October 9th, 2017Save the Children

David Christopher, M.H.

  In my youth I was plagued with a nightmare for years. In short it goes as follows: I was alone, at night, walking through an open field when I saw stationary lights on the side of a rural road I was approaching. I observed men pitchforking objects out of a pickup truck onto the side of the road.  These men did not see me even though I was now close enough to see what they were removing. At first I thought it was overripe melons that were being pitchforked out but was horrified to discover that it was little children with transparent skulls. I was going to speak out against this injustice but did not and woke up. I kept having this nightmare until I started speaking out against injustice and I cannot let today’s topic slide any longer.

According to a U.S.A. data base eight million children are on psychiatric drugs.  Over a million are preschoolers 0 to 5 years old, and 274,804 are babies under a year old. These drugs include anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, ADHD’s and even anti-psychotics. These are all prescription medications. Who are those responsible for making these diagnoses?  If they are valid, what tragedies would cause depression and anxiety in hundreds of thousands of babies and cause 674 to go psychotic and require chemical strait jackets? (Toxic Psychiatry)

If these children are normal, we might blame Big Pharma who would probably shift the blame to overaggressive prescribing physicians. However, if the diagnoses are correct then we must conclude that these babies were injured in embryo, neonatal or in those first months of life.

The blame would probably start by pointing the finger at negligent parents who drive these babies to neurotic states. However, there are many scenarios and I personally would like to give parents the benefit of the doubt. My personal opinion is that these children are chemically injured.  This can occur from drugs, alcohol, food preservatives, cleaning supplies, air pollutants etc. entering the mom’s body during pregnancy. Next would be medical procedures during delivery. It is commonly known that mercury and aluminum are neuro-toxins and injecting these known toxins into a one day old baby is harmful (see here). The United States is the only country that routinely injects the Hepatitis B vaccine into one day old babies and has the highest death rate for one day olds in the civilized world (link). Our U.S.A. babies have practically 0% chance of getting Hepatitis B, so why is it required and injected?  All I can say to the medical profession is do some intro-inspection and quit causing harm to our babies. Recall that Hippocrates said “First do no harm.” This is part of the Hippocratic Oath that doctors are required to take.

Babies do not have a developed immune system but are protected from all diseases by passive immunity contained in their mother’s breast milk. Nature had it right all along, agri-business is deceptive in leading us to believe in the superiority of formula.

Babies, by nature are born with a clean slate. We need to be vigilant and protect these precious gifts from God from the conspiring interests of corporate greed.

If injury has occurred I would suggest these aids to avoid further damages caused by psychiatric drugs: Feelings Buried Alive Never DieHealing SpiritualityThe School of Natural Healing and the scriptures.

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.

October 9th, 2017Common Plantain

Glenn Cronick, M.H.

  Plantain is a common perennial herb that can often be seen growing in lawns, abandoned fields, along roadsides, industrial waste lands and most anywhere there is sufficient soil requirements to host this unobtrusive green wonder. It is a plant that is often ignored and taken for granted by the majority of humanity. God has provided this tiny wonder for our good health and healing.

     This valuable plant was brought to the American continent by European settlers who treasured it for its many medicinal and culinary uses. There are two types of plantain, one with broad leaves (Plantago major) and one with narrow leaves (Plantago lanceolate). Both have the same virtues and healing properties and can be used interchangeably.

    Plantain grows from early spring to late fall and can even be seen throughout the winter months in areas where temperatures are mild. I have seen this plant under the snows of winter on golf courses, in lawns and along the borders of woodlands.

    The leaves, roots, seeds and flower spikes of plantain are used for their healing properties and even as an emergency food. The leaves are most often used and can be eaten raw or cooked, used fresh or dried as a tea or tincture and put on the skin as a poultice, fomentation or salve. According to Bradford Angier, “Plantain leaves make excellent greens. Fact is, the greener they are the richer they are in vitamins A and C and in minerals. They are good boiled…start them in a minimum amount of boiling water and to cook them, covered, as rapidly and briefly as possible.

   Plantain is cooling and soothing for the circulatory system, producing an overall gradual improvement in bodily functioning. This effect is most likely due to its high nutritional value; plantain is rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.  Plantain’s phenolic compounds give it a strong antioxidant quality.

   Plantain has been used all over the world to treat colds, hepatitis, infectious diseases, skin diseases, digestive irregularities, respiratory problems, reproductive trouble, fevers and circulatory diseases. Plantain can be characterized as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, analgesic, antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, anti-fever, anti-hypertensive, detoxifier and immune modulator.  

       According to herbalist Maria Treben, “Primarily Plantain is used for all disorders of the respiratory organs, especially phlegm in the lungs, whooping cough, bronchial asthma, even for tuberculosis of the lungs.” Treben claims to have used it to heal bronchial asthma combined with equal parts of Thyme. She recommended it as a treatment for liver and bladder disorders, bronchitis, wounds, lump protrusions, poisoned bites or stings from insects, bites from dogs or snakes, goiter, malignant growths, glandular disorders, thrombosis and open sores, regardless of the age of the wound. Treben boldly asserts that, “Even malignant growths disappear if treated with fresh, crushed leaves. They are also beneficial for malignant glandular disorders.”

   Plantain leaves are excellent for poisonous bites and stings, since it helps draw out the poison within a very short period of time. Plantain may be used to draw out splinters of all kinds with good effect. This amazing plant can also help relieve blood poisoning and infection. According to eminent herbalist Doctor Christopher, “It is the best herb for blood poisoning: reducing the swelling and completely healing a limb where poisoning has made amputation imminent.”

     When plantain leaves are used fresh, made into a poultice, salve or ointment and used on irritated skin they sooth and soften the skin. Plantain leaves can be used for any type of pimple, ulcer, boil, cut, scratch, burn or other skin inflammation. If using fresh leaves, simply crush them by hand or chew lightly with your mouth and fasten the leaves onto the irritation and you will feel soothing relief in a short period of time.

   Knowledge of plantain is indispensable for rural and urban dwellers who wish to improve overall well-being and get themselves out of many delicate health related situations. Get out there and familiarize yourself with this important little plant today and learn how to use it properly. It can help someone in need and that person may just be yourself or one of your family members.

Glenn Cronick is a Master Herbalist. He teaches high school Latin and English literature. In his spare time he enjoys gardening and hiking.

October 9th, 2017Back to the Basics

Kelly Pomeroy, M.H.

  In the past month there have been tremendous amounts of tumult in the world, from hurricanes along the shores of Texas, Florida and the Caribbean islands, to earthquakes in Mexico, and fires throughout the Western United States. Many of you now reading may have been affected by these natural disasters. Many of us have been and are praying for your relief. Many are serving to rebuild what has been lost. This has set some thoughts in motion for me regarding what you may need to hear, what we all need to hear about things that have been lost or taken.
Devastation, difficulty, challenges and heartbreak happen to us all in some degree or another that influences our well-being. In a popular TV series, Once Upon a Time, the beloved Prince Charming says, “Darkness never wins. It just fools you into thinking it does.” Darkness and despair keep us from moving forward. The truth is we all have control of our circumstances to an extent. We can choose to act and have hope. One of the ways we can do this is by getting back to the basicsby taking inventory of our needs. It’s all the little things we take for granted that matter.
In Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs triangle from 1943, he states that people have certain needs that must be fulfilled in order to reach one’s full potential. The base of the triangle holds our most vital physiological needs; food, warmth, water, and rest. This is followed by safety and security. If we do not have these, we are held back from reaching our full potential. Once our basic needs are met, then we must feed our soul’s need for belonging and love, then prestige and accomplishment. Ultimately when these are secured, we are able to reach our full potential and ability to create. I would like to focus on the basics at the bottom of the triangle; food, warmth, water, rest, security and safety.

Water- The United States Geological Survey says our bodies are made of up to 60% water and it is vital for many bodily functions. Some of these vital functions are; to help the brain manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters, regulate body temperature, act as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, convert food to components needed for survival-digestion, help deliver oxygen all over the body, lubricate joints, flush body waste-urine, allow body cells to grow, keep mucosal membranes moist, and form saliva to aid our digestion. It’s time to set down sodas and sugar laden drinks, and fill our bodies with pure, simple water. An adult’s daily water intake is about 12-16 cups a day. To calculate a child’s water intake, click here.  For an interesting read try, The Choice is Clear, by Dr. Allen Banik.

Food- Times have changed. It is now more expensive to eat fresh, wholesome foods. Our cheap fast foods are overly processed and heavy laden with contaminants and preservatives. Precious vitamins and minerals are lost which they try to add with synthetic versions, aka “fortified.” Our bodies require macronutrients with essential vitamins and minerals. These macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Plants are endowed with these macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber inherently. Research has shown health risks associated with high consumption of animal products and overly processed foods. They lack fiber and nutrients that slow the body’s healing process. If you choose to consume animal and processed products, do so sparingly. We can get all the nutrients we need, even calcium and protein, on a plant based diet. Here are three books I recommend that support this idea; The China Study, by T. Colin and Thomas M. Campbell,  Eat to Live, by Joel Furhman, and Thrive, by Brendan Brazier. It can be simple. Leonardo Di Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Simplify your meals. An array of cut up fruits and veggies, a simple baked potato or whole grains, nuts, and seeds is both nourishing and satisfying. This simplicity will ease stress that comes from making complicated meals that may not be appreciated. Spending a little extra money towards your health will pay future dividends. Here are links to  Dr. Christopher’s Mucusless Diet and recipes at Herbal Legacy.

Rest-Many of us try to cut our sleep time to accommodate life’s demands. We think sleep is a luxury. It is not a luxury, but is vital for our physical and mental health. Insufficient rest affects how our brain processes and ages; weakens our immune system; increases risk of anxiety and depression, and affects our weight. Lack of sleep shifts ghrelin and leptin, two appetite regulating hormones, which can cause us to overeat.  For sleep, an average adult should get 7-9 hours and children, 9-11 hours a night. Having trouble sleeping? Try these herbs: Valerian, Hops, Passion Flower or Lavender.

Security and Safety- The Declaration of Independence for the United States says that all men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is important that we treat others with civility and  respect, especially our children. We all deserve that same treatment. If you are in need of temporary aid, there are shelters and assistance provided by many services. This database can search locations near you. Deepak Chopra has said, “No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance.” As we face challenges or wonder why we are not getting better, let’s go back to the basics and make sure our needs are being met.

Kelly Pomeroy is a Master Herbalist graduate and works for the School of Natural Healing. She is pursuing a degree in Biology at a local university and most importantly, mother of four amazing kids.

October 9th, 2017True Healthcare

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

  The western healthcare model really appears to be a sick care model. People get paid and rewarded when a person is sick. If you’re sick then you have to keep coming to the doctor’s office and need daily use of prescription drugs, etc. Try to get insurance coverage on alternative practices where people are getting paid to help you maintain your health and it doesn’t happen. There is talk about preventive care yet the current medical model gives very few incentives for people to do these types of practices because the insurance won’t pay for it. Despite all our advances and technology, there are more sick people now than ever before.

Preventative care now must become personal care. I have a Thai Yoga Therapy client who suffers from Parkinson symptoms and we have such amazing results from our therapy sessions. In fact her neurologist is aware of Thai Yoga Therapy and said that was the best thing she could be doing for her condition yet the “healthcare” model won’t pay for this type of therapy.

One of the core contributors to health problems is stress. It is a modern day epidemic. Stress compromises the immune system and creates stagnation in the body. Most people don’t even realize how stressed out their mind and bodies are because it is the new normal. Our lives are fast paced, busy and complex…. stressed.  This energy-depleting way of life, chronic stress, leads to anxiety, fatigue, depression and a weakened immune system which in turn escalates to a host of other serious physical and psychological ailments. These problems arise not only from the stress itself but from the ways people handle, or don’t handle, their stress.

Dr. Christopher’s whole philosophy to natural healing is going to the core. You will not find that type of support in the western healthcare model. In ancient China doctors where paid to keep people healthy. There’s a saying in Chinese medicine, “Don’t dig a well when you are dying of thirst, do so beforehand.” That is the perspective that Dr. Christopher had when he founded the School of Natural Healing, teach people prevention.

A little energy cultivation and stress clearing each day is an easy way to do preventative self-care, your entire system will become much more resilient and strong. The practice I like to use is Qi (chi) Gong.  I focus on my health while I am healthy. Qi Gong can be translated as “breathing exercise” or “energy work.”  Qi, life force energy, gives our blood the energy to flow and nourish our cells; it powers our immune system, our digestion and our nervous system. Qi is the power behind mental clarity; it is our batteries to life. It switches our autonomic nervous system from the stressed induced fight or flight sympathetic branch to the restorative healing mode of the parasympathetic branch where we have feelings of pleasure and harmony.

A Qing dynasty Tao master Shen Chia-shu wrote, “Breathing and related exercises are one hundred times more effective as medical therapy than any drug.” Deep breathing brings oxygen and flow to the blood and therefore every cell of the body, creating balance and health to your physical as well as emotional well-being.”

I would like to share with you just a couple of Qi Gong practices that are simple and can be done every day, even several times a day. These techniques are time tested and work, they can’t be patented, packaged, sold or turned into a pill and you don’t have to dish out big bucks or have insurance payments to receive the benefits. This is true healthcare.

  1. Wave Breathing ~ Bring one hand on the abdomen and one hand to the chest. Inhale all the way into your belly first, and then allow the breath to come all the way to the chest. Inhale belly, ribs, and chest. Exhale all the way out, chest, ribs, belly. Repeat for 30 seconds to a minute. Feel old energy leaving on the exhale and new energy coming in on the inhale.
  2. Buddha Holds Up the Sky ~ Now using the same breath, bring both arms up over head on the inhale, and float both arms down, palms toward your body, on the exhale. Inhale, arms overhead, palms towards the sky and look up. Exhale, close your eyes and float arms down by the lower abdomen. Feel the sensations in the body.
  3. Here is a link to an energy routine that I love, put together by Donna Eden. It can be done daily and takes about 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5Ua44iuXc

The important message is to be active in your preventative care and lower your stress levels. Qigong is just one way. Yoga, walking, bouncing on the Cellerciser, being in nature, studying the word of God, and meditation, to name just a few, are ways to lower stress and take care of your health. Our current western medical system isn’t going to do it for you.

Mishelle Knuteson is a Thai Yoga Therapy practitioner, teaches Chi Gong practices, is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle is the creator of mantra meditation cards called Chants for Change. Her contact information is MKhealingTouch4u2@gmail.com

September 7th, 2017Feeling Alright Naturally

David Christopher, M.H.

  One does not need to spend a lot of money to feel good.  Why spend money on a feel good therapist? In fact, it is not necessary to seek professional guidance at all to feel better. Self-gratification is not fulfilling and will not make us happy or even content. Lots of money, new cars, boats, houses, electronics and toys in general are fleeting. Trying to eat our way to feeling good is a recipe for disaster. Drugs will only ruin life. Prozac and all SSRI’s will destroy emotional wellness and caffeine is fake energy. Dr. Christopher suggested that we should keep it simple and trust that our creator provided an environment to fulfill all of our needs including feeling alright.

At the first sign of not feeling alright (i.e.: sad, depressed, angry) we should get out in the sun and just let its rays pour over our exposed skin. This will immediately trigger the production of endorphins (our body’s feel good chemicals) and we will start feeling alright.

The sun is pretty cheap medicine and just thinking about the money saved from drugs, therapists, and toys can help you feel even more alright.

If a person is feeling anxious, irritated, panicky or bottled up, don’t take Xanax, instead take your shoes off and shuffle your bare feet in the grass and as Dr. Christopher taught,  “You will be grounded” and feel better.

Again this is pretty cheap medicine, basically free medicine. Furthermore, it is being backed up and explained scientifically through modern research and studies. PubMed lists 7,021 studies and 521 reviews at the following link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

Perhaps if a person is feeling physically not well, they should consider drinking pure H2O. If we ignore the signal of thirst long enough the body will send out many signals (symptoms) to get you to drink water. Many symptoms do not need drugs but will go away with drinking chemical free water. Pure water therapy may not be free but it still can be inexpensive.

If a person is feeling sluggish and out of sorts they can resolve it by moving their bodies. Simply walking or even better, jumping up and down.  This is cheap medicine that helps you feel alright. If these therapies don’t make you feel totally alright then move on to live foods (fresh raw produce). We get life from life.  If you always eat dead food it could kill you. If further help is needed, enroll in the School of Natural Healing and learn how to feel better than alright.

Our creator loves us all unconditionally and wants us to be healthy. If we unequivocally follow his example and utilize all he has given us then we can truly feel alright.

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.

September 7th, 2017Samma Vaca

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

The foundational principle of Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing is cleanse, nourish and heal. Toxic substances accumulate in our body which create all kinds of health problems if they are not cleansed from the system.  When we have a clean, healthy environment and are given the right nourishing materials - foods, herbs, etc., then there is space for the body to heal itself. Our bodies are amazing! They have the innate tendency to go back to their original whole and healed blueprint. Cells are continually dying and replacing themselves. When we improve our habits, we are literally creating a new body.

Toxic substances can come into our body in so many ways - the foods we eat, the water we drink, what we put on our skin, what we breathe in and so much more.  Most often we think of cleansing our bodies on a more physical level with changes in diet, exercise, herbs, etc. Often left out is the changing of habits on the emotional level with our mind/body connection. Thoughts and words that we feed into our mind also create “side effects” in our body. Toxic words and thoughts can be just as damaging to our overall health as the material toxic substances that we ingest.

Recently I created a meditation class in a box (card deck and book). Each card contains a Sanskrit mantra chant to help cleanse, nourish and heal our emotional health. I would like to share a lesson from one of the forty different mantras in the card deck. The mantra is “Sankalpa Samma Vaca” which translates to “right speech, right action.” Right speech (Samma Vaca) is a skillful verbal act; a virtue that can be cultivated. We can take toxicity out of words we say to others as well as what we tell ourselves mentally (our inner dialog). Therefore, our words are not self-afflicting or afflicting others. We abstain and cleanse ourselves from lying, divisive and abusive speech, as well as idle chatter and gossip.

There is a subtle intention (Sankalpa) to cleanse and filter our words as well as our thoughts. Cultivating right speech in our thoughts leads to our inner dialog. If the inner dialog is nourishing, then what we say and do becomes our outer dialog. Our words will be true and reliable. They will unite and create harmony and will be soothing to the ear, affectionate and polite. They are spoken words that can heal because they are words worth treasuring. Our words are relevant and connected to the goal of uplifting and worthwhile communication. This builds healthy relationships with self and others.

There are five keys to right speaking:

  1. Right timing ~ Communication is uplifting and adds to the spirit of unity, wisdom and connection. It is given freely with no expectations attached. Words are spoken as a response when asked for rather than opinions that are forced upon another. Timing is right because the spoken words create a result of unity and connection.


  1. Truth ~ There should be no intent to deceive, exploit, control or lead astray when speaking with others. Respect comes where true words are spoken whether or not there is agreement.  The intention is pure with no hidden agendas.


  1. Affection ~ Nourishing words are being used with love and gentleness. The intention is to understand rather than be understood, to build and support and create heartfelt connections.


  1. Beneficial ~ What you say adds value rather than detracting and being self-serving. Speech is uplifting; you are open to new ideas and adding to the focus of the goal.


  1. Goodwill ~ Words that come from the heart have a very healing effect.  Kindness out returns with kindness in.

The goal of communication is creating connections. So the statements you make to others as well as to yourself are best when they come from a place of peace, love, happiness and harmony. Words can be firm and to the point yet delivered in a way that is not offensive or damaging and hurtful to the soul. This type of conscious speaking is reflecting on words before, during and after speaking them so the outcome helps bring people closer together or closer to the desired outcome. Be conscious of the best use of words–anything less than your best requires a break to consider how you can re-phrase your words to be conscious of right speech. If you realize you may have said something that may have offended or hurt someone, be quick to apologize. Use this practice to change your behavior in your thoughts (inner speech) and your words (outer speech). It is so worth the effort to cleanse, nourish and heal your mind/body connection as well as unite your outer connections with friends, family and associates. If you have any questions about my meditation class cards please email me at MKhealingTouch4u2@gmail.com.

Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, is a Thai Yoga Therapy practitioner and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. 

August 19th, 2017Herbs for the Skin

Jo Francks, M.H.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It is often referred to as the third kidney. It is a channel of elimination and also a channel of absorption. The skin absorbs what is applied to it which is why it is so important to be aware of what types of products you are using on your skin and the ingredients that are in those products. Chemicals are absorbed by the skin and are moved through the bloodstream to all the organs of the body.  Our skin is the first line of defense and provides protection to our internal organs. The health of our skin is an indicator or the health of the rest of the body.

All through history there have been many natural botanicals used to promote the health of the skin. Here is a small list of some of the herbs I like to use in skin care products.

Aloe – This is my number one plant for burns. I like to apply the fresh cut leaf to a burn because it is soothing and healing. It has cell proliferant properties and is antiseptic.

Calendula – This is my number one herb for all skin conditions. It relieves pain and itching, prevents infection, and promotes healing. It is used for insect bites and stings, cuts, bruises, and burns.

Comfrey – Historically this herb is the healer of healers. It has nick names of knit bone, and people putty. It’s used for broken bones, wounds, burns, and skin problems of all types. This herb helps put people back together. It is full of nutrition and is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12.

Plantain – This is my go to herb for bee stings. Pick a fresh leaf or two, chew it up a little and apply it directly over a bee sting. Secure it with a bandage. The plantain takes the pain away very quickly and draws the venom out of the sting. It will also draw toxins and poisons out of any wound and prevent blood poisoning and promote healing.

Chamomile – This is a soothing herb and is antibacterial. It is very good for blemished skin and helps promote a clear complexion. It is used both internally and externally as a tea and a wash for the skin.

Slippery elm – This is the herb I will use as a poultice and will often combine it with other herbs that have the properties needed for a particular issue. I have often combined slippery elm with dried plantain when the fresh wasn’t available for a drawing poultice. Slippery elm is a powerful contact healer. It will heal anything it comes in contact with.

Skin brushing – Dr. Christopher recommended skin brushing to move lymph, to improve circulation, and to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Use a dry brush with natural bristles on dry skin before you bathe or shower. Start with the soles of the feet moving up the legs then to the hands, arms and body. Brush towards the heart with gentle pressure.

Nutrition – Healthy skin begins within. Eating a healthy diet of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and making sure you are eliminating properly will do a lot to improve the health of the skin.

Hydration – When a piece of fruit is left out over time what happens? The moisture evaporates and the skin begins to wrinkle. The same thing can happen to our skin if we don’t keep it hydrated by drinking plenty of pure water.

The health of our skin reveals the health of our body. These are some of my favorite herbs to promote healthy skin. I hope you have some favorites that you use and are learning about the many plants and roots that can promote healing.

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

August 19th, 2017F.A.Q.’s

Tonya Judd, M.H.

For this newsletter I thought it would be fun to address some of our frequently asked questions we get here at the School of Natural Healing.  Let’s get started:

Q:  What do students do with their education once they have completed the School of Natural Healing Master HerbalistProgram? OR What can I do with my education once I have completed the Master Herbalist Program?

A:  Often students enroll in the School of Natural Healing to care for themselves and family members, while others are interested in pursuing careers in the herbal market place. Many of our graduates are participating in some of the following careers:

·         Writing for health magazines

·         Educating at health food stores

·         Instructing at local colleges

·         Consulting for manufacturers

·         Opening and operating health food stores

·         Lecturing at conventions

·         Authoring herb and health texts

Q:  As a Master Herbalist do you focus mainly on using essential oils?

A:  No, although essential oils have their healing properties when used externally and aromatically, Herbalists and Master Herbalists focus on using herbs and whole foods to support the body. We educate those around us about the benefits of using herbs and foods in their wholesome state to cleanse, nourish and heal the body.

Q:  I was receiving Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy Newsletter and now they aren’t coming to my inbox. What happened and what can I do to remedy this?

A:  Sometimes there are technology glitches that can occur which kick an email out of the system.  I have had this happen myself. To remedy this you have a few options:

1.      Unsubscribe using an old Herbal Legacy Newsletter.  The “unsubscribe” button is at the bottom of the newsletter. Once you have “unsubscribed,” go to the following link to sign up again: http://www.herballegacy.com/

2.      If option 1 does not work, try signing up using a different email address.

3.      If option 2 does not work, please call us here at the School of Natural Healing and we will help you.

Q:  Which herbs are safe to take during pregnancy?

A:  We often have students who call concerned that certain herbs are not safe during pregnancy. Our suggestion is always that an herb is safer than a prescription drug or over the counter drug and that whole foods are always safe.  The groups of herbs we suggest that pregnant women stay away from would be herbs within the Emmenogogue and Purgative categories. Emmenagogue herbs are herbs that are uterine stimulant herbs that stimulate blood flow to the uterus and pelvic area. Purgatives are herbs that have a strong laxative effect.

Some herbs we suggest during pregnancy include: Red Raspberry Leaf, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Vitalerbs and the Dr. Christopher’s Pregnancy Tea and Dr. Christopher’s Birth Prep Formula (to be used during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy).

Q:  What can I do to alleviate Menstrual Headaches?

A:  Menstrual headaches are often caused by congestion in the bowel and/or female organs and can also be caused by a prolapsed uterus. Cleansing the bowel and providing herbs to strengthen the uterus and female organs will help. Cleaning up the diet is essential. Eliminate all processed foods, refined foods and carbonated beverages. Eat a diet filled with vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. Cayenne does wonders for headaches as it gets the circulation going.

Q:  How long are herbs good for?

A:  The shelf life of herbs that are powdered, cut and sifted, or capsuled is generally 5 years. I often go with the rule that if you can still smell the aroma of the herb, it is often still good.  Herbs do start to lose their potency over time/the longer they are past their expiration date, yet that does not make them unsafe to consume.

Q:  How do I decide between the Online Course and the Correspondence Course and what is the difference between the two?

A:  Both the online course and the Correspondence Course are identical as far as what is taught and the course material that is covered. The difference between the 2 courses is that the Online Course is completed online and the majority of the books you will study from are in an online format. You will complete and submit your study guides online. There will be a few physical books that you will study from that are not online as we do not publish those or have the rights to include an online copy of them. There will be several assignments that you will complete that will need to be submitted via the mail.

If you have a computer, internet access and are able to complete basic tasks on the computer and enjoy working on the computer, then the Online Course would be a great fit for you. If your computer skills are lacking, or if you do not like to spend large chunks of time on the computer it would be best for you to study within the parameters of the Correspondence Course.

The Correspondence Course includes all of the books, study guides, and all of the materials needed to complete your coursework. As a Correspondence Course student, you will study from physical books and complete your study guides, and other assignments and submit them via the mail.

Tonya Judd is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing.

August 19th, 2017Priddy Meeks: Pioneer Doctor

David Christopher, M.H.

In our area we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July. This holiday was set aside to honor those courageous souls who risked their very lives to establish our present day communities. It is like celebrating the fourth of July twice in the same month. This said I want to focus on Dr. Priddy Meeks who arrived with the second wagon train arriving in the Salt Lake valley on October 1st 1847.

Before coming west Priddy Meeks was a successful farmer whose daughter Huldah came down with the whooping cough.  Against his better judgment he was encouraged to employ the services of a regular doctor. Priddy Meeks described his methods as, “I am convinced that his medicine killed her.”

I know that if we could go back and investigate his daughter’s death and the deaths of so many Americans of that era we could verify Priddy Meeks declaration that it was the doctor’s medicine that killed his daughter.  The most popular medicine of that era was calomel which was dispensed with careless abandon like candy to crying children.

Later autopsies would reveal the destruction of bowels, lungs, the liver and other organs caused by this crude mercury based drug. Even after discovering the ill effects of the mercury in calomel the pharmaceutical industry continues putting mercury in many products from vaccines to saline solutions.

After Meeks’ daughter died at the hands of the regular doctor, he took it upon himself to help neighbors and friends using common sense and the few herbs and roots he was familiar with. He was able to relieve many of their illnesses. Seeing his success, the community insisted that he should quit work and go to doctoring.  Meeks responded, “I know nothing about doctoring.”  The community replied, “You beat the doctors.”

Meeks purchased the Thompsonian medical course over the objections of his critically ill and dying wife who thought his money would be better spent caring for their children after her death. His studies led him to search for medicines in the wild which he harvested and applied to his dying wife, saving her from her maladies and the prognosis of death.

Dr. Priddy Meeks moved west and ,after establishing a medical practice in the Salt Lake Valley, was asked to support the pioneers who were living south in Parowan. There he was a blessing to the populous. My favorite case of Dr. Meeks was with a teamster, James McCann, who was walking back to the eastern United States from California. He made it as far as Parowan Utah, but both feet were frozen up to the ankles.  He was taken to Dr. Meeks for amputation to save his life. Meeks was inspired to have him take cayenne pepper orally which was administered frequently. The patient immediately felt pain in his numb feet, which was a good sign. To the doctor’s surprise the dead flesh started, “dropping off while steadily being replaced with new flesh.”  Needless to say he saved his feet from being amputated.

Recently one of our teachers at the School of Natural Healing worked with a local chiropractor who got frostbite after getting stranded in a snow storm while hiking in the Alps. Even in the present day the medical remedy was amputation. She went against medical doctor’s orders and massaged the feet with cayenne ointment. She did not “damage” his feet, as the doctors warned but saved him from amputation.

The herbs work today as they did then and will still be valuable hundreds of years from now. We should all learn of the herbs and their healing qualities so we to can relieve suffering and save lives.

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.

Kelly Pomeroy, M.H.

I have always loved the summer. There is so much to do outside; swimming, hiking, exploring, sports games and more. There are fresh fruits and vegetables to pick that taste so good. Everything is alive, green and vibrant. In all that enjoyment we can experience some bumps and bruises along the way. I’d like to share some aides that helped me recover from bumps, blisters, and exhaustion. However, never ignore the need to seek professional help in emergencies.

It was a wonderful night at the local minor league baseball game, a favorite summertime activity for my children and me. Somewhere in the fifth inning, a foul ball came out into far left field and ricocheted into my eye. It happened so fast I couldn’t react and boy it hurt! The ball hit the rim of my right eye socket which is called the zygomatic bone. It was extremely tender. Unfortunately, I left my purse in the car with my cayenne tincture and other herbal aides. A wonderful EMT looked after me and had me ice the side of my face for the last 4 innings which really made a difference. When I came home I took a blend of herbs consisting of 2 parts turmeric, 1 part ginger, 1 part cayenne and 1 part spirulina. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory. In addition, I took Dr. Christopher’s Complete Tissue and Bone capsules. This blend of herbs hastens and assists the body in repairing itself. If you don’t have this formula, I would consider taking comfrey, oak bark, slippery elm, or nettles, even a blend of these if you can. These herbs help repair and strengthen bone and tissue. I then took a fresh aloe leaf, opened it and applied the gel to the area where the ball had hit.  After it dried, I applied Complete Tissue and Bone ointment. I followed this protocol for a week, taking the capsules internally about 5-6 times a day. I applied the aloe and ointment in the morning and night. At night I would place a piece of cotton over the area after I had applied the ointment, to prevent it from coming off as I slept. This routine worked so well. I was impressed, as was my family, at how quickly the black eye and inflammation left. This protocol could be used for bruises or breaks in supporting the body’s healing process. Our team lost the game, but what a memorable one!

After a few grueling hours in my garden, I realized I had worn a large, painful blister in my palm. It was about the size of a quarter and oh so tender. First I cleaned my hands gently. I then used some gel from the aloe vera plant. I spread the gel on the blistered area and let it dry. Then I placed Complete Tissue and Bone ointment on it. You can also use comfrey, plantain, calendula, or marshmallow preparations to help heal the wounds. Use the gel in the aloe leaf by cutting the spiked sides of the aloe off, cut the leaf in half, exposing the gel. You can run the gel directly on the wound or slice the clear gel segment off and apply it directly to the wound. I then blanched a smooth leaf (I used basil) for 15-20 seconds to kill any bacteria. I used the leaf as a bandage to go directly over the ointment and then a Band-Aid or cloth over that. I had used a cotton cloth directly over the ointment initially but discovered that the fibers irritated the skin tremendously. Using the leaf soothed and hastened my healing. Never clear off the ointment when healing a wound. You could inadvertently wipe off new cell growth. Just add more aloe or ointment to the area and add a new bandage leaf daily. This works well with both burns and blisters in aiding the healing process. “Aloe vera penetrates the skin quickly and deeply. This allows water and other moisturizers to sink deeply into the skin, restoring lost fluids and replacing the fatty layer….It heals blemishes with little to no scarring.” (Herb Syllabus, Christopher) “Aloe vera contains glucomannan, a mannose rich polysaccharide, and gibberellin, a growth hormone, which stimulates activity and proliferation.” (Indian Journal of Dermatology, Surjushe, Vasani, and Saple)  My hand healed without scarring. I love plants!

Recently I was visiting a very hot climate. I am a runner and had been running a lot the past few mornings. I had been drinking enough water or so I thought. By the third day, I felt exhausted and had an uncommonly intense headache. When we sweat we lose minerals that are required by our body to function. All I wanted was watermelon and lots of it. Watermelon has potassium and small amounts of sodium in it that supports our sodium potassium pump which is vital to our lives and is full of water. I also drank a cup of hot water with a pinch of cayenne, knowing this would equalize my blood pressure and help my headache leave. By replenishing my body with water, sodium, potassium, and other minerals and then equalizing my blood pressure the headache left and I quickly recovered.
When spending time outside this summer, remember to drink lots of water before, during and after you go outside to best support your body. Celery, dates and coconut water are also great natural sodium and potassium sources (aka electrolytes) to help replenish and stabilize body fluids.
Bumps, blisters, and exhaustion may come, so be prepared. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!

Kelly Pomeroy is a Master Herbalist, mother of four, and works for the School of Natural Healing. She is also pursuing her Biology degree at a local University

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