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Spring 2017 NHI Discounts


Between May 6, 2017 to June 30, 2017, I have reduced or discounted the tuition for all our Residential (In-Classroom) programs by 20 % off. All our Residential (In-Classroom) classes are reduced by 10 % off. Click here for the full details.

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For our Distance Learning students: Between May 6 to June 30, 2016, I have reduced or discounted the tuition for all our Distance Learning programs by 20 – 55% off. Click here for the full details.

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Why the great discounts? We are declaring this Spring an international time of NHI tuition discount. Spring is the time of renewal, regeneration, change, Spring “greens,” and growth. We can help you generate Spring “greens” via a career in wholesome, (w)holistic, and (w)holy healing.


Some of the Extensive Benefits of Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

I have been growing turmeric (Curcuma longa) here in North San Diego county and frequently include the root in my cooking. When I think of Indian meals, I think of the yellow-gold tinted meals containing ample amounts turmeric root. I hope you consider as well this inexpensive spice that is quite valuable therapeutically.

Turmeric root (Curcuma longa) has a diverse array of intracellular targets throughout the body giving it great therapeutic potential. One area of particular interest is turmeric’s interaction with the inflammatory pathways of the human body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to issues of the brain, cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine systems, and musculo-skeletal systems.

The uses of turmeric as a therapeutic agent for healthy tissue, including but not limited to joint, muscle, and connective tissue functionsare linked to the polyphenols compounds known as Curcuminoids. Curcuminoids have been well studied for their synergistic effects as inhibitors of at least four inflammatory compounds in the body (, including NF-kB, COX-2, TNFa, and IL-6).

Regulating and modulating these pro-inflammatory compounds balances inflammatory pathways, impacting inflammatory load that harm tissues throughout your body. Turmeric’s polyphenols are strong antioxidants acting as free-radical scavengers, supporting several important liver enzymes of detoxification, and supporting S.O.D. anti-oxidant function. S.O.D. is only one of two anti-oxidants your body is capable of manufacturing. S.O.D. counteracts the most dangerous free radical (oxidant) in your body — the irregular oxygen free radical. Similarly, turmeric supports Reactive Oxygen Species function.

Studies suggest that combining turmeric with other high polyphenol plants and compounds improves the absorption and effectiveness of turmeric root compounds! Synergy amongst plants and plant compounds, such as with the curcumin polyphenols, can enhance the action of an herbal formula targeting multiple mechanisms of action and specific tissues.

For example,a combination of turmeric with rosemary, ginger root, devil’s claw root, boswellia, wild lettuce, Jamaican dogwood, feverfew leaf and flower, the bioflavonoids quercetin and rutin, hyaluronic acid, trans resveratrol, and formaldehyde-free black pepper to focus on targeting the multiple aspects of joint health including – modulating inflammation, supporting circulation and vascular health, addressing tissue compromise throughout your body, andmodulating the mechanisms of occasional pain would be an example of a synergistic combination.

Using turmeric root as a whole plant extract and in formulation with other herbs captures the synergy and the diverse array of molecular and tissue target that supports the great therapeutic potential of this medicinal plant.

Poor Sleep Is Associated With Buildup Of Toxic Alzheimer’s. Plus Many Safe, Effective, Natural Sleep Aids

Restful sleep is required for us to store and save our memories. If you are not getting enough sleep each night, you may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This is something that I feel equally applies to many other chronic diseases as well.

In a recent study published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers at University of California, Berkeley, found evidence that poor sleep, specifically a deficit of deep sleep, is associated with a buildup of the beta-amyloid protein. Excessive deposits of beta-amyloid are the primary suspects in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, as this toxic protein ends up attacking the brain’s long-term memory.
This correlation between sleep, beta-amyloid, memory, and Alzheimer’s disease has been growing stronger. Sleep is when our body repairs itself. Quality sleep prevents these toxic proteins from accumulating and destroying brain cells. A buildup of beta-amyloid protein has been found in Alzheimer’s patients as well as in patients with sleep disorders. A study from University of Rochester in 2013 found that the brain cells of mice shrunk during non-rapid-eye-movement (non-REM) sleep to free up space for the cerebrospinal fluid to wash out toxic metabolites such as beta-amyloid protein.

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Overall, the results of the new study demonstrated that the more beta-amyloid you have in certain parts of your brain, the worse your memory. In addition, the less deep sleep you get, the less effective you are at clearing out beta-amyloid protein. Researchers do not know yet which of these two factors – the poor sleep or the build-up of beta-amyloid protein – begins the cycle that triggers this cascade.

This is a new pathway linking Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, which is significant since we can do something about it, since poor sleep is treatable and can be improved by modifying sleep habits. It is important that you go to sleep around the same time every night. When the timing of your sleep is shifted even if the duration of sleep is the same, it’s not going to be as restorative. In addition, avoid watching TV or using your computer before bed. Computer screens (smartphones and laptops) emit light in the blue part of the spectrum. This doesn’t cause a problem during the daytime, but at night, this blue light limits the production of melatonin. As a result, it disturbs your sleep-wake cycle. There are free apps you can install on your computer if you absolutely need to be on your computer at night that adjusts colors in a way that reduces the stimulating effects of blue light at night.
Caffeine and other stimulants can also keep you up and interfere with sleep. It is best to avoid these four to six hours before bedtime. Finally, try to workout earlier in the day. Exercise increases cortisol and can make falling asleep very difficult.

If behavior and lifestyle modifications are not enough, there are herbs-botanical agents and nutrients that can significantly promote restful sleep.
Passion flower, skullcap, lemon balm, German chamomile, valerian root, hops leaves (strobules) are all calming botanicals used for centuries to help with insomnia. They have all been shown to decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep as well as improve sleep quality. Caution: any sleep aid can become emotionally habit forming. You should not become reliant on any “mother’s little helper.” Because valerian and hops can be very strong, I strongly discourage their regular, ongoing use – i.e. not more than two nights per week. I prefer to recommend an herbal formula of equal parts passion flower, skullcap, lemon balm, and German chamomile!

The amino acid L-tryptophan stimulates production of the calming neurotransmitter seratonin which has been clinically proven to reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep. The amino acid L-gaba lodges at the gaba receptor sites which has been clinically proven to reduce stress and improve the quality of sleep. The amino acid L-theanine, derived from white or green tea (Camilla sinensis), has been clinically proven to calm, relax, reduce stress, and improve the quality of sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone whose primary role is in controlling the body’s circadian rhythm. While adequate levels of melatonin are essential for quality sleep, its production declines significantly as we get older, often causing sleep difficulties associated with aging. Thus, supplementing with melatonin has been shown improve sleep quality. In addition, 5-HTP can further support endogenous or internally produced melatonin production during the night to help with staying asleep.

Inositol is a member of the B vitamin family that promotes relaxation and helps maintain the proper metabolism of serotonin. It is worthwhile to read about the minerals calcium and especially magnesium to help relaxation. I also often recommend a whole B-complex to be taken during the day with or after a meal that contains good protein.

Learn more in both our Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH) Program which is on Wednesday nights and our NHI Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC) Program which is on Tuesday nights. You can join either or both programs at anytime – the sooner the better – or take individual modules or nights. See our NHI Schedule for more information.