By Joan McDaniel January 18, 2017
Before Chemistry and Wonder Drugs – there was Mother Nature
We Love Our Medications
We love Science. We love Our Doctors. We love our chemistry and we love our modern medicine. Science is almost a like infallible God to us. It is true that modern medicine and science has extended life expediency. But before you respond “yes we are living longer”, I would like to ask are we any healthier?
We may life longer but sicker
We are at a point in history where people are living longer than ever. But we also have more chronic, neurodegenerative disease, are diabetic, over weight, have less energy, in more pain than ever before. We have an epidemic of people addicted to pain pills. We seem more depressed sleep deprived and unhappy. We may live longer but sicker.
What Happened Since our Grandparents Time? Let’s Say around the 1930’s?
But it wasn’t always that way. Our ancestors as recent as our Grandparents seemed healthier. They didn’t have our modern day long list of illnesses. They may have known about cancer but it was extremely rare. Heart attacks were unknown. They could work all day out in the fields only to take a meal break. They would sit down and eat a healthy homemade dinner and go back work some more.
Our ancestors ate plant based food and were kept healthy from the healing power from these plant-based foods. We eat plastic synthetic food and are heavily addicted to plastic synthetic man made medicines.
What Happened to cause a change?
Two major World Wars, World War I, World War II, the Arms Race and the Cold War. Governments looking to outsmart and control the enemy turned toward science. The wars became wars of who had the better scientist. A new scientific revolution developed. The World of Science matured into what we now call modern science. New fields were created such as biology, chemistry, genetics, medicine and physics to name a few including what we now call biotech.
The War Years became a battle of technology and research to who could build the biggest and best. Science became not only part of nation-state functioning but part of every day life covering every conceivable aspect of living. Science became the new God all-powerful and perfect. The research lab turned from finding the perfect bomb to the finding the perfect Wonder Drug.
When The Wars Ended so did the funding
Science research is very expensive especially if you have been given the powers of a God, with the unlimited magic power of Chemistry. Technology could outsmart Nature any day.
So where could you go to replace this unlimited Government funding?
In case you can’t guess I’ll give you a clue John Q. Public – You create a unique product John Q. Public can’t life without.
If he isn’t impressed, you convince him your all-powerful using science-based propaganda
Patented Inventions Created
The best part is the product is unique you invented it!! It can be patented giving you total control of every aspect especially the profits. A complete monopoly — Unlimited Funds – What could be better?
Major Industries formed and the corporate world was born. It started with medicines which became our modern pharmaceuticals then moved on to fertilizers and the control of growing food, then control of ever aspect of every conceivable product known to man. They even came up with a way to control the actual seed (Monsanto’s GMO’s) control the profits from every seed that is grown.
Did you know the first Wonder Drug Came from a Tree?
It can be debated as to what was the first Wonder Drug? Many would respond penicillin but in fact the first wonder drug was what Bayer’s called Aspirin. In the late 18’s Germany’s pharmaceutical industry was thriving the country was a leading exporter of the opiates morphine and cocaine – drugs were available on every street corner.
The German located Bayer Company first product was Heroin, introduce in 1898 and marketed as a cough suppressant and pain reliever as an alternative to morphine. Aspirin was introduced to replace Heroin and its side effect of addiction.
It should also be noted that both Heroin and Morphine are plant-based.
As readers of this blog know, I was very sick and nursed myself to wellness by what I ate. This blog is the story of how I got well using plant-based foods. I for the last 6 months have been focusing on slowly detoxing my body using the same method. Concentrating and learning from Mother Nature’s world of herbs, seeds, and roots. I have found many beneficial extremely helpful herbs.
In cause the FDA gets excited I’m not saying anything one thing heals. The only thing that heals is your body and it does that naturally.
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
God gave us the plant
Plants know more about survival than we do. Plants existed on this Planet way before any form of life. Plants originated in the oceans, as the oceans receded the plant was exposed to the toxic environment. The plants soon learned how to survive the harsh atmosphere. Plants created what is called Photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the building block of life. The oxygen produced contributed directly to the oxygenation of the Earth, which made the evolution of complex life possible.
Photosynthesis enables plants and algae to make their own food, but also provides animals and humans with food and oxygen.
Tradition Medicine used plant-based healing
Centuries of civilization of mankind learned to adapt and use the plants around them for nourishment and for healing when they got sick. Generations of civilizations passed by word and mouth the discovered healing methods.
The modern Pharmaceutical Company
Modern medicine is was created by the military-industrial-political complex created during the World Wars and the Cold War. It is now driven by the love of profit and control of what is now a multi-national power structure. This structure is in control of what we purchase, what we eat, and how we live.
Drug Industry Rx is one of the most profitable industries in the World
The best way to tell the story of how the modern pharmaceutical came into being is the history of the company called Bayer and the product called Aspirin.
Wonder Drugs and Bayer
Bayer AG A German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen (part of Wuppertal) Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and his partner, Johann Friedrich Weskott.
Bayer became a major part of Germany’s mobilization for superior scientific and technological resources like chemistry and rocket science which lead the world. Germany hoped for quest was to become the Worlds Superpower.
Bayer has a long list of products
In 1889, Bayer’s first product was trademarked “heroin” (diacetylmorphine), which is now illegal as an addictive drug. Bayer originally marketed it as a cough suppressant and non-addictive substitute for morphine. Bayer also had the first hypnotic drug in 1903 it licensed the patent for phenobarbital (diethylbarbituic), used as a sleep aid and anti-epileptic. The first Sulfonamide drug prontosil which became the first widely used antibiotic it was replaced by the more profitable penicillin (first patented by Merck & Co.) and other antibacterial that proved more effective against more types of bacteria.
Bayer had been spending years analyzing the Willow tree bark to be used as a replacement for the addictive products of heroin and morphine. They hoped to isolate the “active ingredient” in willow bark. Salicylic acid or Acetylsalicylic Acid is abundant in the bark of the willow tree and had been found to help with pain and a fever reducer.
Finally in 1897 Bayer isolated the main “active ingredient” salicylic acid and putting it into pill form. By 1899 Bayer was selling it around the world. Its popularity grew during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. The product was soon being referred to as A Wonder Drug.
Early Bayer Aspirin Advertisement
First Bayer Aspirin Advertisement
By New York Times, February 19, 1917, p. 6 (via ProQuest Historical Newspapers: “Display Ad 26 — No Title”), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3661828
A Little Known Fact
Did you know there are 27 other foods that contain Natural Aspirin?
Aspirin was originally synthesized from the herbs meadowsweet and willow bark. But Aspirin is available in other natural foods. Mother Nature adapted to the harsh environment developed many foods that contain salicylates or salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in aspirin. Did you know there are many herbs, fruits and vegetables that contain natural aspirin like (Apples, Avocados, Broccoli, Chili peppers, Grapefruit, Turmeric and 27 others)
A Word About Side Effects
Products synthesized from natural products typical cause side-effects that the natural food or herb usually doesn’t cause. The whole plant or whole plant extract, is a complex system with many interacting chemicals which influence the effects on the consumer.
The isolation and extraction of one active ingredient from a plant are less effective than when they are consumed in the whole plant.
Side Effect of NSAIDs
The list of side-effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is lengthy. It ranges from addiction, GI irritation and/or death to list a few.
There is more to the healing than just the one active ingredient.
Natural Food vs modern chemistry and biotech
The modern world of chemical medicines are barely 100 years old, yet the human race has existed for tens of thousand of years and have survived some very harsh physical conditions including Global Warming, Freezing and whatever else Mother Nature has thrown at Humanity.
Our modern medical world doesn’t have time to understand the body and its illnesses. Its easier to write a prescription then to spend hours and days getting to the real source of the problem like chronic fatigue, or lack of energy.
Our current modern medicine is designed to block the enzymes that create the symptoms. In other words your body is trying to tell something is wrong you go to the doctor he writes a prescription for medication like a beta blocker or antihistamine or antibiotic which is blocks the enzyme sending the message.
Modern science seems to have lost the ability to observe. It seems to have forgotten the real world of reality. The concept of proof has been replaced by the control trials, blind studies and placebos . Modern science seems to be more concerned with idolatry (worship of idols) and false absolutes.
The Power of Plants
Plants are the foundation of human survival…
How much do we really know about them?
Nature has provided an abundance of everything we need to feed ourselves. Yet, we have decided we are too sophisticated to eat foods of the earth and turn our backs on nature. Maybe the time has come when we should look back to nature for our food.
Good reminders. That the path to a healthy, regenerative food and farming system requires working with, not against, nature. Even though that path is paved with battles against corporate greed and political corruption.
We no longer talk of Wonder Drug the major concern today is the Superbugs that no antibiotic can touch. Our wide-spread abuse of antibiotics have created the emergence of so-called “superbugs” that are capable of outsmart even the most potent antibiotics which are to blame for the annual death of over 700,000 people according to an article from natural news.
“superfoods” defined by WebMD as “multitasking food substances that provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients”.
Maybe we should start looking for superfoods instead of looking for more Wonder Drugs.
Till Next Time
the soil will save us by Kristin Olson
Aspirin The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug by Diarmuid Jeffreys 2004.
By Joan L. McDaniel September 19. 2016
Detoxing Your Body
I decided to cover the subject of detoxing after my last article about the body’s lymph system retaining toxins resulting in weight gain and illness.
In an article on detoxing by Dr. Jockers I found this diagram which further illustrates this weight gain.
Later in the article I include a Video from Dr. Patric Quillin a Nutrition Specialist with a Ph.D Doctorate in Education, Nutrition, and Philosophy. His book Beating Cancer with Nutrition #1 Best Seller in Nutrition for Cancer Prevention.
Dr. Jockers is a great resource in how the body functions. He also has his own line of products. I do not use his products, nor do I recommend his or anyone’s. I improved my health mostly by eating natural food and a hunt and peck form of research.
You Have to Find Your Own Way At Detoxing
My only recommendation is, before you jump into that green drink diet, or run off and join a spa or clinic, or start doing coffee enema and fasting, or purchase someones great probiotic and or detox program — Take a deep breath, count to 100 and simple slow down.
Learn to Listen
Once you decide to take charge of your health, you have to learn to listen to your own body. You will know when it likes what you have eaten by how you good feel. if it doesn’t like it YOU DON’T FEEL SO GOOD.
Your body is talking to you right now especially if you’re in pain, tired or not feeling very well. Stop fighting it, lose the Stress and focus about what you body is trying to telling you.
It isn’t that hard – once you try it
My Learning about Detoxing
Once I started on the road of eating healthier non-processed (plastic, toxic) food, I immediately noticed I began to feel stronger and a little better. As I continued my research I kept hearing the term Detox or Cleansing.
As you may know, I have been around awhile and am from the old school. The word detox brought visions of an unfortunate out of control drug or alcohol addicted soul in rehab. Rehab to me was a padded cell where someone forgot the key and where the addicted went “cold turkey” only with the help of a straight jacket. And in my vivid imagination I had Visions of the 1948 film drama
Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth
I am happy to report I had gotten a little carried away and my vision wasn’t anywhere near to actual reality.
In fact, detoxing is automatic. Once you give your body decent food filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radical damage resulting in fresh oxygen being returned to the sludge covered cells. You body starts removing the toxins on its own.
Back to the Movie for A Second
As a side note: For those who have never seen the old – old (1948) movie named Snake Pit;
it is based on a semi-autobiographical novel of a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum and cannot remember how she got there. This movie and I never promised you a rose garden give a good illustration of how mental illness especially schizophrenics were handled before the Mental health was reorganized in the 1960s. But that is another subject for another time. Now back to Detoxing
Detox has Become a Health Buzz Word
It now seems, you can’t hear much about a healthy lifestyle without hearing the words cleans, detox, diet, enema, fasting, probiotic, etc. . It is true ridding your body of toxins helps people look and feel younger with more energy and better health, but there seems to be something missing — something important.
As with so much that happens with health care today, there is more concern about gaining profit then by anything close to health or the truth. With every article I found about detox, the web-site also had a product to sell.
It’s About Digestion First
Before you jump into that green drink diet, or run off and join a spa or clinic, or start doing coffee enema and fasting, or purchase someones great detox program — Take a breath and simple slow down.
You body needs food to rebuild its strength. If you don’t digest the food you do eat you wont absorb the nutrition you do take in no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is or the bacteria count of the probiotic.
If you have leaky gut for an example it doesn’t matter what you eat. If you are bloated, have a lot of gas illustrated by belching and you know about the other ends unmentionables sounds – then you are not digesting.
First you need to repair and rebuild you digestive system.
You do that a step at a time and very slowly. It took me years to build up toxins and it took me some time before I was actually digesting food.
My body had started mysteriously gaining weight almost 15 to 20 years before I became so sick. At that time I was diagnosed with Spastic Colon, I did what the Doctor ordered which was to ignore it.
Once I began to actually digest food, I was surprised to find that my body naturally started to detox on its own.
Rebuilding Digestion Slowly
To properly digest your stomach needs stomach acid. Taking antibiotics and antacids (acid blockers) rob your body of this acid. Your body needs a pH alkaline balance but you stomach needs a pH acid balance equivalent to battery acid, or it will not work, you will not digest your food and your body (mitochondria) won’t get the energy they need.
Your mitochondria create energy not from the bacteria in an probiotic but from oxygen it gets in the air you breath. If the mitochondria are all covered with gunk they won’t get air.
The only way to rebuild stomach acid is to quit taking things like antibiotics and antacids and simply start drinking plain water to wash these toxins out.
My Main Steps to start Detoxing
I changed a few things like Step 1 and Step 5 became one step. I concentrated more on getting foods high in antioxidants and worried about if it was organic or not later. Rebuilding my digestive system was more important. Most of the food I ate I either grew myself or I bought from a local farmer at my local farmers market. I knew his food wasn’t overloaded with toxins.
The next steps I took were
- Drink Filtered Water I also mixed in Himalayan Sea Salt for its minerals
- Increase intake of fiber or roughage (prebiotic) to get regular
- Put the fire out which is part of the rebuilding process. My digestive system was so bad, I had immediate pain with any attempts to detox. So, I found used things like coconut oil, Aloe Vera, and Bitter tasting food like lemons to calm my system and begin to digestion.
- Remove the Toxins around you. Get things made from real material like glass or cotton.
- and finally try to exercise no matter how much you hurt. Even sitting in a chair a stretch like a cat and try to stand. Flex those toxic ridden muscles loose. No four-minute mile SLOW DOWN and simply stretch. Yoga is a nice example but keep it simple and basic. Also don’t forget to breath deeply once in a while. Even Standing up and walking was painful. If you can Laugh out Loud find things funny and Laugh out loud.
Now for the Video I Promised
by Dr Patric Quillin, PhD, RD, CNB
RD Registered Dietitian, CNB Certified Nutrition Specialist. Ph.D., Doctorate in Philosophy, Nutrition Education.
Published on May 5, 2016
Most of us face toxins on a daily basis. And often those toxins will build up in the body. Dr. Patrick Quillin discusses some of the basics of trying to rid your body of those toxins. Find out what some of the more simple ways of detoxing are. This is how to start detoxifying before you move on to more complicated methods!
A Word About Probiotic
Once you have taken the first steps and started restoring our health especially you digestive system then you can start rebuilding the immune system using probiotic which is mostly done by eating fermented foods.
Now a Few Notes About My Detox Steps
1 Drinking Water
Your system doesn’t absorb cold water. Cold water shrinks the cells preventing them from absorbing anything. I found drinking filtered tap water at room temperature worked well.
A word about Filtering water, Your water company has to add Chlorine to the water that can be filtered out. Many also add Fluoride and that must be filtered out. Boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes removes Chlorine.
DON’T DRINK BOTTLED WATER, you don’t know what’s in it. The manufacture doesn’t have to tell you. See the Bottle Water vs. Tap Water Video
Besides not knowing whats in bottled water — all bottled water has been pasteurized so all of Mother Natures gathering of minerals we are supposed to be drinking water for has been deionized and removed.
In time you may graduate to adding some fresh lemon. That’s what is called using the “Bitter Principle”.
2 Next Get Regular
Dr. Jockers and Dr. Mercola have said you should move your bowels at least 1 – 2 ties a day. Food wastes and toxins should be getting out of our system in a 24 hour period. To help this along start eating foods with a higher fiber content called roughage. You may have to work your way up but slowly increase your fiber. I have put together a table of fiber content in foods
I started by simply eating walnuts a few at a time. Your body will tell you when you can handle more or less fiber. Learn to Listen to your body
3 Put the Fire Out
To fight pain and inflammation, Increase you intake of antioxidants, I increased my intake of the saturated fat coconut oil. Coconut Oil is a natural anti-bacteria, anti fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral which strength your immune system. It is also an excellent source of anti-oxidants to help fight free radical damage and inflammation. I started by taking a tablespoon a day I also found the use of Aloe Vera invaluable in rebuilding the colon.
Your immune system may need pro biotic bacteria, but you cells need oxygen first. Things like antioxidants help remove the toxic sludge allowing your cells to start breathing air (O2) again.
4 Slowly Remove the Toxins Around You
From Dr. Jockes list I would add remove the toxins around you. Our world is loaded with toxins and you cannot get rid of them all. Slowly remove as many toxins as you can for they ultimately end up in your body. Start eliminating things like toxic cleaning products, open flames like cigarettes, and fireplaces. There are toxic chemicals in shampoos, soaps, lotions, and almost anything that has been man-made. Just about every thing uses glue, and the best glue is formaldehyde. Most household products uses glue and yep, it is also used in the Morgue, It is also a carcinogen. Read my article on using house plants to detox your home.
Further Steps In Detoxing
This will get you started. Detoxing can be complex and a great deal of time can be spent on it. So this isn’t the last word. There is more to examine especially a list of detoxing food, and herbs and areas of probiotics and fermentation. I do want to say something about die-off and some helpful hints I have gathered.
A Word About Die-off
Die Off – I was fighting Candida overgrowth and found when yeast or fungus cells are killed off they can release up to 79 different toxic substances into your blood stream resulting in your immune system having to fight the toxins all over again.
Many illnesses and or pains you had years ago can return. There are natural remedies that help absorb some of these toxins. The main herbal helps are
Bentonite Clay – Comes from the Earth and can be mixed in water to form a paste. It is used for skin conditions like poison ivy or for facials to clean the pores, or to absorb orders. Bentonite Clay Liquid can be used internally as a colon cleanser. With its strong negative ionic charge, it attracts heavy metals, toxins, harmful bacteria and pesticides, removing them safely from the body in bulk off of cached colon walls.
Caprylic Acid – Found in Butter and Coconut Oil
Aloe Vera – pulp from inside the leaf
Sovereign Silver – Silver Product
Whole Husk Psyllium – Psyllium is a form of fiber from the husks of a Plantago ovate plant. It is a bulk-forming laxative (natural), which means it helps absorb toxins and water during detoxing. I used the Organic product from Organic India. Just make sure you increase your water intake because Psyllium’s is very absorbent and will turn hard fast.
Until Next Time
The Detox Strategy Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps 2008 By Brenda Watson, C.N.C.
by Joan McDaniel August 26, 2016
My Research and Dedication
Anyone familiar with this blog, knows my story. I was very sick and nursed myself to wellness by what I ate. Using the freedom of the Internet and its search engines, I learned about the power of self-healing. I am now a new person and feel like I have found the Fountain of Youth. I have dedicated myself to searching for answers, trying different things on myself and my pets and writing about it. This healing power can be found in all life forms on the Planet Earth including The planet itself.
Modern Medicine and Science
Modern medicine doesn’t seem to be coming up with any answers. A majority of science has become profit motivated rather than driven by the search for truth. Propaganda and “published scientific proven” data is offered when asked to explain. Often the term “All scientist agree” is used as proof. Truth seems to be unknown in the modern world. Heavy use of chemicals and machines are used with no attempt to even try something natural. Words like Integrity, discovery and fact-finding simply aren’t used.
There has got to be a better way. I am not a researcher, scientist or even highly educated but I can hear, see and watch the world around me. The more I try different homeopathic herbs the more I am amazed at some of the results. Science doesn’t know better, your body knows more than you can imagine. Give it a hand and stand back and watch it perform.
Dr. Moritz’s Research
With that said, I ran into a young alternate health doctor’s research. He was an extremely well-trained and knowledgeable on how the human body works especially how it heals.
He is no longer with us, he died in his early 50s. He had dedicated his short life researching. Maybe he was driven by trying to understand his own debilitating childhood illnesses.
Thanks to the following video by Dr. Moritz, I now have a more complete understanding of how powerful the human body really is. Without overloading it with toxins the human body easily maintains strength and health.
When your body has become overwhelmed by years and years of toxins it becomes unable to adjust and simply shuts down. In other words it runs out of Oxygen then energy. The toxins slowly just take over.
Introduction to the Video
I wrote an article on the lymph system. In the article You Brush Your Hair and Teeth, Why Not Your Skin? I provided greater detail on the lymph system and illustrate skin brushing techniques used to stimulate the Lymph systems drainage. This is an update to that article.
Before we get to the video I have provided some useful terms and illustrations that helped me better understand what Dr. Moritz is discussing. His explanation is so simple, I have replayed the Video many times.
Cistema Chyli – Dr. Moritz talks about this as being the largest lymph. It is located at the belly button. It receives fatty chyle from the intestines. When the lymph system absorbs toxins faster than they can be eliminated the lymph node begins to back up and the body stores the toxins in the surrounding fatty tissue along with water. It is the first sign of toxic buildup. You will find yourself saying “I’m getting fat” That is why so many obese people have huge stomachs.
Macrophage cells – Phage means to eat. A type of White Blood Cell, that engulfs and digest toxins and other things harmful to the body. This process is called phagocytosis for they eat the toxins. These cells are all over the body and are part of the bodies adaptive immunity such as the lymphocytes.
An example of Lymphedema – This is hard to believe, but since I’m a nurse I see it all the time. It often involves the whole body. The normal diagnosis is Obesity no mention of the Lymphatic system inability to drain toxins. There normally isn’t any cure either. Modern medicine doesn’t have many cures. The condition is treated with diuretics or water pills and ignored. The person just slowly gets bigger and bigger.
This Explanation of Cancer Will Blow You Away!
As promised here is the Video it was Published on Feb 17, 2015
In this incredible interview from 2009, Andreas Moritz explains how cancer starts in the body. He also explains why the immune system often leaves cancer cells alone as well as what the cancer is actually trying to do to protect the body
The Video is 8:25 long
Other Terms and Information
Andreas Moritz (born January 27, 1954, October 21, 2012 age 58 reason for death not known) is an author, lecturer and practitioner in the field of Alternative and Integrative Medicine. He is best known for his dozen of books including The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush,Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation and Cancer is not a Disease.
Moritz was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He began his career in Europe as an iridologist (study of the iris of the eye). Moritz had a sickly childhood and spent most of his time trying to understand his own illness. He studied diet, and nutrition and natural healing and well-being.
Moritz has some impressive credentials he learned and became an Ayurvedic practitioner (Traditional medicine from India). He studied in India with some of the worlds’ most renowned physicians of Ayurveda. He studied and graduated in the Japanese healing art of shiatsu. From 1985 to 1998 he lectured and provided alternative healing to government leaders like Greece and holistic approaches to health care in Ethiopia and Kenya.
In 1998, Moritz immigrated to Minnesota, in the United States, where he married and developed his new and innovative system of healing called Ener-Chi Art™ — which attempts to target the root cause of chronic illnesses. He later moved to the Carolinas.
His cause of death is not known but seems to be understood to date back to the serious health problems he had in early childhood.
More information at www.ener-chi.com
Iridology – Still practiced today, it is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents claim that colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s systemic health. Practitioners use iris charts, which divide the iris into zones that correspond to specific parts of the human body. Iridologists see the eyes as “windows” into the body’s state of health.
The iris – is part of the human eye. It is responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and thus the amount of light reaching the retina. The color of the iris is known as “eye color’
Shiatsu – is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu in Japanese means “finger pressure”. It is adapted from a Chinese bodywork system. Shiatsu techniques include joint manipulation, massages, mobilization, and assisted stretching. Dr. Mercola recommends it use
Its massage therapy includes a tapping on acupuncture points and has been used for thousand of years in the Chinese exercise routine called Qi Gong.
Other forms of lymph excise is
Lymph Edema Management also consists of Exercising and Stretching like a Cat
Till next time
By Joan McDaniel August 6, 2016
Organic and GMO’s Labels
Anyone concerned with their health and the food they eat have heard the terms Organic and GMO. Maybe even the people who aren’t concerned about what they eat have heard about the two different labels. The American mainstream press isn’t either aware or they don’t consider it a news story. Not what would your health have to do with any kind of news story? Right?
If you are not aware, there has been a political battle over food and forcing a label on GMO or biotech modified foods. There has also been a growing Organic movement or demand for Organically or biodiversity grown food. It is also called the Clean Food Movement
Biotechnology is big food and they have poured millions of dollars into this fight against GMO labels. The Organic Movement or biodiversity is small it is your local farmer and your own back yard garden. It is very much like how our grandparents farmed using natural methods. It is self sustaining, and restorative
You can not stop the Organic and Clean Food Movement
“Buy Organic” is becoming all the rage. Since October 21, 2002, guidelines and a certified organic Label was established by the USDA which guaranteed the product was at least 95% Organic.
According to Organic consumers, The …”demand for organic and grass-fed food in the U.S. has doubled over the past six years…” “…making it a $50-billion-a-year powerhouse. “. According to several recent news articles Junk Food is loosing profits and even Monsanto’s earnings have declined with the growing concern of whats in my food? The number of Anti-GMO activist are growing also. These activist spreading awareness about the benefits of avoiding GMO crops grown with heavy use of toxic pesticides.
GMO Labeling Restriction
A review the Anti-GMO movement.
The Anti-GMO movement is trying to force multi-billion-dollar junk food and beverage giants (Campbell’s, Coco-Cola, Con-Agra, Dannon, Frito-Lay, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Nestlé, Pepsi, Smuckers, Starbucks, and others) to label their GMO-tainted products nationwide or to remove GMO ingredients.
The battle first began in Europe and Asia. There has been a green wave of genetically modified (GM) crop cultivation bans across Europe and now the Globe. Since April 2004, more than 64 nations require labeling including Russia, China, the EU, and important trading partners in Asia. There are thirty-eight (38) countries worldwide have officially banned the cultivation of GM crops. The list keeps growing. But critics say producers are using loopholes in the laws to avoid using the labels. Even so, there growing anti-GMO pressure from the Public.
Click link for a list of actual bans:
List of WorldWide GM Crops Now Banned
Anti-GMO Movement in the USA
The battle has now moved to the United Sates where Monsanto’s and the biotech industry influence runs deep. We or at least the investor capitalist or the “too big to fail” people who drive the economy love the biotech world. The NYSE folks seem to be more concerned about a “good investment” than they are about what they put in their stomachs.
Biotech covers many applications; bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biomanufacturing. Biotechnology has expanded to include Life science such as genomic, genetic engineering (GE) or genetic modification (GM or GMO).
The United Sates GMO Labeling War
Just this month a bill has become law making us the first country in the world to UNLABEL GMOs. Everyone else around the planet has passed laws to force labelling and restricting of GMO’s. But here in the US The Federal “Dark Act” so nicknamed has been signed into law and nullifies the state of Vermont’s GMO labeling law, which just went into effect July 1 of this year.
Over the past several years, more than 70 bills have been introduced in over 30 states to require GE (Genetic Engineered) or GMO (Genetic Modified) food to be labeled.
The State of Vermont
On May 2014 the State of Vermont passed and the governor signed a law requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. It was the first law in the nation.
Right after Vermont passed their landmark GMO Labeling law, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) filed suit challenging the law’s constitutionality. The law was challenged in Federal District Court and GMA suffered a DEVASTATING DEFEAT. The state of Vermont’s law stood.
America’s Dark Act
The biotech industry (another name for GMO) knows the Organic movement is growing in strength. According to an article from Organic authority “Anti-GMO labeling campaigns funded by big food, biotech companies, and trade associations spent…” millions in their campaigns.
The well-financed food and chemical industry pulled out the heavy guns to stop Vermont’s and prohibit other state law and turned to the Federal Level. A labelling law has been slowly working its way through Congress but suddenly it found new energy and support.
Then came the Dark Act. The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, dubbed the “DARK” (Denying Americans the Right to Know) Act, has been modified as a compromise bill that would create a mandatory, national labeling standard for GMO foods. This bill has now passed both Houses of Congress and on July 29, 2016 Obama signed it into law
State Laws Preempted
The bill preempts all states GMO labelling laws. Instead, the USDA has two years to decide what federal standards to develop for GMO labels. Once decided the label will be what is called a Q rating system. You need a smart phone and 800 number and a code to find out if the food is GMO or not. Talk about turning over the vault to the bank robbers. Now almost nothing can be called GMO. The way this is going maybe the only label a GMO food will have – is the one that reads ORGANIC!!!! Sorry, my humor escapes me sometimes.
Finally, is this the end to this bitter fight?
Or has the war just begun? Polls show nearly 90 percent of Americans support the Right to Know and support package labeling of GMO food. More than 4 million Americans have joined a petition urging FDA to require labeling of GMO food.
Legally the high-tech gigantic biomarker may have won the battle but the war has just begun. The consumer is beginning to understand and demand Organically grown food.
In Response the Large Food Market can’t find enough product to sell so paying farmers to go organic.
What Is All This Fuss About a Label?
Is there a reason the biotech industry is fighting so hard and the anti-GMO movement is growing? Is there something big food has to fear from a label? The Health Ranger asked the question “If GMOs are so good,why don’t the food companies want them listed on food labels?”
One reason is People wont buy any product with a GMO label and biotech knows it. There has also been a sea-change in attitude evidenced by consumers’ increasing preference for organic produce. The world’s second-largest retailer, Costco, announced this year that organic sales had jumped 72 percent since 2008, with its organics sales totaling $4 billion last year.
The War On GMO’s Is About Control of the Production of Food.
This isn’t an article that reviews the good, the bad and the Ugly about GMO or Organic but about what the real issue is and that is Who Owns The Food You Eat?
There is more to this battle than just a label. The real battle is over who owns the seed. What has been a traditional natural God driven process has been preempted by biotech science.
Traditionally an Individual not only could own seed, they could determine how and where they were going to grow that seed. It seems it was a God Given Right To own the seeds from the plants you planted and grew on your own. Big Food has changed that.
Who Owns the Seed?
The problem isn’t a label the problem is the control of the seed.
From the Web Site Seed Freedom:
In the our past seed is owned by farmers that sow it, grow it, save and exchange it. But all that has changed since the local farm has become big business and replaced by the Industrialized Factory Farm. Commercial seed industries developed and changed the whole picture. Large Multinational Corporations took control of ownership by buying up all small independent seed companies and modify the seeds with generic engineering.
Today, industrial giants like Bayer, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta have a monopoly control of most seeds. A patent was applied and granted for the invention of the GMO process. Once in control of all seed the seeds DNA was modified using the GMO process and the seed became exclusively owned by the inventor. The Inventor not the Farmer or anyone else had exclusive rights and all others can be sued for Patent infringement.
This process is extremely questionable for it is hard to think of a seed as the invention of Monsanto when It comes from nature but that is another battle for another time.
But for now according to an 2009 article from the Associated Press Monsanto uses patent law to control most of U.S. corn, and Soy seed market.
With control of the seed the Farmer no longer owns the seed and must buy and pay royalty on each and every seed he uses. If he does not he can be sued for patent infringement. When the plant is harvested, the seed must be repurchased for it is illegal to save seeds be they GMO or not. The Seed is no longer owned by the individual.
This takes a heavy toll on the small farmer and the developing country. This result in a sharp increase in the cost of farming making it unaffordable to even grow your own food.
A Great Video
I Have Found a Great Video Its goes for 5 minuets and its worth it
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Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same as the ‘new’ Monsanto, the one at the forefront of research in plant gene technology? We argue their scientific and ethical track record is entirely relevant to what they do today.
And what they do today is control a huge portion of the crop seeds that feed the world. We’ve had a great deal of feedback, with some viewers suggesting that some of the negative comments may be attributed to ‘astroturfing’. Regardless, we welcome spirited, cordial discussion. Monsanto has asked for a right of reply, which we will post when we receive.
My Local Farmer and Growing My Own Food.
I have never felt comfortable with the Organic Label, for it is controlled by a Government Agency. I have found by my study of history that the bigger the profit margin the less people orientated the Government becomes. It takes a lot of money to keep and maintain a comfy elected office and John Q. Public doesn’t have a profit margin. He just might have some money left for take-home pay after taxes.
To me there are several other terms that can be used to mean the same thing as Organic, Clean Food is one I have seen. Organic should be the same as how your grandparents farmed the land naturally. That is why I have to see my food grow.
I’m trying to learn how to organically grow my own food. I am experimenting using several Methods without any manmade synthetic chemicals and I am having a lot of fun and eating some great food.
I attend my local Farmers market and visit my local farmer and farmer stands in the area. I buy as much as I can locally. There is certain food I can get from a market like grapefruit and special roots from the different island countries.
I also found this great picture that says it better than I do
Food for thought…
I have thrown in some terms and brief explanations hoping it will make this issue more understandable.
Briefly, Organic is also called Biodiversity or Clean Food or Natural farming like how we use to grow food without chemical fertilizers. GE or GMO is part of the 1980 biotech new life science. It stands for industrial, mass market, synthetic chemical farming.
Biotech Industry – Starting in the 1980s biotechnology was a new science. Monsanto invested heavily, hired new scientist, created new labs, performed extensive research and spent billions of dollars. The Biotech industry is the synthetic man-made industrial or factory farming. It represents big business and uses capital including government tax payer substitutes to create and mass produce food and food products. A good example is Agent Orange a pesticide used in the Vietnam War and Ethanol fuel. Industrial Farming relies heavily on chemical fertilizers and modified seed.
The terms Organic or biodiversity and the term GE Genetically Engineered or Biotech are complex and much can be said about both.
Generically Engineered (GE) and Generically Modified Organisms (GMO) are part of the Biotech World. Biotechnology – Has many applications; bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biomanufacturing. Biotechnology has expanded to include new and diverse science such as genomic, genetic engineering or genetic modification. The concept of “biotech” or “biotechnology” includes procedures for modifying living organism including the domestication of animals, the cultivation of plants and artificial selection and hybridization. This includes Genetic Engineering (GE), Genetic Modified organism (GMO),
GMO Patent – In early 1982, scientists at Monsanto, a multinational agricultural and Biotechnology Corporation, successfully engineered the first plant cells and was running field tests 5 years later. Monsanto has an exclusive Patent on GMO modified seeds. A plant which has had its seed DNA modified using this process is exclusively owned by Monsanto and so it any new seed the plant may produce. In the mid-nineties, Monsanto had quietly monopolized the agriculture and pesticide industry effectively buying out strategic seed breeding companies. Monsanto controls a large portion of seed production not only in the US but globally as well
Modern Farming Systems – Also call Corporate, or Industrial farming often include the use of heavy machinery, excessive tilling and harmful chemicals, disrupt the organic matter in the soil. Once the carbon molecules in the soil get exposed to the air, they combine with oxygen to create carbon dioxide, turning a natural carbon exchange system from healthy and fertile soil into a toxic atmospheric gas. These unnatural processes have sickened the living systems within the soil, and in many cases have cut off vitality completely—ruining the Health and sustainability in all too many agricultural ecosystems.
Organic or biodiversity – Biodiversity is the variety of life. Most people recognize biodiversity by species. Researchers have estimated that there are between 3 – 30 million species on Earth,
http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife/Wildlife-Conservation/Biodiversity.aspx. The term Organic relates to living organisms. Biodiversity measures the variety of life or organism in different ecosystems. All is interrelated and dependent on each other in each ecosystem. You are organic and so is all the living things around you.
Organic – Generally refers to food grown without synthetic (man-made) chemicals. The Organic movement began in the earl 1800s with the work of Justus Von Liebig. Justus’s work was in response the 1910 introduction and use of synthetic nitrogen as an artificial fertilizer used in the new developing Industrial agriculture or factory farm.
Organic Farming – refers to your local Farmer or your own back yard. Organic farming is the lonely individual farmer and the consumer. It doesn’t have much money behind it. Organic farming or sustainable living farming involves production of food without the use of artificial agents, chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. It sustains or replenish the land and provides food for all that is connected to it. Organic refers to a form of agriculture we used in the past to grow food. Organic uses what is called Green Manure from animals or Green fertilizer from other living things even weeds. Organic isn’t new to farming the Aztec’s used it as did many other ancient civilizations.
Regenerative Agriculture – a practice of farming, based on ecological principles, that builds soil health and recaptures carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Regenerative agriculture is building on the principles and practices of organic to help communities and soil thrive.
Till Next Time
By Joan McDaniel July 14, 2016
Recently, I have turned to getting health news from England and the BBC News website. I find the BBC site contains articles a little more “newsworthy” then the politically correct news creating American Press.
The BBC ran a recent news article about my favorite subject — Fungus or Candida. I gave it my undivided attention.Candida is what made me so sick in the first place and was responsible for my latest battle in the form of the flu. I have recovered quite nicely from both using homeopathic and/or natural food.
You don’t see much if any press on Fungus especially from the modern medical world. I have provided the link to the article with a small overview.
Fungal infection ‘threat’ to human health
In England that is for this is from the BBC
The article is from a speech given by Professor Neil Gow who is a faculty member of Aberdeen University is Scotland and is heading a group responsible for Medical Mycology and fungal immunology across the UK and in developing countries. He is also a founding member of the Aberdeen Fugal Group.
Professor Gow isn’t talking about simple athlete’s foot, jock itch, toenail fungus or a vaginal infections he is talking about serious fungal infection. I quote the professor “…a million people die a year from fungal infections and we need to understand these different types of infection and how to deal with them.”
He goes on to point out in modern medicine there isn’t any “pressing need” for new treatments. Let me translate there isn’t any money that can be made from a patented monopoly vaccine so nothing is being done.
I’m glad to see some news stories on this very important health issue. It might be of interest to you also — Here is the Link
Till Next Time.
By Joan McDaniel July 12, 1916
Where Have I been? Good Question I’ll answer by saying in the Garden. I have planted, harvest and seem a little pre-occupied with working unwanted extra hours at work. I am also feeding and watching some very hungry birds and squirrels. The connection to wild life is a welcomed break and I love being out there with them all around me. Much peace and quiet, well birds aren’t exactly very quiet but nice to listen to even when they are yelling (singing) for food.
I do keep up with the news and today I got an article from Dr. Mercola concerning a topic I have had something to talk about. I am now far from the world of Big Junk Food but have published articles before on the dangers of Drinking Soda especially Energy Drinks and an old Video from the Health Ranger “Soda Pop Sugar Shocker Demo!
I have also researched and written about the value of filtered tap water in “Water – Bottled or Tap?”
Junk Food Getting Some Attention
If there is one thing Big Food likes is Press but Is the Junk Food World getting more attention than it wants? The soda drinking public has been going though some growing pains.
I’m sure Main Stream Media is too busy to tell us anything about it for they like most of the important big headline folks care more about the bottom line then about you or your health. Junk food bottom line is much more important then what their products are doing to your body.
No, these headlines are coming from the alternate news world with some local news press.
Pepsi’s new Diet Cola
First It seems that Pepsi’s attempts to address the growing health concerns over it use of aspartame in their Diet Cola introduced a new “Diet Cola”. It didn’t take long but that new product was a complete failure (major revenue loss) and they have had to return to the drawing board and use aspartame again. To protect the bottom line.
An article from last year from Business Insiders Hayley Peterson wrote “People hate the new Diet Pepsi
Recently the LA Times AP wrote “Pepsi to use aspartame again, despite health concerns”
Junk Food and Big Government
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg started a fad when he attempted to tax soda, for many cities in the U.S. are considering it as a great revenue source with the motivation of “children’s health” and Mexico has already implemented its own soda tax. So has big soda turn to government for help? Even The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at the sugar content in soda.
Has Junk food been found to have its hands in the cookie jar? Today, Dr. Mercola’s article quotes an article from the not so conservative Huffington Post entitled “CDC Official Exits Agency After Coca-Cola Connections Come to Light”
Dr. Mercola’s article has a great video Entitled “6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Soda” which I am including. Read the rest of his article entitled “CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Colluding With Coca-Cola to Salvage the Soda Market”.
Till Next Time
By Joan McDaniel April 4, 2014
Steps I Took To Regain My Health
This is a brief overview of the steps I took to get well. It is really the history of the reason I wrote the articles in this blog site. Each step I took to get well, I would write about.
When I got started I had a good case of Candida Brain Fog . But in spite of having a fuzzy hard to think and focus head, I had a blind determine drive to get well.
I remember being sick and my first steps. This review steps may be out-of-order. I used the dates the articles to reconstruct and jog my memory. Each article documented what I thought was important at the time. This is an overview only. For more detailed information on a particular subject search this site.
I was “flying by the seat of my pants” on my own autopilot. All I can say is, thank goodness for the Internet and the brave people who have talked about this condition before.
Developing a Plan and Getting in touch
When I finally got back home from the hospital, I was as weak as a new-born kitten. I didn’t really know where to start. It was obvious that the modern medical not only didn’t “feel my pain” they didn’t have a care or a clue on how I could get well again.
I got the feeling they were telling me —Your body was broken —- Just live with it —- but I had other ideas. I had been getting sicker over the years a day at a time and I had heard enough about “Just Live with it”.
The only real strength I had left was to sit, think and remember. I remembered my childhood. I remembered my upbringing especially my Grandparents early teaching.
Old School Teaching
I had been raised by what Is called “old School” thought. I may have had been adopted by my stepmother but her parents became my very own and close grandparents.
They were once farmers and knew the value of living off the land. They also had both spend some time as school teachers. My Grandfather was the local weather man in the Kansas town they grew up in. Because of his health they moved to a few houses away from ours. I was 6 or 7 at the time. I soon found myself spending more time at their house than I did in my own home.
My grandfather died when I was twelve but he gave me an excellent education and insight into just about everything. I spent my growing and learning years with him as we listening to the radio’s baseball game. I don’t remember any of the games but I listened to his every word. I also enjoyed my uncle Johnny. They where what I call wise.
My real fathers mother, my real grandmother was one of a kind. She came from Kentucky and had raised 13 children mostly on her own during the Great Depression. She was uneducated and lived off the land. All of the children except one lived to be my healthy aunts and uncles. From what I understand, she at that time never had two nickels to rub together (no real source of income).
The best way I have of describing her is using a character in Steinbeck’s famous book The Grapes of Wrath. The leading character Ma Joad exemplifies the type of strong character it took to keep a family together during those hard times. She is was the Keeper of the Family. I got my strong determined strength of character from her. She was what I called wise.
You Learned to be Proud
I was lucky enough to have been able to sit as a child and listen to my Grandparents talk and tell their stories. They passed down to me knowledge I had never used before but I would use it now. I also knew the value of the land and that my God-given body was a holy temple. My body could heal itself given proper food and nutrition. I could almost feel them talking to me again in my hour of need.
This body wasn’t done for and over the hill, It had yet begun to even understand what it means to be alive.
A Healthier Lifestyle…
I knew I needed a healthier lifestyle and began to re-learn nutrition. During the 1980’s I had become an avid fan of the new low-fat, low-salt, and high carbohydrate diet fad craze. The diet was later adopted by the Government in its Food Pyramid and became the Standard American Diet (SAD). I had basically been eating that diet since the 1980’s.
I now realized there was something wrong with that diet. It may be exactly what made me sick in the first place. Even though I knew all about the Standard American Diet (SAD), I didn’t really know very much about food and nutrition. I mean real food and real nutrition, the kind of food my Grandparents ate. Not the kind of food made in a laboratory or factory.
People during my Grandparents time may have gotten sick and died, but they didn’t have food Allergies or sensitivities like we have. They didn’t have anywhere near the number of and type of illness we have, like Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Dementia, or even Diabetes. They didn’t even know what cholesterol or the inside of a Doctors office was.
They simple died of old age not zombie like in a Nursing Home with a ton of medications but at home probably peaceably in their own beds asleep. They may be senile and forget your name and fall asleep in their chair after dinner but common Sense was common then. It was based on proof not elaborate hard to pronounce evasive words that come from latest blind research study.
Lifestyle and Diet Changes
A word about Diet
I don’t believe in diets. The last one was diet enough. I didn’t use any to get well and don’t plan to use one in the future. I did look at diets like Atkins, Gluten Free, Paleo etc. I studied the diet but I trusted my body to tell me what It needed to eat. I consider most diets gimmicks to sell books and make someone else rich. This society may need someone to tell them what to do but I don’t. I will figure it out by myself if necessary.
I also don’t rely on food labels like Organic, or Gluten Free. The Organic label may be necessary but not for everything. Instead, I would go to the farm, see how the food was grown, see the same food picked fresh and for sale at the local Farmers stand or market. Oh I would go outside and pick my own food from my garden.
Fresh food doesn’t have any labels, terms like Organic are government labels.
The Farmer has an elaborate pile of red paper tape to fill out to use the term Organic. It has nothing to do with the food except to mean hopefully it isn’t GMO but I don’t know if you can really trust that.
Nothing wrong with labels it is just that I rather judge the food myself in many cases with the dirt still on.
It all started from article my neighbor’s had received from her friend’s son on Coconut Oil. I was familiar with homeopathic medicine and for years subscribed to Dr. Mercola and the Health Ranger’s newsletters. So this article wasn’t any real surprise for me. I expanded on it by getting the book quoted in the article. Stop Alzheimers Now by Dr. Fife
Contrary to the books tittle it is a very comprehensive book on nutrition. Real Nutrition the way it should be taught. Nutrition with the importance of understanding the role of different kinds of food and how your body uses it to maintain health or to heal.
Dr. Fife’s book is very well written and crammed packed with tons of very worthwhile information. It took me some time to really comprehend his teachings. But suddenly the blinders fell off and I could see a clear road ahead.
The First Steps I Took to Regain my Body and My Health:
- Learned to slow down listen and hear. “Chew Your Food”. I used chewing nuts and dried cranberries to break my addictions to cigarettes, drinking and eating lots and lots of sugar.
- Finding Coconut Oil and the importance or saturated fat and increasing Omega 3 Fats while decreasing Omega 6 Fats. I had coconut oil on everything even my pet cat. I remember thinking it simply help me put out the fire and calm down.
- and Stop eating processed Salt and discovering the importance of minerals with the addition of Himalayan sea salt with its 84 minerals including iodine and magnesium
- Replacing Sugar with “Green Leaf”’s natural Stevia product
- I slowly broke my addiction to carbs but once I broke my addictions, I learned to how communicate with my own body. I turned off my thinking brain and used my re-discovered taste buds. I found is a well-known and successful treatment in both Ayurveda and Chinese tradition medicine.
- Even though, the pressure was on to return to work I had enough sick leave and time to take it very slowly a step at a time a cell at a time. I didn’t get sick in a day and I wouldn’t get well in a day either. Your body needs time to adjust to both good behavior and bad.
Steps taken while learning about New Nutrition
First Diet Change
Fat does not cause fat and I stopped counting calories, cholesterol and RDA’s, Once I broke my addictions, I ate what my body told me it wanted. It took me a while to really understand the harm of sugar and carbohydrates and to stop eating them. Without the blinders I began to see and understand many things.
Second Diet change was to learn to read the nutrition label
I began to unravel its technical mambo jumbo food police’s dogma (also called rules) by learning to read and understand food labels. I ignored terms like “Balanced Diet” based on Recommended Daily Food Alliances (RDA’s) and other control terms. I became a food misfit and disobey the food police’s RDA and limits.
Interesting note, when you are looking at the food label to determine how high in sugar the food is, you also have to pay attention to the amount of carbohydrates which also convert instantly to sugar. You have to add the amount of sugar and carbs together.
The amount of dietary fiber., is also very important. Try to to get the highest fiber content number you can tolerate. You can subtract total fiber from total carbohydrates.
I found the more fiber I took the less processed carbohydrates I was eating.
My New Rules
I developed my own set of rules:
Intake of saturated fat is not limit eat as much as you want,
eat as much Sea Salt especially with natural minerals.
number 3 should include Carbohydrates and Sugar not Saturated Fat and get as much Dietary Fiber as you can tolerate.
I never ever again touched any food that had a label which read:
“Artificial, Diet, fat-free, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), hydrolyzed fat, low-fat, Natural, Corn, or Vegetable Oil (Crisco)” also Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Looking at the label you will probably not find the words MSG instead, the FDA Allows, 20 other pseudo names for it including autolyzed yeast extract, calcium casinate, free glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed corn, hydrolyzed soy protein, soy lecithin and many others.
I refused most things colored white like white flour, potatoes, salt, starch, sugar, or anything processed or made in the lab. Except, of course, Coconut Oil but that isn’t made in a lab it fell off a tree.
I refused to eat anything that had any of the following on the label:
More than 5 ingredients listed, more than two chemicals I couldn’t pronounce.
The next thing I came up with was to eat mostly Super Foods. What is a Super Food?
Super foods – Foods that are loaded with a combination of critical fatty acids, anti-oxidant phytonutrients and essential amino acids. Almonds, Apples, Avocado, Beans, Berries (Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries), Broccoli, Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed, Garlic, Honey, Kale, Nuts like Almonds, and Walnuts. Olives, Onions, Papaya, Pomegranate, Spinach, Soy, Salmon (Wild caught), Tea, and Tomatoes.
As I was doing research, I would find articles about superfoods. Eating the food was part of my research. I would then write the article. on all that I had found. I haven’t covered all superfoods but have many of the major ones.
The next very important step was water
I remember when bottled water was first introduced. I never thought it would become the big fad it has. People don’t even think of using Tap water. I did join in and have plenty of bottle water. But the more I began to understand toxins I began to feel funny about the plastic water bottle. I started to investigate toxins in water, including chlorine and fluoride. I found that the manufacture of bottle water like the manufactures of all bottled drinks like alcohol are not required to label its contents.
You could be drinking anything including tab water which has fluoride added. The bottle may have pretty pictures on it but you will never know what you’re actually drinking.
I refused bottled water and filtered the ( www.friendsofwater.com)chlorine or chloramines, and fluoride out of my own tap water. Not only the water you drink but the other million and one uses of water like bathing and washing include these harmful toxins. I even filtered the garden hose for my garden needed the benefit of chlorinated free water also. Chlorine is bleach, and bleach is extremely destructive to the human digestive system. Fluoride is also extremely destructive especially to the brain.
I Had to Learn to Grow Things and Cook.
I was on a steep learning curve but I also had to learn how to grow the food, then cook the food. I started by eating most of my vegetables raw. I was eating things like red leaf lettuce which can be eaten raw. But there are many raw vegetables that need some slight steaming to become easier to chew. I also wanted meat and I found grass-fed chicken and beef including fresh eggs from the farm.
I had a very limited budget, and had limited vacation and sick leave and had to get back to work — soon. Things like homeopathic programs, exercise and coaching, juicing was way too expensive for me. I would therefore have got well on my own – naturally.
I Learn to Eat Seasonal.
If you’re going to eat real natural food then you will have to eat the food close to where it has been grown. I don’t mean the word “Natural” as printed on the food label for it isn’t anymore natural then the cardboard the label is printed on.
I live in the Northeast, there is something eerie about a tomato in the grocery store in December. It isn’t real and it taste that way. We may be brainwashed but nature provides food all year-long.
There is summer food and winter food. We all know about the great food of summer. Winter is another story but nature provides with things like winter squash and roots are perfect examples. The orange Halloween pumpkin and the rest of the squash family last well into February in cold storage. I even freeze my berries and have fruit every day all year-long. There is even sprouting or fermenting to get through the winter.
A Word about Fermentation
I increased natural food which are loaded with life saving antioxidants. Once you body is given the ammunition it needs in the form of antioxidants, it starts removing to toxins on its own. This is called Detoxing. The best way to help your body detox is to increase good bacteria by giving your immune system fermented foods. This is called probiotic or good bacteria. This includes foods pickled in salt brine.
Yeast Overgrowth and Fermentation
Unfortunately when you have yeast overgrowth you are probably already fermented and your body cannot tolerate any more acid as found in fermented foods That is when I learned the importance of taste and food nutrition. I stumbled upon bitter-tasting food. Fermented foods are considered sour not bitter.
The magic word here is KALE
A principle used in Indian Ayurvedic traditional medicine and nutrition. It is a form of biofeedback. Biofeedback is the art of paying attention to your body functions or physiology. You don’t need expensive elaborate machinery or CAT or MRI scans you simply have to learn to listen and feel your body talk to you. I found I communicated with my body through my taste buds.
Your Body is always talking to you. We may not listen, but it’s always reporting about what is going on. The less you pay attention the more your body will respond with pain. That is how it tries to tell you something is wrong. Many of us have become so politically correct we have learned to overpower the system and simply not listen. What happens then? You feel less you just get sicker and weaker as each year passes. Your doctor puts you on an unlimited amount of medicines to the point you don’t feel a thing. Nothing you don’t even dream anymore. You have become what I call a “pill taking Zombie”. I know I was one.
There are many bitter foods Bitter Lemon, Hops, Lemon and Kale to name a few. Bitters stimulate the digestive system and strengthens the stomach’s needed hydrochloric acid. Hydrochloric acid is used by your system to break down food into nutrition that provides the energy your body needs to function.
It Became A Hobby
As my body started to respond, I was overwhelmed and kind of scared by these sudden cravings. In time it became a fun hobby. I was becoming more in-tune to my body for it would let me know almost right away if something was working or not.
Our bodies are constantly maintaining a delegate balance. It is a 24-7 activity. It is called homeostasis. It maintains this balance by what it has on hand. If you eat it, it uses it. If your body needs something to maintain this balance it uses your taste buds to tell you.
As my body was naturally detoxing, my strength was returning. I suddenly I suffered a major setback.
Pain unbelievable pain. Forth of July fireworks kind of pain first in my knees’ then it slowly moved to my hips, then to my back both lower and under the shoulders. I had tremendous pain just by standing up. If I waited a few minutes my muscles would adapt and I could walk. But I was in constant pain.
Buried Toxins and Candida Kill
In order to continue living, my body kept adjusting. It would bury the toxins out of harms way. The longer I ate toxins the deeper my body would bury them. In most cases you live pain-free and unaware that your body is really filled full of toxins. As in my case I would ignore the warning signs or get my annual fix of antibiotics. I had some pain but it was soon suppressed and I would live on until one day I got very very sick and couldn’t ignore it any longer.
When I began to eat real food with real antioxidants my body began to detox on its own. It began by removing these toxins a layer at a time. When your body Kills Candida, the Candida will release up to 80 different toxins itself. Your body then has to contend with even more toxins. You may experience sever symptoms and feel worse than when you started like I did. Some people don’t feel anything at all – lucky them.
This is called Candida Kill. From what I have researched, there really isn’t a way to avoid the release of these toxins. You have to learn to work them out and over time win the battle.
But as time has gone by and more people have begun to write about this and there are ways to help your body detox and help minimize the effect of released toxins. When I was first getting started over 3 years ago there wasn’t a great deal of help. I was in uncharted territory. No one was talking about Yeast and candida.
The only thing I can say is — it is worth it — I may not feel like a kid in my 20’s but not a day over 40. I will spend some time in the future on what I found about Candida Kill help such as taking activated charcoal or things like Caprylic acid, Psyllium and Bentenite Clay liquid internally plus many anti fungal herbs that can help. Look up these products and read the manufacture’s labels.
While Detoxing I learned other Things.
I learned other things in the process, how to handle pain using only homeopathic remedies, how to help the lymph system circulate even when you are too weak to move and it hurts to stretch. Just eating food helped but it wasn’t enough. I had to figure out what else to do and I spent hours on the internet.
Never stop trying, even though some days it seemed almost hopeless.
List of Foods not to eat – Grocery Store NoNo Foods
This may not be a complete list, I’m sure I have forgotten something.
Anything marked low-fat or diet – Products market called “diet” or “low-fat” such as aspartame (Equal), scalars (Splenda), Vegetable Oil (Crisco), artificial butter, salt, sugar
Diet, Low-Fat, and Fat-Free are not natural they are full of chemicals created in the lab.
Bread especially white bleached bread, Bottled water, Processed Carbohydrates (bad carbs), Breakfast Cereals, Canola Oil, Only locally grown corn (farmer’s own seed not GMO), Convenience foods, Low Fat foods, GMO’s, Process Grains, Margarine, mayonnaise, non grass fed meat, non seasonal food, Pickles, Salad Dressing, Orange Juice, Process Foods, Processed Salt, Artificial Sugar, Standard American Diet (SAD), anything with added sugar, Sweets like cake, cookies, Trans Fat Oils, Vegetable Oil, White Distilled vinegar and anything with added sugar, Sweets like cake, cookies, Trans Fat Oils, Vegetable Oil, White Distilled vinegar and anything fermented or pickled with white vinegar, and Grocery Store Yogurt,
limit process white anything like pasta, rice, sugar, salt and many others
“Diet” anything. Many so-called “diet” products on the market today contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal) and sucralose (Splenda)
Alphabetical List of Foods I used to get well Yes Yes Foods
Again this is the list as I remember it I may have missed a few, but these are the major foods. I have eaten these food and use them often in my diet.
These Foods are either high in fat, high in natural free radical antioxidants and/or high in minerals and low in bad carbs, processed salt, and/or sugar.
Fats and Oils
Balance Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 Omega 3 fats. In other words increase Omega 3 and decrease Omega 6.
Saturated Fat – Butter, Natural Cocoa nut, Coconut Oil, Fish Oil in the form of supplements are good but be very careful for these supplements easily turn rancid (Cod Liver Oil Carlson’s lemon-flavored liquid cod liver oil, or Fish Oil, Krill Oil), Eggs, Ghee, All Nuts, most seeds
Polyunsaturated Fat – Olive Oil, Avocado, Sesame
Grass Fed meat especially organ meats not smoked or vacuum packed
FISH Wild Caught
Wild salmon and sardines do contain ocean contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood. Buy these fish fresh or canned packed water.
Wild Tuna Wild Caught like Skip Jack Fresh if you can find it but Canned in water
Wild salmon and sardines do contain ocean contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood. Buy these fish fresh or canned packed water.
Wild Tuna Wild Caught like Skip Jack Fresh if you can find it but Canned in water
Low Fructose Fruit like Berries (blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, etc) , Tart Cherries, Grapefruit, Lemon
Food High in Minerals such as Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc,
Spices and Herbs
Stevia and xylitol can be used in place of sugar and they have a much smaller effect on your blood sugar levels. They will break down slowly not causing the sugar low, high roller coaster of processed foods
List of Superfoods
The term Superfoods means they are nutrient dense. I have several listed but there are many more.
Berry (blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, etc.)
Bitters Lettuces and other plant natural food with a bitter taste
Cacao bean or cocoa bean (Natural chocolate)
Cayenne or Red hot pepper
Grass-fed meat beef, chicken , etc.
Herbs and Spices
Lettuce is naturally bitter including the King of Green Kale
Nut (Walnut, Almond, etc.)
Natural Sea Salt including Himalayan
Onion especially the Red Onion
Salmon – wild caught
Sardines can only be wild can never be caught
Stevia (Green Leaf)
Vinegar not white distilled
Remember I do not practice a diet I just ask the expert my body if It likes it I eat it. We haven’t tried eating bugs yet but you never know.
Till Next Time
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By Joan McDaniel November 29, 2015
Introduction – Where Have I Been?
I have been busy. It has been a little time since my last article. I have no excuse except to say with my new-found health, energy and strength I have become very preoccupied with projects – Like learning more from nature. I have increased the size of my garden, harvesting and stored some real food – not a lot for I’m still just getting started.
I also have begun feeding the birds in my back yard — I love watching my new-found friends. They seem to bring me joy and inner peace.
I have been visiting farms. I am impressed especially with the farmers who raise animals like cows, goats and chickens. This past winter was hard in our area with its cold and ice. I ask these farmers every question I could but decided the only way I would really understand was to get out there. I didn’t want to buy a cow, goat or chicken so, I started by feeding the birds – Summer, Winter, Rain, Snow and Ice in all kinds weather.
I am having a ball. It is a load of fun. My first challenge was the squirrels – to feed the birds you have to feed the squirrels. No matter what kind of squirrel proof bird feeder I found I would watch my crazed tree residents break into it within a week – So I bought them their own lunch box nailed it to a tree away from the bird feeder. They still eat the bird seed but it slows them down a bit.
What does a squirrel eat? Just about everything but they love to eat and hide the peanut.
So this brings me to my subject of Nuts. The subject of nuts isn’t as simple as one would think for it requires an understanding of digestion. Digestion, a subject I am still researching and still have many unanswered question. I have put together my best thoughts on the subject so here goes.
Again I will say, I’m not telling anyone what to do. I am far from being any kind of expert on food or health. My teacher has been my own body once I learned to listen to it. I am simply telling my story of how I got well.
A Word of Warning Nuts are a wonder food but not too many
Nuts are a godsend in a pinch but not the solution. They are very useful when you need a quick source of good protein, fats and nutrients but you need to control how many you eat. For too much protein can be the same as too much sugar.
Nuts as emergency food
I eat nuts daily one or two but I keep nuts with me as emergency food. For an example, if I get stuck and have to eat the Standard American Diet loaded with sugars, I carry a small bag of unsalted mixed nuts to make the food a bit less toxic until I can get home to have a good meal. Nuts are loaded with nutrition you need especially protein and fat. The fat slows down the digestion of sugars reducing the sugar high sugar low crash. It is also very helpful if you run into hot food like hot peppers. You never know around my house I grew them and put them in everything. I love the hot pepper. Fat puts out the fire.
Nuts can trigger food allergies which are becoming more common maybe due to our toxic sugar loaded SADD (Standard American Diet). Peanuts seem to be the most common food allergy. Also people with very weak digestive system with low stomach acid may have difficulty tolerating nuts. START SLOWLY AND WATCH AND LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
To Get Well, I Started with the Nut
When I was so sick, my digestive system wasn’t working very well. I had Candida Yeast everywhere, I’m sure I had IBS irritable bowl and leaky gut.With Candida overrun in my gut, I was making alcohol and acetaldehyde as a form of digestion (fermenting is another word for it) To get well, I used food. I didn’t know it at the time but I was rebuilding my digestive system.
I avoided all processed food including sugar and started with a plant-based diet, eating food as raw as I could tolerate. I didn’t know much about juicing or juicers but chewing I knew all about.
I Quit Smoking, Drinking, Craving and Eating Sugar and Carbs by Chewing on Nuts
Nuts are very special to me. That is how I got started restoring my health. The first food I found was Coconut Oil — Coconut is a nut — The second thing I found was Himalayan Sea Salt. The third was Walnuts and dried cranberries to help me fight my addictions.
Whenever the urge hit me I would eat a fistful of unsalted walnut nuts and dried cranberries. I would just sit and chew. I would tell my brain to forget thinking and just focus on chewing.
It took a while and some inward battles that included lot of pain. But after it all I became aware of my great taste buds and how to talk to my body. I didn’t realize it at the time, but with the Saturated Fats, minerals in the nuts like Iodine and magnesium I was giving my body the exact what it needed. I was putting out the fire.
I later found dried cranberries are loaded with sugar, and Nuts are loaded with Protein but my body was so nutrition deprived it just kept screaming —-Give Me MORE ——
I now have the energy, endurance, strength and good health I had when I was younger – I am totally amazed, shocked and very grateful. I am in love with life.
Now I don’t eat as many dried cranberries if any, and I don’t eat as many nuts. I use nuts mostly as emergency food but they are still very important to me and my health and provide great backup.
How much Protein?
There are as many options on how much protein in your diet is good and how much is bad. The overall consensus is that the amount of Protein needs to be limited just like the amount of carbs.
I would love to qualify the nut as a superfood but, intake must be limited. I got this information from Dr. Mercola and he has pointed out “Most Americans consume three to five times more protein than they need…”. Nuts should be eaten in moderation not because they are high in calories or fat but because they are high in protein. Too much protein in you diet can have the same effect as too much sugar in your diet. If you consume excess starchy carbs and excess protein you body suffers and you get toxic and sick or sicker.
I don’t know how much is too much but you need to watch the number of nuts you consume.
Here is a website that discusses recommended Protein intake:
Food from Trees
Now lets talk what I have found out about the Tree Nut.
A Tree Squirrel Eating a Tree Nut
A tree nut is a fruit that grows on trees. It is composed of a hard shell sometime more than one shell and a seed. The seed is edible. The shell does not release the seed without extreme effort on the eaters part. I guess God made the nut hard to get into for a reason.
The trick is you either have the jaws of a tree squirrel or find a way to crack the hard shell without damaging the soft fruit inside.
What is more traditional at Christmas then the Prussian German soldier portrayed in Tchaikovsky’s infamous Nutcracker suite? Tchaikovsky’s score has become one of his if the most famous composition and ballet has become a very popular Christmas time thing to see with the children.
Nutcrackers got what would turn out to be their biggest boost when Peter Tchaikovsky adapted an 1816 E.T.A Hoffman Christmas story called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King for the—eventually—famous and wildly successful ballet, first performed in 1892.
A. Hazelnut (Corylus americana), B. Pecan (Carya illinoensis), C. Peanut (Arachis hypogea), D. Macadamia Nut (Macadamia integrifolia), E. Almond (Prunus amygdalus), F. Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), G. Chestnut (Castanea dentata), H. Kukui Nut (Aleurites molucanna), I. Water Caltrop (Trapa bicornis), J. Walnut (Juglans regia).
Nuts A Closer Look
There are many nuts like Almonds, Beechnut, Brazil, Butternut, Buckwheat, Cashew, Chestnut, Coconut, Hazelnuts (Filberts), Hickory, Litchi, Macadamia, Pecan, Pine (Pignola – not a nut but a seed of the pine cone), Pistachio, walnuts (black/English) and there must be a few others.
Now let’s not forget the peanut. Which we think of a nut but isn’t for it doesn’t grow on a tree but grows in the ground. It is a legume or bean not a nut. Don’t tell that to a tree squirrel.
The Coconut may be considered a nut but I use it so much I consider it just part of every meal it is high in fat (saturated fat the good fat), low in Protein and packed with power and fuel for the immune system.
I have reviewed 11 of the most common nuts
Popular nuts and their protein, calorie, and fat content.
Nuts high in fat: Macademia, Pecan, Pine nut, Brazil, and Walnut.
Nuts high in protein: Peanut, Almond, Pistachio, Cashew, and Walnut.
- Mercona Almonds
- Brazil Nuts
- Pine Nuts
One of the healthiest part of the Almond is its skin which is rich in antioxidants including flavonoids, phenolic acid, and phenols which is normally associated with fruits and vegetables. Almonds have ample amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Be careful how many you eat for they are high in protein.
The only problem with almonds is the due to pressure from the USDA and many state governments most domestic almonds are pasteurized or heated. The process uses a carcinogenic gas called propylene oxide (PPO). Organic almonds are steam-treated. You can find independent farmers, farmers markets, roadside stand that still sell the natural nut.
9 Brazil Nuts also called Cream nut or Paranut,
This large nut named for it is a native to Brazil and the Amazonian rain forest. Eating just two of these power houses will provide a good dose of antioxidants, selenium and Vitamin E. Brazil Nuts have the highest natural source of selenium, a powerful antioxidant-boosting mineral that may be beneficial for the prevention of cancer. These nuts are crunchy as in all nuts and mild-flavored. Brazil nuts are an excellent source of magnesium higher than other nuts with 107 mg .
Cashew nuts are a significant source of iron, which is essential for red blood cell function and enzyme activity. They also contain magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
A funny thing about the cashew is that it comes from a fruit called a cashew apple. Originally native to northeastern Brazil, and now cultivated in Vietnam, Nigeria and India. Traditionally it has been used for snake-bites and other folk remedies. Excellent source of B-vitamins
2 Hazelnuts – Alternate Name: Filbert, cobnut
Characteristics: This round nut is used in the sweet spread called gianduja or Nutella. This nut has a woodsy taste and it brings out the crunchiness in food especially chocolate. It is best eaten roasted and with the bitter skin removed. The hazelnut is one of the richest sources for folate
6 Macadamia Nuts – Alternate Names: Queensland nut, Australian nut
Originally could only be found in Australia, or Hawaii. These nuts are large and have a palpably rich buttery flavor. This nut is backed with nutrition rich in phytosterols.
5 Marcona Almonds
Like an almond but flatter, rounder and sweeter. Marconi almonds are from Spain. They’re usually sold pre-cooked, fried or roasted.
7 Peanuts – Alternate Name: Goober
The peanut is not a nut but technically a legume (like a pea or bean). Its considered a groundnut because it doesn’t grow on a tree it grows in the ground. The peanut is available all year round and is reality inexpensive. It is loaded with protein making it the highest of either a nut or a bean. They are also high in Calories 284. They are packed with vitamins especially niacin and other B vitamins. Peanuts come in raw and roasted.
The pecan is native to North America. This nut has been well established in traditional Southern dishes like Pecan Pie and it is grown in Georgia and Texas. The Pecan is sweeter than the walnut and is used mainly in baking especially sweet treats. Pecans are high in fat and low in Protein and are naturally sweet to the taste. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin E. Rich source of phytosterols, especially beta-carotene and zeaxanthi. Pecans have over 19 Vitamins and Minerals.
10 Pine Nuts – Alternate Names: Pignoli, piñon nuts
A pine nut is not a nut but a seed of the pine cone. It mostly is imported from China and Italy. It has a mild favor of pine and a soft chewy texture. Pine nuts are high Fat 23g and high in Protein 10.9g.
Pistachios aren’t a nut but a seed. Pistachios come from parts of Western Asia and the Middle East. The pistachio is a favorite in many Greek dishes like baklava. ma’amoul, haroseth, and halvah. California pistachios is a little different from the Persian or Turkish varieties. Pistachios have the highest phytosterol content among what we consider to be tree nuts. Research has shown Pistachios to be helpful in reducing systolic blood pressure, by reducing vascular responses to stress and maintaining a healthy weight. Pistachios beat the other nuts if fiber and polyphenols, Almonds are next. They help the digestive system’s microflora by producing a biome richer in butyrate-secreting bacteria. Note they are high in Protein.
4 Walnuts Alternate Name: English walnut
Walnuts are considered the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse king of kings. Walnuts contain the highest amount of antioxidants. Just a few like a handful (7 to be exact) is enough to arm your immune system with 100% of what it needs to fight free radicals.A walnut is almost as good as a dose of Vitamin C. Also did you know Walnuts are best eaten after dinner as
Health Benefits of all Nuts
Each nut as with anything in nature has its own special benefit but below is listed nuts general benefits.
The amazing thing about natures foods is that there isn’t one single nutrient that can be isolated and pinpointed it takes the whole food to be beneficial. The problem with manufactured foods is you cant’ remove just one nutrient for the same power you get from nature. In other words you cannot manufacture the whole food’s benefit, nor can you improve on Nature. This benefit can not be manmade.
Antioxidant – Nuts are a rich source for Vitamin E an and other antioxidants that helps heart ailments, inflammation and free radical damage. Depending on the nut, just a few can provide half or more of the body’s daily requirements for antioxidants.
Blood Pressure – Help reduce blood pressure. Nuts are a source of l-arginine, a substance that improves artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots. This is good for lowering blood pressure and heart health. This also reduces arterial inflammation which is a source of heart disease.
Blood Sugar – Helps lower blood sugar due to it fat content. Help treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Nuts help reduce the speed at which sugar is converted reducing the metabolic Syndrome and diabetes. The calories in the nut are released in the system slowly and help starve off sugar and other cravings.
Bone Health – The anti-inflammatory nutrients in nuts especially walnuts may play a special role in the support of bone health. A study recently showed decrease blood levels of certain kind of collagen compound indicates less mineral loss and bone stability or stronger bones.
Brain health – Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the form of omega-3, linoleum acid (LA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Cancer – Most nuts contain phytochemicals. Phytochemical’s are biologically active compounds that effectively prevent the formation of tumors.
Cell membrane support – linoleum acid and alph-linolenic acid
Chewy – Nuts promote Satiety. Nuts increase a feeling of fullness or satiety. They keep you busy chewing and forgetting your cravings. Also see Weight Loss
Reduce high cholesterol – Nuts help improve LDL/HDL ratios and reduce very high cholesterol. Also see phytosterois.
Constipation and digestion – Nuts are loaded with fiber.
Cravings – see weight loss
Boost Energy –
Fast Instant Food – Nuts are fast food that is once you get it out of its shell. Nuts are portable put some in a bag and carry them with you, put some in the car. They are non-perishable except for maybe the cashew. They are available in case of an emergency or traffic jam. I carry a bag of salt free mixed nuts to work incase I have to stay and eat someone else’s food at least I have the nut that will provide me with healthy nutrition.
Heart Health – Nuts help reduce the risk of Heart Disease and reduce many heart health risk factors. Nuts are a good source of fats and help reduce cholesterol and help Heart Health. High in the heart healthy vitamins of E, K, copper, iron and manganese. Also see Blood Pressure.
Immune System Booster – Antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Inflammation – See Immune System.
Insulin resistance – Nuts help reduce insulin sensitivity which creates insulin resistance which helps maintain blood sugar and metabolic disorder disease.
Low Carb – Nuts are a great way to reduce a high-carbohydrate snacking or cravings. Take a few nuts and just chew away.
Low Glycemic Index – I don’t adhere to the Glycemic Index for I feel it is inaccurate but nuts are low in sugar content therefore low on the Glycemic Index. Glycemic index is a determinant of how quickly the sugars in foods are absorbed, digested and released into the bloodstream. High GI and high sugar overwhelms the body and Metabolic Syndrome leading to diabetes can result.
Metabolic disease – Nuts help reduce cardiovascular and metabolic disease like diabetes.
Protein – This may be a benefit or a high risk for too much protein. To a Vegan the nut is a perfect food for it adds the necessary fats, protein, minerals and vitamins the vegan diet may be without. It helps balance a vegan diet but to those who consume meat, eggs and other proteins the nut must be taken in small amounts.
Sleep – Did you know A Walnut taken before bedtime help you sleep? That is because they contain the highest amount of melatonin.
Suppress Your Appetite – See Weight Loss
Weight Loss – Nuts may be high in fat and protein but are low in carbs, sugar and bad fats. Nuts are loaded with chewiness and fiber reducing the desire for cravings or munchies. After chewing on some nuts the individual will have a feeling of fullness or satiety and may actually lose weight.
You will find a numerous lists of benefits at www.3Fatchicks.com under the food section for specific raw nut types.
Vitamins and Mineral in Nuts
Antioxidants – Nuts are loaded with plant-derived antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Nuts contain a wide variety of polyphenols including resveratrol, lutein, cryptoxanthin and many others.
Essential Fats – Nuts are loaded with good fats like alpha linolenic acid, linoleum acid, monounsaturated like (Olive Oil), Oleic acid, omega-3, and saturated. Note: the word essential means The body needs these fats and cannot make them on it own. Lack of these oils causes disease, dry skin, inflammation and illness.
Nuts do not contain non-essential fats or bad fats like polyunsaturated or hydrogenated vegetable oil, margarine, Omega-6, or shortening.
Fiber – Nuts are high in soluble fiber. Fiber is good for your digestive system. Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios, Peanuts, and Macadamia Nuts are high in fiber.
High in Minerals – Especially Magnesium and including calcium copper, manganese molybdenum, potassium, selenium, zinc,and more. When you talk about minerals there always seems to be a long list but the minerals you should pay the most attention to are magnesium, and maybe potassium and in some cases Iron. Magnesium is the energy mineral and many if not most people are very deficient in Magnesium.
Phytosterols – Nuts are a rich source of plant sterols called phytosterols which are thought to bind to the bad cholesterol and help to sweep it out of the body.
Polyphenols – A plant-derived antioxidant. Nuts include a wide variety like cryptoxanthin, luten, resveratrol, and many others. See Antioxidant.
Protein – Maybe this is why the nut is so hard to get into because it is a high source of protein which most American have too many proteins in their diet. One ounce of nuts (28 grams), contain as much protein as lean meat, or eggs. Vegans or other plant-based diets are low in protein and nuts can be added to help balance their diet
Selenium – A powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals that cause inflammation, loss of oxygen and illness. Nuts are loaded with Selenium especially Brazil Nuts.
Vitamins – Nuts are rich in the B vitamins.
B6, folate, niacin, thiamin, tocopherols (make up vitamin E),
B Vitamins – Nuts provide many of the vital B-complex vitamins such as folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and thiamin.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E is an important antioxidant. Natural forms of Vitamin E available in nuts contain tocopherols and tocotrienois.
Fat Soluble Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, D and E without fats saturated, monounstarated, Omega-3 your body cannot dissolve and use these vitamins. This Vitamins also help the immune system fight free-radical damage.
Other Forms for Nuts
Nut butters, and nut oil contain many, but not all, the benefits except the fiber of raw nuts. Just as with the nut, oils are high in protein and should be used in moderation. Nuts are a good source of saturated as well as unsaturated fats. They are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin E. Consider using nuts oils made by your local farmer or are homemade for the store-bought has many additives including sugar.
To Roast or Not to Roast
Roast or Raw? There is the school of thought that all nuts must be roasted if you not using the nut for baking and then there is the school that doesn’t think it is as important and they stress eating the nuts raw not cooked.
Roasting above 180 degrees F destroys the nuts nutrition. Hot-air dried is a better option, Nuts may need to be soaked for eight to 12 hours. Soaking or using a dehydrator will rid the nut of physic acid and other enzyme inhibitors . Enzyme inhibitors prevent the seed from sprouting prematurely, but can cause irritation to the human digestion. I guess that is why so many people have allergies or can’t tolerate digesting nuts.
According to Dr. Mercola the macadamia nut and other white nuts have negligible amounts of enzyme inhibitors and soaking is not necessary.
For a complete discussion of roasting and/or soaking see his article on nuts: “What are the Best Nuts and Seeds?
It is important to stress nut and seed allergies for they are becoming more common due maybe to our toxic sugar loaded SADD (Standard American Diet). Peanuts seem to be the most common food allergy in children who up to 80% do outgrow it but you need to be aware of it. Also people with very weak digestive systems with low stomach acid may have difficulty tolerating nuts start slowly while you system is recovering. Stop at the first sign of a side effect like pain or a rash.
A few common symptoms might be abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing or itchy throat, or impaired breathing in the form of anaphylaxis? I have found this web site which can provide some a useful biofeedback sensitivity test
Till Next time