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    

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.

August 17th, 2017Be Prepared

Kelly Pomeroy, M.H.

Some words of wisdom I’ve received have sounded in my ear lately. It is this, if you are prepared you shall not fear. It has come to my mind often as I have faced circumstances that were challenging whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual in nature.

This February, the School of Natural Healing and Christopher Publications were invited to participate in the Empowering Fearless Birth Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a wonderful event full of people trying to make a difference in their own lives and those around them. They came wanting healthier pregnancies, births and parenting experiences. Don’t stop reading if you are not a woman or are not pregnant. The principles of this expo and message apply to us all.
In Dr. Christopher’s book, Herbal Home Health Care, he teaches that the time to prepare to have a healthy baby is before conception. This means, if we prepare, we will be more equipped to handle what comes ahead of us, whether that be babies, disease or life challenges. How can we prepare ourselves for life ahead? We prepare by learning and caring for ourselves in the best ways possible by what we put into us both nutritionally and emotionally.

A tired, worn out rancher once asked Dr. Christopher for help with fatigue. He had so much work to do but neither he nor his family had energy for it. Dr. Christopher recommended the rancher give his family the fresh carrots and grains he fed his prized cattle and horses and feed his livestock the white flour and canned foods set aside for the family. He fired back that this would surely kill his animals! There came a moment of silence and the rancher realized the message Dr. Christopher was trying to get across. He heeded the counsel and changed their family’s diet. Within a month’s time their energy was greatly improved. Below are teachings of Dr. Christopher’s on emotional and physical health. See highlighted links for detailed material.

  • Mucusless Diet “We should not put mucus into the body faster than it can be eliminated.” This is a preventative diet to clear the body of excess mucus from the lungs, bronchi, sinus, and constipating mucus throughout the body. This diet is about eliminating excess mucus and constipating foods from our diet and putting in that which truly nourishes us.

A reader once had asked for some additional thought on salt. Dr. Christopher recommends not using much salt. We need salt for our sodium potassium pump to work well. Table salt can harm the body by drawing out excess liquids, causing dehydration and is void of minerals. We can get salts from foods such as leafy greens, celery and kelp. We can also use salts like sea and Himalayan salt that have additional minerals to replenish the body.  Herbs and spices bring out flavor and provide minerals and vitamins. When using salt, let it be from the sea or earth. This is especially important with athletes who sweat out so much salt and liquid. It is important to replenish the body. Coconut water with a dash of sea or Himalayan salt is a great electrolyte drink. I highly recommend this book from Christopher Publications called Thrive, by Brendan Brazier for athletes.

  • 3 Day Cleanse “This cleansing program will purify the body so it may be healed.” This cleanse is simple, inexpensive, effective and manageable. I try to do this cleanse at least a few times a year as the seasons change. Dr. Christopher taught us how to heal. We cleanse and we nourish.
  • Emotional health In The School of Natural Healing book, Dr. Christopher teaches us the importance of emotional health. He says people can have the cleanest diet, full of herbs and fresh produce yet still get so sick. Why do they? Because they toxify their bodies with negative thoughts and feelings. He recommends spending time finding gratitude in life, looking for the good, and spending time developing our spirituality through prayer and meditation. He says it is so important, it is considered equal to a clean diet.

Dr. Christopher could have lived his life in fear. The doctors told him he would probably die in his thirties due to all the problems he had.  But he sought for knowledge and understanding and then applied what he learned. When he went in for a checkup in his 40’s, the doctor said he had the vascular system of a teenager and a clean bill of health. We may have challenges come up in our lives. Someone might tell us we won’t make it through or the situation is far too grave to survive. Dr. Christopher teaches in the Incurables, the only person that can tell you your time of death in the good Lord. So, let us learn and apply all that we can and then trust that it will see us through, as Dr. Christopher provided a living example of that for us all.

Kelly Pomeroy is a Master Herbalist and Student Adviser for the School of Natural Healing and currently working at getting her Biology degree. She is the mother of four wonderful children.

August 17th, 2017Fuel the Fire

Mishelle Knuteson, M.H.

As I progress through the different stages of life, I have noticed and been well aware of changes in my body. I hear over and over again how a person’s metabolism shifts as they age. In fact with each passing decade, a woman’s metabolism slows by about 5 percent. Hormones play a role in this. A drop in estrogen production happens in the 40’s which slows metabolism and as a person ages beyond the 50’s or 60’s they typically become less active which reduces the level of hormones responsible for maintaining lean muscle mass and bone density. As metabolism slows, the scale seems to steadily increase each time you step onto it.

This doesn’t have to be our experience. Let’s outsmart Mother Nature and begin to understand the inner fire that fuels us and helps us burn calories, shed fat and stay fit no matter what age and stage of life we may be in. This fire I’m speaking of is our metabolism. Basically, our metabolism is a collection of chemical reactions that take place in the body’s cells that convert the fuel in the food we eat into the energy we need to power everything we do. Our body regulates all these metabolic reactions based on how we fuel them to keep our cells functioning.

There are three components that determine our metabolic rate (or total expenditure of energy).

  1. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) - This refers to the amount of energy a body needs to maintain itself. This accounts for 50-80% of total energy used (calories burned). Maintaining muscle mass is important here because total lean muscle mass is largely responsible for the BMR and the BMR accounts for so much of the energy we use.
  2. Energy used during physical activity - The energy expenditure of the muscle at rest makes up only 20% of expendable energy (calories burned) yet during exercise this can go up to 50% depending on how strenuous the exercise is. Since energy used during exercise is the only form of energy expenditure that we have any control over, we need to take advantage of this and get moving!
  3. Thermic effect of food - This is the energy used to eat, digest and metabolize food. Eating actually raises your metabolism! You have to fuel the fire. Diet-obsessed meal-skippers burn fewer calories AND have no energy to move. After each meal, the metabolic rise occurs soon after you start eating and peaks two to three hours later. Fats raise the BMR by 4%, carbohydrates by 6% and proteins by up to 30%.

 The faster your metabolism runs the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the easier it is to drop those pounds and shed that extra tire around the waist. “You have a huge amount of control over your metabolic rate,” says John Berardi, author of The Metabolism Advantage.  “You can burn an extra 500 to 600 calories a day by exercising properly and eating right.” That last statement is so true. Dr. Christopher always taught that you don’t need to count calories or worry about food combinations and you can eat as much as you want as long as you are eating a whole foods diet which consists of whole grains, nuts, seeds and an abundant supply of fruits and vegetables.
Here are a few other tips to help you fuel the fire and keep your metabolism rising.

  • Eat a good breakfast every single day. If you don’t, your body goes into starvation mode and the metabolism starts to crawl to conserve energy. Eat a breakfast that helps you feel full longer. Lean protein with a complex carbohydrate is a great choice. For example, I love having farm fresh eggs scrambled with lots of veggies. Another favorite is steel cut oats or amaranth with bananas, blueberries, and/ or raspberries. Smother in coconut oil or ghee. Add chopped almonds or walnuts on top. A sprinkle of cinnamon is nice too.
  • Get your water in! Dr. Christopher recommended about a gallon a day. Some people claim that drinking ice water helps to fuel the fire because the body has to heat the water to core temperature. I say DRINK LOTS OF WATER however you can best get it down.
  • Get protein with every meal, it helps maintain and build muscle mass.
  • Drink green tea. I’ve heard it called the “closest thing to a metabolism potion.” Steep it for 3 minutes and drink warm.
  • Choose organic produce when you can. Pesticides are stored in fat cells and that can stall your metabolism. Cayenne and chilies (capsaicin heat) fuel the file.
  • Work out. Run or walk, just find an enjoyable way to move the body. A good way to step it up is doing HIIT (High-intensity Interval Training). It is like doing a high-intensity sprint for a minute and then an easy pace for 30 seconds. HIIT routines can be easily found by searching the internet.
  • Eat healthy fat. Remember, healthy fat does not make you fat. Healthy fats help trigger the rapid transfer of “I’m full” signals to the brain. My favorite healthy fats are avocado, ghee and coconut oil.
  • Eat food but don’t over eat. When you are eating a meal, stop about halfway through, pause and ask yourself, “Is the food still tasting good? Am I satisfied or do I want more?” If you want more then have more but keep checking in. Once you are feeling satiated stop eating. At that point any more you eat will be harder for the body to burn and can be stored in the fat supplies.
  • Get plenty of sleep. 8 hours of sleep helps the body’s hormones (leptin and ghrelin) regulate energy.

Take control over what you can to help fuel that metabolic fire and beat the downshift in metabolism that can come with aging.

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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.

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