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

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. 

August 25th, 2014Red Clover

Jo Francks MH


Red clover is an herb that is given to us as a blessing for many different ailments. It has been used for centuries and is well known as a treatment and prevention for cancer. It is also useful as a tonic for nerves and as a sedative for nervous exhaustion. It has been mentioned as a treatment for bronchial troubles and whooping cough. It is healing to wounds and can be made into an ointment for the treatment of wounds and skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Modern research has found that red clover blossoms contain isoflavones, plant based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, cardiovascular health, and osteoporosis.

Dr. Christopher’s Blood Stream formula is based around red clover blossoms having 6 parts of the herb. Some women have found that taking the Blood Stream formula for other conditions has reduced their frequency of hot flashes. The Blood Stream formula is used along with the Lower Bowel, Kidney, and Liver Gallbladder formulas as an extended herbal cleanse. Start the herbal cleanse by taking 2 capsules of the Lower Bowel formula 3 times a day and 2 capsules of the kidney formula twice a day. These two formulas are taken for two weeks before adding the Liver Gallbladder formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day or a dropper-full of the extract 3 times a day. Stay on these 3 formulas for another week and then add the Bloodstream formula, 2 capsules 3 times a day. It is recommended that these formulas be taken for six weeks and up to six months always resting from the formulas on the seventh day.


Red Clover has a direct action in improving the nutrition of the brain. It is especially helpful when there is general mental failure, with loss of memory of words, or when there is confusion of ideas of functional causes. It is also useful when there is weakness of the lower extremities, or of the feet from deficient capillary circulation.


This is an herb that can be gathered when the blossoms are in full bloom and is safe to use for many ailments.


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

August 25th, 2014Herb Syllabus

Dr. John R. Christopher

Master Herbalist Guide


The Herb Syllabus is our book that gives in depth information for all the herbs on The School of Natural Healings 100 Herb List. Previously this book was only available to students in the Master Herbalist Course. In 2009 the book was improved and made available through Christopher Publications. From Alfalfa to Yellow Dock, there are 105 herbs covered in the book. The information on each herb includes color photos, a description, historical uses, current information, application, medicinal uses and cultivation of the herb. This is the most comprehensive book on these herbs available anywhere. What a great addition it would be to any library with over 730 pages of valuable information. Many stories on how the herb was used by Dr. Christopher are told within the pages of the book. The following is an excerpt from the section on cayenne.

“Early in Dr. Christopher’s practice, he was called in the middle of the night by a woman whose husband had just passed out from a heart attack. The Doctor told the woman to heat some water, and when he arrived at the house he mixed a teaspoon of Cayenne into the water, propped up the man, and gave him just a little, when he came to, he finished the cup, and within a few minutes felt much stronger. Soon he was well, and became converted to the use of herbs, even buying and running one of the health food stores in Salt Lake City for many years.”

This book is a wonderful reference to help in learning the way of herbs and how to put them to practical use. We are pleased to offer it for a short time at a 30% discount. The assurance of knowing how to take care of yourself and your family is irreplaceable. The use of herbs is a step toward self-sufficiency and independence.





June 30th, 2014Let’s Get Real

David Christopher MH


This is not an endorsement nor an approval but a call to get real. The definition of a Schedule I Substance is “the most dangerous drugs with no currently accepted medical use”. Schedule II Substances have recognized medical uses. Cocaine is a Schedule II drug, while Cannabis is classified in the most dangerous category of Schedule I. This virtually prevents needed research on Cannabis, given the convoluted research approval process involving DEA, FDA and PHS (Public Health Service). Because of the governments’ phobia over this plant I fear the only organizations capable of maneuvering through government regulations are giant pharmaceutical companies, which will create and get approval of drugs that will be derived, or worse, synthesized, from this cannabis plant.


Medicinal plants are safe from dangerous side effects in comparison to the isolated drugs that are created from them. History has proven that amazing results from medicinal plants disappear after synthetic drugs are created. It is impossible to find coca leaves anywhere in the USA but resourceful people have made its’ derivative, cocaine, available practically everywhere.

Hundreds of effective drugs have been derived from poppy but try finding that species anywhere in our country. The opiates were extracted from the plant and opium became a major addictive problem. Pharmaceuticals then created a drug to “cure” opium addiction. Isn’t that like curing a man who gets drunk on whiskey by putting him on vodka? Well the cure for opium addiction became a bigger problem than the opium itself and it is now the #1 plague in America. The pharmaceutical drug that was created to solve the plague of opium addiction was heroin!!! Now that it has hit the streets it cannot be reined in.

Cannabis is not “THE” gate way drug, OxyContin and the other pharmaceutical super addictive pain killers are “THE” most prevalent gate way drugs. When patients cannot get a prescription or cannot afford the price, they find heroine as cheap as $4 a bag, conveniently available on the street. Efforts should obviously be made to legalize medicinal plants before their derivatives become the next cocaine or heroin.


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, 2014Sceletium tortuosum

Mishelle Knuteson


Sceletium tortuosum commonly called Kanna is a small succulent groundcover plant from South Africa. As early as 1662 natives would harvest this plant, bury it to ferment it and then dry it. Once dried it was eaten, smoked, made into a tea or snuffed to reap its wonderful mood modifying~mind enhancing effects. Today this herb has been proven to be safe and effective in balancing the brain and nervous system which seems to relieve symptoms of depression.


The mood enhancing properties of Sceletium are primarily due to a group of alkaloids, notably mesembrine, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. These compounds interact with receptors in the brain, enhancing the production of dopamine, which is our primary inner pleasure chemical, and prolonging the activity of serotonin, a critically important mood compound. When ingested, Sceletium enhances the feeling of tremendous well-being, heightened awareness, mental alertness and a keen-mindedness that is quite pronounced. Any potentially harmful effects of oxalic acid compounds that are naturally found in the plant are reported to be alleviated by physically crushing the plant, fermenting and drying before use.


These feel good effects and terrific mental stimulation properties appear to make Sceletium a first-rate anti-depressant and anti-anxiety aid. People with low mental energy, mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety disorder could potentially be helped by its use. In one study of the effects of Sceletium reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, the main alkaloids of the plant demonstrated the capacity to extend the activity of serotonin. This activity, known as SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibition, is essentially how pharmaceutical antidepressant drugs work. The difference with Sceletium is that it is a multi-compound plant. It is not chemically based and does not appear to demonstrate comparable hazardous side effects of the pharmaceutical antidepressants. Side effects can include gastrointestinal disorders, loss of sex drive, insomnia and exacerbated depression.


The recommended dosage is to start low then build if needed, one or two capsules a day. My son’s girlfriend is weaning from her medication to a more natural way and she is taking one capsule of Sceletium along with 3 capsules of Dr. Christopher’s MindTrac formula a day and seeing great results. The herbs should be taken after a meal because Sceletium can cause headaches and nausea if taken on an empty stomach.


In its long history of use, no significant adverse effects of Sceletium have been noted. This makes Sceletium a worthy candidate for consideration in cases of depression and anxiety.


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.

-Tonya Judd M.H.


I recently had a friend ask for my help with some health issues she was having.  When she came by to visit, we started by discussing what she was eating on a daily basis.  She told me, “You’re going to think I’m terrible, I’m embarrassed to tell you what I eat.”  I assured her that I was not there to judge her, only to help her. Here is what her “food” choices for the day looked like.  She would start her day with a SlimFast shake (18 grams of sugar or 4.5 teaspoons of sugar), then she would have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (the peanut butter and jelly sandwich alone was 38 grams of sugar which equals 9.5 teaspoons of sugar), throughout the day she was consuming at least 3 - 24 oz. Pepsi’s (30.75 teaspoons of sugar).  If she was unable to sleep at night she would drink more Pepsi.  She then moved on to the ice cream, consuming 1 gallon every 3 days (28 teaspoons per day). She then figured that she had blown her whole day and started eating everything in sight, including her husband’s stash of King Size chocolate bars (6 teaspoons of sugar). She never ate dinner but would eat candy.

She was not sleeping, most likely because she was over-caffeinated and was on a sugar high.  She felt tired all the time and knew that her eating habits were out of control.  She didn’t know what she was going to do.  I started by explaining that everything she was consuming was overly processed and sugar laden and that her body was not getting any of the nutrients it so desperately needed.  Vegetables and fruits were not a part of her diet.  She asked what she could do, just one thing she could change.  I focused on starting simple and suggested that she wean herself off of the Pepsi first and replace it with water.  She suddenly announced that she needed to leave and I worried that I had offended her.


Five days after her abrupt departure I received a text from her stating that she had not had Pepsi in 4 days and she was consuming pure water in its place.  On day 8, I received a text stating that she had not had ice cream in 8 days. I kept her supplied with new recipes for salad dressings she could make herself, fresh food recipes and a lot of support.  I am so proud of her and her success.  She added large green salads and fresh fruits and veggies to replace what she had been consuming.  She has mentioned several times that she just isn’t hungry anymore and feels totally satisfied with her new lifestyle change and that she has never felt this good in her life.  She was concerned because her bowels were moving so frequently.  I assured her that she was finally having normal bowel movements because her body was releasing built up gunk that had accumulated over the past 60+ years and she was finally getting the fiber her body needed from the fresh fruits and vegetables. Her stomach is half the size it was and she has lost 15-20 pounds in 8 weeks.  She is also concentrating on getting more exercise.  She often comments on how great real food tastes and how on other plans she had tried in the past, she always felt deprived.  Now she eats until she is satiated and feels great.


Our next step will be to add some herbal formulas such as the Dr. Christopher’s Vitalerbs and cleansing formulas such as the Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel Formula and then move on to cleansing the rest of her system.  She is happy to share her story and is proud of the fact that she is no longer being controlled by her food addictions.  When I asked her what had helped the most, she stated that she “had no idea where to start and what to eat in place of the “foods” she had been consuming.”  My advice is to plan ahead and find new recipes to try.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Like my friend, start with something you think you can let go of and move on to the next step and then the next. I was once counseled by a dear friend that I needed to stop trying to reach the top of the mountain in one giant leap and to concentrate on taking one step and then focus on the next step and then the next.  Surround yourself with supportive people and remember to reward yourself for your accomplishments. I checked back with my friend yesterday and she reported that she is “doing great but I don’t know what to do!”  I didn’t quite understand.  ”Well, I can’t sit around knitting for the rest of my life.  I just don’t know what to do now that I feel so good!”


You can take control of your life and your health, one step at a time.


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

April 8th, 2014Hope For Depression

-Mishelle Knuteson M.H.


I have been alarmed at the rate that people are taking their own lives. It just seems so much more common these days than I have ever noticed before. It saddens me a great deal. I know the toll that challenges can take in my own life and those that suffer from mental or emotional disorders may not have the knowledge or skills to cope when faced with difficult situations in their life. I am a proponent of positive thinking, yet I understand these mental and emotional maladies can create a hole deep within us that is debilitating and extremely hard for some to escape from.


To assist and help those around us with these tendencies, it is important that we are aware of changes in their behavior and appearance and respond quickly. Notice body language - are their shoulders slumped over more than usual, are they not taking care of their hygiene or nutrition or just shutting down, are they isolating themselves, are they using language such as, “I can’t take this anymore,”  or  ”they would be better off without me,” etc.

People can get so discouraged and lost. If we can pick up on these subtle changes mentioned above, it can allow more of an opportunity to assist and help. People struggling with depression need to know that they belong to someone or something bigger than themselves. They need to be aware that people care about them. They need to understand that they have a support system and that there is a place and purpose for them. Don’t assume that they know how important they are to you, tell them frequently. Further, tell them specifically how they support you.

Creating a plan for life gives hope and direction. Understanding that hope is never lost and miracles do occur can propel someone forward in the difficult moments. It is vital that people have something to look forward to in the future and to have a purpose for each day. This helps to bring the hope it takes to endure through the difficult times. Writing each day helps a person express and get things out that may be locked inside. Writing about hopes, future plans and people that are important can elicit self-encouragement and keep the purpose of life alive. Just the simple act of smiling will change a person’s energetic make up in the moment.  Expressions of gratitude for the simple things found in daily life can change a person’s outlook - even if it is just expressing gratitude that you can breath and your heart is beating. Fatigue is often a catalyst to more serious problems so make sure there is a plan for rest, relaxation and replenishing. If we do not take the time to be well, we will most certainly be given the time to be ill.

Believe it or not, intestinal issues are closely related to mental issues. Research has been done that demonstrates a direct connection between the “gut/brain axis”, so adding probiotics to a daily regime may almost act as an antidepressant in many of these situations. Approximately 80-90% of the human body’s total serotonin is located in the alimentary canal (gut). Gut health once again proves to be an important center in overall health. People with behavioral and physiological illnesses need to be conscious of getting a diet rich in nutrients from fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Some of Dr. Christopher formulas that may assist are Vitalherbs for nutrition, Soothing Digestion to help the alimentary canal, MindTrac to feed the brain and St John’s Wort as a mood booster. I recently learned of an herb called Sceletium tortuosum, commonly called Kanna, that may also help as a booster. I will introduce you to that herb in my next newsletter.

There are natural solutions that are healing for the body and not just a bandaid. There is always hope of a better and brighter future. The School of Natural Healing is here for you, to help educate and bring healing through knowledge and truth. We are the ones that can assist our loved ones who may feel so desperate.


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.

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.  

-David Christopher MH


This new 6 CD set is the latest lecture series by David Christopher. David is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He regularly travels the country lecturing on a variety of topics and this has it all. In this series David covers everything from the importance of good digestion to autoimmune diseases and cancer.

On the first 4 CD’s learn what negative effects we can expect from the average American diet and how to cleanse and heal our bodies by nourishing ourselves with whole, live foods. You will also learn about making extracts, flushing the liver and gallbladder, the health risk of vaccines, tooth health, migraine headaches and so much more.

On the final 2 CD’s you will enjoy a detailed question and answer forum covering stroke recovery, cayenne vs. Coumadin, babies & fevers, enlarged prostate and many others.

If you are new to natural healing, or well versed, you will find valuable insights in Maintaining Healthy Body Systems, now available through Christopher Publications.

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