July 15th, 2015Neti Pot

by: Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

 

Sinus congestion seems to affect many this time of year. Our sinuses have to deal with the dryness of the winter season as well as being closed up in our homes and businesses with the furnace going, stirring up dust and adding to the dryness and pollutants in the air. Sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones of the face. There are three pairs of sinuses: frontal, ethmoid, maxillary and one single sinus at the base of the skull called sphenoid. Each of these connect to the nose through a small opening called ostia. The ostia acts to humidify and warm the air we breathe, add to our sense of smell and taste, and plays a significant role in the quality of sound we hear. That is why when our nasal passages are clogged we don’t taste or hear things as well.

Sinuses are lined with a mucous membrane called mucosa. Mucosa acts as a filter to trap inhaled germs, dust pollens and environmental pollutants before they reach the respiratory system. When the sinuses are inflamed or irritated the ostia becomes blocked.  If the mucous membranes dry out, the body produces reactive mucus. In either case the nasal environment is disturbed and the mucous accumulation becomes a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. A way to help protect and clear the sinus passages is by using a nasal saline irrigation therapy. The most popular means is with a neti pot– a ceramic or plastic pot that looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin’s magic lamp.  

The use of the neti pot is a very effective method to clear away crusting in the nasal passages and for relieving symptoms from allergies and environmental irritants that cause congestion and facial pain and pressure. A neti pot works by thinning the mucus and flushing it out of the nasal passages. Use of a saline solution helps the cilia (the tiny hair like structures that line the nasal cavities) draw out the excess mucus and irritants.

To use the neti pot mix 16 ounces of warm distilled water with 1 teaspoon of the finest grind natural salt (sea salt, himalayan, real salt, etc). Some people like to add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to buffer the solution and make it gentler on the nose. I don’t use the baking soda but I do like to add a drop or two of clove or eucalyptus oil to my solution as well as about ¼ teaspoon of either sesame or olive oil. This can be stored up to 5 days in a covered container.  The solution should be close to body temperature when you are using it.

Once the the neti pot is filled, tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle. Place the spout into your top nostril and gently pour the saline solution into that nostril. The fluid will flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril. Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid, then refill the neti pot and repeat the process on the other side. Use about 2 to 4 ounces in each nostril. You shouldn’t have any of the solution run down your throat.  However, if you do just spit it out.

You can use the neti pot daily, 3-4 times a day if needed in chronic conditions and after that three times a week is enough to keep your nasal passages clear and cleaned out. Under normal circumstances, you should not feel any burning or stinging. If there is any discomfort you can use less salt in your solution or change the temperature of your water. Keep the neti pot clean by rinsing with warm water and air drying between uses, or wash in the dishwasher. 

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

November 24th, 2014Pancreas

Jacque Wardle, M.H.

 

The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive systems. As part of the endocrine system, the pancreas secretes two hormones, insulin and glucagon. Insulin promotes the transport of glucose across the plasma membranes, which increases the uptake of cellular glucose, and glucagon works with insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. As part of the digestive system the pancreas produces enzymes that digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

 

When the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to the insulin, glucose is not available to the cells in the body. When this condition occurs, the liver must compensate by increasing glucose production from glycogen and amino acids. This causes the blood sugar to rise above normal levels which is known as hyperglycemia or diabetes.

 

When we have diabetes we are taught to take insulin. When taking insulin into our body, the pancreas does not need to work and will become dormant. Dr. Christopher always taught that we need to cure the cause and not treat the symptoms. I love his story of how a gentleman came to see him one day because he could not urinate very well. Dr. Christopher was in a hurry and didn’t have time to mix up a diuretic formula for him. He explained to the gentleman that he needed to chew some fresh Juniper berries and make up some tea with them. This gentleman agreed to do so since he had a juniper tree growing in his backyard.

Weeks later the gentleman returned because his urination problem wasn’t any better, confused Dr. Christopher asked to see the juniper berries he was using. Once seeing the juniper berries, he realized that the gentleman had been eating cedar berries instead of juniper berries. As they spoke the gentleman mentioned that since taking the cedar berries he had reduced his intake of insulin. Dr. Christopher was excited because this was the break through that he was waiting for on how to heal the pancreas instead of always treating the cause.

Recently I have had the chance to help a family member that was having kidney problems due to diabetes. We started her on the Kidney Formula and a week later she began the Pancreas Formula. By the following week she was reducing her insulin intake. As she continues to work on cleaning up her diet and following with the Kidney and Pancreas formulas, she is receiving great benefits.

I am very grateful for Dr. Christopher and his willingness to listen to the promptings that he received. My family’s’ lives as well as my own have been greatly enriched from the knowledge I have received from Dr. Christopher and The School of Natural Healing.

 

Jacque Wardle is a Master Herbalist, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Being a Master Herbalist has allowed her to introduce a more natural aspect into her student’s wellness programs. Her contact is jaerostep@yahoo.com


November 24th, 2014Fear: It’s a Scream!

Tara Pierce, M.H.

 

Believe it or not, short term fear can be beneficial to your health. It is a primitive emotion that we are all hardwired with and would not survive without. The physical effects of the fight or flight response can be invigorating, therapeutic, euphoric, and put an adrenaline filled smile on your lips. Experiencing fear in a safe environment such as a haunted house or movie theater can be a great way to learn how to react in a healthy way to such stimulus. Increased heart rate, increased blood flow to the extremities, rapid short breath, jumping, screaming and running are all natural reactions to fear. This is a proactive and positive response, the same response that kept our predecessors from life threatening danger.

 

The negative side of fear, is when we are in a prolonged stressful situation that can lead to a myriad of physical and psychological problems. Irrational fears and everyday stresses cause the release of cortisol and other stress hormones, which in large and prolonged amounts can result in adrenal problems, weakened thyroid, weight gain, loss of sleep, digestion and assimilation difficulties, mood changes and in extreme cases can become a disorder like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety.

 

The body doesn’t always recognize the difference between real and imagined fear, it simply responds to stimuli. Imagined fear is often of our own making and is often rooted in the question “What if?” It can rob you of who you have the potential to be and a life that is full of happiness and satisfying achievements. (A great article, 7 Things Fear has Stolen from You)

 

To help calm the body’s response, I would recommend reconnecting with yourself emotionally and spiritually. Practices such as meditation, prayer, Emotional Release Therapy, Rapid Eye Therapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) etc. can be very helpful in identifying the reason for your fear. Once you understand the origin of the fear you can learn to let it go and move forward. To help in expressing your emotions, activities such as singing, music, dance, writing, painting, drawing etc. can be very beneficial.

 

To ease the symptoms of stress and anxiety, passion flower and wood betony combined can’t be beat. Use an equal amount of each herb as a tea, 1-3 times daily. These herbs are known to relieve anxiety, stress, nervous tension, insomnia, and depression. You will also find relief from the pain and discomfort caused by muscle tension and emotional turmoil.

 

Tara Pierce is a Certified Master Herbalist Graduate from The School of Natural Healing.


October 14th, 2014There’s Always Room for More

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

 

I have found that when it comes to helping someone heal naturally it is best to pull from many different areas. As I like to call it, tools in my tool kit. My foundation is herbal yet I will also use essential oils and/or homeopathies, bodywork and emotional healing. I figure it is best to hit whatever is in front of me from every angle so we can be done with it and move forward. Homeopathic medicine is probably the most unfamiliar method to most people, yet can be a very effective addition.

 

Homeopathy was “discovered” in the early 1800s by a German physician, Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann. He was very frustrated with the medical practices of the times and started experimenting with different substances and their effects on the body. The term homeopathy comes from the Greek homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering or sickness). This is what homeopathy is based on, the law of similars. Like is cured by like.

 

Based off Hahnemann’s research, homeopathic remedies were created by giving a substance to a healthy person and watching the symptoms that were produced within the short time after taking it. These symptoms create what is called a remedy picture. These remedy pictures as well as the corresponding substances have been recorded in a homeopathic Materia Medica, a prescriber’s reference. To treat an illness homeopathically, the prescriber looks up the remedy picture (symptoms the person is displaying) to find those that fit and apply the law of similars by administering the substance; the homeopathic remedy.

 

The body is always striving to keep itself healthy. When the body is threatened by harmful external forces then it will produce symptoms such as pain, fever, mucus, cough, etc. to bring itself back into balance. Homeopathy is working with the body’s defense mechanism, adding like to assist like, rather than suppressing.

 

Homeopathic remedies are preparations that are obtained from animal, vegetable and mineral sources. They are natural and safe to give to anyone, including infants, pregnant and nursing women and anyone on prescription medications. 

 

To learn more about this valuable healing method, the School of Natural Healing has designed a course that introduces the student to the principles and philosophy of homeopathy. Students will learn which remedies to use in everyday ailments, minor injuries, and issues with growing children, pets and more. The course contains an extensive homeopathic remedy kit. Students are also introduced to the use of cell salts, the internal and external therapeutic uses of the 12 essential cell salts, and how to read the face to help determine which cell salts are lacking in the body and the proper supplementation that is needed. David Card, graduate from the School of Natural Healing and the Hahnemann Academy of North America, is the instructor for this course.

 

It is now a great time to expand your knowledge and learn a new healing method. The School of Natural Healing is running a 30% off sale on the Homeopathy course as well as the Reflexology and Aromatherapy courses. I believe it’s best to have many tools in your tool kit.

 

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.

August 25th, 2014Adrenal Burnout

Tara Pierce M.H.

 

One of the Adrenal glands main functions is acting as a buffer to stress. They do not differentiate between physical and mental stress and respond in the same way to both. Every type of stress influences these glands; injury, divorce, work, finances, diets, pain, excessive exercise, junk food, kids, spouse, menstruation and so on. It is easy to get stuck in a stress cycle and over work these glands into burnout. Burnout is defined as a major breakdown in the energy producing systems of the body. It goes far beyond fatigue and can be devastating to every aspect of one’s life.

 

The number one symptom of Adrenal Burnout Syndrome is exhaustion or chronic fatigue. Some other symptoms are cravings for sweets or attraction to stimulants, difficulty with digestion, weight gain around the belly leaving arms and legs thin, inability to cope with daily life, hypoglycemia or diabetes, changes in mood and personality, depression, fears and phobias, anxiety, lack of interest in appearance, loss of concentration, shortness of breath, dark circles around the eyes, puffiness in the face and edema in the feet, and loss of muscle tone, among others. Adrenal burnout can be triggered by a single severe stress but more often it occurs slowly after years of imbalance in life and inadequate nutrition.

 

Recovering from adrenal burnout involves dedication to re-evaluating one’s life and making the necessary lifestyle changes to decrease and even eliminate unnecessary stress. A good clean diet full of live, whole foods is essential as is using plenty of digestive enzymes to boost assimilation of nutrients. I would also recommend doing Dr. Christopher’s Extended Herbal Cleansewith the addition of the Heavy Mineral Bugleweed Formula. To treat the burnout specifically I would add Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal, Thyroid Maintenance, and Master Gland Formula’s. Recovery can take time, but the more dedicated you are to treating yourself right the quicker you will regain your energy and strength to feel like yourself again.

 

Tara Pierce is a Certified Master Herbalist Graduate from The School of Natural Healing.


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.  


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, 2014Melasma

Tara Pierce H.

 

Melasma is a skin condition of hyperpigmentation. It is most commonly found in women, in fact 90% of cases belong to us hormone laden females. It is usually associated with estrogen and progesterone levels and can become more severe as these hormones rise and fall in excess, such as during pregnancy (Chloasma; mask of pregnancy), while taking birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy during menopause or following a hysterectomy. Other less common causes are cosmetics, especially those with perfumes, stress, adrenal disorders, and some medications including some antibiotics, antiarrhythmics, and antimalarial drugs. Sun exposure will cause the patches to become darker making them much more noticeable during summer months and seem to fade in the winter months.

Medical treatments include Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, corticosteroids, azelaic acid or kojic acid to lighten the skin, usually found in cream, lotion, gel or liquid form. If the problem is severe and the creams do not give the desired result doctors may recommend a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or dermabrasion. Of course these treatments can have serious side effects causing even more health problems in the long run. Hydroquinone alone has been linked to leukemia, thyroid problems and liver damage.

To treat this condition naturally I would recommend using Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel and Liver and Gallbladder formulas to support the liver in processing and eliminating excess estrogen in the body. To help in the removal of excess estrogen I would consume 1-3 Tbls of fresh ground flax and sunflower seeds daily, along with Dr. Christopher’s Hormonal Changese Formula to give the body what it needs to produce the correct levels of needed hormones. The seeds can be added to smoothies, raw cookies, granola bars or sprinkled over your whole grain cereal and salads. If you suspect struggling adrenals, I would also add Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal Formula and a good quality vitamin B supplement.

Externally, I have found that daily, gentle, exfoliation as well as a mask made from organic plain yogurt with fresh lime or lemon juice will lighten the patches effectively. Apply the mask 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes. Additionally I would watch your sun exposure. Avoid the hours between 10 and 2 when the sun’s rays are the harshest, and if you know you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, a good natural sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat are essential.

 

Tara Pierce is a Master Herbalist student at The School of Natural Healing.


June 30th, 2014Constipated Babies

 

Tonya Judd

 

Over the course of the past few weeks I have received quite a few phone calls concerning constipated babies. Most of these sweet, new little beings have not had a bowel movement within a 7-10 day time period.  Their tummies were hard and when they would try to eliminate, they would cry because of the pain caused from the hardened stools. Their concerned and loving mothers were at a loss as to what to do for such little ones. In most cases breastfed babies do not have a problem with constipation, but it can happen. On the other hand, formula fed babies do tend to have frequent bouts with constipation. If this is the case, you might try switching formulas or switch to goats’ milk which is much less mucus forming. If you are breastfeeding, your baby should have a bowel movement each time they nurse. If this is not happening, do not be alarmed, but look at your own diet and the foods you may be consuming that may be causing constipation. Regardless of your situation, if your wee one is having constipation issues you can try some of the following remedies to alleviate constipation and bring your baby relief.

 

            1.  Dr. Christopher’s Kid-E-Reg Formula. The Kid-E-Reg Formula is a gentle bowel formula that supports the intestines, acts as a mild laxative, and is safe to use for an extended period of time.  It contains: Slippery Elm Bark, Licorice Root, Fennel Seed, Anise Seed & Fig Syrup in a glycerin base.

2.  Molasses water. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black strap molasses to 8 ounces of water. This can be given by using an eye dropper or adding to a bottle. Molasses softens hardened stools making elimination easy and painless and is soothing to the intestinal tract.  Molasses is also a great source of iron.

3.  Licorice Tea. Licorice is a mild laxative, and stimulates peristaltic action.

4.  Lemon water. Lemon increases bile and peristalsis which causes a bowel movement.

5.  Diluted prune juice. Softens the stools and is very nutritive.

6.  Gently massaging the abdomen in the area of the colon. This can be done using extra virgin olive oil.

7.  Reflexology. Work the area on the foot that corresponds with the large and small intestines.

8.  Exercising/bicycling your baby’s legs. The colon is a smooth muscle and becomes more efficient with exercise. This simple exercise can help to get the peristaltic action going just like when we as adults exercise.

9.  A warm catnip enema. Lay your baby on a towel in the tub and keep the upper half of their body covered for warmth. Never give all of the solution at once. Remember to go slowly with babies and massage the abdomen as you go.

10. The Lower Bowel Extract. This formula can be used on babies if the Kid-E-Reg is not producing the desired results. The dosage would obviously not be what is listed on the bottle. You could start with 5-10 drops and work up if needed. This formula contains Cascara Sagrada Bark, Barberry Bark, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger Root, Lobelia Herb, Red Raspberry Leaf, Turkey Rhubarb Root, Fennel Seed and Goldenseal Root in a base of pure vegetable glycerin and distilled water.

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



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