Yoni’s Story: Ulcerative Colitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

The name Yoni, is pronounced; Yo-knee or Yony which sounds like Pony. He is a remarkable young man with an amazing self-healing story. I started working with Yoni in April, 2016. Here is the exact (unsolicited) email message he sent me on June 22, 2016. The only change I have made is to delete his email address.

From: Yoni [mailto:yoni]
Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:30 PM
To: Russell Mariani <russellmariani@healingdigestiveillness.com>
Subject: This is important

Dear Russell,

I wanted to write to you to let you know I’m crying. Not out of pain or fear or anything, but the opposite. I’m so happy and I have you to thank for this.

Listen, my life has been a series of struggles ever since I was a child.  Growing up with Rheumatoid Arthritis since a baby (18 months) is a different world than most experience. There were times when I was on top of the world–laughing, playing, climbing trees–and there were times when I could barely get out of bed or even walk to the bathroom. Most of my early life was rather healthy as I was unknowingly committed to your program. But as time progressed so did my diet and lifestyle. By twelve years old I could barely walk. That’s when I was introduced to Enbrel. I felt my life returning. I was able to run and when I entered high school at the age of 14,
I was strong and confident.

Unfortunately, when I was 16/17 there was another shock to my body. I was crippled with pains in my stomach and bleeding in my stools. I couldn’t last 10 minutes without needing to run to a restroom where I would eventually pray to a God I had no belief in if only for hopes that the pain would subside. I cannot tell you how many times I sat on “my throne” wishing for God to take my life and allow me some rest.

I had tried going on different diets since my initial diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis many times, mostly based on food allergies and while they worked to some extent I was never happy. I was losing weight and constantly hungry. My variety of foods were limited to basically chicken, asparagus and cucumbers. That’s it. Worst off, I would never get better past a certain point. It was as if I was constantly on a plateau with occasional dips. I repeated this process multiple times until I met you at age 24.

In May 2015 I entered the worst flare of my life and contemplated ending my life many times. My friends and family see me as extremely creative and intelligent (and I attribute these “gifts” to my past experiences such as my diseases) still, it felt that nothing in the world was worth the pain I was going through. For my family, I tried to persevere through the pain and enter, once again, into this food-allergy related diet. Over the year I had lost 40lbs, became extremely weak (losing pretty much all of my muscle definition), and I hit what I believe is rock-bottom. I didn’t even cry for death anymore. I had become numb to my own pain and suffering.

April 25th, 2016 will forever be engraved in my mind. This is the day I started to work with you. Only two weeks into the colon cleanse and I had taken a breath of fresh air that I had forgotten existed. Today, nearly two months into your program, I take them every day. Even more than my Ulcerative Colitis issues, my Rheumatoid Arthritis is 10 folds better than it was only two months ago. When I started taking Enbrel I was prescribed to taking 25mg twice a week through injection. Since your program, I’ve taken 25mg of Enbrel in 30 days. I’m much more limber and stronger.

I admit it’s not always easy to follow the diet when the sugar cravings come around. I have occasionally and still do, eat some cookies knowing that I really shouldn’t. But hey, it’s a work in progress. I’m confident that as I continue your protocol through the next few months that I will have even greater results.

God bless you, Russell. You have restored my faith and that is invaluable.

Sending you and Megan love with all my heart,

Yoni (age 24)
Los Angeles, California