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Medical Practice and Nutrition

By Joan L. McDaniel     August 3, 2019

This is a re-write of my original article

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

Nutrition and Medical Practice

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Also Known As: mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, biomedicine

Food Pyramid

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

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

A Brief History of RDA’s and the Food Pyramid

I also call this diet the Standard American Diet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat Diets


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


Institute of Functional Medicine

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

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

Till Next Time


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

My Look At Nutrition

By Joan McDaniel                               July 31, 2019

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

A New Look at Nutrition

By Joan McDaniel                                       August 1, 2012

Three Types of Nutrients in the Human Diet

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Nutritional Intake

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

Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats.


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


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

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

1. Carbohydrate

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


products, as well as alcohol, are carbohydrates.

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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2.  Fat

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

3. Protein

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

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

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

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

Nutrition Label

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updated January 19, 2013

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

What government tells you to eat is all wrong

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


by Dr. Lee Hieb 

Dr Lee Hieb

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

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

This is WND printer-friendly version of the complete article.

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Till Next time

My Drink Water Warm Not Cold

By Joan McDaniel     July 22, 2019

With this sudden blast of hot air throughout most of the country, I was reminded about this article I wrote on water.  I wrote several articles on water for it is very important for our health.

Is Your Water Facet loaded? 10/5/13

Water – Bottled or Tap? 6/28/14

Drink Filter Tap Water Not Soda 7/12/16

My Alkaline Water and pH 12/2/18

When I first started drinking water without ice, I wasn’t sure it would be of any advantage for I thought I was drinking water to cool down.

It didn’t take much time for me to realize that I felt more hydrated and cooled with the glass of room temperature water then I ever did when it was loaded with ice.

Now back to the original article

Drink Water Warm Not Cold

By Joan McDaniel                     April 28 ,2018

We Know You Should Drink More Water, Right?

I Wonder, Are Bottled Water Companies Behind the Push to Drink More Water?

In todays commercial world, where everyone is trying to sell you something – I wouldn’t put it past them but

Water is a vital requirement for our bodies. 

Water is Vital to Our Health 

We cannot live without it. We need water and oxygen to stay alive. Your body is 70 percent water. Your body needs hydration to keep everything lubricated and flowing. Just as your car and any motor engine needs oil, the human body needs water. Human blood is more than 80 percent water. Water helps deliver nutrition and minerals to the body and flush out acids, toxins and wastes from the body.

Modern day experts, Traditional Medicine like India’s Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM recommend drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

What is water?  

Water is a Life Force. Water is life.

Where does Water Come From?

Most say it comes from the sky as part of the water cycle. Others like Dr. Masaru Emoto say it comes from outer space and returns to outer space.

Which is Better – Drinking Cold, Hot  or Room Warm Water?

I’m sure we will all answer Cold Water, but is drinking cold water really that good for you?

Ever Heard of Brain Freeze?

Brain Freeze


On a Hot Day, eating ice cream or drinking ice water too fast may cause what is called brain freeze.  You may a major headache and not feel very good but your brain isn’t frozen. Your body maintains temperature automatically and will return you to homeostatic almost immediately.

The pain you feel is your body and brain trying to tell you stop and let me try to figure out what to do about all that icy cold stuff you just swallowed.  Your body immediately constructs blood vessels and slows down.  If your hot, you’ll just get hotter.  This is the same reaction if you pour cold water all over you.  You feel the icy chill but then you will just get hotter.

Constricted Blood Vessels

Constrict – make narrower, especially by encircling pressure.  Also the headache that results in Brain Freeze.  This would happen if you put your fingers in ice cold water for a length of time much like Frostbite.


An Example of Constricted blood vessels will cause cold hands for an example

The Temperature of Food and Water You Eat Is Important

Our bodies maintains an internal body temperature is 37.0 °C or 98.6 °F.  The average room temperature of water is about 70 °F.  The temperature of ice is around freezing 32 °F.

According to a study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research, your body isn’t made to handle cold water. It tightens blood vessels which hinder digestion and hydration. Furthermore, instead of concentrating on the intake of nutrients, your body must spend energy on regulating its internal temperature after the consumption of cold water. Drinking cold water after a meal can also create excess mucus which may interrupt normal immune function and make you more vulnerable to infections.

Why Is Cold Water Bad For You?

When you body temperature is lowered it constricts to keep warmth.  Constrict means gets smaller.  Cold water shrinks blood vessels, slows hydration and digestion.  It causes pain, increases blood pressure, reduces available oxygen, reduces the immune system’s function making it easier to get sick and catch something like a cold.  Ever have a summer cold?

Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess and thickened mucus and your nose starts running and you start to sneeze or at least I do.  If your were stressed before, you certainly will be stressed after.

You may Think cold or cool water will relax you, but it doesn’t.  It does  just the opposite you feel tight and constricted.  Your circulation declines and you don’t feel so good.

Warm water opens your pores and makes your skin feel relaxed and loose.  You can rehydrate easier with open pores then with closed restrict ones.

Drink Hot, Warm or Room Temperature Water

If you tell the people around you don’t drink cold water I’m sure they will look at you like you’re a kooook.  They may just start to wonder if you belong in the Funny Farm. I’m sure they say, “Oh, that’s just one of  her funny ideas.”


The Great Salt Flats USA

Drink Warm Water

While doing research for this article, I was talking to an ex-marine friend of mine,  “I have been stationed , in most of the hottest places on the Planet “, he said ,”and was always told DO NOT DRINK COLD WATER”.  He continued, “You cannot drink cold ice water and expect to continue to function you have to drink room temperature to survive. You may pass out right then and there.”

Drink Water Not——-


Fruit Juice

Soda sugar or sugar-free


Energy Drinks

I don’t mean stop drinking these things, you can still drink your herbal teas and in my case I still drink my coffee and herbal teas but not as much.  I take sips on pure warm water most of the day.  These do not help hydrate as good as water does.

Are We Addicted to ICE?

As I talked to people, they would say they can’t drink anything but ice water.  They insist the glass be packed with ice.  I then asked

What did people do in the 1800’s and early 1900 without refrigeration?

Some History of Ice Makers 


That was over 200 years ago. In 1805, an American inventory, Oliver Evans, designed the first refrigeration machine.  In 1844, John Gorrie, built a refrigerator based on Oliver Evans design.  Oliver Evans refrigerator was made to cool the air and lower the temperature of his yellow fever patients.  Carl von Linden patented the basic refrigeration technology of liquefying gas in 1876.

With the ice box people got their ice from ice houses and sold by the “ice man”. Blocks of ice were cut from lakes and rivers and stored in a hole in the ground under straw in ice houses.  Now we have the cooler a lightweight go anywhere container.


Ice Man Delivery


Ice Box



Ice Cub Tray

The first flexible stainless steel, all-metal ice tray was created by Guy L. Tinkham in 1933. The tray bent sideways to remove the ice cubes. At the time he was the CEO of a company that sold and produced household products.

History of The Refrigerator

General Electric (GE) In 1911 released a household refrigerator that was powered by gas.  In 1927 GE released the Monitor top which ran on electricity Frigidaire, a competitor of GE’s synthesized Freon which led to the successful light weight lower price home refrigerator.

Ice machines followed including in 1965 the ice machine available inside the door of the refrigerator First Ice Maker in the Door of a Refrigerator

In Today’s push button world, Ice is so available we can’t even think of drinking anything without it.  Hot coffee and tea excluded.

The human race has existed for thousands and thousand of years and only has had ice for the last 50.

Refrigeration and Ice Is A Major Health Benefit

Don’t get me wrong the invention of refrigeration has brought about major health benefits.  Ice has saved many lives.

Use of Ice 

Reduces fever

Reduces inflammation

Help preserve Food and Medicine and anything else that must be kept cold

Helps relieve pain

reduces swelling

Moistens the Skin

Helps the burn of Sunburn

Reduces a Toothache

And Much More

What Kind of Water Bottled or Tap?

Now that we have determined to drink warm water – What Kind of water Bottled or Tap?

Drink enough pure water: Bottle water isn’t labeled you don’t know where it comes from.  It may make it look like it comes from an underground spring but It may be just pasteurized tab water. According to several sources and Natural News; all bottled waters are purified before being sold.

Tap Water Is Best

Tap Water is provided by your town it is called municipal water.  It is subjected to year test and even though the water is open to the air and it pollutants it is the safest water you can get.  I just got this mailing and I’ll pass it on to you.

Enter Your Zip Code Here To Find Out What’s Really In Your Tap Water

Tap water should be filtered (using an Activated Charcoal filter) tap water is the best. If not filter boil it or let it stand to remove the chloride (chloride is bleach your water company has  to add bleach to kill bacteria but bleach isn’t very good on your insides you need bacteria to live).

Labels Not Required

Manufactures selling liquid in bottles are not required by the government to provide a list of contents.  This include sellers of alcohol.   Bottle water mostly contains pasteurized Water no bugs good or bad.  It is stripped of everything it is 100% sterile.  You need bacteria. You are bacteria  –  you’re not sterile if you were you would be a machine and machines are not ALIVE.

“Water is a Life Force. Water is life.”

Water helps deliver nutrition and minerals to the body and flush out acids, toxins and wastes from the body.

Minerals in Water

We drink water to prevent dehydration but what we also need from water is its minerals. Water is cleansing, healing and keeps us in touch with nature. Groundwater as it passes slowly through rocks and sediment of the Earth’s crust, accumulates various dissolved minerals. Groundwater mineral content increases the deeper it is in the Earth. Older waters can be highly mineralized. The most common minerals in water include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, salts, sodium, sulfur compounds, zinc and countless others depending on where water has been.”

Tap Water is Real.  It is real Ground Water. It is not processed (pasteurized)

Tap Water needs to be filter and a Charcoal Filter is best.  

Two of the most damaging chemicals found in Municipal Water is Chlorine and Fluoride.  You need to call your water company to find if Fluoride has been  added.  There are many water filters available on the market expensive and not so expensive.  A charcoal water filter is best.

When is the best time to increase your water intake

When you first get up in the morning.  It clears the cob webs so to speak

Keep a glass of water by the bed

Exercise – Increase the bodies core temperature and to cool itself down it uses the sweating mechanism.  You need to replenish the lost water.

Elevated Temperature – Increase water intake.  You may use ice cubes directly on the body but not in it.

Helps stimulate digestion like first thing in the morning

When you are Detoxing, it helps cleans the body of released toxins. You may also want to add cleaning helpers like cucumber slice, fresh mint, apple slice, cinnamon stick, lemon and other natural flavor to you water.

Drink additional water when your Body Tells You – Like When you

Feel Hot

Feel constipated or have slow bowel movements like less than one a day.

have diarrhea or loose stools to replace lost water

Feel Dehydrated feel thirsty

Don’t Feel Well

Have Pain

Have Indigestion

Dry Dull Skin

sweating to replace lost water

swollen tongue

Urine color isn’t a light yellow



Dry Mouth

Bad Breath

Can’t Think Straight

Other Times to Drink Extra Water

During a detox you may want to add some cleansing additions to your water. Try adding some cucumber slices and fresh mint or slices of apple and a cinnamon stick (find here how to easily make your own flavored water for detox and weight loss).

Drink Warm or hot water when feeling pain or illness because warm water helps stimulate blood flow to the tissues which increase oxygen which why you’re having the pain in the first place.  Lack of Oxygen to the Area.

Drink Warm or hot water when constipated or your digestion is slowed.  The main cause of digestion and constipation is dehydration and increased fluids are essential.

Till Next Time


My Medicine and the Scientific Method

By Joan McDaniel                    July 19, 2019

This is my second post on Alternate Medicine. Lately, It seems that I have suddenly awoken into a world,  once free,  is now overrun by more anti-science  and politically correct information. Truth seems to have been lost. Instead the list of rules and regulations seem to be growing like unwanted weeds in a garden – all over everything.

Now that the Internet has grown up – It too seems to be covered in these weeds. These weeds or rules we are told; replace our search engines and now produce what is acceptable “truth”.

During this period of acceptable politically correct discussions, I thought I’d re-publish and sent to my e-mail followers an article written in 2013 concerning my view of the “Scientific Method”.  Does History Repeat itself?  Are we re-living the Roman Inquisition?

Much more can be said about it, but thank goodness for the old Internet and my finding actual facts and figures I could use to build my knowledge base.  Through my search for knowledge during this time (2013), I turned more to common sense than PC thought.  My search was for how to make myself well again.  The facts I found had to be true for PC never cured anyone.  There wasn’t any magic red pill just a great deal of truth and common sense.

I found Common sense is closer to the Scientific Method than Group think.

Now on with the post


What happened to Medicine and the Scientific Method? 

By Joan McDaniel        April 26, 2013

Folk Medicine continued

This is my second post on Alternate medicine, civilizations and traditions. Americas practiced Homeopathy medicine before the 1930s.  It rested on tradition and philosophy.  The Rockefeller Foundations and its unlimited funds created what we now know as Modern medicine. Heavily financed, patient profit guaranteed, scientific business would become the new American medical profession. It would be based on chemicals, chemistry, pharmacology, and science.  It uses pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic process of diseases or conditions.  It ignores body function and focuses on organ function.

I am recovering from being very sick and I have found many others along the way with the same story. Researching what causes illness has many concluding – it is life style and what you eat that made you ill. Modern medicine ignored me and could not help. Like myself, these people have found solutions and have “regain control of their health”.  People have “cured themselves” from some pretty nasty diseases including terminal cancer.


Grandma Talked About

Grandma Talked About

It seems to me the general public is getting sicker, disease is increasing like antibiotic resistant super bugs, Auto Immune disorders, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, dementia, depression, diabetes, food allergies, cancer, Heart problems, immune suppressed disease, and obesity to list a few. People are asking questions.  They are returning to their tradition – the system Grandma talked about – the systems that have worked for over 6,000 years – and finding healthy solutions like I did.

Allopathy Medicine


Allopathy was a term coined by doctors of homeopathy to refer to all forms of medication which are not considered alternative medicine. The modern allopathic doctor is taught to see the human body as a collection of organs that have independent function.  They use Pharmaceuticals, and Lab test never really asking or caring how you feel or what you eat.  The Pharmaceuticals have a huge list of nasty side effects, and the labs see only part of the picture but a very extensive list of profitable Pharmaceutical Patents.  Today’s Doctor, also called, allopathic, modern, or western have little if any training in nutrition, hands on, or natural medicine and homeopathic medicine.  A new scientific medicine was to be created concentrating on scientific solutions. This new approach replaced the well-established homeopathic Colleges and institutions all over the country.

These Doctors are the people who spend a fortune going to Medical School at some famous “Teaching Hospital”. Yet the field of Nutrition isn’t even an educational requirement.  Today’s well educated Doctor is taught to turn toward the profit making patented medication, not our traditional teaching or Herbal remedies.

Folk Medicine has become Alternate medicine

Since the start of time, generations of civilizations have passed on life saving remedies and folk traditions.  Every civilization had an elder or spiritual leader, who specialized in medical remedies.  This knowledge was passed on to the next generation.  Some traditions go back over 6,000 years. The knowledge was written down but in most cases it was verbally communicated in the form of things my Grandparents told me. Traditions using self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM).  Below is a list of some of these traditions. I am writing this for I am afraid we are losing the concept of Folk medicine.


Some civilization traditional medicine

As I have listed in previous posts, there are many traditional arts some of them are – African medicine, Alternative, Acupuncture, Atkins diet, Ayurveda, biofeedback, Biology-based practices, Breathing Exercises, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic, Dance Therapy, Folk Medicine, Greek Medicine, Herbalism, Herbal medicine, Herbal treatments, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, meditation, Mind-body medicine, Music Therapy, Naturopathic, osteopathic manipulation, Osteopathy, palliative care, self-healing, Shamanism Traditions, Self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and many others.

Alternative medicine vs. Western or Modern Medicine

In complete contrast to Western medicine, alternative medicine treats the body, mind and spirit as a whole rather than so many separate parts. It supports the human body’s immune system rather than destroy it. Modern medicines extensive use of antibiotics have created the Super Bug resistant to any antibiotic treatment (MRSA).  In the process, the treatment has destroyed the body’s good bacteria (immune system) as well as the bad.

Alternative medicine is all about finding balance and harmony. This can be done through many techniques including natural cures, massage therapy, meditation and acupuncture. Unlike Western medicine, alternative medicine rarely creates unwanted side effects. Pharmaceutical companies have convinced people that side effects are just a normal part of medicine, when the fact is they should not be. True medicine works with the entire body.

Folk Medicine based on evidence based science.

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Evidence Based Medicine

In this post I deal with the overall concept of evidence based medicine, a concept kept alive by what we call the scientific method.  I explore the practice of folk medicine, alternate medicine and holistic medicine vs. the practice Western or Modern medicine. Future posts will deal with individual civilizations like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic from India.


I am not anti-science, if anything I feel the scientific method of the 17th Century, has been overtaken by pseudo-science.  The science used by modern medicine is based on chemistry forgetting the overall philosophy of healing. The Health Care Ranger of Natural News calls traditional medicine “evidence-based science”.

The trust we gave science to find the truth using principles of reasoning seems to have been replaced by greed, cooperate profit driven motive, group think, distorted science based on falsified evidence, bribery and corruption of government regulators. If I spend more time thinking about it I find myself thinking — there is a War on Science.

The trouble ridden, and short term double-blind and placebo-controlled trial as the standard for the modern medicine’s scientific method has many questioning the results and length of study.  Many stories have surfaced of rigged trials and findings.  Yet the industry is quick to assert the “scientific proven” efficacy of a new drug. The very same industry that has been found conducted it’s the research on its own product.

Has modern medicine reverted back to bloodletting?

Bloodletting (or blood-letting) a medical practice performed by physicians from antiquity until the late 19th century. It is the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. The practice has now been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions.

Instead of testing, measurement and modification of hypotheses the new science seems to be based on propaganda, shelf life and is destroying the health of the population. As I continue my research, I am finding most of our traditional natural remedies have been proven using the Scientific method.

Are we re-living the Roman Inquisition?

Galileo Galilei – (February 15, 1564 – January 8, 1642) As every school child should know, Galileo was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, and physicist who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. He is considered to be the father of modern observational astronomy.  He was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment in 1633 by the Roman Inquisition who found him “gravely suspect of heresy“.  This was subsequently commuted to house arrest, under which he remained for the rest of his life.

His crime? He claimed the earth rotated around the sun not the sun rotated around the earth.


Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

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The Scientific method was used by different scientists to prove or disprove a theory.

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Scientific method

Scientific method

Before the scientific method scientists came up with theories and everyone thought they were true, until Galileo proved Aristotle a Greek philosopher wrong. Aristotle thought that light stone would fall faster to the ground than a heavy stone. Galileo disagreed with his theory and set up an experiment that proved stones of different weights fall at the same pace.

Homeopathy a form of holistic medicine

Homeopathy formally developed by Samuel Hahnemann


Homeopathy is another form of alternate medicine. Many people think of homeopathy as the same thing as herbal medicine, but that is not necessarily true. Homeopathy seeks to treat diseases with the philosophy that “like cures like”. This means that when you have a disease, you will be treated with a medicine causes similar symptoms to what you have.

The principles of homeopathy go back to Hippocrates around 2500 years ago, but weren’t formalized as homeopathic medicine until 200 years ago. It was formally developed by Samuel Hahnemann and comes from the Greek words homios which means like and pathos which means suffering. One of the most interesting things about homeopathy is that many of the treatments are made from poisonous ingredients like rattlesnake venom which have been extensively diluted.

Doctors need to be philosophers.

Masaru Emoto wrote a book called The Hidden Message in Water. Masaru said, “Medicine is useful in the treatment of illness, but we don’t really understand why medicine works.  In the Masaru Emoto’s opinion, a doctor who treats the human body must first be a philosopher.  In the past, the doctor was the community shaman or priest, exhorting people to follow the laws of nature, live their lives correctly, and make use of the healing powers of nature. If doctors were to treat not only the sick parts of the body but also the human consciousness, then…] he thinks, […we would see a great reduction in the need for doctors and hospitals.  …[many illnesses are the result of negative emotions and thoughts…]

Self-applied Health Enhancement Methods (SAHAM)

Dr. Mercola has an elaborate article on; The Five Levels of Healing.  Follow the link for the detail information and Videos. also has a great article on SAHEM.

Below is a brief summary of the concept of SAHEM:

The Five Levels of Healing are based on a healing model developed some 12,000 years ago. It has been the influence for Tibetan medicine, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), as well as Ayurvedic medicine and many others.

These self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), that spring from the Asian traditions, are tried and true techniques refined over thousands of years. Some of these ancient methods are listed below:

Attitudinal harmony


breath practice and self-healing


emotional resolution


gentle movement




reflex stimulation (self-applied massage, stroking, thumping, pressure)

toning, sounding or chanting


Until my next post



The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

I Found Healing Energy

By Joan McDaniel                                 June 28, 2019

This is a re-print of my 2015 article on Healing Energy.  It has been a while since I posted anything basically because I have been busy outside playing farmer, in my make-shift natural garden. Now that I am watching it grow. If you don’t want to be on my mailing list simply hit reply and say , “Please delete me”.

Anyway here it goes —-

Google Blocking

Now with Google blocking most conservatives web sites, Web Searches and Traffic is kind of boring.  Liberals gave up on common law, common sense, natural law, natural logic and christianity long ago. In my opinion a good lefty are good with rules, regulations and procedures that never really worked – no-mater how well memorized. Or if they did work, they don’t any more.  The Web masters seem to be more interested in treating us as data points rather than human beings.

It seems to me, Google has become an all seeing all knowing all powerful god of the Web.  They and they alone decide and control everything we want, need and desire.

Google may be a new Dictator of the World, a Liberal’s dream.  We are now part of their automatic data collection and like a created machine or robot that will follow their every command.  We will do what the data point says we will. This is my personal opinion.

I Searched the Web  

Before this power overtook the Web, I used search engines for the truth about what to eat, and do to become healthy again. I was reminded over and over to treat your body well, and whatever steps you take to get well do it slowly and gently.  Be a friend to your body it is all you got.


And the best thing I learned is we are not in any way a machine.  We are thinking, feeling, energy driven entities who love and respect the world around us.  We believe in a power greater than our selfs.  This power generates love and respect for each and every living thing.  This power offers a Renewal to life.  This is a love of life so powerful it seems unlimited.  But you must discover your body first. Notice I said Love and Respect not Control.  Learn how to listen to it for it knows how to heal if given the right resources.

Healing Energy

As I got well, the words Healing Energy came to mind.  In fact the word Energy, needed a great deal of understanding.  Energy is life. Machines and Robots work on batteries we work on pure energy.  Energy we get from the food we eat.  Natural Food from the earth We are not machines nor will we ever be machines. Our minds can be told what to do but our bodies and its cells work with their own instructions that are closer to a spirit then any programmer.

Now on with the article 

August 27, 2015

By Joan McDaniel

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 or at least how it feels

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


If 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.


It 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


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.


There 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


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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.


Medicine Man Revisited

Medicine Man Revisited

By Joan McDaniel

May 13, 2019

This is a re-posting of my original article entitled
Medicine Man Our American Traditions healing remedies may be forbidden by the Cartels and big Pharma’s dogma, but it isn’t forgotten. Just stop and listen and you too may be able to hear it.

Medicine Man

By Joan McDaniel     April 7, 2013

Has Political Correctness made us forget our history?

Has Political Correctness (PC) and the thought police waged a battle for your mind?  Has PC thought influenced your beliefs allowed us to forget our history and deeply held tradition notions? Like George Orwell’s Newspeak, non PC language has become forbidden by law, and transgressors should be punished.

Alternate Medicine

There seems to be a Natural Remedy for Just About Everything.

Helping You Get Healthy and Wealthy

If you are suffering from virtually any disease or condition, there is a natural remedy that can help heal you. In many parts of the world, herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years to cure disease and improve quality of life.

Traditional Medicine

The Human race has existed on this planet for a long time. From the first cave men tradition has been handed down from generation to generation. This traditional history, and religious believes existed in the from of non-written knowledge. Many civilizations had their own traditional medicines some of which are listed below.

There are numerous forms of natural remedy medicines. All of them focus on individualizing treatments, treating the whole person, promoting self-care and self-healing and recognizing the spiritual nature of each individual. Some of the most widely used are:

African medicine , Alternative, Acupuncture, Atkins diet, Ayurveda, biofeedback, Biology-based practices, Breathing Exercises, Celtic, Celtic druids, Celtic paganism, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic, Druit, Dance Therapy, Folk Medicine, Greek Medicine, Herbalism, Herbal medicine, Herbal treatments, Homeopathy, Massage Therapy, meditation, Mind-body medicine, Music Therapy, Naturopathic, osteopathic manipulation, Osteopathy, palliative care, Paganism, self-healing, Shamanism Traditions, Self-applied health enhancement methods (SAHEM), Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and many others.

I will be giving a brief summary of just some of the most popular in later posts. This article will serve as an introduction to the concept of Alternate Medicine.

Native American Practices

Modern Day America is known for its modern day leadership in the world of medicine but we too had our own traditional medicine way before Rockefeller and big Pharma. At the turn of the 19th Century , Our America healing tradition, was forbidden to exist and is now totally forgotten. The American Indian have a celtic tradition and source.

This tradition is that of the Native American tribal elder, herbalist, healer, Medicine Man, Shamanism, spirit communicators or Witch Doctor.  This forgotten tradition is represented by the Medicine wheel pictured below.  Click the link to go to the site the wheel has some interesting meanings.
Medicine Ways: Traditional Healers and Healing

Has Modern Medicine Failed?

Maybe we have missed something – in our hurry for the latest scientific grand solution we have forgotten our past.  If you have ever been sick, I mean really sick – You can’t even get out of bed you are so sick – suddenly you see life very differently.  You ask your doctor … What happened to me…? He just gives you more pills or schedules you for a Cat Scan or lower GI.  But then says “your Insurance won’t pay for it”.  I didn’t need a Cat Scan to learn that I was sick due to my life style what I ate.

Western medicine has created the “Superbug” can our immune system be restored?

Our current medicines have done more to destroy our immune system then make our immune systems stronger.

According to recent articles in the news; overuse of antibiotics, have created what some scientist are calling “super bugs”.  A Super bug is; bacteria that has developed resistance to all known antibiotics. The Germ theory was created when Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic penicillin in 1928. The widely accepted germ theory of disease has many fundamental flaws. Antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria resulting in weakening or destroying the human immune system. While scientist are trying to find new drugs or a solution to this problem, Holistic and alternate medicine is promoting the use of fermentation, nutrition and using probiotic to restore the human body’s immune system.

According to Britain’s most senior medical advisor Dame Sally Davies; “ …the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding.”
And she is not alone other scientist are warning that antibiotic resistance proteins are increasing in strength.  An article in biology news warns of resurrection of 3-billion-year-old antibiotic-resistance proteins

Alternate traditional medicine

It didn’t take a day to get sick and it will not take a day to get well. It will take time there isn’t a magic bullet or red pill that will and make it all better.

Stop and Listen

The one thing I have learned among many others is that while getting well I have learned to STOP and Listen.  You can almost hear the ancients.  There in that bird, or in that cloud.  They are all around you STOP and LISTEN. But above all begin to listen to your own body – It’s telling you something.
This article will not address the human body’s immune system or how to handle the on-coming “Super bugs” battle, but a LOOK SEE at some of our traditional systems of the past and the wisdom of our elders.

The Birth of Modern Medicine

During and after the Progressive Era Woodrow Wilson and World War I, America’s traditionally doctor practiced Holistic medicine or natural medicine.  That would all change with the Rockefeller investment money.

John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jr.  Picture credit

In 1903, John D. Rockefeller Jr. the son of the famous Oil baron established an organization that would promote American Education in all levels everywhere in the country. He provided financial support to established eastern institutions as Columbia, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Wellesley, Yale, and Vassar. This program revolutionized the study of medicine in the United States. Traditional Holistic Medicine would become scientific and profitable. The typical Medicine man, or Witch Doctor would be a thing of the past and a new huge money-maker would be established.
In 1924 Fisbein was appointed the head of the American Medical Association (AMA).  Fisbein created is guidelines and a  Seal-of-Acceptance  allowing “Only “regulars” to join this new, prestigious organization, which excluded herbalist, homeopathy and Indian (Witch) doctors.

The Witch Doctor

Each civilization across the world and across the span of thousands and thousands of years also has their deep and rich ancient traditions. Diagnosis is reached through spiritual means and a treatment is prescribed, usually consisting of an herbal remedy that has not only healing abilities, but symbolic and spiritual significance.

  Native American or Shamanism

Currently there are many Native American educational services, healing practitioners, metaphysical groups and Shamanism workshops all over the country. These practices have been adopted from traditions that originated from various Native American tribes. History indicates that each tribe would have one or more elders who were groomed in the healing arts. These individuals would serve as herbalists, healers, and spirit communicators. The duties and types of healing arts and spiritual ceremonies performed would naturally vary from tribe to tribe.

Medicine Man Movie

When I first entered the term “Witch Doctor” in a search engine I received the link to this movie.

A pharmaceutical company sends biochemist Dr. Rae Crane into the Amazonian rainforest to locate researcher Robert Campbell after his wife and research partner abandon him.

Medicine Man

is a 1992 American film directed by John McTiernan. The film stars Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco. It also features a noteworthy score by composer Jerry Goldsmith.

At least it is nice to know that someone knew the tradition of the word even if you have to go back to 1992.

Till Next Time


Detoxing Start with Your Home

by Joan L. McDaniel              April 26, 2019

My original article re-published

Since I left the hospital in February 2012, I was on sick leave from work and later disability.  I had accumulated several weeks of vacation to use to get well. I didn’t have much of a budget, and would have to find a cure without spending any extra money. So I turned to my home and its back-yard.  I had been raised respecting Mother Earth and working the land was a great place to start.

I guess that is why I even approached the ability to find natural methods to change my life style from dependence to independence.  I had health insurance but it only covered doctor visits and he didn’t seem to have many suggestions except elevate the head of my bed and take the 13 different prescriptions daily.

I first approached the world around me looking to eliminate toxins.

I began in my home.  I read somewhere the power of natural food and gardens but what about house plants?  I had found an article listing several plants that actually added oxygen to the air around me.  I used the information in the article and added some info and published the following article.

Detox your Home, Fill it With Green

Detox and Purify Your Home

By Joan McDaniel                                                 September 28, 2014


Fresh Flowers

Purify the Air in Your Home

Before you invest in a Home Negative ionizes and Air Purifier Filtering Systems or load up on smelly candles, room fresheners, sprays, and other synthetic air fresheners why not give nature a chance and cleaning the air in your home? The age-old slogan of “Open the Windows” comes to mind.

That may be fine but winter is coming and the window isn’t an option so fill your house with Green plants instead. Having the house filled with fresh-cut flowers is a wonderful luxury and a great way to stay out of the husband fearing doghouse. Flowers make you smile but they don’t stay fresh for long so why not use Green Plants instead?

A Home can be filed with Toxins


Consumer Products that use Formaldehyde

The air in our homes has been shown to contain harmful allergens and toxins. The toxins ultimately end up in our bodies. Toxins like cigarette smoke to manmade building materials, out-gassing carpets, household cleaners, dust, food, furniture, paint, shampoos and Lotions, to open air flame like a fireplace. Just about every that uses glue uses formaldehyde which is a carcinogen.

In general the indoor environment can lead to poor air quality and health issues. I have slowly replaced what I can with natural fabrics and cookware but toxins are there unless I want to live sitting on the floor. Even the floor is put together with glue.

There are Many Type of Synthetic Home Air Freshener Products

From Air Freshener Sprays, “Green” Cleaning products, and Candles American’s can find unlimited amount of products that claim to freshen the home. But many ad toxins and create allergic reactions and actually reduce the air quality. They don’t remove the toxins they just cover the smell. You might as well be smoking 10 packs of cigarettes a day. At least with the cigarettes you can see the film, fog and smell the pollutant. With the chemical sprays you can’t see anything. There is a whole host of cleaners called “Green” Products. If you think they have the power to bring the freshness of nature inside just read the labels.

The House Plant — Grow fresh air.

This is one great way to detox you home? Plants use Photosynthesis to absorb energy from light. Plants act like filters removing Carbon Dioxide and other toxins from the air and then produces nice clean oxygen. Plants increase the oxygen in the air and oxygen is what your body needs to stay well.

All plants undergo photosynthesis, a process that removes carbon dioxide from the air and in turn, releases oxygen.

I now have so many plants in the windows I have taken down the curtains.

You want house plants that either have large broad leaves, or have a lot of leaves

House Plants

According to Positivemed


“1.    Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2 Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

3 Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4 Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5 Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also known to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

6 Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight.”

There are many Indoor Plants that Clean the Air and Remove Toxins

There is Aloe, Janet Craig dieffenlachior, ivy’s, dracaenas, ferns, palms, pathos, philodendron, rubber, spider, Yucca, and many more. There are short plants fit well in a window stile or floor plants that grow to the ceiling. The colors are mostly green some variations are green and yellow or purple.

From all the articles I read about house plants the following plants seem to be the easiest to grow and provide you with a green thumb.

Just don’t over water them which is the main killer of house plants. You can check to see if the plant needs water by testing the dirt with your finger, press gently into the dirt about an inch, if you feel wetness, you’re okay. If it feels dry it’s time to water. Leaf drop is a good indication of over watering.

Keep the roots from sitting in water. Try to find self-watery pots.

Self-watering pots have two bottoms one hold the excess water and the second hold the plant. The second pot has holes in the bottom and the plant’s roots draw up the water. If you can’t find those then at least get pots that have holes and a take up plate or tray at the bottom. Keep the roots from sitting in water.

Indoor Plants that Clean the Air:

These plants have been found to improving the air quality. They are very common and should be very easy to find locally.



Aloe plants increase the oxygen levels in your home and absorb toxins. According to Earthship, one pot of aloe is equivalent to nine biological air cleaners. Besides cleaning the air in my home, I take it internally it has helped be with my “Leaky Gut”. See my article on the subject.

golden pothos

Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures)

Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde. (It is also known as devil’s ivy for this plant stays green even when kept in the dark.)

spider plant

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

If you are looking for an easy plant to give you that Green Thumb, the spider plant fits the bill. You will have a hard time killing this resilient plant. It is also called Airplane plants for the shoots look like airplane propellers or called hen-and-chickens. The shoots can be used to grow another plant just put the shoots in water or directly into potting soil.

Spider Plants grow best in bright but indirect light so set it near a window. Water freely.


Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exacltata)

 The Boston fern is another hardy plant and very attractive. The Boston fern is one of the most common of all indoor ferns.

English ivy

English Ivy (Hedera helix)


Besides cleaning the air and filling it with oxygen the English Ivy also reduces airborne fecal-matter particles mold. The feces and mold has been shown to be removed within only 6 hours.


Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)   

There are many type of palms Dwarf Date, Areca, Bamboo, Lady’s, and reed.

A palm plant is normally large and sits on the floor. A small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries.


Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

 This indoor plant is just about indestructible. This plant is a good first choice to start out easy. Snake plants require little to no lighting.

Rubber plant

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Last but not least, is the Rubber Plant. These plants require minimal lighting and are easy to care for. It thrives in bright rooms. Note the leaves can be toxic, so keep them away from any pets in your home.

Scented Candles Are Toxic

While researching indoor air quality I came across something I did not know. Candles pollute the indoor air as bad as second-hand smoke. Candles are made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product that has to be deodorized and bleached before it can be used as candle wax. The wick in the candle often contain heavy metals like lead and can fill the air with metals when burned. If you can find them, some wicks are made of cotton or paper. Depending on the length of time the candle burns this can be a lot of toxins filling the air. Many candles have synthetic sense and dyes which are – You guessed it TOXIC!


Beeswax Candles.

There and alternative for candles that being Beeswax

Beeswax fill the air with negative irons like Himalayan Salt lamps. I have heard you can find 9-hour beeswax candles to burn which will come in handy for power outages. Also they are small but tea lights for candle holders. Salt lamps are covered a little later.

What are Positive Ions?

You may not know the difference between positive ions and negative. You can experience the feeling after a sudden rainstorm or a wild thunder-storm. You also experience this feeling around the forces of nature like ocean waves, rainstorms, sunlight, waterfalls, and wind they all create negative ions.

Prior to the thunderstorm, you can feel the buildup of tension in the air as the positive ions reach their peak. Once the storm hits, the air produces electrical charges in the atmosphere and rain falls. The resulting oxygen-rich air bursts with negative ions. Once the storm passes, you can feel the sensation and clarity in the air.

Positive ions are generated by electrical devices like your computer and hand-held phone, by scented candles, by walking across carpet, and even by heating/cooling systems. They are a fact of life, but they can carry everything from dust to pollen to toxic mold, so it is important to reduce them. Indoor air typically has a higher concentration of positive ions.

This is where negatively charged ions come in. They bind together and have a heavier molecular weight so they are no longer floating around the air.


Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps

 Himalayan salt crystal lamps consist of a crystalized salt structure with a light inside. Salt crystal candles are also available. Salt naturally attracts water and a crystal lamp pulls water vapor out of the air which means it also pulls out pollen and dissolves the vapor. Turning a salt crystal lamp on improves the air purification process because the lamp creates heat. The lamp even works when it is turned off.

Salt Crystal lamps also emit negative ions and oxygen to the air like after a thunderstorm.

Salt crystal lamps are normally small and can fit different indoor area.

cat wheat grass

Don’t Forget the Family Cat!! 

As I filled my home with Oxygen and the addition of green plants, Beeswax candles and a Salt Lamp my Cat was in the center of it all.

Indoor Plants for the Cat

I had acquired a new kitten and found it was extremely attracted to my addition of plants. I would acquire a potted plant only to find it flat the next day. The culprit? My Cat.

Cats or at least this cat loves to eat greens. A catnip plant comes to mind but I found my cat needs its own grass and it is called wheatgrass.

“I need a shot…of wheatgrass!”

Cats are natural carnivores. They eat grass for their digestion and help get rid of those hair balls you sometimes find on the carpet. The kitty is on to something. Munching wheatgrass can actually be beneficial for their health.

Digestive Health

The fiber in wheatgrass is good for kitty’s digestion it is a natural laxative. It not only helps with hair balls but digested bad food and any toxins. Eating wheatgrass can actually help kitty rid her body of poisonous or inedible matter. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll and folic acid, which assists in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen through the blood. This will give her more energy to chase birds and play with that catnip toy.

You can’t tell the cat what to eat but better it eat its own plant than mine. Eating wheatgrass is safer than eating outdoor grass. In fact I eat a little wheat grass too.

The Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

Few plants are as highly associated with health as wheatgrass. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Video (5:21):

Holistic Health

The Health Benefits of Wheatgrass – The Facts

Few plants are as highly associated with health as wheatgrass. Wheatgrass provides a concentrated amount of nutrients, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E. Wheatgrass fans say that its rich nutrient content boosts immunity, kills harmful bacteria in your digestive system, and rids your body of waste. Some proponents tout wheatgrass for cancer, anemia, diabetes, constipation, infections, skin conditions, colon cleansing, ulcerative colitis and joint pain, among other health concerns. The benefits of wheatgrass come from the raw plant. Since the plant itself is indigestible, juicing is the most common way of taking wheat grass. There are few scientific studies documenting the benefits of wheatgrass, but proponents are steadfast in their support of the green juice. Source : Mayo Clinic

Till Next Time


What Are GMO’s?

By Joan McDaniel                    April 12, 2019

This is a re-write of my original article;

What are Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)?

September 28, 2012

Some Current Day GMO History

I wrote this article almost 7+ years ago.  I had determined to use a diet of natural food especially food grown in my own garden (Kale) or by the local farmers that attended my local farmer’s markets.

I soon learned it is important to know how the food was grown and how to grow food in my own garden.  The word “Organic” soon became part of my vocabulary.  Organic means use natural fertilizer the opposite means synthetic (man-made chemical) fertilizer.  The fertilizer market had been taken over by Monsanto’s product “RoundUp”.

Dolly the Sheep

When I wrote the following article, I did not quite understand what the organic word really meant nor did I really understand farming.  (Not that I fully understand either now.) Although the following article is somewhat dated it presents some interesting research on the concept of GMO’s.  “Dolly” the sheep was the topic of discussion.  In 1996 Dolly was the first successful cloned animal and it was the hot discussion and hard to imagine concept or the day.  It was also a harbinger of what was to come.

Monsanto and Roundup Ready 

As I said in my previous article What is Canola Oil, Monsanto in 1996 introduced their first “Roundup Ready” Canola in Canada.  This technology changed the face of Western Canadian agriculture and was a catalyst in the success of the Canadian canola industry.


The main active ingredient of Roundup is the isopropylamine salt of glyphosate. Monsanto introduced seed which grow into plants genetically engineered to be tolerant to glyphosate,which are known as Roundup Ready crops.  Monsanto further has patented these Roundup Ready seeds.  Many unfortunate farmer has found that they not only had to buy the seed but had to pay royalty on every plant that grew.  Monsanto soon was suing thousands of farmers for patent infringement. Many farmers went bankrupted.  Many farmers in India facing debt, committed massive suicide.

I have heard it said that Monsanto’s desire was to sell not the seeds but to increase sales of Roundup all over the world.

According to Natural Society, “Monsanto’s GMO Creations Caused 291,000 Suicides in India (2009)”

A Lot Has Changed

A lot has happened since then.  After years of Monsanto being outlawed and kicked out of the every country in the rest of the world, except Guess Where? Monsanto successful propaganda and advertising campaign established itself as the number one producer of fertilizer or herbicide. Roundup soon became the center and in control of America’s farmland.

The genes contained in these seeds are patented. Such crops allow farmers to use glyphosate as a post-emergence herbicide against most broadleaf and cereal weeds.

Some definitions:

Pesticides are chemicals that may be used to kill fungus, bacteria, insects, plant diseases, snails, slugs, or weeds among others. These chemicals can work by ingestion or by touch and death may occur immediately or over a long period of time.

Insecticides are a type of pesticide that is used to specifically target and kill insects. Some insecticides include snail bait, ant killer, and wasp killer.

Herbicides are used to kill undesirable plants or “weeds”. Some herbicides will kill all the plants they touch, while others are designed to target one species.

Roundup Kills weeds

But it has been said Roundup kills anything it gets close to, with the exception of seed that has been made “roundup ready”.  Their own GMO seed. It isn’t supposed to kill animals or humans but —— lets get the rest of the story.

Suddenly the Earth Shook

After years of battling Monsanto, of working to expose the lies about glyphosate and Roundup weed killer; ————

Suddenly the Earth shook and a farmer in California won a law suit against Monsanto saying it did indeed cause his terminal cancer.

Now it is a whole new story with the courts making the demands not Monsanto.

According to Yahoo News and many other sources

“A wave of lawsuits has put pressure on Bayer since its $63-billion takeover of Monsanto last year, spooking investors who worry damages payouts could quickly mount into the billions if the firm fails to convince courts its product is safe.”

Monsanto Co., is the giant U.S. seed and herbicide maker.

As of this writing Monsanto has lost two major law suites both with payout in the millions of dollars.  A third law-suit has just started.

The first Plaintiff was a CA farmer Dewayne Johnson diagnosed in 2014 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a cancer that affects white blood cells — says he repeatedly used a professional form of Roundup while working at a school in Benicia, California.

Monsanto case: Bay Area man with cancer awarded $289 million in damages

The second 

Investors flee Bayer after second glyphosate trial blow

The jury in the Hardeman v. Monsanto trial ordered Bayer to pay Edwin Hardeman $80 million. The judgment followed last week’s unanimous decision by the same jury that Roundup caused Hardeman’s cancer.

Meanwhile, jury selection began this week in a third trial, Pilliod v. Monsanto. This time, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, married for nearly 50 years, allege that long-term exposure to Roundup caused them both to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

Chief executive Werner Baumann said last month the company faced a total of 11,200 US cases over Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate, a herbicide key to Monsanto’s business model that has come in for intense scrutiny around the world

How many more trials will it take before Roundup is banned for good?

Oh by the Way, I wouldn’t trust the Organic Label for Monsanto has managed to destroy it also.


I grow my own or go to my local Farmers Market.

Now on with the original article

Also I detox off and on because I sure we all have Glyphosate in our systems.

What are Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)?

By Joan McDaniel 9/29/2012 Updated 2/4/2014

In light of the recent alarming findings by French research scientists, in what has been referred to as the first complete study of GMO’s,

Hot Off the Press: Rats Fed GMO Corn Die Young

What Is A GMO?

I thought I’d take a stab at attempting to clarify exactly what is a GMO?


Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organism (GMOs) such as genetically modified crops or animals. This article deals with genetically modified crops only.  It will not discuss genetic engineering of animals or of other different organisms. Remember Dolly the sheep?  Well we won’t be talking about Sheep, just plants and seeds.


Opponents of genetically modified food often refer to it as “Frankenfood”,


after Mary Shelley’s character Frankenstein and the monster she creates. The term was coined in 1992 by Paul Lewis, an English professor at Boston College who used the word in a letter he wrote to the New York Times in response to the decision of the US Food and Drug Administration to allow companies to market genetically modified food. The term “Frankenfood” has become a battle cry of the Label GMO movement.

Does GMO stand for “God Move Over”?

Just like the creation of  the artificial hydrogenation process, in the 1890’s used to create margarine and Procter & Gamble’s Crisco, commercial interests are hard at work.  But now they have decided to control more of the food production by creating a whole new plant.

These genetically modified crops are created in a laboratory by taking genes (or DNA) from one plant and inserting them into another.   The purpose is to obtain a desired trait or characteristic such as allowing for faster growth, produce extra nutrients, and/or be resistance to pathogens. Bacteria or viruses have also been spliced into the plant’s DNA. Genetically engineered corn, for example, has DNA added so that it has a pesticide built right into it.

The purpose is stated as being beneficial to mankind.  It makes me wonder: have these scientists breached the species Barrier set up by nature? This is of benefit to whom? I have heard it said that GMO stands for “God Move Over.”

The First GMO?

Calgene Flavr Savr Delayed ripening tomato.



The first Commercial sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its Flavr Savr delayed ripening tomato. This tomato was first marketed under the name MacGregor’s Tomato. Typically, genetically modified foods are called transgenic.  Transgenic means the transfer of genes from one species to another.

The current Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) plant products are canola, corn cotton seed oil, cotton, rice and soybean.


These Charts Show Every Genetically Modified Food People Already Eat in the U.S.

Flavr Savr was produced by the Californian company, Calgene, and submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992. On May 17, 1992, the FDA completed its evaluation of the Flavr Savr tomato concluding that the tomato “is as safe as tomatoes bred by conventional means”. The development of new varieties of tomato, oilseed rapeseed (Canola Oil) and Cotton intended for food use are also safe for use.  Calgene made history, but mounting costs prevented the company from becoming profitable, and it was eventually acquired by the Monsanto Company.

Grafting and Hybridizing is not GMO

Growers have in the past grafted plants, animals and hybridizing seeds but within the laws of nature.  You cannot mate a pig with a potato or a mouse.

Animal Farm Card 001 

In order to illustrate, somehow the image of a pig comes to mind.  My mind somehow went directly to an illustration from the great book “Animal Farm”.  Now you take the pig. You can cross-breed or mate a breed of pig with another breed of pig and get a new breed of pig but it is still a pig. Even when the species may seem closely related the offspring is usually infertile.  Like a horse, for example.  A horse can mate with a donkey but the offspring (a mule) is sterile.


It’s the same thing with cats, dogs, cows, geraniums and the list goes on.  We have tall dogs, short dogs, curly-haired dogs and long-haired dogs.  You have cats without fur but so far no dog cat or dog goat or boy girl or dogs and WHATEVER.

I told that to a Farmer who sells grass feed beef at my local Farmer’s market.  He thought it was funny.  His farm still has the original land grant.  This man takes the raising of beef very serious. The way we looked at it is why would you want to mix things up? If you get my the picture, if God wanted that kind of animal there would be one already.  Leave well enough alone.

Insecticides herbicides Round Up and Round Up Ready

GMO’s scientist are the first to say their research is used to benefit mankind with such grand ideas like, “fight world hunger” or “make growing easier, safer”. Like why not make a plant that is resistant to bugs or weeds?


Monsanto’s (Glyphosate) broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds was invented in 1970 by Monsanto’s chemist John E. Franz in 1970. In 1970 it was brought to market under the trade name Roundup. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the US.  While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist.

Some crops have been genetically engineered to be resistant to Glyphosate (i.e. Roundup Ready, also created by Monsanto Company). Such crops allow farmers to use glyphosate as a post-emergence herbicide against both broadleaf and cereal weeds, but the development of similar resistance in some weed species is emerging as a costly problem. Soy was the first Roundup Ready crop.   


GMO’s are Banned or Restricted in Over 40 Different Countries.

Before now we knew very little about the long-term health consequences of eating GMOs or of a diet laden with GMOs.  GMO’s have never been proven safe.  The FDA does not conduct independent testing and the biotech industry is not required to conduct long-term safety studies because the claim that right is protected under its patented seeds and technologies.

Over 40 countries such as Africa, Asia, Australia, All European Union nations, Japan, South America and the Middle East have banned or restricted GMO Foods.  While the United States and Canada allow for both the growth and import of GMOs without even so much as a food label.

Remember the FDA has concluded GMO Foods are “as safe as foods bred by conventional means”.

Now I do not want to tell business what to do, nor do I want the government to dictate what I eat. But the government now approves what food products are safe or in the case of the FDA “GRAS” (Generally Regarded as Safe) and can be sold to the public.

The government with the ability to approve what products are allowed to go to market sounds like a great opportunity for money under the table and payola science… science “for sale” to wealthy corporations. Nearly all the studies that somehow conclude GMO are safe were paid for by the biotech industry. Every one of those studies is unreliable and most likely fraudulent and the scientist a sellout.

The following article from the Health Ranger gives a good overall review of the battle for the  GMO labeling and worth the read.  We have lost some and we are winning some but more and more people are finding out about — “What exactly is a GMO?”

There is no stopping the GMO labeling movement, admits mainstream media

Originally published January 30 2014

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) It is a war for the truth, and writer Laura Parker seems to think that the people are winning it. Awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is clearly on the rise nationwide, and in the midst of this knowledge boon comes the admission by some in the mainstream media that mandatory GMO labeling is no longer a question of if, but of when.

Click the following link for the complete article

Corporate science is fraudulent science. When enough money is at stake, scientists can be bought off to even declare smoking cigarettes to be safe.

Health Ranger launches 3-minute ‘GMOs Explained’ video to introduce new people to the dangers of genetically modified foods.

Sorry Gates: GMO Crops Shown to be Ineffective at Fighting World Hunger


“Monsanto shareholder Bill Gates has argued that GMOs are the solution to world hunger, going as far as to say that they are actually needed to fight worldwide starvation. Unfortunately for Gates, who back in 2010 bought 500,000 shares of the company he is now promoting in mainstream media as the solution to the world’s problems, a team of 900 scientists have found that GMO crops are actually not effective at fighting world hunger. “

While I do not want to dwell on politics or any heavy subject like world hunger, I do want to review a growing trend that is taking over our typical farmer and farm land.  I will refer you to Dr. Mercola for the heavy stuff.  This article is about Monoculture and biodiversity.  Our good Dr. says Monoculture can end life as we know it.

In the meantime, communities, indeed entire countries in some cases, are losing their livelihoods and their sovereignty to giant biotech corporations like Monsanto.  The small farmer is being replaced or forced to conform to Monsanto’s control.

Kaiser Permanente warning:

Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States, has published a newsletter advising members to avoid GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in food?

In a Fall 2012 newsletter, Kaiser provided this guidance:

“What do soda, canned chicken soup, margarine, and corn flakes have in common? They all contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. GMOs have a piece of DNA from a different species, such as bacteria or viruses, spliced into their DNA. Genetically engineered corn, for example, has DNA added so that it has a pesticide built right into it. This process creates a new species of plant that would have never occurred in nature.”


Till Next Time


Seeds of Freedom

Scientists Warn about the Potential Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods

The case for mandatory GMO labeling – even if you believe in limited government and the free market

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

What is Canola Oil?

By Joan McDaniel                       April 1, 2019

This is an update to my original article:

Exactly, What is Canola Oil?

By Joan McDaniel          September 16, 2012

Canola Oil to the Rescue   

canola oil flower 

Seven Years Ago

This article was written almost 7 years ago.  Not much has changed since then except I have gotten a lot stronger.  Canola Oil is still around and flying off the grocery selves.  We don’t hear much about Fat-Free anymore but it is still being favored by nutritionist.  The biggest bad-guy is still saturated fats.  At the time of my original article the FDA had just ruled that Trans-fat had to be listed on the product label.  That didn’t stop anything except calling anything Trans Fat.

What kind of cooking oil is best? First we had the Fat-Free diet; Dr. Atkins changed that to a glycemic index diet. That diet didn’t use oil’s as such they used synthetic oils or Trans Fat. That didn’t completely address the problem.  Lard and bacon fat was being replaced as American favorite cooking oil and Crisco was its replacement.

A growing number of independent lab test results are showing some troubling results with Trans Fat that the FDA could ignore anymore.

We now we have the Canola Oil solution. The Health Food Industry mistaken and untested “lipid hypothesis” edict of“All Saturated Fat is bad your heart” is coming under increased questioning. The FDA has now ruled that Trans-fat has to be listed on the product label.

Most of the Health Food Industry’s products are from hydrogenated vegetable oils, of which 70% is trans-fat.  The Food Industry is under pressure to produce “Heart Healthy” Oil that will deal with or pass the growing concern.  Canola Oil to the rescue and a high-priced slick advertising campaign was to follow.

The Fat-Free Diet and My Hypertension.

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Many years ago, I followed the recommended fat-free diet to the letter.  I had developed high blood pressure.  My pressure was so high, I could hardly see.  I felt like my head was going to blow off judging from the pressure I felt in the back of my neck. After having pressure readings of 200/195 and several doctor’s visits, my doctor prescribed several medications and recommended I change my diet and “avoid salt” at all costs.

In those days, the Fat-Free diet was all the fad and I became the biggest fan.  I became a strict fat-free advocate with flare, and of course, low salt. I bought several cook books, watched Fat-Free cooking programs on TV. I subscribed to magazines and started cooking. I even baked fat-free muffins. I began to cook for myself, my patients and my friends. I was very proud of myself. I did notice then that the diet seemed to cut out everything that tasted good except sugar.  But, of course, what do I know.  I wasn’t even a Nurse then.

I can’t believe it’s not Butter!  Ad Campaign

Canola Oil Margarine

Remember the advertisement “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, can you?”

The Ad promoted margarine as a healthy alternative to butter. This buttery “type” spread was developed in 1979 by J.H. Filbert. It was meant to be a lower costing alternative to butter. It was the introduction of Canola Oil to the public.

In an attempt to eliminate trans fats, the manufacturers introduced this oil into the market.  It is a blend of soybean and canola oil. The trick is – it is not hydrogenated oil (so there’s 0g trans-fat).  In fact, it is monounsaturated oil just like Olive oil. Soybean and Canola Oil were the first Genetically Modified Food (GMO)

The ads are still running and the product is still in most grocery stores where butter and other types of margarine are found.  The product has been so successful; Canola oil is now marketed as a substitute for Olive Oil and is in most grocery stores where Olive Oil is found. In fact, how do you know your Olive Oil isn’t Canola Oil.

Oh by the way what exactly is Vegetable Oil?  It isn’t Oil from vegetables.  I looked at some labels and I found Canola Oil, Hydrogenated oil, Soybean oil, etc.


I just hope more than a few have learned that margarine in not good for you and neither is the Fat-Free Standard American Diet (SAD). And as this article will show, neither is Canola oil.

Standard American Diet

(SAD) is Low Fat high Carbs with a moderate amount of fiber. Note the majority of the diet is rice, potato, bread and pasta which are carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates convert to instant sugar in the body.  Sugar in the body causes inflammation which causes illness in the future. Hopefully many of my readers know that by now.

Years of eating Fat Free did not help me.

Now, years later I have found the Fat-Free diet did nothing for me. I still had the Hypertension which was getting worse. I needed 3 pills, instead of one. Plus I had developed the early signs of insulin resistant diabetes and at the start of that year (2012) I was hospitalized for 10 days, because I could hardly breathe, was too weak to even walk and my hypertension was out of control.

Some progress HUH! Plus, I kept getting weaker and sicker as each year went by.

Now, of course, all that has passed, since finding my new diet consisting of coconut oil, iodine, sea salt and the rest of the good natural food stuff, I have written about.

Today, I no longer take any prescription medication.  I am no longer hypertensive; my thyroid is enjoying its iodine and providing me lots of renewed energy. Now I’m trying to break my carb habit and become free from any sugar and insulin resistive problems.  But along  the way….

Reading Labels produced some real surprises.

Take mayonnaise for example;

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Along the way of investigating and research I found reading product labels, was generated some real surprises, one major surprise was mayonnaise.  I have found all mayonnaise, even the advertised “real mayonnaise”, is made either with vegetable oil, or soy.  I was looking to add a real mayonnaise with olive oil, like I had added a real butter back into my diet.  By the Way Soy, was the original GMO product used to replace Coconut Oil


To help with my fact-finding, I was visiting my local Health Food Store often.  One day I was visiting, looking for an olive oil based mayonnaise. The assistant manager and I had become friends. Her knowledge of food and nutrition was very informative, and I had learned to trust her knowledge. She had even given me a large, very helpful and informative book on nutrition.

Upon seeing her I said, “I just found out most mayonnaise is made from vegetable oils or soy”. She confirmed my suspicion about soy being a GMO. She responded, “I have just the thing for you”.  I followed her down the aisles. She handed me a bottle of mayonnaise.   “This is just the thing”, she said “It’s made with the new Canola Oil”.  It’s healthy and safe and better for you.

So, Exactly What is Canola Oil?

On October 6, 2006 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled the approval of canola oil’s health claim on its ability to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to its unsaturated fat content.  Canola Oil was introduced to the FDA for approval by the Canola Council of Canada. Barb Isman the councils chairman said, “The FDA’s stamp of approval is proof positive that canola oils are really Good for Every Body”!

The resulting advertising campaign like the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” campaign has been very successful. Many people believe it, including the people from Health Food Store who now talk of the “Good Oil”. Many stores feature food cooked in the oil. In fact, many honest food producers are using Canola Oil over Olive Oil because it is less expensive.

But what is a Canola,  is it like an Olive?  What is a Canola?

Olive oil comes from Olives, Coconut Oil comes from coconuts, Walnut oil comes from walnuts, and Canola oil comes from — are you ready?  — the seed of the yellow flowing rapeseed plant, which is part of the mustard family of plants. Rapeseed is a GMO created plant. 

Rape Seed Flower

RapeSeed Plant


Rape Seed

According to the Health Ranger, “The Canadian government subsidizes rapeseed planting and harvesting. These plants are easy to grow because they are GMO modified to be insect resistant or “Roundup Ready”

Field of RapeSeed Flowers

Canola oil is cheaper and easier to use for processed foods than the more expensive, healthier cold pressed oil such as olive oil. The Canadian government, it is reported, put up the cash to have the FDA classify Canola oil as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe). This classification allowed the Canola industry to avoid long-term safety testing”

Canola oil stands for Canada Oil or Oil from Canada.  After all, Rapeseed Oil does  sounds a little odd.

Expeller Press and Cold Pressed

All oil is produced by pressing.  Olive oil presses olives; coconut oil presses coconut meat; walnut oil… etc. Even mustard is made by pressing mustard seeds. You get the picture.

There are two types of pressing process, cold press and expeller pressed.

Expeller pressed is a chemical-free mechanical process that extracts oil from seeds and nuts.  The temperature reached during pressing depends on the hardness of the nut or seed. The harder it is the higher the friction which increases the temperature.  Rapeseed comes from the mustard family and like mustard it’s seed is one of the harder type, therefore the heat generated during pressing is high (over 300 degrees).

Cold Pressing is used to produce delicate oils, or those when flavor is key.  The temperature is keep below 120 degrees F.

To compare it to Olive oil is a sin.  Real olive oil is not processed, it is pressed from real fruit an olive not a flower seed. There are more minerals and healthy things in an olive then there is in any seed.  Ancient societies have worshiped the Olive and Olive Oil for its life giving qualities. Local oil growing communities have olive oil tasting ceremonies when the oil is first pressed.

In previous articles on this site I have shown research material indicating many manufactures cutting costs and not using Olive Oil at all to make extra virgin olive oil.  They are adding another oil to reduce cost and meet demand.

I also have included other articles reporting on Olive Oil and the dangers when heating it:

Heating a monounsaturated fat like olive oil, makes the oil break down and become perishable with oxidative damage which then forms free-radicals, inflammation and illness in the body.

expeller-pressed coconut oil 

expeller pressed label

If anyone wants to know the difference between cold pressed and expeller pressed, taste the difference with Coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is cold pressed. For those of you who want the benefits of coconut oil but do not like the taste or smell, use expeller pressed. The friction based process removes all taste and smell. Unlike olive oil, coconut oil withstands any nutritional changes because it is a saturated fat and is safe to eat. Expeller pressed coconut oil is used in things like free smelling soap.

Look out Canola oil is sold in bottles next to the Olive Oil.  Read Your Food Labels Carefully.


The oil is sold separately in bottles, but added warning for it is also included in many prepared or processed foods, even in the health food store.  For it is healthy remember?

Meanwhile, the health food industry sells and uses it as a healthy alternative despite growing evidence of toxic dangers. In fact, since even an expert cannot tell virgin olive oil by taste, you better look at the label extra carefully for if it says Expeller processed IT IS NOT OLIVE OIL.

Expeller processed is NOT OLIVE OIL.  To be Olive Oil IT MUST BE COLD PRESSED.

Olive Oil is so delicate it has to be cold pressed to be healthy.  I have even seen bottles of canola oil and olive oil together and YES I HAVE SEEN expeller pressed olive oil.  It was made by the same manufacture of the Canola oil that’s on the next shelf down.

I did not take the time to expand on the real dangers of Canola Oil which can be found in the following list of articles.  There are some major health dangers in this product. Read the following links to get more of the story.

All those above highlights can be found in Sources listed below but the best one is a video from the Health Ranger himself.

Health Ranger Video


you eating pesticides? Canola oil a great insect killer

Vegol Pesticidal Canola Oil

The Health Ranger reveals how the No. 1 ingredient in a pesticide product is actually canola oil, and describes the warnings on the product which include that you should never get the oil on your skin or clothing. Soybean oil is also discussed as a key ingredient in another pesticide product.

“The Truth About Canola Oil”


Rapeseed was originally a very toxic acid called lear oil which had to be removed from the market.

Rapeseed oil is genetically modified to withstand Monsanto’s weed killing herbicide Roundup.


Rapeseed oil is heated to over 300 degrees, which creates a unpleasant odor which needs further processing and solvents to remove.

Trans fat: An unhealthy substance that is made through the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils. Hydrogenation solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life and the flavor stability of oils and foods that contain them. Trans fatty acids are found in vegetable shortening and in some margarine, crackers, cookies, and snack foods. Trans fatty acids are also found in abundance in many deep-fried foods. Trans fatty acids both raise the ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol and lower the ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol levels in blood, markedly increasing the risk of heart disease. Also known as trans fat.

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“The Dangers of Canola Oil”

“Canola Oil is a Classic Example of Food Fraud”

“Canola Oil – Danger !!!???

What is Cold Pressed Oil?

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Heartburn and Stomach Acid

By Joan McDaniel      March 28,2019

In the process of putting the fire out, I began my research into what was bothering me the most —- My stomach.  I was literally full of hot air.  It seemed to be getting better when eating natural foods from my garden or the local farmers garden like Kale and other lettuce.

I began to explore what is Heartburn and what was my stomach trying to tell me.  My belly wasn’t a very happy fellow –  I didn’t actually have any pain but I knew I also wasn’t digesting food very well either.  What exactly is Stomach Acid seemed to be a good place to start.

This is a re-write of my original article

Heartburn – Too Much or Too Little Stomach acid?

By Joan McDaniel                        July 30, 2013

Heart Burn



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One of Big Pharma’s major money makers are antacids.  There seems to be a constant barrage of advertisements on Radio, TV, and the internet.  If you have heard one advertisement you have heard them all.  Temporary relief from the pain of acid indigestion – acid reflux – GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disease) – Heartburn –

There is a big market for heartburn medication and a long list of name-brand (patented) pills.

But what your stomach needs is more acid not less.

There has never been an over-acid stomach with natural acid. All the “heartburn” and “acid indigestion” symptoms are created because of low stomach acid, which causes incomplete digestion and inflammation called “Heart Burn”

Why do you think they call them antacids?  They reduce the much-needed stomach acid. Antacids suppress or cover up or turn to cement what stomach acid is left in the stomach. But what your stomach with its heart burn signal is trying to tell you is “I NEED SOME SEA SALT” and I need something to help me digest the food. We are suppressing the all-important digestive process with antacids.

Antacid medications means big bucks for BigPharma.


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Anti-acids are the third highest-selling class of drugs in the United States, after antipsychotics and statins, with over 100 million prescriptions and $13.9 billion in sales in 2010, in addition to over-the-counter sales.

For some of these medications, the originally patient has run out and it can now be sold over the counter for others you need a Doctor’s Prescription to protect the original patient.

The Pharmaceutical Company’s propaganda or sales pitch is; “To treat Frequent Heartburn over a 14 day course of treatment.  The medication action is described as “reducing the total load in the GI tract and elevate gastric pH to reduce Pepcid activity.”



Are Drugs Making Your Heartburn Worse and Worse? That’s ok Just Fix It with Surgery!

What starts as mild upset stomach, often escalates to major antacid meds and maybe eventually to Endoscopy, ulcers, surgery or other life threatened diseases like cancer.  You find yourself starting with the mild forms of antacids like:

Alka-Selzer, Andrews Antacid, Briochi, Eno, Equate, Gas-X, Gaviscon,  Gelusil, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepto-Bismol, Rennie, Rolaids, and Tums.

As the stomach problems worsen, you move on to the longer-lasting H2-receptor antagonist, which now have been replaced with the  heavier and longer lasting PPI (proton pump inhibitors) The bloating, belching and heartburn seems to worsen.  Your stomach gets distended and you begin to put on weight.  Especially around the belly button or stomach. Eventually treatments for ulcers and other stomach ailments and if not, including surgery follow.

These drugs are among the most widely sold drugs in the world.  The vast majority of these drugs are benzimidazole derivatives, but promising new research indicates the imidazopyridine derivatives may be a more effective means of treatment. High dose or long-term use of PPIs carries a possible increased risk of bone fractures, and other side effects.

Clinically used proton pump inhibitors:

Aluminium hydroxide

Dexlansoprazole (brand name: Kapidex, Dexilant)

Esomeprazole (brand names: Nexium, Esotrex, esso)

Ilaprazole (brand names: Noltec, Yili’an, Ilapro, Lupilla, Adiza)

Lansoprazole (brand names: Prevacid, Zoton, Monolitum, Inhibitol, Levant, Lupizole)



Omeprazole (brand names: Gasec, Losec, Prilosec, Zegerid, ocid, Lomac, Omepral, Omez,Omepep)

Pantoprazole (brand names: Protonix, Somac, Pantoloc, Pantozol, Zurcal, Zentro, Pan, Controloc, Tecta)

Rabeprazole (brand names: AcipHex, Pariet, Erraz, Zechin, Rabecid, Nzole-D, Rabeloc, Razo. Dorafem: combination with domperidone


Hydrochloric Acid: God’s Natural Antiseptic.

Hydrochloric acid is the acid found in the stomach

With sufficient and normal Hydrochloric Acid HCl, all waste acids along with fermentation disappear. It follows that all “heartburn” and gastritis are symptoms of low HCl, not high acid as the pharmaceutical sales pitches claim.


What is stomach acid for?

One thing is Immunity; your gut is your immune system. The good bacteria in your gut are what fight the bad bacteria.  But if, the bacteria has been destroyed by antibiotics or a high sugar diet the colon becomes inflamed and the good and bad bacteria are destroyed.

Put the Fire Out

If your gut is inflamed so is your immune system.  If your gut is inflamed, it isn’t digesting food very well either.  Remember inflamed is inflammation the start of all diseases.  Also remember you need good anti-oxidant food to fix the free radical damage.

Your immune system is simply overwhelmed and your physiological and mental health is probably inflamed also. You don’t feel very good; your temper is short your anxiety has increased, and your muscles hurt.  You may even find depression.  In fact, the doctor may be the first to diagnose depression for there is a long list of profit-making pills for that too.

You need stomach acid for digestion food that contains vital nutrients and minerals. Stomach acid is also essential for preventing the growth of bacteria and yeast in your stomach. With sufficient and normal HCl, all waste acids along with fermentation disappear. It follows that all “heartburn” and gastritis are symptoms of low HCl, not high acid as the pharmaceutical sales pitches claim.

Hydrochloric acid is the wall, if it is low the body cannot fight off pathogens. Pepcid is what digest food.  Without it food just sits undigested (malabsorbed), becomes fermented (becomes non-oxidized alcohol) and rots. Your body cannot digest food.

With antacids covering the symptoms, the pains continue the stomach boating increases as does the gas and reflux. Septic or toxicity increases of the tissues and organs. Pyorrhea, symptoms of indigestion, nephritis, appendicitis, abscesses, pneumonia, etc., begin to appear. Deficiency of normal acid leads to stagnation of organs like the gall bladder and the pancreas, causing diabetes and gallstones, and leads the way to all forms of degenerative disease.


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What can help heartburn naturally?

My research found these Long term natural solutions.

Lifestyle changes in order to start eating right, cutting back on sugar, alcohol, and stress foods like caffeine, increase your intake of fats (saturated and polyunsaturated), increase your intake of Sea Salt (not modern processed salt) moderate exercise, relaxation and increasing intake of digestive enzymes. Try to eat as much raw food as possible, cooking or processing food destroys the much-needed enzymes that metabolize (digest) food.

Increase probiotic and prebiotic. Probiotics are the actual good gut bacteria or gut flora. prebiotic is dietary fiber. Eat foods high in fiber. (See my article Need Fiber in your Diet? Eat a Tree or better yet eat a Coconut!)

Well known probiotic foods include raw milk yogurt and other fermented foods, such as non-pasteurized sauerkraut (best if homemade). Probiotic supplements are also available.

  • Use real sea salt.  Don’t make the error thinking “salt is salt”.  What we think as table salt has been refined and processed.  It has been radically altered by heating up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which destroys all possible nutrients.  To add to the process they then bleach the product to make it look white and pure.  Table salt is chemically cleaned and is nutrient free. The processed salt is not pure sodium chloride but is only 97.5 percent sodium chloride and anticaking and flow agents are added to compromise about 2.5 percent. These are dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate.

Mild cases of “heartburn” can also be aided by a daily regimen of apple cider  vinegar, which stimulates natural production of HCl in the stomach. Take 1 tablespoon in 8 ounces of water, before meals. Look for the raw unfiltered Apple cider Vinegar, you can tell its raw for there are pieces that float in the bottom of the bottle.  This Vinegar is available in most food stores.

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  • A word of caution when it comes to baking soda (bicarbonate of soda, not baking powder).  Baking Soda may help but what you need is more acid.  Baking Soda is alkaline Great for pH but tough when your trying to get digestion re-started.
  • An ounce or two of unprocessed Aloe Vera juice is good for heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Ginger and Peppermint have gastro protective effects.  They have been found to promote regression of GERD symptoms without side effects.

Cayenne powder is another remedy. Use half or full teaspoon of cayenne powder and water.

-Activated Charcoal supplements, which absorbs the unwanted gas. Supplements are available online.

It Can Be Done

I used many of the ideas listed above and some more I found later over and over again.  It felt like I was fighting the inflammation an inch at a time.  First it was the Stomach then the colon.  In fact, I still belch and my stomach acid isn’t balance but it is so much better than when I started back in 2012.  I am digesting my food much better.  It is a complex issue not only stomach acid but pH balance, toxins, detoxify and eating different kinds of foods.  It isn’t easy but it can be done.

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