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:http://www.cynthiasumnerhealth.com/.


 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 recipes.www.greenhealingleaf.com 


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: http://familyherbalist.snh.cc/

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

June 30th, 2014The Oh She Glows Cookbook


Angela Liddon has turned her internet blog sensation into a New York Times best seller. After struggling for years with an eating disorder, Angela began a new journey to heal her relationship with food. After trading the low-calorie, processed foods she had been eating for whole nutrient-packed foods, Angela wanted to share her rediscovered health and energy. She is a self-trained chef who has spent years perfecting the art of plant-based cooking and sharing her inventive and delicious recipes on her blog ohsheglows.com.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook is full of more than one hundred mouth-watering, wholesome recipes that will please non-vegans and vegans alike. The variety of colors, textures and flavors will make your mouth water and you will be satisfied both by the food and by the fact that it is so good for you!


Mother’s Day is a great time to share health and culinary joy with the women you love!


The Oh She Glows Cookbook is now available through Christopher Publications. 


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.

-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.

-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.

-Tara Pierce H

Irish Moss is not actually a moss but a seaweed, strongly alkaline and rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. It is a highly nutritious plant which feeds the bones, brain, liver, flesh and lymphatic system. It contains a large amount of mucilage and sulfur compounds making it a great aid in the treatment  of chronic bronchial and intestinal problems. It is soothing in cases of arthritis, irritation of the bladder and kidneys, as well as chronic diarrhea and dysentery. In cases of dropsy it aids in the removal of excess fluid in the tissues and is used for colds as well as relief of dry coughs. Poultices of the moss have been successfully used on abscesses, burns and bruises.

Traditionally it was gathered for both food and medicine. It is still commonly used in cooking and food preparation as thickening and stabilizing agents. You will find it added to dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt and pudding as well as nut and rice milks and as a flavoring agent and clarifier in the brewing of beer. The herb is used as a suspension agent in toothpastes and is used commercially in hand lotions and various creams.


Although carrageenans (molecules extracted from the moss) were introduced on an industrial scale in the 1930’s, they were first used in China around 600 B.C. and in Ireland around 400 A.D. Known in Ireland as Carrageen Moss, it is commonly boiled in milk and strained, before sugar and other flavorings such as vanilla, cinnamon, brandy, or whisky are added. The end-product is a kind of jelly similar to pannacotta, tapioca, or blancmange.


Dr. Christopher included Irish moss in the Thyroid Maintenance Formula due to the organic iodine which is an excellent part of nourishing the thyroid gland. Together with kelp, watercress, mullein, parsley, nettle, marshmallow and sheep sorrel, this combination helps to support a healthy metabolism. Used as a tonic this formula will ease fatigue, muscle weakness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and irregular menstrual periods.

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

 by Dr. T. Collin Campbell


WHOLE is Dr. T. Collin Campbell’s follow-up to his previous release, The China Study. In this paradigm shifting book he takes the evidence of the China Study and explains why the evidence works.   Dr. Campbell’s desire is to awaken within each of us a desire to eat a whole, plant based diet.


Following is an excerpt from WHOLE in true T. Collin Campbell style, “If you were in charge of a wealthy and powerful organization dedicated to eradicating cancer, what would you want its positions on cancer research to look like?  Mine would begin with a research program designed to understand the natural biological complexity of this disease, and then would try to take advantage of nature’s tools to restore health…and I’d spend the vast majority of the funds I was given attempting to inform the public about what we do know regarding the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of cancer.”


Dr. Campbell also asks a very poignant question, “…if we have such overwhelming evidence that everything we think we know about nutrition is wrong, why haven’t our eating habits changed?”

“There is nothing more convincing than experiencing the change for oneself.  We must recognize nutrition as a cornerstone of our health-care system, not a footnote.”

Dr. Campbell’s WHOLE is now available for purchase through Christopher Publications.



January 31st, 2014HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!!

David Christopher MH


I will declare at the end of this article my top list of ways to stay healthy in this New Year.
First I want to acknowledge and thank my dad Dr. John R. Christopher for the health I enjoy today.  His teachings of health principles and application of those principles gave me a head start to wellness.
You see he was a basket case of ill health, mostly genetic. He did not receive any help from modern medicine after being informed that he would not live into his forties, so he turned to his creator for help.  Then through study and prayer he discovered the simple steps to wellness, applied this knowledge and changed his genetics.
He passed these improved genes on to me and my siblings and we do not suffer the effects of these metabolic diseases as he did.  This is in light of the fact that these genetic diseases worsen through each generation.
Even with improved genetics if we had violated the simple principles of health that he taught us we would not enjoy good health.  For the sixty years I can remember I have enjoyed the blessing of fresh juices.  I am thankful for whole grains, nuts and seeds. I am thrilled at the abundant variety of fresh produce that permeates the United States in almost every food market and even has made cameo appearances in fast food establishments.  We can all be thankful for the growth of the organic food industry and what a wonderful blessing that we all enjoy in personal health choices.


5. Do not be a guinea pig, for any one (especially the pharmaceutical industry).
4. Don’t do drugs (recreational or pharmaceutical).
3. Avoid vaccinations like the plague (because they are).
2. If you don’t like the venom stay away from the snake.
1. Enroll in the School of Natural Healing (knowledge trumps fear)



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. 

January 27th, 2014Flax (Linum usitatissimum)

Tara Pierce H


Flax was brought to North America by colonists in the 1600’s. It was mainly produced for linen cloth and linseed oil used in paint for the growing colonies. With the invention of the cotton gin in the 1800’s flax production dropped dramatically as cotton gained dominance agriculturally. It wasn’t until the 1980’s when an emphasis on environmentally friendly products began that flax saw a renewed popularity.


Today flax seed and flax seed oil are both popular items used in the natural health field. Flaxseeds contain lignans, a type of phytoestrogen that may protect against breast and prostate cancers. Flaxseed is the best plant source of healthy omega-3’s which are also found in fish. Flaxseed is a rare plant-based complete protein source. It contains every amino acid that your body can’t make on its own. Flaxseed also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber which helps regulate bowel function and prevent constipation.


Here are some of the many health benefits you may see from consuming 1-2 Tbls. per day of ground flaxseed (brown or golden) or flaxseed oil.

-Decreases the risk of developing heart disease.
-Lowers total cholesterol.
-Strengthens the immune system.
-Lowers the amount of insulin used by diabetics.
-Helps alleviate pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
-Improves symptoms of depression and improves mental function.
-Helps alleviate dry skin and some forms of eczema and psoriasis.
-Helps alleviate hair loss and dandruff.
-Helps improve the metabolism and absorption of calcium.
-Traditionally used for hot flashes and breast pain.


It is important to not heat or cook with the oil because it destroys the beneficial properties. Instead the oil should be added to smoothies or yogurt or combined with apple cider vinegar to make a salad dressing. Ground seed can be added to smoothies, granola bars, and breads or sprinkled over salads or cereal. The seeds must be ground in order to be used nutritionally in the body. (Fresh ground is best.)


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

November 11th, 2013Pumpkin Panacea

David Christopher M.H.

When Europeans discovered America they found a plethora of new flora. We have mentioned the importance of the discovery of the capsicum family in previous issues, and everyone knows about the discovery of corn and how it has benefited mankind. Another great find was the discovery of the family of squash. Pumpkin is a Native American squash that is so popular that it is now grown on all continents except Antarctica. Many consider it as a super food withwonderful medicinal qualities. Just one cup supplies 245% of the daily required value for Vitamin A. It also contains good amounts of the B complex, Vitamin C, K, and with the seeds it contains the full spectrum of vitamin E (alpha, delta and gama-Tocopherols plus the newly discovered Tocomonoenols). It is also a good source of Copper (14%), Iron (10%), and contains Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Selenium and Zinc. The seeds also contain Zinc at the rate of 10 mg. per 3.5 oz. Just the color of pumpkins would indicate a high Carotene content, having both Carotene A (amounting to 515 mcg.) and Carotene B (3100 mcg.) Other phyto-nutrients include Crypto-xanthin B (2145 mcg.) and Lutein-zeaxanthin (1500mcg.) All excellent for good eyesight, a healthy heart and wrinkle free skin.

Pumpkins are high in nutrients and also high in fiber but low in calories, making them a good food for weight loss. While losing weight with pumpkin one might also notice a reduction in hay fever symptoms, migraines and earaches. The cold mashed up pulp has been used to counter burns and the leaves have been used to reduce the swelling in sprains, lower fevers, cure diarrhea, and ward off cancer.

The seeds are remarkable. The consumption of the seeds reduces prostate enlargement and reduces the possibility of prostate cancer. The seeds have been used for kidney problems, including kidney stones, for gout, edema and even getting rid of tape worms. Another miracle: the seed oil reduces symptoms of female hormone insufficiency.
We would all benefit by eating more of this wonderful squash. Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and smashing.

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.  

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