Interview with Michael Shepard: CEO of Murphy’s Natural Hemp

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This week I was able to pull CEO Michael Shepard out of the whirlwind of business and hometown activities he’s involved in to have a chat about Murphy’s Natural Hemp.  He’s the genuine, hometown kinda guy you sometimes read about, committed to family and community, and to lead his businesses with integrity.  Check it out.

Interview with Michael: 

Me:  Thanks for finding the time to answer my questions Michael.  Can you tell me about your company in a nutshell?

Michael:  Sure, we’re just everyday folks in a small town.  We aren’t any different from anyone else.  Originally, we wanted to have products that we needed, that our families needed, and through that process we became aware that we could also be a resource for others.  We realized that others might benefit from using the same products, and there it was… Murphy’s Natural Solutions.  Murphy’s Natural Solutions, DBA Murphy’s Natural Hemp, offers CBD products through our distribution network at competitive price points.

MeSo, it started with family, and became a business.  Nice!  What’s the mission now? 

Michael:  Of course, our mission is to be successful, but we hold to three things in order to achieve that success, trust, consistency and loyalty.  We believe that giving the customers the ability to place their trust in our business is critical for its ultimate success.  And we build that trust by not over-committing, honoring agreements we have with each individual customer, and being a reliable source for CBD products.  If any type of miscommunication or error occurs, you can be sure we’ll be on top of it, acknowledge any mistake and correct it. 

Also, it’s important for a business to be consistent.  We’re committed to the consistency of our products so quality is measured, and we have high-standard testing practices in place.  We offer the highest quality all-natural water-soluble products, quality customer service, reliability, and fair market pricing each and every time… And our success is not measured by how large our exposure is, but by how can we help our customers succeed, or make a difference in customer’s lives through our products.

Me:  I’ve seen the testimonials and customer feedback so it’s obvious you’re having great success in building partnerships.  How long have you been working on Murphy’s Natural Hemp products, and when did you bring the products to market?

Michael:  Although Murphy’s Natural Hemp is fairly new to the market, the development of just the right combination of ingredients, along with the process of creating truly water-soluble products took quite some time.  It was a real challenge.  The lab used a number of processes before finding just the right way to create a legitimate water-soluble solution.  We are proud to be part of PXL Laboratories.

Me As I’m sure you’re well aware, there’s been a huge boom in production of CBD products.  It seems like everyone is jumping into the CBD industry.  What makes Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD different from other products on the market?  Especially those products that also say they are water-soluble or water-based? 

Michael:  Our products are a truly water-soluble, and not based on nano technology like our competitors, who also advertise as “water-soluble.”   The nano technology they use only grinds the ingredients down to micro particles, which can still ride through, and out of the body.  The process we’ve developed creates a product that is not only truly water-soluble, but significantly increases the bioavailability of the product to the body’s system.

MeMichael, what about the skeptics?  There are still people out there who doubt CBD’s effectiveness as far as having natural remedy health benefits, what would you say to those people? 

MichaelEducation is very important in understanding not only the benefits of CBD, but also the different qualities of CBD, along with whatever other ingredients you may be buying when purchasing a CBD combination product.  Unfortunately, what might be advertised on a product label, may not be the true contents.  In fact, the Food and Drug Administration sent out letters to a number of companies over 2015 through 2017, stating on their website that… 

“Over the past several years, FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD).  As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain…” (1)  Also, the Journal of the American Medical Association found only 31% of online purchased CBD was accurately labeled. (2) 

I don’t know if there’s a great way to address the skepticism surrounding CBD, other than to be forthright about our products.  Heck fire, we don’t have all the answers for sure, but it’s our responsibility to be as open, plus as honest about our products as possible, without giving up the “secret sauce,” so to speak.  That’s why we have you Colleen, to educate our current, and potential partners or end users using research and factual blogs, which you yourself have put hours into.  This is exactly how you begin to address the skeptics, by providing evidence. 

Me:  Thanks Michael for the kudos!  I’m curious, how did you become a business owner?  Have you always been a kind-of entrepreneur?  What’s your driving force that keeps you going? 

Michael:  By definition, I’ve not always been an entrepreneur, however, I would say I’ve always been a risk taker.  I was a somewhat average kid, maybe a little more challenging teen than most… I’m sure my parents would say so.  As a senior in high school, I had no direction I was really leaning toward, except that I always wanted to serve my country in the military and become a fighter pilot.  I never did become a pilot, but I did join the Marine Corps, and had the honor to serve with the best of the best.  Some might differ with my opinion, regardless, I am forever in debt to those I served with, they were an integral part of my success today.  

After serving in the Marines, I took what I consider to be my first “business” risk by entering into commission only sales.  I definitely won’t be writing the next how-to book for sales, but I found it satisfying to be part of a process that changed people’s lives in a positive way.  I have been very blessed to have become an “entrepreneur,” although I don’t really care for that word in describing myself. 

MeWhy this business in particular?

Michael:  I like being in a position where there is a possibility to make a difference in someone’s life.  In the end, we can’t take anything with us, but if we can make just one positive difference in someone’s life, I believe we have achieved success, which should be the ultimate goal for any entrepreneur. 

By the way, has anyone ever told you that you ask a lot of questions?  I’m just a simple person… Today I worked in sweat pants, and at least a 10-year-old shirt that still had paint on it from years back when I pretended I knew how to put paint on a wall.  Summer is coming, and you’ll most likely find me wearing shorts and Crocs or sandals, regardless of where I’m at or what I’m doing.  

Me:  Hahaha… that’s my job, to write about your products and share who you are with everyone else!  Just a couple more questions.  What types of challenges have you faced in building this company and how did you meet those challenges? 

Michael:  Every day is a challenge, every hour there is a challenge!!  It’s a challenge to answer your questions! (humor) I don’t believe anyone ever truly builds a company.  I like to think I have a unique streak of pure luck rather than an ability.  Most likely, God feels bad for falling asleep while I was created, so he put the right people around me to build a company.  I am definitely not the company, nor any other company I own… and by no means did I build them alone.  The people I have the great opportunity to work with are the company.  They are the ones that faced the daily challenges while building the company.  You know you are surrounded by great people when others don’t truly know who owns the company.  I could just call to make sure the phone rings instead of going in, and know the customers are well taken care of.  

Me:  Wow, that’s quite a testimonial to your team!  So, what now?  What’s ahead for Murphy’s Natural Hemp?  Any new products on the horizon? 

Michael:  As long as we can develop or team with others, like our lab, who have developed products that make a positive difference in someone’s life, we will always have products on the horizon. 

Me:  Fantastic, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.  I look forward to what new products you’ll have to offer in the future. 

To reach Michael, for more information about the business, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp and Solutions products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

by Colleen Morgan
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
(1) https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm484109.htm; (2) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2661569

Energize life and increase your stamina with RECHARGE from Murphy’s Natural Solutions

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Start the day with our amazing, all-natural RECHARGE capsules.  RECHARGE contains the powerful combination of CBD and Curcumin, as well as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor PBDNF peptides, amino acids, remedial herbs, B6 and B12.  This is a powerhouse complex that will help you stay focused, boost energy levels, improve mood and memory function, and help your body operate more efficiently. 

What makes it so effective?

Our unique proprietary blend contains all-natural ingredients that promote a multitude of health benefits: 

Hordenine HCI – an alkaloid typically harvested from the barley plant, Hordenine is considered to have several cognitive benefits, like improving your mood and ability to focus.  It’s also an energy booster, which in turn could aid in weight management.

Schlzondrol A – a supplement derived from the berries of an ancient Chinese medicinal herb, Schisandra is also known as the “five flavor fruit.”  In holistic practices, this herb is generally prescribed for reducing anxiety and stress throughout the body and promoting vitality.  Also, it is known as being a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that positively affects the immune system.

Synephrine HCL – commonly known as Bitter Orange Extract, Synephrine HCL is made from the peel and flower of the Bitter Orange tree found in Asia.  It may increase your metabolic rate and is considered a stimulant.  The extract is often used by holistic practices for increasing energy, improving mood, weight loss, treating IBS, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory.

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) – a naturally occurring substance that may increase levels of the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine.  Acetylcholine is the chemical that the motor neurons of the nervous system release to activate our muscles.  Small amounts can be found in anchovies and sardines.

Peptides AKG and BDNF – Peptides are precursors to proteins.  They conduct essential functions throughout every cell and tissue in the body.  Peptides are needed for the body to function more efficiently.

CBD / Curcumin – Studies have shown CBD to be beneficial for many health conditions, in particular reducing inflammation, treatment for pain, combating arthritis, reducing anxiety, treating sleep disorders and more, and since it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, it won’t get you high.  Curcumin, one of the main ingredients of turmeric powder, it is harvested from the turmeric plant by grinding up its root.  In addition to being a spice used in cooking, Curcumin is also proving effective as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

Taurine – an amino acid essential to the human body, and a chemical that is a required building block for proteins.

Caffeine – a stimulant that has an effect on the central nervous system.  It both raises metabolism and increases the breakdown of fatty acids, promoting energy!

Vitamin B6 – the benefits of taking B6 supplements are many.  B6 is known for maintaining healthy blood vessels, supporting brain function, improving your mood, protecting eye health, and may even help in lowering your blood pressure.

Vitamin B12 – a powerhouse vitamin that benefits mood, fatigue and energy levels, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more. It is also an essential vitamin for addressing chronic stress in the body and maintaining a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system.

Check it out!

RECHARGE  will greatly increase brain function, boost your physical stamina, and level your appetite.  RECHARGE is effective as an anti-inflammatory, in muscle recovery, insulin resistance, increased metabolism, and weight loss.  RECHARGE is also a great pre-workout supplement. (We suggest taking RECHARGE approximately 20-30 minutes before exercise).

For more information or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp and Solutions products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
by Colleen Morgan

CBD & the Human Body

Looking for natural alternatives

CBD has hit the market hard since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which was great news for those of us looking for natural alternatives to prescription medications or over-the-counter remedies.  There has been a reported explosion in growth, production, selection of products, and consumer demand.  CBD is largely known for anxiety and pain relief, as well as muscle-relaxing properties, however, studies suggest this plant-derived natural remedy may also have additional health benefits.

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Anxiety relief and more

With consumer use rapidly growing, research and clinical studies are also on the rise.  A recently published study on CBD for anxiety concluded that:

“Current understanding of the physiology and neurologic pathways points to a benefit with anxiety-related issues. The results of our clinical report support the existing scientific evidence. In our study, we saw no evidence of a safety issue that would limit future studies. In this evaluation, CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medications. Furthermore, CBD displays promise as a tool for reducing anxiety in clinical populations…”  (January 2019)

Additional trials and clinical studies were suggested to further confirm findings.  Still, this study echoes past findings from research conducted and published over many years, some as far back as 2001. (1) (2)  Other research indicates CBD use as beneficial for reducing inflammation, treatment for pain, combating arthritis, treating sleep disorders and more.

A very interesting study published by Pisanti, Malfitano, Ciaglia, and Lambert in February 2017, and later included in a World Health Organization (WHO) report November 2017, lists a number of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits.  The list includes Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s, Hypoxia-ischemia injury, Depression, Cancer, Nausea, Inflammatory bowel and Crohn’s, Cardiovascular and Diabetic complications. (3) (4)  As always, it’s important to talk with a physician before adding natural remedies to existing medications.

Murphy’s Natural Hemp Pairs CBD & Curcumin for increased health benefits

Murphy’s Natural Hemp pairs the benefits of CBD with the powerhouse spice, Curcumin.  Curcumin is receiving worldwide attention due to its multiple health benefits, which appear to act primarily through its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.  It is one of the main ingredients of turmeric powder, which is harvested from the turmeric plant by grinding up its root.  Curcumin has shown promising effects in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, gastric inflammation, psoriasis, and lupus.

Water-Soluble Products

One of the main challenges with CBD and Curcumin is guaranteeing the bioavailability of the active ingredients, especially when they have limited gastrointestinal permeability.  To improve aqueous solubility, and thus the therapeutic effectiveness of these compounds, we researched countless formulation strategies, and were successful in finding a solution!  Murphy’s Natural Hemp products are designed with pharmaceutical technology that is typically used where circumstances demand increasing vital water-insoluble proteins for patients who are dealing with illnesses.

Unlike other CBD formulas, there is no nano complex in our solution, which only disperses small nano-size clusters of CBD molecules in an otherwise insoluble mixture. Eventually, all nano products separate, like oil and water… and, they show no improvement for increasing bioavailability.  And our products are made with 100% purified water, unlike oil-based CBD products offered by other companies.  This is what makes our products stand out among the rest.  99% of our product is absorbed by the body.  Only 10% of CBD is absorbed using the leading oil-based products.

Where can I buy Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD Products? 

For more information, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
(1)Research and study information has been pulled from the US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. To search type in the cannabinoid name and health benefit.  (2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/; (3) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/314080489; (4) https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf

 

Beneficial Effects on Brainwaves: Murphy’s Natural Hemp Water-Soluble CBD/Curcumin

Before and After Using Murphy’s Natural Hemp Water-Soluble CBD/Curcumin

Murphy’s Natural Hemp teamed with an FDA approved lab to run a case-study using the qEEG test in order to measure the effects our CBD/Curcumin product has on the brain.  During this particular case study, there appeared a consistent drop in wave Z-scores across all areas of the brain, especially in Delta, and Theta waves (illustration below).  A reduction in Z-score is an indicator of a reduction in the symptoms associated with the particular brain wave.

Before & After Images

The first image shows a Delta brainwave Z-score of 7.8 before the use of Murphy’s Natural Hemp Water-Soluble CBD/Curcumin, which according to the lab indicates that this patient could be experiencing increased symptoms with Fibromyalgia, migraine, thinking or focusing, ADHD, and more.

Now compare this with the second image of the Delta brainwaves after the use of Murphy’s Natural Hemp Water-Soluble CBD/Curcumin.  The Z-score has decreased to 3.9!  Remember a decrease in Z-score is a decrease in symptoms!  The physician who conducted this test was very impressed with the results.

Theta brainwaves also showed a reduction before and after the use of Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD/Curcumin tincture, from 7.2 to 4.0.   This is good news for individuals looking for natural alternatives to prescription medications.  A brief explanation of brainwave categories follows, along with the lab’s amazing summary video.

Delta-Theta Before Use                        Delta-Theta After Use

What are the categories of brainwaves & how are they measured?

Brainwaves are produced by repetitive patterns in the brain generated by our neurons communicating with each other.   Over the course of a 24-hour period, an individual will have a mix of brainwaves throughout all the different areas of the brain.  The speed of how fast waves travel, which is measured in Hertz (Hz), divides the waves into categories, fast to slow, depending on what the brain is doing:

— Gamma is the high-performance wave that helps process information quickly.  Its frequency range is 40 to 100 Hz.  High levels of Gamma waves indicate excessive levels of anxiety and stress, low levels may be indicators of depression, ADHD, and learning challenges.

— Beta is the at-work and alert wave that allows you to focus and solve problems.  Its frequency is 12 to 40 Hz.  High levels may indicate anxiety, not being able to relax, increased stress, and adrenaline highs.  Low levels may be indications for depression, poor cognitive ability, brain-fog, and lack of attention.

— Alpha waves are indicators of the relaxed or reflective state.  The frequency range is 8 to 12 Hz.  If there are high levels of Alpha waves, there could be an inability to focus, letting the mind drift into constant daydreaming, or being overly relaxed.  Low levels are indicators of anxiety, OCD, and stress.

— Theta waves are the drifting off feeling drowsy waves you feel when slowing down, relaxing or meditating.  Its frequency is 4 to 8 Hz.  High levels are indicators of ADHD, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, inability to focus and depression.  Low levels may indicate anxiety, stress, and emotional challenges.  Theta waves are also associated with a lack of understanding with social cues, Dyslexia (L brain), and Fibromyalgia.

— Delta waves are deep sleep waves that contribute to restorative REM sleep and assist in building a healthy immune system.  Their frequency is 0 to 4 Hz.  High levels of Delta waves could indicate brain injuries, learning problems, severe ADHD, and the inability to think or focus.  Low levels indicate the inability for the brain and body to revitalize due to poor sleep.  Delta waves are also associated with migraine and Fibromyalgia.

How do brainwaves appear on a Brain Map?

Using the Quantitative EEG or qEEG test, it is possible to measure neural patterns to see how the brain is functioning.  Results from a qEEG are presented as Z-scores.  These scores represent the difference in wave frequency using before and after snapshots.  The Z-scores are color-coded to show increased or decreased activity.  For instance, a score of 0 represents the norm and is color-coded green, red indicates excessive activity, orange, and yellow lessor activity, and blue shows decreased activity.

The following video with the FDA approved lab physician provides a 15-minute summary explaining the process, measurements, and remarkable results.

For more information, questions regarding the report, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
by Colleen Morgan