About Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as director of "The Sacred Science" stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

10 Medicinal Herbs That Might Live In Your Backyard

The other day, I was helping my mom garden some of the beds in the back of her house when we stumbled upon something that looked too amazing to be true. A gorgeous Reishi mushroom was growing on the stump of a hemlock tree underneath the fence between her and her neighbor’s yard! You know, Reishi, the “king of herbs” in Chinese medicine? Scientifically known as Ganoderma and believed by ancient Taoists to be a core ingredient in the elixir of everlasting life? Yup, right there in... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

The Shamanic Healing Diet

The Shamanic Healing Diet In the Amazon rainforest, there exists a shamanic healing diet that is often prescribed to people who are sick. It is believed by many native healers that the delicate compounds in each of the herbs that are being prescribed to a patient, including the Banisteriopsis caapi vine (one of the ingredients in ayahuasca), can be easily diluted and destroyed if the patient eats too heavy a diet. That said, this sacred meal plan is often an absolute must. This diet, or ... [Read more...]

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A Sunrise Prayer to Start Your Day

I came across the Taoist prayer below at just the right time a couple weeks back – on a morning that felt particularly challenging. As a global tribe, many of us struggle to maintain our sense of sanity in themidst of the chaos, suffering and unrest that is unfortunately part of the reality we meet in our newsfeed, and in our cities and towns. Yes, it’s important that we acknowledge the truth of what is happening in the world around us, but we also need to give ourselves the space (and ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

Can Walking Barefoot Heal Your Heart?

Why do so many humans equate relaxation and pleasure with walking barefoot along the beach as the waves roll in? How come my son River’s first instinct is to take his shoes off when he sees a field of green grass? Is it kooky human behavior that is simply hard-wired into our genetic makeup, or is there something more to this urge to remove footwear? Historically speaking, it seems like we’re right in step with our forebearers. Long before we had cushiony sneakers, our distant ... [Read more...]

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2 Remedies for a Chaotic Mind

We certainly live in unusual times, don’t we? When the news headlines are filled with fear and uncertainty, it’s easy to be thrown off keel and get into our heads. But the elders have taught for thousands of years that personal evolution doesn’t occur without a little ruckus, just like new seeds won’t sprout unless the soil is churned. There are many real challenges in the world, and as we try to wrap our heads around them, it’s important that we remember to do so with mindfulness... [Read more...]

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Seeing The Invisible

A few months ago, we had the rare honor of sitting down with master herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner to document his wisdom for our upcoming film series on herbalism. In the middle of the interview, Stephen dropped some unexpected wisdom (as brilliant thinkers often do!) about seeing what cannot be seen. He took us down a beautiful rabbit hole on soul essence, perception, and also shined a light on a sacred interaction we all experience everyday, but lack the language to describe. Ready for ... [Read more...]

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The Ayahuasca Chapter [Free Audio Recording]

10 years ago, I stepped into a ceremony that changed my life. Before entering this sacred ritual, I thought I knew something about this reality and who I was… I was wrong. How do you find yourself leaping off the edge, plummeting into a confrontation with ultimate truth? Thinking back on it, I had been looking for this experience my entire adult life without ever realizing it. My soul was crying out for something real. And I found what I was searching for. Through a series of coincidences, I ... [Read more...]

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3 Powerful Indigenous Herbs From North America

Growing up, I was fascinated by the hundreds of interesting plants that grew in the forests behind my childhood home in rural Connecticut. We would wander down old forgotten trails for hours, lost in the greenery and enchanted by the timelessness of the place. I would later come to realize that these old woods are home to one of the most extensive systems of indigenous medicine in the world. We now know that the original inhabitants of North America were extremely advanced, far beyond ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

3 Ancient Medicines That Already Live In Your Home

Every week, we receive emails from folks who are eager to get ahold of the jungle medicines that were featured in the Sacred Science film. My first question to these passionate seekers is, “Have you explored the traditional herbal remedies that are available in your neck of the woods?” More often than not, the answer is no. Yes, there is something intoxicating and mysterious about paddling down a foliage-entwined river to a remote village where there is rumored to be a powerful ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

How To Detox Your Body With Oil Pulling

3500 years ago, a powerful detox practice was born in the heart of India. Vedic folk healers discovered that swishing a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth would not only eliminate bad breath and make the teeth stronger, but seemed to speed up the body’s recovery from a number of major illnesses and also promote longevity. This method was referred to as “kavala graha” by Hindu mystics, but seekers in the western world now know it as as oil-pulling. In Ayurveda, one of the major schools... [Read more...]

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The Power Of Fasting

Why did our ancestors fast on a regular basis? If you think about it, the biggest spiritual superheroes of all time went for long durations of time without eating anything – on purpose. Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to name a few. Was it just a way of showing reverence to the almighty or was there more to it than that? When we look beyond the religious texts, it becomes clear that this customary practice is not only good for our spirit, but is also highly beneficial for our health and ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

The Dalai Lama’s Morning Prayer

When I read the prayer below the first time, it sent a course of energy through me from head to toe. I’m honored to be able to share it with you. It was written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition that lived around 700 AD. He was a devoted practitioner who authored the Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattva Way of Life. It is said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this text to be THE source for developing altruism in your character and the “Spirit of Awakening.” It... [Read more...]

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