Welcome to issue 55 for July 2020 of To Your Health
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Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center's Brick and Mortar Is Closing August 31st, Going to Virtual (Tele-health) Appointments.
The time has come,' the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
      Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
      And whether pigs have wings.'

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community of Northern California all these years but we are taking the clinic to a virtual practice starting September 1st, 2020.

With today's fear infused environment we find it best to transition to a virtual practice where we will continue to serve patients with severe, chronic issues. Each patient is welcome to contact the clinic to see if their files will remain open if they would like to utilize the new format.

The dispensary will also remain open as an online store and is currently available to all patients and non-patients alike. You can buy your medications and supplements online and either have them shipped to you or you can go to our pick up location in Redding to collect them after they have been purchased online. The pick up location starts September 1st, 2020.

You are still welcome until then to purchase and pick up your medications at the current location. The online store is also open now.

With the new virtual format, active patients will still be able to obtain their lab work and such as we deem it needed for ordering, same as today.

We will also be offering a new service with the virtual format ... "Ask the Doctor". You can schedule online an appointment for a 15 minute phone discussion where you are welcome to ask your questions, chronic or not, patient and non-patient alike.

Both the "Ask the Doctor" and scheduling for your 30 minute chronic, monthly virtual appointments will be available online as of September 1st 2020. Until then, the clinic's local, current office is open for patient visits and dispensary pick ups.

This newsletter and our Facebook page will also continue to bring you monthly and daily news on health topics and tips on how to better care for yourself.

Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center's online school will also continue and we will be adding more classes this Fall, both local and online.

Again, it has been an honor and privilege to serve the community and we look forward to our continuing effort to help bring health to all who so richly deserve it.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the clinic at 530-338-2103

Have a most blessed day.
What's In This Issue:
What's new at the clinic
Knowledge is Power Articles:
       Cranberries for all seasons

        Herbs and Pregnancy
        Herbs for the Heart
        This organic fruit tops the charts
        Herb Of The Month: Echinacea
Raw Succotash

Deviled Non-Egg

Humor: Laughter Is Good Medicine
What's New at the Clinic?

The clinic will be closing it's local office August 31st, 2020 and going to a virtual practice format starting September 1st, 2020.
We now accept HSA Medical Cards!

Health Documentaries now showing in the waiting room!

Each day in the clinic we are now continually showing a variety of health documentaries for our patients to watch while they wait for their appointments. These include Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and Forks Over Knives. More are being added as well.

Cranberries for all Seasons

David Christopher MH

Since 1621 A.D. Americans have associated cranberries with pilgrims and eat them at least once a year for Thanksgiving.  They became a national tradition after the Civil War.  It seems General Ulysses S. Grant had cranberry sauce served to the troops on Thanksgiving during the siege of Petersburg in 1864.  The soldiers liked them and the custom initiated on that and other holidays. Cranberries are so sour that they haven’t become an everyday part of our diets.  Americans as a whole eat bland diets eschewing bitter and sour and clinging to sweet and salty foods.  When sour is used it is usually combined with a lot of sugar, hence the accepted cranberry juice cocktails and cranberry sauces, which are too sweet to be consumed regularly.

Cranberries first medicinal use was in curing scurvy, but any vitamin C rich foods will accomplish that purpose.  Where cranberry is unique is in its ability to clear up urinary tract infections (U.T.I).  It was first thought that cranberry acidified the urine via hippuric acid which was detected in the urine of those consuming cranberries. Though dismissed in the sixties because of tests showing the acid in urine was not acidic enough to kill bacteria, I believe that scientists were premature.  The hippuric acid has been found to be antibacterial.  However, the current philosophy for cranberries is that it prevents bacteria from adhering to the cells in the colon.  This quality is fantastic and lets this simple food trump all the antibiotics.  Whether it is the attraction and adherence to the polysaccharides or the interference of the proanthocyanidins doesn’t matter, the studies show that cranberries stop U.T.I.s.  A problem with cranberry today is the added sugar and also that a person has to drink a lot of cranberry juice cocktail for it to be effective.  A solution would be to mix unsweetened cranberry juice with fresh pressed apple juice.

My personal experiences with cranberry therapy, is combining two capsules of Dr. Christopher’s Kidney Formula with one capsule of Solaray Cranactin and taking it orally with a full glass of water, three times a day.  The Cranactin prevents bacteria adherence and the herbs in the Kidney Formula destroy bacteria which have already adhered and are not subject to the effects of cranberry.  I have not seen this procedure fail.

So far the only other food found that has this anti adherence factor for bacteria, is blueberries, which have a weaker effect.  The action of these berries also works on cavity causing bacteria in the mouth and the H. pylori bacteria that is present in gastric ulcers.
Cranberries are high in antioxidants and flavonoids which are excellent for the heart and help keep the vascular system free from accumulated LDL cholesterol.

In conclusion cranberries can prevent bacterial growth by keeping it from adhering to cells and can help fortify the vascular system, assuring deliverance of vital nutrients and oxygen, thus assuring healthy longevity.  Truly it is a medicinal food for all seasons.

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. 

Herbs and Pregnancy

by Nathan Jaynes, MH

Herbs have been used throughout history and are trusted to be safe and effective.  Even during pregnancy when most pharmaceuticals are off limits, most herbs have a safe track record.

There is, however, a rule that should be followed when using herbs during pregnancy: “Take only what is necessary when it is needed.”   This means to avoid herbs that have a specific action unless otherwise directed.  Herbs that are nutritive or tonic are always indicated during pregnancy.

Herbs to avoid during pregnancy:

• Emmenagogue herbs (these herbs induce monthly menstruation – see pg. 657 of Dr. Christopher’s book School of Natural Healing)
• Heavy cathartic herbs (stimulate strong bowel action pg. 650 SNH)
• Stimulating herbs such as coffee
• Hallucinogenic herbs
• Anti-parasitic herbs
• Abortives such as rue, tansy, cotton root bark, or thuja
• Any Standardized extract (these are really drugs)

Herbs used only under special circumstances (in small amounts if at all)

• Pennyroyal (used in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy only)
• Blue Cohosh (used to increase uterine contraction just before birth)
• Dong Quai (considered too strong to use for pregnancy in most cases)
• Black Cohosh (used in the last part of pregnancy to help with cramps)
• Male Fern (anti-parasite herb not to be used in large amounts)
• Poke Root (used as a cleanser especially the lymph - too strong for causal use)
• Wormwood and any artemisia species (anti-worm use only when needed)
• Licorice (use in small amounts - no more than 2 capsules 3 times per day)
• Ephedra (use in small amounts only - never use standardized)
• Dr. Christopher’s Pre-natal combination (used in the last 6 weeks of pregnancy only)
• Vitex (considered very strong for pregnancy)

Most herbs are safe; here is a list of herbs that can be taken during pregnancy in tonic amounts:

• Red Raspberry (should be taken often)
• Alfalfa 
• Ginger
• Evening Primrose
• Chamomile
• Cayenne
• Echinacea
• All Dr. Christopher Combinations not mentioned above
• Cramp bark
• Dandelion
• Vitalerbs (use in copious amounts)
• Dr. Christopher’s Pregnancy tea
• Goldenseal
• Catnip

Herbs for the Heart

Jo Francks MH

I recently gathered hawthorn berries to make Hawthorn Berry Syrup.   This is an annual event although this year it was hard to find a tree with berries.  It seemed as if they all froze!  But my husband, being on the lookout for me, found a tree that had some berries on it and they were just right for picking.  After picking for a while and deciding when enough was enough (I get a little carried away), it was time to get the process going. 

I washed the berries and put them in the biggest stainless steel pot I have (this pot has made many batches of syrup).  Cover the berries with distilled water 2 inches above the level of the berries.  Bring this to a very low simmer.  This means when there is steam coming off the top but no bubbles.  Keep it covered and simmer for about a half hour and turn off the heat.  I let this steep for about an hour.  Now strain the liquid off and save it. 

Put the berries back in the pan and use a potato masher and vigorously pound and mash them up.  Add more distilled water to an inch above the berries. Bring to a simmer for a half hour and let steep for an hour covered.  Strain this and use a muslin cloth or cheese cloth and squeeze all the liquid out of the berries.   Now combine all the liquid. 

The next process takes me several days to complete.  This time I had to use two pots because I had so much liquid.  I take a plastic ruler and measure how much liquid I have in the pot.  As it simmers down I know when it is done by measuring it with the ruler.  The pots should have straight sides for this method to work.  Measure the liquid in a marked container if you prefer then as it simmers down pour back into the container to measure the progress.  I put my pot of hawthorn liquid on the small burner of my electric stove and put it on low (it needs to be below 120).  If I can put my finger in it and not have to remove it because it is burning I know the temperature is below 120.   I stir it several times a day while it is simmering.  It forms a gel because the berries have some pectin in them.  It’s okay, just keep simmering and stirring. 

When it simmers to ¼ the original volume I know it’s done.  During this time I took a trip to the local liquor store and picked up some brandy.  Now let me tell you because Dr. Christopher made this recipe with grape brandy.  The first time I made this my husband went to the store for me and asked for grape brandy.  The lady running the store did some research and made some calls and it turns out that all brandy is made from grapes.  Regular old brandy is grape brandy. 

So it’s time to add some vegetable glycerin and some brandy to the simmered down decoction.  Add ¼ of each to the liquid.  So to one quart you would add 1 cup of brandy and 1 cup of glycerin.  This is the finished product.  Store it in a glass bottle out of the light in a cool dark place.  It will keep a couple of years if stored properly.  It can be stored in the refrigerator for long term.  The dosage is ½ to 1 teaspoon three times a day.

This recipe can be made with dried berries.  Simply add distilled water to the berries overnight to rehydrate.  Don’t discard the water, just add more until you have the right amount.

Making your own herbal medicine is enjoyable and rewarding.  Just remember to have fun!

This organic fruit tops the charts

By Noell Larsen H.N., M.H. - Oregon

Fall is one of my favorite seasons here in Oregon. At the local farmers market you will find a colorful palette of the region’s fresh organic apples. While it’s hardly arguable that nothing beats the refreshing taste of a crisp apple freshly picked, this is only one facet of my appreciation for the amazing apple and how it tops my charts as being one of the worlds most nutritious foods.

In 1998 the Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry published a study that highlighted the relation of pectin in the diet, it’s ability to lower cholesterol in the liver and its ability to bind and remove cholesterol from the body as it passes through the intestinal tract. At the conclusion of the study it was observed that, “… Serum cholesterol [total amount of cholesterol found in the body] only declined significantly in apple-fed groups. The decrease of cholesterol levels in liver and serum, and its increase in faeces could explain the beneficial effect of including these fibers in the diet to prevent some nowadays very frequent diseases.” Long before this study was published Dr. Christopher recommended the apple for use in the three-day Cleansing program. About the apple’s virtues Dr. Christopher exclaimed, “One of the most effective blood purifiers known is the common apple.”

In 2004 two studies were done, together they further magnified the benefits of the apple. In January 2004 Swiss Medical published a report showing how apple pectin significantly reduced the 137Cs cesium (radioisotope and unstable chemical) uptake in Ukrainian children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Results of this study showed a 62% reduction in 137C cesium. In May 2004 Nutrition Journal published a report that said, “Apples are a widely consumed, rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes. In the laboratory, apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants.”

Way to pack a punch! The apple,  a good source of soluble fiber, controls blood sugar and insulin release, sweeps clean the intestinal tract, helps prevent cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, is capable of removing heavy metals, radioactive particles … and tastes absolutely amazing!

Noell Larsen is a Holistic Nutritionist and Master Herbalist/ Masters of Science graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Together with her husband (a current Medical Student) and as a mother of two children… speaking, writing and tutoring others in health has become a family passion.


With the beginning of winter upon us, getting a jump start to insure a healthy season is a sensible thing to do. Echinacea augustifolia (latin Gensus,species)or Echinacea purpurea, more commonly known as Echinacea, is a miraculous plant who’s root can aid in the pursuit of a healthy winter.
This American native root has been used by the American Indian for centuries. It is the best immune booster we have growing here. It was one of the most widely used herbs by many tribes. The Cheyenne used the leaves and roots for gums, sore throats and the mouth.
The Comanche used the root for sore throats, toothaches, colds, and colic. The Sioux used fresh root to aid in septic conditions and hydrophobia. The Montana Indians used it for snake bites. Many other tribes used the plant for a variety of illnesses.

Early settlers in America followed the example of the Indians and discovered the wonderful healing properties of Echinacea. Some of the common names they called it were Indian head, purple coneflower, scurvy root, red sunflower, comb flower, and Black Sampson.
In the late 1800’s some studies and claims were made by a Dr. H. F. C. Meyers who used it for sixteen years in his practice. He claimed it was excellent for blood poisoning and an antispasmodic. His research showed it to be one of the best remedies for snake, spider, scorpion, bee and wasp stings or bites.

Because of the wonderful blood purification properties it has been used for septic conditions. In the book “Herbal Syllabus” by Dr. John R. Christopher, Dr. Christopher tells of a case where: “A crushed hand, thought to be beyond aid, with the intolerable stench of putrid flesh, was saved by the application of Echinacea. It was also used in cases of cerebrospinal meningitis because of its pain-relief and because this malady is caused by general sepsis.”

Research by a Professor Webster, an early researcher of Echinacea, stated that it was a stimulant to capillary circulation giving the vessels the ability to recuperate by resisting inflammation due to debility and blood depravation.
This herb is a strong anesthetic for a local area. When applied externally to wounds and painful swellings it offers quick relief of pain. When taken in the mouth it has a numbing sensation. It is important to note that it should be taken for seven to ten days, rest for the same amount of days, then you can resume taking it.

Dr. James Duke states “I’ve been very impressed with German research showing that its antimicrobial action helps prevent and treat colds, flu and all sorts of other viral, bacterial and fungal infections.”

Success has also been seen with anti- aging properties, athletes’ foot, bladder infections, breastfeeding problems, burns, bursitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, dry mouth, earache, gingivitis, herpes virus, HIV infection, laryngitis, Lyme disease, pneumonia, sinusitis, sties, tendinitis, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, viral infection, wound, and yeast infections.

So don’t forget to keep the Echinacea on hand this winter and you will have a healthy and happy winter.

Yvonne Lunt Salcido is a Student Advisor for and a Master Herbalist Graduate of the School of Natural Healing. She is a current student at Utah Valley University majoring in Health and Wellness Education.

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