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.

Wisdom From The East…

Over the past decade of studying different ancient medicine traditions, I’ve been amazed at how many similarities exist between them. Whether we’re talking about Amazonian Shamanism, Ayurvedic medicine, or the ancient healing traditions of China, the principles that these schools of knowledge are built on share many commonalities – which is probably why many are beginning to incorporate a combination of these sacred wellness systems into their lives. As part of a future ... [Read more...]

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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...]

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Facing Fear and Shattering Illusion

In this line of work, I am in constant contact with folks who are either trying to recover from an illness or who have broken through and regained their health. I’ve noticed that many of these people mention spiritual “openings” that came to them in their darkest moments – an unexpected gift from a higher force that left them changed forever. Thinking on these conversations, I notice one blessing – actually more of a teaching –that is mentioned most frequently. Somewhere in the ... [Read more...]

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Three 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 Tom’s toothpaste. You could say Michelle owns this particular piece of real estate in our house ... [Read more...]

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Uncovering the Energetics of Plant Medicine

We are back in the States after a long and fruitful medicine expedition across Central America and I’m excited to share some of the footage we’ve brought home with us. Below is a segment from our interview with acclaimed ethnobotanist, David Winston, that focuses on how to match the right herbs with the right person.  We met with David while we were in Costa Rica and his multi-pronged approach to using medicinal plants blew us away. Whether you are a master herbalist or just ... [Read more...]

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Heart Is Where The Home Is

I’m writing you from the little town of Quesada, Costa Rica.  We’re just finishing the filming of our new series, “Secrets of the Ancient Healers”, which I’ll be sharing with you in a few months.  More on that later – on to today’s piece! It seems ironic to be writing you about “home” right now considering that I am thousands of miles away from my own, but maybe we need a little distance to truly understand the things we take for ... [Read more...]

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The Medicine Quest Continues…

I’m writing you from the remote village of San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala.  “Why?”, you ask? As you know, we spend a lot of time exploring the traditional herbs of North and South America, but how about the fertile land bridge that connects these two gigantic continents?  Don’t let the lack of mainstream media attention mislead you, Central America is home to mysterious and beautiful cultures – and is also a hotbed of ancient plant wisdom. The team and I are ... [Read more...]

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Embracing The Unknown and Honoring Change

Change is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it. It may be a year from now, maybe a day – but most likely, it’s already begun. Though we crave predictability and would like to wake up each morning and know every curveball that life might throw us, the game doesn’t work that way. Nor should it. Our current assemblage of understandings of how the universe works is a perfectly incomplete story, just waiting for more plot points to come down the pipe. Change, often through ... [Read more...]

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Transforming Fear Into Consciousness

Some of the most powerful lessons can find us when we least expect them. A few days ago, I was standing amidst hundreds of people in a long line that stretched around a Buddhist temple outside of San Francisco.  It was a Sunday, and we were all there to hear the teachings of a renowned spiritual master, but no one had anticipated this kind of a human logjam. As our collective impatience grew, I began to feel an unpleasant yet familiar tension creep into my stomach.  I was surrounded by ... [Read more...]

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Stillness. Silence. Spaciousness.

Over the past few weeks, the team and I have been immersed in hours of research on ancient Tibetan culture as part of an upcoming project that we will be releasing in mid 2014.  Most of us associate this sacred region of the world with Tibetan Buddhism, but believe it or not, Tibet is rich with shamanic tradition.  In fact, much of Tibetan Buddhism is said to have been influenced by Bon, an ancient shamanic tradition of Tibet, that predates Buddhism. When delving into the healing methods of ... [Read more...]

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A Shaman’s Perspective on Health and Purity of Heart

Last week I had the opportunity to spend a few days with Roman Hanis, the lead shaman in our film The Sacred Science. He was in the country for a small window of time and came all the way out to our studio to meet with us – a true gift. On the last day of his visit, Roman and I sat down for a filmed interview and he covered a ton of topics, from ancient Amazonian healing strategies to Jungian dreamwork. In the coming weeks we will be releasing these videos, but today I would like to share a ... [Read more...]

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This Ojibwe Healing Ritual Will Move You

A few months ago, we were invited to attend a tribal gathering in Northern Wisconsin. We must be doing something right, because the elders also agreed that we could bring our cameras with us! Many people associate this Great Lakes state with cheese, but for us this region holds far more meaning than that. The forests of Wisconsin are home to some of the earliest known indigenous civilizations in North America, some dating back to over 10,000 B.C.! Archaeologists know this from analyzing spear ... [Read more...]

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