New Book: “The Super Foods Diet” by Dr. Vic Shayne, PhD

Dr. Vic Shayne, whose Whole Nutrition course has been offered for more than ten years, has just released another book, now available on The Super Foods Diet is all about eating specific foods in which scientists have discovered amazing biochemicals capable of healing sickness, proventing disease, supporting cellular function and maintaining optimum health. This book shows you how and why super foods are so essential for good health.

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  2. Promotion of Good Health
  3. Fighting Even the Most Serious Diseases


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A Paradigm In Revolution In Naturopathic Medicine

Allopathic medicine has created protocols, which do not necessarily involve ubiquitous patient healing. Western medicine is certainly not concerned in most instances with patient homeostatic optimization. Recently, the American Medical Association has classified obesity as a disease. There is now an overall disinclination amongst many medical practitioners for patients to obtain a BMI under 25. Bariatric surgery is becoming a very successful surgical procedure, utilized by medical practitioners to favorably modulate a patient’s obesity.

Western medical doctors are quiescently observing their patient population becoming more anxious, stressed, lethargic, emotionally distressed, obese, as well plagued by a myriad of pejorative disorders such as pain syndromes, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, adult ADD, and a bevy of gastrointestinal malaises. The human animal is socially evolving into a compromised pathogenic organism. Medical doctors are now seeing how our contemporary cultural dynamics through a plethora of epigenetic factors are inducing this organism’s homeostatic genotype to become allostatically pathological. Recently, at a highly respected medical conference leading clinical practitioners’ response to this invidious cultural phenomenon was to have patients take more medications to cope with the human organism’s allostatic implosion.

Western medical practitioners are helpless in terms of doing anything to medicinally reverse this virulent cultural scenario. These clinicians are further restricted in their attempts to ameliorate their patients’ health by insurance companies, as well as government reimbursement. It is now impossible to auspiciously treat patients. Medical doctors are further restricted by the mandates of their HMOs or PPOs. Human health in the 21st century is becoming a macabre dream and this abysmal situation is worsening every year.

Medical students in the United States receive limited training in psychological actualizing protocols, stringent exercise strategies, as well as integrated and holistic therapeutic regimes. In general, the western clinician memorizes their way through medical school. Prolific, abstruse conceptions are no longer taught to medical practitioners. The robust human phenotype has been replaced by a pathophysiological representation. The human organism like other higher primates for thousands of years survived without western medical intervention. Western medicine has many exquisite strategies to combat pathologies, which do not have their etiological basis in a modern pathogenic lifestyle. Thus, there is a need for clinicians to synergistically interface their western medical protocols with other arcane therapeutic strategies.

Western medical clinicians both surgically and through their pharmacological prophylaxis are excellent at mitigating many physiological morbidities. However the intent of the healing arts are to ameliorate the human gestalt, and enhance this organism’s environmental milieu. Currently medical doctors are not concerned with actualizing the instinctual proclivities of the human organism. Conversely, the contemporary naturopath in some more edifying universities are being trained to treat non-homeostatic patients without pharmacological regimes, but rather are focused on restoring the body’s magnificent homeostasis. Furthermore, naturopathic doctors (NDs) are likewise directed on engendering cryptic bodily genesis where an individual’s primeval predilections are able to be propitiously developed.

The field of naturopathic medicine is concerned with auspicious remodeling of the human organism; and in contrast to medical doctors who are now narrowing their perspective in terms of their overall vision of health. Naturopathic universities must change their curriculum in order to become concordant with how their medical discipline will be complementary to their MD counterparts.  Currently, most naturopathic universities in the US have not become privy nor have made this necessary transition that must be mandated in order for their graduates to embrace and be trained in this new paradigm revolution. This innovative medical paradigm involves a practitioner thoroughly healing many dimensions of a patient’s all-inclusive pathogenesis. Naturopaths can also become facilitators of a patient’s inner and outer ontological genesis.

The paradigm revolution in naturopathic medicine involves much more than homeopathic remedies, herbal as well as plant extract therapies to heal a wide range of pathologies. It is essential that all naturopaths in their first and second years of training become rigorously competent in organ physiology, molecular biology, western pharmacology, pathophysiology, behavior science, endocrinology, neuroscience and neurology, anatomy, and hematology, all which parallels the standard curriculum in western medicine. The third and fourth years should emphasize a comprehensive integrated and holistic approach to clinical medicine. This involves an ardent education in bio-identical hormonal therapies, Freud and Jungian psychiatric strategies, comprehensive dietary and stringent cross training exercise regimes, indigenous shamanistic healing practices, an understanding of the body’s chakra and inner energy system, regenerative medical therapies, as well as an experiential understanding of body and mind integrative protocols, and non pharmacological plant extract therapies.

This extensive training regime must also be associated with a year of actually working with licensed medical doctors. Moreover, this kind of expansive experiential training will provide naturopathic clinicians with the acumen to not only be complementary with medical doctors, but more importantly to be judicious facilitators to their patients where they can abnegate the pathological morbidities which plagues our contemporary society.

Western medical doctors in most instances are only managing fragrant symptomologies, not the furtive overall pathogenesis of a patient. The concept of normal now represents a phenotype, which is highly pathophysiological. Medical doctors are not treating, nor attempting to remodel a patient’s ostensible chronic physiological morbidities, that are being engendered by the dynamics by our cultural milieu. Conversely, naturopaths who are working with MDs have the responsibility to ameliorate a patients pathogenesis prior to it manifesting into some kind of autoimmune disease, cardiovascular morbidity, and neoplastic malaise, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or debilitating psychiatric disorders.

Freud and Jung both argued that the synergistic interfacement between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal network is essential for physiological salubriousness. Currently, most contemporary humans do not develop propitious executive cortical workings which denotes an integrated personality as they do not achieve an optimal homeostatic maturation. This pathogenic phenomenon virulently impacts the peripheral neurology of the gastrointestinal system. Human or primate emotionality involves the orbital frontal cortex, the mesolimbic system, and most importantly billions of neurons associated with the enteric nervous system, or the gastrointestinal network.

The complexity of this relationship makes it impossible for multiple pharmacological agents to rigorously modulate the skewed machinations of this physiological coalescence. The epigenetic modifications associated with lifestyle changes are the only way to improve this homeostatic interfacement between the gastrointestinal network and the central nervous system.  Naturopathic clinicians must develop unique treatment strategies to judiciously improve the executive functionality of the central nervous system; and this will translate into a homeostatic regulation of the body’s overall physiology. Naturopathic physicians must work with their patients to facilitate a thorough remodeling of those non-homeostatic cortical circuits associated with the orbital frontal cortex; and this will induce and improve the salubriousness of the gastrointestinal system. This enhanced physiological scenario will likewise impact and rejuvenate the machinations of other bodily organ systems.

Many theorists have argued that humans, unlike other higher organisms, have atrophied or suppressed homeostatic utility of this specie’s highly evolved instinctual predilections. It is evident that the Homosapien genotype did not evolve to live in our overpopulated fabricated environmental milieu. Many medical clinicians have argued that we have taken our contrived environmental landscape to where it is now asymptotic as our technology is pervasively retrograde to this specie’s overall health status. Naturopathic practitioners can efficaciously enhance the medical care provided by traditional medical doctors in terms of managing a patient’s underlying pathogenesis.

Those naturopaths who have adapted the paradigm shift which has been delineated in this article with respect to their advanced training will be able to treat many dimensions of a patient’s lifestyle mediated allostasis. It is necessary that a naturopath enables the patient to develop a highly integrated personality and to coalesce with a concordant environmental milieu which is edifying to this individual’s newly emerging personality. Currently this kind of treatment prophylaxis is not being adapted by any other medical specialty. It is necessary as the integrated personality emerges that patients work with a sagacious naturopath to appropriately modify his or her succinct environmental landscape to be auspicious with the newly emerged integrated personality which is reflective of this person’s genotype.

Societal pressures as well as the contrived epigenetics of our maladaptive social environment must be mollified if a patient is going to achieve emotional and psychological salubriousness. This neurophysiological scenario could negatively impact CRH expression in the amygdala and hypothalamus as well as the over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system and other organ networks. The various cell lines of organ systems could likewise escalate the overexpression of IL-1a, IL-6, TNF alpha and other pro-inflammatory cytokines if there is not a healthy balance between the integrated personality and the environmental landscape. This will induce a reduction in tissue degeneration as well as the virulence associated with the overexpression of noradrenaline and adrenaline. The gut flora will be more homeostatic where certain colonies of bacteria which are toxic or over activate the immune system will be replaced by those that are more efficacious to the homeostasis of the gastrointestinal system.

Naturopathic practitioners who are able to achieve a mitigation in the dysregulation of principal executive super circuits can more readily improve the physiological dynamics of the gastrointestinal system without having to utilize pharmacological agents, herbs, as well as plant extracts. The amorphous term of psychology refers to constructs which may pertain to the actual machinations of particular super executive circuits of the orbital frontal cortex. Neo-Freudians have alluded to emotional functionality becoming aberrant as a result when the body’s primeval sentience is macabrely suppressed which prohibits the auspicious development of the persona.

Exercise is very important to the body’s cellular molecular processes. Many cellular transcriptional activities are only activated as a function of robust physical exertion. The indolence and lethargy of contemporary humans is now associated with obesity and the overall pathophysiology in the modern phenotype. Obesity as mentioned earlier, has been deemed by the American Medical Association to be a direful disease. It has been stated elsewhere in this article that the majority of medical practitioners believe that their patients are no longer capable of losing weight. These medical clinicians are suggesting that their patients undergo some type of invasive procedure such as stapling of the stomach or the placement of sleeves on this organ system. Conversely, these surgical techniques are not acceptable to naturopaths who recommend that bodily lethargy and obesity should not be considered purely as a metabolic condition, but rather represent the pathogenesis of the super executive circuits of the orbital frontal cortex which then translates into a plethora of other medical comorbidities.

Optimal bodily homeostasis requires a synergistic salubriousness between the gastrointestinal organ network and the mesolimbic system, frontal and prefrontal cortexes. The paradigm revolution in naturopathic medicine involves a medicinal synergy in this principal physiologic relationship.  Moreover, the modulation of the environmental milieu cannot occur unless there is a propitious homeostasis between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal network. Adroit naturopathic practitioners who can achieve this quintessential symmetry will then be able to educate patients to auspiciously modulate his or her environmental landscape to where it is concordant with the succinct homeostatic executive workings of the central nervous system. Patients in most instances will then be amenable to exercise and weight loss without employing a bevy of medications which are not effective but rather are fraught with pejorative side effects.

Naturopathic clinicians who adhere to this paradigm revolution must be knowledgeable how to propitiously and aesthetically sculpture the human torso as well as enhance its functional dynamics. An advanced understanding of weight resistant training, classical dance, martial arts, sprinting, yoga stretching, as well as dietary regimes are required to educate patients how to modulate their bodily physicality. The comprehension of the science of metabolism, dietary regimes, and biochemistry, is also required for naturopaths to enhance the patients’ overall bodily physicality. The human body cannot be optimally physiological unless an individual is willing to ardently condition the torso at least 90 minutes per day. The modern conundrum concerning exercise is that 90% of Americans only walk less than 5,000 steps per day.

Many allostatic Americans are likewise hormonally dysregulated. Naturopaths who adhere to this paradigm revolution must also be competent with endocrinology as well as the use of bioidentical hormones, and meditation techniques to down-regulate the chronic overexpression of cortisol and inflammatory cytokines. This kind of ubiquitous therapeutic modulation by a naturopath who is trained in this paradigm revolution will take sometimes years to achieve in terms of optimizing a patient’s bodily physiology. Naturopathic clinicians must likewise ameliorate the pathogenesis of a patient’s numinous body. This ineffable reeducation requires that a naturopath be sagaciously skillful in the esoteric medicinal arts. 

Shamanistic practicioners and oriental medicinal clinicians concur that many physical maladies are engendered by energy pathologies of the etheric body which can also induce the moribund remodeling of the executive circuits of the cortex.  Acupuncture and the arduous practice of formidable body and mind strategies can improve the desecration of the numinous body where it will not virulently impact the physiological machinations of the torso. Thus, naturopaths who are advanced practitioners of this paradigm revolution must also be accomplished medicinal healers in the energy arts as well as shamanistic protocols to therapeutically treat contemporary patients. Modern humans are extremely pathogenic in terms of the arcane functionality of the numinous aspect of the body. This facet of the body has to be medicinally treated in order to enable an individual to achieve some level of ontological genesis. Those naturopaths who adhere to this paradigm revolution will certainly enhance the success of an allopathic medical clinician who realizes that this type of intervention is necessary for their patients to achieve optimal bodily salubriousness.

By: Dr. Ron Shane, Dr. Mark Smith, Andrei Gherghina, DO (pending), Elliot Anavim

Animal Sciences Course Offering

Since 1996 the University of Natural Medicine (UNM) has been offering Doctorate programs in natural health. Recently the University expanded their curriculum to natural animal studies. The University of Natural Medicine provides a rigorous curriculum to help students achieve their career goals and contribute to the expanding world of integrative, complimentary and natural medicine. Globally, UNM has established itself, by:
• Being one of the foremost educational institutions for Natural Medicine in the world through distance learning, practical training and clinical externship.
• Offering training programs that integrate healing practices and knowledge from all disciplines and cultures.
• Providing availability and affordability of education in Natural Medicine for people from all cultures and socio-economics.
UNM now offers Natural Health for Animals Diploma program along with elective classes for Doctoral students.
The Natural Health for Animals program addresses both pet owners and practitioners, enlightening them to the wonders which can be attained through alternative medicine and natural pet healthcare. Until now most pet owners sought medical advice and treatment for their pets from their local veterinarian, but we’re noticing an increasing number of pet owners who nowadays are embracing similar regimens for their pets that they follow for themselves. Good nutrition plays a vital role in a pet’s health and wellbeing. Did you know that a dog’s body functions very similarly to the human body? For example, we need fresh vegetables for a healthy diet, and so do our furry friends. Dogs even require a higher percentage of raw vegetables than cats. But although the food label on a brand of pet food lists a number of vegetables, your pet may still not be receiving all the nutrients it needs. Since most ailments begin with poor nutrition, fixing this one issue can lead to a healthier and happier pet.
Once an animal is experiencing symptoms, or is chronically ill, the curriculum provides a step-by-step guide for alternative cures. Analyzing the symptomology and cause of a condition, then providing practical healing options—through nutrition, herbology, chiropractic care, and/or aromatherapy.

The course work focuses on natural animal healing. Find out:
• How to naturally relieve an animal’s pain and discomfort
• How to avoid toxins and allergens that could harm animals
• How to enable a pet to be energetic and happy.
• When to use pharmaceuticals and alternatives to pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Sheila Rockley designed this program due to her passion for teaching others about animal health. She has an in-depth background in naturopathic care for both animals and people, emphasizing nutrition and the application of appropriate alternative therapies. She has taken the best that Eastern and Western medicine have to offer and has combined them into an integrative naturopathic practice that has had remarkable results. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Rockley has had an interest in alternative medicine since early childhood and has seen firsthand how effective an integrative health delivery system can be.
Dr. Rockley designed the curriculums and stated, “This coursework is designed for people who love animals and want to learn how to take better care of them by offering them a natural diet and lifestyle. The program is geared towards those wanting to make a career of animal care or those simply wanting a better way to take care of their pets. Did you know an animal’s immunity to fleas, ringworms, mites and a host of diseases can be boosted by making sure the animal is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Both humans and animals are mammals, so their bodies respond very similarly to their environment. Stress, fatigue, lack of vital nutrients, and chronic conditions can all make a furry companion susceptible to serious diseases. This curriculum focuses on the everyday needs of animals such as diet and health to chronic conditions such as cancer, obesity, arthritis and kidney disease.”

For additional information on this or any of UNM’s programs visit

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The Healing Power of Rainbow Colors

Hello Everyone,

June begins the summer months.  Many of you will be traveling and vacationing.  Sometimes you will be refreshed by a nice summer rain. After the rain, there will always be a rainbow. Look for the “rainbow” in life and good things will always follow. “My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky.”  This famous statement so beautifully spoken by the great poet, William Wordsworth, reflects the feeling that many of us have when we see a rainbow appear after a storm.  The beautiful colors fill our souls with delight and joy!  The colors appear from the sun’s brilliant rays being refracted through the clouds in the same way a prism or crystal separates the colors of light for all to see.  What some may not realize is that light is living energy, without which, we could not live.  People who don’t get enough fresh air

And sunshine often become sick and depressed. Sunlight not only provides strengthening energy, it provides vitamins including vitamin D, which is vital to the health of the bones.  Colors are visible forms of sunlight carrying vital energy for health.  Each color has a measurable vibratory rate, proven to be very healing to the body.  Color therapy is called chromo therapy, and is being used more and more throughout the world to bring healing to various bodily organs.  Because sunlight and the full spectrum of rainbow colors brought to us by our sun are so healing, be sure to get sunshine each day.  If it is raining or you feel sad, try wearing some bright colors to lift your spirits.  Each day we should wear the color that feels best to us.  It is very likely we need more of that color that day! Too many people today are living and working indoors in the city. They are rushing and hurrying and don’t take the time to go into nature, or eat properly.  There is very little or no life or vibratory energy from the sun in fast foods and heavily processed foods. Eventually people who eat these lifeless foods pay a high price because their bodies collapse and become sick from a lack of the sun’s vibrant rays of color and nutrients.  They are missing these nutrients by never going outside or eating the fresh natural foods that were grown in sunlight.  We need to be in fresh air and sunshine daily and eat the foods that carry the life promoting rays and colors of the sun.  Eat plenty of rainbow salads!  A rainbow salad should consist of dark green leafy vegetables, bright red tomatoes, vivid orange carrots, grated deep red beets, emerald green celery, cooling green cucumbers, shredded green zucchini, and rich green pumpkin seeds, with olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar or fresh pressed lemon juice as a salad dressing. If you will eat rainbow salads daily, you will begin to feel your energy and life force returning.  Once Dr. Jensen asked my husband (who was his son) and me to gather fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds of all of the rainbow colors and take them into a studio to be photographed.  He asked us to arrange the colorful foods on the shelves beginning with the dark purples at the bottom, filling each shelf with a specific color of foods.  We then took colorful ribbons, the color of the foods, and stretched them from each shelf to a life size picture of a person standing beside the shelves.  The colored ribbons were to be attached to the organs, muscles, bones, and glands that benefit from each specific color. So red went to the blood, orange and yellow to the digestive tract, muscles, and nerves, green to the blood and bones, blue to the eyes, brain, and nerves, purple to the thyroid, liver, and blood.  Dr. Jensen used the picture as do I to teach our classes the importance of color to every part of our bodies!

Whole Life Food Blend

As a counselor and teacher of good health, I find to my dismay, that there are a lot of people who do not like or eat salads!  I also find people who cannot get organic fruits and vegetables in their area. Other people eat organic salads, but live in front of the computer all the time or are stressed to the max in their work and need an extra boost of nutrients and energy to keep them healthy and energized.  Some people travel often and cannot always get the organic salads they might eat at home. All of us are exposed daily to some sort of radiation or negative energies from power lines, airplanes, and computers. For all of these people and myself (because I am in planes and in front of my computer a lot), I recommend the Whole Life Food Blend.  This formula was specifically developed by Dr. Bernard Jensen with the colors of the rainbow and the nutrients we need on a daily basis.  These ingredients

were carefully selected based on years of research to strengthen and enhance each of our body systems including the immune, lymphatic, nervous, skin or integumentary, blood and heart or circulatory, endocrine or glandular, digestive, muscular, and skeletal systems. It is full of all the vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis to keep us healthy and strong.  These vitamins and minerals are not chemically created in a laboratory; they are real natural nutrients from whole foods.  It is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight free radicals, toxic chemicals, radiation, heavy metals, air pollution, water pollution, and aging.

The Whole Life Food Blend contains orange carrots rich in beta carotene or vitamin A for the eyes, skin, and immune system; green alfalfa high in chlorophyll, all of the minerals and trace minerals, and fiber (acts like little brooms in the digestive tract to sweep it clean); green chlorella, high in RNA, DNA, minerals, and chlorophyll that help purify the blood and cleanse the liver; the purple sea vegetable called dulse that is rich in minerals and iodine crucial for the health of the thyroid gland and adrenal glands;  ground flax seed that are high in fiber and mucilaginous substances that help to lubricate and cleanse the colon and flax seed oil that helps to lubricate and nourish the joints and skin; mineral whey taken from goat’s milk is high in protein and the necessary minerals needed to lubricate the joints and hold calcium in the bone; colostrum that is one of the best immune boosters available; oat straw that is high in the mineral silicon that strengthens the skin, hair, fingernails, and nervous system, lactobacillus acidophilus that provides friendly bacteria for the colon to fight yeast and fungus and boost immunity.

Thus in this wonderful Whole Life Food Blend, we can be assured of getting the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phyto-nutrients necessary for a long, healthy life.  I would recommend taking it mid-morning or mid-afternoon, but not at night because it does provide that extra energy boost needed for daytime.  We recommend one tablespoon a day stirred up in organic apple juice or vegetable juice. You will feel this wonderful blend in the body as it will gently purify and cleanse your organs and rebuild all of your body systems.  Children five to ten years may take one teaspoon daily, eleven to fifteen years may take two teaspoons daily, and after fifteen, may go up to one tablespoon daily.

The Whole Life Food Blend is great for kids because many just do not eat their vegetables!  I would like to honor Dr. Bernard Jensen for the tremendous work he did to help heal the lives of other people using these very ingredients of the Whole Life Food Blend at his Hidden Valley Health Ranch in Escondido, CA.  He found that these specific foods in the Whole Life Food Blend are truly super foods that help to rebuild, repair, strengthen and heal our bodies.

Yours in great health! 

Dr. Ellen Tart-Jensen

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These suggestions and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

B-12 Vitamin Deficiency

B-Complex Deficiency

A Partial List of Conditions Related to B-Complex Deficiencies:

Mental problems
Heart palpitations
Heart beat irregularities
Chronic Fatigue
Abdominal pain
Burning extremities
Chest pain
Circulation, poor
Hair loss
Memory loss
Muscle cramps
Muscle pain
Myocardial infarction
Numbness and tingling in hands, fingers and toes
Paranoia, vague fears, impending doom
Poor concentration
Skin rashes
Sleep disturbance
Crying spells, inability to cope

Do you suffer B-Complex Vitamin deficiency? The answer is likely YES! That’s because vitamin B-Complex may be THE ONE vitamin complex most commonly affected by modern lifestyle and refined food consumption. Stress – tension – anxieties, chemicals in our environment and refined “junk foods” leech our body of healthful nutrients – All leading to B-Complex Deficiency Disorders.

Take a look at the list of conditions to the left. This is only a partial list related to B-Complex deficiency! As you can clearly see, B-Complex Deficiency has widespread negative effects on human health and well-being. Let’s take a look at a few of the main categories of conditions related to B Complex Deficiency and consider how the lack of B-Complex may be impacting your daily life.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to be involved in serious psychological disorders such as depression, fears, confusion, anxiety, paranoia and anger.

WHY? The refining of grains removes the B Complex that is necessary for many metabolic processes. Metabolism of the sugars and starches in refined foods consumes thiamine and our bodies rapidly become deficient, leading to memory loss. Niacin deficiency leads to mood disorders. B-12 and folic acid deficiencies are associated with a decline in thinking ability. The American diet of highly refined foods can lead to deficiency-induced memory loss, depression, anxiety, delusions, frustrations and a feeling of being out of control.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to create symptoms of numbness, tingling, heart beat irregularities, restless legs, insomnia, sleep disturbances and awaking unrefreshed.
WHY? Folic acid and B-12 deficiencies have long been known to contribute to disturbances of sensation and coordination of the legs and feet. Thiamine deficiency contributes to irregular heartbeat, peripheral neuropathy and heart failure. B-6 deficiencies cause burning sensations of the feet and contribute to nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

FACT: B-Complex Deficiency is known to be linked with heart diseases, vascular diseases and strokes.

WHY? For many years doctors have recommended a low fat diet to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. If lower cholesterol could improve heart disease, then why does the rate of heart disease remain high? Recent research has given us a much better way to predict and prevent heart disease – that is called Homocysteine. Homocysteine levels are a much better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol, and their levels are improved with adequate B-Complex, especially the pyridoxine (B-6), cobalamin (B-12) and folic acid within it. One example of why cholesterol is not the major factor in heart disease is seen in vegans who have low blood fats but have vascular disease due to B-12 deficiency. Any one of the missing parts of the B-complex can contribute to disease processes taking hold in your body. What is the B-Complex? B-Complex is more than just a list of vitamins on a bottle. Whole food sources of B-Complex contain the known and the unknown Health Building factors. B-Complex is a true synergy of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, coenzymes and trace minerals. True B-Complex can only be found in whole foods. What is NOT B-Complex?

Synthetic sources of B as found in “High potency vitamin B” products are NOT B-Complex. In fact, these synthetic “vitamins” are known to cause, in some cases, the EXACT symptoms and conditions as a deficiency of the B-Complex! B-Complex Deficiency Disorder. What causes it? Refined foods leech wholesome nutrients from your body: This is the beginning of B-Complex Deficiency Disorders. Refined foods remove the full complement of B-Complex synergists. Refined foods do have vitamins added but they are synthetic vitamins and not the naturally-found complete complex, thus they actually cause a drain on the B-Complex needs of the body.

• Sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption depletes the body of B-Complex health factors. (See TNE-11)
• Stomach lining must be healthy to absorb some parts of the B-Complex. For example, B-12 requires a particular “intrinsic factor” to be present in the stomach for absorption. Digestive enzymes must be present in appropriate proportions to absorb B-Complex. (See TNE-3) If your body does not break down food to its essential elements, your body cannot assimilate it.
• Liver function challenged by a toxic environment contributes to B-Complex Deficiency Disorders. (See TNE-6) Household cleaning chemicals, air and water pollution, personal hygiene supplies (perfumes, deodorants, etc.) and medications can produce a toxic load on the body known to challenge B-Complex needs of the body. What Can I do to help B-Complex Deficiency? What we eat and what we don’t eat is the reason why so many people suffer from B-Complex Deficiency Disorders.
• Reduce or eliminate refined, sugar-laden “junk foods.”
• Eat meals high in unrefined grains (brown rice, oats, bran, and rice bran), liver, nutritional yeast, green veggies, carrots, beets, meat, fish, poultry, nuts, and eggs.

Reduce Stresses:

• Get regular exercise, relax your mind, meditate, thereby reducing your stress.
• Reduce toxic stresses on your body. Check your household cleaning products to see if they might be replaced with more environmentally safe products.
• Eliminate all synthetic forms of B “vitamins.” One cannot obtain all the essential health factors in synthetic “vitamin” products, they are only available in whole foods and whole food concentrates! And Standard Process concentrates that whole food goodness for your benefit!


Elke Kniss, PA, CCN
The Spring, Center for Natural Medicine

The Balanced Pet

Your pet is what he eats! And all along you thought that this advice was just for people. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest dog that ever lived was 21 years old. In “dog years,” that comes to over 100 in people years. Pretty impressive. The owner of that dog must have been doing something right.

Whether you are a “dog-person,” a “cat-person” or prefer the companionship of another kind of animal, you want your pet to have a long, happy, healthy life. So… in order to be healthy, your pet needs to have a steady diet of happy, social encounters. To ensure that it is getting the best of both worlds, provide a mixture of human-to-pet and pet-to-pet interactions. In one-dog families, for example, your dog will get plenty of human to animal interaction, but also needs contact with its own species. During your daily walks, try to meet up occasionally with a friend or neighbor who has a dog and let the two pets run and play together. Animals get lonely just as humans do for social relationships with their own kind. Give your dog or other pet that opportunity.
Your pet’s resistance to fleas, ringworms, mites and a host of diseases can be boosted if you make sure that your pet is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Both humans and animals are mammals, so their bodies respond very similarly to their environment. Stress, fatigue, lack of vital nutrients, and chronic conditions can all make your furry companion susceptible to serious diseases.

Did you know that a dog’s body functions a lot like a human body? We need fresh vegetables to be healthy, and so does our furry friend. Dogs actually require a higher percentage of raw vegetables than cats. Yet, even though the food label on the brand of pet food you buy lists a number of vegetables, those vegetables probably aren’t giving your pet all the nutrition it needs.

This is because some vitamins can be destroyed when vegetables are cooked. Vitamins are organic substances that naturally occur in plants (fruits and vegetables), eggs, fish, poultry and meats. Vitamins A, D, E, K, and the B complex are all essential for dog health and must be delivered through their diet. Dog’s bodies actually do produce their own Vitamin C, but if your pet does not ingest enough A and E, it will still be at risk of getting sick. Vitamins A and E team up with C to form an antioxidant barrier that guards your pet against illness.

What can you do to ensure that your dog is getting enough nutrition? First read the labels on the dog food you buy. Compare the nutrients in the various brands. Resist the temptation to buy the cheaper brand if you have a large dog. Yes, your dog goes through the bag of food fast, but you could be damaging your dog’s health by choosing lower-quality products. If you have been feeding your dog store-bought food that is less than high quality, start replenishing your pet’s body with powdered multivitamins. Easy to mix into food, powdered vitamins are more effectively absorbed than capsules and will jumpstart your dog to better health.

The ideal option is to give your dog a variety of fresh foods every day—meat, vegetables, grains like barley, buckwheat and rice and even legumes like pintos, kidney and red beans and lentils. These foods are safe and healthy for your dog. One word of warning: DO NOT feed raw broccoli to dogs (or cats). You can purchase dog food, make it at home, or add home-made food to the store-bought food. If your pet is over or underweight, this type of diet will usually get your dog to its correct weight. Your dog will thrive on a natural diet of high quality foods and treats.

Dr. Sheila Rockley
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Early Warning: Prevention is the Best Medicine

Early Warning: Prevention is the Best Medicine

Much of our time as health practitioners, natural or otherwise, tends to be spent reacting to symptoms that point to well-ingrained health problems. That is understandable, and perhaps even necessary in many ways, but in fact the symptoms themselves are often evidence that the body is slipping into compensation mode, putting together ways to adapt to significant problems. Because of this, battling symptoms can be more complicated than it initially looks, and conditions can easily go from bad to worse.


When we think about it, by far our greatest leverage in the healing process occurs when we can discern the pre-symptomatic indications of stress, toxicity or other evolving conditions. Certainly we must always start with what is presented to us, but dealing with problems at an early stage has many advantages. First of all, the body hasn’t had a chance to become acclimatized to the problem, so adjustments can be easier. Obviously the adjustments themselves will be less severe. And finally, the interventions involved can be more in the nature of re-balancing than a more drastic or invasive change in the body’s function.

Let’s step back a bit from the common round of working to overcome symptoms. Even if our best intentions are to get around to the causative elements eventually, we can see that our skills are far better utilized when we can assess preventively. And when I say “preventively” I don’t mean just in terms of keeping nutritional and metabolic balances intact, but in terms of correcting for more specific imbalances or blockages before they turn into well-established symptomatology.

Tools for Early Warning:

What tools are available to us in this regard? There are many and varied ways to access the body’s communication modalities and the body surely does communicate! There is no lack of communication, but there is a need to understand the language or languages, the body speaks, because our bodies do speak profusely in a variety of languages. What are some of these? Symptoms themselves, of course, should communicate to us in various ways, but I’m thinking at present of pre-symptomatic indications.


Chemistry is one way the body speaks volumes. Blood tests can be read, for instance, in many ways beyond the usual interpretations, giving plenty of insight into developing patterns. The same is true of examination of other body components such as urine and saliva, hair or stool samples. They’re saying a lot if we know how to read!


Electrical activity in the body speaks constantly and loudly, about just about everything! Recent research into Heart Rate Variability, for example, has shown us that there is a lot more to read from those electrical pulsations associated with heart rhythm than anyone had previously imagined. We can see the operational condition of the autonomic nervous system in great detail, with many predictive elements to note. Blockages and switched responses can be discerned too, all of which can have both short and long-term significance to the trained eye.

Lessons from Ancient Technology:

The body communicates electrically in many ways. Acupuncturists know, for instance, that the acupuncture meridians are electrical superhighways where, occasionally, traffic jams and other problems can occur. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners also listen and feel for the subtleties of pulse variation on many levels.

Recent Technology:

In the past half century we have seen the development of many physics-based technologies that seek to engage the body in electrical communication. Bio Meridian Assessment: this is electro-acupuncture according to Voll (EAV), measuring galvanic skin resistance on acupuncture points, often to assess pre-symptomatic indications of stress in the meridian systems and all they are connected to. Resonance-based biofeedback systems have been developed that don’t even require the rather specific probing of points used in EAV work to produce their energetic assessments. Other Russian-developed systems measure variations in the electrical output of the brain stem to produce mapping of the body in terms of potential problem areas. Plenty of other technologies exist, including bio-magnetic treatment systems and bio photon measurement machines.

Nutrition Response Testing:

This is a remarkable form of muscle testing to accurately assess the body.

Who Speaks, and Who Listens?

When we consider all these technological possibilities it can be a bit overwhelming. But to simplify things, we are concerned to learn the language of the body so that we can communicate, not just when a person is being sidelined with symptoms but well before those symptoms appear. In the end, learning the language is important, but the one who speaks the language is the real key! As advanced practitioners we need to speak and understand at least one or more of the many languages the body speaks.

Our health care system has become, perhaps more and more of late, a reactive process, assessing symptoms without necessarily seeing the matrix of their historical cause, or even thinking it matters much. Any of us in any specialty can become caught up in that limited approach. But at the core of a true practitioner is the matter of insightful listening, finding appropriate ways to tune in to the individual body’s many languages, understanding its wisdom, its priorities and needs and providing accordingly.

A New Era:

Never in the history of healing have there been so many opportunities to expand understanding, to broaden perspective and technique and to humanize the process of healing at a whole new level. We can be extraordinarily unique health professionals, positioning ourselves ahead of the symptomatic roundabout and multiplying effectiveness while minimizing collateral damage. This, to me, is the challenge and the opportunity of our new era in health care.



Elke Kniss, PA, CCN
The Spring, Center for Natural Medicine 

1700 South Lamar Blvd. Suite 301

Austin, Texas 78704

(512) 445 – 7373

Heart Disease

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake!

By Dwight Lundell, MD

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is.  I freely admit to being wrong.  As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.  The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.  Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes.  Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.  It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus.  The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders.  However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels.  This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.  
Let me repeat that. The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding.  You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing
the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking
sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential –they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes
and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol LIE.]





2012 Graduation Ceremony

This post is a bit late, but we would like to congratulate all of our 2011-2012 graduates again and we would like to thank the graduates who participated in the 2012 Commencement Ceremony held January 29th at the Irvine Hilton.

Participating Graduates

Letitia Levine, Master of Natural Health Sciences

Jennifer Miyakubo, Master of Natural Health Sciences

Debra Graham, Doctor of Natural Medicine

Jessie Conley, Doctor of Natural Medicine

Laurel Adler, Doctor of Natural Medicine

Stephanie Prendergast, Doctor of Natural Medicine

Andreas Reinmuth, Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Sciences

Dissertation Title: “The Power of Intuition and Intention”

Anita DelPrete, Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Sciences

Dissertation Title: “High Fructose Corn Syrup and Obesity in the United States”

Cobi Slater, Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Sciences

Dissertation Title: “A Symphony Uncovered: The Endocrine Dance”

Kamalini Tissera, Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Sciences

Dissertation Title: “An Entrée of Chemicals”

Spice Williams-Crosby, Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Sciences

Dissertation Title: “Sick Soil, Sick Plants, Sick People”

2011-2012 Graduates