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My Breathing

By J. L. McDaniel                                 December 25, 2019

Take a deep breath Means take a lot of air in the lungs not the chest. Try it! What moved – your shoulders, chest, or stomach?

It Isn’t That Easy

I didn’t realize it, until I started reading a book on Chinese Medicine, The Way of Qigong that I am not breathing naturally.  I have formed a dysfunctional Habit, like many others by breathing with my upper chest instead of into the full lung.

Improving but,

Years ago, I was sick, very sick.  Some of my conditions were COPD, Not being able to catch my breath (“Air Hunger”), Chronic Fatigue, Lack of Energy to even perform normal ADL’s like walking. Unable to stay awake “Brain Fog” to list a few.

My health has improved by eating natural foods and making other natural adjustments in my life.  Yet, I was still was experiencing periods of “Air Hunger” and “Chronic Fatigue” – extreme fatigue (like the extreme case of falling asleep while driving), and other indications of not feeling healthy and energetic.  I was still having  periods at work where I could not keep my eyes open even while having a conversation. Or I found myself saying “I can’t catch my breath”

This book on Chinese Medicine talked about Energy and Healing including breathing.  Breathing is a normal topic of most natural medicine procedures and I didn’t think much about it.  I said “We all have to do it — So What?

Chinese Medicine



The book asked me a simple question.

Well, I though “I’ll give it a try, I’ll try anything at least once” … so I read on.

Take a deep breath and what moved?

I took the deep breath, and read and suddenly stop reading dropped the book on the table, and realized I was doing dysfunctional breathing. I have been doing dysfunctional breathing for a long long time plus looking around most people were also doing dysfunctional breathing without realizing it.

Place you hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach and take a deep breath what moved?


Different forms of breathing:

Chest vs. Stomach Breathing

Proper breathing is essential.  Not only is proper breathing essential during running and other intense exercise, it is essential for daily living. Natural Breathing is essential for a healthy body.  If you are not breathing properly or naturally you may experience periods of “Air Hunger”  or even  Hyperventilation.  Lack of oxygen isn’t good for the body and is responsible for most illness.

Air Hunger is a frightening feeling. It’s often attributed to “Getting Older” or “aging” and the need to slow down and take it easy. This feeling is not natural.  This feeling is simply your body asking for more air. Your body compensates with yawns or sighs, but this isn’t always very effective for more than a second or two. You quickly return to the un-natural condition, leaving you tired and unable to continue significant movement or exercise.

The condition is also call “Respiratory Acidosis” which refers to pH. An Acid balance means illness and pain.


resp acidosis_1

Stomach Breathing


There Is An Easy Correction

There is something easy that can be done to help correct this condition and get more Oxygen.  It is so simple I could hardly believe it.  Just take a deep breath.  The hard part is —- Breath into your stomach not your chest. Many people, I know I’ve tested have resorted to upper chest breathing.  Ask them to take a deep breath and almost immediately you see the chest rise and even the shoulders.  They hold their breath showing how good they did.  But that isn’t a deep breath it all went into the top part of the lungs and that isn’t deep.

Breathing can come from one of two primary regions: your chest or your stomach: Understanding the differences between the two can have a significant impact on your endurance and energy throughout the day.  If you notice, while you’re resting and/or dropping off to sleep most people revert back to Stomach Breathing.  It’s during the day with it’s increase anxiety load, many people convert to only breathing with the chest and not the stomach.

Stomach Breathing is also taught in the gym, and/or natural healing procedures like Yoga, Chinese medicine, and many others.

This isn’t easy but I found it was best to blow out first then take the breath using your stomach works. Blow out saying “Phew” like blowing at a bug or shewing a fly. “Shew”

Shew Fly


Chest Breathing

Chest breathing refers to breaths from the top lobes of the lungs that use the chest muscles to inflate the lungs by pulling on the rib cage. In chest breathing, the chest expands and contracts with each breath while the abdominal area does not. These breaths tend to be short and quick, using only a small portion of the lungs and delivering a relatively minimal amount of oxygen to the bloodstream. Chest breathing is often associated with hyperventilation and a sensation of feeling out of breath, as you attempt to take in oxygen quickly despite the low air volume from each breath.

Stomach Breathing

Stomach breathing, also called belly or diaphragmatic breathing, refers to breaths that use your entire lung capacity. The diaphragm and abdominal muscles pull down on the abdominal cavity to fully inflate the lungs. The chest expands very little if at all while stomach breathing, while the abdominal area expands significantly. Breaths taken while stomach breathing are slow and deep, taking longer to inhale and exhale and delivering a significantly larger amount of oxygen to the bloodstream. The larger amount of air intake also allows you to exhale a larger amount of carbon dioxide, eliminating it from your body at a faster rate.

Breathing and Energy

Oxygen is essential for endurance and energy: Without sufficient oxygen, the body can’t produce the energy that the muscles need to continue performing under stress. If you’re chest breathing during exercise or competition, the relatively low volume of air that you take in with each breath significantly hinders your body’s ability to provide oxygen to the bloodstream for use in the energy conversion process. Stomach breathing increases endurance by providing much more oxygen to the bloodstream, allowing the body to convert fuel to energy for longer periods.

Improving Breathing

Lie on your back with your hands on your abdomen to see whether you typically are a chest or stomach breather. If you see your hands rise and fall, you’re a stomach breather, but if your hands remain mostly stationary, you’re a chest breather. Take a deeper breath, contracting your chest muscles slightly as necessary until you see your hands start to rise. Practice this several times until you can feel the pulling in the abdominal cavity and are able to take deep stomach breaths without significant effort. Place books or other light weights on your abdomen and repeat these deep breaths for three to five minutes to provide exercise for the diaphragm and abdominal muscles involved. Repeat this exercise regularly and make a conscious effort to breathe from the diaphragm whenever you notice that you’re breathing from your chest; as your muscles become stronger and your body becomes accustomed to stomach breathing, you’ll take deeper stomach breaths more naturally and without conscious prompting.

IT Isn’t Easy But It Works

It Isn’t Easy – I Know I have Tried.  Here are some pictures that might help.  Once I found a way to relax and take some deep breaths using my stomach, I found the major feeling of fatigue (Where I couldn’t keep my eyes open like while driving) have significantly improved.  I found all sorts of things improving like feeling stronger, better concentration, more endurance.  I can now walk without feeling the pain and panic of “I Can’t Breath”.  I can simply continue walking.  I may have to stop and think about taking some stomach breaths but I almost feel like a kid again


You get twice if not more oxygen belly breathing then chest.  I try to remember to take some deep breaths during the day.  It has taken a while but the body is almost doing it automatically now.  At first I thought it was impossible.

Till Next Time,


Sugar Beet an Example of Good Carb/Bad Carb

By Joan McDaniel                                                 December 3, 2019

As I explained in my last post, I used the knowledge from my grandparents of how to use foods and common sense and their wisdom to regain my health.  This post covers the type of foods I used.  I started with the Saturated Fat of Coconut oil and as I said in Coconut Oil Helped Me Get Well Again. – The fire of inflammation I mean.

I stopped all Trans Fat and used Coconut Oil on everything including washing my hair and giving it to the cat for its digestion problems (hair balls).  I first cut down slowly on the sugar but that was hard to do.  While focusing on Sugar I began to try to understand the Carb.

Then I worked on understanding the Carb.

What follows is a re-write of my original article 

The Beet an Example of Good Carb vs. Bad Carb

Re-Writing, Re-Reading and Re-Learning

As I Re-read these articles, I am finding I have forgotten many of the original findings.  I have been detoxing (slowly) over these 8 years and as I release hidden toxins which sort of restarts the battle of getting well over again I find quite a few things I had forgotten. Getting well again is simple and complex.  Simple in what you eat or don’t but complex in learning how to work with your magnificent human body. It does most of the work, of course, I just have to learn how to listen This is complex, but extremely rewarding for this God created machine.

Back to the Carb

There seems to be a great deal of confusion concerning the Carb.  I hear people saying about their diets —- “I have decided to stop eating Carbs and start eating j____ fill in the blank.  Protein or Fat or …drink beer or…”

But that isn’t a very good diet and will do nothing to help your body get the nutrition it needs to use the healing energy that has been covered with years of junk or toxins and fat. What is needed is a balanced diet consisting of Fat, Protein and Carbs.

Yes that’s right carbs.  Good Carbs that is.

Even though this article talks about a good example of Good Carb being the Red Beet, It covers the subject of Good Carb vs Bad Carb.  There are many other good carbs like a carrot but the beet is a great start.

What makes the beet unique is; it helps your body return proper digestion and starts the slow detoxing process. Proper digestion is also helped by eating fermented food but, I had to learn how to tolerate Fermented Foods again.  It took some time before I could eat  fermented foods again.  My system was already fermented.

I started eating the red beet daily to help me re-regulate my body with energy generating foods without over taxing or stimulating it.  Treat your body nicely while you slowly waking it up and getting it to moving again.

Picture of New Pic Good Carb/Bad


Before you start even thinking about getting rid of toxins or losing weight or fat where your body has stored years and years of toxins — you need good food.

Now on with the old article.

The Beet an Example of Good Carb vs. Bad Carb

By Joan McDaniel                          April 12, 2014

Simple Carbohydrates and Complex Carbohydrate or Good vs. Bad.

Today I’m going to review the beet. I have begun using it to help me detox so I did a little research but first, I thought I cover the subject of Carbohydrates. Since I found my way to regain my health was to avoid simple carbs and processed food. All that food did was convert itself into sugar devoid of any other nutrient. It gave my body nutrition but only one kind that being sugar. I missed out on all the other badly needed antioxidants. Without proper nutrition the body’s immune system can’t go to war and you get sick. So I said, “I’ll avoid carbs in my diet”. Yet about all I am eating now are carbs are at least complex carbs. So let’s review; just what are Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs? Then we will talk about the magnificent beet.

We all need Carbohydrates they are what provide our body energy. All fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates and so are candy, white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and most sodas and processed Sugar. So why is one good for you like the complex carb and one not as good like the simple carb? More about this a little further down in the article but, it depends on their chemical makeup. The simpler the carb is considered bad for all it contains is sugar.

Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs


Complex Carb                                 Simplex Carb

The complex carb is considered good, not only because it contains natural sugar but other nutrients like natural fiber and vitamins. It takes the body longer to break down and use the complex carb where it breaks the simple carb down almost instantaneously. Read the section Carbohydrates and Sugar  in my article on sugar high sugar low and away we go to see what simple sugars do to the body.

The Nutritious Beet

The beet is a carbohydrate like all vegetables. It has a high sugar content but eaten in moderation it is good for you. Read on and learn more about the magnificent beet.

What Has More Nutrition the Beet Root or the Beet Top?


The many ways to eat red beets 

They can be eaten raw when grated, they can be cooked or steamed, pickled and or they can be juiced. For a complete enjoyment of the vegetable eat the whole beet, its root, stems and top each provides major nutrition.

Don’t Toss Away the Best Part of the Beet – the Top.

We all know about the beet root but what about the tops? Don’t just throw them away or for the compost do yourself a nutritional favor and eat the tops. The Green leaves of the beet can contain more important nutrients than the beet itself. You can eat them along with your other greens and they are sugar free.

Did You Know there are Two Kinds of Beets?

sugar beet

They look like turnips


Sugar Beet

One is called the Sugar beet and the other is called Red beet. The Sugar Beet is white and the Red beet is dark red or even purple. Both beets have a sweet taste.

The sugar beet can measure up to four feet long, and weigh three to five pounds and can produce about five ounces of sugar. About 18 percent of the sugar beet is pure sugar. The sugar beet is less round than the average beet and resembles a turnip.

The Common Red Beet

The red beet is famous for its color which is highly concentrated and known to leave a reddish color residue or pigment. The color simply bleeds and stains wherever it touches. The body doesn’t even absorb the color and may turn your urine pink and your stool red. The red beet has less sugar, 7.6 g in an average sugar beet but still is considered to be the vegetable with the highest amount of natural sugar.

A quick tip is you can use fresh lemon juice to keep the beet from bleeding their natural red color into your salad.

You don’t see many White Beets in the Market

The sugar beet is used by the food industry and is one of the main sources of table sugar (or refined sugar). What we refer to as table sugar comes from either the sugar beet or cane sugar which has been further refined.

The red beet is what you purchase in the store or market. Raw red beets have a crunchy texture that turns soft and buttery when they are cooked.

Now What About those Beet leaves?  


Eat the Whole Beet, Stems, Tops and all

Benefits of Beets Greens

Eating the beet green may be the healthiest form of the plant. In fact the leafy tops can have more iron than spinach. They contain less sugar than the beet and more calcium, copper, fiber, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, plant protein, potassium, protein, Vitamin A, B6, C and zinc. Beet greens help strengthen you immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells.

Beet leaves have a lively, bitter taste similar to chard. The traditional Easter European soup called borscht uses beet leaves as the main ingredient. The leaves can be juiced, added to salad, eaten raw, pickled, or sautéed lightly along with other greens. I sometimes seep them in hot water for vegetable stock or for tea.

The Beet itself Is One of the Healthiest Foods

Beets are a unique healing vegetable. Beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. Plus, they’re delicious! Some of these health-boosting benefits include;

Lower Your Blood Pressure

Studies have found that the naturally occurring nitrates in beets help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. The nitrates in beets are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide then helps relax blood and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

Beets help increase Stomach Acid.

Not to get side tracked but a word about Digestion and pH. Beets are on of the many foods provided by Nature that help you digest your food.  Beets contain betaine which your system them converts to stomach acid hydrochloride HCL used to digest your food.  The concept of stomach acid is extremely misunderstood in todays Medical world but let’s just leave it at “What you need is stronger stomach acid not less” and beets help you build a stronger digestive system.

I have written on the importance of stomach acid here. And the importance of a pH balance.  Did you know stomach acid has the same amount of acid as battery acid here

That is how your system works.  It is call pH — It is Something like how a battery works but much better.

pH Scale


Not Stomach Acid and Battery Acid is the same

I Eat Beets Daily

I have beets at least once a day.  I mix them with just about anything from apples, carrots, cottage cheese, honey, to sauerkraut They are a refreshing change to the taste buds.  You can even Mix them with a strong spicy mustard.  I eat them as a side dish once a day.  After I cook the beet, I save the liquid and mix it with coconut milk.  There are many ways to eat them.

Helps Fight Inflammation

Beets are unique in their source of Polynutrients called betaines. This nutrient helps protects cells, enzymes, and proteins from environmental stress. Beets contain powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color. Phytonutrients or antioxidants help the body combat free-radical damage which causes inflammation. In other words it helps replenish oxygen that the free-radical took away.

Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate.

Detoxification Support

Beets have unique natural components that make them unique and great for detoxifying the body. Your body every night while you sleep naturally detoxes. Beets are a traditional detoxing agent, they are the perfect food for body cleansing. Beets are extremely high in plant ‘flavonoids’ and beta-carotene. The Betalin pigment and flavonoids in beets help the body rid itself and eliminate the broken down toxins. Eating beets along with carrots help stimulate and improve overall liver function.

To make your detox more effective and powerful for the liver, add fresh dandelion leaves and cucumbers to the dish or juice.


What is the Difference between Natural and Refined Sugars?


Processed Sugar and Candy            Natural Sugar Vegetables

We are consuming too much sugar. Most of our diet consists of high processed foods that are loaded with refined sugar. We think nothing of eating candy and overconsumption of all forms of sugary food. Let me say again in review; all vegetables and fruit are carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates – Are constructed out of sugar. There are several forms of sugar fruit sugar or fructose, Natural sugar, raw sugar, processed and refined sugar.

All vegetables have natural sugar. 


All vegetables produce natural sugar as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Some vegetables have more sugar than others.

Sugars; clockwise from top-left: White refined

Unrefined, brown, and unprocessed cane

Processed sugar is processed to be a pure white table sugar required by the consumer. It gives the product a pure look, gives it greater shelf life and is easier to handle does not clump or stick.

Types of Sugar

It is true to your body doesn’t know the difference – sugar is sugar. When you eat more sugar or carbohydrates than your body can use, the excess energy is converted to fat by your liver. Sugar is Sugar but there are different forms of carbohydrates or sugar. Natural and Raw sugars contain less sugar for they also have other nutrients and vitamins. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Processed or refined have more sugar for the other nutrients and vitamins have been stripped out by the manufacturing process. The manufacture is attempting to produce a product with a long shelf life and without any impurities.

Natural and Raw sugars help control the sugar rushes and cravings created by process or refined sugar. They can be helpful when attempting to break the hold of sugar addiction.

There are various types of sugar derived from different sources.

Brown sugars – A completely refined granulated sugar with the grains coated in molasses to produce a demerara, light or dark sugar. This sugar is used in baked goods, confectionery and other sugary baked items.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is created in – the lab. HFCS is highly processed and has been linked to obesity and many other serious and chronic health problems. HFCS is now added to just about any and all processed foods such as; breads, cakes, candies, cookies, energy drinks, soft drinks and more. It is a corn-based sweetener. It’s about an equal blend of glucose and fructose to make it sweeter. It’s increased used occurred around 1975 because of its low cost at the time of a sugar price war.

Fructose – A natural sugar found in fruit. Some fruits are very low in fructose like lemons and all the berries but some can be very high like apples, and bananas. See my article and table on Fructose.

Natural sugar – All plants produce sugar as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Natural sugars are broken down more slowly by the body and have less calories than the other processed sugars. In addition, fruits and vegetables have other nutrients besides sugar like antioxidants, calcium, fiber, iron, manganese, minerals, organic salts, Vitamins B and C. Natural sugars are a complete food which lead to more stable blood sugar levels.

Vegetables with the highest Natural Sugar in Grams

Sugar Beet               17 – 18

Sugar Cane              13 – 18

Red Beets                 7

Corn Sweet               6.2

Onion Sweet             5

White Potato             4.7

Carrot                        4.7

Peas Sweet               4.3

Red Pepper Sweet    4.2

Sweet Potato             4.2

Cabbage                    3


Beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables then corn both of which refined sugar is made. Yet eating the beet adds some major nutrition and health improvement which cannot be ignored. Eating the beet tops as much as you want they don’t contain any sugar.

Processed sugar – is also called “sucrose” is totally devoid of nutrients and has added chemicals. Processed sugar raises blood sugar levels fast. You get strong energy/hunger swings. These hunger swings become cravings. Think of the white pure table sugar and the sugar in candy, candy bars, added in fruit drinks, and sodas.

Raw sugar is straight from the sugar cane or sugar beet plant. Raw sugar isn’t refined and comes directly from the juices of the plant that have been dried to form sugar crystals.

Refined sugar or Table sugar starts with Natural Sugars but after the refining process only the sugar is left. Refined sugar is higher in calories, with added chemicals to remove impurities. It is heated to such a high heat all nutrients are lost. The processing strips away any fiber, minerals, nutrients or vitamins and leaves 100 percent sucrose.

Stevia Stevia – A sugar replacement. It is not classified as a Natural, Processed, Raw or Refined. It is a naturally sweet plant native to Paraguay that is 30 times sweeter than sugar in its unprocessed form. With more than 1,000 studies and patents on Stevia, it is known to be all-natural, contain zero calories and have a zero glycemic index. Through a patented process the pure glycosides can be extracted from the Stevia leaves and turned into an intensely sweet powder that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. See my article on Stevia.

Sugar is Sugar take all in Moderation

It is true though, sugar is sugar and you need to eat it in moderation. You cannot eat as much as you like Natural, Processed, Raw or otherwise.

Beet Video

Beets! One of the healthiest foods

You can’t beat them for nutrition

Beets are packed with nutrition. They are an excellent source of folate, and research has shown that the red pigment, betacyanin, protects against heart disease and cancer.

Beets are loaded with potassium. Cup for cup, beet roots have about the same amount of potassium as bananas, and beet greens have twice as much.

Add to that the fact the beets are high in fiber, low in calories, and inexpensive, and you have an all around winner as a nutritious addition to your diet.

Video (1:55):

– Ken McCarthy

The Real Food Channel

Jonny Bowden

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BEETS :: 150 Healthiest Foods

The History of the Beet

The original natural beet grew in the wild during prehistoric times in North Africa, Asia and Europe along the seashore. At that time people ate only the green tops and threw the root away. Ancient Romans first cultivated beets to use the roots as food. The tribes that caused the fall of Rome spread eating beets throughout northern Europe where they were first used for animal fodder and later for human consumption. In the 19th century it was discovered that the sugar beet was a source of sugar. Benjamin Delessert invented the sugar extraction process and the first sugar factory was built in Poland. When the British restricted the sugar cane as an blockade against Napoleon and during the Napoleonic Wars, he decreed that the beet was to be used as the primary source of sugar.

The use of beets for sugar spread across Europe and the United States, especially because beets were easier to grow than sugar cane. Beets can be grown in colder climates and take less growing area.

Tips for Preparing Beets

Rinse gently under cold running water. Since beet juice can stain your skin, wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets. If your hands become stained during the cleaning and cooking process, simply rub some lemon juice on them to remove the stain.

Cut off the root and the stems leaving about 1 inch of stem and 2 inches of the tap root.

The Healthiest Way of Cooking Beets


The best way to use beets is through juicing. Juicing is very expensive and I have found you have a tendency to add sweet things to make the juice taste nice. I am not a juicer and enjoy chewing my food. But the beet is way too hard to even take a bite out of they need to be softened either by a machine, a grader or cooking. Beets as all vegetables can lose their valuable nutrition benefits when subjected to heat. But you can cook beets lightly only to soften.

You can boil Beets.

It has been recommended to cut the beets into quarters to reduce the cooking time and boil in a small amount of water at low heat until a fork passes through the beet. Cook the beet until just tender, it may take up to 30 minutes. I like to chew beets for the taste but I also don’t want to break my teeth. I have found other vegetables that need to be cooked first, asparagus, Cabbage, large carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, sweet potato, white potato, and the turnip. I am sure there are many more that’s all I can think of right now. I lightly steam most of the hard to chew vegetables.

Once the beets are fork tender, remove the beets with a ladle to save the juice. Rinse the beets under cold filtered water to stop the cooking process. Keep the beet juice; you can make syrup by adding stevia or just for drinking as a juice. I add it as a base to my tea.

Or you can Steam Beets.

Steaming veg

To maximize beets nutrition and flavor you can steam then for about 15 minutes. Fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add beets and cover. Beets are cooked when you can insert a fork or the tip of a knife into the beet.

Peel beets by setting them on a cutting board and rubbing the skin off with a paper towel. Wearing kitchen gloves will help prevent your hands from becoming stained.

I do not peel my vegetables in most cases. I use the peel as added fiber, many people do not like the taste of the peel. I do like to peel the beets though.

grated beets

Grate the raw beet

You can grate beets in your salad and use lemon to help the beets from turning your salad red.

I have made a habit of not giving out recipes because I never really follow them.  But I will tell you, I eat beets as a side dish almost every day of the week.  I mix them with just about anything.  I get them from the farmer.  Wash and Cook in a Crock pot until I can stick a fork into the beet.  I will cook the greens and eat them separately, but the stems aren’t as easy to eat so I give them to the birds.  I then cut the beets up into pieces put them in jars and then into the freezer.  I have beets all year long.  Once defrosted, I eat a handful mixed with everything from sauerkraut, tart apples, carrots, cabbage, mixed with mustard, or vinegar or just about anything.  It has a taste that adds something to the meal.  I never make it the same way time after time.



Soda Drinks and Sugar

By Joan McDaniel                           November 23, 2019

In my last post I said my next post will be about the good carb vs bad carb.  I happened to see this post I did back in 2012 and realized I should provide a bit more info on what is a carb especially one that converts directly to sugar.

This is a re-write of my original article which includes an old video from the Health Ranger, I surprised it is still available.

Soda Pop Sugar Shocker Demo!

August 31, 2012

By Natural Health’s Health Ranger   7/24/2010

Before I got sick, I was a borderline diabetic.  My blood work showed an elevated A1C very close to being a full blown diabetic. I had already reduced my my sugar intake before I got so sick.  But was still eating a garbage diet, drinking and smoking regularly. I wasn’t a soda drinker but made up for by a massive diet of bad carbs.

I am also a believer in that most people are border line diabetic whether they have an elevated A1C blood test or not.  People are running around in diabetic highs and lows all the time.  People’s daily emotions vary wildly during the day.

I know people who drink energy drinks, fruit juices, and/or soda’s, diet or not.  They drink this stuff all day long.  They are getting more sugar than they realize. People who are seriously addicted to this huge amount of sugar, they are in serious denial as to any harmful side effects.  But, It simply just tastes so good to give up even for a few minutes.

I am re-publishing this video again with some reprints of product labels to drive home just how bad these drinks are.

Most people have no idea just how much sugar is loaded into soda pop and other popular drinks.  This demonstration makes the unseen seen.  Big beverage can’t hide behind deceptive marketing forever.

Did you know that 99% of all beverages are boiled/filled with preservatives and chemicals to maximize shelf life?

As if that being sterilized with excessive heat and the addition of chemical preservatives weren’t bad enough, they’re also loaded with sugar or even more harmful artificial sweeteners to maximize taste. That’s right, to maximize profits, they load ‘em up with the cheapest sweeteners available. To make sure they don’t go bad during storage and distribution, they boil them and add harmful preservatives (more artificial chemicals).

According to Dr. Mercola1, the food and beverage industries spend twice as much as the pharmaceutical industry telling us what is “good” for us.

To repeat what the video reported:

1 gram is .2 Teaspoons

An average soda contains

40 grams of sugar 40 x .2  = 8 Teaspoons ******** (8)

65 grams of sugar 65 x .2  = 13 Teaspoons That is a lot of sugar ************* (13)

Label for Regular Coke


Diet Soda isn’t much better

39 g x .2 = 7.8 Teaspoons 


Carbohydrates and Sugar

A quick note on Carbohydrates and Sugar.  Carbs is a detailed subject but, an important lesson I learned; When you eat more refined carbohydrates than your body can use they are converted to instant sugar.  If you noted on the label above,  a typical energy drink contains 28 g of Carbohydrates and 27 g of Sugar. This is the same as drinking pure sugar-water.  Consumption of extra carbohydrates, cause a sudden spike of blood glucose then as suddenly a crash.

In other words drinking this much sugar-water results in a roller coaster ride of highs and lows leading to daily fluctuations in energy and alertness, and possibly to eventual chronic adrenal exhaustion

blood sugar

You drink enough of this stuff your life is one big ROLLER COASTER RIDE


Your body cannot adjust to these up and down and over time it cannot fight the resulting inflammation.  These sugar highs and low will in time numb your brain and produce a zombie like activity level. Also called “Brain Fog”

You may think this allows you to maintain a high activity level but over time you body cannot keep it up. This may be just the kind of life style you think you need or want or whatever.  Your young and think your invincible but in time Sugar, Caffeine and excess carbs build up and cause major body changes. What does your body do with this excess toxic material???? It buries it in your fat cells and you gain weight.

In case you also need an illustration about the Energy all this sugar gives your body.  It does but your body doesn’t not only not need this much it burns it off so fast you can’t use that kind of instant energy constantly through the day except to fill in the low’s after the tremendous highs.

Artificial Sugar isn’t any better

Also please note Artificial sugar isn’t any better for you for the amount of chemicals are very destructive to you body and its energy.  You may think you get energy but only for short periods of time then a big let down and brain fog


Drinking Sugar Free is not a solution.

Now if you think you can drink the sugar-free variety of these drinks to avoid the damage, think again.

Low Carbohydrate Monster loaded with sucrose a form of Asperitine  and 2,500 mg of an Energy Blend that’s loaded with who knows what plus a whole lot of caffeine.  There is also new evidence that Diet foods and drinks can actually cause not prevent Diabetes.


Drinking Sugar Free is not a solution.

Try using some of your forgotten Common Sense and start remembering and listening to the workings of your body

Start by stopping the intake of high sugar drinks. Start looking at the label and start putting the soda can down don’t open it and walk away.  I don’t have any short cuts on how to break the sugar habit it took me some time I had to work with other tastes like bitter sour etc.  It wasn’t very easy, but respect for a healthy, energetic, pain free, clear headed body was my driving force. Start by taking your time but stop the high sugar drinks.  

Till next Time,

How I Regained My Health

How I Regained My Health

By Joan McDaniel                   November 21, 2019



This Blog is dedicated to how I regained my health. I started this learning project by remembering my first exposure to wisdom and common sense. I was in awe listening to my Grandparents stories about traditional American living on a Farm in Kansas. My head was filled with stories about Cowboy and Indians and the early American Settlers of the midwestern Farmland of the Great Plains. They lived off the land before the Depression and after World War II.  My motivation: to recover the form of thinking I knew made my family strong.  I wanted to re-gain my health, drive, energy, and fix fuzzy thinking (Foggy brain that is).

Our ancestors have been around for about six million years, and modern human evolved about 200,000 years ago. We climbed out of our cave before we learned to talk . This advancement relied more on truth or principles of common sense and trail and error.  These truths were communicated to each other in the form of stories and nursery fables.  It wasn’t until recently the use of tradition and common sense has been replaced by Science and experimentation. Production efficiency is more important to this profit driven society.

I’m not against science or progress but somehow I feel like we have forgotten something.  The world’s population seems to be getting sicker.  A global survey study shows “People lose more ‘years of healthy life’ to illness now than they did in the early 1990.  That wasn’t very long ago. According to this article there are 5 reason for us getting sicker and weaker and what we can do about it.  According to a CNBC article US. death rate increases for the first time in two decades

Since I got so sick and have recovered by the food I ate, I asked the question are we any better off now then only 30 years ago? Has something gone wrong with our progress in obtaining health and happiness? In fact, you can’t seem to find very much to be happy about in todays day-to-day.  It is as if we have lost our Souls, our goals, and our reason for being alive. All that has been replaced by greed.  Greed for money more and more money efficiency and control. Are we too busy teaching and learning not how to think but what to think?

I recently read this article from edweek and I agree.  It is my opinion, we should be less machinelike and more humanlike with the teaching of analytical thinking, creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself.

Human-automaton and numbing creation must end. To succeed in a world of automation will require being as un-machinelike as possible. Have we become zombie like without any desire or drive who have forgotten what truth is and means?

According to Google Artificial Intelligence is doing just fine.  There is great anticipation for when we will be totally replaced.  Has our greed for control, or oneness and power allowed science to actually replace the human with Artificial Intelligence?


These Moral Question May be Above my Pay Grade

I don’t have an answer but working and living with a bunch of trans-humans isn’t quite the future I was looking for.  What ever happened to the happy and healthy human filled with laughter, knowledge and wisdom? Something like how I remember my GrandParents and family. Yes, and something I remember me as a Kid.

I found it !!!! I found ol’ Common Sense

I spent the last 8 years learning how to get well again. I made use of  the natural world around me.  Using my local farmers and the information I gained from them.

I was extremely lucky to come along when the Internet was free and the information wasn’t censored.  I thank my lucky nature and guardian angle,  I found the Internet before it became PC and politicalized.  It has now become a tool behavior and mind control.

The 20th Century saw the creation of the world of science. Great technical progress has propelled man from walking bare foot to standing on the moon.  We can replace many parts of the human body and current Artificial intelligence has great drive to replace the whole human being with an artificial and mechanical human being.

I am from the old school and I will not ever be replaced with AI.  AI may be good it may be bad.  All I know is I’m not a Robot and I can’t get well doing what a robot does.  I live in a world full of my generated energy warmth, love, hope and a creative ability no AI robot could ever replace my love of life.


Sorry at being so long winded, but I got well by regaining common sense and one of the first pieces of knowledge was the importance of the carb at least the right carb which I cover in my next article.

Now getting back to real Life and real Nature, and its source of energy and health starting with something simple —  the sugar Beet.

I first found the importance of Saturated Fat.  I stopped all trans Fat and began using Coconut Oil on everything even the Cat.

Then I worked on understanding the Carb.  My next article will talk about the good carb bad carb by my discussion of what I found about the Sugar Beet.

Until next time

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.

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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.






Old sales ad for embalming fluid

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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