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From Nearly Dead To Organic Power Woman – How Olivia Found Solace In Chinese Medicine

At just 16 years old, Olivia Amitrano’s health was already in shambles. Battling an eating disorder, depression, cystic acne, and a myriad of other health conditions, Olivia become determined to change her life once and for all, but not without a battle against conventional Western medicine first. Her story is truly one for the books!



At just 16 years old, Olivia Amitrano’s health was already in shambles. After hitting a ” health rock-bottom” in her senior year of high school, Olivia became determined for a new shot at life.

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With an ignited conviction to take back her health once and for all, Olivia would eventually attain a quality of life like she never could have imagined, creating a natural-health empire that would inspire a generation of young women and health advocates alike. This is her story.

Like so many others, Olivia’s childhood had bred a profusion of insecurities and emotional damage coming into her teenage years.

“My struggle throughout my life was food, weight, self-love, and happiness. When I was young, I just didn’t fit in with the other kids. I was weird. I liked to play instruments, watch the Twilight Zone and build villages out of aluminum foil.”

To make matters worse, Olivia’s diet was inundated in sugar and processed foods, a reflection of her own parent’s eating habits.  Needless to say, food quickly became her vice.

“All I could think about was the next time I could get my hands on some instant satisfaction in the form of food. My mom’s friends would tell me that I should ‘stop eating bagels because they had 500 calories’ but I was addicted and so were my parents, who were both very overweight. All we knew as a family was binge eating.”

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In her early teens, Olivia began attending Weight Watchers classes with her mother, igniting an insistent obsession with calorie counting. Soon after, while searching ‘the web, Olivia came across a ‘pro-anorexia” website that talked-up the benefits of extreme calorie restriction, instilling a distorted view of what ‘healthy’ looked like in Olivia’s eyes.

“Soon I had my routine down pact: one sugar free Popsicle for breakfast, TONS of diet soda and a pack of gum for lunch, followed by a 200 calorie soy burger for dinner. Of course, I couldn’t restrict for very long until I binged again, although my weight significantly dropped and I was getting a lot more attention. That attention fed my eating disorder, along with the notion taught to me by society and the media: that my self-worth was based SOLELY on how I looked.

During 11th grade, Olivia’s mother was talked into the benefits of the Gardasil vaccine, who pressured Olivia to get the shot right away. This was long before Gardasil had become the villain of vaccines, Olivia notes. Soon after her injection, Olivia began experiencing unwelcome side effects.

“Although I didn’t know it at the time, my body and liver were severely overloaded with heavy metals. I began sleeping way too long at night and never feeling rested, forgetting everything, suffering from cystic acne ALL OVER my face and back which had never happened before. Pretty soon the stomach spasms began – some days I was curled in bed for hours writhing in pain from what doctors told me was simply ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ which had ‘no cause.'”

A Turning Point In Olivia’s Life

In the months that followed her Gardasil injection, Olivia experienced fluctuating anxiety, depression, and mood swings. Next, she was prescribed a disastrous pharmaceutical cocktail, including anxiety meds, IBS pills, and a 4 month long antibiotic run for her acne.

But as Olivia soon discovered, rather than making her feel better, the drugs only seemed to be turning her into a walking zombie.

Then one morning, while looking at her worn reflection in the mirror, an epiphany came about. Olivia was ready to make a decision, one that saw her finally living at her fullest and healthiest potential.

“I didn’t want to be stuck in this cycle anymore. Pills didn’t work. Antidepressants didn’t work. I felt like a zombie with no emotion. I was not getting the full truth. There had to be another way because I wasn’t going to accept that this was all there was to life.

From here, Olivia read everything she could about diet and nutrition, becoming inspired by the personal stories of others who had cured depression through food alone. She sifted through book after book, documentary after documentary all while making small, gradual changes to her diet wherever she could. “I just decided to love myself again,” Olivia said.

A Body’s Cry For Help

Olivia's adverse reaction to birth control.

Olivia’s adverse reaction to birth control.

Healing through food became the main interest in Olivia’s life, sparking her decision to pursue post-secondary studies based around natural health. But half-way through her first busy school year, the stress began to have a direct impact on her body.

She became sick, but not just any common-cold kind of sick.

“I developed a huge cyst on my groin that turned purple and began to puss. The lymph nodes under my arms began to develop cysts as well, because my blood was so toxic and polluted. My stomach problems were worse than EVER, even though I was still taking all of my prescriptions. My acne was going through a serious flare up on my forehead and back. I had a low grade fever and migraines every day morning to night, and my vision was blurry. I almost collapsed in the shower, so my mom finally took me to the doctor.”

With forced persistence, Olivia’s doctor persuaded her to go on birth control as a means to battle her chronic fatigue. Within 48 hours, Olivia was in the emergency with erythema nodosum nodes (a severe inflammatory condition) all over her legs. Not surprisingly, doctors and nurses continued to ignore a detox protocol, and instead placed band-aids over her symptoms, putting her on another round of antibiotics.

But after her skin became flushed with a yellow hue, a test came back positive for an Epstein Barr viral infection, causing her doctor to immediately retract the useless antibiotics.

The Flush


Olivia today; pegged as ‘Organic Olivia’. Her natural health blog and social media pages are gaining widespread attention for her easy to understand information and relatable personality.

At this point, Olivia shut the door on conventional medicine, and instead turned to a Chinese herbalist for answers. It soon was revealed to Olivia that she had been suffering from severe viral, parasitic, and yeast infections, which had almost destroyed her liver.

To counteract the damage that had been done, Olivia’s herbalist put her on a herbal tea flush, which to her surprise started to show results within a week. Here nodes and cysts began shrinking, and she was able to digest food again.

From here, Olivia buried herself in traditional Chinese medicine, learning about yin and yang, meridians and organ systems, as well as the healing power of herbs.

She was now hooked, wanting to know everything she could about natural medicine, parasitic infections, juice cleanses, and more. Through obtaining vital knowledge, Olivia had regained the power she had been searching for since childhood.

Her Passion To Help Others

Today, Olivia’s past stands as the spark for her passion to help others, teaming up with a friend and herbalist named Lily to launch a line of herbal parasitic cleanse products for those in need.

“As of today, I’m dreaming bigger than ever. I’m planning to launch an IndieGogo campaign to expand my workspace and get professional machinery to make the herbal parasite cleanses. Lily and I will also be making several other herbal remedies that we feel would help a myriad of different symptoms people face in our modern world.

And of course, I will always be writing articles on my website and Instagram that will hopefully get people thinking and motivated to live healthier than ever. I didn’t become a doctor, but I found a way to help people that resonates with me deeply.”


Olivia’s story is a perfect example of what it means to be a #changemaker. Going against the conventional grain is never an easy task, but we commend her for taking the reigns and taking back her power.

For all things organic and natural, including beauty supply recipes, parasite cleanse programs and more, be sure to check out Olivia’s natural health blog at, or follow her on Instagram or Facebook. Olivia has recently joined CE’s team of writers as well, so be sure to browse through her articles HERE.

Do you know of anyone with an inspiring story who is making a difference in the world? We’re looking for #changemakers from all across the globe, whose incredible stories deserve a bit of spotlight. If this sounds like you or anyone you know, email us their story at Much love!

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Box Top$ For Education Is Not Supporting Education (Here’s Why)



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The Box Top$ For Education program has kicked off yet again with messaging to suggest it helps schools across the country. However, when you go beyond the surface it's far from what it seems and promotes itself as.

  • Reflect On:

    What labels and initiatives do you let impact your behavior as a consumer?

National Box Tops for Education Week kicks off coast-to-coast fundraising.  For over 20 years, the Box Tops for Education program has provided families a way to help raise money for their school. The program was created to “help support education and benefit American schools” by providing a small amount of money from each item purchased. Does this program truly benefit education and support learning?

Who’s Really Benefitting?

General Mills, Inc., an American multi-billion-dollar multinational manufacturer, and marketer of branded consumer food is genuinely the benefactor. Giving a school 10 cents for every item bought is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money General Mills earns at the expense of our health. At first glance, it appears this company has been extremely generous, donating $719,000,000 in the last 20 years. If you do the math and divide each year’s totals by the 80,000 plus schools in the United States, it equates to a whopping $449 per school. As one can see, General Mills has done a fantastic marketing job, encouraging our kids to eat their garbage. Sure, we can buy school supplies, Kleenex tissues, and a few toxic cleaning products on the list, but what’s the fun in that.

Crappy, Overly-Processed “Food-Like” Products Do Not Support Learning

Diet and nutrition deeply affect a child’s learning ability. Sadly the qualifying products on the Box Top list including Hamburger Helper, Lucky Charms, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, Fruit Roll-Ups, and alike do not achieve this.

Did You Know? The ingredient list for strawberry fruit roll-ups doesn’t include strawberries!

Instead, it contains genetically modified corn syrup and dextrose (refined sugar derived from GM corn, and artificial food dyes – red 40, yellow 5&6, blue 1 (derived from coal tar and petroleum).

Nutrient-rich homemade meals are being replaced with boxed, frozen, and canned foods due to higher prices of healthy food, our hectic lifestyles, and brainwashing tactics, such TV ads and campaigns such as the Box Top program.

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The Truth

Processed food lacks essential whole food nutrients the brain needs to function correctly. They contain ingredients such as genetically modified corn syrup, refined sugar, synthetic salt, unhealthy fats, artificial colors and flavors, chemical preservatives, and unrevealed heavy metals and pesticides. All of these ingredients work against a child’s ability to learn. 

Pesticides and antibiotics found in food today are detrimental to our healthy gut microbiota which are essential to brain function and development. Both are designed to kill bugs. So, we are destroying our gut bugs that help regulate and keep our immune systems strong and healthy to support our brain.

Studies have also shown that the high sugar content of processed foods may contribute to diabetes, which can affect a student’s learning in many ways. Blood sugar levels can affect cognitive functioning and school performance. According to many scientific journals and newsletters from prestigious universities like Harvard Medical School, processed food consumption are also linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, sleep problems, hyperactivity, attention; and mood symptoms including depression and anxiety.

Boxed foods are also linked to other severe health issues like obesity and high blood pressure. Two extensive European studies published by BMJ in May 2019 links processed foods with a range of health risks, including cardiovascular death. Another scientific study conducted by scientists from Yale University in the U.S. and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany indicated that “excess refined salt used in fast-food restaurants and the over-consumption of sodium from other processed foods may be one of the environmental factors driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases.”  Processed foods can also trigger cancer.  The researchers warn that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.”

Don’t Be A Victim To The Marketing Ploy

We are poisoning ourselves, and the consequences are starting to show with the incredible rise of neurodevelopmental, mental illness, and diseases like cancer, asthma, diabetes, and many autoimmune disorders. So, let’s forgo the Box Top’s and find healthier and more productive ways to raise money for our schools. These big ag companies have no interest in changing current practices no matter how sick they’re making all of us. Or how many medications we are all dependent on. These companies are generating trillions of dollars of their products, and creating customers for life. General Mills and most food companies are owned by Monsanto/Bayer. They are adhering to FDA guidelines and are not violating any federal laws because they fund the FDA (Industry User Fees).

Fighting big lobbyist groups can seem like an impossibility for most of us, so we need to take our power back by voting with our dollar. We must refuse to purchase products with barcodes that are making 10 cents for our schools. And choose healthy instead.

Looking to help your family overcome ADHD, autism, anxiety and more without medication? Get access to download my FREE eBook ‘Every Parent’s Starter Kit to a Healthy Family’ by signing up HERE.


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Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?

The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.

The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.

If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.

You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.

One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.

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Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?

There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.

It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.

More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.

A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”

It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.

Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”

The Takeaway

Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.

The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.

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Food Brands Owned By Monsanto



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Below is a list of food brands currently owned by Monsanto. The list was put out by Vocal Media.

  • Reflect On:

    Are the foods we eat safe? Are the chemicals we eat ingest with them safe? A lot of science has shown otherwise, so what's really going on here.

Monsanto is a biotech corporation that was founded in the early 1900s. They produce genetically modified foods (GMOs) and many chemicals that are sprayed onto our food, including several pesticides. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research titled, Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults” outlined the issue with these chemicals, many of which were actually originally designed by Monsanto as warfare weapons to be used as nerve agents.

The study highlighted that diet is the primary source of pesticide exposure in both children and adults. It found that an organic diet significantly reduced neonicotinoid, OP pyrethroid, 2,4-D exposure, with the greatest reduction observed in malathion, clothianidin, and chlorpyrifos.

The researchers noted that all of us are exposed “to a cocktail of toxic synthetic pesticides linked to a range of health problems from our daily diets.” They explained how “certified organic food is produced without these pesticides,” and attempted to answer the question, “Can eating organic really reduce levels of pesticides in our bodies?”

They tested four American families who typically don’t eat organic food to find out.

First, we tested the levels of pesticides in their bodies on a non-organic diet for six days. We found 14 chemicals representing potential exposure to 40 different pesticides in every study participant. These included organophosphates, pyrethroids, neonicotinoids and the phenoxy herbicide 2,4-D. Some of the pesticides we found are linked to increased risk of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more. (source)

This is one of multiple studies that’ve shown the benefits of switching to an organic diet.

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When it comes to GMOs, there is a wealth of information that shows corruption with regard to their approval. A great resource to learn more about that is  called Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverte.

The stranglehold that corporations like Monsanto have on governments and government agencies like the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is quite strong. Many senior CDC scientists actually stressed this, but there are several other examples of this type of corruption.

For example, glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, was recently re-licensed and approved by European Parliament. However, MEPs found the science given to them was plagiarized, full of industry science written by Monsanto. You can read more about that here.

Glyphosate has been implicated in thousands of cancer cases, and Monsanto has already paid out billions of dollars to multiple victims. Dewayne Johnson is one of multiple examples.

Many mainstream foods were also found to be contaminated with glyphosate. Here’s a list of children’s foods that’ve been contaminated.

Monsanto was recently acquired by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Big food and big pharma are one in the same. They own the press, they own politicians, and they practically dictate government policy. There are a multitude of examples that illustrate the massive amount of corruption that drives these corporations, yet they are still operating despite the fact that the products they offer have been proven to be extremely damaging to human health as well as the environment.

Those of you who have been involved in the past in the battle to protect our children from poorly made vaccines or toxic chemicals in our food or in our water know the power of these industries and how they’ve undermined every institution in our democracy that is supposed to protect little children from powerful, greedy corporations. Even the pharmaceutical companies have been able to purchase congress. They’re the largest lobbying entity in Washington D.C.. They have more lobbyists in Washington D.C. than there are congressman and senators combined. They give twice to congress what the next largest lobbying entity is, which is oil and gas… Imagine the power they exercise over both republicans and democrats. They’ve captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They’ve compromised the press… and they destroy the publications that publish real science. – Robert F. Kennedy (source)

Today, annual protests are held against the agrochemical company to demonstrate the public’s displeasure with Monsanto’s practices. Not only do the protests illustrate how many people are against genetically modified organisms, but they also represent how many people are against the dangerous pesticides Monsanto produces to kill off pests and insects.

Here are some of the brands that Monsanto works with.

The Brands

This list was recently put out by Vocal Media.

  • Aunt Jemima
  • Aurora Foods
  • Banquet
  • Best Foods
  • Betty Crocker
  • Bisquick
  • Cadbury
  • Campbell’s
  • Capri Sun
  • Carnation
  • Chef Boyardee
  • Coca Cola
  • ConAgra
  • Delicious Brand Cookies
  • Duncan Hines
  • Famous Amos
  • Frito Lay
  • General Mills
  • Green Giant
  • Healthy Choice
  • Heinz
  • Hellman’s
  • Hershey’s Nestle
  • Holsum
  • Hormel
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunts
  • Interstate Bakeries
  • Jiffy
  • KC Masterpiece
  • Keebler/Flowers Industries
  • Kelloggs
  • Kid Cuisine
  • Knorr
  • Kool-Aid
  • Kraft/Phillip Morris
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Lipton
  • Loma Linda
  • Marie Callenders
  • Minute Maid
  • Morningstar
  • Butterworths
  • Nabisco
  • Nature Valley
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ore-Ida
  • Orville Redenbacher
  • Pasta- Roni
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Pepsi
  • Pillsbury
  • Pop Secret
  • Post Cereals
  • Power Bar Brand
  • Prego Pasta Sauce
  • Pringles
  • Procter and Gamble
  • Quaker
  • Ragu Sauce
  • Rice-A-Roni
  • Smart Ones
  • Stouffers
  • Shweppes
  • Tombstone Pizza
  • Totinos
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Unilever
  • V8

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, despite the massive amount of corruption and illegal activities these companies have engaged in, we are the ones buying their products and consuming their foods. All we have to do is make better choices–we can switch to organic produce, we can do our research and purchase from ethical companies, and we can refuse to spray our lawns with herbicides. Vote with your dollar.

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