October 14th, 2014Oats: Avena sativa

Jo Francks, M.H.

 

Oats; we often overlook this common food as an effective medicine. Oats are a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and are also high in silica.

Different parts of the plant are used at different stages of growth. Oat straw is used for its high amounts of calcium and silica. This is used in Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Calcium formula.

The green tops can also be used as a tonic for the nervous system. A tincture or a tea of the green oats is recommended for nervous strain. They have been used for heart trouble and depression. It is also taken as an antidote for drug addiction and alcoholism.

Oats are exceptional for skin care. Used in the bath they help with itchy skin and help to soften and sooth the skin. Use 1 cup blended dry oatmeal in a tub of water. Another way to use it in the tub is to make a gallon of tea from the oat straw and add that to the tub. Blended oatmeal is also used as a scrub. Mix 1/2 cup blended oatmeal with 1/4 cup shavings of natural soap and 1/2 cup ground apricot pits or almonds. Put 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a reusable muslin tea bag. Get the bag wet and use as a facial scrub or a body scrub. Hang to dry and reuse 3 or 4 times.

In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss referred to oatmeal as “one of the finest foods we have to prevent disease” and that it is “the ideal basic food for children during the winter months to prevent infection from all zymotic diseases.” Oats are also especially helpful when recovering from an illness.

Whether it is being used for food or medicinal purposes, oats provide many qualities worth looking in to. Try using oat straw tea to calm your nerves or have a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning to get your day started. Or for a raw breakfast soak some oat groats in distilled water overnight, strain and blend with fresh berries and a sweetener of your choice and enjoy.

 

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch practitioner. 


David Christopher, M.H.

 

If you have an ant problem and you do not want to spend money on Orkin or buy environmentally hazardous products, then may I suggest using Aspartame and the ants will surely die. If you are not familiar with Aspartame then try: NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful or Crystal Light. These artificial sweeteners will surely kill the ants and maybe even you. The body tries to protect you from these Excitotoxins by storing them away in fat cells, which becomes a very stubborn fat to remove from your body. You can exercise and diet to excess but it is virtually impossible to lose these fats that store poisons.

 

An added insult of these artificial sweeteners is that they also accelerate weight gain. When an artificial sweetener is taken into the body, the body perceives the sweetness and releases insulin to utilize the recently acquired energy source. But no glucose is available, so the body sends out signals to consume carbohydrates and alleviate the jitters that accompany elevated insulin levels. These extra calories promote weight gain.

It is so sad to see people struggling with obesity, carrying around their 32 oz. “diet soda” truly believing that it will help them with their weight. These chemical sweeteners do not kill you right away but they cause various diseases and have also recently provoked suicide. Parkinson’s disease is one of many diseases triggered by these insidious chemicals The following is an interesting correlating example from the book “Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry” by Elaine Hollingsworth.

Inside Hollywood, there has been much speculation about the cause of the Parkinson’s Disease suffered by actor Michael J Fox, but the star’s addiction to Diet Pepsi (which contains aspartame) is no secret. One cast member who worked with Fox said he drank at least 12 cans a day. I have no way of knowing if that is true, since I have not spoken with him. I do know, however, from my own Hollywood days, that whenever a celebrity endorses a product, he or she is provided with an unlimited supply, and if there is a movie or TV show involved, cases are sent each week. Given Michael’s long-standing commercial endorsement of Diet Pepsi, it’s hardly surprising that not only is he himself now a victim of the neurological disease, but that several crew members who worked with him have also been reported as suffering the same terrible affliction. PepsiCo, Monsanto and their partners-in-crime have a lot to answer for.

 

These newsletter articles, by design, are meant to be short and easy to read. Therefore in-depth information is available atwww.dorway.com.

 

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  


October 14th, 2014Children’s Health

Alene Tuttle, M.H.

It’s that time of the year again; children have returned to school and the weather is cooling off causing many of us to close our windows and doors. Instead of getting a daily dose of sun, regular exercise, and nutritious meals, most children will sit inside at a desk for several hours each day, eat a less than ideal diet of school lunches, and return home at the end of the day to do homework and use computers and television. With this likely scenario for the vast majority of children during the school year, parents need to have some “tools” at their disposal to combat the myriad of viruses and infections that will plague their families in the coming months. With that said, I have developed somewhat of a medicine chest to help keep the many ailments of back to school season from invading my home and family.

The first and probably easiest way to keep your family healthy is to drink plenty of pure water, preferably distilled, every day. Each family member should have a bottle of water that gets refilled throughout the day thus eliminating the need to drink out of water fountains or to purchase beverages laden with sugar from vending machines.

Next in my medicine chest is good, wholesome food. This can be achieved easily by always having fresh fruits and vegetables cut up and ready to eat. Add to this some whole grains, nuts and seeds to create energy and you have a health-promoting meal, simply and easily. Meals do not have to be complicated. A simple quinoa/oatmeal for breakfast, a veggie wrap or homemade soup for lunch, and a green leafy salad with a lean protein (which can be a mixture of beans or a small slice of sustainably sourced chicken) for dinner is the best way to ensure that your children are getting the nutrients they need to have energy throughout the day and to sleep well at night. For an afternoon or evening snack, make up some delicious green smoothies or have some more nuts and seeds along with some veggie sticks and a healthy ranch dip!

I cannot stress enough the importance of some form of regular physical activity each day for at least thirty minutes as well as quality family time. It’s been proven time and again that children who feel loved and spend quality time with their parents get sick less often and perform better in school. Take a brisk walk or play an outdoor game with your children every day. It will do all of you a world of good!

 

Finally, when and if your children do get sick, it is important to supplement with the right herbs and quickly return them to optimal health. A little bit of fresh crushed garlic each day along with a quality probiotic can work wonders if you are dealing with any sort of infection. Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Mune, which contains Echinacea, will aid the body in preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria as well as building the immune system. I keep these products readily available throughout the year but especially during cold and flu season.

So there you have it! When children get fresh air, pure water, wholesome foods, and regular physical activity along with quality family time and immune stimulating herbs, they are ready to face any health challenge that comes their way!

 

Alene Tuttle is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She conducts workshops on living for health and resides in Ohio with her husband and children. Alene can be reached via email at alenemt@sbcglobal.net


October 14th, 2014Giving Your Skin Breath…

Tonya Judd M.H.

Our skin is our largest organ and is often referred to as our 3rd kidney. Our skin receives 1/3 of the blood circulated in the body and 25% of the bodies toxins are released through our skin each day. That’s 1/4 of the body’s detoxification that occurs through the skin!  Adults eliminate over 1 pound of waste acids each day through sweat glands, yet the skin is the last organ we think of giving nutrients to and is the first to show signs of imbalance. Some signs of imbalance in the skin include: acne, cracked skin, dry skin, cellulite, brown spots, etc. Our skin needs to breathe and it needs nutrients. If our skin is clogged with dead skin cells, the elimination that should occur there is forced upon the kidneys and liver.

There is an easy yet amazing measure you can take to help your skin breathe, it is dry skin brushing. The benefits of dry skin brushing are numerous and essential for beautiful glowing skin. Dry skin brushing helps the skin to breathe by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores.

 

Dry skin brushing is best done once a day in the morning before showering. There is an order and direction in which you should brush. Please watch these videos for detailed instruction;

(for your body)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZfMhXsjXeQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QpQZyze3Yk

(for your face)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHCsmPzs4Ds  

This process should take approximately 10-15 minutes each morning. Also, use a good natural soap without chemicals and perfumes. If you find that you need to use a moisturizer try almond oil, coconut oil or other natural oil that will feed your skin and your body. Remember whatever you place on your skin is absorbed directly into the blood stream, so be wise in your choice of what you are “feeding” your skin and your body. Once you have been skin brushing for a few weeks you should start to notice the lessened need for moisturizers. You can get a brush almost anywhere just make sure it has natural fiber bristles.

Some of the amazing benefits you will see include:

-smooth glowing skin

-encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic waste so the body is able to run more effectively

-helps ingrown hairs

-moves lymph

-stimulates nerve endings

-stimulates hormone glands

-tones muscles

-tightens skin

-stimulates circulation

-reduces cellulite

-stimulates oil glands and helps the skin produce protective and moisturizing oils

-strengthens the immune system

-diminishes stretch marks considerably

-opens the pores and allows your body to easily release toxins through sweating

 

Tonya Judd is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing and an Emotional Release Practitioner.


October 14th, 2014There’s Always Room for More

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

 

I have found that when it comes to helping someone heal naturally it is best to pull from many different areas. As I like to call it, tools in my tool kit. My foundation is herbal yet I will also use essential oils and/or homeopathies, bodywork and emotional healing. I figure it is best to hit whatever is in front of me from every angle so we can be done with it and move forward. Homeopathic medicine is probably the most unfamiliar method to most people, yet can be a very effective addition.

 

Homeopathy was “discovered” in the early 1800s by a German physician, Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann. He was very frustrated with the medical practices of the times and started experimenting with different substances and their effects on the body. The term homeopathy comes from the Greek homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering or sickness). This is what homeopathy is based on, the law of similars. Like is cured by like.

 

Based off Hahnemann’s research, homeopathic remedies were created by giving a substance to a healthy person and watching the symptoms that were produced within the short time after taking it. These symptoms create what is called a remedy picture. These remedy pictures as well as the corresponding substances have been recorded in a homeopathic Materia Medica, a prescriber’s reference. To treat an illness homeopathically, the prescriber looks up the remedy picture (symptoms the person is displaying) to find those that fit and apply the law of similars by administering the substance; the homeopathic remedy.

 

The body is always striving to keep itself healthy. When the body is threatened by harmful external forces then it will produce symptoms such as pain, fever, mucus, cough, etc. to bring itself back into balance. Homeopathy is working with the body’s defense mechanism, adding like to assist like, rather than suppressing.

 

Homeopathic remedies are preparations that are obtained from animal, vegetable and mineral sources. They are natural and safe to give to anyone, including infants, pregnant and nursing women and anyone on prescription medications. 

 

To learn more about this valuable healing method, the School of Natural Healing has designed a course that introduces the student to the principles and philosophy of homeopathy. Students will learn which remedies to use in everyday ailments, minor injuries, and issues with growing children, pets and more. The course contains an extensive homeopathic remedy kit. Students are also introduced to the use of cell salts, the internal and external therapeutic uses of the 12 essential cell salts, and how to read the face to help determine which cell salts are lacking in the body and the proper supplementation that is needed. David Card, graduate from the School of Natural Healing and the Hahnemann Academy of North America, is the instructor for this course.

 

It is now a great time to expand your knowledge and learn a new healing method. The School of Natural Healing is running a 30% off sale on the Homeopathy course as well as the Reflexology and Aromatherapy courses. I believe it’s best to have many tools in your tool kit.

 

Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.

October 14th, 2014Natural Anti-Oxidants

David Christopher M.H.

The plant kingdom produces anti-oxidants to counter the oxygen and probable oxidative damage which is created in its production of carbon from CO2. Scientists have observed that people, who eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants, are less likely to develop cardio vascular disease and cancer than those eating less of those foods. It has also been noted that Green Tea, which is unprocessed, is extremely high in anti-oxidants where black tea which is the same plant, but processed, is high in hydrogen peroxide which is reactive oxygen.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that one of the causes of heart disease is the free radical oxygen damage to LDLs, lipid and protein substances that deliver fatty acids to cells. Free radical oxygen also plays a role in diseases as diverse as diabetes, dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Even though supplements neutralize free radical oxygen in test tubes it hasn’t translated to usefulness in the body. Unfortunately, supplements of anti-oxidants have proven worthless if not harmful. The best example of this failure is beta-carotene. It was observed in the 1970’s that people who ate a lot of carrots, which are high in beta-carotenes, had protection against cancer. In 1992 researchers at the National Cancer Institute recruited 18,000 participants who were at high risk of developing cancer because of smoking or asbestos exposure. Half were given beta-carotene and half a placebo. The trial was supposed to last for six years but was halted two years early after discovering that those taking the supplement were developing cancer 28% more than the controls who were receiving a placebo.

The famed nurses’ study that tracked the health of 87,000 female nurses showed a 47% decrease, in cancer rates, for those consuming vitamin E rich foods. However Vitamin E supplements have not shown similar positive results. For positive results, we should get our anti-oxidants from foods, not supplements. Fresh Juicing of fruits and vegetables is natures’ way of supplementation.

Here is a list of anti-oxidant foods:

Blue and red berries and grapes

All nuts especially walnuts, pecans, and Brazil nuts

Beans especially pinto and red beans

Cherries, plums and apples

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.

August 27, 2014

 

Now available at Christopher Publications is Melissa Chappell’s newest contribution to healthy, whole food eating. In these DVD’s Melissa demonstrates just how quick and easy it is to make healthy and delicious meals, snacks and desserts for yourself and those you care about. Filmed in her studio/classroom, Melissa (Popularly known as Raw Melissa) teaches simple techniques to turn your fresh fruits and veggies into dishes even the pickiest critics will rave about. Melissa is a fun and casual teacher whose knowledge and love for health shines through. If you are a visual learner and want to improve your diet and your health with a fresh food approach, you will love these classroom demonstrations.

Melissa Chappell is owner of Raw Melissa (rawmelissa.com), and creator of the recently published cookbook “FAVES! Fruits and Veggies, Energy’s Secret“.

August 25th, 2014Adrenal Burnout

Tara Pierce M.H.

 

One of the Adrenal glands main functions is acting as a buffer to stress. They do not differentiate between physical and mental stress and respond in the same way to both. Every type of stress influences these glands; injury, divorce, work, finances, diets, pain, excessive exercise, junk food, kids, spouse, menstruation and so on. It is easy to get stuck in a stress cycle and over work these glands into burnout. Burnout is defined as a major breakdown in the energy producing systems of the body. It goes far beyond fatigue and can be devastating to every aspect of one’s life.

 

The number one symptom of Adrenal Burnout Syndrome is exhaustion or chronic fatigue. Some other symptoms are cravings for sweets or attraction to stimulants, difficulty with digestion, weight gain around the belly leaving arms and legs thin, inability to cope with daily life, hypoglycemia or diabetes, changes in mood and personality, depression, fears and phobias, anxiety, lack of interest in appearance, loss of concentration, shortness of breath, dark circles around the eyes, puffiness in the face and edema in the feet, and loss of muscle tone, among others. Adrenal burnout can be triggered by a single severe stress but more often it occurs slowly after years of imbalance in life and inadequate nutrition.

 

Recovering from adrenal burnout involves dedication to re-evaluating one’s life and making the necessary lifestyle changes to decrease and even eliminate unnecessary stress. A good clean diet full of live, whole foods is essential as is using plenty of digestive enzymes to boost assimilation of nutrients. I would also recommend doing Dr. Christopher’s Extended Herbal Cleansewith the addition of the Heavy Mineral Bugleweed Formula. To treat the burnout specifically I would add Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal, Thyroid Maintenance, and Master Gland Formula’s. Recovery can take time, but the more dedicated you are to treating yourself right the quicker you will regain your energy and strength to feel like yourself again.

 

Tara Pierce is a Certified Master Herbalist Graduate from The School of Natural Healing.


August 25th, 2014Red Clover

Jo Francks MH

 

Red clover is an herb that is given to us as a blessing for many different ailments. It has been used for centuries and is well known as a treatment and prevention for cancer. It is also useful as a tonic for nerves and as a sedative for nervous exhaustion. It has been mentioned as a treatment for bronchial troubles and whooping cough. It is healing to wounds and can be made into an ointment for the treatment of wounds and skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Modern research has found that red clover blossoms contain isoflavones, plant based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular health, and osteoporosis.

Dr. Christopher’s Blood Stream formula is based around red clover blossoms having 6 parts of the herb. Some women have found that taking the Blood Stream formula for other conditions has reduced their frequency of hot flashes. The Blood Stream formula is used along with the Lower Bowel, Kidney, and Liver Gallbladder formulas as an extended herbal cleanse. Start the herbal cleanse by taking 2 capsules of the Lower Bowel formula 3 times a day and 2 capsules of the kidney formula twice a day. These two formulas are taken for two weeks before adding the Liver Gallbladder formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day or a dropper-full of the extract 3 times a day. Stay on these 3 formulas for another week and then add the Bloodstream formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day. It is recommended that these formulas be taken for six weeks and up to six months always resting from the formulas on the seventh day.

 

Red Clover has a direct action in improving the nutrition of the brain. It is especially helpful when there is general mental failure, with loss of memory of words, or when there is confusion of ideas of functional causes. It is also useful when there is weakness of the lower extremities, or of the feet from deficient capillary circulation.

 

This is an herb that can be gathered when the blossoms are in full bloom and is safe to use for many ailments.

 

Jo Francks is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Holistic Iridologist and Quantum Touch practitioner. 


August 25th, 2014How Deadly is Ebola?

David Christopher M.H.

 

Many people are panicking over the current Ebola outbreak. It reminds me of the Avian Flu concerns and the Swine Flu debacle. If you are not going to Africa then you should have no concerns. Your chances of getting hit by lightning are greater than your chances of contracting Ebola. Your chances of surviving Ebola are also greater if you follow the protocol set forth in this article.

First lets’ get the facts, from the World Health Organization: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a hemorrhagic fever disease which is often fatal (up to 90%, currently running 47% fatal). EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in central and West Africa. It is not spread through the air but is spread through bodily fluids. It most likely originates from fruit bats and is carried and spread through Primates.

Symptoms: flu like with onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases internal and external bleeding. White blood cell count is low as well as platelet count. Incubation period is 2-21 days and the person is infectious as long as the virus remains in the body (7 weeks after symptoms disappear).

There is no drug, vaccine, or specific treatment, only supportive care including oral hydration with electrolytes. Natural treatment: Work with the fever not against it, (as explained in Herbal Home Health Care by Dr. John R. Christopher MH, ND). Give fresh Juices, 16 cloves of Garlic or more per day, take Vitalerbs, Anti-plague syrup, and X-Ceptic.

Prevention: Stay away from wild animal meat (especially raw monkey brains). Be well nourished.

 

Africa needs to be well fed not vaccinated!


David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  



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