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 executive producer of "Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness" and founder of The Sacred Science stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and healing technologies of the ancient world.

A Healing Tool That Many Have Forgotten.

Have you ever had a strange feeling that… – A loved one was in trouble – You needed to eat a specific food or take a certain herb or supplement – There was something unsafe or otherwise “off” about a certain person or place …that ended up being spot-on? If you asked most Western medical doctors what role they felt intuition plays in modern medicine, you might find a few that recognized its value, but the majority would tell you that intuitive healing is a hoax.... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

The Doorway To Undeniable Truth

I have a special video interview to share today that we filmed on a high jungle plateau in Peru. But first, a little backstory. Twenty two years ago, a clinically trained physician from France, Dr. Jacques Mabit, opened up a remote healing facility in the Amazon known as Takiwasi. Employing a variety of shamans, the center specializes in treating drug addiction using natural medicines and spiritual disciplines from the surrounding rain forest. Recently, they have gained international ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

Ayahuasca 101: Hard-Earned Truth

The first time I ever experienced an Ayahuasca ceremony was seven years ago. It wasn’t in a remote jungle hut in the middle of the Amazon, or in some fancy Californian ashram. My first encounter with the legendary “vine of souls” (sometimes referred to as “vine of death”) was in a snow covered New England country house in my home state of Connecticut. What can I say? The universe works in mysterious ways. We sat, packed like sardines, in the tiniest room of the ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

Shamans Among Us

When I say the word “shaman”, what imagery immediately comes to mind? Is it a male or female? Old or young? What nationality? There is an interesting phenomenon that most experienced ethnobotanists and anthropologists are well aware of, and it’s this: most shamans don’t like to attract much attention to themselves. They tend to dress and act exactly like the rest of the community. Only family, friends, and local villagers who at one time needed their services are usually in ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Wise Woman

I Dare You To Say This…

Two letters. One consonant and one vowel. It’s one of the go-to words in my dog Oscar’s vocabulary, and almost like magic, it can set you free. But you need to know how and when to say it. The word is no. Talk about an enforcer, right? We all learn the power of “no” in our first year on the planet when it abruptly stops us in our tracks – well, depending on who says it and how. It’s no wonder that the word “no” has a negative connotation to it – it lays down the ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

Words Of Wisdom From A Native American Icon

Today, I’m excited to share an interview we filmed with the legendary Lakota elder Russell Means and his wife Pearl a few summers ago. I’ve spoken with many wisdom keepers in my life, but this talk stands out as one of the highlights of my career. The inspiration for this piece came from an interview we filmed with the legendary Lakota elder Russell Means and his wife Pearl a few summers ago. I’ve spoken with many wisdom keepers in my life, but this talk stands out as one of the ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

Wait, Before You Take That Herb…

When I hear the word “herbalism”, images of candlelit apothecaries, exquisite antique bottles of tincture, and the age old mortar and pestle come to mind. Even today, this isn’t too far from the mark – a resurgence of the age-old practice is in full swing and the craft has not changed much. Nor should it. But along with this return to botanicals, there has been a corresponding re-birth of the snake oil salesman who slaps “miracle cure” language on their remedies. ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

Wisdom Of The Woman’s Heart

I write this piece with a humble heart, knowing full well that we men only get an occasional glimpse into the enigmatic depths that comprise humanity’s better half. In one of the last interviews he ever did, legendary Lakota elder Russell Means once told our team, “We men go from diaper to diaper – it’s a simple fact. You need a woman to take care of you at the beginning of your life, and at the end of your life. If you’re foolish enough not to recognize that throughout your life ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Wise Woman

Patience, Permission and Respect

I’ve heard it said that the medicine is everywhere, we just need to learn how to find it. Last week, I was taught a lesson that took my understanding of this concept to the next level. I had the honor of sitting down with two distinguished medicine workers from the high Peruvian Andes. You often hear us speak about the crucial role that shamanic apprenticeship plays in keeping these ancient traditions alive – well these two individuals are living proof of the power this time-tested ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

How Many Times Are You Willing To Die In This Life?

There’s a saying that’s been following me around for the past decade, ever since I began to embrace the spirit path. “You’ve gotta pay to play.” This notion is usually associated with casino games, but it holds true for the metaphysical things in life too. The shamanic path is not for the faint of heart.  It requires a willingness to face the looming sentinels that guard each gate of wisdom, an illogical calmness in the face of every challenge that life unfurls on your path to ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

This Powerful Ally Is Also Our Biggest Fear…

The great Lao Tzu of the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE) once said, “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” If you were to rank the most prominent human fears, the fear of death would most likely come in at number one – with public speaking just behind it. This is a very delicate topic, but it is something we all experience and it’s time we said hello to the elephant ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

3 Ancient Beauty Secrets You’ve Never Heard Of

When I open the medicine cabinet in our bathroom, what I see is mesmerizing. About 7.5 of the 8 shelves in there are jam packed with mysterious creams, tonics, and scrubs that my wife Michelle swears by as part of her beauty regimen. On the remaining half shelf that has been assigned to me (nomadic Neanderthal husband), sits my toothbrush, herbal deodorant, dental floss, a razor, and a tube of natural toothpaste. You could say Michelle owns this particular piece of real estate in our house and... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism
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