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.

 

 

 

 

June 30th, 2014Aloe Vera

Jo Franks M.H.

 

The warmer weather is an invitation to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Often it’s a time that we over expose our skin to the rays of the sun and end up with a painful sunburn. We are able to use the sun’s rays to produce vitamin D only until the skin begins to turn pink. That time frame varies depending on one’s skin type. Aloe Vera gel is one of the first things many people turn to for sunburn or any other type of burn. The quickest and easiest way to use Aloe Vera is to get the gel fresh from the leaves. Cut off a piece of the leaf and split it open, placing the cut leaf right on the burn or gently rub the fresh gel onto a larger area of sunburn.

Aloe Vera has long been considered an important Medicine. Aside from burns, it has also been used for wounds, stomach pain and digestive disorders, constipation, headache, itching, baldness, mouth and gum diseases, kidney ailments, blistering, and blemishes. Native Americans called the plant “wands of heaven” and used it for healing, especially for burns. The gel seems to mildly kill the germs on the surface and promote healing.

Aloe Vera penetrates the skin quickly and deeply. This allows water and other moisturizers to sink deeply into the skin, restoring lost fluids and replacing the fatty layer. It permits the uronic acids, which strip toxic materials of their harmful effects, to penetrate deeply and allows the cleansing astringent qualities of the gel to work better. By increasing the circulation of the blood to an area, Aloe Vera sloughs off the dead cells and fosters the growth of new ones. This helps foster the regeneration of scarred or blemished skin tissue and provides a protective coating on the skin to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. This antiseptic action also stops skin infections (acne) in oil-clogged pores. It heals blemishes with little or no scarring. It is also said to replace lost hair and eliminate liver spots.

Aloe Vera makes a nice house plant. It is easy to grow and requires very little care. When the soil dries out, it needs to be watered. Repot when the plant outgrows the pot and when many little starts form. When you need the plant for use, just pinch off an adequate section of leaf, trim off the prickles, and squeeze out the gel or apply directly to the wound.

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


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.  


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.

October 3rd, 2013Thank you Garlic!!!

 Judith Carter MH

 

Garlic is one of my favorite herbs.  It is inexpensive, can be found in almost any market in the world and is easy and fun to grow.  Fresh garlic vs. powdered garlic makes any recipe go from great to incredible.  When it comes to natural healing, garlic can work wonders and some would even say miracles.

 

This past year our family has had some opportunities to put garlic to the test.  My son’s wife called me and said that she has caught strep throat every year of her life. Knowing how it feels when it starts to come on, she wanted to know what she could do to help stop it naturally.  I related to her what David Christopher at the School of Natural Healing had taught me to do for strep throat, also telling her that it worked in 2-3 days vs. two weeks for antibiotics.  Simply mix together 1 tbsp. honey, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper and then take 1/2 tsp. every hour. Don’t chase it down with water; just let it trickle down your throat. Yes, it will be hot but that brings circulation to your throat which speeds up the healing process.  She followed the therapy and did not get strep throat. The best part is she usually has everything she needs to take care of it, right in her kitchen.

Another experience was with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).  This same son and his wife found themselves in a situation where they were exposed to MRSA time and time again.  Unfortunately, they ended up getting it.  MRSA is an infection that presents as a red bump that resembles a pimple, pustule or boil. They were told that every time they had an outbreak they would have to take antibiotics and that this would be a life time thing. My son’s first MRSA outbreak was slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball and he had another outbreak not too long after the first one.   Once again we turned to garlic.  They put 16 cloves through a garlic press (that’s 16 for him and 16 for her….32 total) and periodically during the day, they put a teaspoon into a cup with enough water for one big swallow until all the garlic was gone. They did this for three days….yes, that was 48 cloves each, making a total of 96 cloves for the two of them. After doing this garlic therapy neither one of them has had trouble with MRSA for over a year now.  It’s wonderful how something so common and simple can be so powerful in healing the human body.

 

Garlic has been used historically.  One story states, “Garlic was the principal ingredient in the famous Four Thieves Vinegar which was adapted so successfully at Marseilles for protection against the plague when it prevailed there in 1772″.  Four thieves confessed that while protected by the liberal use of aromatic garlic vinegar during the plague, they plundered the dead bodies of the victims with complete safety.

 

We now have the modern version of this garlic vinegar, Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune formula. This is a formula I try to always have on hand. It is so simple and yet amazing! When it comes to natural healing, garlic is definitely one of those herbs I wouldn’t want to be without.

 

Take the time to research garlic and you will soon find yourself also saying……thank you garlic!!!

 

 Judith Carter is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She also graduated from the International Institute of Iridology as a Holistic Iridologist and is certified in acupressure.


October 3rd, 2013Thank you Garlic!!!

Judith Carter MH

Garlic is one of my favorite herbs.  It is inexpensive, can be found in almost any market in the world and is easy and fun to grow.  Fresh garlic vs. powdered garlic makes any recipe go from great to incredible.  When it comes to natural healing, garlic can work wonders and some would even say miracles.

 

This past year our family has had some opportunities to put garlic to the test.  My son’s wife called me and said that she has caught strep throat every year of her life. Knowing how it feels when it starts to come on, she wanted to know what she could do to help stop it naturally.  I related to her what David Christopher at the School of Natural Healing had taught me to do for strep throat, also telling her that it worked in 2-3 days vs. two weeks for antibiotics.  Simply mix together 1 tbsp. honey, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper and then take 1/2 tsp. every hour. Don’t chase it down with water; just let it trickle down your throat. Yes, it will be hot but that brings circulation to your throat which speeds up the healing process.  She followed the therapy and did not get strep throat. The best part is she usually has everything she needs to take care of it, right in her kitchen.

Another experience was with MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).  This same son and his wife found themselves in a situation where they were exposed to MRSA time and time again.  Unfortunately, they ended up getting it.  MRSA is an infection that presents as a red bump that resembles a pimple, pustule or boil. They were told that every time they had an outbreak they would have to take antibiotics and that this would be a life time thing. My son’s first MRSA outbreak was slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball and he had another outbreak not too long after the first one.   Once again we turned to garlic.  They put 16 cloves through a garlic press (that’s 16 for him and 16 for her….32 total) and periodically during the day, they put a teaspoon into a cup with enough water for one big swallow until all the garlic was gone. They did this for three days….yes, that was 48 cloves each, making a total of 96 cloves for the two of them. After doing this garlic therapy neither one of them has had trouble with MRSA for over a year now.  It’s wonderful how something so common and simple can be so powerful in healing the human body.

Garlic has been used historically.  One story states, “Garlic was the principal ingredient in the famous Four Thieves Vinegar which was adapted so successfully at Marseilles for protection against the plague when it prevailed there in 1772″.  Four thieves confessed that while protected by the liberal use of aromatic garlic vinegar during the plague, they plundered the dead bodies of the victims with complete safety.

We now have the modern version of this garlic vinegar, Dr. Christopher’s Super Garlic Immune formula. This is a formula I try to always have on hand. It is so simple and yet amazing! When it comes to natural healing, garlic is definitely one of those herbs I wouldn’t want to be without.

 

Take the time to research garlic and you will soon find yourself also saying……thank you garlic!!!

 

 Judith Carter is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She also graduated from the International Institute of Iridology as a Holistic Iridologist and is certified in acupressure.

Angela Sannapu M.H. Dip.H.Ir., Phoenix, AZ

What would you do if you were allergic to something healthy? Something that is raw, organic and the main ingredient in many different salads and smoothies? Would you give in and never have that food or would you try and figure out the reason for the allergy and do something about it?

 

My husband found himself in this situation. The allergy was to strawberries. He was not always allergic but after having some of those great red berries he found himself getting canker sores, very bad ones. They were so bad that he could barely talk properly for over 2 weeks at a time. The allergy became so bad that he could not even touch a food that had touched strawberries. In fact, we once went out for breakfast and he ordered waffles not noticing that strawberries were added as a topping. Upon receiving the plate, he promptly removed them, leaving just a little red juice where they had sat. Thinking that wouldn’t hurt him, he ate the waffles. By that afternoon, he had a huge canker sore that lasted over 14 days.

 

As a new student at the School of Natural Healing, I came across Dr. Christopher’s Immucalm formula of 1 part Astragalus Root and 1 part Marshmallow root. I read that Astragalus will strengthen the immune system and the Marshmallow will calm it. I read several stories on how people used this formula to overcome some serious allergies. I was interested to see if it would work with my husband. Before trying though, I thought I would call the Healthier You Radio show with David and Fawn Christopher and get their advice. My instinct was right to use the formula and use a lot of it. I was encouraged to have him take as much as was needed to train the immune system.

 

So I explained to my husband what we would do. Only organic strawberries and then lots of Immucalm capsules. The first day he ate one of the forbidden fruits followed by 5 capsules. 20 min later, he felt a sore coming on, I urged him to take 5 more. He continued taking 5 capsules every 30 minutes until there were no signs of sores. We felt hesitant to try this again the next day, perhaps we were just lucky? We tried again though, with 5 capsules of Immucalm every 20-30 min until no signs appeared.

 

The next day, just as an experiment he ate an organic strawberry and didn’t take the capsules.

Within 20 min a sore started to form. He took the capsules and the sore stopped growing.

We repeated this procedure off and on for several weeks and months eventually even venturing into the conventionally grown strawberries. We were always sure to have lots of Immucalm on hand. Eventually he got to the point of needing to take less and less formula. His body was taking the training very well.

 

I am happy to report that in less than a year’s time he can enjoy a whole bowl of strawberries, organic or not, and not receive so much as a tingle in his mouth! He seldom if ever reaches for the Immucalm bottle anymore. His immune system has been trained to not react negatively to this wonderful food.

 

I am so thankful for the herbs and natural remedies we have available to us. And I am also thankful to the Christopher’s and the School of Natural Healing for keeping the knowledge alive. I have learned so much and applied so much of that knowledge to help my family and friends. My training to become a Master Herbalist has been wonderful. Many thanks to you all.

 

Angela Sannapu is a Master Herbalist from the School of Natural Healing as well as a Diplomat in Holistic Iridology from the Internal Institute of Iridology. Angela may be reached for natural healing advice via her website at www.HerbalByte.com

Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CEIT DipHIR- Oregon

Did you know that you can plant an herb garden for your beloved furry and feathered friends? Did you know that many herbs are easy to cultivate in a garden bed or even containers on an apartment balcony? You may already be knowingly (or unknowingly!) growing several of them. If you have never gardened before or you are looking for a way to cut some (a lot!) of the work in gardening, consider Square Foot Gardening.

 

Growing your own herbs gives you some freedoms. It gives you the freedom to choose organic (non-toxic) methods of raising them. It gives you the freedom to have access to them whenever you need them. It also gives you the satisfaction and security of knowing that you can indeed raise, and keep on hand, some of the herbs you may want or need in the care of your creatures (or humans).

 

Now what might one grow? Garlic of course is one plant I highly recommend. I use it a lot in situations involving viral or bacterial origins. But, do you know how to use it safely and in correct doses and timing for your animal(s) of choice? A few other herbs that I like to keep handy in my gardens include cayenne, comfrey, thyme, rosemary, lavender, stinging nettle, wormwood, carrots, white onions, apples and of course many, many more. All of these are easy to use with your creatures and all of them are easy to grow. Even cayenne can grow in cooler climates with a few ‘microclimate’ gardening tricks.

I have used lavender leaves and stems numerous times, infused in olive oil and wiped onto infected areas copiously to watch infected areas cleanse and begin to repair themselves in as fast as a day in people, dogs, goats and horses.

 

I have an entire chapter in my 28 chapter book covering over 60 herbs that you can grow in your garden. I discuss what they are, why you may want to include them, information on harvesting some of them as well as helpful hints on growing. Another chapter covers dosing so you know how much your hen, rabbit, dog, cat, pig, horse, ox, goat, alpaca or other creature will need for their situation. The book also covers foundational information that teaches you why you are doing what you are doing and gives you confidence in whole herb and essential oil use in your creatures. All body systems and every stage of your creature’s lifecycle are covered in layman’s terms. “The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal” is available through Christopher Publications.

 

Katherine Drovdahl is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She is also a Certified Reflexologist, a Diplomate of Holistic Iridology, Certified Equine Iridology Technician and is Internationally Certified in Aromatherapy. She is an author, writes articles, does wellness consultations for people, pets and livestock (www.firmeadowllc.com) and is a conference speaker. She and her beloved husband tend to their alternatively raised food and medicinal herb gardens, their fjord horses, dairy goats, poultry, alpacas and farm pets on their small Oregon farm.


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