Dr. Edward E. Shook, N.D., D.C. in the work Advanced Treatise In Herbology wrote, "nature has not
produced for us many herbs whose food and medicinal value equal this one. It's ancient history as
a reliable remedy for bad blood, ulcers, tumors, and many skin diseases such as what we today call
eczema, psoriasis, acne, lupus, etc., to say nothing of internal disorders such as syphilis, leprosy,
cancer, etc., and the modern proofs of its marvelous efficacy in the treatment of humanities most
fearsome and loathsome diseases is positive proof that very few if any herbs are more virtuous or
possess more curative powers."
It should be noted that Dr. Shook was a very successful natural healer. In fact, the imminent
herbalist and naturopath Dr. John Christopher, N.D., was a student of Dr. Shook. Dr. Shook went on
to say, with regard to burdock root: "to our certain knowledge, it has cured syphilis after all other
treatments had failed. For the successful treatment of chronic skin diseases, especially eczema,
burdock has no equal, while for boils its quick alterative and curative effect is truly remarkable."
Toni is a Holist Health Practitioner (HHP) & Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology from SDUIS, an Herbalist Certificate from Self-Heal School and a HHP certificate from the School of Healing Arts in San Diego. In private practice as a HHP for over 10 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.