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My Are Washed Clothes Toxic?

By Joan McDaniel                     August 26, 2019

These articles document my recovery from being very sick, and regaining my health by what I ate.  I researched and learned by doing.  I discovered the world of homeopathy and other natural theory to recover my health. My next phase of learning how to recover from my weakened condition was to eliminate the toxins around me.  What better place then to look at the clothes you wear and the maintenance of keeping them and you clean.

This society puts a major effort in maintaining cleanliness.  In some cases, the word Clean is more important than being real.  Truth isn’t understood or separated from all the propaganda. Propaganda simply makes you feel like belonging.  It is more important to be accepted as than anything resembling something or someone of honest values.  Yet is what we are using to be accepted as clean,  hazardous to our health?

It is assumed the body will not notice the difference.  Clean has become so important we think the only way to be accepted is to surround  and fill ourselves with toxic chemicals on a daily basis.  We seem to have a major desire to be sterile.  Machines and Artificial Intelligent Robots may need to be sterile but we Human Beings need bacteria to stay alive and healthy.

Yet, to be healthy your body needs bacteria – both good bacteria and bad bacteria.  Chemicals do not co-exist especially with living matter, especially when the concept of clean means bacteria free.  Out bodies need good and bad bacteria to remain alive and healthy. You can be alive but not healthy.

Which brings me to my next article –  It is part 1 of three parts on the subject of clothes.  I looked at washed clothes and all the toxic material used to keep them that way.

Washed clothes may be free from grime but be very toxic.

Your Laundry Detergent may be Hazardous to Your Health

By Joan McDaniel                                August 23, 2013

Before I start this article, I would like to ask;

mud pies

What does everyone have against dirt?  When I was a kid, I made mud pies for me and my friends. What is so dirty about dirt?  We Americans seemed obsessed with getting rid of dirt like we are with bacteria. Science has proven dirt is beneficial to a child’s life, playing in dirt builds a strong immune system.  It’s interesting to know mankind used to get B-12 from ingesting dirt. People throughout history weren’t so dirt-phobic or germ conscious, as they are today.


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Most of the products sold in the grocery store are labeled anti-xxxx. We want all dirt gone and all bacteria dead (Germ Theory), and that goes for both good and bad bacteria.  Is our concept of clean made us dependent on toxic chemicals? It also seems to me to be a little unbalanced when the producers of personal and household cleaners seem more concerned about harm to the environment than harm to the human body.

Please note: Without God’s gift of dirt our plants would not grow and without good bacteria, what we eat would turn to garbage and never be digested. So……………….


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Before you reach for that laundry detergent you better read a little further.

Big business and  well financed laundry detergent commercials are full of propaganda.  They show pictures of nature’s mountains, streams, and wildflowers’ giving the impression their product makes clothes fresh as pure mountain air. Words like natural aroma, freshness, and spring renewal are printed on the product label. But, in reality you are wrapping yourself in a toxic blanket of chemicals.  Commercial laundry detergents may remove the stains and grime as this old advertisement shows, but leave toxins that cause unwanted problems ranging from cancer, inflammation, neurological damage, skin irritations, and many others.

Clothes cover the whole body and as you sweat, clothes cling to the skin.  As I have documented in “Are Skin Care Products Harmful?”, the skin is very absorbent.  It is a great delivery system for medications such as birth control, nicorderm patch, pain control and many others.  You can absorb more toxins from the skin than you can with food.  Eating food goes threw a digestive system that filters out toxins.

Many experts recommend: if you would not eat it or drink it, you should not be letting it come into contact with your skin. Ditch the commercial laundry detergents and seek out more natural ways to clean your clothes.

If you launder with common supermarket toxic detergents, switch to natural detergents. It will take a few washings to remove the residual toxic detergent ingredients completely.

What are some of these toxic chemicals?

Here are just some of the toxic chemicals.  These chemicals cannot only cause you harm but they can harm environment as well.  These chemicals can build up in your clothes and will penetrate your skin and have been known to cause; internal inflammation leading to major disease, and organ failure due to immune malfunction and hormone disruption.

All Toxins are Not On the Label

There are at least 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label one of these could be 1,4-dioxane, a synthetic petrochemical carcinogen is a chemical byproduct  contaminant of the manufacturing process and is not required to be listed on product labels. This ingredient may also be in shampoos and household cleaning products. 1, 4-dioxane is a surfactant.

Bleach – Sodium Hypochlorite (household bleach) Chemical precursor to chlorine which is extremely toxic.  Bleach has harmful side effects that have been known for decades.  Bleach is a leading cause of poisoning in the home.  It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, skin, and throat. Skin contact can produce caustic irritation or burns.  Mixing it with other chemicals will also cause fumes. Bleach also kills all bacteria good and bad.

Brighteners – Can be toxic to fish and other wildlife let alone cause allergic reactions in humans.

Fragrance – Want your clothes to smell fresh?  Fragrance chemical additives can be very irritating.  They have been known to irritate the eyes, skin and nostrils causing itchy watery eyes, stinging nostrils and red irritated skin.  They can also trigger asthma attacks, aggravate allergies, affect your thinking, concentration and coordination.  These chemicals have also been linked to toxic effect on fish and mammals.

Phenols – National Health Institute has deemed Phenol as toxic.  It can cause damage to body organs like heart, kidney, liver, and lungs.  It is very easily absorbed into the skin.  Phenols are linked to serious health conditions even death.

Phosphates – Used to prevent dirt from settling back on clothes after being washed.  Can stimulate growth of marine plants and trigger unbalanced ecosystems.

Surfactants – A substance which basically binds to oily particles and carries them away with the water during washing.  These are what make our clothes clean when we wash them.  Surfactants can be natural or synthetic.  Natural surfactants are generally safe but chemical or synthetic surfactants are not. Commercial laundry detergents are loaded with synthetic surfactants such as 1,4-dioxane, Linear Alky Benzene Sulfonate (LAS), nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE), Petroleum distillates (aka napthas derived from crude oil), and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).


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I find this extremely interesting for most detergents have a Warning label.  Harmful is swallowed or comes in contact with the skin. Hmmmmmmm I wear my clothes on my skin and I have found it takes more than one rinse cycle to rid the clothes of the detergent. Have you ever taken a fresh washed towel and soaked it in water only to watch the water bubble.  That is left over soap. Good thing for big business and the team of lawyers that represent it.

Any one of these above listed chemical additives can be harmful on its own, but they are combined in most commercial laundry detergents products and can react with each other becoming even more dangerous justifying the above label.

And now we come to Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets

If you thought the advertisements for Laundry detergent are propaganda what about the Ads for Dryer Sheets?


Snuggle Frabric Softener Advertisment

Fabric softener and Dryer sheet products are available using such names as; Bounce, Cling Free, Downy, Ultra Downy, Essentials, Final touch, Fresh’n Soft, Purex, Snuggle and others. They may make your clothes feel soft and smell fresh, bit these softeners have some of the most toxic products used in laundering products.

Here is a list of contaminants;

A-Terpineol – Can cause respiratory and nervous system problems.

Benzyl acetate – Linked to pancreatic cancer.

Ethyl Acetate – A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.

Camphor – May causes potential central nervous system disorders.

Chloroform — Neurotoxin, anesthetic and carcinogenic

Limonene – Known carcinogen

Pentane – A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

Plus, some fabric softeners and dryer sheets even contain ethanol, an alternative fuel derived from corn, grain, or even agricultural waste. Any wonder it’s on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list?

What to do

new clothes 

You could be like the Hans Christian Andersen’s fable

And not wear any clothes or you can stop washing your clothes or

listen to Lee Euler, editor of Cancer Defeated, has some much more realistic tips on how to minimize your risk:

1Wear your clothes longer before laundering them — 2 or 3 times, especially during cooler seasons when they’re barely soiled after one wearing.

2Use 100% non-toxic, biodegradable laundry products.

3Use phosphate-free products.

4Seek out plant-based enzymes and food-based detergents.

5Say no to bleach, dyes, fragrances, optical brighteners, and masking agents.

6Reduce the amount of detergent per load. Remember, the manufacturer’s goal is to sell as much product as possible. You might find your clothes get just as clean with ¼ cup of detergent as with ½ cup. Plus, you’ll save money.

Once you start looking, there a plenty of sources for natural laundry detergents and household cleaners. I searched the internet and found products made from my favorite source Coconut Oil and you can too. Take the time to scrutinize the product contents and more importantly what it is free of.

I have removed all toxins from my house.  I wash everything from the bathroom, kitchen sink to the clothes on my back with natural products.  I even filter out chlorine from my water, but that is another subject entirely.


Also Avoid Dry Cleaning

What can be easier than dropping a pile of sweaty clothes off to the Dry Cleaners.  The returned clothes look sharp.  They are pressed and make you look like a pro.

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Dry cleaning is used to clean delicate fabrics and textiles that cannot withstand the rough and tumble of a washing machine and clothes dryer; it can also eliminate labor-intensive hand washing. But dry cleaning is anything that would make one think of clean.  The process uses a toxic chemical process called tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylente) which the industry calls “perc” or “PERC”. This is a non-water-based solvent to remove soil and stains from clothes.

But the process perc is an modern day improvement. The ancient Romans used ammonia (derived from urine) to launder their woolen togas. Dry cleaning was first discovered by a French dye-works owner Jean Baptiste Jolly in the mid 19th century. This process used petroleum-based solvents such as gasoline and kerosene. Jean noticed that his tablecloth became cleaner after his maid spilled kerosene on it. He subsequently developed a service cleaning people’s clothes in this manner, which became known as “nettoyage à sec”—i.e., dry cleaning.

Shift to tetrachloroethylene

Flammability concerns led William Joseph Stoddard, to develop Stoddard solvent a less flammable solvent and after World War I much less flammable solvent chlorinated was used. In the 1930s, the dry cleaning industry adopted tetrachloroethylene (perc) a stable, nonflammable, and gentle solvent.  It Perc, however, was incidentally the first chemical to be classified as a carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1993.

The dry cleaning industry is in the process of replacing perc with other chemicals and/or methods. If you must dry clean certain clothes, look for an eco-friendly ‘green’ dry cleaner in your area. But remember it is still using chemicals which may be good for the environment but not so great for your health.

Silicone-based solvent

Some Cleaners are using a green dry cleaning process which uses a silicone-based solvent and has been around since the late 1990s. The substance is comparable to deodorant, but has a very different job! GreenEarth Cleaning is designed to use detergents and the dry cleaning process to remove stains and soil from fabric, but does so without actually “touching” the fibres.

Following is documentation on the Solviar Cleaning System using the GreenEarth Cleaning system.  In my opinion it still contains chemicals, which may be safe for the environment but not very good for the skin.  If you can’t eat it, then don’t wear it. But I will let the Company speak for itself. This is from their web-site:


The Solvair Cleaning System, along with being safe for our environment, is a completely heat less process, making it safe for your delicate garments. Parkers were the first dry cleaner in Canada to adopt this technology and we have been amazed by the results we achieve through this process. Solvair uses a biodegradable cleaning liquid to remove dirt and stains and then dries by floating garments in cool liquid C02. This removes the potential for tumbling damage and protects delicate details like buttons and beadwork.

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My Health and the Big Propaganda Money train

By Joan McDaniel                    August 14, 2019

Almost seven years ago, this article was written. My research and learning had come a long way.  My health improved and I felt well managed enough to return to work. I still had a long way to go to regain my strength and repair my colon but I was feeling much stronger and thought I could return to work, part time three days a week. Thanks goodness, because I was running out of money.

I wrote this article to try to explain to my co-workers what I had found out about food.  At this time I had learned a great deal but, I had a long way to go and much more to learn.  This article again reflects facts as I knew them and how I got started.  It states the basic principles I used in making food selections.  The article is very similar to one written my the Health Ranger at Natural News who is also being censored.  I added my own thoughts and experience.

At that time, I used the term Propaganda.  It wasn’t until recently, I would have a deeper understanding of  propaganda and censorship and how committed the other side could be. From what I thought was a small problem is now a major campaign against truth.

I don’t know why they are so afraid of us.  Maybe it is because Truth travels and is easy to proof and I guess more than one person was beginning to understand how to stop the Big Propaganda Money Train — So they had to stop us — Now on with my old article. I guess, I never really understood how afraid the propagandist are of Truth and Common Sense.  Now on with my old article.


Help Your Health and Stop the Big Propaganda Money Train

Seven Toxic foods, drinks, and additives to cut out from your diet for good

By Joan McDaniel                                                  August 14, 2012


Propaganda Techniques


Propaganda Techniques

My health is better now and I have returned to work doing 3 days a week as part time.  Everyone was glad to see me and I explained to them about my recovery and its documentation on this web site.  The site has been well accepted with many hits per day.  At work when we had time to talk I talked to my co-workers  about food and nutrition.  As we were talking one day, an employee had one of those energy drinks with her.  I advised her not to drink that.  She looked puzzled and said, “It’s the safe one –  it is Diet.”


I attempted an explanation to them the dangers of sugar free but then I later read an article from Natural News and their list of seven toxic things to avoid and one of them was sugar substitutes.


“With so much conflicting information out there about which foods are healthy and which foods are not, it can be difficult for many people to determine how best to approach a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well. But a good place to start is to avoid these seven toxic foods, beverages, and additives that are quite common in the Standard American diet (SAD).

Diet sodas and beverages sweetened with artificial chemicals. One of the more common dietary misconceptions in mainstream society today is the idea that “diet” beverages are somehow healthier than their sugar-sweetened beverages (32g in some cases). These popular artificial sweeteners are used in diet sodas, juices, chewing gums, and other foods.

Not only are artificial sweeteners bad for your health, but they also tend to promote obesity ( If you want to protect yourself against chronic illness and toxicity — aspartame literally converts to formaldehyde in the body and causes metabolic acidosis (acid pH)— it is best to stick with either raw sugars or natural sugar substitutes like pure stevia extract or just plain water.”

I found a website that lists over 92 different aspartame-related symptoms compiled by the FDA from 10,000 consumer complaints.

Aspartame Side Effects from the FDA


Aspartame Symptoms chart


Aspartame Symptoms chart

The Real Food Channel

Food can kill – or heal. Info to help you choose wisely.

In spite of the poisonous effects of diet sodas, many people continue to drink them daily.

Research shows that not only do diets sodas contribute to disease, they actually trick your

brain and contribute to weight gain.

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Aspartame – It puts the DIE in Diet Soda + 6,000 other products

FDA Approved Artificial sweeteners


Aspartame  (NutraSweet and Equal) which is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Discovered in 1965 approved by FDA 1980.

Saccharin (Sweet’N Low, Sweet Twin, and Necta Sweet,) which is 200 to 700 times sweeter than sugar. Discovered 1879 was the first artificial sweetener.

Sucralose (splenda,) which is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

Acesulfame-K (Sunett and Sweet One,) which is 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Neotame, which is 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar.

Saccharin was the first discovered in 1879.

These FDA approvals are based  on a majority of test performed by at least 70 to 80% by the manufacture themselves. Studies of a few courageous independent scientist and former FDA, CDC and other toxicologist, have been ignored or pushed into the lower desk drawer.

The ingredients of VitaminWater 10 (owned by Coca Cola) contains the natural sweetener Stevia


Plus crystalline fructose, sucrose , and  a mysterious product called Erythritol. Erythritol has been approved by the FDA and  is a sugar alcohol which is a part of Stevia but not the whole natural plant.  Erythritol does provide fewer calories than sugar but is an unknown ingredient when used without the rest of the natural plant.  It has been claimed by Dr. Mercola and others that it can lead to abdominal gas and diarrhea.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the silent killer. It is not really much of a secret


anymore that HFCS, despite all the corn industry shilling, is a toxic sweetener that should be avoided ( Since it is linked to obesity, brain damage, low IQ, and even mercury poisoning, avoiding all foods that contain HFCS — this can include breads, cereals, and other seemingly innocuous foods — will do wonders for your health.

You would be better off using the Stevia Sweetener which is made from the whole plant


Also note the product


Truvia is the mysterious product called Erythritol not the whole leaf.

Most vegetable oils, including hydrogenated and ‘trans’ fat varieties including Canola Oil


The misdirected war on saturated fats has convinced millions of people that unsaturated vegetable oils are a healthy alternative. Not only do many vegetables oils turn rancid quickly, which means they are toxic (, but many of them also contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which, apart from omega-3 fatty acids, can cause severe health problems like heart disease and cancer. (


Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) Many vegetable oils are also derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), including canola, soy, and corn oils. These same oils are often hydrogenated as well, a process that turns them into heart-destroying solid oils. Avoiding these and sticking instead to healthy fats like grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and hemp oil will greatly improve your health and lower your risk of disease.

White bread, pasta, and other refined flour foods. They are cheap, plentiful, and


come in hundreds of varieties. But white breads, pastas, and other foods made from refined flour are among the top health destroyers in America today. Not only are most white flour products carcinogenic because they are bleached and bromated, but they also lack vital nutrients that are stripped away during processing. Avoid them, and all processed wheat products if possible, to optimize your health.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), carrageenan. Often hidden in foods under deceptive names (, MSG is a pervasive salt chemical you will want to avoid that is linked to causing headaches, heart problems, brain damage, and other problems. Carrageenan, another chemical additive often hidden in “natural” and organic foods like nut milks and lunch meats, is similarly worth avoiding, as it can cause gastrointestinal upset and colon cancer. (


Processed Salt. Referred on the nutrition labell as Sodium.  Many processed food add major amounts of sodium to their products but processed salt lacks the trace minerals normally present in sea and earth salts, which means it ends up robbing your body of these vital nutrients. These trace nutrient are necessary for the body to fight off disease. ( Diseases like Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hypothyroid and stroke due to lack of Iodine and other trace minerals are just a few of the many conditions that can result from refined salt intake, so your best bet is to stick with unrefined sea salts and other full-spectrum salts. I have recommended Himalayan Sea Salt as a replacement.

Till Next Time


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.

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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.

The Hazards of Bleached Flour

Homicidal Corporate Fascism?

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is chemically bleached.

It’s another highly processed food, and here’s why it matters to your health…

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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.”

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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.

scientific method

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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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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*batteries not included (1987) Trailer

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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.