July 16th, 2015On the Rebound

by: Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

 

 

 

“Why work out when you can play in?” states David Hall founder of Cellersize rebounder. I subscribe to this philosophy. I believe getting in shape and feeling good doesn’t have to be the “no pain, no gain” philosophy. I want exercise to be simple, easy and fast. I want to accomplish a lot in just a short amount of time and I want to see results quickly.

 

Shortly after I started working for the School of Natural Healing, David and Fawn Christopher had David Hall on their radio show A Healthier You (Clickhere to hear the show) and in Dr. Christopher’s HerbShop to do a demonstration on his rebounder. David Hall asked the question. ” What if you could strengthen all your muscles all at the same time; reduce body fat, improve flexibility, digestion/elimination, back, knee and shoulder health, tighten and tone, improve balance, open lungs, improve coordination, reduce stress, tighten skin and so much more in just 10 minutes a day?!” I was sold.  That was everything I believed exercise could and should be.

 

If you are like me, when it comes to exercise the hardest part is getting started. Furthermore, if I’m not enjoying it or seeing benefits right away then it goes by the wayside pretty quickly. Who doesn’t love to jump? Even babies love to be bounced. We jump for joy when we are happy, so jumping for health can be a very joyful experience. Another bonus is that I don’t need a gym membership, the right kind of clothes, nor do I even have to leave the house!

 

One of the health benefits of bouncing on a trampoline is giving the body a full detox. The lymphatic system in our body relies on movement to flush toxins out. Rebounding is by far the most effective exercise for increasing lymphatic flow and draining toxins. Dr. John R. Christopher said, “The exercises that are of greatest value in case of constipation are those which bring into strong action the muscles of the abdomen.” Rebounding fits this description perfectly. Click here to find an extensive list of health benefits by using a rebounder.

 

I personally chose a Cellersizer as my rebounder. I first purchased one from Walmart that was a lot cheaper yet it was like trying to bounce from the floor. My mom had a Cellersizer and I put it side by side with the one from Walmart and another I had found. In my opinion there was no comparison, the Cellersizer had by far the better, less jarring bounce. For information on ordering one go to Christopher Publications

I use my Cellersizer at least 3 times a week and bounce anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the plans for the rest of the day. I will sometimes put on upbeat music and just dance/bounce, I also put together a simple routine from the basic moves that David Hall teaches in one of his videos, and I have found some great routines on YouTube.com that I can follow along with. It is fun to be able to change it up depending on my mood and the time I have available.

 

The most important thing is to find a type of exercise that works for you so that you will stay with it. If you want to exercise ALL 75 TRILLION CELLS at the same time; a rebounder may be the right type of exercise for you too. Even better, it requires only 10 minutes a day!

 


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.

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.

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


April 8th, 2014Herniated Disk

- David Christopher MH

 

Last week a neighbor of mine went in for back surgery for a herniated disc and died on the operating table. Another neighbor is alive after the same surgery but is still in pain and cannot sit or stand for more than five minutes at a time. Yet another neighbor who is an ER nurse refused medical intervention and would not take any pain meds. Yes, there are those who claim no complication after surgery but in my personal experience I haven’t seen one person escape this particular procedure unscathed.

Unfortunately my spinal space between L4 and L5 was herniated over the Christmas holiday, and of course any medical procedure, for me, was out of the question. I know that pain is simply a signal that something is wrong and the body continues sending the signal until the problem is resolved. If you block or cover up the pain the body sends a bigger signal to pass by the block, you then have to take a stronger medication, which triggers your body to respond with yet a bigger pain signal. As you continue with this cycle of escalating pain and stronger medication, the possibility of addiction skyrockets. I also recognize that if you remove the warning (pain) you are likely to damage yourself further by performing functions your body can not handle. A little known principle of natural healing states that “if you give the body what it needs to heal then the body reduces the pain signal”, so I ran with this simple truth. I know that Dr. Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone formula heals damaged tissue so I started using it like a maniac. I consumed two pounds of this herbal formula in six weeks, totally ignoring the package warning “for external use only” which is an unfounded FDA requirement. I also consumed additional comfrey tea and nearly one pound of Dr. Christopher’s Vitalerb formula.  Using this procedure, the pain diminished little by little and I am now healing remarkably well with very little pain. I expect full recovery, soon.

I aided my recovery with fantastic massage therapists, an excellent chiropractor and an amazing exercise coach. I am thankful for the truths taught at The School of Natural Healing. These truths gave me confidence to use the natural procedures and avoid the dangers of standard medicine.

 

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 31st, 2014Digestive Fire

Dr. Christopher taught that to combat constipation and keep your bowels healthy, exercise is an essential part. On page 34 of Dr. Christopher’s Guide to Colon Health, he states:

 

The exercises that are of the greatest value in cases of constipation are those which bring into strong action the muscles of the abdomen. The abdominal muscles are generally weak and relaxed, and the intra-abdominal pressure is consequently low.

By appropriate exercise the weak muscles may be strengthened, the intra-abdominal pressure may be raised and the colon may be thus enabled to contract with sufficient impetus to expel it contents. 

 

I recently learned of a great exercise that will build the digestive fire, strengthen the abdominal muscles and keep your bowels moving. It is an Ayurveda technique called Agnisar Dhouti. In Sanskrit, agni means fire and dhouti means “to cleanse”. This technique only takes a minute or two a day and the benefits are great.  It creates purification of the bowels by increasing the movement of air in the fire region of the middle abdomen. It is a pumping action of the abdomen which is much like blowing into the firebox to intensify the combustion of the fire.

 

This technique is best done on an empty stomach early in the morning and ideally after the bowels have been emptied. A good goal is to strive for 30 pumps per round and to do 3 rounds.

 

So here is how to do it:

 

1-Stand with your legs slightly apart and knees bent. You may place your hands on your knees to support your torso. Your back should be straight and abdominal muscles relaxed.

2-Inhale deeply through your nose.

3-Exhale through your mouth, keeping your head slightly bent forward. Looking at your stomach.

4-Pull your stomach in and upwards.

5-Hold your breath and flap your abdomen back and forth (pull/relax; pull/relax) 10-12 times or as many times as you can while holding your breath, working up to the 30.

6-Release your stomach and inhale deeply. This is one round.

7-Breath normally until you feel rested and repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 rounds

 

Some of the benefits of Agnisar Dhouti are stimulating the immune system, improving digestion, strengthening the abdominal organs such as the spleen, kidneys, liver and intestines. Plus it provides relief from chronic constipation. Little effort, big benefits! Give it a try and build the fire!

 

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

October 4th, 2013Memories…

Tara pierce H

For many years, a memory has been thought of as a book on the shelf in a vast library; filed neatly away with its own DDC# to be easily accessed, as a whole, when needed. We now know that each memory is a complex construction beginning with perception. With each experience, experts believe that the hippocampus and the frontal cortex analyze the various sensory inputs and decide if they are worth remembering. Each detail, such as the shape of the book, the color, the smell, the sound it makes as you flip through the pages and how you felt as you read the closing line, is connected to the others through electrical and chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. The resulting memory forms a web-like pattern of cells scattered throughout the brain. Each web is built and rebuilt and is more likely to be retained as long term memory if the information is repeated or used. That is why studying before a test is such a benefit to our final score.

When our memory becomes less effective, especially as we get older, it is not always because of a structural or organic problem but simply as a result of lack of use. Studies of nursing home populations show that when patients are given rewards and challenges they are able to make significant improvements in memory. Other risk factors for memory loss include obesity, major stress in life, anxiety and anger, all of which will eventually wreak havoc on the brain. Life can easily and often throw your lifestyle for a loop. Don’t forget to take a minute each day to listen to what you need to regain that balance.

In addition to mental stimulation, what you eat and drink and the quality of your sleep plays a powerful part in restoring good health and mental clarity. Regular physical exercise will increase blood circulation and get more oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the brain as well as Dr. Christopher’s Memory Plus Formula. It is a great way to cleanse, re-build and increase circulation to the brain.

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


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