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GMO’s and Nano’s, I SAY NO-NO!!!

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What the heck is a nanoparticle? Surprisingly, they’ve been in our food supply and products we use everyday for decades; much like GMO’s. Nano-Technology, like GMO’s, is a totally unregulated field of science. The technology is for the building of small machines. Now that really sounds scary! Nano particles are used in the producing, processing, and packaging of our foods. Teeny, tiny bits of foreign matter used in packaging material to detect microbes; in dietary supplements, and in foods and drinks as food additives. They are used to “prevent caking,¬†deliver nutrients and prevent bacterial growth.” But are they something we should beconsumer prod. nano digesting?

OK– so, Nanoparticles are all around us. I’m asking, are they harmful?

The answer is: they say they really don’t know. ūüė¶

Nanoparticles are ultra fine materials that vary between 1 to 100 in size. A NANO_SCALE-Illustration_FoE_DK-EDIT2-722890nanometer is a unit that measures length. It is one billionth of a meter.

It’s a million times smaller than a ¬†millimeter.¬†Nanoparticles, which range from 1-100 nanometers in size, are roughly the same size as biomolecules such as proteins, antibodies, and membrane receptors. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131107094021.htm

“There are 150-600 nano food and 400-500 nano food packaging application on store shelves.” They are added with no warning and no safety testing. Sounds a lot like GMO’s, huh?

A new study reveals that nanoparticles are being used in everything from beer to baby drinks despite a lack of safety information. nano

‘The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not specifically require nanoparticles to be proved safe but does require manufacturers to provide tests showing that the food goods employing them”‚ÄĒbe it beer or baby products‚ÄĒare not harmful. “Industry would bear the burden of demonstrating the safety of the material under its intended conditions of use,” says FDA spokesperson Christopher Kelly. “Nanoparticle versions of [FDA-approved] materials may well be new materials” that would trigger new investigations, “and this is considered on a case-by-case basis.” ¬†¬†http://www.scientificamerican.com/.

Funny, this self policing by the manufacturers didn’t work at all with genetically engineered foods. I’m curious to know, what makes them think its going to work with this???

Previous research has shown that nanoparticles can be absorbed by the skin, inhaled, or ingested; cross into the brain, or blood and even taken up by cells. While they say they aren’t harmful, let’s investigate a bit.

Titanium dioxide, “one of the top chemicals produced, worldwide,” ¬†is used in everything from paint to food and cosmetics. Its a mineral pigment, opaque, used in sunscreen, ¬†and in color cosmetics. It is thought to be carcinogenic, and they can penetrate your cells and cause DNA damage when exposed to sunlight. You actually put this in Sunscreen? DUH? There is also some fear that this may lead to skin cancer. Oh yea, this nano titanium is known to kill beneficial bacteria and soil microbes.

A study by Churg et. al. at the University of British Columbia in their paper “Induction of Fibrogenic Mediators by Fine and Ultrafine Titanium Dioxide in Rat Tracheal Explants” (1999) found that ultrafine particles of the anatase form of titanium dioxide, which are less than 0.1 microns, are pathogenic or disease-causing.

Table 1: Measurements of Mineral Pigment Particles
Particle Size Measurement
Coarse Less than 10 microns
Fine Less than 2.5 microns
Ultrafine (nanoparticles) Less than 0.1 microns or 100 nanometres
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Table 2: Particle Size and Entry into the Human Body
Nanoparticle Size Entry Point
70 nanometres Alveolar surface of lung
50 nanometres Cells
30 nanometres Central Nervous System
Less than 20 nanometres No data yet
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Danger to the cell depends on the size of the particle. What is interesting about this study is that the smaller the particle, the more toxic it became.

Nano facts from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

  • Nanotechnology is technology on the atomic and molecular scale
  • A nanometre (nm) is one billionth of a metre
  • A nanoparticle is a particle with one or more external dimensions in the size range 1 nm — 100 nm
  • The aspect ratio between a nanoparticle and a football is similar to that between a football and Earth
  • Nanotechnology is working on a scale of 100 nm (which corresponds approximately to the size of a virus) down to the size of atoms, about 0.1 nm

“Toddler Health is a nutritional supplement containing nano iron particles that claims to offer toddlers increased bio-availability. Canola Active cooking oil contains NutraLease, a nutraceutical technology that uses nano-capsules to enhance the delivery of nutrients. A preservative known as AquaNova contains nano capsules of water insoluble substances to increase absorption in the body. McDonald‚Äôs burger packages contain nano-spheres that require less water and less time and energy to dry. Miller Beer bottles are made from Imperm, a plastic imbued with clay nanoparticles that are as hard as glass but stronger and provide longer shelf life. – ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† See more at: ¬†http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/sept09/nanotechnology_parallels_

All this sounds alarming to me. When I think of all the damage that is being done from the introduction of GMO’s into our food supply; the idea of nanoparticles being added, “untested” is reason to fear. I’m appalled. Nanotechnology has made the nano foods industry a $6 billion market. And people are the guinea pigs, AGAIN, testing it. totally unaware.

I’m no scientist, but I am a researcher, I can read. And I can see from the information that is available out there that this is headed for disaster. There’s enough sickness and disease already, and they seem content in continuing to make it that way.

Major food companies, such as General Mills, Kraft, Nestle, PepsiCo, Cadbury-Schweppes, and Unilever are making the nano food and nano packaging a mainstream application. Monsanto isn’t involved in this, BUT, Syngenta, Cargill, Dupont, BASF, are all involved in some type of research or application of this technology. And they are affiliated with Monsanto, that’s enough for me to be concerned.

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Some of the initial studies reveal some cancer causing potential. Nano silver, used as a coating in tableware, has been found to be “toxic to the liver,¬†brain, and stem cells and may harm beneficial bacteria.”¬†image2

This stuff is “potent and toxic, even in small quantities.” And it also needs to be labeled like GMO’s, so at least we know, its our right…nanoparticles-in-food-vitamins-pharmaceutical-drugs-may-harm-your-health

Here is a partial list of items known to contain nanoparticles of zinc oxide, nanotechnology-cosmetics-1-537x402titanium dioxide, and/or silver:  Sunscreens, Cosmetics, Dietary  Supplements, Food and Beverage grroup-of-4-2items, Appliances, Computers, Clothing. This post would go on too long if I tried to name all of the products that are using nanoparticles.    images (2)

The list goes on and on. Go to¬†http://www.nanotechproject.org/cpi/products/ for a list of 1791 products that contain nanoparticles. This list includes food and non food items. You can browse by category. Plan to be amazed! I’d say if the word “nano” appears anywhere on a product it should be a NO-NO to you.

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Additional sources:
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies. www.nanotechproject.org.
Associated Press. ‚ÄúScientists concerned about nanotech products.‚ÄĚ November 13, 2008.
Food and Water Watch. ‚ÄúThe Risks of Nanotechnology.‚ÄĚ September 2008
Ball, Philip, ‚ÄúNanoparticles in Sun Creams Can Stress Brain Cells.‚Ä̬†Nature. June 21, 2006.
KABC-TV. ‚ÄúStudies Show Nanoparticles Used in Sunscreens and Makeup can Harm the Environment.‚ÄĚ March 26, 2009
‚ÄúDown on the Farm: The Impact of Nano-scale Technologies on Food and Agriculture.‚ÄĚ ETC Group. November 2004. –

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What’s Your Gut Feeling About GMO’s?

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By now, I hope you all know the effects GM foods are having on our health. It’s a known fact that glyphosate, the main chemical in Roundup, has an adverse effect on our gut flora or gut balance. This process of genetically modifying our foods and spraying it with unbelievable amounts of pesticides and herbicides may be contributing to an overgrowth of very harmful bacteria. This bacteria is not only in the GE foods but in our bodies as well.file0001547608975

Before changing my diet and eliminating Genetically Modified Organisms from my plate, my gut hurt. Chronic constipation, followed by bouts of terrible diarrhea; my digestive system was definitely out of whack. Constipation is a sometimes a result of inadequate good bacteria. I also developed severe allergic responses to foods I had eaten all my life. Everything was out of balance.

Gut flora is so important to our health and wellness. It is critical for our survival.

But actually, what exactly is gut flora and why is it so important?germ-virus010

According to an article on PubMed.gov, our gut is a natural habitat for a very beneficial community of bacteria. These Gut micro-flora help to perform a host of metabolic activities that result in energy, absorption of nutrients, immune system function, and protecting against alien invasion. This next diagram paints a picture of their importance:microbiota-gut-interplay

In an article published by GreenMed Info entitled¬†Roundup¬†Herbicide Linked to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria,¬†it was suggested that the consumption of GM foods contaminated with Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup is causing some major problems in our gut. Glyphosate is toxic to our beneficial bacteria, yet harmful bacteria is able to resist glyphosate’s toxicity.

“A new study published in the journal¬†Current Microbiology¬†titled, “The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro,” found that the
death-ROUNDUP-41active ingredient in¬†Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, known as ¬†glyphosate, negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of ¬†poultry in-vitro.¬†The researchers presented evidence that ¬†highly pathogenic bacteria resisted glyphosate, whereas ¬†beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible ¬†to it.” ¬†http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup- herbicide-linked-overgrowth-deadly-bacteria

This fact alone, allows for the disruption of the “friendly” flora in our gut. The ones promoting our good health are being suppressed by glyphosate.

images (31)Add that to more of the reasons we should not ever consume GM foods. We need our “helper” bacteria; some of which are,¬†Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. Enterococcus is one of the most prevalent beneficial bacteria, it’s the bacteria that is capable of suppressing the Clostridia family of bacteria. These Clostridia bacteria are in a family with some of the most dangerous bacteria known to man, tetanus, and botulin toxin. Not surprisingly there has been an increase in¬†Clostridia botulinum-mediated diseases.

Glyphosate has also been known to create genetic mutations within bacteria. Uh-oh. We really won’t know what we’re getting when we eat GMOs; or what’s coming next! There are mutations happening in our gut! Because of Monsanto and its gangs’ blatant disregard for our health, we have now introduced a “new”¬†word into our vocabulary: transgenes.

Transgenes

Transferring genes, are in effect,¬†altering the natural state of an organism through foreign¬†gene expression. And guess what? They don’t even know the outcome of doing this.¬†Potential health risks to humans include the possibility of exposure to new allergens in genetically modified foods, as ¬†well as the transfer of antibiotic-resistant genes to gut flora. images (24)¬†¬†http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/genetically-modified- ¬†¬†organisms-gmos-transgenic-crops-and-732

According to Jeffery Smith of the Institute of Responsible ¬†Technology, IRT, these transgenes “readily travel from GM food ¬†into the DNA of gut bacteria.” Wait there’s more:

1. Once transferred into gut bacteria, transgenes may confer survival advantages, allowing them to endure and spread.
2. These advantages may be due to antibiotic or herbicide resistance, promoters that function in bacteria and genetic mechanisms that promote uncontrolled replication.
3. Having “infected” our gut bacteria, the foreign genes and the proteins they create may be harmful. ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/5notes

Here is a little GMO history lesson from an article from Scitable on Transgenic Crops: 

History of International Regulations for GMO Research and Development

In 1971, the first debate over the risks to humans of exposure to GMOs began when a common intestinal microorganism, E. coli, was infected with DNA from a tumor-inducing virus (Devos et al., 2007). Initially, safety issues were a concern to individuals working in laboratories with GMOs, as well as nearby residents. However, later debate arose over concerns that recombinant (new combination, cells, genetic material) organisms might be used as weapons. The growing debate, initially restricted to scientists, eventually spread to the public, and in 1974, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee to begin to address some of these issues.

In the 1980s, when deliberate releases of GMOs to the environment were beginning to occur, the U.S. had very few regulations in place. Adherence to the guidelines provided by the NIH was voluntary for industry. Also during the 1980s, the use of transgenic plants was becoming a valuable endeavor for production of  new pharmaceuticals, and farm-bill-cornindividual companies, institutions, and whole  countries were beginning to view biotechnology as a lucrative means of  making money (Devos et al., 2007). HA!!!

Our exposure to GMOs has been a long one. The results of that exposure is showing in our ¬†gut. ¬†The damage is growing with each mouthful of GM foods consumed. The Bt-transgene ¬†inserted into crops “could cause our intestinal flora to produce Bt-toxin.” According to IRT, ¬†“Bt-toxin has been associated with immune responses and damaged cells in animal intestines, long-term exposure may cause significant health problems.”images (27)

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Today, every store has aisles filled with ¬†pharmaceuticals to help ¬†with gut-related ¬†problems. ¬†According to WebMD, ¬† heartburn, ¬†acid reflux/GERD, have risen over 50% in the last decade. There’s ¬†also an increase in gas and bloating, constipation, leaky gut syndrome, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc., and an increase in the many medicines for them. We’ve got to do something to get back on the right path!

Probiotic-and-Prebiotic-FoodsProbiotics and prebiotic foods hold some promise. Read the labels! Choose probiotics designating full probiotic name: genus, species and strain. Fermented foods also provide live microorganisms that offer numerous health benefits. However, we must delete the GMOs from our diet or we’re just wasting time. A change is needed NOW! Our guts are crying out for healing. Awareness is the first step…

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WHO Says Cancer On The Rise

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Click on this¬†worldmap,¬†and be amazed at the world’s Cancer Incidence; 12.7 million NEW cases in 2008.

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts a rise in new cancer cases “from an estimated 14 million annually in 2012 to 22 million within two decades.” It states also that deaths from cancer will rise “from 8.2 million a year to 13¬†million.”

 A 2012 study in The Lancet Oncology predicted that from 2008-2030, cancer incidence will rise 75 percent globally and will double in the least developed countries.

In a report by CNN Health,

(CNN)¬†— Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.¬† http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/04/health/who-world-cancer-report/

Now this same article goes on to say the reason they believe we can expect this rise is” the aging populations worldwide.” I beg to differ. I just don’t remember getting older meaning getting cancer. Do you???

Worldwide, cancer has an estimated cost of $1.16 trillion. According to WHO, the most important contributor to the rise is overweight and obesity.file000746250971

It seems like keeping the world “fat” keeps their pockets “fat,” forgive my pun…. ūüôā¬†But being overweight is not always a precursor to cancer.

Breast cancer appears to be the most common cancer for women. In 2008, for breast cancer alone, nearly 1.14 million cases were diagnosed across the world. Compare that to 500,000 cases in 1975. There is really something wrong…

There is no question that the number of cases has risen in direct relation to the introduction of GMO or Genetically Engineered foods. Some may ask, how do we know that GMOs had anything to do with the rise of sickness and disease we see prevailing? And my answer would be, let’s look to the scientific studies. No, not the ones the FDA, and the USDA allowed Monsanto to perform on their own. Even though, we should be able to trust those guys to tell the truth, Right?

There are studies that link Genetically Modified corn to tumors in rats. ¬†Why the rat, you may ask? ¬†Well, independent and industry sponsored researchers view it as “an excellent human-equivalent model for tumor causing and cancer causing effects.”file00055953576

In November 2012, ¬†Gilles-Eric Seralini and his team of researchers at France‚Äôs Caen University, published a paper entitled, Long Term¬†toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” ¬†

This study in effect proved the link between GMO corn and tumors. These rats developed tumors and died prematurely. Seralini was later forced to retract his findings. DUH? The peer review that initially accepted this study was now rejecting it. I wonder why??

“After Seralini‚Äôs long term toxicity study results¬†were publicized with displays of rats showing ¬†huge tumors, saralini-300x126a tsunami of outrage from pro-GMO related ¬†scientists got favorable mainstream media (MSM) press. ¬†The hundreds of scientists who defended Seralini‚Äôs work ¬†were ignored. Many fence sitters were left confused and willing to side with the barking dogs of thefile4021287537330 biotechnology industry.”¬†Source:¬†naturalsociety.com

“The retraction of the S√©ralini study is a black mark on medical publishing, a blow to science, and a win for corporate bullies.” ¬† ¬†http://www.gmoseralini.org/seralini-retraction

Glyphosate and Cancer

Glyphosate in Roundup has also shown to be an endocrine disruptor in many studies. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the hormone system, and can cause cancer tumors.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170

A meta-analysis has confirmed a link between exposure to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.  http://www.gmoevidence.com/dr-schinasi-glyphosate-herbicides

The carcinogenic potential of Roundup herbicide was confirmed by¬†the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in 2013. It was confirmed using¬†human skin cells exposed to extremely low concentrations of the poison that, not only is “on” our food, but “in” our food as well.

Who says cancer is on the rise? WHO! The World Health Organization, and they are privy to more information than what’s in this post, so they should know. They say that they see a “perceived advantage to Genetically modified foods, to either to the producer or consumer of these foods.” WHO has performed safety risk assessments of Genetically Modified food and has determined three main issues that they are still debating:

1. Allergenicity– They found no allergic effects to GM foods. HA!!

2. Gene Transfer– “Although the probability of transfer is low, the use of technology without antibiotic resistance genes has been encouraged by a recent FAO/WHO expert panel.”

That’s like saying, there’s really nothing wrong, but maybe it shouldn’t be done.

3. Out-crossing– They admit this is highly probable, but decided to do post-marketing monitoring. Continued surveillance is under discussion. You gotta be kidding me!

Yes, WHO knows, and now you know. So what are you going to do???

file0001096501900 GMO foods are on the market, found in many of the everyday foods we  eat. STOP buying it!!! Read Labels !!! Click this link for a detailed listing of  invisible GMO ingredients.  http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/invisible-gm-ingredients.html

If you have cancer, whatever you do, avoid GMO foods, pesticides, and all  processed foods. Try a raw diet; definitely eat organic, or locally  grown fruits and vegetables. Coffee enemas are said to be excellent for removing toxins from the liver; the more severe the cancer, the more often you should use the enemas. Check out the Gerson Therapy.

Believe it or not our government has banned a known cancer cure from being sold in the U.S. B-17 is known by scientists to be an effective alternative treatment for many types of cancers. “Many of the alternative treatments are on the¬†“unproven methods of cancer management”¬†list maintained by the American Cancer Society which is,¬†effectively,¬†a ‘blacklist’.”

According to the scientists: *B17 will attack a cancer cell, if it is present in your body.

*Many of the world’s top scientists claim that when consumed,¬†the B17 would make it 100% impossible to develop¬† cancer and¬†that Vitamin B17 will kill existing¬†cancer in most cases.

*Vitamin B17 contains Laetrile. Laetrile has been proven for decades to kill existing cancer cells in most cases.  *http://www.1cure4cancer.com/adtrackz/go.php?c=free_video

To read testimonies from cancer survivors who used Vitamin B17,¬†click the next link… ¬†http://www.1cure4cancer.com/adtrackz/go.php?c=testimonies

Sorry I was so long winded, but this subject hits close to home. My mother died in 1998 from multiple myeloma. I wish I knew then, what I know now. And of course, my diagnosis of breast cancer, makes this a subject I have a lot of passion about.

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The Miracle Tree???

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That’s right, I said Miracle tree. A tree with the power to heal. Yes, I have researched it tho-rough-ly. And I must say, I thought I had heard it all. However, I’m a firm believer that you can learn something new everyday.

You know me; I write mostly about GMOs and their harmful effects on our health. During these studies, I came across this amazing plant. I feel a duty to share life-saving information with our world. And I know you’ve been listening. And I really appreciate you all. ūüôā

Well, now I’m going to switch gears for a moment to tell you about a tree that does what we all desire. It seems there is a great desire for optimal health, and wellness. With sickness and disease on the rise, we need a boost to turn it around. It’s better to be proactive than reactive. Why wait to get sick?

Back to the tree; Yep, a tree.

Maybe you’ve heard of Moringa Oleifera. ¬†I know, I know, you may have heard a little about it. But, I hope you will agree, not all things are created equal. Depending on where Moringa trees are grown is a determining factor in their nutritional content.

Most Moringa manufacturers use only the leaves of the Moringa tree. And while beneficial, there is a great loss in much of the special qualities this tree possesses. The leaves contain a lot of Vitamin C. The pods of this tree contain even more. The best formulation¬†uses the leaves, the pods and the fruit to maximize Moringa’s nutritional value.

The manufacturing process really matters. The process must be¬†scrutinized at each step to ensure that nutrition is at the forefront of all decisions in the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing processes.”

“The beneficial properties of Moringa are unparalleled and highly unique. Moringa is enriched with both water and fat-soluble vitamins, it is an excellent source of the amino acids that our body craves, and it has rare phyto-compounds that aid in promoting a healthier body.”¬†

This is the most nutritious tree on earth!!! You get the most awesome benefits; essential vitamins and minerals; that’s 90+, and amino acids, 46 antioxidants, even protein. What amazes me, is that man had nothing to do with its creation. It’s a gift from our Creator.

With this level of nutritional support, optimal health is ours to gain. Let me tell you, this is a great find. Today we are suffering from Malnutrition, big time. With the prevalence of GMOs, even when we try to eat right, our efforts are defeated because of the harmful effects of genetic engineering. Check out what is published about Moringa at PubMed.gov:

“The¬†Moringa¬†plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid (same as chlorogenic acid, found in green coffee bean extract) and kaempferol ¬†(a flavanoid). In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, M.oleifera¬†is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess anti-tumor, anti-pyretic, anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, anti-hypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and anti-fungal activities…”

Can you believe that??? Check out his short video on Moringa’a ability to purify water. What an awesome extra benefit!!!

http://youtu.be/3hZ5ixwcKno

As I said in the beginning, I have researched this. And I can tell you there are many formulations of Moringa Oleifera. Most are teas or in pill form. The tea is missing some major nutritional components, and the pills, well, there you will find many fillers, and many questions. How much actual Moringa am I getting? Is it being absorbed properly in my digestive tract? They are synthetic and laboratory made.

GMOs have retarded our ability to digest properly. What is needed is a formulation that is cell ready, to enable proper absorption. I’ve researched, and I have found the best out there. There is a source that has a Moringa Oleifera that lives up to the true claims of this plant. It has dealt with the “taste” issue, creating a product that actually tastes good.

You know we’ve all heard, “everything that’s good for you doesn’t always taste good to you.” Well, I’m pleased to say that the right source has it right. Anyone can take it, from the very young to the very old. No contraindications, and its organic!

I’ve found the best out there, leave me a comment if you’re interested in finding out more. Aren’t you ready to begin a life of optimal health and wellness??? Are you proactive or reactive???

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