by: Jo Franks, M.H.

This time of year you will find pomegranates in most grocery stores. There are a lot of interesting facts about this amazing fruit, which dates back thousands of years. The plant is a native of Persia and in the 18th century Spanish sailors introduced the plant to the southern United States. They have long been a symbol of prosperity and abundance. In Greek history it is considered good luck to smash a pomegranate on the ground at weddings and New Year’s. It is said that the number of seeds that fall out of the fruit, will be the number of children the married couple will have.

 

The Latin name for pomegranate (Punica granatum) means seeded apple. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, namely punicalagin. Studies have shown that this is effective in preventing platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots. It is also high in other polyphenols, tannins, quercitin, and anthocyanins which offer heart health and anti-cancer benefits. Pomegranates can also be beneficial for arthritis, increasing oxygen levels to the heart, heart disease, many types of cancer, diarrhea, and mental and emotional health.

 

Not only is the fruit delicious, very nutrient dense and full of anti-oxidants, but there are parts of the whole plant that are beneficial medicinally. The root bark has been used as a remedy for all kinds of parasites, including tapeworms. The fruit rind and flowers can be made into a tea for a sore throat. If the rind is dried and powdered, it can be used as a tooth powder for brushing the teeth.

 

We always recommend eating foods in their wholesome form. Enjoy the season of pomegranates! From all of us at The School of Natural Healing, have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

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

 

For further study:

http://www.wellcorps.com/MedicinalPropertiesPomegranates.html

https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/888/#b 

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.

 

 

 

 

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, 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, 2014True Patterns of Health

Kelly Pomeroy M.H.

 

Pain or discomfort is a natural signaling mechanism our body uses to tell us that it needs something. These signals are often ignored or labeled as old age. We might even take a pill to turn the pain off. When a car runs low on gasoline, the auto’s gas light comes on, signaling to put gas into the tank before it runs out. We don’t pull out the fuse to stop the signal from telling us we are low on gasoline. We know we will get stuck if we don’t listen. There is a great lesson to be learned in the up keep of a car and the up keep of the amazing gift of our bodies.

 

Ibn Butlan (around 1038 AD), was an Arab Christian who wrote a book regarding the restoration and preservation of good health called the Taquin as­Sihhah. He taught that clean air, moderate diet, rest and work, emotional health, and elimination (bowel and bladder) were key to maintaining health. When any of these were lacking, sickness occurred. In addition to all of these valuable habits he lists, I add that drinking plenty of clean water is vital to our body’s health. Most of our society is dehydrated. This simple step taken out of the equation of health can give us headaches, irritability, constipation, and loss of energy.

 

Some true patterns of health are:

1. Drink plenty of clean, clear water. More than 70% of our body is made of water and needs to be replenished daily by at least 8 cups and up to one gallon of water for an adult. Distilled water is best. Drinking water will aid our bowels and bladder in elimination.

2. Get the sleep and rest you need. Generally 8 hours of sleep is required for the body to perform its functions.

3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. The average diet today is heavy laden with processed foods and animal products (dairy, meat, eggs, etc.). They have a high calorie, low nutrient ratio, robbing the body of essential vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals. Animal hormones can also interfere with our own.

4. Exercise your body and breathe deeply, this benefits both the body and the mind. Our lymph system is activated by our physical movement.

5. Proper Elimination. Three times a day we should be having a healthy bowel movement. Urine should be a very light lemon color. Dark urine is an indication of dehydration. Fiber rich foods, high water intake, and reduced stress all attribute to healthy elimination.

6. Emotional Health. Max Muller, a German scholar once said, “A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” Emotions have a physiological effect on us. Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Truman is an excellent book that teaches how the body, heart, and mind are tied together and how to heal emotionally and physically. The teachings of Jesus Christ found in The Holy Bible are simple tools to teach forgiveness, faith, love, gratitude, and respect.

 

When warning signals go off in our body (pain), we would be wise to take a simple evaluation of these patterns of health. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all the things we want to change. Find one thing you can improve upon and work on that. Remember, it is the small and simple things we do that make all the difference. Little by little, as we reach for truth and health, doors of understanding will open. Little successes can have a huge impact on our health. Best wishes to you in your journey to greater health!

Kelly Pomeroy is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is a happy mother of four beautiful children who enjoys sharing her experiences and knowledge with family and friends. “I am a better mother, sister, daughter, and friend because of it. I would encourage anyone searching for ways to help themselves and family towards greater health to enroll in classes at The School of Natural Healing.” For questions or comments you can write me at kellyvpomeroy@gmail.com


August 25th, 2014Essential Fatty Acids

Tonya Judd M.H.

 

Essential fatty acids are just what the name states, essential. Our bodies need EFA’s. Omega-3 fatty acids fight disease by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels and joints, protect our central nervous system, improves our mood, help with inflammation and joint pain, improve eyesight, positively affect cardiovascular health, help prevent age related macular degeneration and reduces blood sugar levels and triglyceride levels by eating only 1 ounce of EFA’s per day.

 

A deficiency in EFA’s can lead to mood swings and depression. Symptoms or signs of EFA deficiency in individuals include some of the following: dry skin, cracking skin on heels and fingertips, craving fatty foods, painful/stiff joints, poor muscle strength, hyperactivity, poor wound healing, learning/memory problems, dry hair, excessive thirst, and irritability to name a few.

EFA’s help with pregnancy and post-natal depression. EFA’s are passed to the baby in utero and help with the development of the brain. As the EFA’s are passed to the baby, this reduces the mother’s EFA levels, thus contributing to post-natal depression if the new mom is not consuming enough in her daily diet.

An amazing newer source for EFA’s is Sacha Inchi oil and Sacha Inchi seeds. Sacha Inchi grows in the highlands of Peru and the plant produces year after year and keeps producing for decades. The oil is derived from the cold pressing of the seeds and requires no refining. The oil is similar to olive oil but has a much lighter taste and the seeds (also called Incan peanuts) boast 50% oil content and have a nutty flavor when roasted. Sacha Inchi oil is an excellent source of amino acids, easily digestible proteins and nutrients. Sacha inchi exceeds fish oil and flax in omega-3 = 48% and omega-6 = 36%

High in fiber, high in tryptophan, no cholesterol, high in protein with a 27% protein content and is rich in iodine and vitamins A and E. Sacha Inchi oil and seeds are also an excellent source of amino acids. Another plus of Sacha inchi is that you can get all of your omegas in one shot…omega-3 (48%), omega-6 (35%) and omega-9 (9%) Sacha inchi has been shown to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by eating just 1 oz. per day. Other sources of EFA’s include dark leafy greens such as spinach, flax seeds and flax oil, chia seed and purslane.

Keep in mind that when adding omega-3’s to your diet, it may take up to a month of use before you begin to see results.

 

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


June 30th, 2014Janie V.

 

Janie V. was born and raised in New Jersey. She has worked in a medical environment for over twenty-five years. After raising three children with her husband Frank of thirty years, it was her regular routine to get a medical checkup each year. In the eighth month of two thousand twelve, she had a mammogram done. The test results came back positive. She had developed breast cancer in her right breast. The doctor recommended that she get treatment and surgery. He also discouraged researching breast cancer on the internet. In other words, he was the final authority when it came to breast cancer.

Janie decided to try to follow the doctor’s orders. She was treated with chemotherapy every 3 weeks for 5 treatments which also included a shot to force her bones to produce white blood cells. Just before her fifth chemo treatment the nurse drew blood and her white blood cell count was low. The chemo doctor decided to delay it for a week. The following week she had her fifth chemo treatment at a lower dosage. She felt as if her body was getting weaker and weaker. She didn’t know how much more of this type of treatment her body could handle.

At about this time, a friend of Franks’ (who is a student at the School of Natural Healing) was giving him information and praying that Janie would consider another form of treatment. He was giving them information, websites and periodicals. Frank gladly took this information, but stood with his wife, knowing that she had to make this important decision for herself. On the second month of two thousand thirteen, Janie started on the mucus less diet. She took several of Dr. Christopher’s formulas and changed her eating habits drastically.

After about four months, she went back to her Surgeon for a follow up. Janie asked him when she should get her next mammogram. The doctor recommended that it be done after she was finished with her radiation. When she told him that she was not getting the radiation treatment he became livid. He began to belittle her telling her that if she didn’t, she would have a fifty percent chance of getting the cancer back in two years. He also implied that a change of diet would have little to no effect on her cancer. He argued with her saying, “Don’t you want to be around for your Grandchildren?” Needless to say Janie felt discouraged but was determined not to have the radiation treatment.

The following day, Janie and Frank made a trip to visit her father in Georgia. As they headed out, they prayed to YaHuWeh to give them guidance with their situation. On their way to Georgia, they stopped at a hotel for the night. Before they began to settle in to rest, Frank turned on the T.V. While flipping through the channels, he stumbled upon a doctor who was speaking about how nutrition can help fight cancer. He called Janie over and soon they were both watching the doctor explain how a plant based life style could help prevent cancer. They anxiously waited until the end of the program so they could get more information about this doctor. They found out his name was Dr. Fuhrman (author of Eat to Live) and he was located one hour away from their home in New Jersey! They agreed that this was an answer to their prayers.

After they had returned from Georgia, she made an appointment with Dr. Benson (Dr. Fuhrman’s associate) and began to change the way she thought about nutrition. While she started to change her eating habits, Frank decided to join her and they were able to make drastic changes to their habits together. Together they viewed the documentary, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, and it began to educate them on natural foods and a natural lifestyle. She started to lose weight (over 30 pounds), feel great, and was alive with vigor. Her pant size went into a single digit. Janie was getting her energy back. She cut out most of the dairy and meat in her diet. The tingling in her fingers, which had been a side effect to the chemotherapy, started to go away.

After about two months, she went back to her doctors who had worked with her through the chemotherapy for another checkup. They encouraged her to get another mammogram. The test results showed that no cancer remained. It was gone. But even as she breathed a sigh of relief, the doctor informed her that they had found an abnormal calcium build up in her other breast. But she did not let this discourage her. In fact, she was even more determined to follow through and take care of her health.

At her doctor’s appointment with Dr. Fuhrman’s office, she met with his associate Dr. Benson. He shared a nutritional plan called the G- BOMBS. G-BOMBS stands for greens, berries, onions, mushrooms, beans and seeds. This nutritional punch would help to prevent the cancer from returning again.

Today Janie is a miracle testimony of what the Creator YaHuWeH wants all his children to have: Health, Wellness, Happiness, Peace and Knowledge of how to maintain it and to share it with others.

 

Are you excited? I am! Let’s get healthy!

 

Frank and Janie V.

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



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