By the time you read this, most of you probably have chosen the school you will go to for your basic natural health education. Your courses likely include: anatomy, physiology and chemistry. You may even have a pretty good idea regarding the modality you will focus on such as: Iridology, Herbology, Massage Therapy, Homeopathy or Nutritional Therapy, etc.

Chances are however, not many people including your instructors have really positioned you with key resources regarding the most important aspect of being a successful practitioner, success being a relative term by the way.... none the less, you will definitely find the following books to be real lifesavers to starting or enhancing your clinical journey to success.

1. Dr. Lawrence - Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners

2. Michael LeBouf - How to Win Customers and Keep Them for Life.

3. George Clason - 1926 - Richest Man in Babylon.

4. Richard Allen - As A Man Thinketh (or woman).

5. Donald LePore - The Ultimate Healing System

We have had Practitioners report the book that pulls it all together for them is:

The Ultimate Healing System - Dan Young version

There will always be something to learn, explore and experience. During these unprecedented times, the ability to navigate, pivot and respond to your market and customer needs is paramount to your long term success.

Case and point, the week I wrote this we had our largest in office introductory class since the start of the “pandemic”. In my office, our bread and butter momentum advancing class has always centered around introductory classes. We have now begun to move as much of our experience to online distribution as possible. That said, I have never mastered a greater return than providing face to face educational experiences. Always remember this, media is great, but classroom trumps it every time.

I encourage all of you to check out for two reasons. First, for personal continuing education for those of you who need CEU’s for board certification as I do. Second, capture your niche and share with the world. Even if you do it for free. As you know, we love providing free content, it is fuel for all relationships, but online will never replace the impact of hands on.

Dan Young, BCTN, BCN, CNC

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Snickerdoodle Smoothie


- 1 or 1 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut or Almond Milk

- 1 Cup of Ice

- 1/2 Banana

- 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter

- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

- 1/2 or 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

- 1 Tablespoon raw local honey

- 1 Tablespoon Superfood


1. Blend in a Strong blender until Liquefied

2. Swish first drink in mouth for 20-30 seconds to prepare stomach and then enjoy!

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If you’re anything like me you’re constantly on the lookout for resources that will make your job more effective and save you time and money in the process. From my perspective, I’m looking for things that make the client experience outstanding in every encounter.

The following is a brief list of the five most used apps either by myself personally or by my staff at Country Doctor Nutritional Center. The first app is Pocket Pharmacy. This is an app that you can get from either the App store or Google store depending on the platform you use. It allows me to easily and effectively and in front of the client look up drug side effects and/or interactions they might have. I use it almost every day.

Next is our system survey software called Maestro, you’ve heard Becca and I speak about this many times over the years. We use this application weekly for several reasons, one upon initial intake of a new client to identify stress patterns and additionally use it to follow up on their progress. It gives a very clean and easy to explain report.

Anchor is the podcasting platform I use to produce and post podcasts. Not all practitioners should or will want to do this, however, it has been one of my favorite support hobbies to all the amazing things we get to do here. Great educational platform for clients and meeting other practitioners.

Facebook or any other Social Media Platform I encourage you to find one and be really active with it. You do not have to be everywhere on social media but you should be somewhere consistently on a weekly basis. Whether we like it or not, the current state of the internet for natural wellness practitioners is to have an aggressive presence on social.

Lastly, for internal and external workflow, either Dropbox or Trello, Becca and I love them both. In a matter of a few hours you can master either one and really improve project management. As some of you know, I use apple products and honorable mention goes to the recently improved native app, Reminders, it is my quick go to for “to do” activities and setting up client or intern communications. I use it daily. . . So there you have it, these are not the only apps but they are my most used for sure.

To recap:

Pocket Pharmacy



Facebook or any Social Media Platform

Dropbox or Trello with honorable mention

BONUS: Reminders

Dan Young, BCTN, CNC

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