Are You Addicted To Sugar?

This is a question everyone needs to ask themselves…. why?  Well because I am of the conviction that the majority of us are held hostage by our taste buds!

Many don’t take the time to realize that they rely on sugar for emotional comfort and  sugar in a variety of forms are used for celebrations of all sorts:

  • foods with sugar in them are pleasant of course to our taste buds
  • sweet foods are associated with FUN (i.e. birthdays, holidays, weddings, in fact every social celebration has a dessert table)
  • sugar is also associated with love

What about Children and “sugar”…. well:

  • Sugar appears to calm children down, at least temporarily
  • hospitals give sugar (glucose) water to infants… “why” ?
  • parents placate and reward their kids with sweet treats
  • sugar has a sweet, almost innocent reputation and to most people depriving kids of it is considered to be punishment by many

My youngest son had intussusception at 6 months old that required surgery.  Its a telescoping that often blocks foods/fluids from passing through the intestines.  It can also cut off blood supply to parts of the intestine. Hence, he struggled every time we tried to introduce solid foods until he was almost 3 years old.  For his 1st birthday party where it is typical to offer the child their own smash cake loaded with frosting, my son had plain yogurt.  The relatives in attendance just couldn’t wrap themselves around that factor.  Of course I had cake for everyone else, but I found that every time I turned my back someone was trying to offer him frosting on their fingers because they felt it cruel.  Yet none of them took the time to understand the depth of what was happening inside his digestive track.

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There is a general view of sugar in our society both from a scientific stance and a general connection.  What do those look like?

  1. Sugar = energy (this is true but there are other forms of sugar other than the white stuff)
  2. source doesn’t matter, refined sugars are no different than the sugars found in foods
  3. the only real problem is “too much”.
  4. sugar alone is not responsible for diabetes, it’s just one factor.

These are what most hang their choices and justification on and they are leading themselves down a rabbit hole of misinformation to justify why they continue to eat it.

  1. Sugar = energy they body NEEDS sugar for energy conversion and lots of foods we eat are in fact converted into a form of sugar for that reason, grains, veggies and fruits.  We call them carbohydrates and there are both complex and simple carbohydrates.  Simple carbs convert faster, whereas the complex carbs work more like a time release.
  2. Source doesn’t matter, refined sugars are no different than the sugars found in foods is hog wash… they are not even in the same category.
  3. The only real problem is “too much”. when the truth is a variety of different sugars are added to and hidden into even what is labeled as “health foods”.
  4. Sugar alone is not responsible for diabetes, it’s just one factor, well there is some element of truth to that statement but also leaves the wiggle room for personal justification.  So many diabetics USE their insulin as a means to justify their ends.  Meaning they choose to eat that sleeve of cookies and  adjust their insulin intake in the attempt to fix the imbalance which places them on a vehicle that is heading out of control.

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There is an epidemic in our country it’s called “DIABETES”…. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017; as of 2015 an estimated 30.3 million Americans had diabetes (9.4% of the total population, 12/2% of adults)

There are also about 7.2 million folks who have diabetes and they are not even aware yet that they do.

The amount of children being diagnosed is becoming staggering.

Diabetes is on the rise.  It is no longer a disease of predominantly rich nations, in fact, the prevalence of diabetes is steadily increasing everywhere, most markedly in the world’s middle income countries.

Globally, there are an estimated 422 million adults who were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980.  The global prevalence (which means “age-standardized) of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8/5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors like being overweight or obese.

There are several dietary practices that are lined to unhealthy body weight and/or type 2 diabetes risk, which includes high intake of saturated fatty acids, high total fat intake and inadequate consumption of dietary fiber.  High intake of sugar sweetened drinks, which contain considerable amounts of free sugars, increases the likelihood of being overweight or obese, particularly among our kids.

recent evidence further suggests an association between high intake of sugar sweetened drinks and increased risk of type 2 diabetes.  The new choice of sweet drinks for our kiddo’s are the energy drinks! Which are also leaching the calcium from their bones while also bathing their bodies with ridiculous amounts of refined and artificial sugars.

The WHO Dietary recommendations and the Food and Agriculture Organization states that for the prevention of type 2 diabetes one should include:

  • Limiting saturated fatty acid intake to less than 10% of total energy intake
  • get adequate intake of dietary fiber through regular consumption of wholegrain cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables
  • Reducing ones intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake and suggests that further reduction to 5% could bring additional health benefits.

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Here’s a more accurate view of Sugar and it’s connection to the health issues that go with it:

  • Sugar is potential energy which REQUIRES vitamins and minerals to process it into usable energy in the body.  Refined and artificial sugars do NOT supply any vitamins or minerals.
  • The form or source of the sugar makes a BIG difference
  • Refined carbohydrates are the primary cause of diabetes

The truth is that nutrients are required to process sugar into a form of energy that the body can actually USE.

These included:

  1. vitamins which is why white flour has to be enriched, they processed all the naturally occurring vitamins out of it to make it WHITE.
  2. minerals
  3. amino acids
  4. without these nutrients energy cannot be extracted from sugar efficiently.
  5. natural foods contain these nutrients, refined carbs do not.

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The Nuts and Bolts:  SUGAR IS ADDICTIVE!

I often encourage my patients to try this test:

  1. don’t eat anything with refined sugar in it for 2 weeks (many struggle big time because that means they have to look at their salad dressings, their condiments like ketchup, soups, gravies, chips with coatings/flavors, barbecue sauces, chicken and beef broths ) start reading labels and you will see where it’s all hidden right under our noses.
  2. if they have kids, I also tell them to not let them have anything with sugar for a few days ; and you will see all the classic symptoms of withdraws.

The truth has been proven through science that sugar stimulates the reward centers in our brain, causing a release of dopamine.

Dopamine neurons are what motivate and reward us for pursuing worthwhile goals in our life.

This part of the brain is also stimulated by drugs like nicotine, cocaine and amphetamines.

Regular sugar intake overstimulates dopamine causing the neurons to be blunted which create the cravings.

Actual brain scans have shone how the reward centers in the brain light up like a pin ball machine when sugar is consumed!

 

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Food Manufacturers have done their research and KNOW that sugar is addicting so if they add it to their products it will keep you coming back for more.  The truth is that sugar is often combined with other stimulants to increase their effects:

  • caffeine in tea, coffee and sodas
  • flavored alcoholic drinks
  • cigarettes: YEP, the addition of sugar to tobacco not only increased tobacco sales, it appears to have made them more addictive.

So the bottom line is that source matters and its way more than just a “chemistry” thing.

It’s not just a matter of nutritional density (lack of vitamins/minerals). The refining process denatures the sugar so it no longer has a compatible energy with the body and acts more like a drug than a food!

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Here’s another experiment you can try at home. This is another piece of homework I like to give my patients:

  1. Cut up some sweet fruits you like, like apples or bananas (both are popular choices), KEEP eating them until you lose the desire to take another bite.  Your stomach will probably not be physically full, but you will get a feeling like you just cannot eat another bite.  The body exhibits a response like an automatic shut off switch.
  2. Next take some foods you like with refined sugar, candy, cookies, cake.  Eat them until you lose the desire to eat any more.  Chances are you can continue to nibble on these foods even if you are physically full.  You can eat the whole package of cookies, you can eat several BIG pieces of cake with frosting, you can eat the lions share of candy bars.  You see when the Vitamins/minerals are absent, it interferes with the way the body was designed by God to know when to say when!

Think about this, have you ever found yourself “making room” for desert even after your stomach feels full from a meal?  The mechanics that tell you to stop eating, you have had enough doesn’t seem to work with sugar.  It acts more like a drug than a food, the more you eat the more you crave!

The initial effect of sugar is “pleasure” remember the dopamine release.  This is not an actual increase in energy production, but an increase in energy discharge which is why the let down usually follows and brings with it some irritability, anxiety, fatigue and for some mild depression, and many “a nap”!

Those celebration events we all attend, ever pay attention to those kiddo’s after the cake and ice cream has been served?  They usually get loud, rowdy, we call it hyperactive and then irritable within less than an hour.  They start to whine, cry, even pick fights with each other.

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Ok So now I’m gonna get to the heart of the matter…. WHY QUIT?  I mean lets face it; an alcoholic isn’t going to quite drinking and a smoker isn’t going to quit smoking until they see a reason to… right?

Same reason no one is willingly going to quit a sugar habit until they recognize the benefits of doing so!  So let me offer you some of those benefits:

  1. weight-loss usually follows refraining from sugar intake
  2. energy levels climb and become more stable
  3. the immune system gets stronger and many with autoimmune issues start to see less flare ups
  4. improved digestion
  5. reduced risk of degenerative diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and neuropathy, and less periodontal gum disease issues!
  6. more positive and stable emotions
  7. less anxiety
  8. less anger/irritability
  9. better memory
  10. better focus/concentration
  11. greater mental clarity
  12. lower blood pressure
  13. healthier skin/sugar is connected to many forms of acne issues
  14. reduction in headaches including migraines
  15. reduced muscle/joint pain
  16. reduced inflammation issues
  17. improved hormone balance
  18. relief from PMS and erectile dysfunction
  19. improved sexual drive/performance

There’s a whole host of benefits attached to walking away from refined and artificial sugars! please don’t think substituting an artificial sugar for the refined sugar is the answer either because most all of those are excito-toxins which have a horrible effect on the central nervous system.

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Let me show you some basics “STEPS”. Remember we need to walk before we run!

So where to begin?

  1. eliminate all refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, white flour and other refined carbohydrates
  2. Satisfy your sweet tooth with more natural sugar sources like:
  • frush fruit
  • dried fruits
  • raw honey preferable with the pollen still in place
  • real grade A maple syrup
  • molasses
  • Xylitol
  • Stevia (the herb which will be “GREEN” not the “white” form which is over processed)

Xylitol is not a natural sugar per se.  What it is is an isolated sugar alcohol that is derived from corn cobs or birch bark.

It contains 40% less calories than sugar and has a low glycemic index and can be used as a one to one ratio in place of table sugar where you don’t want the taste of honey, maple sugar bleeding through your recipe.

Using it to activate yeast however, WONT work.

It naturally carries some antibacterial properties to it so it won’t contribute to cavities which is why it’s now being used in lots of toothpastes and mouthwashes.  It can also help inhibit sinus issues and ear infections.

 

Where are some of the places Sugar is hiding as an additive?

  • Beverages: soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea/coffee, fruit juices that are bottled,
  • canned fruits
  • breads
  • pasta sauces
  • ketchup/BBQ sauces
  • salad dressings
  • energy bars
  • flavored yogurts
  • soups/gravy that are canned
  • chicken, beef, vegetable broths
  • flavored chips that have any sort of coatings for flavor

These are the popular choices, and our health keeps paying a higher price for convenience!

 

Ok, so what is the second step?

Eat more healthy fats and proteins:

  1.  Good fats reduce appetite and balance blood sugar levels.  So good fats include organic butter/cream, coconut oil, Extra virgin olive oil, avocados/nuts
  2. Avoid processed vegetable oils, margarine and shortening
  3. Protein intake also helps.
  4. Eggs
  5. organic meats
  6. nuts/nut butters
  7. beans/legumes

Step Three:

Refined carbohydrates encourage the growth of yeast and bacteria in our intestines.  These are unfriendly foe that send signals to our brain that causes us to crave more sugar.  So balancing this which is called dysbiosis in the intestinal tract helps reduce sugar cravings.

How does one start to regain lost ground for improving the good microbes in the gut?Helpful herbs would be:

  1. goldenseal,
  2. barberry,
  3. berberine
  4. cinnamon
  5. Peppermint oil (enteric coated to take in pill form)
  6. anti-fungal formulas to kill the yeast overgrowth
  7. fiber supplements to help move the bowels
  8. probiotics are a MUST!

Step Four:

What helps reduce the cravings, remember sugar is addictive and the body is used to giving into the addiction so many need help with shutting off that signal.  Some herbs that have proven to be helpful from a nutritional perspective:

  1. spirulina
  2. chlorella
  3. licorice root
  4. eleuthero or Korean ginseng
  5. garcinia,
  6. chromium

Step Five:

Blood sugar balancers

  1. Chinese Yin-Increasing formulas
  2. blood sugar balancing formulas
  3. single herbs: cinnamon
  4. fenugreek
  5. nopal
  6. bitter melon
  7. Minerals: Chromium
  8. vanadium
  9. zinc
  10. magnesium

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Ok so in closing, the truth is that many need help walking away from sugar.  It’s almost easier for someone to quit drinking alcohol then it is to give up sugar.  I mean lets face it you can avoid being in environments where people are drinking if you are trying to give it up.  But sugar is everywhere, it’s at every get together, every restaurant, you are bombarded with commercials on television, it’s laced in common food snacks we all have grown to love.  Its a real BATTLE!

The best way to approach this is side by side with someone who has had the same battle to overcome!  If you are interested in a personalized nutritional program tailored to your specific needs vs. a one size fits all approach.  Lets get an appointment scheduled.

Go to http://www.jodibarnett758.com and click on the services tab, pick the desired service and it will take you where you need to begin.

As always,

Healthfully yours,

Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

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WHAT IS ADRENAL BURNOUT?

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Feeling irritable? Exhausted? Having trouble sleeping?

Your not alone, today’s fast paced living is stressing folks out, and the stress has been linked to a number of illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cancer according to Jason Block MD, a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Harvard.

Adrenal Burnout goes way beyond a bad day. Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to release wave after wave of hormones that prep the body for a do or die situation.  Eventually these hormone reserves run low or come up empty.

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POTENTIAL SYMPTOMS:
achy joints
anxiety, blood sugar issues
brain fog
early morning fatigue
afternoon exhaustion
low sex drive
insomnia memory loss
slow recovery from illness

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These are just some of the signs you can show that your adrenal glands could be in overdrive.  Get a Saliva/Urine analysis to accurately measure adrenal stress (QFA Analysis).
According to Elson M. Haas MD, mild stress acts as a useful motivation for activity and productivity.  But too much can generate many symptoms and diseases, medicated by changes in immune function, hormonal response, and biochemical reactions, which then impact the cardiovascular, digestive neurological or musculoskeletal systems.

The brain and pituitary gland respond to stress by releasing adrenocorticotropic hormone ACTH.  This stimulates the adrenals to increase production of the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol, as well as other hormones that influence metabolism and water balance.
With extreme stress, the adrenal gland ramps up your fight or flight reaction, which sharpens the senses and raises theheart rate, while slowing digestion and more important functions then take over.  But adrenaline increases blood pressure, adds stress on the heart, and raises blood sugar, increasing metabolic rate. Over time, our ability to cope with stress and to ounce back after a crisis can be compromised.
HOW DOES ONE FEED THE ADRENAL GLANDS?
If you are stressed out, your adrenal pilot light is probably burning 24/7.  Experiencing body aches, digestive distress, fatigue, nervousness, and sleep issues, are all signals you need to slow down and rest and recharge your batteries.  Your pilot light can blow out and your adrenals can slow down to a crawl.  Noticing that you are gaining weight in the belly area that no matter how much you exercise it won’t cooperate is another way you can begin to realize your adrenals are probably on overload.

Eating a healthier whole food diet,and making your mealtime as relaxins as possible. Ditch the cell phones, turn off the television and relax while eating your meals.  Cut out coffee, pop and other stimulants, they may temporarily feel like they are giving you energy, but after their affect they drop you like a hot rock.  Refined carbohydrated will increase blood sugar imbalances which due to adrenal overload are already running high.
Antioxidants, A, C, E, selenium and zinc are usually depleted during stress, put them back with a high quality whole food supplement.  Vitamin C offers cellular protecton and immune support, while allowing the adrenals to produce more cortisone and epinephrine.  Because this antioxidant is rapidly utilized and little gets stored in the body, take 1 to 2 grams in divided doses, every day if you are feeling stressed.  (that’s equivalent to 2000 mg.)
In a recent study, the B vitamin Choline which is a precursor for acetylcholine in the central nervous system was inversely associated with anxiety.  Taking more than the RDA for all the asily depleted B vitamins in two divided doses during the day but not in the evening as they can prevent sleep, according to Dr. Haas.

RESTORE BALANCE WITH HERBS:
Adrenals balance neurotransmitters, relieve anxiety, and ease you into restful sleep.  Adaptogens, medicinal plants that enhance your resistance to stress while increasing concentration and endurance, are pretty effective.

Rhodiola, Eleutrero (Siberian Ginseng), can be very helpful.  Conventional medicine barley recognizes adrenal fatigue, so don’t expect to find numerous double-blind placebo-controlled trials on this class of herbs.
Respected herbalists, however, have long recognized their balancing benefits.  When stress stops, adaptogens help the adrenal glands shut off faster.  Thses herbs also support adrenal function by allowing cells in the body access to more energy and by preventing oxidative damage.  For overall adrenal support Americn ginseng, ashwagandha, cordyceps, holy basil, licorice root, reishi, schisandra offer amazing adrenal support.  If you are generally fatigued yet have sleep issues, reach for herbal formulas that contain American ginseng, chinese wild yam, eleuthero, kudzu, licorice root, reishi, and schisandra.  Chronic stress and anxiety almost always affect the digestion process.  Taking bitters for better digestion, absorption and elimination before meals.
COMPLIMENTARY CHOICES:
Traditional Chinese medicine seeks to rebalance the body by supporting digestion and the liver as well as adrenals, making detoxification useful after intense stress.  Other effective holistic approaches include acuppuncture and relaxation techniques.  Last but not least, begin and end your day with something uplifting and spiritual that brings you outside of yourself and creates peace.

WHAT ARE ADRENAL GLAND?
They are a pair of triangular shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys.  Each gland normally weights about 5 grams and is made up of two parts: the cortex, or outer sections, which is repsonsible for the production of coretisone, and the medulla, or central section which secretes adrenaline.
The cortex helps to maintain the salt and water balance in the body.  It is also involved in metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of lood sugar.  The cortex also is responsible for prodcing a sex hormone similar to that secreted by the testes.
The medulla produces the hormone epinephrine, also called adrenaline, when the body is under stress.  This hormone speeds up the rate of metabolism and produces other physiological changes designed to hep the body cope with danger.

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    Reduced adrenal function may be indicated by:
    weakness and muscle wasting
    lethargy
    dizziness
    headaches
    memory issues
    food cravings
    allergies
    blood sugar issues
    If the cortex is seriously underactive, a rare condition called Addison’s disease may develop, Symptoms include:
    fatigue
    loss of appetite
    dizziness
    fainting
    nausea
    moodiness
    decrease in body hair
    inability to cope with stress
    feeling cold
    discoloration and darkening of the skin, (i.e. knees, elbows, scars, skin folds and creases in the palms are more noticeable when exposed to sun
    mouth and freckles may appear darker
    bands of pigment running the length of the nails and darkening of the hair.
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    Cushing’s syndrome is a rare disorder caused by an over active adrenal cortex. Persons’ with Cushing’s syndrome take on a characteristic appearance: they generally are heavy in the abdomen and buttocks but have very thin limbs, and rounded moon faces.  Muscular weakness and wasting of muscles are also characteristic.  Round, red marks mimicking acne may appear on the face and eyelids may appear swollen.  Increased growth of body hair is common and woman may grow mustaches and in some cases beards.  Folks with Cushing’s generally are more prone to illness and take longer to heal.  Thinning of the skin from Cushing’s syndrome often leads to stretch marks and bruising.

The functioning of the adrenal glands can be impaired as a result of the extensive use of cortisone therapy for non endocrine disease, like arthritis and asthma.  The long term use of cortisone drugs can cause the adrenals to shrink in size.  Poor nutritional habits, smoking and alcohol and drug abuse can contribute toa drenal failure.

Essential nutrients:
Vitamin B complex: all B vitamins are necessary for adrenal function.
L-Tyrosine: 500 mg. daily on empty stomach, take with water or juice NOT with milk. ( Do not take L-tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.)
Raw adrenal cortex glandulars:
Liquid Chlorophyll ES helps to keep the blood clean.
Coenzyme Q10 carries oxygen to all glands
Germanium Essential Oil:  enhances immune function (diffuse or apply topically with carrier oil to soles of both feet)
Potassium 99mg. daily needed to balance sodium, potassium is lost with this disorder.

ADRENAL GLAND FUNCTION SELF-TEST
Normally systolic blood pressure which is the 1st number in measurement of blood pressure i.e. 120/80 is approximately 10 points higher when you are standing than when you are lying down.  If the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, however, this may not be the case.

Take and compare the two blood pressure readings, one while lying downa nd one while standing.  1st, lie down and rest for 5 minutes, then take your blood pressure.  Stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again.  If your pressure reading is lower after you stand up, suspect reduced adrenal gland function.  The degree to which the blood pressure drops upon standing is often proportionate to the degree of hypo-adrenalism.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS:
Plenty of fresh frutis and veggies, green leafy ones.  Brewer’s yeast, brown rice, legumes, nuts, olive and safflower oils, seeds, wheat germ and whole grains.
Deep water ocean fish, salmon or tune at least 3 times per week.
Garlic, onions, shiitake mushrooms, pearl barley as these foods contain germanium a powerful stimulant of the immune system.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco these are toxic to the adrenal and other glands.
Get regular moderate exercise because exercise stimulates the adrenal glands and helps to relieve stress.
Don’t take these symptoms for granted, whenever our body displays symptoms it is the body’s way of alerting you that there are nutritional deficiencies, so FEED the body what it needs, and allow your body to be the messenger folks.

If you’d like some personalized help with your nutritional plan, I’d be honored to work with you, go to: http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc and schedule your 1 hr. consultation which can be done in person, phone or email.

All herbal and vitamin suggestions mentioned in my article can be purchased at http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com  you can also click on the product links for each mentioned suggestion and it will take you directly to the product if you are interested in purchasing. (Also, sharing is caring so I am always grateful for my peeps to share my article links for others who may be looking for some direction)

Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D. (Doctor of Naturopathy)
Harvested Health LLC.

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How Do You Start Your Day?

coffee How many of you wouldn’t even dream of starting your day without a big ole cup of hot Java?  How many of you are relying on more than just coffee to get you through your day, like Red Bulls, or other commercial Energy drinks that are loaded with caffeine and other unmentionables?

No doubt you have learned to “enjoy” the coffee, who doesn’t LOVE the smell of it brewing, I have to admit I DO, and yes I do drink a nice mug of hot coffee in the morning, but I also love a hot mug of herbal tea, or even Dandiblend which is a wonderful  herbal coffee substitute.

When we are young guns our systems can tolerate and eliminate the toxic effects of coffee through our urine.  But as we get a tad more “seasoned”, and the kidneys gradually get some wear and tear on them, those acids begin to pile up in your system drop by drop.  How can you tell, well a couple tell tale signs would be “fatigue”, “headaches” that hit mid day or you may even wake up with it, “depressed” because you feel like your get up and go, got up and went.  So the rollercoaster effect begins, and you have to keep sending artificial stimulation to keep rolling through your day.  For the moment you feel better, maybe even feel like you could run a marathon, but that’s because you are kicking your endocrine glands, usually the “adrenals” to over produce.  That “feel-good” sensation is really a mask hiding the truth folks.  You can only over stimulate the endocrine glands for so long before they decide to go on strike.

There is a medical diagnosis referred to as “toxemia”, which is an overload of impurities that have build up in the system including the blood and it makes a person feel less than wonderful to say the least.  It can be very dangerous, even deadly.  When the body has headed in this direction  the body has to break out the emergency manual and figure out the fastest way to get these impurities out!  So typically the body sets up road blocks and redirects these, and calls on the endocrine glands to jump to the rescue.

Here’s the way it works:  We toss some food down the hatch, most folks are not reaching for the healthy “lets do a body good” choices.   If we walk back in history to our ancient ancestors their primitive diet looks nothing whatsoever like ours does today, yet Man’s digestive system back then, and our digestive system today is still the same, (so much for evolution.) So when we are choking down chili cheese hot dogs, fried meats, boat loads of fried French fries, donuts, cookies, pop, alcohol etc. and very little in the way of water, fresh fruits and veggies, toxins build up and that affects our liver.  Now whether the liver breaks down early or later in life depends upon how good of an organ it was at birth.  But trust me break down it will,(many folks have a back up going on with calcified bile called gall stones, and many are losing that major “helper” for the liver) and when it fails to filter and neutralize these toxins from our blood, a back up line of defense has to step up to the task.   That would be the endocrine glands.  The key ones that come into play : Pituitary (at base of the brain), the thyroid (located in the front of our neck), and the adrenals (which are the hats on top of both our kidneys.)

These gland secrete hormones, meaning there is no duct for anything to flow from, these glands are pushed into hyper-drive, forced to manufacture more of their secretion.  Keep in mind that the amount of a gland’s secretion is in exact ratio to the volume of blood entering it, the gland is then enlarged by this extra blood supply, which can bring some physical consequences.

The pituitary being located at the base of the brain doesn’t have a whole bunch of extra room to swell, it’s encased in a bony cup at the base of the skull.  This pressure can cause symptoms that can really get one’s attention: Migraines, the common type of epilepsy, acromegaly and blindness.

Now, I personally can attest to the migraine headaches, I experienced my first one when I was 8 years old. it lasted an entire week.  I couldn’t open my eyes, hold food down, could not stand an ounce of noise, had no urge to even try to speak, and I caught on rather quickly that crying made the pain worse so, they needed to be a no tears episodes.  My diet as a child was horrible, sweets were never restricted growing up, neither was soda. It took me years to connect the dots that anything with MSG would trigger a headache from hell, so Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Funyon’s, lunchmeats, Chinese food, commercial salad dressings, lots of fast foods like White Caste hamburgers, these foods kept me bed ridden quite a bit growing up.  Then when Aspertame came on the scene, we had a whole new set of problems, it not only caused migraines for me, but caused sever neurological problems for me as well.

When the body is backed up with all these toxins the truth be told the headache/migraine is really an alcoholic type of headache.  I’m not talking about 8 year olds tipping their parents top shelf brandy when no one is looking, this is alcohol that ends up being manufactured in the patient’s own stomach.  When the sugars ferment and starches that are on overload in someone’s diet.

LETS TALK ABOUT THOSE ENDOCRINE GLANDS:

So what happens when the thyroid gland which controls ALL functions of the body’s three layers of skin?  We have the outer skin which we see and touch, the inner skin which is the mucous membrane, and the middle skin which is the serous membrane, which lines the pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and cranial cavities and our joints.

skin

There is a normal function of our outer skin which is to exhale gases, sweat out water and certain toxic salt substances and  it oils itself and its hair with special oil glands.  When this elimination is done forcefully, there are names of the dastardly effects that keep many Dermatologists busy: Eczema, ichthyosis and psoriasis are some of the common ones.  So is Acne.

thyroid

The next layer called mucous membranes, when the thyroid is under duress it may force toxins out through the mucous cells.  So when only the superficial cells of this inner skin are involved the secretion is just watery, doctors call it catarrh.  Yet as the deeper layers are affected, the discharge becomes muco-purulent (mucus and pus), sounds fabulous right?  Most know these as sinusitis, bronchitis, gastritis, enteritis, appendicitis, tonsillitis, mastitis, cervicitis, pyelitis,  notice they all end in “itis”…this means inflammation.

Adrenal

When we move on to the adrenal glands, these are what supplies us with on the spot energy when they sense we are in danger. Like when you walk up on a big spider and before you realize it you have screamed, done a weeks worth of aerobics in 2 seconds and your heart feels like its pumping outta your chest and you are probably sweating, (that’s what fight or flight might look like.)  When they secrete in this type of situation, our body goes into what is called “fight or flight” mode. Our body shuts down any other function that is not 100% needed so it can pulse all necessary energy into safety mode.

There is  necessary oxidation that is the fire of life, that must take place in our bodies.  The adrenal secretion is the agent that makes oxidation happen.  This secretion is so important that our body has other storage spots like the brain, the great nerve ganglia; the posterior pituitary, the sex glands and scattered areas throughout the kidneys.

The filtration process of our kidneys depends upon oxidation. So, consequently under stress, the kidney can be forced by the adrenals into elimination even to the point of destroying itself and elevating the blood pressure until a heart attack or other circulatory damage results.  We are hearing of more and more peeps on kidney dialysis these days, makes one wonder if this is just a coincidence or a evolutionary transit?

One of the other key functions of our adrenals is to regulate the strength of muscle tone.  So our skeletal muscles even our bowel muscle, I would stretch to say since all our organs are of a muscular design, everything is affected.  But lets roll back to the bowel muscle for a minute, we have 5 feet of bowel, with good well toned bowel muscle, our bowel function is perfect, effortless and regular.  Adrenal types, that is, individuals who are dominated by their adrenal glands, seldom suffer from constipation as long as the chemistry of the liver remains normal.  When an adrenal type becomes toxic from indigestion, they may notice that things become uncontrollable in the south pole region.  They usually experience weakened kidney issues or kidney disease, and have a weight on/weight off issue, they can lose weight but find they pack on the pounds too and this goes back and forth through out the years if they don’t address the issue.

DISEASE:

In my quest over the years, I have ran across a plethora of conflicting ideas on what actually causes disease.  There are those that take the stance that food has little to do with preparing the inner growing field for disease.  They stand on their beliefs that the body can utilize anything to good account with the exception of pure poisons.  So when it comes to the theories of toxemia, intestinal putrefaction, auto intoxication these are labeled as “faddist” and they refuse to take these seriously.  Dr. Logan Clendening in “The Human Body, stated: “what you want to eat will be good for you.  “what one relishes, nourishes “, “The appetite is a wonderfully sensitive instrument, a safe compass.  It keeps most of us exactly where we ought to be in weight and strength.”  I read that and thought WOW, can’t speak for how things looked back in 1927 when he wrote that book, but he died at the age of 61.

But if you just merely look around when your in public, and all the different products being sold as weight-loss products, one doesn’t need a scientific study to prove that our society is more “over” weight, than simmering at an “exactly where we ought to be weight & strength ” as Dr. Logan Clendening  so eloquently stated.

I found it interesting that in 1962, In his very first published book, Murray Bookchin, writing under the pseudonym “Lewis Herber”, warns of the dangers of pesticide use, and espouses an ecological and environmentalist worldview.
Our Synthetic Environment was one of the first books of the modern period in which an author espoused an ecological and environmentalist worldview. It predates Silent Spring (1962) by Rachel Carson, a more widely known book on the same topic widely credited as starting the environmental movement. (* http://www.ecology.iww.org)

Murray Bookchin wrote: “we are exchanging health for mere survival.  We have begun to measure man’s biological achievements, not in terms of his ability to lead a vigorous, physically untroubled life, but in terms of his ability to preserve his mere existence in an increasingly distorted environment.  Today, survival often entails ill health and rapid physical degeneration.  We are prepared to accept the fact that a relatively young individual will suffer from frequent headaches and digestive disturbance, continual nervous tension, insomnia, a persistent “cigarette cough.” a mouthful of decaying teeth, and respiratory ailments every winter.  We expect his physique to acquire the rotundity of a barrel shortly after the onset of middle age; we find nothing extraordinary in the fact that he is incapable of running more than a few yards without suffering loss of breath or walking a few miles without suffering exhaustion.”

That was back in 1962, not sure that much has appeared to change with his observation.  Harvard University published in 1957, the Findings of the United States Commission on Chronic Illness: “In 1950 an estimated 28 million Americans were suffering from chronic disease.  That number has NOT decreased despite all the “medical breakthroughs”, according to http://www.CDC.gov ; “Nov 14, 2016 – Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs.”  I can’t speak for anyone reading this post, but to me that is a staggering percentage.  We NEED a proverbial light bulb to blaze, not just light up.

I’m going to post more and move on to how our body moves through various “lines of defense” to do battle on our behalf.

It is my hope that I can light a flame of not only concern, but of determination in the hearts and minds of folks to start treating their bodies like the precious vessel that they are, your body is your most prized possession, treat it to the best of the best.

Until the next post:

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC


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