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.

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

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

Message from the Dean

Hello Everyone,

It has been a wonderful year at the University of Natural Medicine. Our enrollment has increased substantially and we are continuing to grow and expand in many directions. To give you an update here is what has transpired and we have accomplished over the last year. 

After many years of preparation and maintaining our standards of excellence we earned and were accepted for candidacy by the National Accreditation for Colleges and Schools. We had our final onsite visit for accreditation this past December. Our administrator, Amanda Coker, who is doing a fantastic job, had everything prepared and in order for their visit and with Dr. Milam also attending we feel we have met all their requirements and that they were quite impressed and now take it before their board sometime in January. Another great accomplishment.

On the educational side of things we have added several new professors and courses. Dr. Richard Brady has written a fantastic new and comprehensive indepth course in Pharmacology. Dr. Pahwa Ranvir has submitted several new courses including a Naturopathic Psychiatry, an Anti-aging and Alternative Medicine course, Naturopathic Pediatrics and a manual for our Womens Naturopathic Health course. In addition we have a new science course written by Dr. Chris Irene that combines many of the various sciences together which we feel is more of an integrative approach and students can focus more on modalities while knowing the basic sciences. Dr. Janet Roseman has also joined our faculty with a course on ethics in healthcare practice.

The Doctor of Natural Medicine, which can also be offered as a Doctor of Integrated Medicine or a Traditional Naturopath program, has a new and expanded curriculum. This program can be taken as a stand alone doctorate degree or can be a stepping stone as the first two years of our Doctor of Naturopathy program. Many students have chosen this path to follow.

We have also added a new board member, Ms. Kimi Green. Ms. Green has worked in the not for profit segment of business for many years and brings invaluable experience to us as well as a caring insight and perspective. 

As many of you have probably heard, Clayton College of Natural Health (CCNH) abruptly closed their school and many students were left without an option for completing their existing programs. After discussion with CCNH as to how we could assist these students we decided to waive all application fees and give full credit for all any current student had received from CCNH in order to give advanced placement in one of our programs. We have had many students transfer into our University as a result and all, to my knowledge, are happy with the process and being able to fulfill their dreams and goals. 

Anyone who would like to attend our graduation ceremonies on January 29th please contact Amanda for more information. 

And last but not least you are now viewing our new website. We are very happy with the design and look forward to any comments you may have about it. We have added a page for research as well as publishing any dissertations that our PhD graduates wish to share and any research in the field of integrated medicine which we feel will be of benefit and news to the public.  And of course our blog which we invite each of you to contribute to as you wish. 

All my best for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year to you all,

Dr. Mark Smith