August 25th, 2014Area of Specialty

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.


The School of Natural Healing just recently finished up the Master Herbalist Certification Seminar. The teachers who are experts in their field of study come and teach the students for their final testing to become Master Herbalists. I remember when I went through the seminar I kept sitting back, trying to absorb all that I could. I just wanted to soak up and retain all the information they taught and more. I wanted to be like them and know what they knew. I wanted to be an expert too.


I have a friend who lights your day just by a smile. I would say she is an expert smiler. When she smiles at you, you feel so special, noticed and comforted. I so want to smile like she does. One of my husband’s and boys favorite TV shows is American Ninja Warrior. I watch the show with them and I look at these expert athletes with their fine-tuned, trim and well-shaped bodies. Oh how I would love to have a body like that. There is a lady in my neighborhood who is an expert of thinking of the most unique ways to help and serve people that are in need. If I could only think of the ways to serve like she does.

Most of you have heard of a person being a “jack of all trades”. While growing up, that is what I considered both of my parents to be. They could make or fix just about anything and come up with really creative ideas on how to move projects forward. I wanted to be just like them and have all their “tools in my tool kit” so I could handle any situation that would come my way. I wanted to know it all, and not just know it, but be an expert in many different areas so I never came up lacking.

At the Master Herbalist Certification Seminar, David Christopher M.H. introduced the teacher, Christopher Hobbs PHD. In the introduction David said, “Here is your chance to ask all your questions about plant chemistry you want because that is his area of specialty and don’t ask me later because I probably won’t know the answer.” David is very adept at recognizing and understanding various maladies and figuring out what may bring the body back into balance and health, yet he knew he was not an expert at plant chemistry and he made no apologies about it. David knows his areas of specialty and he recognized Christopher Hobbs as being an expert in his area of specialty.  That made me think once again about what my area of specialty is. Do I really have to know it all to be effective? Maybe an area of specialty can be something as simple as being a great smiler. Ones areas of specialty don’t always have to be backed with a PHD.


We all have areas of specialty. We don’t all have to be a jack of all trades. There is something unique to the style and way that we individually do something. Opportunities come our way to utilize our area of specialty.  Listen to what people compliment you on. Accept the compliment and don’t brush it away. Sincere compliments can offer insights into what your areas of specialty may be. What is it you love to do? What comes easy to you and makes you feel happy inside? “Is it easy? Is it fun? Is it getting results? If so, it is the right thing” ~ Deepak Chopra


I may never have the body of an athlete. I may not find creative ways to serve my neighbors as often or as creatively as I would like to. I do not have the knowledge that a PHD in plant chemistry has, but I do have my areas of specialty. “When everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much” ~ Walter Lippmann. Be unique. Find and be true to your areas of specialty; you really do have them. Take the time to consider and recognize what some of your specialties are. “There is but one course of human failure and that is man’s lack of faith in his true self” ~ William James


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.

June 30th, 2014My Journey

Cynthia Sumner


In my early 20’s when I was in my first years of marriage, with a brand new baby, I had the blessing of learning about The School of Natural Healing. My husband faced some health issues from living out of the country; I had health issues from eating mostly dead food my whole life and emotional trauma from a dysfunctional home. And on top of everything I worried about how to take care of my baby when she had fevers and earaches.


I had a very touching and real experience as I listened and watched some of the teachings from Dr. Christopher. From the top of my head, through my body, down to my toes, I felt a surge of energy, almost a voice that told me I would be mentored and educated through the School of Natural Healing and one day teach and consult individuals to heal. As I studied, experienced and opened my heart and mind truths flowed to me. I knew that I had a gift and responsibility to support and educate individuals to heal physically so they could heal emotionally and spiritually.

I was able to use what I learned to help my husband heal, myself heal physically and emotionally and to build a foundation of confidence to know what my baby needed and how to take care of her. How wonderful it felt to be self-sufficient. Knowledge is power!

With my second pregnancy I began to miscarry at 3 months. I read all I could and prayed. I was impressed to use specific herbs and to eat a strict healthy diet. It was easy to do because I knew it was for this spirit that needed to come to earth. I delivered that baby boy full term, the doctor told me my son was a miracle baby and that he really didn’t think he had any chance of making it. The same problems happened with my last 2 pregnancies and both were delivered full term healthy and strong! I know my knowledge of the body and what it needs allowed my three sons to grow strong inside me and to bless this world with their presence. What a blessing it has been not only for my family in so many ways, too many to share here, but for hundreds of my clients now. I have watched client after client heal from tumors, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, infertility, depression, anxiety, excess weight, skin problems and more. More importantly, and usually surprising to my clients, is the clarity, confidence, self- love, success, renewal in relationships with spouse, kids, parents, co-workers and best of all God. Clarity allows us to see the opportunities that have always been there or to attract opportunities to us. Joy, purpose and a desire to help others is the result of finding balance.


If you are interested in support on your journey to finding balance, support that is in accordance with the teachings of Dr. Christopher, click on this link:


 My coaching includes:

-Monthly one on one consultation with me and an Emotional Health Coach

-Weekly Group calls, Short Videos, Audios and Simple Worksheets to motivate and educate

-Weekly Accountability through email

-Personalized Nutritional Guide, Recipes, Shopping List Guide and much more!


Need new healthy recipes? Visit my website for my Happy. Healthy. Clean. Living recipe book, with over 200 wholesome and raw, delicious 


Thank you Dr. John R. Christopher and his son David Christopher, for this life changing education!! If you have been thinking about signing up for any courses from The School of Natural Healing I am here to urge you to do it! Even if it’s just for yourself, it will be one of the best investments you ever make. Here is a quick link to the school’s courses:

Cynthia Sumner is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing. She is also a Wholistic Health Coach, Herbal Nutritionist and speaker. You can contact her through her website above or by calling 801.369.1235

Daniel Atkin M.H.


Congratulations! You did it! You are now a Master Herbalist (or somewhere along your journey of becoming one). Now what? The School of Natural Healing offers a world-class herbal education that is so practical you can immediately apply your knowledge to the health of your family and friends. However, you can’t change the world by only serving your family and friends. Armed with a wealth of knowledge and a degree in hand to prove it, many Master Herbalists wonder how they can turn their education into a career and affect the lives of thousands. There’s no state licensing for herbalists anywhere, and it’s a legal nightmare to tiptoe around all the laws that prevent you from helping the sick. I’d like to share my personal experience and an idea with all of the Master Herbalists out there and to anyone else considering becoming one.

I love the word vitalism. Vitalism is the understanding and principle that all living systems are self-organizing, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing. In short, the body is designed to heal itself. I have only heard of two schools that proudly use vitalism as a foundational basis for their philosophy: Life University College of Chiropractic and The School of Natural Healing. I love chiropractic and I love herbs so I graduated as a Master Herbalist last summer and graduate from chiropractic school this summer. Chiropractic and herbs make the perfect combination.

To understand where I’m coming from, you have to understand a little bit about chiropractic. The body is designed to heal itself. Interference in the nervous system, known as subluxation, can prevent that healing from taking place. Chiropractors specialize in removing subluxations and restoring the communication between the brain and the rest of the body so that the body can heal from the inside out. With that communication restored, all the body needs is the proper building blocks to rebuild itself and the right nutrition to function optimally. Once again, the School of Natural Healing provides a world-class education on healthy eating and how to use herbs to rebuild the body.

Chiropractors are lucky if they get a course or two in nutrition at school, but it’s nothing compared to the education you get at the School of Natural Healing. While some chiropractors try to figure nutrition out on their own, most of them have no idea what they’re doing. However, within their scope of practice is the ability to recommend nutritional products as part of their patient’s care plan. As a result, supplement companies bombard them with information and try to get them to sell their products, which many of them do. Again, most of them don’t really know what they’re doing and would love to have somebody else handle that side of the business.

Master Herbalists, this is where you come in. Get online and go to Google Maps. Type in “chiropractors near (enter the city you live in)”. Check out their website to see who they are and what their philosophy is. Write down the names and addresses of the ten chiropractors closest to your house. Then, write a Letter of Introduction. Make it formal, but not too formal, your personality and voice should shine through. Explain who you are and what your background and education is. Tell them you would love to meet with them at their office or during their lunch break to discuss how your skills could enhance the health of their patients as well as generate additional revenue for their office. Then mail it out (address the envelope in your own handwriting so they’ll actually open it) to 10 or 20 or 50 chiropractors and you’ll be amazed at the doors of opportunity that will open up! Working under the credentials of a licensed chiropractor will remove some of the legal restraints and allow you to transform the health of your community in the way that you’ve always wanted to!


State laws vary, so please be sure to educate yourself on the unique circumstances that exist in your state.

Daniel Atkin is a Master Herbalist and future owner of Family Focus Chiropractic in Holly Springs, NC. He will be opening his practice in the fall of 2014 and looking to hire a Master Herbalist. For a sample template letter to send to a chiropractor or for those interested in contacting him, please send an email to

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