John Redden RH Botanical Medicine for Hypertension Management CE credits

Collaborative Education Lecture In this 1 hour lecture John Redden RH gives an overview of formulating a cardiovascular botanical tincture within the context of a case study. The lecture then focuses on the safe and effective use of Rauwolfia serpentina for the management of hypertension. This lecture provides a thorough discussion of Rauwolfia's indications, pharmacology, dosing, side effects and contraindications. Link to Course

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The Foundation of Holistic Principles

The Golden Age & Wei Wu Wei, A story: The Foundation of Holistic Principles Vitalism implies there is a force that organized matter into complex structures like plants and animals and is named Life. This life-force is measured by its effects as it animates. We do not see the wind but things carried on it like clouds or birds. Complex biosystems like an animal maintain a dynamic equilibrium through the physical transmission of information in their physiology e.g. neuropeptides. There is intelligence or mind in our physiology meaning that mind directs life and life organizes matter. Conversely, life is involved in matter and evolves up to the point where mind, once hidden, is now manifest. Mind evolves until it reaches self-awareness or sentience. From self-awareness, self-will blossoms. Self-will implies free will or the ability to override our genetically programmed actions i.e. consciousness and conscience direct the individual and create...

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SOUP STOCKS & BONE BROTH from Sally Fallon

CHICKEN STOCK Ingredients: 1 whole free-range chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings* gizzards from one chicken (optional) 2-4 chicken feet (optional) 4 quarts cold filtered water 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped 3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped 1 bunch parsley *Note: Farm-raised, free-range chickens give the best results. Many battery-raised chickens will not produce stock that gels. If you are using a whole chicken, cut off the wings and remove the neck, fat glands and the gizzards from the cavity. Cut chicken parts into several pieces. (If you are using a whole chicken, remove the neck and wings and cut them into several pieces.) Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring...

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Immune Broth

IMMUNE BROTH from David Winston Place the bone of a grass-fed, pastured and/or organic lamb or turkey in a large spaghetti pot (glass, satinless steel, enamel or wok) or crock pot. For vegetarians begin with 3 ounces of oat straw & burdock root in place of the bone. Add to it a good sized Reishi mushroom and 3-5 Astragalus sticks. Cover with filtered water nearly to the top, plus one tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar. Simmer slightly covered for three days; add water as needed. Turn it off before bed and cover, and then put the heat back on in the morning (heat may be left on low in a crockpot). Late on the third day add chopped organic carrots & celery plus 1 ounce of nettles & alfalfa. Cook until the vegetables are really soft. Strain liquid into a pitcher or two and refrigerate. Use for immune broth as...

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Organic Delivery Services in the GTA

Farms & Forks Food Share Boxes Fresh City Farms Front Door Organics Green Earth Organics Green Zebra Kitchen Love Gan Mama Earth Organics Organics Live Plan B Organic Farms Wanigan Fruits and Vegetables Zephyr Organics

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Preventing Cold & Flu

How can we prevent  a cold or the flu?

We can OPTIMIZE the resilience of the body.

Colds and flus are opportunistic pathogens. When a person’s immune system is run down it presents an “opportunity” for the pathogen to infect the body.

The immune system becomes run down from:

  •  highly refined diets
  •  refined sugar
  •  chronic stress
  •  lack of sleep
  • Wash hands with soap frequently during the day
  •  Ensure adequate rest – 8 hours in ideal. Restful sleep is healing and restorative
  • Do deep breathing exercises
  • Walk and do stretching exercises to boost the immune system (Note: Extreme aerobic exercises and weight training are best minimized if you have any of the above symptoms)
  • Dry skin brushing and contrast showers are useful to support...

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What is a FEVER?

A fever represents the mobilization of the body’s immune system.

It is the first reaction of our immune defense and indicates that the person is defending themselves.

In children under 7 years old, a fever indicates a building of the immune system.

The fever is a part of the non-specific immune response.

  • 37 C normal body temperature
  • 37.5 C encourages microbes (inefficient)
  • 37.5-.9 C bacteriostatic (limits bacterial growth)
  • 39 - 40.5 C kills bacteria (efficient) *except in newborns
  • above 40.5 C destroy own self (cells)


• Fever is the primary mode of immune system function in infants and young children who have not yet developed a mature immune system....

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Warnings & Interactions of Herbs

You will notice that our single herbal products have numbers & letters assigned to them corresponding to Warnings & Interactions. This paper explains what each of the numbers and/or letters implies. SAFETY CLASSES CLASS 1 Herbs that can be safely consumed when used appropriately. • History of safe traditional use • No case reports of significant adverse events with high probability of causality • No identified concerns for use during pregnancy or lactation • No innately toxic constituents • Toxicity associated with excessive use is not a basis for exclusion from this class • Minor or self-limiting side effects are not bases for exclusion from this class CLASS 2 Herbs for which the following use restrictions apply, unless otherwise directed by an expert qualified in the use of the described substance: 2a: for external use only • Toxicity demonstrated with crude preparation taken orally at traditional dose • Adverse event...

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