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HerbMentor Radio

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HerbMentor Radio, by LearningHerbs, explores the simplicity and accessibility of edible and medicinal plants in peoples lives. Interviews with herbalists explore herbs, herbal home remedies, herb gardening and more. Hosted by John Gallagher.

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HerbMentor Radio, by LearningHerbs, explores the simplicity and accessibility of edible and medicinal plants in peoples lives. Interviews with herbalists explore herbs, herbal home remedies, herb gardening and more. Hosted by John Gallagher.

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By Wild Rose Apothecary - Sep 23 2014
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I love herbmentor and am so excited about the podcasts!

Best, most useful!!!!

By Deborah L.RN - May 10 2010
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These are the best and most useful herbal podcast. So much more at the HerbMentor Website!

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
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32
6
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1

Exciting

By Wild Rose Apothecary - Sep 23 2014
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I love herbmentor and am so excited about the podcasts!

Best, most useful!!!!

By Deborah L.RN - May 10 2010
Read more
These are the best and most useful herbal podcast. So much more at the HerbMentor Website!
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HerbMentor Radio

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HerbMentor Radio, by LearningHerbs, explores the simplicity and accessibility of edible and medicinal plants in peoples lives. Interviews with herbalists explore herbs, herbal home remedies, herb gardening and more. Hosted by John Gallagher.

Rank #1: Rosemary Gladstar

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Rosemary Gladstar is the author of several books, including best seller Herbal Healing for Women and A Family Herbal. She has taught herbs extensively throughout the U.S. and has led travel adventures worldwide.

Rosemary has founded the California School of Herbal Studies, United Plant Savers, co-founded Sage Mountain Herbs, and is a founding member of the Northeast Herb Association. Her experience includes over 30 years in the herbal community as a healer, teacher, visionary and organizer of herbal events.

Visit Rosemary at http://www.sagemountain.com

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #2: Stephen Harrod Buhner

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Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author often books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and
Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century.

The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. He has spoken at colleges and conference around thw world, including the United Nations.

Stephen’s books include:

* Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria
* Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and its Coinfections
* The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth
* Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native America Herbalism
* Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation
* The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature
* The Natural Testosterone Plant: For Sexual Health and Energy
* Herbs for Hepatitis C and the Liver
…and more

Stephen and I started our conversation around old time doctors and kitchen medicine, exploring herbs like ginger, cayenne, and even honey. Then, as I expected and hoped for, Stephen went in some interesting directions. So, though he talks about the effects of accidentally breathing dust from Western Skunk Cabbage, and ingesting some well known toxic plants such as Poison Hemlock…well, I would ask you stay away from using those plants internally.

Stephen does offer some amazing gems of information, and you never know when he is going to drop one of them on you. However, there is gold in the overall message he is trying to say. Try to stay in the space of looking at the larger picture of the conversation.

Visit http://www.gaianstudies.org

Mar 24 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #3: jim mcdonald: Herbs for Back Pain

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Jim McDonald joins us once again on HerbMentor Radio for a double length episode focused on herbs for back pain. Jim covers nutrition and body work as well as the major catagories of how to look at and treat back injuries, such as muscle pain, spasm, inflammatory pain, and nerve pain. Also, lubrication of joints and tissue, fluid stagnation, structural integrity, how to customize a treatment and more. Jim adds a new section on topical applications as well. This nearly 2 hour presentation will bring to life his popular web article on herbs for back pain.

Jim is an herbalist based in Michigan. He teaches many classes locally, and also teaches at major conferences such as the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference and Rootstalk.

Visit Jim at http://herbcraft.org

Here is a direct link to his herbs for back pain article that this HerbMentor Radio is based on: http://www.herbcraft.org/backpain.html

Mar 24 2016

1hr 48mins

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Rank #4: David Winston: Adaptogens

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David Winston RH (AHG), is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians throughout North America. David founded an herbal manufacturing company called Herbalist & Alchemist as well as David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. David is author of many books including Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and a founding advisory board member of United Plant Savers.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, David explores adaptogens and their importance in this day and age. Adaptogens help the body adapt to stress and increase health. David also answers questions on adaptogens submitted by HerbMentor members.

Aug 12 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #5: Sean Donahue: Herbs and Magic

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Sean Donahue is a traditional herbalist and poet. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, a political organizer, and a nonviolence trainer. He is proud to be a regular contributor to Plant Healer Magazine.

While he has been blessed to receive amazing support and guidance from other herbalists, Sean’s primary teachers have been the wild and feral plants growing in the forests, fields, and swamps around him. He has trusted his own health completely to the plants since they first began helping him begin to heal the asthma he struggled with since childhood.

As a practitioner he looks to plants as allies in helping people remember their own beauty, strength and power and in guiding them to health.

As a teacher, he encourages students to build their own deep, personal relationship with the plants around them grounded in the experience of their own senses and their own hearts. He identifies deeply with the traditions of the edge dwellers – those who live in the places where the human and wild meet, bridging the worlds.

For Sean, magic, medicine, and poetry are all expressions of a deep connection to the living Earth, and personal, cultural, and ecological healing are inextricably linked. He is currently working on his first book, a guide to plants for the underworld journey.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Sean discusses herbs, magic and goes deep into two herbs… hawthorne and ghost pipe.

Visit Sean at http://MedicineAndMagic.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 14mins

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Rank #6: Aviva Romm

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Aviva Romm began studying herbal medicine and midwifery in 1981. A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and herbalist, practicing since 1985, Aviva is recognized internationally as an accomplished specialist in the areas of herbal medicine for gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics.

Her numerous books are now regarded as standards for mothers, midwives, herbalists, and other health professionals using herbs for women’s and children’s health. Additionally, she has written numerous articles, has been published in medical journals, and has contributed to several major integrative medicine textbooks. Forthcoming is her latest book, Textbook of Herbal Medicine for Women (Churchill/Elsevier, 2008).

Aviva is the President of the American Herbalists Guild. She has been active in establishing standards for botanical medicine practice and education in the United States, and has taught at national herbal, midwifery, and medical conferences and in private seminars, as well as being a guest on nationally syndicated radio programs. She serves on a number of scientific review boards including the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) and the Botanical Safety Handbook review committee for the American Herbal Products Association, and has recently been invited to serve as an adjunct faculty for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Aviva is currently pursuing a medical degree (MD) at the Yale School of Medicine.

Visit Aviva at her website, http://AvivaRomm.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Rosemary Gladstar: Wild Greens & Spring Remedies

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Rosemary Gladstar covers the importance of wild greens, both nutritionally and energetically. Dandelions, plantain, nettle, chickweed and many more favorites will be covered. In addition to her favorite ways to prepare wild greens, Rosemary will also cover ethical wild harvesting. It’s time to clean out the closets and leave the winter blues behind!

Rosemary Gladstar is the author of many books, including Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Herbal Healing for Women. Rosemary has been inspiring herbalists for nearly 40 years with the herbal schools, conferences, organizations and companies she has founded, which include the California School of Herbal Studies, Traditional Medicinals, the International Herb Symposium, and United Plant Savers.

Aug 12 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #8: Richo Cech

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RIcho Cech is a village herbalist, conservationist, and expert on making herbal extracts. For many years he was a developer at HerbPharm. He and his wife Mayche are owners of Horizon Herbs, an organic medicinal herb seed company based in Williams, Oregon. Their mission is to sow seeds worldwide for the benefit of people plants and the planet.

Richo is author of the books Making Plant Medicine and Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs. His Horizon Herbs catalog is well known not only for its variety of hard to find extracts and seeds, but also as a treasure trove of information.

In this interview we discuss not only the basics of herb gardening, but also answer some excellent questions from HerbMentor.com members. Of course, Richo infuses his amazing insights on working with herbs. Also, Richo and I talk a bit about comfrey. And as you might expect, another knowledgeable and wise herbalist with yet another varying opinion. :)

Mar 24 2016

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Rank #9: jim mcdonald

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Jim McDonald is a self taught herbalist whose approach blends a folk and indigenous perspective of herbcraft with the eclectic/physiomedical approaches of 19th century American herbalism. If you ever spent time on Henriette’s forum or the Herbwifery forum, then you may know Jim. He also gives herb walks at many conferences, including the International Herb Symposium.

He has a unique way of teaching people how to connect with plants, and how to learn herbal properties. These are the areas we focus on in this interview, along with some other fun topics. Jim runs programs in Michigan from day long classes to a 9 month intensive. He is a knowledgable and engaging teacher, and I was excited to be able to interview him for HerbMentor Radio.

You can visit Jim McDonald at http://HerbCraft.org. His site has many wonderful and extended articles on a number of plants and how to use them for various ailments.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: jim mcdonald: Herbal Energetics and Fevers

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jim mcdonald returns to HerbMentor Radio for a special episode on fevers and herbal energetics. What is a fever, why do they happen, and what are the popular myths? The difference between stimulating and relaxing diaphoretics as well as detailed descriptions of many herbs with diaphoretic properties.

Diaphoretics are herbs that direct circulation, open pores, ventilate the body and allow perspiration. This 105 minute lesson is sure to clear up any confusion you may have had about herbs and fevers.

You can visit jim mcdonald at http://HerbCraft.org. His site has many wonderful and extended articles on a number of plants and how to use them for various ailments.

Mar 24 2016

1hr 44mins

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Rank #11: Guido Masé: The Wild Medicine Solution

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Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, educator and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism. He is a founding co-director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, VT and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, the American Botanical Council and United Plant Savers. He has worked extensively in the herbal products industry, with focuses on local and sustainable growing, harvesting and production. Guido is author of the new book, The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants, published by Healing Arts Press.

In this interview, Guido discusses how the Wild Medicine Solution is the antidote to “Plant Deficiency Syndrome.” As modern culture moved further from nature, humans lost their cultural links to the plants and the health they brought us. Guido makes it super simple to reconnect to the herbs by exploring three classes of plants… aromatics, bitters and tonics. Learn how to connect to herbs and easily enhance your health. Guido also shares how his unique upbringing led to this unique way of approaching herbalism.

Aug 12 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #12: Phyllis Light

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Phyllis Light is a fourth generation herbalist and healer, and has worked with herbs and in natural health for over 30 years. Her studies began in the deep woods of Northern Alabama, and now Phyllis lectures in herb schools, universities, medical schools, hospitals and health conferences.

In addition to Traditional Folk studies, Phyllis has studied Traditional Western Herbalism, Nutrition, Exercise Science, Body Work and Energy Medicine. She continues to maintain an active herbal practice.

Phyllis is also a consultant to business and physicians, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, director of herbal studies at Clayton College, and is working on a new book The Geography of Health: Southern Appalachian Folk Medicine, which explores the medicine that is at the heart of her personal herbal traditions.

You can visit Phyllis and learn about her herbal studies programs at http://phyllisdlight.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #13: Caroline Gagnon: Plant Energetics

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Caroline Gagnon started teaching and practicing herbalism in 1995, and is co-founder and director of the FloraMedicina School of Herbal Studies in Montreal, Quebec. She also helped create the professional wing of the Guilde des Herboristes (Herbalist Guild) in Montreal.

In this episode, Caroline and I explore plant energetics in a way we’ve never discussed on HerbMentor Radio. We can all learn to communicate with herbs in ways that can not be taught in books. It sounds esoteric, but it’s actually quite simple and practical.

Caroline explains energetics in a much broader sense, which is really helpful should one want to go on and learn an energetics system, such as Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine. Get ready for a paradigm shift. Caroline also answers HerbMentor member questions.

Visit Caroline Gagnon at http://FloraMedicina.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: Paul Bergner

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Paul Bergner is a medical herbalist and founder/director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado. The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism teaches in the vitalist tradition.

He has been practicing and teaching natural medicine since 1973. Paul has edited the Medical Herbalism Journal since its founding in 1989, and has written many books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine.

Paul has taught at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, is on the adjunct faculty for Naropa University and the Tai Sophia Institute, and speaks at all the major herbal conferences.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Paul lays a wonderful foundation for learning about herbs as he gets to the heart of herbal medicine…nature. With wonderful stories and insights, Paul will teach you what needs to be at the core of all herbalists and healers.

Visit:
North American Institute of Medical Herbalism
http://www.naimh.com

Paul’s MedHerb.com http://www.medherb.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #15: Dr. James Duke: Herbs of the Bible

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Dr. James Duke is an ethnobotantist with a Ph.D. in botany from UNC, served with Missouri Botanical Garden in his earlier years, and for over 3 decades in several posts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was chief of the Medicinal Plant Resources Laboratory and chief of the USDA’s Economic Botany Lab. One of the most frequented part of the USDA website is his ethnobotanical and phytochemical database he created before retiring.

Dr. Duke has written more than 30 books including the best selling Green Pharmacy, Dr. Duke’s Essential Herbs, Herbs of the Bible, Handbook of Edible Weeds, Duke’s Handbook of Medicinal Plants of Latin America, and Peterson’s Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America. He’s also spent years exploring the ecology and culture of the Amazon Rain Forest.

Dr. Duke is currently updating the third edition of the Peterson’s guide. He mainly care takes the Green Farmacy Garden with his wife Peggy and volunteers.

In this episode of HerbMentor Radio, Jim covers herbs of the Bible in the midst of other fun stuff, such as a few bluegrass songs Jim wrote for his cd, Herbalbum.

Jim’s books are available at your favorite online and real life book stores. At this time, Jim’s music cd is not available, but as he said in the interview, he wants to re-release it.

You can visit Jim in person and on the web at https://thegreenfarmacygarden.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #16: Sandor Katz

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Sandor Ellix Katz is author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movement.

Starting with sauerkraut, Sandor has been fermenting foods for over 14 years. As as avid cook, gardener, herbalist, and nutritional enthusiast, his interests have led to a life of spreading “culture” wherever he travels. He refers to himself as a “fermentation revivalist.”

Hailing from the great city of New York, and a graduate of Brown University, Sandor now lives in community in the wooden hills of Tennessee.

You can visit “Sandorkraut,” check out his resources, read FAQ’s on fermentation, find out his teaching schedule, and order his books at http://www.WildFermentation.com

Mar 24 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #17: Demetria Clark: Herbal Healing for Children

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Demetria Clark has written one of the best books on using herbs with kids we’ve seen: Herbal Healing for Children: A Parent’s Guide to Treatments for Common Childhood Illnesses.

Demetria is a North American herbalist specializing in herbals for pregnancy, birth, postpartum, nursing and children. She is a traditional family herbalist. She has worked with families for over 20 years as an herbalist, aromatherapist, midwife, doula and traditional medicine maker. She works extensively in the US and Europe, blending the two traditions. Demetria lectures extensively on herbal care for sexuality, pregnancy and woman’s health.

Demetria believes in families having options to self empower and have health and wellness options.

She is the Founder and Director of Heart of Herbs Herbal school and the doula training program, Birth Arts International.

In this interview, Demetria discusses her top 10 choices her an herbal apothecary for kids, tells her story, and answers HerbMentor member questions.

Here is a link to “What are those herbs in the pregnancy tea blend?” she mentions in the interview:
http://www.birtharts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/pregnanctea.pdf

Visit Demetria at:
http://www.heartofherbs.com http://www.birtharts.com/

Mar 24 2016

1hr 21mins

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Rank #18: Jon Young: Mentoring Kids & Nature Connection

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Author and naturalist Jon Young takes you behind the scenes of Wildcraft! and LearningHerbs.com in a special episode called “Mentoring Kids & Nature Connection.”

Why are relationships with nature more important than information? What is Nature Deficit Disorder? Does your child have it? What is the number one secret to nature connection? How do you share curiosity with kids? What are “kid trails,” and how can we bring them back?

This interview covers how to discover your child’s passions and connect with them in nature. Jon’s world acclaimed Art of Mentoring curriculum is the engine of LearningHerb’s teaching methodology. You get a first hand glimpse under the hood to not only see how and why we do what we do, but also how you can empower yourself to mentor others.

Jon Young is author of Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, Animal Tracking Basics, Advanced Bird Language, Seeing Through Native Eyes, Reclaiming our Natural Connections, and the Kamana Naturalist Training Program. He is also founder of Wilderness Awareness School and creator of Art of Mentoring workshop series, which is offered by wilderness schools around the world.

Visit Jon at http://JonYoung.org

Mar 24 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #19: Sandor Katz: The Art of Fermentation

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Sandor Katz returns to HerbMentor Radio in celebration of his new book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World. This nearly 500 page volume gives practical information on fermenting vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, beans, meats and more. It has a forward by Michael Pollan and is published by Chelsea Green.

Sandor is also author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movement. Starting with sauerkraut, Sandor has been fermenting foods for years. As as avid cook, gardener, herbalist, and nutritional enthusiast, his interests have led to a life of spreading “culture” wherever he travels. He refers to himself as a "fermentation revivalist."

Aug 12 2015

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Rank #20: Paul Bergner & Tania Neubauer: Your Calling

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Paul Bergner and Tania Neubauer, N.D. join me at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference for a special live edition of HerbMentor Radio.

Paul has been practicing natural medicine since 1973, is author of 7 books, and is founder of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.

Dr. Neubauer is a naturopathic physician, was a medical coordinator at the Berkeley Free Clinic, has worked extensively with Natural Doctors International, and has studied with Karen Sanders, Michael Moore and Adam Seller.

A “calling,” according to Paul, is something that “when you’re doing it, the universe conspires to make you succeed.”

Paul and Tania, along with herbalist 7Song (Northeast School of Botanical Medicine), are leading a delegation to the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua. This trip is open to anyone, no matter what your herbal or language background. It is an amazing opportunity for those who want herbal clinical experience.

Paul and Tania discuss this opportunity in great detail, however, this interview will be of interest to everyone, as Paul discusses what a calling is, and some tips for those who might be interested in being a clinical herbalist. It’s a fascinating look at the state of herbalism from someone how has been doing this for nearly 40 years.

I wanted to get this interview out for 2 reasons… 1) To share what I learned from Paul about finding one’s calling and 2) to spread the word about this trip, which will help a lot of people get quality, natural medical help.

To find out more about Paul, Tania and 7Song’s clinical training in Nicaragua, visit http://medherb.com/nicaragua.html

Mar 24 2016

1hr 1min

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