Vote LEAH CHRISTIE to sing our National Anthem at the National Final Rodeo

One of our very own hometown singers, Leah Christie, has been chosen as a finalist in a contest to sing the National Anthem at the National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas this December. In order for her to win, she needs lots of votes! To vote go to  She is listed in the red third row, first listing, click the “Vote Now” button under her name then click “Submit Your Vote” at the bottom of the page. Each email address can vote once and you need to vote in all categories for the vote to count. To listen to Leah now click here .

Allergic to Your Food?

If you find yourself with a stuffy nose, watery eyes and coughing this time of year you probably know you have allergies. But it may surprise you that your child’s digestive problems, your spouse’s skin rash or your chronic headaches may originate from allergies also. Food allergies.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1.5 % of Americans have true food allergies but nine times as many people have food sensitivities. That means that if your doctor tells you that “You are not really allergic to__________” or “You are allergic to just a few things”, you probably have what’s called a “pseudo-allergy”. In other words, you may have a food sensitivity, or a food intolerance.

Food Allergy, Sensitivity, Intolerance, oh my! What’s the difference?

Unfortunately, food allergies are erroneously lumped together with food sensitivities and food intolerances. Here are some factors that differentiate one from another:

“True Allergy”: An adverse reaction to a food agent involving the elevation of specific antibodies due to eating it.

Sensitivity: Adverse reactions in the body upon exposure to a food agent. It does not involve antibodies.

Intolerance: Refers to an absence of a particular chemical or physiological process needed to digest a food group. Intolerances can be caused by fat, protein, carbohydrates, or a combination. An common example is lactose intolerance.

What do these 3 types of food reactions have in common? -A shared list of sinus and bowel symptoms. But the difference is food reactions may feel the same but they are not the same. Which gets confusing unless you get tested.


This simple diagram illustrates that among the general population, the majority of people who have food reactions have a basic intolerance, others have food sensitivities, and still others overlap. Sensitivities and intolerances often work in tandem. By eliminating intolerances you will also be able to reduce the number of sensitivities. Note the fewest number of people are affected by “true allergies”.

Testing 1-2-3

Did you know that scratch and blood tests only identify what medical doctors call a “true allergy”? Conventional allergy testing typically uses the presence of immunoglobulins as their marker. This restricted view limits identification of other types of food reactions, and therefore limits treatment for people who are complaining of allergy-like symptoms but who do not have a true allergy.

Unfortunately traditional blood and scratch testing will not tell you if you have a food sensitivity or intolerance. That’s why you may feel like you have an allergy but the tests are negative.

Tried Everything?

If you have never been tested or your test results are negative, you may have tried to figure the allergy problem out by yourself. This may also be difficult for several reasons.

1. Food sensitivities tend to have a delayed symptomatic reaction. For example, is it something I ate on Sunday or is it the yogurt I had this morning that’s making me feel sick now?

2. Intolerances are quantity related so it may difficult to figure out when you cross the threshold of ‘too much’. Problem: “So…I was fine the last time I ate pizza but the next time I ate a pizza, I paid for it twice!”

3. Symptoms are deceptive because you may not normally associate them with the foods you eat. Chronic sinus congestion and gastrointestinal problems make sense but how about the headaches, aching muscles and joints, and fatigue I feel? These can also be symptoms of food sensitivities. These symptoms can occur anytime of year in just about anybody. Yet we can’t just stop eating!

Food Reactions: A Matter of Degrees

Think of food sensitivities on a spectrum, illustrated below. On the far left side is ‘Uncle Harry’ who can eat anything and has an ‘iron stomach’. On the far right are people with extreme allergies who may go into anaphylactic shock if they eat peanuts for example. That leaves the rest of us who are bothered after we eat with some degree of food sensitivity. Another example is Celiac’s Disease, a true gluten intolerance, falls in the red zone whereas a gluten sensitivity falls somewhere in the yellow section of the spectrum.


The good news it that if you are food sensitive or intolerant, there are alternative options besides elimination diets and reading labels.

Clarity instead of Claritin?

If traditional allergy testing has failed you; Or, you would like to rid yourself of painful needles and the negative side effects of medications; Or, you have tried to self diagnose and are still experiencing allergy -like bowel and sinus symptoms, we can help you.

At the Digestion Relief Center, we help you find the cause of your allergy like reactions so that you can breath, eat and live normally again. Many of our satisfied patients share the joy of being able to eat foods again that they have had to avoid.

Through our clinical testing we can identify and reduce or eliminate the foods that are creating your symptoms without using shots or drugs. Our advanced, non-invasive, painless approach works with the digestion, respiratory and immune systems to desensitize your body to no longer react to those food and environmental substances causing you problems.

How to Contact Us

Dr. Patrick Giammarise D.C., Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center, specializes in effective, natural relief for food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741 for a consultation or contact us on the website at

We are offering a free seminar on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5 - 6 PM. The seminar is open to anyone who suffers from allergy like symptoms and bowel problems, those who know of someone suffering from bowel problems or those who would just like answers to what might be causing their chronic bowel problems that their doctors have been unable to provide. Space is limited. Please call 530-899-8741 to reserve your seminar seat.



What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

I was standing next to a woman in the supermarket aisle as she was reading the label of a cereal box. She looked up and asked out loud:

“I wonder if buying organic is really worth the price?”

We have all heard that we should read the labels of the groceries we buy, but it can be confusing. What’s the difference between100% organic or just organic?

Did you know that the word “organic” has 4 different meanings depending on the label?

To the woman’s surprise, (she who didn’t know I specialize in helping people with food allergies and digestion), I gave her a quick rundown.

  • 100% organic products contain ONLY certified organic ingredients.
  • “Organic” products must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.
  • “Made with organic products”: At least 70% of ingredients must be organic.
  • Products with less than 70% organic ingredients can list specific organic ingredients on the packaging.

So next time you ponder a label, hopefully that helps clarify what organic really means.

Thanks for reading! If this was helpful, feel free to pass it on.

Dr. Patrick


Patrick Giammarise, DC, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified internal health specialist in practice since 2000. Dr. Patrick’s Chico office can be reached at (530) 899-8741. Visit his website for more information:


The Magi Center, Paradise, CA

magi-2.jpgParadise is an appropriate location for a purveyor of spiritual information and mystical teachings. The Magi Center in Paradise, California offers online lessons and books through their website, Their main offering is three series of 27 lessons each called “Soul Group of the Magi.”The “Order of the Magi,” the website reveals, was established by Zoraster about 2500 years ago. Its purpose was to prepare mankind for the coming of Jesus. The three wisemen, Casper, Balthazar and Melchior, who came from the East to worship Jesus (Matthew, Chapter 2) were representatives of the Magi.

The Magi Center teaches Soul Group wisdom coupled with all the ancient teachings of Christ, Buddha, Krishna and other great ones. The lesson contents cover a wide and varied range of subjects such as: Mastering Mind and Life, handling human relationships, realizing the individuality, how to attract opportunities, how to gain contentment and have better finances. How to attract happiness, character building and consciousness expansion, how to recognize when a Higher Being enters your meditations, and why everyone has a Soulmate and cosmic friends. They also tell how the stars influence us, and many more adventures.

Those intrigued by this concept should visit and read about the books, lessons, and lectures offered there.

The Magi Center is a non-profit organization and also offers a free prayer service and a number of free downloads. Call (530) 877-5181 for more information

John’s Satellite in Mt. Shasta and Yreka

John’s Satellite in Mt. Shasta and Yreka, California is an authorized Radio Shack dealer. But wait, there’s more! Besides all the cool things you know you can find in a Radio Shack, John’s Satellite is also a Dish TV, Verizon, and wireless internet dealer. John’s is truly a one-stop electronic shopping experience.


Everyone know that Radio Shack is the place for home electronics, tablets, speakers, iPads, iPhones, HDMI cables, phones, audio accessories, bluetooth devices, video cameras, and all sorts of DIY components and accessories. You don’t have to drive to the big city; everything you need in home electronics is at John’s.


Get connected with the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider in the United States to build and operate a large-scale 4G LTE network. Other networks use a blend of wireless technologies, but 4G LTE is the gold standard. John’s Satellite’s pledge is to  keep their customers connected with cutting-edge technology and device offerings. With more of the smartphones and connection devices you’re looking for, including Samsung Galaxy, Apple iphone, and Droid.


High-speed internet is available anywhere when you go with DISH and you can get it in a wide variety of packages. Get Blockbuster @Home free for 3 months, HBO, Cinemax. Showtime, starz and over 290 channels in the America’s “Everything” Pak. Order your DISH online!  Enhance the viewing experience with great receiver and DVR choices, including the award-winning Hopper whole home HD DVR system. Call John’s Satellite for more information. (530) 802-0048


John’s is also the place for a number of high speed wireless internet solutions. Subscribers can order online. They are Siskiyou County’s leading provider of wireless high speed internet. They offer  Excede High Speed by DishTV,, Verizon and Digital Path wireless internet service.

John’s Satellite has two locations in northern California. Find what you’re looking for in Mt. Shasta, 152 Morgan Way, (530) 926-1926. In Yreka, John’s Satellite & Radio Shack is in the Wal Mart complex, 1940 Fort Jones Rd., Yreka (530) 842-4000.

About Chico

Located in the heart of the north State, Chico’s proud culture, location and csu_chico1.jpgeconomy have made it home to one of Northern California’s most unique cities. Though a self-determining small-town feel remains, Chico has become the premier location for business, culture and recreation in the north state. In addition, Chico is home to one of California’s most distinguished state universities – commonly known as Chico State.

Resting 90 miles north of Sacramento, Chico is home to over 80,000 residents. To the west and south of the city you’ll find mainly fields, plains and agricultural crops, and to the north and east, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

bidwell-mansion-chico.jpgChico locals have taken pride in their surrounding wilderness, preserving a large portion of it for Bidwell Park. As the Park winds like a miniature Grand Canyon into the foothills, it becomes one of the largest city parks in the country. Though surrounding areas are spectacular, Chico inner city boasts a diverse population of trees; thus, earning its nickname, The City of Trees.

Known to be a college town, Chico’s rich culture has become a hotspot for many events: live performances frequent both indoor and outdoor stages; in the summer, Thursday night market transforms downtown into a carnival like atmosphere; the Chico Outlaws, a minor-league baseball team, entertains many of the hot summer nights; and46591056onemile.jpg the nightlife keeps the streets alive well into the morning.

With a strong sense of community and culture, Chico’s businesses – from restaurants to bicycle cabs – have come to support and thrive on the active people that are proud to call Chico their home.