Friday, November 15, 2013

America's War on Wheat

America's War on Wheat   

By Dr. Kyle Christensen

Let me share with you what is going on using an analogy. Acorns.
Many tribes of Native Americans survived and prospered by eating acorns. Wait a second! Don't they know that acorns are loaded with tannic acid?  If you eat acorns, the tannic acid will literally tan (by tightening and closing up) the digestive tract and could kill you!
Oh yes, it seems that the Native Americans did know that.  That is why they would mash, then rinse, and rinse again (7 times mashing and rinsing the acorn meal) in order to wash out the tannic acid resulting in a healthy and nutritious food. Acorn are ONLY harmful if they are NOT prepared properly.  

If someone ate acorn meal that was not prepared correctly - the tannic acid wasn't all washed out - they would get sick.  Suppose a neighboring tribe decided that they would start eating acorn meal that was washed only once or twice (and by so doing could eat acorn cakes the same day). Sickness and digestive complaint would surface. The heralded cry the acorns are unhealthy and not fit for human use would be heard. Does this mean that acorns are unhealthy? Well, yes they are if they are not properly prepared. Could eating acorn meal improperly prepared cause lasting damage - even malnutrition by not absorbing the other nutritious food that you are eating? Yes.

Tribal councils could be held, and tannic acid could be proven without a doubt, to damage health. Can anyone effectively argue that improperly prepared acorns are a problem?

Likewise, the alarm has been sounded against wheat, grains and the chemical constituent - Gluten. America's war on wheat, or more specifically gluten, is a pretty typical knee jerk reaction to the issue.  There is a problem with gluten and yes gluten (principally from the wheat in our diet) can and is having a devastating effect on the health on many people.  Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease and just about every other variety of digestive problem can find the wheat and gluten we are consuming to be a factor.  Gluten has also been implicated in a myriad of other health problems. Is there any reasonable argument that gluten can cause problems? Not really. From my research the damning evidence against gluten is pretty clear.

As a result, there is an outpouring of warnings and condemnation of grains.  Grains have been so vilified by "experts," that it is a wonder we all weren't killed from them thousands of years ago. Every modern and degenerative disease and condition has been attributed to grains by these Anti-Wheat Warriors.  [Ever try having a calm or rational discussion about the issue with one of them? Any suggestion that wheat is misunderstood is akin to trying to give their sweet child a lethal dose of hemlock!]
To date, I have not been able to find anyone beating the drum on the Anti- Grain Bandwagon to acknowledge that preparation and processing may be a factor in our gluten problem.  It is more politically correct to blame the grain than the commercial enterprises that are profiting from all of this. 

It is not fair or reasonable to blame everything from Diabetes to Alzheimers to Heart Disease on the consumption of grains, when a hundred years ago to thousands of years ago people were eating grains and wheat without these problems.  The grain/gluten issue only began in earnest to raise it's monstrous head when the rapid rise yeast was introduced in 1984.  The quick rising yeast shortened dramatically the rising time of breads, which interrupted the breads ability to breakdown and neutralized the anti-nutrients (such as phytic acid, gluten, etc.)  You see, wheat is like the acorn, perfectly fine when prepared with wisdom.  This is where sourdough comes in.

Understand that gluten is only one component of a "Perfect Storm," namely gluten in combination with gut flora imbalances and environmental toxins. Gluten alone cannot be the culprit because the majority of people who eat wheat and gluten handle it just fine. But when the digestive tract does not have the proper ratio and amount of "good bacteria" combined with an overload of environmental toxins that produce a cumulative effect and stresses our immune, nervous and digestive systems. Did you know that there are over 80,000 unnatural and harmful chemical just in the air we breathe, not to mention the food additives, chemicals in our water and household chemicals? This continual exposure to low-level toxicity, I believe, is another reason we suffer from so many health problems. This continual toxic stress is one of the contributing factors to chronic tiredness and fatigue.

Once the body is injured by this perfect storm, you will require healing.  This can take months and years depending on your digestive system, your toxic load and willing you are to correct your diet. Do we ever recommend going back to a diet of improperly prepared grains - of course not - would the Native American go back to serving improperly prepared acorn mash?

This is why we teach how to make sourdough breads.  It is how it has always been done resulting in the healthy nourishing staff of life that generations thrived on.  The sourdough process breaks down and inactivates the gluten and it's harmful consequences.
Understand that once your digestive tract has been compromised, you cannot just switch to sourdough.  You've got to heal your gut - we can help you with that - and yes even those diagnosed with Crohn's Disease can recover if they are willing to make the necessary changes.

So blaming the wheat is like blaming the acorn. Yes gluten causes problems, but so does tannic acid. Can you heal your gut and go back to eating raw acorns without incurring the wrath of the digestive gods? - Not likely. So too, with wheat - heal the gut and then you can introduce correctly prepared wheat. I see this happening time and time again. Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
14 November 2013

Barbarians at the Gate

Barbarians at the Gate 
By Dr. Kyle Christensen

In times past, strong walls and fortifications were built around cities to protect the people within. The physical threats to life and limb were very real.  Not only did our towns and villages adapt to potential threats but so did our bodies. 
Realizing the danger and futility of attacking a well fortified city, the enemy (in this case "the barbarians") would surround the city walls and engage in a siege.  Nothing comes in and nothing or no one gets out.  They would literally starve the enemy into submission.
Living within the walls of a city under siege, no doubt was extremely stressful. In a starving city, the skinny people died first. Those carrying extra weight, although as hungry as their neighbor, could out live them. 
So why the talk of barbarians and cities under siege.  Simple.  This same physiology and genetic programming has been perpetuated down through the centuries to you and me.
As the barbarian pour through the mountain pass toward the city, people gather behind the safety of tall, thick, dense walls.  The citizens prepare their defenses.  But within days, it becomes apparent they are not under attack, but under siege.  Then the nerve-racking silence and waiting begins.
Today, we may not have barbarians thundering down the mountain side, but when we experience stress in our lives, our bodies respond as did our ancestors under the threat of invasion.  When under stress, the adrenal glands, with enough time, will fatigue.  Heck, those barbarians pound their drums all night long!  Remember, that skinny people die first. When you experience prolonged stress, your body knows that survival is more important that a fit and trim figure. 
So here's what I see.  Someone comes to my office and among other problems is the inability to lose weight.  They've tried many diets and often eat far healthier than most people.  In spite of their fatigue, they exercise but still cannot lose any weight.  Often, I find that adrenal glands are fatigued.  Sometimes, the thyroid as well. And even the hormones estrogen and testosterone are whacked out.
So here's my point.  If you've got barbarians threatening siege or even storming the gates in your life, you are not going to be able to lose weight. (Remember the skinny people). Before you can reach your fightin' weight, you've got to heal your adrenal glands and thyroid.  Then you will have energy.  By the way one sign of adrenal fatigue is waking up in the morning exhausted rather than refreshed. 
While healing your body can be simple, it may not be easy.  It can require some significant changes (all for the better) in your lifestyle.  Our goal is to heal and rebuild the body, rather than manage your symptoms.  Remember, the reason you should be taking any supplement or drug is so that you don't have to take it anymore. 
Ready for some positive changes?  Consider learning more by attending one of our classes or reading one of our Healing @ Home Manuals.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
October 17, 2013   

PS - Do you hear those drums beating? 

Are You Listening?

Are You Listening? 
By Dr. Kyle Christensen

Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator. When he came for the interview, he noticed that the office was filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. The receptionist instructed him and all the other applicants, to wait until they were called to enter the inner office.
After a few minutes, the young man stood up and walked right into the office. The other applicants were confused as they didn't hear anybody being called. They assumed the young man went in by mistake and that he would be disqualified.
Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, "Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled."
The other applicants grumbled, and one spoke up saying, "Wait a minute, I don't understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That's not fair!"
The employer said, "I'm sorry, but the last several minutes while you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: 'If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.' None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his."

When I read this story, the one thing that really struck me was how the other applicants missed their one chance to get the job just because they weren't paying careful attention. They could have been sitting there thinking about the interview questions, wondering how they're gonna impress the interviewer and how to position themselves above the other applicants. Some of them may have been mustering all the wits they could summon, concerned about how to make an excellent first impression. They were too ready, they were too focused. Unfortunately, they forgot to listen.
-Source Unknown

So, Are you listening?  What do you hear? Chaos and confusion and the busyness of the day or have you been able to filter out the trivial and unimportant and glean what is going on?   

Just saying.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
September 23, 2013 

Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life
We all want to enjoy the blessings and benefits of "the good life". The Good Life, however, is not what most people think.  It is kind of like 'finding your soul mate'.  That one special individual that will share your interests, challenge your intellect, be fun, be beautiful and accept you for who you are.  Truth be told, your real soul mates are your children, who can push your buttons like no one else, who frustrate you, disappoint you, but also bring you joy and satisfaction.  Through these soul mates you develop patience, humility, longsuffering (which I believe is spiritual stamina), and a whole list of other virtues that you would not obtain otherwise.

Back to The Good Life.  The good life, it turns out is not the easy life.  It is not the life of one trip after another in exotic locations.  The good life is not filled with wealth and privilege. Nor is it free from pain and sorrow.  The Good Life is also the hard life.  Fraught with challenges and sleepless nights.  It is life with imperfect people that we deeply love.  It is wiping tears and mending broken hearts.  The Good Life is a life of selfless devotion.  It is a life of giving and service.  It is not about "what's in it for me" or having every want and need gratified.  It is more about following the subtle promptings of the quiet spirit, we have each been endowed with, doing as much good in the world as we can.

It is only when we step out of the realm of me, that we can see that real happiness comes as we bless the lives of others.  This is so contrary to what is taught through modern philosophies and the media.  It seems the media and 'the powers that be', would have us all become self-absorbed, pleasure-seeking, shortsighted consumers whining for our entitlements.  This is not the path you were meant to follow.

In this good life of yours, this hard life of yours, you may not always enjoy good health.  You will have to devote some time to getting healthy and keeping healthy.  We learn that eating whole natural foods prepared as God and Nature intended will bring us a greater degree of health and well-being. Following the easy path of convenience and fast foods that stimulate the tastes buds will rob our bodies of vitality and health.  We learn that there are rarely shortcuts in the good life.  That winning the lottery rarely is a blessing.  And that the easy way is usually the wrong way. 

I teach most of my patients, you did not sign up for the easy life.  You signed up for the hard life.  The one with heartache and challenges. The life that will thunder you to your knees pleading for strength and guidance.  The life that cannot be lived alone, but will require the help of those you love.  The life devoted to care and kindness.  A life of compassion and humility.  The good life, if we allow it, will knock off our hard edges.  If we choose to learn and grow and bless the lives of all who are within our realm of influence, the good life is often the hard life.  Unfortunately the hard life, if we choose, can also lead to anger and bitterness.  Like so many things in life, it all boils down to how we choose to internalize what life gives us.  Stepping stones or stumbling blocks.

Yes, life is hard.  Mine is and I suspect yours is too.  It usually does not turned out as planned.  But life is good.   Through our challenges and trial, we can learn to love deeply and in turn be loved.  It is not all about me.  As we strive to do what is right by following the divine spirit that whispers to each of our hearts, we can make the lives of others a little bit better and through so doing tie our hearts and lives to theirs in an ever growing sphere of love, friendship and influence.

My challenge to you today is to understand that you choose the good life, but also understand that it is the hard life.  Choose to buck up and buckle down and choose the right.  If you need to, put aside your own appetites and passions in favor of blessing the lives of those which have been put within your circle of influence.  Yes, life is hard.  But through the hardships, there is peace and happiness and a deep and abiding joy. The Good Life.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
January 2012

Illness and Injury as a Spiritual Path

Illness and Injury  
as a Spiritual Path
It seems as though so many of us are on life's troubled path that is wrought with difficulty, pain and trouble. Too often our course in life seems to be more of a distraction that pulls us away from our happiness and spiritual growth than foster it. But perhaps, in reality, this path of hardship and sorrow may be exactly the path set before us on our journey of peace and spiritual development.

Sometimes we are inclined to see those who suffer and judge that they have brought on their troubles because of wrong decisions or behavior. Sometimes this is true. Many or even most of today's chronic and degenerative health problems are the natural consequences of poor or unhealthy lifestyle choices. Eating too much processed foods and sweets, inadequate exercise, not enough sleep, and poor management of stress will all lead to the eventual breakdown of health.

Other problems are truly beyond our direct control and can result from circumstances or behaviors of others. Regardless of how we got there, illness and injury can and must be our starting point to a better life. Heck, life's journey would be futile if "you couldn't get there from here". So no matter where you are in the course of your condition, the starting point for your healing is exactly where you are, right now!

How to Get Started
Remember, this is a spiritual journey on the path to happiness. First, you must understand that there is no magic pill. It is not likely that your recovery will pivot on the precise combination of essential oils, the correct pH of water, the right combination of vitamins or herbs, or even the masterfully delivered chiropractic adjustment or physical therapy procedure. People come through my office every week looking for that one thing that will require minimal effort on their part ("Here, just take this pill and you can expect a remarkable recovery") and produce maximum improvement. Rarely, does this happen. Many are not yet ready to come to grips with this reality and will keep searching, going from doctor to doctor and laying out hundreds even thousands of dollars in hope of finding "the cure". And trust me, there is a never ending line of those with palms opened to take your money.

I am not saying that there are not good and effective treatments and therapies out there. I am saying, that there are many treatments and therapies that are not right for you. And what is right and beneficial for one may not produce the same results for another. Boy, it sure would be easier if there was consistency in treatment and results. But it is kind of like raising kids. There are general principles that hold true, but not every approach works equally well for every kid. Yes, they all need good nutrition and to learn to work and be respectful. But what motivates one may discourage the other.

Simple But Not Easy
Something that I emphasize with many of my new patients is the importance of listening to your inner voice. I often view myself as a pretty good resource for ideas. Admittedly, I do not have all the answers. My diagnoses are not always correct. I, like you, am trying my best to do my best, but often fall short. With this said, please understand, that each of us has been endowed with a true source of inspiration and light. This is often referred to as our conscience or the Light of Christ. My experience has taught me that this subtle inner voice always (ALWAYS!) speaks the truth. When a course of action or direction is needed, posed by a question as simple as "What should I do?", answers will come. The challenge is that these answers are not always a direct answer to your question, nor do they always make sense. For example, Question: "What should I do for my tired and aching back?" Answer: "Go do the dishes, your wife has had a difficult day". WHAT!!! How does me getting up and doing the dishes have to do with helping me feel better. Understand, that God and Spirit see the big picture. My tired back (after a 40 mile bike ride) wanted to rest, but helping in the kitchen brought greater peace and harmony to the home and let's face it, my tiredness was an inconvenience not a crisis.

But what if your problems or issues are serious? What if you are in crisis? I promise you the same holds true. Listen to the subtle prompting and follow them with exactness. It may not make sense. You may find yourself rationalizing or justifying why you can't follow these subtle promptings of the spirit. However, this I have also learned, the more I follow, the clearer the direction I receive. And when I don't follow or drag my feet in following, it is like turning down the volume for further guidance.

I view it like this, we have problems, all of us, no exceptions. I believe that it is through our challenges and problems that God gets our attention and in essence invites us to be humble and come to Him. For me, it seems my prayers are a little more intense during difficult times rather than when things are going pretty good. With that in mind, if we could view hardships as invitations to come to God, draw on His Spirit for guidance and inspiration, then we can be lead to greater peace and happiness. I do not believe that all of our problems will be resolved as neatly as a one hour TV show. But I do believe we will be better off and will find answers and solutions that may have eluded us.

Whatever your course of action, you must feel good about it. Sometimes, answers to your biggest and most pressing questions will not be forthcoming. Your willingness and obedience may first need to be tried and tested (by God). I will often ask "What should I do?" If I leave the question wide open, then I can follow and not have to exert specific demands for specific questions. I have even found that as I follow the mundane direction, insights and inspiration will come to me (that I believe may not have come otherwise). Here is something else I've discovered and many others have concurred with this. I've learned that when I receive an answer to a prayer or impression, the answer is the first thing that flashes in my mind. Whether it's a name or an image of something. The first impression seems to be pure and true before its diluted by my  reasoning or polluted by the adversary. This has been proven many times in my life.

The direction to follow inspiration is simple, but it is not easy. I strongly believe that this is the path that will lead us to greater health and happiness. And I believe that the illnesses and injuries that afflict us just may be the pathway to greater light, peace, love and understanding. It is said that Christ learned by the things which he suffered, and so it is with us. But only if we learn to listen and obey.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
July 11, 2013

Different Planets

Different Planets
Many of us here on earth, it turns out, are living on completely different planets. Funny how that is. Within the roads we travel are many who are definitely following the rhythms different drummers. The pounding staccato that seems to be thundering loud and clear across our country is that of entitlement and self-gratification. Many of us and our children were raised with the notion that everyone wins, there are no losers (difficult on the self-esteem), and we should protect our kids from any disappointment.

As a result we are now part of a generation that is myopically focused on themselves. We have been and are being conditioned that it is not necessary to excel. What ever we do is good enough. And it is unrealistic to expect anyone to sacrifice time and comforts to do something outstanding. Of course, there are countless exceptions, but I am talking in generalities. Then on the opposite swing of the pendulum, there are those that are so obsessed with perfection that they live fearful lives that they may ever get an A-minus or not be chosen first. Their lives, even as children, have been run and managed like a high-powered executive with Swiss clocklike precision.

Too many of us are living on the planet, I will call, Good-Enough. We justify that we are "Doing Okay". Lives are used up on serving our selves. Caught up in addictions and behaviors that we justify are really not that bad, after all, so many others are living likewise. Compared to the standards that are set for our society and the world (which is ever lowering), we are doing okay. Minimal effort is expended because that is all society requires of us and anyway why should I bust-my-butt for someone else. It is too easy to pursue comfort, entertainment, selfish pleasures and recreation than to sacrifice in building a life of service that is truly great. For many, life on the planet Good-Enough is just fine. If that is your chosen life, keep it up - you're heading right where you will end up.

However, I suspect there are a few of you, who may sense that you are living beneath their true potential. You sense, within your soul, that you may be off track heading in directions that will not bring you the joy and happiness your spirit craves. Behavior, apathy, lusts and addictions may feel justified, but seriously, who are you really fooling.
[Side note: Too be honest with you, I don't know who I am really writing this to. All I know is that I was thundered out of bed at 2:00AM and told to write.]

Life is not about adhering to a bunch of rules of minimum behavior so that we can function in society. Your life, and mine, must be about Transformation. It is about taking the challenges and circumstances that have been placed upon us and transcending above them. Neal Maxwell said: Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us, leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for.

Ezra T. Benson said:
"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace."

Boyd K. Packer said:
Perhaps the greatest discovery of my life, without question the greatest commitment, came when finally I had the confidence in God that I would loan or yield my agency to him-without compulsion or pressure, without any duress, as a single individual alone, by myself, no counterfeiting, nothing expected other than the privilege. In a sense, speaking figuratively, to take one's agency, that precious gift which the scriptures make plain is essential to life itself, and say, "I will do as you direct," is afterward to learn that in so doing you possess it all the more.

This is hard doctrine that few of us are ready for. I remember reading this two statements for the first time, years ago, and feeling within my heart - "Oh, I am not ready for this. I hope to be someday, but no, not yet".   Understand that life is not about just getting by. Your life and my life is so much more. It is about becoming.

Steps to Becoming who God truly intends you to be

1)   Listen - we are each blessed with a conscience or inner voice. This is the voice of God or the Light of Christ in your life. Listen to it.

2)   Follow your Inner or Spiritual Promptings. This takes great courage and persistent practice, but will yield blessings, opportunities and happiness.

3)   Cast Out and Cast Aside. There literally are forces both seen and unseen that would drag you down, if you allow them. If you are involved in behaviors, addictions, or habits that are harmful, selfish or unholy, you need to cast them out. When confronted with a trigger or thought, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, you have the right to cast it out in His name. Do this 20 times a day if needed. Then ask for strength, protection and courage to stand strong against your demons. With time your impulses will diminish. That bag of cookies or Diet Coke will no longer have power over you. For some of the more difficult issues, plan on about 7 months to get through the worst of it, understanding that thereafter a lifetime of diligence will still be required.

4)   Stop Living For Yourself. Great power will come into your life when you get out of yourself. For those who have taken the courageous step of giving their life to God, whether you call it Stewardship or Consecration, you will begin living on a new and different planet. A few weeks ago, I challenged a friend, who had some money to spend at a Preparedness Expo, to treat her money - not as her own but God's money. "How does God want you to spend His money today?" She accepted the challenge and at the end of the weekend reported and showed to me her purchases. Items that would directly improve her life. We are to become Wise and Faithful Stewarts over the resources and people God has placed in our lives. You may be fearful that living a life devoted to blessing others will somehow diminish your own happiness, comforts or prosperity. I have found just the opposite.

5)   Promised Blessings. Express gratitude for the miracles and blessings that will enter your life. Understand that the journey you embark on will not be an easy one. It is said, "that the pathway to Heaven goes right through Hell". I bear witness that this is true. However, traversing the rough and rocky terrain does bring with it beautiful vistas and breathtaking heights. Just don't dwell too much on your bruised and bloody knees, elbows and hands.

So whose life are you living? A life influenced by God, spirit and guiding angels, or one influenced by the temptations of selfishness directed by mean, angry and lustful demons? Understand that as a Christian, accepting Christ puts you on to the pathway that will transform and sanctify your divine and eternal spirit.

So what's it going to be? Which planet do you want to live on? The planet of this is "Good Enough" or the planet of Selfless Service and Transformation? Are you up for a real adventure in life? What will it be? Transformation and Enlightenment or will you continue to be like the bull with a ring in his nose being pulled along by a selfish master. It doesn't really matter what our issues are, addiction to sugar, diet coke or porn, it is time to come to our senses, man up and draw on the powers of heaven to see life as it really is and really can be. The good news is that each of us can start right where we are, no matter our problems or circumstances.

Freedom - True Freedom - is the ability to choose and direct your will in such a way that you do not become enslaved by appetites, peer pressure and passions. Giving your will or your agency to God opens you to more freedom and joy that you can imagine. After all, who is really in charge, your physical body or your immortal spirit? I pray that we can all make the course corrections necessary so that we don't get left behind.


Dr. Kyle Christensen

May 21, 2013

The Examined Life

The Examined Life
Socrates' boldly stated "The unexamined life is not worth living." He doesn't mince words. He doesn't say that the unexamined life is "less meaningful than it could be". He simply and clearly says it's not even worth living. Our lives truly are to be ones of spiritual growth and development, yet too many of us are so caught up and overwhelmed with the busyness of each day that rarely do we spend serious time in thought and introspection. As a result, we can lead lives of RE-ACTION, rather than ACTION.

In my practice, we often work with releasing trapped emotions. There are several methods taught today on how to release these trapped or repressed emotions. We all experience emotions for which we may not have the tools, support or experience to adequately deal with. As a result, the subconscious mind, in an effort to protect us, can stuff these emotions down. We have learned that "feelings buried alive, never die" but can later manifest as physical, emotional or spiritual symptoms.

I have been troubled a bit by so many of the natural therapies that are designed to relieve or remove spiritual or emotional issues with the wave of a wand (or magnet). And while we can experience miraculous results with these types of therapies, there are many for whom these treatments are only marginally effective or ineffective all together.

Recall the story in the New Testament in Matthew chapter 17. Christ is up on the Mount of Transfiguration with Peter, James and John. Returning, they discover the remaining apostles who have unsuccessfully tried to heal a young man possessed. Christ heals the young man. Later, the disciples inquire of the Lord, "Why could not we cast him out?" He tells them it is because of their unbelief and goes on to say "this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

I believe that there are many of us who may require more to heal than the more simple approaches. In dealing with emotional scars and wounds, it may not be sufficient that the well-intentioned practitioner run through the prescribed course of treatment and expect complete healing. How many of us have "the kind of spiritual or emotional wound that goeth not out but by prayer and fasting".

In my searching for what I call Christ-Centered Healing, I have come upon a procedure that I believe can help and guide us through the healing process. It requires some effort, but can result in a deep and lasting healing of deep wounds that have long been resistant. This also is in line with Socrates' statement of the unexamined life. Sometimes we need to face our demons and by so doing we can discover that our hardships, trials and adversity can also be our teacher and our personal refiners fire. By examining our life, including abuses and tragedy in the extreme, we may be able to find meaning, purpose, strength and the power to overcome.

When we talk of Christ-Centered Healing, we enter into the realm of the Atonement, Repentance and Forgiveness. Healing through the Savior is much more than lip service and professing believe. The power of healing through Christ is transformational. It is that of becoming a new person, who has truly partnered with Christ (becoming yoked together with Christ - Matthew 11:28-30). It is being Born Again, experiencing that Mighty Change and becoming a child of Christ.

Orson F. Whitney said "No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven."

I have added to my blog an exercise that you can work through that has helped many gain a clearer perspective of their trials.  As we gain an understanding of our life's purpose, we can realize that just as Christ endured unfathomable trials, so too must we experience injustice, abuse, sorrow and pain.  We cannot imagine Jesus reflecting back on his life complaining of the difficulties and unfairness of his experiences.  Rather, He views His life experience as perfect and exactly what was needed.  So too, your life's experiences are exactly what is needed for your eternal growth and development.   

So if  you are inclined follow this link to my blog and spend some time with this exercise. 


Dr. Kyle Christensen
May 2013

Healing @ Home: Getting Started

 Healing @ Home 
Getting Started 
   In this rapidly changing world, many of you are feeling drawn to more natural method of improving health.  Some have become increasingly frustrated with the traditional methodology of drug based medicine. While others quite simply and honestly cannot afford the escalating costs associated with getting and staying healthy. 
  Truly there is a difference between managing symptoms and rebuilding health. We know within our hearts that the body has the ability to heal itself, if you can remove the interfering factors and provide the body with the tools or nutrients to restore the body to health.
  Our Healing @ Home workshops and manuals are designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge so that you can assist those within the circle of your influence to better health and less pain.
 True health is more than the absence of disease.  Achieving health must incorporate the physical as well as mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. And truth be told, it really all boils down to balancing the spiritual with the physical. For those of us who are striving to conduct our lives as followers of Christ, we understand that forgiveness (letting go) and repentance (changing the heart) are integral in both our physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.  And perhaps, recovery is the appropriate word, as we are trying to come back to who we once were, or who we really are (in a pre-existent sense).
  It is important to learn from as many diverse sources as you can.  Because each of us are unique, we all have something different to offer.  I certainly do not have all of the answers, nor do others.  But as we each search for truth, we can build and strengthen our ability to help ourselves as well as others.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
April 18, 2013


Much of what we experience today is based on our perceptions of how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen by others. And while many of us readily acknowledge our divine connection as sons and daughters of God, we are too strongly influenced by false notions that discourage and distract us. 
     For example, because we are so subject to the constant barrage of the media and the world, we can easily confuse worldly worth and divine worth.  The allure of fame, recognition and wealth has become a powerful driving force for too many.  Yet, few if any of us can list the 5 wealthiest people.  It is much easier to name those humble folk who have influenced your personal life for good.  Fame, prestige, wealth and all that the world has to entice us with is hollow and fleeting without a true and firm foundation and a divine perspective.  Just look at the messed up lives of so many of the Rich and Famous.
     Another worldly trap that seems to undercut our sense of self worth is Comparisons.  It is said that comparisons can become a thirst that cannot be quenched.  There will always be someone who is smarter, faster, skinnier, sexier, better, more beautiful, more spiritual, etc.  Often we end up comparing our weaknesses with others strengths.  Boy, that's a recipe for feeling crumby.  Pride is a sin of comparison.  Looks, wealth and fame truly do not matter.
     Another trap is mistaking worthiness for worth.  Our status of being the spiritual offspring of God never changes.  However, all of us have made mistakes and few of our lives have unfolded as we would have liked.  We have all fallen short.  Many of us, who are Christians are striving on the path to become true disciples.  Yet we misjudge Christs life and Atonement as something limited to forgiveness of shortcomings, failing to realize the true transformation discipleship offers.  The Atonement is fundamentally a doctrine of human development, not just erasing black marks. It is more important that we become something, rather than just check items off of our spiritual or daily to-do lists.  The Atonement is not just about paying debts but about transforming debtors. 
     Who you have been is nothing does not need to determine or even strongly influence who you may become. Each new day can become a new starting point.  Our lives will become the summation of our thoughts, desires, aspirations and activities.  It is through our experiences and how we allow them to affect us that truly shapes what we become. Read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.
     The pathway to heaven will lead each of us right into and through hell.  None of us signed up for the easy life, rather we enlisted in one fraught with heartache, hardship and challenge.  It is up to each of us to decide if our experiences will purify, refine and ultimately sanctify us or cause us to shrink into bitterness, apathy and distractions from our real mission and purpose in life. 
     As you have progressed through life, are you filled with more compassion, forgiveness and love for others or do you find yourself easily getting frustrated, angry and irritated at others? 
    I guess my message here is that no matter where you are in life, no matter what your past has been, you can become more and better and happier.  Of course, each of us are called to trudge through tribulation, failure, and sorrow.  Of course, we notice most those who seem to get all the lucky breaks, blessings and live lives of apparent comfort and ease.  But be assured that the plan and path of happiness is one of becoming.  It is about becoming more Christ-like.  It is about becoming less self-centered and less self-driven by the praise found in worldly pursuits.  It is about listening to the quiet subtle impressions and promptings that come from within and mustering the courage to follow them.  And it is about finding Joy in the Journey.
     I challenge each of us to plant within our hearts the notion that we can become better.  That we can have the courage to cast out the empty ambitions of wealth, looks and fame.  To truly set our hearts on developing our inner sacred life.  To Become.
     Becoming must be more than a passive desire or good intentions.  It requires action.  But the action I am talking about can be so subtle that most people in life overlook it.  The action is this:  Listen to and obey that inner voice which speaks from your heart to your mind.
       Arise each day with a prayer that you will be inspired to serve, help and bless the life of another.  Then set about your day, seeking ways that you can be used as God's hands touching someones life.  It may be as simple as a smile or a brief text.  Or it may require changing your plans to preform inconvenient acts of service. As you listen to and follow these promptings, your life will be blessed.  And bit by bit, you will be transformed. 
     As you supplant your desires to be in harmony with the will of God, you will discover that the life God has planned for you is infinitely richer and filled with more joy than going it alone seeking and working toward your own ambitions.  This is a difficult concept and few understand or can comprehend it, but it is true.  Give it a try.

Dr. Kyle Christensen
March 25, 2013

The Joyful Journey

The Joyful Journey 
     Joy in all of it's glory can only be obtained through unselfishness. (Becoming Isaac - by Ben Behunin)
Many of us were raised with the understanding that by working hard and keeping our sights focused on our goals, we would achieve success in this life.  While this statement can be true, I believe that too many have adopted the worlds definition of success.  In today's world, success means money or financial prosperity and the things it can buy.  This same worldly definition of success and money, implies this is what brings happiness.  Boy, that would be nice if it were that easy.  However, often we find the opposite to be true.  Work hard, stay focused on building a life of financial success and comforts and more often you reap frustration, regrets and unhappiness. 

The human being who only lives for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes.  Unselfishness ennobles and satisfies. Don't put off the joy derived from doing helpful, kindly things for others. (BC Forbes)

The true key to happiness is found through blessing the lives of others.  This is best done on a small scale - through our lives touching those we interact with face to face. Of course, donating to large organizations and supporting worthy causes should continue (and probably increase), but each of us needs to roll up our sleeves and mingle our lives with those in our circle of influence.  Including those who may connect with us briefly, never to be encountered again.

Many have taken these concepts and allowed them to sink deep into our souls.  Sometimes this is called Consecration. Consecration has been described as a solemn dedication to a special purpose or service. The word "consecration" literally means "to associate with the sacred".
It is almost like we have accepted a divine invitation striving to become an instrument in Gods hands.  We acknowledge that gifts, talents and resources are best magnified to bless the lives of others. This is not to say, we are any better than anyone else.  Truly, when you enter on this path, you come to realize, we are all in this together.  No one of us is any better than the other.  And herein lies the magic.  You and me and the guy down the street all hold divinity within our souls.  (Of course, I realize that many souls are lost and have descended below the gentle whisperings of inspired promptings.) Mother Teresa describes that each of us can be compared to Christ in one of his many distressing disguises.
I challenge each of us to engage in unselfish acts of service.  Simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but collectively they can bless and transform your life and that of the one blessed by you.  So how can you make the change to become someone who is more joyful, happy and selfless? The practice is simple: In your morning prayer or meditation each day, ask God to guide you to recognize an opportunity to serve one of your fellow men.  Then go throughout the day with your heart full of faith and love, looking for someone to help.  Stay focused. If you do this, your subtle spiritual sensitivities will be enlarged and you will discover opportunities to serve that you never before realized were possible. 

It is usually through another person that God meets our needs.  There is power in asking to be used as a tool in Gods hands.  Sometimes smiling and saying hello is all it takes when you see someone in the grocery store.  An acquaintance can become a friend. When was the last time you invited someone over for dinner? Can you find an excuse to send a thank you note or text? I promise you, it is the culmination of little things that builds a happy life.  Joy is found in the journey, NOT at the end of the road.

Give it a try. Step out of your comfort zone and discover a more joyful Journey.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
February 25, 2013

One Mind, One Heart

     The prophet Enoch (just prior to the flood of Noah), established a city that became a refuge for those trying to escape from the violence and wickedness that preceded the flood for which Noah was preparing.  According to ancient writings and judeochristian lore, these followers of Enoch built a city of righteousness which became known as Zion. 
     There is a phrase used to describe these people.  It is said that they were of ONE HEART and ONE MIND.  As I have pondered this phrase, I initially understood it to mean that they were basically all on the same page or they were all in agreement.  But there is more. 
     The MIND is symbolic of our reasoning and our intellect.  When decisions are made with your mind, they follow logic and seem to make sense. The HEART is symbolic of emotion, spirit and morals.  You can be told to follow your heart which suggests that there may be a higher or more spiritual truth that can defy logic or reason.
    So many of us have learned that the mind can too easily be deceived or manipulated.  Remember when a photograph was considered valid evidence.  Now with computers and technology, images and truths can be altered and changed to misrepresent or suggest almost anything.  Often what is presented as truth and fact, even if it makes logical sense, can turn out to be misleading, false and with ulterior motives.   For example, I remember when welfare checks were renamed "entitlement checks" - boy, that sends a message doesn't it. 
     My point here is that while we must continue to study and learn, the mind alone is not the best way to make decisions.  We can be influenced - not always for our best interest.  Isn't that what marketing and advertizing is all about? - To create a desire or need for something that you don't necessarily really want, need or can afford.
   Being of ONE HEART and ONE MIND is something to strive for not only with our relationships, but also within each of us.  Yes, our decisions need to make sense, but even more importantly, they need to feel right.  During the course of treatment with my patients, we often will discuss treatment options with an emphasis that our course of action needs to feel right.  Don't take my word or anyone elses! - Listen to your heart. 
    Understand that when you listen to your heart, you are listening to feelings or your conscious.  That inner voice that always speaks truth.  Stephen Covey taught that we need to "Listen to and Obey our Conscience."  This is true.  As we tune our minds to our hearts, we can hear the voice of God.  It is not a matter of the mind and heart coming to some sort of compromise.  Rather, it is the physical (the Mind) submitting and becoming subjective to the spiritual (the Heart).  This is the path.  This is the way of the ancient sages and masters.  This is the way to truth and happiness.  As you strive to tune your mind to the frequency of your heart, your life's journey will open to more joy, greater purpose and deeper meaning.  You will discover the mystery of happiness that has alluded so many in life.  That mystery is selfless service - blessing and enriching the lives of others. 
   It is easy for me to just say it and spell it out for you, but I know these words will hold no value and meaning until you climb on to this spiritual path.  For you see, this path of happiness, defies all reason and logic.  You cannot wrap your MIND around it, you can only open your HEART to it.


Dr. Kyle Christensen
February 25, 2013

It's Crunch Time

It certainly seems like time and events are  moving faster and faster.  In a world of increasing uncertainty, it makes sense (at least in my mind), that we buckle down and get ready for the wild ride that may be before us. 

I made a grandma cry! 
Lecturing to a large group a couple years ago, somewhat in exasperation, I told the group "Too many of you are acting like spoiled little children, who gobble up the candy and goodies as soon as your parents leave the room.  Who do you think your fooling? It's time to grow up and start doing what is right!"
After the class a sweet little grandma, in tears, told me this is exactly how she was behaving and just what she needed to hear.

The reason I share this, is because some of us (and as always I include myself), need some shaping up to do.  Regardless of how you may view the world, things are changing.  And not just a little.  It is so easy to become so absorbed in our lives that we may not see the writing on the wall. 

Sit down with those you care about most and determine a course of action.  How would you handle a natural disaster?  A pandemic? A sharp downturn of the economy?  Do you have adequate food and fuel?  Have or are you doing all you can to get out of and keep out of debt?  Living within your means?

So I ask you and even plead with you: Be the Adult. Do the right and responsible things for your self and those within your stewardship.  Get healthy.  Focus on getting healthy and rather than following some stupid diet to lose weight, eat healthy (stop the sugars and vegetable oils), exercise, go to bed earlier, and laugh and love more fully.

It really is CRUNCH TIME.  Time to pull it all together.  Time to live.
Have you joined us in our goal to have
500 gallons
of herbal remedies in the homes of  friends and family.  We invite you to become part of this.  How many gallons of these formulas do you feel you should have on hand ?  So far we've got about 100 gallons out there, only 400 to go.
Kyle Christensen, DC, ND, MH

500 Gallons!

500 Gallons! 
Here we are in the midst of a raging flu season.  And amid cries by some that responsible people get vaccinated for the flu, are reports emerging that the flu shot is ineffective in preventing the flu and contain toxins that can damage the nervous system, leading to Alzheimer's Disease.

Says Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD
"Here's the bottom line: The vast number of people who get the flu vaccine aren't going to get any benefit, but they get all of the risks and complications."
Flu vaccines contain mercury in the form of thimerosal (ethylmercury), a brain toxin, which accumulates in the brain and other organs. "It's incorporated into the brain for a lifetime," says Dr. Blaylock. "After five or 10 years of flu shots, enough mercury accumulates in the brain that every single study agrees is neurotoxic.  
Mercury is extremely toxic to the brain even in very small concentrations, and there are thousands of studies that prove it.
"The changes that we see in the brain associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are all easily produced by mercury in these doses."

I encourage each of us to prepare with supportive remedies and therapies that will boost and strengthen our bodies to get and keep healthy. 

I challenge you to assess the needs of those within the circle of your influence.  How do you determine who is in your circle?  Simple, who calls you for help, advice and support.  Or in other words, when the Pandemic that has been promised to hit us for many years now (usually phrased as "not if, but when"), finally comes, who will be knocking on your door for herbal remedies? 

The herbal formulas that can be made in our Open Kitchen Classes, if cared for properly, can easily last 10 to 20 years.  By making your own remedies, you save big time! 
I encourage you, if you feel so prompted, to store what you need and more.

It is our goal to have
500 gallons
of herbal remedies in the homes of  friends and family.  We invite you to become part of this.  How many gallons of these formulas do you feel you should have on hand ?  So far we've got about 50 gallons out there, only 450 to go.
Kyle Christensen, DC, ND, MH

What's in your Marinade?

What's in your Marinade?  
Let me briefly share an analogy shared by John Bytheway. He tells of having a conversation with a Hollywood actor who left the industry and shared with him the wisdom he was taught by a mentor.

"You will eventually become what you surround yourself with." 

Whether we realize it or not, whether we believe it or not, we are all marinading in something!
All of us are the product of the elements to which we are exposed. In other words, we become, what we surround ourselves with.

Everything has an influence on us.  Some heavy, some light, but everything has an influence on us.

We would like to be heavily influenced by the things of God and lightly influenced by the things of the world, yet too many of us spend minutes in the the scriptures and hours watching TV or Surfing the Internet.  The wisdom of ages past have validated time and again that happiness is the result of a life well lived.  A life that seeks the spiritual and is unselfish. 
We do not need to look far to see the unhappiness of those who have become self-absorbed living unholy lifestyles.

As we begin a new year, take a few moments to assess your level of joy and happiness.  Then write down how you spend your time both with what you do and what you think about.  What are you reading, watching, and thinking about.  In essence, what are you marinading yourself in?  What is swirling around your spirit? Anger, worry, frustration
s, or regrets? Is your entertainment (books, media) uplifting, inspiring and spiritually satisfying or are you agitated by violence, lustful or mean-spirited humor that has become part of your life? 

And while most of us do not have the ability to completely dissociate from the barbs of Babylon, we do have the ability to continually seek the spirit and the good.  It will however take a conscious decision to do so.  The downward path is at first easier but it does not bring lasting joy.

So ask yourself, what is in the marinade of your life?  Sweet and Savory or Bitter?
Kyle Christensen, DC, ND, MH 

Do Not Discount Home Therapies!

Do Not Discount Home Therapies!
Dear Friends,
It is so satisfying for me when so many of you share your successes with natural health care.  Let me share a story.

A 40 year old woman came to me because she had suddenly lost her hearing in the left ear.  Medical evaluation determined that she had lost 70% of her hearing and was recommended for a hearing aid which would cost about $2,000.  She did not feel right about that and felt that there must be something natural that she could do.  We discovered that she had an upper molar on the left side that was sore.  Dental examination revealed an infection and loss of bone in that tooth socket.  From our cold laser class, we learn that the laser produces hydrogen peroxide within the cells - which can fight infection.  Additionally, she decided to some "Oil Pulling" - this is done by taking a teaspoon of organic, raw extra virgin coconut oil and swishing it around in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes.  Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic self treatment for pulling toxins or infections from the body.  After several days of using the cold laser and oil pulling.  She felt like the infection was being pulled from the tooth into entire body.  She ran a fever for a very short time as a result.  Then she woke up in the night (about 3:00am) and to her delight, she could hear again in her left ear.  Her hearing was restored 100%.  She was told by the ear doctor that there was nothing that could be done to restore her hearing. It was gone and she'd better come to grips with living the rest of her life with a hear aid. 

There are a couple of important points here.  Firstly, this very spiritual women listened to the quiet whisperings of the spirit, that we both felt guided her to answers that created her miracle.  Second, she was not looking for a single therapy, but was open to doing multiple things simultaneously.  Third, she was very diligent in her studying and searching for answers.  In fact, she came up with the oil pulling, even though I'm familiar with it. It was her recommendation not mine.  And finally, with her healing that thanks and credit were giving to God for guiding, inspiring and comforting her through many months of deafness.

One of the great blessings of natural healing is that we are so often guided by spiritual prompting and our healings and recovery strengthen and renew faith.  Additionally, the spirit and emotions are concurrently blessed and healed in the process.  We are not just looking for the cessation of symptoms, but healing within every aspect of our lives.

While your story may not be as dramatic as this one, please share it with us so others may benefit from your success.
Kyle Christensen, DC, ND, MH   
Big Savings on your Herbal and Healthcare Products! 
As many of you know, I am no longer associated with
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Since leaving this company, I have been able to establish an association with Dr. Christopher's herbal manufacturing company and in doing so am able to offer you significant savings on their excellent products.  I received my Master Herbalist degree from Dr. Christophers' School of Natural Healing.  The herbal formulas that I developed for Western Botanicals were based on my education from Dr. Christopher.

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Faith To Be Healed

Faith To Be Healed
I am blessed to work with good and wonderful people.  People who strive to do what is right and spend their time and resources serving and helping others.  However, many struggle with severe chronic and debilitating conditions.  I would not judge so good a people as lacking in faith.  On the contrary, I would say that their faith is sincere and profound.  Then why all of the suffering?  Is it God's will that His valiant and faithful children struggle so deeply?

Let's take a few minutes to examine the issue between Faith and Healing.
I belief there are three reasons that we suffer.  1) What I tell my children "It's Your Own Dumb Fault" - meaning you are suffering from the consequences of your decisions and behavior.  I would guesstimate that this accounts for the vast majority of ill health, heartache and pain. 2) Rain upon the righteous as well as the wicked.  This means that if there is a storm or earthquake, then both the God-Loving and the God-ignoring will be affected.  Included in this may be the resultant effects of others - such as a child born with drug addictions or other physical or mental disabilities. 3) Challenges such those of Job.  In these rare cases, trials and challenges are specifically placed before us as a test to prove our faithfulness.

  I have learned, as have many of you, that it is through our trials and through suffering that we learn and grow.  The physical, emotional and spiritual hardships we traverse will either result in making us more gentle and compassionate or they can harden us into anger or cynicism. The choice is ours.  We have the choice of simply trying to pass through our trials or allowing our trials to pass through us treated as the process of spiritual growth.
People come to me seeking relief of these ailments.  Often the prayer is that these pains be removed and taken.  Faith and spirituality can sometimes be misdirected in this way.  We learn throughout the scriptures that rarely does God simply remove or eliminate our hardships and trials. Rather the Lord will comfort us , support us, lead us, nourish us , strengthen us, and provide means for us to get through those challenges that we are called to face in our lives.  
Your focus should shift from pleading with God to take our burdens away to asking to be comforted in our afflictions.  Ask that you may learn and grow and remain faithful.  Ask for the strength and comfort and the assurance you are valued and loved by God. As you do so, you should experience quiet whisperings that can illuminate the path and the way for you to follow.  Of necessity, this path will require change.  For as I mentioned earlier many of our trials are consequences of lifestyle choices that may have resulted in your difficulties.  
This brings us to the issue of "Faith to Be Healed".  The women who touched the hem of the Saviors robe and was healed received virtue from her Lord and was rendered a complete healing. Her issue of blood was not just a little better, she was made whole. Likewise, we can receive a complete healing and be made whole if we are granted or given the spiritual gift referred to as "Faith To Be Healed".  My understanding of this gift is that it is different that what we refer to as "Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ".  Certainly "Faith to be Healed" is founded in our faith in the Lord, but perhaps it is a little different.  I believe Faith to be Healed is given as a gift with the spiritual assurance that this is Gods will for you.  Repeatedly, Christ told those he healed, "Your faith has made you whole".  We are also taught to wait upon the Lord.  Perhaps timing is also a factor in our healing.  
The scriptures illuminate to us that our Lord is a 4th Watch Savior.  Meaning He comes during the last watch, when it is the darkest and most desperate of times and circumstances.  Only when we have exhausted our resources and efforts are we scooped up and rescued.  But not being able to see the end from the beginning, sometimes the rescue from our temporal situation is not to be had.  Sometimes eternities grander perspective views our life without myopic mortal lenses.
Faith is a vital component of our healing but it will always be tempered by the will of our Father in Heaven - whose lenses span the eternal vistas which encompass our past, present and future.   
The scripture  D&C 42:43 states "And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of an enemy." In the past I have viewed this verse almost as a compensatory clause for the weak and unfaithful who lack in spiritual strength.  However, I now realize that the blessings of a complete healing may only come when someone with great faith in Christ is given the spiritual gift of "Faith to Be Healed" in accordance to the will of God.  Without the will of God, I believe this gift will rightly be withheld, even though your faith and devotion to the Savior is flawless and pure.
Surely "Faith to be Healed" is a gift that should be earnestly sought, but we need to concurrently seek the divine will of God.    
In the meantime, as we each suffer through our allotted path of mortality, we must seek and plead for blessings of comfort, peace and direction.  As we are guided through the natural processes of health, healing and recovery, we will experience many tender mercies.  We will be blessed with friends and we most certainly will be guided to touch and bless the lives of others as we serve through the empathic perspective of our wounds.    
Once again I urge you to become the grandma (or grandpa).  Become that reservoir of compassion and healing having learned how to "nourish with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food".  The world is changing and we need each of you to be a beacon of  light and hope to those within the circle of your influence.  I invite you to step up and follow where the spirit will lead you.
Kyle Christensen, DC, ND, MH
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