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Coconut Oil Helped Me Get Well Again

By Joan L. McDaniel                        September 20, 2017

In January 2012, I got very sick.  It is now 5 1/2 years later and I consider myself to be in great Health.  I cured myself using food that gave my body the energy it needed to release its own healing energy.

One of the first foods I used was Coconut Oil.  Back then, Coconut Oil wasn’t well known in the United States but all that has changed. Coconut oil has become increasingly popular and is quickly becoming one of the most universal oils used today and not just for cooking but also to help with healthy weight loss, hair and skin care as well as dental care.

In my original article, And What do you do with Coconut Oil? written in April 2012 was written after my hospital stay and 3 months of eating Coconut oil. I wrote:


“And what do you do with Coconut Oil? You cook with it. You eat it. You drink it. You rub it all over you and you might even give it to your pet.  You may sleep with it on your hair or skin – It may not help you with the common cold but will help with just about everything else. Coconut Oil is not a cure-all but it sure can help.  It help me fight the free-radical inflammation damage and help kill the bad bacteria and fungus that had overrun my system.  It polished my inside and help put the fire out.

Coconut oil even helped around the house by restoring items of dried out wood. I just polished my wooden floors with it.  I use it on my butcher block to make it like new.  If It made my wood look so good  why not anything else like my skin?  The wood just soaked up the oil and now looks dark rich and like fresh finished wood.

 The American Heart Association (AHA) Warning

This is my response to the AHA June 2017 article warning of Coconut Oil being bad for you.

On June 2017 The AHA released an article titled “Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease”.  In the report the AHA reiterated their long-standing position against saturated fats and is recommending the use of polyunsaturated fats instead.  They stated polyunsaturated fats are as effective as lowering statins in reducing the risk of heart disease.

Following the AHA other publications soon wrote articles agreeing with AHA. USA Today wrote, “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.”  There were many reports as to how bad Coconut Oil is.

I don’t Agree

And neither does Dr. Fife and many others.  To quote Dr. Fife 

“The anti-saturated fat fanatics are at it again, going after coconut oil and other healthy saturated fats promoting the use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils and statin drugs as the solution to the worldwide heart disease epidemic.”

 fat free

The Standard American Diet (SAD) or Low Fat

Before 2012, I had spent years religiously eating a low-fat diet.  After being sick I began research to learn how to get well.  That research has convinced me it was the low fat diet SAD (Standard American Diet) that what made me sick in the first place.

I learned from Dr. Fife and others to stop eating fat-free and partially hydrogenated trans fat and processed foods and start eating real food.  And Coconut Oil is real food.

Coconut Oil and MCT 

Coconut oil may be composed of 90% saturated fat, but scientists state that its fat is largely made up of lauric acid, which is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid (MCT) that actually has a better effect on the heart than the other saturated fats.

Backing up these claims are reports from countries like India and the Philippines, whose diets used for generations prominently feature coconuts and coconut products. Citizens from such countries tend to have a history of less weight issues and have minimal rates of cardiac diseases as compared to individuals from the developed world.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Polyunsaturated fats or partially hydrogenated trans fat oils like vegetables oils, such as canola, corn, cottonseed, grape seed, rice bran, safflower, soy, sunflower, and of course, those fake butter spreads like margarine are all rich in omega-6 and missing the needed  balancing Omega-3 Fat.

According to LIFESPA Omega 6 Vegetable Oils and other Polyunsaturated fats do decrease the bad cholesterol but they also increase the risk of heart disease.

“In one study, a diet rich in saturated fats was replaced with a diet rich in omega-6 vegetables oils. While cholesterol levels dropped, the risk of death from all causes, heart disease and coronary artery disease risk increased.”

I Got Better Using Coconut Oil

I am an advocate for Coconut Oil and all Saturated Fats including Ghee and butter I used them to get well.  The polyunsaturated fatty acids causes free radical damage and made me think my gut was on fire.  Polyunsaturated are unstable, are easily and commonly break down and are damaged through oxidation.  Especially when they are heated or exposed to light.

Coconut oil is a stable fat it does not oxidize when heated and create free radicals.

Replace Unstable Fats With Stable Fats

I put the fire out with Coconut Oil

I used Coconut Oil as my base.  I used it for just about everything

Using Coconut Oil I was able to address my following health issues:

Free radical damage created by the previous low-fat oils and processed fake food.

It help my body start to detox or ridding itself of toxins.

My very bad Dandruff

My White Tongue and a serious case of Thrush

It help me manage my pre-diabetes

It started me on my taming my Candida Yeast overrun

It Help stop the muscle pain of fibromyalgia

It help me start working on my hypothyroidism

It helped me with clearing my Brain Fog

It helped me with my constipation and irregularity

It helped me with my dry flaky skin

It helped me with my dry splintering wood floors

Coconut Oil didn’t heal any one thing – I had to start eating health real food but it helped me get started by putting the fire out and letting me focus.  I had a long list of super-foods but I always kept Coconut Oil close and used it along with my other saturated fat oils like butter an ghee.

nutritionist facts

According to the Experts of the Nutritional and Medical World

These are the oils they recommend: Monounsaturated Fat Olive Oil is an example, Avocado Oil, and polyunsaturated fats like canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil and soybean oil, all contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fats. Canola oil and peanut oil are high in both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They also recommend The Standard American Low Fat Diet.

What is AHA’s motivation?

Is the AHA’s motivation your Health or according to Dr Fife: “…Read this article about the financial relationship between the AHA and the pharmaceutical industry.  This is just one example of the conflict of interest with AHA.  It’s no Wonder why the AHA is so much against coconut oil and other health-promoting saturated fats.” It comes from a tree and you can’t yet control Mother Nature.

The biotech world of GMO’s are trying to control Mother Nature by create a profitable unlimited monopoly with a controlling patient of their GMO seeds, but not yet.  That’s why biotech needs the help of the AHA.

Dr. Fife isn’t alone in saying the AHA is misguided – The following links list others.


Dr. Anthony Pearson, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis provides an excellent rebuttal the AHA article

Bestselling author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, Mark Hyman, MD, weighs in on the controversy.

Diana Rogers, RD, explains why coconut oil won’t kill you, but listening to the American Heart Association might!


Mary Newport, MD, who used coconut oil to successfully treat her Alzheimer’s affected husband, comments.


Gary Taubes, an investigative science and health journalist and bestselling author, gives a detailed analysis.

I am Still Using Coconut Oil

I use Coconut Oil daily and so does my cat.  She licks it up with a smile on her face.  She has energy and so do I and my old worn wooden floors look almost new again.




Coconut oil, as all saturated fats got a bad rap during the 1950s saying it raised cholesterol.  It may raise total  serum cholesterol, but Trans Fat is the real bad guy in this saga. Dr. Fife is not the only nutrition lipid researcher investigating the fallacies of “Fat-Free” and the benefits of using saturated fats.  His years of research have shown tremendous improvement in the health of people using his findings and there is a long list of success stories.

Dr. Mercola’s August 8, 2011 article Eating Healthy Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat reports on studies that burst the prevalent myth that saturated fat must be avoided.  In reality, saturated fats are among the healthiest fats you can consume. In Why We Get Fat by science writer Gary Taubes,

“Eating fat doesn’t make you fat – but eating processed carbs can kill you.”

And a Recent Study Confirms Inflammation Causes Heart Disease – Not Cholesterol

I have now learned to avoid hydrogenated fats (vegetable oil) and high fructose corn syrup in my diet.

I feel like a kid (kitten) again my energy has returned.  I’m not 21 anymore but my energy has returned


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Magnesium and My Story

By Joan McDaniel              July 21, 2017

I have written about the importance of magnesium in my article Magnesium are you deficient. 

Since that time I have learned the value of Dr. Dean’s ReMag™ over the other magnesium supplement products on the market.

This is my story about Dr. Carolyn Dean’s product ReMag™

ReMag™ was developed by Dr. Carolyn Dean.  I normally do not recommend anyone’s product but I have found her product is the only magnesium supplement that is fully absorbed and works.

My own experience

I recently had hernia surgery and as I was getting ready for it by doing the surgery pre qualification when a panic attack and indication of high blood pressure made me aware I was critically low on magnesium. I continued work, It wasn’t an emergency yet, I still had time to prepare but each day I used a little more precaution and a moved little slower.

I had been taking magnesium as a supplement for almost 3 years.  I started a round of research and found I have been taking the wrong kind of magnesium.  I had been taking the powdered form of magnesium not Dr. Deans.  I was familiar with her product but didn’t see why I couldn’t use any magnesium that was on the market.  I bought the powdered form and would mix it myself.

I have found out the hard way that my body wasn’t absorbing much of the powdered form of magnesium.

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According to Dr. Carolyn Dean “…low magnesium”… is the reason for many diseases.”  I was told by a friend of mine who is also an Intensive care nurse that most patients are in intensive care because they are very low in magnesium and are treated by giving them magnesium Intravenous for recovery.

The importance of magnesium is in all the medical texts but modern medicine only treats disease with chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs.  Doctors are never taught the importance of minerals in medical school.  When Doctors are concerned about your Magnesium Level, they order the wrong test.  (Covered later)

What happen to Magnesium?

Magnesium use to be in our food but due to the increase of chemicals in the environment, fertilizers, and toxins and in our food magnesium is almost none existent.  Also, we no longer have wood ash.  Wood stoves provided wood ash for our grandparents gardens and wood is a great source of magnesium.  Walnuts, and other tree nuts for an example, are a great source of magnesium.

It is difficult to find a magnesium in supplemental form  that your body can easily accept.  Most magnesium supplements are in powdered form. I found by my own experience which was later verified by Dr. Dean — Your body only accepts or absorbs 1/4 of the powder and treats the rest with the diuretic effect.  In other words you get more laxative than magnesium. Magnesium in pill form is completely worthless your body doesn’t accept much of it at all.

Now back to my story —-

My own experience and my Out of Control Blood Pressure

I was critically low on magnesium.

I only had about 2 weeks before the surgery which wasn’t enough time to use her product to slowly build up my magnesium to control my blood pressure but with the 2 weeks worth and use of my natural herbs i was able to control my blood pressure enough to pass a complete physical and do the surgery but It took me almost another 3 months to rebuild my magnesium level.

It took several panic attacks with an irregular racing heart and skyrocketing blood pressure for me to realize my condition.  It was touch and go.  I thought they would force me to use hyper tension meds.  I had a history of taking Hypertension meds and knew all about their side effects.


ReMag™ is truly The Magnesium Miracle™ as it is an essential cofactor required by 700-800 enzyme systems that promote thousands of biochemical reactors in the body. It regulates temperature, produces and transports energy, transmits nerve signals, and relaxes muscles. Magnesium is vital for glucose, fat, and protein metabolism, and affects every cell in the body in a positive life-supporting way. Magnesium also ensures that we have healthy bones by regulating calcium absorption and metabolizing the active form of Vitamin D from its storage form.

Created by Dr. Carolyn Dean (author of The Magnesium Miracle), ReMag™ minerals are meticulously created from a pure source of magnesium chloride and developed to deliver stabilized magnesium ions that are similar in size to plant magnesium. ReMag is a picometer-ionic form of magnesium, smaller in diameter than the body’s cell mineral ion channels. Its direct and complete absorption into cells means ReMag™ bypasses a leaky gut and does not even reach the large intestine to cause diarrhea. Therefore, ReMag does not have a laxative effect.

Dr. Dean’s Has a whole line of Books and Other Products

I have read many of her books. Her products may seem to be expensive but so is a partially insurance covered massive hospital stay.

Common Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms:


Weak or brittle bones

High Blood Pressure

Low Energy



Abnormal Heart Rhythm


Muscle Tension, Spasms, Cramps especially leg cramps of spastic leg Nervousness

Panic attack

PMS and Hormonal Imbalances

Muscle Tension, Spasms, Cramps especially leg cramps of spastic leg


These are just a few of the most common magnesium deficiency symptoms. Additional  magnesium deficiency symptoms include: constipation, vertigo, stiff and achy muscles, insomnia, and muscle weakness. There are many more health problems that having low magnesium can cause.

The main benefit of magnesium is your biggest muscle YOUR HEART!

Adult Dosage

Maximum Therapeutic Dose is 2 – 4 Teaspoons.  This dose is reached slowly over several months.  Carolyn has found, It is best to put the full day’s dose into a liter of water and sip through the day along with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.  Magnesium doesn’t taste well and you can mix it with juice or food.  I mix it with water and hold my nose while taking a few swallows every 1/2 hour or so.

Begin slowly taking 1/4 tsp daily and increasing by 1/4 tsp every 2 days to the desired dose.

Consult your Doctor

Determine therapeutic dose with your health care practitioner.  Try to get you Doctor to order a Magnesium RBC test which is the only reliable test available.  They normally order the serum magnesium test which is highly inaccurate.

You can determine you Magnesium Saturation Level without a Doctors order. Your can order a Magnesium RBC test online. Go to Request A Test, type in Magnesium RBC, pay $49.00 and they will send you to a nearby lab to have your blood drawn. The optimum level of your Magnesium RBC should be 6.0-6.5mg/dL in a range of 4.2-6.8mg/dL.You can do periodic blood testing for your magnesium levels with a Magnesium RBC test through your doctor or from Request A Test.

Many People are magnesium-deficient

Many people are very magnesium-deficient or are toxic from use of medications and an unhealthy diet.  Beginning very slowly to allow your body to adjust.  Your body is so used to toxins it will take it a little while to actually put this magnesium intake to good use and not flush it out like it has had to do with the toxins.

In summary: ReMag™ is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA and is free of heavy metals.

Plant Roots The Good, Bad and not so Ugly Carb

By Joan McDaniel          June 6, 2017

Plant Roots and Carbs

What is a Good Carb, a Bad Carb and not so Ugly Carb?  It centers on one word —- Fiber.  It is all about fiber.  All carbs are sugar but good carbs have something else like nutrition and fiber.  Bad carbs have been processed carbs and all that remains is mostly sugar. Good Carbs are called Complex for they are still in the whole plant.  Bad Carbs are  also called simplex and a Good Carb is called a Complex Carb. A bad carb comes in a pretty package with a complex label and a good carb has only the dirt removed. I am talking of the root of the plant not about grains.  Grains are another subject.

Good Carb Bad Carb

Don’t Be Afraid of The Carb.

Many people are now paying attention to what they eat.  As many people will know, this blog is dedicated to how I got well from being very sick.

Many people are afraid of the Carb but don’t be.  Just know the difference between a Good Carb and A bad.  Your body needs the sugar but it needs the fiber to properly digest the sugar.  Your body can’t digest if it doesn’t get fiber.

Did you know you can reduce the carbs and sugar in a food?  To calculate total carbs in a food you subtract all the insoluble fiber from the total carbs and sugar.  Fiber helps the body become less insulin resistant.  The only difficulty is many people’s digestion is so weak they can’t handle a great deal of fiber.  They need to slowly improve their digestion.

So What is the Not So Ugly Carb?

Roots aren’t very pretty so I guess you can call them ugly. But after considering their health benefits they are not so ugly after all.

Roots are high in insoluble fiber and low on sugar, and a good source of high-antioxidant foods. Roots are loaded with valuable anti-inflammatory polysaccharides, with a good source of Vitamins A and C.  They help the body become less insulin resistant. Roots have been a staple in many traditional diets all over the world for as many as 5,000 years ago.

The above Graphic talks about the common dandelion root but most roots provide the same if not more benefits.

A note: most roots contain starch which is counted as a carbs. If you eat only the starch without fiber it is converted to instant sugar. Many roots are used due to the high starch and low fiber content like Potatoes, Arrowroot, Yucca or tapioca.  These roots are very absorbent and help with digestion but you have to watch the sugar.

I Have Been Away But I’m Back

I have been missing from my blog for a while, but not from my continued research into how food helps health and how it can make me well.  I am now working on getting a better understanding of digestion.  We American’s eat soft food many of us can’t even digest food or fiber anymore.  We don’t digest food we digest sugar.   For our systems to digest (turn food to energy) we need Fiber.  Most sugar we consume is converted to fat by the body and stored.  We burn sugar not fat. I got started on this by first eating common roots.  Hopefully I’ll get my act together and in future articles discuss digestion and my returning to eating grains whole grains and seeds again but first let’s talk about the plant root.

I Got Well Eating Non-processed Food

I got well eating a Plant Based diet, which is the  same thing as saying I got well eating Good Carbs.  I increased my fiber intake, and my saturated fat using mostly Coconut OIl. I found that Fat, Salt and Cholesterol are good for you.  I had fun finding and eating Superfoods and those high in Plant based medicinal benefits.

Carbohydrates are all constructed out of sugar.  All vegetables have natural sugar. In the last post I said without plants we wouldn’t have a planet nor would we have Oxygen.  We owe our existence to the plant.

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

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

Good Carb Bad carb.  

I grew up on starches especially the potato.  Now that I’m better, I made the decision return carbs like the potato to my diet. I found to my surprise the potato wasn’t the same.  Over the years my digestive system had become weakened and my taste buds had been dulled.  I have re-awaken them both and the soft dreamy mashed potato I loved as a kid didn’t taste the same. It tasted mushy. Even a raw potato didn’t taste good.  I found the potato is devoid of fiber and nutrition.  Potatoes are sugar bombs they contain all carb and no fiber at all.  Potatoes are as bad as white process sugar.  Plus once cooked you couldn’t freeze them, they would turn to mush.

My Local Farmer

I talked to my local farmer about my dilemma and he suggested substituting another type of root one with flexibility, fiber and taste.  Roots like Celery root (Celeria), Rutabaga, a winter radish to name a few.

Now the potato isn’t a bad carb but it has more starch then nutrition.  Roots are a starch but some are really pack with additional nutrition plus fiber.

Now what could be better than the plants root?  They keep the plant alive and nourished why not us too?

We are familiar with many common roots the beet, carrot, onion, and of course the potato.

I Found A Whole New World of Food

Lets take another look at Carbs, Mother Nature’s photosynthesis, and Digestion.

We are a processed people we eat nothing put processed food and run a processed life.  We have almost forgotten about our nature.  Nature to us is the green grass of a park an occasional bird and maybe some dirt.  But the grass has been so fertilized and treated, it itself has become a prisoner and hardly represents nature anymore and the dirt is so devoid of minerals it is almost sterile.

Changing Priorities

Over almost four years since I started this blog, my health has improved so much.  I have come a long way.  I am completely amazed and extremely grateful at my progress.  As each day comes, I find myself more energized and excited with what is to come.  Life has become a wonderful gift and I look forward to its challenges. I have even made my COPD better.  I can breathe almost normal.  I never thought I’d be this healthy again.  That old rocking chair won’t get me.

That Old Rocking Chair won’t get me lyrics. A signature song by Lena Horne


Self Healing

As I have indicated, I used natural food to get well. I have explored many aspects of natural food.  One food I haven’t covered is the Root.

Over the centuries our diet has really changed tremendously. Our early ancestors relied on a diet high in beans, fruits, grains, seeds, and vegetables including the roots of vegetables.

Along with Winter Squash, Roots are another food to eat over the winter  To our American Indian eating roots were quite common.  I began to discover vegetable roots to find a whole new world of taste and nourishment.

What is a Root?

Roots grow underground. You have to dig and forage for them.  Roots are part of the Earth they are what makes Earth come alive.  Roots anchor a plant to the soil.  Without roots a plant would not grow.  Roots search for and draw out nutrients and water for the healthy growth of the plants.

In case you need to know there are Roots and Rhizomes.  A Rhizome isn’t a root but grow underground like a root. Ginger and turmeric illustrate what are called rhizomes.

Roots are loaded with nutrition and provide basic therapeutic medicines.  Roots help the human body by returning balance, cleansing, and treatment of illness.  Roots help heal and prevent disease for animals, humans and plants. They are also loaded with wrinkle reducing collagen

Another Lost Tradition Eating Roots

We can learn a great deal from nature. Nature provides us many treasures. We have lost this healing tradition and the importance of touching the Earth. Our ancestors knew the value of the Earth we seem to think everything is a computer of a machine.  I think we need to look back and see what we have forgotten.

Many Types of Roots

I am not a scientist but found in my research what I call a root has many names. There are Bulbs, Rhizomes, Roots, Stems, Tubes to name some.

Everything that grows from a mighty tree to a tiny spout has a root.  Everything that grows in the ground has a complex systems of roots.  I have heard from old wife’s tales that all roots are connected to each other.

Is it a Stem or a Root?

The site uses images to explain objects.

The site uses images to explain objects.

To keep it simple the rest of the article will simply refer to roots meaning anything that grows below the ground or grows in the dirt.


Most if not all roots do not need to be cooked.  The only reason for cooking is to soften because they are too hard to chew.  I normally peel the root cut it up and mix it up in my meal.  They add crunch and bite to the dish.

Types of Roots

There serval  kinds roots, I have covered only some of North America’s most popular ones, or at least the ones I can find being sold in stores and Farmers Markets.  Many countries have a wide variety of roots as part of their tradition.  Many are grown locally and are unknown to us.

Root Vegetables

I have written articles on many of these food click link to see article.

Arrow Root, Carrot, Celery, dandelion, garlic, ginger root, ginseng, horseradish (wasabi), jerusalem artichoke, licorice, lotus, onion, parsley, parsnip, potato, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sweet potato, turnip, turmeric, water chestnut, and yam


Jerusalem artichoke or sunchoke

Beet See Previous Article

Carrot See Previous Article

cassava or tapioca

Celery (Celeria)


garlic See Previous Article


Ginkgo Biloga





Leek – See Onion It is a mild tasting onion.


Onion See Previous Article




Radish Summer

Radish Winter Chinese, Korean, Daiken, Japanese, etc.



Sweet Potato See Yam

tapioca from cassava

Turmeric See Previous Article


Wasabi (Japanese HorseRadish)

Water Chestnut

Yam See Previous article

Yuca or Yucca see Tapioca

Types of Root Vegetables

 Arrowroot – We think of Arrowroot as an alternative to cornstarch which is use to thicken liquids like gravy and puddings.  For 7,000 years Arrowroot has also been used for wound healing and insect bites for it draws out the poison at the site of the injury. It was at one time even used to make paper.  Arrowroot is a starch which has been made into powder form from the rhizomes (rootstock) of the Arrowroot plant, Maranta arundinacea. There isn’t much taste or fiber to arrowroot for It is extremely bland, and not very nutritious.  Used for neutral diets and helps soothe stomachs.

Root Vegetables


Beets are another perfect example of good/bad carb.  The beet is, of course, the good carb.  Beets are extremely important for the digestion and liver function for they move bile.  The beet is famous for turning everything it touches red.  That is the first sign of food that is good for the digestion.  There are many other health benefits I eat beets daily.


The common carrot is a very popular veggie and can be eaten cooked, juiced or raw.  I was made famous by a rascally rabbit.  It is most famous for its Vitamins especially Vitamin

Celery Root – (eleriac) also called Turnip-rooted celery or knob celery for it has lots of knobs all over.  It can also go by the name of ugly duckling. It is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots and shoots.

It was mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as selinon.  I have found you can cook it or eat it raw.  If the root is too hard to bite you’ll need to cook or steam it some. It provides a unique nutty celery taste and texture to the dish.  It seems to be the perfect replacement for a raw white potato. The trick is how peel and to cut it away from the root system. A soft vegetable brush will help.  It was completely covered in dirt and I don’t worry much if I can’t get all of it off.

Dandelion Root – Who thought you would find all this healthy stuff in a such a common place as your own back yard.  It is hard to categorize Dandelion as a health food, but its flowers are known to spark up salads and its roots are cooked, dried or both the flowers and roots made into a tea. It is a main herb used by herbalist to help with everything from fight serious disease , detoxing and digestion.  Dandelion is a diuretic, appetite stimulate and is even used to help fight cancer.

Garlic – is a perfect example of how necessary and powerful the root is at providing important nutrients to keep the human body from premature aging and illness.  Garlic may be the king of this power but don’t underestimate the healing power of the other roots.

Ginger isn’t as powerful as garlic or turmeric, but It should be include in any healthy diet.  It is one of the three roots loaded with medicinal properties. You should always have plenty of both garlic, ginger and turmeric on hand.  In all forms, the actual root, a powdered form, and cut up into pieces for tea.

Ginger has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more than 40 pharmacological actions. It is also anti-inflammatory, making it valuable for pain relief for joint pain, menstrual pain, headaches, and more.

Ginger shows promise for fighting cancer, diabetes, it lowers blood sugar, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, asthma, bacterial and fungal infections, and is one of the best natural remedies if you struggle with motion sickness or nausea (from pregnancy or chemotherapy, for example).  Ginger has a unique taste one has to like it to take it in raw form.

Ginkgo Biloga – also known as ginkgo or as the maidenhair tree.  Native to parts of Asia.  In China the tree has been used since ancient history as a traditional source of medicine as well as food.  It has been traditionally used to enhance cognitive function for people with or without dementia including Alzheimer’s. It has also been known as a treatment for dizziness, eye problems, headaches, hearing disorders, high blood pressure, ringing in the ears, vertigo, and other illness.  The whole tree its seeds and roots have been used. It has also been used to assist poor blood flow or circulation including leg pain. Gino leaf and root has been used to help with disorders related toLyme disease, chemotherapy, and depression.

Ginseng – There are three major types of ginseng: American, Chinese and Siberian. All of these are considered adaptogenic herbs due to their ability to help us adapt effectively to physical, emotional and environmental stressors. Ginseng root was so valuable to the Chinese for its medicinal qualities that it was prized beyond gold. Often times, the whole plant is consumed altogether, but the root is the most highly prized part of the plant, as it contains the richest source of adaptogenic molecules. The major active compounds in ginseng are ginsenosides.

Horseradish – It is also called wasabi, something the Japanese crave in the form of a green paste served on sushi or mixed with powder.  It isn’t really the exact same thing but close. Wasabi is hard to cultivate and grow so Horseradish is used as a bad substitute. Both have a strong, hot flavor that soon fades and leaves no burning aftertaste. Like all herbs, plants or roots from Nature that provide a hot seasoned taste they help us humans with detoxing, digestion, and secreting digestive enzymes. In other words they help you digest your food.  Besides it being good for digestion, It has been used for thousand of years for many other remedies such as antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, prevent hair loss, immune system booster, Pain relief, Sinus relief by thinning mucus. It is also loaded with Vitamin C

When mixed with vinegar it even is a treatment for dandruff.  Again with Horseradish it won’t win any beauty contest and it is a challenge to get all the dirt off but it is certainly worth it.  They don’t need to be cooked and are ready to eat.  I think it scares away the cold or flu and anything else that ails you.

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour. It is the root of is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America. Who knows how it got its name. Jerusalem has nothing to do with it and it isn’t any type of artichoke.  As a  root it is eaten as a tuber or root vegetable.  This root is also unusual from other roots for it isn’t starchy at all but sweet.  This root may look like a potato but it doesn’t have the starch.  It can be eaten raw or roasted and made into chips, french fries or mashed like mashed potatoes.  The native American Indian used this root as a food source and for barter or trade with other tribes

Jicama – I have had a lot of fun with this root over the winter. I really like how it tastes and stays crisp even when cooked.  It has crisp white solid flesh with the texture of a turnip and a taste like an apple or yam.  It is known as a  Mexican potato or Mexican yam.  But unlike yams with their edible peels, jicama skin is thick, tough, and considered an organic toxin called rotenone, as are the vines and leaves. Jicama doesn’t have to be cook to chew and can be eaten raw.  It is just a little difficult to peel for like a root it has many ridges and groves.

Lotus Flower

Lotus Root – The root may be ugly but its flower the water-lily is a beautiful art form.  The flower is the national flower of India and Vietnam.  The plant is native to Tropical Asia and Queensland Australia and is highly valued especially in the Far East. The plant is known as renkon in Japan and Lián ou in Chinese. The whole plant can be eaten but the root is grown in customized water gardens or ponds.  The Roots taste is hard to describe for it has a unique bitter, crunchy, delicate and sweet flavored.   I have tried this root raw and unless its young it needs to be cooked.  Even cooked It keeps its unique taste and is crunching.  It reminds you of a water-chestnut but crunchier.  What makes the Lotus famous is it wonderful and beautiful floating flowers.

Onion – See my article on the Red Onion

Root Parsley – Parsley is grown as a root vegetable or a leaf vegetable.  It is also called the Hamburg root parsley. It isn’t used very often in the United States or Britain, but is used in central and eastern European cuisine similar to parsley in soups and stews or eaten raw.  I may look similar to parsley but it taste is quite different.

Parsnip – Is a member of the same plant family as carrots, celery and parsley and have many of the same benefits.  They are loaded with dietary fiber, good for blood sugar control and great for energy.  These vegetables resemble white carrots with a sweet, nutty flavor.

Potato – America is addicted to the White Potato.  It is unheard of eating a hamburger without the infamous French Fry.  America’s fast food industry has made the Potato the most popular root or tuber in the United States.  It became famous in the 1955 when McDonalds first introduced their hamburger and fries. It became the wave of the future of the fast food industry. The Potato may be popular but is one of the most non nutrient vegetables.  The French Fries were cooked with a special oil including beef fat which gave McDonald’s French Fry its unique taste. As John F. Love wrote in his history, McDonald’s: Behind the Arches, that beef-fat flavor would become the standard, not only for McDonald’s but the rest of the growing fast-food industry.


Winter Radish

I bet you didn’t know there is a summer radish and then there are winter radishes.  The summer radish is the little red and white fast growing zesty tasting bulb.  We eat it raw and  It adds a crunchy, refreshing, sharp, and spicy taste to our summer salads.

There are a numerous varieties  of winter radishes which taste nothing like the summer one.  Radishes can be categorized into four main types according to the seasons they grow in and the variety of colors, lengths, shapes and sizes.  There are gray-black, gray-green, pink, red, white, and yellow. They grow in a variety shapes from elongated, oval, round and carrot like.

Daikon, Japanese or Korean refers to a wide variety of winter oilseed radishes from Asia. The Daikon radish commonly has elongated white roots, There is also a black radish called a Spanish radish. Black Spanish come both rounded and elongated.  It has a rough, black skin with hot-flavored white flesh.  I have found the Korean to big larger than the Asian.

Rutabaga – They are called Rutabagas in the United States, but to the rest of the world they are known as swedes or yellow turnip. They are a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. They are larger and with a sweet nutty taste than the turnip. Again the whole plant can be eaten roots and tops and are used for winter feed for animals in the field

Rutabagas like most winter root vegetables are loaded with many vital nutrients and provide many health benefits plus they play a role in immune health. They can be baked, boiled, fried, mashed, grated and eaten raw, roasted, sautéed, and added to soups and stews.

Sweet Potato/Yam – The Sweet potato is the symbol of Fall since it is one of the main ingredients in the tradition American ThanksGiving Dinner.  But the sweet potato is so beneficial to health it can be eaten daily.  They are a good alternate to the white potato and loaded with flavor, fiber and vitamins and its is good for Blood Sugar also.

Tapioca – Also called cassava, manioc and yuca.  If you have seen tapioca pearls which is a purified starch extracted from cassava root and used to make tapioca pudding or as thickener like arrow-root.  You wouldn’t believe the root and the pearls are from the same plant. Yuca is a long black root covered with a waxy substance and hard as a rock it needs to be cooked down or ripened. I bought a Yuca and cooked it in a stew and was very surprised at it unusual taste.  I may have substituted it for potatoes but it didn’t taste anything like it.  It was quite good. This is one root like the Potato which hasn’t much fiber.


I have already covered Turmeric in the article Nothing Cowardly About the Yellow Spice Turmeric.  Turmeric is extremely valuable I use it to help with pain and many other daily uses.

Turnip – is a members of the cruciferous family of vegetables. They are nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich. Turnips as do other cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage,kale, and many more) help fight cancer. They also help circulation and balance blood pressure and other circulation  The turnip is high in calcium.

Water chestnut

Water Chestnut

Water Chestnuts – Although water chestnuts are now grown in the United States they are used predominately in Chinese food cooking.  They require almost a tropical vegetation without any hint of a frost.  This food is an ancient Chines ritual food. We rarely see raw water chestnuts.  Most of we see in the market is the canned variety.  In many cases it is hard to identify with Chinese cooking without the unique taste of the chestnut.  In fact in nature they look like grey white chestnut.  As in many cases this is not a nut but a root vegetable that looks like a grey chestnut.

Yam – See Sweet Potato


First Wonder Drug Came From a Tree

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?

White Willow Bark


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.

Bayer Pharmaceutical 


Plant-based healing 

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,

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.


vandana-shiva-gmoThe Medical World Does Not Have Time

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

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.


Detoxing Naturally and Slowly

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

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 turkeyonly with the help of a straight jacket.  And in my vivid imagination I had Visions of the 1948 film drama

6712178The Snake Pit. 

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


Detox and loosing weight

Detox and loosing weight

Detox words

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

1e9d986b143c2aeb22ee7e1b43dd82aeSome Detox tips

My Steps 

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

  1. Drink Filtered Water I also mixed in Himalayan Sea Salt for its minerals
  2. Increase intake of fiber or roughage (prebiotic) to get regular
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the Toxins around you. Get things made from real material like glass or cotton.
  5. 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.

Detox your home fill it with greens

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.


Lymph System, Weight Gain and Cancer

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.

Skin Brushing



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.




Lymphedema Example


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

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


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Organic is More than a Label

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?


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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.


Seed Ownership

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

UC_005 Why Are We Being Fed By A Poison Expert?

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…


Grow your own food


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, 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.


Mr Seed


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