. Agostoni, Carlo, et al. “Docosahexaenoic acid status and developmental quotient of healthy term infants.”  The Lancet. 1995. Sept 2, 346: 638
  5. Hamazaki, T. et. al. “The effects of docosahexaenoic acid on aggression in young adults: a placebo-controlled double-blind study.” Jnl. Clin, Invest. 1996. 97:1129-1133

Vaccines… Should they be avoided?


This is certainly a controversial topic, are vaccinations safe?  Are they really protecting us from what we are being vaccinated for?  Are there side-effects that should be considered before receiving any of them?  Personally & professionally I felt there is reason for DOUBT.  Having my 1st two children both having adverse reactions to their MMR shot, really placed me as a mother and as a Doctor of Naturopathy in the quest for answers, and searching for reasons why these vaccinations are better to receive vs. allowing the body to create it’s own natural immunity from exposure.  I found some interesting answers as I began to dig into this topic.  What I’ve compiled is NOT my own statements, but statements and research gathered.

So, what I put together are documented research by other professionals , that will  allow my readers to make their own decisions.  I have my own professional/personal view on this topic, however, my purpose is not to share that one way or the other, it is to share some factual information and leave the rest to my blog followers.



Dr. James R. Shannon, former director of the National Institutes of Health, declared, “The only safe vaccine is one that is never used.” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection: The story of the Medical Conspiracy Against America. The National Council for Medical Research, P.O. Box 1105, Staunton, Virginia 24401, p. 145)

I want to walk you back in time to the 1800’s, people were contracting something called “smallpox”.  This was not a pretty virus by any stretch.  Folks were dying, and those who managed to live through the outbreak, were scarred for life from the pox.

The Cowpox vaccine was believed to be able to immunize people against smallpox.  When this vaccine was introduced, there was already a decline in the number of cases of smallpox.  Japan introduced mandatory vaccination in 1872.  In 1892, there were 165,774 cases of smallpox with 29,979 deaths DESPITE the vaccination program.  A very stringent compulsory smallpox vaccine program, which prosecuted people refusing the vaccine, was instituted in England in 1867.  Within 4 years 97.5% of folks between the ages of 2 -50 had been vaccinated.  The following year England experienced the WORST smallpox epidemic in its countries history, with 44,840 deaths.(Null, Gary, “Vaccination: An Analysis of the Health Risks,” Port Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec. 2003, p 78)

Between 1871 and 1880 the incidence  of smallpox escalated from 28 to 46 per 100,000.  So does this suggest that the smallpox vaccine was effective or not?

Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water sanitation and better quality of drinking water, less crowded living condition, better nutrition and an overall higher standard of living.  Typically the incidence of a disease was clearly declining before the vaccine for that disease was introduced.  In England, the incidence of polio had already decreased by 82% BEFORE the polio vaccine was introduced in 1956.

In the early 1900s an Indiana physician, Dr. W.B. Clarke, stated, “Cancer was practically unknown until compulsory vaccination with cowpox vaccine began to be introduced.  I have had to deal with 200 cases of cancer, and I never saw a case of cancer in an unvaccinated person” (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by Injection, p. 132)

There appears to be a widely held belief that vaccines should not be criticized, because the public might refuse to take them.  This is valid only IF the benefits exceed the KNOWN risks of the vaccines. Does valid research prove that the benefits exceed the risks?


I believe this question to be important, yet I cannot seem to find and adequate study suggesting that they do.  What I have found is that vaccines are extremely profitable for the drug companies that are manufacturing them, and recent legislation in the U.S. has exempted lawsuits against the pharmaceutical firms in the event of adverse reactions to vaccines, which are quite common reported.

In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination.  Today less than 10% of German children are vaccinated against pertussis.  The number of cases of pertussis has steadily gown down even though far fewer children are receiving the pertussis vaccine. (Gary Null interview with Dr. Dean Black, April 7. 1995)

Measles outbreaks have occurred in schools with vaccination rates over 98% in all parts of the U.S. including areas that had reported no cases of measles for years.  As measles immunization rates rise to high levels, measles becomes a disease being seen only in vaccinated people.  The World Health Organizations has conceded that persons administered the measles vaccine have a  14 times greater likelihood of contracting the disease than those who remain unvaccinated. (National Health Federation Bulletin, November 1969)

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90% of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated.  Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination.  Pertussis remains endemic in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96% of children have received 3 pertussis shots by the age of 12 months. (DeMelker HE, et al, Pertussis in the Netherlands: /an outbreak despite high levels of immunization with whole-cell vaccine, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 1997; 3(2): 175-8, Centers for Disease Control.)

After institution of diphtheria vaccinations in England and Wales in 1894, the number of deaths from diphtheria rose by 20% in the subsequent 15 years.  Germany had compulsory vaccination in 1939. The rate of diphtheria spiraled to 150,000 cases that year, whereas Norway, which did not have compulsory vaccination, had only 50 cases of diphtheria the same year.

The continued presence of these infectious diseases in children who have received vaccines proves that life-long immunity, which follows natural infections, does NOT occur in people receiving the vaccines.  THE INJECTION PROCESS PLACES THE VIRAL PARTICLES INTO THE BLOOD WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY CLEAR WAY TO ELIMINATE THESE FOREIGN SUBSTANCES.


Walene James, author of Immunization: The Reality Behind the Myth, states that the full inflammatory response is needed to created real immunity. (Gary Null Interview with Walene James, April 6, 1995)

Prior to the introduction of the measles and mumps vaccines, children got measles and mumps and in the great majority of cases these disease were benign.  Vaccines “trick” the body so it does not mount a complete inflammatory response to the injected virus.


The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has grown from .55 per 1000 live births in 1953 to 12.8 per 1000 in 1992 in Olmstead County, Minnesota.  The peak incidence for SIDS is age 2 to 4 months, the exact time most vaccines are being given to children.  85% of cases of SIDS occur in the first 6 months of infancy.  The increase in SIDS as a percentage of total infant deaths has risen from 2.5 per 1000 in 1953 to 17.9 per 1000 in 1992.  This rise in SIDS deaths has occurred during a period when nearly every childhood disease was declining due to improved sanitation and medical progress except SIDS.  These deaths from SIDS did increase during a period when the number of vaccines given to a child was steadily rising to 36 per child.

Dr. W. Torch was able to document 12 infant deaths that appeared within 3 1/2 and 19 hours of a DPT (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) immunization.  He later reported 11 new cases of SIDS death and one near miss that had occurred within 24 hours of a DPT injection.  When he studied 70 cases of SIDS two-thirds of these victims had been vaccinated from one half day to 3 weeks prior to their deaths. (Torch, W.S., Diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) immunizations: a potential cause of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Neurology, 1982: 32-4 A 169 abstract.)

None of these deaths was attributed to vaccines,  vaccines are a sacred cow and nothing against them appears in the mass media, because they are so profitable to pharmaceutical firms.  There is a valid reason to think that not only are vaccines worthless in preventing disease, they are counterproductive because they injure the immune system, permitting cancer, auto-immune diseases and SIDS to cause much disability and death.


Dr. Robert Strecker claimed that the Department of Defense (DOD) was given $10,000,000 in 1969 to create the AIDS virus, to be used as a population reducing weapon against blacks. (Collin, Jonathan, They deployed the AIDS virus.  The Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, April 1988, p. 152)  By use of the Freedom of Information Act, Strecker was able to learn that the DOD had secured funds from Congress to perform studies on immune destroying agents for germ warfare. (Department of Defense Appropriations for 1970, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Ninety-first Congress, First Sessions, H.D. 15090)

Once produced, the vaccine was given in two locations, according to Strecker,  the smallpox vaccine containing HIV was given to 100,000,000 Africans in 1977.  Over 2000 young white homosexual males in New York City were given the hepatitis B  vaccine that contained  the HIV virus in 1978.  This vaccine was given at New York City Blood Center.  The hepatitis B vaccine containing the HIV virus was also administered to homosexual males in San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Houston and Chicago in 1978 and 1979.  U.S. Public Health epidemiology studies have disclosed that these same 6 cities had the highest incidence of AIDS, SIDS related complex (ARC) and death rates from HIV, when compared to other U.S. cities.

Understand, when a new virus is introduced into a community, it takes 20 yrs. for the number of cases to double.  If the apparently fabricated story that the green monkey bites of Pygmies led to the HIV epidemic, the alleged monkey bites in the 1940’s should have produced a peak in the incidence of HIV in the 1960s, at which time HIV was nonexistent in Africa.  The World Health Organization (WHO) began an African smallpox vaccination campaign in 1977 that targeted urban population centers and avoided Pygmies.  If the green monkey bites of the Pygmies truly caused the HIV epidemic, the incidence of HIV in Pygmies should have been higher than in urban citizens.  However, the opposite was true.

In 1954 Dr. Bernice Eddy (a bacteriologist) discovered live monkey viruses in what was supposedly sterile inactivated polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. (Harris, R. J. et al, Contaminant viruses in two live vaccines produced in  chick cells. J Hyg (London), 1966, Mar:64(1): 1-7) This discovery was NOT well received at the NIH and Eddy was demoted.

Later Eddy, working with Sarah Stewart, discovered the SE polyoma virus.  This virus was quite important because it caused cancer in every animal receiving it.  Yellow Fever vaccine had previously been found to contain the avian (bird) leukemia virus.  Later Dr. Hilleman isolated the SV 40 virus from both the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines.  There were 40 different viruses they were trying to eradicate in these polio vaccines. (Horowitx, Leonard G., Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, p. 484, Tetrahedron Inc. Suite 147, 206 North 4th Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, 1-888-508-4787,

They were never able to get rid of these viruses that were contaminating the polio vaccines.  The SV 40 viruses caused malignancies.  It has now been identified in:

  • 4% of the cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Vilchez, R.A. et al, Association between simian virus 40 and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Lancet 2002, Mar 9;359 (9309): 817-823).
  • 36% of brain tumors: (Bu, X., A study of simian virus 40 infection and its origin in human brain tumors. Zhonghu, Lui Xing Bing Xue Zhi 2000 Feb: 21 (1): 19-21)
  • 18% of healthy blood samples, and 22% of healthy semen samples, mesothiolomas and other malignancies.
  • By the time of this discovery SV 40 had already been injected into 10,000,000 people in the Salk Vaccine.  Gastric digestion inactivates some of the SV 40 in the Sabin vaccine.  However, the isolation of strains of the Sabin polio vaccine from all 30 cases of Guillain Barre syndrome (Friedrich, F. et al, Temporal association between the isolation of Sabin-related poliovirus vaccine strains and the Guillain-Barre syndrome. REv Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo 1996 Jan-Feb: 38(1): 55-8) in Brazil suggests that significant numbers of people are able to be infected from this vaccine.  All 38 of these patients had received Sabin polio vaccine months to years before the onset of GBS.  The incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has “mysteriously” doubled since the 1970s.

Dr. John Martin, professor of pathology at the University of Southern California, was employed by the Viral Oncology Branch of the Bureau of Biologics (FDA) from 1976 to 1980.  While employed there he identified foreign DNA in the live polio vaccine Orimune Lederle that suggested serious vaccine contamination.  He warned his supervisors about this problem and was told to discontinue his work as it was outside the scope of testing required for polio vaccine.

Later Marin learned that all eleven of the African green monkeys used to grow the Lederle polio virus Orimune had grown simian cytomegalovirus from kidney cell cultures.  Lederle was aware of this viral contamination, as their Cytomegaloviral Contamination Plan clearly showed in 1972. (Horowitz, Leonard, Emerging Viruses: Aids and Ebola p 492)

The Bureau of Biologics decided not to pursue the matter, so production of infected polio vaccine continued.

In 1955 Martin identified unique cell-destroying viruses termed  stealth viruses in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.  These viruses lacked genes that would enable the immune system to recognize them.  Thus they were protected by the body’s failure to develop antiviral antibodies. In March of 1995, Martin learned that some of the stealth viruses had originated from African green monkey simian cytomegalovirus of a type known to infect man.

The Lederle vaccine experience suggests that those who want to be in charge are not concerned about sloppy and dangerous preparation of vaccines.  Animal cross infection is a huge unsolved current problem for all vaccine manufacturing.  If this vaccine production sounds like an unbelievable mess to you, you are right.



In the March 4, 1977 issue of Science, Jonas and Darrell Salk warn, “Live virus vaccines against influenza or poliomyelitis may in each instance produce the disease it intended to prevent.  The live virus against measles and mumps may produce such side effects as encephalitis (brain damage).”

The swine flu vaccine was administered to the American public even though there had never been a case of swine flu identified in a human.  Farmers refused to use the vaccine, because it killed too many animals.  Within a few months of use in humans, this vaccine caused many cases of serious nerve injury (Guillain Barre syndrome).

The Washington Post on January 26, 1988, featured an article that mentioned that all cases of polio since 1979 had been caused by the polio vaccine, with no known cases of polio from a wild strain since 1979. (Mullins, Eustace, Murder by injection, p 146)

This might have created  a perfect situation to discontinue the vaccine, but the vaccine is still given.  Vaccines are a wonderful source of profits with no risks to the drug companies since the vaccine injuries are now recompensed by the government.

The steady escalation in the number of vaccines administered has been followed by an identical rise in the incidence of autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, asthma) seen in children.  While there is a genetic transmission of some of these diseases, many are probably due to the injury from foreign protein particles, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and other toxic agents injected in vaccines. (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks, Part I, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Octo 2003, pp. 90-95)

In 1999, the rotavirus vaccine was recommended for all infants by the Centers for Disease Control.  When this vaccine program was instituted several infants died and many had life-endangering bowel obstructions.  Prelicensure trials of the rotavirus vaccine had demonstrated an increased incidence of intussusception 30 times greater than normal (Null, Gary, Vaccination: An analysis of the health risks. Part 3, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Dec, 2003, p. 78), but the vaccine was released anyway without special warnings to practitioners to be on the lookout for bowel problems.  Children’s vaccines are often not studied for toxicity, possibly because such study might eliminate them from being used.

A large study from Australia showed that the risk of developing encephalitis from the pertussis vaccine was 5 times greater than the risk of developing encephalitis by contacting pertussis by natural methods.

Naturally acquired immunity by illness evolves by spread of a virus from the respiratory tract to the liver, thymus, spleen and bone marrow.  When symptoms begin, the entire immune response has been mobilized to repel the invading virus.  This complex immune system response creates antibodies that confer life long immunity against that invading virus and prepares the child to respond promptly to an infection by the same virus in the future.

Vaccination, in contrast, results in the persisting of the live virus or other foreign antigens within the cells of the body, a situation that may provoke autoimmune reactions as the body attempts to destroy its own infected cells.  There is no surprise that the incidence of autoimmune disease  (rheumatoid arthritis, subacute lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, asthma, psoriasis) has risen sharply in this era of multiple vaccine immunization.


Dr. John Classen has published 29 articles on vaccine-induced diabetes. (Classen, JB et al. Association between type 1 diabetes and HIB vaccine, BMJ 1999: 319:1133.)  At least 8 of 10 children with Type 1 (insulin needing) diabetes have this disease as a result of vaccination.  These children may have avoided measles, mumps and whooping cough, but they have received something far worse; an illness that shortens life expectancy by 10 to 15 years and results in a life requiring constant medical care.

Classen has shown that in Finland, the introduction of hemophilus type B vaccine caused three times as many cases of type 1 diabetes as the number of cases of deaths and brain damage from the hemophilus influenza type b it might have prevented.

In New Zealand, the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children rose by 61% after an aggressive vaccine program against hepatitis.  This same program has been started in the U.S., so we can now look forward to many cases of type 1 diabetes in children.  Similar rises in type 1 diabetes have been seen in England, Italy, Sweden, and Denmark after immunization programs against hepatitis B.


Vaccines contain toxic substances that are needed to prevent the vaccines from becoming infected or to improve the performance of the vaccine.  Among these are mercury, formaldehyde and aluminum. (Brain, Sept. 2001)

In the past 10 years, the number of autistic children has risen between 200 and 500 percent in every state in the U.S.  This sharp rise in autism followed the introduction of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine in 1975.

U.S. Representative Dan Burton’s healthy grandson was given injections for 9 diseases in one day.  These injections were instantly followed by autism.  These injections contain a preservative of mercury called thimerosal.  The body received 41 times the amount of mercury that is capable of harm to the body.  Mercury is a neurotoxin that can injure the brain and nervous system.  And tragically, it did.

In the United States the number of compulsory vaccine injections has increased from 10 to 36 in the last 25 years.  During this period , there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of children suffering learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.  Many vaccines contain aluminum.  A new disease called macrophagic myofascitis causes pain in muscles, bones and joints.  All people with this disease have received aluminum-containing vaccines. (Incao, Philip, M.D., Letter to Representative Dale Van Vyven, Ohio House of Representatives, March, 1, 1999, provided to by the Natural Immunity Information Network.)   Deposits of aluminum are able to remain as an irritant in tissues and disturb the immune and nervous system for a lifetime.

“Nearly ALL vaccines contain aluminum and mercury.  These metals appear to play an important role in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease.  An expert at the  1997 International Vaccine Conference, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, related that people who had 5 or more flu vaccine shots between 1970 and 1980 increased their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a factor of 10 over those who had 2 or fewer flu shots.

When we take vaccines we are playing a modern version of Russian Roulette.  We not only get exposed to aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde and foreign cell proteins, but we may get simian virus 40 and other dangerous viruses that can cause cancer, leukemia and other severe health problems, because the vaccine pool is contaminated due to careless animal isolation techniques.  Congress has protected the manufacturers from lawsuits, so dangerous vaccines simply increase profits at no risk to the drug companies.”  ( Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

U.S. Children at age 2 months, began receiving hepatitis B vaccine in December 2000. No peer-reviewed studies of the safety of hepatitis B in this age bracket has been done.  Over 36,000 adverse reactions with 440 deaths were soon reported but the true incidence is much higher as reporting is voluntary, so only approximately 10% of adverse reactions get reported.  This means that about 5000 infants are dying annually from the hepatitis B vaccine.  The CDC’s chief of epidemiology admits that the frequency of serious reactions to hepatitis B vaccine is 10 times higher than for other vaccines.  A vaccine expert, Dr. Philip Incao, states that “The conclusion is obvious that the risks of hepatitis B vaccination far outweighs the benefits.” (Ibid.)  “Once a vaccine is mandated, the vaccine manufacturer is NO longer liable for adverse reactions.” (Dr. James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeing Journal,. Vol., 14, NO2)

Dr. W.B. Clarke’s important observation that cancer was not found in unvaccinated individuals demands an explanation and one now appears forthcoming.  All vaccines given over a short period of time to an immature immune system deplete the thymus gland (the primary gland involved in immune reaction) of irreplaceable immature immune cells.  Each of these cells could have multiplied and developed into an army of valuable cells to combat infection and growth of abnormal cells.  When these immune cells have been used up, permanent immunity may not appear.  The Arthur Research Foundation in Tucson, Arizona, estimates that up to 60% of our immune system may be exhausted by multiple mass vaccines. (Rowen, Robert, Your first consultation with Dr. Rowen, p. 20)

In 2005, 36 vaccines were required in total for children, and in 2016, IF  I managed to count right, we are in the 50 dose range: (

Only 10% of immune cells are permanently lost when a child is permitted to develop natural immunity from disease.  There needs to be grave concern about these immune system injuring vaccinations!  Could the people who approve these mass vaccinations know that they are impairing the health of these children; many of who are being doomed to requiring much medical care in the future? Compelling evidence is available that the development of the immune system after contracting the usual childhood diseases matures and renders it capable to fight infection and malignant cells in the future.

The use of multiple vaccines, which prevents natural immunity, promotes the development of allergies and asthma.  A New Zealand study disclosed that 23% of vaccinated children developed asthma, as compared to zero in unvaccinated children.

Cancer was a very rare illness in the 1890s.  This evidence about immune system injury from vaccinating affords a plausible explanation for Clarke’s finding that only vaccinated individuals got cancer.  Some radical adverse change in health occurred in the early 1900s to permit cancer to explode and vaccinating appears to be the reason.


“Vaccines are an unnatural phenomenon.  My guess is that if enough people said NO to immunizations there would be a striking improvement in general health with nature back in the immunizing business instead of man.  Having a child vaccinated should be a choice, NOT a requirement.  Medical and religious exemptions are permitted by most states.

When governmental policies require vaccinations before children enter schools, coercion  has overruled the lack of evidence of vaccine efficacy and safety.  There is NO proof that vaccines work, and they are never studied for safety before release.  My opinion is that there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the only reason for their existence is to increase profits of pharmaceutical firms.

If you are forced to immunize your children so they can enter school, obtain a notarized statement from the director of the facility that they will accept full financial responsibility for any adverse reaction from the vaccine.  Since there is at least a 2% risk of a serious adverse reactions, they may be smart enough to permit your child to escape a dangerous procedure. Recent legislation passed by Congress gives the government the power to imprison people refusing to take vaccines (smallpox, anthrax, etc,). this would be troublesome to enforce if large numbers of citizen declined to be vaccinated at the same time.” (James Howenstine, M.D. Wellbeingjournal,:VOL., 14, NO2… is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine who spent 34 years caring for office and hospital patients.  The second edition of Dr. Howenstein’s book, “A Physician’s Guide To Natural Health Products That Work, is out in digital format.  This second edition contains 620 pages, references, and an expanded index. and addresses many additional subjects as well as important new advances in medicine.  Readers may download the book at

Much of what I have written here has been quoted and the research information is NOT mine, all resources have been noted within the post.


It is my hope that you will continue to do your own research as to the safety and necessity of whether you should allow you or your loved ones to have vaccinations administered. It should be a choice NOT a forced requirement, hence from where I stand, they are failing to prove that these vaccines are protecting folks from what they claim they should.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.


Where did my journey begin?


I’ve had multiple clients ask me over the years why did I choose to embark into the field of Naturopathic Medicine.  My answer has always been I didn’t choose it, IT chose ME.


I was recently asked the same question and I felt maybe it was time to put my journey into words.  I think that some folks naturally assume than when one is in this type of a field of practice that they don’t struggle with the same mental or physical issues that folks who seek my services out do, but I have to burst the bubble with that assumption…. WE too are humans on this spinning ball we call earth, and therefore are subjected to the same hurdles. There is zero doubt in my mind and heart that God chose my path for me, and my conditioning began for me right from the stages of infancy.


Back in 1965 , it was quite common for laboring mothers to be placed in what was referred to as a twilight sleep.  The drugs used to initiate this twilight sleep were comprised of a chemical cocktail of “Morphine & Scopolamine”.  The Morphine was to reduce the pain in labor, and the scopolamine was to create amnesia so the experience wasn’t remembered.  The problem is that this cocktail greatly suppressed the Central Nervous system of both mother and baby.  This meant the baby would need to be delivered with the assistance of forceps, (which I was), and  baby upon birth, to have a very suppressed Central Nervous System which could cause breathing issues and a host of other neurological malfunctions, mine began in the digestive tract.


The other common thing to offer the mother after birth was medication to dry up her milk, my mother was told by the medical staff that her emotional state was too nervous to breast feed me, and would make for a very nervous baby, so they recommended she resort to feeding me formula vs. breast milk.  Hence, my digestive issues began from the starting gate. The colostrum in breast milk works as the perfect stimulant to allow the baby to pass out the meconium, which is a black tar like coating inside the infants colon. I was constipated before I even left the hospital with my parents.  As an infant I was diagnosed as having colic, and infant constipation.  My parents rode the rollercoaster of trying to find which formula would work best for me. I was given colic prescriptions and prescription laxatives as an infant, adding insult to injury.

As a child I always remembered, (what should be a simple task) of having a bowel movement was one of great agony and a dreaded body function that I sought to avoid at all cost.  Was I the only child, that in order to use the bathroom had to sit on the throne rocking back and forth with a cold rag on her forehead, and the wastebasket between my legs (because most bowel movements meant throwing up), cold sweats and feeling like I was going to pass out, which some times actually happened?  I remember asking my mom, what is wrong with my “poop shoot”, twas, what I called it…..

When I reached the age of 8 yrs. old, I experienced my 1st migraine headache, albeit it took the medical field upwards of a year to realize that was what I was experiencing.  In the meantime, I was put thru E.E.G’s to see if the headaches were some form of a seizure, or possibly a brain tumor, once those were ruled out, they assumed I must need glasses, which they gave me yet I couldn’t SEE thru them. They mysteriously keep getting lost! Not sure what was up with that?

So after spending much time at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, it took a Pediatric Intern to confront my parents with the statement that he felt I was having migraine headaches.  So, they prescribed a medication… I do NOT remember what it was, but what I do remember was when I took it, it was like having a total out of body experience, and I was expected to still sit at my desk at school and be a kid at recess, when I couldn’t even manage to keep my feet underneath me when I was on it. Mom took me off of that when the school nurse gave me my dose, and next period was recess and I literally walked off a 3 + food concrete pad on the playground and had a goose egg on my forehead the size of a grapefruit coupled with a concussion.  Problem with it was, I couldn’t even “LIE” about having the headache when they would occur, because it was uncontrollable vomiting and the pain was so excruciating that all I could do was lay down and moan, crying made it worse so I learned really quickly not to add insult to injury.


At the age of 10, I experienced my 1st go round with a “blocked bowel”, I hadn’t had a bowel movement in at least 2 weeks and I became septic.  My fever shot up, and my body was trembling uncontrollably, coupled with a migraine. Folks, during these young ages I spent a LOT of time in the E.R. and doctors offices.  I also struggled with lots of upper respiratory issues, it got to when I felt the urge to cough or sneeze, I’d hurry up and leave the room so mom couldn’t hear, because instantly she would give my cold to “Contact, or Dristan”, (remember those commercials way back when?  I hated taking those because they made me feel jumpy inside, and I quickly learned after taking those, then I’d end up with a UTI, (Urinary tract infection) because it would dry EVERYTHING up!


So now being in the E.R. and mom being told I had a severely blocked bowel, the only course of action would be to remove my colon and have a colostomy bag. I remember my mom crying, but conceding, the doctor left the room to put the surgery team together.  God being supreme and in control, had placed an E.R. nurse in my room during the doctors conversation with my mom, (I was pumped up on feel good juice of some sort), but I do remember the nurse telling my mom, she could lose her job for what she was about to suggest and that they didn’t have much time, but she didn’t want to see this baby (meaning me), lose her colon, did she have my mom’s permission to try to save it before surgery.  My mom didn’t even ask “what” she wanted to do, she just agreed.  What she gave me was a high enema, I remember them trying to muffle my screams, and massaging my belly, and using tools to help the stool exit, and demanding that I PUSH with everything I had…. Yes I gave birth…. birth to the petrified stool, and gave birth to my 1st go round with hemorrhoids, what a way to welcome the age of being “10”…..I had another go round with a blocked bowel when I was 17 yrs. old.  But to this day, thanks be to God, this lady still possesses her proper set of pipes given to her at birth!


Now after the stool birthing process at the age of 10, I distinctly remember dreaming of an evening, and it was so prominent of a dream that I actually wrote it down in my little girlie diary at the time, which I had forgotten about, until my mother who for whatever reason saved the diary (not sure if she save it with intention or it just got shoved in a box of misc. stuff, but shortly before she died in 2005, she gave it to me, of which I didn’t end up reading until 2 yrs. after she passed).  But I DO remember that dream set a ball in motion for me that put me at odds with both my parents from that point forward.  My dream told me to pay attention to my foods!  God’s honest truth… the exact words in my diary ” a voice in my dream told me to pay attention to my foods, I don’t know why, maybe doing this will help me”. I don’t think I completely understood, but things began to make sense after that.  I began to realize that after I ate certain foods, I would get a migraine, that was the 1st place I began to connect the dots.

Remember those cookies that looked like windmills?  I’d get a horrible headache after eating those, or when dad would bring home Arby’s roast beef sandwiches for lunch, I’d be sicker than a dog after eating those.  Or doubled up on the floor after drinking a glass of milk.  My mom loved Chinese food, so we’d frequent a local Chinese restaurant, and Migraine from hell would occur after eating there.  Slim Jim’s same thing, Doritos, Funyuns,  White Castle hamburgers, my list kept getting bigger.  Of course back then I didn’t know that MSG. was the culprit, or being lactose intolerant.  I just knew after I’d eat certain foods, I didn’t “FEEL” good.  Now being raised by a father who insisted you eat whatever was placed in front of you, becoming defiant and refusing to eat certain things, well that boat didn’t float too terribly well.   Same with liver and onions, I couldn’t digest it not to mention couldn’t stand the taste… but there was a huge turning point for me in 6th grade when I remember standing up, (being the last Mohican at the dinner table), and Liver -n- onion was the main dish, coupled with left over Chinese and a big glass of milk.  I remember staring at that and thinking “you’ve got to be kidding me”…..


I stood my ground, and actually I was getting quite upset, my father was sitting at the table with me as mom was doing the dishes, and I got this lecture, Jodi Ann, I don’t care if that food tastes like it just came out of the freezer, you are going to eat it, there are people starving who would give their right arm to have what is sitting in front of you… Now being the bright 11 yr. old that I credited myself to be, I got up from the table and walked over to the “junk drawer in the kitchen, you know the one every household has”, and took out an envelope and remember walking back to the table, I placed what food I could in that envelope licked it shut and set it down in front of my father and made the statement, “Daddy, I am feeling like a giving person right now so you can mail this to them, and then they can save their right arm, cuz I’m NOT eating any of it.”  As any of you parents that may be reading this, that brave stand didn’t fare super well for this brilliant 11 yr. old Joan of Ark, as a matter of fact I remember being quite sore for a day or too.  However, I remember my parent’s arguing, and my dad saying if she isn’t going to eat what we eat, she need not be at the dinner table.  Inside, I was doing my happy dance…

So here is where I impose my years of WISDOM on all reading parents….. LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDREN…. when I get clients who bring their kiddo’s for a consult, and are disgusted because they say their kids are being picky eaters, they are quickly corrected by ME, children are not BORN to be picky eaters, but they cannot always convey in conversation that when they eat something, they don’t feel right…I will tell you this though, Kids are way more in tune with listening to their bodies than adults.  Let me also pose a question to all parents who take the stance that your children will eat what is placed in front of them… when you go to a restaurant, do you purposely order something off the menu because you know its GOOD for you, or do you order something that you actually LIKE?  You have an element of choice, why shouldn’t they? Now I’m not saying you cave in and allow them to have crap food in place of something healthy.  What I am saying is you need to sometimes allow them the freedom to choose in the different food categories.  So if they don’t like a particular veggie, give them other veggie choices, and same with other food groups.  Their taste will change and improve as they grow older.

As I stop and sift through looking back over the years, I lost a lot of play time, laying in a bed with a bucket and rag on my head.  I missed out on spending the night at friends houses, (until my later teens), because I never knew when I was gonna have to use the bathroom, and it always meant I’d have to lay down for awhile afterwards. Not to mention I had no control over what foods would be served at friends houses, and didn’t want to bring on a headache.  It was easier to just forego and stay home.

When I got married and became pregnant with my 1st child, I ended up with toxemia, and gestational Diabetes, after I gave birth to her via C-section.  I made a solemn vow, the buck stops HERE.  There has to be a better way forward, and there was no way my children were going to experience any of what I went thru.  I began to scour thru the library and began reading everything and anything I could get my hands on that pertained to nutrition, I began to collect “OLD” cookbooks (pre-circa processed foods).  Everything I could was made from scratch and if I couldn’t make it from scratch, we didn’t eat it.  Well, I should say that didn’t roll super well with the hubs, so some concessions were made and his favorite junk foods were hidden, or he ate them at work. (we called it compromise). Not that our children never experienced any processed/junk foods, yes they did, however the moderation they received or were allowed to eat was greatly controlled especially when they were smaller.


One of the 1st life changing material that I came across was the book written by Dr. Henry Bieler, M.D. called Food is your Best Medicine, and the other was by Dr.Norman Walker’s book called Colon Health, those two books changed my direction in profound ways.  So to end where I began with this post, I didn’t pick my field of practice, IT picked me!  God had a direction, he had a plan for my future, I had to walk in the trenches for awhile, it developed within me a particular “bed-side manner”, and truth be told as with Paul and his “thorn in the flesh”, I have to still watch because I still succumb to migraines, and bowel malfunction when I drift off course.  So I do not place myself on any particular pedestal of perfection.  I believe I probably struggle less than most, but I do have my moments of weakness, like every other breathing mammal on the planet. Of which I usually pay dearly for when I cave into temptation.


Is there a better way to live?  ABSOLUTELY… and it begins with realizing “Food is your best medicine”,,,, and restoring intestinal integrity, that many are lacking including our children.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.


Harvested Health LLC

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