Chocolate: Superfood or Junk Food?
By Joan McDaniel November 15, 2013
If America and the World didn’t have a sweet tooth before this confectioner entered the food market they sure did after. There has always been a candy market but this man built an empire and developed a utopian village deep in the heart of America’s Quaker farming country. He projected the image of religious wholesomeness and health with his product of milk chocolate. Never mentioning the high sugar content, America almost immodestly developed a taste for this product then became addicted to its sugar.
Today according to the American Diabetes Association; In America we now have a diabetes epidemic, over 26 million Americans have the disease and 1.9 million the diabetes new cases are diagnosed each year. The rate of increase of obesity has climbed by a similar epidemic rate.
Milton Snaverly Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the “company town” of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The company’s image of it product of pure milk chocolate became part of an American tradition; it was even part of the U.S. Army field ration in World War II. And in many instances it acted as currency or barter when cash money was scarce.
Candy and chocolate are now used to celebrate at least five American holidays that I know of. Easter, Hanukkah, Christmas Valentine’s Day and what would we do without chocolate on Halloween? Anyone remember Hershey’s Easter Bunny? I would eat the ears first.
The product was presented as being a natural part of the farm with pictures of milk cows and the image of being healthy and fortified with added Vitamins C, Calcium and D. The antioxidant flavanols that make cacao so health is very bitter to the taste and was removed, sugar and corn syrup was added instead. Not only the added sugar but the high heat in roasting and the chemicals added during food processing have removed any nutrition. Now I call that junk food.
The product called Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is nothing but addictive sugar.
All sort of brands of chocolate line the grocery store shelves. You also see several colors of chocolate like dark brown, light brown and white. It all should be considered Junk food. Read the label – 24 Grams of Sugar in the brown, 18 to 20 Grams in the White and look at the label for what is called dark chocolate. White chocolate is also high in sugar and contains none of the phytonutrients as raw cacao, so is not a good choice either.
Dark Chocolate Hershey Brand
Note: more than have the content of this product is sugar. Sugar 24g 1 bar serving size 43 g.
The statement, “Dark Chocolate is Good for You” should mean the raw cacao bean which is anything but sweet. Also note the product “Dark Chocolate” isn’t any healthier than the lighter chocolate just take a look at the back of the label. It may have the addition of Cocoa Butter but, if there is any reduction in the amount of sugar it is just a few grams like 11 – 17 G which is still way too high for one portion and is still considered junk food even if it has the saturated fat of butter.
Dark Chocolate sometimes refers to the Percent of Cacao bean
There are cacao bars on the market. The label should read at least 75% Cacao. The higher the percent the less sugar is used. But the closer you get to the natural bean state is the healthiest and completely free from sugar.
First Sugar Was Added to Food Products, then Corn Syrup then High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
American’s are so addicted to sugar that when sugar prices became prohibitive in 1950’s and 60’s the chemists invented something to replace it called High Fructose Corn Syrup many times more sugary and addictive than sugar. HFCS was rapidly introduced to many processed foods and the soft drink industry with tremendous success in the 70’s.
Don’t Even Think of Using Sugar Free
Just a word in passing — If you think going SUGAR FREE is some sort of solution read an old article of mine which links to Dr. Mercola’s excellent article on the deadly artificial sugar, than has video from the Health food channel outlining its health dangers.
The Cacao Bean a Superfood
The raw natural Cacao bean is chocolate. The image we have of milk chocolate is sweet very sweet but its origin the Cacao bean is anything but. Listening to “Dark chocolate is good for you”, I bought a bar of 75% Cacao with the anticipation of a child at Christmas of sweet milk chocolate and had to spit it out – I could not chew it. It was the bitterest thing I have ever tasted. It almost took my breath away.
Yet the cacao bean is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is considered a superfood due to its having more than 300 nutrients. In fact, it contains eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. It is filled with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.
The image we have of sweet chocolate isn’t the raw cacao bean. It is anything but sweet. The health statement “Dark chocolate is good for you” means from the raw cacao bean or as raw as you can get. The image of chocolate sweetness is just a successful marketing ploy that has us addicted and consuming sugar by the tons.
There are cacao bars on the market. The label will tell you how much Cacao there is the best is at 75%. The higher the percent the less sugar is used. But the closer you get to the natural bean state is the healthiest.
Pictured above is the Raw Cacao Pod which comes from the Cacao Plant, Cocoa Beans which are inside the Cacao Pod and the final product Chocolate. To make chocolate, you’re going to need a healthy supply of its core ingredient – cocoa beans, which are found inside the pods of the cacao plant.
Ancient Society’s worship the Cacao
The ancient Mayans referred to cacao as the ‘food of the gods’. They grew cacao trees in their household gardens.
The cocoa bean has been considered by previous societies as “the food of the gods”, with superior nutritional and medicinal value that has given it a value as a currency as well.
The cocoa bean has been used by ancient societies for the treatment of aphrodisiac, coughs, depression, digestive aid, diuretic, combat metal fatigue, fever, PMS, pregnancy pains, and vasodilation.
Warning KEEP Chocolate AWAY FROM YOUR PETS
Cacao contains theobromine – a very mild stimulant with a mild diuretic action and can be very toxic to animals like cats, dogs, parrots and horses. These animals do not have the ability to digest it and it could lead to cardiac arrest.
Benefits of the Cacao Bean
- Contains flavanols, a type of flavonoid which act as antioxidants and help fight against free radical damage. In fact, they contain eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries.
- contains an antioxidant called epicatechin, thought to help shield your nerve cells from damage.
- high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.
- One 2012 meta-analysis found that eating chocolate could slash your risk of cardiovascular disease by 37 percent and your stroke risk by 29 percent.
- Longevity Benefits – Multiple studies have shown that chocolate helps for a longer, disease free life. The world’s longest living women who lived to age 122, was thought to have lived for so long due to her heavy consumption of dark chocolate – 2.5 pounds each week.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing dementia and slows signs of aging. Regular consumption protects brain structure and function.
- Contains minerals which include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and zinc.
- Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B8, D, and E, and is a good source of protein and fiber.
- Contains 50% fat in the form of foleic acid, a monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil plus saturated fats found in coconut oil. It is a healthy fat needed for the body to function properly
- Some people worry about the caffeine content of cacao, but it is minimal
- Cocoa beans contain very low amounts of caffeine , much less than the ones found in coffee, tea and soda.
- Inhibits cell division and reduces inflammation which is also a cause of cancer.
- Improves circulation
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Theombromine, an alkaloid found in cacao, has been linked to stimulating the central nervous system and providing the body with a boost of energy.
- I makes you feel good by stimulating endorphin production
- Contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which affects brain chemistry in a similar fashion to falling in love.
- Increase the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a natural compound which helps with depression
- Is a good source of protein and fiber.
Cacao is simply GOOD FOR YOU
Cacao – The plant, see Cacao tree
Cacao bean or cocoa bean – Cacao is a Mayan word meaning the seed of the Theobroma cacao plant. It is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed from the cocoa pod (fruit) of the plant. Cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted from this seed. The seed is also the basis of chocolate as well as many Mesoamerican foods such as mole sauce and tejate.
Cacao Tree Flower – The flowers bloom along the trunk of the older branches of the cacao tree. The flowers are small with a pink calyx.
Chocolate – The solid food or candy made from a preparation of cacao seeds (roasted); if the cacao seeds are not roasted, then you have “raw chocolate,” which is also typically sweetened
Cocoa – Refers to the powder made from roasted, husked and ground cacao seeds, from which the fat has been removed
Cocoa butter – The fat component of the cacao seed
Cocoa pod (fruit) – Contains the Cocoa bean it has a leathery, rough and thick rind or outer skin. The pod is filled with sweet mucilaginous pulp called ‘baba de cacao’ in South America and encloses 30 to 50 large seeds that are fairly soft and white to a pale lavender color. Once dried these seeds become a violet or reddish brown in color. There is a variety of white cacao which is cultivated by the Rama people in Nicaragua.
Cocoa Seed Roasted – if the cacao seeds are not roasted, then you have “raw chocolate,”
Cocoa Tree – Is an evergreen of the species Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds or beans known as cacao or cocoa beans. The tree can grow from 15 to 25 feet tall.
Ways to enjoy real chocolate or the Cacao nut
Initially bitter, the chocolate should be organic, raw, non-roasted, no sugar added they are naturally without sugar but some manufactures roast the sugar with the bean.
Whole Bean -You can get the whole natural bean – This shell of the nut is hard to crack for it needs to be peeled which is labor intensive. It takes around 400 beans to make one pound of chocolate.
Nibs – You can get the natural bean that has been peeled and crushed into ‘nibs’ this is my favorite for you can use them as toppers for savory dishes or combine with coconut crystals or crush a stevia leaf to add sweetness.
Cocoa butter – the pure oil of the cacao bean
Cacao powder – Created by peeling and cold pressing the cacao beans. This is great for a hot chocolate drink mixed with a dab of “Sweet-Leaf Stevia”
Cacao Bar – You can get a bar which contains as high as 90% cacao but the raw roasted bean has much more nutritional value. The manufacturing process and high heat needed to make the bar removes many of the valuable nutrients like chromium, manganese, omega-6 fatty acids, and Vitamin C. More nutrients are left intact when only the low temperature is used to roast the raw cacao bean.
I enjoy and eat Cacao nibs with almost every meal. I sprinkle it over what I’m eating. I don’t taste its bitterness, but get the benefits. It does give a crunchy taste to the dish. Eating Nibs, cranberries, and walnuts not only helped me get well, they help me break a 30 year smoking habit. Now that is not junk!
We’ve all heard about the benefits of chocolate and it’s heart-healthy properties.
But how healthy is that chocolate, really?
Most chocolate is processed to a state that would not be recognizable to the South American natives who have been using the cacao plant for thousands of years.
Is there something that still gives us the benefits of chocolate without the chemical processing and unhealthy sugars?
Not everyone agrees on the benefits, yet some say chocolate in its natural form is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and a host of other goodies.
See for yourself.
The Real Food Channel
What about chocolate?
Chocolate provides all kinds of great health benefits!
Or does it?
Is there a way of getting the health benefits we’ve been sold without heavy processing and toxic sugars of commercial chocolate?
Emotions run high over chocolate, and there’s a lot of disagreement.
Here is one view.
Until next time
Eat Fresh Greens In The Winter?
By Joan McDaniel October 28, 2013
Simple Ways to Increase Eating Fresh Leafy Greens All Year Long
To maintain good health, your mother and grandmother were right when they said, “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES”. I live in the Northern United States and it is now winter. Because the Sun’s heat rays have gone south and is off visiting Africa and Australia the temperatures are dropping and so is my vegetable garden. I won’t be seeing much of the sun’s warmth for the next several months. The growing season is over – or is it?
So how can I continue to eat Fresh Green Leafy vegetables that use to grow under the suns warm rays in my garden? Maybe that is why we get sick more in the winter than summer. In order for your immune system to make fresh healthy cells, it needs the nutrition found in fresh green leafy vegetables at least three or more times a day.
From addiction to sugar to as raw as I can handle
My diet has come a long way from addiction to processed carbohydrates and sugars to as raw as I can handle. There are many ways to eat food raw and I will talk more about them in the future. Juicing, smoothies, sprouting, steaming and stir frying, are some methods, but today I will discuss Sprouting.
The Standard American Diet promotes processed carbohydrate and sugar addiction and my illness was cause by lack of nutrition and too much body acid. As this blog shows, I stopped using the SAD (Standard American Diet) and explored what foods have the most nutrition and I ate myself to wellness. I am recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and now know the importance of Gut Flora.
Your Health starts in your Gut
During the summer I became addicted to Green Leafy vegetables. I found the importance of green leafy vegetables and health. Critical immune cells in your gut, respond to the foods you eat – specifically leafy green vegetables. A report published by Dr. Mercola calls Green Leafy vegetables light energy for your body.
Vegetables that Stay Fresh, Even in the Winter?
You can get Green Leafy vegetables from the Grocery Store, the store does its best, but how can a shipment from hundreds if not thousands of miles still be and taste fresh? It isn’t. My local farmer may grow in a greenhouse but it isn’t quite the same. I could grow vegetables in a small greenhouse but that is just beyond my energy level right now. I am stronger, but climbing stairs is my energy challenge right now. I’ll get stronger.
Vegetables That Have Some Shelf Life or Travel Well
Last winter I wrote about my exploring vegetables that travel well like the avocado, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onions especially the red onion, Yam, and of course, Kale and many others. I even explored the contents of Orange Juice to find it contains nothing but sugar.
By travel well, I mean they are almost as good off the grocer’s shelf as the Farmers Garden. Of course, nothing is as good as fresh. You do get plenty of great vitamins from these traveling vegetables but what if you can still eat fresh green vegetables during the winter?
Then I Remembered Sprouts
I never really thought much about it until I saw an article from Dr. Mercola Leafy Greens Essential for Immune Regulation and Tumor Resolution
Dr. Mercola’s article covers a report the shows importance of green leafy vegetables and health. Critical immune cells in your gut, respond to the foods you eat – specifically leafy green vegetables. The report calls it light energy, “Naturally-grown fresh vegetables, raw sprouts, and sun-ripened fruits are rich in light energy.” The further the vegetable gets from the garden the more the light dissipates. The vegetable just isn’t as fresh.
He explains there are two ways to eat green leafy vegetables during the winter, Fermentation and Sprouting. He goes on to explain and illustrate how to plant and harvest sprouts at home. You can do it in your basement and you don’t even need the sun at all. In the above article, Dr. Mercola seems to favor growing shoots or sprouting by growing in dirt with the sun. I explored the older method of sprouting in a Mason jars and will discuss that method. I tried growing in the dirt and found it labor intensive by trying to remove the dirt before eating. I just need more time to experiment with it. Sprouting with ball jars does require work for you need to rinse them several times a day to prevent mold growth.
I am still exploring fermentation and experimenting for I haven’t gotten it quite right yet but sprouting is turning out to be easy and fun. I still have a lot to learn about sprouting but have found enough to tell what I have found.
Green Giant frozen veggies also had a cute little broccoli character named Sprout.
I remember eating sprouts a long time ago. In my high carb sugar days I would eat an occasional salad and did try sprouts. I did like sprouts but dismissed them as a California hippy Fad and completely forgot about them.
Grow Sprouts All Year Long.
But I have found a new way to prepare vegetables. Eating my veggies has now becoming a whole lot of fun and will occupy me during the winter. Instead of growing things in the dirt under the sun, I will be germinating a complete food which may be even better than the fresh green vegetable. And what is so great about it you don’t even need sun or 70 degree weather. You don’t have to worry about GMO’s, organic vs. non-organic, pests or critters, pesticides, and a toxic environment.
Eating raw food can be very noisy and time-consuming
You are eating the vegetable raw, but before it has grown into that chewing noisy monster. This makes it great for being sociable during meal time, even if I am only talking to my cat, or for just listening to great music.
Sprouts, are Living Food, rich in light energy with Amazing Health Benefits.
Sprouts have been grown by ancient civilizations for over 5,000 years. Even to this day, the Chinese mung bean has retained its ancient fame.
Naturally grown fresh vegetable, raw sprouts are considered a wonder food. They rank as the freshest and most nutritious of all vegetables available to the human diet even most sun-ripened fruits. Sprouted foods compared to the dried embryo have increased nutritional values of minerals, protein and vitamins. They are easier to digest than the full-grown food.
- Alkalizing where Sugar destroys the cells oxygen and creates an acid (toxic) base
- Boost the body’s immune system better than the full-grown plant.
- Can sprout just about any seed known to mankind
- Considered Raw food
- Very low in cost Beans or seeds can be purchased in bulk
- Easily accessible
- Easy to digest but do contain a moderate amount of cellulose fiber
- Easy to grow (six days and require no sun)
- 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables,
- Energy – with the power that enables it to be grown into a complete plant
- Low in calories, cost, fat, fiber, and sodium
- Nutritional even if purchased in a store. But best if hand grown.
- High in minerals, Proteins over 400% more than lettuce,
- High in phytochemicals (plant compounds) that protect us against disease
- Resist cell mutation, and toxins
- High in Vitamins over 3900% more beta-carotene for example
- Sprouts have a greater concentration of anti-oxidants, bioflavonoids, chemo-protectants which work against toxins.
- You know exactly what you are eating
How to Eat Sprouts
You can cook sprouts, juice them, eat them on a salad, or stir-fry, but remember the higher the cooking temperature the more destruction of the heat sensitive vitamins. They are best eaten raw.
I use sprouts in just about everything I eat. I even mix them with my farm fresh very sunny side up eggs. Remember as raw as I can tolerate. I am not into raw eggs, yet.
There are many different types of seeds that work best for sprouting; alfalfa, broccoli, clover, lentil, mung bean, radish, sunflower, wheat grass, and a range of mixes. I am exploring with beans right now.
What to sprout
Dry beans are available on your grocery store shelf. There are large bags of seeds, like sunflower are available to feed birds. I avoid seeds that are packaged for planting first because they are expensive and second they may be GMO or contain other toxic chemicals. I do get reliable seeds from Johnny seeds but they are expensive. I did find that the sunflower seed and wheat germ is best sprouted in dirt. Look on the internet for sprouting kits and seeds. I found that I did not need an expensive kit; I could use what I had on hand. Once you get started, you will find all edible grains, legumes, and seeds can be sprouted.
Equipment you need
You will need Cheese cloth or wire screening, rubber bands, Mason jars with lids, an old wine rack, a towel, pure water, and beans or seeds.
I found this Video which shows one way to sprout seeds. There are many other methods and Videos available on the net.
As a review
Soak the seeds (Mung Beans shown)
I found I could cover the lid of the jar with cheese cloth available in your grocery store and the outside (lid or the ring) could then fit over the top and be screwed in place. Below shows a wire filter later pictures shows cheese cloth and rubber bands.
The time to soak depends on the type of seed or bean. Small seeds need less time than the larger bean. After the initial soaking of 10 to 12 hours the sprouts should be rinsed and drained at least every 12 hours. Do not store the spouting seeds or beans in standing water to prevent mold.
Once the Mason jar containing the sprouting seed or bean has been drained, lye it on its side to allow complete drainage then cover it with a towel. I found an old wine rack or dish rack (to dry dishes) works great.
Keep bottle on its side or at a slant for complete drainage
The length of time it takes to sprout depends on the temperature between 60 and 75 degrees and the size of the seed or bean. I found when growing beans just after they start to sprout is the best. This includes black eye, lintel, and mung, Sunflower still has a hard shell which has to be removed and I let it grow a longer stem.
Till next time
By Joan McDaniel October 10, 2013
Are the clothes you wear toxic?
This is the final article concerning clothes. The first covered the toxins in Laundry Detergents, the second covered the toxins found in new clothes and this one covers the material clothes are made of. Clothes made from material that is either man-made (synthetic) vs. material that comes from nature. Guess which is toxic?
To give you a hint – I change my polyester “hoody” for a sweater made from cashmere guess which one is non-toxic and warmer? The Cashmere sweater came from a garage sale for $5.00. If it didn’t make me so warm, I would never take it off.
Clothes make our image
Ever hear the old saying “Clothes make the man”?
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Ever since Adam and Eve, we have worn clothing to cover ourselves. Clothing and the fabric it is made of play a huge role in our life. We want to look in fashion, in charge, cool and behind the game or in charge or in some cases not in charge. Clothes make our image to ourselves and others. We also need clothing to protect ourselves from the elements and the world around us. Clothes protect us from the sun, cold, weather and keep us warm. From the time the caveman first began wearing fur, the world of clothing and the fabric from which it is made has changed. Over the ages, a large selection of materials has been created and used.
Are your clothes made of plastic?
Our bodies and Plastic
In this day and age, we use plastic for just about everything. In our fast paced life, plastics are considered convenient, cost-effective, and useful. I am not against plastic and I would find it very difficult to live without. The plastic marketplace is a large money-maker and well established. But sometimes, I feel our lives seem based on the artificial and ignoring the real or natural – or at least mine use to.
Plastic may be convenient but this short-term way of thinking can be very misleading and unhealthy. We have developed a sort of use it and throw it away mind-set, but not everything is temporary. As much as we try or wish it, our bodies are not made of plastic. Our bodies cannot be treated with the same temporary mind-set. Has this irresponsible throw away thinking gotten us to where we are throwing away our health too? Our bodies cannot exist on plastic or digest plastic nutrition. Our bodies need the real stuff, real natural food to stay well and to fight off toxins that threaten our health. Short term gains seem to now be causing long-term headaches and other body ailments.
Plastic is made from petroleum which powers the combustion engine when exposed to fire. We like to think of the cells in our bodies as engines but we don’t go very far on a tank of regular or ethanol gas. Even though ethanol is made from corn it has zero nutrition. Plastic contains zero – count them – zero nutrients. When our immune system is exposed to plastic, it disrupts the body’s natural hormones. It also causes free radicals, oxidation, and then inflammation which cause illness like cancer, dementia, diabetes, GI and colon problems, and all other diseases. It in time will overwhelm the body’s immune system and in some cases cause it to attack itself (Autoimmune disease).
The only real way to prevent toxins from collecting in your body in the first place is to avoid exposure to them.
A Brief History of Plastic Clothing
At first, all clothing came from the cell walls of green plants called Celluloid. In 1863 Plastic were made from celluloid. The cellulose content of cotton fiber is 90%, that of wood is 40–50% and that of dried hemp is approximately 45%. Cellulose is mainly used to produce paper and paper board. Today conversion of cellulose from energy crops into biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol is being mixed and used as gasoline. Cellulose for industrial use is mainly obtained from wood pulp and cotton.
Plastics gave us the Nylon Stocking
Nylon advert, 1950
Celluloid wasn’t perfect for it is flammable, cracks easily, turns yellow, and deteriorates easily if expose to moisture. Perfect plastics are now derived from petrochemicals or petroleum (oil). Granted Oil is a natural product the resulting plastic is manufactured or created by man. In 1938 Otto Bayer and co-workers discovered and patented the chemistry of polyurethane and plastic was made practical. Otto was a German industrial chemist at IG Farben and is not related to the Bayer Company or Bayer aspirin. In 1939, Otto’s plastic was used to create Nylon and the Nylon stocking came into existence. It might me said Women were never the same again. Soon Fashion became a big money-making market and began to dictate almost everything.
Has this irresponsible throw away thinking gotten us to where we are throwing away our health too? Short term gains seem to now be causing long-term headaches and other body ailments.
History of Plastic Video
Clothes- Nature vs. Man-made fibers
Fiber used for clothing is either Man-made (Synthetic) or made from Nature.
A Partial List of Man-Made of Synthetic Materials;
Acrylic, Cellulose, Nylon, Polyester, Rayon and Spandex (or Elastane).
These materials are primarily made from petrochemicals are not biodegradable and are flame resistant. Thermoplastic is one name used for these materials there are other name but I am just going to CALL THEM ALL PLASTIC
A Partial List of Natural Clothing Materials;
Natural textile of fibers for clothing materials come from animals and plants.
Angoria, Bamboo, Cheese cloth, Cotton, Denim, Down (feathers), Flannel, Hemp, Flax, Fur, Jute, Latex, Leather, Linen, Mohair, Ramie, Silk, Velvet, wood, wood bark, wool and others.
If you don’t believe me search them on the net you will be amazed how many natural fibers there are and most of them are and can be made into textiles and fabrics.
I just thought, I may of come up with a new money-maker. I can sell my cat’s cat fur, for I sure do have a lot of it around the house. Instead of calling it duck down, I’ll call the new material CAT DOWN
Picture is from my collection the title is “Cat Down”
Man-Made Clothing Advantages and Disadvantages.
Advantage – Synthetic Material Selling Points Colorfast, Flame Resistant, Mildew Free, No-Iron, Preshrunk, Stain Resistance, and wrinkle free. I’m surprised they don’t wash themselves.
Disadvantages – There is only one problem – your skin can’t get oxygen when it is enclosed in plastic. I don’t know about you but, when I wear polyester or plastic, I seemed to sweat a lot. I never seem to really cool down. I now notice when I wear a natural product like cotton, I may sweat but the clothes absorb it. My skin feels cleaner, fresher and my muscles feel more relaxed. Perspiration is your body’s way to control temperature and is one of the major ways to detox (remove toxins). Skin can eliminate more cellular waste through the pores, then the colon and kidney combined. Wearing plastic your body just reabsorbs the toxins because there is no place for them to go.
When your skin is covered in plastic, it can’t breathe is one way of saying it. If you don’t believe me, just think of what would happen if you put that banned plastic bag over your head for a few minutes to find out.
NO DON’T DO THAT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET O2. Look at the warning label.
Other disadvantages from plastic clothes are headaches, inflammation and irritation of nasal passages, stomach upset and skin. Now I hope we all know what inflammation means – don’t we?
All disease starts with inflammation – remember.
Symptoms are vague and seem to come and go. Many people develop allergies and sensitivities to the environment and in time lose energy and generally stop feeling good. The more exposed to toxins the stronger the body’s reaction to the clothes you are wearing.
Types of Clothing Fabrics
To list all the types of fabrics there are in the world would fill up pages and pages. But here is a select sample of the common ones, with a few exotic types thrown in.
Partial List of Synthetic Material (Man Made fibers use in Clothes)
Acetate – Is a form of polyester. It is a combination natural and synthetic fiber. The natural element is from the cellulose of wood.
Acrylic fibers – A synthetic fiber (man-made) also called vinyl acetate or methyl acrylate. These fibers are by-products from the petroleum and natural gas manufacturing. Dupont Corporation created the first acrylic fibers in 1941 and trademarked them under the name Orion. The fabric was made to resemble silk it is an artificial silk. Acrylic fiber is often used for linings in boots and gloves, carpets, furnishing fabrics, sweaters, and tracksuits. Acrylic also refers to a paint used by artists to paint a picture or used to paint your walls.
Cellulose Triacetate (CTA or TAC) – Is manufactured from cellulose a fabric similar to Rayon.
Nylon – A synthetic fiber or synthetic polymer (a man-made molecule). It is a thermoplastic silky material. Nylon was first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont research facility. Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers. It was first used in a nylon-bristled toothbrush in 1938 and followed by women’s stockings “nylons” (1940). It was introduced as a fabric at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Nylon was intended to be a cheaper replacement for silk and silk products used during World War II. It replaced silk in military applications such as parachutes and flak vests, as well as types of vehicle tires.
Polyester – is a man-made fabric made from the by-products of petroleum and coal, mixed with air and water. Like nylon, it has low water absorbency and is quite flammable. Polyester has a very wide range of uses. From clothes, home furnishing, fillers or cushioning (pillows), to industrial uses like to make bottles, rope, liquid crystal displays, film insulation, etc. Cured polyester can be sanded and polished to a high-gloss, durable finish. Polyester clothing has the advantage of high color retention and durability. It is water, wrinkle and wind resistant compared to natural plant-derived fibers.
Rayon – Is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fiber. It is made from purified cellulose, primarily from wood pulp. Since it is manufactured from wood it is considered a semi-synthetic fiber. Specific types of rayon include lyocell, modal, and, viscose.
Spandex or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its elasticity. The name “spandex” is an anagram of the word “expands”. It is stronger than its non-synthetic competitor latex but less durable. It is a polyurethane-polyurea copolymar that was invented in 1959 by chemists C. L. Sandquist and Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s Benger Laboratory in Waynesboro, Virginia. When first introduced, it revolutionized many areas of the clothing industry.
Natural Fabric Material
Advantages of Natural materials,
The natural fibers of wool and dyed flax were used by man as far back at 36,000 BP. A prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia provides the earliest evidence of humans using natural fibers. As for the advantages of natural fiber material,
- If it was good enough for man before the start of whatever date 36,000 BP stands for ,
- If it was good enough for the animal that once wore it,
- If it came from the earth the natural earth and not the lab, then it must be God’s gift to us.
Then it is good enough for me!!!!!
Animal Fibers – Fibre comes from the hair or wool of mammals like; alpaca, cat, dog, goat, horse, rabbit, sheep, and anything else that has hair or fur. Fiber from glands of insects (Silk) and Avian fiber, and Fibers from the feathers of chicken, duck, birds, swans and anything else that has feathers.
Vegetable Fibers – Fibres
Plant Fibers: Vegetable fibers are generally composed mainly of cellulose: examples include cotton, flax, hemp, linen, yucca plant, and many others. Cellulose fibers can be used to manufacture paper and cloth. Vegetable fibers also composed of cellulose which is further categorized into the following: Plant fiber including seed hairs like cotton; stem (or bast) fibers, such as flax and hemp; leaf fibers, such as sisal, and husk fiber, such as coconut
Partial List of Natural Fibers use in Clothes
Angora – The downy coat produced from the Angora rabbit.
Bark cloth is a very old fabric type that was traditionally made and used in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It comes from the bark of particular trees native to these regions, whereby strips soaked and then beaten into sheets. Bark cloth was used as a garment and furnishings textile.
Blends are a general description of fabrics made of two or more fibres. The idea is to incorporate the distinct characteristics of the separate fibres into one textile.
Bamboo – There are bamboo clothes I looked it up.
Cashmere – Goat Hair.
Cheesecloth is a variant of cotton cloth and has a very loose weave. There are several grades of cheesecloth, ranging from extra-fine to open weaves. It’s mostly used in cooking and, as the name implies, cheese making.
Chiffon is a very sheer, light fabric made out of silk, cotton or synthetic fibres. The twist in the fibres gives it a somewhat rough feel, and the mesh-like weave contributes to its see through properties.
Coconut – Coconut fibers. There are many types of t-shirts etc.
Corduroy is a strong, durable fabric with a surface of rounded cord or rib and the back has a plain or twill weave. It can be made from several textiles including cotton.
Cotton is derived from the fibre of the tropical cotton plant. When the cotton flowers bloom and die, a boll remains which ripens and splits open to reveal a white, fluffy interior with seeds – this is the raw cotton. Cotton is the most widely used fabric and is the basis of over 30 types of textiles. Try to find organic cotton for you best choice.
Denim is a type of cotton fabric woven in such a way that the threads produce that distinctive diagonal ribbing on the underside of the fabric. Traditionally it was dyed blue and the first denim trousers were made in Genoa, Italy. Both the words ‘denim’ and ‘jeans’ are of French origin.
Down Feathers – Used as fillers for pillows, coats and etc. These are the feathers found under the stronger exterior feather.
Feathers – From birds, chickens, ducks and anything else that has feathers.
Georgette is a type of silk fabric, although today synthetic georgettes are also produced. It’s light, crinkly; slightly rough feel is what it’s known for, plus the range of colors it is dyed in.
Hemp is made from the stems of the same plant that makes marijuana, but does not contain any narcotic elements. Hemp has a linen-like texture, has high water tolerance but wrinkles very easily. Hemp is one of the world’s most useful plants.
Horsehair – Clothes and brushes that come from the hair of a horse.
Jute is made from the cellulose-rich fibres of the jute plant which is native to Asia. It is typically used for making mats, burlap and gunny bags.
Linen is derived from the fibres flax plant and is highly valued for its fresh, cool feel especially during hot weather. Some fabrics of cotton or hemp when woven in a linen-like weave are referred to as linen.
Mohair is a type of wool obtained from the fur of the Angora goat. It has a silk-like sheen and luster but is also quite strong and durable.
Natural latex – is natural rubber.
Rayon is a regenerated cellulose fibre which is almost pure cellulose. Other names for rayon are viscose and art silk.
Silk is one of the oldest and most luxurious fabrics known to man. This protein fibre is obtained from the cocoons of the mulberry moth and was first produced in China as far back as 3,000 BC, also from silkworms.
Velvet is a woven, tufted fabric, originally made purely of silk but commonly composed of silk and rayon these days. The short, dense piles of cut threads are evening distributed to give velvet its distinctive feel.
Venise is a type of damask textile but typically with showy, floral patterns.
Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals. There are forms of wool angora is from rabbits, cashmere is from goats, Mohair from goats, quiviut from muskoxen, and other types of wool from camelids.
A Note about Cotton
While I was in the store the other day I saw some sweat pants on sale. I looked at the label and it said 100% Algodon. Hmmmmm… What is Algodon? I had to look it up and this is what I found.
Brief history of Cotton
To the Southern United States before the Civil War Cotton got the title of “King”. To the South “cotton was king” for it was the base of the economy for the south and many will argue for the North also. Cotton was used by the ancient people in South America as early as 4000 to 3000 BC. It was also used in India around 2500 BC. Scientists found bits of cotton balls and cloth in Mexican caves that were at least 7,000 years old. It use spread worldwide and became the main agricultural crop for the early United States. With the invention of the cotton gin and the industrial revolution in England cotton became King to more than just the Southern United States. It became important worldwide
Types of Cotton: Algodon, Egyptian, Pima, Sea Island, and Supima.
- Algodon – Spanish word for Cotton. Originated in Peru is soft spun and comes in various shades but will fade in sunlight.
- Egyptian – Grown in the Nile Valley. It is considered to be the finest luxury cotton available. It is known for its softness and durability, it will actually get softer with use and washing
- Pima Cotton – The name Pima pays tribute to a Native American tribe, it is one of Peru’s main exports
- Sea Island – Grown on the seacoast of South Carolina around the time of the Civil War. It was destroyed by the boll weevil in the 20th century. Use of the name is intended to denote similar quality.
- Supima – A subset of Pima plants under careful control by Supima organization in the United States,
- Tanguis Cotton – One of Peru’s main exports
Types of Cotton Fabric: Three types – knitted, non-woven and woven.
- Woven – A loom and shuttle are used to weave the yarn into a piece of fabric. There are three types of weaves: plain, twill and satin. Differences in the weave create fabrics like Chambray, Denim, gabardine, gingham, herringbone, satin, and twill to name a few.
- Knitted Cotton – is used mainly to make T-shirts. The material is soft and stretchable.
- Non-Woven Cotton – Chemicals are used to hold the fibers together. This method is used to create bandages, cotton pads, diapers, and filters
A Word of Warning
Most of the cotton grown now is GMO. There is a new movement making available “Non-GMO” cotton fabric. Cotton is also one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world. With the new growing concern over how our food is grown, consumer awareness may change how cotton and other crops are grown.
A word about Latex rubber clothing
Since plastic gives the impression of a glossy fabric, it is hard to believe but Latex is a natural fabric it is made of rubber. It is used mostly in protective clothing like gas masks waterproof Mackintosh rain coats, and Wellington boots. When worn it tends to be skin-tight, producing a “second skin” effect. There are several magazines dedicated to the use and wearing of it.
Latex worn as clothing was made famous by the TV Series The Avenger
Rubber latex is now generally replaced by plastics.
Till next time..
By Joan McDaniel October 6, 2013
Once on the road to recovery from my illness by getting away from the American Standard Fat-free diet and eating saturated fats, sea salt and raw veggies, I began to look into Environmental Pollutants in my home. My research showed the very water from my facet was loaded with toxins. I found my municipal water provided contains invisible, unwanted unhealthy chemicals.
Municipalities, in the effort to protect the “Public”, dump chemicals into the water. The number of chemicals added to public drinking water is beyond imagination and a recent report found “Probably Carcinogenic” chemicals in all municipal water samples tested.
This article explains why the water you use for bathing, cooking, drinking, washing and about anything else you do with water for should be filtered before use.
Chlorine and Fluoride
I want to focus on only two of these many elements; Chlorine and Fluoride. These chemicals are two of the most damaging substances to the health and digestive function of the human body.
These chemicals are called Halogen’s and belong to the halogen group 17. Halogens are a group in the periodic table consisting of five chemically related elements, astatine (At), bromine (Br), chlorine (Cl), fluorine (F fluoride), iodine (I), and the artificially created element 117(unuseptium). These halogens have also been found to be toxic.
Tooth Paste DO NOT SWALLOW
Have you ever taken a look at the label on your package of popular tooth paste?
Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed due to the fluoride content, but be sure and drink at least eight glasses of water a day. (Your drinking water probably contains Fluoride also) I love rules – Rules are made to be broken – Right? Especially if you’re a multi-billion dollar money maker government friendly and approved corporation – you make up your own rules – Right?
If you haven’t heard of the warnings when using fluoride look at the back of your toothpaste tube. It is also used in aluminum refining, as Teflon to covered cookware, and to make steel. I also found fluoride is in modern pharmaceuticals like Lipitor and Prozac. It is added to the water supply because it reduces tooth decay and plague – or so the “experts say”. The EPA has classified Fluoride as a contaminant and an industrial waste product. The FDA has classified Fluoride as a carcinogen.
Studies have found that fluoride not only doesn’t help tooth decay it makes teeth brittle and discolored. Fluoride actually causes the bones to absorb more Calcium. Now that may be a good thing but it isn’t. The bones absorb so much Calcium they become bitter and can break easily. Decrease the intake of Fluoride and your bones return to normal. I have found reports indicating fluoride causes more fuzzy headed thinking (dementia) then stopping cavities in teeth but I digress.
Clorox contains Chlorine
If you are not familiar with Chlorine – Clorox contains commercial chlorine. Chlorine is a disinfectant which is a nice word but it means – Chlorine kills bacteria – all bacteria – good and bad bacteria. This then destroys your Gut Flora which is your Immune System.
The Germ theory has taught our modern scientist “Microorganisms cause disease, Microorganisms are germs also call bacteria, and all germs are bad” so let’s get rid of all Bacteria.
This Video I have posted before; it tells a lot of the ill effects of Fluoride. I will let it tell most of the Fluoride story. I have added information on chloride and why the water you use should be filtered.
“Is Your Water Loaded with Drugs?”
For over 50 years, Americans have been forced to drink a drug that causes serious health problems. This is nothing you have to make up. It’s very, very real.
The drug is fluoride.
Adding Fluoride to the water comes from a past medical practice called purging “…Purging was used to cure disease…” according to Dr. King from King Bio. He is an FDA accepted expert in Homeopathic herbal remedies. He has a long list of FDA accepted homeopathic remedies. The FDA does not approve remedies that are from100% natural sources.
Before the 1930’ Medicine used purging as a healing art. We know of this purging from the term Blood Letting. Health was thought to be restored by bloodletting, purging, starving, or vomiting. Purging is an ancient art and was used to keep the body’s humors in balance. The believe that disease was caused by the body humors being out of balance, is an ancient believe no longer practiced – or is it?
Mercury Purging was used as late as during World War II. It was used to remove heavy metals from the blood of American shipbuilders using lead-based paint. People were told to drink pure Mercury to purge illness. A Mercury Purge was used to hopefully “stimulate the Immune System”. The treatment was never found to be successful yet, Fluoridation started about this time as a way to prompt the immune system into fighting the bacteria that was causing plaque and tooth decay.
Now that I have discussed Fluoride let’s talk about the next great chemical added to your water Chlorine.
What’s Wrong with Chlorine?
According to my local Water Department and the Federal Government; Chlorine is added to municipal water supply for water purification to make it fit for human consumption as drinking water. Water that has been treated with chlorine is effective in preventing the spread of waterborne disease.
Typhoid Prevalence many years ago
About 180 years ago, typhoid was causing death and was a major fear. People were afraid to drink the water for fear of instant death. Scientists found chlorine bonded to organic substances, such as bacteria and killed it off. Chlorine was added to the water supply, the illness typhoid went away and people began to drink water again.
Chlorine effect on organic matter has such a corrosive effect it was used as a horrendously effective weapon during World War One. It was used to gas soldiers. By nature, the gas, which is heavier than air, stayed close to the ground and destroyed the soldier’s‚ lungs. Today, chlorine is still used as the primary method for disinfecting municipal water supplies, swimming pools, and whitening laundry.
Chlorine is powerful disinfectant it has a wonderful ability to kill bacteria. It kills all bacteria both good and bad. The bacteria you need to maintain a healthy Immune system is contained in your gut. You need healthy gut flora to have a healthy immune system. Swallowing Chlorine slowly destroys your good gut flora and further weakens your immune system.
Chlorine continues its effect on organic matter by attacking your hair, lungs, skin, and anything else it get in contact with. Chlorine can leave your hair brittle, cause serious skin irritation, and trigger negative reactions in the young and elderly with already weakened immune systems.
Chlorine is also used in household bleach as a disinfectant and we all know why the swimming pool smells of chlorine for it is loaded with it.
Studies have shown that for health reasons it is best to remove chlorine from drinking water. Why not do the same with our shower and bath water?
What to do?
- First get the Fluoride out of your tooth paste. Look around using search engines on the Internet – there are toothpastes that are fluoride free. I wrote earlier on mouth care and how to make your own tooth paste. Oral Infections and Mouth Care
- Second contact the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). FAN seeks to broaden awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds among citizens, scientists, and policymakers alike. FAN not only provides comprehensive and up-to-date information, but remains vigilant in monitoring government agency actions that impact the public’s exposure to fluoride. http://www.fluoridealert.org/about/accomplishments/
- Third seriously look at water filtration and I don’t mean a Brita water filter
Great-Tasting Brita® Filtered Water
The Brita® Hydration Station™ features an advanced filtration system, providing healthier*, great-tasting water. The unit uses a carbon-based filter reducing lead, chlorine taste and odor, and removing 99.99% of cysts from municipal tap water.*
* Certified to reduce lead and cysts. Substances reduced may not be in all users’ water.
Again look closely at the label on the box – The Brita water filters tell you exactly what they do – they do not let me repeat that THEY DO NOT REMOVE CHLORINE or impurities – They reduce it the label also says it reduces the taste of chlorine. You need to completely remove chlorine and fluoride with a water filter system.
Some quick steps to remove Chlorine from Water:
You will have to call your water department to make sure what has been added to the water supply Chlorine or Chloramine. For Chloramine, you will need a professional water filter to completely remove it from the water.
I called my water department and they could not have been nicer. They were eager to answer any question I had. I was also pleasantly surprised to find they do not add Fluoride to our water supply.
If your water contains only chlorine and not chloramine, there are several simple inexpensive ways to remove chlorine before bathing or drinking it:
You can let it sit for 24 hours and the chlorine will dissipate into the environment on its own.
Bring the Water to a rolling boil for 15 minutes that will drive the chlorine off. This method will also remove most biological contaminants. Make sure you bring it to a rolling boil. Note this method also removes the oxygen from the water. The water may taste a little flat. Just shake it up or stir with rapid strokes to reintroduce some oxygen back in.
It Is Strongly Recommended that You Filter your Water
As I have written before, your skin is the largest organ and it is very absorbent. You absorb more through your skin then you do when you swallow. Just the simple act of showing in unfiltered water, which you absorb through your skin and lung, pose a stronger health risk, then if you drank an 8 oz. glass of water. When you take something internal, it goes through the digestive system before being either rejected or absorbed. When you put something on the skin your body absorbs it instantly.
Water Filtration can be very expensive but very necessary
There are many available systems on the market. There are many different methods used, some use carbon filtering, some use reverse osmosis to name a few. Make sure a system removes the toxins not just reduces them. A whole-house water filtration system is the most expensive way to go. If you can’t afford a whole-house filtering system, then at least filter your shower water, since that’s going to be your most significant source of contamination, for the reasons already discussed.
If there is a will there is a way
I am on a very limited budget and could not afford to purchase a whole house water filter system. I will probably spend more money in the long run but, one does what one can do. I found a company that sold small but good water filters. These filters were for use on the water faucet only. Since, food was my medicine I got their filter for the garden hose first. My new garden needed to be watered and I might start there first. My veggies needed good bacteria also.
I used large jars in the sun chloride removal method for drinking. Cooking removed the chloride automatically. For the shower I would use the hot water only and use the water from the garden hose. Many a hot summer day, I drug that hose through the bathroom window for a brief cold shower until I could buy a temporary filter that will work for both the kitchen faucet and bath tub. I am taking baths now and gave up showers for a while.
If there is a will there is a way. I am back to work but still cannot afford the whole house filter. In a way I feel better with my manual way. It makes going to garage sales more interesting by looking for large glass bottles and containers. And a cold shower is good for you Once in a while !!!
Hot bath soaks are even better to help to detoxify. Taking a bath in Epsom Salts, and Baking Soda is great for relief of poor, tired and sore muscles and helps re-fresh the skin. It is also great for getting the Magnesium supplement your body needs.
Until next time
By Joan McDaniel September 26, 2013
Removing Toxins from my own home
Once on the road to recovery from my illness by watching what I ate, I began to look closer into other things that made me sick. I began researching and understanding what is an Environmental Pollutant or toxin and why it makes you sick from exposure over a period of time? With that understood, I began removing toxins from my house and replacing them with material from nature like clay, cotton, glass, clay pottery, wool, and wood. I have replaced all my personal care products like soap, shampoo, tooth paste and household cleaning products with natural material surfactant products.
My research now finds the very clothes I wear are a source of many toxins. My last article about detergents and washing clothes with natural plant based enzyme detergents over washing with toxic man-made synthetic laundry detergent addressed that worry. With further research –
I now find NEW CLOTHES are even more toxic.
Oh the Joy of buying new clothes
Rack of New Clothes
Did you know what makes brand new clothes look sooooo brand new and cool??? They are so fresh not a wrinkle, the colors are bright. Speaking from the woman’s point of view, it is fun to go shopping especially for new clothes. Half the fun of Christmas is shopping.
I don’t want to take the thrill out of it, or to burst anyone’s balloon – But once you get home, put those new clothes in the dirty clothes hamper. Yes, before wearing wash them. Wash them maybe not once but twice maybe even four times. Not only should they be considered dirty they are soaked with a toxin. Don’t burn them just wash them.
Remember High School Biology and that smell?
I bet you cannot guess the name of this toxin. I’ll give you some hints.
This toxin is used to manufacture a wide variety of household goods.
This toxin you may remember from your high school biology class for its smell. Remember the day you had to dissect a frog or worm and it smelled terrible? As I remember; this episode ruined my interest in Biology and made me “sick as a dog”.
Well, that smell is the smell of Formaldehyde.
To keep the cloth looking good, NEW CLOTHES ONCE MADE ARE COVERED WITH FORMALDEHYDE. I couldn’t find out how the manufactures get the smell out. Or do they? Many people I talked to say the smell from new clothes make them sick. Hmmmm I guess I haven’t bought any new clothes lately. I have been too busy throwing things out or giving them away.
Formaldehyde and other chemicals are used – So- Wash those new Clothes First
Once clothes are made and the last stich is sewn, they are covered in formaldehyde and soften with ammonia. Even 100% cotton, Hemp, or other natural materials. When I was a kid I had to iron my father’s white shirts, it was a real chore and had to be perfect, after all the starching and ironing – I think the shirt could stand up by itself. Well – Formaldehyde is used in textile manufacturing to prevent the colors and dyes from fading and running, the fabric is easier to maintain, resists shrinking and is wrinkle free. NO MORE IRONING!!!!
Even used clothing purchased from thrift stores and Goodwill may be sprayed with a toxic fireproofing chemical before they’re put up for sale.
Read my last article and — Don’t add in new toxins to your clothes. Replace your man-made synthetic toxic detergents with the many detergents made from natural products from the earth. Some folks add baking soda (not baking powder) to help neutralize new clothing chemicals. Remember to avoid the dryer sheets also.
Warning: Formaldehyde is used for a lot of other things. It has many uses.
Once you wash those clothes you will not be done with Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde isn’t just used in the textile industry it is also used for embalming – remember that biology class and the well persevered specimen? Let alone Grandma’s last viewing. Formaldehyde delays decay and allows post mortem examinations.
Formaldehyde is also used as a building block for bonding agents in manufacturing. It is used as a bonding agent and glue in the making almost all manufactured items. It is used for items from your car, clothes, house, wood products, and petroleum products, to name a few. It cannot easily be replaced it is a building block for the making of a broad array of products.
Consumer Products that use Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is used for: home building supplies, household cleaners, food, shampoos & Lotions, Automobile manufacture and parts, and is generated from combustion or the burning of materials like a fireplace or a car emission.
Following is a list of a few products there are many more.
Formaldehyde complete negates the activities of bacteria, fungi, yeast and molds and is it has other uses like a disinfectant- for the skin, used in Shampoos, body lotions and as a household cleaners and Soaps
Formaldehyde is one of the most powerful adhesive on the market. It is used to glue fabric, paper, plastics, wood, and anything else that needs to be stuck together.
- pressed wood products that use glues that contain formaldehyde, such as particle board, hardwood, plywood paneling, and medium density fiberboard;
- adhesives, paints, varnishes and floor finishes;
- household products such as cardboard, paper products, and wallpaper;
- household furniture and carpets
- Household cleaners and disinfectants
- Health and Beauty products
- Cosmetics, Shampoos, and soaps
Formaldehyde is released by combustion.
- vehicle exhaust from attached garages or from outdoors;
- smoke from fireplaces, ovens, gas stoves, tobacco smoke, and wood-burning stoves emit formaldehyde
Many personal cleansing and beauty products contain formaldehyde; think about that before you put them on your skin, your largest organ.
The Dangers of Using Products Containing Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a toxin; it therefore causes irritation, stress and inflammation which cause Immune system breakdown and diseases. It acts as a free radical and helps reduce the oxygen needed by your body’s cells. Exposure over a long period of time will overwhelm the body’s ability to fight infection and cause serious chronic illness.
Free Radicals Oxidative Molecular injury
Short Term Effects:
Most products contain small amounts of the toxin, the immediate effects are minor irritations.
Asthmatic attacks, headaches, irritation to the lungs, nausea, skin irritation, skin rashes, watery, burning eyes, nose and throat.
Long Term Effects:
Exposure over time can cause major illness. Formaldehyde has been classified as a class 3 carcinogen.
- Immune System breakdowns or Auto Immune Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Loss of Energy
Ingestion of Formaldehyde is highly toxic to all animals, regardless of method of intake. Depending on the amount ingested it has been reported to cause death in an adult human.
Most products contain only very small amounts of harmful chemicals. The danger lies in our modern habits of using many of these products, and for a long time. As you surround yourself with more and more formaldehyde-containing products your exposure level increases. Similarly, the longer you expose yourself to these products the more exposure you are getting.
Many Counties, formaldehyde has been banned due to it being highly carcinogenic. It is still used in colder-weather countries.
As I have said before – I am in the process of replacing products that are manmade synthetic and am replacing them with products made from natural material like coconut, olive or other natural surfactant oil. I have replaced all my soaps, shampoos, and household cleaners. It is too expensive to replace my carpets, and flooring but I have recently enjoyed the purchase of real cotton sheets. I am also replacing my clothes with natural materials like cotton, hemp and others. I am visiting a lot of garage sales, flea-markets, and thrift, Salvation army and Goodwill stores. That topic will be my next article.
By Joan McDaniel September 16, 2013 Updated September 24, 2013
Remember that great American comedy about an all-girl band? The Movie Some like it Hot was made during the 1950’s. It was released in 1959, directed by Billy Wilder and featured Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft and Marilyn Monroe.
It had a great cast with Marilyn playing the Hot part. Well I’m not going to talk about that movie, nor about its great all-star cast — I’m going to talk food, of course, and this hot is about the Hot Pepper.
In an attempt to replace my addiction to a high sugar, high carb diet, I began to look to herbs and spices as a replacement. I started by growing my own herbs and began to experiment with the dried Korean red chili pepper. I found it didn’t kill me and it tasted rather nice. So I decided to plant and grow my own pepper. I went to the same Asian Market where I had gotten the dried pepper and found they also were selling pepper plants. I asked for a “hot pepper plant”. With a broken English response, the owner said “No, You no want Hot Pepper plant” and he pointed to the milder “Medium Hot pepper plant”.
I bought the plants, put them in the ground and have enjoyed the summer eating my fresh peppers right from my own garden. Thank Goodness I didn’t get the Hot Pepper for the Pepper I did get is hot enough. I decided to do some research and found out what hot really means in the Hot Pepper World.
Capsaicin is a chemical compound found naturally in peppers that gives it the spicy flavor that we’ve come to know so well. The level of heat is measured by the Scoville Scale. Levels range from zero, no spice, to 16 million which is considered pure capsaicin. Now THAT’s hot.
I will discuss the Scoville scale later in the article, but now let’s look at what are the benefits and why you should try to tolerate a hot pepper in the first place.
Hot Peppers Cayenne is called the King of Herbs
Chile peppers are native to South and Central America. They were introduced to South Asia in the 1500s and have come to dominate the world spice trade. Few could have imagined the impact of Columbus’ discovery of a spice so pungent that it rivaled the better known black pepper native to South Asia. India is now the largest producer of Chillies in the world. Cayenne pepper has been prized by generations. Tradition and Folklore attributes amazing healing powers to the Hot Pepper.
Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine recommends cayenne for proper digestion as it stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and saliva.
The famed herbal healer Dr. Shulze said, “If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.”
Mastering the hotness
Eating the hot spicy capsaicin-rich food is a tradition to many cultures. People build up a tolerance to the heat. The incentive is a great taste sensation. Eating hot peppers starts you on a new culinary journey. Getting use to the heat factor, allows exploration of the many diverse flavors from around the world. Also eating the capsaicin excites the nervous system into producing endorphins, which promote a pleasant sense of well-being that can last several hours. The endorphin lift or “high”, makes spicy foods mildly addictive and for some, an obsession.
Capsaicin is not soluble in water, but soluble in alcohol, fats and oils. That is why drinking water after eating a hot chili won’t stop the burning. Downing a cold beer is the traditional remedy, but the best way is mixing it with an oil like Coconut, Olive or any other form of fat. Try mixing the dish with handful of walnuts and excellent source of healthy fats.
Capsaicin’s many Other Benefits
The Hot Pepper helps fight Free Radicals our greatest enemy to our health. Free radicals cause inflammation which is the start of all diseases. The Hot Pepper contains phytochemicals carotenoids and flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants that fight free radical damage and inflammation – the main cause for cancer and many other diseases.
is good for the heart and circulatory system
Helps jump starts the circulation system which is good to activate a slowed immune system
Helps stimulate blood flow
Increases metabolism, suppresses the appetite, for a healthier weight loss
Increases energy and alertness
Capsaicin is an endorphin and it can help improve your outlook and mood
Helps with memory
Helps indigestion and gastrointestinal irregularities which Improves digestion
Stimulated production of digestive enzymes, which makes nutrient absorption more efficient
Stimulates secretions, which helps to clear the mucus from the nose, lungs and the sinuses and cause sweating
Adding it to tea makes it good for colds, sore throats, and the flu.
Helps break-down carbohydrates for more efficient calorie consumption and energy production.
Helps breakdown fat in the liver and fat oxidation
Increases the body’s oxygen intake by up to 7.5 percent
Increases stamina and physical activity; by increasing the body’s oxygen intake by up to 7.5 percent
It is a rich source of Vitamins A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C.
Cayenne Pepper can also be applied directly to the skin
Cayenne Pepper in liquid form can be applied to the skin. It increases circulation and can be applied to bandages to help boost the supply of fresh blood to a wound while stopping excessive bleeding. It can also be taken orally for the same purpose, as cayenne aids the body in naturally healing itself from a variety of health conditions. (http://www.gobeyondorganic.com)
Topical application of cayenne pepper causes irritation in the applied area; thus, it helps distract the nerves from joint pains due to arthritis.
Cayenne is also very effective in relieving diabetic complications like nerve damage. It gives temporary relief of pain from psoriasis, herpes zoster, neuralgia, and toothache.
Smelling cayenne helps cure headaches. Topical application of capsaicin also helps to relieve them.
The Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper
Peppers may help the gardener also
Farmers in Africa plant peppers around their crops in order to keep the elephants out. Peppers are an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produce a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes in contact. There aren’t many Elephants here in America, but I wonder if it will help fend off other critters like deer, ground hogs, rabbits, squirrels, and any other mammals that invade my garden.
Rocky J. Squirrel Picture Credit
What makes the Hot Pepper Hot?
Most people think it’s the seeds that make peppers hot. The seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall, where the seeds are attached. If you want to remove some of the spiciness of the pepper be sure to remove both the seeds and the ribs.
The Scoville Scale Just How HOT Are My Chiles?
In 1912 a chemist by the name of Wilbur Scoville, working for the ParkeDavis pharmaceutical company, developed a method to measure the heat level of chile peppers. The test is named after him, The “Scoville Organoleptic Test”
The pungency (or heat factor) of Chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units. The sweet bell peppers are at zero Scoville units to the mighty Naga Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) at 1,000,000 units!.
Click this link for the complete Scoville Heat Scale list
I have provided a shorter list
Pepper Type Heat Level Scoville Ranking
Sweet Banana Mild 0
Sweet Bell Pepper Mild 0
Pimento Mild 0
Shishito Mild 0 – 100
Paprika – Super Red Mild 50 – 500
Anaheim Mild 100 – 500
Pepperoncini Mild 100 – 500
Pablano (ancho) Mild 1,500 – 2,500
Jalapeno (Chipotle) Medium 2,500 – 5,000
Korean Spicy 15,000 – 50,000
Cayenne Spicy 30,000 – 50,000
Tabasco Spicy 30,000 – 50,000
Serrano Spicy 30,000 – 50,000
Chillepins Spicy 50,000
Datil Spicy 100,000 – 300,000
Thai Extreme Spicy 100,000 – 350,000
Jamaican Extreme Spicy 100,000 – 500,000
Fatalii Extreme Spicy 125,000 – 325,000
Orange Habanero Extreme Spicy 150,000 – 325,000
Habanero Extreme Spicy 200,000 – 300,000
Scotch Bonnet Extreme Spicy 200,000 – 300,000
Red Savina Habanero Extreme Spicy 350,000 – 575,000
Naga Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) HOT HOT 855,000 – 1,041,427
Common Pepper Spray 2 – 3,000,000
Police Grade Spray 5 – 300,000
Pure Capsaicin 15 – 16,000,000
By Joan McDaniel August 29, 2013
This article is about California, South Central Los Angeles to be specific. A man by the name of Ron Finley is starting growing gardens in poverty-stricken areas. LA – People are eating healthy – See Video below.
What is better than growing your own food?
But first a word about getting away from the factory produced synthetic foods that line the Grocery Store shelves. I cannot stress enough, you need to eat fresh food and there are two ways to do just that;
- Grow your own
- And/or visit your local farmers market.
Visit your local Farmers Market
I attend my local farmers market weekly all year long. I now know my local farmers but welcome any new vendors with new ideas and new home-made crafty products. I ask a ton of questions and engage in discussions that range from how to grow something to how to cook something. It is sort of getting information from the horse’s mouth. I look forward to my visits, and come back loaded with fresh food and fresh ideas.
Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing
|Farmers markets are becoming increasingly popular all across the nation. Consumers can get fresh produce directly from the local farm. And farmers develop personal relationships with their loyal and growing customer base.
“The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Market information included in the Directory is voluntary and self-reported to AMS by market managers, representatives from State farmers market agencies and associations, and other key market personnel. “
Use this link to find a farmers market near you. The link is updated often. Enter your zip code the markets close to you will be listed. You can then click the link to go directly to the markets web-site. Then from your Local Harvest Website, you can find the farms, markets and other valuable sources.
From the USDA Web site: Find a Farmers Market close to you
Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
I found this article on the web and it got my undivided attention. A man named Ron starts gardens for the poor and homeless in places you wouldn’t believe. If I ever thought of a place to start a garden, it wouldn’t be South Central Los Angeles. People, a whole lot of people with shovels are digging in the dirt and planting gardens. The Cola, Fastfood, Red Bull and other unhealthy s thing capital now is changing vacant lots, and poverty-stricken areas into complete functional gardens.
I am impressed and I hope you will be to.
Ron Finley of South Central Los Angeles started growing food forests on curb sides, vacant lots, and traffic medians to combat low quality food in poverty-stricken areas. [He says that growing your own food is like printing your own money.]
Growing, working, teaching: changing turf into edible gardens in South Los Angeles
Ron has over 20 Sustainable Gardens all over Los Angeles grown by hundreds of volunteers. He calls his garden projects “Dig Ins”. The gardens serve low-income residents and others. Where fresh affordable food is scarce it is now plentiful. They also run wellness classes, and hikes. They promote open space and personal confidence.