Welcome to issue 50 for February 2020 of To Your Health
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Calendar of Events
What's new at the clinic
Knowledge is Power Articles:
        Memory Loss
        Getting On My Nerves
        Medical Science Finally Catches Up With Herbal Remedy
        Herb Of The Month: Parsley
        A Mother Learns Unconditional Love
Vegan Omelet For Valentine's Day
Super Yummy Watermelon Coolie

Humor: Laughter Is Good Medicine
Calendar Of Events For February 2020


The new Spring schedule for classes has been announced. Please check out the schedule below for signing up. You can become a Family Herbalist and learn the skills to care for your own family and friends. We also have classes to be a certified nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki.

Please contact the clinic for more information and to sign up. Class sizes are limited. You can also learn about the available local classes at:

Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center Local Classes

If you prefer to learn at home then we also have available the Family Herbalist class online. You can check it out at the following link:

Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center Online Classes

Also, our latest book, book five of the Healing Naturally series has been released and is available at the clinic or on Amazon. It is called The Handbook of Holistic Healing and combines all of the other books plus a bonus section for working with your animal members of your family! You can purchase it on Amazon at the following link or pick it up at the clinic for a discounted price:

The Handbook of Holistic Healing


New Spring Class Schedule for Family Herbalist, Reflexology, nutritionist and Reiki classes. Full certification given in each class.

by Yvonne Salcido M.H.

Everyone, at sometime, experiences some form of memory loss. Have you ever walked into a room and wondered what you were going to get there and then have to retrace your steps to jog your memory? A study in Japan showed that one out of every ten young people (ages 20-35) had a serious memory problem. This was linked to dependence on computers and other electronic equipment. This dependency reduced the use of the human brain and recalling memory. Are we allowing technology to do the thinking for us?

On top of the new age electronic dependency effecting our memory, many different factors can contribute to memory loss such as: Nutritional deficiencies (example: inadequate amounts of Vitamin B12), loss of sleep, lack of exercise, not drinking enough water, alcohol consumption or illicit drug intoxication, an event where oxygen was cut off from the brain, brain growths, brain infections, cancer treatments, certain medications, seizures, head trauma or injury, heart bypass surgery, Illness that results in the nerve cells being lost or damaged,  and migraine headaches. Prevention is always the best cure so I will focus first on good habits to practice daily and then whole foods and herbs to heal.

A simple thing to do is drink plenty of good clean distilled water. Water has the amazing power to keep the brain in good health and functioning properly. The brain is 70% water keep it hydrated! When you get dehydrated (which is starting when you actually recognize that you are thirsty) the brain then releases the hormone cortisol, which affects the brain capability to retain information. Stress taxes us mentally and emotionally causing us strain or fatigue. This basically causes us to overwork the brain which leads to mental fatigue.The hormone cortisol is released during stress and emotional upset, this will affect memory. The brain needs to be able to rest and reboot.  Daily meditation is a great way to let the brain completely rest.

Is physical exercise good for the brain? You bet! It improves cognitive function. Exercise promotes neurogenesis (the creation of new nerve cells, neurons in the brain). Exercise has a protective effect on the brain as people age helping to delay or prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Just as physical exercise is important exercising the brain is important which most of us don’t address, try learning something new, take a class, sudoku, and crossword puzzles. A great web site to play some brain games is:

Sleep is something many of us fail to realize as important; especially the effect it has on brain function. Too little sleep causes impaired memory and thought processes, depression and decreased immune response. When you don’t get enough sleep, you can’t focus or concentrate the way you normally would. Inability to focus or concentrate inhibits the registration process vital to our memory formation.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following:

  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time (follow this schedule on weekends as well)
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine(e.g. hot bath or soaking in a tub)
  • Create a sleep conducive environment (dark, quiet, and comfortable)
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep (remove work material, computer & televisions)
  • Eat meals at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
  • Exercise regularly (exercise contributes to sounder sleep)

Good nutrition is critical for proper brain function and not just memory. Some super-foods for the brain include: green leafy vegetables, whole grains, avocados, blueberries, salmon, almonds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, grapes, soy, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, eggplant,and walnuts. In addition to good nutrition, there are many herbs that have great benefits for memory a few are Gingko Biloba, Eyebright, Hawthorn, Gotu Kola, Bacopa, Rosemary, and Schisandra. Gingko biloba increases circulation to the upper half of the body especially the brain. Dr. Christopher developed a great formula for  memory healing called Memory Formula it contains Blue vervain, Gotu Kola, Blessed thistle, Brigham tea, Ginkgo biloba, Cayenne, Ginger root, and Lobelia.  Jurrasic green is another great formula for nourishing the brain. Our family has used these particular Dr. Christopher formulas faithfully when we have had exams to prepare for and take. We will take one tablespoon of Jurrasic Green in juice and six Dr. Christopher’s Memory Formula in the morning before we go to take a test. My children and I can tell a big difference in their memory retention levels.Hopefully we will all approach this subject in a holistic way and reap the benefits of taking great care of our brain… that is, if we can remember… Just kidding!


by David Christopher, MH
Endometriosis is a result of the migration of uterine endometrium cells, into other parts of the body.  This results in variant body pain that is cyclic.
This condition is manifest during menstruation through steady, dull or severe pain and cramps, not only in the pelvis area but anywhere in the body.  Some women can also suffer for weeks prior to menstruation.  Some women feel pain during bowel movements and intercourse.
In order to properly treat this condition it is important to ask why this uterine tissue ends up in unrelated parts of the body, far removed from the uterus.  It could back up through the fallopian tubes as a result of blockage from a closed hymen or perhaps from improper use of tampons.  Another possible scenario would be yeast or parasites drilling through the uterine lining.  These lesions could conduct endometrial cells, loosened during menstruation, into other areas of the body.

Stop the use of tampons to see if that is the cause. See a midwife or other health care professional to resolve a closed hymen.

If yeast or parasites are the cause, then it is imperative to heal the uterine lining after removing the yeast colonies or parasites.  This is accomplished by using a decoction of Black Walnut and Pau d’ arco (see therapy for yeast overgrowth).  One quart should be taken orally on a daily basis.  One pint should be used as a retention @#!*% also daily.  After one week of therapy use Dr. Christopher’s bolus routine.  Also take his Female Reproductive formula in combination with an equal amount of his Complete Tissue and Bone formula.  These procedures will work better if you follow the directions for the Extended Herbal Cleanse.

Other aids: 

  • Hormonal Changease formula: This formula will provide phyto-sterols that replace your own body’s estrogen resulting in reduced pain
  • Wheat Germ Oil: This oil is high in Vitamin E and will help the body break down excess estrogen.  It also prevents endometrial adhesions from forming and helps break down adhesions that have already formed.
  • Flax Seed Oil and Evening Primrose Oil: help regulate inflammation causing prostaglandins
  • Eliminate animal foods that contain high estrogen levels
  • Eat a mucusless diet

Getting On My Nerves


By: Mishelle Knuteson MH


“This is getting on my nerves.” is a statement that may be spouted out by someone in frustration, yet it is also much truer than one may think. When we enter into a stressful or emotionally heightened situation our autonomic nervous system goes into action to make regulatory adjustments of the glands, smooth muscles of hollow organs, vessels and heart muscle. This action is often manifested by the pupils of the eye dilating, sweat glands being activated, increase in heart rate etc. The body reacts to the stimulus without conscious awareness.

These responses from the body are a way of the body protecting itself.  The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) kicks in and acts as an accelerator for those organs needed to meet the stressful situation. It promotes what is called the fight or flight response, a person responds with heightened senses to stay and “fight it out” or to flee. The times when the SNS comes into play can be summarized into the four E’s, times of emergency, excitement, embarrassment and exercise.

Once the emergency passes the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) will work to bring the body back into balance. This is the “rest and digest” system.  The PNS will also keep the arousal of the SNS under control and not let the fight or flight response manifest in full force.

When the autonomic nervous system is out of balance, such as the SNS being in charge and the PNS is overwhelmed, a person is primed to respond with energy and focus but also with anger, anxiety and aggression. Life’s hassles can put people in a constant state of stress, where even the slightest emotional swing can cause the body to react as if an emergency exists, real or imagined, which can take a toll on the body and brain, leading to all kinds of health problems, including insomnia, depression, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease. Everything will be “getting on your nerves.”

Keeping your nervous system healthy and balanced as well as changing the way you perceive stress can help your overall health. When your body is always running on overdrive the sympathetic nervous system may need to be calmed. Or if you just can’t get your body moving and you want to run from everything, the SNS may need to be stimulated. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to bring the nervous system into balance. With every inhalation, the nervous system shifts a bit toward the sympathetic activation and with every exhalation, it shifts towards parasympathetic activation.

Dr. Christopher often recommended walking in the grass with bare feet to release the built up energy charge in the body. To feed the nervous system, Dr. Christopher’s Nerve Formula massaged down the spine and taking Relax-Ease formula are great ways to aid in the healing.

While excess stress can take a toll on you, the very things that cause it are often the same things that make life rewarding and full. Feeding an overworked nervous system with good herbs and learning to manage your stress may help you to find the right blend of inner fire and inner calm.

Medical Science Finally Catches Up with Herbal Remedy


Earlier this week a story broke from the University of Rochester Medical Center that people with cancer can reduce post-chemotherapy nausea by 40 percent by using ginger supplements before undergoing treatment.  This was an unexpected find for the researchers: “We were slightly beside ourselves to see how much it helped” said study leader Julie Ryan.

The study involved 644 cancer patients, and the ginger worked best when taken three days before chemotherapy started (to read the entire study visit

While the researchers were surprised at the finding, it is no surprise to herbalists, who have used ginger for nausea, stomach pain, cramps, indigestion and more for hundreds of years.

Dr. Christopher tells a story about when a lady called from Salt Lake to his home in Cottonwood at three o’clock in the morning.  He had just finished his night calls and had barely retired to bed; the woman insisted that he come help her daughter, who was screaming in the background with terrible stomach pain.  He said, “Take some Ginger and baking soda.  The pain will stop.  You will be able to go back to bed.”  But the lady insisted that he come.

Dr. Christopher pulled on his clothes and wearily set out for the lady’s house.  The daughter’s pain had become so acute that the mother finally decided to follow Dr. Christopher’s counsel.  When he arrived the daughter herself opened the door, all smiles.  She had no pain.

Dr. Christopher gave the following recipe for making ginger tea: Grate one ounce of the fresh root in a pint of boiling water.  Add honey and lemon if desired to make a nice drink.  This tea is also helpful if you have a cold or the flu.

If you don’t have time to make the tea he reported that two capsules every few hours will help relieve nausea.


by Dr. John R. Christopher

The next time you use Parsley in one of your vegetable or meat dishes remember that it has important medicinal actions also, When nature gave us parsley she gave an amazing and extremely versatile plant to aid the body in regaining its health.  Parsley is chiefly used for renal congestion, inflammation of the kidneys and bladder, gravel, stones, and urine retention.  The root and leaves are excellent for the liver and spleen when jaundice and venereal diseases are present.  It is also one of the best reliefs for edema, helping when other remedies have failed.  Parsley root contains ingredients that help produce a pain relieving benefit to relax stiff joints.  Many have used parsley root tea to make stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.  The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron all of which nourish the parathyroid glands which are concerned with the regulation of calcium in the body.  Pour a quart of boiling water over a cup of firmly packed fresh parsley and allow to steep for 15 minutes.  Strain and then refrigerate.

Although parsley is a very reliable and old diuretic remedy it is very much ignored today.  Parsley will work on the gall bladder and will remove gallstones if used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.  Parsley is a specific for the adrenal glands, is powerfully therapeutic for the optic nerves, the brain nerves and the whole sympathetic nervous system.  Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterioles.  But remember that raw parsley juice is a most potent juice and should never be taken alone in quantities of more than one or two ounces at a time unless it is mixed into a sufficient quantity of carrot or other juices.  Parsley is remarkable for its ability to expel watery poisons, excess mucoid matter, flatulence, reducing swollen and enlarged glands.

The usual remedy for kidney, bladder, and edema is to make at least two quarts of a strong parsley tea and drink copiously.  If the urine is suppressed drink one half to one teacupful, hot, every hour.

We have had several students testify in herbology classes as to the value of parsley, among which is the following: “I talked to a man who went into the hospital for infection.  He was there six weeks and it was costing $45.00 a day for the drugs they gave him.  Then someone told his wife to take him some parsley.  The doctor said, ‘Well, it won’t hurt him, but it won’t help him.’  He was released from the hospital after he had taken it for one day; it had started to drain the infection he had.”

Dr. Christopher tells of a personal acquaintance who came here from England in her twenties.  She was very sickly; at the time had no children, so her husband told her to go to the doctor.  She did, and when she returned home she was very discouraged and very unhappy, because he told her, “You have a kidney infection which is a very progressive type and there is nothing we can do to heal it; you will have possible six months to live.”

So she was at home meditating when she heard a knock at the front door.  There stood a bearded man in a grey suit; he said: “Sister Hanger, may I have a glass of water?”  to which she replied “Certainly,” although she didn’t know him.  She gave him the glass of water, and he said: “Sit down, I want to talk to you a minute, Sister Hanger,” and she wondered then how he knew her name.  He continued: “I would like to help you if you would like me to.  You have just come from the doctor’s and he told you that you have a bad kidney condition.  Well, you are from England.  You have brought your herbs with you, and you have a little herb garden out in the back in which you have a nice stand of parsley.  Now, if you will take a handful of parsley each day and put it into a pint of water, cover and steep it, and drink it in regular doses during the day, it will heal this condition.  The doctor told you that you have only six months to live, but I will tell you what you will see; you will see another depression” - and he went on and told her all the things she would see.  When he had finished the short interview, something momentarily distracted her attention and in that instant he disappeared.  She lived to be eighty-six years old and had raised a number of wonderful children.

One of our students had been called by her brother-in-law that her favorite sister was near death.  He said if she wanted to see her while she was still alive to come quickly to Chicago, Illinois.  Her sister had been suffering for months from dropsy and was now helpless and blacking out from the pain.  She was only expected to live a day or two longer.

Our student flew to Chicago on Saturday and was shocked at the sight of her sister.  She was so swollen that she was hardly recognizable, and did not even realize her visitor was there.  Our friend told her brother-in-law that she had recently heard a lecture about an herbal aid for dropsy and asked if she might use it. He said.  “My wife is supposed to be dead shortly.  Please do anything you can.”

She got in a cab, went to the health stores in downtown Chicago, and bought all the parsley root she could find, along with some glycerine.  She returned and quickly made and administered parsley tea.

Our student applied the fomentations and had her sick sister drink one half cup of tea each hour.  She had to return home because of her job, but left instructions to continue the parsley procedure.

She later received a phone call from her brother-in-law in Chicago who said.  “I have someone who would like to say hello to you.”  It was her sister.  The swelling of months was all gone; she was out of bed for the first time in months - happy to be alive and full of vitality and hope.

Parsley is such a precious herb and so easy to grow in most any little corner of your garden or a flower pot - why ever be without it?


This is a first-person account from a mother about her family as they ate dinner in a small restaurant many miles from their home.

The mother, relates:

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking.

Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there."

He pounded his fat baby hands on the high-chair tray. His eyes were wide with excitement and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin. He wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man with a tattered rag of a coat, dirty, greasy and worn. His pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would be shoes.

His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose, it looked like a road map. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.

His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists.

"Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya, buster," the man said to Erik.

My husband and I exchanged looks, "What do we do?"

Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man.
The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, "Do ya know patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a boo!"

Nobody thought the old man was cute.

He was obviously drunk.

My husband and I were embarrassed.

We ate in silence, all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door.

My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot.
The old man sat poised between me and the door.

"Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik," I prayed.

As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to side-step him and avoid any air he might be breathing.

As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby's pick-me-up position.

Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man's.
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love relationship.

Erik, in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man's ragged shoulder.

The man's eyes closed and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes.

His aged hands full of grime, pain and hard labor-gently, so gently cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back.

No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.

I stood awestruck.

The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms for a moment, and then his eyes opened and set squarely on mine.

He said in a firm commanding voice, "You take care of this baby."

Somehow I managed, "I will," from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain.

I received my baby, and the man said, "God bless you, ma'am, you've given me my Christmas gift."

I said nothing more than a muttered thanks.

With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car.

My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, "My God, my God, forgive me."

I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment, a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes.

I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not.

I felt it was God asking....

"Are you willing to share your son for a moment?", when He shared His for an eternity.

The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, "To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children."

Laughter Is Good Medicine

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