Why the Member Share Network

pastoral medical associationWhat is the Pastoral Medical Association?

The Pastoral Medical Association is an ecclesiastical (spiritually based) private membership of health care practitioners from all areas of health care, counseling and ministry that have joined in private membership with families seeking safe, Bible based health and wellness solutions. We refer to this health care option as Pastoral Science and Medicine.

The Pastoral Medical Association’s Members Share Network is a private membership association that protects practitioners rights to offer safe biblical healthcare alternatives and an individuals rights and access to these safer options.

Why the Member Share Network?

Government agencies have a ‘mandate’ to protect the public and while this may be a prudent safeguard, it also makes life very difficult for well-intentioned practitioners that want to provide people with more natural, biblical health options. Many laws restrict what practitioners may say to you and what services they offer. This limitation on practitioners also limits and in many cases eliminates your choices, and even your access to other forms of healthcare.

The good news is that by joining in membership with providers in the Member Share Network, both the providers’ rights to offer you safer alternatives, and your right to access them is constitutionally protected!

Joining Member Share is the perfect way to take charge of your own health!

Are services offered to the general public?

In accordance with the law, the PMA is a private entity that operates under its own constitutionally protected private ecclesiastical structure. PMA rules mandate that I may only share information and services with individuals that have agreed to the terms and conditions of admission in the Member Share Network.

A whole new world of safe and effective health care options is available to members and to learn more, much more…you simply need to join us. Membership is free and if you decide for any reason that it isn’t right for you, you can cancel your membership at any time.

Read the full Member Share Agreement, but here is the first part:

“I, the undersigned applicant for the value, benefits and mutual promises herein, do hereby apply for membership in Member Share. With my signature on this agreement, I accept the offer to become a member of Member Share and have read and agree with the following;

1. As members of the Association our main objective is to express and protect our rights to total freedom of choice regarding medical information and care through joining together in private membership association.

2. As members, we believe that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees our members the rights to freedom of speech, religion, petition, assembly and accordingly, the right to gather in this private ecclesiastical membership Association for the lawful purpose of advising and helping one another in asserting and preserving our God given rights under the Federal and State Constitutions and Statutes.

3. As members, we declare the right to select other members of the Association to give us counsel and advice for our physical, mental and spiritual health, and to request member assistance in facilitating for us the actual performance and delivery of the therapies, treatments and care we so choose for ourselves and our families.

4. As members we proclaim the freedom to select for ourselves the types of health care we think best for treating and preventing illness and disease of our minds and bodies, including but not limited to any and all treatment modalities and therapies practiced or used by any type of healers, therapists or practitioners the world over, whether conventional or unconventional.

5. As members we proclaim the right and freedom to establish guidelines and educational standards for those among us who will assist us in our health goals, and to identify them as provider level members through issuance of an association license.”

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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   trinityschool.org

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

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 www.iqnr.com and here is the direct link to the pdf.

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!


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.”