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From the Editor coming to a close — it’s been one of


lenging economic times that the holidays may be a

those years that has felt both long and

source of stress when they really should be about

short in its duration. Like all of you, I have seen

sharing good times with people you love. That’s why

things happen, both good and bad, that I never

I am going to try to spend less and

imagined I would see in my life time. The events that

give more — more gifts made

have transpired in 2008 will forever mark a signifi-

from my own creativity and

cant moment in global history, but at the same time I

skills, more recycled gifts made

don’t know anyone whose personal life has not been

from renewable materials or from a high

touched in some way by the same events.

quality second source, and more gifts that give

hat a year! It’s hard to believe 2008 is

Fortunately, CCNH experienced a lot of good

So many people have been affected by chal-

back: plants, foods, or the gift of time. Mostly,

in 2008. We passed the USDLA’s rigorous review

I just want to be with my friends and loved ones

process and were awarded their Quality Standards

having a laugh and making memories.

Certification, the academics department regrouped

Despite a bumpy ride this year, I am feeling

and reorganized

hopeful and excited about the future. From the

to better serve

microcosm of my little world to the macrocosm of

the needs of our

Mother Earth whirling around on her axis, a change

growing and

is coming. I hope we can all work together for the

evolving student

greater — no, the greatest — good. I for one, am

body, and the

saying, “Yes, I can and will do my part.” Welcome

college introduced

2009! Welcome to the future!

a new doctoral

Enjoy your winter 2009 Holistic Times. We have

program as well as

two great interviews — one with our educational

enhanced its existing

partner Cory Holly, and another with our good

bachelor’s degrees

friend and recurring conference presenter, Daniel

programs. The college is grateful for these accom-

Gagnon of Herbs, Etc. who takes the reader on a

plishments in what has been a difficult time for many

fascinating behind the scenes tour of creating his

institutions and businesses.

well-known herbal remedies — as well as all news

From issues that affect both the professional and the personal, I have to admit to having a news and

and updates about the college and our students and graduates. Happy Holidays!

media hangover — between the global economic meltdown and the presidential race of a life time I was glued to NPR, CNN, C-Span, and online newspapers. I need a break — I do try to take one, but the world is moving so fast, and I am eager to stay on top of the issues of the day. It has become a balancing act to get information whilst trying to disengage and focus on self, friends, family, and the 

upcoming holidays. Oh, right! The holidays!

Tara Nicole Brown • Managing Editor






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Happy Holidays from CCNH ....................................................................... 9 On the Road with Cory Holly “Traveling the U.S., We Learn and We Teach” Mary Grace McCord.................................... 10

Managing Editor: Tara Nicole Brown Copy Editor: Rebecca Haack Contributing Writers: Margaret Arthur, M.D., Tara Nicole Brown, Lisa Burke and Courtney Grammer, Susie Hale, Krista Leamon, Janice E. Martin, Mary Grace McCord, and Avie Overbach, M.D. Graphic Design: Jim Poole, Tricia Lay Cover Photo: © The opinions expressed in the Holistic Times do not necessarily reflect those of the college. Clayton College of Natural Health does not endorse any of the services or products mentioned in this newsletter. This information is provided strictly as a service to students and alumni. Also, Clayton College of Natural Health cannot be held responsible for any information dispensed by the authors of the enclosed articles should a reader contact someone for further information.

The Art and Science of Breathing Free An Interview with Daniel Gagnon Mary Grace McCord.................................... 14

Departments From the Editor.......................................................................................................... 2 News from the Academics Department........................................................... 4 Curriculum Development Report....................................................................... 5 Promoting the Profession...................................................................................... 6 Social Networking with CCNH............................................................................. 6 CCNH Globe Trotter Avie Orbach....................................................................... 7 Abstract Reality.......................................................................................................... 8 Graduates...................................................................................................................20 Student and Graduate Communities..............................................................22 ClassNotes.................................................................................................................23 Health in the News.................................................................................................26 End Notes...................................................................................................................28 

Important News from the Academics Department


ith our ever present commitment to

found commitment to herbs and the health benefits

providing quality education and excel-

she has experienced through their use. Additionally,

lent student service, Clayton College of Natural

Nichols was recently elected to the city council where

Health’s academic department has been through

she lives. Kyle Washam, M.S., is our newest program

a process of major change this fall. According to

advisor. Washam is an avid

Webster’s Dictionary, an “evolution” is “A process

vegetarian and activist for good

of change in a certain direction,” and it’s a term we

nutrition. Also, Tony Cox and

have lovingly embraced as it describes our expe-

Brian Burnett were promoted to

rience for the past months, a change which was

the new program advisor position.

introduced in the last Holistic Times. The CCNH

They are all very excited to be a part

academic professionals, working as an integrated

of the CCNH academic team.

team, now include program advisors and faculty.

To help make students aware of the change,

CCNH’s history has been that both of these roles

CCNH sent an e-mail notification in early November

be performed in tandem by a single faculty advisor.

to all students with valid e-mail addresses. Also, a

The growth of our school and our student body,

Web page was developed where there are answers to

plus the emerging discipline of education in the

frequently asked questions. A WebCT© notification,

natural health and holistic nutrition fields, has

for those of you who are currently testing online, as

challenged our model of operation, demanded

well as a flyer returned with all graded, coursework

our attention, and supported this evolution.

was developed. These avenues of notifying you will

The CCNH program advisor serves as the student’s success agent and is the person who answers

Most of those reading this edition of Holistic

your questions about the program, courses, books,

Times were enrolled with us before this important

and other aspects of the educational experience.

change and, most likely, now have a new advisor.

As always, newly enrolled students at CCNH are

The program advisors group includes: Aimee

assigned their own advisors, now known as program

Lanier, Delsey Austin, Lisa Burke, Anne Barnhill,

advisors. The CCNH faculty holds the responsibility

Brian Burnett, Kyle Washam, Ann Harper, and

for the curriculum — its breadth, depth, quality, and

Tony Cox.

the achievement of learning outcomes. In keeping

remain in place until mid-December.

The faculty group includes: Crystal McVey,

with the college’s tradition, the faculty embrace their

Angela Vail, Misty Downs, Janice Martin,

responsibility to you, our student body, for the excel-

Susie Hale, Teresa Nichols, Rebecca Haack,

lence you expect from CCNH.

Avie Overbach, Wendy Arthur, and Phyllis Light.

All of CCNH’s academic professionals are well

Hopefully, these various means of communi-

qualified to serve in these important roles. Program

cation have answered all of your questions. Visit

advisors and faculty will work together to ensure

the Student Reassignment FAQs at

that your success at CCNH is achieved. During these

students/sitehelp.aspx#programadvisor1 to review

changes, the academic department welcomed two

the reassignment information. Please contact us at

new members to our group. Teresa Nichols, Ph.D., if you have additional

faculty member, has many years experience in educa-


tion and educational leadership. She has a newly

Curriculum Development Report Educating Educators


any years ago, when asked about a mission

healthy. We are now advancing further by adding

statement for the schools that he founded,

a course in adult learning to our

Lloyd Clayton replied simply, “We seek to teach

postgraduate curriculum and

people how to be healthy and how to teach others

introducing the Doctor of

to be healthy.” As time has passed, we at CCNH

Education in Holistic Health

have never turned away from this mission.

and Wellness program.

As we have matured, we have gained greater

Intended for those who

awareness and appreciation of the teaching aspect

have a master’s degree and want to earn a doctoral

of our mission. Through the development of The

degree focusing on teaching the concepts of holistic

Clayton College Model of Empowerment, with its

health and wellness, this program fulfills our mission

emphasis on client education, and with the addition

at its highest level. Not only do students gain specific knowledge about health, but they also learn how to best convey their knowledge to clients who may have a wide range of learning styles. In addition, students learn how to design curricula that can be used in both individual and group settings and how to recognize when their

of the consulting practicum to several of our programs, we have already taken important steps toward our goal of helping our students learn how to teach others to be

teaching is effective. With its emphasis on

Announcement Due to the ongoing green initiative at CCNH we are

holistic health and wellness, this program also includes topics such as mind/body wellness, health and the human energy field, the spirit

no longer retaining copies of students’ graded coursework.

and science of holistic health, overviews of traditional

Coursework, submitted through the mail for grading, will be

Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, historic research

graded, recorded, and returned to the student just as always.

into the relationships of diet and health, nutrition

We do wish to remind students that occasionally mail is lost

and longevity, and nutrition and mental health.

or damaged in transit (to and from CCNH) so students will still

Long recognized as the premier terminal degree

need to retain copies of their coursework for their records

for professional educators, the Doctor of Education

until receipt of their diploma. By cutting out the additional

is appropriate for both natural health and nutrition

on-site copying, CCNH can do so much more to preserve

practitioners who are, most importantly, teaching

our precious environment. Should you wish to help CCNH

others to be healthy.

further its green initiative we encourage you to take advantage of our online paperless grading system, WebCT.

Krista Leamon, N.D. • Director of Curriculum Development

Promoting the Profession

Social Networking with CCNH



and find independence. Chal-

graduates have joined and are sharing ideas in

lenges inherent to this profession

forums and blogs, uploading photos, sharing

include setting boundaries and

favorite links and RSS feeds, and making new

working independently, both of

friends and identifying colleagues. Signing up

which require strength and persis-

is easy — visit to view

tence. This profession is breaking

a brief video that will show you how quick

ground and teaching individuals about the

and easy it is to set up your own account

importance of taking responsibility for one’s health,

today and become a part of the community.

lthough this profession is not new, it is probably in its adolescence. Developmentally, adolescence

is a time to experience challenges, test boundaries,

approaching health from a proactive stance, and

continues to grow everyday. Since it’s intro-

duction in August, more than 600 students and

CCNH wants to stay in touch with you where

addressing ill health from the “building from within”

it’s convenient for you. Social butterflies can find us

perspective while embracing the occasions when

on Facebook and MySpace, activists might prefer to

disease must also be “treated from without.”

hang out with us at Care2, and those of you who

The evolution of the Western medical model has

are strictly interested in professional networking may

led the public to this place — a place of demanding

join us on LinkedIn. Drop by any time — we love

to be more in charge of oneself, demanding more

making new friends and bringing students and gradu-

information about health, our bodies, stress manage-

ates together.

ment, nutritional supplements, etc., and demanding to be better informed before adhering to many of the principles of allopathic medicine. The public has clearly made an outcry for the services of those who choose to practice this unlicensed profession, where education and personal empowerment are the cornerstones for finding true health. Choosing a career in this profession is a tremendously gratifying experience. It is in response to the needs of today’s health consumer. It is about taking the proactive approach rather than a passive approach. And, it is exciting as it means one is participating in moving this profession into its adulthood — fully claiming its worth, knowing its strengths and limitations, and heralding the global changes that it embraces. Share your knowledge, passion, and excitement — promote this profession by growing it healthfully into its adulthood!

Susie Hale, N.D., Ph.D. • Director of Practitioner Education 

CNH’s student and graduate Ning network

A Moment with CCNH Globe Trotter Avie Overbach


r. Overbach and her husband toured the

tour of Copenhagen, teacher and student discussed

Scandinavian countries, Berlin, and St. Peters-

Sorensen’s dissertation plans as well as how he plans

burg, Russia during the month of September

to use his CCNH education. Sorensen is currently an

2008. They returned to NYC via a trans-Atlantic

elementary school teacher in Denmark.

cruise, which stopped in Iceland, Newfound-

Upon docking in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Over-

land, and Nova Scotia. As usual, Overbach made

bach was met by Wayne Evans, who is just beginning

a point to meet and visit with as many of her

his Ph.D. in holistic nutrition. Evans and Overbach

Ph.D. students as possible while overseas.

had met two years ago at the college’s natural health

In Copenhagen, Denmark, she met with Lars Sorensen, a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition student who is almost finished with his program. Sorensen joined

conference in Peachtree City, Georgia. Overbach and her husband were treated to a tour all over the island of Newfoundland and to a wonderful fish and chips lunch at the Royal Cana-

the CCNH Appalachian

dian Yacht Club. Evans

Tour two years ago and

is currently a college

met Avie as well as several

professor of the sciences

other CCNH staff at

in St. Johns.

that time. During the “Hop-On-Hop-Off” bus

Overbach previously visited several of the same sites in 1983, before the wall had come down. She found Berlin much different 25 years later. Although Overbach visited both East and West Berlin in 1983, there is no obvious separation now except a small commemorative plaque. She also noticed that the people in St. Petersburg are much more colorful and well dressed, and there are items in store windows. It is much more like any other European city now.

Avie Overbach, M.D.

At left: Avie and CCNH student Wayne Evans above the harbor in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Above: Avie and CCNH student Lars Sorensen in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Abstract Reality


he research described below presents an excellent example of the survey method of research in Shirley Bardell’s investigation of attitudes and perceptions towards alternative therapy methods, practices, and remedies. Through the use of surveys, the experiences and perceptions of people can be explored in ways that are not directly observable. The survey method relies on the self-report of individuals regarding their observations, experiences, and perceptions. Such research contributes significantly to the body of knowledge regarding health behaviors and motivations to live in healthy ways. Janice E. Martin, Ed.D., N.D., LPC • Research Coordinator

Age Related Attitudes Towards Alternative Therapies Starting in the latter part of the 20th century, Americans have developed an increasingly growing

usage history, and their experience with their indi-

interest in the use of alternative therapies to either

vidual primary care physicians. Findings of this study

maintain their health or target specific health condi-

led to the conclusion that age is a mediating variable

tions. Alternative therapies and remedies have always

in beliefs and attitudes towards alternative therapy

been available in the United States, but interest

methods, practices, and remedies.

in their usage was limited to those who specifically sought out alternative therapies and practices.

Shirley Bardell, Ph.D.

Starting early in this century, and continuing today

Shirley Bardell, Ph.D., recently earned her doctorate in

in staggering numbers, are Americans who prac-

natural health from CCNH. Her early work included serving

tice alternative therapies, including natural health

as a trauma nurse, and she more recently spent 18 years

remedies. This is partially due to increased education

in senior management of home health care agencies.

regarding these methods and remedies, and partly

Bardell has a teaching background in both undergraduate

due to the dissatisfaction inherent in the average

and graduate health care management. She also has

American’s opinion of their conventional health care

served with the State of Florida Public Health and Medical


Preparedness Team. Bardell holds the rank of Captain

The purpose of this study was to determine if

with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. With extensive nursing

the beliefs and attitudes towards alternative therapy

and health care administrative experience, she also enjoys

methods, practices and remedies, as well as their

her family, spouse, and five children. She additionally

usage, was evidenced more or less when age was the

enjoys cruises and other types of travel and gardening.

intervening variable. Specifically, the question asked

Her current focus is on the integration of conventional

was, “Do the attitudes regarding the usage of alter-

medical practices with natural health practices, including

native therapy differ if the subjects were under 50

alternative and complementary therapies. Bardell’s

years old or over 50 years old?”

future plans include continuing to work with the State

To determine the answer to this research ques-

methods, their understanding of the methods, their

of Florida on the 2007 - 2010 Public Health and Medical

tion, 75 questionnaires were given to a cross-section

Preparedness Strategic Plan as a Subject Matter Expert, and

of individuals with 20 multi-layered questions

teaching at the community college and university levels.

regarding knowledge about alternative therapy

�o�i�a� ��eetin�� The staff of Clayton College of Natural Health invites our readers to take a moment out of your busy lives and share it with us and with each other. Pause, observe, reflect, and be grateful for what remains perfectly consistent and beautiful in a time of rapid change. Look to your friends, family, and loved ones to find the spirit of the holidays shining in their eyes. Keep it simple, share smiles, stay warm, spread joy! We wish you all a Merry Christmas, a happy new year, and a peaceful holiday season.

Photo credit: © (Viktor Prokopenya) 


hen Cory Holly

research. They have earned

finished his Doctor of

international renown as natural

Naturopathy studies

bodybuilders, created audio

with CCNH back in 1992, he and

programs in sports nutrition, and

On the Road with Cory Holly: “Traveling the U.S., We Learn and We Teach” tested and formulated proprietary nutritional supplements for peak athletic performance. Throughout 2008 the Hollys have taken their teachings on the road: crossing national borders and building new alliances within the American landscape of gyms, libraries, schools, and holistic health centers. Their message is geared to all ears who will listen. “After all,” says Holly, “all of us are athletes who want to deeply engage in the sport of life — to live long and live strong.” Like the legendary Johnny Appleseed, Holly’s passion is casting seeds of wisdom, with heartfelt allegiance to nature’s his wife Tracy had two little girls

bounteous sustenance. But unlike

and one big dream: total wellness

his iconic predecessor who, trav-

for their family.

eling by foot, addressed only parts

As founders of the Cory Holly


of the American Midwest, our

Institute (CHI) in Vancouver,

self-described modern day gypsy

British Columbia, over the years

intends to “reach and teach”

the Hollys have amassed an

within the entire continental U.S.

amazing body of natural health

before returning home to Canada!

Collaborating with CCNH

boost and for post-workout

damage and the nutritional chal-

and three other sponsors, Cory

recovery, it’s easy to blend a

lenges of our Standard American

and Tracy Holly have outfitted

satisfying fruit smoothie: adding

Diet (SAD).

a sensibly self-sufficient “mobile

filtered water, one serving of

home on the range.” So far their

whey isolate protein powder,

Health supplements chain is a

educational travel includes Wash-

one or two cups of fresh or

powder called Electro-Quench

ington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming,

frozen fruit, combined with one

C7. Mixed with filtered water and

serving of our Sport Oil Blend.

sipped during workouts, E-Q C7

“After all, all of us are athletes who want to deeply engage in

“The synergistic effects of

The final link in their Total

provides “extreme hydration” by

ribose, creatine, glutamine and

replenishing electrolytes, carbohy-

spirulina (in the protein powder)

drates, and vitamins, to stabilize

alongside the omega EFAs in our

blood sugar, further aid against

proprietary blend of flax, chia,

fatigue, and even help re-synthe-

the sport of life — to live

size connective tissue, collagen,

long and live strong.”

Water is Nature’s Champagne

and cartilage.

Who in their right mind

— Cory Holly

would choose to starve their cellular development by not

Montana, the Dakotas, Utah,

drinking enough water, here in

Colorado, New Mexico,

our land of plenty? Holly never ceases to be

Nevada, and Arizona. At press time, the Hollys were motoring

amazed when somebody tells

toward California for the fourth

him that they just don’t like to

quarter of 2008.

drink water. “Somehow I refrain

Another Day, Another Smoothie Waking up in a new town

and hemp oils work together to

from asking them if they like to

help produce lipoproteins that

breathe air,” he muses, “since

strengthen cardiovascular health,

both natural elements are equally

aerobic fitness and muscle func-

essential to life as we know it.”

every few weeks, our dynamic

tion. Thus we fuel the body

duo starts each day with one

to sustain peak performance

thing on their minds: “Where can

and fortify it against depletion,

we go to work out?”

fatigue, and injury.”

How to get ready is a no-

That’s the “shake” part of

brainer, he adds. As the creator of

their equation. While consuming

The Cory Holly Signature Series

a potent and tasty smoothie, the

for Total Results, their four-part

Hollys’ Essentials HandyPak®

supplemental regimen for all-day

allows them to “take” in a

nutrition begins with what he

powerhouse of essential nutri-

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ents—vitamins, minerals and

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against infection, free-radical 11

In bringing the wisdom of

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naturopathy to audiences of all ages, cultures and sociological

Tracy describes their semi-

circumstances, Holly seeks to

nars as “synergistically valuable”

target rescue workers in physi-

for dietitians, health educators,

cally strenuous jobs, such as

and health professionals, exer-

firefighters, police officers, and park rangers. “Their own lives, and often the lives of others, may depend on their long-term ability to function at the highest level. “Doctors and nurses, parents, mail carriers, waiters, ministers, teachers, and in fact all of us rely

on the sustained ability to maintain physical energy and mental clarity, year after year,” he adds.

When the Student is Ready Pilates instructor Marguerite Ogle is an M.S.H.N. candidate who is certified in hypnotherapy and various forms of movement therapy. Inspired by meeting the Hollys during their class time in Colorado, Marguerite invited Cory to be interviewed on sports nutrition for Guide to Pilates. As a member of NANP and the American Aerobics and Fitness Association, Marguerite feels that following Holly’s travel schedule CCNH student Marguerite Ogle with Cory Holly.

through is a great way for students and grads to help share our colleagues’ personable expertise, city by city.

Some may want to help maximize the Hollys’ time in your area by arranging a media interview, helping to schedule a study group or community/networking event, or meeting informally to share a healthy meal. Holly’s association with CCNH alumni groups reminds us all why it’s so important to proactively communicate within and throughout our profession, finding creative ways to build on the momentous strength of this fast growing, allnatural movement. “I think sports nutrition is the center of the health universe. It combines exercise physiology with whole food nutrition and dietary supplements. Studying with Clayton College helped me clarify my goals and move forward as a health professional, teacher and mentor. Naturopathy embodies the central core of our natural health, food and fitness professions.” 12

cise leaders, coaches, trainers, athletes, and seniors who want to age healthfully. To gain new perspectives, the Hollys especially encourage interaction and collaboration among affinity groups such as nutrition specialists, physical therapists, and personal trainers. Synergistic approaches with naturopathy and holistic nutrition are messages they love to deliver. His classrooms are an ever-changing backdrop of interesting settings and diverse audiences — at mountaintop or beach side communities, for urban professionals, and in sprawling suburban settings. Formulated in partnership with Clayton Naturals, the Cory Holly Signature Series products are specially priced for Clayton College students and graduates.

can always bring him back to

mentoring. Learning about

center — especially seeking the

life in America one day at a

calm, powerful reassurance of

time, Cory loves to investigate

animal energies.

creative possibilities for North

Playfully rehearsing variations of his teaching topics with an

— from educational outreach

obliging herd of bison, Cory was

to new product distribution,

silently reminded that in Native

“with the goal of leaving no

American traditions, the buffalo

stone unturned,” he quips.

is sacred: symbolizing the strength of selflessness and faithful

Recalling the Value of Rest and Recreation

American cultural exchanges

Mary Grace McCord

patience on one’s path, for manifesting abundance. Part of the Hollys’ success

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The Art and Science I n his lifelong quest for the

sweet satisfaction of deeper

Mexico and, within the next few

and easier breathing, Daniel

years, completed three additional

Gagnon has traveled far to

certifications in massage therapy,

study the Eastern and Western

iridology, and herbology. While

approaches to respiratory health.

in school he worked part-time as

Living in Northern Ontario in

an herbal researcher — and there

the mid-1970s, he worked at

he discovered the miraculous

a natural foods co-op. Next,

mysteries of botanical healing.

while earning certification in


From there he moved to New

“With meticulous attention

reflexology, he became the owner/

to individual herbs and then their

manager of a natural food store.

synergistic effects, for the first time in my life I learned how to

help myself breathe more easily.

year history. In short order he

others, just the spiraling cost

With the physical and mental

doubled its initial 800-square-feet

of expensive drugs is inspiring

heaviness of feeling limited by

rental space and, within five years,

more and more people to get

allergies and asthma finally lifted,

expanded into a nearby strip mall

busy looking for workable health

I could actually enjoy being

to insure continued room to grow.


outside. As I continued this quest and discovered natural ways to address eczema as well, I was

Workable being an operative

“…I was delighted to

delighted to learn how to stop the suffering with gentle, green natural healers.”

every sense of the word.

learn how to stop the

tion on various herbal topics. In

suffering with gentle,

cannot be denied. within the holistic health professions that, not only is our work in this progressive field clearly the

green natural healers.”

the early 1980s he became the owner of Herbs, Etc. in Santa Fe,

naturopathic options and simply “I want to encourage all of us

For almost 30 years, Gagnon has presented practical informa-

“halo effect” for cost-effective herbal products extends to other

Thus began a career that has given Gagnon immense clarity, in

word, he adds, the word of mouth

wave of the future, it’s during the challenging periods within our overall economy that even greater

Now with more than two

strides are being made within the

NM. Its phenomenal success

decades’ hand-on experience in

exponentially growing popularity

has mirrored the super-charged

growing his herbal company,

of CAM approaches.”

growth of the herbal products

Gagnon observes that even when

industry — throughout the U.S.,

the economy is down — and in

Over the years, Gagnon has been a popular presenter at

of Breathing Free Canada, and beyond. He is a third-generation entrepreneur who watched his parents and grandparents develop

fact, especially when the general

several of our school’s natural

economy is down — his industry

health conferences. Having


learned so much from his semi-

“People are getting tired

nars and intensive classes on

and grow five different service

of just the standard allopathic

stress and the nervous system,

and retail businesses. So, with a

approaches and having to endure

care of the immune system, herbs

family loan of $3,000 Gagnon,

so many unexpected side effects,”

for digestion and overcoming

the college student, purchased

he notes. “But if their job and/

respiratory health challenges

what was then a tiny herbal store

or health insurance situations

naturally, we are thankful that

whose name could well have been

change, this can become the cata-

he granted not only an interview

“Tumbleweeds,” having changed

lyst that actually brings them

with Holistic Times, but also a

locations 18 times during its 11-

to better health, naturally. For

leisurely visit with several of the 15

25 associates who work at his

important steps. “We start with

Gagnon: There are 300 types of

newly expanded and updated

farm-fresh locally and/or region-

herbs tested, treated, assem-

14,000-square-foot Herbs, Etc.

ally grown herbs, received within

bled, packaged and shipped

formulating facility and nearby

hours of harvest. Although

from in house, including a

herbal store.

most of our processes are auto-

number of blends. With our

“…our role is to bridge the differing mindsets so that our results parallel, enhance, or exceed that of conventional medicine. Herbalism, after all, is the original traditional medicine.”

During these tours, we

mated assembly lines, with some

combination formulas, their

observed many of the proprietary

robotics, each of our quality

fine-tuned synergistic prop-

procedures through which refrig-

control measures necessarily

erties exceed the sum of all

erated delivery drums of organic

includes human evaluation,” he

parts. One popular example

fresh-harvested herbs eventually

says with the patience and pride

of this is our “Deep Sleep”®

become private-labeled softgel

of an urbanized mountaineer.

creation, whose organic ingre-

capsules or liquid extracts. Beginning in the herbarium, we witnessed Gagnon’s handson inspection of aromatic brown twigs, yellow straw, orange and dark brown sticks — echinacea, Oregon grape, cassia and Chinese licorice, respectively. Here he compared the texture, fragrance, weight, taste, and general appearance of each arrival alongside a corresponding “perfect specimen” housed within long shelves of sealed jars. This initial relatively “lowtech” quality assurance method is nonetheless among the most 16

Holistic Times: After reading your

book, Breathe Free: Nutritional and Herbal Care for Your Respiratory System, in the ‘90s and using several Herbs, Etc. formulations ever since, it’s a strong affirmation, when shopping at

dients — California poppy herb, valerian root, passionflower tip, chamomile flower, lemon balm, fresh (milky) oat seed and dried orange peel — working together, help re-educate the brain sleep center.

Wild Oats or Whole Foods

This means that, whether a

in so many diverse areas of

person has trouble getting

North America, to easily find

to sleep or if they awaken

your products everywhere.

too early or too often, their

How many formulations are

amount and quality of

produced here in Santa Fe?

relaxing, restorative REM sleep can uniquely return to balance, according to individual need.

Holistic Times: As of 2008 this

Holistic Times: But I bet most

exceed that of conventional

product has been designated

people have no idea that the

medicine. Herbalism, after

one of the Best Supplements

extraction step, alone, takes a

all, is the original traditional

by Better Nutrition magazine

full 24 hours!


for five straight years. It’s also described as the only encap-

Gagnon: To ensure the fullest

Herbal medicine has always

extraction of an herb’s active

prevailed, even at times as a

constituents, our exclusive

more underground modality,

kinetic maceration is a centrif-

gliding under the radar as if

ugal process whereby alcohol,

divinely protected. It is proven

water and botanicals tumble

to be highly effective, without

together continuously. Most

question. But it’s gratifying

other manufacturers agitate

to be part of a science-based

the tour): To retain each

theirs for just a few minutes

movement that brings herb-

botanical’s full medicinal

a day. We’ve measured our

alism more fully above-board,

potency and protect their

resulting potency as being 20-

mainstream, and we’re

fragile constituents, Herbs,

50 percent higher than these

helping its methodology to

Etc. pioneered an exclu-

others. We’ve also created

become more replicable and

sive method by which our

streamlined automation and

transparent, if you will.

herbs are cryogenically

a sufficient critical mass to

ground. Because the friction

introduce economies of scale.

sulated sleep aid made from fresh, undried herbs, so it’s a real treat to be able to “walk through” and observe some of these innovative processes. Gagnon (explaining during

with conventional grinding machinery would create a high level of heat that has a destabilizing effect, our unique cooling process injects liquid nitrogen around the grinding chamber to create a frigid environment.

Holistic Times: I read that many

think these turning points in people’s perception — along

of your methods have been

the continuum from skeptical

created and/or enhanced by

to acceptable and then, often-

research gurus and product

times, even preferable — have

developers who trained with


the mega-corporations such as Proctor and Gamble. It seems like a delicate balancing act:

The herbs are then cold-

the interplay between brainy

percolated in a glass funnel.

science and the intuitive

Once juices are extracted,

vision needed to tease out the

all that remains is a cellulose

optimal effectiveness, indi-

mash called “marc” that we

vidually and synergistically,

save for local farmers to use

of botanical compounds with

as compost so that nothing is

various energetic vibrations.


Holistic Times: Where do you

Gagnon: Just as there are great

Gagnon: In 1997 I was tapped

to serve on an advisory committee at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to help study, assess, and document the advances in complementary and alternative medicine. Within a group of medical doctors and post-graduate researchers, herbalists were

Many of our formulas are

results as well as gaping limi-

literally given a place at the

available as alcohol-based

tations with synthetic drugs,

table and sometimes even

tinctures, alcohol-free extracts

our role is to bridge the

invited to lead the charge.

or gelcaps, all for optimal

differing mindsets so that our

Seeing this highly academic


results parallel, enhance, or

and allopathic group defer, 17

with keen interest, to our

of an important insight that

cultural/ancestral knowledge

seems easily missed in our

it’s rough all over. In urban

and expertise, I remember

general understanding.

settings, there’s more pollu-

feeling encouraged and validated. I also remember thinking, the world is really changing.

Given that normal breathing is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system — as is the regulation of our heart

Herbalists helped set the

rate, reflexes, and digestion/

agenda for the depth and

assimilation/elimination —

parameters of our NIH

healthy lung function is one

studies of 10 specific herbs.

of those invisible processes;

All this came as a natural

“as natural as breathing,” so

outgrowth of the landmark

the saying goes.

Eisenberg Study of Americans’ growing acceptance of CAM approaches and philosophies, evidenced by the fact that subjects in the early 1990s reported that they chose to spend more of their own money on alternative methods than on the conventional clinical approaches covered by insurance.

Your book says that a typical adult breathes more than 17,000 times in 24 hours, and that healthy lungs use just two to three percent of the body’s total energy for normal (resting) respiration. But for those with lung disease, up to 1/3 of the body’s total energy is expended for respiration alone — and unless someone

tion from vehicles, industry and second-hand cigarette smoke. But within the rural landscape, farming exposes us to different kinds of mold, spores, and plant allergens. Short of living in controlled isolation, we all know that exercise is essential — for the health of our organ systems and for stress reduction. But we have to pay attention to where we’re exercising. Ironically, it may require a commute to find yourself in a grove of trees, for trees are the lungs of our planet. I’ve said that whenever someone buys a car, they need to plant five trees as a means to help dissipate the pollution that most cars create.

We can be sure and certain

is an elite athlete who’s highly

that in the last 15 years this

attuned to energetic nuances,

mindset has mushroomed,

he or she could gradually lose

Free: Nutritional and Herbal

and will continue to do so!

20 percent or more of func-

Care for Your Respiratory

tional lung capacity before

System, I remember thinking

even becoming aware of

that your providing detailed

chronic breathing challenges

information on foods for

that lead to these significant

lung health as well as herbs

“energy leaks.”

for lung support and general

Holistic Times: I’ve taken our

conversation far away from a subject that’s of keen interest to many people who navigate urban life with breathing challenges such as asthma,

No wonder there’s so much

allergies, and various chem-

generalized fatigue, resulting

ical/industrial threats to our

in lower activity levels, which

lung health. Returning to your

brings continued atrophy for

book, Breathe Free, which

lungs and other body systems.

you co-wrote with Amadea

So what can we do about the

Morningstar, I was reminded

slow-creeping effects of environmental challenges? Move away?


Gagnon: Well, you could say

Holistic Times: Reading Breathe

homeostatic rebalancing is an important piece that isn’t always addressed. But what I found truly intriguing was the ending visualization exercise for each of the dozen lung challenges addressed. Some of the visualizations were

even accompanied (and thus,

add to our protective cushion

everyday, thankful for my

made more memorable) by a

of wellness or puncture it.

loving family, thankful for

humorous illustration.

For those with addictions,

our health, and thankful for

guilt and self-loathing can

the privilege to work with

be replaced by envisioning

people who are passionate

one’s happy inner child; a

about herbal healing. I think

wise child who has no need to

of proactive promptness as a

smoke or drink, because he or

way to display my gratitude,

she is peaceful, content with

and this puts a spring into my

the simplicity of life, and free

step. I am eager to greet the

of stress.

day, and thankful for what-

I learned from your approach that lung issues can include an element of psychological distress that precipitates or exacerbates a breathing challenge: that, for instance, a strained personal relationship, not just as an inanimate

ever it brings.

object such as an elevator car,

I have a powerful natural

can lead to a sudden sense

therapy for breathing easier,

of claustrophobia that defies

calming down a racing heart,

“rational” explanation.

easing bone pain or muscle

For more information:

spasms, and sleeping better

Gagnon: For many conditions, we

can visualize specific ways that our own choices either

Mary Grace McCord

at night. Take gratitude with you, wherever you go. I pray 19

Graduates CCNH is proud to congratulate the graduates for the second and third quarters of 2008. Editor’s Note: We apologize for several names being excluded in our last issue. This list is based on diplomas ordered during the period specified. It does not necessarily reflect exact graduation dates. If your name has been left off this list, please e–mail Tara Nicole Brown at with your name and graduation date. You will be included in the next listing.

Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Rebecca J. Al-Nakhli Venessa E. Arredondo April Nicole Bradley Kristen Conrad Nancy G. Costanzo Celina Audrey Dolan Beverly A. Edwardsen Yvonne L. Forest Barbara Fritts Linda M. Gardner Joanne A. Gatto Meiyun Ge Fariba Manteghi Ghaffari Catherine Jane Ghalebi Joann M. Grodell Grace Elizabeth Jones Susie H. Kannada Carolyn Marie Kanter Lorianne Karney Debra Lee McNair Jonnie Lynn O’Connor Michele C. Peterson Megan Lynn Roush Corwin E. Russell Corinne Saffell Elizabeth Santamaria Alaa Mohammad Sarsour Sybille M. E. Stoner Andrea Lynn Weaver Angela L. Windham


Bachelor of Science in Natural Health with Homeopathy Concentration Pamela Boyd Bombyk

Bachelor of Science in Natural Health with Herbology Concentration Kathy Louise Al-Shinnawi

Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition Brandon James Alleman Julia Mara Barbaro Roni S. Bergerson Garrett Forbes Bunting Brenda Cairns Elizabeth Ann Calkins Genisis Ann Chamberlain Vicki Rae Chelf Robin C. Clifton Coyee Marco C. Del Rosario Rachel Lenore Derr Joanna Joy Downs Gabriella Noelani Duncan Wendy B. Eggenschwiler April L. Einspahr Peggy Anne Enderle Margie Frazier Susan Eva Fredenburg Maxine Fredricks Debra Nadine Graham Colleen J. Groff Kimberly Ann Habich

Joel F. Hall Denise Lynn Haun Farryn Agusta Hayosh Patti L. Howard Paula M. Huffman Janelle Marie Jacobson Kyle Alexander Jarvis Mary Theresa Jurnack Paula J. Kaprocki Donna L. Kelley Terence (Pui Kun) Kwong Joan Larsen Kris Liesner Diane C. Lillard Esther Hope Lockerby Ryan R. Mace Teresa Jane Macon Sheri Lynn Mahood Indrawatee B. Mandharan Elisha McFarland Melinda McReynolds Henry W. Mehdeh Penni Merrick Ted James Murray Laura Ray Robyn Anne Sadowski Karen F. Scott Rebecca Sparrow Shedd Fiona Mary Soltes Julie Staneck Michelle Strand Yuka Tashiro Laureen Tweed Ursla Ann Ungermann Lisa M. Viele Shannon Mary Waits Lilane Waldron Vanessa C. Williams Mary Wong

Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition with Nutrition and Lifestyles Concentration Kimberly P. Davis

Second Bachelor of Holistic Nutrition Studies Stacey Acocella Karen DiMare Pantea Etminan Jerre J. Grefe Jennifer Ray Delbert L. Renfroe Christina Gimbel Rutheiser Shayla Simmons Price Pamela Jean Stone Monika G. Trenkler

Bachelor of Natural Health Studies Renée Detky Bernadette R. Goodine Joan E. Morgan Pamela J. Porter Paola Gabriella Rosa Isabel Salas Katrin Schulz Barbara Sostack Felice D. Swalla Susann Hiromi Takaki Cheryl Lynn Tucker Rachel Whitehawk-Day Kristina M. Woods

Bachelor of Natural Health Studies for Healthcare Professionals Patricia K. Langerman Karen Beth May-Quiros Kambra L. Wylie

Bachelor of Science in Natural Health with Herbology Concentration Susan Dianne Newman

Master of Science in Natural Health Diane H. Appicelli Jane L. Colby Donna Massey Corley Danielle Cucek-Murgel Debra E. Dallas Laura L. Earp Michele L. Folk Susan M. Groothuis

and Third Quarters 2008 Anita Ahlmann Hansen Linda L. Isabelle Marie Louise Lehman Laura Collins McFall Minnie Mercer Carrol Jean Neighbors Aradia R. Orcutt Claudia Lavinia Preston Karla K. Reyff Patricia M. Sams Swapn Vemuri Kathleen Webster Whitmire

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition Cheryl Anne Beland Karen Wallace Bolton Lisa Davidson Heidi Dean Myra J. DeLeo Diane C. Emerson-Holm Gina Lyn Fasser Dana Ferrara Rachel Hope Fowler Sarah Louise Gharib James Gurkovic Diana M. Kawczak Laura Bridgett Leff Linda Kaye Marchi Jacqueline Andrea Mitchell Tawnya Moore Pamela Murphy Annie Niewenhous Eileen O’Dea Susan M. Prier Heather Racz Wolfe Azita Saidi Saffold P. Roger Saville Jane Savino Rick J. Schaff Leanne J. Sotir Denise M. Souza Sarah N. Stolarski-Galla Larry D. Tate Frances Taylor Tamara Lynn Tennison Richard K. Thomas Mary G. Tierney Anisa Michele Tipton Cheryl E. Trembrock Kimberle Ann Wiley Spice Williams-Crosby

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with Homeopathy Concentration Kari Moe-Hoffman

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition with Nutrition and Lifestyle Concentration Claudia Maria Chis

Master of Arts in Holistic Wellness Jazmin Iman Forté Briggs Mary E. Coia Nixa DeBellis Melinda A. Hardin

Doctor of Natural Health Joyce V. Adderley Concepcion Verdasco Agudo Curt Edward Burbach Karen L. Carbone Arlene T. Ehrlich Irene Bonnie Gunther Ronald Joseph Kettering Katherine Murphy Marvin G. Swigart Norma E. Thompson Karen Jan Valentin

Doctor of Naturopathy Denise Marie Acton Miguel Leopoldo Alvarado Saldaña Rebecca Ann Barnes Laurie V. Bates Cynthia K. Bissett Carol A. Bolin Audra Jhane Bursae Lindsey Delozier Walter A. Dragus Alan M. Ducorsky John Harrison Duggan Katarina Dwyer Karen Marguerite Gleason Milka S. Gronlund Susan Gail Grossholz Alexander G. Gulchin

Lirio Eritme Herrera Olavid Jeffrey M. Hora Wendy Jellema Ako Kumagai Helen Louise Larrivee Dong Su Lee Arlene Stilgenbauer Lengyel Paula A. Litton John William Loper Susan Matus Shirley J. McLain Baldasare Elena L. Meloul Charlotte Ann Morgan Martha Ann Nichols-Ketchum Michael Jospeph Plyer Eliane C. Provencher Cynthia Lynn Ransom (Corbey) Siddiqa Sajid Annemarie Seidenberg Alla Shvarts Nancy D. Stephens Peggy Walla Harris Deena Marie Wrieden

Doctor of Naturopathy for Chiropractors Celeste M. Krawchuk Michael Walker

Doctor of Naturopathy for Healthcare Professionals Jacqueline W. Adkins Rahmatu Afadua Annoh Emmanuel Kwame Asenso Juliane G. Goicoechea Jennifer L. Martin Jennifer M. Martinc Angela Marie Melton Debra Ann Newman Terri Lee Phillips Kampol Poophawatanakij Thomas Seal Edith M. Wilson Margaret R. Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Health Shirley Ann Bardell Marian E. Bressner Dana Cuper Laggan Bagavathikan Raj Suzan Crisp Sannicandro Paula Sekeras Edward Shneyvas Colette C. St. Andre Annita L. Stansbury Marc Swanepoel Brenda M. Yost

Doctor of Philosophy in Holistic Nutrition Michele Hope Batz Tammy Campbell Green Doreen D. Carlson Carolyn Bridges Corley Meredith Anne GilliattWimberly Peggy Jane Leach Keith Mason Akmal Talib Muwwakkil Ghazala I. Nathu David Nico Mary M. Robbins Ruth Esther Santiago Michelle M. Sears Danijela S. Zotovic

Holistic Care for Companion Animals Grace Beck Suzanne Marie Belliveau Anne M. Berendsen Karine N. Johnston Samantha J. Kingsley Carol Kiran Pamela J. Robbins

Doctor of Naturopathy with Herbology Concentration Mair MacKinnon …continued on next page 21

Graduates The Family Herbalist Certificate Candace Alvarez Beryl J. Bardsley Teshera Lynne Barr Tara Maureen Brennan Accalia Carter Judith Hope Chinitz Michele A. Evans-Hoover Kirsten E. Fenton Juanita Harvey Julie Erin Hines Virginia W. Hockenjos Cynthia M. Hudson Linda Huenecke Susan Lewis Ericka K. McDaniel Aradia R. Orcutt Anika L. Ostrom Michele Pidcock Julia G. Pomeroy Heather D. Ring Megan L. Shelfer Kathryn Louise Taylor-Urich Noreen Watts Beth Ann Zorn

The Consulting Herbalist Certificate Kaila J. Bartlett Theresa M. Jones Audrey Corrine Joyner Renise Larsen Judith A. McKee Cynthia J. Muscarella Aradia R. Orcutt Joan D. Wysocki

The Master Herbalist Certificate Susan Gail Grossholz Susan Beth Simonton de Tomasini


The Natural Wellness Certificate Pamela S. Alley Howard Alter Linda M. Auleciems Mandy Rae Baklas Jane Rosalyn Bell Sandra L. Bullard Thelma Chavez Othello V. Enoveso Yvonne Garcia Patricia Gritsko-Wascavage Sandy Howard Mariana Pavlova Kamburov Walt Kasmir Susan Klosterman-Finke Maritza Lue Kwong Beverly Ann Lower Esra Cal Barbara S. Sternitzke Gail Y. Williamson

The Iridology Theory and Practice Certificate Ellen Marie Blood Grant Fletcher Clarke Shelley D. Hart Betty Jones-Smotherman Jane E. Pate Susan J. Summerton

Graduate Studies in Herbology Nancy McLellan

Graduate Studies in Homeopathy Nancy McLellan

Graduate Studies in Nutrition and Lifestyles Certificate Frances Carol Alford

Continuing Education Dana Lyn Gluyas John Osborne Dana Lee Spates


Student and Graduate Communities


layton is pleased to welcome two new student and graduate groups in the Broussard, Louisiana area and

in Madison, Wisconsin. Also, the Arizona group needs a new volunteer leader. If you are interested, please contact either Jacque Miller at or Mindy Miraglia at mmiraglia@ You can also visit the group’s blog at www.azccnh. If you are interesting in joining a group, first check the Reference Map ( map/US_Map_index.aspx) to see if there is one in your area. If there is not a group in your area, and you are interested in volunteering as a group organizer, contact Eartha at for help in forming a group. Student and graduate groups are a great way to meet other students, network, educate each other, and discuss important issues concerning practitioners and future practitioners of natural health, holistic nutrition and traditional naturopathy. The groups vary in nature from emerging formal organizations to loosely formatted potluck dinners and discussions. Groups are formed at the city, metropolitan, or state level as fitting to the locale. Take your CCNH experience to the next level and get involved with student and graduate groups today!

ClassNotes Students


Kimberly Miles, Ph.D. in natural

Jodi Peckich, 2006 Master

health student. Miles recently released a self-help CD titled Relaxation. The CD is a profound guided technique that does not rely on complicated visualization. Set to soothing Celtic harp improvisations, the technique assists the listener in experiencing both physical and mental relaxation. Enhancing and improving

of Science in holistic nutrition. Peckich’s book Drive-Thru Weight Loss: How I Lost Weight on Fast Food — and You Can Too! shows

Reinfeld along with co-authors

The book is available online at

Bo Rinaldi

and Jennifer

recently released a new book title

daily lives. The CD is available on

What Are You Weighting For? In

it, Scales makes the mind/body connection as she shares a wealth of health and fitness information. Bringing years of active lifestyle

e want to hear from

and personal training experience

all of you. Not only do

to the fore, she chronicles her

your accomplishments affirm the

personal prayer-guided journey to

college’s mission and goals, but

health, fitness, and wellness and

more importantly they motivate

invites the reader to join her. The

and inspire your peers to put their

book is available in hard-copy or

natural health and holistic nutrition

for download at

information, including a photo, you wish to appear in ClassNotes to the regular CCNH address, Attention: Tara Nicole Brown, Holistic Times Editor. Or send it via e-mail to


of Science in holistic nutrition.

ness, and abundance into our

and give us your news. Send any

You can order the book by calling

and even lose weight doing so!

of Science in natural health. Scales

in ClassNotes, please drop us a line

consumers who want to access it.

Mark Reinfeld, 1995 Master

the key to allowing health, happi-

If you would like to be featured

ners offering alternative care and

choices at fast food restaurants —

Victoria Scales, 1997 Bachelor

education to use in the world.

issues that face both practitio-

readers how to make healthy

our ability to let go and relax is


discussion of the regulatory

Murray, has released The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw, which can be found online at In this guide, readers will find the secrets to raw food weight loss; how raw foods can

Pamela A. Popper, 1998 Bach-

heal the body and boost energy

elor of Science, Master of Science,

and enthusiasm; information on

and Ph.D. in holistic nutrition.

the anti-aging properties of raw

Popper has released a new book

food; and, more than 100 recipes

called Health Freedom for All!

that show how raw foods can be

The book relates the story of how

combined into delectable meals.

the author became the subject of a state investigation (which she ultimately won) into her nutrition business, how she became interested in legislative reform, and provides a clear and concise

Mark Laursen, 2001 Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Laursen’s new book, The Inside Outside Diet provides readers with a …continued on next page




holistic weight loss program

The book is available online at

a speaker October 5th at the

structured to allow you to perma-

American Fertility Associa-

nently regain your natural body and ideal weight. The program uses slimming foods, nutritional supplements, and balancing herbs to end physical cravings and begin to target the psychological reasons for overeating. The book is available online through For more information, visit Laursen’s Web site

Bachelor of Science in holistic nutrition. Coscia, a nationally recognized nutritional consultant specializing in disease prevention, has combined her

tion’s patient educational event, Family Matters New York, in the renowned Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The day was comprised of three tracks which ran concurrently. All of the educational content was presented via moderated panel formats. Spencer-Dees participated in the panel titled “Diet, Lifestyle, and your Weight. What Makes

Patty Webb-Butts, 1997 Ph.D.


in holistic nutrition. Webb-Butts’

in nutrition for

latest book, Free Yourself from

humans with

Chronic Fatigue and Fibro-

her love for and

Accem Scott, 1993 Doctor

myalgia, is based on her own

care of animals and is the owner/

of Naturopathy. Scott is best

struggle. Her journey with chronic

operator of The Animal Rescue

known for his “Conscious Move-

fatigue began 17 years ago when

and Adoption Agency, Inc., a

ment” cable television series on

Webb-Butts was diagnosed with

nonprofit no-kill organization for

URTV and for sharing “medita-

CFIDS and fibromyalgia. She was

the betterment of animal welfare.

tion in motion” with hundreds of

so ill that her doctor wanted to

Her book, The Holistic Cat,

people by hosting four celebra-

give her medical disability. After

is written in an accessible and

tions of World Tai Chi & Qigong

four years of agony, Webb-Butts

engaging style for both seasoned

Day. In August, he returned

finally said to her doctor, “I either

cat lovers and first-time owners

to his hometown of Asheville,

want to get better or I want to

and focuses on disease preven-

North Carolina, for the climax

die.” Since then, she has recov-

tion. The book provides specific

of Conscious Movement Across

ered even though the Centers for

tips for raising a cat in a healthy,

America, a four-city tour that

Disease Control says there is no

safe environment. The book will

started in Baltimore and offered

cure. Webb-Butts says, “I drasti-

be available January 27, 2009,

a week-long series of wellness

cally changed my diet, finished a

but you can pre-order online at

events. “This walk is a real home-

doctoral degree in holistic nutri-

coming for us,” said Scott, an

tion, and I have more energy than I did 30 years ago. My passion now is to educate others and give them hope for recovery.” 24

Jennifer A. Coscia, 2003

Karen Spencer-Dees, 1999 Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in holistic nutrition. Spencer-Dees was a member of the faculty and

Sense if you have PCOS or Endometriosis.”

African-American martial artist and naturopath, author of the American Barefoot Doctor’s Manual, “Montford Park is where we held the first Conscious

Cheraskin Grant Awarded Movement Day in 2004.” Asheville was host to one of four such walks across the country as part of Conscious Movement Across America, a grass-roots approach to self-healing and healing our communities, founded by Scott and Michael Clark. Conscious Movement Across America aims to bring health, wellness, and fellowship to all Americans across racial, economic, and religious boundaries. The Free Wellness Walks and accompanying workshops teach folks how to relieve stress and stimulate their body’s internal medicine through mind-

“I’ve always been a naturopath. I just didn’t know it had a name.” EMANUEL CHERASKIN, M.D., D.M.D. 1916 – 2001

Clayton College of Natural Health Honors the Life’s Work of Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin, Our First Director of Naturopathic Research. CCNH dedicates the Cheraskin Research Grant to the memory and the legacy of our beloved friend and colleague.

20 0 8 C H E R A S K I N R E S E AR C H G R ANT AWAR D E D


n behalf of the Faculty and Staff of Clayton College of Natural Health, it is our privilege to announce the 2008 recipient of the

Cheraskin Research Grant in Holistic Nutrition. Melinda Perper, a doctoral

body techniques like Tai Chi

candidate in the Ph.D. program in holistic nutrition, is the recipient of this

and Qigong. For more infor-

award for her study entitled, A Comparison of the Results of a Bioenergetic

mation, contact Tao Brothers: Paula Owens, 2005 Bachelor of Science, Master of Science in holistic nutrition. Owens

and Biochemical Test for Food Sensitivity: Armlength Reflex and ALCAT. Ms. Perper proposes to determine if a correlation exists between two types of food sensitivity measures, the armlength reflex test (AR), and the ALCAT. The AR test is a bioenergetic measure, while the ALCAT

recently released The Power

is a biochemical measure, both of which are designed to measure food

of 4, a book designed to teach

intolerance/sensitivity. Due to the prevalence of food intolerances and

readers what it really takes to

sensitivities, this study is expected to contribute information regarding the

achieve health, vitality, longevity and fat loss. The Power of 4

effectiveness of non-invasive methods of determining human sensitivity

empowers readers with simple,

to specific food substances. Ms. Perper notes that such methods may

yet profound “winning formulas”

decrease costs and time demands, as well as alleviate pain for people

to create a leaner, healthier you.

with these conditions.

The book is available online at Ten

We would like to express our congratulations to Ms. Perper, and are

percent of all book sales will be

confident that she will make significant contributions to the growth of the

donated to and

field of natural health.

Arizona Animal Welfare League.

Tara Nicole Brown • Editor





Do commercial weight loss diets meet nutrient requirements?

A shrinking brain may be determined by what we (don’t) eat

Adults were randomly assigned to follow the Slim Fast Plan,

Professor David Smith of Oxford University said that “the rate

Weight Watchers, Pure Points Programme, Dr. Atkin’s New Diet

of shrinkage of the brain as we age may be partly influenced by

Revolution, or Rosemary Conley’s “Eat Yourself Slim” Diet and

what we eat.” Shrinkage of the brain has been strongly linked

Fitness Plan. According to the authors, while the macronutrient

with a higher risk of developing dementia. Professor Smith directs

intake of the adults changed, there was no evidence to suggest

the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing. The project

micronutrient deficiency over the two months of the study. The

published results of a five-year study of 107 healthy volunteers in

authors did note that the sub-groups with higher needs for

the journal Neurology, where it was noted that the elder individ-

specific nutrients such as iron, foliate, or calcium may benefit

uals with lower than average B12 levels were over six times more

from tailored advice. The first eight weeks is the “greatest phase

likely to experience brain shrinkage. The researchers divided the

of compliance and when the majority of weight changes are

group into thirds. Even the third with the lowest levels of B12 were

demonstrable,” the study suggests. An assessment of the defi-

above the threshold some define as a deficiency. What this means

ciencies of this study reveal that the authors made no attempt

for health prevention is that we all need to be incorporating foods

to educate about

higher in B12 such as nutritional yeast for the vegans and meat,

long term dietary

fish, and poultry for omnivores.

changes required to maintain weight loss. The partici-

Vitamin ‘may prevent memory loss’. BBC News. Retrieved Sept. 9, 2008 from

pants averaged

Cold weather stabilizes flu virus

consuming 2.4

It is common knowledge that there are more cases of flu in the

portions of fruits

winter. Virologist Peter Palese has found that “the virus is more

and vegetables

stable in cold temperatures.” He also found that the dry, cold

per day. Most

conditions of winter pull the moisture out of droplets released by

studies have

coughs and sneezes, which allows the virus particles to remain in

concluded that

the air longer. The dry air also dehydrates the mucous lining of the

seven to nine servings per day are needed for health. Since many

nose creating entry ways for the virus in the cold winter months.

individuals cycle on and off these diets a longer term study to assess micronutrient deficiency status would be valuable. Truby Helen, Hiscutt R, et al. (2008). Commercial weight loss diets meet nutrient requirements in free living adults over 8 weeks: A randomized controlled weight loss trial. Nutrition Journal. Retrieved Sept. 5, 2008 from


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(2008). Does winter cause the flu? Microbiologists discover reason why the flu virus thrives in winter. Science Daily. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2008 from 0103-does_winter_cause_the_flu.htm

in the News Blue peanut butter

How is the metabolism of alcohol and

Scientists presenting at the American Association for Cancer

recovering from heart damage connected?

Research say that “Blue peanut butter in one option that comes

Alcoholic beverages require an enzyme called ALDH2 to be

to mind.” For what would this be useful? For years, scientists at

broken down in the body. Daria Mochly-Rosen of Stanford Univer-

the Linus Pauling Institute have studied synthetic food dyes. Two

sity Medical Center in California observed that rats with higher

of the common dyes — blue number two and red number 40

levels of this enzyme experienced less damage to their heart

— offer cancer protection equivalent to chlorophyllin. Chlorophyllin is a compound that has been shown to decrease levels of aflotoxin-induced DNA damage in humans that have been exposed to high levels of this cancer causing agent, found in molds of nuts such as peanuts and some grains. This research evolved from years of studies by toxicologist George Bailey, an international expert on cancer chemoprevention, as well as contributions from other Oregon State University researchers. Some foods dyes may help prevent cancer. Oregon State University. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2008 from ncs/newsarch/2008/Apr08/dyes.html

Laughter yoga provides many health benefits How much do you laugh each day? Well, Barb Fisher, a certified laughter yoga leader at the University of Minnesota says “studies have shown that 20 seconds of a good, hard belly laugh is worth three minutes on the rowing machine.” Other benefits include stress reduction, enhancing the immune system, strengthening cardiovascular functions, and increasing oxygenation by improving the respiratory system. Laughter also helps tone muscles and helps with digestion and constipation. She says that kids laugh 400 times a day while adults only laugh about 15 times

muscle when they had heart attacks. When the rats were given Alda-1, a chemical compound, it significantly turned up the activity of the enzyme protecting the heart against damage. In a telephone interview with a Reuters reporter, Thomas Hurley of Indian University School of Medicine stated that “this enzyme is central to a number of cellular processes that are related to how the body deals with toxic compounds.” Certain individuals have a mutated gene that makes the ALDH2 so the Alda-1 may provide significant protection from cardiac damage. Forty percent of people of East Asian descent have a mutated form of the ALDH2 gene. Dunham, William. (2008). New way to protect against heart damage explored. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2008 from healthNews/idUSN1142674720080911?sp=true

a day. University of Michigan Health System (2008). Laugh your way to wellness with yoga trend. ScienceDaily. Retrieved Sept. 11, 2008, from /releases/2008/05/ 080505225405.htm


End Notes


t’s not easy being “green” or “single in the city,” and the search for an eco-friendly companion is often more complicated than a case of mutual interests or attraction. With little time, and even fewer local resources, to

find a significant other many people are turning to Internet dating. No longer confined to party parameters and community events, individuals now have carte blanche to leave home and surf the globe for online companionship and love. The world of conscious dating sites is now increasingly available for vegetarians, environmentalists, animal activists, and outdoor enthusiasts looking to meet and network with other like-minded individuals for holistic friendship, dating, and possibly a sustainable relationship. Online dating has left behind its stigma of the past and entered the 21st century. With many individuals going from Web site to wedding bells, there’s hope for even the faint of heart. According to Online Dating Magazine, it is estimated that more than 120,000 marriages a year occur as a result of online dating (2007, Online Dating Magazine). Selecting a suitable online service will depend on personal preferences and interests. Most sites offer a free profile submission and matching profile search, but require a subscription to that particular site to communicate with someone. Below is a list of online sites available to individuals seeking a deeper connection with Mother Earth and her fellow companions. •

Green Singles —

Earth Wise Singles —$14.95 for three months, 1st week free

Planet Earth Singles —$14.95/month, free trial

Green Party Passions —

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