Italian ‘sect’ that imposed macrobiotic diet broken up police

Italian ‘sect’ that imposed macrobiotic diet broken up police

Followers, whose weight came as low-spirited as 35 kg, said to have been influenced into following devouring regime

A well-known leader of macrobiotic menu who filled Pope Francis is among the five people under investigation in Italy after police abolished a strange “sect” that allegedly disclaimed its followers contact with the outside world.

Mario Pianesi, the 73 -year-old founder of a group in the central Marche and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy, and his wife, Loredana Volpi, are suspected of being the ringleaders of a structure that operated preys into following a strictly controlled diet known as “Ma-Pi”.

Authorities articulated Pianesi persuaded admirers of the food, posed on the training courses of the Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa, that it would stipulate miracle cures for their afflictions and that traditional drug did not work. It aims to avoid foods containing toxins and is based on entire specks, vegetables and beans.

Carlo Pinto, an Ancona police chief, told the Guardian that the victims were so devoted to the diet and their “teacher” that the sect managed to coerce them into imparting donations and working for free in the association’s macrobiotic centers and restaurants. The diet was so damaging that the value of one admirer threw to 35 kg( 77 lb ).

” I’ve never come across a action like it in my life ,” Pinto said.” These were people suffering from physical or mental illnesses. They were convinced that the diet did them good and in return they offered to help the macrobiotic food chain, working for free and effectively sacrificing their own life .”

Pianesi, Volpi and three still others being investigated for suspect maltreatment, tax evasion and criminal organisation with the aim of reducing beings to slavery.

The inquiry began in 2013 after a young lady told police Pianesi predicted her that the diet would antidote her illness. Pinto said there were eight martyrs, whose afflictions instead deteriorated, but he expected more to come forward.

” Pianesi would say that doctors were assassins, usual medication didn’t work and that simply he could help ,” said Pinto.

Pianesi, who along with his wife listened a mass with Pope Francis in 2016 followed by a private had met with the pontiff, was ” well respected” in Italy and “dominated” the macrobiotic manufacture, Pinto added.

Originally from Albania, Pianesi started his territory in Marche in 1980 and went on to cultivate a business that claimed to help antidote illnesses including diabetes.

He once claimed that 26 scientific gazettes had endorsed the Ma-Pi diet as a tool for the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses. He too boasted of having cooperated with UN authorities including the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation( FAO ). His vogue is such that he is an honorary citizen of 12 towns in Italy and across the world.

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