Category Archives: Classical Naturopathy

What does your blood have to say?

Quite a bit–from a functional perspective!
Did you know that ‘normal’ range on your blood test is based largely on sick people? These ‘normal’ ranges are useful in diagnosing illness and disease, but not good for prevention and helping you attain health.

The functional range is based on the ranges found in healthy people. This approach confirms nutritional needs, sub-optimal organ and gland function, and allows for correction before disease develops.

If you want to know if you are healthy, you need to compare your blood test scores to something other than ‘normal’ ranges. Call me today to schedule your comprehensive Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis.


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What is Classical Naturopathy?

A classical naturopath specializes in wellness. That is to say teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s healing and health building potential. The classical naturopath does not undertake to diagnose or treat disease but recognizes that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative effects. Also the underlying cause of disease is improper diet, unhealthy habits and environmental factors that cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the body’s defenses and subsequent breakdown in health. The practice of classical naturopathy is not considered the practice of medicine and is legal in all 50 states, however, some states have made naturopathy illegal unless licensed. This is because legislature is grouping classical naturopaths with naturopathic physicians. Naturopathic physicians have a 4-year degree that includes pharmacology and minor surgery, which should require a license.

The practice of classical naturopathy is recognized as a common occupation at the federal level (U.S. Congress 1928, 1929, 1930 and 30 Federal Court rulings between 1958 and 1978) and in such a profession is protected under the 14th and 9th Amendments of the U. S. Constitution. Several states have also made this stipulation either by statute or in the courts.

All disease is one and what medical doctors call diseases are only symptoms of a greater underlying problem. Disease is nothing more than a manifestation of our body trying to correct imbalances. Imbalances due to faulty nutritional patterns, improper rest, stress management and other lifestyle considerations which over time result in a weakening of the body. By the time disease appears on the scene it is very late in the game.

Our body tells us early on when there is a problem and we can either respond to this message or try to suppress the symptoms that the body uses to tell us there is a problem. You can take ibuprofen, or other drugs to suppress the symptoms and they will help for a short time. However, unless the underlying problem is corrected, eventually the symptoms will no longer be helped by these drugs and one will need to take stronger and stronger drugs to quiet the body’s message. If the underlying problem has not been addressed, the body will begin to break down structurally. At this time modern medicine is finally capable of diagnosing that something is really wrong and offer interventions to fix the structure, but still medical doctors fail to address the underlying problem.

Naturopathy concentrates on identifying destructive aspects in lifestyles that lead to imbalances. Before symptoms manifest and long before a diagnosis can be rendered, these destructive aspects of our lifestyle can be identified and corrected. Once corrected, the body automatically corrects itself. Diagnosing disease and illness is totally unnecessary to correcting the underlying problems that result in disease and illness. A true healer does not waste his time concentrating on naming diseases but rather on identifying those underlying factors that if not addressed result in the manifestation of disease and illness. These factors can be identified and corrected long before it is even possible to make any diagnosis. Even after a diagnosis is made the same concepts of healing used by classical naturopaths are equally effective because once balance is restored the body automatically heals itself.

Source: Trinity School of Natural Health

What is Muscle Response Testing?


Most Naturopaths I am familiar with use MRT and most everybody else has no idea what it is. And when they see it for the first time they think it is really weird! I know, I felt the same way. I came home researched it, witnessed it some more, asked questions and eventually learned how to do it myself. I thought I’d post some relevant info from other websites to help you understand as well. Because there is some good info and some crazy info!

Here is a chiropractor that shares on youtube a little about why it works.

This blog post from Marvin Shipman from Bentonville, AR is long but a good explanation.

Here are a few things from “Chemistry of Man” by Bernard Jensen. “At the deepest levels, food is vibration, just as all matter is vibration. What appears solid to the eyes is the movement of energy at lower or higher frequencies or rates of vibration. Some of these rates of vibration are healthy for us, but others are not.”

The idea of matter having a frequency is how a naturopath will use MRT to ‘test’ you for some foods or supplements to see if that particular frequency helps create balance in your body.

I hope this all helps explain and clear things up and not just muddy the waters!

ADDED 6/17/11
A friend passed on some great information and I’d like to share it. Daniel has a wonderful pdf file that is 14 pages all about Muscle Response testing, He is a Christian and this is written from a Biblical worldview. His website is and here is the direct link to the pdf.

CNHP: Certified Natural Health Professional

My 8 days of training also included a seminar on Bodywork by Jan Roberson and then the last speaker was Stuart Hite with Practicum. The bodywork seminar was interesting and all new to me….and if I am ever going to practice what she taught, I will need to retake this class. The Practicum seminar was great! First he dealt with some legal issues, but then went into pH balancing and Bach flower essences. He was rushed to get through his material…it would have been great if he’d had a little more time to elaborate on some things. But we finished and about 85+ people graduated as “Certified Natural Health Professionals.”

The lighting was terrible, but this picture is of me right after graduation.

CNHP recap: Iridology

My third seminar was on Iridology. This is the art, science and study of the color and structure of the iris to determine tissue weakness and the body’s predisposition to weakness. This is a very interesting topic and one I’d like to know more about. This class was considered the introduction and CNHP has an Advanced Iridology seminar that I may look at attending in the future.

From my previous studies, I was under the impression that you could see disease in the body in the iris. However the instructor, Travis Anstett, taught us that we are born with a certain iris and what we see there is the constitution of the person. Of course, it is much more involved than that, but generally speaking you are looking at genetic weaknesses.

It doesn’t take long on a google search to find some very contradictory claims on iridology. But most claim that iridologist diagnose disease which I just stated was not true. In iridology you are looking at potential for weakness and is used with other modalities in natural health. It is never a stand alone diagnostic test.

Here is an explanation from the International Iridology Practitioners Association.

CNHP recap: Nutrition

‘s eight day certification series is actually five separate seminars with each class lasting about a day and a half. The first seminar was “Nutrition” taught by Elaine Newkirk. I don’t know how people do ‘live blogging’…there is so much going on and blogging about it right then and there while it’s happening….leaves you no time to process the information. So here is my recap of the first seminar after I’ve had a couple days to let it sink in.

One of my favorite things that I walked away from this class was her hierarchy of where to start with clients. Here they are in order: Diet, Digestion, Hydration, Elimination, Exercise, Emotions. Although it is possible you may have to work on emotions first thing before you can start with everything else.

The other thing I realized is just how important enzymes are. I knew this…I’ve gone through the Loomis’ book on enzymes, but she really drilled it into us! What good is eating good food if our bodies can’t break it down and aren’t able to absorb the nutrition. Digestion, digestion, digestion! And we really need to correct our diet and digestion before we worry with a lot of supplements. Because when we do many of our problems will begin to take care of themselves.

Other than that…we covered so much on all the different nutrients…you’d just have to go to the class! :)

So many want a silver bullet when it comes to their health, but really….it starts in the mirror…with YOU! We want to relinquish our responsibility and the allopathic medical community has flourished because of it. It is much easier to turn everything over to your doctor and then blame him when it doesn’t work out.

I don’t know that God was talking about our health in Galatians…but then again, I don’t know that He wasn’t!

Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

CNHP recap: Body Systems

The speaker for this CNHP seminar was Philip Fritchey. He came across as a mix between a loving and patient father and a southern preacher. There are some 85+ people in my classes this week…so a wide range of folks from all over the country…and some a little more charismatic than others! :) Throughout the day you heard several saying ‘yes’ and ‘amen’! It was refreshing to hear his style of presentation with the personal stories and awesome to hear him give all the glory to God!

He said he offers himself to God’s service every morning and just asks, “what do you have for me today Lord?”
How great is that? I wish I could be his client! Noone on this earth has all the answers. And as much as I learn…the more I realize how much I don’t know. But if I’m offering myself to God’s service…then it’s up to Him and not me! I just need to be willing and available….seems much more doable than trying to be the expert!  Amen?!

Body systems is a seminar on all the systems in the body: digestive, nervous, circulatory, glandular, urinary, respiratory and structural system. It sounds like a basic A&P class at first glance….but it was so much more. He is a Master Herbalist and so it was wonderful to get so many great recommendations of herbs to support each body system. Plants were given to us for our good and were the first gift God gave Adam and Eve.

Genesis 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

Here’s a few other things that I noted:

The body was designed by our Creator to be well. So why isn’t it?  It’s not well if it doesn’t have the resources it needs or there are things in the way. And we need to look at the whole body. We didn’t get sick in parts, it is a whole body problem. If we treat a symptom, even with a natural supplement, we are just applying a bandaid.

“All death begins in the colon.” ~ Bernard Jensen

Fritchey also drove home the fact that we have to deal with digestion to see health and healing.

I liked his core nutrition that he uses with all his clients. First make sure you are eating a diet of whole living foods, dark leafy greans, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Second, poop often. (yes, his words) Third, improve your water intake. Then he has five core supplements: a good broad spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral; extra macro minerals; extra antioxidants; broad spectrum enzymes with every meal; and essential fatty acids. Doing these basic things will help the body help itself.

And finally we all have to accept the responsibility of our choices. God’s called me to share my knowledge, but it’s between you and God what you do with that….He’s just asked me to share….I’m doing my part….do yours!

Are you waiting for disease to hit you?

We have come to expect disease. We just wait for it to happen, then we go to the doctor expecting him to change the outcome. Believeing that disease hits us like a meteor falling from the sky relieves us of responsibility. But poor health is not a matter of bad luck, it is a matter of choice. We make ourselves sick by making bad choices. We get healthy and stay healthy by making good choices. Every time we open the pantry or the refridgerator, every time we drive through a fast food joint, every time we order at a restaurant…we are making a choice.

[I've been reading and studying a great book entitled "Never Be Sick Again" by Raymond Francis. These notes are from his book.]

Only after massive numbers of cells malfunction or die do you begin to notice symptoms of disease. You are already sick before you “get sick.” A healthy person doesn’t get sick.

There is just one basic disease–cellular malfunction. And cellular malfunction occurs because our cells our nutritionally deficient or poisoned by toxins. There are six pathways that you can work on to maintain or restore health. They are nutrition, toxin, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical.

Simply put, we need to understand what our cells need, how they work and what causes them to malfunction in order to be healthy. I will post more about the six pathways in the next few days.

9 Standards of Naturopathy

The Golden Jubilee meeting of the American Naturopathic Association in 1947 set these standards for the practice of Naturopathy.

We believe that…

  1. the body under normal natural conditions is a self sustaining organism
  2. the theory of health and disease is based on Nature itself
  3. the body is governed by definite natural laws with regard to the physical, chemical, biological and physiological basis
  4. ill-health is, therefore, as a result of a departure from healthful living out of harmony with nature’s laws
  5. to the degree that man adheres to and applies nature’s beneficial laws, to that degree will the body, through its natural inherent powers, restore itself to normal
  6. Naturopathy is a philosophy, art and science and recognizes the body’s inherent processes of healing, and acts in no way to suppress, antagonize or hinder these vital life forces, but rather to arouse, assist and cooperate with the body to a restoration to normal
  7. Naturopathy makes use of the healing properties of such natural agencies as air, sunshine, water, light, heat, electricity, manipulations, rest, natural vital foods, organic vitamins, organic minerals, herbs in conjunction with cleansing and eliminating processes of other physical and mental cultures
  8. Naturopathy does not make use of synthetic or inorganic vitamins or minerals or of drugs, narcotics, surgery, serums, vaccines, anti-toxins, toxoid, injections and innoculations
  9. Naturopathy also provides for the prevention of disease and the preservation of health by teaching the basic fundamental laws of natural living and the application in daily life

I wholeheartedly agree and let me also state that nature is what God created and operates just as He created it to do.