Here in Florida, the growing season for food, which I specifically enjoy planting and reaping the benefits of, is the winter months from October to April. As the years are passing I am finding out that some of what I planted in past years are not growing as well, or not at all.  By doing a lot of research, I  have concluded – it had to be because seeds and plants sold today – more than in the past – have all been genetically modified. Another way of hiding that fact is the use of the word ‘HYBRID’. Since the FDA does not force companies to say their products are GMOS, very few plants have GMO on the labels. The word ‘HYBRID’  is used in its place and is how the plant is described on the label. According to the Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, ‘hybrid means: “an offspring of two plants of different species or genera.”  This, in my mind, is another way of saying ‘altered‘. Is that not what Genetically Modified is?  I find that ‘hybrid’ plants grow only  (1) one crop or picking of the vegetable. e.g. Once I pick the tomatoes the plant dies. Once I cut the Kale it doesn’t produce more. Years ago when the tomatoes were all picked and the plant looked ragged I could cut it down and it would grow right back up and produce even more tomatoes than before. I could cut my kale plants to the ground and they would keep on giving me more kale. Now, with the ‘hybrid’ or GMO plants, once the crop is harvested, the plant dies, and cutting it down for it to regrow doesn’t work. According to the media hype, ‘HYBRID’ and ‘GMO’ are suppose to mean ‘bigger and better’. You can’t prove that by me.

Even though I knew about GMOS and the down side, I never thought the influx of GMOS would inhibit the selling of non-GMO products. I thought that we, the people, would have a choice. However, I am finding the Big Money Companies (e.g. Monsanto) and the Government joined forces to take that choice away.

The public needs to be made aware of the truth. Monsanto and companies like it have been successful by covering up the FACTS! Many diseases today are linked to genetic modification. They include cancer, heart disease, auto-immune issues, Autism, leaky gut syndrome, just about every inflammation based diseases, and many more. The epidemic stage of these diseases have been brought on by the widespread use, of GMO-linked pesticides, and GMO modified foods, and seeds etc. reeking havoc from toxic chemicals. GMOS play a huge role in disturbing development, and will have generational ramifications. I tell you this in hopes of making you aware of the risks to you and your family. What do your children, grand-children and great-grand-children have to risk to be healthy and stay healthy in the years to come.

I hope you clicked on and watched the above video. I found it very informative in helping the public to understand more about GMO’s and, as well, verifies much of my research on the GMO subject. It also specifies which foods are GMO FOODS and explains why they shouldn’t be eaten. There is so much to be said about the ramifications of Genetically Modified foods…that it would take pages and pages of blog space. There are many YouTube Videos on the subject for your own checking.  Another good video that tells you about the history of the Monsanto Company is titled “Monsanto: The Company that owns the Worlds’s Food Supply.” The information is mind-boggling and scary.

Do you really want the government and company’s such as Monsanto controlling you, where you and your family’s health is concerned? Shouldn’t we all have a CHOICE?

I will keep on growing my food as long as I am able to do so and can find non-genetically modified seeds – not an easy task. I will be researching next, what are called ‘Backyard Food Banks’ – ways to grow your own foods and avoid governmental control.

I urge all of my readers to do their own research on other questions you may have on the subject of GMO’s. I have only scratched the surface.




Health Fact Tips…

Even though radiation omitted from mammograms causes some breast cancers and some women die from it….the consensus is that more lives are saved with mammograms than are killed by the radiation. (Ref: Life Extension Magazine). However, “though most victims lives are spared it is at a cost to include surgical mutilation, radiation injury to the chest cavity, systemic damage by chemotherapy and acute menopause by estrogen-blocking drugs.” At this point it makes sense to take preventative steps. There is an abundance of published research “linking high normal blood glucose levels to increased breast cancer risk. This information makes it important to maintain glucose at safe low-normal ranges. Also victims are subject to become diabetic. (check chart)
A superior food. Grapes, I love grapes. Grapes are slowly gaining scientific validation as a “top-notch defender against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline.”

The benefits of grape consumption is they are composed of antioxidants called ‘polyphenols’, a cancer-fighting compound ‘resveratrol’, proanthocyanidins (concentrated in the seeds), and dense amounts of anthocyanins. The latest research would have us also believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. (Study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry)

A study from the British Journal of Nutrition tells us that “the grape juice’s ability to reduce oxidative stress in the brain might enhance memory and improve cognition with aging.”

Selecting and storing Grapes:

  • Grapes are available all year round
  • Choose fully ripe grapes that are firm and plump. (Black and Red grapes have the most nutritional value)
  • Grapes should be firmly attached to the stem, wrinkle free, and not leaking juice.
  • Store in a container or plastic bag in the refrigerator (I use the original bag the grapes come in, after I treat (wash) the grapes to get rid of the pesticides and chemicals that are on the grapes when grown, and then used again on the grapes, for preservation purposes, before the grapes sold to the stores to sell to the public. I wash the bag before I put them back in it.)

The grapes – when refrigerated will store for up to 5 days. To help keep their freshness, I put a sheet of paper towel in the bag. This helps keep them firm and they seem to store longer as well.

In reference to my Detox Diet Plan –
Question? Why are fruits, vegetable, nuts & seeds special foods for dietary and detoxification purposes?
Answer: Because fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds feed, energize and heal the body, each in its own special way. FRUITS: feed the brain and nervous system. VEGETABLES: feed the muscles and skeletal system. NUTS and SEEDS: are structural foods.

Raw fruits and vegetables vitalize the body. You should consider eating them raw as much as possible.  The ratio, if you must cook the vegetables should be 80% raw to 20% cooked (steamed only). My plan gives you an eating pattern to follow. In my plan, I do not recommend red meats due to their huge toxicity and acidic factors. They cause dis-ease (disease) instead of rebuilding the body.  If you must eat meat, I suggest that it be turkey, (preferable), chicken or fish. (not fried). These can be eaten along with a salad at the dinner meal. Homemade vegetable soup is also on the plan. Please no tomato soup because of the acidity. If you must cook the vegetables – STEAM, or SAUTE’ them. No Fried foods.  Focus on ‘low’ or ‘no protein’ type foods; no breads, no pasta or dairy (dairy causes mucus congestion and inflammation). Nuts are a good source of amino acids, and many essential vitamin/mineral supplements. However, eat them minimally as you will get all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids the body needs in the fruits and vegetables. 

The plan starts with a 1 -2 day lemon water fast. This is for accelerating the detoxification process. Then…

Choose the cycle – a routine – for how you want to use this plan. Take it one day at a time. Make it a habit – the body loves habits and routines as it functions better on routine.

With any diet plan the questions always arises about how often and how much a person should eat? How often is part of my plan…3 meals and 2 snacks during the daytime hours. Eating after 6 pm is a no-no, as anything eaten between 6 and bedtime is never digested as you sleep. Overeating overworks the GI tract and digestive organs causing poor digestion and malabsorption of the nutrients in the food. The food sits in the stomach and colon area – putrefy’s and ferments. It zaps your dynamic energy and you wake up the next day tired and exhausted.

Enjoy your journey into longevity, vibrancy and spirituality. You have the freedom to make your life’s journey what and how you want it. DON’T live to eat, but EAT to LIVE! 



Species vs Health and Nutrition

Think about the following:




Talking about anything related to nutrition and health can take a lifetime.

As a child we had a victory garden, so I have always been interested in food from planting it to eating it. Without food there is no nutrition or health. When in my 30’s I had a friend who owned a health food store. That is when I became interested in vitamin supplements. Supplementation information, in the 1970’s, was different from what it is today. Vitamins were taken by folks separately, and not in multiple form, because the vitamins didn’t come in multiple form. Vitamins, at that time, were chemically manufactured, using little if any natural ingredients.

Because of the vitamins being chemically manufactured, it was easy to overdose on supplements. Through my experience I found out that a person could overdose on Vitamin A. The suggested amount to be taken was 25000 mg per day which was the amount implied to be  necessary for good health. The, then, chemically manufactured Vitamin A, had side effects because it was not manufactured from a natural Vitamin A source. The side effects included; heart palpitations, nerve problems, spasms, dizziness, etc.

I, innocently went to the doctor for my yearly exam. My doctor went into panic mode when he checked my heart, which he said was “racing frantically.” He sent me to a heart specialist for testing.  The heart racing frantically, today, is referred to as atrial fibrillation or irregular heart arrhythmia, etc.  At the end of the testing, the heart doctor informed me there was nothing wrong with my heart, however, he wanted to know what medications/drugs I was on. I told him none – but that I was taking a lot of vitamins. He asked which vitamins. I went down the list, Vitamin C, E, A, and D – which was the normal protocol in the those days. He said, “Vitamin A – how much are you taking.”  I told him I was taking the required 25000 mg per day. He emphatically said, “woman are you trying to kill yourself?” I said no, why? He then told me “that taking 25000 mg of Vitamin A per day was destroying or would eventually destroy my liver and I would be dead.” Talk about a wakeup call. This scared the living daylights out of me. I was overdosing on Vitamin A.  I immediately took Vitamin A off my list of vitamins. It wasn’t until beta-Carotene came out, on the supplement list, that I dared to take anything remotely related to Vitamin A.

Beta-Carotene is an organic strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. I found out, by researching it, that the human body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A as the body needs the Vitamin A. This information made me feel that it was safe to take beta-Carotene to get the Vitamin A that the body urgently needs. This experience started my quest to be healthy the correct way – NATURALLY!

Today we are bombarded with health messages on the TV, radio, and through the media. These messages put doubt in the human mind about what we are supposed to believe and/or do. So, to start at the beginning –

NUTRITION: What does it mean? Nutrition is “the sum total of the process involved in the taking in and utilization of food substances by which growth, repair and maintenance of activities in the body as a whole, or in any of its parts, are accomplished. (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary). Nutrition includes, ingestion, digestion, absorption, and metabolism (assimilation). Nutrients are stored in and by the body in various forms and drawn upon when the food intake is not sufficient.

I believe in natural healing – that the body heals itself – given the proper nutrition . To improve your health through nutrition you need to know and understand WHAT SPECIES YOU ARE  and WHAT YOUR SPECIES IS SUPPOSE TO EAT!

As humans it starts with eating food that is biologically suited for our species. So, what species are we? Imagine yourself at the zoo looking at all the various animals in their cages and some animals who wander in the open, as they do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; and seeing elephants, giraffes, deer, apes, chimpanzees, snakes, birds, lions and many other animals. Which of these Homo sapiens do we look like? The primates of course – which include the apes, chimpanzees, and monkeys. This species of animals are called FRUGIVORES – AS ARE WE!

Most of you are probably familiar with the terms, Carnivores, Omnivores, Herbivores. The question is, why are we, as humans, not like them? The difference between Carnivores, Omnivores, Herbivores and Frugivores is the Digestive System, Eliminative System, Extremities, Integumentary System, Skeletal System, and Urinary System. Laboratory dissecting and observation of the different species anatomical structures and physiological processes conclude that humans are FRUGIVORES, whether you like it or not. It is a mystery to me that humans are the only species that is confused about what to eat.

Kids know. Studies made with children showed that when they were put down in front of a table with a variety of foods, to include junk foods, and were told to choose anything they wanted to eat, the kids chose to eat the fruits, veggies and nuts. I tested this out by observing my own grandkids, (when they were little), and now my great-grand-children – at the family gatherings throughout the years and as late as this year’s Super Bowl gathering. The grandkids are now the parents. The great-grand-children  have been readily exposed to all the junk food to include meat, but when filling their plates, picked the many varieties of fresh fruits and raw vegetables. By observation, it was the parents who encouraged their children to eat the meats, dairy, etc. I have concluded that, not only in this case, but with almost everyone, it is the parents that encourage foods, not meant for their species, upon their children, for various rationalized reasons – and then wonder why they, themselves, and their children are sick all the time.

There are exceptions to this observation. However, today humans have gotten out of their realm when it comes to food and are in the habit, by way of their parents/grandparents before them, of eating foods not healthy for their species. At the end of the day, whether humans like it or not they are still FRUGIVORES.

It is only fair that I help you to understand and distinguish the species: CARNIVORES are meat eaters, OMNIVORES are some meat, vegetables, fruits, roots and some bark eaters, HERBIVORES are vegetables, herbs and some roots and bark eaters, FRUGIVORES are mainly fruits, nuts, seeds, sweet vegetables, and herb eaters. Because of our systems, mentioned earlier in an above paragraph, we are FRUGIVORES. To maintain healthy bodies we should be eating what our species should be eating. If we did this on a regular basis, we would be vital and/or become vital again, and enjoy the rewards of life. However, it requires the reconditioning of our minds. As humans, we need to retrain our emotions to enjoy the eating of raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.

Other protocols to be followed on our journey to being healthy include, as well, a good exercise/fitness program, stress relief programs, and relaxation programs. They are all-inclusive to being healthy, maintaining healthy and returning to healthy if that be the case.

Things to Remember:

  • You are a work in progress!
  • All humans are imperfect – give yourself permission to be human!
  • Recognize that all beings have self-doubt!
  • Stop competing and comparing yourself to others, focus on what you value and appreciate about yourself!
  • Be consistent in sticking to your new plan!
  • Failure can lead to success if you persevere and have faith in God!

My purpose here at FYI Health Talk is not what I can do for you, but to teach you what you can do for yourself!


Microwaved Food!

Every once in a while I come across information that I feel everyone should know about or at least become aware of. However, the information is too extensive to just put in the ‘Tip’ part of my blog page.

Microwave oven Stock Photography

The following is just such information. Just about every person in the world has a Microwave Oven. You can’t buy a house without one being included. You are bombarded with TV ads, magazine ads etc. about how to make cooking your food fast and easy. In fact – in the past 30 years microwave ovens have practically replaced the traditional methods of cooking food. This is because there are so many people on the go, barely stopping to eat, that is, unless the food can be cooked in 2 minutes or less. The grocery store shelves are loaded with “instant cook” food, packaged (just add water and stick it in the microwave), and/or frozen, which you don’t even need to thaw out first. Microwave oven’s today, will even thaw frozen foods, such as meat, out for you to supposedly save time.

BUT – what do you really know about the microwave oven? Are they no more than timesaving machines for cooking? A Swiss Study found that “food which is microwaved is not the food it was before !”

Just the other day I was asked if microwaved foods were really not good for you.  And, if so, why not? Here is what I found out. You can check it out for your self.

“The microwave radiation deforms and destroys the molecular structure of the food – creating radiolytic compounds. When microwaved food is eaten, abnormal changes occur in the blood and immune systems. These include a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell counts and an increase in cholesterol levels.” Just that information alone should be enough to scare the living daylight out of a person (an expression used in the good old days).

There was an article in Pediatrics journal warning that microwaving human milk damages the anti-infective properties it usually gives to a mother’s baby. How many of you are or have been guilty of warming the baby’s milk in the microwave? And, you wonder why your child is sick all the time, is susceptable to every flu bug that comes along? I am sorry, I just have to say it the way it is. There were studies done at the University of Warwick in Great Britain that warned, “microwave radiation is damaging to the vital electromagnetic activity of human life vibrations.”  This is scary stuff.

I am as guilty as the rest of you who got caught up in the microwave revolution. I find that the older generation – seniors – are still caught up in it as many are heard to say, “I just don’t feel like cooking,” “if it weren’t for my microwave oven, I probably wouldn’t even eat.” I do have a microwave (it came with the house). I very rarely use it. The food cooked in a microwave, and eaten, is dead food with no nutritional value – but it does fill you up and take care of your hunger pangs.

The question I ask myself and you should be asking yourself is – do you want to die of radiation poisoning at your own hand? Isn’t that considered to be suicide? It just takes longer than if you were exposed to radiation by an atomic bomb blast.

My solution – a convection oven would be much safer. Might take a little longer to cook with, but is MUCH SAFER.! I own a NuWave oven. It cooks food as good, if not better, than a microwave oven. Also you don’t need to thaw the frozen meats or anything else before you cook it.


Tooth Decay a.k.a. Cavities

Being the daughter of a Dentist (who is no longer with us), I learned a lot about the benefits of oral health. I remember my dad saying, “you can tell a smoker by looking at their teeth. You can tell a soda pop drinker by the look of their teeth. You can tell a drinker of alcohol by the look of their teeth.” He was right then, and it is still true today. No wonder everyone wants to have their teeth whitened. (I chose a picture of naturally white teeth with healthy gums.) We may not all have teeth this straight, but a good Orthodontist can correct the crooked teeth problems.

A quote I ran across by way of the Michigan Dental Association says,  “Sweetened soda is to teeth as cigarettes are to lungs.” WOW!

Maybe this blog should be a continuation of the blog, I just posted, about  Soda Pop. How does tooth decay relate to Soda Pop or anything else for that matter? My sisters and I were not allowed to drink soda pop as children. I never had a cavity in my teeth until I was 21 years old and in the child-bearing stage of my life, where a mother-to-be is encouraged by the doctor to take supplements, because the baby takes the nutrients from the mother’s body, to include the teeth. The good news is, that because I never got addicted to soda pop, I very seldom drink it today. I never encouraged my children to drink it, I never bought it, I never craved it. Research facts do tell you that “a steady diet of soft drinks is a leading cause of tooth decay.”

So…how do you get tooth decay a.k.a. cavities?

It is not just from the lack of flossing or brushing your teeth.

  • Sugar – the sugar in soda pop combines with bacteria in the mouth to form acid. Also called “tooth demineralization.” True of sugar from any source.
  • All soda pops to include diet and/or “sugar-free” contains its own acid.
  • The acid in a soft drink whether it contains sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel. When the body becomes acidic, minerals are leached out of your teeth and bones. You need the alkaline balance that I have mentioned in earlier blogs (80% alkaline to 20% acid), to keep this from happening.
  • Each acid attack on the teeth lasts about 20 minutes or more as you continue to sip or drink the soda pop.
  • These continual acid attacks weaken your tooth enamel.
  • The tooth enamel breaks down and the bacteria in the mouth causes the cavities.
  • If you notice your gum line receding (which it often does as you age), then the acid does more damage especially below the gum line.

Cavities are a sign that your body doesn’t have the necessary nutrients to keep your teeth healthy.

Fillings, which most of you get to repair the teeth, are merely a band-aid. They don’t treat the cause.

I feel that the dental community today does not warn the public enough about the damage soda pop, alcohol, and cigarettes, etc. can do to the teeth and gums. I cringe every time I see anyone offering a child of any age a can of soda pop; or a child begging their parents for a can of soda pop. I have seen children with rotten – yes rotten teeth because they are addicted to soft drinks. I also feel the caffeine – even the caffeine free soft drinks are a danger to the health of anyone who drinks it. I have seen children, who are addicted to soda pop with caffeine in it, ask their parents for coffee….why, why, why? And, I cry inside when mom, dad or any adult gives it to them.

                                                   This is only the beginning!

You can drink soft drinks in moderation; use a straw to keep it away from your teeth; swish your mouth out with water afterwards; read the labels; floss; use fluoride toothpaste (that is another story); or whatever else you do to lessen the effects of the damage soda pop, nicotine, alcohol or anything else in the ‘not good for you’ category does, but, in my mind these are just rationalizations for justification.

The bottom line, according to the Michigan Dental Association, is that “There is no nutritional value in soft drinks. In regular pop all the calories come from sugar. In addition to cavities, heavy pop consumption has been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. One fifth of all one and two-year-old children drink pop. Today, teens, drink three times more pop than 20 years ago. Soft drink companies pay high schools and middle schools big bucks to offer their products. Sealants only protect tooth chewing surfaces. Soda Pop decay tends to occur where sealants can’t reach.” This actually is true for decay from any source.

Parents need to talk to their children about the effects of soda pop, as well as any other tooth decaying sources – especially sugar based. I know it is hard to do when you are addicted yourself. I hope your dentist is telling you to monitor, not only yourself, but especially your children about how much they, and you, drink or eat and when. Encourage your family, and provide for your family healthy alternatives such as water, and though the dentist might urge cows milk – I encourage drinking the nut milks, and natural juices as well.

Train yourself and your children to – MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES!!!!

NOTE: There are many diseases associated with the mouth – to include canker sores, bad breath, abscesses, etc. Do your homework, do your own research. Today, we live in a cyberworld of information. As a precursor read my earlier blog on Soda Pop.

                                                       SMILE, SMILE, SMILE!



Soft Drinks

I came across some information on soft drinks that I thought might be of interest to you all. You see the TV inundated with ads to drink cola’s in many forms by many manufacturers and some all by the same manufacturer.

Did you know:

  • One 10 ounce soft drink robs your body of 16 trillion oxygen molecules!
  • Given a soft drink with a pH of 2, it would take 35 glasses of water with a pH of 10 to get to just a pH of 7 – which is neutral – and which your body’s blood value should be.
  • There is an enzyme in your body that literally dissolves your bones in order to keep your blood pH at its proper pH levels.
  • Humans only lay down bone density for the first 25 years of life; after that it is a fight to prevent loss of bone. And you wonder why you, eventually, have osteoporosis?
  • Soda robs the body of bone density!
  • The phosphoric acid in soda bonds to oxygen, robbing the body of the potential use of said oxygen.
  • Sugars are also a culprid…that is one of the reasons why manufacturers of Soda are taking it out of their products. However, the artificial sweeteners or zero sugar does not change that the oxygen in the bone is depleted….robbing the body of bone density.
    In my opinion the consumption of Soda is just another crisis of epidemic proportions.

     Look at the labeling – oh so true!



Knee Joint Illustration

It has come to my attention lately that more and more folks are having Knee Surgery or getting Knee Replacements. Some of these surgeries or replacement are successful and some aren’t. In this short blog I just want to share some information I found about this subject.

“As with any surgery, knee replacement surgery carries risks.” Physicians Rehabilitation wants to remind you of some of the complications:
*  Infection
*  Blood clots in the leg vein or lungs
*  Heart Attack
*  Stroke
*  Nerve damage
*  Allergic reactions to anesthesia
*  Post-surgical pain

Concerning knee replacement surgery, it is important you know that there can also be failure of the artificial joint…because even with the strongest metal and plastic parts, they eventually wear out with daily use. You also need to be aware of the types of activities you take part in, because the risk is higher if you stress the joint with high impact exercises and excessive weight.

“In this procedure (knee replacement or surgery), a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee-joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.”

Osteoarthritis lowers the normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in the joints.

My advice, be sure you do your research before you consider any type of knee surgery. Be sure the facility and/or doctors are highly qualified and specialize in this kind of management and treatment.  You want the results of this kind of surgery to be pain-free, so medication is zero or minimal.