Nanay have been giving away moringa cuttings and seedlings for a while now< and she have tended the plants and entertained calls and queries as and when she can manage it on top of everything else that needs to be done during the day> eg cook< clean wash laundry and also take care of my daughter> we have come to a point that we thought we should hire a maid so that nanay can do the things she love> besides she is already 64 years old now> in order to afford hiring a maid we have to make both ends meet and have extra money to pay the maid>> so we thought since there is a need for local source of moringa plant and moringa powder__ why don”t we start a micro farm>>> an urban farm with moringa as a cash crop>> nanay cant do it all< most of all we wanted to make this as a gift a realization of a dream> she have dreamed of a vegetable garden all her life>> but we just have to be realistic and just probably have to start with a cash crop for now in order to make this sustainable> our cash crop would of course be the moringa__ this way we can satisfy the needs of our local readers and followers and perhaps even reach a wider market>>>
this is our vision:
photo is from edible garden city their vision of an edible garden city is our vision and dream too
If you give $5 sgd, you will be rewarded with 5 moringa seeds (when the tree matures, bears fruit or pods) or you will get a branch/cutting or 3 bunches of moringa leaves (the type you can buy from the store) or a package of moringa tea
If you give $10 sgd, you will get a 10 week old seedling or a 10 week old plant grown from cuttings
If you give $35 sgd, you will get a fully mature plant which you can harvest from ( its usually a 3 -5 month old plant) or 1 kg of moringa powder
If you give $50 sgd, you can get rewards a, b and c
If you give $ 300 sgd, you can get rewards a, b and c plus unlimited support (via email and phone calls on how to tend your moringa plant until you become a full pledged moringa urban farmer yourself)
how do you want to be rewarded if you help us raise funds for our moringa urban farm?
So, the orthopaedic surgeon’s initial diagnosis was right. According to the MRI, I indeed have a meniscus tear. But its very small– which normal would heal on its own and would not require surgery.
However, I have an knee abnormality called Discoid Meniscus, which usually does not present a problem until an injury happens. People who have Discoid Meniscus like me, who experience a tear/injury usually does not heal as fast as someone who have normal meniscus.
But the Dr said he would try a conservative approach, so he gave me a cortisone injection and 6 weeks of herbal supplementation (boswellia, turmeric and ginger). He also suggested rest, ice pack and elevation of the leg as frequently as possible. If the tear wont heal in 6 weeks, he said he will have to offer surgery.
So here is my plan
1. continue with my pain management approach – prayers, castor oil packs, ice pack (if its untolerable and I need to walk/work)…ginger compress and olive oil/frankincense oil massage, soaking leg in Epsom salt, breathing exercises
2. for healing to take place– I would follow Barefoot Herbalist advice.. rub cayenne pepper on affected area and put BF&C on it (I still have the liquid formula and would soon be ordering the salve (external) and the powder/capsule formula (internal)
3. will also take the herbal supplements that the Orthopedic Surgeon gave to me (at least this one is insurance claimable)..
SO my mother asked, how did I get it? I said I don’t know.. here is what Mr. Google have to say..
Every knee has a medial and lateral meniscus which are C-shaped pieces of fibrocartilage that absorb stress and act as cushions between the bones at the knee. At birth, the meniscus is not C-shaped, but discoid (round like a discus).
With growth and walking, the discoid meniscus evolves into its normal C-shape. In some children, the lateral meniscus continues to stay discoid with growth. The incidence is approximately 3-5% of the population
So I am part of that 3-5% of the population who have a discoid meniscus.. it seems that I have a lot of muscoskeletal issues, 1. scoliosis of the thoracic spine 2. overpronation of the feet 3. discoid meniscus..all of which are non-life treathening but sure affects my quality of life.
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So the pain on the side of my left knee (extending to my hip and lower back) is still there.. the pain and tightness lessened after a series of physio therapy sessions (2x a week) and yoga sessions once a week and applying Barefoot Herbalist’s BF&C (Bone, Flesh & Cartilage) Formula directly into my left knee and surrounding muscles.
I would have been patient with the slow progress (anyway even soft tissue injuries take minimum of 6 weeks to heal), however friends, family and office mates are not.. they are extra worried about me limping my way to work and back home. Some would just say ” Rest, stay still!”… some say keep stretching etc.. a lot of conflicting opinions among friends and families and even with different health care practitioners (physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeon, vascular surgeon etc..)
One thing I do know,,, is the cause of my ordeal.. 1 over pronation of my feet, my scoliosis causing spine, neck, hip misalignment… constipation.. and over strained adrenals.. so many things to say and write.. just not in a very good mood to write..
But one thing I would like to share is this.. I went to an orthopaedic surgeon who ordered MRI for me (thank God its not Xray).. I needed the MRI so I could charge the cost of chiropractic adjustments, physio/ostheopath/kinesiologist sessions to my insurance. And this orthopaedic surgeon suspects I have Meniscus Tear.. when all other specialists suspects ITB Syndrome.. while the GP says it could osteoarthritis caused by wear and tear due to gait/weight, and imbalanced hip — as my left leg is longer.
Anyway, this surgeon gave me 2 weeks worth of Anti-arthritis medicine which can cause GI bleeding and ulcer, so the anti-arthritis medicine comes along with another medicine to prevent ulcer/GI bleeding. Oh did I mention that the anti-A medicine is contra indicated for those who have liver/gallbladder issues. The Kneed surgeon, didnt even ask me…they only asked me if I have high-blood pressure (which I dont historically, but lately I had high-blood pressure which is probably due to pain)…the anti-A medicine causes high blood pressure that may even lead to heart attack.
Makes me wonder– maybe this is the reason why a lot of people who had knee injury develop DVT later on.. 1. the injury causes bad circulation on the leg 2. the medicines causes high blood pressure and clotting…
Anyway, to cut the story short.. the medicines went into my drawer again (just like the NSAIDS given to me by the GP).. yeah I manage my pain on my own via careful exercise and self massage. ID rather feel the pain and know where the injury is (pain are warning signals– turn off the warning signals—it doesnt turn off the danger).. the danger had to be put off not the warning signals.
knee hurts, fallen arches, trouble standing for a long time, standing on one leg all day long (which is the reason why my back hurts)==>these are my issues ever since even before this injury.. so regardless if the MRI shows ITBS, Meniscus Tear or ostheoarthritis– I have to do something about my feet
pain management – massage, castor oil packs, soaking in hot water with epsom salts, physio therapy 2x a week
anti-arthritis/anti-inflammation – Curcumin supplement/ tumeric tea and BF&C liquid (taken internally and also rubbed on the site of injury and surrounding muscles)
Healing slowly but surely– with the belief that I am making improvements holistically (these pains are pains I have been feeling since I was in high school at the time my scoliosis and my over pronation was diagnosed.. but I decided to ignore to focus on “more important” things.. e.g studies, getting a part time job.. then in my late 20’s when I had the chance to focus on myself again—started feeling these pains again..so I exercised. ate healthy, went to chiro sessions and then “forgot” about it in my early to mid thirties (child birth, work issues and my mother’s cancer).. there are always other important things that takes priority over my health issues..
I guess this time– I have to nip it in the bud. I am not getting any younger. I would not be effective as a daughter, mother and worker/leader/teacher if my health is not ideal.
One thing I know, most of us (like 99% of the population) have misaligned atlas (c1 vertebrae, the top of the spine right below the skull). One sure sign to tell is uneven hips (one hip higher than other, causing one leg to appear shorter than another) without anything structurally wrong with the hips or legs. This can cause all kinds of back pains and pinched nerves. In the last 3 days, I have re-aligned 4 people with uneven hips with a reflexology technique that I just learned. If you think this might be your problem, this could be something that’s worth looking into.
A good chiro can save the day, and I have heard many amazing testimonies from friends that I trust. But I am more about getting to the bottom of the problem. Bones don’t move by themselves. They are pulled or pushed out of place by muscles. Muscles don’t move without nerve impulses. And why are there nerve impulses causing the muscles to pull and push bones out of place? Is that because of poor posture? Repetitive stress? Accident related? Unbalanced nutrition? Unbalanced meridians? Misaligned chakras? There are many questions to be pondered upon.
One of my Christian office mates reminded me to read and meditate on Psalm 91 tonight..
Psalm 91 New King James Version (NKJV)
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Not in the mood to write a long article today.. but here is some update on the Barefooters Singapore Meetup last Tuesday
OK! so.. why am I not actively blogging anymore? Well, 1. am a bit depressed. I tried to start brisk walking/running again (as you can see in my last entry)… and had started feeling some pain on my knee (which I ignored and tried to keep to myself– as I was embarrassed. and that’s actually why I have been ignoring my friend’s invitation to exercise together)…. what after all this hoo haa about this healthy living.. I have knee pain? How could it be? I am still 2 years short of 40… am not that old yet..
So I kept everything to myself.. until a swimming hiccup.. made me almost immobile for 2 weeks. My best friend “M”, nagged me to see a doctor as it could be DVT. And I said what DVT? Never heard of it.. and was even making fun of her suggestion. Then she said, its a life threatening issue. its a blood clot in the deep veins in the leg which can travel to the heart and lungs and cause embolism in no time. In my mind>> NOOO!! That could not happen to me!! NOO!!..of course being the concerned friend that she is.. she nagged me to see a doctor. In fact she is even angry at me today, for not returning her calls for a day (she probably thought I had a stroke or what).
Anyway– just to rule it out… I saw a doctor a week ago.. who advised me to take blood thinning medication (I hid it on my drawer) and drank copious amount of turmeric juice/tea (sometimes adding garlic to it)…then I saw a vascular /DVT specialist yesterday… who again negated the idea. He said it could just be a fracture. He did a very detailed ultrasound of my legs.. starting from the groins.. back of the knee to my ankle. He said my nerves (close and open ) as its supposed to do.. so its normal. He did see small clots on my ankles.. but that doesn’t even need blood thinners!!! Hah! good thing I did not take those awful sounding blood thinner (WARFARIN).
Popular Videos about DVT here:
(Quoting MH: Blood Clots are not to be messed with– if self experimenting on herbs is not of high priority for you– go to the MD immediately)
I did some lower body yoga exercises in bed to keep the circulation going on my leg== as if I lie down too long, sit too long or stand too long.. I would feel the pain again. Last night I had an acupuncture session. Not sure if it was just the acupuncture or the exercises or both that helped me. Now I can walk without my limp being noticeable.. but I still feel depressed you know why? The vascular specialist ask my mother, why she is so slim and I am so fat (my mother just shared it with me after I asked her why they were laughing when I was at the ultrasound area)…hmmm! not good! not good really!
Why is it easier to nurture other people than for me to nurture myself? Why am I so stressed lately? Well its because I have stopped going to church and Bible studies for almost a year! I can never really escape the realities of this world but I missed the fellowship with my fellow believers.
He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
—C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (HarperOne, 1980), pp. 49–50.
I also have to stop making excuses about being too busy to exercise. I also have to start taking turmeric tea/juice again, to keep my blood at an ideal “thinness”.. to reduce the risk of DVT. I am so grateful to M for bringing this to my attention– so that I could prevent it.. its a wakeup call.. am not that young anymore.. I cannot just be complacent– — and go back to my old lifestyle…specially when feeling well.
Anyway, my friends at HilawMOM will be meeting with Malcolm Slyper of Artofdetox.com this coming Tuesday (July 8 2014).. please visit my FB page and comment if you are interested to meet us. We are still contemplating to meet at Geylang or at CHoa Chu Kang.