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I Survived The Master Cleanse in 2008!

Published April 7, 2022 by Maryanne
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On this day in 2008, I began The Master Cleanse. It’s a 10-day cleanse fast to recharge your system.

It was quite an experience and I would not recommend it prior to reading “The Master Cleanse” by Stanley Burroughs, as there is a science to doing it the correct way, as opposed to jumping in blindly.

From my diaries, I am sharing my 10 days right here! (Note, I had just left a very stressful job in journalism at The Montclair Times, where I was employed for seven years. I wrote briefly about it during the cleanse, and I left out more personal things like what my husband (then, boyfriend) and I did. He went on the cleanse with me, which was awesome!

Master Cleanse – Day 1 (a.m.)
So the preparation started last night, with a laxative tea that I’ll be drinking morning and evening to move the stuff along since I won’t be eating any food.

I’ll also be taking a parasite cleanse and enzymes.

I can still take B5 if I get caffinated tea withdrawal symptoms, but so far so good. Yesterday I got on just fine with a quarter cup of tea. I took the B5 and made it through the day with no headache. 

I was very hyper last night and had some insomnia — which never bothers me, I always embrace it. I’m pretty wrapped up in a V.C. Andrews book, “Music in the Night.” That is my night reading.

In the day, before work, I’m reading the newest Marianne Williamson book, but I’m taking a break from that to read the back issues of Pure Inspiration. 

My fortune in the laxative tea said, “YOU ARE UNLIMITED”

How appropriate for the first day of the cleanse.

I’ll finish my tea, check out some journals and start my day with some yoga and weights.

Then I’ll make my first Master Cleanse drink. 

Disclamer: Do not try this at home without taking a Master Cleanse class. These notes are just my experiences. This is an intense cleanse and can be dangerous if not done properly. If my own body tells me to stop the cleanse, I will.

Master Cleanse Day 2 (a.m.)

So I can definitely feel this working … weird things going on in my stomach. Mind you I am doing a parasite cleanse along with the Master Cleanse (yes, I am a tuff one!) 

At one point it felt like someone was writing on my stomach with a pencil. Strange sensations, but nothing painful. My stomach also bloated like a big balloon.

Until 2 p.m. when the headaches began. This is nothing new, as I’ve had a lot of migraines of late when I had all that stress at The Montclair Times. I also felt extremely tired. 

I embraced the tiredness. It reminded me of — not a stressful tired, but a tired I felt in my younger years. The kind of tired I felt when I only slept an hour because I came home so late from seeing Johnny Thunders (shows started and ended a lot later back then) … so I’d go to work anyway because I was always the go-getter, and slept in my car. THAT is the kind of tired I like! A subtle tired, something I never really felt much after the age of 25. It was always like, I was pretty spent the next day when I partied or saw a band … not like being 18 and drinking all day and night and doing it again the next day.

ANYWAY … I napped, Dennis took care of me …. then before I was ready for bed, I felt a sweet euphoria come over me. I was painless and happy. It was a comforting feeling comparable to taking herion. But it was natural and real. This is something I’d feel from time to time when I was a 100 percent raw foodist. Again, I felt like a teenager. Just lying in bed, with Dennis sleeping at my side, looking at the shelves in our bedroom … so at peace. 

This morning I was 4 pounds lighter. I had gained up to 120 pounds (three pounds in a month, due to all the delicious vegan food). This morning I was my favorite weight 116. 

I hope I don’t lose 4 pounds every night … 10 days is a long time! I’m not going to be afraid because I will gain back healthier tissues.

You can drink between 6 to 12 of the Master Cleanse concoction … I only made it to 7. You feel soooo FULL. I wasn’t hungry until 8 p.m. when I started fantasizing about spinach pasta and tomato sauce. That is the only food I am thinking about. Everything looks, smells gross to me at this point. 

I am so surprised with my fast metabolism that I didn’t drink more than 7. REALLY SURPRISED.

I have a feeling I’ll drink more today. I can feel that I’m getting hungry again, and I just had a drink a half hour ago.

Dennis is starting the Master Cleanse today. Last night he said, “Should I wait until you’re done, so I can take care of you?” I’m like, “No, let’s just do it together.” It will be easier for socializing. We have a few family obligations this weekend and it will be more supportive — to me — if we are both not eating. 

Master Cleanse — Day 3 (a.m.)
So yesterday I drank the maximum 12 drinks. I lost one extra pound, which is exactly what I wanted. Losing one pound per day will be perfect for me. I’m 115 now and 108 will be a nice summer weight.

I think I’m over the hump. No more caffeine withdrawl headaches — yay!

The eczema on my leg is drying up. 

I have a lot more energy and even the stamina for a lot of things I did yesterday: shopping twice, a long ride with Dennis, not collapsing into bed, but going at my own pace. 

I did have a bit of insomnia again, but that never bothers me, I just embrace it and read. 

I did some light yoga this morning too. The first day I exercised since being on the cleanse.

Master Cleanse Day 3 (evening)
For the first time in a long time, I look just as good as I did when I left the house in the morning — without reapplying make-up!

This can be you too! The Master Cleanse is a natural instant face-lift.

I’m all bright-eyed and soft skin (although my skin is what I get most compliments on) … but the biggest change is my hair!! It’s all soft and silky and shiny. Even the blonde highlights are brighter/blonder! I got a compliment on my hair for the first time in a long time.

I dropped five pounds and I’m down to 115.

A friend said, “You don’t look like you’re on a cleanse!” (Because most people look awful when they are detoxing).

Again I am drinking 12 “lemonades” today. The supposed maximum, but you can go over that if you are super active.

No more severe detox symptoms. I do feel a bit light-headed on occasion, but that always passes.

What I am feeling today is very similar to how I felt when I ate 100 percent raw foods … which I’d like to go back to, in a perfect world, but I just love pasta too much.

And what’s an Italian girl without pasta? I gave it up for five years, just started eating it again when I became vegan in September … wow, what I missed!!

Surprisingly that’s the only food I am thinking of. When I’m off this cleanse it’s either a macro dish of Hunan dumplings or a big bowel of spinach pasta with natural red sauce!

Master Cleanse Day 5 (a.m.) 
Well I reached the half-way point! Nothing out of the ordinary going on. My weight seems to have stabilized at 114.5. 
I am calm, peaceful, happy, energetic … Dennis and I went for a nice walk last night. New Jersey spring weather was glorious yesterday. 

Master Cleanse Day 6 (a.m.)
I dropped another pound, weighing in at 113.5, which is nice. I feel so good and slim. A friend noticed I lost weight and added, “Don’t lose too much more” with a smile 🙂

Master Cleanse Day 7 (a.m.)
Just think, next week at this time I will be munching on some nice yoga bread with Earth Balance Soy Margarine and bilberry organic all natural jelly!

I’m on my 7th day of not eating and I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set out to: 

1. I quit my caffeine (tea) addiction
2. I lost a few pounds. My weight seems to have stabilized at 113.5
3. No more headaches
4. I am more calm, peaceful, spiritual.
5. The eczema on my leg is really clearing up!
And as an added bonus, my hands are soooo soft! Just two days ago they were so chapped from the winter cold (I always forget to put gloves on) — now they feel so silky, like the nose area of a horse (I always love petting that part of a horse!) 

I feel like I’m two years younger. I feel more like 42 than 44. I have the energy and the body I did two years ago! THIS is the real me now … not being all stressed and tired. The Montclair Times did a number on me with all the stress and bullshit.

Master Cleanse — Day 8!
If someone told me, even two months ago, that I’d be going over a week without food, I would have laughed in their face! 

But here I am, on my 8th day without food. The Master Cleanse Lemon-Aide drink, which strongly resembles a Snapple, provides all the vitamins a person needs except B-12, which I started taking two days ago. I am not taking any other vitamins (or even probiotics). I am taking pills for a parasite cleanse. 

Today I feel super amazing. My weight is down to 113, making it a grand total of 7.5 pounds lost! 

Everyone is saying that I didn’t need to lose weight, but I feel much better thinner. Who doesn’t?

Thursday and Friday I can eat mangos, papaya, pineapples and oranges. 

I can’t wait to taste the sweet fruit. I remember how delightful fruit tasted when I was 100 percent raw: juicier, sweeter … each segment of an orange tasted different from the last. I look forward to that, very much. 

Saturday I can eat all other fruits. Saturday night a raw vegetable salad! 

And Sunday back to normal eating. 

I do not feel hunger pain on the Master Cleanse, but psychologically, I MISS FOOD. 

Both of our families were extremely supportive during the cleanse. My mom even said that your body only needs about a third of the food you eat. 

This is definitely a positive experience and I’m going to do it again next year (not every month like some do). 

Once a year tune-up sounds good to me. This time is perfect too: shedding your old skin for spring/summer. 

All weekend I did power yoga while on the cleanse. 

This morning I’m going to do some weights.

Master Cleanse Day 9 (a.m.)
My weight is still 113 and I’m still feeling “MARVELOUS DAHLING!”

I re-read portions of the Master Cleanse books and came to realize that if I can make it through the days coming off the Master Cleanse, eating just fruits and finally a raw vegetable salad, I may go back to eating raw all day and a cooked meal at night (with exceptions for holidays and shore trips). All vegan of course.

No one wants to hear it, but we truly are addicted to food. It’s so comforting, so social, so there for us. 

But once you break out of it, you feel incredibly liberated.

No longer am I thinking about Hunan Dumplings, but how I want to treat my body the best I can.

Without really much exercise, my body is so clean that I can see cuts in my stomach again — fab abs, some would say. Yesterday my biceps felt incredibly hard and I haven’t worked biceps in over a week. Also, as I had one foot on the tub, picking up soap, I noticed how my calf was popping out! 

When people compare the Master Cleanse to a spiritual journey, this is what comes to mind…

As a kid, I was one of the “lucky” ones who didn’t have religion forced on me. I was baptized as Catholic, but that’s as far as it went. I never had to go to church or practice anything. 

Why I put the word lucky in quotes is because sometimes I think not having religion forced on you really isn’t all that lucky. I believe discipline is healthy to an extent. 

Hearing about Lent as a pre-teen, I wanted to give it a shot and give up something I loved for Lent. Probably the first spiritual thing I ever did. 

For three weeks prior to Easter, I gave up listening to my favorite rock band, Queen. But I was mad obsessed. I had to listen to all five albums that were out during that time — every day after school — IN ORDER! If Queen was on a late night show like “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert” or “Midnight Special” I’d take extra vitamins, thinking this will help me stay up and watch the band. I painted the fingernails on my left hand black and cut my hair like Freddie Mercury and incorporated “dears” and “darlings” into my pre-teen speech.

When Easter came and I started listening to Queen again, my love was there there, but I wasn’t as obsessed over them.

If this is what can come out of my Master Cleanse journey — having food still there, but not being obsessed over it, that can be a major breakthrough in my life. 

Although people see me as a healthy person, I don’t. I am nowhere near the caliber of Jack LaLanne, and all these folks who eat the freshest food, in simple portions.

For a small girl, I eat pasta with gusto. Even as a raw foodist, fruit, vegetables and nuts weren’t enough for me — I had to have GOURMET RAW FOODS. 

And my stomach is like a rock too. I can eat a full meal at 5 a.m. — no problem-o. 

So, let’s see if I can take it one step further. Let’s see if I can go the extra mile when it comes to health. To further detox my body. To live life in peace as it should be lived. To not let obsessions, such as food, rule the body. 

To go back to being that child who was hesitant to run to the dinner table when Mom called. 

Yes, that is the peace I know, while on the Master Cleanse! 

So, when I break this cleanse and after a three-day fruit fest, and my body is ready for “real food” again … it’s not going to be, “Hoo-Rah, let’s have macrobiotic vegan dumplings!” Yeah, I’ll definitely eat them … at the proper time, and feeling blessed for the chance to eat nurturing food.

Master Cleanse Day 10 — LAST DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

So today is my last day on the cleanse and I hope it’s a good one. Out of the nine days so far, I only felt super high energy on four of them. The other five I was really tired, but peaceful and happy.

Whoa, I dropped more weight and I’m down to 111!!! That’s nine pounds gone! I’ll probably lose even more because I won’t be really eating again until Sunday, but if I stick to high raw, I’d like to stay between 111 – 113, even down to 109/110 is good for me. 

Last night I fit into a pair of “wishing thinking” jeans that a girl gave me last fall. I wish I didn’t throw out a lot of stuff I had when I started packing on the pounds, but then again, your tastes change as you grow and change, so it’s all good. There was another pair of pants I always LOVED that I found in a thrift store in the East Village. I tried them on last night … they were still a bit snug, but I was like, “What was so great about these pants? Duh!” 

Then there’s my Tripp fashion “Johnny Rotten” plaid pants, that are only good for winter, so maybe next winter … and I have the vertical b&w striped “Steven Tyler” pants … if they fit, wow, I love those pants. I had them since the 1990s. I’ll try them on this morning. 

My stomach is flat, flat, flat as a board again! 

I’m still detoxing like crazy … I get weird aches in my body. Today it’s my back, like the pre-menstral pains I got as a young adult (that stopped after I gave up eating meat). 

Last night I tasted TOBACCO in my mouth — WTF?!?! I never smoked in my life!! I tried a few cigarettes here and there when drank, but never a steady smoker. Is this second hand smoke coming out of my body? 

So, yeah, the Master Cleanse is cleaning things I’m not even realizing. 

It was a fun trip, but I won’t be doing this again until same time next year … maybe I’ll coincide it with Lent. 

Now the next three days are about coming off the Cleanse. I can’t just dive into a dish of pasta, I have to ease in with certain fruits, then later on a raw salad, then by Sunday I can eat again. But like I said, I want to go back to more juicing, more raw, eating lighter during the day and having a vegan/macro meal at night. 

UPDATE – This was the first and ONLY time I did The Master Cleanse. It was rough going without food for 10 days, and the detox was certainly rough too. Maybe I’ll do it again in this lifetime, but I am in no hurry to do so. Note, if you do this, plan for not really eating for 15 days, as you have to ease back into food slowly. (The first day afterwards you can only eat oranges, then advance to soup, then salads, and finally regular food).

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at:

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here:

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

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When to Fire Your Chiropractor (or Acupuncturist)

Published April 15, 2020 by Maryanne


I’ve been been a fan of both chiropractic care and acupuncture for many years. I alternate between both. Chiro is great because you’re basically in and out. Acupuncture is nice if you like to relax. Since I started using both treatments, I went through many doctors.

Finding a good doctor is like finding a good hairstylist; it takes time. And sometimes you outgrow each other. There is nothing wrong with that. I believe that as a customer, you should be satisfied. Aside from someone not doing a satisfying job, there are other reasons you may want to consider finding someone else. Here’s a few….

  1. He/she is too popular. This should be a good thing, right? Not necessarily. I used to go to someone I really liked. And everyone else liked her too. Whenever I went for a treatment, I’d be waiting at least 15 minutes, sometimes 20. To me, this isn’t cool. Also, the place became to run like an assembly line — in, wait, needles, out; while you could hear full conversations going on in the room next to you. What was once a relaxing spiritual experience with new age music, and a sweet recovery turned into a rush job and not feeling as healed as I remembered. Then one time as she was treating me, and part of my clothing was off, she opened the door to talk to someone. I found this to be rude — and the last straw. I stopped going to her. There were way too many people in the office at one time and I felt more like a number than a patient.
  2. He/she talks too much. This should be a red flag from the get go. When COVID19 lock-down began, I took it upon myself to try to get a long-time kink in my arm fixed. I tried someone who shared a space with another chiropractor I once used. From the first treatment it was constant chatter from her. Talking about things SHE wanted to talk about. Shallow bits, from one dull topic to another. I had visions of her accidentally snapping my neck and killing me because she wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing. I didn’t feel comfortable; or happy. But I figured I wouldn’t be judgmental and gave her a chance and continued going to her twice a week for about a month. It was wrong not to trust my intuition because the last day, my lower back was killing me! It took me three days of doing stretches from a You Tube doctor that I trusted before the back pain subsided.
  3. He/she seems to have a crush on you. It hasn’t happened in over 10 years, but yes, I did have a chiropractor that had a crush on me. It was uncomfortable and I simply told him I wasn’t going back to him. It’s a shame because he was a great doctor and really helped me.
  4. He/she insults you. I think it’s unprofessional for a professional to belittle you. Whether it’s your clothes, weight, or what you look like, this is not cool and none of his or her business. You can always insult them back because of course no one is perfect and we can all say something about each other if we choose to. However, some of us are way too classy to stoop to such a low level. Or we just naturally see only the good in others and would never think to put someone down. But unfortunately, this has happened often over the years. Recently I found an acupuncturist I adored. Then one day she pointed out that one of my eyes were bigger than the other and made a big deal about it. REALLY?! Doesn’t everyone have one eye bigger than the other? I thought this was weird. It couldn’t really count as an insult, but more of an observation. But why make someone feel self-conscious? Also, when I had my first book published, I was very proud and showing practically everyone. Hey, it was my first book! The chiropractor I was using at the time wanted to see the book, so I brought it in to show him. He had the gall to say, “Do you really think this will go anywhere?” I had no answer at the time. It wasn’t a nice thing to say to an aspiring author. His comment put me in a bad mood. Maybe nothing would come out of it? But it DID! That first book had many sales; I got to officiate a wedding for a fan; I was on blog talk radio all over the country, plus regular radio too! I’ve inspired young people to become writers. It led to me becoming a public speaker. I also received royalty checks until the book went out of print (and it’s being sold on Amazon for almost a grand!) I’m now on my fifth book, and it can be purchased in Barnes & Noble. I’ve come a long way since that first self-published book, which went pretty far. And where is that chiropractor? Oh, he moved into a bigger office. Good for him, but he doesn’t have me as a client anymore.
  5. Distance. There are acupuncturists and chiropractors (and even massage therapists) out there who I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, but haven’t seen in awhile simply because of distance. Maybe I used them when I had more time to travel. Or maybe I used them while I was working on a project in their area and it was convenient at the time. Or I moved. But for whatever reason, they are no longer in an appropriate distance to me. When you get out of treatment, you shouldn’t be sitting in traffic, or driving far. You should be relaxing.

Do any of these things resonate with your choice in leaving your holistic health care practitioner? Share your stores in the comments section!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at:

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here:

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here:

My Guest Slot on “Health & Wellness”

Published June 26, 2018 by Maryanne


Above, left to right, Dennis Lords, Ryche Chlanda, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Maryann Castello.

Last week I was honored to be a guest on Maryann Castello’s “Health & Wellness” show. Maryann was an awesome host. We spoke about my career, my three books (and upcoming book), music, health, and so much more! You might even hear your name mentioned!

The show was 1.5 hours long, but it went fast. Enjoy the You Tube video here:

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. Contact her at: 

Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements

Published November 1, 2016 by Maryanne

dream-onMe, Relaxing, Summer 2015, Bethel, N.Y.

My article “Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements” appeared in Vitamin Retailer Magazine. Check it out:

And here is the “Extra Extra” sidebar, “Solutions for Insomnia”

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gives lectures on health in various libraries. To contact Maryanne go to: 

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 (,  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.

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Lose Weight Naturally With Iaso Tea

Published August 1, 2015 by Maryanne

iaso teaIaso Tea

I just finished a five-day tea cleanse with Iaso Tea ( If you order the tea, there is a free gift!

The cleanse was very easy. You could just eat as you usually do drink eight ounces with lunch and dinner. The tea is delicious, reminding me a bit of a green tea. I had no side effects (though some who are not as healthy as I am might have diarrhea). After five days I lost 2.5 pounds. But the real good news is, I’ve been sleeping a lot better. The tea is naturally relaxing and I feel really great all day!

The are 100 percent organic and are a special blend of safe, natural, edible herbs: Holy Thistle, Persimmon leaves, Malva leaves, Marsh Mallow leaves, Blessed Thistle, Papaya, Ginger, Chamomile, and Myrrh. It is the special blend that allows the gentle cleansing of the whole body with continued use. All the enzymes that used to be in our food to give us colon health have been destroyed with modern processing of foods and pasteurization of dairy products. Now we can get back to enjoying perfect colon health!

Persimmon Leaves – Compounds in Persimmon Leaves have been shown to help remove excess fat from the body. The tannins and flavonoids in Persimmon Leaves are also believed to have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. Persimmon Leaves have been used to help alleviate digestive problems and dermatitis, and also act as a natural antihistamine, which helps reduce allergic reactions.

Holy Thistle – Holy Thistle has been used medicinally for more than 2000 years. A flavonoid in the fruit, called Silymarin, is a powerful antioxidant that may also protect the cells of the liver by removing and blocking the entrance of harmful toxins. Holy Thistle is believed to have great power in the purification and circulation of the blood, and has been used to cure chronic headaches. It is also used for stomach and digestive problems, can strengthen the heart, and is good for the lungs and kidneys.

Malva Leaves – The Malva, or Chinese Mallow, plant has been used for centuries to soothe the membranes of the digestive system and treat a variety of conditions from stomach ache and gastroenteritis to irritable bowel syndrome. It can also soothe bronchial irritation in people with bronchitis or emphysema.

Marsh Mallow – Marsh Mallow was used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. It was used in medieval Europe for indigestion and diarrhea. Rich in calcium, zinc, iron, sodium, iodine, B-complex vitamins, and pantothenic acid, Marsh Mallow soothes and supports the stomach, intestines, and respiratory tract. It is also believed to have mild anti-infective and immune-boosting properties.

Blessed Thistle – Blessed Thistle has been used in traditional medicine as far back as the early 16th century to improve memory, aid digestion, and treat a wide variety of other diseases and disorders. In herbal medicine, Blessed Thistle is used for cancer, infections, inflammation, gallbladder disease, jaundice, liver disorders, cervical dysplasia, heart ailments, skin ulcers, yeast infections, and diarrhea.

Papaya – Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, and fiber, Papaya promotes cardiovascular health and provides protection against colon cancer. Papaya may also help prevent such illnesses as recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu. Papaya also contains the digestive enzyme papain, which is used to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.

Ginger – Chinese Medicine recommends ginger to treat a number of health problems, including inflammatory joint diseases such as arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and body aches. Ginger may also ease sore throats, headaches, ulcerative colitis, and fevers and aches caused by colds and flu.

Chamomile – A natural anti-inflammatory, Chamomile can be used to treat digestive disturbances, gastrointestinal spasms, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, coughs and colds, fevers, and bronchitis. It’s mildly sedating and muscle-relaxing effects can also help those who suffer from insomnia fall asleep more easily.

Myrrh – Myrrh is used in many countries to treat a variety of mouth and throat irritations. It can be found in some mouthwashes and sore throat medicines, and has been approved in Germany for treating mouth inflammation

Young Living “Star”

Published April 6, 2015 by Maryanne

YL StarFrom Young Living Email

Today I received an email from Young Living Essential Oils, “Congratulations to our newest STAR.”

I’ve been a Young Living “Distributor” since November and absolutely love the oils. I’ve been sharing them with family and friends and a few hopped on board. Not only do I love their oils, but I love their lotions, hand soaps, toothpaste, soaps, etc. Now instead of getting all this stuff at Whole Foods each month, I buy directly from Young Living and get commission checks. How great is that? As an author I know what it’s like to make money while you sleep (people buy your books and then you get royalty checks), and Young Living is another business to add to my mix of “I love my life! I’m making a living doing things I believe in!”

I was thrilled to receive an email that my status went from “Distributor” to “Star” — pretty fast and effortlessly! The cool thing is, the oils just sell themselves because they are an amazing product.

Young Living Essential Oils are all natural, with no synthetics. So even with my allergy situation, I can use the oils without worry! They are not only healthy, but magical!

Some of the oils I use on a regular basis include:

Abundance  (self explanatory — and yes, it magically works!)

Thieves (for immune system)

Peace & Calming (to relax)

Believe (to sleep)

Valor (for circulation)

Wintergreen (for pain)

Peppermint (for headaches – I never get migraines anymore, thank you Young Living!)

Joy (self explanatory)

Frankincense (for spiritual experiences)

Lavender (for the occasional dry eye — just put a little above your brow and your eye feels better)

Citrus (it’s fabulous on sweet potatoes!)

And this is just a TIP of the iceberg … as there are hundreds of oils, and they are doing wonders on larger scales, helping children with autism, vets who suffer from trauma, and even our little pets (we just swipe Derick the Pussycat on his back with some Peace & Calming oil at night and he sleeps soundly!)

My husband loves the oils too and he’s always putting them in the diffuser. Our home always seems lovely — and exciting! He loves the Patchouli.

It takes many stars to fill a galaxy and we all help each other! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my galaxy of ladies: Susan Pelechaty, Patricia A. Deck-Arce, Sharron Anderson, Rochelle Metroka and Bridget Briant. Also thanks to my husband, Dennis; and to my Mom and Sister for supporting and trying the Young Living Products.

Do you want to join my galaxy? Earn money while you sleep; experience good health naturally; and live magically! Email me at: — I’ll get you on board on my team!

Why a Thin Person Chooses Weight Watchers: Here’s My Story

Published July 16, 2013 by Maryanne

Healthy Me!Me, last summer 2012, age 49

Two weeks ago I joined Weight Watchers.

I held off posting about it because I wanted to reach my goal weight and then say how awesome Weight Watchers is and how it helped me.

Why would I — a thin person — go to Weight Watchers? you may ask.

Okay, here’s the deal. I was always the thin person — or the person of a healthy weight (if you’re one of those types who only thinks a size 0 is thin, as I’ve fluctuated between size 3 and 6 most of my adult life). I never went on a diet. Never counted calories. Never worried. I became a vegetarian in my 20s and by my early 40s I was eating mostly raw foods and still am. I’ve always done a variety of exercise since I was a kid: yoga, light weights, dance (tap and jazz), kickboxing, etc. I always exercise regularly and actually embrace it. At 42 I was in a bikini and had a perfectly flat stomach. Even at 48 I was in a bikini with a flat stomach, without watching my weight.

So that was my life, September, 2011, me with a flat stomach, in a bikini. Two months later, I married the love of my life. Since we eloped we didn’t have a big party. It was absolutely beautiful, just us and the couple who stood up for us. We got married by the mayor of Neptune Township. It was one of those perfectly, unseasonal warm days in November. Beautiful clear skies, a light breeze. I was floating on the cloud of euphoria. We had a lovely lunch at a restaurant on the beach with our friends, had champagne, lots of laughs and just a hell of a good time.

Afterwards we called everyone to say, “Hey, we got married!”

Soon the cards of “congrats” came pouring in. And the offers from people to take us out to dinner. That winter, we were going out to dinner — A LOT! Within a few months, eight pounds crept up on me and at 123 pounds, I was the most I weighed in my life. But somehow the following summer, I lost a few pounds and stayed between 121 and 122.

Then winter came and the weight crept up again.  I slowly watched the scale numbers, 123, 124, and finally 125 — which is a lot for a person who is only 5’3″. Now here I am — with a belly, not being able to fit into my jeans, tossing beautiful dresses aside because they no longer fit and being completely frustrated.

People have said to me, “You don’t look 125,” “You’re not fat,” “You look great,” “People would love to look like you,” etc.

And my husband thinks I’m perfect. I also got compliments from my mom and uncle when I shared that I gained a good eight pounds.

I appreciate the nice comments from others, but the bottom line is, I feel uncomfortable — it’s ME! (And yeah, I admit, a girl friend or two that insinuated I should lose a few).

Now, if this is my destiny because of my age/hormones and I have to accept, hey I’m almost 50 and I have to learn to live with the extra weight — so be it. BUT, I need to know that if I CAN lose the weight, sensibly, why not give it a shot before going out and buying a bunch of new clothes. Makes sense, right?

So two weeks ago I was 125. Now I am 123 and would sensibly like to get back to 121 (that’s the weight I was in the above photo). Ideally, I’d like my 46-year-old bikini body back as the photo below, but I am being realistic, as 46 and 50 are two different things — maybe .. we shall see …

mary-anne-beachMe, summer 2008, age 46

Prior to starting Weight Watchers, I was talking to a client who was in the same boat as I was: ate healthy, exercised, but wasn’t able to lose. I said I wanted to join but my concern was that I didn’t want to be the thinnest person there and have people hating on me. Her husband misunderstood, and said, “What are you supposed to do, hide until you lose the weight?” He didn’t get my point. I guess I shouldn’t expect anyone to. Seems the majority of people are overweight and need to lose; or people are too obsessed with their weight that they feel they need to lose when they don’t; and then there are the few like me, that want to NIP IT IN THE BUD before it gets out of hand. The clothes feel tight, I need to do something, right?

So, I joined — mainly to get my clothes fitting again.

In two weeks I lost 2 pounds. I am now 123, two pounds from my “sensible” weight of 121 and five pounds from my “ideal” weight of 118 (like the picture above at age 46). NOTE: This is MY ideal, I’m not talking about competing with movie stars.

Mind you, just because I’m thin, it doesn’t mean losing weight easy (otherwise I wouldn’t have joined Weight Watchers!). It’s actually HARDER for a thin person to lose five pounds than it is for a fat person to lose 60, because those last few pounds are always the hardest. That is probably why I’ve been struggling before I joined Weight Watchers. I’d lose a few pounds, get excited and overeat. I was yo-yo dieting without realizing it!

But the good news is, now that is all under control. Weight Watchers, I feel is a GENIUS program because you count points, not calories. You are going by the merit of the food. It’s a science that’s worked for people for over 40 years and now it’s working for me too!

Weight Watchers is awesome because you’re not on a diet. You can eat everything you want. You can be a vegetarian, a meat eater, a sweet lover … whatever your thing is, this WILL work!

Weight Watchers assigns you a number of points, plus bonus points (that could be used for weddings, parties, etc.) Now for me, I’m not a cake, cookies or chocolate person, so that part is easy. The hard part, for me, is portion control. If my husband makes a box of pasta, I’ll help him eat  it until it’s all gone. If I’m at a restaurant and really enjoying my meal, I’ll eat the whole thing. I love to drink. I’ll down a few glasses of wine or a couple bottles of beer or a half bottle of unfiltered sake — my favorite. I am a foodie through and through. I love to eat. I like GOOD food. I eat when I’m happy. I eat when I’m sad. I eat when I’m stressed. I eat when I’m celebrating.

But in the past two weeks, making a conscious effort, tracking points, I’ve learned some things about myself, and why I was able to lose two pounds.

1. I drank more alcoholic beverages than I should have. With the point system, I now save four points on the nights I plan to have a cocktail (five points for a beer). I just have ONE.

2. I didn’t know portion control. Now I do. I now take home food from restaurants and make a second meal out of leftovers. I know that five slices of Tofurky is two points, so I don’t eat the whole package, I ration.

3. Organic chocolate bars are so not worth the points. I don’t miss them one bit! I’d rather have something more substantial like vegetarian cheese.

4. Some nights almond milk (1 point) and some fresh fruit is so much more rewarding than a glass of wine (4 points). Other nights those 4 points for the wine are definitely worth forfeiting something else.

5. Seaweed snacks, without sugar, are only a point! A delicious healthy treat that I love!

6. My beloved kombucha with chia seeds is two points for two servings. So I cut down to one every few days instead of two every day!

(See how easy?)

The meetings are a little harder. The first two were a breeze. But last night, my biggest nightmare happened. People, left and right, were questioning my being there, which SUCKED!

First, I am not “skinny.” I am thin or healthy, but my clothes are still tight! Don’t get on my case. We all have our own journey. My reason for being here is to nip my issue in the bud before it gets out of hand. I’m proud of myself for doing this and not just chalking weight gain to hormones or age. If that’s the end discovery, so be it, but I am losing, so I was doing something wrong. Get it?

This one girl said that everyone there was inspiring, “EXCEPT HER!” and pointed to me.

It hurt. So I said, “Okay, I’ll tell you about my struggle for the week. It’s been very hot and I’m an exercise failure this week. I blew off several of my workouts.”

And that’s just one of my struggles. Mind you too, I have a sick cat, I run my own business, I sometimes have back issues, I need some dental work in the near future, sometimes I fight with my perfect husband like any other normal couples … life is not always peaches and cream.

So ladies, please cut me a break. Just because I’m going to meetings NOW and didn’t wait until I was up to 140 pounds (which is officially overweight for a 5’3″ person!), I shouldn’t be nailed to the cross. I deserve to be there just like you do.

Luckily by the end of the meeting, I saw a girl I met when I was only a few days into it. She was happy to see me and asked how I was doing. I said that I lost two pounds. She was cool about it and not judgmental about me being thin. I asked her how she was doing and supported her efforts as well.

We all have our own journeys and this is good for me. Weight Watchers is not only helping me lose weight, but helping me drink less alcohol, learn portion control, and save money by not eating every healthy snack that’s in the house!

I think I’ll become a lifetime member!

Hooray for Yoga!

Published April 23, 2013 by Maryanne

Richard HittlemanRichard Hittleman, “Yoga for Health”

The first yoga show I watched as a kid in fourth grade!

Hooked ever since!

It’s amazing how stress can have such a negative outcome on your personality and your health.

After having a fantastic Friday, between the stress from the reporting job on Saturday and then the incident at assWhole Foods on Sunday — all the joyful fun stuff that DID happen over the weekend (church, the concert, quality time with my husband, record store gift) — I wasn’t able to fully enjoy because the stress settled in my back, neck, shoulders. I felt so weak, bitchy and not myself.

Yesterday was super busy and I drove in two hour traffic early in the morning with back pain. I had to cover a story in Paterson (this was a positive thing) and then manage my musicians, and then I ended up writing and editing until 8:30 p.m.! I worked so hard in spite of my pain.

Finally I ended my day with some yoga. It’s amazing, just some simple moves and I felt the tension release and the pain dissipate! WOW!

I was like, “Amazing, I feel really good again.” Yoga is part of my health routine, but every day I do a different type of exercise and I guess I kinda neglected my yoga for a couple days.

For the first time in two days I woke up without back pain! I’m so happy because while I love acupuncture and chiropractors, I was having a hard time finding a doctor whose schedule agreed with mine.

I do not like appointments right smack in the middle of the day! It upsets my flow. If I can’t go in the morning, I want to go in the night. I don’t want to be working on a story — then, oh, 2 o’clock, gotta stop and go to acupuncture. No … that ain’t cutting it! When I write, I don’t even stop to breathe sometimes!

So between who doesn’t have an early appointment, who doesn’t have evening hours, and who is closed on the day I’m least busy … YEAH, WHATEVER …

All I can say is hurray for arnica and yoga! Worked like magic and I saved money. I feel like a brand new person, all fresh and good to go.

Happy, healthy day to all!

Health Raves

Published March 3, 2013 by Maryanne

Dreaming cow better photoThe most delicious, healthiest yogurt ever!

I’ve been meaning to blog about “Dreaming Cow” yogurt for several weeks now.

America’s fascination with thinking of yogurt as a “health food” irks me to no end. There are hundreds of yogurts on the market, but they are all homogenized, filled with hormones, preservatives and contain sugar. Not to mention the yogurt places like Go Yogurt that use corn solids and artificial colors and flavorings. This is the garbage people are feeding their children on a daily basis, not even as a treat!

This is not so for Dreaming Cow. Their yogurt is non-homogenized, all natural, grass-fed with no added hormones, no preservatives and no refined sugar. The cream is so luscious to the lips. It’s my favorite yogurt ever! I prefer the regular, natural one. But the flavored ones (flavored with low-glycemic agave nectar) are delicious as a treat.

You can read more about it here:

Another product that’s been part of my regular health regimen is Dr. Berg’s Kale Shakes. They are just awesome in the morning. They are promoted as a “meal replacement” — but hey, this is an Italian girl you’re talking to, no meal replacements here! Instead I think they are a healthy addition to a breakfast, giving you additional protein and greens. And they are YUMMY! Not chalky at all. The powder dissolves easily in coconut or almond milk.

For more information, go here:

Vita RocksVita Rocks!

And finally, Vita Rocks, a healthier version of Pop Rocks!

Interesting, just the other day I was thinking how much I loved Pop Rocks as a kid. Now I can re-live my childhood with this silly treat that’s kinda good for you. Vita Rocks are all natural and loaded with vitamins. The downfall is they do contain evaporated cane juice and are processed with CO2 for popping effect. So, again, a treat, not as a regular diet plan. They contain half of the RDA vitamins including: A, C, D3, E, B1, B3, B6, B9, B12, biotin, B5 and iodine. They also contain 26 percent RDA zinc and 17 percent RDA selenium.