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After eight very sick individuals volunteered
to be flown to the Amazonian jungle to try a
holistic treatment approach, five of them came
back remarkably improved.
A film called The Sacred Science documents
their 30 days of encampment during which each
serious illness was turned over to the power of
plants, herbs, indigenous wisdom, and mental
and spiritual exploration.
Though it first debuted in 2012, the film is an
endearing resource for the benefits of going beyond
modern medicine. Now, it s available for free to
view online, and offers lessons about how ancient
medicine can potentially cure modern illnesses,
and how something as simple as a plant can have
Filmmaker Nick Polizzi embarked on the project
in 2011, putting out a call for applications from
seriously ill patients who wanted to immerse
themselves in alternative healing concepts on the
border between Brazil and Peru. He received over
400 applications within 48 hours.
After long deliberation, producers narrowed
down the list to include a man named Joel who
had Type 2 Diabetes; Nicola, who had Parkinson s
Disease; Jessica, who had Crohn s Disease; Garry,
who had Neuroendocrine cancer; Juan who had
depression and struggled with addiction; Melina
who had breast cancer; Gretchen who was suf-
fering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome; and John,
a patient with prostate cancer.
"I wanted to use real patients, and I wanted
them to be more desperate than average patients,
willing to journey into the middle of the Ama-
zonian jungle, thousands of miles away from a
modern hospital, and put it all on the line to find
a cure ," he told Good News Network.
The combination of different wellness modal-
ities, plants, herbs, diet, and spiritual work that
each patient experienced was unique to their
respective situation. Beyond just the consumption
of the plants themselves, the external environment
was also seen as critical to the healing process.
So, the patients stayed in jungle huts a mile away
from any other patients, spending much of their
month in "the solitude of nature."
This, Polizzi said, helped foster the crucial,
spiritual component of the journey.
"If you ask a shaman or a medicine woman
which plant cures cancer, there s no one answer.
You can t sit in a hotel room and drink herbs,"
he said. "If you look into ancient folk medicine
from indigenous cultures, all the way to ancient
Chinese medicine, they looked at the entire sit-
uation, the deeper parts of who you are in your
After the journey was completed, five of the
patients experienced significant improvement in
overall health. Two were disappointed with the
experience and one person with a terminal disease,
who was only expected to live a week before arriv-
ing in the jungle, ending up living two pain-free
weeks before passing away there.
Though the subject matter may seem contro-
versial and ripe for criticism, the documentary
earned the respect of doctors from around the
world at multiple film festival screenings.
"They would warn me, Those are some top
doctors in the front row, " Polizzi said. "But nobody
really challenged what they saw. I think having
doctors involved on our end had something to do
While everyone may not be able to fly to South
America to cure what ails them, they can come
to understand that medicine is not just about
"Acupuncture and yoga both seem simple
enough, but you look at the roots of these prac-
for free to
simple as a
plant can have
tices--more than movement or needles in your
body, it s about your energy that links to that,"
"The Sacred Science team is on a mission to
bring awareness to the medicinal value of these
traditions and help preserve these fragile cultures
The film offers insight about how to use specific
native nutritional practices to "turbo-boost" your
body s healing power and how to take a fresh look
at the "root cause" of disease---the cause that lies
deep within us---and how to find and heal it.
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