How the Nutrient in Broccoli Sprouts Can Change Genes To Protect Against Cancer

All of us know broccoli when we see it but how many of us know what broccoli sprouts are? I know I didn’t grow up eating them and have been surprised to find out the amazing health benefits of this little but powerful veggie. And this isn’t the only veggie that has the magic….


Why Should I Care About Sulforaphane?

I know, I know, why should you care about sulforaphane? Well, it just so happens that it is VITAL. Some of its most important jobs are enhancing brain function, promoting healthy weight, autism, reducing the risk of cancer, neurological diseases, diabetes, and heart disease. Sulforaphane is an organosulfate that provides valuable sulfur that is the building block of so many reactions in our body. Sulforaphane is antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. Lots of great reasons to understand this powerful compound!

Dr. Thomas W Kensler described it as “the most potent naturally occurring inducer of Nrf2 signaling.”

What sulforaphane does is activate and up regulate certain genetic pathways or transcription factors, like Nrf2. Nrf2 is a transcription factor that affects what genes are turned on or off. When I began to see this published in medical journals, I was really impressed. Everyone is beginning to see how nutrition CAN target genes (better known as nutrigenomics) and can therefore, prevent against common killers like cancer. In fact, sulforaphane has been found to be effective against several types of cancer! More and more evidence shows that it is also acts against cancer on several levels, from development to progression. In a study published in Cancer Therapy in May 2010, sulforaphane was found to inhibit breast cancer stem cells. Not even chemotherapy can inhibit cancerous stem cells.

Sulforaphane has shown a potential therapeutic role for protection of cells from DNA damage. It also showed that it could induce modulation of the cell, meaning death if the cell was diseased or old, or protection against cancer and proliferation of cancer cells. In fact, one study out of Harvard demonstrated signifiant improvement in autistic children treated with sulforaphane. They showed an improvement in social interaction, abnormal behavior, and verbal communication.

As previously mentioned, sulforaphane helps to activate Nrf2. It has been shown to be protective against cancer and can modify genes associated with chemoprevention. It does this by ramping up cellular defense mechanisms and detoxification pathways. Basically this little Nrf2 factor turns on genes that activate our cellular military. Their job is to go out and patrol our tissues, blood, organs and each cell to make sure everything is running smoothly with no mutiny anywhere in the body.

Where Do I Get Sulforaphane?

Broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are all rich in what is known as sulforaphane. In fact, all cruciferous vegetables contain sulforaphane! But it doesn’t just happen to occur naturally in plants.

Sulforaphane is only created when the plant is damaged as a stress mechanism. An enzyme called myrosinase is released that then reacts with another compound called glucoraphanin. The result is sulforaphane. You may be wondering how this is a defense mechanism for the plant? Well sulforaphane is actually toxic in high doses, even in humans, especially if large quantities of cruciferous vegetables are eaten raw. So  chewing or chopping up the vegetables trigger them to release sulforaphane.

Can I Eat Cruciferous Vegetables If I Have Thyroid Dysfunction?

Trust me when I say that cruciferous vegetables do not CAUSE thyroid dysfunction. In small and normal quantities, sulforaphane creates a hormetic effect. Remember the poison is in the dose in the natural world concerning herbs, so called poisons and foods. Sometimes, as in the case of sulforaphane, we can gain beneficial effects from something that would be toxic in higher doses. Everything in moderation!

In high doses or if cruciferous veggies are eaten predominantly raw in someone who is susceptible to thyroid disease, goitrins can form in the body. These goitrins interfere with the production of normal thyroid hormones, leading to hypothyroidism. The trade off with this is that cooking the cruciferous veggies past 138 degrees Fahrenheit deactivated the enzyme that helps to make sulforaphane. So the best way to get a satisfactory dose is by eating it raw in small amounts or by eating broccoli sprouts.

One thing you can do to prevent any negative effects from goitrins is to take adequate doses of iodine and selenium. Plus sulforaphane is pretty powerful-you only have to eat 3-5 servings per week to see the anticancer benefits! In fact, one study found that “dose” reduced the cancer risk by 30-40%.

The Highest Dose of Sulforaphane

Now that you know about sulforaphane, you may be wondering what the best source is and how much you need to reap the wonderful benefits! The highest dose is found in vegetables that are more immature and the content actually weans as the plants mature. Thats why young broccoli sprouts have a much higher content than just regular broccoli. They contain 10-100 times the level of glucoraphanin and sulforaphane. This little vegetable is really the panacea of healing.

There are supplements with sulforaphane and broccoli sprouts, but I always believe if you can get the nutrition from food, or the most natural way possible, it is much more bioavailable or absorbable. Try adding broccoli sprouts to your salad or even smoothie every week. Remember you only need 3-5 servings a week to ensure you’re getting the detox, anticancer and immune benefits. Don’t forget to speak with your trusted healthcare professional if you have a thyroid disorder prior to gobbling up too many cruciferous vegetables!

Way to be your own best doctor!

Much love

Dr Jess



Exposure of primary mouse hepatocytes to sulforaphane resulted in activation of Nrf2 and significant elevation of protein expressions responsible for excretion of arsenic into extracellular space. SFN has the ability to potentially excrete heavy metals like arsenic.





  4. Sulforaphane and other Nutrigenomics Nrf2 Activators: Can the Clinician’s Expectation Be Matched by the Reality?

Signs You May Have Candida

Candida albicans, or yeast, is an silent epidemic in modern countries. It is the most common strain of yeast and is found in the vagina, the throat/tongue, the GI tract, and the skin. The infection most often affects those who have a weakened immune system. It can spread to unsafe levels throughout the body. As a doc, I’ve tested many people who have vague symptoms like digestive issues or brain fog for candida. This yeast often overwhelms the body by hiding from the body’s defenses in a sticky biofilm. It also pairs up with other opportunistic pathogens like Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or Epstein Barr virus.

Over time, if left unchecked, candida breaks down the intestinal walls and barrier, where it can enter the bloodstream. Candida can then release toxic byproducts like acetylaldehyde into the system, causing its victims to feel almost drunk. These toxins can also lead to leaky gut syndrome, as the stomach barrier is then compromised.

What makes things worse is if the pH of the gut is altered at all. When our guts (not the bloodstream) are too alkaline, this makes it more hospitable to these negative pathogens. Our guts are supposed to be acidic! Healthy stomach acid kills any opportunistic bacteria that may try to enter our bodies through food and water. Processed carbs and sugar raise the pH to alkaline levels in the gut where this allows candida to grow out of control, leading to a fully systemic infection. This can all be prevented with a healthy immune system, healthy food and self care.

So What Causes Candida? 

We aren’t sure what all directly affects candida overgrowth. Most likely anything that negatively impacts our immune systems can help candida production. Here are some known causes:

  1. Standard American Diets of sugar, alcohol, and refined carbs. As I mentioned above, these “foods” change the pH of the gut and can lead to a more hospitable environment for malicious pathogens. Diets full of organic food that our ancestors would recognize are imperative. Think of anything that grows naturally from earth! Fruits, veggies, clean proteins and some pseudo grains like quinoa are the best choices!
  2. Antibiotics. Although antibiotics are often life saving in dire situations like sepsis, infections and injuries, they are absolutely overprescribed today. When this happens, it not only creates antibiotic resistance, but kills off all bacteria-the bad AND the good! This is detrimental as these good bacteria help protect our immune systems. In fact, they are our immune system!
  3. Steroids. Its a fact that people who use steroid inhalers for disorders like cardiopulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma have a higher risk of developing thrush, or candidiasis of the mouth. They are told to wash out their mouths after each inhaler use. Those who have to use systemic steroids like prednisone, for their autoimmune disorders also risk getting compromised with systemic candidiasis. Steroids significantly lower immunity.
  4. Birth Control Pills. This is a less common cause, but nonetheless, should be named because so many women today are on birth control pills! They are labeled a stage 2 carcinogen by the World Health Organization as they are made from synthetic hormones from pregnant mares. When combined with a poor diet, steroids or antibiotics, birth control pills can compound yeast infections. They do this by skewing natural hormone levels. Hormones are integral to a functioning system as they intimately communicate with our immune systems and neurotransmitters.
  5. Anything that Lowers Immunity such as Chemotherapy or HIV. Candida is opportunistic and therefore preys on weaker immune systems for survival. Children, the elderly, HIV patients, or cancer patients are particularly at risk. Inflammation or  an autoimmune condition are favorable for candida as well.
  6. Diabetes or Obesity. Candida LOVES sugar. In fact, this is its primary food source, so it makes logical sense that a high level of sugar in the blood would attract this pesky fungus. Obesity also plays a role in lowering immunity and predisposing one to candidiasis. In the hospital, we would often treat obese patients with antifungals as they would get yeast infections of the skin anywhere that was cool and moist.

What are the Symptoms of Candida?

  1. Brain Fog and Chronic Fatigue-Most people would never expect such infections to cause such vague symptoms. Candida overgrowth can be responsible for inability to focus, migraines, joint pains, lack of initiative and chronic fatigue syndrome. Remember that candida produces the toxic acetylaldehyde, which can lead to impaired thinking.
  2. Bruxism-Bruxism, or grinding the teeth at night, is a sure sign of a candida infection. These critters are often more active at night, which puts a stress on the body. The people infected can often be seen grinding or gnashing their teeth at night due to the stress of the nocturnal movements of the candida.
  3. IT Band Soreness-the IT band runs alongside the outside of the knee and thigh. There are lots of reasons for the soreness such as trigger points, but a less well known cause is candida albicans. If systemic, it can get lodged in the joint spaces like the knees and lead to inflammation, or pain.
  4. Digestive Issues and Bloating-this one should be no surprise. One of the main causes of gut dysbiosis is an out of control candida infection! Candida can cause the lining of the stomach to become permeable, or leaky if they become overpopulated. This can lead to improper digestion and absorption of nutrients which can further impede the immune system.
  5. Vaginal Yeast Infection and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections-Candida overgrowth is super annoying as many women know! I think most people today know that recurrent yeast infections point to a parasitic infection that needs eradication. But did you know that recurrent urinary tract infections, or UTIs, also indicate the same issue? The fungus can hang onto the cells within the bladder, leading to eventual overgrowth
  6. Persistent toenail fungus-Similar to yeast infections, toenail fungus that is persistent (longer than 8 months), indicates there may be a bigger problem at play. A month long parasite cleanse might really help to clear up the problem.
  7. Oral Thrush-This is common in babies, but can also occur in adults if there is a systemic candida infection or if they are using steroids or inhalers. Thrush is a thick white coating on the tongue that can cause a sore throat or tongue as well as painful swallowing. Remember the mouth is the opening to the digestive tract so it reflects what may be going on in our guts too!
  8. Recurrent or Persistent Sinusitis-A candida infection can be a cause of sinusitis, although there are many causative factors. Its presence can lead to inflammation of the sinus cavities, post nasal drips, sneezing, allergies and pain.
  9. Adrenal Fatigue-When systemic candidiasis is present and left untreated, this can stress the body. Eventually our hormones become askew as cortisol “steals” from progesterone production. This can also plummet DHEA and testosterone levels. A byproduct of candida breakdown is also an “estrogen mimicker” which further compounds the problem.

How Do I Get Rid of Candida?

The candida diet, my Microbiome Master (find it in my store!), avoiding sugar, alcohol, and processed carbs as well finding an educated practitioner are the first steps.

If you’d like a consult with me, be sure to schedule under my consults tab.

Much Love,

Dr Jess


Recovery Methods for a Brain with Aluminum and Glyphosate Exposure

Please see my previous post on the importance of understanding the pathophysiology of Glyphosate, better known as Monsanto’s RoundUp. This pesticide which has far reaching effects, has been shown to bind up aluminum and bypass the gut barrier, decimating all  immunity and amino acids made by our beneficial gut bacteria.

By popular demand, I will be discussing how to detoxify from aluminum and pesticide exposure. Together, heavy metals like aluminum and Glyphosate have synergistically devastating effects. My previous blog post showed that pesticides provide an easy passage to aluminum where the bloodstream filters it quickly through the brain and the kidneys. The issue with this is that the pineal gland, which sits inside the optic chiasma in the brain, is not protected by the blood brain barrier and gets the brunt of unfiltered blood. If it is exposed to aluminum and/or pesticides, it is at a higher risk to accumulate these toxic substances. The repercussions of this are thought to be far reaching but have not been substantially researched.


Glyphosate, or RoundUp, is the best selling pesticide in history since going to market in 1974. Nearly 90% of all corn, soy and cotton are aerially sprayed with this toxic pesticide. A recent study showed Glyphosate was found 700 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal limit in the breast milk of mothers. Another study found that Americans have ten times more Glyphosate in their urine than their European counterparts. Seeing as how recent studies have shown the devastating effects of Glyphosate on our gut bacteria, which helps to sustain mood, immunity, and overall wellbeing, all of this is quite concerning.


Specifically, Dr Seneff’s work has shown how aluminum works with Glyphosate to avoid our body’s defenses as it enters the body. Heavy metals in general have known negative effects on the body. Both mercury and aluminum are highly neurotoxic and can accumulate in the brain. Multiple studies have shown a direct link to aluminum toxicity and Alzheimers. Now Dr Seneff’s work has shown correlation to aluminum and pineal gland calcification, as nearly all Alzheimers patients have a calcified pineal gland. Both mercury and aluminum have vague toxic profiles including emotional instability and lability, lethargy, depression, anxiety and attention problems. Aluminum alone causes flatulence, headaches, colic, dryness of the skin, tendency to come down with colds/flus, and heartburn.

An average adult in the United States eats about 7–9 mg of aluminum per day in their food. Approximately 95% of an aluminum load becomes bound to transferrin and albumin intravascularly and is then eliminated via the kidneys. In healthy subjects, only 0.3% of orally administered aluminum is absorbed via the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, however, this statistic is not taking into account that the bioavailability becomes much higher when bound to Glyphosate.  Only when the GI barrier is bypassed, such as by intravenous infusion (think vaccines), when bound to pesticides, or if the kidneys are diseased, does aluminum have the potential to accumulate. As an example, with intravenously infused aluminum, 40% is retained in adults and up to 75% is retained in babies.

A calcified pineal gland is also linked to high fluoride consumption, which is found added to tap water, medications and toothpaste.

For more information, please revisit my blog post concerning the synergistic effects of Glyphosate and aluminum.

How To Detox From Heavy Metals and Glyphosate

I make an excellent heavy metal detox which you can check out in the Dr Jess store, but for now, lets investigate what you can do to actively clear your pineal gland and the gut of these toxic substances.

  1. Eat organic-One Swedish study showed a family who tested positive for glyphosate at the beginning of the study. They all ate organic for the next three weeks and their urinary excretion of Glyphosate dropped significantly. Avoiding GMO food, which has a considerably higher amount of pesticide used on it, avoiding soy, corn and wheat, as well as educating yourself on foods that help to eliminate these toxins by providing necessary cofactors and nutrients.
  2. Eat sulfur rich foods-sulfur is one of the nutrients disrupted by Glyphosate and proven by the Seneff study. This includes brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, legumes, bok chop, garlic, cauliflower, kale, radish and watercress. The high sulfur content of these foods provide necessary cofactors to make glutathione, the master antioxidant of the body. It is also used in step one and two detoxification in the liver.
  3. Take probiotics-since glyphosate and heavy metals can help decimate the beneficial bacteria in the gut, it makes sense that exogenously replacing these colonies with probiotics would help to rid the body of toxins. Our gut bacteria are life and provide necessary amino acids, building blocks and cofactors for immunity and stable moods, If our guts are not happy, then our brains are likely unhappy too.
  4. Silica-Research published in 2013 showed that drinking up to one liter of a silicon-rich mineral water daily for 12 weeks effectively excreted aluminum via the urine, without detrimental effects on essential metals such as iron and copper. According to the authors: “We have provided preliminary evidence that over 12 weeks of silicon-rich mineral water therapy the body burden of aluminum fell in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and, concomitantly, cognitive performance showed clinically relevant improvements in at least 3 out of 15 individuals.” Think Fiji water.
  5. Melatonin: Research shows that melatonin has a metal binding role and is a useful supplement in the treatment of neurological disorders in which oxidative stress is involved, which includes Alzheimer’s. Melatonin can travel freely across all cellular barriers, facilitating the removal of toxic metals such as aluminum. It also appears to suppress the oxidative activity of aluminum in your brain. Melatonin is also one of the hormones that is blocked by Glyphosate exposure, so exogenous support is quite beneficial to rid yourself of this toxin. New research shows melatonin also has anti cancer properties.
  6. Raise your Glutathione- Your body synthesizes this master antioxidant from three amino acids: “cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. Raw fruits and vegetables, particularly avocado, asparagus, grapefruit, strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra, peach, zucchini, and spinach are rich in the precursors glutamate and glycine. Dietary sources of cysteine include eggs, meat, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts,  and wheat germ.” Other helpful treatments for improved glutathione metabolism are exercise and the proper vitamin D levels. (I like my patents around 50).
  7. Chlorella-this ancient blue green algae contains nearly all essential amino acids and is jam packed with protein. It not only works in unison with cilantro, but can remove the heavy metals from the body through urinary excretion.
  8. Cilantro-Cilantro works well with chlorella to chelate, or bind, up heavy metals to excrete them. The issue with cilantro alone is that although it chelates heavy metals, it does not remove them in the urine. This means they can recirculate to deposit elsewhere in the body. This is why I recommend that you always take cilantro with chlorella as chlorella does remove the metals through kidney excretion. In one study, in Japan in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers found that cilantro was able to chelate aluminum. “After the 25-day trial period, the mice were checked for lead. The results showed that both the cilantro and the DMSA had “significantly decreased lead deposition in the femur and severe lead-induced injury in the kidneys.” Moreover, the cilantro increased the urinary excretion of delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), which is known to increase with lead intake.”
  9. Iodine/Kelp-iodine dispels fluoride and bromide as well as heavy metals from the body. Iodine deficiency has come into question for a number of cancers including breast, thyroid and prostate cancer.
  10. Avoiding fluoride/Buy a water filter-a Berkley runs around $200-300 and you can order fluoride filters specifically to remove this toxic halide from your water supply. Check them out at This absolutely helps heal the pineal gland.
  11. Third Eye Meditation-this meditation involves staring up at the point in between the eyes with your eyes closed. This can send awareness and blood supply to the area.
  12. Epsom salt baths-provide detox baths for heavy metals. Magnesium stores are depleted during heavy metal toxicity and detox. The body uses magnesium in over 300 processes in the body and heavy metal detox is one of them! Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and sitting in a bath for approximately 30 minutes is a great way to replenish these stores.
  13. MSM supplementation-MSM is a form of sulfur which acts on cell membranes and can help to replenish sulfur stores that are disrupted by Glyphosate exposure. It has also been known to help mercury toxicity.
  14. N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC) may also be useful. NAC is the rate-limiting nutrient for the formation of the master antioxidant glutathione. So replacing these stores can help boost glutathione levels in the body.
  15. Curcumin- Research suggests that curcumin has a protective effect against aluminum-induced damage by modulating the extent of oxidative stress. Studies have shown that curcumin can help improve memory in Alzheimer’s patients. There are some contraindications that curcumin is not recommended if you have biliary tract obstruction (as it stimulates bile secretion), gallstones, or on a blood thinner. (curcumin is a natural blood thinner).
  16. Other supplements that may help include: Gotu kola, boron, coconut oil, beets, apple cider vinegar, ginseng, bentonite clay (avoid contamination with heavy metals), milk thistle, dandelion root and burdock root.
  17. CHELATION-This is the most effective way to remove all heavy metals. It can bind up other beneficial nutrients that you wouldn’t necessarily want removed. Chelation can also be hard on the kidneys. However, I have witnessed amazing results with IV chelation with EDTA, DMSO or DMPS concerning heavy metal toxicity and heart disease.


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Monsanto’s Round Up and Aluminum Now Linked to Autism, Alzheimers, Gut Dysbiosis and Pineal Gland Calcification: An Important Article Review

This is, in my opinion, by far the most important blog post I’ll ever write. I wish I could disseminate this information virally on the web so that every doubter could read this groundbreaking information.

This blog is based on an extremely important research article written by Dr Stephanie Seneff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and published in 2015 in Agricultural Sciences (it’s linked below for any of you smarties who’d like to read it on your own) and absolutely blew my mind.

I literally couldn’t NOT write about this.


Glyphosate, better known through its popular formation, as RoundUp Ready, is Monsanto’s premier pesticide/herbicide that has increased greatly in use since the early 2000s. It has not been well studied. As glyphosate usage has increased, so has the adoption of genetically engineered crops such as corn, soy and cotton that have been designed to withstand pesticides. Epidemiological data readily available on the web from US government sources indicate a remarkably strong correlation between glyphosate application to corn and soy and multiple neurological disorders, as will be shown via graphs taken directly from the study I am referencing. See below courtesy of this wonderfully conducted study.

All graphs courtesy of

Round Up’s main ingredient is glyphosate, which works synergistically with aluminum, which is often percent in certain foods, water, and vaccines, to induce neurological damage. If you ask Monsanto, they will tell you that in vivo studies showed Round Up to be nontoxic to animals. However, there are two large problems with this assumption. Firstly, the studies were too short as they were only performed for 3 months on average. Secondly these absolutely skewed studies were only performed using pure glyphosate but left out the combination of adjuvants/fillers that have always been contained in the herbicide that is sold on shelves. These adjuvants include polyethoxylated alkylamines (POEAs), which is known to be extremely toxic on its own and can synergistically increase the toxicity of Glyphosate by 125 fold! These authors wrote ([39] Abstract, p. 1): “Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested”. Moreover, Monsanto claims that Glyphosate is not harmful to humans as it disrupts the Shikimate pathway that is present in plants but not in animal cells. This argument overlooks the fact that our gut bacteria also have the shikimate pathway and they use it to make essential nutrients that our cells cannot make! This includes many amino acids, which have been found to be deficient in Alzheimers and Autism cases.

One important study that echoed these results was performed by the researcher, Seralini. Sadly, it was published and then retracted from the journal. It showed rats fed GM corn and soy over their entire lifetime developed mammary tumors, liver and kidney malfunctions. The controversy stemmed from the study sample size and other fraudulent allegations about how the research was set up. However, if you know the power and political pull that Monsanto has, you would question the legitimacy of these claims. Fortunately, the same study has now been republished by another journal.


Studies are now linking glyphosate alone to disrupted gut bacteria. This matters because a healthy gut micro biome with species like lactobacillus or bacteroides works in unison and harmony with our bodies. However, if our gut permeability is increased, (the membrane becomes leaky, letting things pass through our defenses and into the bloodstream) then this is when we see a rise in chronic conditions like eczema, psoriasis, anxiety, depression, autoimmune conditions and neurologic problems like autism and dementia. Our gut membrane becomes permeable due to an imbalance of pathogenic bacteria or parasites that work against our body’s digestive functions. For example, eating a diet high in sugar/processed carbs feeds pathogenic bacteria like Bacteroides and Firmicutes, which has been shown to alter the natural pH of the gut. This is vital because an acidic pH is what triggers the release of digestive enzymes. Without these enzymes, we don’t properly break down food for absorption. This leads to a bunch of humans that are nutritionally deprived of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that run every process in our bodies.

What connects the gut, or second brain, to the actual brain is the vagus nerve. The gut speaks more to the brain than the brain speaks to the gut. The gut, or should I say the bacteria that make up our gut, decide what cravings we endure, whether we feel happy or sad, how quickly we can gain or lose weight, and how efficiently our immune systems work. Why? Because 80% of our immune cells are contained in gastrointestinal associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) and 90% of our serotonin receptors are inside our intestines! It all begins in the gut! What we now know is that the neuroendocrine system, brain and gut all have a “chemical language” that is not fully understood by modern science. When the gut is disrupted, we see issues with immunity, sleep patterns, digestion, and mood.

So how does Glyphosate and aluminum in Round Up affect neurologic conditions? Well I’ve alluded to it when I described the gut-brain connection via the vagus nerve. But there is another very important organ that is connected to neurologic conditions like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, autism, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression. It is linked to spirituality, yoga and meditation and ancient cultures around the world refer to it as the “third eye.” It is the pineal gland.


Sleep is regulated by melatonin. Many of you may have heard of melatonin as it’s now marketed as a popular natural supplement for sleep problems. It is released by the pineal gland at night. The pineal gland is a small pine cone shaped organ that sits behind the optic chiasma. It is highly perfused with blood, second only to the kidney. This is interesting to me that such a small gland would need such a high amount of blood flow. We have long associated the pineal gland with sleep wake, or circadian rhythm cycles, but new research is indicating that we have not understood this gland well. It seems that ancient cultures or even some eastern religions have not forgotten the role of the “third eye,” allegedly the pineal gland. There have been some recently published articles (2) that show Metatonin, related to melatonin, but is DMT based, is produced in the pineal gland of rats. DMT has long thought to be the molecule of consciousness which links the pineal gland to possible higher function than previously thought. Interestingly enough, the pineal glands of those with Alzheimers are completely calcified.  Approximately 40% of Americans have their pineal glands calcified by age 17. By old age, the pineal gland has about as much fluoride as teeth do. Why does this happen? Well the pineal gland is not protected by the blood brain barrier, which guards from many toxins and heavy metals. Therefore anything that enters our bloodstream will be exposed to the pineal gland without much protection. This explains why it is especially susceptible to exposure to environmental toxins such as aluminum, fluoride, cadmium, and mercury. “A study on the neuro- logical effects of occupational exposure to aluminum revealed sleep disturbance as a common complaint, with insomnia being reported in 22.4% of cases and sleepiness in 14.9%.”

Calcification seen in the pineal gland under microscope

Not only is the pineal linked to neurologic disorders if malfunctioning or calcified, but it has a strong connection to sleep disorders too. Its easy to understand how psychiatric and neurologic disorders would also disrupt sleep. In fact, a Hong Kong study found psychiatric conditions were the strongest predictors of insomnia in both men and women. The pineal is likely involved in all of these conditions. In one study, the brains of the deceased were examined and aluminum was found in the pineal glands. It accumulates aluminum at a rate that is twice that of other brain regions.


This combo can harm us in three different pathways that I’ll be discussing below via the Seneff study. First, through interfering with the CYP450 detox enzymes that also help to make melatonin. Secondly, by causing anemia that leads to hypoxia (decreased oxygenation) which increases the effect of aluminum on neurons (brain cells). Thirdly, through impaired sulfate synthesis in the liver in combination with vitamin D interference.

1. Enzyme Interference Leading to Disrupted Melatonin and Vitamin D deficiency. Heavy metals like aluminum and mercury are known neurotoxins.  In the Seneff paper, it is shown how these two toxicants work together to induce neurological damage. Many studies have now shown that Glyphosate disrupts the gut flora and this predisposes one to overgrowth from Clostridium Difficile. Better known in medical circles as C. Difficile, this nasty bug gives patients abdominal cramping, diarrhea and nausea. It reproduces by spores and can only be killed by using soap and water, not hand sanitizers. The most worrisome part is this bacteria is now being found outside of hospitals and in the community because our immunity is being lowered, in part due to Glyphosate. Both aluminum and glyphosate can enter the body together to cause major issues. Glyphosate chelates, or binds up aluminum. When this happens it can pass by the gut barrier and enter the bloodstream unchecked. This study also shows that both glyphosate and aluminum disrupt the cytochrome CYP450 enzyme which are involved in a number of detox reactions and in melatonin synthesis. P450 enzymes also help to breakdown medications, drugs, pesticides and other toxins, but if inhibited, the likelihood that we will experience toxicity is much higher. The CYP enzymes also are integral to making melatonin. So if we have glyphosate toxicity, we may be inadvertently harming our natural sleep patterns, leading to insomnia and impaired REM sleep.                                                                                                                 “Pigs fed a diet of GM Roundup-Ready corn and soy suffered from an inflamed stomach, clearly suggesting gut dysbiosis. A leaky gut, associated with gastrointestinal disorders, will facilitate the passage of both Al- citrate and Al-glyphosate past the impaired tight junctions of the gut boundary. Glyphosate is a microbicide, and it preferentially kills beneficial gut bacteria allowing pathogens like Clostridium difficile to overgrow.”-


REMEMBER THAT OUR BALANCED GUT FLORA REGULATES MOODS, CRAVINGS, AND IMMUNITY! This is imperative as Glyphosate wipes out good bacteria and promotes a breeding ground for maleficent bacteria.

It has also been noted that vitamin D deficiency, now rampant in the USA, can be caused by interference with the CYP enzymes. The charts from this paper also relates the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency to the correlation of expanding use of Round Up throughout the country.

The Increasing Prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency Courtesy of

There seems to be an important role for CYP enzymes in maintaining the health of the intestinal crypts and the villi in the small intestine, and this paper argues that CYP dysfunction in the gut and liver leads to impaired supply of serotonin, melatonin and sulfate to the brain. It is postulated that celiac disease is caused partially by Glyphosate as it causes CYP enzyme dysfunction as well.

2. Anemia and Hypoxia. The clostridia bacteria produces a toxic metabolite called p-cresol, which it is quite harmful and is linked to autism. Why? P-cresol can increase the uptake of aluminum via a receptor called transferrin. Aluminum can work synergistically with Glyphosate to produce anemia which can lead to decreased oxygen carrying capacity, known as hypoxia. Hypoxia increases the risks of aluminum’s effects on the neurons. This is also dangerous for the pineal as it loves lots of blood flow, but is inhibited from getting enough oxygen when anemia is present. Babies born with hypoxia due to preterm labor have a higher risk for autism as this hypoxia increases aluminum uptake by the pineal gland. (that has no protection because it doesn’t have the blood-brain barrier, remember?) Its a little like choking the pineal gland out; starving it of oxygen while introducing heavy metals that influence calcification.

Hospital Discharge Diagnoses of Anemia and correlation between Glyphosate applied to corn and soy; courtesy of

3.  Impaired sulfate synthesis caused by vitamin D deficiency. Sulfate is an important ingredient in the phase 2 liver detoxification and is the precursor to the master antioxidant, glutathione. It has long been known that children with autism have impaired sulfate synthesis. In fact, these children are missing some very important building blocks like methionine, glutathione and cysteine. What is thought to occur is that glyphosate blocks the formation of these amino acids in plants and gut bacteria. But everyone is forgetting that these are humans’ sources of sulfate-plants and bacteria! We are all connected intimately to bacteria. When we disrupt their natural systems, we also seem to harm our own.

Furthermore, the CYP enzymes are again needed here to activate vitamin D in the kidney and the liver. With aluminum and glyphosate creating a barrier to vitamin D activation, it is thought that this could potentially be behind the vitamin D deficiency epidemic.

How is this defect in vitamin D related to sulfate?

Well, studies show that vitamin D regulates the uptake of sulfate in the kidneys. When the receptor is defective or we are vitamin D deficient, we are not transporting sulfate into the cells in the small intestines and therefore, the brain, (they’re connected!) which affects the proteoglycans, which are necessary for the health GI tract cells. Experiments on mice with impaired vitamin D receptors found that they had lower blood levels of sulfates and were dumping most of it out in their urine. If our GI tract is sick, then so are our brains and immune dysfunction usually follows.

In the brain, the pineal gland conjugates melatonin to sulfate before shipping it out. Vitamin D, tryptophan (used to make the happy neurotransmitter, serotonin), DHEA (the precursor to testosterone), and estrogen are all also sulfated when they are shipped out. Sulfate is also proposed to be needed in the body’s mechanism to rid itself of toxic cellular debris, plaques, oxidized lipids and old proteins. Can you see how important sulfate transport and utilization is throughout the entire body?

“In summary, evidence from multiple fronts suggests that sulfate insufficiency is a critical factor in neurological disease. A deficiency in vitamin D, which induces sulfate wasting through the kidneys, leads to suppressed serotonin synthesis in the brain and excess serotonin synthesis in the placenta, both of which contribute to the pathology of autism in the fetus and the neonate.

It has become very clear that Alzheimer’s is associated with calcification of the pineal gland, and with sharply decreased synthesis of melatonin. When melatonin levels were measured postmortem in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 85 Alzheimer’s patients and 82 age-matched controls , it was found that CSF melatonin levels in the AD patients were only 20% of the levels found in the control subjects. This was equally true for early-stage Alzheimer’s as for late-stage. Those with two copies of the ApoE-4 marker for Alzheimer’s risk had even lower levels of melatonin than the other Alzheimer’s patients. Computer tomography (CT) was used to show that the amount of calcified pineal tissue in patients with Alzheimer’s disease was significantly more than that in either normal controls, patients with depression, or patients with other types of dementia.”

Although we know calcification can begin very early in life, it is clearly much worse in neurologic conditions, like Alzheimer’s. The pineal gland helps to make sulfate when properly functioning, but calcification has a significant negative effect on its ability to do so. Therefore, aluminum uptake (remember it’s greater in the pineal gland), will disrupt melatonin and sulfate synthesis needed to run many processes in the body that keep us well.


I couldn’t have said it better than Dr Seneff so I’ll finish with her discussion quote. I hope you all can see how important it is to raise awareness on this topic. We should all be demanding honest and organic food for our families. We should be speaking out against biotech firms who seeks profit over humanity. We should be looking to natural herbs and vitamins to help detox us from herbicides and pesticides. Take care of yourself. You are your own best doctor.

“In this paper, we have developed the argument that a synergistic interaction between aluminum and glyphosate can lead to severe impairment of pineal gland function, and that this could explain the association of sleep disorder with a wide range of neurological diseases, and likely even help explain the related pathologies of those diseases. We began by showing the remarkably strong correlations between glyphosate application to corn and soy in the US and sleep disorder, autism, ADHD, suicide, anxiety disorder, and dementia. We have shown how glyphosate could assist entry of aluminum into the general circulation through chelation, and how glyphosate would indirectly enhance aluminum absorption by the pineal gland via its induction of p-cresol synthesis by pathogenic gut bacteria. p-Cresol enhances aluminum uptake via transferrin, which is present in large amounts in the pineal gland, and in enhanced amounts under hypoxic stress conditions, induced by both glyphosate and aluminum. We have also discussed the important role of CYP enzyme dysfunction in disrupting vitamin D3 homeostasis and disrupting sulfation and metabolism of melatonin. We have shown that vitamin D3 normally plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal villi in the small intestine, and we have argued that part ofits role may be to supply sulfate to the enterocytes.
Serotonin is the sole precursor to melatonin, and serotonin itself is produced by ECcells in the intestinal villi from tryptophan, one of the three aromatic amino acids whose synthesis is disrupted by glyphosate, through its interference with the shikimate pathway. Since tryptophan is an essential amino acid, we depend upon supply from food sources and/or from our gut bacteria. Thus, it can be expected that glyphosate residues in the food crops introducing exposure to gut microbes would lead to deficiencies in tryptophan and therefore in serotonin and melatonin.”

Much Love

Dr Jess


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Top Ten Ways the World is Changing and Most People are Oblivious

Last week I had a mini vacation with my family at the Oregon coast. I love my parents dearly, but as most of us can probably relate, they are older and mostly stuck in their ways. This visit was different and refreshing though. I could see a new glimmer of hope in their eyes. They were more open minded, could see past the illusions of government more, and were engaging in conversations about whats wrong with the world. This got me thinking-if my 60 year old parents are changing, isn’t this a representation that perhaps the world as a whole is also changing? Reflecting on my own personal growth over the last 4 years, I could see how very different even I had become– in a positive direction. As you are the universe, you are a microcosm of the full macrocosm. How much each of us has changed over the last few years is an excellent representation of how much the world has changed on a grand scale.

  1. Women empowering women-I don’t know about you, but these past few years I’ve noticed women standing in defense of matriarchal and feminine traits. Its truly beautiful when women stand up for other women. From Beyonce embracing her beauty on stage while pregnant with twins to the water protectors standing up to defend mother earth, people are starting to value the traits that are known as “feminine” all around the world. In fact, many philosophers and sages throughout the ages have predicted a full return of the divine feminine after 2012. This does not necessarily mean “female” per se. Both sexes carry feminine and masculine traits, but in today’s world we are very imbalanced towards the masculine or patriarchal side. This is dangerous because both are needed as its similar to yin and yang. If you have noticed, the world values justice over mercy, rules and logic over creativity, and money over compassion. This seems to be changing as more and more people turn their backs on what is wrong with society. We can only hope that more will begin to embrace saving the earth and humanity over stepping on others to achieve power.
  2. We are starting to collaborate more-Most of us are realizing that to be successful, we need to uplift others rather than take advantage of them. Rather than doing it on our own in a big world, many of us are reaching out to others who have skills that we don’t possess. We live in cities with thousands of people and no one even speaks or knows their neighbors. This is a source of sorrow and discontent that we have yet to admit as humans. We all have unique talents. I can write, but I sure can’t sing. If we could include and collaborate with others rather than pitting ourselves against one another for competition, we would get much further in the world. Together in unity, every aspect of a job and the skills needed to make it a success, are covered.
  3. Healthy, organic food and the rise of a plant based diet- I have personally never seen so many people growing their own food, planting their veggies and touting green juices. We used to believe everything corporations said, including dairy is good for you or it doesn’t matter where the calories come from. What lies! We bought Monsanto pesticide filled food and did not question how or where it was made. We’d eat basically anything as long as it tasted good. More and more people are frequenting farmers markets and small farms rather than eating from a box. We are questioning the agricultural and health systems for supporting unethical companies. We are vowing to not support the dairy and meat industries for their disgusting practices. Many of us are becoming vegetarian and vegan for ethical causes and this has turned into a commonality! This is forcing the industry to change based on demand, and thats always a good thing.
  4. Rewriting HIS-tory-I think all of us can agree that history is written by the victor. The defeated rarely get to tell their side of the story. Who writes these books anyways? Who chooses the ones we use in school? One example is that we were all taught Christopher Columbus “discovered” the west, which most of us now know is a lie. Many are bucking the notion of Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates the suffering of so many indigenous people. Blacks in America are banning together due to countless deaths by police. The Freedom of Information Act has forced the government to reveal many of their dark projects and the ones who seek this knowledge are quite informed about the hidden hand. We are waking up to scrutinize what is taught to our youth in this country, including pushing back on Common Core and questioning the slanted history books. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering why you weren’t taught about ancient civilizations, taxes, the Federal Reserve, how to grow your own food, how to write a check, or think independently.
  5. Consumerism and Materialism are dying-Jim Carrey is quoted as saying,  “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed so they can see its not the answer.” He’s not the only celebrity to speak out. Shailene Woodley stood up to the corporations when she went to Standing Rock and was arrested. Akon supplied a whole city in Africa with electricity. Theres a popular documentary out called Minimalism, that makes a lot of sense. Even the rich and famous are seeing that becoming famous does not produce happiness. Cars, money, and all the material goods in the world will not produce satisfaction if you have not worked on inner attunement prior to outer attainment. Being in service to others is pure joy. And although not everyone has “seen the light” yet, many of us are not buying everything off the shelves anymore either. We have been told for decades that having the newest car, clothes or iPhone will make us happy and we are now waking up to the illusion. There are now record numbers of people who have gotten rid of their cars, downsized the wardrobe, are buying used goods, and selling their huge houses for less responsibility.
  6. We are connected-I know a lot of people say “we are all one or connected,” but what exactly does that mean? Take a look at the internet. On one hand, you have a subset of the population who still use it for egoic purposes like selfies, displaying their bodies, showing off their wealth or trolling others. However, the flip side is you have a whole other (and rapidly growing) subset of people who have used it to connect to one another and get the word out about something greater than themselves. The internet has given a voice to the voiceless. It has given us countless information, videos from around the world, and not much can be hidden any longer. This means the powers that be are revealed if they are oppressing their people. This means that random stories of courage or injustice spread like wildfire. This lets many people display their talents and become overnight sensations. This means we can all see how we are connected; how one small action or nonaction can affect people far from our physical location. It lets us see the humanity in everyone. It has brought about revolutions like the Arab Spring, and is removing mainstream media’s control over the masses as we begin to use our own voices. The internet takes the wall down and removes the separation.
  7. Almost everyone is unhappy in their corporate job-I’m still not sure if its the great awakening influencing this, or the younger and more rambunctious generation entering the work field. Everyone seems to be burnt out and miserably trapped working for a large corporation. They are tired of the 9 to 5 with only two days off building someone else’s dream. Many of us dream of traveling the world, entrepreneurship, and following our dreams. I think deep down all of humanity has always felt this way. The difference is that we are beginning to love ourselves so much that this love finally outweighs the fear of our greatness. This fear previously kept us trapped in unfulfilling jobs. (I speak from experience here). More and more of us are jumping ship and leaving behind these unloving jobs to pursue our own dreams. And that is inspiring and beautiful.
  8. Rise of Entrepreneurship-there has always been a plethora of creative and brilliant young men and women who seemed to just know how to start a business. But they often still needed people to donate, and then those donators became the ones  running the show….and business. Today with the advent of GoFundMe and other fundraising sites, young entrepreneurs are able to start out without anyone else controlling their decisions and money. Its a whole new game for entrepreneurship. Add in the internet to market with and you can have yourself a successful business with time to do what you want, in no time.
  9. More People are speaking out against the tyranny of politics-Its quite obvious that people are ready for a change. More and more of us are shunning politics altogether, not falling for the divide and conquer techniques of the left or right. Bernie Sanders nearly took the democratic nomination because he had novel ideas that followed the kindness of universal laws, albeit quite idealistic. I think its safe to say that not many of us believe the majority of congressmen and senators any longer. We are questioning their lifetime appointments and pay. We are marching in dissatisfaction and revolution worldwide. We are witnessing that not much changes regardless of who is elected. We are aware of the ridiculous lobbying and unethical amount money that is interchanged in exchange for a vote. In my opinion, it is not that the world is becoming darker, it is that the veil of deception is being lifted and unethical people and systems are being revealed for what they have been for decades. It is the time of reckoning and not much can be hidden anymore. We the people are finally recognizing our power.
  10. The rise of spirituality-Many eastern cultures have never forgotten their sacred spirituality, but here in the west, many of us seemed to sell our souls for the American Dream. We rarely have a moment to self reflect amongst our million responsibilities. Spirituality begins with self analyzation and awareness which bring about self love. You then never want to put trash like alcohol, drugs or poisoned food into your temple. You become accountable for your actions and learn to forgive yourself and others. You are not threaten by others’ judgments. You learn to do what is right and ethical. You leave jobs and people who are unhealthy for you. You realize love is not what we have been taught. Let me stress this. Spirituality has nothing to do with religion. It recognizing the light in yourself and others. It is realizing we are all connected, can cast spells with our words and manifest our reality based on our vibration. It is recognizing that we all have a part in creating our world, respecting our earth and that the creator is in everything-including us. It is moving from a victim mindset to a creator mindset. More and more people are doing yoga, meditating, wearing crystals, questioning this reality, serving others, turning to holistic health, realizing their own power and educating themselves on quantum physics. We all want to know what else is out there. Even workplaces are offering meditation rooms and health insurance companies have started to cover acupuncture.

If we took the time to speak to a stranger on the street, we might realize how much our consciousness is changing. More and more of us are realizing that there is nothing wrong with humanity, but theres a lot of disturbing aspects of society and the way it was set up. These ideas and revelations are helping to create a new world. We only need to think up better ideas, and this will eradicate the old, outdated ones.

5 Herbs That Help To Balance Hormones

If you have been feeling down lately, noticed weight gain or weight loss, you may have an underlying issue that affects millions of people. Sudden changes in your body may be the result of hormonal imbalance. Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, insulin, testosterone and adrenaline help in keeping us healthy.

Hormonal imbalances can be the cause of diseases like diabetes, depression, fatigue, infertility, mood swings, migraines, and especially endocrine disruptors in the environment. These include BPA, plastic, and parabens. Hormonal imbalances are more common in females. Hormonal changes in women happen during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause. There seems to be more rapid changes in today’s world because of environmental pollution and a poor job of the EPA and FDA in protecting us from this. Because of this, women are more prone to hormonal imbalances.

Weight problems, anxiety, fatigue, irritability, hair loss or hair growth, acne, mood swings are some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. You can notice the problem by observing your energy, eating patterns or hunger. If you notice any changes, consult the doctor and start the treatment with lifestyle changes, herbal supplements (see my Hormone Master), dietary improvements, stress relievers and possibly, bioidentical hormones. You can also resort to homemade remedies and herbs to recover from hormonal imbalance.

Natural Remedies for Hormonal Imbalance:

Ashwagandha :

Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a popular herb used in Ayurveda, for medicinal purposes. It has positive effects on the mental, physical and emotional health of a person. It helps in balancing the hormones as it acts as an adaptogen and reduces cortisol. Ashwagandha can increase the production of testosterone, androgens and DHEA. This herb is also useful to improve the thyroid function. It is good for menopausal support as it works on the endocrine system to improve the hormonal balance. This reduces the symptoms like anxiety, mood changes, hot flashes, which women experience. Ashwagandha is good for energizing and reducing the fatigue, as it reduces the stress-related disorder. This herb supports sexual health and fertility. Ashwagandha also fights mood fluctuations and helps in relaxing.
Holy basil:

Also known as Tulsi, this herb is wonderful in balancing hormones as it acts as natural adaptogen, meaning it gives you energy when needed or provides calming energy when needed. This assists in the biochemical development of stress by balancing cortisol levels. Tulsi helps balance the blood glucose levels and indirectly balances the secretion of cortisol. High levels of cortisol negatively affects the thyroid gland, pancreas and ovaries. This herb is useful for improving mood and mental health and we all know, a better mood keeps us stress free and calm.
Maca root:

Maca root or Lepidium meyenii, improves normal hormone production. The Maca root has a positive effect on the energy levels, mood and fertility. This herb is endocrine adaptogen, which boost hormone production and contains nutrients which are needed to help normal hormone production. It has minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc and includes carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins. Consuming this herb, increases the energy levels and reduces fatigue and the stress levels. This is exactly why we put it in our Hormone Master, and have been very successful with this wonderful herb!

Ayurveda has always recommended Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) to recover from hormonal imbalance and the diseases which might occur as a result of this. It improves hormone levels and increases fertility. The herb nourishes and cleanses the blood and the reproductive organ of women, thus improving female fertility. Shatavari is an adaptogenic herb, so again, it gives you what your body needs. It balances the endocrine system, which affects the production of all the hormones that regulate our response to stress and mood swings. Shatavari can drastically improve hormonal imbalances caused by stress and anxiety. It manages menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings and controls the pain and blood loss during menstruation.

This herb is great for hormonal balance for women. It is a natural source progesterone and balances the estrogen and progesterone. Consequently, it reduces the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome like cramps, acne, bloating, etc. It is beneficial for most menstrual irregularities, pain and mood swings. The herb improves fertility and helps in sustaining pregnancy. It controls the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause. Chasteberry lowers testosterone levels and can assist in preventing prostate cancer.
Before you start using any of these herbs, it is better to consult the doctor. Along with these herbs, it is essential to have a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

5 Herbs That Help To Balance Hormones

Hormonal imbalances can also be caused by irregular sleep or unhealthy diet.

●  A good night’s sleep is essential in keeping the hormones balanced. Proper sleep 
is essential for a good health and to avoid any of the health issues. Most of the health issues are caused because of lack or sleep or irregular sleep. Try to get 7 -8 hours of sleep every day, which restores energy and allows the body to recover.

●  Exercising regularly lowers cortisol levels. Physical activity, absolutely balances hormones. Exercise releases endorphins which makes you happy and relieves stress. Also you can’t beat the healthy weight loss it provides!

●  Vitamin D influences the pituitary gland, which produces hormones. Deficiency of vitamin D can result in an abnormal release of parathyroid hormone. Vitamin D can affect your weight and diet and alleviate the symptom of low estrogen levels. It is actually more of a hormone that vitamin because it has far reaching effects throughout the body!

●  Coconut oil helps in balancing the hormones. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids, which encourage healthy thyroid functioning, as they can be broken down quickly and used by your brain and glandular organs for quick energy. It assists in weight loss, improves immunity, balances blood sugar levels and your metabolism. 
All these remedies reduce the hormonal imbalance and improves the overall health.

This way you can become your own best doctor!

Much Love Dr Jess

Allergies and Their Effects on Children's Behavior

Allergies and Their Effects on Children’s Behavior

Children, many times, have behavioral issues, they try to be difficult or start behaving badly. This type of behavior is mostly due to some specific reason. Either they are not happy, want something from you, and are sleepy or cranky or hungry.

Their reasons can vary a lot. But, if you notice that your child is on bad conduct a lot and that it is not their usual nature, then consult your doctor regarding this mood change.

Bad disposition among children can be influenced by the various factors, like the environment, their diet or poor health. Issues like sugar levels, imbalanced insulin levels or allergies, sleep problems can affect the moods and behavior of children. Food, skin and seasonal allergies can cause physical discomfort and hormonal changes, which will in turn impact the behavioral pattern of the children.

Connection Between Food Allergies and Behavior

Several children suffer from a food sensitivity. Usually, food allergy causes bad conduct among the children. Either their bad mood can be the indication of some kind of allergy or rash. Or it can be a reaction to the symptoms of allergy. Behavior changes include sleep disorder, waking up during night, fatigue, hyperactivity or discomfort.

Sometimes behavior problems among children are often diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But instead of the medication, the solution for this problem can be a change in the diet. Your child may be uncomfortable the whole day because of the glass of milk he had in the morning.

Children allergies

Children allergies

Or eating peanuts can be the reason why your child keeps on waking up at night.

Here are the common food which causes allergic reactions

  • Dairy product
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Food additives
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nut
  • Wheat or other grains with gluten

Allergies can cause physical as well as behavioral reactions in the children. Detecting a physical reaction is easy, as it happens immediately after the intake of some food and the reaction is something not expected. But detecting behavioral reaction is not simple. Behavior is in our control. The reaction to the allergy, that is bad behavior or mood changes, can be delayed.

Sometimes, the bad conduct is accompanied by the physical reaction. But this doesn’t happen all the time. During such times, detecting the allergy is really difficult. The only way you can determine it by paying close attention. For example, if your child is allergic to milk, they would be irritable, have meltdowns or be anxious. To find the cause of the allergy, is to pay close attention and keep the track of the meltdowns.

You are the one who can help the doctor to correctly detect the reason for the behavioral change in your child. If you think that food allergy is the cause, you can keep the track of the change.

Keep a record of the food eaten and the symptoms which follow. Share the accurate information with the doctor. Once you are sure, that food allergy if the cause of the problem, remove it from the diet. And note if there is any changes or the mood change is the same.

Once you know the cause of the problem, you can consult with the doctor, to design a better diet plan for your child. Every food has some or other nutritional qualities in them.

When you remove something from the diet, there is the loss there. And a child needs a balanced diet. Unbalanced diet can also be the reason for the behavioral change. So, talk to the doctor and find an alternative for the allergen and give your kid a healthy diet.

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How The Bacteria in Your Gut Control Your Mood, Cravings and Mind

Those little parasites and bacteria in your gut are playing mind games with you!

A new study published by BioEssays and research conducted by Dr. Joe Alcock at University of New Mexico has confirmed that gut microbes are able to control food cravings, behavioral choices and personality changes.

We are made up of more bacteria than cells! Many of these bacterial colonies live in the gut where they use our food for survival. Bacteria within the gut are manipulative and can their interests are not always aligned with our dietary goals.

Microbes are intelligent enough to influence our cravings based on what they need for survival. Studies describe how the bacteria, Preveotella, grows easily on carbohydrates and how the bacteria Bifidobacteria gravitates to dietary fiber for its needs. They release hormones and chemicals via the vagus nerve that connects your brain to your gut.

The hormones then communicate with our brain to influence our cravings and choices ….that benefit their survival! Most bacteria are not that picky and can utilize whatever you eat for food, however even THOSE guys have a preferential treatment for a certain combination of nutrients and minerals. This is the epitome of “survival of the fittest.” They have also been shown to induce cravings based on what would suppress their competitors’ needs. This way they kill off the competition. They also can create dysphoria for humans when we eat their competitors’ favorite nutrients. Smart huh? They can make you feel ill if you eat something that does not benefit them!

The vagus nerve connects the brain to the gut for chemical messages.

Scientists believe we have a microbiome-gut-brain axis feedback loop which in a sense, increases or decreases cravings through nerve stimulation, hormone modulation and local chemical release. This is our second brain and contains it’s own enteric nervous system! This system can tell our brains, “We want candy or chips or anything bad for us!”

What connects the brain to the gut for these signals? Its our vagus nerve! It connects the base of the skull (medulla oblongata) to the enteric nerves in our gut. Gut micobes are responsible for how we feel when we are hungry and give us feedback info through happy hormones or toxins based on what we eat; microbes are responsible for expression of different receptors and genes as well as increasing or decreasing signals from the vagus nerve to the brain. I cannot stress enough. A healthy gut with beneficial symbiotic bacteria is a healthy, happy person. Did you know the gut contains 95% of the serotonin stores? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to our feeling of happiness.  This is why mental disorders are rampant in America. The standard American diet is largely responsible. Keep reading for dietary suggestions to get your gut healthy.

Why is the gut so important?

First I want to explain why is gut flora so important. You won’t have the incentive to eat properly and know how if you don’t understand the physiology. Plus these microbes are really intelligent!

Studies have shown that in rodents, the gut microbiome can influence neural development, brain chemistry and nearly all behaviors, including emotions, pain perception and how the stress system responds!

“Research has found, for example, that tweaking the balance between beneficial and disease-causing bacteria in an animal’s gut can alter its brain chemistry and lead it to become either more bold or more anxious. The brain can also exert a powerful influence on gut bacteria; as many studies have shown, even mild stress can tip the microbial balance in the gut, making the host more vulnerable to infectious disease and triggering a cascade of molecular reactions that feed back to the central nervous system.”-American Psychological Association

In fact, changing the scope of gut bacteria completely changed mice’s personalities. In one striking demonstration of the “microbiome-gut-brain axis,” published in Gastroenterology in 2011, researchers gave antibiotics to a strain of mice that are typically timid and shy. It dramatically changing the composition of their gut bacteria and subsequently their behavior. “Their behavior completely changed,” Bercik says. “They became bold and adventurous.” Some studies have even shown all that is necessary for behavioral change is ONE switch in bacterium type in the gut. Research also shows that certain benevolent bacteria like the famous lactobacillus, may even help down regulate anxiety. Our gut bacteria “fingerprint” is not only responsible for our food cravings and immunity (80% is in the gut), but also for our mental state. Your food feeds your gut and encourages growth of different strains of bacteria which then refer signals back to your brain about your physical and mental status.

95% of Serotonin Stores are in the Gut

Did you know that 95% of your body’s serotonin or 5-HT, an important neurotransmitter responsible for mood, is located in your gut? The microbiome-brain-gut access communicates regularly. SSRI’s, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, like the antidepressants, Prozac or lexapro, work by leaving serotonin around longer to have its effect…this effect occurs more in the brain supposedly, however 95% of 5-HTP is in the gut. Too much 5-HTP causes nausea/diarrhea/anxiety. (The anti nausea medication, Zofran, works as a 5-HTP antagonist, meaning it blocks too much 5-HTP).

Too little leads to constipation and depression. Normally serotonin is calming to the stomach, especially if the system is running as expected. SSRI antidepressants have the potential to completely disrupt or change our gut flora, for better or for worse, by this theory. (Moreover, SSRIs all contain oreganofluorines-supposedly broken down inorganic fluoride compounds in the body. Fluoride has been shown to lower IQ in studies done by Harvard and Lancet) The question is-does leaky gut from food/ bacteria trigger communication with the brain that creates depression? Or does depression trigger leaky gut through the brain communicating to the gut? How do SSRIs fit in with true gut health?

It is of paramount significance for everyone who understands this information to boycott any and everything genetically modified and massed synthesized with a gene gun, which puts bacterial DNA into the DNA of our food to breed for certain “desirable” traits. You should also now see that SSRI antidepressants have the potential to completely disregulate or improve our gut flora, as more 5-HTP will undoubtedly change the brain and gut environment and hence, the bacterial strains able to thrive there. How serotonin stores bodywide are effected and redistributed is unclear at this time.

The bottom line is that food can change our bacterial micro biome (or gut bacteria) which then influence everything else!

What do I need to do to start my journey to gut stability and health?

These facts are why I find it incomprehensible that other healthcare workers cannot see that food is medicine. You literally are what you eat. If you wish for a long, vital and exuberant life than please get your gut as healthy as possible.

1) Take probiotics & probiotics.

Probiotics come in pills and should be in a specialized container that prevents breakdown and need for refrigeration. There are also refrigerated forms, kefir, unpasteurized yogurt or fermented teas like kombucha. Fermented foods are a great source of beneficial flora (think kimchi). Pasteurization kills off any microbial strains that might be beneficial for gut health. Try to look for unpasteurized choices. Know that cheese and pasteurized dairy products we highly inflammatory and should be avoided especially in someone with leaky gut issues. They should contain a variety of anerobic & gut specific strains, especially lactobacillus. Prebiotics are indigestible fiber rich foods which help cultivate an ideal environment for beneficial gut bacteria. They provide a gentle breeding ground and hospitable barrier for symbiotic bacteria. (Chicory root, garlic, onion, bananas). It is very difficult to get all the Prebiotics you need in a day. Eat them liberally!

2) Cleanse the bowels.

Yep, microbe, heavy metal cleanses, and enemas are necessary. Don’t think microbes are responsible? H. Pylori, a gut bacteria is known to cause gastric cancer. The hepatitis virus causes liver cancer. Candida buildup cause tumors as well, especially in the lungs and respiratory tract . Emotional toxins & trauma can also be stored in the digestive tract and biliary organs, like the liver. You must cleanse yourself emotionally & physically.

3) Avoid antibiotics

They can be life saving at times, however, the majority of times they’re over prescribed. Antibiotics completely obliterate all bad AND good gut bacteria. So yes, the patient recovers, but without proper inherent immunity, they fail to recover chronically. Why do you think clindamycin, is the biggest culprit responsible for C Diff, the terribly contagious & resistant bacteria that causes profuse diarrhea? It wipes out good bacteria. All antibiotics cause vaginal infections due to obliteration of beneficial bacteria. Widespread use of antibacterial hand sanitizer safe also responsible for widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics as well as destruction of good gut bacteria.

4) Chronic stress

You know how right before an important speech, your tummy can get knots in it and you can even feel nauseated? This shows you how your brain and gut can affect each other significantly. Stress is very important from this standpoint. Stress leads to decreased immunity and stomach or upset-even leaky gut! Don’t let stress derail your emotions enough to affect your health. Remember you will create suffering for yourself/others if you practice any negative emotions. Regardless of the situation, learn to be enthused, be inspired or learn to accept what you cannot change. All else will cause suffering and strife as you fight what you cannot change or accept! Emotional writing & poetry also helps those with sensitive immune systems due to early trauma and suppressed feelings. You may experience deep rooted & heavy emotions that you didn’t expect while journaling! Emotions are your friend. Bottling up sincere pain and turmoil will slowly kill your immunity-and your happiness. Tears are released grief and emotional trauma. Do not suppress it.

5) Eat organic REAL food

It is essential for health to eat REAL FOOD. Even if the chips you love are “organic,” your ancestors would not recognize that as food. Grains like wheat and gluten contain gliadin, which has been shown to induce and contribute to leaky gut.

Food grown naturally on earth contains vital nutrition not found in something made in a lab. GMO wreaks havoc on gut immunity and causes permeable holes or leaky gut, disrupting cell membrane integrity and therefore, immunity. Remember most biotech companies pay to conduct research on their products and then are able to have them published. Multiple studies show safety with gmo, however these studies as paid for big such companies as Monsanto or Bayer. For example, Bayer pharma wrote my Harrison’s internal medicine board review questions! Something is not right or ethical here. I have also not touched on the fact that conflicts of interest exist between the FDA and Monsanto as many of their employees have worked for both corporations. As food is medicine, no other avenues toward health will be permanent until you clean up your diet!

6) Cut Down on Alcohol or other Toxins

You can’t eat right but then drink excessive alcohol and hope that you won’t burn out your gut defenses. You will. Alcohol completely eats away at the stomach lining-or barrier to immunity. It leads to excessive acidity in the digestive tract and eventual ulcers and bleeding. Alcohol only in moderation please. Try to stop smoking or indulging in refined sugar and carbohydrates.

7) Mother Nature Provides Healing Herbs

Look into herbs and healing plants that are known to repair the gut lining and make your tummy more hospitable to friendly bacteria like-aloe vera, the amino acid L-glutamine, colostrum, slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, licorice, coconut oil, and fermented foods should be staples in your diet and quest for a healthy gut!
Keep your gut happy and healthy for longevity and extended health! You can become your own best doctor!

Much Love

Dr Jess


Pranayama: Breathing Exercise for Healthy Mind and Body

Pranayama: Breathing Exercise for Healthy Mind and Body

Our daily life is filled with stress and worry. Pranayama can help us in reaching the peaceful and calm state of mind.

Can’t concentrate on work? Feel like you need a break from all the work? Feel like you have been overworking? Need a vacation, but don’t have time for it? Yes, this is the problem which me, you and many others face every day. The routine drill of home and office can become monotonous.

The constant pressure at work and home can be stressful and have a negative impact on our health and our performance. But, not all of us can get up and just go for a vacation whenever we want. Responsibilities, they become a hurdle.

But, to overcome this problem and relieve the stress, most of the people practice breathing exercises. You don’t have to wait for the weekend to relax. You can do these exercises while sitting in an office or at home. These breathing exercises called Pranayama can help in improving the health and spread positivity. Yoga and meditation have been appreciated for its effectiveness, by the experts all over the world.

Origin of Pranayama

Pranayama is a part of ancient Indian yoga. It is a Sanskrit word which is formed by two words, prana and yama or ayama. Prana means life force. Yama means to control the breath and ayama means to extend or draw out the breath.

The yogic seers understood the power of breath and they developed the various breathing method for better life, improve health and mental strength.

Here are are five Pranayama techniques, which can assist in controlling the stress, making you calm and increasing the positivity around you.

5 Techniques of Pranayama

5 Techniques of Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama (Humming bee breath)

How to do it: Sit up straight and close your eyes and relax. Bring your hands to your face, use your thumbs to cover your ears and your fingers to cover your eyes. Stay like that for some time and get tuned to the sensations in your body. Now, inhale through your nose and as you exhale, make a long humming sound like a bee. You can make low humming sound, but it is better to make loud humming sound. Repeat this 3-4 times.

This exercise can calm the frustration and anxiety and help in letting go of anger. This exercise calm and soothes the nerves around the brain and the forehead.

Kapalbhati Pranayama (Skull Shining breath)

How to do it: Sit with your spine erect. Place your hands on your knees, facing up. Or you can keep one hand on your stomach. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, pull in your stomach. You can feel the muscles of abdominal, contracting. When you relax the abdomen, the breath flows in your lungs. 20 such breath complete a round of Kapalbhati Pranayama. After completing a round, close your eyes and relax and feel the sensations in your body.

Regular practice of this technique, helps in detoxifying all the systems of your body.

Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath)

How to do it: This is a very powerful breathing technique which involves fast inhalations and exhalations. Sit up straight and rest your back against the wall. Take in a sharp inhale, letting the diaphragm drop low, followed by a sharp exhale, contracting the abdomen. Ten breaths of this technique make one round. Do three rounds.

As this is a fast breathing method, people suffering from any respiratory or cardiac condition should avoid it. This exercise gives you a quick energy boost.

Ujjai (Victory Breath or Ocean Breath)

How to do it: Sit straight and relax your neck and shoulder. Take a deep breath through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. As you exhale, contract your throat and make an ‘ahhh’ sound. Once you are comfortable with this exercise, close your mouth while exhaling and make the ‘ahhh’ sound.

This exercise is believed to increase metabolism and increase your energy. It has a calming effect on you.

Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

How to do it: Sit straight and keep your shoulders relaxed. Place your left hand on your left knee, facing upwards. Now, place the tips of the index finger and middle finger of your right hand between the eyebrows. Keep the ring finger and little finger on left nostril and thumb on right nostril. Press your thumb on the right nostril and breathe in through the left nostril.

Now, press your ring finger and little finger on your left nostril and breathe out of your right nostril. Now, breathe in through your right nostril and breathe out through your left nostril.

This complete one round on Alternate nostril breathing. Complete nine rounds of this technique by alternately breathing through each nostril.

This technique helps in releasing the tension and fatigue from your body. It keeps the mind calm, happy and peaceful.

Benefits of Pranayama

 Caution before doing Pranayama

Before doing any kind of exercise, it is always better to talk to your doctor. Pregnant women, people suffering from hypertension, cardiovascular disease should not do Bellows breathing technique and Skull shining breathing technique. People suffering from any heart problems or respiratory condition should consult the doctor before doing any exercises.

Benefits of Pranayama

  • It calms the mind and releases it from all the worries and anxieties.
  • It energizes your body and fills you with enthusiasm.
  • Helps in improving your focus and concentration on work or at school.
  • These exercises refreshes your mind and body.
  • It keeps you healthy and may indirectly extend your life.
  • Boost the immune system.
  • Helps you to de-stress.
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Improves respiratory system

Beneficial for emotional healing

Doing pranayama can have a huge positive impact on our emotions. People dealing with depression, anxiety, stress can benefit a lot through this. Usually we can detect a person’s emotional state by the way he/she is breathing.

People who are panicking or are angry, breathe fast. People who are happy, have a normal breathing pattern. So, if we can’t control our emotions, we can control our breathing pattern which is affected by the emotions.

When we go through some emotional upheaval, our body reacts to it like our heart rate increases, blood pressure lowers or increases, etc. During such time, it is not ease to command the body.

But we can take charge of our breathing and bring it under control and eventually bring our body under control. Learning breathing techniques help us in improving our mental strength. It can help convert the negative thoughts into positive.

Pranayama is essential for our well-being and peace of mind.

Dr Jes - Breakfast Effects Beneficts on Health and Life

Breakfast Habits and its Impact on a Family

Importance of morning food intake or breakfast

Immediate benefits of eating healthy in the morning include improved digestion, metabolism, better ability to focus at work, positive state of mind, and a better ability to carry oneself through the hectic lifestyle.

A healthy start to the day leads to feeling energetic and spirited through the entire day. Following a proper diet regime is absolutely essential and breakfast forms an integral part. It is simple to follow good eating and breakfast habits. What one eats is just as important to one’s health as is working out or exercising. 

For many of us, for those of us who do not follow workout regimen or exercising or morning walks, what one eats is an extremely important factor in being healthy, a good diet is an unavoidable part of being healthy and staying fit.

In the long term, selecting the right food consumption habits, keeping a healthy mix of food intake keeps our vital organs healthy.

A lot of people assume that once we start working out, or start morning walks – the muscle buildup or weight loss or whatever the initial goal was, can still be achieved with our routine food intake. Maybe a juice or a healthy fruit or some additional food element is added to that routine once in awhile.

Children and Family Having Breakfast Together

Children and Family Having Breakfast Together

Morning food intake and children

Children depend on their parents for managing food intake, for completing their requirements of energy, emotions, development and abilities.

Some of the high intensity tasks that a child undertakes on any normal day are –

  • Running, playing outdoor games
  • Solving math problems which demands a lot of energy in problem solving
  • Group activities that require one to be attentive

A good meal in the afternoon is of limited use if all the help was needed in the morning to a child.

Morning food intake and mothers

Be it stay at home mom or a working woman – they cannot afford to skip breakfast. It takes a lot to stay focused on the needs of every family member, to be able to maintain the cleanliness of house, and all the other chores that even today many women carry out on a daily basis.

For instance, there are groceries to be purchased which requires a lot of walking and lifting, there is cooking to be done which needs a lot of standing and coordination of hand and eye besides staying attentive, taking care of several things that come with managing and running the house and the list is pretty long.

Being a working woman too doesn’t come easy. Juggling between the demands of the house and workplace is tiring, emotionally draining and in today’s highly competitive world it has taken a toll on many.

Often it leads to one needing a forced leave just to get oneself some rest.

Morning food intake takes a back seat in the hectic life. One skips the breakfast to reach office on time, or because there was an important call that just had to be scheduled in the morning time. Coffee cannot replace breakfast.

Maintaining a healthy body requires being disciplined when it comes to breakfast. An almost devoted approach towards breakfast is needed to ensure that you do not punish your body because of your lifestyle.

Breakfasts and Family Well Being

Having breakfast leads to achieving a lot more than just being healthy. Morning food intake has more benefits than good health.

A cursory look at breakfast habits tells that they are mostly driven by family eating preferences or routines set up in a family. Eating breakfast or having small snacks with the entire family sitting at the dining table is a sign of a family that bonds well.

The emotional bonding, the feeling of belonging that children of the family establish with the elders is strengthened when they dine together.

Family breakfasts create strong memories that last a lifetime, help sort out routine issues that often are left unspoken because everyone is busy,

Impacts of incorrect morning food patterns –

The statement – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – is more than just a statement. Try taking a healthy breakfast for a few days. Compare how your day goes with those days when you skip morning breakfast.

Not having proper morning food intake impacts one on several levels – it affects one emotionally, adversely impacts health, leads to increased risk of ailments such as diabetes, heart risks, hair loss and headaches.

Adverse Health Impacts Due To Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast Importance and adverse impacts of skipping breakfast

Adverse Impacts of Skipping Breakfast

Some of the direct impacts of not eating properly in the morning are detrimental in more ways than one.

Headaches –

Low sugar levels or hypoglycaemia refers to having a low blood sugar level in your body. An immediate result of having a low blood sugar level is release of hormones to mitigate this dip in sugar levels. Such release of hormones leads to an enhanced blood pressure which is a cause for headaches.

Reduced Cognitive Ability –

Ability to remember, solve problems, be attentive are some of the tasks that we identify with cognitive functions. Skipping the most important part of your meal – the morning food intake – leads to a reduction in the cognitive functions.

A direct impact of skipping breakfast is less productivity at workplace and at home.

It impacts differently at different age groups. In growing age, the requirement of food intake is more. One must therefore be very careful in managing the food intake of children especially in the morning times.

Stunted Growth –

Having morning meals is vital to the bodily growth in a young age. Often, a stunted growth is observed in under fed children. They are not able to perform in school as much as the well fed children. Nutrition plays important role in the growth of a child.

Behavior and academic performance are directly related to the food intake. A healthy diet, a balanced diet is of utmost importance for a child and these have a correlation with growth of a child in becoming a healthy human.

Healthy living starts with healthy mornings

Now that you know the impact diet and breakfast can have on one’s family members, and the importance, please go ahead and start including the healthy breakfast habits in your life.