Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanks to You for your support! ON the Move to Tennessee......Moringa caps NOW Avail in 120 cap bottles

   



This comes with thanks for making the past year successful. I greatly appreciate the customer reorders and support.  Thank You So Much!  

Our Business and family has moved to Tennessee!  Our phone number 760-458-2151 will remain the same if you need to reach us.

Product Changes 

Well the only thing certain in life is things will change.   The manufacturer of the excellent products I sell have made changes to their product line.  

The Natura Veda line now is only applied to their skin care line.   The new label will show Moringa Source instead.  

The product is the same Excellent Organic Moringa Leaf power as it has been. The source and excellent quality of the powder has not changed, only the label.  
  

How to order products......changes you need to know!



There are changes to the way you order products in 2015. I am no longer stocking and shipping product. My role now is as an advertiser for their product line. The products will be purchased through a link on my pages going directly to them. They are the manufacturer.  The products will be shipped by them as well.  

In this way, you will get full access to their full line of products including hair and skincare products.  You will get better pricing than I can offer you.  You will get access to so many more products and savings.  

I hope you will continue to support my business by shopping through the links on my site.  You will not pay more, you will save, and I do receive a small advertising fee for hosting their products and ads.   




Saturday, October 25, 2014

Should You Be the ONE to Take Care of Your Parents? A Question so many of us ask today

My husbands sister who lives in a wonderful retirement home with her daughter close by!


The question above is one that affects many thousands of families every year. There is no cookie cutter answer for every family. Each family must weigh this question in their heart.  Each situation depends on the dynamics between the elderly parents and the children in the situation. One must consider financial issues on both sides, health of both sides, and personality.  Other factors include the state of the patient and the severity of the mental issues involved. It is heart wrenching in many cases. This blog is on our family and our decision on this very serious family issue.

A lot of changes have come about here in the past months since I have been blogging less frequently. Most of you know, we came back to California to try and take care of his father, a retired commander. He was going to lose his drivers license and he was being taken advantage of by mail scams involving a lot of money. He was eating mostly TV dinners and sweets.  He is still playing 9 holes of golf at times but his ability to reason is slipping. He still has control over his finances and medical decisions.  He is still driving even though we have tried hard, as well as his doctors, to end his driving.   We felt in coming back here, we could make a difference and save him from himself.  So we got a house together ....he has one half of the house so he feels independent and we have the other half for privacy and our mental health.  It seemed like there was a good chance it could work with my experience in care giving. We wanted to add quality to his life.  We came back in faith to help him.  We felt he was ready now to accept our help.  He asked us to come back.  So we packed up in Nevada and moved back here to this house.

The adventure started out with hope in the beginning.  With each month his dad has become more belligerent and  defiant to any kind of change to help him.  He will not listen to the doctors either.  He simply does what he wants, reckless or not. He decided two months ago he wants to live by himself  back in the city, in a tiny apt.  He refuses to listen to any kind of reason.  He has fallen twice this week but will not hear of doing anything different.  Most people including his doctors do not see what we experience at home with him.  His thinking is normal and rational at times, then becomes clearly irrational and reckless at other times.  He is determined he does not need us or anyone else either.  In his mind he is fine. That is, even after the last accident where he side swiped a car recently. A off duty cop was behind him and saw the accident. He was clearly to blame but still he tells it that it was the other guy's fault. The DMV required him to take a test to keep his license. He passed the DMV test with 100 percent but yet he can't understand how he is not related to an ancient king of England who left him 100 million. All he has to do is send $50 bucks for shipping.  He gets 10 of these letters a day. He won't let us get the mail for fear we will not give him these scam letters. The bank and local police have told him its fraud. He will not listen.  He will not let us go with him to the doctor. He will not take their advice either. Yet, often in conversation he seems very competent.  He fools most people who are not around him every day.

This is the reality of dementia for many thousands of older adults who still have control of their medical and financial decisions of their life.  They fool their doctors, the DMV and adult protection as well for awhile, until they slide further into dementia.  He managed to talk the DMV into letting him keep his license, despite our input.  So he is moving back to take care of himself.  He has that right at this point.  We have no control legally.  He feels he is perfectly fine to take care of his legal matters. 

The past year with him  has led us to make new decisions for our life. We would never have moved back to CA for any reason other than to take care of his dad. His dad will not move from San Diego.   California is exceptionally expensive and the drought conditions here are a huge factor as well.  My husband and I need to live in a less expensive area. That is a reality of economics for us. His dad makes enough money to pay for help or move into a nice retirement home when the time comes to accept reality.  It is not a sane idea to accept financial help for taking care of him when his mood changes every day. With some patients, there is no choice except to have others take care of them.  They just will not let family do anything. You cannot save someone who refuses help.  This applies to our children, family members, parents, and friends at times.

In life we need to acknowledge with these family members we love, they need help from other sources. Some people have a self destruct button that is on overdrive.  Most of us have a family member or friend in self destruct mode.  Most families have experienced the frustration, watching them make decisions that ruin their health.  Addictions, such as drinking often play a major role in that process. His dad is an alcoholic and has anger issues.  He is a large man who still is pretty strong.  As a caregiver, you must evaluate if you are the right solution for their problems.  Can you really help them?  Are you physically in shape to care for them if they get physically worse. Or you physically strong enough to defend yourself to possible violent behavior. Are you strong enough to deal with all of the issues both mental and physical that the role of caregiver demands? In this case, we are not the right solution for his dad. If nothing else, this experience answered the question above for us.

February will mean his dad will move back to an apt in the city (his choice) until he is forced by life to allow someone to help him.  Sooner or later he is going to have a fall that is serious, one where he is given no more options. He will go down fighting this every inch of the way.  He will be a nightmare for any rehab facility and the caregivers who take care of him.  When that comes, we will try to help facilitate help for him and resources. His life will end in anger....he wants everything on his terms with his rules. It is a sad fact that in life, the destructive decisions we make determine how we live out the last days of our life.

I took care of a man who was a billionaire for three years. I still drive his beloved 300 D Mercedes. He loved that car.   I grew to love him but he was rude to most and demanding.  He was not loved by many.  In the end he was put in the lock up ward of the retirement home, because of his refusal to adhere to help or rules.  I worked 8 hours a day, hired by his family as a private care giver, to keep him out of trouble. This was in the retirement home.   He died in the same ward, in the same small room, as the other patients who were less wealthy.  His money did not ensure him a better death.  His death was determined by the facility where he had signed over his life.  His death was determined by his children who were more than happy to shorten the time they had to wait for their inheritance. The way he lived his life and treated people in the end had a huge impact on how he died. He was master of his own fate, sad as it was. 

We are moving to Tennessee in February.  

We are moving in Feb to a home in Tennessee owned by my sister.  It is a wonderful house on 17 acres, with a barn, sheds, and a well.  We can buy the house there in the future.   In California a house like that would cost about $3000 a month or so here.  There in Tennessee the cost is $500.  That is why so many people who are retired move back to places like Tennessee or Florida.  Since my husband is 69 we need to think of his health  at this point. His health has not been good under the stress of it all.  I will go back to writing articles and working on that part of my passion. There will be room to have a garden, grow veggies, have ducks again.  My husband and I can do some exploring of civil war history. One must come to grips in each stage of your life, what you can do realistically.  That is a hard one but important. Perhaps at times, you need to climb a less treasonous mountain....take it a little easier. 

The business will still continue online, just relocated to Tennessee.   My 760-458-2151 number will stay the same.   I will still be selling the quality Organic Moringa product, I do now.   I feel that being honest with people in your blog is extremely important.  I could have just said we were moving back to TN and left it at that.  Somehow, I hope that sharing this experience with his father might help some of you who are struggling with the question of taking care of your parents.

So blessings to all of you.  Have a great Sunday tomorrow.

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Update: We now live in Indian Mound, TN 





Monday, September 15, 2014

Capsules, bulk powder or tea....what is the most effective way to take Moringa






This question is asked often by customers. It depends on your lifestyle and what is convenient for you. It can only help you, if you take it. Sitting on the shelf does not work. The powder I sell  is the same in the capsules and in the bulk leaf product. Only the leaves are used in the caps, bulk powder, and tea. The Moringa tea leaves are not as concentrated as the powder or caps and is a courser grain.   

If you are not using our products, other company's Moringa powder may contain stems, flowers, root, other herbs, fillers, additives, or sugar. It may also contain other natural ingredients such as dirt, insects, and mouse parts. Read the label on your products. If your product contains sugar, do you really need more sugar in your diet. American's eat more sugar than needed which contributes to obesity, diabetes, food addictions, and general ill health.  Moringa in its natural form, pure, as God made it, is the best way to take Moringa. 

Our Organic certified Moringa Leaf powder is tested in a US / GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant lab in Connecticut for mold, bacteria, E-coli and other contamination. It is also packaged in the US. 
 
Lifestyle #1: Purists and dedicated natural lifers: People that  take the time to make smoothies and green drinks every day from scratch. You may have grown up with Moringa in your native country. You are kind of customer who opts for natural, organic, homegrown, and close to earth products and foods. For those of you who live that kind of lifestyle, Moringa in the bulk is the most cost effective way to use it.

To those of you who don't appreciate the taste of Moringa, try it in grape or cranberry juice. Use 1/2 tsp instead of more powder. Put it into a smoothie with yogurt and fruit.  I add it to peanut butter with a dash of honey or apple butter. Why bother with the bread.  It can be added to any nut butter or applesauce.  Experiment.

Lifestyle #2:  Hurried; Rushed: No time to eat:  These are people who live rushed lives with little time to even eat properly.  If they bought the bulk powder, it would sit on the shelf unused. Those customers would use the capsules more likely. If you don't like the taste of Moringa, then caps is the best form to take.

Lifestyle #3: Dedicated tea drinkers.  If you take everything in tea form, the tea might be best.  If the taste is too strong, add raspberry or other flavored tea to make up the brew. One tea bag does more than one cup. I take one tea bag and put it in a cup of water brought to boiling temp, let it steep for 20 min, then put it in my tea kettle with 4 more cups of water.  I drink it over ice the rest of the day.   Use a bit of honey as sweetener. 

If you can, buy the bulk powder, it is the most economical to use.  I hope this answers your question on what form of Moringa you should buy. 

Buy Moringa Capsules here that have been tested and are effective and safe. You will not find supplements better than these. I have long stated that unless products from other countries are tested her in the US, Don't buy them. 



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Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Is Moringa Leaf Powder Safe In Large Doses? Misleading Research ....Presenting the flaws of research




This week a customer ask me this question after reading an research article summary.  I am sure that she is not the only one who has read it.  It is basically a summation of many different research papers published on Moringa. When reading research you need to look at a number of points as you evaluate it.  Unless you are willing to read all the research articles published yourself, you must look at this research summary for its validity and flaws. 

You will find it on the link below. This is why I get so irked at research articles on alternative medicine subjects including Moringa.


http://examine.com/supplements/Moringa+oleifera/


#1:  What is the way Moringa is normally used?  Very important to the research paper published and its validity.


Moringa is a food.  In places like India, it is grown on a tree in the yard or branches with leaves are bought at the local market place.  The leaves are stripped off the tree and used in various dishes. The leaves may be ground into a gruel and fed to children or families.  This is the way it is used just like we would carrots or some other veggie.  It is not considered a supplement but a food.  It becomes a supplement when you put it in capsules and extracts.

In various projects in Africa, Moringa is used as a food to help starving people.  It is one of the only food sources that can be grown easily. It is given to pregnant mothers to help with their nutrition and given to babies and young children to help them gain weight. In these countries, the death of their babies before the age on one is common and tragic.  They get several tablespoons per day as food.  It is also made into a gruel.  These projects have been going on for a number of years. The babies gain weight, begin to play, and act like a healthy child should.  These children began with compromised health due to starvation.  

The following are not the only projects but a sampling.

http://www.villagevolunteers.org/volunteer-abroad/initiatives/moringa-tree-project/ 

http://moringavilla.com/about.php 

Moringa News,"
The International Eye Foundation is promoting Moringa for the prevention of childhood blindness in poor countries. Indeed, Moringa, through their richness in vitamins,  saves precious eyesight in the most vulnerable victims, children with vitamin A deficiency.

Maybe among all the good news, the most moving stories came from the Senegalese project “Mother and Child Health“. In an effort to combat child death and disease due to malnourishment, the use of  locally grown Moringa was proposed to infants, their nursing mothers and pregnant women. Although Moringa grows in Africa, Moringa leaves were rarely used as food before.

The Medical staff advised parents to put a little bit of leaf powder in the child`s food for every day. Children were weighed before and after 2-3 months of such a supplement.
 ( many survived ONLY on Moringa leaves or seed powder!) When the women brought back their children a few months later, they were hardly recognizable! Malnourished mothers who did not produce enough milk for their babies, also recovered beyond all expectations on a Moringa diet."



In several AIDS projects, Moringa is given to weak patients to build up their weight and nutrition. They arrive at the clinics thin, weak, and unable to do much to help themselves. They get better with the Moringa as food.

These projects are overseen by doctors and nurses who see the patients and their health improve.  I would think these doctors would notice ill results. They are given a lot of Moringa because it is a food.  If you give babies, compromised babies and children a food, and they get better and healthier, that is a pretty good research in real situations with real people not lab rats and test tubes. 


#2: How was the research performed?  Most of it was using lab test tubes with Moringa extracts of either the leaves, whole plant, or parts of the plant such as the seeds.  Some rat and mouse studies. 

 

What part of the plant was used in the experiments?  Different parts of the trees have different properties and nutrition. The Moringa root contains alkaloids that are strong so should not be eaten as a daily food. The flowers should not be eaten on a daily basis either.  It is the leaves that are the main food product of this tree, along with the pods.

 

IMP: Moringa Extracts are not normal use. Moringa extracts can change the composition of the product depending on how it is extracted, if heat is used, and the chemicals used to extract the product. 

 

Extracts potentate the product as well.  It is important to know if they tested it for contamination and heavy metals first.  In most of these research studies, it does not state any of those details.  It does not tell you what chemicals and process was used to extract the product.   Why is the above information or lack of it important?

 

 In the first part of this article he states this," While supplemental dosages listed below appear to be safe from all tested toxicity a relatively small increase (3-4 times the recommended does) is known to cause genotoxic damage and may promote cancer formation whereas doses higher than that cause overt organ damage (mostly liver and kidneys). "

 

IMP: The article leaves out important information at this point even though he states it later. Many people would not read further since the article is very dense.  

 

Later on several times he states  that a ' leaf ethanolic extract' was used in the research or a specific extract of moringa oleifera (methanolic extract, but a Toluene-ethylacetate subfraction that was 0.26% yield ' extract.  

 

In some of the experiments, Moringa was injected into the rats.  ( How many of you inject yourself with Moringa?)


In none of the experiments was the product used as a whole food eaten in a normal manner. 

 

When did the toxicity occur?

The toxicity occurred when the mice were injected with high amounts of an extract or when given large doses of extract to mice and rats.  


So this is not research based on normal use.   The most common way to eat Moringa is fresh, in powder form, tea form, or in caps....not extracts.   Extracts are generally not used at the levels in the experiments. 


The extraction method and chemicals to extract the Moringa could have caused the toxicity.  The method and chemicals used in the process are factors that could change the whole meaning of the results. The product was fractured, not given whole. 

Ask Yourself This 

I would think that the doctors overseeing these projects using real people who are compromised and starving would know soon enough if the product produced toxic health problems.  

 

These doctors would observe that the babies got worse instead of better after several years of treating starving patients with Moringa. 

 

Isn't treating real people and babies the real and most effective test of Moringa not rats getting injected and fed extracts of fractured product derived from chemical extractions?

 

My Thoughts and Advice: 

I would not advise eating the root and flowers on a regular basis. There are alkaloids in the root that does not lend itself to eating everyday as a food.  The flowers have properties  should not be eaten everyday as a food.  The seed pods are used as a food in those countries.

 

If you are pregnant: 

 If you are pregnant, you need to make sure you have your doctor's approval first. You need to make sure the product has been tested in the US for bacteria, mold, E-coli, and other contamination.  Contamination of the product could be very toxic to you pregnant or not.   I would not eat any Moringa product that has not been tested or that has been packaged in a foreign country...see my other blogs on this. 

 

On Moringa Pods: 

The Moringa leaves are the part, most often used as a food.  The pods are cooked as well.  Make sure your pods were not treated with chemicals or contaminated with mold.  

 

The best way to use the pods is freshly picked by you not purchased from a company.  When you buy pods from a 500 lb bag, you have no idea of the possible contamination or mold in that product.  You can't know. Only a test or microscope can see the contamination or mold.   This is the danger of some products...contamination, mold, bacteria, E-Coli, mouse parts, insect parts, and filth.  

 

How do I know this? I lost product in the beginning of our business due to filthy organic certified product tested and packaged in India.  I have all the customs proof you would like on the subject.  That was several years ago and the lesson was hard earned.  

 

Read the blog below....a real eye opener.  Why I don't buy product from India.

http://herbladyisintoday.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-truth-about-organic-certified.html 

 

 

Go Slowly when adding Moringa, herbs, or new foods to your diet.

When trying any new food, herb, or supplement go easy. Start out with a small amount, then eat more as you go along.  If you are not eating fiber, then you eat  lots of it, you will see digestive changes.  With Moringa use 1 cap for several days or a 1/2 tsp of the powder then increase a few days later.  Add it to juice or half strength juice, yogurt, peanut butter, or applesauce ....experiment. 

 

Can Moringa leaf powder have side Effects?

You can be allergic to it.

Moringa may not agree with you....that can happen with any supplement or new unfamiliar food.  Rice does not agree with me and I love it.  Red meat does not digest for me, so I don't eat it often. I have not eaten any kind of steak for years. So for each individual there are foods which make you feel great and foods which don't agree with you.  This can be said for any food-nutritious or not.

It can have the effect of loose stools due to the fiber in it, the clean out effect on some people, or it being a new food in your digestive system.  I can eat watermelon but then I spend time in the bathroom.  Certain other foods have that effect on me as well, including any green drinks even when I make them from fresh produce.  

 

Moringa leaf powder and Prescription Medications: 

Moringa is known to help balance blood sugar levels, so if you are taking diabetes medicine, check your blood sugar as you go along. You might need less medicine. This goes for people taking blood pressure medicine or high cholesterol medicine. Moringa goes in with its nutrition and beneficial properties and helps build up weak organs and systems.  In doing this, those organs may work more effectively, cutting down the need for your medicine.  

 

Moringa could react with some medicines as well. It is always a good idea to get the advice and approval of your doctor as you go along.  Foods including dairy, grapefruit juice, and other foods can indeed affect the way drugs work in your body.  In some it makes the drug work longer or with increased results. In others it may reduce the effect of the drug.  Take herbs, supplements, and Moringa several hours after or before taking prescription medications.  Green foods tend to thin the blood and so could interfere with blood thinning medications.  Again those of you on prescription drugs need to be aware that certain foods can affect how medications work in your body.

 




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  I do hope this answers your question on this issue.  

Blessings, Kate Freer