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John R. Christopher, M.H., N.D.
In his youth, Dr. Christopher began his own study on natural healing when he saw its positive results in healing his mother of dropsy. His enthusiasm increased when he cured himself of cancer using natural methods. Dr. Christopher, after his experience as a supervisor of a medical dispensary during World War II, decided to become an herbal practitioner. In 1946, he graduated with a Master of Herbology under Dr. H. Knowles at the Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Two years later he received his Naturopathic Doctor degree from the Institute of Drugless Therapy in Tama, Iowa. He received an Herbal Pharmacist degree under the renowned Dr. Edward Shook.
Hailed as America's foremost herbalist, Dr. Christopher developed a program to pass on his methodology and founded the School of Natural Healing in 1953. His published works include Herbal Home Health Care, Every Woman's Herbal, and his most renowned work, School of Natural Healing.
Prior to his death in 1983, Dr. Christopher received the Agnes Arber Distinguished Service Award for his long-suffering devotion to the cause of herbal practice and his contribution to public health.
David W. Christopher, M.H.
Having been raised in the simple ways of natural health, David's interests grew beyond his university study and in 1974 he focused on the discipline of Herbology. In 1979 he became a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing.
Today, thousands safely apply the Christopher methodology thanks to his directorship.
David is an international lecturer and was instrumental in establishing England's College of Herbs and Natural Healing. He is the author of An Herbal Legacy of Courage and various articles on herbs and nutrition have been published in many magazines. David and his wife Fawn host a weekly radio program, "A Healthier You."
If you are interested in having David speak to your group his fee is $1000 per day plus all expenses and $300 for 1-2 hours for local lectures.
Master Herbalist Instructors
James A. Duke, Ph.D. - Economic Botanist (Ret.)
With over 32 years experience in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Dr. Duke became the leading medicinal plant specialist in the federal government and is an expert in ethnobotany . He is the author of over 300 educational and scientific articles and 15 books. As an active member in the American Herb Association, Dr. Duke devotes his time to reestablishing respect for herbal alternatives in modern medicine.
Dianne Bjarnson, C.M., C.P.M., Q.E.
For over 12 years, Dianne has been an instructor for The School of Natural Healing. As a NARM certified midwife, Dianne counsels women in the use of nutrition, herbs, and natural procedures for healthy pregnancies and safe childbirth. Dianne is founder and director of the Utah School of Midwifery.
Dr. Ahmed Warfa, Ph.D.
Dr. Warfa has studied throughout the world receiving degrees in botany, plant systematics and agriculture. He taught for 17 years at the University of Somalia, served as Somalia's Council Chairman of Agricultural Research, and was one of 5 senior advisors to the United Nations. He is currently employed in botanical research at Brigham Young University and is an advisor to the herb industry.
Sandra Ellis, M.H.
Sandra has had ample opportunity to discover the miraculous healing power of herbs as an herbal student and mother of 13 children. She is the author of Dr. Mom and has been teaching with The School of Natural Healing for seven years.
Richard Schulze, M.H.
Richard has taught at the School of Natural Healing for more than 17 years. As an experienced herbal practitioner, Richard emphasizes the simple and effective art of herbal cleansing. His instruction reflects nature's success when dealing with "incurable" diseases. He stimulates students through creative teaching and hands-on demonstrations.
Christopher Hobbs, O.M.D.
Christopher is a fourth generation herbalist and botanist with over 22 years experience and is an expert in herbal pharmacology. Christopher has written extensively on the medicinal as well as the edible use of plants. His titles include Foundations of Health and a number of single herb publications. He teaches internationally on herbal medicine and has taught at the School of Natural Healing since 1984.
David J. Pesek, Ph.D.
Dr. Pesek has earned five degrees from five universities, including Ph.D.'s in psychology and iridology. He is a Clinical Nutritionist and a member of Iridologists International, an honorary association. David is also a psychotherapist and a member of PSI CHI, the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Dr. Pesek has studied various teachings of iridology from around the world and has blended them into one dynamic system. David has practiced complimentary medicine for the past 21 years. He has given expert witness testimony in a court of law regarding the validity of iridology as a means of health assessment. Further, Dr. Pesek is the first American iridologist ever invited to speak at the prestigious International Course for Iris diagnosis in Germany.
Dr. Pesek is listed in the Who's Who Among Human Service Professionals. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Effective Living, which was established in 1976. This institution is one of the first holistic health care centers in the United States.
Dr. Pesek is an international lecturer and seminar leader on the subjects of Iridology, Clinical Nutrition, and natural forms of healing. David serves on the advisory council and the education certification faculty for the National Iridology Research Association. His pioneering work is helping to bring the holistic health concept for healing into focus. He is dedicated to the wellness of mankind and planetary transformation.