Monday, July 29, 2019

LYME DISEASE- How I got taken down to ground zero and was clue-less.

Don't think your symptoms could be LYME Disease?  

No bulls-eye rash? Think Again and Learn! 

There is a reason why you have not seen an update on this blog since March.  I went through the worst health crisis in 30 years and it is a disease that is ruining people's lives. It is a health crisis that knocks you out and to the floor.  It is like not seeing the bus that hits you but you are lying on the road with broken bones, and saying what happened and why am I broken?

Lyme Disease is becoming an epidemic in certain states and Tennessee is one of them.  We have lived here since 2015 and in the first two years scraped ticks off every time we went into our yard. The second year we got chickens and ducks and within a year, the tick population on our usable property was reduced by 70 percent.  Those first two years, we both had some nasty welts from ticks. In fact, I went into the doctor to get tested but the test came out negative. I then read how often the disease is not diagnosed in the early stages and the tests are often a false negative. Many people go through scores of lab tests and a number of doctors who give them incorrect diagnoses.  If you are paying co-pays each time on both the doctors visits and the tests, it becomes a situation where you stop going.

In 2018, after my father-in-law died I was done in mentally and physically.  This year 2019 was a new start after recovering physically from taking care of his dad 7 days a week for months.   I started out the year with beginning some new classes to get my health coaching certificates renewed and up to date.  All was going well and I was moving along with enthusiasm and energy.  In May fatigue begin to set in and mentally I was not feeling up to it. I was feeling off...very off. 

In June I began to have symptoms such as balance problems and mental fog. My balance problem became evident to our best friends. Then the headaches began, eye pain, horrible joint pain, problems concentrating, fevers and chills,  loss of appetite, stomach distress, couldn't eat and it got worse and worse.  I could not mind did not want to work. I thought I had overdone the online classes  and seminars and needed to take a break. Why didn't I get it? Why didn't I go to the doctor first off?

In that same time period, the beginning of June,  I also had a serious, nasty fall walking the dogs and my whole left side from my wrist to my neck was painful.  I could hardly use my wrists and could not lift my arm up as well. I had pain in my neck. I put off going to the chiropractor because I was so sore. That was not a good move on my part. I associated the headaches and joint pain to the fall and the damage it did. Since I had whip lash to my neck, I thought the headaches and problems with my thinking were due to the fall.  Even the chills and fever, I thought were associated with the severe inflammation from the fall.  Looking back, my mind was not working well to say the least.

After the chiropractor began working on me, many of the severe symptoms persisted.  He felt since I had waited to see him, my lack of progress was just going to take more time. My gut told me that it was more than that so I then made an appointment with a doctor, which I usually don't do, to find out why I was almost dysfunctional.   He listened to me and ordered tick tests. He did not think I had Lyme because I could not remember a recent bad tick bite with the bulls-eye classic mark. He thought I had one of the other tick diseases.  I had not even considered that.  He put me on antibiotics which I rarely will take.  I had gotten so bad, I could not tolerate much in my stomach period.  I was living on yogurt. One of the interesting symptoms was a complete aversion to eating and especially any kind of meat.  I couldn't stomach looking at food period. 

I took the antibiotics for 6 days of the 14 day regimen. My symptoms began to improve until the 7th day when I had a violent reaction to the antibiotic and lost 8 pounds over a day.   Doctors begin your antibiotics before the lab tests come back. It was then the labs came back and it was positive for Lyme disease with high markers.   Lyme disease bacteria does not show up in the lab tests for a few weeks. So If you go in with some of these symptoms, you will be diagnosed with the flu or a viral infection. It is only after you are sick for about a month, do they look to other causes. This is without the classic tick bullseye rash  or rash in general. You will get the question about the rash and if you say no, it must be the flu. The lab tests are nasty.  The lab billed our insurance over $600 for one of the tick tests, which was not allowed by Blue Cross. If you don't have insurance, this cost could really set you back financially. We have good insurance thank God.

After looking at the research, I realized I am in the chronic stage of Lyme Disease which consists of symptoms that affect the neurological system such as balance. You will not find some of this information through the general articles. You have to research it in depth to find some of this. I will give you links below to this information to help you get to the real research articles.

I was shocked and completely blindsided by my symptoms....very odd ones such as balance issues, sensitivity to sounds where normal sounds and people talking bothers you, breathing issues, high pulse and the mental fog symptoms. I had really begun to get worried that I had something life threatening. I had been under so much stress the past three years with his father and then his death, I knew my immune system was impacted.

Lyme Disease can and often does affect many systems of the body. No two people are affected in the same way, nor do they have the exact same symptoms.  Lyme is the great imitator confusing patients and doctors alike. 

Most people don't know that some 30 percent of patients don't have the classic bulls-eye tick bite rash or rashes at all to go with it. The doctor will ask you that question and if you say no, they rule out Lyme Disease. He did think I had one of the tick diseases because of the 4 weeks of fever and chills which rules out flu.  I had to really push him to run the test for Lyme. In fact their office staff failed to run the blood test the first visit and I had to become unpleasant a week later to get the blood drawn.

When we came back to go over the lab tests, it was obvious I could not take the antibiotic for the full time period of 14 to 21 days. . He pretty much said, you on on your own if you can't take the antibiotic.  So for the hundred dollars of co-pays I did learn WHY I was so horribly sick.  The 6 days of the prescription did restore my balance issues and the joint pain pretty much went away.  I was left with fatigue, some mental issues, and severe eye pain. I was having breathing problems for which he did not have a clue. After ordering an x-ray of my lungs, he ruled out pneumonia and lung caner. I still could hardly breathe and had no answers. When I went to him, the breathing issue has become quite severe and he could hear the problem in the lungs. The eye pain goes away eventually he states but he had no clue on that either. He said all of his patients complained of that but it was not on the official list of symptoms. He was wrong and he was not up on Lyme research.  Most doctors are NOT up on Lyme research and it is up to you to educate yourself.  They are familiar with only the most known symptoms such as the rash.

After going to the Lyme disease website for Canada, I found a comprehensive symptom list for each system of the body and how Lyme can affect it.  There I found all the symptoms such as breathing problems, eye pain, and sound sensitivity were all part of chronic Lyme disease...every weird symptom I had was there. Eye pain is one of the more known symptoms in the chronic stage.

In our community which is very small, every neighbor we have, even the ones who have lived here all their lives, have either gotten Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme this year. I have been shocked talking to people and almost everyone has fallen to one of the tick diseases.   Until I got sick, I didn't know most of my neighbors other than waving at them. It was our friends, Netta and Tom who saw me getting more ill and told me to get myself down to the doctor and get tested. He had just gotten over Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever after being ill for two months.

So the next blogs I will take you through my journey with Lyme Disease, the problems with diagnosis, the problems with the standard therapy, and what I am doing to move back into wellness again after being taken down by Lyme. There is a natural protocol for treating Lyme diseases.Writing this blog today is evidence that I am moving to a full recovery from three months of severe illness. 

Blessings to you all.

Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

Monday, February 18, 2019

Moringa and Comfrey for Healthy Garden Plants and Huge Red Worms

You can raise fresh garden veggies  anywhere including tubs on your patio. 

Its almost time to begin gardening. One of the best things you can do for wonderful garden produce is too add worm and worm castings to your garden soil or to containers of garden veggies.  Many of us keep a tub or two of garden worms in our garage or basement during the winter.  You need to feed the worms to get them fat and happy.  

Why raise red worms and use the worm castings?

If you are not raising a bed of red worms, you should.  The worm castings from the bed is great for the garden and all your plants.  Raising a few worms, gets rid of of leftover lettuce, tomatoes, or other greens in a organic way which benefits you and your garden.  If you live in an area with poor soil, red worm castings will enrich your soil for better veggies.  

Earthworm castings or worm poo are rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium which are important minerals needed for superior plant growth and vegetable yield. Earthworm castings help the plants to mend calcium, iron, and sulfur to soil particles—minerals that also help plants thrive 

So what do you feed red worms ?

Cornmeal- One of the foods that fatten worms up. Make sure you don't add too much to the bed and moisten it first. 

Coffee Grinds left over from your morning coffee is one food they love.  Just make sure you feed them and let them break it down some before you add more.  

Veggie Scraps are food they love too.  No meat or protein scraps.  

Goat Manure:
If you don't raise goats, then get some from a neighbor. It is full of nutrients to improve garden soil.

Goat manure is great for gardens and garden worms!

Rabbit Manure. We have several rabbits and the addition of that manure goes a long way to raising healthy worms and as a healthy addition to your garden soils. Rabbit manure and goat manure does not burn like cow and horse. You don't have to let it age before using it.  Even one rabbit will add a lot of manure over the winter for your garden. 
Our Rabbits when they were first born. We raise them for the manure to improve the garden.

Fresh Moringa Oleifera leaves are not just great food for people and animals including goats, rabbits, and other livestock) but is wonderful food for both red worms and to accelerate growth for your garden plants. The Moringa leaves are shredded and added to water, aerated,  then used as a green manure tea that helps plants grow healthier and for your red worms as well.

Red Worms love Moringa Leaves! 

Long ago, when we lived in Ca, I noticed that my red worms flourished in the containers with the Moringa trees.  I put the worms in the 33 gal containers containing the Moringa trees when we kept them in the house in Nevada as well.  It was too cold outdoors for the worms.   I added red worms to all my Moringa containers to help keep the trees healthy.

Comfrey Leaves:


Chop up your Comfrey leaves into small pieces and layer them into the surface of your worm bed or around garden plants. Comfrey leaves are a great food for healthy red worms. It is excellent compost for plants. I always find lots of fat worms in the planted rows of Comfrey and I have 5 long rows. Even that is not enough for the 14 ducks and 2 chickens I have. They will eat it to the ground if allowed to get into the comfrey garden.

So that is all for today.  Blessings for you all.  Kate Freer

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Checkout Whats Growing Here in TN, Even in Winter? Gotu Kola, Comfrey, and Immortality Plants

Gotu Kola growing under the glow light of a special grow bulb.

It's definitely a cold Winter but we have some plants growing in the house and in our converted basement.  The cold frame plants have buds but are otherwise still sleeping for a few weeks. In the cold frame we have lilacs, azaleas, pines, and an assortment of different shrubs growing.

Our House Is Full Of Tender Plants Hanging out where its warmer!

Gotu Kola is growing really well in our back room. We will take these plants when it warms up and start growing them in kiddie pools for sale and for us. This is one of the tubs growing.  Gotu Kola loves being wet so it should love the huge amount of rain we get in Spring. It is one herb that is hard to over water. You just pick the leaves and brew a nice hot cup of tea to wake your brain up. Gotu Kola has no caffeine but works on clearing out the brain fog and dull thinking. This is one herb I never do without on a daily basis.  You do have to keep it inside during the winter if it freezes when you live.

If you were walking with me through the rooms you would  see Comfrey plants and  our Immortality mother plants beginning to grow. I look forward to Spring coming in several months, warmer weather, and watching all the plants take on their new Spring leaves.  Its going to be a beautiful new Year!  I hope all of you will continue to support this blog. I am sending also a warm thanks for your support through the years. 

Gotu Kola tubs doing quite well. This is one of 5 tubs. As they keep growing, I start another tub.

Comfrey plants getting a head start in one of our plant rooms. 
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Is Your Vitamin C Sourced in China on GMO Corn? What you don't know matters!

Where did your Vitamin C product you are currently using come from? 

The label says Natural Vitamin C, so it must be natural. Right? It says bottled in the US so it must mean it is a US grown and bottled product. Right?


You should know and care about the quality of your Vitamin C! If you are buying the cheapest brand not looking at the quality, that is not good for your health. 

Why should you be concerned? Isn't Vitamin C the same no matter where you buy it?

No, there are some big differences in where the Vitamin C is derived from. 

You might be very surprised that almost all the Vitamin C supplements you find on Amazon or in your local market are sourced from China from GMO corn.  Yes, that is right.  If you are avoiding GMO products and corn, you need to rethink the Vitamin C supplement you are currently buying.

Unless its organic, derived from fruit or berries or states on the bottle Quali-C , your Vitamin C was derived in the beginning from GMO corn that was also sprayed with pesticides and weed killer in China.  They can use the words,"natural Vitamin C" but if it is listed as ascorbic acid, it is synthetic.

Why are most supplements including Vitamin C are produced in China from GMO corn but in the end are bottled and retested in the US before being sold to you the consumer?  

I called Vitacost and Natures Way personally before writing this article to make sure the information is correct. I researched it for myself as well. Vitamin C bottles do not have to state its original source to derive the Vitamin C from legally.  So you won't know unless you read an article like this one. Call the phone number on the back of your Vitamin C bottle and ask those questions, if you don't believe me. I did.  Even if it says organic, ask the source for the product, corn or fruit based?  They will have to answer your direct question. Ask them what tests are performed on products they sell. Ask for specific tests. Be direct and to the point. If they don't know, ask for someone who can answer your questions.

90% of the worlds corn crops are GMO or genetically modified with roundup.  If they are not GMO crops, they are still sprayed with Glyphosate during different stages of growth.  Corn is the cheapest crop food to process to get the Vitamin C.  

"Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, which acts by inhibiting the plant enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops." Wikipedia 

It is also sprayed on oats, corn, and other crops just before they are harvested to dry them out so they can be processed sooner, enabling them to grow two crops per season instead of two. It is used worldwide on everything other than organic crops.

It seems that China and their cheap labor to produce vitamin supplements including Vitamin C ran most of the other companies out of business.  They could not compete with China cost wise. Ascorbic acid is synthetic and is derived from Corn for the majority of Vitamin C supplements. It can be process from fruits and berries but that makes the product much more expensive to retail. There is such enormous pressure from inexpensive Vitamin C from corn, that is most difficult for the other companies to survive.  Most consumers have no idea there is a difference and just look at the price tag on the shelf.  

What is the argument companies make for selling Vitamin C that begins with GMO Corn in China? 

It allows them to produce an inexpensive Vitamin C product that most families can afford! If you call the companies such as Vitacost and I did, they will tell you that they feel the steps that lead to the end product, ascorbic acid, are so removed that the fact they come from GMO corn produced in China shouldn't matter. They do test the end products for heavy metals and other contamination but not for any GMO essence left in the product. it is very difficult and expensive to test a crop for GMOs. Certain testing is required by law because of GMP compliance laws but its mainly on product identification, ingredients, and contamination of various degrees. 

Even though natural Vitamin C and lab made Vitamin C may look the same, through studies they have found that the body knows the difference and does not utilize the lab created Vitamin C in the same way.  Some studies have shown that the lab created Vitamin C has a negative effect on the body. Healthline explains this very effectively below.

"These nutrients are manufactured in a lab and are different than the same nutrients found in nature. Synthetic vitamins can have the same chemical constituents, but still have a different shape (optical activity).

This is important because some of the enzymes in the human body only work properly with a vitamin of the correct shape. When we give the body concentrated forms of synthetic nutrients, it doesn’t always appear to have an appropriate delivery system.

Starting materials for strictly synthetic supplements can be anything from coal tar to petroleum to acetylene gas. These supplements are made in facilities via chemical manipulations with the goal of duplicating the structure of the isolated vitamin. Specific formulas for the process aren’t made available to the public (sorry, I tried)."

"The accepted view is that synthetic nutrients are almost chemically identical to those found in food. However, the production process of synthetic nutrients is very different to the way plants and animals create them. So despite having a similar structure, your body may react differently to synthetic nutrients.

Additionally, it's unclear how well synthetic nutrients are absorbed and used in the body. Some may be more easily absorbed, not others (3)."

In the late 1980's I was part of a small research project with a doctor on food allergies. One woman swore she could not take Vitamin C. When I had her try a brand, make from Palms at the time, she had no problems. So the source does make a difference. People who take the Vitamin C from Scotland, that is derived from Non-GMO corn grown in Scotland, say they can tolerate it better stomach wise. Your body is individual and how you react to these foods and supplements is individual. Keep that in mind and listen to your body when starting new herb or vitamin regimens.

So what is the answer to the problem when buying Vitamin C supplements? 

#1: Concentrate on whole foods that contain Vitamin C. Juices are not the answer because they are full of sugar and calories and they add ascorbic acid to their juices unless it is not stated in the label as an ingredient.  

Here are examples below for foods high in Vitamin C: Visit this page for more foods high in Vitamin C
 *One-half cup (49 grams) of red acerola cherries delivers 822 mg of vitamin  C.
* Approximately six rose hips provide 119 mg of vitamin C.
* One green chili pepper contains 109 mgs of vitamin C.
* One cup of chopped raw kale provides 80 mg of vitamin C
* One medium-sized orange provides 70 mg of vitamin C

Ayurvedic Food offers Alma fruit as a outstanding source for Vitamin C in your diet. I put mine in the organic yogurt I make each week.  You can add it to a smoothie. Its taste is first tart, then sweet so some may want to take it in a supplement.

Indian Gooseberry or Alma fruit is rich is Vitamin C containing 20 times more Vitamin C than oranges. Its antioxidants and vitamins are better preserved when heating or drying than in other foods.  It is available as a marmalade, juice, in bulk powder form, and in capsules. This is what we use now in our family to make sure we are getting enough Vitamin C. It has so much to offer with the full range of vitamins and antioxidants. It is used to support the liver function and support a healthy cholesterol count. It helps energy and overall longevity.  If you are interested in finding out more about this exceptional Vitamin C source, you can buy it here. 

#2: If you do buy supplements, look for the Quali-C in the label which means it at least comes from non-GMO corn grown in Scotland.

When you test DMC's end product, Vitamin C, it tests 'corn clean'. "

Brands whose Vitamin C product comes from Scotland: I am not endorsing these brands only listing them so you can search this out yourself. Put into your search 'Quali-C vitamin C products' in Amazon to get all the results. These are not cheap but they are best quality Vitamin C supplements. I have not tried these, I use the Alma fruit for our family.

*Drs Best brand

Look for this description in their about the product, We use the world’s best Vitamin C: “Quali-C”. This is a brand of pure Ascorbic Acid sourced and made in Scotland, prized for its quality and reliability.  

Vitamin C products based on whole food such as berries and fruits.

Look for brands who list berries and fruits as the basis for their Vitamin C product. Garden of Life is one of them. There is one made from Tapioca as well.

Read labels folks!  Read the product description and view the label details stated on the bottle.

Read the description on the page about the product. do not buy just on price but on quality for your wellness. Take time to research what you read today. Really think about what you putting into your system and your children's. Buy organic, not just GMO free. Even with Non-GMO products, they still spray with Roundup and other nasty chemicals which ends up in the end product according to all the tests performed on such products including jars of infant oatmeal. When you give your kids corn flakes or oats, you are giving them a dose of glyphosate.

All for now, Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin