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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Walking Through Your Endocrine System…

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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.

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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

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