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The Amazing Herbal Pioneer Dr. John Christopher and His Simple Protocol for Stopping a Heart Attack
by Barbara Minton
(The Best Years in Life) Dr. John Raymond Christopher was an amazing man, a pioneer in natural medicine who brought about the renaissance of herbal healing in North America. His legend includes a simple protocol that anyone can use to quickly bring back to life a person at the brink of death from a heart attack.
Born in 1909 with advanced rheumatoid arthritis that often left him in a wheel chair, and abandoned to an orphanage in Utah by his natural parents, Dr. Christopher’s early life was painful both emotionally and physically. His adoptive parents first saw a glimpse of his unusual future one night when he lay critically ill with croup. As they paced the floor during the cold snowy night, distressed because he had a high fever and labored breathing, a knock was heard at their door.
On the porch stood a bearded man in short sleeves who told his parents their child would not die, and that he had a great mission to perform. This man gave Christopher’s mother explicit directions to eliminate his phlegm and stop his croup. As she started to go into the house to follow those orders, she turned to thank the man, but he had disappeared without a trace, leaving no footprints in the snow. Using the man’s instructions, Christopher was soon on the mend, though as a young adult he developed hardening of the arteries, and doctors predicted he would never reach the age of thirty. When he heard about that, Christopher vowed to become a doctor, telling his mother, “I will be able to heal people without cutting them up.”
The day before he was to enter the University of Utah, Christopher was in an automobile accident and pronounced dead at the scene. But at the morgue, his mother saw a spark of life, and he was rushed to the hospital where he lay completely helpless. Finally after many chiropractic sessions, he was well enough to continue with his life, though he continued to be riddled with pain for years.
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During a particularly bad night, he picked up The Doctrine and Covenants, a book of scripture. It fell open to a section known commonly as the Word of Wisdom, a health code for the church. Though he had read this many times before, this time he read it with a different prospective, and was guided to adopt the health code and develop for himself a diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds. Within a few months on this diet, he had regained lost weight and began sleeping soundly.
Astonished at his dramatic health improvement, he soon wrote Just What is the World of Wisdom, a booklet describing his experience and laying out his dietary guide for better health for the public. Of course he was laughed at and ridiculed by many.
When World War II broke out, Christopher became a conscious objector and was assigned to supervise a medical dispensary. Having learned and seen so much natural healing by then, he felt out of place in his job. One day a soldier came into his dispensary with a severe skin disease known as impetigo, and this changed his life for ever. Christopher healed him with a poultice of black walnut husks.
After that, Christopher became the only practicing herbalist in the U.S. Army, and his black walnut husks became famous for treating fungus, infection, and jungle rot, in addition to impetigo. What followed were many years of experimenting with herbs and the development of various herbal protocols for ridding disease where ever he found it.
In 1946, Christopher became a Master Herbalist after completion of courses under Dr. H. Knowles at Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 1948, he became a Naturopathic Doctor from the Institute of Drugless Therapy in Tama, Iowa. Later he received an Herbal Pharmacist degree.
In 1953, Christopher formed the School of Natural Healing and began teaching. The school is still in existence today. Graduates receive the Master Herbalist certification.
Christopher created more than 50 herbal formulas including Complete Tissue & Bone, Lower Bowel Formula, Blood Stream Formula, Female Reproductive Formula, and Super Garlic Immune Formula.
For years, Dr. Christopher’s message was “God intended everyone to have the knowledge to properly care for their own body.”
Dr. Christopher stops heart attack with cayenne pepper
Dr. Christopher held the healing properties of cayenne pepper in special esteem, and always used it when called to treat a heart attack victim. The following is from his writing (Dr. Christopher’s Newsletter 1-12)
“In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in – if they are still breathing – I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids we could ever give for the heart, because it feeds that heart immediately. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition because of processed food we are eating, but here it gets a good powerful dose of real food and it’s something that has brought people in time after time. This is something that everyone should know how great it is, because a heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones anytime. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets, capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell structure – makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and it goes directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it in powerful food.”
Dr. Christopher died from complication of a traumatic head injury at the age 73, in 1983, just about the time in which our food started to be massively adulterated. Anyone today who wants to keep a supply of good quality cayenne pepper for emergencies should go for organic cayenne. It should be kept in the freezer so it does not degrade.
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Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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