June 30th, 2014Spring Cleaning

Tara Pierce H

 

Ahhh the yearly tease of spring! Here in Utah it is common to hear the phrase, “Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes, it will change!” During the spring this is especially true. Not only is it brutal on the gardens and orchards but on us physically and mentally. It seems this last ditch effort of the winter to hold on always sets loose the finale of the cold and flu season and can often bring us down for one more round of seasonal blues. Even though that new blanket of snow put off preparing the garden plot yet one more weekend, there is a silver lining!

Spring is a great time to do some cleaning…and what better place to start than our own bodies? A three day juice cleanse is great this time of year to help clear out the winter stores that can cause sluggishness and rejuvenate our bodies for spring. Apple, Grape, or carrot juices are all great choices for cleansing the blood and packing a punch nutritionally for every cell. Dr. Christopher knew that a clean body was a healthy body and taught all who would listen about this beginning step to wellness.

Begin each day with 16 ounces of prune juice. This not only helps to clear the bowels, but it draws toxins and waste from every part of the body into the intestines for elimination.

For 3 consecutive days you will consume only the one juice you have chosen. Fresh is best. One gallon per day for an average adult, plus plenty of distilled water.

Take one or two tablespoons of olive oil, three times a day.

You can also take Dr. Christopher’s’ Lower Bowel Formula during these three days if you feel backed up.

As you cleanse and replace the lymph and other fluids in your body, you will have times when you feel rough, even lousy. Plan ahead and set this time aside for you and your health. Follow the juice cleanse with a new commitment to eating healthier and enjoying all the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

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


by Doreen Spackman M.H., M.G.

We want you to know of our wonderful website that many of our readers are unaware of - Herballegacy.com. This site has a list of Dr. Christopher’s formulas, a list of ailments and programs to help with those ailments, single herbs, recipes, herbal education information and more. I’m going to walk you through the site to help you find the information you’re looking for

Some easy ways of accessing the site:

  1. At the bottom of your newsletter there is a section of Herbal Resource Links. Click on the second link that says “Herbal Legacy.”
  2. Go to www.schoolofnaturalhealing.com On the left hand side in blue click on “Herbal Reference Links”, and then click on the “Herbal Legacy” link.
  3. Type www.herballegacy.com into your browser bar.

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Tabs on the site:

  1. Articles - Here is a list of previous newsletters with their name and the date the article came out. There are articles for everything from “Natural Protocol for systemic Yeast overgrowth & leaky gut syndrome” on May 5, 2010 to “Preparing a fomentation for injuries” on March 30, 2011 and everything in between.
  2. Dr. Christopher formulas - Click here for a list of Dr. Christopher’s original formulas and the herbs in them.  Some let you know what each herb in that product does, and some will tell how many parts of the herb is contained in the product. It also tells different ways to use the products and testimonials of people who have used them and their results.
  3. Ailment & Programs - Here you can learn about the difference between the 3 day juice cleanse,  the extended cleanse program, the incurables program, as well as a list of ailments from A-Z and the way Dr. Christopher taught how to take care of that problem.
  4. Single Herbs - We have place School of Natural Healing graduates Thesis papers here so you can have more information on single herbs. Each thesis will tell the history, location, chemical constituent, medicinal qualities, contra-indications, some herbal formulas using that herb, dosages and applications, and personal experiences with those herbs.
  5. Recipes -Everyone loves recipes and here is a great resource from breakfast and main dishes to snack, soups and of course desserts. Yummy!!
  6. About Us - gives you some information about Dr. John R. Christopher and David Christopher.
  7. Herbal Education -This gives you information about the School of Natural Healing and the times the general public can call and talk to a Master Herbalist for answers to health questions.

I love Herballegacy.com it has so much information on one site and so convenient to use. Have fun on the site and let us know what helped you most or send us some of your testimonials.

Have a Happy and Healthy Day!!!

September 7th, 2011Carrot Stick Diplomacy

By David Christopher M.H.

When I recommend drinking carrot juice on a daily bases, or even just eating carrots, I am still asked “But, David, what about the high sugar content of carrots? Ever since the South Beach Diet emphasized the Glycemic Index, people have developed a phobia for some very beneficial foods, like carrots.  Currently, carrots are classified as “low” on the Glycemic Index, scoring 39 - for cooked and 45 - for juiced (The scale is 0=water to 100=glucose).  Other foods at the same level are polished white rice, macaroni, and a Snickers bar!  In fact table sugar is only 20 points higher at 65.  Needless to say, the Glycemic Index can be confusing. The Glycemic Index can be a useful tool, but only if we keep in mind the true nature of food.

Glucose is not a nasty word and we should not shun it.  Glucose is the fuel that runs every cell of our bodies.  Whole, fresh foods that are high in glucose are foods we should use for immediate energy needs.  Highly processed foods with high or added glucose should be avoided (these are classified as High Glycemic Load foods).  These highly processed foods are digested far too quickly and trigger an insulin release from the pancreas; which is just doing its job by protecting the body from high blood sugar levels.  This quick response, for many people, creates an overshoot in the production of insulin and the body is left with a deficiency of glucose.  When glucose levels crash, hunger is stimulated especially for starchy or sugary foods.  If the person satisfies this crash with the same processed foods that caused the problem, a vicious cycle of feast or famine is created and this leads to stress on the beta cells of the pancreas, resulting in insulin resistance and eventually Type II diabetes.  There is no evidence that the naturally occurring sugars, in fresh whole fruits and vegetables, has any adverse effects on the body.

Another related question that I often respond to is “Which is worse glucose or fructose?”  Again, in their whole, fresh, natural states, as fresh fruits and vegetables, neither is a problem.  They are both beneficial, glucose for immediate use and fructose for later use.  Fructose cannot be used by the cells until converted to glucose by the liver.  Fructose is used by diabetics because it doesn’t raise blood sugar.  However, if enough is consumed, as with the highly processed (manufactured) high fructose corn syrup, it overwhelms the liver and the excess is converted to fat.

Artificial Sweeteners should never be used.  These substances trick the body into responding to an energy source with no energy available.  So in response to a perceived intake of glucose the pancreas secretes insulin.  High insulin levels stimulate the production of fat cells.  High insulin levels also stimulate the liver to convert glycogen (stored, chained glucose) to glucose, again raising blood sugar, and again overworking the pancreas.  The only safe and usable sugars are in fresh, whole, live foods.

August 17th, 2011The Power of Juicing

by Tatia Nelson M.H., Iridologist - Utah

Celery juice or pain killers?  If asked this question today, Al Godsey would say, “I’ll take the celery juice anyday!”  For a man who was once crippled with severe and painful arthritis, his story is one we can all learn from.

The year was 1959 aboard the USS Ticonderoga, Al was a Navy Structural Mechanic who could hardly walk after 13 months on the ship, due to pain and deformities in his feet.  He was moved to the Oakland Navel Hospital in California for medical care where he was diagnosed with a debilitating case of arthritis.  In just over a year of service,  his athletic running feet had developed heel spurs, an extreme high instep and “hammer toes”.  The bone spurs felt like knives cutting into the flesh of his heels causing bad enough pain that he was confined to bed rest for three weeks.

One day, while gazing out the hospital window, he felt a strong impression that changing his diet would heal him.  When he asked his doctor about nutrition, the young lieutenant, fresh out of medical school, quickly rejected the idea that a diet change could help.  Surgery was advised, but other patients who opted for surgeries said their condition never improved and their doctors “just kept cutting” with no results.  Opting out of surgery, he took a prescription for pain of 5 aspirin, 4 times daily.  With pain numbed, he moved to a wheel chair, then crutches, and finally used only a cane, but his condition never got better, just manageable with pain killers.  After a couple of months in the hospital, his time of service was up, so he went home, still walking with a cane.

At home, Al took a 180 degree turn with his diet and his healing process finally began.  He ditched the aspirin and turned to whole foods.  He switched to whole grains and cut out white sugar, white flour, and other processed foods.  He ate at least three pounds of green and yellow fruits and vegetables daily.  For protein he enjoyed nuts and seeds and if he ate meat, it was very sparing.  No pork was consumed and meat choices were very lean, fish being a favorite.  For probiotics, he consumed fresh, homemade yoghurt or bought it with live cultures at the health food store.

He read books by alternative doctors to find ways to improve his health.  Many wrote about juicing live foods for health.  So, he got a juicer and began juicing daily.  His favorite juice combinations included: Carrot, celery & apple, apple & parsley, apple & beet, and other mixtures including lots of alfalfa sprouts, watercress, wheat grass, spinach, etc.

Al first experienced a dramatic change in his health after a juice fast consisting of a quart or more of juice a day for 6 weeks.  Celery juice offered the most pain relief, so most of his recipes consisted of 1/3 to 1/2 celery.  Within a couple more months, he stopped using a cane, and his bone spurs were gone.  He was once again running the full track of 2.7 miles around Green Lake near his home in Seattle, pain free!

Al is my father, and now at the age of 73… he is still juicing!  He bottle fed me fresh juices and taught our large family to juice daily.  My dad is most grateful for celery juice, because after 52 years, the pain in his feet has never come back!

Tatia Nelson is a certified Iridologist and a Master Herbalist - graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Tatia currently consults in Utah, teaches in the community, and writes for local health food stores.


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