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.

November 24th, 2014Purposeful Pumpkin

 

David Christopher, M.H.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  

November 24th, 2014Fall Blowout!

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

October 14th, 2014Oats: Avena sativa

Jo Francks, M.H.

 

Oats; we often overlook this common food as an effective medicine. Oats are a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and are also high in silica.

Different parts of the plant are used at different stages of growth. Oat straw is used for its high amounts of calcium and silica. This is used in Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Calcium formula.

The green tops can also be used as a tonic for the nervous system. A tincture or a tea of the green oats is recommended for nervous strain. They have been used for heart trouble and depression. It is also taken as an antidote for drug addiction and alcoholism.

Oats are exceptional for skin care. Used in the bath they help with itchy skin and help to soften and sooth the skin. Use 1 cup blended dry oatmeal in a tub of water. Another way to use it in the tub is to make a gallon of tea from the oat straw and add that to the tub. Blended oatmeal is also used as a scrub. Mix 1/2 cup blended oatmeal with 1/4 cup shavings of natural soap and 1/2 cup ground apricot pits or almonds. Put 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a reusable muslin tea bag. Get the bag wet and use as a facial scrub or a body scrub. Hang to dry and reuse 3 or 4 times.

In his book Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss referred to oatmeal as “one of the finest foods we have to prevent disease” and that it is “the ideal basic food for children during the winter months to prevent infection from all zymotic diseases.” Oats are also especially helpful when recovering from an illness.

Whether it is being used for food or medicinal purposes, oats provide many qualities worth looking in to. Try using oat straw tea to calm your nerves or have a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning to get your day started. Or for a raw breakfast soak some oat groats in distilled water overnight, strain and blend with fresh berries and a sweetener of your choice and enjoy.

 

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


David Christopher, M.H.

 

If you have an ant problem and you do not want to spend money on Orkin or buy environmentally hazardous products, then may I suggest using Aspartame and the ants will surely die. If you are not familiar with Aspartame then try: NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful or Crystal Light. These artificial sweeteners will surely kill the ants and maybe even you. The body tries to protect you from these Excitotoxins by storing them away in fat cells, which becomes a very stubborn fat to remove from your body. You can exercise and diet to excess but it is virtually impossible to lose these fats that store poisons.

 

An added insult of these artificial sweeteners is that they also accelerate weight gain. When an artificial sweetener is taken into the body, the body perceives the sweetness and releases insulin to utilize the recently acquired energy source. But no glucose is available, so the body sends out signals to consume carbohydrates and alleviate the jitters that accompany elevated insulin levels. These extra calories promote weight gain.

It is so sad to see people struggling with obesity, carrying around their 32 oz. “diet soda” truly believing that it will help them with their weight. These chemical sweeteners do not kill you right away but they cause various diseases and have also recently provoked suicide. Parkinson’s disease is one of many diseases triggered by these insidious chemicals The following is an interesting correlating example from the book “Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry” by Elaine Hollingsworth.

Inside Hollywood, there has been much speculation about the cause of the Parkinson’s Disease suffered by actor Michael J Fox, but the star’s addiction to Diet Pepsi (which contains aspartame) is no secret. One cast member who worked with Fox said he drank at least 12 cans a day. I have no way of knowing if that is true, since I have not spoken with him. I do know, however, from my own Hollywood days, that whenever a celebrity endorses a product, he or she is provided with an unlimited supply, and if there is a movie or TV show involved, cases are sent each week. Given Michael’s long-standing commercial endorsement of Diet Pepsi, it’s hardly surprising that not only is he himself now a victim of the neurological disease, but that several crew members who worked with him have also been reported as suffering the same terrible affliction. PepsiCo, Monsanto and their partners-in-crime have a lot to answer for.

 

These newsletter articles, by design, are meant to be short and easy to read. Therefore in-depth information is available atwww.dorway.com.

 

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.  


October 14th, 2014Children’s Health

Alene Tuttle, M.H.

It’s that time of the year again; children have returned to school and the weather is cooling off causing many of us to close our windows and doors. Instead of getting a daily dose of sun, regular exercise, and nutritious meals, most children will sit inside at a desk for several hours each day, eat a less than ideal diet of school lunches, and return home at the end of the day to do homework and use computers and television. With this likely scenario for the vast majority of children during the school year, parents need to have some “tools” at their disposal to combat the myriad of viruses and infections that will plague their families in the coming months. With that said, I have developed somewhat of a medicine chest to help keep the many ailments of back to school season from invading my home and family.

The first and probably easiest way to keep your family healthy is to drink plenty of pure water, preferably distilled, every day. Each family member should have a bottle of water that gets refilled throughout the day thus eliminating the need to drink out of water fountains or to purchase beverages laden with sugar from vending machines.

Next in my medicine chest is good, wholesome food. This can be achieved easily by always having fresh fruits and vegetables cut up and ready to eat. Add to this some whole grains, nuts and seeds to create energy and you have a health-promoting meal, simply and easily. Meals do not have to be complicated. A simple quinoa/oatmeal for breakfast, a veggie wrap or homemade soup for lunch, and a green leafy salad with a lean protein (which can be a mixture of beans or a small slice of sustainably sourced chicken) for dinner is the best way to ensure that your children are getting the nutrients they need to have energy throughout the day and to sleep well at night. For an afternoon or evening snack, make up some delicious green smoothies or have some more nuts and seeds along with some veggie sticks and a healthy ranch dip!

I cannot stress enough the importance of some form of regular physical activity each day for at least thirty minutes as well as quality family time. It’s been proven time and again that children who feel loved and spend quality time with their parents get sick less often and perform better in school. Take a brisk walk or play an outdoor game with your children every day. It will do all of you a world of good!

 

Finally, when and if your children do get sick, it is important to supplement with the right herbs and quickly return them to optimal health. A little bit of fresh crushed garlic each day along with a quality probiotic can work wonders if you are dealing with any sort of infection. Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Mune, which contains Echinacea, will aid the body in preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria as well as building the immune system. I keep these products readily available throughout the year but especially during cold and flu season.

So there you have it! When children get fresh air, pure water, wholesome foods, and regular physical activity along with quality family time and immune stimulating herbs, they are ready to face any health challenge that comes their way!

 

Alene Tuttle is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She conducts workshops on living for health and resides in Ohio with her husband and children. Alene can be reached via email at alenemt@sbcglobal.net


October 14th, 2014Giving Your Skin Breath…

Tonya Judd M.H.

Our skin is our largest organ and is often referred to as our 3rd kidney. Our skin receives 1/3 of the blood circulated in the body and 25% of the bodies toxins are released through our skin each day. That’s 1/4 of the body’s detoxification that occurs through the skin!  Adults eliminate over 1 pound of waste acids each day through sweat glands, yet the skin is the last organ we think of giving nutrients to and is the first to show signs of imbalance. Some signs of imbalance in the skin include: acne, cracked skin, dry skin, cellulite, brown spots, etc. Our skin needs to breathe and it needs nutrients. If our skin is clogged with dead skin cells, the elimination that should occur there is forced upon the kidneys and liver.

There is an easy yet amazing measure you can take to help your skin breathe, it is dry skin brushing. The benefits of dry skin brushing are numerous and essential for beautiful glowing skin. Dry skin brushing helps the skin to breathe by removing dead skin cells and opening clogged pores.

 

Dry skin brushing is best done once a day in the morning before showering. There is an order and direction in which you should brush. Please watch these videos for detailed instruction;

(for your body)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZfMhXsjXeQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QpQZyze3Yk

(for your face)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHCsmPzs4Ds  

This process should take approximately 10-15 minutes each morning. Also, use a good natural soap without chemicals and perfumes. If you find that you need to use a moisturizer try almond oil, coconut oil or other natural oil that will feed your skin and your body. Remember whatever you place on your skin is absorbed directly into the blood stream, so be wise in your choice of what you are “feeding” your skin and your body. Once you have been skin brushing for a few weeks you should start to notice the lessened need for moisturizers. You can get a brush almost anywhere just make sure it has natural fiber bristles.

Some of the amazing benefits you will see include:

-smooth glowing skin

-encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic waste so the body is able to run more effectively

-helps ingrown hairs

-moves lymph

-stimulates nerve endings

-stimulates hormone glands

-tones muscles

-tightens skin

-stimulates circulation

-reduces cellulite

-stimulates oil glands and helps the skin produce protective and moisturizing oils

-strengthens the immune system

-diminishes stretch marks considerably

-opens the pores and allows your body to easily release toxins through sweating

 

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


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“.


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