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Oral and Mouth Care Using Coconut Oil

By Joan McDaniel                 March 15, 2019

This is a re-print and update of my original article;

Oral Infections and Mouth Care


By Joan McDaniel                             August 7, 2012

From Stop Alzheimer’s Now! Dr. Bruce Fife paraphrased by J.L. McDaniel

By the way this is the book I am reading from Dr. Fife on the Benefits of Coconut Oil.  Contrary to its title it contains an excellent introduction to common sense nutrition.


And for those who are interested he has also addressed Autism


I was just getting started in 2012 looking around me and getting rid of the toxins, I was becoming aware of.  I also was trying learn what exactly was wrong with me.  After working on my Thyroid by increasing my intake of foods that contain Iodine.  I started to work on what I could see.  I knew I had trouble breathing so I began to work at the top and slowly work down.  Where better to start then the toxins in the mouth.  Dr. Fife had already addressed this with what he called Oil Pulling Therapy.


Now on to the Benefits of Oil Pulling

Mouth decay can be very serious and dangerous and cause brain damage and other illness.  Over 90% of the population has some form of tooth decay or gum disease.  Regardless how clean your mouth appears, you could have an active infection right now and not know it.  More brushing, flossing, mouthwash, or use of antibiotics will not stop it.

Oil Pulling and Coconut Oil 

You have heard of gargling, but have you heard of Mouth Oil Pulling?

But there is something that will, and if you know me by now you have guessed it—COCONUT OIL.  The Oil is not used in brushing the teeth, (more of that later) It is used in entirely a different way.  The method is called Oil Pulling.

Oil Pulling How To’s 

The process of oil pulling is very simple. You put a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and swish it around (do not gargle) for a period of 15 to 20 minutes.  The coconut oil is worked into the mouth by pushing, pulling, and sucking it through the teeth.  As you work the oil, it sucks up the bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.  Don’t swallow it!!!! You have enough toxins your body is trying to get rid of without more.

When you are finished pulling, spit it into the trash.  You do not want to plug up your household plumbing because of a buildup of oil over time.  Busy yourself with other things like dressing, reading or other things, the time will go by quickly.

Oil pulling is best done in the early morning before eating breakfast.  After eating brush your teeth as you normally would.  Oil pulling can be done one to three times a day on an empty stomach.  Just before meals is a good time.

Do not use Oil pulling in place of good mouth care.

Now, Dr. Fife has a whole book on oil pulling therapy and has a book and video’s.  Dr. Fife says “although oil pulling has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine, which dates back thousands of years, this modern version is relatively new, at least in the United States.”  He proposes a complete detox method using Oil Pulling.

Brush Your Teeth with Tooth Paste of Coconut Oil

As illustrated below; All you need is coconut oil, baking soda, clear liquid Stevia(optional), a small bowl and spoon. Oh also you will need your tooth-brush.


Baking Soda

Baking Soda


SweetLeaf Stevia Clear

SweetLeaf Stevia Clear

Break the Sugar habit with a Smidgen of Stevia


Coconut Oil Jar

Coconut Oil Jar

Use Coconut Oil and Avoid the Dangers of Tooth Paste

Now why would you want to brush your teeth with coconut oil?  First of all it tastes great.  But again, look at the back of your box of tooth paste and see some very strange ingredients plus Fluoride.


Tooth Paste Label

Look at the label of any toothpaste container — It says “Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age.”  and

“If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, Get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.”

In other words Do Not Swallow toothpaste.  Now why in the world would I brush my teeth with a poison?  Now if it is so dangerous if you swallow tooth paste then why do they add fluoride to tap and bottle water?  Just for your information you do not know what is in your bottle water for there isn’t any requirement to tell you.

For a complete discussion of fluoride and chloride being added to your tap water and the dangers see this article

Is Your Water Facet loaded?

Loaded with toxins that is

From the Water Facet Article;

Chlorine and Fluoride

These chemicals are two of the most damaging substances to the health and digestive function of the human body. Do your own research.  According to Dr. Mercola “Municipalities, in the effort to protect the “Public”, dump chemicals into the water.  The number of chemicals added to public drinking water is beyond imagination and a recent report found “Probably Carcinogenic” chemicals in all municipal water samples tested.”

I Use Baking Soda 

Now back to teeth ——

Baking Soda has so many uses and benefits; I simply do not know where to begin with it.

Besides Dr. Fife’s formula for tooth paste, Sometimes I add an eye dropper drop of Stevia to the mix. I found after reading up on SweetLeaf Stevia that studies indicated Stevia tends to lower elevated blood pressure but does not seem to affect normal blood pressure. It also inhibits the growth and reproduction of some bacteria and other infectious organisms, including the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. This may help explain why users of Stevia enhanced products report a lower incidence of colds and flu and why it has such exceptional qualities when used as a mouthwash or added to toothpaste. Many people report significant improvement in oral health after adding Stevia concentrate to their toothpaste and using it, diluted in water, as a daily mouthwash.

As illustrated above; All you need is coconut oil, baking soda, clear liquid Stevia, a small bowl and spoon. Oh also you will need your tooth-brush.


Brush your teeth with coconut oil

Brush your teeth with coconut oil


Brush your teeth with coconut oil

o    1 Add 2 parts baking soda to 1 part coconut oil directly into the small bowl. Add eye Doppler of Stevia. Mix with a spoon until the ingredients resemble a paste. If the mixture is too wet, add additional baking soda. If the mixture is too dry, add a few drops of coconut oil or water.

o    2 Cover the toothbrush brush bristles with the coconut oil paste by dipping the head of the toothbrush into the bowl.

o    3 Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush the teeth using a small circular motion with gentle pressure. Remember to brush all around the teeth and the tongue.

o    4 Rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat twice daily.

I have been using oil pulling for about a month.  One of my illnesses was fungus and Candida. I had a grey tongue It is also called Thrush.  I was using commercial mouth wash which was specialized to kill fungus it tasted awful did some good but then, I found coconut oil.  Coconut oil kills yeast, fungus and candida. I now have an almost pink tongue.  And after brushing with coconut oil and baking soda, the mouth is fresh, pink and I could never go back to the artificial plastic taste of tooth paste and alcohol laden mouthwash again.


Infection of the mouth and throat by a yeast like fungus, causing whitish patches. Also called candidiasis.  I had never noticed it until I started my research but that is what my tongue looked like.  It took a while but after a period of time of eating healthy and oil pulling the tongue slowly and steady began to return to more pink than white to finally all pink.  Once you notice this on yourself, you will also notice it on other people.  It is amazing but as I became well, how much illness I could see on what looked like perfectly healthy people.

Read more: How to Brush With Coconut Oil |


Thrush is – 

Infection of the mouth and throat by a yeast like fungus, causing whitish patches. Also called candidiasis.


If your tongue is coated like that what does the rest of you look like on the inside???? My research continues.

Till Next time

Why is Coconut Oil Solid? Revised

By Joan McDaniel                          March 12, 2019

This is a reprint of my original article

Why is Coconut Oil solid?

By Joan McDaniel                                       July 5, 2012

This information comes from in part from a recent newsletter form the Coconut Research Center. I have reprinted it and added my own illustration to clarify the difference between warm and cold.

Ask Dr. Coconut TM 

Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” answers two of the most often asked questions about coconut oil.


Coconut Oil Jar


“I went to the health food store to buy coconut oil, but all the brands they carry were solid. None was liquefied. Is this how it is always sold? Can you eat it solid? Does it matter?

One of the characteristics of coconut oil is its high melting point. At temperatures above 76 degrees F (24 C) coconut oil is a liquid. At temperatures below this it becomes a solid. The oil will be either liquid or solid depending on the temperature of the room. There is nothing wrong or unusual about this. Butter for instance, does the same thing. In the refrigerator it is solid, but take it out on a hot day and let it sit on the counter and it melts. If you refrigerate olive oil it becomes solid as well, but out of the refrigerator it is liquid.

Like butter, you can eat coconut oil whether it is liquid or solid. There is no difference in nutritional value or chemical makeup. You don’t need to liquefy the oil before you use it. Solid coconut oil melts very quickly when put in a hot pan. Personally, I like to keep the coconut oil I use solid. I use a knife to spoon it out. When I pour liquid oil, it often drips down the side of the bottle, making a mess. Using the solidified oil prevents this problem.

If your kitchen is kept under 76 degrees F, coconut oil will always be solid. On a hot day it may melt. You can keep it in the refrigerator if you like. However, it isn’t necessary. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated. It is very stable and has a long shelf life so it can be kept on the kitchen counter or in a cupboard.”

Now if you can handle some of my humor.  I have often said, “If you want to know what the temperature is, just look at the size of the cat.”  Now I can also add, “Just look at the coconut oil jar on the counter. Solid its cold, liquid it’s hot.”

Warm Cats.


Cold Cats.


Get my point?


Till Next Time

Dr. Wahls Inspired Me

By Joan McDaniel                                          March 10, 2019

This is a re-write of my original article on Dr. Wahls.  I am a  determined person but after watching this video I became even more driven.  Dr. Wahls gave me the strong inspiration and encouragement to stick with it.  I knew I had a few things to learn (A Lot).  I used her inspiration for my drive of intensive searching and learning about how  to get well using the Natural World around me.

Dr. Terry Wahls Reversed her MS with diet.

By Joan McDaniel                                 August 17, 2012

I had watched this video sometime at the start of the year (2012), when I was  sick in January. Later in the year, I remembered it’s inspirational story.  A story of this great woman and the battle where she overcome the crippling effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and won. I wasn’t as sick as Dr. Terry, but remembered her fight overcoming total paralysis.

What is Multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Ms is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.  This damage disrupts communication of the nervous system resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. In modern-day medicine there is no known cure.  It is considered and autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system is destroying itself. The disease can progress with a steady progression of symptoms with periods of remission.

Dr. Terry Wahls had the chronic progressive form of the disease.  Her prognosis was not good and was facing a decline into complete paralysis.

From her book

Minding My Mitochondria Copyright 2010

Terry L. Wahls, M.D.

Aug. 2013 Joan

“How I overcame secondary progressive Multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair.”

“Dr. Wahls an academic general internal medicine physician, in 2000 she was confined to a wheel chair due to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis for four years.  She was treated at the Cleveland Clinic, and in 2003 her MS has transitioned to secondary progressive MS with relapse.  In 2003 she began the Paleolithic diet.”

“She began research, and changed  her diet to ensure every calorie would contribute to maximizing the brain’s building blocks.  She began to do neuromuscular electrical stimulation also.  In less than a year, she was walking without a cane and could even bicycle. “

“Dr. Wahls works in a Veterans Administration hospital as a physician, seeing patients with traumatic brain injuries and severe psychiatric disorders.  I work with fixing their dietary choices first.  I tell them I am like a firefighter who has been called too cool off the inflammation in their bodies and brains. “

Now on with the original article


The Brain 

Dr. Terry Wahls was diagnosed with the autoimmune, incurable, progressive and crippling disease of MS.

Rather than give in she kept reading and searching.  This is a very strong motivational video. She taught me to listen to my body.  It is a complex system and its every action is to keep you alive. No one else can hear it except you.  I hope you reach my conclusion – If you put your mind to it, you can solve almost any problem.  I also now believe that almost all disease is curable by giving your body the nutrition it needs.

She found that MS is one of the diseases that your brain actually shrinks.

Multiple sclerosis

Science Photo Library 

Brain Energy

I just recently found this video

The video lasts about 18 minutes and well worth the time spent. It will change your view of food, your body and your life.  I’m glad I found this video again so that I can share it with you.

TEDxIowaCity – Dr. Terry Wahls – Minding Your Mitochondria

TEDx Talks

17M subscribers

Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls | TEDxIowaCity

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the sub-cellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.

Dr Wallis

I have found her website where she has made available more information on what she is calling the Wahls Protocol™,

Dr Terry Wahls-2nd stage Multiple Sclerosis-The Wahls

For four years, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis confined Dr. Terry Wahls to a tilt-recline wheelchair. But by using Functional Medicine to create the Wahls Protocol™, Dr. Wahls has transformed her health and body: now she walks easily without a cane and commutes by bicycle. Dr. Wahls uses these diets and protocols in her primary care and traumatic brain injury clinics and is leading a clinical trial to test her protocols on others.

Dr. Terry Wahls-Up from the chair- Multiple Sclerosis-The Wahls

 About Terry Wahis

Link to her web-site 


Until Next Time

Iodine Natural Food Sources

By Joan McDaniel                         March 6, 2019

This is a re-print of my original article

Natural Food Iodine Sources

August 21, 2012

Something Has Happen

This was my first article that named food as a source for natural healing.  I found most of the material from search engines.

Something has happened to that powerful research tool, l It doesn’t seem to be available any longer.  I have experienced a major drop off in hits to my site and have heard from many others

that Google (the king of all search engines) is using a new algorithm (called “Medic”).  This results in all medical-based sites to the top of the Google search engine pages. Which means web-sites that are run by Medical Professionals get pushed to the top and smaller websites like mine run by an amateur is put on the bottom of the list.  Some times 15 pages down in the search list.  I have tested this.  The result is my hit count has really taken a hit.

What is also happening is, major web-sites are now being censored such as the Health Ranger Natural News.  Google first tried this in 2015, it was lifted later.

Other major web-sites like and GreenMedInfo see next page.

From Natural News

Google and YouTube now engaging in wholesale censorship of content they don’t want the public to see

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

The new Internet police protecting you from freedom of thought and speech

Google censorship of Natural News: Statement from the Health Ranger

Media and Press Information

From GreenMedInfo 

Sayer Ji,

Founder of GreenMedInfo

From his web-site

“Things are really heating up out there. With social media platforms like Pinterest de-platforming organizations like ours critical of vaccine policy and safety, Amazon pulling vaccine documentaries like VAXXED, 100 bills in 30 states aimed at stripping vaccine exemptions, and the FDA commissioner indicating that if state legislators don’t abolish vaccine exemptions federal agencies may step in, the stakes have never been higher when it comes to whether Americans will take action or stand by while our basic health freedoms are permanently removed.”

Click above paragraph for further information

Sayer Ji,

Founder of GreenMedInfo

Board Member, National Health Federation

New Search Engine Site

I have found another search engine which I use exclusively to do all my searches. I have been using it since January of 2019.

It is call DuckDuckGo

The only reason I mention this for this particular article is —- As I was trying to re-publish it, I began to test the links to the articles I had used back in 2012 to check validity.

I was surprised at the number of articles I couldn’t find It seemed as if my links worked and would go to the site but when I did a search I couldn’t find the article or other articles on the subject.  I was also doing a search to see if there was more info on the subject since my last search many years ago (2012-2013).

Since last August, I have been witnessed a sudden decrease in traffic to my site and that is why I decided to republish many of my old articles.

This restriction should concern you all if you are attempting to do any kind of medical and health research.  I have been a fighter all my life, and feel I’ll need those talents and instincts now.

OK now on with my article.

Iodine Natural Food Sources

topical Iodine

What is Iodine?

If you backpack in the mountains, you may have used iodine tablets to purify


your drinking water. Or, perhaps you’ve used an iodine-based disinfectant to clean a minor skin wound. But did you know that iodine is essential to life? I was first introduced to Iodine as a kid. Back in those days when we playing cowboys and Indians a skin scrape meant the sting of Iodine disinfectant as the fix. In 1829, a French physician, Dr. J.G.A. Lugol, developed a liquid form of iodine called Lugol’s Solution.  It combined elemental iodine with an iodine salt in the form of potassium iodide.  One of its uses was for low iodine health complications such as the reduction and reversal of qoiters.

Topical Iodine

The current day convenient antibiotic creams, started with the introduction of Bactine distributed by distributed by Wellspring Pharmaceutical Corporation. It was developed in 1947 and first used in 1950.

It is a topically applied first aid liquid with active ingredients Benzaikonium chloride an antiseptic, and lidocain a topical anesthetic. As a topical anesthetic, Bactine serves to numb the surface of a body part and temporarily relieve pain and itching on the skin. The antiseptic ingredient in Bactine can also help to prevent infections. Bactine was a welcomed replaced for use of Iodine. The burn and sting of first aid was gone but not forgotten.The sting from it can still be remembered.

We now have a wide variety of


disinfectant, antiseptic first aid products to choose from, although Iodine is still used in a hospital setting for surgery as a disinfectant.

Is Iodine essential to life?


Iodine in nutrition is an essential trace mineral essential to human life.  Iodine is crucial in the functioning of the brain, the organs of your body and especially the thyroid gland, an organ that stores the minerals needed for the synthesis of our thyroid hormones.

It is important to get adequate amounts of iodine in your diet to ensure the proper functioning of this vital gland and the rest of your body.  The thyroid gland working with other glands of your body controls much of our metabolism in every cell of the body, detoxification, growth, physiological functions, and development.

Research has shown that a lack of iodine foods in your diet can have a devastating impact on your health and well-being. Lack of iodine can also lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, autism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression.

In my case, the weakness was so acute I could barely walk. A fungal infection was also raging in my lungs, throat and who knows where else.  I even had a bad case of dandruff which is a fungal infection.

The Body uses Iodine In Many Places

In the last 10 years, the science behind iodine and the body’s uses of iodine has exploded. Contrary to what doctors are being taught in medical school, the thyroid gland is not the location that the body uses iodine.  Other areas are equally important, including the salivary glands, brain, stomach, ovaries and your eyes.  Women require much more iodine than men because breast tissue also uses iodine.


Coconut Oil

As a side note about the Thyroid gland, Dr. Mercola in his article (See Sources) on thyroid health has written that many polyunsaturated and hydrogenated vegetable oils and oils from soybeans negatively affect thyroid health. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a saturated fat made up primarily of medium chain fatty acids. Also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil can also raise basal body temperatures while increasing metabolism. This is good news for people who suffer with low thyroid function. There have been scores of testimonies to this effect.

Iodine was Added to Processed Salt

In the early part of the 20th century, iodine deficiency was quite common in the United States and Canada. Use of Iodized salt has decreased this deficiency. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties, and are chemically processed.

Iodized Salt Advertisment 

Iodized Salt Advertisement

The bad news is that table and cooking salt found in most homes, restaurants, and processed foods is void of nutritional value, lacking beneficial trace minerals. Processing salt turns it into sodium chloride, an unnatural salt the human body actually sees as a toxic invader!

I remember Iodized salt as a kid, but somewhere along the line the product no longer contained Iodine.  What I am finding out is that processed salt isn’t good for you anyway. Not only Hypertension It contains nothing of any value it has all been removed.

A subject for another time is the value of Sea Salt.

Where do Get Our Iodine?

Halt on Salt Sparks Iodine Deficiency

Doctors say, “Cut back on the Salt…” But How Will We Obtain Our Iodine?By William Davis, MD

You get your Iodine from Natural Food

The good news is that there are many popular foods with iodine, all of which are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.  There are also Iodine supplements available on the market.

Use of too much iodine from supplements may cause burning in the mouth, throat and stomach and/or abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Taking high doses of supplements and the treatment of possible thyroid disease you will need further advice from a knowledgeable healthcare provider. I have a partial list in Sources, of which I have yet not used.  Further research and use of search engines on the Internet is advised.  The Thyroid is very complex and everyone’s condition is unique.

It is difficult to take in too much iodine from food sources alone because the body will eliminate excess iodine it does not use. Daily consumption of iodine can range from 300 mcg to several thousand mcg’s. In general, even high intakes of iodine from food are well-tolerated by most people.

The following list will discuss the top foods that contain iodine.

Sea vegetables

The highest source for Iodine is Sea Vegetables also called Sea Weed. Note Kelp or Sea Vegetables are sold hydrated they need to be reconstituted in water for about 5 to 10 minutes.  You can find a variety of Kelp in most Health Food Stores or Asian Markets.

Different Sea vegetables

Types of Sea Vegetables available

Brown algae (including the commonly eaten sea vegetables kombu/kelp, wakame, and arame may be unique among the sea vegetables in their iodine content. Some species from the brown algae genus Laminaria are able to accumulate iodine in up to 30,000 times more concentrated a form than sea water!

Sea vegetables may be a unique food source not only of the mineral iodine, but also of the mineral vanadium. As part of their natural defense mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called haloperoxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well-known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar.

Green Algae

Brown Algae

Red Algae

Scientific Name




Approximate Number of Species




Commonly Eaten Forms

sea lettuce

kombu/kelp (Laminaria genus)

nori (Porphyra genus)

wakame (Undaria genus)

agar-agar (Euchema genus)

arame (Eisenia genus)

dulse (Palmaria genus)

hijiki (Hijikia genus)

Himalayan Crystal Salt

It was from this research that I made a fantastic discovery.  I discovered Himalayan Crystal Salt.

It is a Sea Salt that has never seen our Oceans.  It is from an ancient underground Sea low below the earth.  This is a picture of a Salt mine from the Himalayan Mountains in India and Pakistan.

One of its many benefits is there are 84 different minerals in this salt including Iodine.  They are in trace amounts and you could never take enough salt to provide aday  supply of minerals but at least it is better than zero.



Sea Salt is an excellent source of Iodine and salt from the Himalayan mountains also known as pink salt, is an excellent source of naturally occurring iodine. Just one gram of Himalayan Sea Salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.

Saltwater and Freshwater Fish

fresh salmon

Fresh Salmon

Since salmon go through both freshwater and saltwater phases during their life cycle, they can vary widely in their iodine content for this reason. While not a reliable source, salmon can sometimes provide up to 60-70 micrograms of iodine in about 3-4 ounces of fish, or about 40% of the recommended daily value.

Also Cod, Snapper, Canned Salmon, Canned Tuna, Shrimp, and Sardines.

Note all must be fresh and not come from fish raised on farms.

Note:  Any increase in a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6’s is also a good source of natural Iodine.

Fishmeal – We don’t eat Fishmeal but the farmers who raise open range animals like chickens and turkeys do.  As a result, eggs from chickens and meat will be high in Iodine.  I can not find this item it must be from the fishermen themselves like wastes from the days catch.


Also loaded with Potassium

Cacao Nips or Cacao – Because Cacao Beans are grown on areas close to the oceans the coastland of most Islands.

Fresh Cranberries


This antioxidant rich fruit is a source of iodine. 4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine.  But it is very difficult to find the fresh berry.  I have found the cranberry season is early fall thru early winter around late October and at just before Christmas.  The fresh cranberry is very tart, be sure and have plenty of Stevia on hand or mix the berry with other sugary fruit. Also note; you can freeze the cranberry.  Just don’t wash the fruit before freezing.  Once frozen, and thawed the berry is softer but still very good.

When the Cranberry isn’t in season the dried cranberry is available and it has had tons of sugar added.  All fruit juice is loaded with sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Organic Navy Beans


Many beans are a great food source of iodine, but navy beans may top the list. Just 1/2 cup of these beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine. Beans aren’t just an iodine food, they are also incredibly high in fiber.

Other concentrated food sources of iodine yogurt, cow’s milk, eggs, strawberries and mozzarella cheese.

1 cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine.

Milk has about  55/mcg. To avoid many of the negative digestive effects of eating cow’s milk and cheese, raw organic goat’s milk and goat’s cheese is a healthier alternative for extracting iodine from dairy.

Lima Beans

Prunes – also loaded with Potassium

Taking Iodine Supplements

Iodine Supplements need to be closely looked at, I have taken many people’s advice and provide a link to one of them;

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

13 Foods Rich in Iodine

“Iodine Supplements

If you’re not a fan of the iodine foods listed above, you can take an iodine supplement. There are many different types of iodine supplements on the market, so knowing the differences between each is vital. I recommend a transformative nano-colloidal detoxified nascent iodine supplement, which the body is quickly able to absorb and turn into effective mineral iodides.”  It took me over a year to get my thyroid back into operating order.  My large Goiter just disappeared and I began to feel much better.

As I have said before,  What made me sick, also weakened my Thyroid Gland.  I had to face a bigger problem of major inflammation, and a very weak immune and digestive systems.  I was generally run down — But now had the confidence I was on the right tract. The food I had eaten may have caused my illness but now the food I would eat would be my healing medicine.

Till Next Time

New Source article for food rich in Iodine

Not In Your Head, It’s Your Thyroid

By Joan McDaniel                          March 2, 2019

This is a re-post and re-write of my original article

“It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Thyroid!”

By Joan McDaniel                   July 20, 2012

The Importance of the Thyroid Gland

The thyroid produces the hormone thyroxine.  This hormone stimulates every one of the trillion cells in the body.  Almost all of our systems and functions depend upon receiving adequate amounts of this hormone.



My Hypothyroidism

I had been diagnosed and treated for Hypothyroidism 1996.

Hypothyroidism is simply explained as the Thyroid Gland isn’t producing enough of the hormone thyroxine.

Unknown to me at that time of being diagnosed (1996),  I had the signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism many years before that. It was discovered from the blood work taken during a physical exam for a job interview.

Also unknown or unnoticed, I had been developing a very large growth or swelling around my neck which is call a goiter.  I hadn’t really noticed it or any of the other symptoms.  I was prescribed a drug call Synthroid (Levothyoxine or T4).  I started at 25 MCG.  That was in 1997.

Then I Really Got Sick

In 2012 when I really got sick and couldn’t breath or barely walk, I spent 8 days in the hospital and was diagnosed with COPD, GERD, Candida Yeast Infection and other things. Once I got out of the hospital with my illness in 2012, I made the decision to take charge of my health and try to find a natural cure for my illness.  I started a massive program of investigation.  My first investigative research concerned the thyroid glad.  As I said I had Hypothyroidism which means the Thyroid isn’t producing the hormones it is supposed to.  I knew the Thyroid is very important for the body especial when it come to energy, and I certainly needed energy.


The definitions of goiter I have pulled off the internet

“A noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland, visible as a swelling at the front of the neck, that is often associated with iodine deficiency. Also called struma.”

Goiter refers to any visible enlargement of the thyroid gland. Excess TSH (or similar hormones), cysts, and tumors will enlarge the thyroid gland. Of these, TSH enlarges the entire gland while cysts and tumors enlarge only a part of it.

My Treatment

I had been treated by the same Doctor, for hypothyroidism over a 10 year period, the dosages for my prescription to Synthroid (Levothyoxine or T4)  was slowly increased. It went from 25 MCG 275 MCG – 300 MCG is the maximum dose.  Synthroid works at adjusting the Thyroid hormone levels.

Even though I was taking the medication each and every day like clockwork, the increasing dosage of  Synthroid didn’t seem to be doing anything.  The doctor would just keep taking blood work and increasing the dose of Synthroid.  The Goiter kept getting bigger and bigger.  I never seemed to get over my loss of strength.  I was always cold if not colder and didn’t feel too well. I also was beginning to have major brain fog.

My Hospital Stay in 2012

Once I got myself organized after my hospital stay I began to work on natural foods to help hypothyroidism.  I began to eat foods high in Iodine.  I now began to slowly decrease the synthroid dosage.  As that went well, and I began to feel better I began taking low increments of iodine.  I had read to work slowly with the Thyroid and not to do anything sudden.

Strength Slowly Returned

Over several months, once the Thyroid returned to functioning and the goiter disappeared, I found I had other health problems that caused the Thyroid to malfunction in the first place —but more of that later. My real problem was my Gut and major inflammation all over my body see my following article.  I would first treat the Thyroid then slowly reduce the inflammation and finally attempt to fix my Gut or digestion with natural methods like the food I ate.

Telling My Story

This post tells my story of the fixing my Thyroid with more detail.

I have included several articles on Thyroid plus my own statement.  I do not recommend any product or service that these websites may offer.  I include the information because it benefitted me and my condition. I starting Iodine in very low dosages and would increment slowly over 6 months with noted improvement each month.

I do not recommend any treatment.  If any of this may sound like you, some of these links may be helpful.

All I can say is with each day, I could feel my strength returning.  The spring had arrived and I had enough energy to work with a very small garden.  But I had the energy.  I felt energized and felt I was on the right track

The Role of Our Thyroid Gland


The thyroid gland is located in the neck just under the Adam’s apple. It produces the hormone thyroxine. This hormone is converted outside of the thyroid gland where it becomes activated and stimulates every one of the trillion cells in the body. Almost all of our systems and functions depend upon receiving adequate amounts of this hormone. The thyroid along with the adrenals is probably the gland most susceptible to the tremendous stress of our fast paced society. It is the thermostat of the body. It produces hormones that work to keep our metabolic rate stable and keep energy-producing processes in balance. The thyroid is essential in protein synthesis, growth, temperature regulation, and oxygen consumption of cells. If the thyroid is depleted or deficient, the rest of the body functions poorly. With low thyroid, cholesterol can shoot up to dangerous levels.

I have written another  Natural Food Iodine Sources which I will be posting next but here is another article with pictures.


Home Therapies For Hyperthyroidism  



Thyroid disease, both hyperactive and under-active, is so extraordinarily prevalent today that even by conservative estimates it may strike up to 15 percent of the adult population. Women are particularly susceptible, and the disease tends to run in families. A possible reason for the increase in thyroid disease is the high prevalence of auto-immune disease today. Immunity in general is being assaulted by toxic chemicals in food, water, and air. Under-active or hypothyroid conditions can cause low energy.



Thyroid Problems

“Yes” answers to the following questions may indicate a hypothyroidism condition.

Are you depressed, lethargic, and easily chilled?

Do you gain weight easily?

Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?

Do you have dry skin, hair loss, eczema, or adult acne?

Do you suffer from muscle aches, constipation, and hoarseness?

Do you have PMS or menstrual abnormalities? Is your libido low?

Are your feet and legs swollen and your nails brittle?

Do you get a lot of colds and flu? Low thyroid results in increased vulnerability to infection.

A Self Test

A test may be taken at home to find out if the thyroid is low.

For four days keep a thermometer by your bedside. As soon as you wake up in the morning put the thermometer in your armpit for ten minutes. You must do this before you get up. If you get up first you will not get an accurate reading. If your temperature runs below 97.8 then you most likely have low thyroid. It is important to shake the thermometer after each use.

Some of the common causes of low thyroid, besides inheritance, include: iodine depletion, x-rays or low dose radiation, pituitary and thyroid malfunction, air and environmental pollutants, overuse of diet pills and other drugs, and vitamin A, E, and zinc deficiency.

ATTENTION WOMEN: Sluggish & Continually Fatigued? Can’t Shed Weight? Losing Your Hair?

Your “Head” is Fine…Your Thyroid Isn’t!

“It’s Not In Your Head, It’s In Your Thyroid!”

My Statement: May 31, 2012

This is from Dr. Andrew Jones, Medical Director of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas – a research and investigative facility dealing with woman’s’ illnesses web site.  I have added my own statements, and paraphrased his to illustrate my unique problem of hypothyroidism. Follow the link for his information on hyperthyroidism and the detail information on his product.  I am not trying help sell his product, that is for you to decide.


When I did this article originally I was trying to make the decision on using Iodine.  I used the diagram above for information.  You may have different symptoms but the truth about the treatment of the disease should apply to all cases of hypothyroidism.

My Statement May 31, 2012

I am a nurse and worked the night shift.  I have  for years but slowly I noticed  I was tired – all the time. You just about drag yourself through the shift on sheer willpower. Trying coffee, walking around, finding work to do then more coffee, to shake the cobwebs from your head, anything that would give you what you needed to function. I even tried the so-called energy drink “Red Bull”, to try waking up out of the brain fog. Yet when I got home, I could not sleep more than 3 to 4 hours straight and it was not restful sleep.

Working a night- shift has this bad reputation, but this wore me down to the point I could no longer function. No matter how much sleep I had during the day, I could hardly function at work at night.  I also had a fungus infection in the throat.  With hypothyroidism and the infection, I lost strength night after night, until I had to almost crawl to work. I even remember telling the girls, “I seemed to have lost my strength”, when I tried to help them lift or do other manual work.  Only a few years ago it seemed I didn’t have any of these problems especially with my strength.  I use to pride myself on by ability to lift especially to help at work.

Joan McDaniel

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Your “Head” is Fine…Your Thyroid Isn’t!

From Dr. Andrew Jones website: The symptoms above – and a host of others – are caused by an under active thyroid, what the medical world calls hypothyroidism. You go to your doctor about it, and you are given a thyroid blood test. Of course, when it comes back it’ll say you don’t have hypothyroidism – your thyroid is normal. You’ll then be told it’s “all in your head” and be given a prescription for an anti-depressant. Or in my case, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and given a thyroid hormone medication (Synthyroid).  But the symptoms continued, including a strange heart beat off and on and the inability to sleep.

But the fact of the matter is this…

I do not recommend Dr. Andrew Jones’s products, nor do I buy anything from him or his website.  I include this only for your information for you too may be effected with hypothyroidism.  Joan.

Your “Head” is Fine…Your Thyroid Isn’t!


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Another Look at Skin Care Products

By Joan McDaniel         February 23, 2019

This is a re-publication of my original article

Are Skin Care Products Harmful?

July 26, 2012

Repeating, I was very sick and I made myself well by the food I ate.  I started writing this blog to review my research on what I was discovering about natural food and natural living.  With my illness, I had pain — unbelievable pain,  I soon realized it was inflammation.  My body was inflamed from the toxins in and around my world and in and around me.  It had taken years of build up and it would take years to build down to pain-free by detoxing the toxins.

It came about for many reasons and it took many years to tame the pain.  I achieved my goal and Now I am basically pain-free. I still have gut digestion up and downs but have come a long way, Baby!

I Started Slowly

I started very slowly. I began, of course, with the food.  But that wasn’t all,  I  look around and started clearing up toxic household items like the soap I was using for my hair, skin, dishes, clothes, other cleaners and other toxins. There are many areas but one good start is simply what you put on your skin.

Your Skin Is Very Absorbent

Your skin is water proof but Did you know your skin is absorbent?

To quote Dr. Mercola “don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat. Most items you rub on your skin end up in your bloodstream and are distributed throughout your body.”

Transdermal Patch

It is a good thing the skin is the largest organ but also the thinnest because it can be used as a great delivery system for medication.  The first commercial prescription patch was approved by the FDA in December 1979.

First Transdermal Patch Approved by the FDA

We now use the transdermal patch for many things like Smoking sensation, Pain relief, birth control and many other things.


Transdermal Delivery System



How Toxins Enter The Body 



The first patch became what is called the transdermal patch, a medicated adhesive patch placed on the skin to deliver a specific dose of medication through the skin and into the bloodstream.  The patch provides a controlled release of the medication over a certain period of time.

A wide variety of pharmaceuticals are now available in transdermal patch form.  It is highly successful in delivery of pain relieve and the delivery of nicotine for the smoker trying to break the habit. It is even used in birth control.

You Can Absorb MORE Toxins from Skin Care Products than Food

Remember, your skin is your largest organ — and also the thinnest. Less than 1/10th of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. Worse yet, your skin is highly permeable. Remember most items you rub on your skin, will end up in your bloodstream, and distributed throughout your body organs.

Putting chemicals on your skin may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body.

However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down. When you add up daily exposure over the course of a lifetime, it really adds up!


Take the time to look at the Product    Label on the back of the bottle of hand lotion, or anything else you put on your skin, hair, or nails.  Most of all hand lotions contain a whole lot of unknown chemical stuff, and a large amount of alcohol some as high as 95%.

I once asked a moisturizer sales man; why do most hand lotions seem to be mostly alcohol?  He looked puzzled then said, “It’s a type of alcohol that not the one you drink”.  Now we will talk alcohol in a second but the next major ingredient in your hand sanitizer is Mineral oil. Mineral oil comes from petroleum


another word for what you put in your car engine to make it go (It’s called Gasoline).  In fact Vaseline Petroleum Jelly has been around as long as Crisco. If nothing else the thick jelly does not break down.  The thick jelly blocks your pores and your skin cannot breathe, which may be why we have so many dry, irritated and agitated skin conditions.


What do you think the work petroleum means – a liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is present in certain rock strata and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil; oil.


Now back to alcohol, I entered the question into a search engine and got this as an answer, “Do not confuse the cetearyl alcohol contained in hand lotions and other skin care products with liquids such as rubbing alcohol or ethyl alcohol that can dry the skin. Cetearyl alcohol is white, waxy substance that provides the creamy texture common to hand lotions and helps make skin feel smoother. It also helps hold the various ingredients in the lotion together in a stable mixture.”

I hate to say anything right now, but remembering what Dr. Mercola said, I don’t really think I want to eat very much Cetearyl alcohol, more of that later.

Now let us talk about Hand Sanitizers. Now most Hand Sanitizers contain 99.99% ethanol which is the kind you drink.

Just a note if you pour yourself a beer or any other high ball you will not be getting even 75% alcohol. You will be getting much less.

The Properties of Ethanol Alcohol 


Hand Sanitizer

Ethanol is in Vodka, Gin and maybe a few more brands.  Now that Martini I could put in my tummy!!!!!!!

Since 2002 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.  First used in hospital settings as a supplement to regular hand washing, it soon became regularly used in other public settings like schools, grocery stores and who knows where else.  Hand sanitizers contain a high concentration of alcohol to kill bacteria on the surface of your hands.  It kills the bacteria on the skin and strips the oil from the skin to prevent future bacterial growth.  Your skin becomes very dry.  My skin becomes inflamed, turns red, flaky, and it hurts.  I am still trying to heal the skin damaged by hand sanitizers. I avoid hand sanitizers and I’m a nurse.

Our GrandParent Believed “Dirt Is Good For You”

… and so did I as a kid.

America is so overly concerned with avoiding fat and getting rid of Dirt.  I planted a garden this year and guess what Dirt is not Dirty.  Dirt is good for you like saturated fat is good for you.  America spends hours and hours getting rid of germs, avoiding fat, eating sugar, drinking bottled water and watching TV. Just as they strip their food of all nutrition, they wash everything within sight.  They wash their hands, their children’s hands, their clothes, their hair, their pet, the bathroom, the house and everything else with a wild eye obsession. This constant manic hand washing behavior is a direct result of the constant brain washing propaganda we are subjected to by Big Pharma, Business, Government and Nannies. We are so concerned with washing; we have almost completely destroyed what we were born with.  God gave us a very strong immune system, for free.  Our mania with soap has created bacteria resistant disease like MRSA, increased allergies, asthma, inflammation and who knows what else. God even gave us a way to replenish our immune system. He made our skin absorbent so that it can easily absorb vitamin D. That is, if the skin has not been covered up with a wad of Sun screen.

We are so concerned about being clean we even give our children alcohol in the form of a hand sanitizer.  If you don’t believe me, read on.


Hand Sanitizer Dangers

Hand sanitizers remove germs from your hands but, they also deliver alcohol directly to the blood stream.  Besides the risk of alcohol poisoning, your child may very well become inebriated (my granddad called it drunk). Several applications of a hand sanitizer can deliver up to four shots of vodka.  Now that will help a child’s concentration in school.  At least the child will be happy, dumb but happy.

Even a small dose can be dangerous leading to dizziness, slurred speech, headaches and brain damage. Good thing the child can’t drive a car, for if stopped by a police officer they might just be given a DWR.

Tomorrow headlines; “Four Year Old, in child seat arrested for DWR.” (Drunk while riding).

Update 2/26/2013

I just got a new headline concerning children, hand sanitizer and alcohol

Alcohol is extremely flammable.

Here is one Side effect I had not thought of when using alcohol based Hand sanitizer.  Alcohol is extremely flammable.  Natural News has the story Ireland Lane who ran screaming from her hospital room with the front of her t-shirt on fire. Static electricity had ignited the flammable hand sanitizer.

Click here to read the story.

Warning: Hand sanitizer may burst into flame and incinerate your skin

Now let us turn to some sanity.

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Coconut Oil


There are available from the market Hand Sanitizers not made of alcohol but of Coconut Oil and others.

But simple Coconut oil can be used for skin care; Dr. Fife says “I put it on my skin too. It is excellent for the skin; if you want to become a believer in the health benefits of coconut oil, just start using it on your skin. Dry, hard, discolored, and flaky skin will transform into soft, smooth healthy looking skin within weeks. Topically it seems to be able to benefit almost any skin condition. I wouldn’t say that it can cure every type of skin condition, but I’ve seen a wide variety of conditions improve-and sometimes completely vanish-with the use of coconut oil. It can help speed healing of cuts and burns; there’s a long tradition in the islands of using coconut oil as a sunscreen. It is great for fungal infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot. “

Coconut oil can be used for hair care, mouth care, fungal infections, anti-wrinkle treatment, and even cancer.  Now along with that martini I can eat coconut oil.

Now we have just getting started on this subject.  Today we just discussed our skin. There is a long list of alternative cleaning products available.  This list includes coconut oil, Baking Soda, raw unfiltered unpasteurized Apple Vinegar, white vinegar, hand-made soap, lemon, and a lot more your mother and grandmother know all about.  More of that later.

I don’t know why people are so worried about America’s future, when we are doing our best to willingly wipe ourselves off the face of the earth. We are worried about aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s but we don’t seem to remember how to take care of our bodies.  We will follow along hook line and sinker any new fad that comes along, but we seem to have forgotten what our Grandparents knew; How to care for and listen to your own body.


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Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

By Joan McDaniel             February 17, 2019

This is from my original article

The Cholesterol Myths

July 12, 2012

More Information about Cholesterol

By Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” and By Dr. Uffe Ravnskov

 Arranged by Joan McDaniel                        July 12, 2012

The more research on cooking oils I did, the more I found the importance of Fat in the Diet.  But there was increasing concern from government research into what was called “Cholesterol”.  Suddenly everyone who was anyone was very concerned about health and what to do “For your Health”, Especially “Heart Healthy Health”.  We humans have been eating animal fat for thousands and thousands of years.

No one made mention that modern humans have existed on this planet for roughly over 200,000 years. These same humans have acquired a comfortable, and successfully, existence on this Earth.  This species have been feeding themselves and their off springs very well without government a government research lab and a recommended “Heart Healthy” diet.

Now I’m Not going to let my mind run away with me.  But, do you think this has anything to do with control?????  Maybe controlling what you eat?  Maybe to propagandize or encouraging us into eating the same exact thing? Maybe that one thing can only be created and controlled by one person’s product that has been patented. Resulting in complete control of all production and profits? I think they call this a Monopoly.  Does anyone remember the product Crisco?  — More of this later.

It wouldn’t have anything to do with Money now would it?????

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Since I had found so much help from using coconut oil, I began to try to understand more about cholesterol and cooking oil or fat. I began reading just about everything from Dr. Coconut TM – Who is Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” answers your questions about coconut, diet, and nutrition. I still am getting his periodical newsletter.  His newsletter (included) gave me a helpful introduction and I am lucky for I found this fantastic author Dr. Uffe Ravnskov and his extremely very popular and well read book called The Cholesterol Myth.

This is one of my first articles on my research on Cholesterol.  It is just an introduction to the subject I wrote many other articles.

July 12, 2012

The current debate in the Medical world on cholesterol, is very complex and involved.   I am a LPN Nurse, I am not educated in this subject, nor can I give any advice.  I can only voice an opinion based on this research and other books I have read, and how I am feeling.  This isn’t telling anyone what to do.  Your on you own!!!

I have included two major articles:  Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?

From the Coconut Research Center Newsletter

The other is Dr. Uffe Ravinskov’s The Cholesterol Myth


Coconut Research Center Newsletter E-Mail Edition Volume 2   Number 1

Ask Dr. Coconut TM 

Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut” answers your questions about coconut, diet, and nutrition.

Will Eating Coconut Oil Raise My Cholesterol?

“This is the most often asked question I receive regarding coconut oil. This is a legitimate concern because we have been conditioned to believe that all saturated fats raise cholesterol. Since coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, it would stand to reason that it, too, would raise cholesterol.”

“The truth is, eating coconut oil will improve your cholesterol values and reduce your risk of heart disease. Many people, however, have expressed concern after having their blood cholesterol checked and finding that their total cholesterol has increased since they began using coconut oil. If coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease, why did their cholesterol levels rise?”

“I have found that people’s response varies when they start using coconut oil. In some people total cholesterol decreases, while in others it increases. But in either case, their HDL (good) cholesterol always increases. The rise in total cholesterol that some people experience is due mostly to an increase in good cholesterol. Their cholesterol ratio (total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol) improves, thus reducing their risk of heart disease.”

“It is an established fact that the cholesterol ratio is a far more accurate indicator of heart disease risk than total cholesterol. Total cholesterol, in fact, is misleading and is a poor risk indicator because it lumps together both LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Total cholesterol gives you no indication of how much is good and how much is bad. You can have high total cholesterol, but if a large percentage of it is made up of HDL, then your risk is low.”

The Cholesterol Myth


   Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

(Who am I?)

Dr. Uffe Ravnskov (born 1934) is a Danish independent researcher. He has criticized the research of Ancel Keys (more of Dr. Keys later).  He examined Keys data and found no correlation to back up Key’s findings.  He is a member of various international scientific organizations, and a former private medical practitioner in Sweden. In recent years he has gained international recognition for his research into numerous scientific studies, leading to the publication of a book which stated that the widely popularized Lipis Hypothesis is scientifically invalid. He has also authored The Cholesterol Myth , Fat and Cholesterol are Good for your and Ignore the Award.The idea that too much animal fat and high cholesterol are dangerous to your heart and vessels is nothing but a myth.Click link numbers for some astonishing and frightening facts


Fat and Cholesterol are GOOD for You!

The Great Cholesterol Myth


Looks like someone is finally making some sense with nutrition NO mention of coconut oil but it is a good start.

Sketchy Research Got Us Eating Low Fat Diets — And It Could Be Killing Us

13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat

This is a review of a book titled Big Fat Surprise by Teicholz check out the book yourself here

This article originally appeared on Popular Science

Here are the facts!  

Click on the blue number if you want references to his scientific literature

 1  < Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent.

 2   < A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.

 3  < Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the ”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent.

 4  < There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instance, more than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.

 5 < The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.

 6  < The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

 7  < Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but are rarely told to the public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea.

 8  < The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.


 9 < The Benefits Of High Cholesterol

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