Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving- A Time of Reflection and Thanks

I want to wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day. It is just my husband and myself this year, which  feels a bit strange. Most years we have spent time with family in San Diego. This year my husband must work tonight but he will have most of the day to relax. We are thankful we has a job! I am fixing a full thanksgiving meal? Why? One reason is I won't have to cook much this week and there will be turkey for future meals. It is one time of the year when we have treats such as pie and my family yam recipe.  I love cooking thanksgiving dinner and always have. It brings back memories of my parents, of my mom cooking, of the house I grew up in, and I feel great joy in those memories. My mom cooked from scratch including the dressing. She made it from biscuits and cornbread she had baked herself. I loved those days. My parents are long gone but the memories remain as a warm place in my heart and mind. I hope you and your family are sharing lots of hugs, warmth, and food this day.

My husband and I are so very thankful this year. We are living  in Stagecoach and in a warm, well built house. Last year we were living in a worn down trailer that should have been demolished. It was a resting point to think about what God had planned for us in the step of our future.  It was not two months later, by a number of unexpected events, that we were able to move here. It was all in God's plan. Let me tell you when you have lived for months in a trailer with mold and mildew in the living room ceiling, you are thankful to be out of that. At the last the pipes broke underneath the main part of the trailer. We found it was too expensive and not worth fixing so things got interesting. To get water, we had to go outside in the cold to turn it on. We turned it on just long enough to do dishes, shower, or wash clothes, then turn in off again. We drew straws to see who would turn it off after showers in the cold weather.  All of that makes you extremely thankful for the normal things such as easily available water. So we are blessed to be here and in much better circumstances. Once again, I learned patience and giving it up to God  is the only thing you can do at times. We now have great neighbors on all sides, which is also a blessing. Our view from the back is the beautiful Nevada mountains. We have a million dollar view for very inexpensive rent and utilities. We get 25,000 gallons of water for a base rate of $50.00 and no water police and restrictions. We love writing the bills considering the same utilities in San Diego, where we used to live.

The chickens are well and laying again! Praise the Lord we don't have to buy store-bought eggs any longer, which I hate. Three of our ducks are laying too, as of a week ago. They got well with a combination of garlic, moringa, and Life Force which is a green powder with lots of green vegetables.  At the end, three of them had a funny sounding cackles from being sick but no other symptoms. I knew that their system was run down from being sick so I gave them Moringa and the green powder soaked into their mushy dog food. Sure enough when I started that, they all perked up. Within a week their cackle was normal and they all looked better than in weeks. I am going to continue to give them this special treatment through the winter to safeguard their health. I believe in the long run, it is more than worth it. Today as I picked up the eggs, the most in three months....I gave thanks. I could have lost the whole flock. As it was, I only lost two.

I am going to make this a short one today but do give thanks for your blessings today as we should every day.  God Bless you All
Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Difference Between Kosher Certified and Organic Certified

When you read ads describing Moringa products, you may see the label Kosher Certified. This is important to East coast consumers. Many people do not know the difference in standards between the two kinds of certifications. The standards and certification methods are very different.


 "Kosher certification, in the traditional sense of the term, is fundamentally concerned with foods conforming to the Biblical and Rabbinic tradition of Kosher dietary laws and any contamination or trespass that would compromise these laws – and hence integrity of the Kosher certified product. The reasons offered by the rabbinic tradition for the basis of these laws vary from physical to spiritual health, discipline, ethical sensitivity, concerns with idolatry or intermarriage – to “we have no idea but it’s a Divine Commandment” or Rabbinic Law."

"Kosher certification, on the other hand, is answerable only to the rabbi of the Kosher certification agency, his industry peers and the Kosher consumer. Consequently there are different standards and, not surprisingly, there are some disagreements on various issues as to what is a proper Kosher standard or procedure. This heterodoxy of views should not be overstated, as Kosher certification is largely run by the Orthodox rabbinate and there is a significant amount of consensus. I would estimate consensus on perhaps 80% of the issues, but the other 20% leaves you enough room to sometimes get caught up in such a disagreement. So while there are disagreements about Gelatin, Carmine, Dairy, Cheese, Bread, Oil and Wine production… There are no disagreements about Pigs, Shellfish, Meat and Milk etc…"

For example a Kosher certifier will not be concerned with where or how your fruit, nuts, tea or coffee are grown, whether its Organic certified or not. Their main concern is processing of the food such as drying, and roasting. What ingredients are used for flavoring the product. Is non-kosher food also processed by that same equipment.

Note: "Having a Kosher symbol on a product somehow conveys to the consumer that it is safer, purer, or more blessed – and this is simply not true. However these myths got circulated, they fuel the sales of Kosher certified products. 

Organic Certification: 

Organic certification is fundamentally concerned with the contamination of foods due to exposure to either chemicals, pesticides,  or GMO’s in one form or another.

Organic certification is maintained by the USDA, and the Federal government, with uniform standards developed by and enforced by government. Fines are issued to companies who do not comply. Their organic certificate can be taken away if cheating is found. Even if there are disagreements as to what should be the standard, in the end it’s hammered out into the final law. Organic certification is very time consuming and expensive for the company involved with stacks of paperwork that must be maintained.  It is the cost and time that discourages most companies from attaining that certification. It is not cost effective for them. Many companies grow their produce with organic principals but don't pursue the certificate.  Their products are just as organic as the ones with the certificate but they can't state that on ads.

Organic certification will often be concerned with a complete documentation from A-Z of the purity of the Organic product. They will investigate the farm operation steps including paperwork, seed source, soil, truck procedures, to manufacturer and packer methods etc.  They perform inspections when the application is accepted, then once a year to twice a year on average. They will do an extra inspection if a complaint is turned in.

Many countries label their products organic when they are not organic certified. In the United States, using that term can get you huge fines but not so in foreign countries. If they are actually certified organic, they should be able to give you their certificate number that you can check out through the certifying agency.

Why go to all that work and investigation?
I lost money several years ago to a company who was using a stolen organic certificate. When I did not get my product, I began investigating what recourse I had. This was an India company. I found out this guy had been successfully selling his product as organic certified with a stolen certificate for several years. He just changed the details on the certificate to his company name. At the same time I turned him in, another company from Germany also made a complaint.  Up to then, no one questioned his certificate.   



 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 

Moringa Powder Capsules - Organic and Vegan (210 Count, 1,000mg Per Serving) Amazing Green Superfood from Moringa Oleifera Leaf by Double Wood Supplements 

Will close for now.
Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Monday, November 19, 2012

One Unorthodox Treatment for Cancer and Illness That Has Achieved Miracles

I often talk in my blogs about herbs or alternative treatments for cancer. There is one that I have not talked about, that I use on a daily basis.  I have seen it work time and time again over the years with family, friends, and others. It does not require a huge outlay of money or a trip to the health food store. Any one can use this method at any time.  What is this unique method I see that helps people to get well?

Prayer and Healing Services

My husband and I belong to a non-denominational church which welcomes all into its doors. It is a big church with a big heart.  The church has been praying for one of the members with stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had metastasized into the rest of his body. Chemo and other treatments had failed to stop its destruction of death. The doctors gave up and told him he only had a few weeks to live. The church got together in a massive prayer group to pray for his recovery. Today he was in church. His doctors cannot figure it out but the massive grape fruit sized tumor is gone and the cancer tests show no signs of the deadly tumor. This has happened twice in our congregation with late stage pancreatic cancer.  Other amazing healings have occurred as well with several people on the edge of death, given up on by the doctors, then recovered in a matter of days have healing prayer vigils.  For those of you who don't believe in God or prayer, perhaps you ought to sincerely think about the idea.

When you pray for people it must be sincere, soul felt, and honest. Prayers must have faith and belief in the outcome as well. You cannot pray with effectiveness without belief. It is a known fact that your belief in the therapy used, whether it be alternative, standard medicine, or prayer makes all the difference in the world in the outcome of your cancer. AIDS patients live longer, stronger, and healthier when they go on with their lives as if they will be healthy. When you tell yourself, you are going to die or get sicker, your subconscious will help you to meet than deathly goal.  Attitude helps you to live longer with any kind of serious deadly disease. This does not mean always that the cancer patient ultimately lives, but their lives often will be longer and with less pain. They are more at peace with their life.

Why doesn't prayer work at times? Why do people still die? We don't have an answer to that. Perhaps it is because they are ready to die, tired of their struggles in the world? Perhaps it is because for whatever reasons, their time on earth was not meant to be a long one? Perhaps somewhere down deep, they have reasons ...blockages to getting well. An example was my father who used his asthma and being sick to avoid solving our family problems. He enjoyed the attention he got when going to the hospital. When mom would try to talk to him about the family financial problems, he would declare he was too sick to deal with it and go to bed. He waited for 15 years to die while losing the joy of everyday in his attitude. Mom worked to support us, to put food on the table, to keep us afloat despite her health problems. She worked until her eyes went so she couldn't. She did not give up or give excuses. So sometimes, we unconsciously develop health problems to avoid some part of life.  In some cases, our sour attitude, anger, hate, and resentment causes illness and imbalance. To get well we must give up negative emotions and hate.  I do know that prayer does work but it often requires more than one prayer. It may take dedicated prayer over weeks or months. I will give you two examples;

We had a vet in our church who was blind. The doctors gave him no hope for restoring his sight. He became depressed and wanted to kill himself. He ended up in our church, having been invited there by some friends. He felt no hope at all before that. The church began praying for him.  His view on life began to change and he become positive even though it seemed the prayers were not helping. He began to thank God for his life, even though he was still blind. The church continued to pray for his sight. A year later, he had a convulsion, was rushed to the hospital. In that convulsion, his sight was restored completely in both eyes. The doctors had no explanation for it. Two years later, he still is fine. His attitude changed before his vision was restored. He had already begun to thank God for his life, even though he was blind.

One of our members, years ago, had a daughter who was involved in a hit and run accident. The accident caused not only severe physical damage but almost total mental damage. She was violent, self destructive, had to be placed in a padded cell with a straight jacket, and knew no one. She was given up on by all the doctors. Her father became angry at God and gave up on prayer. They gave into hopelessness. One day when he was going to visit his daughter, months later, he heard God's voice telling him to give up his anger and be thankful. He cursed at God and said," Why? You have abandoned my daughter and us. The words kept pounding at him as he drove on. He stopped the car and began crying.  At that moment he gave up the anger and began thanking God for her life even though it seemed hopeless. When he got to the hospital ward area, where his daughter's room was located, he heard singing. When they opened the locked padded door, it was his daughter who was singing. She saw him and said," Hi, daddy."That day was the beginning of her recovery. She still had weeks and months to go but this was a remarkable positive change in her state of illness. How often does anger replace prayer when things don't improve in our time frame?

My youngest daughter was sick for several years. I never gave up hope that she would be well. I never stopped believing in her ultimate recovery, even when there were days that seemed to lead to no progress. I knew God would make her well and give me the strength to find the way to help her get there. She is the strong person she is today, because of her health struggles for several years. We often give up when the answers do not come in a few hours or days. We throw in the towel with impatience. We give in to despair and hopelessness too early.  We want healing NOW and on our terms.

Why does death come slowly to some? I did a lot of caregiving years ago. I went through a lot of deaths that were not quick. Why? Often, either the people who are dying or their loved ones, are going through soul issues as they take the path of death. Often families have anger, resentments, and hurt relationships with the person dying. Perhaps the one dying has not led a very positive life. Perhaps they were mean to people. While they are dying they have a chance to reflect on their life and behavior. They have the chance to forgive or ask for forgiveness. There is opportunity to mend years of broken relationships because of pride. There is a lot going on in those last days in the soul and heart for both the one dying and family. They are not ready in their soul and heart for death. There have been cases where they recover instead. Perhaps getting rid of all that life garbage, led the way for healing instead. I have known of cases where people held on until they could see some one or they wanted to last past Christmas or their birthday. They almost will themselves to live to a certain point important to them.

Prayer works even when the person you are praying for, does not know you are praying. Several research studies have shown that prayer helps patients recover more quickly and with less complications. There have been double blind studies where one group was prayed for and the other was not. The group who were prayed for did better.  Many doctors use prayer on their patients , although they do not speak much about it. Research shows that a group praying often seems to have more effectiveness than just one person praying. That is why people put their loved ones on a list for the church to pray for. Our church often will have all of the people present in the service pray for that individual.

You cannot lose anything by praying. It can only help.

Prayer and Thankfulness go together for healing.  In the worst of times, there are always things to be thankful for. When you are feeling down, pray. Make a list of what you are thankful for including food, clothes, and all the little things we take for granted. The more you think about it, the more things you will find to be thankful for. There are people in other countries who live in dirt houses, go days without eating, and when they do eat it is rice with little else. In America, even in the worst situations, we live better than many people in other countries.  Being Thankful is extremely important for your health and recovery from illness. It is important for the quality of life you are living. When things seem really bad, become more thankful, for they can indeed be worse. We need to be more thankful. Think about what I have said about prayer. I have seen it work miracles often in my life.

Blessings to you all!

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