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.  


January 27th, 2014Dr. Christopher’s Burn Paste

Tonya Judd M.H.

 

In my last newsletter submission I spoke about having an herbal first aid kit for emergencies. One of the items I suggested was Dr. Christopher’s Burn Paste. I recently had my first hands on experience with Dr. Christopher’s Burn paste.  A few months previous I felt that I should make the Burn Paste to have on hand just in case.   I had mixed a batch together and had been storing it in my refrigerator.

 

I was making a meal and did not realize that the burner had been turned on and as I tasted the recipe to see if it tasted “just right”, I scalded my tongue.  Anyone who has ever done this knows that it is not the most pleasant experience.  I thought, “great, now what do I do?”  It always amazes me that when someone asks me what they should do for a particular ailment I seem to have no trouble coming up with suggestions to help them heal, but when it comes to myself that is not always the case.  This time though, I felt that I should try the Dr. Christopher’s Burn Paste on my tongue.  Now lest any of you think that this should not be placed in the mouth, let me reassure you that these are all ingestible ingredients.  I placed the burn paste on my tongue and held it on by pressing my tongue against the side of my cheek.   I was able to keep this on for about an hour before I spit the burn paste out and rinsed my mouth.  This is not the most delicious concoction, but, the results were amazing to say the least.   My tongue was completely healed after just one hour of this application.

Dr. Christopher’s Burn Paste formula can be used for many other ailments including: abrasions, cuts, sprains and for the external healing of broken bones.  When using on external burns place the paste on 1/2 - 3/4″ thick and more burn paste added on top of the each previous application without cleaning off the old application.

 

Dr. Christopher has some amazing healing experiences with this formula which you can read more about at http://www.herballegacy.com/Burns_Sunburns.html

 

Dr. Christopher’s Burn Paste can be made by mixing together in equal parts:

Wheat Germ Oil - is high in vitamin E and is high in anti-oxidants with help with regeneration and healing of the skin while keeping the skin pliable.

Raw Honey - speeds the healing of damaged tissues, is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anit-viral.  Honey is a natural anti-biotic and is loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Bacteria cannot live in raw honey so this keeps infection from forming.   Honey also helps to reduce scarring.

Comfrey powder OR Dr. Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone Formula with comfrey-comfrey is one of the best cell proliferant herbs available.  It helps rebuild cells and regenerates connective tissues and protects against scarring.  Dr. Christopher referred to it as “People Putty” because of its ability to heal and regenerate flesh, tissues, and bones.

 

You may want to make up some of this amazing burn paste to keep on hand - just in case.  You never know when you may need it.

 

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


The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness

 

What would you do if you were suddenly unable to get access to your prescription drugs? Maybe you don’t use Rx drugs, but can you imagine a scenario where the 50% of the population that does rely on Rx drugs is forced to do without?  Can you envision the pain and suffering that would ensue if millions of people were suddenly unable to get their antidepressants, pain pills, and heart medications? This is not just a hypothetical situation, but in the event of a long-term disaster such as an economic collapse the #1 cause of death is projected to be lack of access to medicines.

 

The 400+ page Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness is an easy-to-use, no-nonsense guide to using Mother Nature’s medicines herbs and essential oils along with basic reflexology, basic acupressure, and a healthy lifestyle to help with chronic illness, injury, infectious disease, pregnancy, childbirth, sanitation, hygiene, mental health, and more!  The chapter on first aid also contains advice from the Western medical perspective.  Whether you are looking for maximal medical preparedness for natural disaster or a collapse scenario, or you are serious about using medicines from Mother Nature for your day-to-day health, The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness will help you be ready to handle hundreds of health concerns yourself at home!

 

Authors Julie Behling-Hovdal (reflexologist, holistic healer, & essential oil enthusiast), Rebecca Potter (Master Herbalist, School of Natural Healing graduate), and Edward Behling (medic) come together to provide an interesting and practical take on natural medicines, preparedness, and first aid that will empower their readers to achieve greater medical self-sufficiency at a time when many in this country are moving toward more medical dependency.  Included are full-color reflexology and acupressure charts and instruction on how to deliver a baby in the event trained help is unavailable.

 

This book is now available through Christopher Publicationshttp://christopherpublications.com/Essential_Survival_Guide.html

What would you do if you were suddenly unable to get access to your prescription drugs? Maybe you don’t use Rx drugs, but can you imagine a scenario where the 50% of the population that does rely on Rx drugs is forced to do without?  Can you envision the pain and suffering that would ensue if millions of people were suddenly unable to get their antidepressants, pain pills, and heart medications? This is not just a hypothetical situation, but in the event of a long-term disaster such as an economic collapse the #1 cause of death is projected to be lack of access to medicines.

 

The 400+ page Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness is an easy-to-use, no-nonsense guide to using Mother Nature’s medicines herbs and essential oils along with basic reflexology, basic acupressure, and a healthy lifestyle to help with chronic illness, injury, infectious disease, pregnancy, childbirth, sanitation, hygiene, mental health, and more!  The chapter on first aid also contains advice from the Western medical perspective.  Whether you are looking for maximal medical preparedness for natural disaster or a collapse scenario, or you are serious about using medicines from Mother Nature for your day-to-day health, The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness will help you be ready to handle hundreds of health concerns yourself at home!

 

Authors Julie Behling-Hovdal (reflexologist, holistic healer, & essential oil enthusiast), Rebecca Potter (Master Herbalist, School of Natural Healing graduate), and Edward Behling (medic) come together to provide an interesting and practical take on natural medicines, preparedness, and first aid that will empower their readers to achieve greater medical self-sufficiency at a time when many in this country are moving toward more medical dependency.  Included are full-color reflexology and acupressure charts and instruction on how to deliver a baby in the event trained help is unavailable.

 

This book is now available through Christopher Publicationshttp://christopherpublications.com/Essential_Survival_Guide.html

November 11th, 2013Herbal First Aid Kit

Tonya Judd

An Herbal First Aid Kit goes beyond the normal run of the mill first aid kit containing adhesive bandages and anti-biotic ointment.  An Herbal First-Aid Kit for college students, young married couples, parents, grandparents and others on your gift list who often ask what to do for particular ailments, is a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season. These items can be placed in a small plastic tote, a tackle box, a back pack, a duffle bag, a cosmetic bag, a drawstring bag or whatever you have on hand. If you are giving this as a gift to someone who is not familiar with herbal remedies, make sure you include an instruction sheet listing each item and their possible uses.

Below are items that I keep in my Herbal First Aid Kit and are items that I have found to be just what we need when we are away from home:


Cayenne - powdered and tincture:  stops bleeding, improves circulation, headaches and heart attack
Vitalerbs - capsules:  vitamin and mineral supplement
Immucalm - capsules: allergies and allergic reactions, calms and strengthens the immune system, asthma
Plantain- ointment: bites, stings, draws toxins, reduces swelling
Complete Tissue & Bone - ointment:  broken bones, sprains, scrapes, cuts, wounds, skin eruptions, pulled muscles, and blood clots, regenerates tissue
Rash Formula - ointment: soothing ointment for abrasions, eczema, dry skin, poison ivy & swelling
Black Ointment - ointment:  drawing agent, tumors, warts
Comfrey - ointment:  burns, wounds, cuts, bleeding
Cayenne Heat - ointment:  sore muscles and joints, sprains
Sen Sei - ointment:  headaches, sinus pressures, sore muscles, sore throats
Burn Paste - made with equal parts of wheat germ oil, honey and powdered comfrey - burns
Ginger - capsules:   cardiovascular ailments, nausea, anti-inflammatory, gas, indigestion
Garlic Oil - oil:   ear infections, infection, bacteria
X-Ceptic - tincture:  antiseptic, infections, tooth infections
Anti-Spasmodic - tincture: charley horses, cramps, mouth sores, muscle spasms, sore throat
Lobelia - tincture:  anti-spasmodic, emetic, relaxant, expectorant
Black walnut - tincture:  fungus, parasitic infections, warts
Ear & Nerve Formula - tincture:  ear infection, tinnitus, malfunctioning nerves
Glandular System Massage Oil - oil:  cleansing and nourishing the glands, infected glands, and lymph organs
Echinacea - tincture:  enhances the immune system, prevents and fights bacteria and viruses
Relax-Eze - tincture:   nervous tension, insomnia, rebuilding nerves and lessens pain
Herbal Eyebright - tincture and eye cup:  healing the eyes, pink eye
Infection Formula - capsules:  kills infection, clears toxins from lymph and reduces inflammation
Lower Bowel Formula - capsules: bowel cleanser, constipation, rebuilding the bowel
Slippery Elm - powder or capsules:  diarrhea, wounds, inflammation of the stomach & intestines
Castor Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil - nutrition, fomentations; include a large piece of cotton flannel for fomentations
Essential Oils - peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon are a few good ones to have on hand

Mix and match these great herbal products to make a kit that fits your needs. I have found that transferring the formulas and ointments to smaller containers such as pill holders and small ointment containers (these can be found at health food stores or online), works wonderfully for an Herbal First-Aid Kit for the car.  Also, make sure you label each container and compartment.  I also include the basics that would be found in a traditional First-Aid Kit such as:  bandages, gauze, tweezers, a small bottle of soap, a water bottle, elastic bandages, steri-strips or butterfly closures, disposable hot and cold packs, and scissors.

Having an Herbal First-Aid Kit in each of our vehicles and making sure I have these items on hand at home has given me peace of mind and ensures that I can heal my family in any situation, wherever I am.

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

June 7th, 2012Cayenne

 By: Barbara Parshley MH

My favorite herb changes quite frequently. Today it happens to be cayenne. In the Family Herbalist course, a course I highly recommend to all, we learned how it would stop a bloody nose almost immediately. Given my grandchildren are around frequently, I had the opportunity to try this remedy. My granddaughter had a bloody nose for about 10 minutes before she came to share that information with me. I was new to the Family Herbalist course at the time, so I thought I would try putting a little cayenne into water.  She drank the water and the nose that had been profusely bleeding, stopped before the glass of cayenne water was finished.

 

Today, about two years after this first experiment with cayenne, I was using a rotary cutter to cut the many yards of material I use for quilting. I have done this for years, but today, for the first time, the rotary cutter came close to taking off much of my left index finger. Oh, did it bleed! I immediately ran it under water allowing it to bleed freely to clean the cut. Then it occurred to me - “I have cayenne in my Herbal First Aid Kit!” I wrapped the finger in paper towels in order to go get the kit. The towels were soaked in blood before I made it from the kitchen to the bathroom, one door away. This concerned my granddaughter and she suggested going to a hospital. I thought, “No, I need to get to the cayenne.”

 

And so I did. I opened up the container of powdered cayenne, wondering if it was going to sting horrendously. (I had previously used too much in a nasal wash, and though it took care of the sinus infection rather quickly, I remembered to dilute it more the following time I used it.)  I sprinkled the cayenne onto the finger and it didn’t sting! Sprinkling cayenne on to this open wound, felt just fine! Of course the bleeding stopped quite quickly. I was thrilled with my new experiment. Then I decided that as long as I had the opportunity, I would proceed with my second experiment. I retrieved some of my powdered BF&C (with the comfrey), added cayenne to it for good measure, and moistened it with X-ceptic. Since the gash was large enough, I put the poultice on only half of the gash on the finger and bandaged the whole finger.

 

It was amazing! Two days later, the section of the finger where I put the poultice has healed, there isn’t even any bruising! The other section is healing, but is still a separated wound. The BF&C certainly added to the healing of the gash and is now a favorite herbal combination. However, the amazing properties of cayenne that stopped this rather excessive bleeding so quickly and without stinging, made cayenne my favorite herb for the day.

 

Barbara Parshley lives in Aurora, Colorado, and received her MH in June of 2011 from the School of Natural Healing. She periodically teaches classes in Herbology in Aurora Colorado.

by Doreen Spackman M.H. - Utah

September is National Preparedness month and with Mother Nature being so busy this last year - tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunami’s, floods, hurricanes etc., no one is exempt. That’s okay, let’s just be prepared. In our home we have had 72 hour kits for over 15 years, the contents have changed over the years and we have never used them for an emergency, but I have always loved knowing we have them just in case we need them.

Once we have initially created the kits, we take them out every 6 months. At this time we eat the food, check expiration dates, restock the food, see if the clothes still fit, and update other items as the children grow and needs change. There have been times when… one or more of the children rationalized an emergency and would eat some of the food from their kits for an afternoon or late night snack, so we had to make sure to move the kits out of each child’s bedroom to another location in our home. Now the children are grown and pretty much gone, but our grandchildren are excited as we get their kits together. We have found over the years that more and more food is packaged in single servings and have easy-off lids that make it much nicer, especially for younger children. It was also fun to practice not squeezing the boxed juice (or it all comes out of the box) and other little tricks before the time comes to use them.

You can keep them as simple or complex as you would like but there are some things that are really necessary. I would start out simple and go from there. I like to put most of the items in separate gallon ziploc-type bags. Adjust this to your needs and I will explain some healthier food choices that I use.

Back Pack- (lightweight) for each person or fanny pack for small children, they can hang across neck and shoulder,sling style.

Vital Information for Each Person
- put in a plastic bag. This should include, but is not limited to:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Birth Date
  • Phone Numbers Home & Cell
  • Blood Type
  • Allergies/Medical Information
  • Parents Names & Phone Numbers
  • Neighborhood meeting place
  • Out of town contact person and phone number
  • Family picture (or pictures of belongings/important documents on a flash drive)

Water - (weighs 8 lbs per gallon, so with this in mind) for children the small 8 oz. water bottles are great and bigger sizes for older people. Put in as much as you can but remember it gets heavy fast. Keep extra at home in case you don’t need to evacuate, you can never have too much water. It is recommended 1 gallon a day per person.Food for 3 Days - it is best if it requires no refrigeration, cooking or preparation. See what’s on your grocer’s shelf. Remember to check the dates so they last for 6 months. There are many healthy choices and for me I can’t have the sugar laden items so enjoy the variety. There is canned pineapple (in it’s own juice), fruit in cups, granola in packages, trail mix, I even found salsa and refried beans in small servings with pull-top lids. I have put oat groats, chia seeds, millet, and quinoa in individual bags and then in a plastic container. I put in a wide mouth thermos so I can soak any of my grains if needed. There are healthier type crackers that you can put almond butter on, I have found almond butter in single servings too. It is fun to have so many nutritious foods that we can put in our kits and feel good about when we need to use them.

Fun Things
- a small toy or game, notepad, pen/pencils, chalk. These items go in a small bag, not the gallon size.

Clothing - pants, shirts, underclothes, socks, shoes and work gloves.

Light and Shelter - light sticks, small lightweight LED flashlight, emergency blanket, hand and body warmers, tube tent, water proof matches (please do not put the matches in children’s packs), whistle.

First Aid
- You can often get a small kit for $1 close to the school supplies. Then add in latex gloves, small scissors, hand sanitizer, whistle, adhesive tape, band-aids, self adhesive wrap or elastic bandage, Complete Tissue and Bone ointment, cayenne powder or tincture, cotton balls and a bandanna (I use this for many things not just first aid).

Hygiene - wash cloth, soap, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, brush/comb, nail clippers, feminine supplies, shampoo, q-tips, wet wipes, rubber bands or clips for longer hair. Most of these items I get in the travel size, they usually have small containers for many of the first aid items that I want to bottle into smaller sizes too (make sure you label any items that you package out of original containers).

Enjoy gathering the things you and your family need. I have often put my 72 hour kit in my car since we are in it so much. Have a fun and safe time preparing for the unexpected.

Doreen Spackman is a Master Herbalist graduate and employee of the School of Natural Healing. Doreen enjoys helping others learn the benefits of eating well and taking care of their health with herbs.


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