Top 10 reasons to embrace Moringa
1. Food – moringa contains all 9 essential amino acids plus vitamin C making it a complete food. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals. The flowers, pods, leaves and roots are edible. Harvesting can begin 4 months after planting. One in seven people go to bed hungry in our world today. I am 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds (slight build) and getting hungry is difficult for me.
2. Medicine – moringa treats over 300 diseases. It boosts the immune system. The root is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Great for aching baby boomers.
3. Developing country medical needs – over 30 million people living with HIV/AIDS have no access to free medications. Moringa and artemisia annua can treat these people for pennies per day – not $1-6 for conventional treatment options. Plants have no resistance or rising cost issues! Agricultural societies are given self determination.
4. Water – 1.8 million people die annually from “bad” water. Moringa acts as a floculant and water purifier. Flocullants coagulate the water borne particles, causing bacteria laced dirt to settle out. The resulting “sludge” is an environmentally friendly compost, unlike aluminum sulphate laced sludge. Moringa contains a protein which kills harmful viruses and bacteria.
5. Carbon capture – moringa is the second fastest growing plant on the planet after bamboo. It can grow up to 4 meters per year. In Hawaii, people are harvesting 280,000 pounds of leaves per acre per year!!
6. Drought resistance – moringa thrives in hot climates. It will not tolerate freezing. It will start to grow at the end of the dry season, before the rains start. This is the hungry season in countries with this seasonal weather pattern. It even grows in sand.
7. Environment – the biggest agricultural issue on the planet is erosion. Trees help with this by stabilizing the soil with their roots. Leaves break the energy of rain drops as they plummet to earth. (Many grasses, including vetiver, have a big role to play here).
8. Food security – planting annual crops such as corn, beans, wheat, barley, oats and peas carries the risk of crop failure from adverse weather patterns at critical times in the cropping cycle. Trees are much less susceptible to such issues. Many trees are destroyed in cyclones and heavy weather conditions. If you cut off a moringa tree at ground level, or freeze the above ground portion, it readily regrows from the stump or roots. Energy balance in agriculture – the law of diminishing returns states there is a point at which inputs are not returned by increased output. Trees require minimal input as they do not require the same levels of soil tillage. Their deep rooted nature means they require less water.
9. Business opportunity – dried moringa leaves store very well are a wonderful source of concentrated nutrients. A few grams of leaves contains enough vitamin A to prevent blindness. Over 500,000 people annually go blind from lack of vitamin A.
10. Enjoyment – people are stressed from over work. Moringa’s vitamin B complex helps tremendously with this. Need a low calorie quick meal? Moringa drink is great!! Hospitals which had patients looking at the color green had improved healing rates. Let’s turn our world green and reap the benefits. Believe it or not, people in hot climates tell me they would rather go hungry than pick the leaves off their trees. I think they can have both.
What do you think about this tree and it’s benefits? Loads of great resources/youtube videos exist.
… only 12% of people in the world who have HIV have access to antiretroviral (ARV) drugs!! That means that there are approximately 30 million people who have no access to treatment – if this is the only global option available to people. In Canada, if 12% of people had access to health care, that would be a national catastrophe!!
Artemisia annua provides about 400,000 to 800,000 daily doses per hectare, while moringa provides over 2.2 million daily doses. Clearly there is no need to shrink back from the 30 million number due to cost – as in the pill based model.
Let’s recognize this issue for what it is – one which has an answer. And that answer lies in the plants.
The loss of a mother’s heart is too much for me to bear and too many are being lost, why? Because we refuse to look to the source of good quality medicine – plants.
Hope out of despair – An AIDS Questionnaire
- Inside the body, HIV attacks: a) red blood cells b) lymphocytes – a particular type of white blood cell c) bone marrow d) foreign bacteria
- Cells with CD4 receptors are called CD4+ cells or helper T lymphocytes. T lymphocytes a) maintain the health of the lymphatic system b) work to maintain good sight c) help protect the body against viral infections and detect and destroy some cancer cells d) aid in the reproduction of viral DNA
- The CD4+ T-cell count should be 800 – 1,300 per microliter of blood. The criteria for an AIDS diagnosis in adults and adolescents is a level below: a) 200 b) 250 c) 300 d) 350
- HIV reproduces by entering the T lymphocytes, the genetic material of the virus joins with that of the lymphocyte, the virus reproduces itself within, destroys the cell and releases new viruses which attack other lymphocytes True or False
- HIV is a retrovirus True or False
- Conventional medical treatment is drugs called ARV’s – anti-retroviral drugs. Their purpose is to a) deactivate the HIV, prevent them from reproducing and slow down the progress of the disease b) speed up replication of HIV with the aim of “burn out”, c) act like reverse antifreeze in the blood to keep it from clotting in the hot weather
- Because HIV tends to develop resistance when a single ARV is used, they are often used in combination True or False
- Side effects of ARV’s can include a) nausea b) vomiting c) diarrhoea d) headaches e) all the above
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a) 25% b)45% c) 80% d) 95% of people in the South still use traditional medicine first.
- The WHO estimates that a) 10% b) 25% c) 40% d) 55% of our commercially available medicines are descended from plants first used traditionally. B (taken from WHO factsheet #271)
- People have begun to see the modern health system as more responsible for their health than they are themselves. True or False
- Taking more responsibility for our health involves paying attention to a) what one eats and drinks b) our whole lifestyle – exercise, hand washing, not smoking, clean toilet facilities etc c) seeking the best treatment when we become ill d) working together as a community e) all of the above
- Because of our reliance on manufactured drugs, many people have lost the knowledge of how to use resources provided by nature to treat illnesses. Natural Medicine offers new ideas and scientifically proven methods of using locally available plants, providing fresh hope. True or False
- Anamed is the acronym for Action for Natural Medicine, which has groups meeting in 13 countries, mainly in Africa True or False
- HIV can be contracted by insect bites, hand shaking, hugging and breathing infected air True or False
- If a person is infected with HIV, they can minimize AIDS related infections by a) eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, garlic and certain herbal teas b) avoid smoking and alcohol c) avoid crowds where people may have infections and treating infections quickly d) get plenty of rest, including sitting in the sun 30 – 60 minutes daily e) never having sexual intercourse without a condom in order to not re-infect yourself or your partner f) all of the above
- Foods which stimulate the immune system include garlic, artemisia annua tea, neem (azadirachta indica), lemon grass, mango and some aloe plants. True or False
- Artemisia annua contains artemisinin. In AIDS patients it balances cellular (which is low T-helper cell count) and humoral immunity (which is high levels of soluble antibodies). True or False
- Anamed’s proposal for comprehensive AIDS treatment recommends 3 of the following a) garlic, Allium sativum, eat at least 3 cloves aech day of raw garlic b) Artemisia annua. For the first month, drink 1 liter of tea using 5 grams of dried leaves each day. Thereafter, for one week in every month, drink this amount of tea. c) Neem, Azadirachta indica. Take one to two heaped teaspoons of dried neem leaf powder each week. d) Lemon grass, Cymbopogon citratus. Drink two liters of tea, using one handful of fresh leaves for each liter, each day. e) Aloe vera. Drink one to teo tablespoons of gel each day. This gel may be mixed with an equal amount of honey. f) Lemon Citrus limon. Drink the juice of one lemon each day. g) Moringa oleifera. Make moringa leaf powder, and add one heaped teaspoon to the food three times a day, every day of your life.
- Artemisia annua produces 400,000 to 800,000 daily doses of treatment per hectare in reasonable growing conditions. True or False
- Moringa oleifera produces over 2 million daily doses per acre. True or False T
- With the numbers in question 20 and 21 in mind, does the HIV pandemic look treatable to you? Yes or No
Answers 1 – b; 2 – c; 3 – a; 4 – T; 5 – T; 6 – a; 7 – T; 8 – e; 9 – c; 10- b, 11 – T; 12 – e; 13 – T; 14 – T; 15 – F; 16 – f; 17 – T; 18 – T; 19 – N/A; 20 – T; 21 – T; 22 – that depends on you!!