Martinus Andersen at an early age had a desire for knowledge . He chose the study of herbs for his life's work. Martinus traveled the word studying the various countries, their culture, wisdom and ways of healing. He searched for the secrets of longevity, happiness and quality of life. It took him to Italy, China, Russia, Africa, Alaska, South America and other countries. From the different countries he traveled, he acquired their old ways and old wisdom. He also found herbs, along with exercise, good food, natural simple lifestyle, pure water, positive mental outlook and love of fellow man are all essential parts of the secret for health and happiness.

Eventually, Martinus came back to the United States and settled in a small town outside of San Francisco. He was saddened to find here in the United States there was such a diversity of people and cultures and that they had given up on the " old practices " of their ancestors. He mourned the loss of such knowledge and practices. Martinus' research and practical experiences from around the world convinced him to use the herb formulas established by his family line. He came to be well known in the area for his wealth of knowledge and willingness to help people. These herbal formulas have helped many people. Now his granddaughter, Mary Ann Parks, carries on his herbal formulas and the proper plant growing and harvesting techniques.

In 1986 Ed Waltenspiel, a friend, who already knew the value of her grandfathers herb formulas, provided Mary Ann with a company so she could share these formulas with the public. He chose the name Pomo for the Pomo Indians of Sanoma County, CA. whom he greatly admires for their herbal wisdom. Pomo valley Herbal Formulas are " Andersen Family Formulas. "

Mary Ann Parks has been seen on several television talk shows since 1984 and has been hired by the State of California to teach Native Plants and Herbal Medicine. She has taught specialty classes on the family herbal knowledge for Adult School Education at North Fork Elementary School.