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Master Herbalist Diploma Program

Health Care Naturally!

by: Kathy Deane


The next session will start   June  16th, 2014.    Get Registered NOW!

This program is registered, has its own ISBM number and is available in 43 Countries!

  The program is mainly home study with a once a week Teleconference call.  Sometimes there may be an extra call otherwise all studies are done at home online.  The Teleconference call is done through a US number so ensure you have a good calling rate as the once a week call is estimated to be 1 hour with variances depending on the session being taught. 

We work as a TEAM as we go through this program together.

For the June 16th Program we currently we welcome aboard:

1. Jasmohanjit Gill

2.  Linda Cattoni

3. Stacey Birkeland

4.  Zoya Khoymack and Brenda Fitzgerald.

5.  We would love to have you as number 5.


Please contact me so that your registration can be ensured.

Blessings Kathy Deane DNM RHT RNT Nature’s Way Herbal Health Inc

T 250 547 2281  Email

$2200 plus taxes and cost of TAFYH included in costs which is a $300 bonus.

    1. ntroduction to Herbalism
    2. Chinese Constitutional Therapy
    3. Materia Medica – Historical Uses of Herbs
    4. Anatomy and Physiology – Health Care Naturally
    5. Tafyh Taking Action For Your Health
    6. Herbal supplies are additional cost and the full  responsibility of the student.
  1. Payment in full or the following payment plan is available.  Program payment schedule is as follows:  $500 down and the balance over 6 months at  5 months payments $295 per month and last payment of $285.  If you go over the 6 months then you will be charged an additional 10% to your course cost for finance fees.  If you pay all before the 6 months this then does not apply.
  2. 6 months of cheques made out to Nature’s Way Herbal Health Inc so they can be deposited each month into NWHHI Inc account.   $500 paid up front upon registration.
  3. Please note this program is income tax deductible.
  4. Herbal supplies throughout the program are extra and students reposnibilty.
  5. Estimated 10 hours a week of commitment is required which include conference calls.
  6. Students grade their own material.  Honor code applies and passing grade of 70%
  7. Certification upon completion includes TAFYH Certification, Master Herbalist Certification and a Completion Certificate is issued upon completion of each Module.
  8. Payment plans are required to send in postdated cheques.  Visa is accepted however a 3% additional charge applies.
  9. Optional. Modules may also be taken individually and paid for separately.


Examples of the Educational Master Herbalist Program.

  1.  Introduction to Herbalism
  2. Chinese Constitutional Therapy
  3. Materia Medica – Historical Uses of Herbs
  4. Anatomy and Physiology – Health Care Naturally
  5. TAFYH  Taking Action For Your Health

Sample of Introduction to Herbalism - Session One

Study Instruction

  • As you do each session do not try to memorize.
  • First skim through the module for a quick overview.
  • Read the questions and look up any further information that is suggested.
  • Answer the questions on a sheet of paper.
  • Transpose your answers to the Master Turn In sheet and mail to Nature’s Way Herbal Health Institute for grading.

Throughout the program, you will be introduced to a new way of looking at the human body.  The first thing to learn about the body is that it has an inside and an outside.  It has openings for taking in food, air, and water and for eliminating the wastes of the body.  These openings are the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, anus, urethra, vagina and the skin. These areas allow the body to take in herb extracts, powders, decoctions, etc. to assist the cells in building health and rebuilding tissue.  These same openings, as well as the skin, can allow foreign scavengers to enter the body such as bacteria, virus and parasite eggs.

From Herbalists point of view herbs are foods, which strengthen the body systems; so that the body can fight the dis-ease it is feeling.  Roots, leaves, barks and berries are Nature's way of providing vitamins and minerals to the body.  This approach eliminates the need for prescribing because we feed the body systems and organs.

Each student will learn to recognize constitutional patterns in people.  Every organ and system has a particular job it must do to keep the body in good working order. When an organ or system is not doing its job correctly, a series of symptoms physical, mental and emotional will appear.  These configurations of symptoms are constitutional patterns or types.

Program Topics

Throughout the program you will also study the following:

  1. The four Western Constitutional types: Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic and Melancholy
  2. The five Chinese Constitutional types: Fire, Earth, Wood, Metal and Water.
  3. The body systems, stressed verses weakened nutritional support and many other avenues will be reviewed.
  4. The Herbal Consultant will learn to view the body, mind and spirit as a whole.
  5. An indepth study on anatomy and physiology and Materia Medica are included.

The more we learn about herbs, the more we realize the infinite variety in their uses and the more humility we acquire as a student of herbs.  The more you learn, the more you will realize there is to learn and start to humbly walk the pathway of the study of the herbal gifts of the Creator.

Prepare and give herbal preparations with loving hands and thoughts.  The healing vibrations of love from the giver enhance the healing energies of the herbs.

Herbal Knowledge Comes by Two Routes.

  1. By learning and study, followed by further observations and experience leading to rational decisions regarding formulas and usage;
  2. By inspiration and revelation and a natural feel for herbal studies.

We are going to plunge directly into the realm of herbal study and learn as we go.  The principles you learn will bring a sense of order to your thinking as a Herbal Consultant.

There are perhaps 300,000 species of plants in the world but botanists name only 150,000.  There are approximately 15,000 plants on the earth that have medicinal uses, an Herbalist would be outstanding who was proficient in the use of 500 herbs.  It would take approximately 30 years to reach this stage.  The good herbalist usually has about 50 - 150 favorite herbs that he either uses as simples (alone) or compounds (in formula) during their years of practice.  The figure of 150 would be similar to the number of herbs used historically by a band of Indian people living in a particular geographic area.  Any one group would use up to 250 plants for crafts, building, dyes, foods and medicine.

Session Two

Understanding Health & Disease

It is imperative before one begins that we first understand symptoms.  What are they? What is a healthy body and what is disease?

Steven Horne, a favorite instructor of mine states, "that a healthy body is like a clean burning wood stove."

The stove takes in air and fuel and burns it to create heat (energy).  It then vents off the smoke and ash (waste material).  If a stove has poor fuel it will create a lack of energy and an excess of waste material, which plugs up the chimney, the eliminative channel. This is the same with the body, poor food (fuel) in creates a lack of energy output, resulting in poor elimination which creates toxins.

Once we are plugged up, just like the stove, symptoms appear.  Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and our body needs help.  They represent the body’s attempt to remove the excess waste through alternative channels.  For example if the Ileo Cecal Valve was not functioning correctly, toxins from the bowel could back up into the blood stream and liver creating many symptoms, including anger or depression, depending on how bad the liver was irritated.

Andrew Weil, M.D. in his book Spontaneous Healing, compares the human body to a river.  You can keep dumping sludge and pollutants into a river and, to a certain extent, the river will be able to detoxify itself with its own healing mechanisms – for example, turbulence will oxygenate the water, sunlight will purify it and plants will help remove contaminants.  But if you keep burdening the river with toxins, eventually its flow patterns will change, the sunlight will no longer penetrate the murk, and the helpful plants will die.  When its purification mechanisms are overwhelmed, the river loses its ability to heal itself.  However, if you stop polluting the river, eventually the levels of contaminants will drop to a level at which the natural healing mechanisms start to function again.  If its burden is lessened, the river can be revived.  The body, too, has its own natural healing abilities with which it handles the stresses and strains of daily life.  When these systems are overwhelmed, symptoms develop.  When the burdens are lifted, health can be restored.

Whether you relate the body to the stove or the river - the bottom line is it is imperative to keep the system functioning at optimum level.  If not then expect problems.

Stressed verses Weakened

We have stressed symptoms and weakened symptoms.  The secret is in finding out which one is disrupting the homeostasis of the body and then nutritionally building it up so that once again the balance is maintained.

4Stressed Condition – Overactive, Acute, or Yang

To stress something means that too much pressure has been placed on it.  The Chinese refer to a stressed condition as a Yang disorder.  Stressed body conditions are caused by trauma, overuse, nutritional deficiency, excess toxins and stress on a healthy body organ or system.  Any organ that is overactive is under stress. When a system or organ becomes over stressed it becomes overactive or hyperactive to attempt to offset the stress that is being caused. This organ or system then ends up working harder to try and maintain homeostasis and an acute condition occurs.

Heat swelling and pain are all symptoms of inflammation. When swelling or pain occurs the tissue is in an acute or stressed condition and there will be inflammation.

“Itis” means inflammation of.  All “itises” are acute disorders, like tonsillitis, appendicitis, diverticulitis etc.

Examples of other acute disorders are:

  • sinuses
  • fever sore throats
  • high blood pressure (heart)
  • flu (liver)
  • hypoglycemia (pancreas)
  • PMS (female organs)
  • “acid” indigestion (stomach)

The body actively tries to discharge impurities from the system when the whole body is in an acute or stressed condition.  Acute symptoms appear such as, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory congestion and skin eruptions.

The primary concern when the body is under stress is that the body function is out of balance and needs to be restored.

Modern medicine usually treats acute situations with drugs.  This causes toxins and poisons in the body.  Small doses of drugs (toxic chemicals), will poison the tissues so that they no longer have the strength to discard toxins to the surface.  This suppresses the symptoms, but does not affect the cause.  Often the dis-ease within the body will move to a weakened state.



Example of Chinese Constitutional Therapy


Constitutional Therapy - What Is It?.

When Did It All Begin?

Constitutional Type................................................................................................................

Type A & Type B Subgroups....................................................................................................

Type A Behavior:..................................................................................................................

Type B Behavior:.........................................................................................................................

At Risk & Not At Risk..............................................................................................................

At Risk Individuals:................................................................................................................

Not At Risk Individuals:..........................................................................................................

Determining Ones Constitution?.............................................................................................

Chinese Constitutional Analysis..............................................................................................

Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth & Water............................................................................................

Determining A Persons-Constitutional Type..............................................................................

 Constitutional Therapy - What Is It?

Constitutional Therapy is a useful approach to better health derived from the Chinese concept that one should base treatment on the nature of the person rather than the nature of the diseases they suffer. Regular use of herbal formulas is the principle method of treatment.

When Did It All Begin?

The basic concepts of Constitutional Therapy were developed around 3,000 BC and adopted throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. China has taken the most active role in applying Constitutional Therapies. Since 1949, the government of China has actively supported a massive effort to revitalize this traditional system of medical care with extensive research and with translation of important texts into English to allow international cooperation. For more than ten years, Westerners, have had the opportunity to be able to study this type of therapy.

Constitutional Type

A Constitutional Type is a recognizable pattern of behavior, responsiveness, and physical tendencies that is common to a large segment of the population. Skilled physicians derive the idea that a large number of people may have a similar Constitution from the observation (diagnosis) of thousands of patients.

The practice of identifying Constitutions, or underlying tendencies, is not limited to the Chinese, but has been done by nearly every culture during the development of their traditional medical system including the West. Even our modem health care system, which has been steadily working away from its roots (Greek Medicine) in Constitutional Therapy, has begun to rediscover the value of studying Constitutions. in order to best reveal the nature of Constitutional Analysis and Therapy, two examples from Western medicine are presented.

Type A & Type B Subgroups

Most people have already heard the concept that individuals can be effectively classified into the behavioral subgroups described as “Type A” and “Type B” behavior for the purpose of understanding risks to health:

Type A Behavior:

A person who is ambitious, driven, goal-oriented, always taking on a lot of work, pushing against deadlines, worrying about satisfying both superiors and those working beneath him, eating too fast. Drinking too much, and not sleeping enough.

Type B Behavior:

A person who is relaxed, taking things as they come, leaving room for pleasure and leisure, allowing others to take on the burden of deadlines or of satisfying demands of impatient individuals, taking time with meals, and sleeping long hours.

Some people fall neatly into one category or the other, and it is through observation of those individuals that we recognize the validity of the basic concept of Constitutional Typing. Most people show a tendency towards one of these behavioral types, even if they have some characteristics of each.

Those persons with Type A behavior are known to have a greater frequency of hypertension, heart attacks and strokes than those with Type B behavior. Hence, Western doctors have recognized that certain personality types and life-styles are associated with the tendency to get certain types of diseases.

At Risk & Not At Risk

A second example of Constitutional determination done in the West is based on associating the individual’s overall health status with their prognosis when illness occurs. When there is a flu epidemic, medical teams sometimes divide people into groups “at risk” and those “not at risk:”

At Risk Individuals:

Those who, upon contracting the flu, may be severely debilitated, and may, as a result, also get a second infection or a worsening of symptoms associated with a chronic disease they already have, leading to possible death or prolonged hospitalization.  Elderly people, people who have had organ transplants or cancer therapies, people with chronic respiratory diseases, and some very young children are in the “at risk” category.

Not At Risk Individuals:

Those who, upon contracting the flu, will probably become uncomfortable and may have to miss a day or two of work or school, but are otherwise back to normal health within a week or so.

With this example, the practitioner is looking at a person’s basic resilience to adversity to evaluate whether or not contracting a disease will have severe or minor consequences. This is done even though for all individuals contracting the flu, the acute disease is caused by the identical organism, the disease is given the same name, and the drugs given for symptomatic relief are identical. Hence, Western doctors recognize that certain physiological conditions influence the progress of any given disease.

Constitutional Therapy, as practiced by Chinese herbalists, takes into account these findings. A person’s Constitution influences both the types of disharmonies that he or she will suffer and the progress of any disease that arises. Rather than using powerful drugs to treat each disease or bothersome symptom, one can achieve remarkable health benefits using the special foods, called herbs, to resolve the underlying Constitutional imbalances.

 Determining Ones Constitution?

The successful application of Constitutional Therapy depends upon the proper determination of a person’s Constitution. This is done by examining the patterns of responsiveness and creativity that develop during childhood and that persist throughout all or most of a person’s life as well as by evaluation of recent health concerns. Although the Constitutional  aspects of an individual are often modified by external factors as well as by internal development, it is relatively rare that a person completely changes the tendencies that arose during his/her physical, spiritual, and mental development early in life. Therefore, one should determine Constitution on the basis of both the present conditions and the person’s history.

 Chinese Constitutional Analysis

The number of possible Constitutional Types one may describe will depend upon the amount of detail one encompasses in the process of examining people. In any large group of people of one Constitutional Type, it would usually be possible to again subdivide this population into two or more Types by including more subtle considerations.

In Chinese medicine, the division into Types usually begins with a group of five. This is because in very early Chinese science a theory of “Five Elements” was developed., Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  The theory was very effective as a tool for enhancing the study of nature, and so it has remained a powerful influence to this day.

The division of persons into five “Elemental” Constitutional Types is very much like our modern Western division of individuals into Type A and Type B behavior patterns, except that it involves a much wider range of human characteristics and produces five rather than two major divisions. The Constitutions are largely defined by the behavioral patterns and the likely diseases and symptoms that will arise. Western Herbology was originally based on a system of Four Elements; what is important is not the number of categories, but one’s ability to accurately match up natural therapies with the categories that have been defined. This is an area where Chinese Herbology now excels.

For each fundamental Elemental Type, one should go one step further and divide each group into two subgroups. This subdivision is very much like the modern division into “at risk” and “not at risk” groups during a flu epidemic, but is called Weak and Stressed Constitution, respectively. Persons of Weak Constitution tend to get sick more easily, have deficiencies of nutrients or basic energy, have a more difficult time recovering from ailments, are more easily irritated or damaged by minor environmental influences, and require therapies that give strength and nourishment. Persons of Stressed Constitution, are less likely to become ill, but when they do, they get over it more easily and it is less disruptive; they tend to suffer from excesses rather than deficiencies, and they are resistant to, or can easily ignore most environmental influences.

Thus, the five “Elemental” groups become ten. Any additions to the basic five, which can be made by bringing in other considerations, come in pairs.  Based on several years experience using Chinese Constitutional Therapies in the West, two extra pairs are added here; this equals a total of 14 Constitutional

Types.  Wood, Fire, Metal, Earth & Water

The Five Elemental Constitutions are identified by the classical terms WOOD, FIRE, METAL, EARTH, and WATER. The two extra types are identified as HEAT/DRYNESS and ENERGY. For each of these seven basic categories, there is subdivision according to the Stressed or Weakened Constitutional Type.

Determining A Persons-Constitutional Type

Constitutional Types reflect how a person goes through life. The task of the practitioner is to identify the person’s Constitution in the same way that we look around us and determine from the evidence, at hand what is the season. Seasons are not consistent. There are cold days in summer and rainy days in autumn; seasons come late or early, and they have no clear-cut boundaries. In the same way, people reveal a wide range of features, which make it somewhat difficult to determine, from any brief look, their Constitution. This is why we must accumulate a fairly detailed picture of the individual before determining the Constitutional Type. A cold cloudy day may seem like a winter’s day, but if the trees and shrubs are in bloom, it is more likely spring, and if there is fruit and grain in evidence, it must be late summer or early fall. A person’s immediate appearance may similarly be deceptive until the practitioner looks more deeply.

The Constitutional Type, like the description of a season, defines the general character, but not the exact details of the individual and his syndromes and diseases. Furthermore, every person usually possesses some characteristics associated with each of the Constitutional Types. Rarely is one person all one Constitution.  So - it is necessary to determine the predominant Constitution by examining a wealth of unique features.

In the following, a general description of each Constitutional Type is provided, including some examples of syndromes that a person of that Constitution might experience. Then, a detailed listing of typical conditions for the associated Stressed and Weakened Constitutions is given. The conditions are divided up into five categories: energy, emotion/behavior, aches/pains, illnesses, and dysfunctions.

To be identified as being of a certain Constitutional Type means that a person tends to express the strengths and weaknesses, the positive and negative aspects of that Constitutional Type more frequently or more dramatically than the aspects associated with another Constitutional Type. This is because the Element or process responsible for showing those characteristics is in a dominant position having greater influence than the other Elements.

Through the use of Constitutional Herb Formulas, one first tries to achieve better balance and harmony within the dominant Constitutional pattern, that is, to experience more of the positive and fewer of the negative aspects, emotionally and physically. The long-term goal is to balance and harmonize all the Elements of the body. In that way, positive and negative aspects of all the Elements are accessible and are expressed according to the situation, season, and aims of the individual. When one Constitutional pattern predominates, the others cannot achieve true harmony.

Through greater balance and harmony there is less ill health, there are fewer accidents, and one learns to face undesirable situations with greater courage and grace. When one Constitutional aspect is especially dominant, there is less freedom of action because the individual is somewhat restricted by behavioral and physical patterns. Having a dominant Constitutional pattern is not in itself negative, because ‘it allows one to highlight its positive aspects, and it is the means by which each person learns important lessons of life. The purpose of Chinese Constitutional Therapies is to enhance the positive features of one’s Constitution and also to allow each person to vastly broaden their horizon through expression of all aspects of nature.

Sample of Materia Medica

Materia Medica.. Session One.

YARROW - (Achillea millefolium)


BURDOCK (Arctium-lappa)

Herbal Talk by Kathy Deane RHP.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica diocia)

OREGON GRAPE (Berberis or Mahonia)

DANDELION (Taraxicum dens-lionis)

Materia Medica Questions.

Session One....

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Burdock (Arctium-lappa) Questions.

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Oregon Grape (Berberis or Mahonia)

Dandelion (Taraxicum dens-lionis)



When the old-time Herbalist saw a person who was fevered, he did not even take the temperature. Often he did not know what a clinical thermometer was.  But he knew there was fever.  He placed a handful of yarrow in a jug, poured a pint of boiling water over it and after allowing it to stand a few minutes, gave the tea to the sick person as warm as it could be drunk.  The result was a free perspiration.  Congestions were removed and the circulation was equalized.  The person was easy; the results were sure and the remedy was safe, simple and natural.  We know as we write this that Yarrow is just the same today as it was a thousand years ago.  The Herbalist gathers it by the armful every year and uses it in his/her practice.

A few years ago, while away at our summer cottage, our son caught a severe cold.  I found him in bed with a high temperature, headache and the general symptoms of influenza or la grippe; the body aching and a most restless condition.  I had noted some Yarrow growing a little distance from our cottage and went and gathered a handful.  I did not weigh it.   I had no scales.  It was not necessary.  It was not a harmful drug.  I placed a bunch of the whole plant in a jug and poured over it about one and one half-pints of boiling water covered it for about five minutes, then poured off a cupful of the warm tea.  I gave this to my son, who by the way insisted that he would vomit if I made him drink the whole of it.  I merely told him that if the stomach rejected it, the result would be a cleaner stomach for the next dose.  He drank the cupful; I went into the kitchen and poured off a second cupful of the warm tea and gave this to him also.  He got it all down and in a few minutes was perspiring freely.  In half an hour he informed me he was  breathing easier, feeling better  and in the morning he was completely recovered.  You ask me what would I have done if there had been no yarrow there?  I would have looked for sage, peppermint, hyssop or any one of half a dozen other herbs which will do the work that our wonderful old herbals tell of.

Sample of Anatomy and Physiology

Cells  - EVERY LIVING THING is composed of cells. This means you and all parts of your body. All the animals, fish, birds, trees, flowers, grass —everything that lives. Some living things are composed of only one cell. The amoeba, for instance, is a one-celled animal that has no shape. That is, it is a microscopic blob of proto­plasm that moves along in water by projecting sections of itself, so that its shape is constantly changing. The leukocytes or white blood corpuscles move through the blood with an amoebae-like movement.

At the very beginning of life, the sperm cell of the male encounters the ovum of the female and from this cell which you can see only under a strong microscope come all the cells that make up a human being. The division of other cells creates cells. And this cell division is a com­plicated affair. As a cell divides into two cells each of these new cells must contain all of the things that will determine what kind of cell it will become.  Of course, cells perform different functions. There are cells whose chief job is taking in oxygen, cells whose function is to re­ceive and send stimuli. Cells like the muscle cells which work only by con­tracting or expanding and cells which secrete fluids or cells which carry sub­stances from one part of the body to another, as red blood cells carry iron in hemoglobin. Every cell has its own special job to do. It is possible, by outside pressures or temperatures, to change the shape of a cell, but no proc­ess known to man can cause the cell to develop into anything except what it was supposed to be. In other word a cell meant to carry hemoglobin in the blood cannot, by any wizardry science, be made to perform any other function.

On the other hand, every cell in the body carries on all the time those most important functions, which the whole body performs. That is, cells ingest oxygen and food and excrete waste matter. Cells reproduce. So you might say that the physiological activities of the body are nothing more or less than the coordinated expression of the cor­responding activities of all the cells that make up the body.

The main parts of every cell are the nucleus and the cytoplasm.  That is, the living substance of the cell that is not included in the nucleus. The nucleus is the controlling force of the cell. It is made of protein and nucleic acid and contains a high percentage of phosphorus. All of the body cells are constantly in the process of dying and being replaced. So, quite apart from all their essential functions for the welfare of the body as a whole, they must also be constantly repairing and replacing their own structure. This suggests the reason why protein is such a vital part of our diet.

Day and night the cells of all the different layers of our skin are busily and everlastingly working to perform their functions. They are breathing in oxygen, burning it, and giving off wastes, growing old and replacing themselves with other cells. The osteoblasts are cells that form bone. The fibroblasts or fiber cells are busy keeping in re­pair all the fibrous or tissue parts of the body. And incidentally it has been found that the activity of these fibroblasts cannot proceed unless there is plenty of vitamin C in the diet.  The blood cells are busy circulating to all parts of the body, carrying oxygen and food to other cells and meanwhile repairing and replacing their own sub­stance.

Whenever you run across some reference to cells, what is good and bad for them, remember - this means you.  What is good for your cells, every individual cell of your body, is good for you.  And what is bad for your cells can’t help but be bad for you.


When we think of the miraculous manner in which the bloodstream nourishes and defends the body, with an awed sense of how dependent we are on this stream of vital fluid within us. Yet far from being the help­less dependents of our blood, we are the ones who determine whether our blood, itself will be strong or weak, healthy or sickly. We have an entire network of organs to circulate, renew, purify and nourish the blood.

The  Heart

The chief organ of the circulatory system, of course is the heart. This remarkably efficient pump, made of the toughest muscle fibers in the en­tire body, is a roughly pear-shaped organ located in the center of the chest.  When the body is unexcited and in reposes the heart pumps about five pints of blood a minute. It is this strong pumping action that forces the blood through the arteries into smaller vessels and capillaries, carrying oxy­gen, food and various organisms to every cell of the body. Having done its work, the blood, still moved by nothing but the pumping strength of the heart, enters the veins loaded with waste products and re­turns to the heart, most of it moving directly against the force of gravity.

When you consider that this in­credible vigorous pumping is carried on every moment of your life. That if the heart were to stop beating and rest for just a few minutes it would mean certain death, then you begin to get a picture of the enormous bur­den on this one organ and the vital importance of its health.

This tough muscular organ is di­vided into four chambers with valves permitting blood in the proper amounts to enter and leave them. The two upper chambers are called the right and left auricles. The lower chambers are the right and left ventricles.

Blood freshly oxygenated in the lung moves through the pulmonary vein into the left auricle. From there it flows through the mitral valve into the left ventricle. When the ventricle is full, the valve closes until the heart, with a powerful contraction, squeezes the blood upward through the aortic valve into the aorta, the principal artery of the body. As soon as the left ventricle relaxes and opens, the mitral valve reopens and admits more blood. This process takes place about 70 to 80 times a minute. When taking your pulse, what you feel is the successive surges of blood pumped by the left ventricle.

At the same time, blood that has exchanged its oxygen and other nutri­tional products for the wastes of cel­lular activity is being returned through the vena cava, the greatest vein of the body, into the right auricle. It passes through the tricus­pid valve into the right ventricle which, when the heart contracts, it forces the waste laden blood into the pulmonary artery and thence into the lungs.

The Lungs

In the lungs carbon dioxide is exchanged for oxygen from the air that has just been breathed in. The carbon dioxide is exhaled. The freshly oxy­genated blood enters the pulmonary vein and once more flows into the right auricle, completing the cycle.

It is obvious that any­thing that interferes with the health of the heart is going to keep the blood from doing its work properly. A weak heart action will not send enough blood to the extremities. Pumping that is too strong and fast will endanger the blood vessels. A healthy heart is precious and irreplaceable. Yet you may be endangering the health of your heart this minute, if while you are reading this, you hap­pen to be smoking a cigarette or drink­ing a glass of chlorinated water. Authorities may decide to chlorinate your city’s water supply, but you don’t have to risk the health of your heart by drinking chlorine. If you must drink treated water, boil it first. This will evaporate the chlorine in it and make the water far safer. Better still, drink bottled pure spring water, distilled water or reverse osmosis water which is available almost everywhere these days.

The harmful effects of smoking on the heart are so well known there is no disputing them. Nicotine is one of the deadliest poisons known to man. As a stimulant, it speeds the heart action, narrows the blood vessels and raises the blood pressure.

The lungs are a spongy tissue that fills most of the chest cavity and they are the largest internal organs we have.  Their health depends on our ability to take oxygen into the body, to transfer it to the blood and to get rid of carbon dioxide a gaseous waste product of cell oxidation that could kill us if too much of it accumulated in our bodies.

The ability of the lungs to function properly has three great enemies, polluted air, whether polluted with tobacco smoke or with industrial smoke or chemicals. Two great enemies are infection of the respiratory tract, such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold.

If you live in a city, you are in all probability breathing polluted air all the time. For the health of your lungs and your body in general, it is vital that you get out into the open country as often as you possibly can. On weekends and on holidays, get far away from factories, auto traffic and closed rooms.  Go into a forest or to producing farmland — someplace where there are many plants growing. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. The air in the vicinity of growing things is richer in oxygen and is a delightful tonic.

The lungs have a remarkable ability to clear themselves of foreign irri­tants of all sorts, given half a chance. What destroys them, via lung cancer and other diseases, is the continual, day-by-day, piling up of irritants faster than they can be removed.  But even a few days of breathing pure, high oxygen air can work wonders.

To avoid respiratory infections, eat lots of Vitamin C combined with cit­rus bioflavonoids. Take Combination LH-C if the lung needs building or try Combination AL-J or AL-C if you get a cold.

 The Kidneys

In its passage through the body, the blood flows through two bean-shaped organs located at the small of the back, on either side of the spine. These are the kidneys, made of spongy tissue very similar to that of the lung. Scav­engers of the bloodstream, the kidneys extract urea, a waste product of the cells and other impurities from the blood.  The kidneys provide  enough water to keep the impurities  dissolved as they are passed into the bladder, to be periodically excreted as urine. Should the kidneys fail in their action, urea accumulating in the blood would very quickly cause a fatal disease named uremia.

Fortunately, the kidneys are very tough little organs. If one is removed, the other will usually do the work of two. The greatest danger to the effec­tive action of the kidneys seems to be an excess of salt.  If the body has an excess of sodium ion this must be carried off through the kidneys. For every milligram of so­dium ion removed, a certain quantity of water is necessary to transport it and is used, even though the body may be short of water.

Excessive consumption of salt even while it holds water in the body tissues, causes the kidneys to remove too much wa­ter from the blood stream.  An insufficiency of water in the blood permits urea and other wastes to solidify and crystallize and leads to the formation of kidney stones and may lead to arthritis. These are agonizingly painful.  So do your kidneys a favor, as well as the rest of your sys­tem, and give up table salt.   As much salt as your body requires occur naturally in the foods you eat. Drink plenty of pure water and eat a wholesome, salt-free diet.

Bone Marrow

In partnership with the spleen, bone marrow is responsible for the supply of healthy, active red cells in the blood. Two hundred billion red cells break down daily and need replacement. The bone marrow, particularly that of the long bones of the arms and legs, is usually quite up to the job of manufacturing that many red cells every day. Occasionally, the bone marrow fails to perform this work fast enough. Then the condition develops that is known as pernicious (not iron deficiency) anemia. It is a disease that, once contracted, cannot be cured.

The Liver

The liver, itself, is an all-important partner of the blood in its work. It is through the liver that most of our digested food is carried up from the intestines (via the portal vein) pro­cessed and brought to the heart for arterial distribution to the entire body. The liver organizes the amino acids from our food into the proper propor­tions that will best nourish the body tissues and then releases them into the blood plasma. The liver stores the surplus B vitamins (including B12) in our diet and releases them into the bloodstream as needed.

Review Questions - Teachers Notes

Anatomy & Physiology Introduction

 1.         What are the chief functions of the cells?

2.         What are the main parts of every cell?

3.         Why is protein a vital part of our diet?

4.         Day and night cells of our skin are busily and everlastingly performing what functions?

5.         Why is Vitamin C important in our diet?

6.         What is the chief organ of the circulatory system?

7.         How many pints of blood does the heart pump per minute?

8.         What is the action of blood in our circulation?

9.         The lungs exchange ______________ for oxygen.

10.       What are some of the outside influences that can endanger your heart?

11.       What is the best water to drink?

12.       Explain what smoking does to the body.

13.       Describe the lungs.

14.       What are two of the enemies of the lungs?

15.       Does Vitamin C help the lungs to avoid infections?

16.       What do the kidneys extract?

17.       Excessive salt consumption causes the kidneys to do what?

18.       Insufficient water in the blood leads to what problems in the kidneys?

19.       What is the number of red blood cells that breakdown daily?

20.       What organ is all-important in nutrient distribution?

The Student is responsible for their  own grading.  The honor code is incorporated here.  If you do not pass with a 70% passing grade please review your questions and review them again.

TAFYH  Project Outline 

Upon completion participants can become certified TAFYH Coaches. 

Week One

Lesson 1 Commitment , BSQ and Health Scale

Lesson 2  Right Foods

Lesson 3  Wrong Foods

Lesson 4  Clean  water

Lesson 5  Photosynthesis


Week Two

Lesson 6  Leaky Gut

Lesson 7  Candida

Lesson 8  Cleansing the Blood

Lesson 9  Inflammation

Lesson 10 Body Temperature


Week Three

Lesson 11 The Immune System

Lesson 12 Constitutional Elements

Lesson 13 Earth Element  Lymphatic System

Lesson 14 Metal Element Tissue Cleansing

through Bowel Management

Lesson 15 Hering’s Law of Cure


Week Four

Lesson 16  Kidney/Bladder, Bones and Joints

Lesson 17 pH

Lesson 18 Kidney Flush

Lesson 19 Fire Element and Cholesterol

Lesson 20 Oral Chelation

Week Five

Lesson 21 CoQ10

Lesson 22 Wood Element

Lesson 23 Liver/Gallbladder Flush

Lesson 24 Teeth, Evaluation

Lesson 25 Quality control

Week Six

Lesson 26 Home Cleaning Products

Lesson 27 Emergency First Aid

Lesson 28 Success Stories

Lesson 29 Personal Health Plan

Lesson 30 Completion Ceremony

Daily actions:

  1. Eat the right foods
  2. Drink clean water and Chlorophyll
  3. Have a Super Food Shake
  4. Exercise
  5. Express gratitude
  6. Journal your Ahha’s
  7. Chart your commitments

Actions to take:

  1. One day Kidney Flush
  2. One day Bowel Flush
  3. 3 Day Liver/Gall bladder flush

I look forward to being a part of your LEARNING JOURNEY.

Nature’s Way Herbal Health Institute INC  Kathy Deane DNM RHT RNT

2486, Hwy 6,  Lumby, BC VOE 2G1  Tel 250 547 2281

All Herbals supplies are additional expense and responsibility of student.  Course costs are Income Tax Deductible.



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