Friday, July 17, 2015

How to Use Moringa Powder and Fresh Leaves in Your Everyday Lifestyle for Energy and Health

Using Moringa in Your Daily Foods is easy!

Moringa helps to fill in the gaps for many people whose nutrition is not as healthy as it could be.


 It can give you a caffeine free lift in the afternoon...gentle not like coffee.The dense nutrients in Moringa feed the adrenal glands rather than artificially pushing them to work longer, as coffee and soft drinks do. 

Whipping an exhausted horse, in this case our adrenal glands, leads to adrenal exhaustion. That is how some of you can drink a pot of coffee and feel no enegy lift.

Many of you are going on insufficient sleep, experience excessive stress, and an inadequate diet filled with empty food, fast food, and processed food. Diabetes and obesity are a every growing problem in this country. Just look at the statistics. Even healthy foods are compromised with the way they are grown today.That leads to imbalances and fatigue, just to name two.  

So taking Moringa is a way to help your body deal with our fatigue causing lifestyle!  

Moringa added into your daily life will benefit you and your health.  It is not difficult to use Moringa. All you need is a little imagination. I get many emails that ask,"now that I have purchased it, how do I use it?"

Here are some suggestions below? You may come up with even better ones!

It is easy to add Moringa powder to many foods such as dips, salad dressings, egg salad, tuna salad, yogurt, applesauce, soups,stews,  peanut or nut butters.  Start out with a tsp until you get used to the taste, then add a little more.  Add honey if you need to.  If you are buying the caps, just dump the contents out into the food .

If you are adding Moringa to hot or cooked foods, don't add it until serving time. Heat will destroy the Vitamin C in the powder, as well as its enzymes. Adding it to cold foods is more beneficial to preserve all its nutrient value.  Fresh Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin C than dried leaves because of processing.

Many people make smoothies or drink protein drinks for breakfast so add the Moringa to your smoothie.

 If you make bread, add Moringa to the bread mix. Experiment with it in different foods.

I prefer it in grape juice or nut butter balls.   Add a tsp of Moringa to a glob of peanut butter. Roll it is ground nuts. You can make one big energy ball or several. Pop one when you need energy during the day. Any nut butter could be used. You could also add flax seed to the mix. It is up to your individual taste and imagination.  If you want it sweet, add blackberry jam  or honey to the mix.  

Give it to kids in yogurt or applesauce.  Sell them on 'green power" as you do with the green veggies you want them to eat. Tell them a story with it. Be creative. Green means vibrant health and energy!

If you have an elderly person who isn't eating well or is losing weight, put the powder into their ensure drink or a smoothie. Applesauce works as well. In nursing homes, medicine is crushed into applesauce. This also applies to those who have compromised swallowing problems.  It could even be put into pudding cups. Just don't overwhelm the food with the powder.  A little in their food several times a day is better than them refusing it because you make it too strong. The goal is to get it into their system. Moringa is very beneficial to patients who are losing weight due to illness, cancer, chemo, or a wasting disease. Be creative. Moringa helps support your immune system function. It is easy to digest the nutrients found in Moringa. 

For those of you who don't like the taste but want the benefits, put the powder in grape juice. Grape juice is used to hide the taste of many things.  You can also just take the caps as is.  Don't start out with a tablespoon. Start out with a half to one tsp to get used to the taste. There are a number of foods we eat because they are good for us. Some foods we prefer the taste over others.  If you get into your mind, how beneficial it is, it is easier. I enjoy the taste myself.

Use Moringa as a tea and combine it with another tea. I combine Ginkgo and Moringa often. You can combine Moringa and a sweet tea such as apple tea.  You don't have to drink it alone. It depends on your taste buds. Make it first as a hot tea, then put in the refrigerator and drink as a cold pick me up later. I do that often with all my teas.

If the powder you bought from another company is strange looking...throw it away and ask for your money back.  If it tastes moldy, off color or off-taste...don't use it.   If you are extremely sensitive to foods, go slow for a couple of weeks. Start out with a half tsp until you see your reaction. Just because you bought it does not mean you should continue to take it if there is something wrong with it. Any powder that is not green is a problem. Moringa has a taste that is specific to it. If it tastes odd, not like Moringa should, don't finish the product.

Moringa that is untested from India and other countries could contain dirt, insects, mold, mildew, E-Coli and mouse parts. Look at the proof contained on this blog. You must realize that foods can be adulterated. This goes for herbs and spices too from foreign countries.

India has the Ganges river where the people wash, bathe, drink, and water their crops with Ganges river water. So it is a much worse situation there.

Do not give untested and foreign packaged Moringa to your babies. Do not give untested and foreign packaged moringa to yourself if you are pregnant. Be extremely careful period.

Imports from India, Indonesia, Mexico and China have been found toxic containing lead, mercury, heavy metals and other environmental contaminants. These countries have crude growing, processing methods and testing procedures, even in their  labs. The labs are constantly fined by the FDA for withholding negative lab results and hiding paperwork that would get their products fined or banned from export. 

Enjoy and feel more Energy!  Kate, the Herbladyisn

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tips on How to Take Herbs For Optimum Effectiveness

Do you want effective results using herbs for your health problem? 

You need to read the information in my blog today so you can become a smart consumer buying herbal products.

#1; Make sure you are clear about the focus for your herb program. You need to know the focus for your herbal programbefore you spend money. If it is cleansing your blood stream, that is a specific group of herbs. If you are taking herbs to support your immune function that is another set of herbs. Perhaps you want to use herbs to help with your painful arthritis and the arthritis in general. That involves another set of herbs. So determining why you are taking herbs is the important first step. If you have no idea, then get the help of a holistic physician. You can experiment but that can cost you valuable time and money. Taking herbs that affect blood sugar is not going to do much for your sore throat.

Herbs have many different effects on the body. Some herbs cleanse the different body systems; some herbs support the immune response; some herbs decrease pain and have anti-inflammatory effects; some herbs support heart function such as hawthorne; others support your digestive system and stomach; herbs affect different parts of the body and body systems.  They should not be taken without  knowledge and education. Research herbs and alternative medicine first through alternative medicine sites. Standard medicine sites such as Web MD will give you a biased view on herbal medicine.

Herbs affect each person differently. You may only need one capsule of an herb formula and another may need three caps to get the same effectiveness. You need to start off slowly the first week with a new herbs.  Start out with the minimum suggested dosage to begin with. If you are highly sensitive to everything, start out below the min suggested dosage. Don't take three different new herbal formulations all at once.  Start with one, wait a week, then add the second one. You will not know how each herbal formula is affecting you unless you give each one a few days. Combining herbal formulas could increase cleansing, causing you to spend more time in the bathroom than you would like.

#2: Research  herbs that may benefit your health goal.  You need to do this so you feel confident in your program. I would suggest that you visit a holistic doctor or experienced healer to get advice and direction with the steps to your health goals.

#3: If you are taking prescription drugs do not stop your medicine without the direction of your doctor. Stopping the medicine cold turkey can cause serious withdrawal symptoms that could end you up in the hospital. This is extremely important with heart meds, blood thinners, lung meds, and prescriptions for depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. Herbs are potent and can either enhance or decrease the effectiveness of your medication. This could be lethal.  Tell your doctor you want to go off your medication with his help and stand your ground.  If he knows you are adamant about trying an alternative therapy, he may help you even though he doesn't believe it will help or refer you to another doctor perhaps.  An example is blood pressure medicine. He may supervise your blood pressure while you decrease your prescription medicine.  You would then have your blood pressure monitored while you try the herbal remedy.  You will have withdrawal problems with some medications that are unpleasant and in some cases severe. If the medication and its effects are still in your system, you will not know how the herbal formula is affecting you. Some medications stay in the blood stream for a few days or up to two weeks. The withdrawal effects of depression meds, for instance, may go on for for several months after you stop the drug. Chemotherapy drug reactions can also last months after you stop the chemo.  There are immune system support herbs that cannot be taken while on chemo.  They nullify the effects of the chemo treatments.

#4:  Do not take medications and herbs at the same time during the day. Wait 3 to 4 hours after your medication dose to take herbs.  Some herbs cannot be taken with medications under any circumstances. An example is herbs for depression or other mental health issues. Using both can be dangerous in their combined use. You need to have supervision by a doctor.

#5:  The dosages on herb and vitamin  bottles are just a suggestion. The FDA will not allow manufacturers to put anything else on the label, because that constitutes practicing medicine and makes the herb qualify as a drug. A drug then requires drug trials and millions of dollars to get it cleared through the FDA system. The FDA is going after many companies for health claims. Even it it is true, they are not allowed to state it on the labels.

 An example is Vitamin C.   The dose depends on the individual need of the customer. Lets say you are a person with severe allergies or you smoke. Your demand for Vitamin C would be higher than a person who has few health problems. If you have a cold, you would raise the dose.  So look at a reference book on the subject, to get  more of an idea on dosage. Your health rep cannot give you advice legally either. They can get shut down by the FDA for giving customers advice on dosage. The FDA makes it really hard for you, the consumer, to know how to take the herb or vitamin properly.  The dosage for any herb or vitamin should be tailored to your specific needs. There is no cookie-cutter solution that is correct.   That is why your program may not be working.  You are either taking too much and often, not enough.  You must take enough of the herb or herbal formula to be effective for the problem and at times take them several times during the day.  That is why you need to do some research yourself, so you can be more educated on the subject. That is why getting the advice of an experienced holistic doctor or healer will often help you to get well sooner.

#6:  Buy quality herbs formulas!  Why?  If the herb formula is junk, you will not get the health results you expect.   How do you tell if the herbal formula is junk? 

 It is very difficult for you, the consumer to tell that by looking at the bottle. You must really research the brand name to see what tests and procedures they perform on their products to make sure they are safe and effective.  That is why I do not buy generic store brands. You have no idea what company manufactured it and what steps were performed on the supplement.

I sell Nature's Sunshine Herbs. I have been using this brand for over 30 years. It was the brand that first set me on the path to my own healing and that of my youngest daughter. I know they work. I don't have to guess. Nature's Sunshine has a whole section of their site dedicated to the steps they perform on all their herbal products and how the products are manufactured.  This is extremely important to the effectiveness of your program.

Critical Steps in the Processing of Quality Herb products: 

  • You must grow  the proper form of an herb. Not all herb plants in a species are medicinal such as thyme. There are many varieties of thyme but only a few possess medicinal properties.

  •  It takes testing to determine if the plant material is the medicinal form of the species. 

  • Herbs must be grown in fertile soil with water that does not contain industrial pollution. They must be picked at a certain stage of growth for optimal essential oils.  Herbs may need to be picked at a certain time of day, to ensure the potency of their essential oils. 

  • Once the herb is picked, it must be cleaned and dried properly depending on the herb. Often people are not allergic to the herb itself but the dirt, weeds, and other properties that are present in the product due to improper cleaning and processing. In some cases it is the low quality herb product that is the problem. Adulteration is common is low quality herb products. There have been many tests on different brands that prove they don't contain what the label states. 

  • The herbal material should be tested for mold, bacteria, dirt, insects, and tested to determine the potency and purity of the herbal material. If the herb is dried under improper procedures, it destroys the oils and properties that make it effective for healing. This potent herb is destroyed by the procedures used to manufacture it.  Each step is critical in the process from planting to finished product.  

Most companies perform only minimal testing on herbal material. AZX company imports goldenseal from another country.  They may test it for mold and mildew, but do not test the product to make sure that it is pure Goldenseal root.  Goldenseal is often adulterated by cheaper herbs or fillers that are yellow in color as well. Looking at it is not good enough. Even tasting it may not be accurate. Each herb has an individual footprint that can be viewed by testing and a microscope. That is the only way to tell if it is pure product.   That costs money and raises the end cost for the product.  There are more companies that only perform minimal testing than companies who do it the right way.  The FDA does not require the more extensive testing. That is up the individual company.  Profit gets in the way more often over quality.  

Visit Nature's Sunshine page at this link on how they manufacture and test their products.

Nature's Sunshine is the hallmark example of what testing and procedures should be performed at all herbal manufacturing plants but are not in most cases.  A company who performs these tests will usually be proud of that, giving you, the customer, that information. 

Companies who perform minimal testing hope you won't  ask or inquire. They are banking you will buy on price rather than quality. You are throwing your health and money away when you do that.

You are in the driver's' seat with the ultimate decision on what  you buy and why. 

You can keep throwing away your money on ineffective low quality herbs or buy herbs that you know are safe and effective. You don't have to guess with Nature's Sunshine herbs if there is mold or mildew in your product. You know that the herbal formula has been tested for effective essential oils and other factors. 

You have been buying without really knowing how to review and purchase herbs.  It is pretty daunting out there with all the brands available. I hope this article sheds some light to help you make better choices in the future.  

Bye for now. 

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

3 Misdiagnoses by Three Doctors- Finally The Answer to the Mystery Rash

The story today is why I rarely go to doctors except for my yearly exam. We will get $400 dollars of medical bills in a month.  The problem could have been solved with the first visit, but was misdiagnosed. We should not have to pay doctors who misdiagnose illness.

I have waited to update you on the mystery rash until the lab culture came back.  Now during this time, the rash on both arms had spread to 2 inches below the shoulder blade. The rash was spreading up the nerve path on both arms at the same rate. The skin burned, itched, was sensitive to anything touching it...then welts appeared.

Most of the other welted areas had stopped spreading.  The horrible itching and pain had also gotten to a tolerable level but only two days ago.  I still have some nasty welts from the elbow to the shoulder blade on both arms. It is not over until all  areas heal.

The lab results showed a bacterial infection, not allergic dermatitis. The culture did not specify what exact bacteria but that was the infection culprit.

Three doctors including a dermatologist misdiagnosed it as allergic dermatitis.  None of them listened to the fact that first there were wounds in the area from chicken wire, then the rash started after weeding for two days. The rash began in the area of the wounds.  I told all three doctors that and they said it was nothing but allergic dermatitis.

The dermatologist only cultured the welts because I was adamant about it.  The other clinic only gave me antibiotics because I was persistent.  It is rare that I take standard medicine but the rash, the horrible itching and burning was the worst I had ever endured.  The rash was spreading so rapidly that I decided that I needed to take them. I have never experienced a rash that tea tree oil and goldenseal could not stop in its tracks. Tea tree oil normally will quickly stop the itching and pain of most everything including stings, bites, and infections. Goldenseal will normally stop staph infections. We use it on my husband often. He gets torn places in his skin often. The only ointment that worked after trying almost everything in the house was Preparation-H oddly enough. It was the last thing to try. Aloe, goldenseal, tea tree oil, A and D, hydrocortisone, and a few others did not phase the itching and pain.

I kept up the Goldenseal, massive amounts of Vitamin C, and the Esseac as well, taking them at separate times from the antibiotics.  Since the rash was popping up on different parts of the body, I felt it was in the bloodstream as well. I did not feel well either.   The Esseac is a blood cleanser and helps the liver to get rid of toxins.    I also washed my whole body with Tea Tree skin wash.

If I had not treated it as an infection, the rash would have been much, much worse.  If I had waited until the culture results, it would have spread much more aggressively. I had rash areas on the stomach, the leg, and both arms as it was.

The whole reason I am relating this to you is that doctors often are wrong on their diagnosis. They often do not listen to the patient.  You must fight them at times to get the proper tests done. You must press them hard at times.  I had to get rude to the dermatologist to get her to do the culture. I can do it she said but nothing is going to show up.  I told her that she was wrong and I wanted the culture done.  She was not happy that I challenged her.   She was flat out wrong and I knew it.

People die every day because doctors do not listen to their patients.  Patients suffer for months because of misdiagnosis.   The main reason I wanted a culture, is to know what I was up against. It could have been staph, strep, or some other bacteria. It took three doctor visits  to get a culture done.  It helps to know what is attacking your system.

What  I learned from the past two weeks, is that I will not garden again without protection over my hands and forearms.  I cut the end off some old socks which works to cover the forearm area. This will protect them against bug bites and dirt.  All these years, I have never suffered a rash from weeding.  It only takes one experience like this,  two weeks of misery to realize I probably was lucky before. Perhaps my immune system was down. My forearms may be scared, it remains to be seen. They both sun appear burned with scattered welts in various stages of healing.

Again I shared this with you to demonstrate why you must be proactive dealing with the medical system. You must stand up to them at times.  Challenge them if you are certain they are wrong or will not perform a test. Your life may depend on it at some point.

This is all for now....Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 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 

Thanks, Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Monday, July 6, 2015

Is Your UNTESTED Moringa Powder Safe? Insects, E-Coli, mouse parts, dirt and more


I get calls every day about products customers have purchased from a competing company. Often, they are suspicious because the product is brown, smells funny, or tastes funny. They may have experienced feeling sick or felt worse after consuming the product. You need to read this blog and really think about how you are spending your money relating to Moringa and other herbs.

Moringa has a distinctive smell and should be green.

The internet is full of cheap, untested, adulterated, and compromised products including Moringa.

There are a lot of Moringa products out there that are adulterated.  Herbs and spices share the same problem with adulteration.  Many spices come from India and Asia. There is only a small portion of imported Moringa that gets inspection. If the import paperwork looks correct it is passed through. If the product, its packaging and label is legally correct, it is passed through.

Is cheap Moringa powder worth your health?

The majority of  Moringa and herbs come from foreign countries whose methods of growing, picking and packaging are crude. The workers who pick and process these foods, in many cases, are not given health checks.

An example is India. Just this past week, the Indian government is PAYING people to use public toilets.  It is the norm that they pee and defecate in the public streets.  They feel the public toilets are not safe.  There is no bathroom in the house for a majority of citizens. The go out into the fields around their homes. There have been numerous stories on rapes. The girls go out into the field to pee and are raped in the process. Rape is common in India. Women have few rights.

So your Moringa leaves in India and Malaysia are picked by workers who are poor, sick, and work in crude conditions. It is packaged for the most part with crude machinery.   The health regulations found in the US are not a requirement in India and those countries. Please view the actual article on the link below:

Here are three quotes from this article,"Hundreds of thousands of them die from preventable conditions each year, especially in the north, which has most of the open defecation (see map). Faeces in groundwater spread diseases such as encephalitis, an annual post-monsoon scourge in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Diarrhoea leaves Indians’ bodies smaller on average than those of people in poorer countries where people eat fewer calories, notably in Africa. Underweight mothers produce stunted babies prone to sickness who may fail to develop to their full cognitive potential. Dean Spears, a Delhi-based economist, says the costs of all this, in incomes and taxes forfeited, are far greater than the price of fixing it."

"Hindu text some 2,000 years old, encourages defecation in the open, far from home, to avoid ritual impurity. Caste division is another factor, as by tradition it was only the lowliest in society, “untouchables” (now Dalits), who cleared human waste. Many people, notably in the Hindu-dominated Gangetic plains, today still show a preference for going in the open—even if they have latrines at home."

"In an unpublished parallel survey of Hindu-dominated villages in north India and Nepal, respondents lauded open defecation as wholesome, healthy and social. By contrast, latrines were seen as potentially impure, especially if near the home. Men often described them as for use only by women, the infirm and the elderly. In short, demand for latrines is constrained."

The environment in which the Moringa grows in India especially is one of the most polluted in the world.  The air is polluted with industrial pollution. India has few rules on environmental issues.
400 million people  depend on the Ganges River for their drinking water, their bathing water, and this polluted river irrigates their crops.  Please go to the link and read the whole article.  It will really open your eyes. There are pictures there that will make you want to throw up. These pictures will shock you.  The Ganges River horror story does not have to be embellished, its a fact!

The Ganges river in India is one of the main rivers that irrigate many thousands of acres. It is also the most polluted river in the world. You will find dead animals floating in the river and human bodies. I have included a clip about the Ganges River so you will know I am telling the truth. Industrial waste is dumped into the river every day.  The river is full of pathogens such as cholera.  This river and its pollution feeds farmer's fields where they are growing foods such as spices, rice, and Moringa.

These countries can afford to sell cheap Moringa because their workers are so underpaid.  Children are part of that labor force.  A majority of the Moringa farmers do not test their product for E-coli, mold, mildew, insects, dirt, filth, mice parts and heavy metals.  You don't easily know your product contains these natural contaminants because its ground into the powder.

You say, the powder I buy from India is tested in a lab. 

 Indian labs have been repeatedly fined by the FDA for selling contaminated products and for hiding negative lab reports.  I can point you to many articles on the FDA and Indian labs. It is not pretty.Many of the drugs you are taking, come from manufacturing in India.  Why? It is cheaper there to produce the drug.  So your lab tested Moringa that is tested and packaged in India may be just as toxic as the crude product. You are playing with your health buying these products.

This same article applies to spices, foods, and Moringa.  If the product is both grown, processed, tested and packaged in India are not being smart.   If the product is imported here, then tested here in the US that is different.  Most Moringa sold in the US has not been tested in a US Lab. Call the company and ask those questions.    If they hesitate, you will know the truth.  

 I hope this blog has opened your eyes and given you proof to question how you buy your spices and
Update 2020

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 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 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Can Shingles Occur on Both Sides of the Body? Can Shingles Reoccur.

The Case of the Mysterious Rash: contact dermatitis, shingles, or staph?

About two weeks ago, I put up a fence of chicken wire. It had been laying on the ground. While putting it up, I got both wrists torn up with small puncture wounds. It didn't really hurt.  I put goldenseal ointment on it.  The wounds did not completely heal. I am frequently getting nicks and cuts while in the yard. I didn't think much about them. The next week, I weeded for two days without gloves.  Gloves don't fit me well so I avoid using them.  About two days later, there were nasty red welts all over the lower part of my wrists.  These large angry welts began to spread slowly up the wrist over nerves paths.  

First I thought it was chiggers, forgetting the wire damage days ago, since I was weeding.  The itching, tingling, burning areas were sore to the touch. The area felt like a burn.  The skin was so sensitive that even touching it was painful. I used everything on the welts in my medicine bag. I then tried less traditional remedies as well. Nothing had any effect on the itch or the spreading of the welts.  I got worried.  

The rash kept spreading in small patches and in a line.  Then welts appeared on my stomach and the back part of my leg, again spreading in a line. At this point, I went to a clinic.  It was diagnosed 'contact dermatitis.' I was convinced she was wrong. I knew it had all started with wrist wounds from dirty wire. She reluctantly agreed to test it for staph, even though it did not look like a 'classic staph rash'. I went ahead and got two shots.  The shots had no effect on the itching or burning.  

I rarely go the doctor or use standard medicine.  I have been using alternative therapies for over 30 years. I have always found an answer in alternative medicine for everything. 

I went back to the clinic so that I could get a referral  to a dermatologist.  At that point, this clinic doctor reluctantly prescribed me a antibiotic for 10 days.  Since nothing was working, I reluctantly am taking it.  She still stated she did not think it was staph.  I said what about shingles after researching rashes for several days. No, impossible she stated. Shingles only occurs on one side of the body. The symptoms matched Shingles but is on both sides.  I started taking Lysine which helps prevent and slow down the shingles virus progress. I also took Vitamin C, garlic and oregano in massive doses. A nagging inner voice just wouldn't let go of the shingles possibility. 

Yesterday, the rash stopped spreading. The itch and burning has lessened a few degrees. I got the first night's sleep in a week.  I have never had a rash where the skin burned and itched without relief.  Since using natural healing therapies,  I had never experienced a rash that my medicine bag could not deal with quickly. This is a first.   Over and over, I ruled out shingles because I thought it only occurred on one side. Every  shingles symptom matched other than that fact.   

This morning I researched shingles in a different fashion. I inputted 'can shingles appear on both sides of the body.' Now if you go to most standard medicine sites, it is stated that shingles only appears on one side.  

Those sites will tell you that shingles is not recurring.  

That is not true either.  Shingles commonly occurs on only one side of the body but occurs on both in some patients. This form of shingles  is not seen in the doctors offices frequently.

Article below is from Harvard on the subject of recurring shingles.

One of the main sites that came up in my search was an article by the Stanford University Medical Group.   Here is what they state in their patient education flyer. 

"Signs and Symptoms Herpes zoster lesions (sores or lesions) usually appear in clusters or patches and can be red spots or blisters. They may form a line and can occur on one or both sides of the body. If the lesions are on both sides, the herpes is called disseminated zoster. This condition is more concerning. Let your doctor or nurse know if you have lesions on both sides before you come to the hospital or clinic. Watch for these danger signals; contact your doctor or nurse if you have: Fever and itching that can be associated with skin that is sensitive to touch or painful. Red spots appearing in clusters or in a line. Fluid or pus-filled blisters Skin sores of any kind"

This is from Mayo Clinic,"Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.

  • This Web MD article first states that shingles occurs on one side of the body. Then you read further and it tells you about Disseminated Zoster, which is basically a rash that spreads over both sides.

Shingles on both sides is given a different name, 

  • "Disseminated zoster, which is a blistery rash that spreads over a large portion of the body and can affect the heartlungsliver,pancreas, joints, and intestinal tract. Infection may spread to nerves that control movement, which may cause temporary weakness"

Patient forum on shingles here! 

Staph and Shingles are misdiagnosed frequently by doctors!

I went on several blogs where it took several doctors to correctly diagnose it. It was ruled allergic dermatitis. They would not test for shingles.  So this happens quite frequently once you read the forums.  In every case, they were diagnosed incorrectly by several different doctors.

Staph is another infection for which doctors will not test for.  In their mind, if the rash does not meet the classic criteria for staph, they will not test it. I went through this with my husband. He got a wound on his forearm from the bag racks in Walmart. He works as a checker there.  One nasty gouge in the skin slowly increased in a line up his arm. We packed the wound with tea tree oil and goldenseal powder. The herbs slowed the rash spreading but did not stamp it out. Nothing worked on the itch. He wanted to scratch his arm to pieces.  

He called his doctor and was seen the next day.  His doctor said ,"looks like the wound is healing, probably contact dermatitis." I felt strongly that it needed further treatment. I wanted them to test for staph. He refused to test it.  I was very concerned we could not stop the rash completely and the herbs did not stop the itch. It was his arm and he decided to try what the doctor had treatment.

A week later the rash had  advanced rapidly up his arm. It was nasty looking. He went to urgent care next.  Dr. diagnosed it as dermatitis there as well.  It couldn't be staph. I argued with his diagnosis and lost. He came home with a new ointment that did not work. The rash got nastier and the itch was debilitating.

It happened that he was scheduled for a dermatology appointment two days later.  The doctor immediately took a scraping. He thought it was staph, even though it didn't look quite like ' classic staph'. It was so advanced by then, he had to go into the hospital for IV Meds. He ended up suffering for two months because of misdiagnosis. 

I might add we were doing well packing the wound with goldenseal powder but the itching was making him crazy. It was his primary doctor who told us that it looked like the wound was healing so leave it open without any treatment. 

While we were waiting in one of the doctor visits, we talked to several people sitting there with us. One was a mom with a young child.  She relayed that her daughter nearly died from a staph infection that was misdiagnosed. Another patient sitting there has endured a similar experience.  This tells me that a majority of doctors are missing staph and shingles infections.  

Shingles can also be reoccurring. Most doctors will tell you, shingles does not reoccur. The real truth is that most people do not get shingles a second time. There is a low percentage of patients who do get shingles several times a year.  Most doctors do not seem to know that.  I went to a forum where there were over a hundred patient reviews who stated after seeing at least three doctors, their rash was finally tested for shingles.  The test came back positive for shingles. These people suffered needlessly because the doctors were not up to date on the subject. They had a closed mind. They refused to approve the tests for shingles.  They refused to test for staph.

I will find out the results of the staph test next week.  If it isn't staph, most likely is it shingles. Neither one is great news. Shingles is the only other rash that looks like the pictures and where the symptoms match.

I am not going back to the clinic.  Oregano, and kyolic garlic will be the regimen, along with high doses of Vitamin C, Lysine, and Olive leaf extract.   

After trying every topical ointment in the medicine cabinet such as neosporin, hydrocortisone cream, A and D, and caladryl, I took apple cider, and epsom salts baths.Nothing reduced the incessant itching. I looked through our  bathroom supplies for any other ointments to try, only  finding a tube of Preparation-H for hemorrhoids. The tube is years old. It states that it reduces inflammation and swelling. It also heals the skin.   It has been more effective than any other remedy. My sister told me they use it for cuts on their cattle and for other first aid problems.

I don't often use standard medicine ointments but I was really suffering. I had tried several natural ointments such as aloe, colloidal silver, goldenseal ointment and tea tree ointment already.  After several sleepless nights and painful days, I just wanted relief.

So the answer is not in yet on the cause.   I did not find the answer through the doctors either.  I will get about $400 in bills for the doctor visits.  I wouldn't mind that if they had solved anything. The one doctor did take a culture while maintaining that she did not think it was staph and it couldn't be shingles. She would not have tested it, if I had not pressed her. 

You must stand up to doctors and be proactive. You must fight them at times, when they do not listen or take you seriously. You must research your illness on your own.  You need to know more than the doctors on the subject.  I will let you know the results of the staph test, although she stated that since the blisters did not have pus in them, it would be more difficult to culture. So a false negative could be the result.  There is only one dermatology clinic in this area.  I was not impressed with them period.  They did not use gloves when looking at the rash.  The staff took my blood pressure, putting the cuff over the rash area.   If it is staph or a bacterial infection, their method of taking my blood pressure would contaminate the cuff. Then this same blood pressure cuff would be placed on the next patient.  They found years ago in the hospitals that staph was being spread from one patient to another by the stethoscope.  Now many doctors use throw away covers. When my husband was in the hospital for his retina surgery, all the staff used gloves and masks.  He was not being seen for a contagious disease.  They took great measures to protect their patients.

Staph infections are one of the most frequent infections spread from patient to patient.  You have a heart problem and end up with a staph infection. Resistant staph is a major problem today.  You need to be aware of that. I will keep you updated on this.  I felt it was important to share my experience on this blog. There may be readers who are being misdiagnosed. I hope this will help a few people going through this painful rash process.   Finding a doctor who will listen to you is the problem.  Finding a doctor who is current in the research concerning staph and shingles is even harder. They are using 'old training and research'' on these health problems. This is resulting in patients suffering for months longer than needed. I will discuss what happens on this rash so that others reading this blog might be helped. I would suggest that you visit the links above. Print out the articles and take them with you to the doctor's visit. When they tell you shingles only occurs on one side, give them the articles. The articles will prove they are using old school teaching.  

Note: Tea tree oil topically slows down a MRSA infection but does not seem to be enough. Goldenseal combined with tea tree oil  packed over  a infected cut is effective but it takes several days to do the job.  You must take goldenseal, oregano, or garlic internally as well. You must treat the sore and the bloodstream with the herbs. 

In my case, goldenseal didn't seem to be enough.  It is hard to treat large areas on the body. I have added Esseac which is a blood cleaner and olive leaf extract to the regimen.  I began the Esseac regimen yesterday and the rashes seem to be better today for the most part. They are not spreading at this point. The skin sensitivity is less severe. The itching over the first welts hurt and itch less today. The first ones seem to be healing slowly.  The ones on the upper forearm are still severe but have not spread further into the shoulder. Both arms look burned at this point with blisters in places.  So I feel I am on the right tract. The lab test results should be interesting. Rashes are very hard to diagnose even at a dermatology clinic.

I hope that this column will help someone who is suffering from a painful rash. There are over a hundred different rashes including allergic rashes, paracitic rashes, insect bite rashes, staph, strep, bacterial, and shingles.  The different kinds of rashes are daunting. Some of them are more easily diagnosed than others. There are several that look similar.

Important Note:

It is important to take herbs at least four hours apart from other medications.  Don't take them all at the same time. Herbs can have an impact on how the medicine works. It can either make is more or less effective.  There might be more side effects depending on the prescription.  I don't take standard medicine usually but many of you do.  

Some herbs such as St John's Wort cannot be taken with depression drugs at all. Combining blood thinning herbs and medicine is also dangerous. There are many prescriptions that could turn lethal if combined with herbs. I suggest you always go to an holistic doctor to supervise going off drugs and trying herbs. Never go off your medicine without supervision from a doctor.  

I will update you as I know more.       

This is all for today folks.  Have a great weekend and blessings!

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Moringa? Why don't more people know about it?

If Moringa can help stop starvation, why is it so unknown to many native populations?

I will give you an example here in TN.  TN is lush and green with 51 inches of rain. Many areas are a dense jungle. There is a plant called May Apple that grows everywhere in the shade of the larger trees.  I looked it up to find out more about it. You can eat the fruit on it and make a pie.  Both my brother-in-law and sister, living in TN all this time, did not know that the May Apple can be eaten.   I was very surprised.  I have plantain growing all over my yard which is a great medicinal plant. They had no idea of its medicinal value. To them it was just a weed. There are hundreds of plants in this area. It is dangerous to pick plants unless you are sure of their identity.  We have a number of plants that have 3 leaves including my beans, that are not poison ivy. If you pick the wrong plant, you could get very sick.

So you can live in TN or any other area, not realizing the natural foods around you. I for one don't go into the brush exploring because of the ticks.

Moringa grows wild in some areas. It is one of hundreds of trees with green leaves. If no one ever tried eating the leaves, it goes undiscovered as a food source.  I certainly don't pick leaves off our many native trees, having no idea what the plant is or if is safe to eat.

Moringa is new to US consumers. You don't find it fresh, as in the Philippines.  In those countries, it is part of the native food sources. They eat and use Moringa leaves fresh from the tree.  They use in dishes and salads.  Here you only find fresh Moringa in a few areas. It is a tropical plant that cannot take cold.  So Florida, CA, Parts of TX, and other isolated areas with mild climates in winter.

Moringa leaves are not generally found in chain stores. It is found in Asian markets.  If you visit an Asian market, you will find many items not seen in the other stores such as duck eggs with baby ducks inside, odd fish, and unique veggies particular to their culture and country.

So why are some starving where Moringa grows wild? They just never knew that their leaves were a good food source.  It is pretty simple, how willing are you to go into your back yard and pick leaves off your tree for dinner?  Most would not.  Without knowledge of the Native plants, you could pick one that would make you sick or even cause death.


This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Does Moringa really heal over 300 diseases? Learn How

You may ask how this could be. I am not sure that 300 is completely accurate but there are more diseases than that whose base cause is starvation or poor nutrition. Moringa is used in ayurvedic medicine both to provide quality nutrition and to prevent diseases.I hope to explain this in a way that will show you the benefit of adding Moringa to your diet.

You must first understand how disease takes place, before you can understand how Moringa can benefit in the prevention and correction of disease or imbalance.  The examples below of vitamin deficiencies and the diseases associated with them is not complete. I am just giving you examples of how poor nutrition is the basis of disease.

1.  Disease  requires days, months or years to reach disease status. That is why doctors fail in healthcare.  They most often treat disease rather than prevent disease. Most imbalances do not show up on lab tests, until the deficiency or imbalance gets to a severe point that compromises immunity and health. Your body is compromised if you have diabetes, heart disease, and other problems.  That disease is first a nutritional imbalance; malfunction of organs; malfunction of tissues; or imbalance generally.  That imbalance or nutritional deficiency may go on for years before it ends up in a disease state.

2: Factors that contribute to disease:  nutrition, exercise, stress, age, lifestyle factors such as drinking, smoking, drugs, environment issues, and  heredity.  This is not all of them, just some of the main ones.

3: Attitude in Life: A positive outlook on life supports healthy organs and health in general.  That does not mean you are immune to disease but it certainly goes on the side of prevention. Hate, jealousy, anger, unforgiveness, and all negative feelings contribute to problems in your health, which leads to disease.  Hate and anger lead to health issues.

4:  Immune System Dysfunction:   Hypofunction or Hyperfunction of the immune system needs to be present for disease to take hold.  This means either our immune function is working below optimal function or working overtime. This creates imbalance in the system.We all have strep germs in our throat, as an example. The reason that strep does not cause a sore throat is because our immune system keeps the strep from taking hold in the body.

The immune system is a beautiful process including thyroid function, white blood cells, lymph, T-Cells.  They all work together to combat bacteria, viruses, and other bad guys. If it is working properly, you would not get sick, even with those sick around you.  All of us know people who either never get sick or are always sick. The ones with the great immune function, stay well, despite family members who are sick. 

If the immune system is overcome with a new bad guy such as Ebola, you die before the body can respond to stamp it out. The immune system needs time to fight the bad guys. An example is smallpox  that killed so many American Indians.  The Indians had herbs they used to fight the health problems they were familiar with. When smallpox was introduced into their world, they were taken quickly. They had no time to experiment to see what would work and what didn't. It overtook them rapidly. Many cultures have nearly been destroyed by foreigners bringing in new illnesses where the native people had no immunity built up.

So to have a long healthy life, you must help your immune system to be healthy.

Since disease is often an imbalance or nutritional deficiency to begin with, you need to correct that. Each vitamin alone and together with other vitamins are needed by organs, tissues, bone, and every function in the body.

Examples of Vitamin Deficiencies  and the diseases they cause:

Vitamin A Deficiency:   People in many third world countries suffer from a poor diet.  Supply the Vitamin A and you correct many problems and health conditions. Moringa is high in Vitamin A.

Diseases caused by Vitamin A Deficiency: 

"Vitamin A deficiency has a plethora of clinical manifestations, ranging from xerophthalmia (practically pathognomonic) to disturbances in growth and susceptibility to severe infection (far more protean). blindness"

"Vitamin A (retinol) is required for the formation of rhodopsin, a photoreceptor pigment in the retina. Vitamin A helps maintain epithelial tissues. "

Vitamin C Deficiency: Scurvy, rickets, beriberi, pellagra, immune dysfunction, just to name five.  Give Vitamin C to that person and you correct the problem and prevent scurvy. Moringa is high is Vitamin C.

Iron Deficiency:   Moringa is one food that contains Iron. Iron supplements are hard on the stomach and digestive system. They cause constipation. The iron content in Moringa is easily absorbed and utilized by the body. If you hold too much iron in your system, Moringa is not a good food for you.  Most plant food sources do not contain Iron.  Moringa is a good source of iron.

Diseases caused by Iron Deficiency:

"Iron deficiency is a condition resulting from too little iron in the body. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency and the leading cause of anemia in the world. In the USA, despite food fortification, iron deficiency is on the rise in certain populations. "

Iron deficiency at critical times of growth and development can result in premature births, low birth weight babies, delayed growth and development, delayed normal infant activity and movement. Iron deficiency can result in poor memory or poor cognitive skills (mental function) and can result in poor performance in school, work,and in military or recreational activities. Lower IQs have been linked to iron deficiency occurring during critical periods of growth."

B6 Deficiency:  A lack of B6 also can cause depression, confusion, or a susceptibility to infection

Susceptibility to infection then could influence all disease states. Nervous and mental health conditions are two big ones that has hundreds of different diagnoses.

All vitamin deficiencies can lead to imbalance resulting is a disease at some point.  Our diet today consists for a majority full of junk food, fast foods, empty food, sugar, processed white flour, compromised foods due to all the artificial chemicals and additives.  That is why obesity and diabetes are out of control here in the US.  Lack of exercise and poor nutrition are a huge factor in those diseases. Poor nutrition is a major factor in all illnesses. That does not mean it is the only factor.

Lung Cancer:  smoking, work environment such as a gardener or pest control occupation, If you have a hereditary weakness in your lungs, don't smoke or hang out with smokers.. You would not want to pick a job that subjected you to chemicals such as asbestos or paint chemicals.  We had a friend who died from lung cancer.  He had a very healthy lifestyle. The doctors kept ruling out lung cancer because of the lack of risk factors.  He got sicker and sicker. They put him in the hospital and finally the tests for lung cancer but it was too late. He had 4th stage lung cancer and died several weeks later. His job was computers. There has been research that shows the connection between cancer of the lung and printer ink. He had 3 printers in his office. When you print, small particles of ink are released into the room. These ink particles end up in your lungs.  Gardeners work with pesticides and other chemicals. They do not wear masks for the most part.  They do not do much to protect their lungs and skin from the chemicals they work with. The job list is long that can cause diseases.

Cancer prevention is general includes optimal nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices.  There are hundreds of different cancer states.

Cancer:  Lifestyle, nutrition, environment,  your job, and heredity all play important parts in the creation of cancer. Improving nutrition alone does not always work but in all cases helps the body to fight the battle.

So you have now learned how nutritional deficiencies are one of the main causes for disease.

Moringa's main function in your diet is to correct vitamin deficiencies and imbalances! It is a super-food.

Moringa is a superfood with everything needed by the body is a high quality form. The high quality nutrients in this plant food fills in the gaps that are deficient in the body. Moringa leaves both prevents and helps balance those unhealthy systems.

Moringa is meant to be one part of a nutritional program to bring your health up to optimal condition. You still need to eat lots of veggies, fruit, and quality protein.  Moringa contains protein too. 

Moringa is a good food to add to a vegetarian diet to make sure you get enough of all the vitamins for great health.  It is an excellent source for Iron and protein.

Moringa can help the elderly who are not eating properly.  A majority of the elderly are deficient in one or more vitamins. Drugs also cause imbalances in the body. Most people take at least one drug and some take numerous prescriptions causing damage to the balance of the body.  Many elderly do not have teeth or have swallowing problems. Moringa goes into juice or a smoothly for easy nutrition.

Stress: Moringa helps fill in the nutritional gaps.  Filling in nutritional gaps prevents disease and illnesses. Filling in nutritional gaps helps to balance out the different body systems.  

Moringa also has been shown in research to contain other benefits for health and healing, We will get into that in a future blog.

All for Today

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


  Moringa Seeds.  This is where I have bought them more recently and gotten good germination.

10 oz (APX 1000) Moringa Malunggay Drumstick Seeds - Paisley Farm and Crafts


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