Wild-Crafted Summer Remedies


By Fiona

Allergy Tincture

Fiona-1Humans constantly adapt to their environment but our bodies ultimately reflect allergic symptoms as our adaptation reaches its limit. The eyes become itchy as the pollen levels rise and a runny nose continually works to move invading allergens from the nasal cavities. Chest congestion and a dry cough also indicate that the body has reached its limit in adapting to the current environment.

The mix of five different wild-harvested flowers of different sizes and therefore five different pollens are processed into a tincture. The wild-harvested and tinctured pollens act as an antigen to help the body adapt to the rise of pollens in the environment.

In addition to the Allergy Tincture, a tea produced by a fellow herbalist, Charlotte Walters, can be used hot or cold to deliver a solution during allergy season. The tea includes olive leaf, a strong antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal that strengthens the immune system and improves circulation and blood pressure. Nettle is also an adaptogen and anti-allergy wild-harvested plant. It is high in calcium and iron, lowers blood sugar, and builds energy. Mullein in the Allergy Tea helps with congestion, reduces formation of mucus, and is high in vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D. A detoxifying plant, the dandelion, is also included and encourages a steady elimination of toxins. The alder cone, another anti-allergy gem, is included in the tea, as is holy basil, another adaptogen that is useful in treating respiratory infections and improving vitality. Like all products mentioned, the tea is available from the shelf at Fiona’s Forest in Paradise or on the website.


Luanne Parks is an excellent athlete and yet was forced to adapt her training and competitions around severe allergy health challenges. Here’s a short testimonial to her use of the Allergy Tincture.


At 56 years old, I have been a lifelong athlete. I grew up in Chico, California, playing outside as my main entertainment. Riding horses, climbing trees, biking, and swimming, to name a few ways I would while away my days. The outdoors was my playground. Once I got into middle school and high school, I focused on running track and cross-country and I played soccer and basketball. From Chico High I spent two years at our local community college, Butte, where I ran track, cross-country, and played basketball. After Butte, I received a scholarship to run for Oregon State University. Once released from my duties as a scholarship athlete, I truly found my love, long-distance running. It started with my first marathon when I was 23 (2:58), and I continued improving to qualify for two Olympic Marathon Trials. Never to stick with one thing for long, I was introduced to triathlons and worked my way up the ranks from short distance to participating in seven Ironman World Championships, placing eighth professional two times. Triathlons faded away, being replaced by the sport I have been in love with for more than 20 years, ultra-running. Ultra-running usually takes place on trails and is considered an “ultra” if it is longer than a marathon. To this date I have run more than 120 ultra-races, from 30 miles to 100 miles.

I have never, ever lived somewhere that my allergies didn’t affect me. As I was growing up in Chico amid the almond and walnut orchards, my hay fever got its start. At Oregon State in Corvallis, the beautiful blooming trees were my downfall. Even when I moved out to Boulder, Colorado, I had to go to the emergency room because I woke up one morning with my eyes completely swollen shut. On top of the allergies I found out that I also have exercise-induced asthma. Breathing has been a trial. Feeling healthy year-round has always been a trial. Spring and fall I developed either laryngitis or bronchitis because of the drainage from my sinuses. It’s been tough to be an athlete.

For years I had the allergy shots and got some relief but still they never entirely went away.

I saw Jules’s booth at the Chico Farmers Market. I can’t remember why I first started talking to her, but it wasn’t long before my entire medicine cabinet had only her products. I began using tinctures for my allergies and asthma and any cold symptoms. I also use her lotions, eyedrops, and deodorant. This has been my second year of taking the Allergy Tincture and I can safely say that my allergies have been nonexistent. I take only tinctures now—no more expensive vitamins.

Besides feeling great all of the time, I am a walking advertisement for anyone who complains of allergies or feeling sick. I’ve lent out my own tinctures to friends so they can sample the amazing benefits. Truly, Jules is the best!! If I’m ever in doubt of what I might need, a quick call, consultation, and she ships me out products within a day.


The Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

Fiona-ad The Vitamin and Mineral Supplement with horsetail, watercress, stinging nettle, and purslane is a perfect combination of wild-harvested components to meet the needs of the human body. Constant farming has depleted the nutrients formerly offered naturally by our soils. Even the uses of fertilizers fail to promote a required level of vitamins C, A, and K or the level of calcium in foods produced by farming.

Horsetail is an essential addition to the mineral combination. It builds bones from the inside by providing calcium for hardness and increasing collagen, thus improving bone density. In addition, horsetail builds strong teeth, fingernails, and hair.

Watercress is a superfood. It is bursting with vitamins A, C, and K, and it contains more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. The benefit of using watercress tincture as opposed to taking vitamin and mineral supplements is that natural herbs contain the right amount of trace minerals such as magnesium and potassium that aid your body in absorbing the nutrient.

Stinging nettle is a high source of digestible iron. Along with the iron, stinging nettle is high in vitamins C and K and is a high source of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. It works with the horsetail to improve overall health. Stinging nettle also strengthens the hair shaft and stimulates hair growth.

Purslane has just been categorized as a superfood for its high content of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals.

All of the plants in the Vitamin and Mineral Supplement are wild harvested at their pinnacle of growth and when their medicinal constituents are at their highest level. They are then tinctured to preserve the healthy components for use throughout the year.


All-Natural Lotions and Sunscreens

All-natural lotions and sunscreens are also produced at the shop in Paradise. These products never include chemical preservatives and offer a moisturizer for the dry skin of summer. Wild-harvested ingredients include Usnea infused with coconut oil and yarrow hydrosol. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of Usnea protect and heal the skin from exposure to bad bacteria without blocking or affecting the good bacteria needed to keep skin healthy.

The second component, the wild-harvested yarrow, is processed into a hydrosol that rebuilds the capillaries that feed your skin, thus promoting skin-cell growth. Yarrow is also an anti-inflammatory for your capillaries.

In addition to the herbal components, the lotions include a sunscreen using a non-nano zinc oxide. The non-nano zinc oxide particles are large enough not to be absorbed by your skin so they are not harmful. Lotions offer a 20 to 30 level of SPF and the sunscreen offers a 50 SPF level. Essential oils are used to offer a variety of scents including lavender, lemongrass-orange, rosemary-lemon-verbena, and rose.


Visit Fiona’s Forest at 5390 Skyway, Paradise, CA, or

June 16, 2017 |

Paradise ROCKS!

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By Jennifer C. Swiger

Jennifer-Paradise Rocks“Welcome to Paradise ROCKS! Because it does and so do you!” That’s how I greet my customers. It usually gets a chuckle. My name is Jennifer Swiger, owner of Paradise ROCKS!, the newest and coolest rock shop in Butte County where I sell rocks, crystals, fossils, minerals, art, jewelry, and gifts.

I fell in love with crystals for their natural beauty; it’s only in the last few years that I became interested in learning about their metaphysical and healing properties. I read somewhere that as a society we have polluted our waters, air, and soil, rendering the food we consume toxic. The only things that remain mostly undamaged are the minerals within the earth. I see more and more people turning to stones, rocks, and crystals for metaphysical healing. I’ve been using crystals and rocks in my personal development and growth. Crystals have many uses, including in healing, protection, meditation, Reiki, shamanic work, and energy movement, as well as decorative appeal in the home and in jewelry. And let’s not forget the geological fascination for both young and old!

I had the pleasure of collaborating with my family to create Paradise ROCKS! Debbie had the idea to open a rock shop, John named the shop, and I designed the logo. The logo is meant to capture vintage Paradise along with the influx of new people moving to the area. As a visitors center on weekends for the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, I have noticed that travelers are coming to visit Paradise from the Bay Area and Southern California. I am honored to say that even the guests from much larger and more sophisticated areas offer overwhelming responses that the shop:


  1. Has very good energy;Paradise Rocks
  2. The rocks and crystals are displayed beautifully; and
  3. It smells great in the shop! (The good scents could be the SoapRocks, incense or white sage.)


Every day in my shop is a blessing. I meet the neatest people who are excited to see a rock shop in Paradise. We are very popular with little kids. I had one little boy bring in his little toolbox to show me his rock collection. It was darling! We also get a lot of adults who are excited to see a rock shop in Paradise. It brings up a lot of nostalgia and good feelings for people. I hear comments such as “I used to collect rocks with my grandfather” or “My kids and I used to look for heart-shaped rocks.” More and more each day, I get customers who are curious about the metaphysical and healing properties of the rocks. When people in the shop are drawn to a particular rock, I share the stone’s affinities with them. More often than not, it is exactly what they need at the time. If a customer is not sure where to start, I recommend rose quartz because it is a stone of unconditional love.

One of my greatest pleasures has been introducing the community to some unique and talented artists using a wide range of mediums. One of our local artisans beads animal skulls in the style of the Huichol people in Mexico. There are approximately 121 beads per square inch; one piece could have thousands of beads. She also makes decorative gourds using various artistic techniques such as watercolors, gold leaf, or pyrography (wood burning). We have several artists from the Yosemite area. Marti Houchard carves the most beautiful angels from manzanita. Native Americans believe manzanita has healing properties. Guido Stauffer uses jet-black India ink, colored ink, pencil, and occasionally watercolor to create his drawings. Courtney Konapacki has a unique, organic, and whimsical style. She uses digital photography to create her work. Jamie Owlhawk makes medicine tools for use in shamanic, Reiki, or energy movement. Jamie’s medicine tools are unique and handcrafted to enhance one’s spiritual journey. All of our products are handpicked with exceptional quality, social responsibility, and positive energy in mind.

We are a fun, family-run business with a commitment to strengthening our Paradise community and promoting art and culture in the area. Paradise ROCKS! loves the idea of bringing family and community together. One of my favorite ways to promote Paradise ROCKS! is painting rocks that say Paradise ROCKS! Then I hide them on the Ridge for people to find. I painted Darth Vader and a stormtrooper for Star Wars Day, May 4. I posted a picture of the rocks in their hiding place with a clue to find on the Paradise ROCKS! Facebook page. The mother of the little boy who found them posted on our Facebook page that her son carried around those rocks for two days! He was so happy, it made me happy! The best part about painting rocks is that anyone can do it! It also fosters creativity, builds self-esteem, relieves stress, and develops our appreciation of art. Paradise ROCKS! is encouraging members of the community to tap into their artistic and whimsical spirit by painting rocks that they will hide in their favorite spots on the Ridge for others to find. For more information about the rock hunt and how you can participate, please visit our Facebook page @paradiserocks530.

Paradise Rocks

Our vision is to create a rock shop that everyone can enjoy. The shop is continuing to evolve as we add new specimens, treasures, gifts, and activities each month. You will find our shop at 5660 Skyway Rd., Ste. C, in Paradise, CA. Paradise ROCKS! opened its doors on February 23 and has been ROCKIN’ it ever since! Please stop by to check us out and say hello!

June 16, 2017 |

Integrating Medicine & Ideas

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I would like to introduce our Lotus Guide community to Dr. Otani whom I met while being interviewed in the documentary, A Wave Of Compassion, which was about alternative ways to deal with addiction. When I met Dr. Otani he was working for ENLOE Hospital helping patients who had tried everything; so Dr. Otani was their last hope in a lot of situations. He now works at Feather River Hospital in the role of an integrative physician bridging East and West, taking medicine to new levels of understanding.


March 21, 2017 |

Bridging the Past With Today

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Golden Road Radio Hour

Golden Road Television and Radio Show

“Bridging the Past With Today For a Better Tomorrow”

By Michael DiMartino

Michael DiMartino


The Golden Road Television and Radio Show:

“Bridging the Past With Today for a Better Tomorrow”




  • Where can you listen to in-depth interviews with individuals and organizations from our region?
  • Where can you watch and enjoy live music performing arts and visual arts from the comfort of your own home?
  • How can you become aware of the current issues that affect you and what’s happening in our region and around the world to help make the world a better place?
  • Where can you find community members who are committed to enhancing your quality of life and empowering you with health tips that you can use in the privacy and convenience of your own kitchen?
  • Where can you find a legitimate source to keep you informed about environmental change that affects you and gives the indigenous community a voice?
  • What show is specifically dedicated to showcasing incredible talent and resources of the Sierra?

Golden Road Radio Hour

The Golden Road television shows broadcast from 6 to 8pm every Sunday in Nevada County, Butte County, Placer County, and the Truckee Tahoe area and at 2pm Sunday in Sacramento County. The audio from the shows, along with world music, is also played from 4 to 7am every other Saturday on KVMR 89.5 FM radio in Nevada City and on KUBU 96.5 radio in Sacramento.

The Golden Road radio and TV show explores the intersection of arts and culture, health and the environment, peace and justice, and science and technology.

Every week we have live in-studio guests, an in-house DJ, live musical performers, and video clips from dozens of local events varying from the snowcapped Sierras in Lake Tahoe down to Nevada City, Auburn, and Sacramento and all the way out to Chico.

Even though the show is a magazine format with many moving parts and extremely entertaining, we also take on very serious subject matter that you will not hear anywhere from corporate-sponsored media.

Michael DiMartino, the show’s founder, says we are committed to educating and inspiring people to help make a positive difference in our community and in the world. In this day and age, making content that appeals to the mind is important but real change takes place within the human heart!

Mr. DiMartino also plays in a world music band called The World Beatnix ( He has traveled and performed around the world in places such as Egypt, Morocco, Brazil, Spain, Italy, and Israel. He is also an interfaith minister who is dedicated to bridging the differences between cultures and religions through arts, music, and consciousness.


You can also get tickets for these events for $5 and be part of the live broadcast via event; more information is available at or 530-270-9169.


February 10, 2017 |

The Toltec Arts of Dreaming and Healing

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By Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, L.Ac and Koyote the Blind

According to official historians, the Toltec culture disappeared in the AD late 900s, leaving nothing more than mysterious cities, impressive pyramids, and rumors still maintained of an ancient culture of art and knowledge. Imagine their surprise when, in the late 20th century, Toltec men and women of knowledge began to emerge from the shadows to reveal the secrets of a culture long kept hidden, deliberately to be shared at this point in history.

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Dreaming as the Way to Knowledge

Koyote the Blind is a Toltec man of knowledge who has mastered the esoteric keys known to the enlightened civilizations of the American continent existing before the European conquest. From an early age, while growing up in the midst of war, he learned the sacred arts of the men of knowledge passed down in secret throughout the centuries. He learned, among many things, to become free from the prison of the mind and of the body in which most of humanity is still caged. Koyote learned that there are doors and pathways to other dimensions of existence, parallel words, and realms of experience.

Freedom cannot be truly achieved while the consciousness is trapped in the external world. The soul yearns for liberation, and the ability to exist in the higher levels and dimensions is the divine right of a human being.

Dreaming is the key, the gateway, to the higher dimensions and parallel worlds. This freedom of movement, and the necessary mastery of perception under intent, was the exquisite contribution of the Toltecs to the body of knowledge of humanity. This technology is possible, available, and indispensable for the people, now more than ever.

Koyote has made this key available in a written masterpiece, The Golden Flower. This book contains the keys to mastering the dreaming, gaining access to the astral as well as higher planes of existence, and the teachings of the pinnacle of experience known as the “yoga of dreaming.”


The Link to Healing

The traditional shaman used a form of subtle energy to enhance all the work he or she did. In the Toltec lineage, this energy was referred to by the name “The Power.” This form of energy was virtually unknown to the world until Koyote the Blind released it to the public in 2007 under the name “Aka Dua.”

A number of unique traits distinguish the Aka Dua from other forms of subtle energy such as qi, prana, Reiki, and so forth. First, it does not simply “retune” your energy to make you more receptive. It involves a transmission into your atomic fields of what is described as a “subtle physical substance.” The Aka Dua substance will enhance your receptivity to energy. Aka Dua also contains seven separate subfrequencies, named after the sensations they can impart: solar, lunar, atmospheric, oceanic, volcanic, obsidian, and the final frequency, the un-named.

As a form of subtle energy, Aka Dua has the potential to be stronger than any other known form. As such, Aka Dua is a powerful primary healing modality. It can also be combined with other energies, Reiki for example, and it can help make any other form of healing modality you use more powerful. Acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and even your clinical judgment can be enhanced by the Aka Dua energy. Aka Dua healing energy may well turn out to be one of the great advances in healing in the 21st century.

Interestingly, the subtle energies have been found to be fully consistent with and explainable by principles of modern physics, the branch of physics that includes quantum mechanics, relativity, and string theory. Long considered by mainstream science to induce nothing more than a possible placebo effect, the various forms of subtle energy, including the Aka Dua, turn out to have well-founded scientific explanations. The Aka Dua Healing Institute offers transmissions and attunements for the Aka Dua energy, along with classes and other resources.

koyote-and-dr-cageJoin us for a day of exploration of the Toltec arts of dreaming and healing. At 10am on Saturday, March 11, we start with a free introductory course on Aka Dua energy healing, presented by Dr. Arlan Cage, ND, L.Ac, head of the Aka Dua Institute of Healing based in Mount Shasta, California, and specifically selected by Koyote to lead the effort of the dissemination of the Aka Dua healing energy. Learn about the fascinating history of the Aka Dua energy, its scientific explanations, and applications in healing and the transformation of your consciousness. You will also have an opportunity to receive transmissions of the Aka Dua energy.

At 1pm we continue with a unique experience with Koyote the Blind, in which he will present his techniques and where you will experience first-hand the conscious opening into the worlds and dimensions of the sacred dreaming. Koyote’s workshops are experiential, highly practical, and transformative.

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Come and discover what has always been trying to emerge through your dreams, your intuition, and from the vast mystery of the unknown.

Both classes will be held 10am-6pm Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Win-River Resort and Casino, 2100 Redding Rancheria Rd., Redding CA, 96001, upstairs in the Eagle Room.

For more information or to register for these events, contact the Aka Dua Institute of Healing,,, or 530-926-1600, or secure your space through Paypal at

January 7, 2017 |

Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline

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By Rahasya Poe

Lotus Guide-Jan-Feb-Mar-2017   It’s not necessarily because I’m 25 percent Cherokee, or even that it’s the right thing to do, which it is, that I’m throwing in my two cents on this issue. I was thinking of writing this article anyway, but it was confirmed when I started reading what traditional news media was saying. An example is CNN. Here’s one of its reasons that the protest should be abandoned: It interviewed Robert “Fool” Bear, who lives in a nearby town called Cannon Ball, where some of the inhabitants (840 population) sometimes have to drive 40 miles out of their way because of the protests. He said this at the same time he said, “It irks me. People are here from all over the world; if they could come from other planets, I think they would.” they also said that Robert Fool said, “The presence of all [these] people has become a downright nuisance to his community.”

            CNN goes on to say that Robert Fool also said, “If he [Dave Archambault II, the Standing Rock Sioux chairman] had any balls, he’d tell [the protesters] to go home.” And then CNN validated this by saying that Bear is not alone in feeling this way: “Two women who listen in as he talks keep nodding in agreement, but they don’t want to speak.” As further proof, they said a man who lives 10 miles away and who doesn’t want to be named actually looks forward to the pipeline. Then there’s Carl Bruce, a Standing Rock Sioux who said, “The pipeline doesn’t matter. If it breaks, I’ll just work around it.” Carl goes on to say that if a break did occur, “Oh hell, I can move north of the break and get my water overJustice at Standing Rock there.” [1]

            I’m sure that there are mixed feelings about this situation but as always, we are not getting a “fair and balanced” report here. Ask yourself this: “Would you want 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day to flow through your main drinking water supply in pipelines that are known to leak after a few years or less?”

            Books could be written on the misinformation, disinformation, and the deception going on but let’s take this in another direction called reality. How much crude oil is in the Bakken shale oil fields? Continental Resources President Rick Bott told the IHS CERA Week energy summit in Houston (2014) that the Bakken holds nearly a 900 billion–barrel potential but when that fact was questioned later by a senior petroleum analyst, Gregg Laskoski, it turned out to be 32 billion barrels of oil. Then there’s the U.S. Geological Survey, which calls it “the largest continuous oil accumulation it has ever assessed.” [2]

        Defend the Sacred at Standing Rock    The estimate of how much oil there is ranges from 7.4 billion barrels to 900 billion barrels. Are you confused yet? Let’s “follow the money.” The pipeline is going to cost $3.7 billion and whenever we start talking about investments this large, we always need to question it because greed can always become a factor. Of course proponents say that it will generate $55 million a year for schools, roads, and so on. But I think we can all remember how we were told that our education problems would be solved by allowing casinos to operate in California a few years ago … where is that money? The statistics sound pretty good, although they are very vague and confusing. [3]Standing Rock Blizzard

            When I started doing research for this article, it’s true, there’s a lot of ‘fake news’ out there along with our traditional news media that simply aren’t doing their jobs according to most public opinion polls. So what can we do when nothing makes sense and you can’t trust what you are being told? I can only say what I do and it’s what all of us can do; we all know what is right and what is wrong. That’s really not the problem if we have the facts; the problem is doing the right thing without regard to the bottom line or personal comfort. I know a few things for sure:

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  • We should be spending money on alternative renewable energy sources.
  • Everyone has the right to protect his or her land, water, and air.
  • Future generations are just as important as this generation.
  • The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society.—JFK
  • Everyone needs to stay away from polarized opinions and be better informed.
  • We all need to push to get our news media to start doing investigative journalism again.

 Standing Rock Stand-off

I am sorry if you think I haven’t given you a clear answer on this but in today’s world clear answers are difficult to come by, which is why we sometimes need to follow our hearts. It is good to know that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denied the easement over the lake in December 2016. One last thought: If we let the “powers that be” trample yet once again on Native Americans’ rights, we need to consider more than the immorality of it and how it looks to the rest of the world. We need to take very seriously the question: “Who’s next?” The onlything that really put a temporary halt to this was when over 4,000 veterans showed up as a human shield to protect the protestors. This is not over, which is why we are still putting attention on this.






January 7, 2017 |

Are You Digesting Everything You Eat?

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By Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS


digestive health-toxinsEver read an article whose description of symptoms points to that idea you need to supplement your diet with more of “this or that”?

Have you ever gone to a doctor or nutritionist and learned you are “low” on a certain nutrient?

Ever had an official blood test that has revealed you are deficient in, say for example, vitamin D, B12, or iron?

There are numerous ways to find out what we are lacking in our diet, from doing our own research to seeking the help of a medical professional. And numerous signs and symptoms may point the way. See “Symptoms of Poor Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat Digestion” below. While it is useful to learn that certain symptoms connect to certain food groups, or that you have a deficiency, just knowing it is not the solution.

And here’s the reason:

Just because you take a vitamin D supplement doesn’t automatically mean the body is digesting the nutrients in the supplement. So just because we eat something doesn’t guarantee our bodies can process and digest the nutrients.

It might be helpful to think of nutrition as a six-step process:


Patrick-bloatingStep 1: Ingestion—taking in nutrients via food or supplements


Step 2: Digesting—breaking down the food or supplement to extract the nutrients


Step 3: Absorption—the propulsion of nutrients moving into your bloodstream

Step 4: Transport—nutrients traveling to their cellular destinations


Step 5: Assimilation—use of nutrients inside the cells


Step 6: Excretion—eliminating waste completely from all the organs of detoxification: bowel, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin.


These six steps are the processes by which the body grows, metabolizes, energizes, and repairs itself. Each step is dependent upon the step before it. Not a single step can be missed for our bodies to be able to enjoy good health and prevent disease.


Why Step 2DigestionIs the Most Important Step in the Process

The most essential step in this “nutrition tower” is step 2, digestion (besides eating, of course)! None of the other steps—absorption, transport, assimilation, or excretion—happen if your body is not able to first digest what it ingests.

Nutrients in the digestive tract are accessible to the body only via the digestion step. If your body cannot break down the nutrients through your digestive tract and move them into your bloodstream, then you’re not receiving the full cellular nourishment that the food could provide. Thus, no amount of high-quality healthy food or supplements matters if you are not digesting your intake.

For most folks with digestive issues, the trouble begins with Step 2.

And what’s the traditional nutritional treatment for a deficiency? Supplement the deficiency. But what if the body can’t extract the nutrients? Supplementing the deficiency doesn’t get to the cause of the problem. That only answers that there is a deficiency. What’s lacking is an understanding about why certain nutrients are not being broken down enough to enter your bloodstream.

Let’s take vitamin D, for example. Many people show a deficiency in vitamin D based on a blood test. Their doctors often prescribe large doses of vitamin D, yet the patients may still be deficient on follow-up tests. Why? Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it has to be dissolved in fat in order to be absorbed. If your body cannot digest fats, guess what? No amount of vitamin D is going to solve the problem because your body is not absorbing fat properly. You have to fix the fat-digestion problem first for a vitamin D supplement to work.

Another example—Iron deficiency/anemia. Iron is transported by protein molecules in the blood. If you are unable to digest your protein efficiently, then blood tests will continue to reveal iron deficiencies. So until your body’s ability to digest protein is improved, you will continue to be anemic or low in iron.

Many people have mineral deficiencies from eating carbohydrates that they cannot digest properly. This can result in bone loss, achy joints, headaches, and fatigue. Again, improving the body’s ability to digest carbohydrates will address the deficiency, which in turn addresses the condition.

In each of these examples, the cause of the deficiency is not to continue to give the body a nutrient it can’t digest and absorb but to figure out what your body is or is not digesting. Remember that nutrients have to be bioavailable to the body, which can happen only if the body can digest the nutrients from the protein, fats, and carbohydrates that you eat.

That’s how work we do at the Digestion Relief Center differs from the traditional approach. Our approach looks at a deficiency as a function of digestion, not as a function of a missing nutrient in the bloodstream.

         If you have tried to make supplement and food changes and your digestive system is still not working right, the good news is that we have helped thousands of patients figure it out since 1999. Our approach identifies which foods you are not digesting properly, which areas you may be deficient in, and which organs are not functioning well to enhance the digestive system’s ability to digest your food. We also identify food sensitivities and desensitize your body to those foods so that you can eat your favorite foods again without reaction.

         To find out how you can get relief from stomach and bowel problems, call our office at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patrick.


Since 1999, Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, has helped North State residents by using a whole-body systems approach to health. He specializes in providing natural relief for food and environmental sensitivities, intolerances, and digestive problems. For more information contact Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 or visit

© 2017. Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, IHS. All Rights Reserved.

January 7, 2017 |

Be Free From Pain With NAET

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By Dr. Mark Light

naet-mark light   “According to the National Center for Health Statistics (2006), approximately 76.2 million, one in every four Americans, ha[s] suffered from pain that lasts longer than 24 hours and millions more suffer from acute pain. Chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability.”—


Addiction-Dr LightFor 10 years, my practice was focused on treating individuals living with chronic pain. It was troubling to see so many people suffering so deeply and feeling helpless to stop the symptoms they experienced: shooting, radiating pain; full body aches; severe joint pain; severe migraines; and neuropathic pain. I worked within the traditional framework of allopathic medicine, trying the best ways I could find to alleviate these symptoms. The treatments offered by allopathic medicine can provide relief—but it is relief that comes with the risk of addiction to medications, which often stop working through time. In all my years of practice, I saw the same patterns again and again. It was when I started to practice NAET that I finally saw results.

NAET works with kinesiology, understanding of the meridian networks in the body, and energetic remedies to help the body release meridian blocks (called “allergies” in NAET), which are causing the pain to begin with.

NAET Can Treat the Following Symptoms: Migraine, abdominal pain, tension headaches, drug reactions, fibromyalgia, food sensitivities, joint pain, lower backache, PMS pain, postsurgical pain … and more!

If you experience any of the above symptoms, or other types of pain, NAET can help you.

At Chico Integrative Health, we work with NAET and Inno-Vita Herbal Medicinals to holistically treat any unpleasant symptoms you may be experiencing.


How NAET Works to Heal Painmark light-naet

Pain is often caused by inflammation and tissue injuries, and they are the foremost feature of all pain symptoms. This inflammation is rooted in allergies in the body’s energetic circuits. To be rid of the pain, one must be able to clear the root of the allergies. With NAET, there is a way to do this!

In an NAET session, clients are given muscle reflex tests to determine what is causing their pain symptoms. The causes of pain can vary from food allergies to emotional trauma, physical injury, reactions to medications, and so on. Once causes are determined, NAET practitioners will use acupressure, homeopathy, and energetic healing to move the chi through the body, clearing the blockage. This clearing process usually requires a series of treatments, depending on the nature of the symptoms. During the course of treatments, individuals will gradually begin to heal more and more through time.


Testimonials for Pain Treatment With NAET

I feel better at 60 than I did at 40! I am less achy and stiff, my strength is returning, my flexibility is better. After treatment for paint mix, my spine no longer burns. NAET has turned out to be a miracle.”

—Vince Scocozza

“I had eye surgery and was in pain. After the treatments for pain and pain receptors, in 20 minutes, my eye was pain free.”

—Marsha Ring

“I have had a throbbing pain in my neck continually for at least a month and have had this pain on and off for years now. The pain was radiating straight across. I had a difficult time turning my neck. An allergy to trees was the cause of this throbbing pain. Ever since the treatment, I have not had any pain or difficulty with my neck. Who could ever imagine that trees would be the cause!”


“Thank you for helping me with my eyes! And to think I almost didn’t call and ask for your help! I had terrible symptoms. My eyes were extremely itchy, crusty upon waking, yellow gunk was coming out of my eyes, eyelids were swollen, and they continued to close up more and more. I went to the hospital and waited four hours until I could see a nurse. They didn’t know what was wrong. I was reacting to DDT from some food. After the treatment the itching stopped almost right away. By morning I was almost normal and now I have no problems!”


I had spells of sciatica on and off for several years. The last one left me unable to walk. Mark Light and Vickie Van Scyoc sent me long-distance NAET treatments. I was amazed that I could physically feel the treatments even though we were a continent apart (I was in New York and they were in California). Within days my sciatica subsided.”


“After my first treatment I no longer had migraines that I had been suffering from after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia one and a half years prior.”

—Colleen Corners


Free 30-Minute Consultations!

If you are suffering from any symptoms of pain, we are here to help you! Please call or email us today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation! Together, we can discuss the pain you are experiencing, and how an NAET approach can help to eliminate the pain you are experiencing for good.

Chico Integrative Health


January 7, 2017 |

Fiona’s Forest Herbal Solutions

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By Jules Pecson, Wild Craft Herbalist

Fiona-1   Herbal solutions and natural skin-care products have found a home at Fiona’s Forest in Paradise, California. As an herbalist, I harvest local plants, process the gathered components, and offer an apprenticeship program at the shop. The local environment provides hundreds of herbs to accommodate “wild crafting,” which offers alternatives to pharmaceutical products with undesirable side effects. With a responsible and sustainable harvesting method, gatherings are ongoing and production of tinctures and salves is under way daily at Fiona’s Forest. Consultations with an experienced herbalist are available and can help you find your way back to health.

The natural healing process has a long history but has become more crucial with the onset of genetically modified food crops. The human body recognizes and is able to absorb and use the benefits of a plant when all the constituents—the active ingredient along with the vitamins, minerals, and essential oils—are present in the remedy. The forests in our own backyard provide health-related solutions from wild harvested plants grown in their natural environment. Fiona’s Forest extracts herb and plant constituents in small batches with time-tested techniques to ensure high quality and freshness.

In 2009, while living in McCall, Idaho, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had the lump surgically removed but was reluctant to continue through the radiation and chemotherapy. A friend introduced me to Darcy Williamson, a master herbalist who lived just across the ridge. Williamson, a highly respected and extensively published master herbalist, was sustainably harvesting and processing plants into medicinal alternatives to Western medicine.Fiona-2

I set up an appointment with Darcy and never left. I spent the next six years apprenticing under Williamson. I spent time foraging for plants in the Salmon River Range of the Rocky Mountains and learning how to incorporate the medicines into my own recovery process. Recognizing how the plants helped save my life, I am now committed to advocate the alternative medicinal approach.

Advocating for the plants meant bringing what I learned back to Northern California. Having grown up around Chico and Paradise, I made frequent trips back to Butte County from Idaho, and I quickly discovered there was a need for more access to herbal-wellness information and products.

A unique aspect of my mission is “wild crafting,” or going out and searching for essential plant ingredients to harvest. Every Sunday I invite anyone who’s interested to forage in the local area. We look for native plants that can be processed into useful health products. That process takes place at Fiona’s Forest, the shop in which a bevy of jars, distillers, and other containers are full of plant parts awaiting transformation into new forms, from healing salves to hydrosol liquids.

While harvesting the plants, I make sure to follow sustainable practices. A wild-crafting herbalist harvests things that are growing in their natural environment. If things are growing in a patch, only an eighth of the patch is harvested. If leaves are collected, only the lower leaves of the plant are harvested so the plant will continue to thrive.

My lifelong commitment is to share the knowledge with apprentices and to make highly concentrated medicinal tinctures. A tincture is made by placing the harvested plant material in a container where it is covered with food-grade alcohol. The alcohol dehydrates the plants so that all the medicinal constituents are left in a concentrated liquid form. You need just half a teaspoon, twice a day, for example, of the tincture made of cleavers, which grows here in Northern California. The cleavers tincture is a strong immune-system booster and offers a lymphatic cleanse. In the spring, cleavers are harvested before they flower in the valley. Six weeks later, as the valley heats up, the plant is also harvested at higher elevations.

The list of native plants in Butte County that can be used as medicinal remedies is endless. Elderberries offer the flower as a soothing element in salves, and the berry itself produces a strong immune-system booster. Butte County also has local plants that help fight Lyme disease, such as the teasel and Japanese knotweed roots. With the change of seasons, there is always a changing variety of plants to look forward to!


Seasonal Questions and Suggestions, Winter

I am often asked which herbal remedy should be kept on hand for the winter season.

My answer always includes the following suggestions.


Fiona-anti-viral Anti-Viral Throat Spray—Lomatium root, arrowleaf balsamroot, and gumweed flowers combine to offer a throat spray that you can use as a first defense against the cold and flu viruses making their way around the community in the winter. If you are exposed to a virus but catch it early, you can nip it in the bud. If used before exposure you can prevent experiencing winter’s typical health challenges.
Fioan-cough syrup Chokecherry -Elderberry Cough Syrup—Chokecherry bark is a strong cough suppressant and along with the immune system–building qualities of the elderberry and a local honey, this syrup delivers a tasty solution to coughs that accompany seasonal illnesses.
fiona-root tincture Brown’s Peony Root Tincture and Salve—Brown’s peony root is a strong pain-relieving herb especially for sore muscles and joints. Activity in cold weather often sends muscles into cramping or soreness. In addition, joints react to those tense muscles by stiffening and sending a painful reminder that the cold season has arrived. Brown’s peony offers nearly instant relief of this pain.
fiona-derma bar Derma Bar Soap—This moisturizing bar is made with a strong tea of wolf lichen, which is specifically helpful for psoriasis and eczema, but it highly recommended for any dry winter skin condition.


Fiona-3Best of health!

Jules Pecson

January 7, 2017 |

Spiritual Activist Radio Donations

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