Avicenna Institute Student News: April 19, 2015


Dear Students,

I hope you have all been enjoying your week!

As it is spring here I did my traditional 3-day juice fast and feel so rejuvenated!

It still amazes me how the body can be so happy on a few glasses of ground of spinach and other greens for days at a time. In fact, my body was so happy. I felt like every cell in my body was screaming "thank you"! I think the reason I still have trouble accepting this as fact - even after more than 20 years as a healer, is because I was raised on the idea that one has to follow the "food pyramid" to be healthy and not only that - I was raised in Iowa where "meat and potatoes" and big farm meals are the standard! 

So what amazes me more than the power of juice is the power of the human mind to hold onto childhood beliefs even when logic and education cause these beliefs to be questioned or absolutely proven wrong.

I always try to keep this in mind when working with clients. Because many client have also spent their very impressionable childhood years without a holistic view of nutrition clients may need extra encouragement to be able to break through that mental barrier. And as we all know - the mind is just as powerful as the body.

It is very important that we educate clients and provide them with the scientific studies that they need so they can not only benefit from the physical healing of natural therapies but can also start to overcome the mental blockages that may be embedded from childhood.

Blessings & Health,


PS: I also wanted to let you know that ALL student exams and assignments were marked and returned to students on April 12th. If you submitted work after that date your assignment is still pending with us. If you submitted something before that date and did not receive your marked assignment please let us know.


Herbal Healing 203: Part One

This text is now available in print!

You can order this book HERE.

Since shipping is based on each book rather than shipment weight you can order Part One and Part Two on different days and still pay the same amount.


Student Reminders

I am repeating these again this week because they are of great interest to all of our students.

One of our instructors, Vanessa Nixon Klein, is hosting a retreat! She has sent us the following information if you are interested in joining in:



Women’s Wellness Retreat April 17-19

Save $200 on early bird pricing before March 30! 

If you are a student or instructor and would like to share what you are doing with other students please let us know and we can post it in the newsletter!

Another exciting development from our students is the new Traditional Naturopath's Association which will be taking the place of the American Naturopath's Association. 

Robin Slawnyk has posted the following announcement on the chat page:

The American Association of Traditional Naturopaths is now open for student membership and we are excited to offer a $25 discount for your membership fee. Become a part of history in the Traditional Naturopath community! We have some amazing and exciting things in the works. 


Blessings & Health,

Kristie Karima Burns, Mh, ND, Ph.D.


Regular Reminders


Correct Citation Styles

A student last week asked about correct citation styles. For turning in your homework we accept any style as long as it is consistent. However, this wonderful online website gives additional guidelines for professional use. If you are blogging or writing articles about natural healing for public use you will want to reference this website HERE.


Do You Want to Contribute?

Do you have a natural healing blog post, story or tip you would like to share? Send it to: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com and we will include it in the next newsletter with your name, website and contact information.

Student Registration

Please make sure you have filled out your student registration form. This form is very important as it is required to keep our institute up to standard. Part of the standard required of all universities, colleges and institutes is that they keep regular records on all students. We cannot do that if you don't fill out your student registration form.

Please help us represent you in the best way possible by filling yours out HERE.

Student Resources

If you need resources to help you with your professional work or your assignments don't forget the student resource page. We just updated it two weeks ago with some great new herbal databases and other resources for you! You can link to it HERE.


Need Help Getting Started?

Connect with other students who are taking the classes, get tips from students and staff on how to start your classes or stay inspired and more at our student forum HERE. You can also e-mail us at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com any time with questions about your classes or materials.


Need the Latest Welcome Letter?

If you are a student that enrolled before April 2014 you may want to look at the new welcome letter and make sure you are up to date with any changes HERE.


Would You Like to Be a Mentor?

Students would love to be able to contact you! You do not need to be a naturopath or graduate of The Avicenna Institute to be a mentor. Students need mentoring opportunities in many fields. Please contact us if any of the following apply to you and you would like to be on the mentor list:

1. You have been part of this program for more than two years and would like to help guide new students through the process.

2. You are an aromatherapist, reflexologist, herbalist, massage therapist, or other natural health care professional.

3. You write a natural health focused BLOG, you write natural health focused articles for magazines or you sell natural health products (herbs, vitamins, aromatherapy oils, etc.)

4. You run a clinic or are a member of a clinic that would be open to having an assistant help (even with tasks like filing records or transcribing).


Need a Textbook?

If you enrolled as a student before December 1, 2013 physical text books were not available and did not come with the classes. Now that physical text books are being offered you don't have to miss out. You can still order them by clicking on the textbook picture to the left.

Due to travel textbook orders were delayed from a couple weeks ago. If you ordered a text book in the past two weeks you should be receiving it in about 7-10 days.


Miss a Newsletter? 

Browse old student newsletters below (announcement messages are not included in this list)

February 9th, 2015: Job Opportunity for Students

January 11, 2015: Student News: New Texts!

December 27, 2014: Student News: Connect with Other Members

December 1, 2014: Student News: View on Mental Illness

November 14, 2014: Student News: Research and Resources

November 3, 2014: Student News: A Phlegmatic Time of Year

October 20, 2014: Student News: Recruiting Student Teachers

October 12, 2014: Student News: Consulting Wisdom

October 5, 2014: Student News: Exams and References

September 22, 2014: Student News: Course Updates and More

September 30, 2014: Student News: Congratulations!

August 7, 2014: Student News: Aromatherapy Lecture Live (this was rescheduled, new date has not been announced)

June 27, 2014 - Student News: Website Updates Coming Soon

June 8, 2014 - Student News: New Aromatherapy Lecture Online

June 1, 2014 - Student News: Text Books

May 6, 2014 - Website Issue Alert - This May Affect You...

May 1, 2014 - How to Cite Sources in Your Papers

April 24, 2014 - Why Studying Might Give You More Time

March 29, 2014 - Certifications and Over the Counter Drugs

(Note: This is still active - we still need more feedback)

February 15, 2014 - Calling All Practitioners and Students Selling Natural Healing Items!

(Note: This is still active - we are still needing more submissions)

February 6th, 2014 - Improvements Being Made at The Avicenna Institute of Natural Healing

January 30, 2014 - Announcing Our NEW Student Newsletter! Important!


Tips to Avoid "File Frustration"

* Remember you can always text us for immediate help. We can even send you file links by text. 

* We have set up everything on the site to be easy. If it is not something is wrong. Check the forum or text us to check for "known issues". It's sort of like calling my Internet company when the line is down. They always have an announcement on there if there is a "known issue" so that saves me time trying to figure out what is (not really wrong) with my modem.

* Be sure to check the forum. We made an announcement earlier today about the issue but a few people had not checked so they e-mailed us and were confused.

* Be sure to post for help on the forum. There is always someone on the forum and you will always get the quickest response there. If you e-mail us it may take up to half a day for a response to urgent issues and up to three days for a response to non-urgent e-mails.

* Be sure to use the help pages.

* When possible download files to your own computer or device for quick retrieval. The system we use is only intended as a "delivery system" anyway so to see the files correctly you have to download them anyway.


Working to Make Your Experience Easier

The website was "down" for a few hours last week twice. We have had a webmaster working to fix the issues. At the same time he is working to make your experience better, as always! Keep in mind that if the website ever goes down or you experience any urgent issues the best ways to contact us quickly are: Facebook Instant Messenger and/or Text at: (571) 327-8495. If you contact us as soon as you see an issue we can usually solve it in under ten minutes.


**Our old website required you renew access, with the new website you can request access without ever paying to renew that access – even if you want to access lessons you purchased ten years ago! If you received an automated message from our old website asking you to renew please delete that message and ignore it. There is also one exception to this rule – if you are one of the ten people who purchased year memberships during the short period of time we offered them please contact us for access options at: CustomerService@TheBEarthInstitute.com  - you still have access to many of your materials!