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My Eat a Good Salad Lately?

By Joan McDaniel                       September 19, 2019

Looking for Good Carbohydrates

Once I decided to begin eating nutritional foods to help regain my health, I found out about Good Carb/Bad Carb.  My article on The Beet an example of good carb vs bad carb covers my research.  Basically a bad carb is called “Simple” and a good carb is called “Complex”. Processed foods are “Simple” and natural foods like lettuce are “Complex”.

Looking around at food options, I ran into Lettuce.  Nothing can be more natural than home grown lettuce.  I spent time looking into lettuce and ran into Kale.  My article called Kale, the King of the Greens – Leafy Green Kale That is.  That article talks about all forms of lettuce including the King of Green— Kale.  Lettuce including Kale is a healthy carbohydrate or good carb.  You can eat as much lettuce as you want without a worry.  This carb is good for you.

Since, I always liked lettuce, I started eating and growing lettuce.  Green Leaf and Roman lettuce was easy to grow, easy to eat and easy to digest. I also kept running into Kale. Kale provides more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around.  If you looking to rebuild your immune system and regain your strength,  look no further than Kale — That is why it is called “The King Of Greens”

It is true, I liked lettuce but I normally had it piled heavily with Salad Dressing. Now that I was considering making lettuce not a side dish but a main dish, I would be eating a great deal of it.

This created a problem. If eating healthy including a great deal of eating lettuce, how will I make lettuce taste like something besides lettuce? Remember I still was very addicted to sugar.

Addicted to Sugar and Salad Dressing

Since I was so addicted to sugar I couldn’t taste anything except sugar. But sugar was my problem for it doesn’t heal anything including the Immune System. In fact, sugar was a major reason I was so sick.

Kale nutritious value makes it qualified to be called a superfood.  Although Kale and many other forms of lettuce can be eaten raw, it can be boiled, massaged in lemon juice, sautéed or steamed.

With a strong desire and motivation to get well, and a great deal of mind over matter— it was still tough getting it all chewed and swallowed with any kind of enjoyment so I began to look closer at  Salad Dressing.  I use to love Thousand Island Dressing.

What I found, was a big surprise !!!

On with the old article

Eat a Good Salad Lately?

By Joan McDaniel                                  July 18, 2012

Continuing the story of my research into nutrition while trying to get well again, I turn to the subject of Fats.

If the answer to the Salad question is yes, the next question is; What type of salad dressing did you use?


Label Reading

I would spent, what seemed like hours looking at the labels of salad dressing bottles. I bet the answer to the question Eat a Good Salad Lately, would be a Fat-Free Salad because that is all I can find to buy.  I tried  my local grocery store, fast-food deli, my favorite restaurant, or my friendly Health Food Store.  Where ever I go to shop, I see rows and rows of proudly labeled FAT-FREE Dressing.

You can also use oils for a salad dressing.  This article does not address oils.  The subject of Oil is complex and I address it in my article Lets Talk Cooking Oil. This article is looking at the subject of Fat and Fat-Free.  Besides Oil alone does not make lettuce taste any different. You need Zest for your salad.

These dressing may be fat-free but normally are loaded with insulin resistant generating sugars, especially High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It seems things that have had the fat removed don’t taste very good so the manufactures have added sugar and lots of it.  The problem with salad dressing may be the added sugar but the real problem is called “FAT FREE”. Don’t even think Sugar-Free for it is worse. You are better off with Sugar.  See my article My Health and the Big Propaganda Money Train

What’s wrong with Fat?

Sugar isn’t the only problem with Salad Dressings – Fat Free isn’t good either.  Besides what is wrong with Fat????

I could eat the salad natural or raw without any dressing, but as I was finding, food can have zest without being harmful. You just can’t use sugar.  You may not know it, but there is a world of herbs, spices and other great tasting things available that generate zest or taste.


Fat tastes great especially in the form of walnuts, olives, cheese, flakes of coconut and a whole lot more.  Adding Sea Salt and Stevia Sugar is an interesting variety also.  Just like with carbohydrates there is good and bad fat. Vinegar also comes in many non-sugar varieties like balsamic vinegar.

Generally, anyone who is concentrating on the health benefits of foods start with eating something that consists of more than the normal Standard American Diet “side dish” salad.


Normal American Standard American Diet (SAD) Salad

The salads ingredients generally contain more than a hunk of iceberg lettuce under a layer of artificially colored plastic flavored French dressing.  (In fact, I don’t think you could get a Frenchman to eat French dressing).

I was struck with the thought, the worst place for a fat-free product is, on a salad.  Without being too difficult, or technical, it is hard to define what exactly constitutes a salad.  But a good salad generally contains lettuce and other vegetables.  Now most of us have been told, by our mothers


and even by the Food pyramid food police


2006 Ex Mayor Bloomberg Announced Food Standards – Guidelines for food served by N.Y. City (schools) including a soda ban on supersize soda.

VEGGIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU. They contain vitamins.

Exactly, Fat-Soluble vitamins or minerals which cannot be absorbed by the body unless they are eaten with fat.  Fat-Soluble Vitamins- A, D, E, and K need fat to be absorbed by the body.

Many of these vitamins function as an antioxidant and protect against free-radical damage. To be dissolved and used by the body you must eat fat.  In other words, to stop disease cause by free-radicals damage YOU MUST EAT FAT.

So why are you putting Fat-Free Salad dressing on that great salad?  You might as well feed the salad to the family pet.  The vitamins in that salad won’t do you any good.  A vitamin tablet will not help for they too need fat to be absorbed by the body.

All the minerals and vitamins that are in the salad to fight free-radical damage are blocked by the added fat-free hydrogenated free radical generating salad dressing.  Sort of like a Catch 22 problem. What you really eating is just causing an internal war that may only be ended with an antacid. (See my next post on the dangers of antacids.)

Now let us do a quick review of fats.

Fats and Oils consist of molecules of fat molecules known as fatty acids.

There are three different broad categories;

Saturated, Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated.

Monounsaturated, and saturated fats are essential to unlock the nutrients found in salads and vegetables.

Saturated Fat is Animal fats (Lard), beef tallow,  butter, cheese, chicken fat, coconut and palm oil, eggs, ghee (clarified butter), milk, mutton tallow, Nutmeg oil, Peanut Oil, Sour cream, and Vinegar were the common crucial fats used throughout the history of mankind and maintaining healthy cells, healthy organs, and a healthy body.

Monounsaturated fat – is two hydrogen atoms short of being a saturated fat. Olive oil is mostly Monounsaturated then ¼ saturated and polyunsaturated.


Monounsaturated Fatty Acids are: Almond, Avocados, Butterfat, Grape Seed, Olive, Peanut, Pumpkin, Rapseed (canola) and, Sesame. Good source for fat but become toxic if heated.  Heating causes the oil to become oxidized.

So add Walnuts, Olives, Eggs, Cheese, and anything else that is a fat to that vegetable or salad, It will taste better, take longer to digest and make you healthy, your mother said so.

Remember most of the oils in those Fat-Free salad dressing are polyunsaturated vegetable oils, which are hydrogenated oils.

The process of Hydrogenation was created in 1907 by E.C. Kayser for Procter and Gamble to manufacture a man made cooking Fat called Crisco to replace the natural occurring fat from meat called Lard.

During the French Revolution, with a desire to reduce the cost of war, Napoleon help create a similar process to create a replacement for Butter.  The replacement was called Margarine.



French Revelation                                         


Hydrogenation Creates Free-Radicals 

The process added a hydrogen atom to the fatty acid chain which created a Polyunsaturated fat or Trans fat.  We now know that partially hydrogenated oils are bad for us.  Polyunsaturated fats readily oxidize when exposed to heat, light, or oxygen. They spontaneously oxidize and become destructive free-radicals.  Once free radicals are formed, they attack other cells of the body by taking an electron and creating more free radicals.

The damage done by free-radicals have been proved to cause inflammation which if untreated will cause aging, cancer, mental dementia, Alzheimer’s and other destructive disease let alone Heart Failure. Saturated Fats, like Lard, butter and coconut oil are very resistive to oxidation.

In other words, if nothing else is clear DO NOT EAT FAT FREE FOOD!!

It is not good for you.

Vinegar as Dressing

Vinegar is made from any carbohydrate that has enough sugar to be fermented, including apples, beets, coconut, dates, grapes, and potatoes.  Vinegar is then made from all colors of wine. Vinegar is also made from grain and malt. Vinegars can also be synthetically created in the lab and contains only acidic acid without any natural acids or enzymes. Most Distilled vinegar is created this way.


Cold Olive Oil

Peanut Oil

Sesame Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar


Balsamic Vinegar


Blue Cheese hunks (Just the Cheese)



Pine Nuts

Distilled Vinegar

Yogurt (Goat Milk from the farm)


My Should Clothes Have Toxic Warning Labels?

By Joan McDaniel                   September 11, 2019

This is Part 3 of 3 of my articles on Clothes.  I began to feel the difference , once I started to remove toxins around me including my clothes, I soon felt like I feel at home in my own body again, like when I was a kid.  My body became free of inflammation and irritation and I could breath again.  I didn’t know then what I know now — that all my internal toxins that have been stored away in my own fat cells would also have to be released.  It was like breaking an invisible shield that my body had built up over the many years of toxic living.

It has been almost 7 years since I wrote this, and I am still detoxing  Once my body started getting nutrition and oxygen again, it began to detox on its own.  It all started by removing the toxins around me.  If you don’t understand what I mean about getting oxygen, see my article are you Fermenting? Now on with my old article:

Should clothes have toxic warning labels?

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.


Mark Twain


Hippie Clothes for Men

Without quoting the bible and its story of the Eve and the Tree of knowledge we know that ever since Adan and Eve, we have worn clothing to cover ourselves once we got kicked out of paradise.

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?

As time has passed what started in places like California, people through out America are now busy banning plastic grocery bags, and plastic straws but what about the clothes on their back? Are they made of the same 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 it.  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

The BPF Plastics Timeline


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

types of material 

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


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

Emma Peel was a fictional  spy played by Diana Rigg in the British 1960s adventure television series The Avengers.

I know I have dated myself but for the kids of today  it was also worn by

Catwoman in Batman Returns—a cat burglar

Rubber latex is now generally replaced by plastics.

Till next time..


My New Clothes – Caution Before Wearing

By Joan McDaniel                   August 30, 2019

This is Part II of my three part research subject on clothes.  This article is a result of my continuing effort to regain my health after being so sick I could hardly walk. Once I did manage to get out of bed,  I didn’t have enough energy or strength to do much but,  I was determined to get well. I did regained my health. It took time covering several years it was piece by piece – bit by bit.  I started by eliminating toxins in me and around me.

Part 1 deals with washed clothes and all the toxic material used to keep them that way.

This article deals with new clothes one of the most toxic items you’ll ever find.

There is nothing more exiting then new clothes it is almost like finding a new you, but I bet you didn’t know just how toxic new clothes can be

New Clothes – Caution Before Wearing

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. I also replaced my cooking pot, pans, skillets etc even the utensils I used to eat.

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.

What I have ended up doing is soaking the new clothes over night in cold water rinsing several times then wash at least twice.  The clothes may look worn but breathable and much more comfortable

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 stitch 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.

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 are 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.






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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.  You have formaldehyde all around you. About all you can do is give it some distance away from direct contact with your skin. Or better yet direct contact with your stomach by ingesting it.  Remember if it is on your skin you are ingesting it.

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.


As an update, About two years ago, One of the smartest things I did, was remove the wall to wall carpets in my home.  When I pulled them off the floor I found hard wood floors. The wood was great and in great condition.  I give them a coating of coconut oil once a year and they retain their deep color and great looking. Note no wax or varnish just good ol’ Coconut Oil couldn’t find a better finish.

It took a lot of work but I did it all by myself.  See my strength has really returned.  It was wall to wall carpeting including the stairs that had what seemed to be a million staples.  The hard wood  are beautiful and No more hidden toxins.  I vacuumed up all the years and years of dust.  I feel like it is a new house.

Back in 2012 when I was my sickest, I had returned from the hospital after a week stay.  I was too weak to climb those very same stairs.  I had to crawl up and  sit on my rump to go down.  It took a few years but I regained enough strength to do the work.  It took several days but IT GOT DONE!!!

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My Are Washed Clothes Toxic?

By Joan McDaniel                     August 26, 2019

These articles document my recovery from being very sick, and regaining my health by what I ate.  I researched and learned by doing.  I discovered the world of homeopathy and other natural theory to recover my health. My next phase of learning how to recover from my weakened condition was to eliminate the toxins around me.  What better place then to look at the clothes you wear and the maintenance of keeping them and you clean.

This society puts a major effort in maintaining cleanliness.  In some cases, the word Clean is more important than being real.  Truth isn’t understood or separated from all the propaganda. Propaganda simply makes you feel like belonging.  It is more important to be accepted as than anything resembling something or someone of honest values.  Yet is what we are using to be accepted as clean,  hazardous to our health?

It is assumed the body will not notice the difference.  Clean has become so important we think the only way to be accepted is to surround  and fill ourselves with toxic chemicals on a daily basis.  We seem to have a major desire to be sterile.  Machines and Artificial Intelligent Robots may need to be sterile but we Human Beings need bacteria to stay alive and healthy.

Yet, to be healthy your body needs bacteria – both good bacteria and bad bacteria.  Chemicals do not co-exist especially with living matter, especially when the concept of clean means bacteria free.  Out bodies need good and bad bacteria to remain alive and healthy. You can be alive but not healthy.

Which brings me to my next article –  It is part 1 of three parts on the subject of clothes.  I looked at washed clothes and all the toxic material used to keep them that way.

Washed clothes may be free from grime but be very toxic.

Your Laundry Detergent may be Hazardous to Your Health

By Joan McDaniel                                August 23, 2013

Before I start this article, I would like to ask;

mud pies

What does everyone have against dirt?  When I was a kid, I made mud pies for me and my friends. What is so dirty about dirt?  We Americans seemed obsessed with getting rid of dirt like we are with bacteria. Science has proven dirt is beneficial to a child’s life, playing in dirt builds a strong immune system.  It’s interesting to know mankind used to get B-12 from ingesting dirt. People throughout history weren’t so dirt-phobic or germ conscious, as they are today.


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Most of the products sold in the grocery store are labeled anti-xxxx. We want all dirt gone and all bacteria dead (Germ Theory), and that goes for both good and bad bacteria.  Is our concept of clean made us dependent on toxic chemicals? It also seems to me to be a little unbalanced when the producers of personal and household cleaners seem more concerned about harm to the environment than harm to the human body.

Please note: Without God’s gift of dirt our plants would not grow and without good bacteria, what we eat would turn to garbage and never be digested. So……………….


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Before you reach for that laundry detergent you better read a little further.

Big business and  well financed laundry detergent commercials are full of propaganda.  They show pictures of nature’s mountains, streams, and wildflowers’ giving the impression their product makes clothes fresh as pure mountain air. Words like natural aroma, freshness, and spring renewal are printed on the product label. But, in reality you are wrapping yourself in a toxic blanket of chemicals.  Commercial laundry detergents may remove the stains and grime as this old advertisement shows, but leave toxins that cause unwanted problems ranging from cancer, inflammation, neurological damage, skin irritations, and many others.

Clothes cover the whole body and as you sweat, clothes cling to the skin.  As I have documented in “Are Skin Care Products Harmful?”, the skin is very absorbent.  It is a great delivery system for medications such as birth control, nicorderm patch, pain control and many others.  You can absorb more toxins from the skin than you can with food.  Eating food goes threw a digestive system that filters out toxins.

Many experts recommend: if you would not eat it or drink it, you should not be letting it come into contact with your skin. Ditch the commercial laundry detergents and seek out more natural ways to clean your clothes.

If you launder with common supermarket toxic detergents, switch to natural detergents. It will take a few washings to remove the residual toxic detergent ingredients completely.

What are some of these toxic chemicals?

Here are just some of the toxic chemicals.  These chemicals cannot only cause you harm but they can harm environment as well.  These chemicals can build up in your clothes and will penetrate your skin and have been known to cause; internal inflammation leading to major disease, and organ failure due to immune malfunction and hormone disruption.

All Toxins are Not On the Label

There are at least 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label one of these could be 1,4-dioxane, a synthetic petrochemical carcinogen is a chemical byproduct  contaminant of the manufacturing process and is not required to be listed on product labels. This ingredient may also be in shampoos and household cleaning products. 1, 4-dioxane is a surfactant.

Bleach – Sodium Hypochlorite (household bleach) Chemical precursor to chlorine which is extremely toxic.  Bleach has harmful side effects that have been known for decades.  Bleach is a leading cause of poisoning in the home.  It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, skin, and throat. Skin contact can produce caustic irritation or burns.  Mixing it with other chemicals will also cause fumes. Bleach also kills all bacteria good and bad.

Brighteners – Can be toxic to fish and other wildlife let alone cause allergic reactions in humans.

Fragrance – Want your clothes to smell fresh?  Fragrance chemical additives can be very irritating.  They have been known to irritate the eyes, skin and nostrils causing itchy watery eyes, stinging nostrils and red irritated skin.  They can also trigger asthma attacks, aggravate allergies, affect your thinking, concentration and coordination.  These chemicals have also been linked to toxic effect on fish and mammals.

Phenols – National Health Institute has deemed Phenol as toxic.  It can cause damage to body organs like heart, kidney, liver, and lungs.  It is very easily absorbed into the skin.  Phenols are linked to serious health conditions even death.

Phosphates – Used to prevent dirt from settling back on clothes after being washed.  Can stimulate growth of marine plants and trigger unbalanced ecosystems.

Surfactants – A substance which basically binds to oily particles and carries them away with the water during washing.  These are what make our clothes clean when we wash them.  Surfactants can be natural or synthetic.  Natural surfactants are generally safe but chemical or synthetic surfactants are not. Commercial laundry detergents are loaded with synthetic surfactants such as 1,4-dioxane, Linear Alky Benzene Sulfonate (LAS), nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE), Petroleum distillates (aka napthas derived from crude oil), and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).


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I find this extremely interesting for most detergents have a Warning label.  Harmful is swallowed or comes in contact with the skin. Hmmmmmmm I wear my clothes on my skin and I have found it takes more than one rinse cycle to rid the clothes of the detergent. Have you ever taken a fresh washed towel and soaked it in water only to watch the water bubble.  That is left over soap. Good thing for big business and the team of lawyers that represent it.

Any one of these above listed chemical additives can be harmful on its own, but they are combined in most commercial laundry detergents products and can react with each other becoming even more dangerous justifying the above label.

And now we come to Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets

If you thought the advertisements for Laundry detergent are propaganda what about the Ads for Dryer Sheets?


Snuggle Frabric Softener Advertisment

Fabric softener and Dryer sheet products are available using such names as; Bounce, Cling Free, Downy, Ultra Downy, Essentials, Final touch, Fresh’n Soft, Purex, Snuggle and others. They may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, bit these softeners have some of the most toxic products used in laundering products.

Here is a list of contaminants;

A-Terpineol – Can cause respiratory and nervous system problems.

Benzyl acetate – Linked to pancreatic cancer.

Ethyl Acetate – A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

Camphor – May causes potential central nervous system disorders.

Chloroform — Neurotoxin, anesthetic and carcinogenic

Limonene – Known carcinogen

Pentane – A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

Plus, some fabric softeners and dryer sheets even contain ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grain, or even agricultural waste. Any wonder it’s on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list?

What to do

new clothes 

You could be like the Hans Christian Andersen’s fable

And not wear any clothes or you can stop washing your clothes or

listen to Lee Euler, editor of Cancer Defeated, has some much more realistic tips on how to minimize your risk:

1Wear your clothes longer before laundering them — 2 or 3 times, especially during cooler seasons when they’re barely soiled after one wearing.

2Use 100% non-toxic, biodegradable laundry products.

3Use phosphate-free products.

4Seek out plant-based enzymes and food-based detergents.

5Say no to bleach, dyes, fragrances, optical brighteners, and masking agents.

6Reduce the amount of detergent per load. Remember, the manufacturer’s goal is to sell as much product as possible. You might find your clothes get just as clean with ¼ cup of detergent as with ½ cup. Plus, you’ll save money.

Once you start looking, there a plenty of sources for natural laundry detergents and household cleaners. I searched the internet and found products made from my favorite source Coconut Oil and you can too. Take the time to scrutinize the product contents and more importantly what it is free of.

I have removed all toxins from my house.  I wash everything from the bathroom, kitchen sink to the clothes on my back with natural products.  I even filter out chlorine from my water, but that is another subject entirely.


Also Avoid Dry Cleaning

What can be easier than dropping a pile of sweaty clothes off to the Dry Cleaners.  The returned clothes look sharp.  They are pressed and make you look like a pro.

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Dry cleaning is used to clean delicate fabrics and textiles that cannot withstand the rough and tumble of a washing machine and clothes dryer; it can also eliminate labor-intensive hand washing. But dry cleaning is anything that would make one think of clean.  The process uses a toxic chemical process called tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylente) which the industry calls “perc” or “PERC”. This is a non-water-based solvent to remove soil and stains from clothes.

But the process perc is an modern day improvement. The ancient Romans used ammonia (derived from urine) to launder their woolen togas. Dry cleaning was first discovered by a French dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly in the mid 19th century. This process used petroleum-based solvents such as gasoline and kerosene. Jean noticed that his tablecloth became cleaner after his maid spilled kerosene on it. He subsequently developed a service cleaning people’s clothes in this manner, which became known as “nettoyage à sec”—i.e., dry cleaning.

Shift to tetrachloroethylene

Flammability concerns led William Joseph Stoddard, to develop Stoddard solvent a less flammable solvent and after World War I much less flammable solvent chlorinated was used. In the 1930s, the dry cleaning industry adopted tetrachloroethylene (perc) a stable, nonflammable, and gentle solvent.  It Perc, however, was incidentally the first chemical to be classified as a carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1993.

The dry cleaning industry is in the process of replacing perc with other chemicals and/or methods. If you must dry clean certain clothes, look for an eco-friendly ‘green’ dry cleaner in your area. But remember it is still using chemicals which may be good for the environment but not so great for your health.

Silicone-based solvent

Some Cleaners are using a green dry cleaning process which uses a silicone-based solvent and has been around since the late 1990s. The substance is comparable to deodorant, but has a very different job! GreenEarth Cleaning is designed to use detergents and the dry cleaning process to remove stains and soil from fabric, but does so without actually “touching” the fibres.

Following is documentation on the Solviar Cleaning System using the GreenEarth Cleaning system.  In my opinion it still contains chemicals, which may be safe for the environment but not very good for the skin.  If you can’t eat it, then don’t wear it. But I will let the Company speak for itself. This is from their web-site:


The Solvair Cleaning System, along with being safe for our environment, is a completely heat less process, making it safe for your delicate garments. Parkers were the first dry cleaner in Canada to adopt this technology and we have been amazed by the results we achieve through this process. Solvair uses a biodegradable cleaning liquid to remove dirt and stains and then dries by floating garments in cool liquid C02. This removes the potential for tumbling damage and protects delicate details like buttons and beadwork.

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My Health and the Big Propaganda Money train

By Joan McDaniel                    August 14, 2019

Almost seven years ago, this article was written. My research and learning had come a long way.  My health improved and I felt well managed enough to return to work. I still had a long way to go to regain my strength and repair my colon but I was feeling much stronger and thought I could return to work, part time three days a week. Thanks goodness, because I was running out of money.

I wrote this article to try to explain to my co-workers what I had found out about food.  At this time I had learned a great deal but, I had a long way to go and much more to learn.  This article again reflects facts as I knew them and how I got started.  It states the basic principles I used in making food selections.  The article is very similar to one written my the Health Ranger at Natural News who is also being censored.  I added my own thoughts and experience.

At that time, I used the term Propaganda.  It wasn’t until recently, I would have a deeper understanding of  propaganda and censorship and how committed the other side could be. From what I thought was a small problem is now a major campaign against truth.

I don’t know why they are so afraid of us.  Maybe it is because Truth travels and is easy to proof and I guess more than one person was beginning to understand how to stop the Big Propaganda Money Train — So they had to stop us — Now on with my old article. I guess, I never really understood how afraid the propagandist are of Truth and Common Sense.  Now on with my old article.


Help Your Health and Stop the Big Propaganda Money Train

Seven Toxic foods, drinks, and additives to cut out from your diet for good

By Joan McDaniel                                                  August 14, 2012


Propaganda Techniques


Propaganda Techniques

My health is better now and I have returned to work doing 3 days a week as part time.  Everyone was glad to see me and I explained to them about my recovery and its documentation on this web site.  The site has been well accepted with many hits per day.  At work when we had time to talk I talked to my co-workers  about food and nutrition.  As we were talking one day, an employee had one of those energy drinks with her.  I advised her not to drink that.  She looked puzzled and said, “It’s the safe one –  it is Diet.”


I attempted an explanation to them the dangers of sugar free but then I later read an article from Natural News and their list of seven toxic things to avoid and one of them was sugar substitutes.


“With so much conflicting information out there about which foods are healthy and which foods are not, it can be difficult for many people to determine how best to approach a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well. But a good place to start is to avoid these seven toxic foods, beverages, and additives that are quite common in the Standard American diet (SAD).

Diet sodas and beverages sweetened with artificial chemicals. One of the more common dietary misconceptions in mainstream society today is the idea that “diet” beverages are somehow healthier than their sugar-sweetened beverages (32g in some cases). These popular artificial sweeteners are used in diet sodas, juices, chewing gums, and other foods.

Not only are artificial sweeteners bad for your health, but they also tend to promote obesity ( If you want to protect yourself against chronic illness and toxicity — aspartame literally converts to formaldehyde in the body and causes metabolic acidosis (acid pH)— it is best to stick with either raw sugars or natural sugar substitutes like pure stevia extract or just plain water.”

I found a website that lists over 92 different aspartame-related symptoms compiled by the FDA from 10,000 consumer complaints.

Aspartame Side Effects from the FDA


Aspartame Symptoms chart


Aspartame Symptoms chart

The Real Food Channel

Food can kill – or heal. Info to help you choose wisely.

In spite of the poisonous effects of diet sodas, many people continue to drink them daily.

Research shows that not only do diets sodas contribute to disease, they actually trick your

brain and contribute to weight gain.

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Aspartame – It puts the DIE in Diet Soda + 6,000 other products

FDA Approved Artificial sweeteners


Aspartame  (NutraSweet and Equal) which is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Discovered in 1965 approved by FDA 1980.

Saccharin (Sweet’N Low, Sweet Twin, and Necta Sweet,) which is 200 to 700 times sweeter than sugar. Discovered 1879 was the first artificial sweetener.

Sucralose (splenda,) which is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

Acesulfame-K (Sunett and Sweet One,) which is 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Neotame, which is 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.

Saccharin was the first discovered in 1879.

These FDA approvals are based  on a majority of test performed by at least 70 to 80% by the manufacture themselves. Studies of a few courageous independent scientist and former FDA, CDC and other toxicologist, have been ignored or pushed into the lower desk drawer.

The ingredients of VitaminWater 10 (owned by Coca Cola) contains the natural sweetener Stevia


Plus crystalline fructose, sucrose , and  a mysterious product called Erythritol. Erythritol has been approved by the FDA and  is a sugar alcohol which is a part of Stevia but not the whole natural plant.  Erythritol does provide fewer calories than sugar but is an unknown ingredient when used without the rest of the natural plant.  It has been claimed by Dr. Mercola and others that it can lead to abdominal gas and diarrhea.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the silent killer. It is not really much of a secret


anymore that HFCS, despite all the corn industry shilling, is a toxic sweetener that should be avoided ( Since it is linked to obesity, brain damage, low IQ, and even mercury poisoning, avoiding all foods that contain HFCS — this can include breads, cereals, and other seemingly innocuous foods — will do wonders for your health.

You would be better off using the Stevia Sweetener which is made from the whole plant


Also note the product


Truvia is the mysterious product called Erythritol not the whole leaf.

Most vegetable oils, including hydrogenated and ‘trans’ fat varieties including Canola Oil


The misdirected war on saturated fats has convinced millions of people that unsaturated vegetable oils are a healthy alternative. Not only do many vegetables oils turn rancid quickly, which means they are toxic (, but many of them also contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which, apart from omega-3 fatty acids, can cause severe health problems like heart disease and cancer. (


Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) Many vegetable oils are also derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), including canola, soy, and corn oils. These same oils are often hydrogenated as well, a process that turns them into heart-destroying solid oils. Avoiding these and sticking instead to healthy fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and hemp oil will greatly improve your health and lower your risk of disease.

White bread, pasta, and other refined flour foods. They are cheap, plentiful, and


come in hundreds of varieties. But white breads, pastas, and other foods made from refined flour are among the top health destroyers in America today. Not only are most white flour products carcinogenic because they are bleached and bromated, but they also lack vital nutrients that are stripped away during processing. Avoid them, and all processed wheat products if possible, to optimize your health.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), carrageenan. Often hidden in foods under deceptive names (, MSG is a pervasive salt chemical you will want to avoid that is linked to causing headaches, heart problems, brain damage, and other problems. Carrageenan, another chemical additive often hidden in “natural” and organic foods like nut milks and lunch meats, is similarly worth avoiding, as it can cause gastrointestinal upset and colon cancer. (


Processed Salt. Referred on the nutrition labell as Sodium.  Many processed food add major amounts of sodium to their products but processed salt lacks the trace minerals normally present in sea and earth salts, which means it ends up robbing your body of these vital nutrients. These trace nutrient are necessary for the body to fight off disease. ( Diseases like Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hypothyroid and stroke due to lack of Iodine and other trace minerals are just a few of the many conditions that can result from refined salt intake, so your best bet is to stick with unrefined sea salts and other full-spectrum salts. I have recommended Himalayan Sea Salt as a replacement.

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Medical Practice and Nutrition

By Joan L. McDaniel     August 3, 2019

This is a re-write of my original article

I have learned a great deal about nutrition since 2012.  The definition of Nutrition I wrote needs some revision.  I no longer accept the Standard American Diet’s definition of calorie and energy which promoted the low-fat diet.  But I will leave my original with this update.  I have learned to eat the food or super food that my body needs which had nothing to do with calories.  But that is a little complex.  These articles cover how I got started gathering the facts about Food. Nutrition and health has now become a much deeper subject then I original though it was.  I’m not sure I know how to define nutrition with my new knowledge.  All that in good time.  Now on with the article

Nutrition and Medical Practice

By Joan McDaniel                               July 11, 2012 Updated December 6, 2013


Nutrition – The story of food is the story of energy, whether we are looking at the process by which solar energy provides nutrients for the body, or how that energy, in the form of fossil fuels, is used to bring energy, in the form of food, to our tables.

In Current nutrition, the amount of fuel or energy in a food is measured in terms of calories, which basically tells us how much energy may be released as heat when the food is metabolized.

There are 9 calories in 1 gram of fat and 4 calories each in 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbohydrate.

The human body needs nutrition and calorie counting to control diet requires a great deal of caution. Only calorie counting may not present the complete picture for a diet must also met your body’s nutritional requirements.  The bodies nutritional requirements do not depend only on calorie counting. Your body needs Fats, Cholesterol and Salt to function.

I no longer count calories.  Calorie counting may work for some but I find eating food that generates energy within me is much more important and I don’t mean the energy of sugar which is a carbohydrate. I mean the energy the food gives me to move and keep moving. Like the energy in Fats Saturated Fats.


Allopathic medicine – refers to the practice of conventional medicine that uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions. It was coined by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann  (1755–1843), a homeopath in 1810. Although “allopathic medicine” was rejected as a term by mainstream physicians, it was adopted by alternative medicine advocates to refer pejoratively to conventional medicine. Allopathic Medicine doesn’t have much to do with nutrition.  Doctors do not have any education in nutrition, it simply is not part of their training.  Food is food and is translated into calories. Calorie counting and the restrictions the Food Pyramid or Food Plate pretty much covers about all of the knowledge or rules needed for the Standard American Diet and your standard American doctor or hospital.

Also Known As: mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, biomedicine

Food Pyramid

Although Allopathic Medicine or modern medicine does not involve itself with nutrition it is assumed the Standard American Low Fat Diet is the accepted recommended Diet.

The food pyramid isn’t used much anymore and neither is low-fat diet being recommended but there doesn’t seem to have any replacement.  The RDA Recommended Daily Allowance still appears on the Nutrition Facts label on the back of all processed products. See the Article A New Look at Nutrition Revised.

A Brief History of RDA’s and the Food Pyramid

I also call this diet the Standard American Diet.

Government has been in control of our health, health care, and food for some time now.  During the early years of the Kennedy Administration there was a growing concern for “Heart Healthy” Foods.  Government health advisors were influence by Dr. Ancel Keys warnings about the harmful effects of cholesterol in the Diet and recommended the Mediterranean and A Fat-free diet.

Fat’s bad reputation started in the 1960’s, when Dr. Ancel Keys, PhD(1904-2004).  His claim to fame occurred during WWII, when he came up with ready-to-eat provisions called Field Rations, Type K which eventually came to be known as K Rations.

It has been said that K-Rations tasted like and was made of Cardboard.

“Reports were that they smelled terrible and tasted worse. “

During Kennedy’s administration, Dr. Keys,  known as the father of the Low-Fat Diet used what he called the Mediterranean diet. He suggested eating too much fat was unhealthy (1953). He was with the university of Minnesota physiologist and nutritionist.

In the early 1990, the U.S. Government released its ‘Food Pyramid’, making Low-fat/High-carb diet the official America’s food plan or the “Standard American Diet” from the low-fat diet fad and into the accepted law of the land.  All government agency recommended this diet.  It was also used in the War on Cholesterol sponsored and promoted with major propaganda by Big-Pharma and is new money pit creation called Statin Drugs.

Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat Diets


Kennedy made the George McGovern the Food for Peace director in 1961.


Holistic Nutrition – Holistic is the analyzing the whole system of beliefs rather than simply its individual components.  In the treatment of illness, consider all factors, treat


the complete and total illness such as physical, mental, and social conditions.  This approach covers total long-term healing with complete health and nutrition. Nutrition is given total and complete attention.  The whole system of both the human body and all kinds of food is considered.  Food eaten by one person may not work the same as when eaten by someone else. The whole person is treated not a particular disease or ailment.


Homeopathy – is a form of alternative medicine. Practitioners treat patients using highly diluted preparations believed to cause symptoms in healthy individuals similar to the undesired symptoms of the person treated. Orthodox medicine considers homeopathy as no more effective than a placebo, yet homeopathy had been successfully used all over the world and ‘in America before the 1930’s and David Rockefeller influence.  German physician Samuel Hahnemann first stated the basic principle of homeopathy in 1796, known as the “law of similars.” In opposition to mainstream Allopathic medicine, Holistic or Naturopathic are also herbal medicine practitioners, They both can diagnose and recommend treatments. Natural remedies are vitamins, minerals, herbs which homeopathicsused as tools for assisting health. Nutrition is not of high total importance when practicing homeopathy.

Naturopathic Doctors N.D. – Craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.  A holistic or Naturopath are also herbal medicine practitioners, and can both diagnose and recommend treatments.  Training at a


four year Naturopathic Medical School recognized by the Department of Education is required. Although NDs are able to prescribe certain medications in licensed states, it is our preference to first utilize natural methods of healing, including bio-identical hormones, herbs, homeopathy minerals, nutrition, and vitamins.


Naturopathic medicine – is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability.  The core philosophy of Naturopathic doctors(NDs) operates under the principle that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism, and that the job of the doctor is to identify the underlying causes that have contributed to health imbalances and work to remove those causes while at the same time supporting the self-healing mechanism. Nutrition, your body type, and how you feel is very important to a Naturopathic Doctor.  Note: on this site’s BLOG ROLL, there is a link to American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)

Functional medicine Another form of alternative medicine – Functional Medicine focuses on the “root causes” of diseases based on interactions between the environment and individual’s immune, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems and develop “individualized treatment plans”. Functional medicine is also concerned about the food you eat.


Institute of Functional Medicine

There are many other forms of alternative medicine.  From herbalist to healers to institutions taking on individual care.  I found my way by watch the food I eat eliminating toxins (including sugar) such as processed food.  I found the combination of maintaining a alkaline balance and detoxing out my years of stored toxins has allowed my colon to return to almost full digestion.  I still have a long way to go but have come a long way.  From learning how to eat real food like eating Kale morning noon and night to intaking good fat it has been a long 8 years.

I am amazed at times how somedays the memories of my past flood back to me with images as clear as if I was right there with them.  It soon disappears and I return to the present.  But it is nice seeing and feeling being young again.

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This was my first attempt at trying to understand food.  Dr. Mercola was a tremendous help.

My Look At Nutrition

By Joan McDaniel                               July 31, 2019

This is a simple article on nutrition.  Written in 2012, Even though It is dated (for example Mayor Bloomberg was still mayor of New York City), the information in the article is basic and doesn’t change.  It was one of the first articles I wrote.  I wanted to approach the subject with as much basic knowledge as I could.  This was in answer to my question on how to get started getting well from the food I eat?

A New Look at Nutrition

By Joan McDaniel                                       August 1, 2012

Three Types of Nutrients in the Human Diet

Back to basics for a moment, to make sure we are in the same ball park or at the same ball game. Many items contained in this post have been discussed before, but I feel that they are all spread out in different places.  So let us review basic nutrient, basic nutrition types and how the body digests them to produce healthy energy.

I am not recommending a count calories diet or recommend a daily calorie intake.  I agree with what I have read and learned mostly by Dr. Mercola who doesn’t pass on daily intake suggestions.  He approaches individual natural food and its value to diet.

Each person needs to work out their own dietary intake and to understand their own body. An attempt to understand the known principles of the body’s complex digestive system should help.

The body’s digestive system is extremely complex and I haven’t found anyone or anywhere it is fully explained, at least to where I can understand it.  For I believe — If something is knowable, then it has a simple explanation.

I can only conclude no one completely understands it.  That includes all the Food Police and Nanny’s in all the countries around the world including the USDA, World Health Organization (WHO), Mayor  Bloomberg, and other meddlers.

The basic principles presented should provide an understanding allowing people the knowledge to make their own decisions and get the most energy from their food intake.




The story of food is the story of energy, whether we are looking at the process by which solar energy provides nutrients for the body, or how that energy, in the form of fossil fuels, is used to bring energy, in the form of food, to our tables.

Nutritional Intake

As every school kid should know; The three major types of nutrients in the human diet are;

Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats.


They provide the body with burnable energy in the form of a nutrient.


A nutrient is a chemical an organism needs to live and grow and must be taken from the environment. These nutrients are used to build and repair tissues, regulate body processes and are converted and used as energy. Our body digests foods by an internal digestive system.

Matter from the earth or organic matter includes carbohydrates, fats and proteins or their building blocks, amino acids and vitamins.

1. Carbohydrate

One of the three major types of nutrients in the human diet. A Carbohydrate is a group of organic compounds, the most important of which are cellulose, glycogen, saccharine, and starch.  Cereals, fruits, flour products, legumes (beans) potatoes, rice, and vegetables, are the major sources of carbohydrates.  Refined carbohydrates get burned rapidly and the body gets hungry shortly after eating. Refined white sugar and white flour


products, as well as alcohol, are carbohydrates.

In the diagram GI stands for Glucose Index. High consumption of refined carbohydrates creates an insulin resistant response in the body which can then develop into Diabetes Type 2. It is a Diabetic precondition.

Carbohydrates produce energy for the cells via Glucose. Carbohydrates are constructed out of sugar.  All plants plus milk are carbohydrates; in fact most everything is sugar and water.


When you eat more refined carbohydrates than your body can use, the excess carbohydrate energy is converted to fat by your liver. This process occurs to help your body maintain blood sugar control in the short-term, however it will likely increase triglyceride concentrations, which will increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.


“A low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet may be dangerous to your health. Eating fat does not make you fat, your body‘s response to excess carbohydrates in your diet makes you fat.

White flour and white rice have undergone refinement where most of the nutritious part of the grain has been removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar.  Whole wheat, whole bran or rice is unrefined. It consists of non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin, when digested it is called fiber



The Endosperm and Bran are intrinsic and intact in plants and remains in the finished product. The body does not produce enzymes that break down this fiber and it passes through the body.  Food consisting of unrefined carbohydrates, mixed with fat, fiberand/or proteinslow down digestion and absorption of glucose into the blood stream, eliminating that sugar rush and demand for insulin shown in the blood glucose chart above.

“Daily intake of carbohydrates should be limited and to about 40% of the diet.” Dr. Mercola.

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2.  Fat

Fat is the next food energy source. Since the 1930’s, fat  has received a bad reputation . We both agree there are good fats and there are bad fats. The USDA’S food pyramid and its supporters suggest most fats are bad especially saturated fat.  Unsaturated fats are good but must be limited they indicate.

I have taken the advice of Dr. Mercola, Dr. Fife and others who have carefully illustrated the extreme benefits of Saturated Fats especially in the form of Coconut Oil. I consider Saturated Fat is one of the most important lessons I learned.

I have learned, Saturated and monounsaturated fats are good for you. Artificially (man-made) oxidized fat such as; polyunsaturated hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine, and shortening are bad.

Fats include dairy, meats, oils, avocado, nuts, olives, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, etc.


Daily dietary intake of natural fats like saturated fats are unlimited, any amount and all natural fats are good.

Fat like fiber also slows down the movement of food in the digestive system allowing food more time to be digested and more nutrients especially minerals are absorbed.  Low-fat diets prevent the complete digestion of food promoting mineral deficiencies. Fat gives at least twice as much energy, as an equal weight of the other energy foods – protein and carbohydrates.

There are three kinds of fat: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. They are differentiated by their molecular structure. The best fats are those that contain the essential fatty acids so named because without them we die. Essential fatty acidsare polyunsaturated and grouped into two families, the omega-6EFAs and the omega-3EFAs. Although we do need both omega-3s and omega-6s it is becoming increasingly clear that an excess of omega-6 can have dire consequences.

When stored glucose is depleted the body will convert fat and protein to energy via molecular units called keytones.

Vegetables, Fruits which contain Fat-Soluble vitamins or minerals cannot be absorbed by the body unless they are eaten with fat such as oil or butter.  A vitamin tablet will not help for they too need fat to be absorbed by the body.

3. Protein

Of the major types of nutrients in the human diet, Protein is built out of  a large combination of twenty-two Amino Acids.  Your protein needs vary according to activity level. Of all the twenty-two amino acids, there are eight, which cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained through the diet.

Laboratory measurements show that daily protein requirements increase for active individuals. Protein requirements for active people can be up to 100 percent higher than those for sedentary individuals (1.6-1.8 g/kg of body weight vs. 0.8 g/kg).

Fat and Protein can be used to produce energy, their primary function is to provide building blocks for tissues, hormones, enzymes, and other structures for the human body.

See my post of  Some High-quality Protein Sources. on for food sources of Protein.

Nutrition Label

The Nutrition label is now required on most packaged food in many countries. The label pictured below is the USDA Food recommendation.  In Food Police Nanny language that means rules. If you disobey their “recommendations” you become a fat misfit and should be ignored by society.  (My interpretation)


Nutrition suggestions (rules ) have  been marked.  This Nutrition Label represents the Standard American Diet. I covered the history of the fat-free diet and the food police food pyramid in the post Is Your Cooking Oil Healthy? on June 27, 2012

I do not have such a fancy display to illustrate the new Holistic and Naturopathic Nutrition  I found but here are the suggested changes.

These are recommendations are from Dr. Mecola and others.  I have read so many articles and books I simply don’t remember who said what when. So let’s just say — I put this stuff together from all stuff I have read.  These suggestions are based on scientific research, studies and understanding of the human body.

Search Dr. Mecola site and you will find a wealth of recommendations.  But generally this is what I have put found;

The Intake of saturated fat is not limited. Eat as much as you want. Dr. Mercola

Intake of sodium is restricted but the limit is like 8,000mg.   Way above the Food Pyramid recommended (ruled) limit.  The type of salt recommended is Sea Salt.

Point 5 of the Nutrition Label says get plenty of these.  They are talking about carbohydrates, sugars and Dietary Fiber.

If you are insulin resistive, have a border line high A1c blood test, or have full blown Diabetes, your intake of carbohydrates and sugar should be very limited.  About 80% of American’s are either insulin resistive or getting close to it.  You should consume no more than 25% of your total dietary intake in carbohydrates or less.  For myself my normal morning fasting glucose blood sugar reading is less than 90mg/dl so my daily intake should be no more than 100mg of carbohydrates.  In other words Carbohydrates and sugar should be limited yet saturated fats and recommended sea salt is not limited.

The only agreement we have with the Pyramid people’s recommendations (rules) seems to be with a large intake of Dietary Fiber and Vitamins.  When it comes to Dietary Fiber try to get the highest fiber content number you can.  You can then subtract that number from the total carbohydrates.

We do not count calories. Everyone’s body is different.  You have to get to know your body and how much you can eat on your own.  It is your body, not mine.  I have found what I can consume and not gain weight or increase my glucose blood sugar and what I can’t.  I hope I have given you enough information to work on your own intake diet.

Updated January 19, 2013

I found this article in my files.  Dr. Lee Hieb has an impressive list of achievements and has done some wonderful research into the Standard American Diet.  I am providing a link to her article it is “Right On”. Joan

What government tells you to eat is all wrong

Exclusive: Dr. Lee Hieb gives real skinny on ‘low-fat’ malarkey


by Dr. Lee Hieb 

Dr Lee Hieb

is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. She is past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a free market medical organization.

“I have a hobby. When I see a healthy patient over 90 years old, I always ask them about their diet, and the answer is almost always the same: They lean over and, sounding a little guilty like the kid who got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, say something like, “Well, I hate to tell you this, but I have eaten butter, eggs and bacon all my life.”

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