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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


Till next time


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


Till Next Time

Fungal Infection Makes News

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





Candida Albicans as a Fungus

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.

Drink Filter Tap Water Not Soda

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

Food and My Getting Well

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.

One Room Schoolhouse


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.



Grapes of Wrath

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.

First Steps

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Replacing Sugar with “Green Leaf”’s natural Stevia product
  5. 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.
  6. 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 

While reading Dr. Fife’s book, I did some additional research into Dr. Mercola’s nutrition plan and his book Take Control of Your Health.

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

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.

superfoodsWhat is a Superfood?

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 ( 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

The Bitter principle.

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.

Natural Detoxing

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

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,



Sea Salts.

Sea Weed


Spices and Herbs

Herb Tea

Hot Pepper





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.

Aloe Vera




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


Onion Red



Lettuce is naturally bitter including the King of Green Kale



Nut (Walnut, Almond, etc.)

Natural Sea Salt including Himalayan

Onion especially the Red Onion


Root vegetables

Salmon – wild caught

Sardines can only be wild can never be caught



Stevia (Green Leaf)


Vinegar not white distilled


Winter Squash

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


Dr. Blaylock’s books

Are You Fermenting?

J L McDaniel                                           January 10, 2016

Self fermenting or Gut Fermenting that is.


Two forms of fermentation

I don’t mean do you ferment (pickle) food or do you eat fermented food? I mean – Is you body fermenting?  Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar (glucose) to acids, gases or alcohol (ethyl alcohol the kind you drink) and CO2. This article will address what I am calling Self-fermentation. I should know for I was self-fermenting that is what made me sick.

My Continuing discussion on Gut Health

This article is part five of my continuing story on how I regained my Health using natural food. I didn’t have much help except for some very dedicated and knowledgable homeopathic doctors with fact filled web sites.   I had to do a great deal of research, and learning by trail and error.  These articles document my results.  All I can say is THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET.

Much more of this later but,  I have found the world of modern medicine knows little to nothing about nutrition for the subject isn’t included in the education for a Medical Degree.  But if you ask me, Doctors know more about nutrition than they know about Yeast Infections.  I had to turn to functional, heath fitness coaching and training, intensive care, homeopathic, rehab, and sports medicine to get any answers.

My Road to Health Recovery

On the road to recover my health, I stopped eating the low-fat high carb Standard American Diet (SAD) of process foods.  SAD may be low-fat (bad) but is also  loaded with carbs and sugar (which is also bad).

I started slowly for I was badly addicted and I LOVED MY CARBS. I didn’t think I could ever give them up.

As I have explained before in this blog, I didn’t have a major health insurance policy and was limited in funds.  I had been taught all my life when in trouble get back to basics.  Eat from the land and God will provide.  I started eating basic home or local farmer grown food.

I found eating a plant-based diet loaded with antioxidants helped my system restore a natural alkaline pH balance.  Antioxidants helped repair the free-radical damage. Oxygen could now reach the mitochondria one cell at a time. My system reacted by building new and stronger mitochondria which deliver the ATP energy I so desperately needed.

My system naturally started to detox on its own. In other words once given the tools it automatically started removing toxins.  I was feeling better and my energy was increasing daily.

Intolerant to Fermented Foods

The diet was a good start but it wasn’t enough, I also had to rebuild my gut and strengthen the immune system. I turned to Probiotics, which means fermented foods. Probiotic supplements if of any effect are expensive.

In order to increase my stomach’s natural hydrochloric acid, I began to eat probiotic. But, I ran into difficulty. Even with a small amount my system responded with a big “NO THANK YOU – Give me NO MORE!!”.  It made the message crystal clear by making my stomach very upset. I started belching again, had the runs, stomach cramps and pain everywhere.

I was intolerant to fermented foods, even 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) caused discomfort.  My body pH balance was still too loaded with acid.

In the past, I really enjoy fermented foods, of course, that was years ago.  Now I had to avoid Fermented Foods Why?  What changed?

My Learning About Fermentation

The subject of fermentation is not easy for me to understand.   I was trying to understand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia,  Leaky Gut and other illness and didn’t make the connection to Systemic Candida Yeast. In fact, I had forgotten all about it until my research found the overgrowth of Candida Yeast caused or at least contributed to most of my symptoms.

Reading works of Dr. Majid, Dr. Carolyn Dean (The Yeast Connection) and many others helped me to understand more about Yeast Overgrowth.   I still am learning but with the presence of yeast in my system, I was fermenting generating alcohol and my body was not able to utilize the nutrition from the foods I was eating. It’s called Malabsorption syndrome.

Yeast exists by naturally fermenting (feeding off sugar, creating an acid pH, CO2 and alcohol). Just like when you are making wine from grapes.

I learned there are two kinds of fermentation one is good when it is done to make food and one is bad or unhealthy when it is done in the human body.  It is called self fermentation or Gut Fermentation Syndrome.

I realized I couldn’t tolerate fermented foods because  I WAS ALREADY FERMENTED!!  My system could not tolerate any more acid containing foods.


It took me at least a year to slowly rebuild my system using a plant-based diet.  I found instead of fermented foods I could tolerate bitter foods.  I fell in love with the lemon and I used it and other bitter foods to rebuild the proper acid (hydrochloric acid) in my gut. A strong hydrochloric acid base helps keep Yeast in control.

Using the lemon, silver and Aloe Vera helped slowly rebuild the gut. Other bitter foods worked as well. I spent over a year eating uncooked Kale on everything.

My Previous Articles on Gut Health

This article is part five, the first article was “Heartburn – Too Much or Too Little Stomach Acid?”.  The second was  “Are We Too Clean”. The third covered food fermentation and the importance of pickling  Pickling A Lost Tradition. The last was Vinegar, Digestion and Candida Yeast a Introduction.

What is Fermenting?

A quick overview


Fermentation is a metabolic process that converts sugar (glucose) to acids, gases or alcohol (ethyl alcohol the kind you drink) and CO2. It occurs in yeast and bacteria, and also in oxygen-starved muscle cells, as in the case of lactic acid fermentation.

My Illness and Air Hunger

What brought me to the hospital over 4 years ago was Air Hunger. The reason I went to the Emergency room in the first place was I could not get enough air and was getting so weak I could barely walk.

Air Hunger Acidosis

resp acidosis_1

At the risk of over-simplification and repeating myself, Air Hunger is another name for acidosis.  The body cannot get rid of the acid and your cells can’t get any oxygen. Cells need oxygen to stay alive.  The patient is attempting to increase ventilation (O2 oxygen) to the lungs and exhale the build up of (carbon dioxide CO2).  This is an emergency situation the person must be able to get oxygen and they are not.

This condition is secondary in other words some underlying disease is causing it. Air Hunger can occur naturally for an example, during intense exercise like during a long distance run.  The runner simply uses up all available oxygen. That is why training consists of learning how to breathe.

I wasn’t a long distance runner, I could barely get out of bed. This can also occur as a symptom of Diabetes called Diabetic Ketoacidosis

My Hospital Stay

I have described my hospital stay in the article  Are We Being Too Clean? Here is some more important details.

I had to almost crawl to my neighbors and have her take be to the local Hospital’s Emergency Room.  Once there, I was given the traditional emergency procedures for respiratory distress but the doctors could not understand why I simply couldn’t get enough air. I was not responding to treatment – Even with constant suppliers oxygen. Why was I so hungry for Air?

The doctors  placed me on oxygen and medication (IV antibiotics, inhalers, insulin, nebulizer, and steroids). I became stable several hours later and was admitted for further observation and tests. Even with oxygen any simple exertion would make me breathless.  I didn’t have the strength to even get out of bed let along walk around.

In medical terms the condition is also called breathlessness, dyspnea, dyspnoea, or shortness of breath of (SOB). Without supplied oxygen, I had to hyperventilating to get enough air.

Doctors were at a loss

After a few days of testing and I still wasn’t responding to treatment. I was holding my own but not getting any better. The Doctors did not know what was wrong and acted like they had never seen this before.  They would stand around and look down at me and ask me “Why are you not getting enough air”?  As if I was guilty of something. I think they though I was being too lazy to breathe.  I’m sure I would be tagged as a mental cause, but breathing is an automatic body function your brain has nothing to do with it.

All I know is –  I didn’t want to be sick and I certainly wanted out of that bed and off oxygen.  I can’t support myself if I couldn’t breath.  I know younger people are dying all around me but I wasn’t going anywhere –  I too young to be this sick and if I had anything to do about it I wasn’t going to be sick either. I made a vow with my creator and took charge.

I began to analyze my own condition.  I had tremendous gas and bloating. I would belch so hard It would double me over with spasms of pain so bad it even hurt to breath. I always had a runny nose and was constantly drooling I had to have a glass around to prevent myself from choking on my own saliva. I know for I had some coughing spasms also.  I had problems on the other end also mainly it itched like crazy. In fact, I itched all over even my ears itched.

I decided the only test left was the one I hated the most called a colonoscopy.  I had been avoiding it for years.  It was time I finally got one. I told to the Doctors to schedule and perform an exploratory only Upper GI, and lower GI colonoscopy.

Upper and Lower means from both ends. I would not allow them to cut or take biopsy samples.  I was on blood thinners I did not want to bleed to death a known side effect of a colonoscopy.

I submitted to the exam.

I was Diagnosed with Systemic Candida Yeast Overgrowth

The upper GI exam revealed active Candida Yeast overgrown in the esophagus.  They couldn’t take a biopsy due to my instructions.  I’m sure the colon would show Candida Yeast also.

The acid from the stomach had burned holes in the esophagus (I had GERD) and Yeast had taken up residence.  I was then diagnosed with systemic Candida Yeast infection.  Systemic means throughout the system EVERYWHERE in other words.

By the way, I was so weak my heart stopped during the procedure but the heart rhythm return almost immediately. I woke up after the first good sleep I have had in a long time and everyone around me was as white as a sheet.  I was OKED by the head man and was sent back to my room.  I think I looked a little pale after I found out.

I could breath again

Once I was diagnosed, I was treated with an 5 day anti-fungal oral medication.  Almost immediately I began to breath better, and could safely remove the oxygen and breath on my own within an hour of taking the pill.

In the next  couple of days I regained enough strength to get out of bed and walk around. That weekend they sent me home after 8 days in the hospital.  I was still very weak but on the mend.

I Was Sent Home

I think they were glad to get rid of me.  I was sent home with 13 different medications none of which had anything to do with Yeast, fungus or acidosis.  They gave me a month supply of medication covering blood pressure, blood thinners, heart arrhythmia, inhalers, nebulizer, and steroids, but nothing for Yeast and acidosis.

One of the conditions of Candida Yeast and Acidosis is Brain Fog and I had it big time. I didn’t know where to begin I had spent many years working in health care and never really thought much about yeast.  I didn’t know anything about yeast.  Yeast was rarely treated except for skin rashes and Yeast in the vagina for women.  I forgot all about the yeast, I didn’t even think yeast needed treatment.

I just knew I would have to start eating healthy to get well.

Modern Medicine Does Not  Recognize Fungus or Yeast as a Disease 

More about this a little later but, even with my brain fog I knew It takes  a long time to get rid of Yeast.   Anyone who have Athletes foot, Jock Itch, Toe Fungus or a Vagina Yeast infection knows it may go away for a while after treatment but returns over and over again or it takes forever to get rid of.  Even the CDC knows that.

Yet I couldn’t even get a refill or another prescription for the treatment of the yeast infection I was diagnosed with.  It was like the doctors didn’t even recognize I had it.

Candida Yeast Overgrowth

This is not an article on Candida Yeast.  It covers the side effect called acidosis.  Briefly to explain Candida Yeast lives in your gut.  We were born with yeast in our gut, it belongs there. It is very useful for your immune system and you cannot live without it.  You immune system is in charge and controls the functions of yeast.

If the immune system becomes weakened and out of balance from eating unhealthy toxic foods, or being over medicated, it can’t contain and control yeast.   Yeast will change its form and escape.  Unchecked Candida Yeast  will grow out of control and invade other body tissues especially if it has sugar to feed off. The more sugar it has the stronger it gets. It invades the blood stream and can enter almost any organ.  It favors the sinuses, gut, genital area, lymph system, and anywhere thats is hollow and dark.


When Yeast escapes the stomach’s acid environment, it proceeds to turn a nice oxygen filled alkaline pH balance into acid.  Yeast hates oxygen, It eats oxygen and delivers CO2;  Yeast loves sugar. Yeast creates a constant craving for sugar it can’t get enough.  The more sugar it gets, the stronger it gets the less oxygen you have.

This may be an oversimplification but these diagrams illustrate exactly what happens during self fermentation.

This is also called Yeast fermentation.  What happens to your system when there isn’t anymore oxygen?

What Happens When There Isn’t Any Oxygen Left?


This is called Anaerobic Respiration.  It is the same type of respiration done when you hold your breath or that long distant runner runs out of oxygen.  Your body has an emergency survival mechanism and it converts to first lactic respiration than alcoholic respiration.

Anaerobic Respiration Two forms of fermentation


Unlike the medical community including the newest bioengineering craze, your body is very adaptive to the real world.  Your body uses a little know process call fermentation.  This process may not be known by your doctor but it is well know in the world of Intensive Care, Physical medicine &  Rehabilitation, Sport and health science, body endurance training and other action centers including Open Heart Surgery, Homeopathic and Functional Medicine.

The medical community and white coats in the labs don’t even recognize that there is yeast in the  gut let alone gut fermentation.

Other Names for Self Fermentation

The metabolic process used by your body to deliver energy when there isn’t any Oxygen has many other names besides fermentation and they are:

Air Hunger, Anaerobic Respiration,  Alcoholic Respiration, Bad fermentation , celiac disease/gluten sensitivity, Lactic Acid fermentation, Malabsorption syndrome, Self fermentation Yeast fermentation, to name a few.

In passing – have you heard to this?  To quote abc News “Mysterious Syndrome Can Cause People to Become ‘Drunk’ Without Drinking’

Many Diseases Are In Fact Candida Yeast Overgrowth

Modern general medicine may not recognize yeast overgrowth as disease, but I’m a living example.  Take my word for it — it is real and it affects a great many people around me.  Now that my yeast is back under control, my brain fog is gone and the blinders have been removed from my eyes I see it everywhere.  I work in a Nursing Home and see it daily.

Candida Yeast infection medications may not generate enormous profits but I am convinced at least 75% of most diseases are secondary to Candida Yeast.  “People may have all sorts of diagnosis but most often there is just one cause.” Critical Health News Ben Fuchs

Modern conventional doctors don’t seem to recognize the symptoms of Candida overgrowth and often attribute it to “It’s All In Your Head,” syndrome and quickly write a prescription drug for treatment of depression. Many if not most illness is different stages or degrees of Candida Yeast Overgrowth.

To quote Dr. Mercola, “Millions of people are currently fighting a battle against a single-cell fungus they cannot see. This fungus belongs to a family of yeasts called Candida Albicans and under normal circumstances it’s a harmless part of your skin, intestines, and for women, your vagina…” “…Because Candida overgrowth, or Candidiasis, is so often overlooked by physicians, it’s difficult to say exactly how many people may be affected, but estimates suggest that up to 80 million Americans may suffer from yeast-related problems — and 70 percent of them are women…”

I will Leave You With One More Example of Candida Yeast and its many Side Effects

Candida Symptoms

Till Next time!


Nuts Nature’s Miniature Power House Treasures

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.

4403A_195I 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.

Squirrel Lunch Box

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

Tree Nuts

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.

Nuts and Nutcrackers are part of our traditionimages

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.


Nuts and their shells


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 

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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.


  1. Pistachios
  2. Hazelnuts
  3. Cashews
  4. Walnuts
  5. Mercona Almonds
  6. Macadamia
  7. Peanuts
  8. Almonds
  9. Brazil Nuts
  10. Pine Nuts
  11. Pecans

8 Almonds

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 .

3 Cashews

on tree


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.

11 Pecans

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.

1 Pistachios 

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.

Health benefits of nuts


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 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 

Almond Butter/cheese/milk

Cashew Butter

Peanut Butter

Sesame butter

Sunflower butter

Nut Flour

Nut Oils

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


USDA National Nutrient Database

What Is Healing Energy?

By Joan McDaniel                                                                 August 27, 2015

Here is a good question — What is Healing Energy? There doesn’t seem to be any easy answers but —

I Found It

I found healing energy and used it to heal myself.  This article talks about what I found during my search for answers.

I know chronic Fatigue

I may not know what healing energy is or for that matter what energy really is,  but I do know what fatigue is.

I had years of first hand experience with fatigue, loss of energy, premature aging and/or burnout.  It is the slow loss of life force and energy. The fatigue is overpowering with the loss of ability and function.  The ebbing away of control, mind and body, energy and power.

In other words the slow loss of ability, ambition, desire, dreaming, drive, enjoyment, feeling, function, happiness, clear sharp  thinking and vitality. I seemed to be in a constant brain fog without being able to feel anything not even pain. I just overwhelmed and tired — bone tired.

As the years passed I slowly got sicker and my energy just simply disappeared.  I was frustrated, depressed and unhappy because I didn’t seem to have enough energy to even hold my head up I was always leaning on everything.  Sleep what I could get, didn’t help at all. Deep restful sleep never came.

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Apache Blessing

What is Healing Energy? What is energy? 

I may not know exactly how to explain healing energy, but I do know how it feels.

I experienced my own healing energy.  I watch it happen right in front of my eyes. I started on my road of rediscovering nutrition by eating fresh food as raw as I could tolerate. I could feel my energy slowly returning. I could feel it surging and flowing inside me. With each day passed I seemed to feel a little stronger and think a little clearer.

I healed myself using natural food, and natural and manual procedures.  I discovered the methods of the ancients and I found my body came equipped with its own healing energy.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word healing?

– Modern Medicine and a doctor?

– A ancient spiritual healer or Medicine Man?

– Your brain? like in “Mind over Matter”

– Or Nutrition represented by a plate of fresh vegetables just picked from the back yard garden?

Or have we as a society simply forgotten what the word healing means. Maybe we have been so dumbed down we don’t think healing is even possible.

What Is Healing?

One answer I found is “To make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.” To regain balance.

It is a good question and why not ask your doctor?  “What is Healing?”

I have found that healing is not done by modern medicine, a spiritual healer (Medicine Man), your brain  or even from that plate of fresh food although that is a start.

It Isn’t Modern Medicine and A doctor

Allopathic-1219484If you break a bone a doctor helps set the bone and put it into proper alignment, but does he actually heal the break? Do the pills he gives you make the bone knit and heal?  Or if you cut your hand, it will heal by itself after being closed by the doctor if necessary, unless you keep reopening it or expose it to dirt?

It is the same thing when it comes to a life-threatening disease! If we want to heal from a disease such as cancer, or a simple paper cut it is only the body that has the power to heal. All a doctor or healer can do is either help or hinder the body in it’s healing attempt.

It may just be my experience but when has big pharma healed anything?  All of the prescriptions I was given for chronic conditions like hypertension or hypothyroid came with the understanding I would have to take them for the rest of my life, once the condition would be controlled.  As the years passed the condition did become less critical and somewhat controlled but I didn’t get any better in fact I just seemed to get worse but the dosage just kept increasing.  I started at something like 10mg and ended with over 1,500 mg of the same drug.  I also had two or more medications for the condition where I use to have only one.

Modern Medicine will help you manage your medical condition and make suggestions for improvement which normally only includes suggested medications and drugs.  They also make sure people are fully medicated to prevent future illness.  Such as taking a baby aspirin 81 mg in case you have a heart attack.  Preventive medicine they call it.  The best help should be how to change what your doing to get so run down.

Life style, nutrition, and toxins don’t seem to even be discussed when treating a disease or condition. Taking the medicine seems to be the only option.

imagesIt isn’t Spiritual Healers or the Medicine Man of the past. We came from a tradition of ancient healing arts.  There are people who call themselves “healers”  for they do have a reputation of healing.  They represent ancient believe systems, philosophies, and or religions. There are many ancient religions that included healers like Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Indian medicine.  There is even a homeopathic Energy Healing art. But they too like the medical doctor don’t actually heal.

The modern medical profession calls this form of healing and its medicine man quackery or witchcraft. If you “…didn’t learn it in medical school it must be quackery!” Dr. Carolyn Dean Death by Modern Medicine



(in Indian thought and Yoga education) There are 7 Chakras centers of spiritual power in the human body.

It Isn’t Mind over Matter

Will illness just go away if you make up your mind not to pay attention to the symptoms? Your mind is not in control the your Autonomic nervous system your body is.

Wishing the symptoms away will not work?

Modern medicine works by blocking the mind from feeling the pain, or blocking the enzymes from reacting to the condition or illness

My experience has found, the mind didn’t have much to do with control of the body.  If I relied on the brain, I would still be smoking cigarettes.  I found I had to control the mind to break the sugar habit.  It seems my mind loves to be addicted to being high. In order to regain my health I found  It is more like body over mind or energy over body.

I do need my brain to function but it is easily brainwashed.  It wants to believe the latest propaganda and sales pitch.

My mind does not control my body. My brain is controlled by peptides and endorphins and they were being saturated with pleasure and a sugar high while my power and life-force was slowly ebbing away. I had to learn to listen to the body to recover my health.


Healing Energy starts with Nutrition

The story of food is the story of energy from the sun.  Plants, fruits and vegetables come from a seed.  The seed is put in the ground, it germinates and grows using the power from the sun. The power of the sun gives the plant its life force.

When you eat the food, your body converts this suns energy to its own life sustaining healing energy. You metabolism breaks down the food and produces its own energy.

Nutritional Intake

The three major types of nutrients in the human diet are;

Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats.

What Is Energy?

Contrary to what most people think, energy does not come from a battery or a cord plugged in to the wall. Our devices use that form of energy but what kind of energy do we use?

We are not plugged into the wall nor do we have a charging battery connection.

What form of energy powers our body’s life force and where does that energy come from?

Energy is movement, it is the power to move, and to act.  It is the capacity for work.  Energy is change, ebb and flow, flux, frequency, heat, life, movement, pulse, rhythm, vibration…without these things you are inanimate matter in other words dead. You have assumed room temperature.  There no longer is a pulse there is no longer life and there is no longer energy. Your body gets its energy the food you eat, which is converted into a thermal electromagnetic energy called ATP. More of that later.

Only The Body Has The Power To Heal

There isn’t an ancient healer, biofeedback, chemical, doctor, drug, healing medicine, hypnosis, mysticism, philosophy, progression, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, radiation, regression, surgery, or talking that can heal any one of anything! Why? Because it is only the body that has the power to heal.

Only the individual body can heal.  Others have the power to bring about conditions within the body that will help the body to heal but they can’t heal the body. Only the body can do what it was designed by God to do, that is, heal itself!

Your body is the source of healing energy. Healing with energy derived from cells, molecules and tissues.

Drugs and doctors are not ‘healers’ your body is a healer.  Doctors do not heal and there is a huge misplaced trust in the power of modern medicine that trust should be but into the powerful healing force within each of us.”  The Healing Revolution by Dr. Frank King

Free Radicals - Greatest Enemy to our Health

What causes illness?

Free Radical Damage cause inflammation and antioxidants from raw food fights Free Radicals.

I have already covered Free Radical damage and the role of antioxidants.

Free Radicals create a disease state. Free radicals destroy oxygen and without oxygen the mitochondria cannot generate ATP energy and the cell dies. For future reference, the mitochondria uses what is called the Krebs cycle to generate this ATP energy, More of that later. This energy production is part of cellular respiration.  We can’t change it but we can harm it.

Eating foods that create free radicals damage the cells and its ability to create energy this loss of energy is called fatigue.

Fixing your diet and addressing the nutrient depletion caused by chronic medication use may be all you need to do to start living with more energy, vitality, and vibrant health. I’ve seen these simple changes work wonders.

I Found Healing Energy

Bodies healing ability

We were born into this world with everything we need to live strong, healthy, and vibrantly lives. Your body comes with the ability to heal.  This healing energy is alive and well if it hasn’t been dumbed down or cluttered with toxins and enzyme inhibiting chemicals.  God created powerful remedies for stressful seasons in natural foods and herbs that destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

The Cell

We are made up of millions and billions of cells.  A cell is exceedingly complex; they are biochemically sophisticated “beings” capable of creating all the chemistry and components of life.  The cell is made up of 100 billion atoms and many millions of working parts.  All of this is crammed into an invisible little speck as small as 1/100th the size of the head of a pin.

Without going into great detail the cell is what keeps our life form going and is the center of it all.


Organelles – Smaller elements of the cell viewable under a microscope.  These elements are called organelles.

  1. Nucleolus
  2. Nucleus
  3. Ribosome (little dots)
  4. Vesicle
  5. Rough endoplasmic reticulum
  6. Golgi apparatus (or “Golgi body”)
  7. Cytoskeleton
  8. Smooth endoplasmic reticulum
  9. Mitochondrion
  10. Vacuole
  11. Cytosol (fluid that contains organelles)
  12. Lysosome
  13. Centrosome
  14. Cell membrane

ATP, Krebs cycle and the mitochondria.


I first heard the term mitochondria from an inspirational Video I saw when I first got started.  The video was from Dr. Terry Wahls. I have written about Dr Wahls and her use of raw food to recover from the incurable, progressive and crippling disease of MS. I used her video, book called Minding My Mitochondria and her love of raw food including kale as a resource. I realized, I too, felt extreme fatigue due to loss of power to my cells.

Once I started eating nutritious food, I could feel the slow return of my lost energy.

The mitochondria is the power factory of the cell.  Not the DNA or nucleus but the mitochondria generates life’s energy.  The mitochondria converts the nutrition you eat and oxygen you breath to energy which is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate.).  Muscle cells need large amounts of ATP for movement.  The mitochondria is also responsible for both metabolizing and detoxing of the cell.




Kreps Cycle

Now to make things even more complicated this process of making energy is called the Kreps cycle.  This process is complex and it is way above my pay grade to even attempt a description or even really understand how it works, except to point it out as another marvel of the human body.

1000x1000There are several mitochondria within each human cell. The mitochondria generate ATP energy using what is called the Kreps Cycle.  I dare say few really know how this cycle actually works but it does work and it creates life-giving energy.

The Krebs cycle is the chemical reaction within the mitochondria. Without ATP you don’t have energy. This process is automatic and part of automatic nervous system.  Your brain has nothing to say about how the Krebs cycle works.  This process is part of cellular respiration.

We can’t change it but we can harm it.  Eating foods that create free radicals damage the cells and loss of energy – fatigue results.  Can you imagine the damage free radicals do to such a complex process?  I don’t think the cell will have very much energy.

Just for your information in the Krebs cycle four ATP molecules are generated along with six NADH (niacinaminde adenosine dinucleotide) and two FADH (flavin adenosine dinucleotide) molecules.  Free radicals and oxidization interfere with this process and cause illness or inflammation.

In order to create this energy, vitamins and minerals are essential for every phase of the 10-step cycle. In fact, 6 of the 10 steps require the mineral, magnesium. Dr. Carolyn Dean

Krebs Cycle

You also require B vitamins, other minerals, antioxidants, and co-enzyme Q in sufficient amounts. Without enough of any of these important fuel-generators, your mitochondria begin to malfunction, leading to cell malfunction, leading to organ malfunction. This often leads to chronic disease, and chronic fatigue may be one of the first signs that you are in danger of entering chronic disease territory.

Class Is Over 

Class is over and it is movie time.  I may be a little silly but as I started to write this article I kept thinking of a very good movie called Batteries Not Included.  This was years ago 1987 to be exact. It was directed by Steven Spielberg and had a husband and wife acting team I love (Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy). I keep thinking of myself as the run down apartment building the “Fix-its” were fixing. The “Fix-its” make me think of my cells, mitochondria and krebs cycle working while I slept.

Batteries Not Included

For those of you who didn’t see the movie, an elderly couple (Cronyn and Tandy) ran an run-downed apartment building and cafe in a run-down part of town.  A property developer set his sights on acquiring the building and developing the land for a good price (zero) and attempts to force the couple to sell.  The developer doesn’t offer much but a gang of thugs to bribe the couple and have their tenants move out.  It is a typical good guy bad guy type of movie.  The couple are resolved to fight but look a little overpowered after three of their tenants move out.

All the sudden out of the blue in the middle of the night the apartment building is visited by alien life forms.  Three hand sized flying machines appear.  They look like robots but are very much alive.  They descend and begin to repair many items that were broken. These machines are nocturnal and do their work in the dark of night and all you can see is their little head lights while they wiz around fixing things.

They repair things in a matter of seconds and when they are done it is brand new.  They move into the apartment building and reside on the roof.  They even begin to raise a family.  They are called “The Fix-Its” by the other residents of the building.

The battle with the developer gets very heated and eventually the entire block and the apartment building is destroyed.  That’s when “The Fix-its” with their new family take over and rebuilt the building from scratch.  The next morning the entire build has been seamlessly restored to brand new condition, forever ending the developers demolition plans.  The movie skips to the future where the building is surrounded by skyscrapers but the cafe does a roaring business from the new employment in the area.

This may not be the same as the living cell, Krebs cycle or the mitochondria but I hope you have got my point.


The Fix-Its Mom Pop and baby

Life is special and precious – break the hold you addicted brain has on you – you may feel great with its sugar high but you pay a very dear price for it.  Break the addiction and smell and feel life’s living energy.

Till next time



Healing miracles Dr. Majid

The Healing Revolution Dr. Frank King

Grain Brain  Dr. David Pelmutter

Minding My Mitochondria Terry L. Wahls, M.D.


Skin the Window to your Health

By Joan L. McDaniel                                July 22, 2015


The Eye Is the Window Of The Soul

The eyes may be the window of the soul but your skin is a window to the health of the body.

The condition of your skin, reflects your immune system.  If your immune system is out of balance your skin most often will reflect this imbalance.

Your Immune System and Your Skin Have much in Common

Skin break down is your Immune system is trying to tell you something.  Are you listening?

Ignoring these early signs can result in developing premature aging and even a serious health condition later in life. It could be twenty to thirty years down the road for something serious to develop.

Generally when skin starts to itch, change color, and/or its texture something is happening inside your system. Your immune system is fighting toxins.  A normal healthy immune system just simply destroys unwanted toxins but when overpowered and overwhelmed, it reacts with the inflammation response.  Inflammation is the way your system isolates and eliminates unwanted bacteria, toxins, viruses and anything else alien to the system.


The Excretory System

Your skin is part of your circulatory system and the excretory system.  The excretory system also consists of the kidneys, and lungs. Your excretory system is the way your body excrete wastes.

The Excretory Organs

One-third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin. We can lose over 30,000 dead skin cells every minute.  When you sweat, you’r eliminating built-up toxins that are in the skin. Most of skin changes come from within not from without – No matter how much hand washing you do.

Allergic reactions, infection, and  inflammation are warning signs.  Did you know skin aging and wrinkling is also a sign of inflammation?

I should Know

As time passed slowly over the years as I was getting sicker and sicker and my skin kept breaking out in batches of dry flaky skin.  I had red patches everywhere especially on my face.  I remember when I first got the red streaks I didn’t know what to do about it.  I found using skin creams and moisturizer didn’t seem to help and attributed the condition to aging.  There just wasn’t anything that could be done about it.

I wish I knew then what I know now. All that time, I was sick and my body was trying to tell me, I was just too busy eating junk to even listen.  Eating Sugar and Carbs is fun why do anything else? My skin was aging prematurely and didn’t know why.

Leaky Gut

It may be hard to visualized but what your skin looks like your gut looks like.  If you gut wall is collapsing with leaky gut they why would you expect your skin to be glowing? Your skin flora and your bowel flora are very much alike.  Your immune system isn’t selective if the cells walls of your colon are breaking down so are the cell walls of your skin. Your immune system is an early warning system that something isn’t right

Money Spent on Skin 

Skin is a big business and a big money-maker both for industry and the medical world.  Just think of the massive amount of money spent on skin. There creams and lotions of every variety, make up, and a whole world of Botox, face lifts and plastic surgery.

Conditions of the skin covers a broad spectrum of diseases which are also known as dermatoses, which is part of the medical world of dermatology and dermatologists.  Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the skin. A dermatologist is a licensed doctor with further training non of which includes knowledge of food or nutrition.  I don’t know if a dermatologist knows what a colon is – Just joking.

There may be over 3,000 skin disorders. Some of these diseases can be a simple irritant to a life threatening condition. A skin condition can be temporary, can be easy to treat or chronic and serious.  Skin conditions can suddenly disappear then return over time with increased intensity.

You can spent hundreds of dollars on creams, lotions and prescription medications, but they did little more than clog and dry out your skin, waste your money and provide more toxins.  Your skin needs nourishment not more poisons.

Clear Skin is as close as you Kitchen

When I hear someone say, it is too expensive to buy food from a farmer or to buy organic, I often wonder how much money they spend on make-up, moisturizer, cleaning products and whatever else there is for the skin.  When clear, beautiful gorgeous skin is as close to you as your kitchen.  Read this blog for a review of superfoods that help heal.  Helping arm the immune system also improves the condition of our skin.


Saturated Fat is Good For You especially your gut wall and skin.

I started this blog to tell my story.  My health has greatly improved. I swore that if I could get well again I would tell others how I did it.

As my health has improved, the pain and itching is less intense and almost gone away and to my surprise my skin has a glow and is almost free of the red blotches and dry scaly areas.

I don’t have the skin I did when I was younger, but I don’t have the bloated pasty look I had three years ago.  It may just me mind over matter but my skin isn’t hanging off me as bad.  I hardly have much of a turtle neck left anymore.

Read this blog for the superfoods I ate to get well. Most of the major improvements came when I decreased my intake of carbs and started to eat Saturated Fats like Coconut Oil. The next major improvement was getting Iodine and eating foods with minerals in them.

Skin illnesses:

I have put together a list of every skin illness or condition I could find and think of;

Acne, age spots, aging, allergic reaction, athlete’s foot, bad complexion, blackheads, blisters, blemishes, brown spots, sudden brushing, bumps, calluses, cold sores, corns, cracking, dandruff, dehydrated, dermatitis, dry, dull, flaky, dybiosis, eczema, hardening, cuts not healing, hives, hyper-pigmentation (age spots), ischemia (decreased blood flow), itchy, jock itch, liver spots (age), moles, oozing, Pain that then turns into an itch, Pale skin, Psoriasis, rash, redness, red spots, ringworm, rosacea, rough skin, rough skin patches, scaling, Shingles Rash, swelling, toenail fungus, waxy, white bumpy lines, pronounced wrinkles (dry skin), yellowing, break out in zits and I sure there are many others.

Skin Conditions

Many  Skin conditions can be adjusted to and lived with like acne, aging, bumps, eczema, rash, rough skin, and wrinkles but some can become very serious.

But there are some skin conditions that make themselves priority one.  They demand complete attention. Of the many skin conditions the ones that cause the most attention seem to be acne, aging, allergic reactions, flaking and itching.


Acne Is the hardest to put up with because you look in the mirror and all you see is one big ZIT.  But even thought acne most often occurs in the early years it too is a major indication of the gut being unbalanced and ill.  I have heard that reducing chocolate and sugar during this time greatly improves that condition.


I would love to say I have truly found the fountain of youth and that I can reverse the signs of aging.  I am sure it is more mind over matter on my part but I don’t think I look as old as I use to a short three years ago and better than I did in 2006.

I know for an example that my hair color is returning.

It is true that if you eat junk (processed foods) your cells are full of junk and they age prematurely.   If you want your skin clear and fresh you need to eat food that has nutrition not plastic.  You eat plastic you look like plastic. Plastic may be shiny but doesn’t have that being alive look to it.


Collegian and aging

Skin is held together because of something called collegian.  Collegian keeps your skin-tight and close to the bone, as the cells age the cells of collegian grow weak and lose their hold. Without proper nutrition this collegian simply ages prematurely resulting in wrinkles and sagging hanging loose skin.

There is normal aging and then there is premature aging — If you system is not well and balanced neither is your appearance.  You look older than you really are.  As I write this, I seem to notice a lot of people look old and very tired.  They look 80 and many aren’t even 60 yet.

Allergic Reactions

Skin is most often the first sign that you are allergic to something new in the environment like food, toxins or medications.  Whenever you are taking a new medication or trying a new food such as chocolate or nuts you should pay close observation to any changes in skin and any difficulty breathing.  Rash, pruritus (itching), edema (swelling), skin eruptions (blisters), difficulty breathing are just some.  Allergic reactions to food or to medications such as penicillin can sometimes be prolonged, sudden and severe.  Discontinue product or food and report immediately any changes to your doctor. Pay attention to your skin IT IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING.

Itching is Hard to Ignore

I know for I had major skin itching that believe it or not would start as a small and irritating and overnight or the next second would develop into major throbbing pain. There are many names for this type of pain but the one I seemed to agree with most is called Fibromyalgia.

Skin itching can be annoying, demanding, embarrassing (especially if in your private area like anus itch, jock itch, or the vagina), frustrating,  irritating and cause scratching so bad it brings blood.  Depending on the type of itch, you may just forget what you were doing and just itch. It is difficult to concentrate on anything else except itching.

Itchiness can be the result of any number of factors, some external but mostly internal.  Skin itch can be just about anywhere there is skin, like the hair (dandruff), between the toes (athletic’s foot), hard to reach areas like the back, and/or between the shoulder blades, you can even have an itchy tongue.

For anyone who has had this kind of attention-getting message from you skin all I can tell you is there is a host of  home remedies for itching and not one cure.  The only way to rid yourself of the itch is to rid yourself of the toxin in your gut.  I know I tried them all.

Dry Scaly skin is another

Do you have healthy glow and tone to your skin?  Is your skin-tight or drawn and droopy?

Dry skin can be something you learn to live with, but you make adjustments.  You don’t go barefooted due to dry flaky skin, you wear long sleeves and many others.  Dry skin can be so dry it cracks and flakes off in large sections.

I know for I had patches of dry skin on the back my hands, elbows, my feet and heels, and dry spots in many other places even my face. I tried to learn how to ignore it.

Skin hydration

Dry skin means you are dehydrated.  The amount of skin cream may help the skin temporary but it is your insides that are dry.  You have to hydrate your system from the inside with water (not bottled but filtered tap).

Water is good but you also need Fat.  Saturated, polyunsaturated, and Omega-3 fats. You need to add them to your diet.  My blog is dedicated to coconut oil first and saturated (the forbidden fat) second.  YOU NEED SATURATED FATS IN YOUR DIET.

You need oils like avocado, almond, coconut, sesame etc.  Some people recommend krill oil or fish oil. I took these for a while but  found coconut oil more fun and used it for almost every meal.  I am still a heavy user of the many forms of coconut and coconut oil. I still use it all over inside and out and even use it on my cat.

There are many other very beneficial and wonderful oils so now I am exploring many of them like avocado, and sesame. I enjoy unroasted, unsalted, not pasteurized natural nuts of all kinds and with almost every meal. You also need your electrolytes and food high in minerals like magnesium and iodine.

What is Skin?

It may be hard to think of your skin as an organ but it is.  The skin is an organ system that protects the body by keeping whats on the inside in and whats on the outside out.  Included in this system is its appendages of the hair, and nails.  If we were another kind of animal we would also have feathers, fur and hooves.

Your skin provides protection but is also very absorbent.  You can absorb toxins  from the chemicals you put on your skin faster than eating them.  Read my article are skin care products harmful. It is an ideal location for medications such as nicotine or pain patches.



Other Signs your Body Gives you

Besides the Skin Your body surfaces toxins in your breath, hair ears, mouth, nose, and tongue.

I know for I had it all

When I got home from the hospital, I spent over an hour trying to find the machine that had been left on because it just kept ringing.  It had to be close because everywhere I went it just kept ringing until I realized the RINGING WAS ME.

And don’t forget dandruff;  Dandruff most likely cause is good ol’ Candida Yeast I know I had not only dry flaky scalp I had dry flaky elbows, face, feet, heels, back of my hands, knees, just to think of a few. I had ringing ears, I itched all over especially the hard to reach back, and a white tongue.

Bad breath and Bad Body Odor

You brush and brush, chew gum, rinse, and swallow breath mints, and still, you can’t get rid of it.   You use underarm deodorant and take showers. The amount of products on the market for mouth, breath, bad breath,odor and etc is in the thousands but none of them address what is really causing the problem.  YOUR GUT — Bad breath is often related to digestive problems, but it can also mean that your liver is struggling to get rid of the toxins in your body.

Until you tackle the problem from the source, you’ll continue to scare away anyone who comes close! If you smell like a sewer maybe you should do something about putting something besides junk in the stomach.


People don’t think your hair and gut are related but they are,  If you have a good case of dandruff you probably have leak gut also.  Clean up your diet will help the dandruff better than any visit to a dermatologist or expensive shampoo product or prescription.

The scaling in the scalp can be conspicuous, producing impressive dandruff.

Human_tongue_infected_with_oral_candidiasisWhite coating on tongue –

A white tongue means one thing CANDIDA YEIST INFECTION.  The tongue isn’t part of the skin the tongue is part of the digestive system but it is visible you can see it and it also can be one of the first signs of candida it also itches I know for I too had a white itch tongue.

Candida Albican shown here a condition called oral thrush

Candida Yeast

I haven’t spent much time with the illness called Yeast infection or Candida Yeast that is because it is a very complex subject and worst to even try to tame.  There are many web-sites which address Candida and if you suspect something you can start exploring until I get it all together.

Be careful many of the sites are trying to sell you something.  I found holist help site is ok and I quote from it

“Most people are unaware that it even exists, because most main stream doctors are uneducated about its impact on our health.  People suffering from this condition often go from doctor to doctor for years and are usually told they are a hypochondriac or that it is stress or a psychiatric problem, before ever discovering the real culprit.

Candida Albicans is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but it is only one type of many different types of fungus that can be problematic…”  It normally has an important function and lives in harmony for it is kept in check by the immune system.  “It normally resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals, however…” when the immune system weakens and loses its control Candida changes from being harmless, overgrows and begins to eat oxygen “ can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream and then make its way into any organ of the body.”
“Once this hardy organism proliferates in the body, it wrecks havoc in many ways and is the initiator of many common maladies, conditions, syndromes and illnesses in our population.”

Use Nutrition to Control Yeast Overgrowth 

The best and only start to fight it is to improve your immune system with proper nutrition.  Your body hides what it cannot control or eliminate in your joints, muscles and fat cells.It is when you start to detox that your immune system is strengthened and can pull these toxins out.  Most of getting rid of candida yeast in through the skin.

You don’t hear much from modern medicine (The white coat world) about Candida Yeast and I think it is because they just don’t recognize it as a systemic disease.  They accept joke itch, toe itch, toenail itch, and skin itch but there isn’t a multimillion dollar monopoly creating exclusive medical control or a magic pill available.  Most physicians don’t even know how to treat  Candida and simply dismiss it as a Diseases that is “all in your head” or “You have an overactive immune system”. I don’t know if most physicians know anything about the gut other than a colostomy test and looking for colon polyps.

Candida Yeast Skin Symptoms 

I will, I promise spend more time on the illness of Candida Yeast overgrown and the many resulting symptoms but for now I just want to talk about the skin and its signs of illness.

Here is a simple overview:

Candida shows itself in many ways one is a fungus rash on the skin especially in a dark warm area.  Mostly down under If you get my meaning.  Here are some areas you will see Candida Yeast overgrowth

Athletic’s Foot


Jock Itch

Penile fungus and itch

Rectal Itch


Vaginal itch


Current manufactures do have over the counter products for anti-fungal.  This is what products I found:

Over the Counter Anti-fungal Creams. 

Candida is hard to treat because it can change its forms from yeast to fungal from harmless to infection.  What causes it to become a yeast overgrowth – Drugs, antibiotics, chemicals, steroids, and an unbalanced nutritional intake.  Yeast feeds on sugar.

Most over the counter treatments consist of creams there are the general anti-fungal and  anti-itch creams that contain hydrochloride which is a salt which helps absorption.

There is Diphenhydramine – Which is an antihistamine which help itch by stopping histamine an enzyme it doesn’t cure anything.

Terbinafine – Cream which is used topically for infectious on the skin like jock itch (tinea cruris), athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and other types of ringworm (tinea corporis). This works by stoping the enzymes of the fungus.  The fungus seeing the threat changes its form to a bacteria.

Tioconazole – Is a Cortizone used to treat Vaginal Yeast infections.  It works by killing the fungus or yeast or prevent its growth. It can also be used for ringworm of the body, foot, groin, and yeast infection of the skin (Cutaneous candidiasis).  This works for a while until the fungus changes its form.

Benzocaine – is a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever or in cough drops.  Anesthetic is a nerve block, and in cause you don’t know an anesthetic is what you are given before an operation.  It knocks you out.  It doesn’t even make an attempt to control the fungus.

I found out the hard way these creams do NOTHING NOTHING TO CONTROL yeast overgrowth nor the rash and in my case it didn’t even stop the itch.

I had to explore the world of self-help and homeopathic aids.  I used a long list of creams, oils, herbs, massage, and simple exercise movements.  I am now almost pain-free but it took a long time to work it out.

Just remember it was all in my head and I had an —

Overactive immune system.

Webmd definition

Until next time!