August 18th, 2017A Tale Of Two Carrots

David Christopher, M.H.

The Vitamin A content in carrots is unprecedented in the food supply.  No other food comes close.  We are, of course, talking about the Vitamin A precursor beta-carotene that is easily and readily converted by the liver into vitamin A, assuring the body a constant supply with no dangers of overdose. Vitamin A is essential for proper cell division and growth hence its good effects on tooth health, strong bones and healthy skin. It also helps maintain the thin protective mucus membrane that is essential for the body’s first line of defense involving the white blood cell activity of macrophages.

This effect of Vitamin A is particularly noted in the cell structure of the eye and helps prevent diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. In no small degree other components found in carrots are necessary in the utilization and functioning of Vitamin A, such as Vitamins B, C, E and some newly discovered micronutrients called polyacetylenes. Two of these polyacetylenes named falcarinol and falcarindiol are cardio-vascular protectorates, assuring adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cell structure of the eyes.

Carrot juice has been used to control cancer growth and many alternative doctors have seen patients cured of cancer by consuming nothing but carrot juice. However, researchers in Finland found that the consumption of the supplement beta carotene actually increased cancer rates in patients that smoked tobacco by 8% over similar patients receiving a placebo. This study followed 29,000 male smokers for 10 years and was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 14, 1994.

Supplemental beta-carotene is separated from all the other compounds in carrots including but not limited to retinols, retinoids, retenal, carotenoids, carotenes, fatty acids, Vitamins C,E,B complex, enzymes, minerals, phyto-sterols and oxygen.

It is this isolation or separation of synthetic carotenes that causes the classic Vitamin A overdose toxicity symptoms of tumor enhancement, joint disorders, osteoporosis, extreme dryness of eyes mouth and skin, enlargement of liver and spleen, immune suppression and birth defects.  All of these conditions are cured or prevented with carrot juice consumption.

Perhaps the title of this newsletter, Tale of Two Carrots should have been titled TALE OF TWO CAROTENES.  Carotenes in the carrots are safe, but out of the carrots carotenes are unsafe.

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.

August 18th, 2017Carbohydrates

Tara Pierce, M.H.

Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) that the body needs for survival. They are called ‘macro’ due to the large quantities in which they need to be consumed. Carbohydrates (carbs) are the body’s main energy source, powering the central nervous system and providing quick energy for working muscles. Carbs are sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, legumes, vegetables and milk products.

Carbs are divided into two main categories; simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are sugars that are already in their simplest form and cannot be broken down further. Also called monosaccharide’s (one sugar), these sugars include glucose, fructose, and galactose which are found in fruit and milk products. They are the building blocks of disaccharides (two sugars) such as sucrose and lactose, which are found in foods like table sugar, dairy products, beer and vegetables. Highly processed grains and refined sweeteners fall into this category of carbohydrates because of how quickly they are absorbed by the body and how they affect blood sugar levels. They also have little to no nutritional value. Examples of these foods are candies, soda, syrups, pastries, prepackaged convenience foods, pasta, white rice, white bread, white flour products, white sugar and low fat milk products.

Complex carbohydrates are polysaccharides (3+ sugars) such as cellulose and starch. These carbs are foods that are high in fiber. High fiber foods or complex carbohydrates are digested slower. This helps slow the absorption of sugars, helping to keep blood sugar levels in check. This means that instead of having spikes of high energy from high amounts of sugar hitting the blood stream all at once as with simple carbs, you will have a slower, steady stream of sugars providing lasting energy without the subsequent sugar crash. These foods include beans, peas, lentils, nuts, potatoes (with skin), corn, parsnips and other root vegetables, as well as whole grain breads and cereals. Fiber is also beneficial for cleansing the bowel, aiding digestion and keeping cholesterol levels healthy.

All of the sugars found in both simple and complex carbohydrates are converted by the liver into glucose for immediate use. If the body has too many of these carbohydrates to use immediately, it will store about 2000 calories worth in the liver and skeletal muscles in the form of glycogen. Any excess sugar that is consumed is stored as fat.

Our modern diet is packed full of simple carbs and lacking in complex. This is leading to the rise in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, cancer and is strongly linked to the rise in auto immune diseases. We simply consume too much processed grain and low-fat dairy.

If you are looking to lose weight, clear brain fog, or are struggling with depression or anxiety, take a look at the quality of carbohydrates in your diet. Replacing junk carbs with healthy, high fiber ones will ensure you get the fuel your body needs for healthy brain function and improved digestion. You will find that complex carbohydrates will have a positive influence on your mood, memory and speed of recall.

Remember that carbs are a macronutrient, if you are not eating adequate amounts and your stores are low, the body will in turn begin to burn protein for energy which will take away from normal body function and repair. It is also hard on the kidneys, leading to the passage of painful stones and protein by-products in the urine.

Fill your diet with legumes, vegetables and dark berries to give your body the high quality carbs it craves. If you have digestive issues avoid all grains and processed milk products. (cream products; butter, cream, full fat plain Greek yogurt, are good (for most). Organic and raw are even better.)

Tara Pierce is a Master Herbalist graduate of the School of Natural Healing. She offers private health consultations and teaches nutrition classes to homeschoolers and truth seekers of all ages.

August 18th, 2017Calm With Catnip

Kelly Pomeroy, M.H.

I was sitting out on the porch recently enjoying an evening visit with a friend when I noticed her beautiful catnip plant. I asked if I could have some leaves and after our visit I went home and enjoyed some of the loveliest tea I have had in a long time.

Catnip is an herbaceous perennial with soft greyish green heart shaped leaves and square stems. It is a member of the mint family and has a flavor that is both sweet and mild. Catnip’s common name derives from its Latin name, Nepeta cataria.  It is curious that its name contains the word cat because it has an affinity for attracting felines of all types. It is also referred to as catmint or catnep. The smell is said to have a euphoric or exciting effect on cats. They love to rub in it, lay by it or play with it. While this plant may not have the same effect on us as these felines, one of catnip’s characteristics is that of a nervine, which means it is toning and healing to the nerves. Members of the mint family contain monoterpenes that are chemical constituents commonly referred to as essential oils. These monoterpenes are “often antibacterial, they stimulate digestion, are carminative (expel gas), and are very aromatic. Plants containing these oils are “warming” to the surface (skin and mucosa) and “cooling” to internal organs, relieving excess blood stagnation.” They are also known to have sedative, expectorant, diaphoretic (cause perspiration), anthelmintic (expel worms) and antispasmodic activity. (Level 1900, HerbalChemistry)  In Dr. Christopher’s book, Herb Syllabus, he states, “Catnip works to build the adrenal glands in depressed persons and relaxes the exhausted condition. It also helps in morning sickness and is an excellent remedy for preventing miscarriages.” Catnip contains good amounts of the following minerals: potassium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, phosphorus, chromium and selenium; and good amounts of these vitamins: Vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Choline, Inositol, Paba, Vitamin C and Vitamin H. (Herbs to the Rescue) With all the characteristics of this plant, it is evident to see how calming and beneficial catnip truly is.

Catnip is often used in children’s remedies because it is known for being a gentle healer. Dr. Christopher uses catnip in his children’s formula Kid-E-Col which contains catnip and fennel, to aid in digestion. It is also used in Dr. Christopher’s Stomach Comfort formula and Liver Gallbladder formula. Additionally, Dr. Christopher recommends using catnip tea in his Cold Sheet Treatment as a tea used for a cold enema. This helps the body absorb the liquid and retain it as long as needed and then be able to relax and eliminate when ready. Catnip is a preferred tea for these purposes because it is a gentle nervine and nutrient rich.

Another wonderful characteristic about catnip is that it has been studied and found to act as a potent mosquito repellant that is just as effective as Deet, but 10 times less toxic due to the monoterpene nepetalactone contained therein. (Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial… Nepeta cataria…) Making a solution of catnip to use as a repellant, I would refer you to a book called The HerbalMedicine-Maker’s Handbook by James Green. He uses a process to make a hydrosol, a solution that extracts the oils and some of the water of the plant in a safer and more concentrated amount. This can be used to spray onto the skin topically. Note that the oils are most concentrated in the flowering tops of catnip when choosing to make a hydrosol. In Mrs. Grieves book, A Modern Herbal, it was stated that rats also dislike the catnip plant and that it can be planted near crops to drive rats away. I might add, and plant it by your house!

Before black tea was imported to England from China, Catnip used to be their tea of choice, which they said was quite as pleasant and a good deal more wholesome.”(A Modern Herbal)
France has been known for using the leaves and young shoots for seasoning as well. Dr. Christopher has listed in his Herb Syllabus book two recipes using catnip included below.

Catnip is grown easily in any garden soil. It is a low maintenance plant that doesn’t need a lot of water. I’d try adding this beauty to your garden or at least to your cupboard in the dried form. Wishing you health, happiness, and calm with catnip!
 
Kelly Pomeroy is a certified Master Herbalist and Student Adviser for the School of Natural Healing. She loves being a mom to her four awesome kids and is back to school earning a Bachelor’s in Biology. 

August 18th, 2017Body Clock

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

I really don’t like the time of year when the time change comes along, especially when we “spring forward” in time. I really wish they would leave it alone. It seems like it takes me a week or more to feel normal again. Why would just an hour shift in time affect me so much? Just an hour can throw our body rhythms off and it takes time to reset them. Body rhythm….it is a real thing and is called circadian rhythm.

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and emotional behavior changes that follow a 24 hour cycle. These rhythms have a direct link to light and are found in most living things. Circadian rhythms determine sleep and eating patterns of all animals and human beings. There are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to the daily cycle. There is a natural ebb and flow in our energy throughout the day that is oftentimes controlled by an area in the brain that responds to light and dark.

In Chinese medicine it is referred to as the body-energy clock, where Qi (energy) moves in two hour intervals through the body organ system. During sleep, the Qi is drawn inward to restore the body and during the day the Qi moves outward to assist in the bodily functions such as digestion and elimination. Lungs are at their peak in the early morning, which is why it is best to schedule your exercise at that time of day rather than later. Also active in the morning hours is our large intestine. To stay with the body’s natural rhythm of this, I like to start my day by drinking a detox tea in the morning. One of my favorite detox drinks (especially in the spring/summer) is CCF tea (Coriander, Cumin, and Fennel). I boost it with some green tea along with adding 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice or 1 tsp of Sole (saltwater - pronounced solay). The liver stores and cleanses blood as well as hormones and our emotions. The liver is at its peak between 1 am - 3 am which is the time when we are most often in our deepest sleep and the body and mind is the calmest.

A lot more goes on within our bodies during the 24 hour time cycle than we are most likely aware of and this is why even an one hour shift of time can throw us off for a bit. It is important for our health to choose lifestyle habits that help us synchronize our body systems to the ebb and flow of energy.  A couple of tips to keep or reset our body clock during a time change, travel and to just be in the flow of the natural rhythm of the body are:

  1. Follow the sun ~ In the morning open the shades and let the light in. This will help you get moving in the morning. Get as much light during the day as possible. At night as you are bringing your energy down ready for sleep, dim the lights. Try to keep out light in the room you sleep in, as much as possible.
  2. Adjust your activity levels ~ During the morning and day allow those to be your most active times. Wind down and take it easy the closer it gets to sleep time. That means electronics as well. Read, write or do other calming activities just before lights out.
  3. Adjust meal schedule ~Eat your largest meals during the morning and afternoon. This is when your digestive organs are naturally at their peak. Eating a big meal before bed often leaves you with a heavy feeling and it makes the body work harder during its resting time.
  4. Adjust your mind ~ Don’t sleep in. There really is no catching up on sleep. The body functions better when we stick with a habitual schedule as much as possible. If you have to get up in the dark, then use bright lighting as you prepare your day. If you have to sleep while it is still light, block out as much light as possible.

Just a few simple changes can make a big difference in adjusting and honoring your body’s natural rhythms.

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. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.

August 18th, 2017California Screaming

David Christopher, M.H.

During the presidential nomination debates Gov. Rick Perry said that he couldn’t be bought by Big Pharma for $250,000.  For a mere $90,000 Big Pharma instead bought Dr. Richard Pan, a legislator from California.  Pan gave Big Pharma more bang for their buck. He essentially assured them customers for life, cradle to grave, by force of the government of California through S.B. 277.  This bill puts California in line with the two “forward thinking” states of West Virginia and Mississippi in eliminating the personal exemption for vaccinations. Pan also blazed the way for Dr. Peter Hotez.  Hotez, under the guise of being compassionate, is calling on the U.S. government and world governments in the G20 to wage war on American parents defending exemptions in vaccine laws in his article in Scientific American (March 3, 2017).  He also advocates that those concerned parents who disagree with him should be “snuffed out” which means, “to make extinct, put an end to, kill, execute” according to Mirriam Webster.

No one should be surprised with these American Benedict Arnolds who are responsible along with their medical cohorts for the deaths of thousands of babies who are sacrificed for the “good of the whole.” They actually believe that vaccines are protecting millions of American children from dreaded childhood diseases.  However, they cannot prove any lives are saved let alone millions of lives. Neither can the incredulous Dr. Paul Offit who declares that vaccine injuries are a myth and that you can safely inject 10,000 vaccines into a child at once. The truth is that neither Offit nor anyone can prove three vaccines administered together are safe. In fact studies done at the CDC that are in the congressional record show that they are not safe.  If Offit or anyone else could prove that these mercury laden vaccines are safe, then why haven’t they collected the $100,000 reward offered by Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro?  This reward is available to anyone who can produce one medical study that proves the safety of mercury laced vaccines. Obviously Dr. Offit hasn’t done the research necessary to back up his claim that vaccine injuries are a myth. We have however, and the 4 billion dollars paid out to vaccine victim’s families is a matter of public record.  It is also a matter of record how many families of vaccine damaged children are denied compensation. The published injury and death facts don’t even scratch the surface of mayhem perpetrated on the American public by lying physicians like Dr. Offit who convince parents that the vaccines administered had nothing to do with the death and injury of their children.

None of this will change until the 1986 vaccine legislation that shields Big Pharma from litigation is reversed and manufacturers, pharmacists and doctors are held accountable for their actions. 
For more depth on this subject that can’t be covered in a newsletter article please follow the link to this presentation by the Director of National Vaccine Information Center.
 
David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.

August 18th, 2017Herbal Testimonial

Joseph Dixon Jr.

The whole line of herbsfashioned by Dr. Christopher have been simply invaluable to me. The Lower Bowel formula never ceases to make sure that everything is moving. The various nutritive herbs make sure I’m well-adjusted to the cleansing process. The Lung and Bronchial formula is literally healing my lungs after all the damage that had been done by the asthma medicine. I have not had a legitimate asthma attack in 4 years. I was diagnosed with asthma at 4 years old and started taking medication. I am 17 years old and have now been off of the medication for about 4 years and my lungs almost never get inflamed. I used to have a problem with incontinence. But the Kid-e-Dry formula made quick work of that. The Complete Tissue and Bone ointment works on a daily basis to rebuild my skin and joints. The Kidney and Liver and Gallbladder formulas helped me with the allergies I was experiencing and literally expanded my pallet of foods. The Soothing Digestion formula works wonders in helping with digesting the more stubborn foods. And the Intestinal Sweep formula kicked out a lot of old waste material and freed my system to move more efficiently. However, of all the herbs, the most powerful and potent herb in my situation was mullein.
 
Every time I take mullein, I know mucous is about to leave. Mucous had been one of my worst enemies as someone who had dealt with asthma. Nevertheless, after the initial doses of just the mullein herb, my body began a mucous removal program that fought the nonstop congestion that once made things very difficult. When I took the Glandular System formula, which includes mullein and lobelia together, it worked to clean out all of the glands that were obviously under a great deal of pressure. But when I drank that formula as a tea, things changed. The cleansings were intense, but I felt totally different. My system was clearing much faster than it ever had before and I was able to process complex foods without the increased mucous buildup. The asthma was practically non-existent and foods that once made me tense had no effect. The Glandular System tea helped my body evacuate everything like never before.
 
The Dr. Christopher 3 Day Cleanse proved to be a super powerful tool in fighting mucous and system wide blockage. It jump started the herbs and helped me get on my way to a healthier me. I sometimes did not even complete the cleanse as directed, but even remnants of the program demonstrated to be very instrumental in preparing for anything that might require a body that is clear and working efficiently. I use the Blood Stream formula to calm my body down when stuff gets to my blood. It calms itches, headaches, fatigue and other effects of deep cleansing.
 
In conclusion, my experience with Dr. Christopher products have been nothing but legendary. I’m being healed from the inside out and I can feel the improvements increasing each and every day. I used to have an extremely hard time exercising, getting my lungs clear and just exerting myself in general. But I no longer have to worry now that I know there is a totally natural solution. The drugs that once attacked my system have been replaced by the heroes in green contained within the bottles of green, purple and blue. I cannot express the full extent of my gratitude. These herbs work; they fix the problems at the source. Thank you Dr. Christopher and the School of Natural Healing.
 
Joseph Dixon Jr. is an aspiring Master Herbalist

August 18th, 2017Great Mullein

Jo Francks, M.H. CCII

Once you’ve seen mullein growing and you know what it looks like you will be able to spot it anywhere. It has velvety, long leaves that form a rosette the first year of growth. The second year it sends up a stalk that grows up to eight feet high with leaves attached and at the top the small yellow flowers bloom and grow. You rarely see one plant. Mullein likes to grow in dry rocky soil in open areas with many other plants for company. If you go back to find the mullein you picked a couple years ago you may not find it because it moved locations on you. It’s a biannual plant so after the second year it dies and leaves a dry stalk. The seeds will be scattered to grow somewhere else.

I was at track practice the other day and one of the boys found a small mullein sprout and plucked it out of the ground. He was excited about it and was telling the other kids how it is a cure for stinging nettle. When I saw him with it I told him it’s also good for the lungs and that he could use it if he had a cold or a cough. His expression changed and he asked if it would help his asthma. I assured him it could and his eyes got big and excited. He looked as if he had found a pot of gold. When the world of plant medicine is opened to someone they have found a great treasure.

Mullein is known to be a wonder plant for the lungs. It acts as an expectorant and is soothing and helps get phlegm out of the lungs. This can be done by drinking the tea (1 ounce dry leaves in a pint of boiling water, steep 20 minutes and drink ½ cup every hour), or simmering the leaves in water on the stove and breathing in the steam with a towel draped over your head. Use a cup of dried leaves in a quart of water and bring to a low boil. Its astringent properties help to dry up the cough.

Dr. Christopher combined 3 parts mullein with 1 part lobelia to make his famous glandular formula. This formula has been used as a fomentation for mastitis, swollen glands in the neck, swollen and crushed testicles, tonsillitis, mumps and many other ailments.

When Dr. Christopher was visiting a friend in the hospital a man who knew who he was came up to him and asked for help. He was bleeding from the bowels and had to receive blood transfusions from the loss of so much blood. The man came to Dr. Christopher’s office and went immediately to the bathroom because the blood flowing down into his bowel made him feel that he had to have a bowel movement. While he was there, Dr. Christopher called on the intercom into the herb lab, “Fix me a cup of tea right quick. This will be one ounce of mullein to a pint of whole milk.” A shout came over the intercom, “MILK?!” They knew that Dr. Christopher recommended the use of no dairy products in the mucusless diet. Dr. Christopher told them, “This is medicinal.” They raced out and got some from a store. They made it into a tea, ready by the time the gentleman came out of the bathroom. Dr. Christopher had him drink the whole pint down. It was warm and had been strained. After he drank the whole pint, Dr. Christopher said, “That’s the whole program. Every time you feel like you have a bowel movement, which could be blood, go have the bowel movement and then drink immediately after that a pint of the mullein tea made with milk. The next day, just take it three times a day and then once a day for three days. As time goes on, you’ll find that you have fewer of these bowel movements. That’s it.” After a few days the man came bouncing in and told Dr. Christopher that he was all clear and was overjoyed.

Milk was used in this program because it has a high casein content. It is extremely sticky, gluey and hard to digest. The casein glues the mullein right to the hemorrhaging area. Milk does the same for ulcer patients, gluing or painting over the affected area for temporary relief.

Mullein is anti-viral and can be used for herpes, shingles, Epstein Barr and other viral infections. It is anti-inflammatory and is used for joint and muscle pain. Mullein flower oil is used to relieve earaches. It has a mild narcotic effect without being habit forming or poisonous. It has no known toxicity. Mullein helps calm inflamed and irritated nerves and helps induce sleep.

Jo Francks works at the School of Natural Healing as a Student Adviser and Master Herbalist. She is a certified Iridology instructor through the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) and a Quantum Touch Practitioner.

August 18th, 2017Reflexology

Tonya Judd, M.H.

Our hands, feet, ears and head contain reflex points that correspond to every area and organ in our bodies. Looking at a reflexology chart you will see what looks like a map of your body organs and glands with nerve endings that correspond to each organ, gland and area of the body.  Applying pressure to these specific points or areas stimulates these organs and areas of the body to help remove blockages, stimulate and give them a boost, and tell them to begin working. Reflexology also works to get the circulation flowing in specific areas of the body and can help break up congestion within the body that is keeping the circulation from flowing freely. Tender spots are indicators of blockages within that particular area or organ. Blockages do not necessarily mean that there is something terribly wrong, but that the area of the body needs a bit of attention. Sometimes a congested or a blocked area will feel tight or thicker and less pliable.  Other areas may have the feeling of a knot or like that of a small BB or hardened pellet under the skin. These are referred to as crystals and once the crystals or tight areas break up or loosen up by pressing or applying pressure with the thumb and fingers, it allows circulation to flow freely.  Imagine it as drinking a smoothie through a straw and as you drink a piece of fruit gets stuck in the straw keeping your drink from flowing though. Once you break up or remove that blockage, everything can flow freely once again. Reflexology has also been found helpful in stimulating the lymph to flow and stimulating the bowel. Reflexology opens the neural pathways by reducing stress and calming the body and mind which stimulates the body to heal.

Reflexology dates back to ancient China, Egypt, India and Japan. The re-discovery of reflexology is accredited to Dr. William Fitzgerald who in 1913 titled it Zone Therapy.  Dr. Edwin F. Bowers and Dr. George Starr White also wrote books on reflexology. Another doctor, Dr. Joe Riley, had a student, Eunice Ingham, who was very interested in Dr. Fitzgerald’s method.  With the encouragement of Dr. Riley, Eunice continued to improve and advance reflexology and to take her method to others.  Ms. Ingham wrote her first book, Stories the Feet Can Tell, in 1938.  As opposed to Fitzgerald’s technique of using the reflex points to numb certain areas, she found that stimulating the reflex areas produced healing.

I personally have had many positive experiences with reflexology and find it a great tool, one that I am blessed to have with me at all times.  I was doing some much needed cleansing and at one point was feeling pretty rough. I had done everything I could possibly think of to help alleviate my discomfort and was frustrated that I was not obtaining relief as quickly as I felt I should be.  As I prayed about it, I had brought to my remembrance a tool I possess and had not yet used during this cleansing process. I immediately began working the reflex areas proportionate to the symptoms I was having and within an hour was totally relaxed and the majority of my cleansing symptoms had calmed down or completely been eliminated.  It was a beautiful gift!

When one of my children was congested and had an unproductive, croupy cough I worked the reflex areas corresponding with the lungs and bronchial area.  I remember these areas being quite “crunchy” and once I worked all of the “crunchiness” out of these areas the cough immediately loosened up and became quite productive.

Dr. Christopher had quite a gift for reflexology. At one of the Master Herbalist Certification Seminars, one of the students had a kidney stone attack.  Many of the other students there for the seminar tried to help the student with herbs. Dr. Christopher was called in to work on the student using reflexology.  He worked the area hard and steadily until the area was no longer painful.  Then he moved down the pathway to the next area and worked that area until there was no longer pain in that area. He worked on the student until there was no pain at all. 

If you are interested in learning more about reflexology, the School of Natural Healing has a great Reflexology Course.

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

August 17th, 2017W.H.O.s On First?

David Christopher, M.H.

Recently I was honored to have as a guest on my radio show, the foremost authority on anti-depressives, Dr. Ann Blake Tracy.  In a pre- interview with Ann I inquired as to the source of information that we were discussing.  She answered, “who’s source.”  I replied “the documentation sources.”  She then made it clear that the figures came from W.H.O. - the World Health Organization.  Many times we are all clueless as to where health news originates.  Unfortunately, anyone who has read and believes news articles on the safety and effectiveness of anti-depressives has sadly been deceived.  These news articles originate from studies paid for by the giant pharmaceutical conglomerates that manufacture and greatly profit from these drugs.  Patients and doctors are lied to by pharmaceutical reps and thus they are prescribed.  Doctors are also wined, dined, pampered and bribed into prescribing these drugs.  Reps will send birthday gifts, flowers, buy meals, set up expensive retreats for receptionists and other clinic workers all in the name of boosting sales.  It is a shame that all these efforts aren’t used in making safe products.

Today’s anti-depressives are in a class of drugs called S.S.R.I.s or specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors, including but not limited to Prozac, Serafem, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Effexor, Serazone.  The drug giant Eli Lilly who produced the first of this class of drugs was also responsible for producing the synthetic form of LSD.  Prozac works the same way as LSD by blocking the re-uptake of serotonin thus creating a potential for overdose while blocking the body’s own defense mechanism.  This pooling of neuro transmitters creates the perfect storm for psychotic behavior.  Never in the history of the world have we had an epidemic of new mothers killing their babies.  Nor have we experienced the dearth of mass shootings combined with suicides.  All cases have involved SSRIs which have a warning on the label that they could cause suicidal tendencies in adults younger than 25.  So I ask why the U.S. Military is dispensing these drugs like candy to our young men serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.   We now find out that these returned soldiers are committing suicide at the rate of 20 per day, every day of the year.  I can add 1 and 1 and get 2 why can’t our leaders?  They authorize a drug that causes suicide and then wonder why their soldiers are committing suicide?

Utah has one of the highest rates of teen suicide and also is one of the largest SSRI using states in the nation.  Can anybody else besides me see a correlation?

If in fact depression is caused by a deficiency in serotonin, shouldn’t we look at what the body needs to make serotonin?  The science is already there.  Fact, the body needs the precursor Tryptophan, which is an amino acid easily obtained from eating legumes, nuts , seeds, avocados, endive, oats, eggs, chicken, tuna and of course turkey.

If we let nature take its course our bodies will make neuro-transmitters like serotonin from the foods we eat, and we can avoid the terrible, unsafe and un-effective drugs pushed on us by money grubbing big pharma.  For more information on anti-depressives log on here http://www.drugawareness.org    

David Christopher is a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. He also co-hosts the popular radio show “A Healthier You” and is a popular international teacher and lecturer.
  

August 17th, 2017Plant Based Diet

Wendy Plake

So often when talking to people about their health the last thing they want to hear is that diet is the game changer.  We so often will try anything to lose weight or solve our health issues except changing our American style diet. This is the last resort and what everyone considers the biggest sacrifice.  The truth is, it’s not a sacrifice or an extreme. It’s delicious and often much more satisfying!

Two years ago my husband was having many health issues; he was overweight, pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure, anxiety and was having PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions).  He was fed up with always feeling so terrible. At the same time, I was taking courses through the School of Natural Healing and had just finished the Nutritional Herbalist Course.  Together we decided to follow a plant based diet; no sugar, no dairy, no processed foods and no meats.  We began eating lots of veggies, fruits, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds and whole grains (not in bread form). We also started taking walks together.  In the first year he lost 120 pounds.  The anxiety disappeared, the high blood pressure normalized, the PVC’s slowly started to stop and his energy levels were so high that our teenagers were exhausted keeping up with him. Today his total weight loss is 188 pounds!  I tell you this because he is living proof that food is what cures us.

There will be times that it’s hard because it is comfortable and easy to keep eating garbage, but, stick with it. It’s amazing how your tastes will change and soon the food you once enjoyed will sound and taste terrible. Enjoy this journey and the health that will follow.

Getting started:
Start slow, no need to stop everything overnight. Start adding more and more veggies of every variety to your day, cooked or raw.  If you love meat, start by removing the heavy red meats and pork. Eat fruit when you feel that snacking urge. You can also start replacing your dairy with non-dairy items.  There are so many options available. Don’t keep processed food in your cupboard. If it’s not there a trip to the store will likely give you time to change your mind.  All the foods you love can most likely be made vegan, just google it. The good news is that these first initial steps will save you money when you are grocery shopping. Veggies, beans and fruit are much cheaper than meat and all processed foods.

Changing your diet with friends or family is helpful so you can have someone to talk to about the ups and downs.  There will be those around you that will laugh at your choices. Be kind and laugh with them then move on when they see how good you feel. Chances are they will follow your lead.

Do it for you. Eating a plant based diet is scientifically proven to cure things like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, all of which are responsible for 610,000 deaths each year; that’s 1 in 4 deaths caused by these diseases.
Do it for the environment. Following this diet will decrease your carbon footprint greatly.  The carbon footprint of a meat eater is greater than the transportation industry.  At current rates, production of meat around the world will double (to about 1.2 trillion pounds of meat per year) by 2050.  Our planet cannot afford to supply the water, fuel, pesticides and fertilizer that will require. In addition, public health will deteriorate the closer we get to reaching that mark.

Do it for the animals, compassion for animals is the main reason most people follow this type of diet and a good one.  There really is no good reason for us to eat animals when we can clearly survive from a meatless diet.  The conditions that the pigs, cows and chickens are kept in are horrible.  Imagine if our cats and dogs were treated this way.

Do your research know what you’re getting into and make sure you are eating all the nutrients that you need. Don’t worry about protein, you will get all you need if you are eating all the fruits and veggies. Adding B12 and omega 3’s may be needed,  but these can be added easily with things like nutritional yeast and flax seeds.

In the end you will be so glad you made this simple life change. It’s healthy, humane and good to the earth. I wish you the best on this journey!
 
Wendy Plake is Nutritional Herbalist and a student at the School of Natural Healing and works at Ginger’s Garden Cafe.


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