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Sunday, August 7, 2011

My Visit to the Herbalist!

On Friday, I went to see an herbalist, as I mentioned on my weight loss journey page. This was one of the best experiences I've ever had as far as health and healing are concerned.

Let me tell you a little about how this all came about. A few months back (I don't know when, didn't know I'd be blogging about it) I started to look into something herbal and came across a free webinar that was a prerequisite for an herbalist training course. I watched the webinar and was impressed by the fact that an herbalist considers the first line of treatment to be foods. Which is what I'm always thinking when I leave the doctors office: "Really?! There's nothing diet or lifestyle wise that could help this problem". At that point I decided I was going to finish the series and treat myself since the doctors wouldn't. But then the anticipated funds, didn't come. So that kinda went by the wayside and sometime later while researching other options I decided to google herbalists and when Steve Horne's name came up it sounded familiar. (No one in Las Vegas actually saw people they just sold herbs). I clicked on the link and saw a familiar face and as they say the rest is history. I looked around his website, found the consultation options and then the forms. It took me quite a while to get the forms completed but I'm so glad I did!

He called me on Tuesday to schedule my appointment. He made an exception to see me on Friday despite the fact that his normal consultation days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So then on Friday we made the 2 hour drive to St. George,Utah for my appointment. What I didn't even think about was that there might be a time difference. And there is! Despite the fact that we were a whole hour late, he still saw us. (This is a big deal! Can you remember a time you were late for a doctor appointment? They're never nice about it and sometimes, threaten to reschedule you. Can you remember a time when the doctor WASN'T late. Me neither! It seems very common.)

He had no problem with the fact that I brought my family with me.

The first thing he did was look into my eyes. This was non-invasive and the amount of information he could tell me about my personality and my bodies health tendencies were outstanding. He told me that, "I have a good constitution and that because of that I have the ability to heal rapidly." He told me the iris pattern I have indicates that my weaknesses are digestion and liver. Digestion was definitely right on, I've been having issues with my stomach since I was little, like 4 or 5 years old, and that's just what I can remember. Then we went over the blood work results, referred to a book and the combination of my three highest (meaning farthest away from normal) results, determined an issue with my liver. From there he had me stand and checked my body with a resistance test, I'd only seen done at the chiropractors office. He held my arm and asked me to resist as he pressed on different areas on my body. When it came to the liver, I couldn't resist at all. Could resist a smidgen on the stomach and everything else was strong resistance. He then went to grab an assortment of possible remedies. Then he had me hold each one in one hand while he had me pinch together my ring finger and thumb, then he tried pulling them apart. The ones that I could resist were the ones that would help heal me. He then retested that group by doing the same thing with my finger and thumb but had me say "this is the best one for me". This then determined which supplements I would be given. The total was 3. A supplement to help detoxify my liver and one to help my body digest my food better. He told me that my stomach was up high and was a symptom of stress and gave me some breathing exercises that will help my stomach move back down to where it is supposed to be.

During my eye exam he also determined that I tend to hold in emotion, especially stress and anger & that I have a hard time telling people no. He's right on. The third supplement he gave me (this one was literally free) was to help with this emotional side of my health. As well as told me that I need to release my stress and anger as it comes up, by going into another room and essentially throwing a fit (punch and scream, as long as its not directed at anyone).

We also talked about eliminating sugar from my diet. He suggested using xylitol to sweeten drinks and stuff. He also suggested not trying to go cold turkey but allowing myself to have treats. He suggested theses recipes on his website for cookies. He has a whole lot of recipes for making traditional foods healthier. He also said that licorice root helps to curb sugar cravings.

Other diet suggestions he made included: not letting myself get too hungry by eating snacks between meals, making sure the first thing I put in my mouth each morning is some protein with a little fat (this helps the body metabolize fat and keeps you from craving carbs).

It's been two days and I've already lost about 2 pounds. My stress/anger level feels absent. I'm cold, which never happens and I'm sure its a sign that things are working and healing and I cough up mucous every time I lay down (getting rid of toxins anyway I can).

After today I'll start adding updates to my weight loss journey page (which I'll likely re-title to something like my renewed health/weight loss journey).

Overall it was very informative, non-invasive, and accurate. He was very kind, helpful and generous. Not that I can say that all herbalist will be the same but I'm guessing its like night and day from seeing a doctor anywhere you live.

If you'd like more information about the herbalist I saw check out this website. For more information you can visit or

Wishing you answers to your health issues, understanding and the will to push through!

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