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.

August 17th, 2017Better Eyesight

David Christopher, M.H.

A funny thing happened to me while researching on the web. One of those ubiquitous advertisements (which we have all experienced and ignored) declared that you could heal the eyes in 7 days and throw away your glasses. When it sounds too good to be true it usually is. However, it intrigued me and it was only 40 dollars so I bought the information program. It pointed out that Americans spend 35 billion dollars a year on eye care. It then related that 42 percent of Americans develop myopia while Aborigines average less than 3 percent in myopia incidence. The program also related that most eye problems are caused by environmental conditions and not genetics. I agreed, in fact I have researched and found that we can be exposed to 9,000 different chemicals that are created at the rate of 6.5 trillion pounds per year and 7 billion pounds of 650 pollutants are released annually into our air. The program was so far so good. Then it talked about detrimental food choices.  I already know and have taught the dangers of these junk foods for over forty years. After blasting highly processed food and all dairy products it went on to endorse fresh fruits and vegetables and only organically raised meats. I had paid for information I already knew and have lectured and written about for decades, but the kicker was the section on medications for the eyes. This program presented an herbal formula for the eyes that with the proper diet would cure all eye related conditions. These are the herbs in their amazing formula: Eyebright, bayberry, goldenseal, raspberry leaf and cayenne. Bless my soul that is the exact same formula that my father developed and wrote about in 1945. So I paid 40 dollars to hear myself quoted!!!  Yes it was too good to be true for me; however, it may be valuable information for you. 

Dr. Christopher had countless patients clear cataracts from the eyes, clear up glaucoma, overcome both kinds of macular degeneration and even throw  away their glasses. Not all of them healed in 7 days, but usually between 7 weeks and two years. The Dr. Christopher program is simple: follow his Mucusless Diet, wash your eyes daily with his famous Herbal Eyebright Formula, take his Bilberry Eye formula orally and lie on a slant-board at a 45 degree angle (head down) and do full motion eye exercises. In addition, on a daily basis drink carrot and bell pepper juice, eat almonds, pumpkin seeds, green leafy vegetables, organic corn, kiwi and the white part of oranges. These foods will supply the lutein, zeaxanthin, copper, zinc, Vitamin C, rutin and other flavonoids, Vitamin E and beta-carotene that are essential for eye health.

I had an 84 year old man, who had glaucoma readings in the 40’s, ask for instructions for bringing down the pressure.  I related the above program and he committed to do it. He returned one year later and said, “Your herbs don’t work.” He said that his eye pressure was still in the 40’s and he hadn’t seen any improvement. I asked him if he was drinking enough milk. He said that he was drinking 3 to 4 glasses a day. To that reply I said, “You’re fired. I told you no milk.” He responded, “You can’t fire a customer.” I retorted by informing him that he was making us look bad and told him to get out of my office. He promised to not drink any more milk and in thirty days his eye blood pressure readings dropped from the 40’s to the teens.

I cannot guarantee everyone success in eye health, but I can guarantee that if you are doing sugar, white flour and dairy products that this eye program or any health program cannot work for you.

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, 2017Sriphala

Devin Nielson

In South Asia, coconuts are called “sriphala” or fruit of the gods. They symbolize complete usefulness, selfless service, prosperity and generosity. Coconuts also play an essential role in many religious and social functions. Due to its many uses, the Coconut has been called the Swiss Army knife of the plant kingdom. The meat, water, fiber and shell have all been used in a multitude of ways for as long as man has been on earth. This versatility is still evident today in countless, coconut based, products from food to cosmetics.
Two distinct branches of coconut are responsible for the numerous varieties of coconuts found all over the world. As an example of this diversity, there are over 15 different varieties in the small country of Sri Lanka alone. The flavor and quality of a coconut is highly dependent on the soil where it is grown. Thailand has proven to grow the sweetest and best tasting fresh coconuts found anywhere in the world.
Did you know that Coconuts are not even nuts? Coconuts are drupes in the same family as peaches, plums and cherries. Not every coconut contains the delicious and nutritious water that is expected when cracked open. It takes a professional eye, ear, and feel to know if a coconut’s water is ready for drinking.
Coconut water is very delicate and easily spoils. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult and expensive to ship coconuts in fresh form to areas of the world where coconuts do not grow in abundance. There is a growing debate over the canning of coconut water and its effects on the taste, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine and phyto-hormones found in a fresh coconut.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins in coconut water have significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic (anti-clot formation) effects. The bioactive enzymes which include acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase and peroxidase help in digestion and metabolism. The naturally occurring electrolytes in coconut water are so significant that over the past few years coconut water has been called “nature’s Gatorade.”
What are electrolytes and why are they so important? Electrolytes are salts that become charged molecules, called ions, when they are dissolved in a liquid. Their electrical charges and ability to conduct electricity helps the body to send electrical signals from one cell to another. Some of these electrolytes include potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate and are all found naturally in coconut water.
These electrolytes maintain the electric voltage throughout your cells so that signals can pass easily. Nerve and muscle functions as well as acidity and fluid levels rely on electrolytes to function and an imbalance can have dire consequences.
The balance of electrolytes in your body can easily change. Electrolytes can be found and replaced through a well-balanced diet rich in veggies and fruit or coconut water. One serving of coconut water can provide as much potassium as 2 bananas and is easier to digest and assimilate into the body.
Coconut Water is best when it is consumed in its freshest form. Come visit us at to learn how you can partake of the closest thing to a fresh coconut.
Devin Nielson is one of the founders of Pure 4 Health Co., an innovative leader in affordable fresh frozen juices. FRESH IS BEST!!

Jo Francks, M.H.

The International HerbAssociation has chosen Cilantro as the herb of the year for 2017. Cilantro, also known as coriander, is a plant of many uses. We first think of it as that wonderful ingredient in salsa that gives it a distinct flavor. To some the taste of the plant is disgusting, described as tasting like dirt or even bug like or moldy. To others the taste is pleasant and enjoyable. The plant is also known as Chinese parsley and is an acquired taste. Cilantro is used in cooking in many ethnical groups including: Chinese, Turkish, Mexican, Vietnamese, Spanish and Indian cuisines to enhance the flavor of food. It is common to find it fresh at most grocery stores.

The fresh leaves are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. It helps boost the immune system, is anti-viral and anti-bacterial and studies have found it to be effective against E. coli. The seeds, fruits and the leaves of this plant are beneficial in many ailments.

Cilantro is used as an aid to remove heavy metals from the body. Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s may have significant amounts of mercury and other metals in the brain and other parts of the body. Cilantro is also known to help detoxify the liver. It has long been used to treat flatulence and poor digestion. It is also beneficial in lowering insulin levels in the blood.

Adding cilantro to your diet is very beneficial in many ways. Just a sprig is probably only going to taste good. If you want the health benefits of the plant then add it fresh to smoothies, salads and soups in large amounts. Some sources recommend consuming up to a cup of fresh cilantro per day for a couple of months to reduce inflammation in people suffering from arthritis. People suffering from gout may also see benefits of consuming this amount of cilantro. It has been shown to cut uric acid levels as well. Try including cilantro into your daily diet. There is no indication of any harmful side effects.

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

Tonya Judd, M.H.

When one of my children was a baby he began to have serious health issues soon after I weaned him from breast feeding. This was back in the day when I was just beginning my herbal education. Due to the severity of his health issues, I was given the gift of learning much in a short time frame. Not only did I learn about herbs, but I also learned to trust the feelings and promptings with which I was blessed. This particular child had repeated and severe bouts of croup.  I kept suggesting that he had food allergies and was shot down each and every time I suggested it.  I even had one pediatrician who went so far as to say, “Listen honey, if you want to play scientist, you just go right ahead. I am putting him on antibiotics for 3 weeks.”  That was the last straw for me. I took him to an allergist and found that he had 33 different food allergies! How he was healed with diet and other means is another article that I will have to write at a later date.  Today I would like to give you some tools to help keep your child out of the hospital and off of Prednizone (steroids used to open the airway) and other harmful drugs, should your child develop croup or should your child or yourself be dealing with chest congestion, bronchitis, etc.

Croup is described as an infection of the upper airway or laryngo trachea bronchitis which equates to inflammation of the larynx, trachea and bronchi. Croup is almost always classified as being a virus. In my son’s case, the cause of his croup was food induced allergies and not viral at all. In any case of croup, the airway (larnyx and trachea) become swollen.  When this swelling occurs, the body’s response is to cough. This irritates the area and causes more inflammation. In a small child or baby, this already small opening becomes even smaller with inflammation. Croup has a very distinctive sound and has been described as sounding like a seal barking.  Stridor can often accompany croup and is a high pitched, loud vibrating sound made as the child breathes.

One of the most effective things I used for my son was castor oil. Castor oil, when applied to the chest, opens up the airways and allows the individual to breathe. The ricinileic acid in castor oil acts as a decongestant on the lymphatic system, collects waste from your tissues, and carries it to the bloodstream to be eliminated. To apply a castor oil pack, gently warm the castor oil in a sauce pan on the stove (not the microwave). Watch closely as it heats up extremely fast.  Place a piece of cotton or wool flannel in the castor oil and allow it to saturate the flannel. Place the saturated flannel on the chest and the back. Test the temperature before placing on the skin.  Apply it to the chest, throat and back and cover the area with plastic wrap (this is to keep the castor oil warm and to keep the castor oil from ruining clothes, furniture and bedding).  Secure it with an ACE™  bandage wrapped around the chest and place a warm shirt or pajamas over the top.  I would suggest using a heating pad or hot water bottle over the area. In all obviousness, if you are using this on an infant, toddler or small child, please use common sense and do not leave your child unattended while using a heating pad, so that you can monitor the temperature of the heating pad and to ensure the cord from the heating pad does not get wrapped around the neck.   The heat is helpful, but not totally necessary. Others, as in the story below, have still experienced amazing results without the use of heat.

Fast forward many years and I had the “opportunity” to test the castor oil on myself.  I had whooping cough and had tried everything I could think of to have just a few brief moments of relief from the incessant coughing. I remembered to use castor oil on my chest. I was amazed at the instant relief I received once I placed the castor oil soaked flannel on my chest.  I was so grateful for the relief it brought to me! I can only imagine what it must do for little ones with much smaller airways and lung cavities when those airways are compromised.

Late one night a while back, a friend of mine called. Everyone in the family was sick with chest congestion.  She had a new 3 week old baby and the baby’s breathing was labored and shallow. He was not in respiratory distress. She asked if she could use castor oil on her new baby.  Of course! She also used cayenne ointment rubbed on the top of the castor oil. In addition, she applied garlic oil on her baby’s feet. She called the next morning and was so excited.  She said that within 10 minutes of applying the castor oil, their baby took a huge deep breath, relaxed, was able to sleep comfortably and was doing fantastic!

Other herbal aids that are extremely helpful:

*In addition to the castor oil packs, my son and I also slept in a 4’x4’ play tent with a cool mist humidifier which was a lifesaver many nights!  So get comfy and make it a party. I later had a conversation with a different pediatrician and told him about the tent with the humidifier and he was so excited about the idea that he started telling the parents who came to him for help with their children who had croup.  He loved that it was working so wonderfully!  Think of it as a modern twist on the “Croup Tents” of days gone by!  And, once again, use common sense and do not leave your infant or child unattended in the “croup tent.”

*Cayenne oil or ointment rubbed on the chest, back and throat.

*Sen Sei ointment rubbed on the chest, back and throat.

*Lobelia rubbed on the chest, back and throat and given internally is also helpful.

*In my son’s case, a garlic and catnip enema worked amazingly well in breaking up the congestion and was the real turning point in his healing. I have found that cleansing the colon has an immediate effect on healing the respiratory system and pulls mucus from the lungs.

*Garlic oil rubbed on the bottom of the feet.

*Mullein oil rubbed on the chest and back helps to break up any congestion.

*Support the immune system with fresh garlic.

*Peppermint tea can also help to relax the body and lessen coughing spasms.

*Anti-spasmodic tincture rubbed on the chest and back is also very beneficial to stop a coughing spasm.

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

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