Welcome to issue 49 for January 2020 of To Your Health
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What's In This Issue:

Calendar of Events
What's new at the clinic
Knowledge is Power Articles:
        Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

        Thai Yoga Massage
        Iridology and Reflexology - How beneficial is it for me?
        Nutritive herbs to store for Survival.
        Herb Of The Month: Garlic
Chia Hemp and Strawberry Overnight Oats

Almond Butter and Jam Sundae

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

HOME HERBALIST (HERBALIST LEVEL 1) - Classes scheduled for March 28th, 2020 - May 16th, 2020.
REFLEXOLOGY - BASIC - February 8th, 2020 - February 15th, 2020.
REIKI LEVEL 1 - June 6th, 2020 - June 13th, 2020.
NUTRITIONIST LEVEL 1 - March 7th, 2020 - March 14th, 2020.
Workshops are scheduled depending on public response.

Please give the clinic a call or go to our website for more information and to sign up. Class sizes are limited. Go to



Now you can learn to be a Certified Home (Family) Herbalist in the comfort of your own home.
With  this course you can learn to deal with many of the problems that occur  in most homes and with your family. We will cover such issues as colds,  flu, rashes, insect and snake bites, vaccines, the root causes of most  illnesses and how you can care for them at home in a natural, holistic  way.
You will learn how to treat shock and wound care, heart, lung and a wide  variety of health complaints, using natural, herbal medicines.
This  is just the beginning as we are adding multiple levels for the  Herbalist course with the aim for you to be able to become a  professional herbalist in the future if this is one of your goals.

Please go to for more information and to sign up.

What's New at the Clinic?

1.) Our four book set on The Healing Naturally Book Series is out and on Amazon as well as on sale in paperback at the clinic! We currently have four books published in both paperback and eBook versions on Amazon teaching you how to help heal yourself. We teach you how to treat such disorders as Lyme disease, cancer, autoimmune, diabetes, etc, as well as home first aid care for wounds, bleeding, heart attacks and strokes. as well as so much more. We also include a book detailing some of our most successful case histories we have treated for the past 20+ years at our Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Northern California, Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center. Another book, Holistic First-Aid will teach you how you can deal with emergencies at home and how to make your own holistic medications.

2.) Full hearing test are now available at the clinic. Please call the clinic to schedule.

3.) We now can accept most insurance (except Medical and Medicare/Medicaid) for labs and blood tests! We also take HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts.

4.) We now have a new pain reliever at the clinic that combines a muscle relaxer, an anti-inflammatory and pain killers in one medicine. It is called
Nature's Relief. It comes in both capsule and tincture form for faster relief. Check with the front desk for more information.


Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

by Jo Francks MH

An important part of Dr. Christopher’s Incurables Program is the sunbath.  He recommended that you “take a sunbath each day in the nude and not through glass but in the direct sun.”  There are two types of ultraviolet light from the sun, UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are longer and penetrate deep into the skin to produce a dark tan. When in the sun too long they cause wrinkles and sun spots.  UVB rays are shorter and cause the skin to burn. They are also the only rays that make vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a steroid and is a powerful antioxidant.  It is an important nutrient in preventing cancer including skin cancers. It is important for proper immune function and to prevent autoimmune diseases.  It helps with proper brain function, diabetes prevention and is needed for absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

“Only allow two minutes on the front and two minutes on the back the first day. Then add two minutes front and back each day, but no more.”  You should never stay in the sun long enough to get burned.  The body stops making vitamin D once the skin starts to turn pink. When SPF sunscreen is applied it stops vitamin D production and may make you more susceptible to some skin cancers. 
“The sun is the world’s greatest doctor but must be used by building up the exposed time in the sun gradually so as to not burn.”  The best time for vitamin D production from the sun is 11:00 am until 1:00 pm or when the sun is the brightest.  That is when the UVBs are most direct.  They are not as effective when they come in at an angle and they are easily filtered out by smog, pollution, fog, clouds and windows.

“If it is a cloudy or cold day, use a sunlamp, but do not allow a burn.” The best source for vitamin D is from   natural sunlight, but in the winter, it is not possible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from the sun. Sunlamps or tanning beds are another option and some provide both UVA and UVB rays for vitamin D production.
Most salon tanning beds are calibrated to produce about 95% UVA light, but there are some that will produce both UVA and UVB rays.  The same caution should be used with a tanning bed as with sun exposure and they can safely produce vitamin D in the winter months. Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University has shown that vitamin D produced by UVB radiation from a tanning bed maintains longer lasting and more consistent levels of vitamin D than taking vitamin D supplements.  Dermatologists have found that tanning makes the skin give off endorphin’s  which improve feelings of well-being and make you feel happier.
by Mishelle Knuteson M.H.

I have been very blessed these past few months to be an apprentice to my yoga teacher learning a healing therapy called Thai Yoga Massage. The origins of Thai massage can be traced back 2500 years to India. At this time the Thai Buddhist temple was an operation center for the health care of the common people. The walls of the temples bear epigraphs depicting the sen, the body’s energy line network. There are also various stone-carved statues eloquently holding Thai massage postures outside the temples.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on the floor in loose, comfortable clothing. When a person receives a Thai Yoga Massage they also receive the benefits of practicing yoga. A Thai Yoga Massage session incorporates martial arts moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along energy lines, gentle stretching and breath work. A session not only stretches and tones the muscles, Thai Yoga Massage also improves circulation, relieves muscular tension and spasm, helps expedite metabolism, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically, inducing a calm mental state.  The recipient receives both a physical and an energetic massage.
The practitioner and the recipient perform a series of yoga positions that creates what many call a graceful or flowing “dance”. The practitioner uses his/her hands, feet, arms and legs to gently guide the recipient into various yoga positions. The practitioner works from a meditative state of metta (loving kindness) while moving in a rhythmic flow, transitioning from one posture to the next. There is a strong emphasis on safety and on using the least amount of effort to achieve the maximum results.
The systems of the body stagnate when they are not pumped, stretched or worked out. The body systems that are helped through Thai Yoga Massage are the skeletal, circulatory, muscular and nervous systems.

Skeletal System - The human being is the only animal that walks erect. Keeping this upright position puts a lot of pressure on the spine. The spine is designed to perform six distinct movements which are incorporated into the Thai Yoga Massage session: flexion and extension, left and right lateral flexion, and left and right rotation. Stretching the spine increases the space between the vertebrae and allows the fluids to circulate more effectively.
Circulatory System - The compression touch of palming (pressing on the marmas; pressure points or energy centers) and thumbing (tracing the sen lines; energy lines of the body’s organs) in Thai Yoga Massage acts as an assisting pump to the heart. This stimulates blood flow without causing any strain to the heart. The pressing and pulling of the extremities also stimulates circulatory pathways.
Muscular System - Muscles work on a “relax and contract” system. The muscle in action (an agonist) is balanced by the work of a muscle stretching in the opposite direction (the antagonist). The stretching and messaging in a Thai Yoga Message session activates the circulation of blood which will in turn increase the muscular relaxation and elasticity which effects the mobilization of the muscle. 
Nervous System - The nervous system breaks down into two categories; the autonomic nervous system that regulates involuntary action, and the somatic system which guides sensation and movement. Further breakdown of the autonomic nervous system is the parasympathetic system, nerves that calm the body, and the sympathetic system, nerves that prepare the body for action. Thai Yoga Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps to lower the pulse, slow the breath and relax the body.
A short example of how Thai Yoga Massage has helped clients of my yoga instructor: She was on a trek with several youth. One young girl twisted her knee during the hike. By the end of the day her knee was swollen and it was painful for this young lady to walk. After just 15 minutes of palming and running the sen lines, the young girl felt better and by night fall she was running around with the rest of the group. In the morning her knee had swollen up a little yet the pain was gone. Another 15 minute session allowed her to hike all day with the rest of the group. There are numerous similar stories but not enough room to share them with you! 
My husband has been my willing recipient as I have been practicing the techniques of Thai Yoga Massage. He has two bad knees that affect his mobility from time to time. So far he is loving the results that he is getting through the sessions. We are hoping that with continued therapy he will recover faster from muscle stiffness and joint pain following racquetball games as well as enjoying greater flexibility in his daily life.
Iridology and Reflexology - How Beneficial is it for me?

by Noell Larsen M.H.

“You can learn what’s ailing you by going the medical route, by visiting a chiropractor, or by testing through kinesiology. But the easiest and cheapest methods of diagnosing non-emergency conditions might be iridology and reflexology.” – Dr. Christopher (Every Woman’s Herbal)

Iridology is the ancient practice of assessing current health conditions in the body by examining the colored portion of the eye, known as the iris. It is based on the concept that every organ within the body corresponds (like a map) to some section of the iris. The use of iridology has been around for centuries, going as far back as ancient Greece.

The process of identifying organ weaknesses and strengths through the iris is not therapy or treatment of illness. Iridology is to help the individual with treatment diagnosis, direction and improvement. Most individuals who use iridology see it as being a useful alternative to invasive diagnostic measures used in conventional practice. Iridology does not involve any type of invasive procedure, which is attractive to many people.

Iridology along with assessing organ strengths and weakness is also able to identify mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

Dr. Christopher always checked his patients with iridology before advising them. A lady came to him, aged about 45, asking for a reading to help with her condition. He saw that she had a prolapsed transverse colon, which had dropped to a point where it tipped her uterus and pinched her bladder, and she was having a very serious trouble there.

After the reading, Dr. Christopher asked why she had come to him and what she wanted him to do. She said that she had just spent three days in a clinic, where they had verified everything he had read from her irises, but they wanted her to go to the hospital immediately and have the uterus removed and the bladder stitched up to the spinal cord area, and also have her breast removed. She was frightened of this entire cutting, so she wanted to find help in some other way.

She promised that she would stay on the program that Dr. Christopher advised. She took the Female Reproductive and Hormonal Changease combinations, used the vaginal bolus six nights a week, flushing out each morning with the slant board routine, massaging 15 to 20 minutes a day on the abdominal and pelvic area while the tea was inside. She was also to use the three-oil massage over the abdominal area, and go on the three-day cleanse and Mucusless diet. In addition, she was to drink a gallon of steam-distilled water a day, and plenty of red raspberry leaf tea. She kept her bowels clean with the Lower Bowel formula, and kept the bloodstream cleaned up with Bloodstream formula as well as following the extended herbal cleansing program.

Dr. Christopher did not see her again for six months. When she came to see him this time, she bounced in, not dragging as she had before, a totally different woman, much happier and healthier. She had no operations, and yet her prolapsed transverse colon had gone back into place, and her uterus and bladder had gone back into position. She was feeling like a new woman, and she did indeed have a new system by following through with the entire herbal problem (story from Every Woman’s Herbal).

Reflexology is therapy used with the concept that every organ within the body corresponds (again, like a map) primarily to a reflex point on the sole of the feet or palms of the hands. Through application of pressure on these particular points, organs of the body can be stimulated, circulation to the organ increased, function of the organ return to normalcy, etc.

With over 7200 nerve endings under the surface skin of your feet and 2500 nerve receptors per square centimeter in the human hand, there is no wonder why individuals who experience reflexology say, one of the largest benefits is that of reduced stress. If reflexology were only able to reduce stress that would be a huge health factor on it’s own, but the correlated benefits brought to the body by the proper application of this therapy is much more encompassing.

Reflexology is a great tool to incorporate in healing and wholeness of the entire body.

Sandy Ellis tells this story about reflexology in her book “Dr. Mom’s Healthy Living”:

“I was making some Halloween costumes a couple of years ago, and, as usual, was racing the clock. I was cutting some material using a quilter’s ruler and a rotary cutter. I got in too big of a hurry and allowed the rotary cutter to jump the ruler, slicing my finger to the bone. I felt the blade go through the tissue, but did not experience any pain immediately. (The body always goes into a few moments of blessed shock where you don’t feel it) I jumped up and started pacing the room with my finger pressed against my hip, saying, “This is going to hurt. This is going to hurt.”

“One of my daughters realized what I had done, so she ran for the Cayenne and gave me four capsules to control the bleeding, Once the bleeding slowed down, we packed it with BF&C (Complete Tissue & Bone) ointment, soaked the gauze on the band aid with X-Ceptic and applied it over the BF&C.

“Then the pain set in. For a few minutes I was not sure I was going to be able to handle it. Kelly, my daughter, told me to sit on the couch while she massaged the corresponding toe on my foot. Within a few minutes, the pain was gone. (The place she was massaging on my toe was painful, but not nearly as bad as the finger had been.) It was so amazing to me that the reflexology could remove so much pain from my finger that quickly. I had seen this work on other family members before, but it was the first time I had experienced it firsthand.

“I kept the BF&C and X-Ceptic on the finger and allowed it to heal without stitches. Today there is just a thin white line to indicate where the razor went through my finger.”

Nutritive Herbs to store for Survival

by Dr. John R. Christopher

The following herbs are nutritive as well as medicinal and can be relied upon as concentrated food sources during times when fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds are not very abundant.

Alfalfa (Arabic for “father of foods”)

It contains protein, chlorophyll, vitamins A, B12, K, C, P, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. The tap root of alfalfa can extend as much as 40-70 feet below the surface of the ground, picking up many minerals from deep within the earth. This is something a plant with a shorter root could not do. Alfalfa can be used as a food or a food supplement. It contains essential hormones and enzymes necessary to keep the pituitary and adrenal glands functioning.

There is a story we have told at many lectures and classes about the family that was incarcerated in a concentration camp during the Nazi occupation of Europe. This particular family found the strength to carry them through to the end of the war when they were released. The key was an alfalfa plant growing in the corner of the compound inside the fence. Each member of the family secretly permitted themselves a few leaves of the plant every day…allowing the alfalfa plant to replenish its leaves throughout the long months. The family obtained the necessary nutriments from the plant. These nutriments were not provided by the inferior and scarce prison food. The family maintained their health while others around them dropped dead from malnutrition.

Kelp or Dulse (dried and powdered or granulated)

These plants originate in the ocean. They also contain essential protein, vitamins (including B12) minerals, plus about 35 trace elements needed by the body in order to function well. The organic iodine supplied by kelp will rebuild and maintain the thyroid gland. Kelp also has a salty flavor because of the high potassium content, so it will flavor other foods as an excellent salt substitute without the ill effects of salt. We know of a couple who lived on a beach far from “civilization.” When mushrooms and other wild vegetable food was scarce inland, they survived on fresh kelp washed ashore from the sea. Often they made kelp soup or kelp drink sweetened with honey and using fresh water.

Slippery Elm Powder

This is high in protein and vegetable gelatin. One could thrive very well on slippery elm alone. We have attended several cases where small children were losing weight rapidly and becoming weaker from some wasting disease. Often they could not keep down any regular food. When they were placed on slippery elm gruel, a combination of slippery elm powder, water and honey made into a thin paste, they not only survived, but actually gained weight and regained their health. The taste is very palatable, too. It is filling, satisfying and nourishing.

Licorice Root Powder

The adrenal glands need a lift about every 5 hours to sustain the body’s energy. If a meal or some other nourishment isn’t available, licorice root will feed the adrenals. The armies of Alexander the Great carried licorice root with them on their long marching campaigns for energy, strength and stamina. A far cry from today’s K-Rations, a calcium-leaching sugar chocolate candy bar issued to the poor G.I., by the military.

Licorice root will also retain hunger and thirst. A tablespoon of licorice root powder in a quart of water (shaken thoroughly) and taken a mouthful at a time over a period of a day will sustain the energy of a person who needs to stay alert on a long automobile drive, for example.

Licorice root tea is a splendid pick-me-up. A group of women who worked on the night shift at a well known radio factory were getting caffeine jitters from ingesting quantities of the popular over-the-counter preparation for staying awake. They switched to licorice root tablets and found that their energy could be maintained throughout the night without the consequences of caffeine.

Licorice root is an excellent choice for a storage herb, it was even found in Egyptian tombs! Do not procrastinate in obtaining the substance, however. We import tons of it from the middle east every year for commercial medications and the licorice candy industry. Only the Good Lord can say when a transportation strike will cripple the nation’s economy and we will woefully bemoan our fate that this valuable herb has now become unobtainable. There is a species of licorice that is native to our country and it grows in high mountain areas. You can check local herb guides for pictures and localities. Another possibility is to try to obtain some starts for licorice at a nursery and cultivate it in your garden.

Comfrey Root Powder or Leaves

This herb is nutritive as well as medicinal. Comfrey root powder or comfrey leaves are unexcelled foods. Comfrey contains high quantities of protein as well as calcium. Comfrey root or comfrey leaf can be made into a tea or be included in green drinks (if you are fortunate enough to have electricity available for your blender and green leaves for your drink). Several folks we know have used the root powder as a thickening agent in their soups and stews: far more valuable than flour or cornstarch.

Marshmallow Root Powder

This is an invaluable herb which can be used as an herbal food as well as a soothing bath for healing the worst of open sores, especially gangrene. Marshmallow root powder can be reconstituted and used as a drink (a tea or thicker if desired) that can keep one from starvation. It is full of vegetable protein. It also promotes the flow of mother’s milk.


By Noell Larsen M.S./M.H.           
I have heard it said that the Chinese refer to the alliums – garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives – as the “Jewels among vegetables”… and I must agree. If there is one thing I have prized from my studies in the School of Natural Healing, it is the many ways in which I can use garlic to help the body’s immune system. I began my studies it feels only a short while ago, and since then I truly cannot begin to count the many times I have used garlic to help the body fight off all sorts of infection, for my son, husband, myself, extended family, friends, friend’s children, and more.

One night during my Master Herbalist Seminar, a good friend of mine called me in a panic explaining that her son was suffering from chills and a fever that was just not predictable and was not going away. Being that her son’s health history made him especially sensitive to febrile seizures, she was exhausted from everything she had done to keep the fever down (showers, baths, sponging, etc.) over the last 36 hours and did not know what else she could do. When I arrived at her door she was amazed that it was not 20 minutes later and her son was sound asleep in bed. I had given her a few children’s herbal tinctures (in glycerin) that we gave to him that night and for her to repeat every couple hours during the day, along with some raspberry leaf tea popsicles I had in my freezer and among a few other things, I showed her how to press fresh garlic, mix it in Vaseline and cover the bottoms of her son’s feet with the paste for the night. The next day she called me with deep gratitude for the sleep she and her son had gotten, said that her son had not had a fever all day and seemed to feel much better.

This worked well for my friend’s son who was the age of three at the time, but if you are in a rush or have a young infant, from experience I have found that prepared garlic-oil on the bottoms of the feet instead works really well – make sure to cover the feet with socks of course. Garlic-oil in the ear has shortened and abated many ear infections in our home as well as coughs or congestion by the oil or paste being applied to the chest.

To compliment the age-old use of garlic medicinally, modern medical science supports garlic’s ability to aid the body in fighting off illness. As well, M.D. Anderson’s Cancer Center has confirmed that epidemiological studies have shown that people who eat garlic and onions have lower risk of cancers of the GI tract, such as stomach and colon cancer. Modern medical science also states that garlic may also protect against heart disease and stroke by interfering with the formation of blood clots and by reducing cholesterol.

Using garlic has made a noticeable difference in warding off or the duration of sickness in my home and I know has contributed in many ways to improving the overall health of my family. There are so many ways in which to use garlic and I have only been able to mention a few.  Know there is much more to this stinky bulb than meets the eye, just ask the Chinese, MD Anderson Cancer Center or/and especially… any Master Herbalist graduate of Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing, we would be happy to tell you more.
Laughter Is Good Medicine

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