November 24th, 2014Pancreas

Jacque Wardle, M.H.


The pancreas is part of the endocrine and digestive systems. As part of the endocrine system, the pancreas secretes two hormones, insulin and glucagon. Insulin promotes the transport of glucose across the plasma membranes, which increases the uptake of cellular glucose, and glucagon works with insulin to regulate blood glucose levels. As part of the digestive system the pancreas produces enzymes that digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.


When the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or the body cells do not respond to the insulin, glucose is not available to the cells in the body. When this condition occurs, the liver must compensate by increasing glucose production from glycogen and amino acids. This causes the blood sugar to rise above normal levels which is known as hyperglycemia or diabetes.


When we have diabetes we are taught to take insulin. When taking insulin into our body, the pancreas does not need to work and will become dormant. Dr. Christopher always taught that we need to cure the cause and not treat the symptoms. I love his story of how a gentleman came to see him one day because he could not urinate very well. Dr. Christopher was in a hurry and didn’t have time to mix up a diuretic formula for him. He explained to the gentleman that he needed to chew some fresh Juniper berries and make up some tea with them. This gentleman agreed to do so since he had a juniper tree growing in his backyard.

Weeks later the gentleman returned because his urination problem wasn’t any better, confused Dr. Christopher asked to see the juniper berries he was using. Once seeing the juniper berries, he realized that the gentleman had been eating cedar berries instead of juniper berries. As they spoke the gentleman mentioned that since taking the cedar berries he had reduced his intake of insulin. Dr. Christopher was excited because this was the break through that he was waiting for on how to heal the pancreas instead of always treating the cause.

Recently I have had the chance to help a family member that was having kidney problems due to diabetes. We started her on the Kidney Formula and a week later she began the Pancreas Formula. By the following week she was reducing her insulin intake. As she continues to work on cleaning up her diet and following with the Kidney and Pancreas formulas, she is receiving great benefits.

I am very grateful for Dr. Christopher and his willingness to listen to the promptings that he received. My family’s’ lives as well as my own have been greatly enriched from the knowledge I have received from Dr. Christopher and The School of Natural Healing.


Jacque Wardle is a Master Herbalist, Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor. Being a Master Herbalist has allowed her to introduce a more natural aspect into her student’s wellness programs. Her contact is

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.

August 25th, 2014Happy Fourth


David Christopher MH

This issue of the newsletter is dedicated to George Washington who is sometimes called thefather of our country. As a youth, I remember hearing miraculous stories of George Washington being preserved in battle, such as, removing his clothes at the end of the day and finding four bullet holes but no wounds. In 1770 a Native American Chief who sided with the French against the British during the 1755 war, related that he fired at Washington 17 times and his warriors also tried to kill this young officer, to no avail. Another Chief related that they were instructed to kill all officers first and had attempted to shoot Washington but could not. During the battle for Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburg, Washington was one of only 1300 soldiers who survived and the only officer of 86 that survived. Another account during the Revolutionary War told of the head of a British marksman squad who was about to shoot an American officer, at close range, but was inspired not to shoot and didn’t, later finding out it was George Washington that he didn’t shoot. These stories are very inspiring, but isn’t it interesting that schools stopped teaching the true accounts of, Divine Providence preserving Washington in battle, to help establish this country? And yet we still hear about the cherry tree myth in school!

Now let’s talk about what killed George Washington at 67 years of age. On December 13th 1799 this hero of the Revolution woke up in the night not feeling very well. He had been soaked by rain the day before and now felt chilled to the bone; labored breathing, feverish, with a sore throat. He probably had the flu and maybe strep throat. Any Herbalist of the day could have treated him with elderberries, garlic, honey, cayenne pepper and onion poultices for his chest and I have no doubt he would have survived. But no, he was treated by standard medical doctors of the day who bled him, doused him with mercury, bled him some more, gave him calomel (a mercury preparation), bled him again with more mercury up the rectum. With no sign of relief of the illness, they then argued amongst themselves whether or not they should do another bleeding. Dr. Elisha Dick was concerned that they had already drawn off 3 pints of blood and thought he was too weak for another bleeding. He felt Washington needed his strength to fight the malady. However he was the younger of the three Doctors, and Dr. James Craik and a Dr. Brown overruled him and drained another thirty two ounces of blood from his veins. After hours of torture George Washington dismissed the doctors and stated that he wanted to die in peace. So 24 hours after getting the flu, these doctors managed to take him out of this life. Two weeks later Dr. Brown wrote to Dr. Craik with misgivings, lamenting that Washington might still be alive if they hadn’t given the last bleeding, but justified their actions because, “It was the best light available”. Ignorance to natural law costs lives and indeed robed this nation of perhaps many more years of a great statesman.


This insane medicine lasted into the late 1800’s. As far as I’m concerned, today’s modern medicine is taking more lives than they’re saving. For more Medical History read Green Pharmacy by Barbara Griggs.


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.  

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.

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

April 8th, 2014Herbal Eyebright

-Chad Gilkey

 Dear Christopher family and friends,


I would like to take some time to share a natural healing experience with you. A friend and client of mine had been diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye several years ago. She also wore prescription glasses to help correct a near sighted condition. Of course the cataract continued to get worse along with her eye sight. Finally, faced with the prospect of surgery to remove the cataract at age 73, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Being familiar with the Christopher products, she knew that the Eye Bright formula was the place to start. I read the protocol to her from Herbal Home Health Care over the telephone one evening and her daughter ordered all of the formulas for her. She used the eye wash tincture three times per day as well as the Eye Bright capsules; six weeks on and one week off. She has been doing this faithfully for about eight months now and has gone back to using a pair of prescription glasses from twenty five years ago. In fact, lately she’s been talking about getting a cheap pair of dollar store glasses instead. Although she hasn’t been back to her doctor for an official confirmation, she believes her cataract is gone as her sight seems beautifully clear.


She looks forward to watching her beloved Detroit Tigers this spring on T.V. as she can now read, without glasses, the tiny caption in the upper left of the screen which displays the score and inning. Even though she receives ridicule from some family members, she plans to continue with the formulas and she has no intentions of getting her eyes carved on. We both thank all of you.


Chad Gilkey Body Balance Therapeutic Massage and Wellness

4546 Leach St. Cass City, MI 48726

Phone 989-872-1879 E-mail

-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.

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. 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.


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.

January 27th, 2014Giving Thanks

 Jo Francks MH

When I signed up for the Master Herbalist course with the School of Natural Healing in 1995 I was a mother with young children. I had been wondering about different health situations and how they would have been handled when there were no doctors around. Little by little I started learning about herbs. Someone talked to me about how black cohosh was helping with hot flashes. Someone else showed me a book on herbs which I bought from them on the spot. Then someone loaned me the book An Herbal Legacy of Courage and I couldn’t stop reading it. I saw the advertisement for the School of Natural Healing in the back of the book and I decided that if I were to learn about herbal medicine and healing I wanted to learn from Dr. Christopher. My husband was very supportive of me learning this but of course we wondered where the money would come from. The money did come through little tender mercies and I was on a journey of becoming a master herbalist. I loved every book, video and assignment and when I finally went to the Master Herbalist Certification Seminar it was one the most fulfilling things I have ever done. I didn’t have a plan to become a master herbalist and make a career out of it. I wanted to be able to help my family and help others if they needed it.  I think the most valuable thing we can obtain in this life is knowledge and understanding. What I gained through my studies has benefitted me and my family and our pets in more ways than I ever could have realized.
When asked the things I am most thankful for I would answer first, my awesome family and then the gift of plants that provide beauty, food and medicine for all of us. It’s the simple things that make life grand. If you’re reading this and are in a similar situation as I was in 1995 consider the School of Natural Healing. It’s the greatest gift you could give your family and yourself. I wish you the best of the Christmas season with love and gratitude.

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

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