Jorgen Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, PhD
Dr. Bernard Jensen was born March 25, 1908 to Eugene and Anna
Jensen, in Stockton, California. His mother died at age 30 from
tuberculosis. At the age of 18 his father, being a chiropractor,
urged young Jensen to study the science of chiropractic,
which he did.
Shortly after graduation from college, in Oakland, California,
health began to deteriorate. His physicians diagnosed his condition
as bronchiectasis – an incurable disease.
A Seventh Day Adventist physician taught Jensen the
principles of good nutrition and how to live a healthy, productive
life. With the physician’s guidance, Jensen was able to
regain his health and opened his first chiropractic practice in
Oakland, California, in the year 1929.
His naturally curious nature led him to study many forms and
modalities of health care delivery. He was most impressed by the
results many were obtaining using natural methods. This prompted his
famous world travels to far off lands to learn the secrets of long
and healthy life from the oldest, healthiest people on the planet.
He discovered that the basic keys to a long and healthy life were
not to be found in vitamin bottles or on the shelves of drug stores
or pharmacies. What the old people taught him was that whole,
natural foods, a peaceful disposition, daily exercise, sufficient
rest and a constant desire to be of service to humanity were the
foundation of any serious quest for living a long and healthy life.
Jensen went on to study with his greatest mentor, Dr. Victor Rocine, a Norwegian Homeopath, who taught him the
“chemical story.” Rocine also instilled in Jensen the
need to actually live with chronic and degenerative patients for an
appropriate length of time in order to best serve the needs of such
Under Rocine’s tutelage and guidance, Jensen came to
fully grasp and comprehend the need for constant interaction between
patient and practitioner. He developed a nature cure philosophy
based upon the principle that patients must take an active, willing
part in any program of natural correction and rejuvenation –
preferably in a relaxed, peaceful environment conducive to lasting
recovery. This was the beginning of Jensen’s sanitarium
Jensen opened his first nature cure sanitarium in San Leandro,
California. It was a 25 bed facility. He went on to open others in
Ben Lomond and Altadena, California. In 1955 he opened his most
famous sanitarium at Hidden Valley, in Escondido, California. It was
an 85 bed, sprawling operation that accommodated patients from
around the world who suffered from arthritis, cancer, weight
disorders and other chronic and degenerative diseases.
His astounding success with over 350,000 patients at his
sanitariums, utilizing purely natural methodologies, gained much
notoriety and fame for his work. He was honored by many societies,
governments and institutions for his tremendous accomplishments in
the field of natural health care delivery and clinical, nutritional
research and for advancing the science and practice of Iridology.
"Dr. Jensen receiving the Dag Hammarskjold Award for his Nature
Cure clinic and sanitarium work from a representative of the Pax
Mundi Society, Brussels, Belgium."
Dr. Jensen’s many distinguished
awards included the following:
- Doctor of
the Year award, Portland, Oregon 1954.
- Academy of
Science medal for exceptional service to humanity, Paris, France 1971.
International Iridology Gold Medal award conferred by the World
Congress of Scientific Medicine (Best doctor in the world
award), San Remo, Italy 1973.
- Service to
Humanity award conferred by the International Naturopathic
- Awarded the
Cross of Saint John at a special ceremony in New York City.
- Agnes Arber
Distinguished Service award for his work and research with
herbal medicine 1981.
Doctor of the Year award conferred by the National Health
Federation, Long Beach, California 1982.
Hammarskjold award of the Pax
Mundi Academy for his
outstanding international contribution to the field of medical
science, Brussels, Belgium. U.S. Ambassador, Charles Price,
personally congratulated Dr. Jensen on the reception of this
highly esteemed honor.
During an illustrious 60 year
career as a world-renowned health advocate, lecturer and author,
Jensen taught his unique and quite successful system of
natural health management to medical doctors, nature cure
practitioners and patients in 65 countries. He founded many schools
and natural health centers and authored over 200 natural health care
publications that are utilized by students and health care
practitioners in many countries today.
a friend to all who knocked on his door seeking the healing
influence of nature. Jensen was, arguably, the greatest
international influence in the field of nature sure science and
practice to emerge from the twentieth century.
His patients included Heads of State, physicians, Hollywood celebrities, sports figures and ordinary folk from every walk of life.
He counted among his personal friends His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, Krishnamurti,
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, many prominent traditional and
non-traditional health practitioners and the many ranch hands who
were so instrumental in helping to provide the very special services
and serene atmosphere at Hidden Valley Health Ranch.
He passed away peacefully February 22, 2001, in Escondido,
California, surrounded by a small group of friends and family. He
Paul Harris, BS, CN, CI
Principal, Harris Superior Health
Harris, the founder of USAWellnessPlan.com, and
Arthriti-Nature-Cure.com, is a health writer, nutritionist,
alternative medicine practitioner and consultant in the
field of comprehensive health care services delivery and patient
year 1984, he began studying the doctrine of right
living and natural, biological treatment for
disease, under the instruction of former Nobel Peace Prize
candidate and world renowned natural health care lecturer,
author and practitioner, Bernard Jensen,
PhD, of Escondido, California.
health-restorative techniques Paul teaches were largely inspired
Practitioners and medical writers who were
influential in his thinking were Are Waerland, Paavo
Airola, Sylvester Graham, Dr. Russell Tral, Ann Wigmore,
Dr. Susanna Dodds, John Kellogg, Dr. John Tilden,
Dr. Victor Rocine, Sir Robert McCarrison M.D., Sir W.
Arbuthnot Lane MD, Father
Sebastian Kneipp, Henry Lindlahr, M.D., Bernar McFadden,
Dr. John Christopher and Dr. Norman Walker.
pages of antiquity Paul studied the ancient but still
relevant teachings regarding natural, healthy living of
Pythagoras, Paracelsus, Hippocrates - the Father of Western Medicine - and
many health practitioners of various countries.
spent twenty-one years as a consultant to medical groups
and hospital management. He placed allopathic and
osteopathic medical doctors in hospital-based and stand
alone medical practices. It was during this time that he
gained a clear understanding of the often hidden
forces and mindsets that permeate our
nation’s health care industry.
During the years 2003 through 2005, he served as CEO of a
501-C3, non-profit Primary Care medical group. The group was founded
with the intention of offering alternative medicine
health care services, along with the most relevant,
non-invasive, traditional, primary care therapies, to
anyone seeking health care services from the group.
Paul consults with patients worldwide by
telephone and email. He's a published author
who writes articles, books and ecourses for the benefit of
anyone interested in whole being wellness and other
areas of human potential maximization.
believes that altruistic service to one’s
fellows is the greatest offering anyone can make to
the human family.
enjoys helping people find and unfold their unique
potential through focused, deliberate and healthy
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