Chris Nevolo was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in October, 2013. Here is a brief excerpt from his story:
“Like so many others suffering from this terrible condition I was given a rotating diet of different medications. Not one doctor ever even remotely suggested that my actual food diet might have a role in either causing my condition or improving my condition. I always felt that my body was fighting to get well and fighting against the side effects of the medications. This ongoing battle went on for over three years. I got fed up with all the pain and all the endless trips to the bathroom. Was I ever going to live a normal life again? There had to be a better way. And that’s when I found Russell Mariani.”
Watch the Documentary: How I Healed My Crohn’s Disease!
Chris’s sister Kelsey is a senior at Rutgers University and for one of her classes she produced a short documentary film called "A Body Against Itself" to explain how her brother healed his Crohn’s Disease. You can watch it here:
You can read Chris’s written testimonial here: (he provided an update in May, 2018)
And the moral of the story is this: You don’t have to suffer the ravages of inflammatory bowel disease or any other digestive system disorder! The Root Causes are known and the safe, reliable solutions are explained in the book: Healing Digestive Illness.
Or, contact Russell Mariani directly by phone: 413-536-0275 or by email:
Please share this information. We all know someone who is suffering from some kind of digestive illness. Thank you.
The key to successful self-healing is listening. Listening is the silent skill of successful self-healing. We must learn to ask ourselves empowering questions. We must learn to listen to our body and honor what we hear. We must find and do the things that nourish our cells best.
King, Prince, Pauper
The digestive system, like the whole body in which it works and plays, is in alignment with the natural rhythms of the day and night, the rising and setting of the sun. This is called “circadian rhythm” and it is built into our dna.
It’s a simple but powerful principle. Complement this principle and your body thrives. Insult this principle and your body develops dis-ease.
Centenarians (people who live to be 100 years old or older) almost without exception practice this principle either intuitively or from guidance from their culture and ancestral traditions.
The simplest way to describe it in its most practical application related to eating is this: Eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner.
Try it yourself for one week. This principle is transformational. It is a remedy for all digestive disorders, symptoms, conditions and it is a recipe for easy weight loss too.
There is a saying in the Russian military that goes like this: Have breakfast by yourself, have lunch with a friend, give supper to your enemy!
Nuff said. Try it out for seven days in a row. You will experience remarkable improvements in your digestive health and your overall health and well-being too.
Celebrate Earth Day!
I was 15 years old on that first official Earth Day in the spring of 1970. It was a beautiful sunny day as the one thousand or so students and faculty of my high school in Scotch Plains, New Jersey gathered on the front lawn to plant a tree. As I write these words I am holding the commemorative button that each of us received that day and I will wear it again proudly all day as I do every year.
Here is a brief excerpt from my favorite Earth Day poem:
This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites us all in one family. Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand within it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
These words for many years were attributed to Chief Seattle (Sealth) who was the leader of the Duwanish Tribe in the Washington Territory; in a letter to then US President Franklin Pierce in 1854 to mark the transfer of ancestral Native Lands to the US Government. More recently these words have been attributed to the poet Ted Perry.
It seems a simple and obvious point to make but here goes. Everything we define as nutrition and nourishment, the quality of our food and water, the quality of the air we breathe, the health of the soil in which most of our food crops are grown; is all determined by the health of our environment, the various ecosystems that make up this fragile skin of mother earth in which we live, work and play.
It makes sense to take better care of our environment. The quality of the health and life of every cell in our body ultimately depends on the quality of the health and life of the environment; the land, sea, air…the earth.
Whatever we do to the earth, we do to ourselves.
Let’s remember to find and do the things that nourish ourselves, our cells and our earth best…today and in all the days ahead!
Let’s Celebrate Earth Day!
April 22, 2015
Giving thanks, (to God or the ultimate source of our food, nature, the earth, the sun, the soil, the rain, the plants, the animals, the farmers, grocers, chefs, cooks) before consuming our meals is a tradition universal to all people on planet earth and goes back to the earliest origins of human consciousness, culture and civilization.
It’s a real good idea for many reasons. An attitude of gratitude is universally acknowledged as a very wise and nourishing tradition or habit.
And today, in our modern world of endless multi-tasking distractions, cultivating (that means “practicing”) the habit of Giving Thanks before starting to eat anything is a very practical and helpful and complementary habit to develop.
Why? The choices about what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are radically different than the choices our ancestors faced just a few generations ago. Why is this? What’s happened to our food supply?
Think about it.
Before you start eating that next meal. Stop. Pause. Take a deep breath.
Now, think about it! What am I about to eat? Why am I about to eat this? What’s going to happen to my stomach, digestive system, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, internal organs, the cells in my body, as a consequence of eating what I am about to eat?
Before eating anything ask yourself a simple question: What nourishes me best? What nourishes my cells best?
Bringing this level of awareness to the selection, preparation and consumption of our meals will alter our choices; will improve our choices and these improved choices will improve the quality of our cells, the quality of our health and the quality of our life.
Nothing is neutral. Every choice we make is either complementary or insulting to the normal functioning of our digestive system and our entire body. Our ability and willingness to make better choices makes all the difference in the world.
Giving Thanks before consuming our meals is a really smart idea.
Do this simple experiment. Make an ironclad commitment to Give Thanks before each and every meal and snack you consume for seven days in a row. Not the rest of your life, just the next seven days in a row.
Doing this will change your life! Giving Thanks is transformational.
A word to the wise is sufficient.
Chew On This!
When it comes to the relationship between the health of our digestive system and what we eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: nothing is neutral. Most of us have been conditioned to believe that WHAT we eat for meals and snacks is the most important thing of all but it’s not. Equally important and in some cases and conditions even MORE important are considerations of WHEN, WHERE, WHY, HOW MUCH, and HOW we eat what we eat.
In this regard, NOTHING is more important than chewing our food properly completely, effectively.
Chewing our food is an example of what I call, an Integrity Gap. Everyone knows we are supposed to chew our food, but very few people remember to do it consistently and fewer still remember why.
Here’s why: It works! The endogenous digestive enzymes (the digestive enzymes made by our body) for the digestion (or breaking down) of all carbohydrates are in our saliva. The more we chew the more digestive enzymes our body produces. If we don’t digest carbohydrates in our mouth as the result of proper chewing, they don’t get digested anywhere else. And this causes many problems downstream.
The lack of proper chewing results in a condition called INDIGESTION which is without question the number one digestive system disorder or complaint in the world today.
The list of symptoms caused by INDIGESTION which is caused by the lack of proper, complete and effective CHEWING...is endless.
So, we may not have total control over what we eat, or when we eat or where we eat due to our work schedule, parenting schedule, school schedule etc but we always 100% of the time have total control over HOW we at and that includes chewing.
Slow down. Chew each mouthful until it becomes liquid in your mouth. Don’t put more food in your mouth until the first bite is swallowed. This sounds so simple doesn’t it? Try it. Do it!
Do this simple experiment. Make an ironclad commitment to chew each mouthful until it becomes liquid in your mouth for each and every mouthful for each and every meal…for seven days in a row.
Doing this will change your life! And your stomach will thank you more than you can imagine. Proper chewing is transformational.
Here’s a bonus feature on chewing: Guess what mother’s did before the advent of industrialized, mass produced baby food? Guess what the original baby food was? C’mon…guess! Yes, you guessed it. The mother would take the same food she was going to eat herself, chew it up thoroughly into a liquid pulp, spit it into a bowl and feed it to her baby. The pre-chewed baby food contained digestive enzymes and probiotics (healthy bacteria) from the mother. This simple process ensured the highest quality nutrition for the baby with little to no burping, indigestion, colic, or spitting up on the part of the baby. Happy belly? Happy baby. Happy baby? Happy Momma. Happy Momma? Happy home.
When we find and do the things that nourish us best all will be well today and in all the days ahead. CHEWING is one of the things that nourishes EVERYONE best. No exceptions. CHEWING is an exceptional habit and one of the MOST COMPLEMENTARY health habits of all.
A word to the wise is sufficient. Eat less. Chew more.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Eaters
1. Always say “grace” at mealtimes. (before, during, after)
2. Always sit down when you eat.
3. Always chew each mouthful completely.
4. Avoid eating or drinking anything too cold.
5. Avoid eating late at night.
6. Avoid processed foods and junk foods and junk beverages.
7. Always select the highest quality organic whole foods.
In the next few days I will focus on one habit at a time and describe in more detail why certain habits are complementary or helpful to a normally functioning digestive system and our overall health and well-being and why certain habits are insulting and actively harmful, preventing us from reaching our healthy goals.
The Roots of Health, Day 20
Nothing is Neutral
The first principle in our Functional Medicine, Functional Nutrition Health model is this: the body is constantly healing itself. Every cell in our body is genetically programmed to detect problems, protect and defend, cleanse and detoxify, take in vital nutrients, function normally and eliminate metabolic waste products safely and efficiently. As we have been saying for weeks: cells are amazing!
When it comes to the relationship between the health of our whole body and what we eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, supplements, medications, and everything else that impacts our physiology; water, other beverages, sleep and rest, movement and exercise, the air we breathe, the environment, our work, job, career, money, financial security, relationships, communication; in other words: almost EVERYTHING that impacts us in any way, shape or form…
Nothing is neutral.
Nothing we do, take into our bodies or interface with in any way; is neutral.
Nothing has a neutral impact.
Everything is either helpful or harmful.
Everything is either complementary or insulting. Everything is either contributing to the restoration or optimization of normal healthy functioning of our organs, systems and cells or it’s not. And if it is not, it is actively blocking or preventing or impeding our body’s ability to function normally. If it is harmful or insulting it is actively contributing to the process of degeneration and dis-ease in our body.
Health is the presence of vitality, flexibility and ease.
Illness is the lack of vitality, flexibility and ease.
The proof of any degenerative process having taken up residence in our body is the lack of vitality, flexibility and ease.
This is why it is called disease. Dis-ease.
All dis-ease has the same root causes.
The way to reverse all dis-ease is to stop doing the things that make us sick and to start doing the things that make us well and healthy.
Health is defined by the presence of vitality, flexibility and ease.
All truly successful health and healing programs have certain principles and practices in common. This is because we share a common physiology.
In my next blog I am going to begin a conversation about the Habits that Harm and the Habits that Heal, especially as these habits relate to and impact upon our digestive systems.
The Roots of Health, Day 19
The Care of Our Cells is Most Important!
Physical Health is the foundation upon which we build the rest of our lives. The quality of our physical health is determined by the quality of the life of our cells.
Cells are amazing! Cells live amazing lives! The cells inside our own body perform countless miracles every second of every day. We need to take better care of our cells.
The relationship between nutrition and health is not casual it’s causal. What nourishes our cells best, nourishes us best.
For the body to work, each cell needs to maintain its integrity as an independent being, yet be devoted to the health of the whole.
Each cell is a living individual, a sentient being that has its own life and functions but interacts with other cells in the nature of a community.
Cells not only teach us about the mechanisms of life, but also teach us how to live rich full lives.
Time heals all wounds when we find and do the things that nourish our cells best!
To read the complete essay: The Care of the Cell, click on the link below:
Proper Daily Hydration and The Watercure Recipe
Proper Daily Hydration may be the single most important health habit there is next to breathing and getting proper sleep and rest. 55 to 75% of the physical structure of every cell in our body is composed of water, that is; salt water: (called cytosol) and floating in this salt water are all the nutrients and chemicals that our cells need to do the amazing number and variety of metabolic tasks they do every second of every day throughout our entire lives. Draught or deficiency of water inside our cells at any level creates problems, or symptoms. Many symptoms of dis-ease are the body’s many cries for water. Chronic unintentional dehydration is the root cause of so many preventable symptoms and conditions. Please read the whole story here and follow the seven simple steps of The Watercure Recipe and you will see dramatic improvement in your health, no matter what the condition is and no matter how long you have been suffering. Proper Daily Hydration is one of the most complementary and biomodulating health habits there is!