By Klaus Ferlow, HMH, HA
Human ingenuity has created wondrous developments – from fires to evolving an extraordinary complex social structure, splitting atoms, reaching to the moon, mapping the human genome, evolving the most complex repertoire of communication connecting the world, as well as creating a “dangerous” radiation wireless world with all its consequences!
Man has taken apart and put together everything he could lay his hands upon or think about it. An extraordinary range of creativity has enriched our lives. Some of these activities have helped us wriggle out of situations confining all other forms of life. These are exciting times! We are today living in an age of unprecedented technology strides, and some even say that this is just the beginning! Internet, electronic mail and jet-set speed travel have conveniently helped bridge the geographical distances. The challenge before us is to link the wisdom of our past with current knowledge and advanced technology to find ecologically sound solutions to emerging global requirements such as climate change, pollution etc.
Man has dominated and tried to control practically everything around him. Unfortunately, in exploring nature and his power over it, he has unleashed forces and substances, which have gone out of control! Poisonous pesticides are such powerful weapons, with an unjust and immoral attitude towards the rest of the living world! Hazardous, dangerous chemicals (one of the worst is glyphosate) are found in our water, air (chemtrails), soil and food and drinks (MSG = Monosodium-Glutamate). They are present in household and garden goods, plastics, prescription drugs, cosmetics and personal care products. Another danger is electric magnetic radiation from many sources (EMF towers, cell & smart phone and smart meters, microwave ovens etc., just to name a few!)
These toxic chemicals damage our body, brain, behaviour and sexual health. Our weather pattern, if we just look at the past four to five years in regard to climate change, has shown signs of going haywire with hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, droughts, forest fires. Another contributor to climate change is the worldwide deforestation, especially in the Amazon region, and the nuclear radiation from the disaster of Fukushima. Melting glaciers due to global warming, ozone depletion are all realities which have begun to hit home and touch lives of people in a negative and often disastrous way the world over. Add to this the leftovers of unused weapons from the two world wars which were dumped into the oceans ready to explode and contaminate the waters of the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, especially in and around the harbour city of Halifax in the Maritimes of Canada. Recently there was a TV show aired about it! The question, therefore, is whether man is his own worst enemy?!
The future food security and economic independence of developing nations depend on meeting our emerging requirements with a degree of caution and an eye on growth based on environmentally friendly technologies and a collaborative approach with nature. India and China together constitute 27% of all humanity, which translates into 2.6 billion people who need better food, shelter and medicines with minimum damage to the ecological integrity of our precious land and forest resources
We humans have disconnected from Mother Earth for our whole lives and therefore are depleted of the health-sustaining energy (electrons) from the earth and have forgotten that we are part of our planet and as a result are suffering from it with a large variety of health problems. Did we not as children, especially in rural areas, where I was growing-up country-style in Northern Germany, walking barefoot all summer long with hardly any health problems? When eating healthy food and the longer we reconnect with the earth, the more our body responds with improved health.
There is a movement worldwide that people want to go back to basics and hopefully we will re-evolve in the near future into a “grounded” society through access to conductive homes, offices, schools, bedding, furniture and especially good footwear. For most people our fast-paced lifestyle without proper physical activity created a sick society, and with it enjoyment of life is eroded and life has become a roller coaster. “Earthing” is not a cure-all, but it is effective, safe and deserves thorough exploration and exploitation as primary health and healing tool combined with using herbal medicinal personal care products with no harmful toxic chemical ingredients.
Is there any hope to get things under control again?
Scientists and researchers believe that the miraculous versatile medicinal plant from India, the Neem tree (Azadirachta indica A. Juss) could be one of the safe solutions for solving our global problems and save our Mother Earth! As the global scenario is now changing towards the use of non-toxic plant-derived botanical products based on traditional use, development of modern products from neem are in place for the control of various diseases.
There is an almost unlimited potential of what neem has to offer, since the tree has a unique source of various types of healing compounds. Everything from the tree is medicinal: bark cake, flowers, fruit, honey, leaves, oil, roots, timber and twigs.
Neem is extremely beneficial saving the environmental pollution problems, offering flood control, reducing erosion and salination, rehabilitating degraded ecosystems and wastelands, is useful for reforestation and windbreaks in areas of low rainfall and high wind speed, thus fighting climate change; protects crop and organic farming, provides non-toxic herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, pesticides, fertilizer; being used in veterinarian medicine, dental care, cosmetics and personal care products, birth control; preventing a variety of internal and external diseases.
Several therapeutic and industrially useful preparations and compounds have been marketed worldwide. This created enough encouragement among scientists to further explore this remarkable plant. The Neem tree is also one of the most researched trees in the world, and over two decades of research resulted in more than 2500 scientific papers published, promising interesting results in so many disciplines that this obscure species may be of enormous benefit to countries rich and poor, and eventually each person on the planet may benefit from it.
Even some of the most cautious researchers are now saying that neem deserves to be called a “wonder tree” that offers better plant, human, animal, and environmental health in the words of Dr. Ramesh Saxena, Chairman of the Neem Foundation and co-founder of the new WNO – WORLD NEEM ORGANISATION, Mumba, India.
The United Nations declared neem as “The tree of the 21st century!” Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Nation was very fond of neem leaf chutney. It is said that the secret of his health was a neem leaf!
On May 12, 2017 the new WORLD NEEM ORGANISATION, Mumbai, India, www.worldneemorganisation.org was registered with 14 core-founding Neem experts and research members from Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, India, North America, Europe and The Middle East to educate professionals and consumers alike about the healing power and benefits of the neem tree. I was appointed to represent North America, Northern Europe (Germany, United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries),and a NEEM WAVE worldwide will be created with the banner “Neem – The Earth’s Saviour!”
Words of Wisdom
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain health.
A.J. Reb Materi
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Klaus Ferlow, Honorary Master Herbalist (HMH) Dominion Herbal College; Herbal Advocate (HA) Canadian Herbalists’ Association; Member of Health Action Network Society, National Health Federation, Neem Foundation & World Neem Organisation, Mumbai, India and other organizations. Author of over 70 educational articles about health, healing, herbs, nutrition published in Health and Women’s Magazines in print worldwide and online. Co-author of the book “7steps to dental health” and author of the book “Neem – Nature’s Healing Gift to Humanity”
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