Animals Have Allergies Too


By Vickie Van Scyoc, RN, and Mark Light, MD


Animals can develop allergies just as people can and to many of the same substances. These allergies can have a severe impact on their health, well-being, and comfort.

Their immune systems respond to an allergen, seeing it as foreign and causing a reaction. Reactivity can vary among the species. For example, inhalant allergies do not necessarily cause dogs or cats to sneeze; instead, they experience allergies through their skin with excessive licking of their paws, biting, chewing, ear infections, and scratching.

Animals can have allergies to inhalants, ingestants, contactants, injections, physical agents, and molds. Emotional stressors can contribute to their allergies. Examples of allergens are:


  • Inhalants: Pollens, grasses, weeds, trees, molds, dust and mites, powders, smoke, cosmetics, kitty litter, perfumes, cleaning products, laundry products, fumes from paint, pesticides, fertilizers, and so on.
  • Ingestants: Food, water, food additives, preservatives, colorings, drugs, vitamins, and so on.
  • Contactants: Soaps, detergents, poison oak, carpets, latex products, grooming products, plastics, wood, paper products, and so on.
  • Injectants: Vaccines, drugs, and insect bites (a protein in flea saliva can cause an animal to itch for days and become more sensitive).


Molds and fungi can be easily contacted while the animal is playing in the yard, ingested in water, or through exposure inside. Animals may react to physical agents such as heat, cold, and high altitude. Even unresolved emotional trauma can be the cause of many physical symptoms and strange behaviors.

Examples of allergic symptoms are: Abdominal discomforts, asthma, brain fog, cough, crying, cravings, diarrhea, dry mouth/nose/throat, fatigue, fleas, frequency of urination, hives, hyperactivity, irritability, itching, joint problems, nausea, mucus, nervousness, nosebleeds, rashes, sneezing, and watering eyes.

NAET provides an excellent method for testing and treating allergies in animals. It’s noninvasive, drug free, and best of all, we treat animals remotely! NAET is performed on the pet’s owner as a surrogate for the pet with the use of the pet’s picture. Think quantum physics, prayer, radio waves, remote car keys, anything that is energy moving through air.

Search YouTube for “NAET and animals” for demonstrations and more information.

NAET is affordable: The initial fee is $75 and subsequently $50 (cash discount), and many pets need only one to four sessions.


Testimonies for Chico Integrative Health


I stopped chewing the fur off my tail after I was treated for anxiety and the fear that my owner was not coming back for me.

Perro, male Ridgeback dog


After I was treated for my reaction to my vaccines, I stopped wetting in the house. I would also run away from my collar. I was treated for fear and anxiety of my collar and I wear it now.

Bruno, huge 8-month-old dog


I was scratching the back of my neck and biting my feet. My owner said I was 100 percent better after my treatments for weeds, trees, ragweed, medications, and water.

Maddy, cocker spaniel


I had had the rabies vaccine before, so my owner wasn’t concerned about my third vaccine. However, I refused to eat and drink. Three days later, I developed a head shaking, a constant neurological tic. My owner was afraid I was going to die. It was so bad that I almost went to the ER. Dr. Light treated me for the vaccine and I started eating and drinking, and the head-shaking tic stopped, never to return.

Aramis Van Laam Martin, the cat


My leg is no longer swollen and I won’t have to be put down.

Sierra, quarter horse


Buddy the Siamese cat was biting and scratching himself raw in several places, along with vomiting white mucus. Vickie muscle-tested me while I focused on Buddy and determined he was allergic to his food, even though it was a very high-quality brand. We treated him remotely for his foods; he stopped scratching immediately, healed completely, grew his fur back, and was able to sleep peacefully. Even more remarkable was that when I got home from that treatment session, Buddy greeted me at the door with lots of purrs and rubbing as if to say thank you (which, in retrospect, I believe was the case). Vickie also treated Buddy for his fear of going outside and he is fine now.

Kim Victoria


Our dog Maddie had carbon monoxide poisoning with her owner many years ago. She had been lethargic since then, for 10 years. After treatment, Maddie started playing like a puppy again! A year later, Maddie developed a large lump on her side. After NAET treatment, it was gone in 24 hours.

Cheryl, owner and breeder of border collies, Paradise


A cat, Kittie, and a dog, Katie, had severe itching of their skin and hair loss in patches. They were allergic to the rugs they slept on. After NAET, the spots looked better and after nine months, the dogs’ fur was completely grown back.

Practitioner Mala Moosad, RN


Our puppy suffered from severe fatigue, no appetite, and he slept for hours. He drank lots of tap water. His lab tests were normal. He was allergic to his water and after treatment, his fatigue improved; he is very active and healthy.

Barbara Cesmat, DC, Woodland Hills

June 15, 2017 |

Brain Allergies: Problems and Solutions

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Brain Allergies: Problems and Solutions

By Dr. Mark Light and Vickie Van Scyoc, RN

What do autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, headaches, or ordinary forgetfulness have in common? It might be allergies!

Symptoms of Brain Allergies Include:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Learning disability
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Brain fog


“There is hardly any human disease or condition where allergic factors are not involved.—Dr. Nambudripad, DC, LA.c, MD, PhD

Causes of Health Issues in the Brain

Sometimes, we are deficient in important brain enzymes or neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, or acetylcholine. If the neurotransmitters do not function properly, communication between the brain and different parts of the body can be seriously impaired.

Undiagnosed brain allergies can produce symptoms of various health disorders, including autism. Allergies to foods, chemicals, and inhalants can change the chemistry of the brain so radically that normal human behavior is dramatically altered. This alteration can result in mental and emotional illness.


mark-light-allergiesA Holistic Definition and View of Allergies and Treatment

An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity to one or more substances, which may be harmless to the majority of other individuals. In the allergic person, the allergic substance is viewed by the brain as a threat to the body’s well-being. When contact is made with an allergen, it causes blockages in energy pathways called meridians, disrupting the normal flow of energy through the body. This energy blockage throughout the brain and nervous system causes interference in communication between the brain and body, which begins a chain of events that can develop into an allergic response (i.e., depression, anger, poor memory, and other brain-related issues).


NAET: A Holistic Allergy Treatment for Brain Health

By removing the blockages in the energy meridians caused by allergies, the brain and body can regain normal function. We will use the example of autism; however, this information pertains to all of us.

Allergy-related autism is treatable. A study was done in 2005 using 60 nonverbal, noncommunicative autism subjects, ages ranging from 3 to 10 years (30 control and 30 experimental).

Eighty-eight percent of the children in the experiment group resumed normal living and enrolled in regular schools after successful completion of 50 NAET treatments in a span of one year! The control group did not demonstrate any significant improvement after one year. This study can be viewed on our website and on A new autism study is being done now with 1,200 children.


What Is NAET and How Can It Help Me?

NAET is an innovative solution for allergies that is completely natural, painless, and noninvasive, and it can be used safely on people of all ages. NAET can complement other medical therapies used in the treatment of autism. NAET can also treat for any side effects from vaccines, medications, vitamins, and minerals.



“Over the years people still ask me, “Don’t your allergies bother you any more?” I tell them about NAET and how it solved so may allergic reactions to everything from pollen to cats and dust. It’s really surprising how many of them never follow up on this treatment; and yes, I still see them around town sneezing and remind them.” Rahasya Poe

“Unfortunately, autism is on the rise by high percentages. The modern concept is that these children suffer from a toxic brain that may be due to nutritional deficiency, poorly tolerated immunizations, overuse of antibiotics, yeast overgrowth, inadequate detoxification. Underlying all of these may be allergy. Using NAET to treat the allergy, many children can be helped to regain normal function, I have seen it work miracles.”

David Minkoff, MD, Board Certified in Pediatrics, Clearwater, FL


“In five sessions of NAET, our office saw Jacob, 14 years old, reverse his ASD to the point where he was able to go into a regular classroom for the first time and appeared to return to normal.”

Mark Light, MD, Chico, CA


“I have seen NAET create amazing changes in autistic children that can allow communication breakthroughs that seemed impossible prior to treatment. We have received letters from teachers asking parents what changes have recently been made because their child suddenly is able to acknowledge and respond to questions that in the past resulted in little more than a blank stare.”

Glenn Nozek, DC, Tom River, NJ


“My first autistic patient was a 29-year-old adult. When he began treatment with me, he was unable to communicate with anyone about his needs. He was incontinent and was on diapers. He behaved like a 2-year-old.

When he finished the first five NAET treatments, he was able to ask for his favorite food—ice cream. When he finished the mineral mix treatment, he stopped his bladder incontinence. By the time he completed his basic 15 treatments, he was on his way to recovery. Step by step, little by little, I watched how NAET transformed a violent, frustrated, autistic adult into a passive, focused, manageable state. Ever since I have seen many autistic patients go through similar processes. When children get the NAET treatments at a young age the results are phenomenal. NAET is a simple technique but it is powerful beyond imagination!”

Mala Moosad, RN, LAc, PhD, Buena Park, CA


“NAET has changed my practice. NAET is a profound and fascinating technique of correcting allergy-related autism in children. In my experience of treating children using NAET since 1997, I have found the food and environmental allergies are the underlying causes of not only autism but most pediatric problems.”

Sue Anderson, DC, Ann Arbor, MI


“As a retired psychiatrist, I have witnessed the great devastation and feelings of helplessness which many families have experienced by having an autistic child in the home. Now, with NAET, we finally have a treatment approach which is providing real improvement in these difficult cases. I applaud Dr. Devi for her great accomplishments in helping to relieve the suffering of her fellow humans.”

Robert Prince, MD, NAET of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC


The book Say Goodbye to Autism can be downloaded from our website. We offer 30-minute free consultations. If you are interested in learning how NAET can benefit your health, email us at or call 530-899-7300. I share my office with Vickie Van Scyoc, RN, certified NAET practitioner with 10 years’ experience.

October 28, 2016 |

Alcohol Dependency-Dr Light

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The Causes of Alcohol Dependence

(Addiction-It May Not Be What You Think!)

 By Dr. Mark Light of Chico Integrative Health

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A wide range of issues are related to alcohol dependence: binge drinking, disturbing changes in personality, drunken driving, liver failure, disease, and death. Some believe that drinking problems are the result of a character flaw or poor choices. Others insist that alcoholism is an allergy.

NAET, the primary treatment offered at Chico Integrative Health, views alcohol addiction not as a character flaw but as an imbalance, which can be healed with proper care. The bodies of alcoholics are simultaneously intolerant of and physically dependent on alcohol. This is often caused by allergies to B vitamins, sugar, yeast, and alcohol. Dr. Devi Nambudripad describes alcohol addiction in Say Good­bye to Illness:


Addiction“When the nerves cannot get adequate nutrition, [they] become shaky and unhappy. When the body is allergic to sugar, it cannot be absorbed through the normal digestive processes. Alcohol is able to skip the normal digestive process and part of it will be absorbed through osmosis (absorbing through the stomach lining) into the blood circulation. Momentarily, alcoholics feel better soon after they drink. This is due to the action of the sugar providing a sudden dose of energy and increasing the energy in the nervous system. When the tired brain gets a quick dose of sugar (from the alcohol), it will temporarily satisfy the partial need of the brain and it will be utilized for energy functions. …The brain gets to know this new way of acquiring sugar for its needs and issues repeated commands to bring more alcohol into the system. This will drive the person to drink more and more, leading to addiction.”


Sadly, there has been little success in traditional medical treatment of alcoholism: 80 percent of alcoholics receiving treatment relapse within two years. Among sober addicts who depend on 12­step or rehabilitation programs, the symptoms of addiction continue: migraines, backaches, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms are frequently so debilitating that they cause addicts to relapse.

Many of the symptoms that drive people to drink can be alleviated by B vitamins, which are crucial to nervous system functioning. However, if there is an allergy to B vitamins, causing the body to reject them, the first course of action is to address this allergy. This is why NAET practitioners test for B vitamin allergies when treating this illness. Once this allergy is cleared, the individual can benefit from B vitamins, causing brain and nervous system cells to crave vitamins instead of alcohol. Meanwhile, the practitioner can continue further treatments related to the alcohol addiction.

The connection between alcohol, nutrition, and allergies is also supported by the work of Dr. Joan Mathews Larson, PhD (author of Seven Weeks to Sobriety). She classifies drinkers into six biotypes: types of biological conditions that can predispose individuals toward alcohol dependence. Like NAET practitioners, Dr. Mathews Larson found that certain people were likely to have problems with alcohol because of nutritional deficiencies, sugar imbalances, and allergies.

This information causes me to believe that alcoholism is not simply a character flaw. Many factors foster conditions for alcohol overuse, and this is a condition deserving compassionate care and understanding.


Alcohol Recovery: There Is Hope with NAET!

Chico Integrative Health offers a unique alcohol recovery program, which treats the root causes of addiction. We treat alcohol cravings through NAET, provide nourishment through dietary and herbal recommendations, and address sources of stressful imbalance in lifestyle.


Our Alcohol Recovery Program:

  • NAET: A holistic, noninvasive treatment that helps to unblock energy meridians (as understood in acupuncture) in the body so that the body can heal itself.
  • Nutrition: Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • No drug
  • Pain­free, noninvasive healing.
  • Very affordable rates compared to traditional recovery programs.
  • The comfort of returning to your own home after treatments.
  • Confidentiality: 100 percent private treatment between practitioner and patient.


How NAET Works

NAET treats illnesses by removing blockages in the body’s energy pathways, called meridians. This pain­free treatment allows the practitioner to identify what a person is allergic to. With the opening of the meridians, the body’s healing response operates optimally, and allergic symptoms dissipate.

In NAET, an “allergy” does not necessarily mean hay fever, sneezing, or itchy eyes. Allergies are the body’s defense against anything it is energetically protecting itself from. If the body has an allergy to B vitamins, certain meridians will be closed to the vitamins, causing the digestive organs to reject them. This nutritional lack can cause depression, fatigue, pain, and other symptoms, which alcohol can temporarily relieve. Furthermore, an allergy to alcohol itself will cause the body to crave and reject alcohol at the same time.

With NAET treatments, nutritional improvements, and support from 12-step programs, many NAET patients have successfully healed from their addiction to alcohol.


“After [Susie] was treated by NAET for sugar, B complex, and alcohol, she received relief from her chronic upper backache and migraines.”


About a 63-year­old woman who had been an alcoholic for 20 years:

“After she was treated for sugar and brandy, her constant nagging pain … disappeared. … When asked about drinking, she said that she quit drinking soon after the treatment for brandy.”


—Dr. Devi Nambudripad, founder of NAET


Alcoholism is a painful condition to live with, but there is hope. We are here to help you on your path to healing!

You can contact Dr. Light at 530-899-7300

August 10, 2016 |

Restore Brain Health

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By Dr. Mark W. Light

Brain health is essential for basic mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Subtle changes in brain chemistry through time can alter our memory capacity, our interactions at work and with family, our ability to receive and integrate sensory input and information, and how we feel in general. Our brains are responsible for the functioning of all our physical senses—vision, taste, hearing, smell—creating our physical, sensory experience of life! Many factors can significantly affect brain health: Poor nutrition, environmental toxins, head or neck injuries, drug and alcohol abuse, or traumatic life experiences can all cause long-term damage to the brain.

Among other brain-related issues, dementia stands out as an urgent topic: The World Health Organization reports that more than 47 million people in the world are suffering from dementia. As a doctor working with nursing home patients, I have witnessed the devastating progression of dementia as it eroded my patients’ lives. I am eager to see truly effective treatment and prevention of dementia and of the many conditions that affect the health of the brain and nervous system.

The good news is that there are many effective, holistic treatments that address brain health. Chico Integrative Health offers energetic balancing for the brain with NAET; an opportunity to develop your own healing protocol with Dr. Light through Whole Health Medicine; and nutritional supplements such as Omega fatty acids, which are crucial for brain health.

Herbal medicine has its roots in ancient history, and herbs are now gaining serious attention from researchers for their healing benefits. Chico Integrative Health proudly offers Inno-Vita’s line of herbal supplements, which stand out for their exceptional potency and unique formulations.

Inno-Vita’s Intelli-Mem has become a favorite with our clients for its ability to balance and restore healthy brain function. Intelli-Mem improves memory, brain cognition, and clear thinking and functioning abilities. Furthermore, it helps to repair brain tissue and cells that have been damaged by stress, injury, chronic depression, substance abuse, or strokes.

Intelli-Mem offers a powerful combination of herbs known to enhance and restore brain function, including Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa, St. John’s Wort, Black Cohosh, and Gotu Kola (among others!). This unique formula also includes vitamins and a plant-sourced form of phosphatidylserine—a phospholipid that naturally occurs in the human brain and that is essential for brain health.


Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is a centuries-old remedy in traditional Chinese medicine. The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest living tree species on the planet—which speaks volumes to the fact that it is used to improve memory! Recent studies in Europe and Russia show that natural compounds in this plant, such as tacrine, galantine, and others, positively improved brain function impaired by conditions such as Alzheimer’s, and short- and long-term memory loss.

The ginkgo leaf contains phosphodiesterase, which stimulates release of catecholamines—a key anti-stress hormone.


Bacopa is a centuries-old Ayurvedic medicine. Studies reveal that bacopa enhances memory, mental control, and logical processes. Bacopa is particularly helpful for age-related memory loss and for memory loss due to lack of oxygen in the brain (which can occur during extreme stress).

St. John’s Wort

This herb protects the brain from stress and corticosterone (related to memory damage). St. John’s wort helps with memory loss caused by emotional duress, and it protects the brain from the negative effects of stress. Phytonutrients in this plant help with mood swings, depression, and anxiety.

Black Cohosh

Another tried-and-true plant, black cohosh is known as a tonifying herb for women. It is effective in treating memory loss caused by endocrine imbalance, especially for women more than 65 years old who have undergone hormone replacement.


This phospholipid is naturally produced by the brain, composing a majority of nerve tissue mass in the brain. Its production slows down with age. It has been popularly used as a supplement taken from bovine brain. For obvious reasons, many are concerned with possible negative effects from using a supplement sourced from animal brains. That is why Inno-Vita sources this phospholipid from plants—with excellent results!

Intelli-Mem May Help to Prevent or Remedy These Conditions


Short-term and long-term memory problems


Learning capacity

Damage from stroke


Mood swings

Effects of hormonal imbalance

What People Are Saying about Intelli-Mem:

“I had a very positive response to Intelli-Mem. I have a lifelong diagnosis of ADD. Within 1 week of taking Intelli-Mem, I have been able to go off of the pharmaceutical meds!”

April, Montessori School teacher

“My mind and thinking feels so clear. The general fatigue, brain fog, and quickness to exhaustion, stress, and depression has lifted. I noticed the uplifting effects immediately when I started taking Intelli-Mem. After three months, I feel a balance and ease on a daily basis that I didn’t know I was missing before. Now I don’t want to be without it!”

Karen, caregiver and artist

“We take Intelli-Mem daily. However, when we have any important, demanding task ahead of us, such as giving an educational talk, focusing on intense periods of reading or study, or any important meeting or conversation, we increase the amount of Intelli-Mem to ensure that we will be able to think, speak, and do our best.”

Dr. Mark W. Light and Vickie Van Scyoc, RN

“Intelli-Mem helped me handle stressful emotions and situations at work and at home. I felt lighter, more clear-headed, and had more energy.”

Mike R., baker

April 14, 2016 |

What Is NAET?

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By Mark Light, MD

NAET (Nambrudripad’s allergy elimination technique) was discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in 1983. NAET is a noninvasive, drug-free, natural treatment for allergies of all types and intensities using a combination of techniques, including: energy balancing, acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiology.

The definition of an “allergy” in the NAET system is a little bit different from what we normally think of as allergies. Most people associate allergies with hay fever, swelling, wheezing, or skin rashes or inflammation. While NAET also acknowledges these symptoms as allergic symptoms, it also goes further to treat all imbalances or energetic blockages in the body as allergies. So, from an NAET perspective, depression or fatigue could be symptomatic of an allergy in the same way that hay fever is, and one can be allergic to not only foods and pollens, but also to chemicals, experiences, or even beliefs! NAET acknowledges that our bodies develop “inflammatory” responses to all kinds of things throughout our lifetimes, and though our minds may forget, the body holds on to its reactions and defenses against a wide range of substances and circumstances. NAET employs effective healing techniques to help the body release its allergic reactions and to be able to heal itself.

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I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in medicine and became board certified in emergency medicine. I worked as an emergency physician for 30 years, and then as a primary-care physician for about 12 years.

I was not taught about the meridian (energy) system of the body or food as medicine, let alone energy medicine. Even today, it’s considered quackery by the AMA and most physicians. Many physicians have lost their licenses for practicing alternative medicine.

NAET is an energy-based therapy that views disease as the body’s response to deeper underlying issues, treating the cause rather than symptoms. In my years of practice, I encountered many problems that my medical background could not answer. More and more of my patients wanted solutions beyond prescription drugs, surgery, or being told that they would just have to live with their conditions. When I first encountered NAET, my curiosity was piqued: Many people were reporting success with this kind of treatment. The more I learned, the more I was convinced that this treatment is changing people’s lives by restoring their health. To quote Dr. Andrew Weil:


Our bodies have the ability to heal. This is what should be emphasized in education for all people and certainly in education of health professionals. Unfortunately, most people have no confidence in the body’s self-healing abilities.


Undiagnosed allergies are often the cause of illnesses such as asthma, which can become critical if left unaddressed. In this case, the lungs and immune system are affected by blocked energy meridians in the body. Those meridians are blocked in response to allergens, inhibiting the body’s ability to heal itself.


I work with Vickie Van Scyoc, an RN who suffered from severe asthma and seasonal allergies. She is off all of the seven medications she was on before receiving NAET treatment, and she can enjoy the outdoors. The asthma medications she was on previously cost nearly $1,000 a month! By contrast, NAET paid for itself in two months—no prescription costs and no asthma!

Testimonies: NAET and Asthma

“As a medical doctor trained in allopathic medicine and practicing for over 16 years, I have learned that NAET is an incredibly powerful tool in healing the whole person rather than just treating the symptoms. NAET detects the underlying causes of asthma and other allergy-related illnesses, and treats the disease naturally and effectively.”

Lisa Camerino, MD

Portland, OR

“I have suffered for many years from fatigue and exhaustion from environmental and food allergies, as well as chronic recurring viral and bacterial infections. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a prominent CFS doctor, was treating me, but I was sensitive to so many supplements that he suggested NAET treatments with Dr. Devi. Today I feel like a new person and look younger, healthier, and have more energy than I’ve had in years! NAET has given me a new lease on life and I am eternally grateful.”

Alana Stewart

Actress and talk-show host

“The hallmark of asthma is the variability of symptoms. Many of my patients had severe asthma attacks, and NAET treatments have lessened the severity and frequency of these allergic responses. There was a miraculous difference in the reduction of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, and in some cases no symptoms remain. NAET has changed the way we look at asthma today and in the future.”

Marilyn Chernoff, MA, ND

Albuquerque, NM

“Devi Nambudripad’s allergy elimination technique is truly remarkable. She goes to the heart of the problem and eliminates it. Unlike other doctors, Devi offers a solution that is attainable. She evaluates the physical and emotional health and treats them as one unit, like no other doctors I have met. I highly recommend this technique for anyone who suffers from allergies and asthma.”

Dylan McDermott

Star of the ABC TV series The Practice


Questions? We’d love to help you!

Chico Integrative Health


1279 E. First Ave., Ste. C

Chico, CA 95926

January 10, 2016 |

Media Reviews for Oct-Nov-Dec 2015

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The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss

By Marc David

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-508-8 (Healing Arts Press, 2015)

We’ve all been there: Eat less, exercise more, and I will lose weight. It doesn’t take long to figure out that without proper nourishment you will lose more than weight. It was Chapter/Week 5 when I started understanding what Marc David was actually getting at when he explains how the metabolic process is directly affected by our emotions, specifically pleasure. That, along with the awareness of simply breathing while I eat, has made a noticeable improvement in my health. In today’s world with the degradation of our food supply, it is even more important to pay attention to this information and our emotional relationship with what we eat. This book marks the 10th anniversary of his first book and it’s even better.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

By Linda Kohanov

ISBN-13: 978-1-60868-371-0 (New World Library, 2015)

We have an unmistakable and undeniable failure in our power structures and how and why we choose our leaders. Let’s face it; most of today’s leaders are egocentric predators who have clawed their way to the top. Our leaders have lost their personal connection with society, making social bonding all but impossible. To follow the natural principles of the herd that have obviously been working for millennia seems a logical step for a civilization to take if it wants to continue. It’s definitely a step into higher consciousness where the solutions to today’s problems will be found. Do you want to be a leader? Start here …

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Mind over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

By Lissa Rankin, MD

ISBN-13: 978-1-40193-999-1 (Hay House, 2014)

Imagine Dr. Lissa Rankin’s surprise when she saw this startling pattern in many of her patients: Those who were wealthy and practicing good health habits—green juices, yoga, meditation—were inexplicably very ill. However, patients who ate doughnuts, smoked cigarettes, and drank alcohol were quite healthy. Dr. Rankin herself was on seven prescription medications at age 33. The traditional equation of diet + exercise = health wasn’t working. These paradoxical results led Dr. Rankin to a two-year sabbatical from medicine. She had one question: “What do you need to heal yourself?” The results? Whole Health Medicine,” a radical new approach to health care that merges spirituality and science. Mind over Medicine describes the principles of Whole Health Medicine, addressing life situations that cause stress and poor health. Dr. Rankin now trains practitioners and may revolutionize health care.

Mark Light, MD, Lotus Guide

BlindSpots: 21 Good Reasons to Think before You Talk

By Christian de Quincey

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-446-3 (Park Street Press, 2015)

We’ve all done it—we heard something someone said and it matched with our beliefs so it must be true. Being the publisher of a magazine, I hold myself to a higher standard and have learned to question popular assertions that run rampant in today’s world. Reading this book brought to the surface many of the core assumptions we have blindly accepted through the years. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard two people arguing over who is right, and they were both wrong because they were basing their arguments on faulty suppositions. This can create a dangerous situation in a civilization with advanced technology. The timing for a book such as this has never been more essential than it is right now in our world.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Science of Omens and the Knowledge of the Heavens

By Michael Baigent

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-221-0 (Bear & Company, 2015)

Anyone who has read Michael Baigent’s book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, already knows the academic scholarship he brings to the table. History has been, and still is for most people, a story that’s been force-fed to us by religion and state and very few realize that most of it is deceptive and misleading. Archaeology is finally finding its way by looking at the facts, not at ideas and beliefs that have traditionally funneled our thinking. I thought I knew something about astrology, but it turns out that most of what I’ve been told was based on partial truths passed down through the centuries. This is another academic milestone.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (DVD)

ASIN: B012BUQQ4K (Alive Mind, 2015)

Paramahansa Yogananda’s life-changing Autobiography of a Yogi was given to me at the age of 17 and my life forever changed. Religion expanded into a rich inner exploration filled with profound possibilities and the quickening of spirit. Yogananda’s message for me was inclusive, fresh, and expansive, allowing me to experience what had previously been only a matter of faith. Now, more than 50 years after its publication, the message is just as relevant. Apparently, it was the only book on Steve Jobs’s iPad; has sold more than 4 million copies; and foreshadowed recent discoveries in neuroscience. AWAKE is a visual celebration of the relevance of these profound spiritual teachings for our times.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

September 28, 2015 |

Mind over Medicine

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Mind Over Medicine

By Mark Light, MD

“Promoting health of the body without encouraging health of the mind is an exercise in futility.”—Dr. Lissa Rankin, MD

You can heal yourself. When was the last time you heard a doctor say these words? Probably never. Dr. Lissa Rankin is one doctor who is saying those exact words.

I am joining a team of certified practitioners in this new way of practicing medicine. Whole Health Medicine blends science and spirituality as a way to find the root cause of chronic illness.

Lissa Rankin, MD, was an overwhelmed, overworked, OB-GYN in an unhappy marriage, and her health was declining at an early age.

Her physician put her on seven medications without asking her anything about her life. It was clear that the quality of her life was the cause of her poor health! Neglecting this vital information and prescribing medications actually made her health worse!

Quoting Dr. Rankin, “I discovered the key to my health was NOT just eating a nutritious diet, exercising daily, getting 8 hours of sleep, taking vitamins/supplements, balancing my hormones, and regular doctor checkups. I discovered the power to heal my body lay in changing HOW MY MIND THINKS AND FEELS.”

Dr. Rankin took a two-year sabbatical from her integrative medical practice to thoroughly research hundreds of medical articles that prove the link between spirituality and science. The results were the creation of a New York Times best seller, Mind over Medicine, as well as the Whole Health Medicine Institute.

Traditional Western medicine has “led us to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics or bad luck, that doctors alone hold the key to optimal health.” Contrary to this model, Dr. Rankin has trained health-care practitioners to partner with patients, helping them to discover their innate ability to self-heal.

In this unique process, the practitioner acts as the guide, a crucial role in empowering the patient’s quest for healing.

Together, the practitioner and the patient focus attention on key areas of the patient’s life: spirituality, life purpose, creativity, personal relationships, sexuality, environment, financial, and mental health. If any of these areas are unbalanced, poor health may result. These key areas are referred to as “The Whole Health Cairn.” A cairn is a formation of rocks perfectly balanced, one on top of the other. Much like the stones in a cairn, each area of one’s life must be in balance and equilibrium with all the others for optimal health to occur. Most important is the foundational base stone, which supports all the other parts of the cairn. Dr. Rankin calls this foundation the “Inner Pilot Light,” otherwise known as intuition.


“Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.”—Mind over Medicine


Stress has proven to be the reason for 80 percent of doctor visits. The body’s physiological stress response can be either helpful or destructive. For example, stress hormones can save a person’s life when responding to a real threat, such as a wild animal or an oncoming vehicle. However, the same stress response can also damage a person’s health in cases in which stress hormones are released in response to an imagined threat. This happens when someone anticipates a threatening situation on a mental level. We all experience this kind of stress response whenever we imagine a dreaded encounter with someone at work, or fear the worst when we haven’t heard from our spouse or child all day long. It has been estimated that in the course of a normal day a person will have at least 50 harmful stress responses! These abnormal stress responses release harmful hormones such as cortisol, which cause a wide array of symptoms. Symptoms are the result of repetitive triggering of the stress response without relaxation-response counterbalancing. The body’s relaxation response, when activated, allows the body to turn off the stress response and to repair and heal the damage done by stress hormones.

The six-step process described by Dr. Rankin teaches patients to activate the relaxation response, repairing and healing the body at each key area of the patient’s life, as described in the metaphor of the cairn. Patients are able to identify the source of the stress response at the root of their illness. Then they are able to heal by engaging in relaxation-response activities, such as meditation, creative expression, and yoga.


The six steps are:

One: Believe you can heal yourself.

Two: Find the right support.

Three: Listen to your body and intuition.

Four: Diagnose the root causes of your illness.

Five: Write the prescription for yourself.

Six: Surrender attachment to outcomes.


At Chico Integrative Health, we combine Whole Health Medicine with neurosensitivity testing and energy medicine (N.A.E.T.) to help identify and eliminate beliefs, emotions, or incidents that may be causing one’s symptoms, along with any blocks to absorbing crucial nutrients for health.

We are successfully treating a wide array of health concerns. Feel free to call us at 530-899-7300 or visit our website at

Chico Integrative Health

1279 E. First Ave., Ste. C

Chico, CA


September 28, 2015 |

NAET-Don’t be Sick and Tired?

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By Mark Light, MD

Don’t give up, there is hope-NAET

We are lucky to have many healing modalities today to help us in our journey to health. Each modality works in a different way. Some focus on emotions, some on the body itself, some to detox, and so on.

Herbal and homeopathic medicines are known healers. Energy medicine is known to cause changes that occur much more quickly. Combine any of the modalities together, and we do, and you’re on your way!

Mark_Light_Photo4459-webNAET (natural allergy elimination technique) works because:

  • The body functions much like a computer; it is programmed to respond to certain stimuli in certain ways.
  • NAET reprograms the nervous system (back points) so the immune system stops attacking substances (hormones, glands, organs, food, etc.) that are beneficial to the body.
  • Once the corrections are made, the body is able to heal itself because it is now able to assimilate essential nutrients at optimal levels and repair itself.
  • The body learns to keep the good and eliminate the bad, such as heavy metals and viral, bacterial, mold, Candida, or parasitic infections.

Some notice a positive change right away. Others may need quite a few blockages removed before their symptoms decline.

Visualize a clean river. Now visualize a muddy, trashy river. The trash and mud are likened to the blockages in our meridian system. Think of a bucket of chips. Removing the top layer is likened to removing the blockage of the basic 15 food groups. Now we can see what chips are next or what piece of trash can be fished out. Someone may think, “I didn’t notice anything.” Or “NAET didn’t work for me.” This means that mud, trash, or chips are still blocking their energy.

Changes happen little by little; it’s like growing a garden.

We’re asked, “How do we get allergies?”

Some are inherited.

Some are brought in through breathing a toxin (exhaust, smog, perfume, heavy metals).

Some are consumed (food, drink, meds), some through skin, injected (vaccines, meds), infected, or are physical agents (cold, radiation).

Let’s say you are eating a carrot and someone comes in and starts yelling at you, or you are watching the news. The NAETcomputer (unconscious) brain connects the awful incident to the carrot and views it as an enemy. It becomes a blockage (allergy) and will grow with each exposure to the carrot. To avoid this, enjoy peaceful meals.

We can’t promise a completely clear river or zero crumbs in your bucket, but each time you come in, you are lightening your load and bringing back some degree of health.

Big Pharma/AMA teaches the medical industry to treat with medications, a Band-Aid that keeps patients coming back to treat the chronic illness and assuring everyone of making money.

We look for the cause of illness and ways to eliminate symptoms, so one can reduce or even eliminate medications. Undiagnosed food and chemical sensitivities can be the root cause of many chronic health problems. An allergen will drain energy every time it is eaten because of the inflammatory response the body makes to get rid of it. Chronic reactions compromise the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, which leads to chronic illness.

When you add up insurance, medications, office copays, you may be spending $1,000 a month. Why not spend a third or less of that amount and restore your health?

Here’s what an allergy to minerals looks like:

Adrenal deficiency, ADHD (magnesium and manganese), asthma (magnesium), autism, backaches, bone pain (phosphorus), brain fog (magnesium), bronchitis, constipation, diabetes (chromium), digestive disorders (sodium), dream-disturbed sleep (magnesium), emotional imbalances (trace minerals), falling hair (calcium, iron, trace minerals), fatigue, frequent colds, frequent urination, headaches, heaviness in the feet, heaviness in the head (trace minerals, lead), hiatus hernia, high blood pressure (calcium), high cholesterol, hyperactivity, hyperacidity, immune disorders, incontinence of bladder and bowels, irritability (selenium), joint pains (germanium, gold), neuralgia, poor concentration, poor memory, shortness of breath, sinusitis, skin problems, sleep disorders, tingling sensation anywhere in the body, tremors, upper respiratory disorders, water retention, and weakness of the muscles.

Every allergy-causing irritant will have different adverse symptoms.

People have been successfully treated for:

  • Autism
  • Highly successful alcohol recovery
  • Animals
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure problems
  • GERD
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings/depression
  • Parkinson’s
  • Lyme disease
  • Herpes
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Vaccine injury

Our Testimonies:

  • Nancy had longstanding fibromyalgia presenting in severe musculoskeletal pain, permanently resolved after treatment for the shingles vaccine. An 18-month-old girl started speaking after treatment for vaccines.
  • Jacob, 12, is in a regular classroom after treatments for autism; causes were basics, vaccines, heavy metals.
  • After I was treated for my vaccines, I stopped wetting in the house. Bruno, huge dog
  • After my third rabies vaccine, I refused to eat or drink. I developed a constant head shaking neurological tic. I almost died. Dr. Light treated me for the vaccine and I stopped shaking, I’m normal! Aramis Van Laam Martin, the cat
  • Dr. Devi’s technique helped to give my world-class athletes a winning edge! Mike Greenberg, DC, 1984, 1988, 1992 Olympics doctor
  • NAET gave me the best tool to evaluate my patients’ health disorders and taught me the greatest healing technique to eliminate the problems almost instantly and painlessly. NAET has truly revolutionized the practice of medicine! I have no doubt, this is going to be the “Medicine of the Future.” Robert Prince, MD

July 6, 2015 |

NAET: A Different Way of Viewing Disease

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By Mark Light, MD

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in medicine and became board certified in emergency medicine. I worked as an emergency physician for 30 years and then as a primary care physician for about 12 years.

I was not taught about the meridian (energy) system of the body or about food as medicine, let alone energy medicine. Even today, it’s considered quackery by the AMA and most physicians. Many physicians have lost their licenses for practicing alternative medicine.

To quote Dr. Mehmet Oz, “We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure. As we get better understanding of how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier … in medicine is energy medicine.”

NAET, an energy­based therapy, views disease as the body’s response to a deeper underlying issue and treats the cause rather than its symptoms. If you missed my last article about NAET, please visit or for more information.

Alcohol Recovery Program

I enjoy treating alcoholism, seeing it not as a character flaw but as an allergy to many food items, such as sugar, B vitamins, yeast, grains, Candida, and alcohol (which is one molecule away from sugar). Alcoholism is a matter of nutritional and metabolic deficiencies.

Despite advances in treating alcoholism, the reality is that 80 percent of alcoholics receiving treatment relapse within two years.

Our treatment is highly successful for those who wish to change because it treats the causes for alcohol cravings. We use NAET, vitamins, minerals, and amino acid replacement. While receiving energy healing, one is building his or her immune system and reducing or eliminating diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety, thyroid issues, pain, brain fog, and so on.

Our program:NAET_Mark_Vicki_1-4

  • No drugs.
  • Uses noninvasive, painless healing.
  • Very affordable compared to traditional recovery programs.
  • You return to your own home after treatments.
  • Confidentiality—You are treated with the same privacy as any of our patients who visit for various reasons.



I work with Vickie Van Scyoc, an RN who suffered from severe asthma and seasonal allergies. She is off all of the seven medications she was on before receiving NAET treatment, and she can enjoy the outdoors. The asthma medications cost nearly $1,000 a month! NAET is so affordable it paid for itself in two months—no prescription costs and no asthma!


The first study of NAET treating Asperger’s and autism is discussed on YouTube: “Autism—NAET—Comprehensive” at In this study, 26 of 28 children treated with NAET were able to join regular classrooms afterward.

Among the autistic children we treat, one 12-year­old no longer has daily angry outbreaks. Another 14-year­old boy is in a regular classroom. An 18-month­old is speaking after treatment for vaccine injury and stroke.

Chronic Pain

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum (author and on TV for fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome) recommends NAET treatments to reduce pain. We are treating a woman who was a marathon walker and who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia after receiving a shingles vaccine. After NAET, her seven years of pain ended.

We treat chronic and acute medical conditions, including allergies to poison oak, latex, medications, vaccine injury, heavy metals, and more.

Testimonies from Our Office

“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 am off all of my three high blood pressure pills, my rosacea is almost gone, no more nightmares that I had my whole life, no more fear of failing, or anger at a loved one that committed suicide. I’m 83, it’s never too late for NAET.”—Alcy T.

“My eyes no longer burn and water. My migraines are gone. Thank you to NAET and the medicinals, Oku­Vis and Thyroiden.”—Margaret VLM

A neurologist diagnosed Jennifer L., age 42, with myasthenia gravis. After two NAET sessions, she saw a national neurologist in Davis: She did not have myasthenia gravis and there was no need for medication. She had aspartame poisoning.

“I was a ball of energy after sugar (treatment).”—Bryson, 7

“No more nausea and dizziness in the wind! The medicinals are miraculous, especially the Di­Gessta and Gal­Astic.”—Tara W.

“I was off my allergy prescriptions after three treatments. I can work in the garden and mow the lawn without allergies.”—Dean M., 53, therapist

“I had a positive HPV test. After NAET, my Pap came back negative! I have more energy and most of my brain fog is gone.”—Leslie, 60

A 3-year­old girl was diagnosed with alopecia areata, migraines, and depression. Her neurologist wanted her on antidepressants. She had large clumps of hair missing. We found that she was poisoned from pesticides, mostly paraquat. After five treatments, her migraines were almost gone, she was happy, playing, and her hair started growing back.

“No more Crohn’s or high liver enzymes after NAET and Livergy.”—Zachary, 8

“The Nerve­All works better than the nerve pain medication.”—Tracy

“I can eat chocolate now!”—Linda

Questions? We’d love to help you!

Chico Integrative Health

1279 E. First Ave., Ste. C

Chico, CA 95926


February 20, 2015 |
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