BetterBonds, herbal shop of Gojal -Review of products and services

Ramla Akhtar BetterBonds Review

BetterBonds is a herbal shop located near Hussaini bridge, Gojal, Hunza Valley, Pakistan. It is owned by Mss Rmala Aalam, aka Ramla Akar. Here below, is the review published on its two Facebook pages. BetterBonds by Rmala – Integrated Folk Remedies For Your Joy & Wellness and BetterBonds Natural Products for Joy & Wellbeing
On September 16, 2019, the same text was published on both pages: first publication and second publication.  These reviews did not received proper business comments according to Facebook community policies.  The discusion is presented below. It is evidenced with the screen captures presented in exhibit 2.

Initial text for BetterBonds review

Bernard Grua  doesn’t recommend BetterBonds: Natural Products for Joy & Wellbeing.

BetterBonds -Like many shops involved in natural supplies, this one offers nice products to relax or to enjoy the life. Lavender, sea buckthorn, rosehip tea, dry apricots or apricot jam, mountain honey, etc. are great. Their production should be encouraged locally. I am, myself, an addict of Gojal honey and sea buckthorn juice. But, I think, part of the offer should not be on Facebook.  Because part of the offer is selling medicine from this page. It is dangerous, the person doing so has no qualifications and no medical diplomas. In many countries, it would lead to a mandatory and immediate shut down of the business for practising illegal medicine. May be, Facebook does not consider it as false news? May be, it is OK with Pakistan law? I don't know. However, when I see medical consultations are sold here, when I see that cancer or diabetes packs are sold on this page, I ask the question: "what happens if a client drops his/her normal treatment to rely on BetterBonds «medications» and gets irremediable health damages or die for un-proper care?"

Like many shops involved in natural supplies, this one offers nice products to relax or to enjoy the life. Lavender, sea buckthorn, rosehip tea, dry apricots or apricot jam, mountain honey, etc. are great. Their production should be encouraged locally. I am, myself, an addict of Gojal honey and sea buckthorn juice. But, I think, part of the offer should not be on Facebook.
Because part of the offer is selling medicine from this page. It is dangerous, the person doing so has no qualifications and no medical diplomas. In many countries, it would lead to a mandatory shut down of the business for practising illegal medicine. May be, Facebook does not consider it as false news? May be, it is OK with Pakistan law? I don’t know. However, when I see medical consultations are sold here, when I see that cancer or diabetes packs are sold on this page, I ask the question: “what happens if a client drops his/her normal treatment to rely on Better Bonds «medications» and gets irremediable health damages or die for un-proper care?”

This LOL icone as produced with the initial screen capture was subsequently changed into an angry one

Note: evidences of medical sales and consultations are produced in exhibit 2

First comment by Rmala Aalam about BetterBonds review

BetterBonds by Rmala – Integrated Folk Remedies For Your Joy & Wellness 

Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 1:55 PMEdited

Better Bonds, BetterBonds by Rmala Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam - Integrated Folk Remedies For Your Joy & Wellness   Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 1:55 PM · Edited      1. Nobody dies of jam, dry fruit and teas. If so, you will cause a LOT of Hunza businesses to close! So think about where you're treading.  2. You must think Pakistanis are incredibly stupid and will try to "cure" cancer and diabetes with herbs. While attempts to do so happen, fortunately our country is not yet under full control of the military-industrial-pharmaceutical complex of which you yourself are a spawn... and no wonder you feel increasingly desolate and desperate in a world where people no longer take patriarchy's order like you once took orders from a war machine.

1. Nobody dies of jam, dry fruit and teas. If so, you will cause a LOT of Hunza businesses to close! So think about where you’re treading.
2. You must think Pakistanis are incredibly stupid and will try to “cure” cancer and diabetes with herbs. While attempts to do so happen, fortunately our country is not yet under full control of the military-industrial-pharmaceutical complex of which you yourself are a spawn… and no wonder you feel increasingly desolate and desperate in a world where people no longer take patriarchy’s order like you once took orders from a war machine.
3. You are the guy who has been sending me threats since I rebuked you for helping a rapist-pedophile. You are embarrassed, trapped by your own vile tongue, and must be in quite a fix as someone or another must have become aware that the already mentally-fragile troll (readers and Facebook, this guy is a PROFRSSIONAL troll and runs FB pages with the name of Stop Trolls! plus he runs anti-Russia campaigns ANd tries to seed separationism in remote regions of Pakistan!) from Nantes is in trouble overseas for questionable activities
4. May be let’s use your words to let people know that a man from France is DISCREDITING age old Hunza remedies. Are you willing for it? I will surrly.et your good Hunza and Gojal friends know that their bumbling and clumsy spokesperson is finally speaking AGAINST theur traditions! Cheers.

Second comment by Rmala Aalam about BetterBonds review

BetterBonds by Rmala – Integrated Folk Remedies For Your Joy & Wellness 

Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 1:58 PMEdited

Ha ha you truly tried to cover your a$$ by saying “I am myself a fan but these things shouldn’t be sold online”. Are you sure? And should I let my Hunza and Gojal suppliers, to whom I am a source of income,know what you are up to?? Even though you claim to be a friend of Hunza people?
Dear Mr. Bernard Grua there are indeed kaws pertaining to medical claims… However #FoodAsDiet is a long-standing Muslim and Pakistani tradition and the laws are in gray zone..since it’s practially a Pakistani national sport to mention health benefits of even a fruit.
SECONDLY.you claim to be a friend of Hunza and Gojal..and for eons those poor people have made a living selling these things. I make Income for them. When you ask for my business to be harmed you are harming my suppliers… from Karimabad, Altit, Shimshal and Gulmit. And why so? Because you favor a RAPIST who the whole valley is fed up with. And when I wrote against that rapist you ATTACKED ME and you continue to attack me AND the locals who favor me.
So basically you couldn’t do a more effed up job of meddling in the affairs of a community. You attack the rest of them for one creep… congratulations!
Your Harvard education and world travels seem to have gone in vain for indeed, if you did not learn to mind your own business… you learned nothing.

Better Bonds,  by Rmala Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam - Integrated Folk Remedies For Your Joy & Wellness, Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam. Ha ha you truly tried to cover your a$$ by saying "I am myself a fan but these things shouldn't be sold online". Are you sure? And should I let my Hunza and Gojal suppliers, to whom I am a source of income,know what you are up to?? Even though you claim to be a friend of Hunza people?  Dear Mr. Bernard Grua there are indeed kaws pertaining to medical claims... However #FoodAsDiet is a long-standing Muslim and Pakistani tradition and the laws are in gray zone..since it's practially a Pakistani national sport to mention health benefits of even a fruit.

 Answer to Rmala Alaam’s comments

Bernard Grua

Edited

Dear Ms Rmala Aalam, owner and manager of “BetterBonds”

You can always disable the review  of your business, if you feel so emotional about it. I can explain you how to do. If not, then you should tolerate positive feedbacks (what I did) and accept negative ones (what I did, too), especially if they refer to public health issues. If I was wrong saying you don’t have any legal qualifications to practice medicine, just produce your diploma and avoid any personal or religious unsupported arguments and conspiracy theories against me or against my Hunza friends. Let’s stay professionnal. Let’s stay factual and business oriented. Let’s produce evidences.

As far as I ‌am concerned, I will comply with Facebook community policies. I will stay focused on the products and the services you deliver. I will not discuss on anything else, here. I can’t, however, agree with your public false news saying that I have a business in #terrorism. I don’t promote any seperatism. It’s an unfair statement. It’s dangerous. It has to be debunked. I am a French 🇫🇷  Navy ⚓ officer in reserve. I am an inventory entrepreneur. I am a photographer 📷. My photos are distributed by Getty Images. You can check some examples here: https://www.gettyimages.fr/photos/bernard-grua….
I am a novel writer 🖋focusing on geopolitics, traditions, history, heritage, culture and current challenges of small communities. I travelled in the most remote places of the world. I spent time with Siberian shamans. I published more than 10 articles about Hunza Valley, where I am appreciated for the respect and the attention I show to the local people of Pakistan🇵🇰. I have been also published on Hunza regional media such as Passu Times http://passutimes.net/News/3370 and Pamir Times https://pamirtimes.net/2019/05/10/at-the-knot-of-past-empires-zood-khun-a-wakhi-village-in-the-high-northern-mountains-of-pakistan/.
I attach, to this answer, a picture I did from Punjabi friends at Hussaini Bridge, next to your shop.
More photos 📸 taken by me in Gojal are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardgrua/albums/72157695265030070
here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardgrua/albums/72157707038667395
here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardgrua/albums/72157704025842842
and here https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardgrua/albums/72157701795105491

Regarding Russia 🇷🇺which is absolutely out of the scope of this review, and has nothing related to a herbal shop of Gojal, you should not produce unsupported allegations which may be detrimental to your credibility. I am published by “Russia Beyond” (been criticised for being a Russian propaganda outlet) a subsidary of RT ( Rossiya Segodnya). Both are state medias run by the Kremlin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia_Beyond .Here are 3 articles, in French, but everybody can have an overview with Google translate.
https://fr.rbth.com/tourisme/81486-russie-siberie-mine-botogol-francais
https://fr.rbth.com/tourisme/82657-vallee-tounka-siberie-baikal-bouddhisme-astronomie
https://fr.rbth.com/tourisme/81826-siberie-photos-voyageur-francais
This articles have also been published by the French media “Agoravox”.https://www.agoravox.fr/auteur/bernard-grua. They got 4 309 readers for the first, 24 176 readers for the second and 20 011 readers for the third. Another article on Agoravox about Russia got 23 621 readers. I can’t understand how this could be considered as an “anti-Russia campaign”.

Regarding your adorable daughter 👧, I agree this is an extremely serious issue, especially because of concerning written testimonies 📋I got about her dramatic life conditions 😧 . Those who want to see how we could help her 🙏 together can PM me 📧. I will not discuss 🖐 it on a business page and under a business review. It is not the place for it.

I wil not argue 🗣️here, about the other non-relevant and unsupported “ad personam” comments produced without even the beginning of any evidence. Those who want more information can always PM me I will provide supported answers and even ground articles, including a detailed report I sent to Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad authorities.

Last but not least, once you will recover some self-control, please read again my answer. I encourage 😍 organic wellness local productions🍑🍒🍵🍏🌿🎋🍃 🥀 for the benefit of local mountain 👩‍🌾👨‍🌾 🏔suppliers. 🚨 I just say I don’t recommend the inappropriate medicine 💊👩‍⚕🏥 advertisement. What is wrong with this? Once again, it is your choice to enable public reviews.

Sincerly yours,

Bernard Grua, Nantes, Bretagne, France

BetterBonds, Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aaalam's shop is near Hussaini bridge
Punjabi friends phorographed by Bernard Grua at Hussaini bridge – next to Better Bonds shop

The discussion is closed

Bernard Grua 

Tuesday September 17, 2019 at 4:42 PMEdited

Ms Rmala Aalam,
You and I gave or point of view. There is no need to argue and to enter in any personal issues.   I will not write any extra comment I will ask Facebook moderation to close this discussion. I will keep my review. However, let’s be fair and busines focused, if you decide to remove your initial comments, I will also remove my above answer.
This discussion will be presented in a separate article. You know where to find it.

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BetterBonds, Better Bonds, Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam sells herbal products from Hunza, Gojal

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Ramla Akhtar, aka Ramla Aalam, BetterBonds shop review
Ramla Akhtar, aka Ramla Aalam, BetterBonds shop review

Author: Bernard Grua
On Twitter: @BernardGrua & @GruaAbusedAcct

Exhibit 1 – screen captures of the review and the comments

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Exhibit 2 – Example of medical shipments and consultations

Part of Better Bonds (Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam's shop) offer is selling medicine from this page.  Here example of cancer pack.It is dangerous, Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Alam, doing so has no qualifications and no medical diplomas. In many countries, it would lead to a mandatory and immediate shut down of the business for practising illegal medicine.
Cancer pack from Better Bond
Medical consultations without any diplomas
BetterBonds, Part of Better Bonds offer is selling medicine from this page. It is dangerous, Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Alam, doing so has no qualifications and no medical diplomas. In many countries, it would lead to a mandatory and immediate shut down of the business for practising illegal medicine.
Medical consultations without any diplomas

Exhibit 3: BetterBonds photo gallery

On Instagram

BetterBonds.Shop


Natural, wild, hand-crafted products for your joy & wellness. #Gemstones #herbs #crafts. Wild #medicine. Fair, sustainable shop. Remote region.🙏🌹💥fb.me/betterbonds.shop

Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam: Betterbonds Packing dry #fruit and #Thyme #tea and #smudging herbs for a friendly supplier. Yes, we send gifts to our suppliers. As thanks for their kindness; for being our partners and often friends.  #blackcurrant #Cherry #Mulberry #apricot #apricotkernel #apple #Walnut #almonds #dryfruit
Betterbonds – Packing dry #fruit and #Thyme #tea and #smudging herbs for a friendly supplier.Yes, we send gifts to our suppliers. As thanks for their kindness; for being our partners and often friends. #blackcurrant #Cherry #Mulberry #apricot #apricotkernel #apple #Walnut #almonds #dryfruit
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam, Hunza betterbonds #Apple #Cider #Vinegar (Use it in your #FireCider home recipe.) Matured for 5 years.
betterbonds #Apple #Cider #Vinegar
(Use it in your #FireCider home recipe.) Matured for 5 years.
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. Hunza: betterbonds Just packed!! Sea Buckthorn and Mountain Moss (lichen to be exact) balm in bitter Apricot Kernel and some Almond oil as base. STRONG disinfectant, anti-cancer (in this case we are limiting to skin cancers), rejuvenation, skin repair. PROTECTS from #radiation and #pollution damage. All ingredients harvested in and product prepared in #Hunza valley. Handmade by family. #SeaBuckthorn #lichen #Apricot #Almond #Karakorams
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Just packed!! Sea Buckthorn and Mountain Moss (lichen to be exact) balm in bitter Apricot Kernel and some Almond oil as base. STRONG disinfectant, anti-cancer (in this case we are limiting to skin cancers), rejuvenation, skin repair. PROTECTS from #radiation and #pollution damage.
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. Hussaini: betterbonds Breast-Soothing Balm | For women and girls |Removes soreness and stress from breasts | Gives deep calm -  Two versions: Plain and Enhanced. - Plain: Violet Flowers, Some Russian Olive, Some Rose, All in Almond Oil base - Enhanced: Violet Flowers, Some Russian Olive, Rose - All above in almond oil base - + Hempseed oil
betterbonds Breast-Soothing Balm | For women and girls |Removes soreness and stress from breasts |
Gives deep calm –  Two versions: Plain and Enhanced. – Plain: Violet Flowers, Some Russian Olive, Some Rose, All in Almond Oil base – Enhanced: Violet Flowers, Some Russian Olive, Rose – All above in almond oil base – + Hempseed oil
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam, Hunza: betterbonds Spring food. To build bone marrow. #HempSeed #Apricot #Grain #DryFruit
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Spring food. To build bone marrow.
#HempSeed #Apricot #Grain #DryFruit
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam, Hussaini: betterbonds Making folk #medicine using an idea/recipe that has occurred on a whim!
betterbonds
Making folk #medicine using an idea/recipe that has occurred on a whim!
Ramla Akhtar, Rmaa Aalam. Hunza, Gojal: betterbonds @BetterBonds Getting eventually better with time.
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Getting eventually better with time.
Hussaini: betterbonds Fantastic boxes - Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam
betterbonds Fantastic boxes.
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. betterbonds Weight Correction Packages.Herbal Teas. Honeys. Vinegars (Apple; Apricot; Cherry).Contents of each box vary as per client requisition and wellness needs. @BetterBonds #Fitness #WeightLoss #Obesity
betterbonds Weight Correction Packages.Herbal Teas. Honeys. Vinegars (Apple; Apricot; Cherry).Contents of each box vary as per client requisition and wellness needs. @BetterBonds #Fitness #WeightLoss #Obesity
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. betterbonds Weight Correction Packages.Herbal Teas. Honeys. Vinegars (Apple; Apricot; Cherry).Contents of each box vary as per client requisition and wellness needs. @BetterBonds #Fitness #WeightLoss #Obesity
betterbonds Salaam. I am often asked how to prepare (our) herbal teas. Here is a short and sweet guide: It is said that herbal teas are better not boiled/cooked, but infused/steeped. 😮 However, hardier tea are prepared through cooking. 👉 What is #steeping? 》Put the herb in an empty cup/kettle. A teaspoon of dry herb per cup of water is good… but go by taste. Pour hot boiling water over it. Cover and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Add honey as sweetener if you like to tea which has become a little tepid. ^^ This is the optimal method to extract best taste and nutrients…. and to not destroy tea/honey. ^^ This method is used for tea that is made from flower, leaf, thin stem parts. The dry tea is like tissue paper.
From amongst BetterBonds teas, the following are made by this method: 💥 Mulberry Leaf, 💥 Mugwort, 💥 Dandelion Leaf, 💥 Dandelion Flower, 💥 Sunflower, 💥 Lavender, 💥Hyssop, 💥Lilac, 💥Thyme 💥Thistle… and any similar flower/leaf tea. ♡♡♡♡ 👉Then there is WOODY tea.. made of hard parts such as roots, bark, seeds or like.
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. Herbal Hussaini: betterbonds I didn't know how to capture the angelic scent that is #RussianOlive * before the idea of making #balms struck me. And thus, after some ado, I had infused Almond oil with Russian Olive leaves and flowers. Soon, we had a #balm with a heady, heavenly aroma that whispers #PURIFICATION and #RELIEF to the senses.  Calm, coolness, relief and spiritual/aural/bodily purification is exactly what this sacred herb does. Not only does it delight the senses, it repels spiritual toxins amd impurities... and on the physical plane has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties. A truly delight.
betterbonds
I didn’t know how to capture the angelic scent that is #RussianOlive * before the idea of making #balms struck me. And thus, after some ado, I had infused Almond oil with Russian Olive leaves and flowers. Soon, we had a #balm with a heady, heavenly aroma that  whispers #PURIFICATION and #RELIEF to the senses.
Calm, coolness, relief and spiritual/aural/bodily purification is exactly what this sacred herb does. Not only does it delight the senses, it repels spiritual toxins amd impurities… and on the physical plane has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties. A truly delight.
Ramla Akhtar, Rmala Aalam. Hunza, Gojal, Hussaini: betterbonds WILD MINT HONEY!! Dark-colored with the cool, breezy, refreshing flavor of #mint... plus the depression-beating, flu and stomach ache reducing qualities of mint! Excellent for women with womany issues 😊 and for children with flu/ cough/ allergy issue. For anyone allergic to mint, plesse check with your healthcare guide. We have acquired a very small batch (5kg for now) of this experimental honey type!
betterbonds
WILD MINT HONEY!! Dark-colored with the cool, breezy, refreshing flavor of #mint… plus the depression-beating, flu and stomach ache reducing qualities of mint! Excellent for women with womany issues 😊 and for children with flu/ cough/ allergy issue. For anyone allergic to mint, plesse check with your healthcare guide.  We have acquired a very small batch (5kg for now) of this experimental honey type!

Testimonials

Some of the testimonials posted par Ramla Akhtar, aka Rmala Aalam, on BetterBonds Facebook page
Some of the testimonials posted par Ramla Aalam on BetterBonds Facebook page

Published by Bernard Grua

Bernard Grua, auditeur, expérience internationale, Sciences Po Paris, officier de Marine de réserve. Langues: français, anglais, allemand, espagnol. Hobbies: photographie, géopolitique, patrimoine maritime, reportages

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