by: Jo Franks, M.H.

This time of year you will find pomegranates in most grocery stores. There are a lot of interesting facts about this amazing fruit, which dates back thousands of years. The plant is a native of Persia and in the 18th century Spanish sailors introduced the plant to the southern United States. They have long been a symbol of prosperity and abundance. In Greek history it is considered good luck to smash a pomegranate on the ground at weddings and New Year’s. It is said that the number of seeds that fall out of the fruit, will be the number of children the married couple will have.

 

The Latin name for pomegranate (Punica granatum) means seeded apple. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants, namely punicalagin. Studies have shown that this is effective in preventing platelets from sticking together and forming blood clots. It is also high in other polyphenols, tannins, quercitin, and anthocyanins which offer heart health and anti-cancer benefits. Pomegranates can also be beneficial for arthritis, increasing oxygen levels to the heart, heart disease, many types of cancer, diarrhea, and mental and emotional health.

 

Not only is the fruit delicious, very nutrient dense and full of anti-oxidants, but there are parts of the whole plant that are beneficial medicinally. The root bark has been used as a remedy for all kinds of parasites, including tapeworms. The fruit rind and flowers can be made into a tea for a sore throat. If the rind is dried and powdered, it can be used as a tooth powder for brushing the teeth.

 

We always recommend eating foods in their wholesome form. Enjoy the season of pomegranates! From all of us at The School of Natural Healing, have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

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

 

For further study:

http://www.wellcorps.com/MedicinalPropertiesPomegranates.html

https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article19.aspx

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/888/#b 

November 24th, 2014Trichology

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

 

Trichology, the study of hair, teaches that hair is fiber. There isn’t much difference chemically between the hair on your head and fine wool that comes off a pashmina goat. Think about how you would care for a cashmere sweater verses how you care for your hair. Avoid constantly washing it with harmful detergents and drying on high temperatures. Doing this will strip away all the natural oil and cause it to become dry and dull.

 

Here is a quick trick on how to find out the health of your hair. Take 4 strands of hair, 1 strand each from the top, the bottom and each side of the head. Put each strand in a bowl of water. If the hair floats it is in great shape. If it sinks within 5-15 seconds, then it is porous and needs conditioning.

 

I remember watching old movies in which women would sit in front of a mirror and brush their hair 100 times before going to bed. There is actually merit to this because it distributes the hair’s natural oils. Using a natural bristle brush is best. The natural bristles effectively move the oil from the scalp through the hair. Brushing the scalp also stimulates the sebaceous glands, which in turn produce more sebum, the skin’s own protective layer. Jojoba based oil conditioners are great for your hair because it is much like the skins natural oil, sebum.

 

The scalp is like any skin on the body, it must be kept healthy to ensure healthy hair production. A chemical-free way of shampooing is the best way to remove dead skin cells and toxins that are released through the skin. One reason you want to stay away from detergent based shampoo, is that it contains a common chemical used by the cosmetic industry called sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS/SLAS). This is very toxic and contains potent carcinogens. The chemicals you place on your skin (scalp) absorb straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind. Chemical-free shampoos will help prevent any toxins from being absorbed into the skin.

 

For straight hair, shampoo twice per week. For wavy hair, shampoo once or twice per week, and for curly or kinky hair, only every other week.  Between washings you can use dry shampoos or herbal rinses to keep your scalp clean and smelling fresh. A great rinse to try is; 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water with some added essential oils (rosemary and lavender are good ones to use). This will close the hair follicles, prevent color loss, dissolve any soap scum and add shine to the hair.

 

Genetics, health and proper nutrition are also important factors in healthy hair. The living part of hair is under the scalp, where the root is housed in the hair follicle. The hair follicle is fed by a vein, which carries nutrients from the blood to the root system. Medical conditions, changes in hormones, stress, trauma, smoking and so much more can affect hair growth and appearance. Eating a diet full of healthy proteins, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and complex carbohydrates is important.

 

Essential omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron, prevent a dry scalp and dull hair color. Dark green vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins A and C. These vitamins help with sebum production and provide a natural hair conditioner. Legumes provide protein to promote hair growth, and also contain iron, zinc and biotin. A deficiency in biotin can cause brittle hair and can also lead to hair loss. Nuts contain high sources of selenium, alpha-linoleic acid and zinc, all of which help condition the hair and prevent hair shedding. Protein deficiencies can produce weak and brittle hair, and can eventually result in loss of hair color. A balanced diet is extremely necessary for a healthy scalp and furthermore healthy hair.

 

Here are some great resources for more information:

-For plant based natural hair color, visit http://www.greenhare.com.  Chemical hair dye is very toxic to the body.

-For chemical free shampoo, I have been testing a natural shampoo bar from http://www.annbeesnaturals.com. The first wash was a bit strange to me, yet I was told it would be. It takes time for your scalp and hair to adjust. Now I’m really enjoying it. I just basically wash my scalp. My hair seems to be styling well and looking good. I have short hair so I’m not sure how it would work with someone who has longer hair. The company also has a hair and skin oil conditioner, called Moroccan Silk, that I really like.

-Visit http://www.drchristophersherbshop.com to purchase chemical free, BF&C Shampoo and Conditioner, and/or BF&C Hair and Scalp massage oil.

-In Dr. Christopher’s book, Every Woman’s Herbal under Hair Loss, are the instructions for the 3 oil massage to stimulate hair growth and nourish the scalp. There is also a great herbal rinse recipe under Gray Hair.

 

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, 2014Purposeful Pumpkin

 

David Christopher, M.H.

 

‘Tis the season! Which means it is a great time to enjoy a mineral dense super food that is a virtual medicine cabinet. Pumpkin not only has the color of carrots, but it is also tremendously good tasting, low in calories, and contains many specific nutrients for the eyes. In fact a slice of pumpkin pie contains 200% of the required daily intake of Vitamin A, which is so desperately needed by your eyes. It also contains a cornucopia of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which is converted by the liver to, yep, you guessed it! Vitamin A…in case the 200% in that pie wasn’t enough.

 

The Zeaxanthin found in pumpkin is a powerful anti-oxidant and specifically helps filter UV light, protecting the eyes and lessening the incidence of macular degeneration. It is also high in lutein which is beneficial to the health of the macula lutea of the eyes. High amounts of Vitamin C in pumpkin is great for tissue integrity, strengthening the vascular system and helping to keep skin firm and youthful. It is also loaded with the B-complex vitamins such as folates, niacin, and Vitamins B-1, 2 and 6. It contains ample amounts of Vitamin K and a wide range of tocopherols, making the Vitamin E content exceptional as well. Pumpkin is also high in Zinc (one of the best anti-oxidants), Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Selenium and Sodium.

 

Pumpkin seeds, like all seeds, help prevent cancer. They are also high in the amino-acid Tryptophan, which we have all heard is the substance in turkey that triggers sleep. It is also a pre-curser to Serotonin, a neuro transmitter linked to feelings of wellbeing. Pumpkin seeds promote good cholesterol levels, a healthy prostate, and are one of the best food remedies for ridding the body of parasites.

 

Enjoy the Holidays by eating more pumpkin and its accompanying spices. It will help you with weight loss, getting plenty of sleep, and feeling better for the New Year.

 

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.  

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.

 

 

 

 

October 14th, 2014Children’s Health

Alene Tuttle, M.H.

It’s that time of the year again; children have returned to school and the weather is cooling off causing many of us to close our windows and doors. Instead of getting a daily dose of sun, regular exercise, and nutritious meals, most children will sit inside at a desk for several hours each day, eat a less than ideal diet of school lunches, and return home at the end of the day to do homework and use computers and television. With this likely scenario for the vast majority of children during the school year, parents need to have some “tools” at their disposal to combat the myriad of viruses and infections that will plague their families in the coming months. With that said, I have developed somewhat of a medicine chest to help keep the many ailments of back to school season from invading my home and family.

The first and probably easiest way to keep your family healthy is to drink plenty of pure water, preferably distilled, every day. Each family member should have a bottle of water that gets refilled throughout the day thus eliminating the need to drink out of water fountains or to purchase beverages laden with sugar from vending machines.

Next in my medicine chest is good, wholesome food. This can be achieved easily by always having fresh fruits and vegetables cut up and ready to eat. Add to this some whole grains, nuts and seeds to create energy and you have a health-promoting meal, simply and easily. Meals do not have to be complicated. A simple quinoa/oatmeal for breakfast, a veggie wrap or homemade soup for lunch, and a green leafy salad with a lean protein (which can be a mixture of beans or a small slice of sustainably sourced chicken) for dinner is the best way to ensure that your children are getting the nutrients they need to have energy throughout the day and to sleep well at night. For an afternoon or evening snack, make up some delicious green smoothies or have some more nuts and seeds along with some veggie sticks and a healthy ranch dip!

I cannot stress enough the importance of some form of regular physical activity each day for at least thirty minutes as well as quality family time. It’s been proven time and again that children who feel loved and spend quality time with their parents get sick less often and perform better in school. Take a brisk walk or play an outdoor game with your children every day. It will do all of you a world of good!

 

Finally, when and if your children do get sick, it is important to supplement with the right herbs and quickly return them to optimal health. A little bit of fresh crushed garlic each day along with a quality probiotic can work wonders if you are dealing with any sort of infection. Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Mune, which contains Echinacea, will aid the body in preventing the spread of viruses and bacteria as well as building the immune system. I keep these products readily available throughout the year but especially during cold and flu season.

So there you have it! When children get fresh air, pure water, wholesome foods, and regular physical activity along with quality family time and immune stimulating herbs, they are ready to face any health challenge that comes their way!

 

Alene Tuttle is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She conducts workshops on living for health and resides in Ohio with her husband and children. Alene can be reached via email at alenemt@sbcglobal.net


October 14th, 2014Natural Anti-Oxidants

David Christopher M.H.

The plant kingdom produces anti-oxidants to counter the oxygen and probable oxidative damage which is created in its production of carbon from CO2. Scientists have observed that people, who eat large amounts of fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants, are less likely to develop cardio vascular disease and cancer than those eating less of those foods. It has also been noted that Green Tea, which is unprocessed, is extremely high in anti-oxidants where black tea which is the same plant, but processed, is high in hydrogen peroxide which is reactive oxygen.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that one of the causes of heart disease is the free radical oxygen damage to LDLs, lipid and protein substances that deliver fatty acids to cells. Free radical oxygen also plays a role in diseases as diverse as diabetes, dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Even though supplements neutralize free radical oxygen in test tubes it hasn’t translated to usefulness in the body. Unfortunately, supplements of anti-oxidants have proven worthless if not harmful. The best example of this failure is beta-carotene. It was observed in the 1970’s that people who ate a lot of carrots, which are high in beta-carotenes, had protection against cancer. In 1992 researchers at the National Cancer Institute recruited 18,000 participants who were at high risk of developing cancer because of smoking or asbestos exposure. Half were given beta-carotene and half a placebo. The trial was supposed to last for six years but was halted two years early after discovering that those taking the supplement were developing cancer 28% more than the controls who were receiving a placebo.

The famed nurses’ study that tracked the health of 87,000 female nurses showed a 47% decrease, in cancer rates, for those consuming vitamin E rich foods. However Vitamin E supplements have not shown similar positive results. For positive results, we should get our anti-oxidants from foods, not supplements. Fresh Juicing of fruits and vegetables is natures’ way of supplementation.

Here is a list of anti-oxidant foods:

Blue and red berries and grapes

All nuts especially walnuts, pecans, and Brazil nuts

Beans especially pinto and red beans

Cherries, plums and apples

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.

August 27, 2014

 

Now available at Christopher Publications is Melissa Chappell’s newest contribution to healthy, whole food eating. In these DVD’s Melissa demonstrates just how quick and easy it is to make healthy and delicious meals, snacks and desserts for yourself and those you care about. Filmed in her studio/classroom, Melissa (Popularly known as Raw Melissa) teaches simple techniques to turn your fresh fruits and veggies into dishes even the pickiest critics will rave about. Melissa is a fun and casual teacher whose knowledge and love for health shines through. If you are a visual learner and want to improve your diet and your health with a fresh food approach, you will love these classroom demonstrations.

Melissa Chappell is owner of Raw Melissa (rawmelissa.com), and creator of the recently published cookbook “FAVES! Fruits and Veggies, Energy’s Secret“.

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, 2014Essential Fatty Acids

Tonya Judd M.H.

 

Essential fatty acids are just what the name states, essential. Our bodies need EFA’s. Omega-3 fatty acids fight disease by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels and joints, protect our central nervous system, improves our mood, help with inflammation and joint pain, improve eyesight, positively affect cardiovascular health, help prevent age related macular degeneration and reduces blood sugar levels and triglyceride levels by eating only 1 ounce of EFA’s per day.

 

A deficiency in EFA’s can lead to mood swings and depression. Symptoms or signs of EFA deficiency in individuals include some of the following: dry skin, cracking skin on heels and fingertips, craving fatty foods, painful/stiff joints, poor muscle strength, hyperactivity, poor wound healing, learning/memory problems, dry hair, excessive thirst, and irritability to name a few.

EFA’s help with pregnancy and post-natal depression. EFA’s are passed to the baby in utero and help with the development of the brain. As the EFA’s are passed to the baby, this reduces the mother’s EFA levels, thus contributing to post-natal depression if the new mom is not consuming enough in her daily diet.

An amazing newer source for EFA’s is Sacha Inchi oil and Sacha Inchi seeds. Sacha Inchi grows in the highlands of Peru and the plant produces year after year and keeps producing for decades. The oil is derived from the cold pressing of the seeds and requires no refining. The oil is similar to olive oil but has a much lighter taste and the seeds (also called Incan peanuts) boast 50% oil content and have a nutty flavor when roasted. Sacha Inchi oil is an excellent source of amino acids, easily digestible proteins and nutrients. Sacha inchi exceeds fish oil and flax in omega-3 = 48% and omega-6 = 36%

High in fiber, high in tryptophan, no cholesterol, high in protein with a 27% protein content and is rich in iodine and vitamins A and E. Sacha Inchi oil and seeds are also an excellent source of amino acids. Another plus of Sacha inchi is that you can get all of your omegas in one shot…omega-3 (48%), omega-6 (35%) and omega-9 (9%) Sacha inchi has been shown to reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels by eating just 1 oz. per day. Other sources of EFA’s include dark leafy greens such as spinach, flax seeds and flax oil, chia seed and purslane.

Keep in mind that when adding omega-3’s to your diet, it may take up to a month of use before you begin to see results.

 

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


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.


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