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The Health & Wellness Christmas Show

Published December 22, 2018 by Maryanne

DSCF3192.JPGLeft, Maryann Castello of “The Health & Wellness Show”; Right, Maryanne Mistretta

It was super exciting to return to The Health & Wellness Show as a guest a few evenings ago. While I was the featured author, there were also two chiropractors. This event was fun and inspirational. We also sang some Christmas songs.

You can view the whole show here on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U3OIu7as40

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a prolific author and motivational speaker. Contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Her latest book, “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

 

Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo

Published November 24, 2017 by Maryanne

Argan Shampoo

Once again I scored another winner from Maple Organics! Their Argan Shampoo, which is cruelty free and all natural has the most beautiful smell and makes your hair incredibly silky soft, even two days after your shampoo!

My latest hair color is an ombre with a burgundy glaze on top, and blonde highlights on the bottom. While both my glaze and ombre colors have now faded quite a bit, Argan really made the shades pop again and brought out the best in my highlights.

And let’s talk about BODY! My hair was so bouncy, it still looked cute after I took off my winter hat!

After using this shampoo, I may not want to go back to any others.

For more information on Maple Holistics, visit: https://www.mapleholistics.com/products/hair-care/shampoo/argan-oil-shampoo/

And for your own free samples, visit here: https://www.mapleholistics.com/free-sample/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award winning journalist and the author of On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist, available from Next Century Publishing: https://nextcenturypublishing.com/product/on-the-guest-list/

 

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is Dead. And it’s Business As Usual for Cancer

Published August 26, 2015 by Maryanne

Dr. GonzalezDr. Gonzalez with patient, Suzanne Sommers

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez was a visionary; a holistic cancer treatment pioneer. He treated cancer patients, including actress Suzanne Sommers, with pancreatic enzymes and natural compounds. According to his website (http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/index.htm),  in addition to  cancer, his individualized nutritional regimens also helped Lyme, allergies, autoimmune disorders and chronic fatigue. And he had over 30 years research and clinical experience.

On July 21, 2015, Gonzalez died an untimely death. It was in his home and sudden. Until then he had been in excellent health. And while further tests may determine the cause of his death, autopsy reports do not support the original belief that he may have died of a heart attack.

Dr. Gonzalez was just one of 10 alternative holistic doctors found dead at home this summer.

In a recent article by Rajie Kabli for Collective Evolution because of the doctor’s cutting edge work, he told Vitality Magazine, “I’ve been told drug companies know about my work but hope I get hit by a bus.”

Was it coincidence that he was found dead not too long after this statement — or foul play? I remember reading on his patient Suzanne Sommers’ Face Book page that his death was in question.

Now … please hear my voice. I am just the voice of a mere journalist who had a great passion for health. But putting two and two together makes me believe foul play also.

Back in 2010 I had a health column, which appeared in an online local publication. My column was called “Here’s to Your Health.” I had some of the most inspiring interviews: my niece, who struggled with juvenile diabetes; Scott Schiaffo, actor from Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” who struggled with heart disease; two men who suffered from male anorexia; and supermodel Oleda Baker.

All was fine and good. My editor said that I was the best writer on staff and he wished he had at least three more with my talent. He even gave me a pay raise, which is very unusual for local news online publications.

Then I interviewed Dr. Nicolas Gonzalez and the shit hit the fan.

After I submitted my article, I got an email from my editor. He went ballistic. No, it wasn’t my grammar. It wasn’t a poorly written article. There was nothing wrong with my article and the editor gave no other explanation of why he wouldn’t print it other than, “I want to go back to a local angle.” He wanted me to write about local health food stores and local health restaurants. But the town I was representing for the online local newspaper had neither!

When I brought this to the attention of the editor, he sent me the most angry email I’ve ever received in my life. He said he was going to ban my health column indefinitely.

With that I took the high road and told him I would no longer be writing for his publication and that he dare not use my column tag, “Here’s to Your Health,” as I had it copy written (and still use it today for my lectures on holistic health).

Even though I stood up for myself, I felt defeated and embarrassed. In my undeserved shame I immediately deleted the negative email threads, along with the interview with the late, great, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez. My amazing interview was gone, but I will always remember how highly Dr. Gonzalez spoke of his patient Suzanne Sommers. She was the main focus of the article. He couldn’t say enough good about her.

I shared what happened with a good friend who is very much into nutrition — so much so that Gary Null was his nutritionist. His comment, right off the bat, was that the media does not want to hear about a cure for cancer.

That also reminded me of what Lydia Lunch had said in one of her spoken word performances: “CANCER IS BIG BUSINESS.”

At the time, almost six years ago already, I pushed those thoughts to the side. I chalked my experience up to the editor having a bad day and taking it out on me. Because, being naive, I thought,  How could it be possible that people wouldn’t want to hear good news — that cancer is just as reversible as type 2 diabetes? Why was my article with an innovative doctor such a no-no? 

Now, six years later, and six years more cynical, it all makes sense. The cancer factory makes far too much money for any holistic health care practitioner to present a cure to the general public. My editor knew not to bring such a story to a small town media engine. He didn’t want to take a chance and pay the “price.” Who knows, perhaps he would have gotten fired. Instead of reasoning and telling the truth, he decided instead to belittle me and rip me a new asshole. And at the time I fell for it.

Now that more truths are coming out, I beg to question as many others do: Is there a pharmaceutical mafia?

Yes, I believe so.

In the 2013 book by Peter Gotzsche,”Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare,” Gotzche is fair enough to say that some do benefit from drugs, but the failure of the system as a whole.

It’s absolutely criminal that the war against curing cancer is almost as tough as the fight against cancer itself. An innovative pioneer is dead, and it’s business as usual for cancer.

For more information, just published today: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/the-cancer-industry-is-too-prosperous-to-allow-a-cure/

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author and public speaker. To have her speak at your event, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com for pricing and availability. She will travel for the right price.

Natural Product Rave: SinuOrega Nasal Spray

Published May 17, 2015 by Maryanne

oregaI think I’m in love!

Aw, man, allergy season is the worst!

While some people’s allergies give them eyes that won’t stop watering, I’m the opposite — mine won’t water enough. I have a blocked tear duct and the allergy settles in my right eye and just looks gross: blood red in one spot.

Now, mind you, not only was my eye red, I had an ear infection, my nose was clogged up and I was struggling with migraines for two days.

Friday, I started using SinuOrega by P73 and my eye got a little bit clearer. Saturday morning I woke up and the eye was more clear but not 100 percent yet. But my ear still hurt and the migraine came back again. Saturday morning I had to work. I was hired as an extra for a commercial and would not cancel at the last minute. I professionally did the job with a big smile on my face (what a blessing to work with such nice people) then when I got home early afternoon, I did something I rarely do — I took a nap!

I prepared a little “home spa” for myself. I surrounded myself with Young Living “Peace and Calming” oil to help me rest. (And dabbed a bit on my cat’s head so he wouldn’t wake me). I grabbed a box of tissues and well as the Sinu Orega which I took every two hours or so as I drifted in and out of sleep watching “Sex and the City” — the best episodes, from 1999.

After I ate dinner, I slept some more and went to bed very early.

This morning I woke up feeling like a brand new person!

Red eye = GONE!

Ear ache = GONE!

Migraine = GONE!

And not only that, when I exercised, I experienced something I haven’t experienced in ages. My body felt so good that even a stretch was unnecessary! When I stretched my quads, it was like even my muscles were brand new! I mean, I’m sure the rest had something to do with it, but I think also the miracle of the Oreganol helped me sleep. Worry keeps you awake and your body knows when you can trust a product and finally relax. It’s also fascinating how a bad sinus infection can dictate how your entire body feels, right down to the muscles!

Several years ago, I had a nagging cold that wouldn’t let up. It was going on three weeks and someone recommended Oreganol P73 and I felt better within days. This is a product that should always be kept in the holistic medicine cabinet.

For more information, visit: http://www.oreganopro.com/sinuoreganasal.asp

Soft Sell

Published March 25, 2015 by Maryanne

maryanne backMaryanne, 2011, photo by Darlene Foster

I was very happy going to my accountant yesterday. Not because I’m happy to pay taxes, but because I was able to share with him that my business is finally exactly the way I want it: author, journalist, book editor and public speaker.

Marketing was always in the mix, but I always hated it, though it was a lot of fun at times, especially when I scored. However, I’m so relieved that at this point in my life, the only person I’m promoting is myself (subtly).

When people say “no” I take it as a “no.” No means no, not maybe. No means moving on to the next person. Maybe means the same. I don’t harass people until they say “yes.”

And what is really cool about this method is that out of the blue, people contact me to speak or to write articles or to use my services. People find me via word of mouth, from my lectures or from my website. It’s the greatest feeling in the world when people come to you without you even trying.

I call this “spiritual marketing.”

Not too long ago, November of last year, I became a distributor of Young Living Oils. The person who got me on board makes a ton of money selling these oils. I hopped on board, not for the money — because face it, if making money is your ultimate goal, there are a ton of things you can do to make money — but because I believe in the product.

As a Young Living person I was taught the tools — to promote on Face Book, to have parties, to learn about the oils, to share with EVERYONE you know, etc.

I did none of that.

I got people on board, organically and honestly. By simply sharing what I loved about the oils when (AND IF!) they came up in conversation. One friend who came on board said she did so because I “wasn’t pushy.”

The words “Young Living” have a bad reputation. Some say it’s cult-like. Some use the oils and believe they are the end-all. Me, I love the oils very much and use them every day. I enjoy them. And I want to share them with those who can also benefit. And like every other good thing in my life — that is the end of it. Young Living Oils are a part of my life, not MY LIFE. I love Young Living Oils, but I am not of that cult. I’m merely in the corner, not in the spotlight and certainly not losing my religion.

Even if I made all the money in the world selling Young Living Oils, it would not stop me from doing other things I love like writing books and public speaking. I don’t see Young Living Oils as the “retirement plan” many say it is. Selling oils is just not creative enough to make me happy. (Though the creative health aspect of it excites me which is why I am so into it!)

My point is, some people get through life by being a hard sell. And that is not me. While my personality is pretty dynamic, I’m not a pushy person. I’m a live and let live type. All I have in life came to me in a natural way: My husband, my cats, my friendships, my career …

I’m not saying I’m a slacker. No, not by any means. But via the Law of Attraction, I ALLOW good things into my life. I do not FORCE them.

And guess what? I’m doing really, really good by this holistic method.

We live in a society where everyone wants everything fast. Women push men into relationships and marriage. People don’t climb the corporate ladder anymore, they sprint up skipping many great steps along the way. I have to say, as successful as some of these people are, I kind of feel sorry for some of them.

There’s a beauty in going slow and waiting for the all goodness in the world. I wish more people would see that. By being a late bloomer and taking my time, I think I enjoy my life more than those who whiz through it. I do take big chances though. I’ve left jobs without another lined up. Same with boyfriends when I was single. But that all falls into the category of not forcing things to happen.

I remember, back when I was 12, I dug a catchy hook in an Al Stewart song, “Nothing that’s forced can ever be right, if it doesn’t come naturally leave it.”

I took those lyrics to heart and still do. From dating boys to job hunts to finally running my business and being an amazing wife, kitty mom and friend … nothing should ever be hard or forced. Just enjoy your life and all you do — that is when the good fortune comes, when you’re relaxed about it.

Meet Dr. Pelechaty!

Published December 7, 2014 by Maryanne

Dr. PelechatyDr. Orest Pelechaty (photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Several month ago I had a nagging pain in my shoulder area. It was getting so bad that I was having trouble putting my coat on. At 51, I wouldn’t accept that this was part of growing older. I was always active in many things: yoga, biking, swimming, light weights, Pilates, kickboxing, etc. Plus, I’m not a couch potato by any means. I’m the person who rarely says “no” to invites. So when this arm issue kept getting worse and worse, I complained more and more to my husband, Dennis, who suggested going to Dr. Pelechaty — an acupuncturist that not only got rid of my husband’s pain, but his severe allergies!

I was no stranger to acupuncture, as I already went to several of them, though none felt like “home” to me, until I met Dr. Pelechaty. He was incredibly down to earth … in order words, he spoke my language, and I felt comfortable immediately. Whatever was wrong with my arm, it did take some time to heal, but with consistent acupuncture treatments and Young Living Oils, I’m now 99 percent healed! After months of suffering, I can now: do my yoga shoulder stands again; put on a coat without excruciating pain; and I can hug friends without re-arranging my arm to feel the least pain possible.

Of course I’m not the only person who sings praises for Dr. Pelechaty. Check out the testimonials on his web page: http://www.healandrenew.com/

You can also learn more about holistic health on his You Tube channel. In this first video, he teaches the benefits of water:

For the past few months I’ve been representing Dr. Pelechaty and getting him booked into libraries in the area. If you’re interested in having Dr. Pelechaty speak at your library or event, you may contact me directly at maryannechristiano@gmail.com or call 908-276-1514.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Pelechaty will be presenting “Successful Weight Loss” at the Mountainside Library, 1 Constitutional Plaza, Mountainside, NJ.

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Dr. Pelechaty will present “Stay Healthy with the Seasons” at Linden  Library, 31 E. Henry St., Linden, NJ.

Acupuncture for pets and children

Published June 27, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1361My baby, Billy Cat, age 19, receiving acupuncture treatments

Today Billy received his second acupuncture treatment to assist in healing his hypothyroidism which affected his hind legs. The condition depletes the nutrients from his body so his hind legs aren’t strong enough to walk. He has minimal feeling in his back legs.

With acupuncture treatment we hope to see him walk again in a few months. This condition is more common in dogs and many people have healed their dogs with acupuncture. Billy is also receiving laser treatments to help him heal faster. He will be going once a week. And of course he is on medications, both regular and holistic. We’ve covered all grounds, plus Dennis and I give him light massages and lots of love.

Dr. Aleda Cheng from the American Animal Hospital (http://www.americananimalhospital.com/) is treating him and said he is getting stronger, although he did lose a little bit more weight. It is good that he is eating A LOT.

Billy is also making a major effort to try to get up. His little legs are always going and stretching. The little guy is a trooper!

And last week I had the honor to go to St. Joseph’s hospital in Paterson to cover this story about acupuncture for children with cancer: http://www.northjersey.com/paterson/St_Josephs_hospital_expands_program_for_young_cancer_patients.html?c=y&page=1

It was such an honor to be in the company of these very brave children!

The Spine is Your Lifeline

Published January 17, 2013 by Maryanne

The Water's Edge 2011 - for face bookPhoto of me by Darlene Foster, 2011

female spine

Monday night, after dinner, all at once I felt absolutely horrible. I thought I had food poisoning. My head got all congested, I was wiped out, had a horrible migraine, it felt like I was coming down with something. (I mentioned when I wrote about The Carrie Diaries I couldn’t even stay awake for a show I looked forward to for weeks!)

Tuesday, I struggled through the day, booking my music clients (but I did get bookings for all of them!) Near the end of my work day, I could barely work. My eyes hurt so much when I looked at the computer. It was another night of being in bed early. And another night of having a migraine.

By Wednesday I was going to work onsite for two chiropractors that I promote with marketing services. I was so out of it, it was torture leaving the house (and from me — a person who loves to work, this was just not right!) I woke up with another migraine.

My husband expressed his concern. He said, “I’m worried about you. You’re not used to being sick.”

I said, “I’ll be alright. If anything I’ll come home early.”

So I was at the health care center, trying to promote. But I was really struggling, afraid I wouldn’t do a good job, afraid I’d fall asleep, wondering if I could just make it three little hours until lunch. I hadn’t even eaten breakfast. Whatever was in my system made me lose my appetite. And I was starting to feel very weak. It was painful to look at the computer, my eyes were so heavy.

Then I had an a-ha moment … perhaps a chiropractic adjustment would help knock whatever it was out of my system?

Dr. Bob White gave me an adjustment. “Adjustment” is the word chiropractors prefer to use. They don’t like to say, “crack.” But damn, that was the biggest crack I ever heard in my neck and instant relief! INSTANT!

I was like, “Whoa, I feel so much better!”

Dr. Bob said, “Magic, right?”

My whole sinus area cleared up and I felt like I had a brand new head.

So I go upstairs to work and started feeling better by the minute. Happy. Healthy. Positive. Even euphoric.

My migraine went away, my vision was sharper, my eyes didn’t hurt anymore. Then as the day went on I got my appetite back. And so much energy! I woke up this morning so refreshed and back to my normal happy Maryanne self!

I asked the other doctor, Dr. Jason, why a chiropractic adjustment could help my eyes feel better. He said before the adjustment there could have been pressure on my optic nerve.

Fascinating, right?

I’ve been going to chiropractors for years (on and off) and getting back relief and that is expected, but having a horrible common cold cured right before your very eyes is downright miraculous! This is definitely a first hand testimony to the benefits of chiropractic care!

If anyone reading is in the New Jersey area, here is the website for Dr. Bob: http://www.advancedintegratedhealth.com/

In addition to chiropractic care, they have other natural options for hypothyroid, type II diabetes, weight loss, etc.

It’s just amazing how the body can heal itself naturally! No need for pills or drugs.

La-la-la-la, let’s all have a great day today!