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. 


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


June 30th, 2014My Journey

Cynthia Sumner

 

In my early 20’s when I was in my first years of marriage, with a brand new baby, I had the blessing of learning about The School of Natural Healing. My husband faced some health issues from living out of the country; I had health issues from eating mostly dead food my whole life and emotional trauma from a dysfunctional home. And on top of everything I worried about how to take care of my baby when she had fevers and earaches.

 

I had a very touching and real experience as I listened and watched some of the teachings from Dr. Christopher. From the top of my head, through my body, down to my toes, I felt a surge of energy, almost a voice that told me I would be mentored and educated through the School of Natural Healing and one day teach and consult individuals to heal. As I studied, experienced and opened my heart and mind truths flowed to me. I knew that I had a gift and responsibility to support and educate individuals to heal physically so they could heal emotionally and spiritually.

I was able to use what I learned to help my husband heal, myself heal physically and emotionally and to build a foundation of confidence to know what my baby needed and how to take care of her. How wonderful it felt to be self-sufficient. Knowledge is power!

With my second pregnancy I began to miscarry at 3 months. I read all I could and prayed. I was impressed to use specific herbs and to eat a strict healthy diet. It was easy to do because I knew it was for this spirit that needed to come to earth. I delivered that baby boy full term, the doctor told me my son was a miracle baby and that he really didn’t think he had any chance of making it. The same problems happened with my last 2 pregnancies and both were delivered full term healthy and strong! I know my knowledge of the body and what it needs allowed my three sons to grow strong inside me and to bless this world with their presence. What a blessing it has been not only for my family in so many ways, too many to share here, but for hundreds of my clients now. I have watched client after client heal from tumors, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, infertility, depression, anxiety, excess weight, skin problems and more. More importantly, and usually surprising to my clients, is the clarity, confidence, self- love, success, renewal in relationships with spouse, kids, parents, co-workers and best of all God. Clarity allows us to see the opportunities that have always been there or to attract opportunities to us. Joy, purpose and a desire to help others is the result of finding balance.

 

If you are interested in support on your journey to finding balance, support that is in accordance with the teachings of Dr. Christopher, click on this link:http://www.cynthiasumnerhealth.com/.

 

 My coaching includes:

-Monthly one on one consultation with me and an Emotional Health Coach

-Weekly Group calls, Short Videos, Audios and Simple Worksheets to motivate and educate

-Weekly Accountability through email

-Personalized Nutritional Guide, Recipes, Shopping List Guide and much more!

 

Need new healthy recipes? Visit my website for my Happy. Healthy. Clean. Living recipe book, with over 200 wholesome and raw, delicious recipes.www.greenhealingleaf.com 

 

Thank you Dr. John R. Christopher and his son David Christopher, for this life changing education!! If you have been thinking about signing up for any courses from The School of Natural Healing I am here to urge you to do it! Even if it’s just for yourself, it will be one of the best investments you ever make. Here is a quick link to the school’s courses: http://familyherbalist.snh.cc/

Cynthia Sumner is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing. She is also a Wholistic Health Coach, Herbal Nutritionist and speaker. You can contact her through her website above or by calling 801.369.1235


June 30th, 2014Constipated Babies

 

Tonya Judd

 

Over the course of the past few weeks I have received quite a few phone calls concerning constipated babies. Most of these sweet, new little beings have not had a bowel movement within a 7-10 day time period.  Their tummies were hard and when they would try to eliminate, they would cry because of the pain caused from the hardened stools. Their concerned and loving mothers were at a loss as to what to do for such little ones. In most cases breastfed babies do not have a problem with constipation, but it can happen. On the other hand, formula fed babies do tend to have frequent bouts with constipation. If this is the case, you might try switching formulas or switch to goats’ milk which is much less mucus forming. If you are breastfeeding, your baby should have a bowel movement each time they nurse. If this is not happening, do not be alarmed, but look at your own diet and the foods you may be consuming that may be causing constipation. Regardless of your situation, if your wee one is having constipation issues you can try some of the following remedies to alleviate constipation and bring your baby relief.

 

            1.  Dr. Christopher’s Kid-E-Reg Formula. The Kid-E-Reg Formula is a gentle bowel formula that supports the intestines, acts as a mild laxative, and is safe to use for an extended period of time.  It contains: Slippery Elm Bark, Licorice Root, Fennel Seed, Anise Seed & Fig Syrup in a glycerin base.

2.  Molasses water. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black strap molasses to 8 ounces of water. This can be given by using an eye dropper or adding to a bottle. Molasses softens hardened stools making elimination easy and painless and is soothing to the intestinal tract.  Molasses is also a great source of iron.

3.  Licorice Tea. Licorice is a mild laxative, and stimulates peristaltic action.

4.  Lemon water. Lemon increases bile and peristalsis which causes a bowel movement.

5.  Diluted prune juice. Softens the stools and is very nutritive.

6.  Gently massaging the abdomen in the area of the colon. This can be done using extra virgin olive oil.

7.  Reflexology. Work the area on the foot that corresponds with the large and small intestines.

8.  Exercising/bicycling your baby’s legs. The colon is a smooth muscle and becomes more efficient with exercise. This simple exercise can help to get the peristaltic action going just like when we as adults exercise.

9.  A warm catnip enema. Lay your baby on a towel in the tub and keep the upper half of their body covered for warmth. Never give all of the solution at once. Remember to go slowly with babies and massage the abdomen as you go.

10. The Lower Bowel Extract. This formula can be used on babies if the Kid-E-Reg is not producing the desired results. The dosage would obviously not be what is listed on the bottle. You could start with 5-10 drops and work up if needed. This formula contains Cascara Sagrada Bark, Barberry Bark, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger Root, Lobelia Herb, Red Raspberry Leaf, Turkey Rhubarb Root, Fennel Seed and Goldenseal Root in a base of pure vegetable glycerin and distilled water.

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


June 30th, 2014What Causes Autism?

David Christopher MH

 

Although Autism is multi-faceted and there are no easy answers, I have always believed answers can be found in observing large populations to determine which groups are subject to a disease and in which groups it does not occur. Looking at the entire population of the world we can observe that Autism was non-existent or so rare that it was not observed until the 1930’s. The observations of those living in that time-frame was that a small segment of society was subject to autistic children and that was the segment of society that were wealthy and well educated. In the 1940’s the demographic changed and autistic children were being born into middle class families. Then in the 1950’s poor people were subjected to their children developing Autism. In the 1970’s the rate of autism in children was 1 in 2000. By the 90’s the rate had grown to 1 in 1000 and today 1 in 60 children develop autism. The Geneticists inform us that it cannot be genetically caused, it would be impossible to spread that rapidly. It must be something that we are doing as a society! So again let us observe our society and see if there is a segment of our community that is not subject to having autistic offspring. There was.

 

A UPI reporter, Dan Olmsted, searched for autistic Amish children in an area of Lancaster
County in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Statistically he should have found 130 cases of Autism, instead he found none. Statisticians could attribute it to using horse and buggies instead of cars or a total rejection of electricity coming from the Grid or any number of connections. However, included in the Amish rejecting our technological society, was their wholehearted rejection of vaccines. The only difference between this community and the rest of the population, that is valid, is the rejection of our mass immunization program. The Health Department went door to door convincing this community to vaccinate their children, which they did. Now we find Autism occurring in the Amish community.

 

In the1930’s, only rich, informed parents could afford the vaccines, their children first suffered autism. When vaccines became more affordable the middle class vaccinated and then Autism plagued them. When Government paid for the vaccines, everyone, including the poor, was subject to Autism. The Health Department convinced the Amish to vaccinate their children and now all segments of society can suffer this prevalent disease.

 

Individually we can become more informed; we can reject these vaccines for our children and avoid this modern day plague. All States have exemptions, you should use them.

 

To learn more may I suggest the excellent book Make an Informed Vaccine Decision by Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH

 

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 3rd, 2013Gluten-Free

Tara Pierce, Herbalist

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. It is a reaction to gluten which causes inflammation and damages the villi of the small intestine. This in turn can cause vitamin deficiencies due to the reduced ability to properly absorb nutrients, resulting in fatigue and anemia in some suffers. Other symptoms can include pain and discomfort in the digestive tract, chronic constipation and diarrhea and failure to thrive (in children).

 

Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). The most popular treatment for celiac is a gluten-free diet. Here are some general “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when going gluten-free.

 

Do’s

Beans, seeds, and nuts; natural and unprocessed.

Fresh eggs

Fish and poultry (avoid breading and marinades)

Fruits and vegetables

Gluten-free grains; amaranth,  arrowroot, buckwheat, corn (hominy), flax, millet, quinoa, rice, sorgum, soy, tapioca, teff and gluten-free flours made of rice, soy, corn, potato or bean (Don’t confuse gram flour made from chickpeas for graham flour which is made from wheat).

 

Don’ts

As well as the grains listed above, avoid wheat products that can go by other names including bulgur, durum flour, farina, graham flour and semolina.

Also avoid these products unless labeled gluten-free; Beer, breads, cakes and pies, candies, cereals, cookies and crackers, croutons, french fries, gravies, imitation meat or seafood, matzo, pastas, processed luncheon meats, salad dressings, sauces (including soy sauce), seasoned rice mixes, seasoned snack foods, self-basting poultry, soups and soup bases, vegetables in sauce, food additives such as malt flavoring, modified food starch etc., and medications/vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent.

 

The biggest “if” in the gluten-free world is oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free but the problem comes in the field or in the processing facility. Crops of oats are often rotated with crops of wheat making it impossible to separate them entirely and if the facility that processes the oats also processes wheat products there will be cross contamination. For this reason it is generally recommended to avoid oats unless they are labeled gluten-free and come from a source you can trust. (Check with your local Health Food stores to find the best gluten-free companies).

 

Here at the School of Natural Healing we recommend using Dr. Christopher’s Soothing Digestion formula to reduce inflammation and help heal the villi and lesions in the small intestine, the Immucalm formula to help keep the immune system in check and the mucusless diet (without the gluten grains of course). In doing this you can be assured of the best nutrient absorption to avoid vitamin deficiencies while adjusting to your new diet.

 

Tara Pierce is a Certified Herbalist and Master Herbalist Student at The School of Natural Healing.

 

October 3rd, 2013Milk A-Z

Robert Cohen

 

 

New to Christopher Publications is the book, Milk A-Z, by Robert Cohen. Robert has taken information from peer-reviewed scientific journals and respected physicians to break the marketing myth of “Milk does the body good.” He has put the research into an easy to read format.

 

The book starts out with A is for Allergies.

 

“At least 50% of all children in the United States are allergic to cow’s milk, many undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, often revealed by diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. Many cases of asthma and sinus infections are reported to be relieved and even eliminated by cutting out dairy.”

Nathaniel Mead, M.D., Natural Health July, 1994

 

Ending with Z is for Zits

 

“As pointed out by Dr. Jerome Fisher, “About 80 percent of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing off hormones continuously.” Progesterone breaks down into androgens, which have been implicated as a factor in the development of acne…Dr. Fisher observed that his teenage acne patients improved as soon as the milk drinking stopped.”

Frank Oski, M.D., Don’t Drink Your Milk

 

Other topics along the way are; E is for Ear infections, G is for Growth Hormones, O is for Osteoporosis, S is for Sudden Infant Death…., and many more interesting facts from his research.

 

Robert Cohen hopes to wake people up to the real science behind milk, helping people to pay attention to their body’s signals of internal sludge and congestions that may be simply alleviated by saying “NOT MILK!”

September 30th, 2013Startling Case of Hives

M. Fisher

Recently, my two year old broke out in a startling case of hives. They came out of nowhere and rapidly spread across her face and body; burning and making her skin itch. Though alarming and concerning, I assumed given my own allergies, and her recent exposure to an exotic Persian cat, that she was having an allergic reaction to the cat. My husband and I watched her closely, but decided to take her to the doctor to confirm she would be alright.


The doctors’ office was frustrating as the Dr. spent very little time listening to me, or evaluating my child. He then told me that she was not having an allergic reaction, but that she had strep throat and that it was relatively common for children to break out into a rash with strep throat. A moment after he “diagnosed” her, he left, ordered the strep culture, and left me, more than a little confused. My daughter did not have a fever, nor had she complained of a sore throat.

At length, the doctor came back to tell me that the strep culture came back negative and proceeded to tell me that she had a viral infection instead. I reasserted that she did not exhibit any symptoms of an illness, and still had no fever. He insisted again that she had a viral illness, and informed me that the hives could last up to 6 weeks, and that if they had not resolved in 2 months, then I should come back. I about fell out of my chair, 6 weeks?? Not better in 2 months?? I stared in disbelief as the doctor nonchalantly left the room, and I decided that there must be a better solution. I promptly went home, cleaned car seats and clothes to get rid of any pet dander, and called my good friend Fawn Christopher. She recommended Kid-e-Soothe to calm my toddler’s immune system.

We immediately gave her the Kid-e-Soothe and to my great relief, the hives went away; quickly, safely, and without any harmful side effects. I did not have to worry if she weighed enough to give her Bendadryl, Zyrtec, or any other medicine the doctor had suggested, nor did I have to worry about her becoming drowsy as a result. I did not have to wrestle her and pin her down to give her the medicine, for the Kid-e-Soothe was easy on her palette as well as her stomach. But my biggest comfort was that I did not have to worry about having my toddler covered with hives for 6-8 weeks.

After the hives had dissipated and I conducted some studious research, I have discovered that it is possible to develop a case of hives with the onset of a viral infection, but as of yet, I am unconvinced that this was the case with my daughter. Short of going back to visit the exotic cat there is no way to show who was correct. But for me, it is mostly irrelevant. I have found a product (and subsequently a whole line of products) that I can feel safe in giving my child when she is ill. I have found a solution that I can feel good about. And with the proper education and information, I can take these herbs and take care of my family.

 

M. Fisher is a mother of two, and a new Student in the School of Natural Healing.

September 27th, 2013Flu Shot Doing Poor Job

David Christopher MH

This is the Associated Press headline dated February 22, 2013, out of Atlanta Georgia, where the headquarters for the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is located. In the article it points out that the flu vaccine has a dismal 27% effectiveness for older people, or in reality a rate of 73% ineffectiveness. We also should point out that the 27% claim of effectiveness is hard to prove. These people may have never come in contact with the virus. In reality without proof of contact they should not claim any effectiveness. One should also ponder the 73% who came down with the flu. Did they come in contact with the disease or did they get it from the vaccine?

I personally believe that you should expose a healthy person to a small amount of the disease to alert the immune system. But to shoot the disease into a junk food eating, immune impaired, unhealthy society is criminal.

What the taxpayer funded CDC should be doing with our precious funds is teaching people how to be healthy, developing strong immunity so they are not subject to every little cold and flu virus which seem to be ubiquitous. Perhaps if they did proper research they would discover what Israeli scientists discovered in 1992. They discovered that Elderberry extract was 90% effective in eliminating flu symptoms in three days.

I know the dangers of vaccines, the nerve damage that the aluminum or mercury preservatives can cause, the auto immune diseases triggered by foreign proteins in the serum, and the contaminant animal diseases inherent in vaccines which trigger horrible diseases like Lyme’s.

What the government should do is stop protecting the irresponsible actions of the giant pharmaceuticals and encourage everyone to learn how to protect themselves and their families.

I suggest that everyone should enroll in the School of Natural Healing and at least take The Family Herbalist course which teaches the basic skills of healing. This course has saved lives and restored health to thousands. And if nothing else, if everyone applied its’ principles then expensive medical procedures would become obsolete and the national debt could be retired.

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.

September 23rd, 2013The Vaccine Decision

Yvonne L. Salcido MH 

Have you ever felt that vaccines were questionable or are you unsure about whether or not you should have your child vaccinated? Have you ever done any research on the subject? If you would like answers to your questions, the book “Make an Informed Vaccine Decision” by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, is for you. I believe every responsible parent should read this book to become informed by an expert that does not have a vested interest or agenda and presents the evidence in a concise scientific manner.

Dr. Eisenstein is a Medical doctor who went on to get a law degree and a Masters in Public Health. His purpose in pursuing additional education was to be proficient in interpreting disease data so he could accurately present the facts on the pros and cons of vaccinations. He respects the rights of parents to choose the health care of their family, and wants to protect that right.

This book includes chapters on each different vaccine that is required. These chapters include different manufactures, ingredients, side effects, case histories, facts from the Center for Disease Control, FDA, governmental committees, research and information from the VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.) For example: Did you know that by age 1 ½ on the current vaccination schedule your precious little baby has already been exposed to 38 different vaccines.

A few great examples of his research are: “The FDA is also aware that aluminum is dangerous. In a critical document on drug evaluation, the following statement is made.” “Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates who receive (injections) of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5mcg per kilogram of body weight per day, accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates.” — FDA document”  “This means that for a 6 pound baby, 11-14 mcg would be toxic. The hepatitis B vaccine given at birth contains 250 mcg of aluminum—20 times higher than safety levels! Babies weigh about 12 pounds (5.5kg) at two months of age when they receive 1,225 mcg of aluminum from their vaccines—50 times higher than safety levels!”

In New Jersey in 2009 there was an outbreak of pertussis.  One hundred percent of the children infected had been vaccinated. Now isn’t that amazing. Parents truly need to do their homework to know what would be in the best interest of their child. There are so many amazing statistics that will open your mind to what is really going on. According to the World Health Organization, vaccinated children have a higher chance of getting the disease, than unvaccinated children. According to Dr. William Atkinson, Senior Epidemiologist at the CDC, “Measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In some large outbreaks…over 95 percent of the cases have a history of vaccination.”

Scientists have known for over thirty years that viral infections such as rubella have been shown consistently to cause diabetes mellitus. Dr. Harris Coulter stated “If the disease can cause diabetes so can the vaccine.”

If you are interested in truth and insuring the good health of your family and future generations, this book would be a wonderful addition to your library. 

Yvonne Lunt Salcido is a Student Advisor for and a Master Herbalist Graduate of the School of Natural Healing. She is a current student at Utah Valley University majoring in Health and Wellness Education.

 


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