Thursday, September 3, 2015

The First Eggs Arrived Today......Finally! 10 Reasons to Raise Your Own Chickens?

Chickens love comfrey so it has to be protected from the Chickens.

Our chicken yard and pasture!
Comfrey on the right growing in a protected area of the yard.

Hi Folks, today is a blessing in many ways. Our first eggs laid in the nesting boxes!

It may be hard for some of you to appreciate today's blog, if you have never raised your own chickens. To some of you who have never tasted a real pasture raised egg, it is orange with amazing flavor. It is so fun and exciting to find your first eggs. You go through all the trouble of getting them raised and finally your reward....eggs.  It is about the quality of your food.  Learn why you should raise your own chickens and eggs in today's blog.

Chickens Free-Ranging on fertile pasture.

Chicken Project and its rewards
It was one of our goals to raise our own organic chickens and eggs here in Tennessee. 

This property came with 4 huge old sheds with some flat pasture. I knew from day one what I wanted to do with the whole area and the 4 side by side 12 ft high farm sheds. 

We built the chickens a huge indoor structure to lock them up at night in the first shed, leading out to a covered and protected middle area, then into an adjoining hard wired outdoor yard. The floor is concrete so nothing can dig its way in. We were blessed that we had these wonderful farm sheds to work with. Since they were 12 feet high, all the areas up to the roof had to be lined with wire.

We then fenced-in a pastured area surrounding the sheds and chicken yard where they are locked in at night rich with quality weeds, clover, and grass.  The pasture area has access to the three other side by side sheds for shelter if it's hot, raining or snowy outside. 

The 3 sheds are fenced in the back so the chickens can't get out of the sheds and predators can't get in.There is water in each shed in case the hawks are hanging out. The first 5 feet at the top of the sheds have tarps hanging down so the hawks cannot swoop into the sheds after them.  We spent a lot of time and money to make it so they could live in as much safety and freedom as possible.

You have to make chicken coops with hardwire  not chicken wire. Chicken wire keeps chickens in but does not keep predators out. You must make the coop where you lock them up at night, out of wood where raccoon hands cannot reach through and tear off their heads. Raccoons leave your chickens torn apart in is horrible. You must think like a predator who can jump 6 foot fences, climb, and open latches if too simple.

Two batches of chickens later and 5 months of feed, we have our first two eggs. The eggs were even laid in the nesting boxes we built, which is not always the case.  This week the younger chickens were integrated with the older ones which is filled with worry. It went very well and now all have complete freedom to go inside or outside their enclosure. They get to eat all the grass, weeds, and bugs they want.  Organic, healthy eggs and chickens. I didn't lose one from the beginning which was great.

Why go to all that trouble? Buying them at the store is simple. 

Here are 10 good reasons why you should raise your own chickens and eggs. Why Free-Ranging them on pasture is the difference.

#1:  You know your eggs come from healthy chickens. 'Big Farm' eggs come from chickens housed in tiny cages unable to move much. Often there are dead and ill chickens in the same cage. 

Even the commercial eggs labeled free-range are not really given much pasture. That term really misrepresents how they are raised in reality. There are many thousands of chickens in each area given a small area outside. Most chickens never see the outside or pasture.  

#2: You know your chickens were fed greens, bugs, and that makes the yolks naturally more orange colored with more flavor. The taste difference between greens fed chickens and Big Farm chickens is amazing.  You won't eat store bought eggs once you have tasted farm pasture raised chickens.

#3-10: Three Different Studies confirm that Free-Range chicken eggs contain more nutrition, less fat, less cholesterol than 'Big Farm' raised chickens. It is what you feed them that makes this difference. They must have access to pasture most of the day to get these results. Chickens raised in cages eating standard chicken feed will not give these results.

Study Results Below: (see references at end of article)

"A 1999 study by Barb Gorski at Pennsylvania State University found that eggs from pastured birds had 10 percent less fat, 34 percent less cholesterol, 40 percent more vitamin A, and four times the omega-3s compared to the standard USDA data. Her study also tested pastured chicken meat, and found it to have 21 percent less fat, 30 percent less saturated fat and 50 percent more vitamin A than the USDA standard."

"• In 2003, Heather Karsten at Pennsylvania State University compared eggs from two groups of Hy-Line variety hens, with one kept in standard crowded factory farm conditions and the other on mixed grass and legume pasture. The eggs had similar levels of fat and cholesterol, but the pastured eggs had three times more omega-3s, 220 percent more vitamin E and 62 percent more vitamin A than eggs from caged hens."

"• The 2005 study MOTHER EARTH NEWS conducted of four heritage-breed pastured flocks in Kansas found that pastured eggs had roughly half the cholesterol, 50 percent more vitamin E, and three times more beta carotene."

"Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1/3 less cholesterol• 1/4 less saturated fat• 2/3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene"

In an emergency, you always have eggs available to eat and chickens if needed.

Chickens are great company and very soothing to the spirit. They are worth their weight in gold to soothe a tired and weary mind and body.

Chickens eats fleas, ticks, bugs of all sorts which help keep the yard pest free.

Chickens eat left overs like tomato and lettuce trimmings.  Less waste.

Even in many cities now, regulations allow you to have several chickens but no rooster.  Call to find out about the regulations in your area. No matter where you live, you must protect them from predators, even stray house cats.

All for today. Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Whats in Your Bacon and Pork? Drug Residue.....

Headline article states that China is refusing pork from the US, because of the drug they feed them which helps them get more money for the pigs.  The drug ractopamine is given to 80 to 90% of pigs raised in the US, unless they are organically raised.  

Here is an excerpt below,"

The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter and minute traces have been found in meat. The European Union, China, Taiwan and many others have banned its use, citing concerns about its effect on human health, limiting U.S. meat exports to key markets.
Although few Americans outside of the livestock industry have ever heard of ractopamine, the feed additive is controversial. Fed to an estimated 60 to 80 percent of pigs in the United States, it has resulted in more reports of sickened or dead pigs than any other livestock drug on the market, an investigation of Food and Drug Administration records shows.
"While the Department of Agriculture has found traces of ractopamine in American beef and pork, they have not exceeded levels the FDA has determined are safe."  
There should be NO drugs in our meat.  None of it is safe to be ingesting.
Despite the horrible drug effects on the pigs and the residue which ends up in the meat, the FDA approved the drug and some drug residue is permitted....great for our health isn't it?
Canada and 24 other countries only care about their profit margin and not your health. If you eat any kind of meat from chicken to beef, there is drug residue that is permitted in the meat. That is why we have such a MRSA problem in the United States. There is antibiotic overuse in all big farm raised animals. That is because they house the animals in tiny cages where infection is a constant problem with animals given little care.  If you ever visited a stockyard or a chicken ranch, you won't eat meat for awhile.  I am not a vegetarian but we try to eat as organically as we can.  Meat is a small part of our meals.  
You Think your meat is tested before you eat it.  Think Again..........
Most of the pork is not tested. There is not enough time nor agents to do that.  Here is a quote," Last year, for example, no tests were conducted on 22 billion pounds of pork produced in the United States; 712 samples were taken from 26 billion pounds of beef but the results have not yet been released."
This is true for imports and food grown in our own country.  The truth is most of our food supply is untested!  
So perhaps pork should come off your list for foods you eat on a regular basis.  Organic should be your first choice if you do eat pork. Many of you are very worried about your Moringa quality. That is valid but you are missing the large white elephant in the room. Our own food supply is in serious question.  Moringa is only a tiny piece of our food intake.  The foods you eat in larger amounts from veggies to meat should be your top concern. All our food now is in question no matter where it comes from.  
All for today. kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Diabetes and Blood Sugar Problems: Beneficial Herbs and Supplements

Diabetes does not just happen one day but is a gradual process that often can be turned around in the early stages. 

How do you stop diabetes in the early stages?

Diet changes and Exercise are two of the most important factors in blood sugar control. 

That means getting rid of the sugar, junk food, sodas, processed food, and high carb foods. There are books and articles on the subject. Most people know what they should not be eating, they just are unable to stop.  There are reasons you are overeating. You need to find out why you eat first. It it stress related? Is it deep seated pain from a marriage or childhood?  What feelings come up in your heart and mind when you reach for that fork? So counseling or therapy might help root that heart wound out and show you how to deal with it in more constructive way. I knew a nurse that would overeat because of horrible memories of when she was used by her parents in child porn.  You need to forgive others or yourself. Find a way to look into the mirror and see the beautiful person that is looking back at you. So these steps should come first to conquer diabetes.

Are there thyroid or endocrine problems in your family? 
Were either one of your parents very thin or suffer with weight problems?  You need to find out if endocrine problems are causing problems in your weight and health.  See an endocrinologist who is specialized in these health problems.  

If possible find one who is holistically centered in his treatment.

Are there herbs and supplements to help you conquer your blood sugar problems? 


It is important that you get help from a holistic doctor to help you use the proper amounts of these herbs and to monitor your blood sugar while doing so. 

Do not take herbs and diabetic medicine together. Herbs can affect your medication, causing a possible overdose of your diabetes medicine.  So again, you need the direction of a holistic doctor to use these herbs properly. These herbs can reduce your blood sugar to the point of causing a problem with your medicine.    

This article is about the herbs and supplements that help your body to be more effective in dealing with sugar and foods. 

"U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Richard Anderson, PhD, reviewed the research on the mineral for a 1998 article in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and found at least 25 studies suggesting that it can benefit diabetes patients.
"It's not a panacea," he says, but because chromium supplements seem safe at the doses most commonly recommended, he believes there's no harm in trying them. He recommends starting with 200 micrograms of chromium three times per day, and then reducing the dose to twice per day if blood sugar levels improve."  Web MD

Diabetics are known to be deficient in Magnesium.

Bitter Melon (momordica charantia) (karela or karolla)
Supports healthy insulin function and the pancreas to work more effectively.
Grows in Asia, India, Africa, and South America. 

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)

This is not your garden variety of basil found in nurseries. There are many varieties of basil of which only a few are medicinal.  Most are used in cooking.
Holy basil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for diabetes health and control.  


Fenugreek  (trigonella foenum) seeds, a folk remedy for diabetes.  

Grown in India, North Africa and the Mediterranean.  Is used in Ayurvedic medicine and is used in the cultural dishes of the areas above.
"Several studies, including one published in 1990 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that this herb can lower blood sugar. Researchers found that type 1 diabetics who took 50 grams of fenugreek seed powder twice daily had significantly lower blood sugar levels than those who took a placebo." Web MD

Nopal (opuntia streptacantha)
This is the prickly-pear cactus used in Mexico to control glucose. This has been shown in some animal study research as well.  My father in law uses Nopal to control his glucose despite drinking too much and eating sugar treats when he should not.  It made quite a difference in his health.  His doctors consider him pre-diabetic. Nopal has kept him at the pre-diabetic level. I work constantly to get him to eat less sugar and eat higher quality protein.  He is very stubborn at 95.  He still plays golf and takes care of himself.  If he ate better, he would live to the early hundreds. His brother just died at 98.

Gymnema sylvestre

Another herb used in Ayurvedic medicine which grows in India.  There are many animal studies that show its ability to lower blood glucose levels, regenerate islet cells, and increase beta-cell production.


Research studies have been mixed, some showing its ability to lower glucose and some did not.  The method and quality of the cinnamon is the problem in these studies.  

Some methods of extraction and processing ruin the medicinal properties of this herb.  I doubt that most cinnamon products bought at the supermarket will have those medicinal properties. 

Spice grade is not medicinal grade.   

So if you are going to try Cinnamon, make sure you buy it as a supplement at the health food store and not in the spice section. Also spices from India have been shown to be contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins. 

There is more than one variety of cinnamon which also matters. The spice you buy may contain more than one variety of cinnamon. 

The chemical hydroxychalcone has been identified as one of the  potential active ingredients, which is believed to modify the sensitivity of cells to insulin, enhancing their uptake.  There are some recent studies that do show its benefits here at Medscape.  Take the time to read the article and research here.  This article gives you an idea of the dosage they used with the patients to achieve benefits.Check the reference links below for more information on the research and dosage.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Does Research Prove Moringa Benefits for Diabetics ?

There are research studies published on Moringa's Medicinal properties. There have many published in different countries. They are hard to find if you are not skilled in researching. I am presenting several research papers with the original links for you to read yourselves. You have to read carefully and slowly through the data is dense.

 Legally I can present you with research showing how Moringa is being shown to benefit certain health problems. 

This research presented is on Moringa and benefits for diabetes

The problem with most research studies is that Moringa leaves or pods or seeds are not given to patients in the way we would use Moringa. Those of us using Moringa are not going to get it by injection or tablets that include other factors, not pure Moringa. We are not rats. One of the studies presented is with real patients at a clinic with diabetes.  

So how much Moringa powder or fresh leaves must you eat to get the same effect? There is no clue on that because of the way the Moringa was delivered to the people and the rat subjects in these research papers.  

It is apparent by published research papers below that Moringa is beneficial for diabetic patients but how to achieve the same effects by eating the pure powder or fresh leaves is a question.  

The only way you know is by eating it, then monitoring your blood sugar on a daily basis.  Be advised that if you are taking medicine for diabetes, that you may need less of your medicine, so make sure you are monitored by a doctor while adding Moringa to your diet.  Also if you are taking medicine for high blood pressure, it could affect the amount of dosage you need. 

The blue title links will take you to the original research.  Moringa has been used for hundreds of years.  Despite the lack of research on normal human subjects in the research papers, Moringa is proven in real use by real people, who are not under lab conditions.

Moringa has been used by many thousands over the years. That is the true test, I feel about Moringa. Moringa is used in Ayurvedic medicine today. Native people use it and swear by its nutritional and health benefits. 

So for those of you who want to see some proof, here you are.  This is only a very small portion of the research.

"Moringa oleifera (MO) is an edible plant that is native to Asia and Africa but is cultivated around the world. The leaves and the seed pods are nutritious and widely consumed as food; the bark and the root are thought to have medicinal properties and are used in folk remedies. Products derived from the herb are used to treat a variety of conditions, including asthma, diabetes, ulcers, infections and cancer. Extracts from the plant are used in primitive water filtration systems to remove harmful pollutants and algae (1).

In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed, and root extracts of MO have anticancer (3) (4), hepatoprotective (10), hypoglycemic (12), anti-inflammatory (13) (14), antibacterial (18) (19), antifungal (20), antiviral (21), and antisickling (37) effects. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease (29) and stomach ulcers (24), help lower cholesterol levels (25), and promote wound healing (30). In addition, MO extract has demonstrated antifertility effects (28). Only a few studies of inadequate design and/or small number have been conducted in humans (36). In one of these studies, MO did exhibit a positive but small effect on lipid profiles (38) .
MO inhibits CYP450 enzymes and may interact with prescription drugs."
Notice it is the Moringa extracts, very potent form of Moringa leaves, that showed antifertility effects. These tests for the most part were done on rats and the extract was injected not eaten normally. The dose was higher than we would get by just eating the Moringa normally. 

Evaluation of antidiabetic and antioxidant activity of Moringa oleifera in experimental diabetes.  ( the research study in full)  2011 Pub Med

Methanol extracts of the pods were used with rats who were induced with diabetes.  This is sad but the way research is done often.   This is not normal usage for Moringa pods or leaves. 

The rats were given 150 or 300 mg of this menthanol extract of the pods for 21 days.  It does not state whether it was injected or they ate it. Extracts would normally have to be injected which is not the normal way the pods are eaten.

Their conclusion,"In conclusion, M. oleifera exerts protective effects against STZ-induced diabetes. The MOMtE exhibited significant antidiabetic and antioxidant activity and active constituents may be isolated from the extract for evaluation in future clinical studies."

March 2014 issue of Acta Histochemica by Egyptian researchers 

Aqueous extracts of Moringa oleifera leaves were fed to albino rats that suffering from streptozotocin-induced diabetes

Results: "At the end of the trial, the rats that were fed Moringa extracts fared far better than the control group. Specifically, the extracts reduced their fasting plasma glucose levels from 380 percent to 145 percent (i.e. their blood sugar levels were reduced by more than 2.5 times). The extract also reduced the rats' levels of harmful malondialdehyde from 385 percent to 186 percent and increased their levels of the important antioxidant, glutathione, from 22 percent to 73 percent -- a significant improvement in all three areas.

"Experimental findings clearly indicate the potential benefits of using the aqueous extract of M. oleifera leaves as a potent antidiabetic treatment," the researchers concluded.

This is still not using Moringa leaves the way we use them.  The solutions in both studies are VERY potent because of the extracts given.

Moringa leaves were formed into tablets but were not pure Moringa.  They were then given to patients at a clinic with diabetes. The study shows exactly how the tablets were created, what was used other than Moringa leaves, and how the tablets were produced.   

There was a control group used so the study is great there.  

They were given the tablets for 90 days which is also a decent time period for the research.  

The study group were real people with diabetes not lab rats who were induced to be diabetic. The people went home and lived normal lives, not subjected to a lab environment which is not normal.    

Results:  "This reduction was highly significant, which emphasis that supplementation with drumstick leaf tablet had positive effect in reducing glycated hemoglobin. "

" Both male and female volunteers, blood glucose level had reduced after the administration of drumstick leaf tablet. It concluded that drum stick leaf tablet have a significant impact on anti diabetic property of the selected patients."

The Antidiabetic Effect of Low Doses of Moringa oleiferaLam. Seeds on Streptozotocin Induced Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy in Male Rats

Subjects were rats induced with diabetes.

Goal of Study: "This study aimed at testing the ameliorative effect of two low doses of Moringa seeds powder (50 and 100 mg/kg body weight) on type I diabetes and treating diabetic nephropathy of streptozotocin induced diabetic male rats."

There is detailed information on all aspects of the research such is how the rats were induced with diabetes and all the labs they ran....very dense but worth reading through. 
"his result is consistent with previous investigations [2224]. The concurrent treatment with Moringa ameliorated these parameters and nearly restored them to their normal levels. This curative effect is due to the active constituents present in Moringaseeds [2223]. The antioxidant activity of Moringa seed powder is due to its content of phenolics and flavonoids that have scavenging effect on the free radicals [2223]. Furthermore, Ghiridhari et al. [23] reported that medication with M. oleifera gives diabetic patients better glucose tolerance by increasing treatment time.M. oleifera contains three classes of phytochemicals, that is, glucosinolates such as glucomoringin, flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol, and phenolic acids such as chlorogenic acid; all of these classes have medicinal benefits [67]. These three phytochemicals of Moringa possess antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, antidyslipidemic, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties [2527].
Treating the diabetic rats with 50 or 100 mg Moringa seeds powder/kg body weight in G3 and G4, respectively, ameliorated the levels of all these parameters approaching the negative control values and restored the normal histology of both kidney and pancreas compared with that of the diabetic positive control group in G2. This result agrees with the findings of Ndong et al. [33] and Parikh et al. [34].
The antidiabetic activity of the higher dose of Moringa seeds powder (100 mg/kg b.w.) was more efficient than that of the lower dose (50 mg/kg b.w.). This result is consistent with that of Kumbhare et al. [10] who noticed that the radical scavenging effect was found to be increased with increasing concentrations.
Treating diabetic rats with 50 mg/kg b.w. of Moringa seeds powder in G3 and 100 mg/kg b.w. in G4 restored the normal renal function and histology of kidney and pancreas with no pathological changes. This result is consistent with other findings using Moringa aqueous extract [6]. Moringa succeeded in controlling diabetic nephropathy such as other plants, for example, ginger [32], and using different materials such as ferulsinaic acid [27].
In conclusion, treated STZ induced diabetes male rats with the low doses of Moringa revealed a safe and an excellent antidiabetic activity due to its content of antioxidant compounds such as glucomoringin, phenols, and flavonoids and almost restored the diabetic rats to the normal healthy state. In addition, lower doses of Moringa under study may have greater medical benefits when used as food supplement for diabetic people’s diet."
This research paper is well worth your time.  I encourage you to read it in full Here 

BioMed Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 381040, 13 pages
This is enough for you to digest today.  I will do more of these blogs. I don't want to overwhelm you with information.

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Compelling Reasons Why You Should Use Alternative Therapies Over Standard Medicine

I am republishing this from my Alternative News blog because I feel the subject is vitally important to what is going on in this country in our health care system.

I am 64 years old. I became a Master Herbalist when my youngest was a toddler to find the answers to her health problems that the doctors I worked with, could not.  My life at that time was entrenched in the standard medical system. I worked for a clinic whose outreach was Indian reservations, before the money that casinos brought in. I was trained as a medical assistant performing x-rays, blood tests, and many of the things today that are outsourced to labs. One of my jobs at the clinic was to keep track of the drugs used and to meet with drug manufacturing reps. I got taken out to lunch often, hoping I would use my influence with the doctors to buy their products. I did that for 5 years until I stopped work to have my second child. The doctor I worked with delivered my son at home.  So I know how the standard medical system works. I worked with the drug salesmen so I have experience in knowing how that works as well. It isn't good. At the time, it did not phase me for I was entrenched in the medical system.  Very few herbalists out there, worked in the standard medical system as I have. It gives me experience that in the basis for some of my blogs.

So why does one turn from being entrenched in the system to being a rebel against it? The doctors had no answers to my young daughter's declining health and their drugs which did not work. 

So today's blog is the compelling reasons  why you should use herbal medicine and see holistic doctors instead. In doing so I need to present the case against standard medicine.  Standard medicine does well in putting your hand back on after a car wreck. It does well in critical care situations where a few minutes time is the difference between life and death. It has excelled in creating answers for people who have lost limbs. It has advanced in saving people's life where surgery is the only option.

There are areas of medicine where I support standard medicine and its success. But............

In the US standard medicine does a poor job in preventing disease or stopping metabolic problems in the early stages, before they turn into a disease which shows up in lab tests. They don't have much to offer you when you have a cold or flu. They now know that antibiotics are not working and instead causing super bugs and antibiotic resistant diseases such as TB, Staph, and gonorrhea. Vets commit suicide every hour because standard medicine does not have answers for their PTSD except drugs. So in many areas, their treatments are not working. Certainly not in preventive medicine.  Here are some stats below:

440,000 people die each year from medical mistakes! 

Medical mistakes are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US  

#1:    "Washington, D.C., October 23, 2013 – New research estimates up to 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors. This puts medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, underscoring the need for patients to protect themselves and their families from harm, and for hospitals to make patient safety a priority."

"Released today, the Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals. It shows many hospitals are making headway in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that kill or hurt patients, but overall progress is slow. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, with a fully transparent methodology analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety."

Here is another link on the subject above,

12 million Americans are Misdiagnosed each year!
Visit the article below to read it yourself!
  1. 17, 2014 ... Each year in the U.S., approximately 12 million adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed, according to a new study published ...
  1. Nearly 1 million children potentially misdiagnosed with ADHD  
    1. Article and stats  by the National Center for Education Statistics.

  1. 2015 Cancer Death Rates from the American Cancer Society  (despite chemotherapy, radiation, drugs, and surgery)

  2. 312,000 women die from cancer per year despite standard medicine treatment of chemo, radiation, and drugs

  3. 277,000 men die each year

  4. 86,000 men die of lung cancer

  5. 71,000 women die of lung cancer

  6. 40,000 women die of breast cancer

So these published stats prove how dangerous it is to go to the hospital and get standard medical care. It is not effective in many cases and there are 400,000 mistakes and 12 million misdiagnosis.  

That is why in the last 30 years I have stayed away from doctors except for a few occasions, mostly when I needed tests or a general exam.  I have been in the hospital once in my life, other than having my two other children. I have treated myself for 3 blood clots in my legs over the years with herbal medicine. I use herbal medicine for my kidneys that are compromised from one car accident and a fall that could have killed me.  I deal with phlebitis on a daily basis which it genetic from my mom.  I have used herbal medicine on some real tough health problems. So I walk the talk.  I do use standard medicine to get tests when I need to know what I am up against as recently. I have taken antibiotics three times in the last 15 years. One was for an abscess in my jaw which caused my face to swell up like a balloon. I was working a job and in horrible pain. Once was recently for a skin infection that for two weeks seems unrelenting and unstoppable. 

Despite the facts above is herbal medicine a better choice?

"According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health), about 38 percent of Americans currently avail themselves of some form of complementary/alternative medicine, which can also include dietary supplements, meditation, chiropractic services, Pilates, and Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine."
This number has increased since this report.

"Doctors and nurses were found to be more than twice as likely as non-clinical health-care support workers to have tried out a practitioner-based complementary or alternative medicine service (such as a chiropractor) in the past year."

So many doctors will not prescribe herbs or alternative

therapies  to their patients but are secretly using it for 


Here are 10 healthy reasons to use alternative therapies:

  • Alternative medicine focuses on prevention and early correction of metabolic imbalances before they become a disease state.   Holistic doctors look for signs in the skin, the tongue, your nails, subtle signs that point to occurring imbalances.  They spend more time with their patients and they listen to what the patient is telling them. They do not treat just on a lab test result.

  • Herbal and alternative therapies seek to get to the base cause of a problem such as acid/alkaline imbalance. Chiropractic restores circulation and healing through correcting spinal misalignment.  This benefits nerves, bones, and organs.  Holistic doctors want to find the base cause such as diet problems that result in metabolic problems later. They read between the lines.

  • Herbal and alternative therapies strengthen and support the body and its systems, so those systems can effectively work better. If your pancreas is healthy, you won't need medicine. If you correct blood sugar problems in the beginning you won't have to take insulin later. Herbs that support the pancreas build this gland up, strengthen, and support its function.

  • Some Herbs focus on cleaning out different body systems of the body so that they function more effectively. A bowel works much more effectively when it is not clogged up. The blood system is healthy when not clogged up with plaque or other clogging material. The blood system works better when not contaminated with heavy metals and other contamination such as pollution. 

  • Herbal medicine is safer and has few side effects than drugs whose side effects include heart attacks and death.  Herbs contain nutritional components, as well as medicinal factors that act together to improve health.  

  • Herbal medicine and alternative therapies do work and are effective. They often need the guidance of a holistic doctor to be used properly and effectively.

  • Herbal Medicine and Alternative Therapies are used by doctors in many countries, not just third world countries.  Why is it suppressed here? Money and power!
           The view of doctors in the US is NOT the view of doctors in other countries.
  • "Empirical and scientific evidence exists to support the benefits of acupuncture, manual therapies and several medicinal plants for chronic or mild conditions. For instance, the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular treatment for relieving pain, has been demonstrated both through numerous clinical trials and laboratory experiments. As a result, 90% of pain clinics in the United Kingdom and 70% in Germany include acupuncture as a form of treatment. Equally, some medicinal plants have shown efficacy for life-threatening conditions; medicine combinations containing the Chinese herb Artemisia annua are now considered amongst the most effective remedies against malaria."

  • "For instance, Ginkgo biloba is a popularly used herbal medicine worldwide whose main function is to prevent vascular disease and to increase blood circulation. "

    There are more countries that use herbal medicine than countries that do not.  They are not just third world countries that do not have money to buy standard medicine. Germany is an example below.  I have brought in quotes that are very important to this discussion.  It is thought by most Americans that herbal use only is used in countries like Africa that are poor. That is not true and a lie presented by articles here. Read the article listed below in full so that you realize how you are being brainwashed by the medical system here. Many of the articles that tell you herbs don't work are out and out lies. They will tell you there is not research to back up the use of herbal medicine and alternative therapies and it is a lie.  You are being lied to with full intent to mislead you. 

    • "Germany
      The German people are so supportive of natural medicine that the German government mandated that all medical school curricula include information about natural medicines. Approximately 10 percent of German doctors specialize in homeopathy, with approximately 10 percent more prescribing homeopathic remedies on occasion. In 1993, there were 1,993 medical doctors who had formally qualified in homeopathy, while in 2006, this number jumped over 100 percent to 6,073 (20). In Germany there are 9,000 natural health practitioners called heilpraktikers in 1993 and over 20,000 in 2007. Approximately 20-30 of heilpraktikers specialize in homeopathy."

    • "In most developed countries—also in Germany—patients have access to HM via physicians, nonmedical CAM practitioners and on a self-initiated basis. Consequently, diverse healthcare professionals mainly doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and nonmedical CAM practitioners are involved in HM. In Germany, HM is known as one of the five main elements of classic naturopathy (phytotherapy, hydrotherapy, exercise therapy, dietetic therapy, and “life style regulation” therapy) also known as Kneipp therapies. The overall percentage of Germans using HM increased from 52% in 1970 to 70% in 2010 [2]."
    HM refers to herbal medicine in these quotes above and below
    • "German doctors can obtain a postgraduate qualification for “naturopathy,” which includes HM. At the end of the year 2011, 15.949 German doctors had the qualification “naturopathy,” with 70% thereof working in the outpatient sector [4]. However, recent data suggests that far more doctors prescribe or recommend HM to their patients. In a cross-sectional study, more than half of the responding general practitioners (GPs) recommended HM in their day-to-day practice, most of them having no additional qualification for “naturopathy” [5]."  same article as above
    • There are thousands of double blind research studies from many different countries that prove herbs and alternative therapies do work. Germany, Japan, and Russia are just three of them with published double blind research papers.These research papers are not accepted by the FDA or the AMA in this country. They are ignored or discredited. This is wrong and their suppressing this information is costing patients their lives. 

    "Homeopathy is particularly popular in France, where it is the leading alternative therapy. In 1982, 16 percent of the population used homeopathic medicine, rising to 29 percent in 1987, and to 36 percent in 1992 (8). In 2004, 62 percent of French mothers used homeopathic medicines in the previous 12 months (9). A survey of French pharmacists was conducted in 2004 and found that an astounding 94.5 percent reported advising pregnant women to use homeopathic medicines (10).
    Homeopathy is popular not only among the French public but also among the French medical community. As many as 70 percent of physicians are receptive to homeopathy and consider it effective, at least 25,000 physicians prescribe homeopathic medicines for their patients. Homeopathy is taught in at least seven medical schools: Besancon, Bordeaux, Lille, Limoges, Marseille, Paris-Nord, and Poitiers, and there are numerous postgraduate training programs. Courses in homeopathy are taught in 21 of France's 24 schools of pharmacy, and also taught in two dental schools, two veterinary medical schools, and three schools of midwivery. "
    Please read the full article at the link above.  You need to really see the truth for yourself.

    What about the articles and headlines stating alternative medicine is dangerous and ineffective?

    Statistics from the U.S. National Poison Data System prove otherwise. According to a 174-page report just published, the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

    Learn more:

    Side Effects Possible from herbal medicine

    Most of the adverse reactions are due to weight loss supplements and muscle building supplements that are adulterated with drugs or contain caffeine. Other adverse reactions are due to people taking too much of an herbal formula, combining it with prescription medicine, or using it without proper knowledge or guidance.  Too much of cleansing herb will cause loose bowels or irritation in the stomach. Try eating too many prunes and the same thing will happen.  Adding fiber to your diet, when you don't normally eat those foods, will cause stomach distress.  Allergies are possible to any food you eat. You may also be allergic or sensitive to the weeds, dirt, or added fillers found in some junk supplements. Junk supplements are manufactured  by companies who cut corners and offer low quality products.

    Deaths Blamed on Alternative Medicine is misleading and false.

    Most of the deaths attributed to alternative therapies, are because the patient did not using standard medical therapies. Steve Jobs is an example. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, a cancer with very few survivors. So using standard medicine he would probably have died too.

    Jobs did not die from alternative medicine but from a cancer that did not respond to treatment period.

    Pancreatic Cancer is a killer most of the time.  Any death when people are using alternative therapies is stated to be the result of alternative medicine, as if there are no deaths by standard medicine.  Look at the stats above to see that is a lie.

    When people die from cancer after chemo and other drugs, they just state they died from the cancer not the standard medicine treatment. The US is blatantly biased toward any treatment other than standard medicine. Parents are put in jail here for using alternative medicine. They are held responsible for their child's death if they did not use standard medicine.  It is fine if they die after using standard medicine, even in cancer where it is known that chemo and radiation are not effective. This is not so in other countries, where is it used by doctors and hospitals such as Germany.

    The cancer or bacteria is the cause of the death whether standard or alternative medicine failed to defeat it. 

    Here are the stats for pancreatic cancer with standard medicine:

    "Pancreatic cancer is one of the faster spreading cancers; only about 4% of patients can expect to survive five years after their diagnosis. Each year, about 44,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S., and 37,000 people die of the disease."

    "Standard treatments for pancreatic cancer include the common tumor-fighting strategies — surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and, most recently, targeted anticancer drugs that may slightly extend patients’ lives. In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration approved erlotinib, a drug that specifically targets growth factors found on cancer cells, for the treatment of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer who are receiving chemotherapy. The drug has been shown in trials to improve overall survival by 23% after a year when added to routine chemotherapy. The tumors in patients being treated with erlotinib and chemo also develop more slowly than those in patients receiving chemotherapy alone."

    This does not tell the whole story. Often cancer patients did later from a different cancer, because their immune system is devastated by the chemo and radiation therapy.  Some therapies are known to be a causative factor in new cancers forming several years later.

    So the outcome for pancreatic cancer is not good.  He chose to try alternative therapies which in his case did not work.  He was a liver transplant case as well so his chances were slim on living long period. Liver transplants give the typical patient two years more to live.  Neither standard medicine nor alternative medicine always works on cancer.   You still die.   There is a choice on how you live your last days. Chemo and radiation has horrible side effects. You throw up for days or weeks with the treatments. There is bone pain and memory loss that does not go away. Your immune system is shot so most people succumb to a second bout of cancer later.   People die every day after chemo and radiation.  Cancer often goes undefeated, no matter what therapy is used.

    You can go to Germany and other countries to get alternative cancer treatment. Does it always work? NO. Neither does chemo, radiation, and surgery. Again look at the cancer death stats. One of the underground alternative therapies is Esseac.   Look it up to see the history of its use.   Look past the articles that say it is a scam, because it is not.  Look at her original success in Canada before the government went after her. There was a movement by many important people to make it a legal treatment in Canada. Instead the government powers when after her.  

    You will find for input from people on the links below who are using Esseac tea for cancer with success but their success is not reported for fear and reprisal from the medical system. Yes, some still die but many do  live or live longer because of it.   It is underground.  

    Here are some reports below by people who are using it with success at sites below.  This is not my site, nor is it the Esseac that I sell.   I use a different brand with cat's claw. I think you will be interested in the input at this site.  There is a second site below where people have beaten cancer with alternative medicine. You won't find this page easily.  

    Standard Medicine does not want you to know there is any answer other than theirs.  
    Billions of dollars is made off of chemo and radiation treatments. Cancer doctors grow rich even as patients die.  Even in cancer patients that are given no chance of survival with standard medicine, that patient will be told not to try alternative medicine.  The American Cancer Society does not want a cure for cancer, for they make millions off the contributions and research money.

    "The cancer industry is probably the most prosperous business in the United States. In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. $6 billion of tax-payer funds are cycled through various federal agencies for cancer research, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI states that the medical costs of cancer care are $125 billion, with a projected 39 percent increase to $173 billion by 2020. 

    The simple fact is that the cancer industry employs too many people and produces too much income to allow a cure to be found. All of the current research on cancer drugs is based on the premise that the cancer market will grow, not shrink."

    Some sites where cancer survivors have told their story of success:

    An interview with a holistic doctor on Esseac

    Esseac is one of the alternative therapies used against cancer.  It does not work on some, others it does. Standard medicine is not successful either as evidenced by the death stats above.

    So I hope this blog gave you reason to review your stand on herbal medicine and alternative therapies.   It may save your life at some point.  If I ever get cancer, I will take my chances and life with alternative therapies not standard medicine.  We all have choices on how we will live and how we will die.  It should be our decision to make, not some doctor or the government.

    All for today! Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

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