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.

January 31st, 2014Holistic Iridology

 Not only was Dr. Christopher a renowned herbalist but he was also an iridologist. When people came to him with health concerns, it wasn’t uncommon for him to check them with Iridology before advising them. You may be wondering, what is Iridology? Iridology is the science of analyzing the delicate structures of the iris of the eye. It is a tool to assess the integrity of the

tissues in the body, (your body’s constitution), inherent weaknesses and inherent strengths. By knowing your bodies weaknesses, you can do much to prevent having trouble in a particular area. For example, in my iris, I show an inherent weakness in my lungs. Because I know this I can do a lot to strengthen my lungs, such as never smoking, deep breathing, exercise and taking Dr. Christopher’s Lung and Bronchial formula which is extremely valuable in strengthening and healing the entire respiratory tract.


After going through the School of Natural Healings’ Master Herbalist program, I decided to also take their Iridology program. When I was a young teen, I saw an Iridology book at my neighbors’ house and I was so intrigued that I never forgot about that book. It wasn’t until years later that I went to a class David Christopher was teaching and saw this same book on a display table. I thought, “There is that book on eyes again!” Little did I know I would be devouring its pages and studying from the best in the field of Iridology in just a few years.


The School of Natural Healings’ course on Holistic Iridology is taught by Dr. David J. Pesek. I’ve been through a few other Iridology classes and none of them are as extensive and in depth as this course, it is incredible! Upon finishing the course you will have all the knowledge of Iridology to feel confident in using it. Last year the School of Natural Healing and David Pesek created a new iridology chart featuring Dr. Christopher’s herbal formulas.http://www.christopherpublications.com/Iridology.html This chart is based on David Pesek’s Holistic Iridology Chart but is color coded so you can quickly find which formula of Dr. Christopher’s would help to cleanse, nourish and strengthen that particular area of the body.


Dr. Christopher is known throughout the world for his wisdom in the area of natural healing, his inspired herbal formulas, his compassion for those who were ill and suffering and his devotion and love for teaching. Because of his many attributes and contributions to natural healing, his use of Iridology is not always recognized. The three levels of Holistic Iridology at the School of Natural Healings “College of Iridology,” honors the true gift Dr. Christopher had in the field of Iridology and provides another tool for us to strengthen and heal the body.


If you are interested in learning more about Holistic Iridology please follow this link. http://snh.cc/College_of_Iridology.html


Judith Carter is a Master Herbalist graduate of The School of Natural Healing. She also graduated from the International Institute of Iridology as a Holistic Iridologist and is certified in acupressure.

January 31st, 2014Cedar (Juniperus monosperma)

 Tara Pierce H


Traditionally, Cedar (as it is commonly known around here) has been used by native peoples to treat dandruff, as an aid in childbirth, reduce swelling in sprains and bruises, influenza, headache, and used as an emetic. Today the medicinal uses seem to focus toward the pancreas and have helped many people balance their blood sugar whether high (diabetes) or low (hypoglycemia).


Dr. Christopher discovered this accidently with the help of a patient who was having trouble voiding his urine. Dr. Christopher advised him to take Juniper berries, fresh or made into a tea, and he would be helped. Weeks later the man returned and said that the Juniper berries had been no help to him. After examining the berries it was discovered that he had been using Cedar berries which are similar in looks to the juniper but contain only one seed (monosperma) where juniper berries contain 5-7 seeds. Dr. Christopher got the man some Juniper berries for his ailment but upon thanking Dr. Christopher the man told him he would continue to use the cedar berries because he had been able to cut down on the use of insulin for his diabetes. Dr. Christopher was astounded and excited! He had the man increase the amount of cedar berries he was using and within a few months his pancreas was healed and producing its own insulin.


My husband was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 7 years ago at age 36. It used to be rare to find a type 1 over the age of 30 but due to the increase of auto immune diseases it is on the rise. After reading the story stated above, we decided to experiment with Cedar berries and see what effect it had on his insulin use. I had also read that fresh ground flax seed has been found to reduce insulin use so we decided to use them both together. Two weeks ago he started taking 12 cedar berries and 2 Tbls. of flax seed each day. He grinds them together each morning (Nutri-Bullet) and takes 1/2 of the mixture in the morning and the other 1/2 at night. Just by adding this mixture to his daily routine for only two weeks he is down by 5 units a day!


Other important things to do for diabetics:


1-Mucusless Diet to cleanse and nourish the entire body and aid in weight loss.

2-Distilled water to flush built up waste.

3-Lower bowel formula (working up through the extended herbal cleanse).

4-Pancreas formula to stimulate and heal the pancreas.

5-Glandular formula to support all the glands in the body and help them work together better.

6-Immucalm formula (type 1) to help calm and “reprogram” the immune system so it stops attacking cells that are not a threat. At the same time this will also help heal and strengthen the immune system so you are not left vulnerable to invaders.


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

November 11th, 2013Herbal First Aid Kit

Tonya Judd

An Herbal First Aid Kit goes beyond the normal run of the mill first aid kit containing adhesive bandages and anti-biotic ointment.  An Herbal First-Aid Kit for college students, young married couples, parents, grandparents and others on your gift list who often ask what to do for particular ailments, is a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season. These items can be placed in a small plastic tote, a tackle box, a back pack, a duffle bag, a cosmetic bag, a drawstring bag or whatever you have on hand. If you are giving this as a gift to someone who is not familiar with herbal remedies, make sure you include an instruction sheet listing each item and their possible uses.

Below are items that I keep in my Herbal First Aid Kit and are items that I have found to be just what we need when we are away from home:

Cayenne - powdered and tincture:  stops bleeding, improves circulation, headaches and heart attack
Vitalerbs - capsules:  vitamin and mineral supplement
Immucalm - capsules: allergies and allergic reactions, calms and strengthens the immune system, asthma
Plantain- ointment: bites, stings, draws toxins, reduces swelling
Complete Tissue & Bone - ointment:  broken bones, sprains, scrapes, cuts, wounds, skin eruptions, pulled muscles, and blood clots, regenerates tissue
Rash Formula - ointment: soothing ointment for abrasions, eczema, dry skin, poison ivy & swelling
Black Ointment - ointment:  drawing agent, tumors, warts
Comfrey - ointment:  burns, wounds, cuts, bleeding
Cayenne Heat - ointment:  sore muscles and joints, sprains
Sen Sei - ointment:  headaches, sinus pressures, sore muscles, sore throats
Burn Paste - made with equal parts of wheat germ oil, honey and powdered comfrey - burns
Ginger - capsules:   cardiovascular ailments, nausea, anti-inflammatory, gas, indigestion
Garlic Oil - oil:   ear infections, infection, bacteria
X-Ceptic - tincture:  antiseptic, infections, tooth infections
Anti-Spasmodic - tincture: charley horses, cramps, mouth sores, muscle spasms, sore throat
Lobelia - tincture:  anti-spasmodic, emetic, relaxant, expectorant
Black walnut - tincture:  fungus, parasitic infections, warts
Ear & Nerve Formula - tincture:  ear infection, tinnitus, malfunctioning nerves
Glandular System Massage Oil - oil:  cleansing and nourishing the glands, infected glands, and lymph organs
Echinacea - tincture:  enhances the immune system, prevents and fights bacteria and viruses
Relax-Eze - tincture:   nervous tension, insomnia, rebuilding nerves and lessens pain
Herbal Eyebright - tincture and eye cup:  healing the eyes, pink eye
Infection Formula - capsules:  kills infection, clears toxins from lymph and reduces inflammation
Lower Bowel Formula - capsules: bowel cleanser, constipation, rebuilding the bowel
Slippery Elm - powder or capsules:  diarrhea, wounds, inflammation of the stomach & intestines
Castor Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil - nutrition, fomentations; include a large piece of cotton flannel for fomentations
Essential Oils - peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon are a few good ones to have on hand

Mix and match these great herbal products to make a kit that fits your needs. I have found that transferring the formulas and ointments to smaller containers such as pill holders and small ointment containers (these can be found at health food stores or online), works wonderfully for an Herbal First-Aid Kit for the car.  Also, make sure you label each container and compartment.  I also include the basics that would be found in a traditional First-Aid Kit such as:  bandages, gauze, tweezers, a small bottle of soap, a water bottle, elastic bandages, steri-strips or butterfly closures, disposable hot and cold packs, and scissors.

Having an Herbal First-Aid Kit in each of our vehicles and making sure I have these items on hand at home has given me peace of mind and ensures that I can heal my family in any situation, wherever I am.

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

November 11th, 2013Vitalerbs

Mishelle Knuteson MH

I was recently talking with a friend and she was telling me that she was taking iodine tablets and liking the results that she was receiving from them. My concern for her was that these tablets are chemically based and I didn’t want her to suffer any side effects that may result.  I was thinking up an herbal formula that may assist her naturally rather than chemically, when I was reminded of how complete and wonderful Dr. Christopher’s Vitalerbs formula is. It contains just the right blend of vitamins and minerals that are easy to assimilate.


Most whole foods contain a varied list of nutritional and medicinal properties. Listed are just a few benefits the herbs give to the Vitalerbs formula;


Alfalfa ~ a rich reservoir of nutrients and primarily works as a detoxifier of the blood and reducer of inflammation. High in beta-carotene, chlorophyllins, Vitamins A & C.

Dandelion ~ abundance of minerals, commonly used for the liver and as a diuretic because of its bitter properties. High in iron, manganese, phosphorus, and electrolytes sodium and potassium.

Kelp ~ works on the metabolic rate, thyroid activity and detoxifying the body. High in iodine, calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, selenium, sodium.

Purple Dulse ~ most mineral rich plant. Alkalizes and cools the blood to help reduce congestion. Contains iodine, amino acids, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, fluorine, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium.

Spirulina ~ also known as blue-green algae. It is a concentrated food source that can act as an appetite suppressant. Good source of protein, manganese, riboflavin, thiamine, iron, chromium, magnesium, zinc.

Irish Moss ~ balances hormonal deficiency especially in the thyroid and metabolism. Very good for the digestive system and source for electrolytes. High in calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine.

Rose hips ~ great source for bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Strengthens the circulatory system, capillaries and connective tissue. The astringent properties help to reduce inflamed tissue

Beet ~ perfect for cardiovascular health. Rich in Vitamin C, betaine, magnesium, iron, potassium.

Nutritional Yeast ~ complete protein and good source for complex B vitamins. Helps your body to convert food into energy.

Cayenne~ One of the best stimulants for all body systems. Increases blood circulation and perspiration, reduces blood pressure, increases production of digestive fluids and fights infection. High in Vitamin C , Vitamin A, B complex vitamins, flavonoid anti-oxidants.

Blue Violet ~ effective expectorant that works to clear the upper respiratory system, cleanses the blood and calms the nerves. Improves the body’s resistance to disease and infection. High in vitamin A and C.

Oat Straw ~ aids calcium absorption. Helps prevent osteoporosis and assists the urinary tract. Excellent source of the major mineral including magnesium and calcium.

Carrot ~ rich source of carotenes and vitamin A which is a powerful natural anti-oxident. Contains healthy levels of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Ginger ~ a very effective digestive stimulant. The phenolic oleo resins and volatile oils in this herb give it amazing antimicrobial properties.

Barley grass juice ~ High in chromium and thiamine which helps the process of metabolizing carbohydrates and produce glucose. High in potassium, the principal catalyst in intracellular fluids and digestive enzyme function.

Wheat grass juice ~ nutrient packed. Enhances the immune system destroys bacteria, and removes toxins. Contains protein forming amino acids that the body needs to digest food.


Vitalerbs are made from whole plants giving you all the healthful benefits without the side effects common with a chemically isolated supplement. They are a great addition to even the healthiest diet.


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.

September 27th, 2013Wholesome vs. Part-some

Mike Stuchiner, MH

As an “old school” Master Herbalist, I am a very strong believer in the concept that the whole is in fact greater than the sum of its parts. In the mid 1990’s when I was just beginning in this field, something big hit the herbal scene in the US and it caused quite a buzz. I remember how excited all the health food store owners were because within a month all the stores had large amounts of it on the shelves. I am speaking about standardized herbs. You would often hear things like “we can now compete with drugs as we have something safer and better”. I knew back then, that it was a big mistake for the natural food industry to take this path. Even as a beginner, something didn’t seem right to me about standardizing herbs. I used to ask myself, what was wrong with using them in their whole state? For thousands of years, millions of people used this as their primary and in most cases their only source of medicine. Guess what, they CURED the problem with it!

A standardized herb is a preparation where the herb has been processed so it contains a specific amount of one or more compounds that are thought to be the reason why the herb does its job. This is the big mistake, as it is the herb as a whole that makes it work not one or two of the compounds. This is simply called isolating. When you begin isolating and taking the herb out of its whole form, you bring a host of problems and side effects along with it.  The thinking behind standardizing herb’s, was that they would be stronger and work faster. Are they in fact stronger? Do they work faster? The answer to both of those questions is yes. But, this comes with a price. It needs to be understood that just because something is stronger and works faster doesn’t make it better or better for you.  By standardizing a whole herb which is perfectly safe and effective it becomes a “drug” with side effects. A perfect example of this is the herb Ephedra. Ephedra was taken off the market due to claims that its use produced severe side effects to the heart which had caused several deaths.

Ephedra has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years for lung, asthma and sinus problems as a whole herb. Once it was discovered that one of the active ingredients known as ephedrine has a stimulating effect and that it can help to burn fat and help people lose weight, the drug companies got to work. They began producing standardized forms of it and made it into a drug. They then decided to combine it with caffeine to give it twice the stimulation and twice the effect. But with that came twice the danger and strength of the side effects. So, what was the end result? Today you have a perfectly safe and effective herb banned from the US market, yet the substance that caused these deaths, ephedrine, is still on the market as a drug. Interesting isn’t it?

Whole herbs are superior and more effective in every way.  They have not been altered, partionalized or fractionalized. Therefore, the herb is staying in perfect balance whether it is in tea form, capsules, powder or extracts. All the compounds naturally found in the herb, work in a synergistic way. The purpose of herbs is to aid your body in doing its job, therefore there is no need to alter the compound ratios in an herb. That is why you look for balance in your herbs. If a person is in need of something stronger, they have several choices. First, they can simply take more of the herb. Second, they can use a formula which is in combination of 2 or more herbs with the same purpose. Third, they can take a more concentrated whole herb preparation.

Note: making and using a higher concentration of an herb does not change the balance of the compounds in the herb/herbs. It is in fact a simple way of taking less and getting more. I have never seen a situation where someone has received better results from using the part over the whole. Therefore, there is a very good reason why a whole food diet and herbs will always be superior to anything that is partial or isolated. Think about it.

Mike Stuchiner, is a Master Herbalist graduate from the School of Natural Healing and is currently located on Long Island, NY. Mike has worked in the herb and natural food industry for the last 16 years. To date Mike has written 2 books on herbal medicine and has started his own website Eliteherbalist.com. This is an educational website for athletes on herbal medicine and whole food nutrition. Mike has been competing in power lifting for 22 years on a nation and world level with his best lifts in competition being an 800 lb squat, 565 lb bench press and a 635 lb dead lift.

September 27th, 2013Revitalized Water

Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

Water is the pillar of life. Human life and health, as well as all other forms of life on the planet, are completely dependent upon water.  About 70% of the earth is covered in water and up to 60% of the human body contains water. The brain is composed of 70% water, and the lungs are nearly 90% water. Lean muscle tissue contains about 75% water by weight; body fat contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day humans must replace at least 2.5 quarts of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods we eat.

Beyond life giving effects, water also acts as a solvent, transporter and cleanser. All metabolic functions as well as extraction of toxins through the kidneys, the colon, the skin and the lungs rely on water. Within a 24 hour time period, about 370 gallons of blood flows through our brain and about 530 gallons of blood passes through our kidneys and liver. The human body discharges at least ½ a gallon of fluid a day. This perpetual loss of liquid must be replenished. 

The amount of water the body contains and the need for replenishing is dependent upon body weight and the amount of fat a person carries. Most reports you read will say to replenish the body with 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body-weight per day. Dr. Christopher understood the vital life force that water brings to the body. As mentioned previously, water dissolves, transports and cleanses. It also hydrates all organs, tissues and cells within the body so they can function optimally. For this purpose Dr. Christopher recommended drinking 1 ounce of pure water (distilled; natures form of filtration) per pound of body-weight per day. 

We have callers at the School of Natural Healing worried that distilled water is dead (bad) water. That could not be further from the truth. Distilled water is pure H2O. Distilled water is hungry water, which means that it will flush out inorganic minerals that the body has taken in and is unable to assimilate. This is a good thing. We do not want anything in the body that the body cannot use. If inorganic minerals are left hanging around in the body, they will cause constipation of the area which leads to disease.

Distilled water can be revitalized in a way that is completely natural, that will not change the chemical makeup of the H2O and does not add any inorganic compounds to the water. A simple, effective and inexpensive way to revitalize your water is by placing a handful of clean quartz crystals into your drinking water. The water will absorb the energetic vibrations of the crystals and act as a healing aid similar in theory to that of homeopathic remedies or Bach flowers. To get more information on how to revitalize your water with crystals click here.

Our bodies have amazing self- healing powers. They have the ability to fully regenerate themselves. Drinking lots of pure water is one of the key components to enable our bodies to do its job. 

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.

September 23rd, 2013New Iridology Chart

Jo Franks

Here at the School of Natural healing, we are pleased to announce our new Iridology chart. Dr. David Pesek, founder and director of the International College of Iridology, and instructor of Iridology, has helped us create a new Iridology chart using Dr. Christopher’s formulas. We are excited about this chart because it provides information on which of Dr. Christopher’s herbal formulas to use for the different areas of the body as seen in the iris. The chart is color coded and is designed to assist in choosing the proper treatment when a weakness is discovered in the iris of the eye. When a weakness is seen in a particular area of the iris, you can look at the chart to see what the color and body system is in that area. Then you can find that color in the information section of the chart and see what the recommended formulas are for that weakness. This chart would be helpful for someone who has a basic knowledge of Iridology and iris signs. It would also be useful to have a general knowledge of Dr. Christopher’s formulas. What a great idea! We have it available now for you to purchase, only through Christopher Publications.

If you’ve been thinking about learning Iridology there’s no better time to start than now. The Iridology program we offer at the School of Natural Healing is, in my opinion, the best in the world. Dr. David Pesek gives over 20 hours of thorough instruction on the art and science of Iridology. Follow this link http://snh.cc/College_of_Iridology.html  to learn more about the Iridology program we offer at the School of Natural Healing.


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