The Reverend Doctor grew up in a Harlem, Manhattan. In his early teen years, his family relocated to Camden, New Jersey. As a boy, he would spend summers with his family in South Carolina, which he fondly recalls upon and says he loved more than anything – living off the land, but we’ll get back to that in a bit! He found his way to Staten Island 16 years ago and has mad an immense impact on the community.
Although he was accepted to one of the most prestigious universities in the US, a name which he humbly omits, Rev. Dr. Carolina earned his associates degree from a community college. He says “he did not want to waste his mother’s money.” After his first degree, he started teaching, plus earned his bachelors in social sciences and history at the same time. And while the Reverend Doctor pursued his Masters degree from Temple University, he also taught courses at the same time, mind you, as an adjunct professor. Rev. Dr. Carolina’s education took a tremendous amount of hard work and time, and during the time he spent studying, he was working, as well. Rev. Doctor Carolina would then receive his doctorate from NYU; and throughout his career that followed, he has taught myriad classes at colleges and universities up and down the east coast.
An Epiphany at Age 16
Rev. Dr. Carolina not only “the calling,” but he heard it at 16 years old, which is when he became a licensed Baptist Minister. In a very funny exchange, James notes how at 16 years old, he couldn’t “find his backside in a closet.” Prendamano further says, “Just now at 45 years old, I am finally starting to get a little bit of a handle of who I want to be when I grow up. And you knew at age 16. Remarkable!”
Rev. Dr. Carolina, notes that a spiritual calling from G*d like the one I had is different, but it’s not unlike sales, if you will. “It’s always there. You’re born with it.” It’s a fire within you. You answer the call because you hear it louder than others do at times. It’s inside your soul, says Rev. Dr. Carolina.
“Food is medicine,” as Hippocrates once said, “Medicine is food.” Everything grown from the earth has a purpose, both the Reverend Doctor and James agree, together, noting how our foods and they way they are processed has changed over the last several decades. That, together, with environmental toxins, is giving rise to major health issues and compromising our immune systems.
James Prendamano also notes how cleaner eating has improved his health, level of energy, and mental acuity over the last few years, also giving a shout out to Dr. Piazza on Forest Avenue. It was he who first stressed the importance of eating ‘whole foods,’ unaltered, without GMOS to James Prendamano.
Mind, Body, & Spirit
Rev. Doc Carolina talks about the importance of mind, body, and soul all being in harmony. “If you feed your mind, but don’t take care of your body, you’re weak. If you take care of your body but don’t educate yourself, you’re weak in the mind. And if you don’t satisfy what your soul needs, there will be a void in your life that you cannot seem to fill.