February Followup – Haiti

The month in Haiti was fantastic – and too short!!

Following are several photos and explanations

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Those moringa trees behind the guys were planted 14 months previous and are over 20 feet tall. These trees provide a good supply of seeds. Some of the original trees were kept pruned at 6 feet, forming a hedge, which provides the sprouts that people like to eat – below you see them on the table. This table is in the Children’s Lifeline canteen where about 2,800 meals are prepared – daily!!

Children's Lifeline Canteen

Children’s Lifeline Canteen

The new developments during this visit included a terracing demonstration – great way to reduce erosion – the number one agricultural issue on the globe! Haiti does not lack rocks for this intervention.

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We created a moringa leaf drier. A product for local consumption and medical intervention for malnourished children can be generated in this drier. The sloping frontal section faces south, creating the heat and draft required to dry the product.

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This view of the back shows the shelves where leaves are dried.

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I experimented, successfully, using cardboard boxes as mulch to reduce moisture loss from the soil surface while seeds sprouted and trees were established. The boxes were simply torn to remove the ground cover where the trees sprouted – thus providing light for the seedling and ongoing mulch and moisture retention while trees continued to develop. Very good technology!! Rats – no photos.

Erosion in mountainous areas has been identified as an international issue. These braced cardboard dams will hold soil and water, creating a level area behind. The green foliage you see will root, creating a living wall. Nature provides many low cost options to improve soil retention and agricultural outcomes.

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During my last visit I spoke with Dr Carmel about people using papaya leaves and leaf tea to reduce stomach aches and stomach worms. She told me she has suggested it to many of her clients. These people have reported positive results. See my posts on this topic. Nature provides a ready, ongoing supply of remedies to every day health issues.

Any questions or feedback?? Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards, Tim

What would you like for Christmas?

My friend asked me what I would like for Christmas. My reply was my two front teeth!! Really what I would like is an end to global hunger.

Science makes real progress each year in feeding the world. GMO’s have produced massive amounts of food and they are controversial, and I am not supporting or rejecting them. Time will tell. GMO’s have focused on annual plants while tropical agricultural stability and stability of food supply may rest on tree based agriculture – deep rooted, drought resistant plants. For people from the northern hemisphere with continental climates, please consider a different approach rather than a variation of annuals based agriculture – we have warm and cold seasons while tropical climates have wet and dry seasons.

One website says that 90% of the poorest of the poor live in the 10/40 window. Areas with tropical climates. So how do we improve their food security?

In Niger farmers may plant their crops up to 5 times in order to get a good plant population. This requires an incredible amount of work and seed. Tree based agriculture negates this as the trees simply go dormant during periods of drought and grow when rains start. No uncertainty of food supply.

Moringa has many benefits. It is a complete food – contains all 9 essential amino acids and vitamin C. People from the developed world have been indoctrinated on the need for a varied diet etc etc. People who lack resources like a 4 burner stove, an oven and lots of pots and pans, often eat a limited variety of foods. So what option do they have for realizing good nutrition? How about 1 food that has it all?
People living in tropical climates with wet and dry seasons, may dry food in order to survive the lean, dry months. This food may be used to feed humans and animals. What about a single source complete food packed with nutrients? Moringa leaf powder has many benefits. Take a look at these stats…

http://www.africamoringa.co.za/moringa_health_benefits_nutrition.html

http://www.moringapowder.com/

eating mooring for natural health

 

(This is not an endorsement of these company products or to be construed as medical advice).

A great source of information is to put moringa leaf powder into your favourite search engine and take a look at images – tons of great info!!

Have more(-inga) energy in your day.

Kind Regards, Tim

PS You do not need to be a bonafide nutritional expert to know whether you feel better after eating a food!!

Moringa Powder and Orange Juice

Hey Moringa Lovers,

I have read about drinking raw moringa leaf powder with orange juice but never tried it, until recently. It is great!!

Moringa powder has a distinctive flavor – it is a very rich organic taste with some horse radish like heat. This taste is completely masked by the orange juice. Very cool!!

I have also sprinkled the leaves on my food which is the recommended method of ingestion by anamed – Action for Natural Medicine. (anamed.net) This method has very little effect on the taste of the food, while allowing us to get the benefits of the raw powder.

Cooking does denature some of the components, but the only way to eat the immature pods is boiled in salty water! This is a food which is full of beneficial oleic acids, commonly associated with olive oil and very abundant in moringa oil.

Morgina has amazing benefits

Have any great moringa recipes? Feel free to share them here.

Kind Regards, Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season,

Tim

Drug Resistant Bacteria / Virus Threat

Recent news stories are creating fear about the drug resistant bacteria and viruses which are wreaking havoc with national health. I do not want to diminish the real problems this causes for some people but rather hold out hope that solutions exist and are readily available – plant based options. Especially moringa powder with it’s many benefits.

Moringa contains a great many cytokinins, the class of chemicals which control the seasonal development and life cycle of plants. Similar chemicals exist in the human body and control and influence our immune systems.

There is not sufficient space hear to do justice to the subject, suffice to say that Monica Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D., develops this knowledge in her book, Moringa, An Introduction (ISBN 978-193305771-2).

I have included a link to a great article on her work.

Hope you find this helpful and hopeful!

The old saying is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The metric equivalent, a gram of prevention is worth a kilo of cure, increases the benefits of prevention many fold!

Does it make sense to treat illness with a single chemical option which bacteria and viruses can adapt to, or use a complex of chemicals which acts in synergistic fashion to empower our immune systems and/or treat illnesses? What do you think? The complex of chemicals is readily available from plant based sources and may act in a synergistic fashion with existing treatment options.

My studies on multi-drug resistant malaria have revealed that there is a glyco-protein pump which regulates the internal atmosphere of the bacteria. This same pump recognizes the drug which could kill it, and subsequently excretes it. On a hopeful note, this glyco-protein pump can be shut down with a bioflavinoid complex – available in moringa! Could this be the answer to drug resistance?

In summary, I believe there are two fronts on which to fight disease. One, enlivening our immune systems with moringa powder – this represents no potential for negative drug interaction. The other front is the use of moringa powder in conjunction with current treatment options, potentially resulting better outcomes for two reasons – an improvement in the functioning of the persons immune system as well as the potential shutting down of the disease organisms defense system.

The writers accepts no responsibility for negative consequences, real or imagined, from the implementation of this concept. Please consult a medical professional.

Kind Regards, Tim

Cultural Perspective on Plant Based Medicine

Moringa trees thrive in arid Haiti

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The photo above shows the moringa trees planted in early May, 2014 as they thrive against all odds in the hostile Haitian climate.

These trees, when they are mature, will produce a strain of seeds which contain a tendency toward drought resistance. Successive generations of plants produced under the same conditions with the seed from the aforementioned trees, will create an excellent strain for direct seeding on the hillside gardens where irrigation is not available.

Another Haitian success story!!

Many thanks to Touch Marketing for making this good news story available.

Kind Regards,

Tim

Great News from Haiti

Wow, it’s been a while!! About a month ago I got home from an exhilarating trip to Haiti where we started hillside terracing for tree based agriculture – specifically moringa trees. This due to the many benefits of same. These trees will be used by Children’s Lifeline in their feeding program and to develop an export business of dried leaves.

The great news is that the rains have been regular since I left and the trees are thriving. I planted about 500 seeds which will yield a good number of trees.

Terracing in tropical, hilly places is a very powerful way to conserve rainfall and redevelop the ground water resources. The rain water, which would normally just flow off the hill causing erosion, is collected in trenches which are specially designed to follow the contours of the hill, which means the water can pool and generally finds its way into the soil. Particularly in Haiti where the soils are sandy and light.

Erosion is the number one agricultural problem in the world.

Wanted to share this great news! On another note, my Ugandan friend and his family are living in a banana fiber house, which is a bummer. I have contacted Habitat to see if they can help. Any ideas out there for a way to help them get better accommodation?

Cheers, Tim

Haiti Agricultural Program

Wow, two weeks have flashed by and the agricultural (ag) program at Mission Lifeline in Arachaie, Haiti has begun.

Adam and Jordani are the two capable Haitian men who will care for the gardens – both natural men of the soil who love plants and feel responsible for the project and its outcome.

The clearing of the land, rounding up the stones, subduing those small cactus plants with the barbed thorns, cutting back the euphorbia curalis trees which we named burning milk trees because the copious quantity of milky sap they ooze when cut or bent burns ones skin, and the sweating by the bucketful, were all part of the experience. The result was about half an acre of fertile land that will yield well with the addition of a little seed, water, mulch and local fertilizer ie well rotted manure. With temperatures in the mid thirties, the photo below shows the dramatic results of moringa seedlings started at the garden. Moringa is the second fastest growing tree in the world and provides a complete compliment of amino acids and vitamin C – a complete diet in one simple package!!

Mission Lifeline has done a tremendous job of developing personnel who are on time at the airport, understand our needs as guests, cook the most amazing food and kept our accommodation clean and tidy. The facilities were second to none, with beautiful tiled rooms and showers, ensuite kitchenette, screened windows for insect control and full laundry services.

The cultural angle included roosters crowing and dogs barking in the wee hours and the ladies from the kitchen who gather for prayer and worship at 4.30am prior to starting work at 5, Monday through Friday. Early to bed, greeting the sunrise and taking a siesta seemed to work well.

At our closing meeting, we determined that the risk factor to the garden was the persistent goats. Grazing animals represent a considerable deterant to agricultural development in many countries. Let’s hope the thorny fences hold up well.!

Off to Haiti!!

The time has come to put to practice the hard won knowledge of moringa and other tropical agricultural interventions.

On January 28, my friend Chester Venhuisen and I will depart Pearson airport for Haiti, where we will work with Children’s Lifeline in Arcahaie (about 1 hours drive north of Porte au Prince). The mission has one couple from the USA on site, employs over 150 people from the surrounding area and feeds 3,000 children per day. Our mission, should we choose to accept it (which we have!!), is to create an agricultural program. This program will produce food for the mission as well as teach the local people how to use moringa and a variety of other crops to improve their own health outcomes. Very exciting for people like myself with a green thumb and passion for improving people lives. We will be introducing the concept of tree based agriculture as a component in food security. Trees can be used to create micro climates where more tender vegetable crops can thrive.

I was reading some technical notes about moringa today which say that under intense culture, moringa can produce 650 tons of vegetables per hectare. Is global hunger really necessary? Considering that people can and like to use this this veggie as a dried additive to soups and stews. I would say there a lot of moringa powder benefits , which is why I own moringapowderbenefits.ca.

We will also be promoting the use of vetiver grass for erosion control, contouring hillsides, mulching and soil reclamation. There are great youtube videos on this subject.

There is also a construction education component in which we will be teaching the building trades. Such as carpentry, masonry, concrete work and other construction techniques.

Keep an eye open for my online sales of moringa powder, a product of Haiti. This will be a product which gives twice – benefits your health and the Haitian economy. Is this the new model for global development?


Thanks for your support of this venture. Keep an eye on my blogs!! Which will be available, technology permitting!!

Happy New Year

Hi fellow interneters,

Hope 2013 was a great year and that 2014 is even better. I am looking forward to enjoying good health, DV, using moringa powder to boost my immune system and provide excellent dietary supplimentation. Plus neem leaf powder to fend off the flu and common cold when they come a knocking at my door. I have successfully fended off a cold and flu in the last 2 months of 2013 using neem leaf powder. I make a cup of very bitter tea using a rounded teaspoon of the neem leaf powder, add the boiling water, let it steep until the temperature is drinkable, then down the whole thing, leaves and all.

Neem Tree

A note to those who are in the family way – neem is an effective birth control product so be careful. In fact it can cause abortions and makes men temporarily sterile. This could be good and it could be bad depending what you want.

Look forward to your feedback on what you would like to know about neem or moringa powder benefits. Happy New Year and Happy reading as you improve your health outcomes using an approach that works for you.

Kind Regards,

Tim Wise

Benefits of a plant based Diet

plant based dietsHere is a link to a very interesting article on the benefits of a plant based diet. While it dos not mention moringa powder, the presence of all nine essential amino acids and vitamin C make moringa one of a few high quality plant based foods.

Thanks to ex-Presidents, celebrities like Natalie Portman (pictured) and Russell Brand, along with numerous books and documentaries, like “Forks Over Knives,” we’re all starting to hear the message that a plant-based diet is where it’s at. That means eating lots of greens, beans, legumes, whole grains, fruits – and saying farewell to meat and processed foods.

Hey, it might just do your mind & body some major good. After all, it’s been shown a plant-based diet improves energy level, sheds extra pounds and even improves your sex life. Perhaps, its greatest benefit is that these foods can actually prevent and reverse a number of chronic diseases from cancer to diabetes to heart disease to name just a few!

“A plant-based diet also detoxifies the body naturally, helps shed unwanted body fat by cutting off the blood supply to fat cells and normalizes gut health while never leaving people feeling hungry, deprived or addicted,” adds to Dr. Stoll to Healthy Hollywood. read more…

The Advantages Of A Plant-Based Diet

Have a great health filled day!! Tim

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