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In Just Ten Years What happened to me?

By Joan L. McDaniel                               November 3, 2014

Recently, I had the occasion to take a look at my Driver’s License picture. Pictures of yourself are famously bad but this one blew me away. I did not know I looked that bad. I unburied a 2006 picture and compared it to a 1996 picture of me in nursing school. Wow – WHAT HAPPENED???

1996 Before and After 2006

This is a picture of me going to nursing school it was dated 1996. I was in my 50’s. I was working at night in a Nursing Home as a Nurse’s Aide. I was young and strong. I needed the strength for the job required some heavy lifting. One of my tasks was to lift people. People who were too confused, ill, old and weak to stand-up and walk on their own. I was happy and felt good I could use my abilities to help others.

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Just Ten Years Later 2006 This is Me. What Happened?

This is a picture of me in 2006. I remember this time. This is more than just aging I was sick, but didn’t know it. I know now, I did not feel well and I looked it. I was unhappy with myself for I just could not stand-up straight. I seemed to be just dragging I didn’t have any energy. I was just as tired when I started work and when I finished. Even in the picture I was leaning I was always leaning on things. We had hired a group of new nurses and they would joke that about my first impression scared them. I look at this picture in 2006 and it scares me!

When I returned to work from sick leave this is what one of those nurses said,

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“Joan I’m really glad and amazed the first time I saw you after your illness and you really look great inside and out.”

This is me now

 

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I’m no looker but, not only have I lost weight, I am no longer dragging and weak. Recent 9/2014 I have lost over 40 pounds, I am standing up straight and even my hair color is coming back. This month I will turn 70 years old and am now looking forward to a less stressful and healthier life. And now maybe I can get my broken teeth fixed and get my smile back.

What happen to me is My Story to Tell.

Finally on January 2012 I became too weak to even breathe and was hospitalized for a 7 days, treated then sent home with a week supply of Yeast infection medicine and 13 different heart medications. I was able to breathe and walk but just barely.

I was finally diagnosed as having a Yeast infection of the Esophagus (Esophageal candidiasis), GERT with stomach acid burns to my esophagus. I had a weak heart for it had stopped during the Endoscopy exam (PAF Paroxysmal, Atrial Fibrillation sudden, but not lasting long). The heart restated on its own but it was an indication of how weak I really was.

I am now almost back to by old 1996 self again and feel like I have found a fountain of youth. I have a story to tell and have dedicated this blog to it. I have written over 100 stories about what I did to get well again. I don’t recommend you do this but —

I fired the Doctors and started to do my own research and began to explore the many forms of alternate medicine including remembering what my Grandmother use to tell me.

 

More about this later.

Get Ready for Winter with Winter Squash

By Joan L. McDaniel                                            October 21, 2014

This is the time of the harvest before the sun goes on its winter vacation. At this time Mother Nature is in her final full display. Beyond summer’s green, brightness this season is decorated with bright, brilliant, and vivid colors. It is my favorite time of the year. The turning leaves, the bright orange of the Jack-o-lantern created pumpkin face, the multi colored inedible gourds, and finally Winter Squash. I have been exploring the taste sensation of autumn’s super food the Winter Squash.

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Winter Harvest

Winter Harvest, Winter Squash and antioxidants.

 

During this season the pumpkin may get all the attention with its pumpkin pie but Mother Nature provides something more for our taste buds to enjoy. It is a time of anticipated fun and tremendous healthy eating food called Winter Squash. There is summer squash and winter squash and both are highly nutritious and good for you.

Summer Squash is for cooling you off, and Winter Squash is to warm your soul and the rest of you. Winter squash is more vividly colored, denser, flavorful, nutrient-packed and sweeter than summer squash or zucchini. Winter squash varies with each having its own taste sensation.

Best Seasonal Super food to Prepare Your Body For Winter

winter-squashWinter squash is one of the best super foods Mother Nature has to offer. Its bright orange color suggest it is rich in life promoting beta-carotene antioxidants. The pulp or meat and seeds are loaded with nutritional power. It is as the energy of the sun as stored for you in a hard protective shell to last for at least 6 months. The darker the pigmentation the more the antioxidant. It helps you prepare your body, keep it healthy, and give your immune system ammunition to maintain health during the coming cold winter season.

These are members of the cucurbit family which include inedible gourds, pumpkins, summer squash, and winter squash. Squash are relatives of both the cucumber and melon and come in a wide varieties. Except for the decorative gourd, and summer squash the winter member of the family is represented by the color orange if not on the outside than on the inside.

Summer Squash Types

The summer squash types are lighter with more stored water and thinner skin. They are 95 percent water by weight yet are a good source of fiber. They can be eaten cooked or raw and have a slight sweet herbal flavor.

Zucchini is a staple in many gardens. The dark green, variegated fruits are delicious steamed, sautéed, or baked in zucchini bread. Try ‘Ambassador,’ President Hybrid,’ or ‘Gold Rush,’ a yellow zucchini.

Yellow Squash have a mellower taste and softer flesh than zucchini. Try ‘Early Prolific Straightneck,’ Goldbar’ and ‘Early Summer Crookneck.’

Winter Squash Benefits

Winter Squash is considered another super food therefore it provides many life sustaining benefits including; Pantothenic acid, antioxidants, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, lutein, manganese, magnesium, niacin, Omega-3 Fat, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, Vitamin A (145% OF RDA), B’s including foliate, C (145 % of RDA), E, K, and zeaxanthin.

Description

Their shells are hard and difficult to pierce enabling them to have long storage periods between one and six weeks. Their flesh is mildly sweet in flavor and finely grained in texture. Their flavor is generally sweet like the yam or sweet potato but are not high in sugar. They all have a seed-containing hollow inner cavities. These seeds can be removed cleaned and roasted to be eaten later and another winter treat like pumpkin seeds.

Different Varieties of Winter Squash

Winter squash vary in color, flavor, size and shape. Some varieties of Pumpkins can be considered a winter squash. Some forms of Winter Squash has been cultivated and it seems each country has a squash named for it there is China Melon which is really a squash, there is Korean Squash, and many others. The following varieties of Winter Squash available to us in American during this time of the year are:

There is Acorn, Banana, Boston marrow, Buttercup, Butternut, Carnival, Cheese Pumpkin, Cushaw, Delicata, Hubbard (Blue, Green, or Grey), Kabocha (Green and Red), Kuri (red), Pumpkin Ambercup, Scallop, Spaghetti, Sugar Pumpkin, Sweet Dumpling, Tiger, Turk’s Turban, to name a few.

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Some Varieties of Winter Squash

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  • Kabocha Squash
  • Butternut Squash
  • Red Kabocha Squash
  • Carnival Squash
  • Sugar Pumpkin
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Blue Hubbard Squash
  • Delicata Squash
  • Red Kuri Squash
  • Buttercup Squash
  • Acorn Squash

Acorn – It has a green skin speckled with orange patches and a pale yellow-orange flesh. It is one of the earliest winter squash to appear for it matures in 70 to 80 days. It is rich in potassium and has and unique flavor that is a combination of nutty, peppery and sweet.

Arikara squash is an heirloom variety of C. maxima. This is an extremely rare squash originally grown by the Arikara Indian tribe of the Dakotas among whom its cultivation predates white settlement. This squash is oblong shaped with pinkish flowers. The shape of the fruit can be tear-drop or round, and they are colored in a mottled orange and green pattern.

Ambercup - Cucurbita maxima, one of at least five species of cultivated squash, is one of the most diverse domesticated species, perhaps with more cultivated forms than any other crop. This species originated in South America from the wild C. maxima ssp. Andreana over 4000 years ago.

 

Banana –has an elongated shape, with light blue, pink or orange skin and bright orange flesh.

Boston marrow – Sweet tasting, narrow at one end and bulbous at the other

Buttercup – is one of the most common varieties of this winter squash, with a turban shape (a flattish top and dark green skin), weighing three to five pounds, and normally heavy with dense, yellow-orange flesh.

Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata), also known in Australia and New Zealand as butternut pumpkin. It has a slim neck, bulbous bottom, yellow-tan skin, and is shaped like a large pear. It has a deep orange fleshy pulp which has a creamy, sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It originated in Waltham Massachusetts. It matures in 100 days. To make butternut squash easier to handle, cut the neck from the body and work with each section separately.

Candy Roaster landrace was originally developed by the Cherokee people in the southern Appalachians. Another heirloom variety, it is quite variable in size (10-250+ lbs), shape (round, cylindrical, teardrop, blocky, etc.), and color (pink, tan, green, blue, gray, or orange), yet most have fine-textured orange flesh. This variety enjoys continued popularity, particularly in the southern Appalachians.

Carnival – This squash is breed from a mix of acorn and sweet dumpling squash. It exterior resembles both of its relatives but its yellow flesh is mellow and sweet. Use whenever acorn squash or butternut squash is called for in a recipe.

long island cheese pumpkinLong Island Cheese Pumpkin – This is not the normal Halloween carving pumpkin, this is what most of the pumpkin pies and other autumn sweet pumpkin treats is made from. It has the color of Butternut Squash and its flavor is very close to the Sugar Pumpkin.

The consensus says it is called a cheese pumpkin because it is the shape and size of a wheel of cheese. They are also often called “Cinderella pumpkins” because with a litle imagination it can be suddenly turned into a carriage to carry a princess by a magic spell which ends at midnight.

This pumpkins are perfect for roasting and making Pumpkin Pie. It is what the canned Pumpkin Pie mixture is made of.

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Cushawor cucurbita mixta is a green and white striped. They can grow very large, sometimes over 20 pounds and taste like a mixture between acorn squash, pumpkin and summer squash.

Delicata – (Cucurbita pepo var. pepo ‘Delicata’) This winter squash has distinctive longitudinal dark green stripes on a yellow or cream colored background. It flesh is sweet, and colored yellow-orange. It is also known as Bohemian, peanut, or sweet potato squash. Although it is considered a winter squash it belongs to the same species as all types of summer squash. I got one baked it and was amazed to me it this variety tasted just like a pear. Delicata must also mean delicate for it does not store well and must be eaten quickly. Delicata’s are not as loaded with beta-carotene as other winter squashes, but loaded with other powerful nutrition’s.

Hubbarb – Is usually a tear-drop shape and can be dark green, grey-blue or orange-red in color.

This is a larger-sized squash that can be dark green, grey-blue or orange-red (Golden Hubbarb) in color. The Turk’s Turban is a Hubbard Squash. Hubbard’s are less sweet than the other winter squashes.

Jarrahdale pumpkin is a pumpkin with gray skin. It is nearly identical to ‘Queensland Blue’ and ‘Sweet Meat’ varieties.

Kabocha – There is Red Kabocha and a green, both are squat. They are a type of Japanese squash that is becoming popular in the U.S. The deep green skin has faint white stripes running from top to bottom and both have bright orange flesh. The green has an earthy, nutty, savory and slightly sweet flavor but the red is unmistakably sweeter. It’s similar in shape to a buttercup squash.

Spaghetti – If handled properly after cooking this squash resembles yellow sweet spaghetti without the processed carbs. It is also called noodle squash. It was developed in China in 1921 and gained popularity during World War II. Once cut in half and the seeds have been removed scrape a fork across the baked flesh to separate it into pasta-like strands. Serve and use this squash as pasta with any of your favorite pasta sauce. It is far more delicious and cuts out the harmful processed carbs of regular man made flour pasta.

Sweet Dumpling – This squash is the relative of the Carnival Squash. It is a whitish-yellow and green squash that is small and compact. The whole squash once cooked can be used as a bowl for individual serving. The flesh tastes like a sweet potato and the skin is edible as well. You can use the sweet dumpling in recipes calling for sweet potato or pumpkin.

Sweet Pumpkin – It is also called a Pie pumpkin. This is a small and squat Halloween pumpkin. They are used as decorative pumpkins and are prized for the classic pumpkin flavor, as well as their flesh-packed walls. This is an excellent pie making pumpkin.

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Tiger – Crispy dark green, orange and white stripes on the outside, creamy on the inside, Tiger Squash is ready in less than 15 minutes. I’d expected it to be sweetly caramelized like oven-roasted squash. Instead, Tiger Squash has the savory snap of French fries. It’s a great way to welcome fall produce without heating up the oven or lots of chopping.

 

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Turk’s turban – Is also known as “French turban”, an heirloom predating 1820 and closely related to the buttercup squash. The Turk’s turban squash is Green in color and either speckled or striped. It has an orange-yellow flesh and tastes like hazelnuts.

gourdcraftGourds – require 120 to 140 days to grow are inedible, hard-shelled and make interesting things like birdhouses, cups, sponges and great Halloween or fall decorations.

Pumpkins – Pumpkins are cheery orange globes brightening the fall landscape. They are used to decorate for the season with the traditional Jack-o-lantern faces. There are generally the Halloween carving pumpkins in all sizes and the miniature pumpkin that fit in your hand The pumpkin is a decorating tradition for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Some History

The word “squash” comes from the Algonquin people, and the Algonquin language a native Canada or North American Indian tribe. Its meaning is something soft and easily crushed.

Modern day squash is developed from the wild squash that originated in an area between Guatemala and Mexico. It has been consumed by man for over 10,000 years. Squash may have been used as food containers as well as for winter food. Squash has developed over time and the amount of flesh has increased it use to only contain seeds. As time progressed, squash cultivation spread throughout the Americas, and sweeter-tasting varieties were developed.

Christopher Columbus brought squash back to Europe from the New World. Today the largest commercial producers of squash include Argentina, China, Egypt, Italy, Japan, Romania and Turkey.

 

How to Select Winter Squash

Since I am new to cooking and learning as I go, I am taking a great deal of this information from WHFoods and others. We will learn together.

Winter Squash should be firm and heavy for their size. They should have dull, not glossy rinds. The rinds should also be hard, because soft rinds may indicate that the squash inside is watery and flavorless. Avoid any sighs of decay, or mold which is an indication of the vegetable is too ripe and has begun to rot.

 

How to Store

Winter squash is more durable and has a longer storage life than the softer summer squash. Depending on the variety, it can be kept for one week to six months. Keep it away from direct exposure to light and extreme heat or cold. The ideal temperature for storing is between 50-60°F (about 10-15°C). Once the squash has been cut it needs to be refrigerated. Put in a plastic bag or wrap and they can stay for two days.

Winter squash can be frozen. I have heard that it first needs to be cooked then I have heard someone say you don’t need to cook it. I haven’t tried either yet. But I do know it needs to be peeled, cut into squares and put into plastic freezer bags.

Winter Squash Uses

I find I am now using squash as a substitute for the carb loaded white potatoe, pasta and rice. I use them instead of having hash browns for my eggs in the morning. Using a food blender you can even make some great tasting soups or great when added to stews. If you ask around you may find some old secret winter squash recipes that were a favorite of you Grand Parents or family. Search the net you will find a wealth of delicious recipes.

Cooking Hints

Winter squash has a wide spectrum of crowd-pleasers and warming winter dishes. Dishes range from soups, casseroles, risotto, lasagna, and even desserts. You can bake, boil, or steam squash until tender.

Before steaming and after baking or boiling cut off the ends and then cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy fibers. Save the seeds for they can make a great roasted snack food like the popular pumpkin seed. Before boiling and after baking or steaming peal the squash using a knife or potato peeler. Some peals can be eaten like Butternut and Kabocha. Butternut squash need special peeling instructions due to its unique shape. First cut in half between the neck and bub. Cut bulb in half and scoop out seeds.

After cooking add to the taste sensation by garnishing the squash with everything from cinnamon to whipped cream. I even used Almond Butter.

You can add almond or any nut butter, butter, celery, cinnamon, garlic, minced ginger, green bell pepper, juice from an lemon, lime or orange, all kinds of nuts, lime or orange, onions, oil (Almond, Coconut, Olive after cooking, or sesame), pepper, pine nuts, pumpkin seed, red chili, sea salt, sesame seed, soy sauce, spaghetti sauce, or any other favorite flavoring while it is cooling but still hot. Research shows that the carotenoids in foods is best absorbed when consumed with oils.

.To Cook the Seeds

Save those seeds for they can make a great snack food eat them like pumpkin seeds. After separating the seeds from the stringy fibers in a colander, lay them flat on a cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 160-170 F in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The seeds have so baking at a low temperature will not damage the Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty oils.

Bake

I don’t find an easy answer to how long to bake squash but generally it depends on the size of the squash generally from 30 minutes to a hour. With a fork or mental skewer poke it in about six places. Placed the dish into the center of the oven and bake until fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

The temperature varies also I have seen 350 to 425 degrees. I have use the lower and longer baking times since I do not cook with high heat.

After cooking Spaghetti squash, let cool then cut in half, remove seeds and pulp with a large spoon or ice cream scoop, then discard. Using a fork, rake the flesh onto a large platter or bowl to create the spaghetti-like stands.

Steam

 

You can steam Winter Squash. Cut squash into 1 inch squares in a steamer and steam in 2 inches of water for 5 to 7 minutes. Squash is done when it is tender, yet still firm enough to hold its shape. Toss it into a bowl and toss it with your favorite garnish and oil.

Till next time

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Detox your Home, Fill it With Green

Detox your Home, Fill it With Green

By Joan McDaniel                                                 September 28, 2014

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Purify the Air in Your Home

Before you invest in a Home Negative ionizes and Air Purifier Filtering Systems or load up on smelly candles, room fresheners, sprays, and other synthetic air fresheners why not give nature a chance and cleaning the air in your home? The age-old slogan of “Open the Windows” comes to mind.

That may be fine but winter is coming and the window isn’t an option so fill your house with Green plants instead. Having the house filled with fresh-cut flowers is a wonderful luxury and a great way to stay out of the husband fearing doghouse. Flowers make you smile but they don’t stay fresh for long so why not use Green Plants instead?

A Home can be filed with Toxins

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Consumer Products that use Formaldehyde

The air in our homes has been shown to contain harmful allergens and toxins. The toxins ultimately end up in our bodies. Toxins like cigarette smoke to manmade building materials, out-gassing carpets, household cleaners, dust, food, furniture, paint, shampoos and Lotions, to open air flame like a fireplace. Just about every that uses glue uses formaldehyde which is a carcinogen.

In general the indoor environment can lead to poor air quality and health issues. I have slowly replaced what I can with natural fabrics and cookware but toxins are there unless I want to live sitting on the floor. Even the floor is put together with glue.

Many types of synthetic Home Air Freshener Products

From Air Freshener Sprays, “Green” Cleaning products, and Candles American’s can find unlimited amount of products that claim to freshen the home. But many ad toxins and create allergic reactions and actually reduce the air quality. They don’t remove the toxins they just cover the smell. You might as well be smoking 10 packs of cigarettes a day. At least with the cigarettes you can see the film, fog and smell the pollutant. With the chemical sprays you can’t see anything. There is a whole host of cleaners called “Green” Products. If you think they have the power to bring the freshness of nature inside just read the labels.

The House Plant — Grow fresh air.

This is one great way to detox you home? Plants use Photosynthesis to absorb energy from light. Plants act like filters removing Carbon Dioxide and other toxins from the air and then produces nice clean oxygen. Plants increase the oxygen in the air and oxygen is what your body needs to stay well.

All plants undergo photosynthesis, a process that removes carbon dioxide from the air and in turn, releases oxygen.

I now have so many plants in the windows I have taken down the curtains.

You want house plants that either have large broad leaves, or have a lot of leaves

House Plants

According to Positivemed

“1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

  1. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
  2. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
  3. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.
  4. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also known to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
  5.  Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight.”

There are many Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins

There is Aloe, Janet Craig dieffenlachior, ivy’s, dracaenas, ferns, palms, pathos, philodendron, rubber, spider, Yucca, and many more. There are short plants fit well in a window stile or floor plants that grow to the ceiling. The colors are mostly green some variations are green and yellow or purple.

From all the articles I read about house plants the following plants seem to be the easiest to grow and provide you with a green thumb.

Just don’t over water them which is the main killer of house plants. You can check to see if the plant needs water by testing the dirt with your finger, press gently into the dirt about an inch, if you feel wetness, you’re okay. If it feels dry it’s time to water. Leaf drop is a good indication of over watering.

Keep the roots from sitting in water. Try to find self-watery pots.

Self-watering pots have two bottoms one hold the excess water and the second hold the plant. The second pot has holes in the bottom and the plant’s roots draw up the water. If you can’t find those then at least get pots that have holes and a take up plate or tray at the bottom. Keep the roots from sitting in water.

Indoor Plants that Clean the Air:

These plants have been found to improving the air quality. They are very common and should be very easy to find locally.

Aloe

ALOEAloe plants increase the oxygen levels in your home and absorb toxins. According to Earthship, one pot of aloe is equivalent to nine biological air cleaners. Besides cleaning the air in my home, I take it internally it has helped be with my “Leaky Gut”. See my article on the subject.

golden pothosGolden Pothos (Scindapsus aures)

Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde. (It is also known as devil’s ivy for this plant stays green even when kept in the dark.)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

If you are looking for an easy plant to give you that Green Thumb, the spider plant fits the bill. You will have a hard time killing this resilient plant. It is also called Airplane plants for the shoots look like airplane propellers or called hen-and-chickens. The shoots can be used to grow another plant just put the shoots in water or directly into potting soil.

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Spider Plants grow best in bright but indirect light so set it near a window. Water freely.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exacltata)

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The Boston fern is another hardy plant and very attractive. The Boston fern is one of the most common of all indoor ferns.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivyBesides cleaning the air and filling it with oxygen the English Ivy also reduces airborne fecal-matter particles and removes mold. The feces and mold has been shown to be removed within only 6 hours.

Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)    bamboo_palm

There are many type of palms Dwarf Date, Areca, Bamboo, Lady’s, and reed.

A palm plant is normally large and sits on the floor. A small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries.

Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

snake-plant_jpg_cfThis indoor plant is just about indestructible. This plant is a good first choice to start out easy. Snake plants require little to no lighting.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) Rubber plant

Last but not least, is the Rubber Plant. These plants require minimal lighting and are easy to care for. It thrives in bright rooms. Note the leaves can be toxic, so keep them away from any pets in your home.

Scented Candles Are Toxic

While researching indoor air quality I came across something I did not know. Candles pollute the indoor air as bad as second-hand smoke. Candles are made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product that has to be deodorized and bleached before it can be used as candle wax. The wick in the candle often contain heavy metals like lead and can fill the air with metals when burned. If you can find them, some wicks are made of cotton or paper. Depending on the length of time the candle burns this can be a lot of toxins filling the air. Many candles have synthetic sense and dyes which are – You guessed it TOXIC!

Beeswax Candles.

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Beeswax fill the air with negative irons like Himalayan Salt lamps. I have heard you can find 9-hour beeswax candles to burn which will come in handy for power outages. Also they are small but tea lights for candle holders. Salt lamps are covered a little later.

What are Positive Ions?

You may not know the difference between positive ions and negative. You can experience the feeling after a sudden rainstorm or a wild thunder-storm. You also experience this feeling around the forces of nature like ocean waves, rainstorms, sunlight, waterfalls, and wind they all create negative ions.

Prior to the thunderstorm, you can feel the buildup of tension in the air as the positive ions reach their peak. Once the storm hits, the air produces electrical charges in the atmosphere and rain falls. The resulting oxygen-rich air bursts with negative ions. Once the storm passes, you can feel the sensation and clarity in the air.

Positive ions are generated by electrical devices like your computer and hand-held phone, by scented candles, by walking across carpet, and even by heating/cooling systems. They are a fact of life, but they can carry everything from dust to pollen to toxic mold, so it is important to reduce them. Indoor air typically has a higher concentration of positive ions.

This is where negatively charged ions come in. They bind together and have a heavier molecular weight so they are no longer floating around the air.

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps

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Himalayan salt crystal lamps consist of a crystalized salt structure with a light inside. Salt crystal candles are also available. Salt naturally attracts water and a crystal lamp pulls water vapor out of the air which means it also pulls out pollen and dissolves the vapor. Turning a salt crystal lamp on improves the air purification process because the lamp creates heat. The lamp even works when it is turned off.

Salt Crystal lamps also emit negative ions and oxygen to the air like after a thunderstorm.

Salt crystal lamps are normally small and can fit different indoor area.

Don’t Forget the Family Cat!!

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As I filled my home with Oxygen and the addition of green plants, Beeswax candles and a Salt Lamp my Cat was in the center of it all.

Indoor Plants for the Cat

I had acquired a new kitten and found it was extremely attracted to my addition of plants. I would acquire a potted plant only to find it flat the next day. The culprit? My Cat.

Cats or at least this cat loves to eat greens. A catnip plant comes to mind but I found my cat needs its own grass and it is called wheatgrass.

“I need a shot…of wheatgrass!”

Cats are natural carnivores. They eat grass for their digestion and help get rid of those hair balls you sometimes find on the carpet. The kitty is on to something. Munching wheatgrass can actually be beneficial for their health.

Digestive Health

The fiber in wheatgrass is good for kitty’s digestion it is a natural laxative. It not only helps with hair balls but digested bad food and any toxins. Eating wheatgrass can actually help kitty rid her body of poisonous or inedible matter. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll and folic acid, which assists in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen through the blood. This will give her more energy to chase birds and play with that catnip toy.

You can’t tell the cat what to eat but better it eat its own plant than mine. Eating wheatgrass is safer than eating outdoor grass. In fact I eat a little wheat grass too.

The Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

Few plants are as highly associated with health as wheatgrass. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Video (5:21): http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/22058.html

Few plants are as highly associated with health as wheatgrass. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Wheatgrass fans say that its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste. Some proponents tout wheatgrass for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, colon cleansing, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns. The benefits of wheatgrass come from the raw plant. Since the plant itself is indigestible, juicing is the most common way of taking wheat grass. There are few scientific studies documenting the benefits of wheatgrass, but proponents are steadfast in their support of the green juice. Source : Mayo Clinic

Till Next Time

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Another Wonder from Nature the Egg.

By Joan McDaniel         August 27, 2014

In my research into what is mostly called superfoods, I have found a wealth of wonderful healthy eating directly from the Earth. Now there can’t be anything more natural than the Egg.

Nature’s female animals have laid eggs since the start of creation. Which brings to mind the question, “What came first, The Chicken or the Egg?” A question illustrating the dilemma of how life began on this planet.

Natures Complete Portable Meal the Egg.

And eggs have been used as food by humans and other animals for thousands of years.

Today, besides being a multi-billion dollar industry, the Egg is used as a symbol of worship. The tradition of the Easter egg was started in Russia’s Ukraine.

Eggs-And-BoxesUkrainian Orthodox Easter Traditional Decorated Egg and Baskets. Started a tradition when Carl Fabergé in 1884 was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III of Russia as an unusual a gift for his wife. The Egg became a symbol of the celebration of Easter (“born again”) since that time. Many of Fabergé elaborate designed eggs are one of a kind and are preserved in museums around the world. His collections are now priceless for he began to use precious minerals like gold, silver and gems.

 

 

 

The War Against Cholesterol

Today’s Egg market is filled with propaganda. There has been a pernicious (harmful, destructive yet legal), systematic propaganda campaign against eggs as a source of the C Word. The big C stands for CHOLESTEROL not Cancer.

Cholesterol medication called “statins” have created a gold mine for wealth for Big Pharma beyond imagination. The income from this patented guaranteed invention dwarfs anything the egg industry could hope to generate. Besides who wants all the money going to the local Farmer?

In fact, many doctor’s today wage a war on you. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND and many others, “Now doctors jump on the statin bandwagon and terrorize you into taking a statin drug if your cholesterol inches above the 200 mark.”

The Egg Carton Slogan War

The AMA and American Heart Association’s campaign against the egg has died down a bit but now another war over the egg has developed. The Egg carton advertising slogan War.

I went grocery shopping to do a survey of the printing on egg cartons. I even saw an egg carton that said it contains “HAPPY EGGS”. I saw another one printed in gold saying “Golden Grain Eggs”. The following is the majority of what slogans I saw.

No Antibiotics, Cage Free Hens, Gentle Care, 5th Generation Family Farm, Local Family Farms, Naturally Fed, No Hormone or Pesticide, Certified Human, Vegetarian Fed Hens, Pure Grain, Golden Grain, No GMO, Free Range, Free Roaming, Natural Vegetarian just to list a few.

Cholesterol and Eggs

Now back to Cholesterol, I have written several articles on the subject. I have been so impressed by what I have found I subtitled my blog “Cholesterol is Good For You.”

I have previously covered the pros and cons of cholesterol in the following articles:

The War on Cholesterol

The Cholesterol Myth a Video

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And my Cholesterol Myth What Really Causes Heart Disease covering the book The Great Cholesterol Myth – a book that is well worth reading.

You Need Cholesterol

To summarize – Cholesterol is an antioxidant. It helps your heart it does not cause heart disease. You need cholesterol without it your cells cannot live and you develop brain fog, lose energy and strength. In other words YOU AGE and YOUR CELLS DIE.

This loss of energy cannot be corrected by drugs only by Mother Nature’s healing foods. Cholesterol is vital to all cells of mammals. In fact a low cholesterol blood reading is worse on the body than a high reading. Modern drug medicine use drugs called “Statins” like Crestor, Lescol, Lipitor, or other drugs ending in the word statin.

The effects of these prescription drugs are questionable and there are many dangerous side effect one being eliminating something your body needs – Cholesterol. The question left unanswered is – IS THIS JUST ANOTHER WAY for Big pharma to create a disease class that makes a huge profit?

EGGS – Eggs are good for you and good for cholesterol. Yes let me repeat that EGGS ARE GOOD FOR CHOLESTEROL. Instead of eggs being bad for cholesterol, according to Dr. Mercola, “the evidence clearly shows that eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and can actually help prevent disease, including heart disease.”

“The Incredible, Edible, Egg.”

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The saying goes “The Incredible, Edible, Egg.” An advertising slogan created in 1977 by the American Egg Board.

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Benefits of Eggs

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A Little Forgotten Fact is – A Chicken is a Bird it has wings and flies and eats bugs and worms. Now I bet you won’t find that printed on an egg carton. “Chickens Eat Worms”

Many of the benefits of eggs depend what the chicken is allowed to eat. In other words chickens like most of the animal kingdom are omnivores they need meat.

In fact a chicken farmer told me “Chickens will eat just about anything except dead animals, metal, plastic, onions and wood.” Chickens are not vegetarians. If they only have a vegetarian diet they are like most vegetarians deficient in protein.

Life Force - Let’s face it an egg is the source of a new life. I spoke about this same life force in my article on sprouting. Eggs and sprouts contain everything we need to nourish our own animal cells. I don’t know about the egg but; enzymes from seeds contain 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables.

Amino Acids – High in Amino Acids

Antioxidants – Eggs are loaded with antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin that help reduce the risk of blindness in older adults. They also contain choline, which helps with brain development and memory enhancement. Eggs are also high in beta-carotene.

Enzymes - Your body and its immune system need enzymes to stay alive and healthy. Live enzymes come from nature’s food not from a food lab and added sugar enzymes. The sugar enzyme are no longer alive giving the product a nice long shelf life for there is nothing left to go bad.

Fat – The egg is loaded with both Polyunsaturated, Saturated and the DHA Omega 3 fats. You need both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats in your diet but Omega 3’s are used to balance out the bad Omega 6’s. Also the more the hen eats the more Omega 3 fats are in the egg. Eggs contain mostly polyunsaturated fats (3 grams) to (2 grams) of saturated. The egg yolk contains about 100 – 200 mg of Omega -3 the good fat.

Low in glycemia (amount of sugar in the blood) – help prevent diabetes, insulin toxicity or insulin resistance and weight gain

Vitamins – A, High in the B vitamins, and Vitamin E. Minerals Iodine, Selenium

Good For Heart Health

Protein – Egg whites are loaded with proteins. Proteins in cooked eggs are converted into gastrointestinal enzymes producing peptides that act as ACE inhibitors (or Blood Pressure Medicine) that help lower blood pressure. Each egg has about 6 grams of protein. Protein – The egg yolk contains 6.3 grams of Protein and the egg white contains 3.6 grams.

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Types of Eggs

Color of Eggs – The color of the egg determines the bread of chicken that laid it. Eggs can be in many colors like blue, brown, pink, red, speckled, white, and yellow.

“A white-feathered chicken lay white colored eggs. Brown feather chickens lay brown colored eggs it is that simple.” Caspero says. The only superior benefit of the brown egg is its price tag. A white egg has the exact same nutritional value as a brown egg. Brown eggs and white eggs are, nutritionally at least, exactly same: about 70 calories, 6 grams of protein, and a generous helping of B vitamins.

Brown Chickens cost more to raise.

Chances are that brown eggs owe their superior health reputation to their inflated price tag. But as Caspero explains, brown eggs cost more than white eggs simply because they cost more to produce. Brown chickens are larger than their white cousins, so they eat more food, which in turn costs farmers more. And guess who pays for that? You.

 

Type of Eggs and Labels Found on an Egg Cartons

If you’re looking at the egg carton to determine the nutritional level of the egg, be prepared to some confusion. Labels can be very deceptive and regulations are not well defined.

The regulations covering terms like “free-range” or “pasture-raised” are very broad and lax. In fact terms about the chicken’s diet are also very vague. A chicken raised on a factory farm can still qualify for many of these great sounding terms. The label say nothing about the conditions is which the chickens are raised and stories have it the conditions are deplorable.

The best way to know what kind of chicken laid the eggs you are buying is to ask the local farmer you getting the eggs from.

USDA Guidelines - The USDA grades eggs. They have three classes AA, A, and B. According to the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association website, “Eggs are graded based on their quality and appearance. The class is printed on the egg carton. The class does not include the current controversy of how the chickens are raised or what they eat.

Egg Beaters – Was first introduced in 1972 for the American market by Fleishmann. Originally sold frozen and as an answer to cholesterol war being waged by the AMA. It is part of The American Egg Board campaign to counter the Cholesterol War battle. In 1977 the “egg beater” marketing advertising slogan by the advertising agency Campbell Mithun started. Egg beaters is primarily egg whites with added artificial flavors, thickeners, xanthan gum and guar gum and synthetic vitamins. The product contains no egg yolks. Egg beaters are still being sold to this day.

Egg sizes, Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large and Jumbo.

Vegetarian Fed – Terms like Grain Fed, Organic, and Vegetarian Fed means the chickens were fed grain that does not include byproducts. The term organic also means no antibiotic or hormones which is good but chickens as I said earlier, are omnivores and need and eat meat in the form of bugs and worms.

All Natural and other Terms – like Cage Free, Farm Fresh, Free range, free roaming, Humane certified mean nothing. Chickens can still live in inhuman conditions be fed animal byproducts, GMO’s, and hormones. Beaks trimming, forced molting is allowed. They may never see the light of day or leave their tiny cages.

Pasteurized – is the use of heat to destroy bacteria and viruses. The methods used in pasteurization are safe and provides an egg free from bacteria. Pasteurization is not common but eggs that are pasteurized are stamped with a “P” in a circle on the actual egg shell. This is the type of egg you can safely eat raw.

Pastured or Pasture Raised – Again this is just a label. It is another way of saying Free Range.

Types of Farms

There is the Factory Farm and the Local Farm. Terms on the egg carton like 5th Generation, Family Farm, Local Family Farms, are nice sounding but what I have found the best egg is the one you get from your local farmer or neighbor.

Factory Farm – Large Factories that go on for miles and miles and raise tens of thousands of chickens. The story goes that chickens raised in these farms never see the light of day or leave their small cramped cages. These chickens obviously cannot be allowed to forage freely. They may not be confined to an individual cage. The label says nothing about the living conditions.

Local Farm – That is your neighbor or local small farmer who raises chickens as a hobby or on the side for the benefits of fresh chickens. America is losing its local farm and the ability to raise chickens in their own back yards. Factory farming is on the increase and the knowledge of how your food is grown or raised is being lost. I have found the best source for my eggs is my local farmer. I can ask him how the chickens are raised.

Keep in mind to raise chickens is an investment and chickens don’t come when called nor can you put them on a leash. Chickens wander around and build their nests all over the place. Unless you have a pet chicken, their nest can be just about anywhere. Chickens can nest on top of the roof or under the house.

An investment needs to be protected and where the chicken lives is important for your investment. You have to be able to find the product your selling. You can house your chickens at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel but the price of its eggs will be in gold.

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Dark Orange Yolks – In my research I have heard that the darker the yolk the better the egg until I found that you can feed chickens yellow magnolia flowers to darken the egg yolk. Again the only way to know how nutritious you eggs are is to ask the farmer you’re buying them from.

 

 

 

 

Chickens

Types of Chickens

Some Types of Chickens

From what I have found there are 23 heritage breeds of chicken and I am sure there are others.

There are hundreds of different type of chicken breeds in America and across the world. This is just a few American breeds.

Ways to cook an egg

I do not provide recipes and am on my own learning curve on how to cook. So as I go along I’ll refer you to others about ways to cook eggs. Dr. Mecola has an excellent article and here he also supports not cooking them at all.

Whfoods has suggestions on how to poach an egg. And Marks Daily Apple guide.

The only point I do want to make is you have to be very careful of the egg yolk.

From what I have put together you should consume the egg yolk as raw as you can. The antioxidant properties are reduced by 50 percent when the egg yolk is fried or boiled and reduced even more if microwaved. When the egg yolk is cooked or subjected to high heat, cholesterol can be oxidized and become harmful.

There are 41 different ways to cook an egg; eggs Benedict, hard or soft-boiled, deviled, fried over (easy, medium, hard) or sunny side up, microwaved, omelet, puffy omelet, poached, egg salad, or scrambled to name a few.

The cooking that causes the most damage is when the yolk of the egg is broken and scrambled like in scrambled eggs or in an omelet. This causes the most free-radical damage the safest way to eat an egg is either raw or sunny side without cooking the yoke. Heat will damage many of the highly perishable nutrients in the yolk.

How Daniel Vitalis cooks an egg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koOsudOrup8

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Uses for Eggshells

Just about everything is useful with the egg including its Shell.

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There are many uses for an eggshell don’t just throw them away.

 

  • You can put them in a compost to add calcium and minerals to the soil,

 

  • You can scatter them around your flowers and plants as a pesticide and animal and insect repellant including cutworms, deer, slugs, and snails.

 

  • Mix them with your coffee grounds in the filter to remove coffee’s bitterness then throw them in the compost bin.

 

  • Use them to start seedlings for the garden.

 

  • Use them for tough cleaning like. They can act as a nontoxic abrasive for pots and pans and other hard-to-clean items. They can be used to clean drains as they slowly break up and scour your pipes.

 

The Egg Shell used for decoration and For Easter.

Blow out the inside of a raw egg and decorate the hollow shell so you can display a DIY piece of art. Pieces of egg shell are also great for mosaic art projects.

Sources

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Visit your Local Farmers Market

By Joan McDaniel                         August 13, 2014

What is a Farmers Market?

 

I don’t mean a store front with a sign that says “Farmers Market”, I mean a place where there are real farmers with real food grown from the real earth or from real animals they have raised from birth. What about the real hand-made crafts made by real local artist, a basic art form that is also becoming rare.

 

In other words where else can you go to find REAL food, flowers, fruit and people.

 

In a word I mean a REAL Farmers Market – Click to Find Your Local Farmers Market

 

 

So Why Would You Go To a Real Farmers Market?

 

Like the Cowboy and Indian of Yesterday, the Family farm and the farmer are becoming a dying breed

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Why would you go to a Farmers Market? F is for food, farmer, freshness, friendliness, fun, flavonoids and because he is a dying breed sorry dying doesn’t start with f but it is true.

America is losing its generations of local farmer’s. The number of, small farms are decreasing fast.

 

factory farmIndustrialization is Good but?

 We pride ourselves on our networks and world distribution systems, but we have lost touch with our food. Modern factory farming and shipping methods involving thousands and thousands of miles by large and larger industrialized food producers. As the industrial food giants grow and our rural farmland disappear, all the freshness, friendliness, fun and flavonoid are going with it. Not to mention the word REAL.

 

What is Seasonal Food?

If you are eating food fresh from the farmers market or from your garden it will be seasonal. Today because of larger distribution produce is available all year-long. But just how good are these vegetables? Good to get vegetables all year-long but where were they grown? Thousands and thousands of miles away. Seasonal food means it’s fresh. To get fresh food it has to be when it is harvested. There is summer, autumn and then there is winter food.

What Is In Our Food?

We no longer know how our food is grown, if it contains toxic ingredients like GMO’s” God Move Over” Generically modified food. We hear stories of animals loaded with antibiotics being raised in inhuman close quarter cages all of their lives. It seems massive food production is more concerned with the bottom line theirs not yours. Shelf life sometimes seems more important than your life.

Help keep our rural farmland from factory farming. Visit your local farmers market .This is one person’s opinion but I have cause read on

 

I bet you don’t know what a flavonoid is? It has to do with the energy and power of fresh food and nutrition. I’ll get to it a little later. First – Why do I go to the Farmers Market?

 

So Why Do I Go to a Farmers Market?

illnessI was Very Sick.

 

I first started going to the market almost two years ago, and now it is a regular routine winter or summer. You see I had been very sick and knew that the only way to get well was to eat as fresh food as possible.

 

I knew that meant starting a garden but my green thumb wasn’t any stronger than the rest of me for I could hardly stand up. I didn’t know much about fresh vegetables. For a start, I knew I liked green leaf lettuce but what else? This search got me out of the grocery store then into the health food store and eventually I got to the my local Farmer’s market.

 

The artist, farmers and vendors seemed to welcome my greenhorn knowledge and concept of things. As time passed I planted my own green leaf lettuce and other vegetables helped and encouraged by the people in the market. There isn’t any trade secrets or secret formulas just good ol’ experience and tradition. Of course, they wouldn’t explain why their produce was three times the size and quantity as mine I guess that goes to the experience part.

 

As to the fun part with each passing week I got a little stronger and it was fun seeing my friends and hearing the great music. I have fun just talking about it. The farmers are busy but still they have enough time to answer my million and one questions. I not only learned how to cook the food, I learned how to grow, plant, and raise it on my own.

 

Now I’ll get to the flavonoid part

 

Carotenoids and flavonoids are naturally occurring pigments that have powerful antioxidant properties. They are what gives fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. There are over 700 different ones depending on the type of fresh fruit or vegetable and its color. They can only be found in Fresh food straight from the farm or garden.

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To Understand “Fresh” You Need to Know Some Other Words

 

When you use the term “Fresh” when you apply it to food you start using other words like antioxidants, carotenoids, enzymes, flavonoids, health, immune system, free-radicals, free-radical damage, minerals, nutrient, oxidation, and vitamins to name a few.

 

Note: you did not see terms like “added, artificial, fortified, ingredients, natural, or supplement. In fact you don’t even see a nutritional food label for the food just came off a tree or out of the ground and may even have specks of dirt.

 

You may see the term “Fresh” on a sign outside a grocery store or outside the Produce section of the same local Grocery Store. The stores “Fresh” food doesn’t have any dirt but does have a Point of Sale sticker. The produce has been soaked and the dirt has been washed off normally by Chloride (Bleach) or other chemicals.

 

What is Fresh Food?

 

You may not know it but Fresh means the food is still alive. I don’t mean alive in like it will carry on a conversation with you or even know what’s going on in the world outside. I mean it is still breathing and converting the sun’s rays to energy. The longer your food sits on a ship, truck, loading dock or store shelf or your refrigerator it loses more and more of its antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids or nutrition and vitamins.

 

Once the food is harvested it slowly stops breathing. When anything stops breathing it loses oxygen. Oxygen is necessary for life. Without oxygen you have death. Some fruits and vegetables have low respiration rates and can last longer others can’t last very long.

 

 

Why Does Your Body Need Fresh Food?

 

Note: I didn’t say Food. I said Fresh Food. You need food for energy but you need fresh food for the antioxidants they contain. You may call these antioxidants nutrition and vitamins. Fresh food helps give you body’s immune system the ammunition it needs to fight disease and keep you healthy. Your immune system uses inflammation to fight free-radical damage. See below

 

 

A Brief Lesson and Quick Look At Atoms

 

When you talk about inflammation the following terms come into the discussion. Antioxidants, decease, free-radicals, illness, immune system, and oxidation.

 

The concepts of how the human body works is complex. In fact understanding its complexity, and effectiveness boarders on magic, miracles, mysterious and spiritual powers. The energy in the body and its ability to heal is still being researched and understood or many cases miss-understood.

 

Not to over simply, but basically all illness starts with inflammation. Damage from free-radicals over time causes a chain reaction which causes serous illness. Free-radical damage to the cells happens when we take in more toxins then nutrition. These Toxins are found in the environment and in incomplete nutrition. Processed food and including foods high in sugar are incomplete and they cause free-radical damage.

 

Inflammation is your immune systems response to fighting disease. The only way to stop free-radical damage is to give your immune system the ammunition it needs. The ammunition you system needs are antioxidants.

 

During my research I found this diagram. It seems to explain what I’m trying to say. All I know is I stopped my inflammation and slowly got well by what I ate including the food from the Farmers Market.

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Free Radicals and Antioxidants

 

Some Terms

 

Antioxidant – Can only be found in fresh, non-processed food. There are many types of antioxidants depending on the type of fresh food. These different forms have different names including the flavonoid I talked about.

 

Basically an antioxidant is any substance that prevents or slows the process of oxidation, which produces cell-wall erosion and cell death. This cell death is caused by a chain reaction of free-radical damage. Antioxidants neutralizes the free radical. It provides the missing electron the free-radical destroyed. It is the ammunition your immune system needs and in a word “Puts the Fire out” and prevents further inflammation

 

All Illness is Cause By Inflammation

Inflammation

Inflammation is your immune systems response to injury, and stress to the body. This includes the damage done by free radicals and other toxins. Generally the immune system uses inflammation to isolate the toxin so that it can be destroyed by the body. In today’s world our immune systems are being overwhelmed with more and more toxins both from the environment and our food. The immune system needs ammunition that you give it from the food you eat.

 

Cell Wall Erosion – If the cells in your body do not get enough energy the wall of the cell weakens and dies. The cell is powered by what is called Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). If the ATP has cells damaged by free radicals it becomes weak and cannot hold the cell together and the cell is destroyed.

 

Free-Radicals – Free radicals are missing and electron. Free radicals are a normal body process and are responsible for biological oxidation. “Oxidation” reactions are also called “biological rusting”. Free radicals are toxic renegade molecules that attack and destroy other molecules. This is a normal body process. This is how your body gets rid of old cells and makes way for the new.

 

But when the body has too many free-radicals causing a chain reaction your immune system is overwhelmed. You wouldn’t eat a tomato that has turned black. It has turned black because it contains toxins. Toxins are free radicals. These free-radicals have an acid balance and feed off thus destroying oxygen and cause cell destruction and death (tomato turns black). Remember processed food and processed sugar are considered to be a free-radical.

 

Accumulation of damage over the years results in degenerative tissues and loss of function that typifies fatigue, loss of energy and old age.

 

Oxidation is a natural process where cells die. This is a natural process. Cells do not live forever and are completely replaced over a period of a month or so. But in today’s world where there has been a major increase in toxins from the environment and foods with incomplete nutrition, the oxidation process is now out of control. Our immune system is working overtime and in many cases is overwhelming.

 

Basically oxidation causes rust in iron. Oxidation is illustrated best by when you cut an apple it will turn brown once it is exposed to oxygen. The enzymes cause this change and the fruit decays almost right in front of your eyes.

 

Toxins – are poisons

 

There are additional causes of inflammation such as environmental toxicity, not drinking enough clean water, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise all contribute to low levels of chronic inflammation. But diet is the main cause. Inflammation often goes undetected for many years until disease finally emerges.

Lesson over

How do you tell the difference between a true fresh vegetable and one that has traveled hundreds of miles ripening in a box rather than the sun Color and TASTE. There is a major difference between a grocery store tomato and a fresh from the ground tomato. Your bodies aren’t the only one that notices the difference your immune system now has real ammunition to fight diseases.

This is how I got well and now I am telling the world. Protect yourself, your health and your local community DON’T LET THE FAMILY FARM DISAPPEAR.

Next lesson is buy your food fresh from your local Farmers Market.

Sources

For a complete article read Dr. Mercola’s The Ultimate Guide to Antioxidants

http://articles.mercola.com/antioxidants.aspx?e_cid=20140707Z1_DNL_SECON&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20140707Z1&et_cid=DM50686&et_rid=576757892

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The Carrot: A Symbol of Health

By Joan McDaniel                                               August 6, 2014

The common carrot has become the symbol of a healthy food. The pre-fast food 1950s Bugs Bunny image and even Popeye’s spinach further symbolizes the importance of vegetables in a healthy diet. Another proverb symbolizing the power of natural food is “Eat an Apple a Day To Keep The Doctor Away”. A proverb attributed to Benjamin Franklin in “Poor Richard’s Almanack”. Another traditional statement is “Rabbits don’t wear glasses they eat carrots”.

“Eat Your Vegetables”

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We don’t need to be told that eating vegetables can improve our health, decrease signs of aging and increase our life span, because our parents and their parents have already told us.

 

 

 

 

Antioxidants and Carotenoids

 

But why Vegetables?

 

It has to do with something called antioxidant and in the case of a fruit or vegetable it is called a Carotenoids.

Antioxidants are found in natural unprocessed food. Antioxidants is nature’s way of protecting the cells from free-radical damage. Antioxidants stabilizes the cell membranes, prevent oxyradicals or free-radicals from poking holes in the cell membranes and for the loss of energy (ATP), nutrients, and oxygen. See my article Free-Radicals and the health benefits of nuts.

Carotenoids are antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables. Carotenoids contain Carotenes which are plant pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vivid and vibrant colors. Colors like blue, green, orange, purple, red, white, and yellow. Carotenoids like antioxidants fight the free-radical damage done by eating processed food or food without natural nutrients and exposure to environmental toxins. The best known Carotenoid is Beta-Carotene named after the carrot. The carrots vivid orange color is provided by Beta-Carotene.

Take Note: Carotenoids are fat-soluble which means you need fat to digest. Fat like butter, coconut, olive and other real oils – I don’t mean lab created trans-fat vegetable oils.

Also note: You need the whole fruit or vegetable, supplements are created and may or may not come from a real plant. Your body needs the real thing not something created in a lab. Modern science may treat the human body like a Robot but we are alive and moving. Science may understand machines but Mother Nature understands living human beings.

 

The Idiom “Carrot and Stick”

 

carrot-and-stick1Speaking about tradition and symbols; while researching the carrot I ran into the term “carrot and stick”. A common phrase or idiom used in my day that refers to a form of behavior adjustment or brain washing.

 

The driver of the cart pulled by a donkey ties a carrot on a stick. The driver holds the stick behind the donkey and dangles the carrot in front. The carrot is an incentive for the donkey to pull the cart. The donkey will pull the cart all day long and never get any closer or further to the reward of the carrot. The carrot will always just be out of reach.

Behavior Adjustment “Carrot and Stick”

 

I Ate what I Researched

I include this somewhat depressing picture only to illustrate how I got well from being very sick. I had no energy or strength. I began to research food and nutrition. My research lead me to the eating of natural healing foods. I found my energy and strength slowly returning day after day.

When I look back I often think of myself as that poor donkey pictured. Getting ill ended my indoctrination and remove my blinders. I was blindly following the promise of the sweet carrot, until I finally “Saw the Light” and kick up my heels and refused to pull the sugar cart around anymore. I wonder how many others are still pulling the cart for a reward that never comes. The reward in this case being the promise of good health that slowly disappears never to return.

A Rainbow of Colors

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The carrot symbolizes another saying that being “Variety is the spice of life”. Another saying is “Eat a rainbow of colors”. It is true about variety and Mother Nature offers us just that – a wide variety. The foods from nature are rich in vibrant colors. Processed foods are dyed by lab created chemicals to have color and taste.

To get all the enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins you need to stay healthy you need nature’s rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables. Pigments in fruits and vegetables are different carotenes which is another form of antioxidant. There are five basic colors: Blue/purple, Green, Red, Yellow/Orange and White.

Each Color of the Vegetable Rainbow has a Different Health Benefit.

The many pigments or color in fruits or vegetables represent different health benefits. Different Carotenoids mean different colors, enzymes, and vitamins the food contains. To be healthy we need them all.

Different Colors Mean Different Benefits.

veg colorA quick overview of colors

 

Blue or purple contain ingredients like lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid and quercetin.

Green – Xanthophylls which contain chlorophyll, lutein,

Orange and Yellow contain Beta-Carotene, flavonoids, lycopene, and potassium.   Vitamin A is good for vision as we may or may not know.

Red contain ellagic acid, hesperidin, lycopene, quercetin and hesperidin.

White contain ingredients like beta-glucan EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), SDG (Secoisolariciresinol diglucoside) and lignin.

A very small list of the different carotenoids

Beta-Carotene – Makes Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant important to the human body including bone, the eye, immune system and skin.

Chlorophyll – Is what makes green vegetables green. It captures light energy from the sun.

Lycopene –Helps fight heart disease and several types of cancer.

Lignin – Immune system support and detoxing.

Luten – Helps the eyes

Resveratrol – substance to fight both bacteria and fungi.

retinol, which helps to generate nerve impulses in our retinas.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant important to the human body including bone, the eye, immune system and skin.

Orange or Yellow Color Foods Project Energy.

orange sunOrange Foods according to color therapy the color orange is said to release energy like the sun and promote a sense of well-being. Foods like (carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkins, oranges, sweet potato or yams).

 

What is the Carrot?

 

The carrot is a root vegetable usually orange in color but carrots do come in multiple colors like purple, red, white, and yellow varieties. The carrot has been cultivated for over 2,000 years. The domestic carrot has been selectively bred to make it more palatable, increase its sweetness, and minimize the woody core or taproot.

The carrot was first cultivated for its leaves not its taproot. Carrots belong to the Umbelliferae family, named after the umbrella-like flower clusters of the family related to carrots. Carrots are related to the same family as anise, caraway, cumin, dill, fennel and parsley, parsnips.

Carrots are available throughout the year, but locally grown carrots are in season in the summer and fall when they are the freshest and most flavorful.

The Carrot is Naturally Sweet

The carrot has a crunchy texture and a sweet minty aromatic taste. The carrot has the second highest natural sugar (7 g per cup) count in vegetables the beet is number one with (9 g per cup).

Natural Sugar is better for you than High Fructose Corn Syrup. But all sugar counts natural or processed. Read more in my article Good Carb Bad Carb

We tell the sugar addicted to get off sugar and eat a carrot. Carrots may be sweet and the bigger the carrot the more sugar it contains but in our world of sugar you would need to eat a whole lot of carrots to equal the 28 g of sugar in one Coco-Cola 8 ounce bottle.

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Coco-Cola Nutrition Label Showing Sugar Content

Carrots Come in an A Variety of Amazing Colors

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Carrots are orange right? Wrong there are an amazing variety of colors found in carrots. All these color varieties still belong to the genus and species of plant, Daucus carota. Note the white and yellow is a carrot not a turnip. Also note not all carrots are pretty and straight.

Did You Know You Can Eat the Carrot Leaves?

When I buy my carrots from my local farmer he offers to remove the unwanted leaves. I would never think of actually eating the tops and I’m eating a lot of natural things. I normally say no and cut the tops off myself for my own compost patch. I assumed carrot greens were simply inedible. Research has shown what the ancient Greeks already knew. The ancient Greeks raised the carrot for its leaves not its taproot which grows under the ground.

Are Carrot Tops Bad for you?

The carrot is related to cumin, dill, fennel and parsley which are all famous for their feathery tops. The carrot like the rest the tops are eatable. Carrot tops are bitter and I have learned to fight illness you need the taste of bitter. See my article “Bitter is Better”

So How Do You Eat the Tops?

You can eat them raw in salads or you can blanch or sauté them or use them for broth or stock. In fact, a cookbook author and food writer Diane Morgan, has written a book called Roots.

The author think it is a waste to throw away the carrot tops or discard them in the compost patch. “Many root vegetables, such as carrots, turnips, radishes, and beets, are grown for the roots and the tops are discarded or composted. What a shame to waste all the nutrients and deliciousness of those bushy tops. Carrot tops, which some believe are poisonous, and they are not, are such a treat to use.”

Check out Diane’s recipe for carrot top pesto:

There Are Many Sizes of Carrots Carrot%20Shapes

When using carrots for juicing the Bolero, and Ingot a Nantes type, are the best.  One of the most popular carrots is the early or late Half-Long.  Please note there isn’t anything called a “baby carrot”.

How Are Baby Carrots Made?

Babycarrot“Baby Carrots”

But before you go and buy what is called “Baby Carrots” off the Grocery Store shelf you better first ask the question – What are Baby Carrots?

A Baby carrot is made not grown. You see Carrots are a root vegetable and they can grow to a pretty good length. Nature is not perfect and the Earth isn’t either. I live in the New England area and the land literally grows rocks. No matter how I turn the soil or how often I till it I always find rocks and so do carrots.

Carrots don’t all grow in a nice row like what we get in the plastic bags found in the Grocery Store’s produce section. Carrots grow crooked, deformed, and imperfect.

Well since we expect food to look perfect like processed foods our carrots need to look all neat and pretty so an industrious Farmer started cutting down the ugly carrot and creating a “Baby Carrot”. The cutting is pealed and washed and hardly resembles the original carrot. Since the peel has been removed the carrot is soaked in chlorine and put in a plastic bag for protection from bacteria.

After processing the “Baby Carrot” is anything but a carrot. After eating fresh carrots and deformed carrots grown in my garden or my local farmers garden the baby carrot tastes more like dish soap or swimming pool water.

If you look close at prepared carrots like the “Baby Carrot”, cocktail carrots, or the shredded carrot you will see some carrots are covered in a white film, this is caused by dehydration of the cut surface. I don’t think there are many nutrients left except of course the sugar.

How do they make baby carrots Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1EidklywNUk#t=22

 

Benefits of Carrots

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Carrots are good for the eyes.

Carrots contain high concentration of carotenoids, notably beta-carotene which is named after carrots. Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A. Besides being really good for eyesight strengthens the immune system. The Vitamin A in carrots help stop free radical damage and macular degeneration.

 

Helps Fight Cancer

 

There is increasing evidence that eating foods high antioxidants protect the body at a cellular level from damage. Vegetables and Fruits with a dark orange pigment like carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are known to pack a serious alpha, beta and other carotenoid punch. These antioxidants protect the body at the cellular level from antioxidant or free-radical damage.

 

Prevent cognitive decline

Studies have shown diets rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene over an extended period of time show significant improvements in brain aging, cognition and verbal memory skills. It may also have to do with the body is simply under less stress when inflammation has been decreased and increase of antioxidants do just that. By reducing or eliminating oxidative stress or decrease oxygen supply to the brain. Natural treatment for leukemia Bioactive compounds found in carrots and carrot juice are being studied to help induce cell death on human lymphoid leukemia cell lines. Help Prevent Heart Disease Eating a rainbow of colorful, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are effective in treating cardiovascular disease (CVD) several studies have found. The color deep orange or yellow found in carrots provided the most protection.

 

Helps with Good Gut Health

 

Carrots are high in fiber, low in calories but a little high in natural sugar. Carrots help with detoxing and losing weight.
How to Store Carrots

Carrots are hardy and will keep longer than many other vegetables the key to carrots is to keep them from drying out and cracking or becoming soft and rubbery. If you have purchased your carrots with the green feathered tops they should be removed and keep separate. The leaves had a tendency to draw out the natural moister in the carrot. To keep the carrot moist, I store it in the crisper of my refrigerator in a plastic bag. Storage in a plastic bag is good for vegetables for it becomes a separate world and will not pick up the flavors of other foods.

Before storage I washed the carrots but do not dry them. I let them drip dry in the plastic bag or use a splash of water. The trick is to keep them from drying out but to prevent them from getting too wet.

Sources

http://www.wisegeek.com

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-carotenoids.htm

http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-eat-multiple-colored-fruits-vegetebales/

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http://www.livestrong.com/article/446844-how-much-sugar-is-in-carrots/

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http://naturalsociety.com/how-are-baby-carrots-made/

http://www.naturalnews.com/045782_carrots_cognitive_decline_sharper_vision.html

http://naturalsociety.com/alpha-carotene-carrots-prevent-cancer-heart-disease/

Mushrooms a Wonder of Nature

By Joan L. McDaniel                           June 29, 2014

Mushrooms are magical and mysterious at the same time. They are more like animals then they are like plants. But what they really are is a form of fungus.

Today we don’t think we have much to do with fungus in our daily lives and when it comes to food we most often think fungus as an unwanted growth – a sign that something should not be eaten and thrown into the trash or compost patch for rotting vegetables to further decomposes. This is if you’re eating real food. Processed food is pure free from bacteria, fungus and nutrition for it is mostly sugar and sugar doesn’t go bad. But I’ve gotten sidetracked again on with the mushroom.

A Mushroom is a Fungus but not all fungus is a mushroom. Fungus has been around the earth since our prehistoric primordial ocean goo period. Fungus climbed out of the goo with us and is a major part of our bodies even today. We have fungus in us and all around us. We need fungus to further life and to grow. To grow things must die we need fungus to clean up the mess so to speak.

There are many types of mushrooms numbering into the thousands. Only a small percentage of them are poisonous the rest are not only eatable but considered gourmet or a delicacy.

What I have suddenly realized is this bacteria, decay and rot to a mushroom is LUNCH. Mushrooms literally decompose bacteria. They turn rotting decaying soil into healthy soil. Healthy soil that grows healthy food and in many cases the mushroom becomes food itself. It is part of this magical earth we live on.

Mushrooms are Multi-Colored and Multi-Shaped

 

 

 

 

The more I looked into mushrooms the more I was amazed. This just brushes the surface but mushrooms are eatable, gourmet, magical, medicinal, poisonous or toxic, or psychedelic, to name a few. There are thousands of mushroom types and over 100 different species. Many different mushroom types are being studied for their health-promoting benefits, and about a half dozen really stand out for their ability to deliver a tremendous boost to your immune system including fighting cancer.

Sort of like what they can do to the soil of the earth can they do to your gut flora or your immune system?   Good question.

Mushrooms look like buttons, chickens, hens, fans, flowers, trumpets or horns, tails of turkeys and umbrellas. Mushroom have been called toadstools for they grow in a swamp and resemble a stool for a fog. I like to think of it as a stool a tadpole (baby frog) sits on a toadstool to audition to go to frog school. Frogs sit on mushroom caps to get out of the mud and sing or go ribbitting or croaking or whatever sound a frog makes. I know I have another one – the frog wants to become an American and Americans don’t like dirt especially dirty frogs. Ha Ha!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mushrooms are multicolored that range from stone white to black, light and dark brown, green, greys, orange, reds, yellow and of course, dirty white.

 

Take NOTE!

 

It is important that you know how the mushroom has been grown for mushroom absorb whatever they are grown on, that is why they can become toxic when grown in the wild. The growing conditions is critical especially to a novice like me. You should buy your mushrooms or mushroom kits from a reliable source. The best is to find a local mushroom farmer or grow them your own.

 

Mushroom Diagram

 

A Mushroom is a Fungus but not all fungus is a mushroom. A mushroom is a reproductive structure that grows above the ground. It releases spores to keep the species going. As long as there is decay for the mushroom to feed on it will continue to grow and multiply. Once the decay or rot is gone the mushroom disappears or decomposes. Mushrooms are not normally long lived.

 

 

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The Mushroom grows above the ground. It has no blossoms, flowers, leaves, root, or seeds yet, the mushroom itself is called the fruit body.

 

Cap – As there are hundreds of mushroom varieties there are many shapes of caps or umbrella shaped tops.

Gills – Under the cap. Which contain Spores.

Margin or edge

Mycelium – Are not roots but I have heard is the healthiest part of the mushroom.

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Spores – This is how a mushroom makes little baby mushrooms. Mushrooms grow not from eggs, or seeds but from spores. A mushroom is a variety of gilled fungi with or without stems. Fish have gills.

Stem- A mushroom may or may not have a stem

Scales – on mushroom cap

Volva (or sack) base of bulb

 

Magic Mushrooms

Alice in Wonderland and the magic mushroom

 

Magic MushroomWhen one starts talking about the mushroom terms like “Magic” or “psychedelic” come to mind. Or at least the mind of my age group. I sometimes wonder if the kids of today even know what a rabbit hole is or even maybe a real rabbit.

 

The magic mushroom I remember came from the story Alice in Wonderland. Soon after Alice fell into the rabbit’s hole, she came upon a caterpillar sitting on a mushroom smoking a hokah (water pipe for smoking we will assume tobacco). It turns out the mushroom was magic and the caterpillar offered the advice of its powers to Alice to help her in her situation. One side of the mushroom will make her taller and the other side will make her shorter.

 

This then leads me to the psychedelic mushroom which reminds me of the 1960s Student Peace movement or student revolution.   The wonderful 1960s full of hippies turned yuppies, gathering at the, Summer of Love in California and Woodstock New York getting high, LSD, strange music, and psychedelic mushrooms plus a little weed.

 

 

 

 

Psilocybin, psychedelic, or magic mushrooms - are mushrooms that contain the psychedelic drugs psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybin mushrooms have likely been used since prehistoric times and may have been depicted in the caveman’s rock art. Many cultures have used these mushrooms in religious rites. In modern societies, they are used recreationally for their psychedelic effects.

America’s Traditional Mushroom

It is unfortunate but American’s have lost their ancient American Indian traditions where mushroom and other remedies came from things found growing in the ground. The Medicine man of the tribe would comb the land in search of cures and remedies for his tribe.

The most common type of mushroom we find America buying is the white mushroom or button (Crimini, and Portobello are the same species) not to downplay its popularity but it is to quote Steve Farrar “Like the white bread of the mushroom world.” America has been industrialized including its food supply everything is processed.

American’s love pure white food; pure white bread, pure white flour, pure white rice, pure white salt, don’t forget the pure white sugar, and anything else pure white. Everything has been pasteurized and is bacteria free. These foods are processed high in synthetic added vitamins and empty of any nutrition. The American are a bit afraid of anything that has colors, is exotic, isn’t clear, has texture or tastes bitter so the white button mushroom is safe even if it may have a spec of dirt or …whatever.

Most mushrooms in the grocery store are grown on Farms.

In the world of industry mushrooms are grown on farms not from the wild. Rather than using a whole food like grain, millet, rice or a wood log, microscopic mushroom spores take root in a growing medium or a sterilized host like a pasteurized bale of hay or sawdust. They can also be made to grow in stainless steel tubs called bioreactors in submerged synthetic fermentation material.   Mushroom spores are then injected into the host it is watered and left in a moist dark area to grow. The American industrialized common button or Portobello mushroom is normally grown in this fashion.

Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushrooms come to us from the ancient and traditional herbal medicines from East Asia like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (ling zhi “spirit plant”), Japanese (“10,000 year mushroom), Tibetan, Vietnamese and others from over 2,000 years ago.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1967 novel Cancer Ward featured Inonotus obliguus a mushroom used in Russia as early as the 16th century. The medicinal mushroom is very popular in the Asian and European markets but not so much in the American market. As modern medicine continues to have difficulty with such things as the “superbug” interest is growing in the medicinal power of some mushrooms.

Although all mushrooms have health benefits a medicinal mushroom are the superfood. These benefits included antioxidants, allergy reduction, the treatment of cancer, to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy, acute diabetes, treat HIV/AIDS, boosting an immune system, Chronic Fatigue syndrome (CFS), hepatitis, and high blood pressure. There are current studies to determine just how medicinal some mushrooms can be.

Not All Fungi Produce Mushrooms

When it comes to the world of medicine Fungi is responsible for many of our drugs. Fungi that do not produce mushrooms have made big contributions to medicine including antibiotics particularly antifungals, enzyme suppressants, immunosuppressant’s, penicillin, and statins. A fungus propagates by division not by growing a complete body like the mushroom

I will leave the discussion of pharmaceutical drugs for another time but we all should remember the creation of penicillin as the first antibiotic. The use and overuse of pharmaceutical drugs is a hot topic and one reason I have turned to natural cures. But on with the mushroom.

Medicinal Mushrooms available today

Coriolus versicolor (Turkey tail) – Available in United States as an extract and dietary supplement.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa

Reishi (Ganoderma) cultivation, In the United States, I only found it available in supplement form. It is available in Asian cultures.

Shiitak – Is widely available in U.S. Markets

 

Mushroom Capital of the World is in the United States

Speaking about finding your own local mushroom farmer, the Mushroom Capital of the world is in the United States. We should know a thing of two about growing mushrooms but only a few people know about it.

In the home of “Brotherly Love” and the “Constitution”, in the state of Pennsylvania there is such a place. Close to where Hershey chocolate is made they grow mushrooms. Kenneth Square a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World for it produces and sells over a million pounds of mushrooms a week. Just outside the town lie 20 acres of steaming compost piles made agricultural wastes also known as mushroom food.

There is even an annual Mushroom Festival, where the town shuts down to have a parade.

The area was originally inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. The land came from the original land grant from William Penn. It was the site of General Sir William Howe’s march to the Battle of Brandywine during the American Revolution. It was also known as an important part of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escaping to the North for freedom. Kennett Square’s founder introduced mushroom growing. He imported spawn from Europe and started experimenting with mushroom cultivation. Kennett Square is the subject and setting of 19th-century American author Bayard Taylor‘s novel, The Story Of Kennett.

You Can Grow Your Own

A mushroom is another form of life on this planet. They do not grow from seeds they grow from microscopic spores that reside in the cap of the mushroom. These microscopic spores are available and can be purchased along with the growing medium If you like sprouting you’ll love mushroom growing. There are hundreds of types of edible mushrooms and many can be grown in your own home. You can start with the easy strains and expand to the more difficult that need an expert touch.

I have looked on the web and have found spawn (a mixture of mushroom spores and nutrients) for sale or you can buy a whole rotting log with Shiitake spores. It is best to look around for I have heard is isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Your best bet is to go to your local farmers market, if there isn’t a mushroom farmer there they most often know where you can find one. I know I have found just a farmer not more than 50 miles away from me.

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Shiitake Starter kit a rotting log with Shitake spores

Types of Mushrooms

Dried or Powdered Mushrooms

Many exotic or medicinal mushrooms are available only in powered or extract form. It is best to try to find the whole mushroom sold dried or as a powder rather than a partial ingredient extract form.

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Common Mushrooms

White Agaricus bisporus (Button, Crimini, Protibello, or White), is an edible basidiomycete mushroom native to grassland in Europe and North America. It is refer to as the American industrialized white mushroom. It is the most common and widely consumed mushroom in the world. It can have two colors white and brown. When immature and white the mushroom is called button, champignon, common, cultivated, and table mushroom. When immature and brown the mushroom is called brown cap, chestnut, cremini, crimini, Italian brown, Roman brown mushroom. When mature it is known as the Portobello mushroom.

 

beech_mushrooms_trans Brown Beechor Shimeii– Mushrooms have always had a reputation for having magic – maybe because they spring up overnight. These beauties I have found in an Asian market and are crisp and pick up the taste of what it is cooked with like soy sauce or sesame oil nice tasting. They should be cooked not eaten raw.

 

 

 

 

  1. Bunapi. – Beech mushroom

Cordycepst – Or Caterpillar or Tochukasu. Cordyceps is a Chinese fungus used as a tonic and restorative. It is also known for improving athletic performance by increasing ATP production. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is hard to find whole but can be found in powered or in extract form. What is interesting about this mushroom is it host is an insect not a plant.cordycep

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Chanterelle – range from yellow, orange, and brown to pale white or black. The funnel-shaped caps have wrinkles instead of gills on the underside. Their taste has been described as nutty.

Enoki – Enokitake A slender, tiny, white mushroom. A small button shaped cape with a long slender stem. They are normally grown in bunches. They have a mild fruity flavor with a crunchy texture. They are usually eaten raw in a salad or sandwich. It is recommended to separate the stems before serving. They can also be cooked in soups or stock.

Chicken of the Woods not Hen of the Woods (Laetiporus) – (Crab of the woods),. The name “chicken of the woods” is not to be confused with the edible Maitake known as “hen of the woods”, or with Lyophyllum descastes, known as the “fried chicken mushroom”.

 

 

 

 

 

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chicken-of-the-woods-laetiporus-sulphureusLion’s Mane: This nontoxic medicinal and culinary mushroom is believed to stimulate nerve growth and cognitive impairment.

 

 

 

 

Maitake or Hen of the Woods– It is a delicious Japanese mushroom. It has a distinctive aroma and rich woodsy taste. The need to be cooked lightly or sautéed in butter or oil.

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Morchella or MorelHas a cone-shaped honeycomb like appearance. Morels have a porous, sponge-like appearance above the stalk. They also have a strong morelearthy or smoky flavor. Morals are a prized gourmet treat, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt. Morels need to be cooked for they contain small amounts of hydrazine toxin which is removed by cooking. Morels should never be eaten raw.

Oyster Mushroom – Also called elephant, oyster cap, pleurotte, shimeji tree mushroom, They get their name from their flavor. The have a trumpet shape and come in many colors. They can be beige, blue, light brown, gray, pale yellow, reddish, or white. The stems have broad gills and rise into a flat, mostly uneven top that resembles an oyster. They have a soft velvety texture and delicate peppery flavor. Some people compare them to the oyster from the sea. The peppery flavor becomes milder when the mushroom has been cooked. The Oyster mushrooms are found in the wild growing on logs or trees. They can be small or king size. Oyster mushrooms are delicate and ideal to grow them in your own home garden. It is best to sauté to bring out the flavor.

Recent studies suggest that oyster mushroom not only has immune boosting effects, but also contains antibiotic properties.

 

 

 

reishiReishi – When it comes to medicinal mushroom this is the champion of all mushrooms. This mushroom has many names in its Asian form one for each country it seems. In China it is called the “Spirit Plant”. It has been used as a medicinal mushroom for more than 2,000 years. This is a medicinal mushroom only not culinary – You do not eat it. Reishi is bitter, hard and woody.

You can buy the complete mushroom powdered which is advisable but extract or capsules are available. The whole mushroom is better for the complete benefits plus you can use the powder in a tea. It is hard to find but my local mushroom farmer has it.

 

 

 

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) – This is one of the oldest, healthiest food on the plant. Put it right up there with garlic. It is considered a medicinal mushroom. It has been used for centuries extensively in ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The name is translated from the Japanese, “shii” which refers to the tree on which these mushrooms originally grew, the “take” simply means mushroom.

Shiitakes are tan to deep brown in color with wide spongy umbrella-shaped tops. They are famous for their rich texture and dense smoky meat flavor. This flavor intensifies when dried and then reconstituted by soaking in water. They are the second most common cultivated edible mushroom and available on market shelves worldwide. The white mushroom is first but the shitake wins hands down with tens time the flavor.

They are best eaten cooked with the stems removed. Sauté shiitake or oyster mushroom with butter and heat add mushrooms sauté 3 to 4 minutes until they turn a light brown. Add salt, pepper and parsley and serve. Save and freeze the stems for soup stock later.

The shiitake enjoys culinary gourmet status and are carefully cultivated in a labor-intensive forest farming method.

When purchasing shiitake mushrooms the best way to tell if it is real is its price. Cheaper versions of the mushroom can be cultivated and grown on sawdust blocks reducing its nutritional value. The difference can be from $4 or $40 a pound. You pay for what you get.

trufflesTruffles – A quite rare and expensive, so they are considered a delicacy by many people like the French. French gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called truffles “the diamond of the kitchen”. Truffles are usually found at the root of the trees. Truffles are found more in Europe than in the United States. They have a strong earthy or meaty taste. The darker the truffle the stronger the taste. A Hadith states “Truffles are manna which Allah sent to the people of Israel through Moses, and its juice is a medicine for the eyes.”

Trumpet – mushrooms are the largest of the oyster mushrooms, and are also known as King trumpet, French horn or King oyster. They have thick, meaty, white stems with small, light brown caps.

 

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Turkey Tail or Coriolis or Cloud Mushroom (Trametes versicolor) – It is considered a medicinal mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the health benefits of Mushrooms?

Mushrooms add variety to any dish and they generally have nutritional benefits but the best mushrooms are the ones either grown yourself from a log kit or from a local farmer. Some mushrooms I have found to be beneficial to your health and reasonably priced are Brown Beech or Shimeii, Enoki, and some variations of the Oyster like the Trumpet or King Trumpet..

The Shiitake mushroom is very popular you have to take a careful look to get a feel for how it is grown. The white button mushroom I have found to be of commercial value only without any health benefits. The commercial mushroom is farm raised and many vitamins are synthetically made and added. Unfortunately the only way to know if you have a health mushroom is a healthy price tag per pound.

Till next time

Sources

Books

Dr. Majid Ali,

The Canary and Chronic Fatigue

http://www.amazon.com/The-Canary-Chronic-Fatigue-Majid/dp/1879131048/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1405985476&sr=8-5&keywords=dr.+majid+ali

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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/08/top-12-foods-for-healthy-immune-response.aspx

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http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Mushrooms

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400053/are-mushrooms-good-for-your-health.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/045988_grow_vegetables_home_gardening_herbs.html#ixzz37k7AFjLi

http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-oyster-mushrooms/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/13/mushroom-benefits.aspx

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/shiitake-mushrooms.html

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Dr. Mercola’s my interview with Dr. Seneff

Is Yogurt really a health food?

 By Joan L. McDaniel                                         July 14, 2014

Conventional or commercial Yogurt is promoted to the concerned consumer looking for a healthy diet food or snack they can eat on the go and help the immune system at the same time. In a way its image is that of a “Fast Food” that is healthy and good for you.

Yogurt is a fermented dairy product with “Live and Active Cultures” or probiotics that give the immune system the good bacteria it needs to function to fight off illness and stay healthy.

But is commercial yogurt really just junk food disguised as a “Health Food?”

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Typical Yogurt Food Label

I became intrigued

As I have said before in this blog, I was learning how to get well from the food I ate. I looked into Yogurt as an option. I even tried some. I had already stopped eating “low-fat” or “fat-free” foods for I found the tremendous value of saturated fats like Coconut Oil. One unknown value of Fats is Vitamins. Vitamin A, C, E, Selenium, Zinc and many more are only soluble in Fat. You can eat all you want or take all the supplements you can, but if you don’t eat fat they won’t be broken down and absorbed by your system.

The commercial Yogurt is also loaded with sugar which was why I was sick in the first place. I had Yeast Overgrowth in my system and in my lungs. I could not catch my breath. Yeast Overgrowth is one side/effect of too much sugar and carbs in your diet. Sugar is acid and Yeast loves acid and destroys and eats oxygen.

 

 

I was never one to drink a lot of milk and yogurt in America is mostly made with cow’s milk. I am also not a real advocate for Cow’s milk. I have often said, “Cow’s milk is for calf’s not humans or even human babies”. A Cow is a large animal and so is its calf. A human baby will never be as big as a baby calf. Goat for example is a smaller animal and its milk is better suited. Or at least that is what I have found in my research which has firmed my opinion.

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Kiernan Farm Grass Fed Beef. Cow and her calf

I did try to make my own Yogurt from whole milk minus the sugar but wasn’t very successful or motivated, so I just gave it up.

Recent articles Questioning Commercial Yogurt

Recently there has been a rash of articles on Yogurt questioning its “Health Food” and “Natural Food” claims and I have become intrigued again with Yogurt.

I have learned the value of fermentation and building up of good gut flora which is your immune system, and I have been eating small amounts or fermented Cabbage (sauerkraut). I know your colon needs both probiotic (live bacteria) and prebiotic or roughage.

I Started My Research by Asking Questions

I began my research by asking a few questions then using search engines to try to find answers but there are two I could not find a good answer for:

Basically I have two overall problems that I don’t understand about Yogurt first is how can it be called a “health food” and contain so much sugar and the second is how can it be pasteurized which kills off both good and bad bacteria even though they say they add active live cultures back in and the product shelf life?

How do you know for sure the cultures are still alive other than the label? I do not know of a good way to test to find out you just have to believe the label. The same label that calls Yogurt healthy with no fat and 26 grams of sugar.

The rest of the questions and answers appear below. The sources are listed at the bottom under sources. The answers I have paraphrased based on all information I could find.

First some Needed Terms

Fermented foods - such as raw milk kefir, kimchee, miso soup, pickles, probiotic beverages (Kombucha Tea, Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and water Kefir), sauerkraut, tempeh, etc, which are rich in probiotic, or good bacteria. Scientific research shows that 80 percent of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health and maintain optimal gut flora. Fermented food produce acid, you want to take small amounts on a daily basis but not too much. I take about a tablespoon of sauerkraut a day. You want your stomach with an acid balance but the rest of your system including the lower intestine to be alkaline. You want the probiotic to stay in your stomach.

 

Health Food – Is a food believed to be highly beneficial to health. The closer the food is to the earth the better. Natural food is free from artificial ingredients, chemical additives and colors or anything else manufactures love to add including sugar. Foods fresh from your garden or the local farm are loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids, natural sugars, nutrients and vitamins. They are also rich in dietary fibers. Meat is also health but it should also come from nature not a large farm. Free range beef, chicken and fish caught in the wild are rich in nutrition and Omega-3 fats.

 

Pasteurization or pasteurisation – is a process invented by French Scientist Louis Pasture during the nineteenth century. Pasteur discovered that heating milk to a high temperature then immediately cooling it enabled the milk to remain fresher for an extended period of time (shelf life). This process is not only kills the bad pathogens that cause spoilage but kills off the good bacteria also. Today the process of pasteurization is used widely in the drinks and food industry to increase the shelf life. Pasteurization occurs at the higher heat of 145 degrees while boiling is normally done at the lower 110 degrees where some cultures can still stay alive.

probiotic – (Literally means pro-life rather than anti-life antibiotics). Refers to a dietary of food supplement that contains “good live bacteria”. This bacteria is viable in our disease-fighting digestive track and immune system. Fermented food products such as cultured dairy food (from raw milk) such as yogurt, kefir, Sauerkraut (cabbage), and Asian cabbage called kim chee. In America and western culture, Yogurt made from pasteurized milk have active cultures added after pasteurization.

Probiotics and Prebiotics – Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, a probiotic is not the same thing as a prebiotic. probiotic are the actual bacteria, whereas prebiotic are non-digestible foods that help establish a healthy environment for good bacteria to thrive. Also called dietary fiber. Don’t look for any prebiotic in Yogurt for all I found the fiber content was less than 1 %.

Raw Milk – Is a safe food, rich in living enzymes and beneficial probiotic bacteria. Our ancestors drank raw milk our countries founders like George Washington drank raw milk. People have safely consumed raw milk for millennia, and many countries today allow raw milk sales including Europe where it is sold in vending machines or on street corners. Raw milk’s availability is limited in the United States depending on where you live. You can locate the source closest to you at RealMilk.com.

Whole Milk – Most American Yogurt is made from fat-free cow’s milk but you can find commercial yogurt made from whole or 2% fat milk. So you can get saturated fat but a lot of good that will do you because they still add sugar.

More information about the two questions I cannot find the answer for – I know I’m repeating myself but I still don’t understand it.

What does eating sugar with probiotic do?

probiotics are good. Your gut flora needs both probiotics and good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria but I don’t know what happens to the probiotic in a sea of sugar. Natural sugar is one thing but added sugar is something else. All Sugar is bad but added sugar is worse. Refined processed sugar is toxic and it is known to cause disease such as Diabetes and inflammation.

Sugar causes insulin rushes, insulin resistance. Sugar overloads the system once consumed it passes immediately into the blood stream and is burned up fast. Sugar causes instant energy. But it may cause instant energy but it will also cause instant fatigue. Sugar is an acid. Acids hate oxygen and a probiotic needs oxygen. Sugar destroys oxygen. Get rid of the sugar and the probiotic might have a chance.

In other words eating enough sugar results in a roller coaster ride of highs and lows leading to daily fluctuations in energy and alertness, and possibly to eventual chronic adrenal exhaustion

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Sugar High Sugar Low and Away we go

You drink enough of this stuff your life is one big ROLLER COASTER RIDE and so is your health – Up Down and Not Very Good.

How 26 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce contain of Yogurt can be labeled as “Health Food” I will never know. 28 grams of sugar is equal to 1 ounce. 1/6 of the yogurt is sugar. I know I’m repeating myself but I still don’t understand it.

Can Milk be Pasteurized and have “live cultures”?

I do not know how to answer the question – Can something be pasteurized and have active live cultures? Since the pasteurization process kills all bacteria the live cultures are added back in after the milk has cooled. In many cases I wonder if the live cultures can survive and still allow the product a decent shelf life. I even asked a search engine the question and this is one answer I got from answers Yahoo.com

The manufactures label says “life and Active cultures” and I guess we have to believe them. I have not heard of any real independent test to find out.

I’m not too good at believing labels since I am finding them more advertising slogan than product information. But who am I to know? I just won’t eat it and suggest other people stop eating it.

According to Dr. Mercola findings most commercial yogurt are worse than worthless as they are pasteurized and associated with the problems of pasteurized milk products. The heating process destroys milk’s natural sugar lactose so the added additives, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial colors and flavors or artificial sweeteners are put back in all of which are bad for your health but great for your taste buds.

According to Dr. Mercola “Look for yogurt brands that say “grass-fed, no added hormones” or, even better, “gluten-free.” Stonyfield Organic Greek yogurt uses NO toxic pesticides, artificial hormones or antibiotics. It’s also non-GMO and USDA Organic.” I have heard about some problems with Stonyfield products but cannot verify.

I recently found a Goat farmer that pasteurized her goat’s milk but adds the cultures in after pasteurization. She uses whole milk and adds zero sugar. I tasted it and it was wonderful. I’m a new fan of farm fresh yogurt from my local Goat Farmer. Now I can alternate the sour sauerkraut and use natural yogurt on my morning ½ cup of berries.

Maybe you can find a local farmer that makes fresh and I mean fresh yogurt.

Now to my Remaining Questions

What is Yogurt?

Yogurt – Is a Turkish word. Yogurt originated in many places and it is not known where it actually originated. Yogurt refers to a tart, thickened fermented milk product. It is heated until it starts to separate and make curds. The milk is then removed from heat live active cultures are added and it is left to sit for up to 12 hours to ferment. The fermenting process works on the milks protein and natural sugars called lactose. The active cultures feed off the sugars leaving a characteristic Yogurt tangy tart taste. The fermenting process creates lactic acid which acts as a preservative.

In America the milk used for yogurt comes mostly from cow’s milk but in other parts of the world the milk can come from, camel, ewe, goat, mare, water buffalo and yaks.

Yogurt cultures where first isolated in the early 1900s. These cultures are separate and sold as direct set starters or cultures can be obtained from previous cultured yogurt.

Note in commercial yogurt the sugar is added to preserve shelf live and to remove the tangy tart taste to not offend Americans sensational sweet tooth and to sell more product.

What is Greek Yogurt?

Greek yogurt is the latest thing. It is celebrated for its very thick and creamy texture. The same process of making yogurt is followed but Greek Yogurt adds an additional step to the process to drain away the whey or liquid. They use cheesecloth or muslin to filter out the whey. Greek Yogurt should be creamer and thicker due to this straining process. The product may also be a little more expensive.

Greek Yogurt has recently become available in the U.S. and is selling well. It should taste less bitter therefore less sugar should be added. I looked on the store shelves and found the sugar content in Commercial Greek yogurt is still very high.

Look out for the label just because it says Greece on the label it doesn’t mean it came from Greece. You can add corn starch or other thickening agents to make it less runny you know.

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Typical Greek yogurt in Greece is made either of cow, goat or sheep’s milk. Imports to the US tend to be cow’s milk since the other milks have a Tangier taste it will not pass America’s hungry sweet tooth demand.

Not to get sidetracked or anything BUT — What do you think when you hear the term Curds and Whey?????

Whey is the liquid part of the milk after the milk has been boiled and curd is the solid or chunky part. Curds and whey is also Cottage Cheese.

Whey or milk serum is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained

Now if that makes you think of the childhood poem Little Miss Muffet

Little-Miss-Muffett-294x300Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider,

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

You’e not alone — but now I am sidetracked.

 

 

 

What is Non-Dairy yogurt?

There are now “Non-Dairy” or “Dairy Free” Yogurts made with almond, coconut, and soy milk. The product is heated to a very high temperature then allowed to cool. The active cultures are added plus other additives like sugar. According to the website wellinessmama the additive carregeenan is also added.

“Carrageenans or carrageenins are a family of linear sulfated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry, for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties.”

“Carrageenan may not be as bad as some sources portray it, but there is evidence that it can be harmful and cause health problems, especially if consumed regularly. The additive serves no nutritional purpose only as a thickening agent.”

These products are also loaded with sugar, 19 grams in a 6 oz. container. They do contain saturated fat.

What is the History of Yogurt?

Yogurt has been a stable in diets and is one of the oldest fermented foods since the caveman found he could get milk from animals like the cow or goat. In the 1900 yogurt was a stable in the Russian Empire. The Russian Nobel laureate and biologist Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov hypothesized that regular consumption of yogurt was responsible for unusually long lifespans of Bulgarian peasants.

When Dannon first introduced its product to America attributed Russian long life to the eating of Yogurt. Of Course, his was before the Russian takeover in Georgia.

Yogurt with a vodka chaser? The world’s oldest woman may live in Georgia

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Dannon Advertisement

 

Isaac Carasso industrialized the production of yogurt in 1919. Carasso started a small yogurt business in Barcelona Spain and named the business Danone (“little Dianiel”) after his son. The brand name later expanded to the United States under the Americanized version of the name Dannon.company-logo-danone

Yogurt was first introduced in the United States in the early 1900s and settled in the New York and surrounding areas. Yogurt popularity was with immigrants and various New York, New England ethnicities. It wasn’t until Dannon introduced “Fruit on the Bottom” when sales really took off. In 1947 Dannon made a breakthrough by introducing yogurt with strawberry fruit on the bottom adding to America’s sweet tooth.

In the 1950s and 60s Yogurt was presented as a health food and by the 20th century, yogurt had become a common food item in America.

What is “Natural Flavor”?

Now what exactly is a natural flavor? Next question how do you get natural flavor from something when that something isn’t part of the product? For example, Lemon flavor but no lemon’s?

It seems whenever I am in the store reading food labels the ingredient “natural flavor” is listed. What surprises me is most is this label is on a products that don’t have a natural thing in it like cereal which is all processed or lab created goo. I should say food but I don’t have the heart.

Looking into it further it seems there isn’t any regulations. Anyone can use the label “all natural” even if the whole thing came from the lab or a machine and is made of foam. The Food and Drug Administration, who regulates food and drugs, doesn’t regulate the term “all natural”. All natural to me means you pull it out of the ground or off a tree and eat it before or after washing.

As a product label it certainly is better saying “all natural” then “all plastic” or “nothing real at all”. Some products contain aspartame (artificial sugar) and artificial coloring chemicals which is a far cry from being natural. Isn’t advertising a wonderful thing?

From the book “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, I have found that natural flavoring is a man-made additive, and it makes processed food taste better.

fruit flavorsScientists called “flavorists” have come up with some interesting chemicals that excite our taste buds and make us want to come back for more.

Artificial “Natural Flavors”. You can buy them on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is Sugar Added to Yogurt?

Again I’m repeating myself. I know I have covered processed sugar earlier but just a few more things to say about it. The fermenting process depending on how long the milk is heated and to what degree will slowly destroy the natural sugar found in cow’s milk called lactate. As the milk is cultured acid in the live cultures destroy the natural sugars. Natural Yogurt therefore has a natural tart or sour taste. American’s have been addicted to sugar for so long manufactures have to add sugar to the product for it to sell.

I have seen from 14 to 29 grams of sugar added to a 6 ounce container that is almost 1 ounce of sugar plus the carbs which is even more sugar.

Don’t let the label “Plain Yogurt” that only means no added flavors except it still has sugar. I think it is still too much to keep the probiotic alive and contained in the stomach but I’m not the expert.

Before you buy you better get use to reading labels fatfreelabel

A note of warning: Light yogurt uses artificial sweeteners and artificial colors. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to be very bad for your health.

According to naturalnews “Numerous health problems have been associated with aspartame, including migraines, blurred vision, depression, gastrointestinal complications and many others.

What else is added to Yogurt?

Not to be too complex, but dairy yogurt cow’s milk protein is called casein. Yogurt cultures are

Called; L. Acidophilus, Bifious, Bifidolbacteria, Bigidolbacteria, L. Bulgaricus, L. Case, L, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, (bulgaricus), and Streptococcus thermophiles.

Ingredients also include artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, the controversial thickener carrageenan, chemical defoamers, corn starch, high-fructose corn syrup, juice concentrate, natural flavors, pectin, and synthetic preservatives.

ARTIFICAL FLAVOR

Is Fruit on the bottom really Fruit or jelly?

In the United States the term jelly refers to a clear or translucent fruit spread (jam) made from sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice and is set using its naturally occurring pectin. I cannot tell you if the fruit is real or not in most cases the label said fruit juice from concentrate. I am sure that means it is one of those bottle flavors pictured above but I have no proof.

Tastes created in a lab no real fruit anywhere. I bought several containers of Yogurt and found the ones labeled as having fruit, I could not find any actual fruit. I did find one blueberry the rest looked like something creative like gluey corn starch is used to make it look like pealed fruit. The color wasn’t even right for a true blueberry. The texture was like jelly soft not like the pulp of real fruit.

The best thing when you are trying to buy commercial yogurt is to read the labels and look closely at the product once you open it.

This is the end of my questions I am sure I will have more but this is just a word of warning If you are looking for probiotics better look somewhere else than commercial yogurt. May you can do what I did and find a local goat farmer.

Video

http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/dairy-foods/think-yogurt-is-healthy.html

There are people who have cut out other dairy products but still eat yogurt and consider it a healthy choice. Yogurt has been sold as a “diet” food that can help you lose weight and keep you healthy. There are many reasons why the typical yogurt brands don’t do either. Most yogurts are loaded with either sugar or artificial sweeteners. The sugar counteracts the probiotic effects of the yogurt, and the artificial sweeteners….well, take a look at our videos on artificial sweeteners for more about that. This applies to nondairy yogurts too! Do you know what you’re getting in your yogurt?

 

Sources

http://www.naturalnews.com/044989_conventional_yogurt_junk_food_chemical_ingredients.html

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-greek-yogurt.htm

http://www.fearlessfatloss.com/book-reviews/what-is-the-ingredient-natural-flavor/

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/what-is-yogurt-history

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442451847

http://www.dannon.com/our-history/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/12/08/top-12-foods-for-healthy-immune-response.aspx

You Brush Your Hair and Teeth, What Not Your Skin?

You Brush Your Hair and Teeth, What Not Your Skin?

 

By Joan McDaniel                                           July 7, 2014

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As I was learning how to get well, get over the pain and detoxing naturally, I ran into some articles that talked about skin brushing for the purpose of stimulating the skin and the lymphatic system.

I was having a lot of pain. At first the pain was in the knees, then as I became stronger from eating natural food and taking Iodine for my thyroid, the pain left the knees and moved to the lower back and intensified. It was so bad I found it difficult to get up from a sitting position without major pain. It would take several minutes for my muscles to adjust then I could move.

I started to detox naturally and slowly and the pain diminished then stopped. I was pain free for about 2 weeks. Then slowly a nagging pain started then became gripping in my back between he shoulders. What is this moving pain?

The more I looked at the pictures of the lymph system the more I could see the source of my pain. Maybe my lymph system is backed up with toxins?

Skin Brushing and a Congested Lymph System

 

Backed-up, blocked or congested Lymph is a serious problem and there are many suggestions on how to help get the system moving again. Skin brushing and drinking filtered room temperature tap water are just some of the first steps.

To talk about skin brushing, I thought I’d first review the body’s circulatory system with pictures to illustrate to get a better understanding. I am not an expert, I am just reviewing high school health class or how it was taught in my day.

Skin Brushing isn’t the only way to help get the lymph system moving there are other ways such as; vigorous exercise, doing jumping jacks, and trampoline bouncing.

I didn’t have the strength or balance to attempt anything more than just standing up – so my first step was slow detoxing eating natural food and to try skin brushing. It is a slow start but a start.

Skin brushing isn’t that new

Skin brushing is little-known today but has been used by the ancients to improve beauty and health. Ancient Egyptians, Greek Indian Ayurvedics, Japanese, and our Native American Indians all had forms of dry skin brushing.

As people are becoming more aware of natural detoxing, skin brushing is being used. The greatest advantage is to stimulate skin and the flow of the lymphatic system.

loofah spongeSkin brushing may be unknown but the exfoliation of dead skin isn’t. The loofah sponge and body scrubs are used to ensure silky-smooth skin.

Loofah sponge

 

How to you know if you have lymph backup or congestion

Head Aches

Fluid Retention

Don’t feel good

Muscle and or joint pain

Pain upon movement

Dry itchy skin

Skin rash

Can’t sleep

Swelling of ankles, fingers, or hands

Feel tired all the time

These are just some of the symptoms there are many more.

Some Basic Health Concepts to Get Started.

The Skin

The name for your skin body system is called the integumentary system. Your skin is your largest organ. I have written about the absorbability of the skin in the following article.

Are Skin Care Products Harmful?

Your skin is also an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. We can lose over 30,000 dead skin cells every minute. Your skin is also a barrier to the world outside. When you sweat, you’r eliminating built-up toxins that are in the skin.

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Integumentary System

The skin which includes hair, fingernails and toenails, helps eliminate toxins and waists in the body by slowly bringing them to the surface. The closer skin cells get to the surface they lose their blood supply and die. This is why hair can be used to measure the amount of toxicity and heavy metals in the system.

Every woman knows or at least woman that have grown older like me know or worry about the dead skin that accumulates along the elbows and heels and other places. Bumps or rolls of cellulite also has a tendency to accumulate over time. Many women like myself have attempt to find products that help exfoliate, to remove cellulite and dry skin.

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What is Cellulite?

It is that roll of ugly fat found on your abdomen, buttocks, legs, and thighs. It looks like rolls of fat deposits and dimpled or uneven skin. It may be hard to see but if you use your fingers and feel the skin you will feel bumps or rolls of what seems to be fat.

Would you believe this is an indication of backed-up lymph? Cellulite is simply toxic materials that have accumulate in your body’s fat cells over time and are trapped unable to break free. They can’t move and Oxygen cannot be delivered.

 

Your circulatory system

Did you know you have two circulatory systems? Everyone knows blood circulates through your system. Everyone knows the heart beats and blood circulates. But does anyone know about the Lymph circulatory system?

When I use the term lymph what do most people in the United States thing about? The concept of the lymph system is a little unclear.  I asked around and found most people think of Cancer. The phrase “The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes”, has a catastrophic meaning. Yet the lymph system is anything but catastrophic prognosis. It is your immune system.

Circulation

Body’s circulation system blood and lymph

I may not explain this right so I have found some pictures I hope will illustrate what I am tring to say.

Without trying to get too complex, your body’s circulatory system consists of two one being the blood and other of lymph. The picture above and most pictures show the arteries as red for they carry oxygen and the veins are pictured in blue for they are without oxygen and contain carbon dioxide (CO2). The Lymphatic System is shown as green.

Arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart and lungs to the body’s cells. Veins return the blood from these cells or tissues minus the oxygen but with carbon dioxide the cell tissue wastes. Meanwhile, the Lymph system receives the blood from the veins and filters out the fat and toxins and returns the cleaned blood back to the vein. The body’s top priority is to keep the blood clean and free of toxins. It dumps all this waste in the lymph node system.

Lymphatic Circulatory System Is Your Immune System

The Lymph System is very complex and has many functions, and I don’t want to get overwhelmed with detail. Perhaps the lymphatic system is the least understood of all the body systems.

To try to put it simply; the lymphatic system kills toxins including bacteria, and viruses. It then removes and stores these toxins in the tissue around your muscle cells away from the blood it is trying to protect.

All action happens at the capillary level.

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Capillaries

A Capillary is a tiny blood vessel that connects an arteriole (the smallest division of an artery) to your body’s tissue then to a venule (the smallest division of a vein). The walls of capillaries are semipermeable, thin (one cell thick) membranes that and allow the exchange of carbon dioxide, fat, fluids, food, nutrients, oxygen, toxins, wastes and water to name a few between the blood and the tissues of the body.

How do these Systems Move?

Everyone knows or at least High School taught us that the heart beats and pumps the blood which causes the blood to circulate. But did you know the lymph system isn’t attached to the heart? The lymph is attached to your skeletal muscles not your heart.

The lymph system has roughly 6 to 19 liters of lymph fluid in the body. If the body doesn’t move or the muscles don’t mover neither does the lymph system. If the lymph system doesn’t move the waste in the tissues just keep accumulating and building up.

lymph5That is why exercise and deep breathing is so important. The Lymph system when it does move moves very slowly and to the couch potatoes and those addicted to their computer and sit all day YOUR LYMPH SYSTEM IS STAGNET. A stagnant lymph system means toxins are backing up into your body tissues. Circulation is impaired, inviting free radicals and yeast and creating an environment of inflammation or illness.

http://www.beautifulonraw.com/Body_Brushing.html

Waste and Toxins just keep building up.

 

The Lymphatic System Pictured.

 

The saying goes “A picture is worth a thousand words” and when I started looking at pictures of the Lymph system I was blown away. I began to understand why I had the pain and what I could do to get better.

Location of the Lymph nodes

Lymph nodes are located throughout the body. They are mostly situated at the armpits, groin and neck.

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Lymph nodes of the body frontal view

 

The main drainage of the lymph system is under the neck behind where the V in your clavicle bone is. That is why they say to brush toward the heart.

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Lymph nodes of the body back view

The more I looked at a picture of the lymph nodes of the back the more I began understand my back pain. Note the amount of lymph nodes in the lower back and up and down the spine. Could this be the cause of so many back aches? Toxins have built up block oxygen and causing free radical damage and inflammation. It seems every nerve ending has lymph nodes.

 

Could this be the cause or source of so many people’s back pain? Back pain that can be so debilitating it limits movement puts you on a walker or in a wheelchair or in bed? Backed-up lymph nodes all along the spine a source of inflammation and toxins?

I can’t answer that question but I now found a source of my back pain.

Skin Brushing and the Lymph System

The idea behind skin brushing is to brush away dry skin and to stimulate the circulation of the lymph system. The skin is not wet or damp.

What Type of Brush to Use

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The only tool you will need is a brush. I have several. A very small round one for my face A larger hand held one that is normally used to shine shoes. Boar bristles are great. It is best to have a long handle brush to help reach all areas including the back. A bristly brush with natural fibers or bristles not synthetic. Synthetic bristles often contain chemicals that we are trying to avoid. Fibers that will not irritate the skin. One that is strong enough to remove dry skin but will maintain the natural oils which you skin has.

Whatever area you brush make sure you brush toward the heart. Concentrate on the back and front of the neck, under the arms, groin area and where the lymph nodes are see pictures.

How to brush

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It is best to either stand in the tub or on a towel to collect the dry skin. If you are in the tub your can wash the dry skin down the drain.

When just starting use light, gentle strokes which can become deeper and stronger as your skin gets use to brushing.

Brush each section with 3 to 5 strokes minimum. Remember to concentrate on the lymph node-rich areas like under arms (armpits) and upper and inner thighs. Also the head and neck.

Start with your feet, brushing up towards your knees, and traveling on upwards until you`ve done both legs. Then work from the hands, up the arms, towards the heart. Finally, brush the torso, using strokes in the direction of the heart. When brushing the stomach it is best to go in a clockwise motion as it works with the natural digestive flow.

The skin should not be red or sore but can be slightly flushed after brushing. Do not brush over fresh burns, cuts or wounds. The skin should be dry but one can use oils during brushing like coconut oil if the skin is very dry and flaky. Shower after brushing to remove the exfoliated skin cells.

Within just a week or two you`ll start to notice a difference in the quality of your skin.

How often do you brush?

Most people brush once a day, some do it more often. It depends on how much time you can devoid to it and the benefits you get. I don’t take a bath or shower without first brushing and sometimes I just skip the shower or bath.

What does Brushing Do?

Anti-aging

Manages and helps reduce cellulite

Improves and increases circulation.

Improves Lymph flow and circulation.

Removes Dead Cells and toxins on the skin

“de-clogs” the skin

Unclogs your skins pores

Helps your skin absorb more nutrients.

Helps to naturally detox.

Helps reduce inflammation

Firms the skin

Stimulates the glands to provide the natural moisture and oil to the skin

Open pores of the skin so the body can remove toxins in the skin though perspiration and sweat.

Support skin Renewal with new healthy skin cells.

Stimulate the digestive, immune, and nervous systems and more.

Helps remove stress.

So, it`s a natural way to get healthier skin. Most individuals notice that they feel refreshed and energized after dry brushing. This is due to the elimination of toxic debris and improved circulation. The skin also glows and feels smoother after the whole body exfoliation experience.

I am not pain free nor have I got a perfectly flowing Lymph system yet — but I’m working on it. My pain has decreased to an occasional twinge. I can say I am almost pain free. I have been working on it for over six months and I’m sure I have a long way to go after all this is just the first step.

 

Three Minute Miracle – Dry Skin Brushing Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vmJJ5CxlLU#t=164

 

Sources

http://www.naturalnews.com/045749_lymph_nodes_lymphatic_system_immune_function.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/025609_skin_lymph_brushing.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphatic_syste…

http://www.naturalnews.com/040615_dry_brushing_lymphatic_system_detox.html

http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9697

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-lymphatic-circulation.htm

Water – Bottled or Tap?

By Joan McDaniel                 June 28, 2014

Things You May Not Know About Bottle Water

Mount-Fitz-Roy

Mount Fitz Roy South America between Argentina and Chile

Water is a Life Force. Water is life.

Where does Water Come From?

Before I try to provide information to answer the question about bottle water safety – Where does Water Come From?

Most say it comes from the sky as part of the water cycle. Others like Dr. Masaru Emoto say it comes from outer space and returns to outer space.

We all know that we need water and oxygen to stay alive. Your body is 70 percent water. Your body needs hydration to keep everything lubricated and flowing. Just as your car and any motor engine needs oil, the human body needs water. Human blood is more than 80 percent water. Water helps deliver nutrition and minerals to the body and flush out acids, toxins and wastes from the body.

Minerals in Water

We drink water to prevent dehydration but what we also need from water is its minerals. Water is cleansing, healing and keeps us in touch with nature. Groundwater as it passes slowly through rocks and sediment of the Earth’s crust, accumulates various dissolved minerals. Groundwater mineral content increases the deeper it is in the Earth. Older waters can be highly mineralized. The most common minerals in water include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, salts, sodium, sulfur compounds, zinc and countless others depending on where water has been.

Health Spas, natural underground springs, and minerals waters have been known by our ancestors and by folklore. It is often referred to as “taking the cure” or “taking the waters”. People would flocked to these cities baths, spas and wells with the intention of being healed by bathing and/or consuming the magical waters. In order feel complete, to be happy, healthy, and well we need to feel close to nature. We need to be one with nature. What we eat and drink needs to be as close to nature without actually eating dirt.

This is the image bottle water is hoping to capitalize on. What could be healthier than spring water that comes from deep in the earth bubbling to the surface rich in minerals and Mother Nature’s healing powers?

Water needs Containment

Water has no form and it needs to be contained. In other words in order to use, store and transport water we have to put it into something like a aqueduct, bottle, bucket, clay pot, tank, or tub. As mankind has evolved so has his inventions on how to contain and transport water.

The Bottled Water Business is very profitable

bottle water growthAccording to the Food and Drug Administration, bottle water is the second most popular beverage in the United States. Americans consume over nine million gallons of it in 2012. That is about 26 gallons per person.

A typical cost of bottled water per gallon is around $3.79 that is about what I paid for a gallon of gas. The typical cost of tap water is $0.002 a gallon according to NaturalNews. That is a 1900% markup over tap water. But why is bottled water so much more expensive when it can be contaminated without any warning like what you get from your local water company. Bottlers are not required to label the contents nor the source for their products. For all we know bottled water could just be tap water you will never know. The label just says “Spring Water”, “Bottled at the Source”.

Bottled Water Sales from 1977 to 2012

Is Bottled Water Safe?

More and more people are questioning bottled water. Questioning not only what is or is not in the water but the packaging it comes in. Concern for the environment impact had San Francisco ban plastic bottles from being used in government locations.

Bottled Water the Glass or Plastic Battle?

While most people are battling over how bottled water is packaged in glass or plastic my research gives me another concern. I have now concluded; municipal tap water is safe except for certain additives such as chlorine and fluoride. I wrote the article Is Your Water Facet Loaded and recommended you filter your tap water. Tap water needs to be filtered to be safe at least to remove the added chloride and fluoride. Also note the Brita Water Filters only filter out the taste not the actual chloride.

I have now picked up my research where I left off and began to examine bottled water and its packaging.

How bottled water is packaged is important, where the water that is in the bottle comes from is also important but I suddenly realized there is more to it – Read ON

ALL BOTTLED WATER HAS BEEN PURIFIED

According to several sources and Natural News; all bottled waters are purified before being sold.

Purification is a process in which contaminants and/or minerals have been removed. Synthetic (lab created) minerals and artificial flavors are then added back in. The label does not say but 90% of bottled water uses reverse osmosis or de-ionization. This will create problems once this water is consumed.

  • First is it makes the water acid which over time will throw your gut flora out of balance, weaken you immune system, and cause inflammation.
  • Second Mother Nature knows the difference and senses the missing minerals and the added supplements as foreign. “Mother Nature abhors a vacuum” and once consumed the “hungry” water or free radical water will leech back the minerals it finds in your body to regain its balance. So purified or bottled water that has been stripped of its natural minerals from the earth will then stipe out minerals from your body as a replacement. Minerals you need. The reason you are drinking the water in the first place is to replenish minerals.
  • Third – Mother Nature sensing will send out black fungus to kill off the alien substance. Once consumed this water will eventually create Candida Yeast Overgrowth conditions.

The lab cannot create what Mother Nature has taken years to create in its rocks and sediment in the Earth’s crust. I don’t even recommend or take synthetic Vitamins. So what exactly is in that bottle water be it in plastic or glass? Distilled water by definition is purified, but it is not good for human consumption.

Government Regulation

The Bottling industry including the bottling of alcohol are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and municipal city water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The FDA was created in 1906. It has been around for years and years the EPA did not come into existence until December of 1970 during the Environmental movement which had been fueled by Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring. Needless to say the EPA rules cover water are very strict.

The FDA require bottlers to test for contaminants but the agency thinks it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that the product complies with laws and regulations. Listing of ingredients is voluntary and when ingredients are listed, it may be anything from a deceptive partial list to vague statements concerning its source waters.

The bottlers are not required to labeling the contents or tell of the waters source.

For an example:

In 2007, PepsiCo, which owns the Aquafina “purified” water brand, announced it would begin printing the words “Public Water Source” on its labels. The move came in response to several nationwide campaigns at that time to combat deceptive bottled water labeling.

Some bottled water does come from the mountains and crystal clear spring water. But how do you know? Since the manufacture isn’t required to label the source it could be from a municipal supply or tap water. The water is purified, treated and sold to us with one big markup in the price. You may be surprised to learn that you are really just drinking very expensive tap water.

The EPA considers municipal water to be of high environmental importance and governs municipal water companies with miles of regulations. The EPA requires quarterly reports and inspections. Many regard the EPA regulations to be overkill and I’m not one to support regulations but – There doesn’t seem to be any truth in advertising or any motivation other than financial.

So to you the only difference between bottled water and tap water is you can control tap water by using a filter system. You cannot control what you cannot see and bottle water labels won’t tell you either.

History

Bottled water has been around for a long time. It was originally sold as a curative drink from expensive and exclusive health spas. Bottle water was a drink that only the wealthy could afford. Mineral water also has a long history. Native Americans utilized thermal mineral springs for its curative healing powers. Health Spas form around mineral springs and water from the springs were bottled but sold to only a few.

Mineral water from San Pellegrino in Italy has been produced since 1395.

bottle water 1The Perrier Company in 1898

It was France who first began to capitalize on bottle water. Evian was the first thermal spring used to bottle water. It became a curative thermal bath and first open to the public in 1821. Two years later Evian water was sold in earthenware. It wasn’t until 1920 that Evian was sold in bottles. A local French doctor began The Perrier Company in 1898. He located the company at the spring at Vergeze in southern France. He operated a spa later a man named Harmsworth closed the unprofitable spa renamed the spring Source Perrier and started bottling the mineral water. He used distinctive green bottles that were in the shape of Indian Clubs which he used to exercise.

The spring is naturally carbonated but during the bottling process the carbonation has to be separated and then added back into the water.

 

 

Death of the Soda Fountain – Rise of the Bottling Industry

The Soda Fountain sodafountain

During the 1960s the bottled soft drink began to change it’s marketing from The Soda Fountain or ice cream pallor where Coco Cola syrup was used to make a drink called a soda. Coco Cola began to sell its carbonated soda directly to the public itself. This was during the decline of the mom and pop lunch counter and the growth of the fast food industry.

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It was the Perrier Company that began the move to bottled water health craze when it launched its $5 million dollar campaign in the United States to market its imported bottle water in 1977. Even though the EPA and its rigid controls over municipal water had been in existence since 1970, concern for the environment help fuel this craze. The EPA’s regulations have taken time to develop and still many people are unaware of how much power the EPA really has.

Perrier’s marketing was addressed at the growing concerns about pollution and poor-quality tap water. It caught the yuppies consumer dollar that wanted a lifestyle statement and bottle water fit the image. After the marketing success of Perrier a new market was created and the industry grew to being a major profitable source we see today.

The drive for “healthy spring water” from mountain spring water or well water or spa mineral water “fresh water” lack of confidence in municipal water?

Perrier’s famous green bottle became extremely popular throughout Europe and it was the first sparkling mineral water to be bottled in the U.S. By 1970, Perrier had become an intrinsic part of American healthy lifestyle.

The General Public Opinion is Bottled Water is Safe.

Most people when asked what is safer Tap or Bottled water? At least 90% will respond with the answer “Tap”. The general public is blind on this issue and there isn’t a lot of motivation from either the white coat industry, the bottling industry, or the US Government to change that opinion. When someone starts feeling ill with stomach upset and acid indigestion no one would even suggest try to stop drinking bottled water for a week and see if you feel better. You soon learn to just reach for the antacid pill and never even think about it until you really get sick.

What is surprising is most bottling companies do not have large advertising budgets people just flock to the store and carry the stuff home.

Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration

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The Great Salt Flats USA

In a Desert untouched by man you would have to dig deep to find water like these plants. The picture illustrates how you feel and look when you are dehydrated. You tongue is full of bumps you skin feels like rough and your bones and joints are stiff.

We drink water and are told to drink more water to prevent dehydration. There are many signs of dehydration; altered mental status, dry mouth, dry skin, and thirst but thirst isn’t a good indicator of dehydration the best indicator for the body’s need for water, especially in infants, children and older adults is the color of the urine: Clear light-colored urine normally light yellow. Light colored urine means your well hydrated, but the darker the urine the less hydrated and more dehydrated you are. Dark yellow or amber is a sign of dehydration. When you are dehydrated every cell in your body cries out for water like the guy lost in the dessert, dying for a drink.

Urine-chartColor of urine

The amount of urine is also important it should be at least 30 cc an hour. No urine output over several hours or if the color of the urine is dark this is a serious indication of major dehydration.

 

 

 

Sources for Natural Water

Tap Water – Water provided by your local municipality. Your local city water may have fluoride added and it definitely has chlorine added. Chlorine is used to purify or kill all the bacteria in the water both good and bad bacteria. In the United States, tap water is held to very strict purity standards by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The source for most tape water is from a public source not well water. The source may be a local lake or reservoir. It is hard to control a whole lake from obtaining contaminates. Your local water utility must constantly test and provide quarterly reports on its water its additives, contaminates, and many other very dry statistics. Your tap water is also graded.

Once even a trace of bacteria or contamination is found your local water utility must report it to the general public inform them to boil the water until the problem has been corrected. You do not get that control from your bottled water. In fact you won’t even know. But that’s okay because the bottle water is probably purified and contains nothing but hungry free radical water anyway. See De-ionized Purified or Reversed Osmosis

For more information, call your local water company or call the EPA’s toll-free Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791, or visit the website for the Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water. Chlorine is some poisonous side effects. You should find a water filter system for your water system see my article Is Your Water Facet Loaded with Drugs?

Natural Foods -Natural food not processed food can provide up to 20 percent of you liquid needs. This does depend on the type of food you eat but some foods like Fresh fruit, apples, apricots, berries, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, pomegranates and plums. Fresh vegetables like; Asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cilantro, cucumbers, leafy greens, seaweed, snow peas and summer squash.

So What Water Do You Drink?

The best bet is to either find your own natural spring or to filter your tap water. For the best results add your own minerals. Add apple cider vinegar, or fresh lemon or add minerals like a ¼ teaspoon of sea salt or Himalayan sea salt that has 84 other minerals or ¼ teaspoon of stevia leaf sweetener. You can also sip all day on your own mineral water of herbal tea such as chicory, dandelion, hibiscus and mint and any other herb you can find to name a few. Then drink the water at cool or room temperature.

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Dehydrated vs. Hydrated

From my research I have found that the picture above represents skin but it can also represent the cell. Water needs to be in the cell to be hydrated. Drinking tepid water (slightly cooled, at room temperature or slightly warmed) opens the cell walls to let the water in. Cold or iced water may cool the body but it causes the cells to contract and force the water out. Maybe it is best to use the ice as an ice bag on the outside of the body and the filtered tap water on the inside.

Types of bottled water

De-ionized or Reversed Osmosis (RO) – and Distilled water have been stripped of their essential minerals. The label may say “filtered”. This type of water has an acid balance in the pH Scale. This type of water cannot be stored for long for it has a tendency to attract black fungus. If you drink RO water you may develop Candida Yeast overgrowth. For an example; if you use reverse osmosis water to sprout seeds 7 out of 10 times you will have fungus issues. I call this water angry water for Mother Nature knows the difference and the water is missing its minerals and contains unknown substances. The water is hungry for its missing minerals and the added minerals are unknown or foreign. Mother Nature fights unknown substance with black fungus.

Distilled or Purified Water – has been boiled and then the steam is condensed into a clean container. Minerals are too heavy to be carried in the vapor so the resulting water foreign constitutes (which are mostly minerals) have been removed. Distilled water is considered pure water where deionized water is cheaper and an alternative but is not considered pure particles still remain. Steam irons once required distilled water to prevent residue from plugging up the iron but manufactures have improved the iron and any water can be used. Distilled water can be drunk but it is devoid of minerals and can encourage over a period of time the buildup of fungus or yeast. Purified water will also over a period of time leach out of a plastic bottle. Distilled water is considered not good for human consumption.

Fitness Water – The bottle of Propel Fitness Water®, created by the makers of Gatorade®, says its product hydrates and nourishes your body with essential vitamins and fruit flavors. It contains the synthetic vitamins B3, C, and E. It contains “natural lemon flavor” also created in a lab which is not the lemon but the taste of lemon. But the best part is it is loaded with corn syrup, it contains MSG and sucralose (also found in Splenda). This in anything put natural, pure water it is chemical water. Your body needs WATER to rehydrate it not chemical water.

Flavored Water – is one of the newest and most popular types of bottled water to hit the market. The added flavors are citrus or berry with added nutrients. These Artificial flavors are created they are not taken from the fruit they only taste like it. Artificial flavors are often made of substances called esters. These esters create and replicate the taste so the chemoreceptors or taste buds taste the fruit flavor. Citric Lemon or the berry flavor doesn’t come from any real fruit it is a synthetic chemical that makes your taste buds think it does.

Mineral water – Traditionally, mineral waters were consumed at the source of the spring. People would travel to the site. Now many of these sites have exclusive commercial ownership rights and do not allow public assess. Mineral water is now bottled at the source and distributed. There are more than 3,000 brands of mineral water. In the United States the bottle does not have to be labeled you therefore have no idea if this is really mineral water or just carbonated re-mineralized water?

Vitamin Water – I have covered Vitamin Water and It turns out the beverage is more “sugar water” than vitamin water. See Video at bottom of article

So What about Plastic Bottles?

Is it ok to drink water in plastic bottles?

According to WHFoods, and the Mercola Website they do not recommend water packaged in plastic – even the hard polycarbonate 5-gallon plastic jugs.

The reason for their recommendation is migration of plastic compounds, including BPA. Even at room temperature, a very small amount of the plastic in the container will migrate into the water. We need water from nature and nature doesn’t like plastic. Plastic bottles that have been allowed to sit in the sun like in an enclosed car in direct sunlight will cause some of the plastic to leach into the enclosed water. With the amount of water that is recommended to take daily the health risk of plastic should be a concern.

Bottled Water’s Environmental Toll

Many municipalities are now recycling but the toll of piles of left over plastic bottles is tragic. I could state facts and figures but we all know piles of plastic is not good for the environment, yet glass is easily broken down and recycled naturally.

 

Mason Jars

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Mason Jars Sizes

 

I use a glass mason jars for just about everything including water. I fill a jar with filtered tap water along with a ¼ teaspoon of either Stevia or Sea Salt. I also drink herbal tea. I even have a glass straw. I don’t use ice. Your body cells accept more water at room temperature. To be hydrated the water needs to be in the cell not outside of it.

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water Video

September 25, 2012

Video from iHealthTube.com

McKay Jenkins discusses tap water versus bottled water. Tap water is more regulated than bottled water. So which is safer? It is hard to tell, but Mr. Jenkins talks about the two and why it might not be the water itself that you should be concerned about.

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/blogging-with-lee-2/bottled-water-vs-tap-water-video

 

The Vitamin Water Deception

http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/food-fraud/the-vitamin-water-deception.html

The truth behind this non-healthy beverage

What’s really in Vitamin Water? It turns out the beverage is more “sugar water” than vitamin water. Even Coca-Cola’s own attorneys publicly admit Vitamin Water is not a healthy beverage.

 

Until Next time

Sources

Books

(Healing revolution)

http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Revolution-Essentials-Abundant-Naturally/dp/098943690X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403551417&sr=1-1&keywords=healing+revolution+frank+king

PDF

Clarify and simplify the water Confusion

http://www.gobeyondorganic.com/

 

Links

http://www.drbuttar.com/what-if-beer-companies-told-the-truth/

http://www.beveragehistory.com/2008/07/history-of-sparkling-mineral-water.html

http://www.greatlakeslaw.org/blog/2009/03/a-brief-history-of-bottled-water-in-america.html

https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0LEVyPMaJ9TqkgAYjBXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzOWYwaGprBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1NNRTUzOF8x?qid=20061227112225AA7LdIV

http://www.ehow.com/about_5242430_history-water-bottles.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5462673_minerals-found-water.html

http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/coca_cola.htm

http://www.naturalnews.com/038840_Dasani_tap_water_purified.html

http://buywaternow.com/distilledwaterfacts.shtml

http://www.livestrong.com/article/1010273-nutrients-bottled-water/

http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0308/beware_of_flavored_waters.php

http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/rethink-what-you-drink/

http://www.essortment.com/difference-between-distilled-purified-mineral-well-spring-water-25359.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/032551_bottled_water_faucet.html

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