Have you ever seen color like this......?

Oh myI My brother was cutting down a tree in his yard this spring and I was shocked by the color of the cambium layer. I fell to my knees and said you can’t cut this up, I have to get the bark off. The timing was perfect and the bark came off like a dream.


Any guesses on what tree this is?


I dried the bark in the shade under a tarp. The color stayed a little but of course not as intense.


I hope to try weaving this for a basket soon. Hopefully it works. Any guesses yet on this tree? I have never seen cambium this color before. The bare log completely faded after being out in the sun. Okay, okay, I won’t torture you any more. It was a purple crabapple! Yes, it was shocking to see.

New classes are up!

Stop by and check out the new classes that are up on our site. Classes are continually being added so stay tuned.


Cost: FREE

Come bring your knitting project and enjoy the garden. I will have chairs, but bring your favorite beverage to sip on while we connect and create. I will also have hot water available for tea. It’s just fun!

Location: Sacred Arts 964 C Twisp River Rd.

Sip N knit

Sip N knit

Painting away!

I’ve been working like mad, trying to squeeze in time here and there for painting. I’m currently working on my first solo show at Confluence gallery. It is very frustrating how you get creative impulses and no time to express them. Then you get time, and no creative flow. Very frustrating. I’m really feeling the pressure and tme is flying by. better go get to work. I’ll post more pics later as more paintings develop.

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Shots from the garden - June

Oh my time is flying. I’ve been so busy in the garden and trying to keep up with the weeds. I’ve also started a new area, and filling it with horse manure and getting it planted. We’ve had quite a bit of rain so far this june, which is kind of surprising. Any how, here are some pics of our gardens - eye candy, enjoy.


Causes of Immune Suppression - Dr. Edward Group

Causes of Immune Suppression


Dr. Group Founder of The Global Healing Center

Immune defense summit notes - Dr. Group

Dr. Group opens up the disscussion by talking about the causes of immune suppression.

  • The food supply. All the chemical additives have to be dealt with by the body and therefore less energy devoted to fighting other major invaders. These chemicals can actually interfere with immune responses.

  • Microwave. The microwave actually alters the food.

  • GMOs - Coupled with glyphosate can actually destroy gut lining

  • Meats - full of nitrates

  • Not chewing enough - malabsorption issues

  • Live food vs. dead food - live food contains lots of enzymes and undamaged vitamins

  • pesticides - toxic to body

    He talks about the dangers in the water supply and it’s negative effects on the immune system. Bromine, Chlorine, Flourine are all dangerous halogens that effect our thyroid and gut bacteria and are present in the water most folks drink everyday.

    Stress supresses the Immune system. This is very well documented that constant stress, from work or home, or relationships can put the immune system into a suppressed state.

  • Reduced by 50%

  • Sympathetic state

  • Halts digestion

  • Body is attacked, auto-immune situations.

    Dr. Group also explains the connection of gut health and our immune system:

  • 75% of our immune system is in our gut. It is actually one of our interfaces with the outside world. Because if you think about it, the food in our gut is actually still outside of our body until it is absorbed.

  • GALT (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) is housed in the intestines.

  • Stores T & B cells

  • Is an entire eco system in our gut.

    Role of probiotics is fascinating and dynamic. This is definately an area for cutting edge research that is happening right now.

  • Probiotics stimulate white blood cells

  • There are thousands of strains, and your combination is unique to you.

  • These bacteria create an ecosystem. Some positive, some toxic.

  • You definately want to avoid antibiotics that wipe out all bacteria, good and bad.

    If you know anything about Dr. Group, he is definately an advocate for fasting, cleansing, and detox. He goes on to talk about the benefits of letting the body rest, meaning not having to focus on digesting, and get down to business killing bad bacteria and viruses, and cleaning out toxins that have accumulated over time. He offers many products on his website that can aid the body in doing this. He advocates a 3 day fast, this can quickly boost health and stimulate new white blood cells.

    Why fast?

  • Food activates immune system

  • Energy reserves get used up

  • Fast to focus on infections i.e.. viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungus

  • Has anti-aging benefits

He adds that fasting is the most economical healing you can do for your body. You just need good clean pure water, Good sleep, time and of course fasting for 3 days.

He also practices what is called intermittent fasting where your last meal is at 6pm and the next meal is at noon. So he basically only eats 2x a day, and they are really good foods. So make what you put in really count during those times. He also like adding apple cider vinegar to his water. and incorporating meditation for the rest and repair system to be engaged.

Dr. Group closes by talking about what supplements he really likes/thinks are most important to add to your daily routine.

  • #1 probiotics - They help regulate ph, they help with the gut - brain connection, and they help combat harmful bugs.

  • Iodine - He goes into great detail in a youtube video about just iodine (nascent) and all the roles it plays in the body and all cells.

  • Vitamin D - more and more research is being done about this amazing vitamin and folks should really be supplementing to boost their immune system.

  • Vitamin C - totally increases immune fighting capacity.

  • Tumeric - a powerhouse of anti-oxidizing plant chemicals ,reduces inflammation.

    I hope you got some good information from my notes of Dr. Group. It is definately a challenge to listen and write at the same time. He has many videos on youtube and you can find his products on his website www.globalhealingcenter.com Well, after that, I’m off to fast for 3 days! Join me!

Grain-less Granola

Super easy grain-less granola


This can be made in a large batch or one bowl at a time. Getting well stocked in your pantry may be first or if you have some of these items on hand use what you have. Here are some ingredients I like:

Coconut flakes, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax meal, raisins, goji berries, saskatoons, what ever dried fruit you like. Top with hemp milk, or your favorite milk or yogurt and wa-la. Keeping these ingredients raw instead of toasted retains their vitamin content. Super easy and tasty.

Link between emotions and disease

The link between emotions and disease - Niki Gratrix BA, Dip, ION, NANP



Links between emotions and disease

Niki is an award-winning internationally renowned nutritional therapist, transformation coach and bioenergetic practitioner, helping people to optimize energy. Niki is passionate about using both psycho-emotional, energetic and physical approaches for a truly comprehensive, radically wholistic approach to abundant energy and health. Niki is known for being able to identify and articulate how the mind and body work together as one unit, helping people to connect all the dots and move them along their healing journey.

In this interview of the Immune Defense Summit, Niki discusses how emotional trauma triggers disease, and the best tips for fixing emotional issues, She also discusses the connection of relationships and health.

The role of emotions

  • It is well known now that stress suppresses immunity. In our culture, people often stay in that flight or fight state for most of their adult lives.

  • Psychoneuroimmunity. She goes on to discuss the connections, now well studied, between our psychological state and our immune function or lack there of. Depression, abandonment, abuse, etc. all can have an affect on our immune function.

  • Adverse Childhood Events study. “ACE” is the abbreviation for ‘adverse childhood experience.” There are ten types of ACEs as defined by the original and ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. In the first study completed in 1998 of 17,500 adults ACEs included:

    • Parents separating or divorce,

    • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse,

    • Physical and emotional neglect,

    • Domestic violence,

    • Mental illness in the family,

    • Substance abuse,

    • Incarceration by a related family member.

    You can get your ACE score on her website: www.NikiGratrix.com

  • Some traumas are missed by research i.e. bullying, racism, intergenerational trauma, and silent ACEs.

  • Attachment trauma occurs in conception to 2 yrs. 45% of babies insecurely attach to their mothers. This often leads to developmental trauma and disorders.

  • Developmental disorders : often relational, leads to learning problems, chronic anxiety. Important to remember that emotional traumas literally change our biology.

  • HUMANS NEED LOVE: There is a stress response without it. Epigenetic expression is altered. Glucocorticoid expression happens.

  • Trauma literally changes biology: Results in a lower glucocorticoid response, body pumps out cortisol, inflammatory cytokines, diseases trigged in adulthood.

  • Healing the trauma! Get to know yourself, get your ACE score, get your adult close relationship score, adjusted adult interviewer score.

  • Enneagram: 9 personality typing system, motivation behind actions, destructive patterns, awareness alone can help you start unraveling the layers, Do journaling, talk to some one or a counselor, this will start to change and move energy, spiritual mentor.

    Fundamental questions:

    Who are you now?

    How are your current relationships?

    What happened as a child?

    How are you destructive?

    Who are you out in the world?

  • Relationships and immunity: Social support = survival, Negative situation shortens life span, conflicts suppress immunity, relationship anorexia.

  • Charge your immune system: Daily reset rituals, 20 minutes of relaxation, safe space mode (nature, meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, art, dance).

  • Seek professional help: intense early trauma, repressed memories, patterns not shifting, EFT, NLP, hypnosis. Be aware that to release trauma, you need to go there and experience it again, so seek professional help if necessary.

Over coming Lyme - Dr. David Minkoff MD


Dr. David Minkoff M.D. Founder and Medical Director of LifeWorks Wellness Center.

David Minkoff MD graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children's Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.His wife suddenly became very ill after having her amalgam fillings removed improperly. So after seeking many different options, he got good direction from a natural dentist. She was referred to a specialized dentist in Seattle, that does proper mercury amalgam removal and detoxification. I think this may be the same dentist that I went to to get my amalgams removed! She gradually got better and better and the docs’ eyes were now open to natural healing. David then went on to become a functional medicine doctor. His practice grew and grew and then went on to open the LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, in Clear Water Florida.

Here’s my notes from his interview from the Immune Defense Summit.

  • Lyme is not new. Lyme has been around for a long, long time and we have co-exsisted with it. So what is different? Why is everyone getting lyme? Well, the population is immune deficient. Simply put our immune system is overloaded with too many jobs to do at once. Conventional treatment rarely cures, and can actually leave the patient in worse condition, due to antibiotic use.

  • Lyme often leads to dementia type symptoms. There is the toxic load from all the bugs, viruses and pathogens which inflames the central nervous system. This can also lead to an auto immune type of reaction. Therefore, the brain can not regulate itself as it is overloaded from toxic waste excreted by pathogens.

  • Lyme avoids the immune system. It triggers an inflammatory immune response and can change or morphs into different plasmids. Apparently this is one smart bacteria, it can change into 23 different ones. Another part of it’s defense mechanism is to create a biofilm. These biofilms or slime are created as a protective coating where antibiotics can’t get at it.

  • Immune attacks. The toxins given off by lyme bacteria actually kill our own cells. It poisions our lymphocytes and causes a reduction of immune cells in an already compromised body. He sees it most reduced in the sickest patients.

  • Deer ticks as vectors. Tick bite is not necessary for lyme. Apparently, you can also get it from mosquitos and bed bugs etc.

  • Oral Health. Wow, he really stressed the importance of oral health as a contributing factor of suppressed immune function. Most of his patients had infected root canals or cavitations that they didn’t know. This constant on slought of bacteria was a huge drain on the immune system and couldn’t fight off the lyme. He has certain dentists that he works with to get the proper type of x-ray that can see these areas. It is called a CBCT - cone beam CT scan. Often times he has seen remarkable recoveries just by getting infections out of the mouth. So it is essentially removing the root cause.

  • Lyme & Gut Health. If you have poor gut health, you are more susceptible to organisms. He sees this in 100% of his patients! 70% of the immune system is in the intestines and has a surface area of 2 tennis courts. So focusing on cleaning up the gut and rebuilding good immunity is essential.

  • Importance of Food. Lifestyle modification is absolutely necessary for anyone dealing with lyme. Our bodies are overwhelmed by chemicals and toxins in our environment. Cleaning up the diet and removing even more burden, while detoxing by eating fresh, organic food and clean pure water is important.

  • Rebuilding Immune System. To rebuild the immune system, you need to eliminate any dental problems and systemic illnesses. Nurturing foods to eat are a paleo or keto diet, with lots of vegetables. Also, eliminate and infections in the gut, by not feeding the bad bugs junk food and sugar. Also, there are many natural remedies for cleaning out parasites, and bad bacteria.

  • Multiple organism overload. We often contract many viruses out in our everyday life like Epstein Barr, CMV, herpes, etc. It just becomes too many for the immune to fight. Antibiotics just don’t work for multiple infections. Also, there are probably nutritional deficiencies that aren’t supporting the immune function as well.

  • The Mental Connection. Dr. Minkoff expresses the importance to not leave out, the emotional- mental connection as well. Chronic stress, depression and anxiety take a toll on our immune function. I would like to add, that sometimes these symptoms are a result of the toxins as well, and could clear as most of the infections clear. But also to take care to eliminate as much stress as possible during your healing journey.

  • In Closing. As you can see, lyme disease is really lifestyle disease. It is all of these factors combined to the point of the immune system is being overwhelmed. In mostly all cases the doc has seen the patients have like 15 of these things going on. So you just have to take care of them one by one and eliminate all these causes and viruses, meanwhile cleaning up your diet and lifestyle and rebuild your system. Get out in the sunshine, and also avoid negativity. You can over come this. There are alternatives and doctors that are getting results, you just have to find them. You can contact Dr. Minkoff at his website:


    I hope you found this helpful and be well.

Immune Defense Summit - Ty Bollinger

Immune Defense Summit - Ty Bollinger


Ty is an author of the book, “The Truth About Cancer” and host of the 9 part documentary series, “The Truth About Cancer”

Let me tell you, I have seen Ty’s documentary series all the way through. This is a huge gathering of information and a must to see and take notes if you have a loved one dealing with cancer. It is priceless. The information and interviews with many doctors and connections to alternative care centers will give you different options you never knew you had. It also gives you an understanding about the condition of cancer and how you got there. It didn’t just happen over night. It gives one real hope and solutions that are being suppressed by the main stream. As you can see, I highly recommend his work, and you can even find some of it on youtube.

In Ty’s interview, he was one of the first speakers so he was giving a basic overview of the condition of cancer. Because, it is basically just a symptom that has gotten so bad one can now see what was happening at a cellular level. This diagnosis is a result of lifestyle, toxin accumulation, and diet. He talks extensively about how sugar feeds cancer cells and suppresses immune function. And why do oncologists always have a candy bowl on their desk?

So obviously, you would want to change your diet and lifestyle dramatically if you got a diagnosis. He explains to eat real food. Cook dishes from scratch, with whole ingredients. Anything that comes out of a box has additives, preservatives,& pesticides. And of course, you would want to buy certified organic and non-gmo. Good clean water is of utmost importance as well. Cleansing out toxins as you are changing your diet and eliminating toxic elements is key. Getting a filtration system, or having your water tested should be one of the first things you do.

He goes on to suggest some supplements and ideal foods to eat. Some of the supplements are turmeric, vitamin D, resveratrol, apricot kernels, medicinal mushrooms and selenium. Lots of studies are showing deficiencies of vitamin D can really inhibit immune function. Some of the super powerhouse foods he suggests are broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and green tea. Along with eating lots of vegetables and fruits.

At the end he talks about mind set. People often believe what the doctors tell them. If they say you have 3 weeks to live, patients usually die in 3 weeks. But those that believe there are other ways and don’t accept that diagnosis usually go on to live longer and have better results. If you don’t believe in your treatments, they usually don’t have as good of an out come. So luckily, there are many different modalities for people to try. And sometimes it is a combination of things that work. So, we have to get out of this mind set that there is one cure-all way to do things. And in the natural community, we know, you have to try many modalities to find the one that resonates with your body and belief system. And arming patients with information is the best way to empower and give them hope that there is other ways of getting real healing at a cellular level and bringing your body back into a state of homeostasis.

9 part video series, well worth the investment.

9 part video series, well worth the investment.

Immune System Soup

  • 3-4 c Chicken Broth

  • 5 - 10 cloves of garlic minced

  • 1 - 2 carrots minced

  • 1 small yellow onion

  • 8 Shitake mushrooms sliced

  • 3 cups Spinach

    Sautee onions and garlic lightly in some olive oil in soup pot. Add broth and veggies and add herbs generously like parsley, thyme, oregano. A little salt and pepper, and simmer till veggies are tender. Enjoy!