Thursday, November 8, 2012

Horrific Winds- We May Get Blown to Texas!

Well they advised winds, only we got 60 mile winds rather than 20mph.  The winds blew all day. While my husband was home, we worked to save the cold frame. We didn't even notice one panel on the chicken coop roof was missing. After he left for work, I saw it.  It was a choice of leaving it and watching it tear up the rest of the roof or trying to fix it in the winds.  It was pretty dangerous up there but the winds were blowing at my back which helped. The only thing I could do was try to put plastic sheeting up from the inside to block the hole. The wind began ripping it off. So I took an old window screen to the top of the roof and over the plastic to keep it down. Rocks, a board, and bricks were put over that to keep all of it down. As darkness crept up, the temporary fix was still holding.  The chickens and the ducks were all pretty scared. It blew anything that was not tied down all over the property. All day the mountains were covered by the wind blowing sand our way. I came in with a layer of sand all over my face and eyes.

The next weather assault will be snow and 14 degree temperatures.  I doubt the cold frame can protect the plants down to that degree of cold.  Even commercial cold frame covers only state they protect 8 degrees. But they are miracles and the cold frame could use one. I have no idea what this winter will be but it is starting with some nasty weather. We can't wash away but we blow away. There are occasional 100 mile an hour winds in this area.  With the strange weather patterns that could get worse. We are positioned on a hill with no protection from the winds sweeping down from the mountains. Someone before us let the trees planted as a windbreak die, so it could get pretty bad. We do get less snow than the Carson City area or Reno. We moved here because of this factor. My husband and I are not in shape for digging out from snow drifts.

On the bright side, the animal sheds are built pretty sturdy. We can add heat to the sheds if it gets that cold.  I can report too that the Moringa is the laundry/greenhouse are doing well. The humidifier and heater are doing well. They are still growing slowly and they look great. So far, this is working.  I have grow lights on them repositioned so they all get some needed light.

Coldframe from the back. you open it up to pick the Swiss chard and Comfrey. You can also water it this way. The front is left closed up.   

Comfrey in the ground under the coldframe
Swiss Chard and kale doing well down to 27 degrees
14 degrees on Sat and snow is the next test....I'm adding prayer to this step

Well all for tonight. If you don't hear from me again...we got blown to Texas over the next few days. I fly better than I swim....just kidding. Will be signing off for tonight. God bless you all!
Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Does Moringa Help Reduce Fibroids

This came in as a question from one of my female readers.  I suffered with fibroid tumors, large ones,  and solved the problem without surgery. It took a half year or more with effort to reduce them. Mine caused several emergency visits along with job problems. I bled clots, endured a year of pain, and was a mess. I ended up with two D and C's to stop the  bleeding. I did find the answer to my fibroid issue, but the path took a long time and patience. In my case, Esseac worked along with diet and stress reduction. I can only relate what worked for me. It may not work for you. No one can give you promises on that.  What works for one woman may not work for you.  In some cases it may be easier to get surgery but there are a lot of women who have severe hormonal disruptions after surgery. So it is a difficult decision. Be aware that the bleeding that goes with large fibroids can get dangerous. You should get a biopsy on them as well along the way.

Fibroid tumors grow in the uterine wall because of the several factors below:

#1  Estrogen Dominant (Excess estrogen production): This creates an imbalance of estrogen in the body. Excess estrogen causes belly fat, water retention, and hormonal problems.  The excess estrogen feeds a fibroid tumor.  Fibroids are part of the uterine wall, like a balloon, that grows inside the uterus like a baby. It can cause symptoms such as pain, abnormal bleeding, and your stomach makes you look pregnant. They are not usually cancerous and with some women are not much of a problem. When they grow big, they make women miserable. One of the main factors to reduce them is to correct the excess estrogen problem.

Insufficient Progesterone:  Natural progesterone cream can help balance estrogen dominance. You need to have your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones evaluated by lab tests first. Learn how your system is imbalanced so you can correct it properly. A woman doctor will be more apt to issue the tests. Most male doctors don't understand the female body and emotions. Try to find a holistic female doctor to help you. 

#2: Diet: Caffeine, Red Meat, Dairy:  Cut out dairy unless it is organic, caffeine of any kind, and red meat unless it is organic. They feed cattle estrogen so that they gain weight more quickly. This estrogen ends up as residue in the meat and milk. This adds to your excess estrogen production.  Goats milk does not have that problem. Organic red meat, chicken, and milk is much better for your hormone balance. Caffeine stimulates estrogen production.

#3: Lack of Exercise: Exercise helps your body to get rid of excess estrogen and is very imp in a fibroid reduction program. If your fibroids are large, be careful when performing stomach exercises by machine or at home. With large ones, you can start bleeding. The exercise pumps the abdominal muscles which put pressure on the fibroid. It is like a balloon that can leak with pressure exerted on its sides. How do I know that? I ended up in emergency twice trying to perform abdominal exercises.  Sex can also start you bleeding for the same reason.  Walking is great and almost anyone can walk. 

#4 Stressed to the Max:  Stress stimulates excess estrogen and wastes the adrenal glands. Stress causes problems in hormonal balance. So do whatever it takes to reduce your stress level. That must be a priority to reduce fibroid.

 Can Moringa Reduce Fibroid Tumors?

#5: Moringa: I have no personal knowledge of Moringa reducing fibroids. Fibroid tumors are not cancerous in most cases,  but form  out of the uterine wall.   Moringa could have a positive effect on your whole health and stress level. Stress depletes nutrients from the body. Stress creates imbalance in the hormonal system.  It could help but my advice first is to adhere to the program above.  Cayenne pepper orally, one cap by mouth, every 4 hours will reduce abnormal menstrual flow and pain. Cayenne also helps open up the uterus for better flow.

 I only know of two products for fibroids. One is Myomin and Ezzeac with Cats Claw. Ezzeac with cat's claw works by helping the liver to work better which helps to dispose of excess estrogen.  That is why I sell it on the site because it worked for me. You have to take it for a number of months and is not an inexpensive way to go. It worked for me in my case. I also did the above steps as well.   Herbs and foods can have different effects on people.

You could try Moringa and see if it helps. You will certainly be better off nutritionally by taking it. I will not tell you that Moringa will work on fibroids when I have no experience or knowledge on that answer. The nutrition in the leaves may impact your whole health, including your hormonal system, by supporting it nutritionally to work more effectively.  It will help you to put back into the system what the stress is pulling out.

This is the most truthful answer on this question I can give you. If you try it and it helps, please share that knowledge with our readers. I feel that reducing stress, and changing your diet is first and foremost for reducing fibroid growth. It is not easy no matter what you do.  Excess estrogen needs to be reduced for balance.  Please visit a holistic female doctor who supports natural remedies and has experience dealing with this health problem.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

93 Year Old Body Builder .....His Secret for Youth

I read a wonderful story about a man today, Dr. Charles Eugster, in Britain who at 87 decided he wanted to be healthy. At 87 this retired dentist found himself overweight and his health slowly going downhill. So he joined a gym and hired a former Mr. Universe to train him.  He admits he is vane with humor. Now at 93 he can do more push ups than most of us in record time.  He says he is going after sexy 70 year old women...he wants a mate. He also wants to make sure that they know he is going to be alive for a few more years.  He works out three to four times a week.  This is pretty impressive for a man who did not start his exercise program until 87. At 87 most seniors are in wheel chairs or using a walking stick.  I have met in my life three people like him, one being a Seventh Day Adventist deacon.  Everyday he rode his bike several miles, then jumped in his pool for a lap or two.  He was 85 and had the energy and vitality of a man half his age.  You don't have to grow old and end up in a nursing home.  What are the qualities of these people?

Attitude: They are positive and think young. They see age as a blessing not an excuse to throw in the towel. They often hang out with younger people and are extremely active socially and in business. They work their mind at every opportunity. They live life to the fullest.

Laughter:  One of the factors in longevity is laughter. People who live a healthy long life know how to laugh. They know how to have fun and see the fun side of life. They laugh often and long. Comediennes like Bob Hope lived their life laughing and making others laugh right up to the time they died. Learn to see the lighter side of things. I say this as a serious German who did not know how to smile until I was grown. I was so serious even as a child, it was awful. I carried the world on my shoulders as a young child. It was not until I went to work along side a night crew shift in Alpha Beta at 21, that I learned to smile. I still have to work at the lighter side. I wish my mother who was serious as well, would have married an Irish man. His humor would have balanced out my mother's serious side. As it was, I got a double dose of serious in my personality. My husband who is always joking about everything has mellowed me. I had a short fuse for a long time at being teased. Now I even get him back at times. I no longer get upset. He has been great to balance my too-serious nature. It is healthy to laugh and joke. If you are too serious, as I was, learn to laugh. Learn how to have fun. It does not come naturally to all of us. It is important for a long healthy life. It also helps you to have more friends and to be more fun to be around. Laughter is worth cultivating!

Eating Healthy: This is so important for longevity.  You have choices....healthy or later drugs, wheelchairs, and walkers.  The longer you can avoid these options the better.  My father-in-law plays golf at 87. He only plays 9 holes at times, but he plays three times a week. It is his hobby, his life blood, and is keeping him going. Even though he drinks a bit too much, eats the wrong things at times, he overall is in better shape than most his age. He is a tough retired commander who I love.

Being Tough: This quality helps one to survive heart attacks, surgery, and other health events that would put most people in the grave or a rest home. This toughness plays out in a shorter recovery period and a better quality of life.  I have taken care of a few of them. They defy the odds, the doctors, and the insurance stats.

Physical Exercise:  It is needed to live a long, healthy life!  Even if you start older, it is better than never, always.  Physical exercise helps prevent Alzheimer's and other memory problems. Walk yourself, your neighbor, your husband, your kids, or your goats.....just walk! 

Mental Exercise: Use your brain as in cross word puzzles, games, and other activities that promote memory and brain activity.  This blog and research helps me to keep my brain sharp! My husband plays bridge online.  Whatever it takes, to get you there!

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Merck Pays $220 Million In Drug Fraud Lawsuit

 How drug companies make money on your death!

 Merck is another example of how drug companies and the doctors who pimp for them, cost the lives of Americans. These companies hide research data on side effects and life threatening adverse reactions such as doubling the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

 Vioxx prescribed for arthritis was taken off the market in 2004 but has not had to pay up until now. The $220 million is only a drop in the bucket to what they made in profit off the sale of that drug.  That profit was made on the backs of people who suffered heart attacks and strokes as a side effect....deaths occurred as well.  So they were suffering from arthritis but ended up with a heart attack, stroke, or dead.  The drug doubled their risk to die!

The FDA is also responsible for people deaths as it runs these drugs through the approval system without the proper time and due diligence to make sure the drug is safe. 

How are the doctors to blame? Doctors know, these drugs time and time again are taken off the market several years later for their lethal side effects.   They receive money for pushing these drugs on you!   Many of these doctors make from $50,000 to $100,000 a year lecturing on the benefits of these drugs in medical schools and physician training seminars.

There are OTHER alternative therapies to solve health problems!

They should be sending them to a nutritionist to help them adopt a preventive approach but it is so easy instead to prescribe them drugs. 

Fraud in Drug Research is rampant and a disgrace in this country!

Drug research even when it is carried out properly is only carried for a few weeks under controlled circumstances with controlled patients.  The drugs lethal effects on the heart, kidneys, and other organs takes place over weeks or months. It slowly weakens how the organ works or it causes abnormalities in the function.  Most patients are on several drugs, often on more than one drug for the same illness. These side effects are potentated with the patient taking several drugs. Side effects on top of side effects.  These drugs also create nutritional deficiencies in the patient as well.  This in turn has an effect on the balance in the body and how the organs work. Whole systems become imbalanced with these drugs.  It is a vicious lethal-death causing cycle.  You need to understand that drugs and multiple drugs shorten your life often. They may solve one problem while creating 5 more just as serious problems. Often drugs cause personality changes including thoughts of killing yourself or others.  Almost every serial killer has been on prescription drugs for mental illness.  The drugs often make the patient worse not better. There is therapy but drug treatment is cheaper. 
Insurance companies are taking the easy way out. Doctors are taking the easy way out.....a drug versus preventive therapy and nutrition.  It is not the easy way in the long run.

I challenge you to think about what I have written in this blog. If you want to try a different approach than drugs, find a holistic doctor who can monitor your progress. He will also help you with the right alternative approach to your illness.  I have a physician directory on my website to help you find a holistic doctor in your area. The page is HERE. 

Here is the article from today's headlines Here

God bless you all.....Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Why Shade or Sun Drying Methods Are Not Effective Methods for Drying Moringa Leaves.

This question comes up a lot in emails. It is one of the most important questions you can ask.  Often a company will not tell you.  Most companies shade dry their product. This is why our product is not sun or shade dried. You need to know how your product is prepared.  This information can be researched in the book, 21st Century Greens: Leaf Vegetables in Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture

 The author is an expert on how to dry herbs and plants to retain the most nutritional value.

Traditional Sun Drying Method Problems
There are many problems when Moringa leaves are sun dried. Chlorophyll is reduced in the process. Sun drying  destroys Vitamin A and Vitamin C levels.  Folic Acid, B1, B2 are among the nutrients lost by sun drying. That is just fact.

If it is not dried in a clean place safe from flies, gnats, bugs, and have contamination again by these elements.

 It your Moringa powder brown? It should be green.

Shade Drying Method Problems:

Shade drying takes place over a week to 10 days.

Unless the shade drying area is in a clean, enclosed building, this process may subject the leaves to bugs, rodents, animals, dust, and disease.

Even in shade drying, there is enough sunlight to destroy some Vitamin A in the leaves.

The drying over days subjects the leaves to mold, mildew, bacteria, and salmonella.  Read about is on page 85 of his book.

Unless the shelves it is dried on are properly cleaned and disinfected, each shipment could contaminate the next batch of leaves.

Shade drying offers many problems and is not the healthiest way to dry herbs or Moringa leaves.

What is the best way to dry Moringa leaves to preserve their nutrients?

In his book, he states drying should take place in a special solar oven, oven in a clean facility or house, or dehydrator under low temperatures ( less than 130 degrees) and over a short time of several hours not days.
Excessive heat will also kill the nutrients in the powder. Page 84 in his book. I have read this elsewhere as well.

The cleanliness of the oven is extremely important for the quality of the product. How the oven is cleaned, by what method, is one important factor.

Chemicals to clean the oven can end up in the product.

Most of the India companies have told me they shade dry their product. This buildings often are open and dirty.  

Many of the companies do not have commerical equipment and methods for washing and drying the product. 

You need to have clean conditions for holding the plant material, storing the plant material, and while drying and packaging the Moringa Leaves.  That is why most companies gamma irradiate the product before sale.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Cold Frame Worked.......fresh veggies! Duck Dilemma Solved too!

Well the first test ( 3 days of 28 degree temps) in the cold frame worked.  This is a simple wood frame with two sheets of 4mil plastic sheeting over the top. The containers of kale, tomatoes, and chard are inside. You open it from the back to water. This worked for the  past 3 days when it got down to 28 degrees. Even the professional greenhouse sheeting only gives from 4 to 8 degrees of protection.

So this did not do too bad. I got out seven nice big tomatoes from under this cold frame. The squash that was not protected did not survive the first night. I fed the stalks to the goats. 

The ends have dirt over the edges of the plastic to help keep the cold out. The Comfrey also survived and was fine.  We will see how far down, temp wise, this protects.  We get temps down to 10 degrees here and can dip lower than that. A cold frame is an extender for the season only. You must have a heated green house after a certain temperature point.  We did not get the greenhouse done so this was an alternative to see how it worked. There is another section next to this one pictured.

Duck Dilemma Solved.

I built a corral with pallets around their favorite trees (they don't fly) at the end of the current chicken coop. They now have their favorite area underneath the trees to play in. At night they go through an opening into the present chicken coop where they have protection and warmth at night. I don't have to work to get them they are happy and I have less work. I feel if I can give my animals quality of life...I do. In the spring when it is warm again, they will be allowed over the property to eat weeds and bugs. In Nevada right now, there is not much to forage on and the bugs including red ants are underground. They did a great job this summer, eating ants. 

Can You Guarantee Your Moringa Product Will Not Give Me a Allergic Reaction or Problem?

 I got an email this morning from someone who asked if I would guarantee my product would not cause her any allergies or intolerance problems. Would I guarantee that it was organic?  The email is below with my answer. You will get the truth here in this it or not.

I will not be selling Organic Certified.  The product is on its way from the FDA lab now. It will be for sale in a week.

#1  The product I am going to be selling is not organic certified. I never said it was. The producer and his trees were visited and given a through inspection. From that inspection, the owner demonstrated that he does not use chemicals and pesticides in his growing steps. Could he at some point? Yes   
We are not there supervising his plantation. It is not my plantation.

Organically Raised but Not Organic Certified...the Reality

There are many growers who raise their products by organic standards but do not have the money, the many thousands of dollars to go through the months and hundreds of pages of paperwork and regulations. It is not worth it. So they go by the standards, but don't have the label. The hundreds of regulations and stacks of paperwork required by the health dept, the state, the federal government, and the agriculture dept make it prone to growers cheating. They have it so complex, you can't even know sometimes when you are not complying with a rule. The more complicated you make a system, the more room there is for mistakes to occur. When you have  hundreds of workers tending the plants, weeding, picking the produce, separating the good from the bad product, packaging it, .......on and cannot watch every aspect and every worker all the time.  They can cough and not wash their hands, then pick more fruit. They can be sick period and not tell the owner...they will lose work. They can miss a step in cleaning because they are tired. They can miss a step in the process, because they don't care.  Do you think you can have employees who don't make mistakes in the process of your food?  Do you think all of them care if they sneeze, they should wash their hands. I went into the restroom at Smith's market. Two women in there with me, went to the bathroom, but did not wash their hands before leaving.  Your food, no matter where it comes from, it not always safe!!!!!

Honesty in Organic Growing:

#2:  It is known that some organic producers spray their plants when no one is looking. They cheat.  So the integrity of the Organic Certification is up to the honesty and values of the people who manage their crops. There are some who are honest and some who are not. You won't know. They spray at night or at times when they know they won't get caught.  They still have an organic certificate whether they cheat or do not. You are depending on their honesty...which is NOT always deserved.  This is the blunt truth folks. Organic certified not not mean it is not contaminated with dirt, bugs, E-coli, or bug/mouse  parts.  

#3  Intolerance to foods:  This can be caused not from the food but to stomach problems, lack of digestive enzymes, and digestion Mal functions.   It is not always the food itself that is the problem.  If your digestive system is compromised as in colitis and ulcers, IBS,  and other illnesses such as will have trouble digesting food.  

Here is the email I received below:

"Your article about how suppliers feign organic certification was very informative and I thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.  The importance of finding a source of moringa provided by trustworthy and honest people is essential to me since I have many allergies and intolerance so must be mindful of what I ingest.  Can you tell me truthfully all about your Honduran supplies and suppliers of moringa leaves, powder and seeds?
A reliable supplier of organic produce grown without the use of chemicals is what I am looking for.  If this can be guaranteed and I develop no side effects attributed to chemical fertilisers and pesticides, I would like to start buying in bulk so that I can retail it to my many friends, acquaintances and colleagues .  However; the only way that I will be able to promote a product is if I wholeheartedly know that it is organic, chemical and microbe free."

My answer to this person and to anyone else with the same question: 

xxxxxxxx, No one can guarantee with honesty any product unless they grow it themselves. It is known that even some organic certified producers, spray their crops in the middle of the night when no one knows. I know this personally after talking to an organic farm here, that knows someone who does this. You are fooling yourself, if you think that organic certified is always safe. Read my article on organic certified from India that the FDA found severely contaminated with bug parts and dirt. 

Chemicals are NOT the only problem in food.  Reactions in a food can be caused from allergies such as weeds found in the finished product. 

Reactions can occur from fillers in the product. 

Some Moringa dealers are cutting their product with grass. Its green and so is Moringa. Only a microscope can tell the difference and other tests performed on the product. 

This is a problem with all herb products.  It depends on the tests performed on the bulk to catch dust, dirt, insect parts, E-Coli, bacteria, bugs, aphids, and other contamination other than just pesticides.  You are focusing on one aspect of product contamination.  Mini- wheat's was recalled because of machinery debris in the products.  

There are many steps where the product can be each step from growth to final packaging. 


Important Factors To Read About My  Honduran Product:

I can tell you that the product I will be selling has been tested for contamination and bottled in an FDA lab that is GMP compliant. 

Someone did visit his plantation and tour his facilities that I know who has other business down there.

From that inspection, it was demonstrated  that he does not use chemicals on his trees or artificial fertilizers.  We cannot guarantee that because we are not down there supervising his operation all the time.   It is not our operation and we are not managing that. 

No one else could guarantee that either unless they personally supervised the operation. If you want guarantees, I will not give you those. If someone else does, I would doubt that unless it is their own operation and they are supervising it.  

To order wholesale you must have a resale license and a business....that is the law here in the US.  Ordering for your family and others does not constitute a business.  You must have a resale certificate. I tell anyone who writes the same thing.  I have not said that I will be selling organic certified. I have had the product checked out, the bulk was originally tested for quality, it is tested for contamination and bottled in the US by a GMP compliant lab.

Thank you for writing, 

A last note, no matter how good a product is, you can have allergies to it.  I worked for an allergist years ago.  I would state that no company can guarantee you won't have an allergy or reaction to a is not possible. 

I hope this answers your questions.  The product is on its way here from the lab and will be put for sale in a week.  Kate Freer, The herbladyisin