Friday, December 7, 2007

New Activity in the Student Lounge - You're Invited!

Dear Students,

We are gathering in the student lounge - come meet some of the other students in the course at:

Blessings & Health,
Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

IMPORTANT Student Notes of the Week

We have had a few new students join this past month and I have done a lot of updating to the program and the site so I just wanted to make sure everyone - old and new - is on the "same page" here. If you are a student - old or new - please read below -

1. Remember - "Student Day" is on Fridays. If you have written me a long letter or sent me a test you will get it back on Friday (or Saturday at 2am sometimes...) If Saturday comes and I have not answered your e-mail I probably didn't get it. Please contact me!

2. At this time I am posting all the class videos at:

Anyone can access the channel, but it does not get many hits other than students because I have not told anyone else about it. So in that way it is "private". Once more videos are uploaded there will be a password and membership involved. For this you probably want to visit the YOUTUBE core sight I have and sign up for that group at:

This group is private and as I upload private videos for course members only people who are members of this group will be able to see them.

3. Videos of Iridology and Reflexoloy will be uploaded this weekend. I am looking forward to providing a visual resource for these studies!

4. REMEMBER that another big part of learning in the course is the e-mails you receive from the group. You can always ask questions to the group or to me to supplement your course learning. We have a lot of natural healers in this group!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dear Members,

I just posted two new herbal videos to YOUTUBE and I thought we needed a nicer place to view them so I created - you can link there any time and see what I have added to the "show"


Blessings & Health,
Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND

Thursday, November 8, 2007

STUDENT NOTES: Information Overload

From an assignment by student, Marcie Keuneke:

This is the information age and we are surrounded with more
Information than we can assimilate. An article in the Watchtower
Stated that "a usual weekday edition of The New York Times contains
More information than the average person would have come across in
His entire lifetime back in 17th-century England."

She goes on to state how this information overload affects our health. I was, however, impressed by the quote. I always knew we were in information overload, but I never considered HOW much before!

WHAT do those initials mean? MH? ND? DS?

A lot of people ask me what the letters behind my name mean. I know what MINE mean, but I have to admit I need a guide when it comes to other people's "initials". Just in case you were wondering here is MY guide:

Common Initials and Abbreviations for Licensed Holistic Practitioners
A.C.S.W. - Academy of Cert. Social Work Ac.T. - Acupuncture TherapistA.H.P. - Advanced Hellerwork PractitionerA.P. - Acupuncture PhysicianAPP - Associate Polarity Practitioner (through American Polarity Therapy Association)ATT - Alexander Technique TeacherA.T.C. - Cert. Athletic TrainerB.C.D. - Board Cert. DiplomateB.S. - Bachelor of ScienceB.Sc.N. - Bachelor of Science in NursingB.W.T. - Body Work TherapistBSW - Bachelor's Degree in Social WorkC.A. - Cert. AcupuncturistC.A.T. - Cert. Alexander TeacherCBP - Certified BodyTalk PractitionerC.B.M.C.P.T. - Cert. Body/Mind Center Practitioner TeacherC.F.N.P. - Cert. Family Nurse PractitionerC.F.P. - Cert. Feldenkrais PractitionerC.H.I.C. - Certified Hudson Institute Coach - a Certification for coaching adults and their organizational systems given by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA C.H.T. - Cert. HypnotherapistCHTP - Certified Healing Touch PractitionerC.I.Y.I. - Cert. Iyengar Yoga InstructorC.I.H. - Certified Intuitive Healer (Through the Stillpoint Institute of Advanced Energy Healing and Intuitive Diagnosis)CIMI - Certified Infant Massage Instructor (International Assn Infant Massage)C.M.A. - Cert. Movement AnalystC.M.T. - Cert. Massage TherapistCNHCP - Certified Natural Health Care PractitionerC.N.P. - Cert. Nurse PractitionerC.N.M.T. - Cert. Neuromuscular TherapistC.P.C. - Cert. Professional CounselorC.P.S.I. - Cert. Practitioner of Structural IntegrationC.P.T. - Cert. Physical TherapistC.P.T.A. - Cert. Physical Therapy AssistantC.R. - Cert. RolferC.T.R. - Connective Tissue RegenerationCST - Cert. In CranioSacral Therapy, Techniques LevelCST-D - Cert. In CranioSacral Therapy, Diplomate LevelC.T.A.T. - Cert. Teacher of Alexander TechniqueC.T.P. - Cert. Trager PractitionerD.Ac. - Doctor of AcupunctureD.C. - Doctor of ChiropracticD.C.A. - Doctor of Chiropractic AssistantDCH - Doctor of Clinical HypnotherapyD.D.S. - Doctor of Dental SurgeryD.O. - Doctor of OsteopathyDSMT - Dar' Shem Master TeacherF.N.P. - Family Nurse PractitionerH.H.P. - Holistic Health PractitionerI.B.C.L.C. - International Board Cert. Lactation ConsultantIr. - IridologistLic. Ac. (or L.Ac.) - A state-established title indicating "licensed acupuncturist." In the United States independent acupuncture licensure is established in nearly all states. Though regulations vary from state to state licensure is almost always based on 1) graduation from an accredited 4-year college, institute and 2) passing the national certification examination (NCCAOM) in acupuncture, Chinese herbology or both. Independent practice of acupuncture is a very diverse field with practitioners of many varied backgrounds, styles of training, and specialty. Most hold a Masters in Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine or a Master's-equivalent Diploma in Acupuncture.L.C.S.W. - Licensed Social WorkerL.M.P. - Licensed Massage PractitionerLMT - Licensed Massage TherapistL.P.N. - Licensed Practical NurseL.Psy. - Neurophysiological PsychiatryL.P.T. - Licensed Physical TherapistL.P.T.A. - Licensed Physical Therapy AssistantM.A. - Master of ArtsM.C.S. - Master in Communications StudiesM.D. - Medical DoctorM.Ed. - Master of EducationM.H. - Master HerbalistMPT - Master's Degree in Physical TherapyM.S. - Master of ScienceMSHSA - Master of Science in Health Services AdministrationMs.T. - Massage TherapistM.S.W. - Master of Social WorkM.T. - Massage TherapistMSW - Master's Degree in Social WorkNADA - National Acupuncture Detox Association, which certifies teachers of detox acupuncture.NCCAOM - National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, an independent, non-political testing agency based on Washington, DC, providing basic standards for the acupuncture, asian herbology and asian bodywork professions. NCCAOM's testing services are in use internationally, and provide the basis for state licensure within the US. A NCCAOM Diploma (also Dipl. AC & CH, Dipl. NCCAOM, etc.) indicates the acupuncturist has achieved the NCCAOM national certification in acupuncture (AC), and/or asian herbology (CH).ND -Doctor of Naturopathy N.M.T. - Neuromuscular TherapistO.M.M. - Specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative MedicineO.M.D. - Doctor of Oriental MedicineO.T. - Occupational TherapistO.T.C. - Occupational Therapist, Cert.O.T.R. - Occupational Therapist, RegisteredP.A. - Physician’s AssistantP.C.C. - Professional Certified Coach of the ICF-International Coach Federation (The only Professional Org certifying Coaches)Ph.D. - Doctor of PhilosophyP.P. - Polarity PractitionerP.T. - Physical TherapistP.T.A. - Physical Therapy AssistantRM - Reiki MasterR.M.T. - Registered Massage TherapistRN - Registered NurseRPP - Registered Polarity Practitioner (through American Polarity Therapy Association)R.P.T. - Registered Physical TherapistR.S.M.T. - Registered Somatic Movement TherapistRYT - Registered Yoga TeacherSEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner S.P. - Speech PathologistS.L.P. - Speech Language PathologistS.T. - Somatic TherapistZ.B. - Zero Balancing Practitioner

Monday, October 22, 2007

How to Change Your E-mail for the Course

The way to change your address for the course is to go into your Yahoogroups and then enter the group you want to change the address for and press on "Edit Membership" in the upper left hand part of the page. Once you enter that page it will give you the option to change your e-mail address.

For example: To change your E-mail address for the main group you can link directly to:

It is a pretty quick operation. However, from my end it is a little more complex and can often cause problems in your account so I recommend if any student wants to change their e-mail that they enter their account (s) and use the method I described above.

Blessings & Health,
Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

LESSON: From a Car Accident Yesterday

Dear Members,

Yesterday I was in the first car accident of my life. I had some injury to my back and neck. They say there are no broken bones but I have to wait a few days to see if the pain and swelling are just muscle stress or something more serious. I am hoping it all just gets better in a few days. Right now I am just able to work very slowly but I am thankful for a lot of things and I wanted to share these with you so you can learn from what happened to me and perhaps have a little time to reflect on the things that you are thankful for today.

I am thankful that...

1. ...The kids were in the backseat. Sometimes I do let the older child sit in front, but if he had been sitting in front he would have rammed his head into the dashboard and not the soft seat in front of him. Note to self - NEVER let even an older child sit in front!

2. ...The kids were wearing their seatbelts. Sometimes they "forget" and I have to remind them. And sometimes I forget to remind them and we go a few blocks before I realize they are not belted in. Note to self: Be 100% diligent about reminding them and don't forget in the future AT ALL!

3. ...I was wearing my seatbelt. I was rammed into very hard from behind. If I had not been wearing my seatbelt I imagine my face would not be too pretty right now.

4. ...That is was not worse. About the only thing I can do today is type a little and sit. So I was reading the paper a bit and there was a story about a lady who was in a similar accident 4 years ago and the spine injuries she sustained cause paralysis. She is looking for donations for a surgery that she needs. I think I will send some money.

5. ...That I was not talking on my cell phone or eating while I was driving. I have to admit (shame on me) that I occassionally did this in the past. Well, I realize if I HAD been doing that last night the accident would have been much worse. I had fast enough reflexes and was focused enough that I stopped before I hit the car in front of me. Of course my car hit him eventually anyway after the car behind me hit ME but the accident would have been much worse if I had not been completely focused on my driving at that moment.

6...That is was rush hour and traffic was slow. I usually hate 73rd street because of the slow traffic. I am learning to appreciate it now.

Wishing you all a safe driving day!

Blessings & Health,
Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

LETTERS TO PROFESSOR: Homeopathy Resources?

Good Morning,
I would like to start off by saying Thank You for what you are doing. This course has gotten me more involved and heightened my interest and desire by 1000%. Thank you again.

I downloaded approximately 120 or so cases to review, and wow was I overwhelmed. I have read the Organon twice, and realized that is not enough, I have read Kent Lectures, among many many other articles of info. I have also helped some friends with situations and have appeared to done well. The cases, though, that I have downloaded seemed particularly difficult for me. I spent lengthy time and energy reviewing and searching beyond my books for better references, and I even began to feel that maybe I wasn't intelligent enough to be in this line of work. So after great agg. I decided that I must be missing something.
For example, the first case I worked on was a case of Chronic Appendicitis, and the first thing that I noticed was the description of where the complaint was. Now I have not yet gone to my medical books that I have been investing in so that I might have more knowledge of the description of diseases, but I found it interesting that the remedy that was prescribed appeared to have taken what I would call an excessive amount of time to provide relief. I explored the case with the info I had avail from what is transcribed in the case and something didn't just sit right, First, was that in my MM by Clark it appears that Merc is Extreme pain, boring pain, and in this case the patient mentioned that it was aching, mild. Now I am not claiming that I have all the answers, but in the Organon I cannot get it from my mind "The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle ..;.." 4 months until reaching 90% relief isn't very rapid. Maybe I expect too much.
Well I went through the case, and came up with other remedies that could be suitable, but there seemed to be some info missing, like there wasn't enough.... Never the less I chose a slightly different remedy, Merc-c, without knowing if the patient was tender to the touch. Merc c works with much greater rapidity of action. Now this is only based upon what I have before me, and still something doesn't sit right with me, the concern that the pain of the patient was described as being "Upper R abdomen" and "remained localized to this paricular region only." The remedy appears mostly to be chosen upon the X-ray.... So this confused me.
Anyway I found this a little challenging, also the case of warts there was a choice of three remedies that I was able to find with the info before me, and I chose the one different than the prescriber because of a like, she liked sweets very much, and the remedy that was chosen doesn't.
Now I was getting very frustrated, not coming to the same conclusions... Finally I went on to a case of Genital Herpes, and through the methods of reportising I learned from Kents works I was actually able to come to the same conclusion. Whew! I was beginning to give up all hope.
Well I was finding more and more of the cases that seemed to be short on info and great on babble... Then I decided to start to begin and compare with some of Kents cases, and low and behold I found that I was doing remarkably well, I am able to follow through, using the keynotes and symptoms and coming to the same same answers as Kent, this began my excitement again. Now I have reviewed 4 cases from Kent and have only found one where there were two remedies given, one which was of great east to determine, the other, only after looking in the MM, was I able to understand more the importance to knowing the materia medica, was a diuretic and I immediately understood why Kent prescribed that also.
After all that I have read, I feel that the last case of tumor from kent was much easier than the first case of appendicitis. I followed Kents methods and was able to gain confidence that through methodical research of the patient, and not getting exhausted from writing out all the remedies and looking at each on, that I am capable of finding the picture. It also becomes very very clear to me that when one doesn't do an adequate case taking that it is highly possible to get a remedy that may or may not work and the more information, the more peculiarities, the better the chances for finding the simillium and "removing the symptoms from the patient, thus curing the disease as it is termed."
My desire to become a Homeopath is far greater than anything I have ever expected, and with learning through case histories I can see the importance of being patient, of listening, of being truely unjudgemental for what is put before me.
Thank you again and certainly hope that I didn't go on too much.
PS, I have also had a little difficulty getting through to the website: for the Quiz for finding your Homeopathic Type.
Thanks again

Dear Gene,

Thank you for your long letter and great (and positive is always a great bonus) feedback. What you have experienced is part of the learning process. However, to make it less painful I might want to send a message to students mentioning that not all homeopaths come to the same conclusions, sometimes there IS more than one remedy that works, and sometimes it is OK to use more than one if you are unsure. I am glad you were able to sync with Kent eventually, he is the classic in the feild and his work is one of the most respectable and classic in the field. I was not clear from your letter, were the initial problems you were having with another homeopath's cases or were they with the Kent cases? Yes! I agree that 4 months is too much to wait for the appendix pain. They should have given some sort of acute remedy before they gave the chronic one.

You sound like you are really enjoying homeopathy. If you feel, as time goes on, that this is the focus you want to pursue I would recommend investing in a program that helps you shorten the diagnostic process. Also (I don't know if I mentioned this in the coursework yet) you can visit and it helps shorten the process of finding remedies. Of course, you stil need to "know what you are doing" and cross-reference, but it does make the entire process a little less frustrating. It really sounds like you are doing amazing work so far.

As for the link - did you submit information and press "submit"? If so, can you please do it again and then e-mail me after? I didn't know who was submitting information. For some reason I have not included e-mail address on the form so I didn't know who to send the evaluation back to! Sorry! I will also try to repair the form so next time I know who is sending information and how to contact them.

I hope I answered all your questions. If not, just e-mail me back or ask more questions (that is fine too). I will get to the "repairs" I mentioned above as soon as possible.

Blessings & Health,
Kristie Karima Burns, MH, ND

IN THE NEWS: Death by "Modern Medicine"

New research suggests that, far from dying of natural causes, Ludwig van Beethoven was hastened to his end by his doctor. And he is not the only prominent figure to have suffered such a misfortune. Tony Paterson reports 30 August 2007

By the standards of today's medicine, Ludwig van Beethoven's death was a horrible and degrading affair. On 26 March 1827, the deaf composer met his end after spending more than four months in agony lying on a filthy straw mattress in a Viennese apartment, his skin jaundiced yellow from the liver cirrhosis he had contracted. He was 56.

In the days that followed, Beethoven's friends and admirers made pilgrimages to the open coffin bearing the body of the great composer to pay their respects. As was the custom in the early 1800s, several removed locks of their dead friend's hair as keepsakes.

The surviving brittle grey strands, 180 years on, that were sheared from Beethoven's head have provided new and convincing evidence that the composer did not die as a result of his worsening illnesses. He appears to have been killed – albeit inadvertently – by his own doctor.

"Beethoven's death was due to the treatments he was given by his own physician," said Christian Reiter, a forensic scientist and author of a new study on Beethoven's hair, yesterday. "The treatments amounted to lethal doses that permeated Beethoven's ailing liver and ultimately killed him," he added.

The locks have their own story. Back in 1989 a group of American Beethoven enthusiasts bought some of the hair at an auction held by Sotheby's. Then 160 strands were handed over to San Jose State University, California. Scientific research on those locks established that, among his other ailments which included deafness and cirrhosis, Beethoven also suffered from lead poisoning which may have contributed and ultimately led to his death. This fact was further underlined following scientific analysis of the composer's remaining bones two years ago which also pointed to lead poisoning.

It was not until the San Jose locks were placed in the hands of Mr Reiter in Vienna late last year that another additional cause of Beethoven's death – namely the composer's physician – began to emerge.

Mr Reiter went to Vienna University's Institute for Chemical Analysis, which has decades of experience in forensic research on hair, to study the locks. The strands were exposed to a microscopically thin laser beam. The resulting smoke was put through a spectrograph and analysed.

Two of the hairs provided evidence of the last 267 days of Beethoven's life, but it was the final 111 days that produced the crucial findings that support Mr Reiter's theory that the composer was inadvertently killed by his own physician.

Beethoven's demise started around 1796, aged only 25, when he began suffering from a severe form of tinnitus, a ringing in his ears that made it difficult for him to listen to, let alone appreciate music. By 1802, his condition was so severe total deafness was certain.

Ironically, it was the composer's decision in that year to move to the small Austrian town of Heiligenstadt, where he wrote an impassioned testament or public letter on his condition, that led to the subsequent extensive research into his illnesses and ultimately the causes of his death. Unusually for that era, Beethoven gave permission in his will for his remains to be handed over to medical research so that the causes of his debilitating illnesses might be established.

After Heiligenstadt, the 32-year-old Beethoven resolved thereafter to continue living for his art. However, by the time of his Ninth Symphony, his deafness was advanced. Eyewitness accounts of the premiere report that the composer had to be turned around on his chair to witness the tumultuous applause that followed the performance. Beethoven could hear nothing and wept tears of frustration.

His hearing loss did not affect his ability to compose music, but his role as a pianist, from which he gained much of his income, was increasingly handicapped. Even when composing, he used a rod attached to the soundboard of his piano which he could bite, enabling him to feel the vibrations of the notes he played and increase his perception of his own music.
By 1814, aged 44, Beethoven was totally deaf and forced to keep "conversation books" in which friends wrote down what they were saying to him. He often responded in writing. Today the composer's conversation books provide a vital insight into how he felt his music should be played.

As well as being deaf, Beethoven never married. His father objected to the only woman he was engaged to and his only other recorded love affair lasted for just two years. By the late 1820s, drinking heavily and after losing custody of his nephew Karl, he went into physical decline that eventually led to his death during a thunderstorm in Vienna in March 1827.
The composer had been spending October and November of 1826 in the small Austrian town of Gneixendorf. Records show that, at around this time, Beeth-oven had developed a liking for sweet Mosel wines. Research has shown that this could have also contributed to his illnesses: at the time vintners adopted the habit of "refining" their produce with a "sugar" containing lead particles that sweetened the taste of otherwise dry wines.

At the end of November he began his return to Vienna, travelling in an open, horse-drawn carriage in wet weather. He spent one night of his return journey soaking wet from a downpour, in an unheated room at an inn.

By early December 1827, he had pneumonia. A physician called Andreas Wawruch began treating him. His medical notes give details of an "anti-inflammatory" substance that was meted out to the composer to reduce his ailing lungs. Unfortunately, the substance had debilitating side effects.

Lying on a dirty straw mattress, Beethoven's stomach began to fill up with liquid that had apparently drained from his sickly lungs. The volume of fluid was so large it constricted his diaphragm to such an extent that he had severe breathing difficulties.

In order to relieve this condition, Wawruch was forced to pierce the bloated stomach with a lancet in order to drain off litres of fluid. Such methods were dangerous as they risked causing an infection of the patient's stomach which, without antibiotics and proper sterilisation, would have led to almost certain death.

Analysis of 19th century medicines shows that doctors used lead salts to treat lung infections as these were effective in reducing fluid build-up. In general, lead, mercury and arsenic functioned as the antibiotics of the time. Their side effects were considered the lesser evil. Yet for Beethoven, lead appears to have been the primary evil.

According to Mr Reiter's latest findings, the side effect of Wawruch's decision to give Beethoven lead salts was a critical overloading of the composer's cirrhosis-wracked liver which reacted by producing more fluid build-up. Wawruch responded by lancing the stomach to draw off the fluid and applied a lead-paste poultice to the wound – designed to ward off infection.

Mr Reiter's detailed laser analysis of the surviving hairs provided a daily diary of the last three months of life. Beethoven was given four abdominal punctures on his death bed which drained between 7.7 and 14 litres of fluid. Mr Reiter's hair analysis showed a clear correlation as the lead content in the composer's hair rose dramatically after each puncture.

"Dr Wawruch was acting to the best of his knowledge and with a clear conscience, according to the medical standards of the time," Mr Reiter said yesterday, "but as soon as the body began to reabsorb the lead from the poultices, terminal liver failure could no longer be prevented. The lead doses were not poisonous enough to kill a healthy person, but what Wawruch clearly did not know was that his treatment was attacking an already diseased liver."

Yet exactly what caused Beethoven to be poisoned with lead even before Wawruch's treatments has still to be finally established. Some attribute the cause to lead-"sugared" wine, others claim that as a young man the composer drank large amounts of lead-contaminated spa water. "We do not know the ultimate cause – but for years before his death Beethoven was a very sick man," Mr Reiter said.

Other medical mishaps:

Thomas Chatterton (20 November 1752 to 24 August 1770)
The gifted young poet, called "the marvellous boy" by Wordsworth, was widely assumed to have committed suicide by taking arsenic because he was too proud to beg for money or food. However, recent research suggests the poison may have been administered to the 17-year-old Chatterton in an attempt cure a sexually transmitted disease.

Napoleon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 to 5 May 1821)
The exiled Emperor of France died on the island of Saint Helena, with the most widely accepted cause of his death being stomach cancer. However, US research suggests it may have been a treatment by doctors that killed him. Doses of the poisonous salt tartaric acid, also called antimony potassium tartrate, were administered to induce vomiting. However, these would have caused a severe potassium deficiency that might have led to him developing Torsades de pointes, a potentially fatal heart complaint that disrupts the blood flow to the brain.

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685 to 28 July 1750)
Bach's eyesight began to deteriorate in his later years, so he called on the services of ophthalmologist John Taylor. Taylor carried out two operations on Bach's eyes, both of which were unsuccessful and left the composer completely blind and with failing health. His death less than a year later is seen as a direct consequence of these botched operations.

James Garfield (19 November 1831 to 19 September 1881)
The 20th US President was shot twice by Charles Guiteau, a religious fanatic, but neither bullet which hit him caused his death. Alexander Graham Bell invented a metal detector specifically to locate a bullet lodged in Garfield's spine but it was rendered useless by the patient's metal bed frame. Surgeons instead tried to search for the bullet invasively, using dirty metal tools which poisoned the President's blood and killed him.

George Washington (22 February 1732 to 14 December 1799)
The first US President contracted a vicious sore throat and breathing problems after riding his horse in freezing weather. He died two days later. Modern doctors have diagnosed acute inflammation of the epiglottis. However, Washington's condition was almost certainly exacerbated by having 3.75 litres of blood – more than half his blood volume – taken by physicians in the space of ten hours.