Jenny created this video, “to help cancer patients and survivors to know that someone has true compassion for them and wants them to be well and happy.”

 

The title of this DVD would indicate that the Yoga practice included within, would be a specific program for individuals who actually have cancer, or are recovering and healing from cancer. While it is an amazing practice for those healing from cancer, I found it to be a great yoga practice for those who are required to sit at a desk all day, and are in need of a way to increase circulation. It is also extremely beneficial for the elderly, individuals who are wheelchair bound, those who are in need of building strength and flexibility after an accident, or someone looking for an oxygenating and strength building practice, but is not quite ready to hop on a yoga mat.

Compassionate Yoga for Cancer Care is an excellent DVD that features 3 yoga sessions; 15 minutes, 20 minutes and 25 minutes in length. The workouts are gentle, yet effective, and each practice is performed from the comfort of your chair.

Yoga has many benefits which include, but are not limited to the following: the ability to oxygenate the blood, lower blood pressure, increase flexibility, improve respiration, improve circulation, strengthen and tone muscles, improve posture, aid in weight loss, and clear and calm the mind.

“Yoga is simply a beautiful practice to bring one more in-tune to the body, the breath and ourselves. Yoga is about releasing the pressure of life and feeling the peace within.” -Jenny Mayor

Jenny Mayor is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. She has taught yoga to cancer patients, cancer survivors, teachers and the elderly in her community.



DVD now available at Christopher Publications.

November 24th, 2014Trichology

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

 

Trichology, the study of hair, teaches that hair is fiber. There isn’t much difference chemically between the hair on your head and fine wool that comes off a pashmina goat. Think about how you would care for a cashmere sweater verses how you care for your hair. Avoid constantly washing it with harmful detergents and drying on high temperatures. Doing this will strip away all the natural oil and cause it to become dry and dull.

 

Here is a quick trick on how to find out the health of your hair. Take 4 strands of hair, 1 strand each from the top, the bottom and each side of the head. Put each strand in a bowl of water. If the hair floats it is in great shape. If it sinks within 5-15 seconds, then it is porous and needs conditioning.

 

I remember watching old movies in which women would sit in front of a mirror and brush their hair 100 times before going to bed. There is actually merit to this because it distributes the hair’s natural oils. Using a natural bristle brush is best. The natural bristles effectively move the oil from the scalp through the hair. Brushing the scalp also stimulates the sebaceous glands, which in turn produce more sebum, the skin’s own protective layer. Jojoba based oil conditioners are great for your hair because it is much like the skins natural oil, sebum.

 

The scalp is like any skin on the body, it must be kept healthy to ensure healthy hair production. A chemical-free way of shampooing is the best way to remove dead skin cells and toxins that are released through the skin. One reason you want to stay away from detergent based shampoo, is that it contains a common chemical used by the cosmetic industry called sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS/SLAS). This is very toxic and contains potent carcinogens. The chemicals you place on your skin (scalp) absorb straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind. Chemical-free shampoos will help prevent any toxins from being absorbed into the skin.

 

For straight hair, shampoo twice per week. For wavy hair, shampoo once or twice per week, and for curly or kinky hair, only every other week.  Between washings you can use dry shampoos or herbal rinses to keep your scalp clean and smelling fresh. A great rinse to try is; 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water with some added essential oils (rosemary and lavender are good ones to use). This will close the hair follicles, prevent color loss, dissolve any soap scum and add shine to the hair.

 

Genetics, health and proper nutrition are also important factors in healthy hair. The living part of hair is under the scalp, where the root is housed in the hair follicle. The hair follicle is fed by a vein, which carries nutrients from the blood to the root system. Medical conditions, changes in hormones, stress, trauma, smoking and so much more can affect hair growth and appearance. Eating a diet full of healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and complex carbohydrates is important.

 

Essential omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron, prevent a dry scalp and dull hair color. Dark green vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help with sebum production and provide a natural hair conditioner. Legumes provide protein to promote hair growth, and also contain iron, zinc and biotin. A deficiency in biotin can cause brittle hair and can also lead to hair loss. Nuts contain high sources of selenium, alpha-linoleic acid and zinc, all of which help condition the hair and prevent hair shedding. Protein deficiencies can produce weak and brittle hair, and can eventually result in loss of hair color. A balanced diet is extremely necessary for a healthy scalp and furthermore healthy hair.

 

Here are some great resources for more information:

-For plant based natural hair color, visit http://www.greenhare.com.  Chemical hair dye is very toxic to the body.

-For chemical free shampoo, I have been testing a natural shampoo bar from http://www.annbeesnaturals.com. The first wash was a bit strange to me, yet I was told it would be. It takes time for your scalp and hair to adjust. Now I’m really enjoying it. I just basically wash my scalp. My hair seems to be styling well and looking good. I have short hair so I’m not sure how it would work with someone who has longer hair. The company also has a hair and skin oil conditioner, called Moroccan Silk, that I really like.

-Visit http://www.drchristophersherbshop.com to purchase chemical free, BF&C Shampoo and Conditioner, and/or BF&C Hair and Scalp massage oil.

-In Dr. Christopher’s book, Every Woman’s Herbal under Hair Loss, are the instructions for the 3 oil massage to stimulate hair growth and nourish the scalp. There is also a great herbal rinse recipe under Gray Hair.

 

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.

 

November 24th, 2014Purposeful Pumpkin

 

David Christopher, M.H.

 

‘Tis the season! Which means it is a great time to enjoy a mineral dense super food that is a virtual medicine cabinet. Pumpkin not only has the color of carrots, but it is also tremendously good tasting, low in calories, and contains many specific nutrients for the eyes. In fact a slice of pumpkin pie contains 200% of the required daily intake of Vitamin A, which is so desperately needed by your eyes. It also contains a cornucopia of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which is converted by the liver to, yep, you guessed it! Vitamin A…in case the 200% in that pie wasn’t enough.

 

The Zeaxanthin found in pumpkin is a powerful anti-oxidant and specifically helps filter UV light, protecting the eyes and lessening the incidence of macular degeneration. It is also high in lutein which is beneficial to the health of the macula lutea of the eyes. High amounts of Vitamin C in pumpkin is great for tissue integrity, strengthening the vascular system and helping to keep skin firm and youthful. It is also loaded with the B-complex vitamins such as folates, niacin, and Vitamins B-1, 2 and 6. It contains ample amounts of Vitamin K and a wide range of tocopherols, making the Vitamin E content exceptional as well. Pumpkin is also high in Zinc (one of the best anti-oxidants), Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Selenium and Sodium.

 

Pumpkin seeds, like all seeds, help prevent cancer. They are also high in the amino-acid Tryptophan, which we have all heard is the substance in turkey that triggers sleep. It is also a pre-curser to Serotonin, a neuro transmitter linked to feelings of wellbeing. Pumpkin seeds promote good cholesterol levels, a healthy prostate, and are one of the best food remedies for ridding the body of parasites.

 

Enjoy the Holidays by eating more pumpkin and its accompanying spices. It will help you with weight loss, getting plenty of sleep, and feeling better for the New Year.

 

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.  

November 24th, 2014Fall Blowout!

With the holidays just around the corner Christopher’s publications is having a Fall Blowout. This gives everyone the opportunity to purchase some slightly damaged books (they looked new to me) and some older editions for amazing prices. These make great stocking stuffers! Or give them to friends for a little nudge toward a life of health and healing.

 

“Transfiguration Diet” by Littlegreen Inc.’s Think Tank (slightly damaged) $4.00

This book explains the basics of changing your diet to be in harmony with the teachings of Dr. John R. Christopher. Timeless, true health practices are taught and it will help you recognize who is in charge of your health.

There is instruction on foods to avoid and all the wonderful foods that can be enjoyed. It will teach you how to make the transition easier while completely transforming your life to one that rejuvenates and improves health. Examples and recipes are included.

 

 

 

“An Herbal Legacy of Courage” by David Christopher (An older edition, but all the same great content) $3.00

This is an incredible book that should be in every home. This book truly opens the mind to the possibilities of all the amazing creations we have been given to heal our bodies through the story of America’s foremost modern pioneer in Natural Healing. This is the story of Dr. John R. Christopher’s life and journey to health, healing and blessing countless lives with his knowledge. Bless someone’s life by giving this book and instilling hope of renewed health into their life.

 

 

 

 

“Herbs to the Recue” by Kurt King (An older edition, but all the same great content) $5.00

Be ready for any emergency with this book! Learn some plants that grow everywhere that can be used in emergency situations. Learn the basics in first aid procedures and put your mind at ease knowing you are prepared to take care of unexpected situations.

 

 

 

 

November 24th, 2014Pancreas

Jacque Wardle, M.H.

 

The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive systems. As part of the endocrine system, the pancreas secretes two hormones, insulin and glucagon. Insulin promotes the transport of glucose across the plasma membranes, which increases the uptake of cellular glucose, and glucagon works with insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. As part of the digestive system the pancreas produces enzymes that digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

 

When the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to the insulin, glucose is not available to the cells in the body. When this condition occurs, the liver must compensate by increasing glucose production from glycogen and amino acids. This causes the blood sugar to rise above normal levels which is known as hyperglycemia or diabetes.

 

When we have diabetes we are taught to take insulin. When taking insulin into our body, the pancreas does not need to work and will become dormant. Dr. Christopher always taught that we need to cure the cause and not treat the symptoms. I love his story of how a gentleman came to see him one day because he could not urinate very well. Dr. Christopher was in a hurry and didn’t have time to mix up a diuretic formula for him. He explained to the gentleman that he needed to chew some fresh Juniper berries and make up some tea with them. This gentleman agreed to do so since he had a juniper tree growing in his backyard.

Weeks later the gentleman returned because his urination problem wasn’t any better, confused Dr. Christopher asked to see the juniper berries he was using. Once seeing the juniper berries, he realized that the gentleman had been eating cedar berries instead of juniper berries. As they spoke the gentleman mentioned that since taking the cedar berries he had reduced his intake of insulin. Dr. Christopher was excited because this was the break through that he was waiting for on how to heal the pancreas instead of always treating the cause.

Recently I have had the chance to help a family member that was having kidney problems due to diabetes. We started her on the Kidney Formula and a week later she began the Pancreas Formula. By the following week she was reducing her insulin intake. As she continues to work on cleaning up her diet and following with the Kidney and Pancreas formulas, she is receiving great benefits.

I am very grateful for Dr. Christopher and his willingness to listen to the promptings that he received. My family’s’ lives as well as my own have been greatly enriched from the knowledge I have received from Dr. Christopher and The School of Natural Healing.

 

Jacque Wardle is a Master Herbalist, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Being a Master Herbalist has allowed her to introduce a more natural aspect into her student’s wellness programs. Her contact is jaerostep@yahoo.com


November 24th, 2014Fear: It’s a Scream!

Tara Pierce, M.H.

 

Believe it or not, short term fear can be beneficial to your health. It is a primitive emotion that we are all hardwired with and would not survive without. The physical effects of the fight or flight response can be invigorating, therapeutic, euphoric, and put an adrenaline filled smile on your lips. Experiencing fear in a safe environment such as a haunted house or movie theater can be a great way to learn how to react in a healthy way to such stimulus. Increased heart rate, increased blood flow to the extremities, rapid short breath, jumping, screaming and running are all natural reactions to fear. This is a proactive and positive response, the same response that kept our predecessors from life threatening danger.

 

The negative side of fear, is when we are in a prolonged stressful situation that can lead to a myriad of physical and psychological problems. Irrational fears and everyday stresses cause the release of cortisol and other stress hormones, which in large and prolonged amounts can result in adrenal problems, weakened thyroid, weight gain, loss of sleep, digestion and assimilation difficulties, mood changes and in extreme cases can become a disorder like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety.

 

The body doesn’t always recognize the difference between real and imagined fear, it simply responds to stimuli. Imagined fear is often of our own making and is often rooted in the question “What if?” It can rob you of who you have the potential to be and a life that is full of happiness and satisfying achievements. (A great article, 7 Things Fear has Stolen from You)

 

To help calm the body’s response, I would recommend reconnecting with yourself emotionally and spiritually. Practices such as meditation, prayer, Emotional Release Therapy, Rapid Eye Therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) etc. can be very helpful in identifying the reason for your fear. Once you understand the origin of the fear you can learn to let it go and move forward. To help in expressing your emotions, activities such as singing, music, dance, writing, painting, drawing etc. can be very beneficial.

 

To ease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, passion flower and wood betony combined can’t be beat. Use an equal amount of each herb as a tea, 1-3 times daily. These herbs are known to relieve anxiety, stress, nervous tension, insomnia, and depression. You will also find relief from the pain and discomfort caused by muscle tension and emotional turmoil.

 

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


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.



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