We Have a New Home! Come Take a Tour… : The 7 Things I Learned This Week

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Officially Bay Area residents… all 3 of us.

We’re officially grounded…

In today’s 7 Things I Learned this Week, I’m going to share with you where we now call home, my run in with the law and how you can get what you want – anytime – with just a pencil and a piece of paper.

Check it out…

1. A new home.

After just over 2 years in our bus, we’ve finally decided to settle down in one place for a while.

Surprisingly, to us as well, it’s not Denver.

I know I wrote about moving to Denver about 2 weeks ago, but since then some things have changed – when you live on a 36 foot bus, you can switch it up pretty easily. It’s almost as simple as taking one exit or another.

Over the past week and a half, we’ve decided that we wanted to be closer to our office to help continue to expand the reach of Renegade Health and Annmarie’s organic skin care line.

I know from my own experience that the closer and more focused you are on something, the more it grows or evolves.

I want Ann’s line to evolve. So does Annmarie. You probably do as well.

It’s the cleanest, most effective product out there and 99% of the time when people first try the products, they fall in love with them.

This is a mission that needs attention. I feel we can change the way skin care is done.

I also want to reach more people – and continue to serve you – with the message of good health through the Renegade Health brand of content and products.

This is why we decided to move closer to our office.

In fact, a 2 mile walk away…

If you want, come see our new apartment in Berkeley as I give a tour on the show here.

2. The power of the list.

About 7-8 years ago, I made a list.

The list included all of the things I wanted in a life partner – down to the color of her hair.

Every night, I would run over the list in my head before I went to bed – I was focused, knew what I wanted and was confident I’d get it.

Within 6 months, I met her. (Can you guess who she is?)

Since then, I’ve learned that if you write down what you want in a list format like this and focus on it, you pretty much get what you want. It’s a powerful and easy tool to use.

Last week, Annmarie and I used this same technique for finding an apartment.

Here is the exact list that we wrote down on our drive from Sedona to Berkeley.

– Close to a healthy organic restaurant with vegan options.
– Close to a grocery store with organic produce.
– Ability to walk to theaters or downtown area.
– Ability to walk to ride bike to work.
– Walking distance to public transportation.
– Quiet.
– Wood floors – no nasty carpet.
– Lots of light.
– Close to a coffee / tea shop.
– In Berkeley.

We arrived in Berkeley on Sunday night, found an apartment on Monday (only looked at 3) and signed the lease on Tuesday.

The apartment includes all of these things listed above and we love it.

If it wasn’t for the list, I’d have no idea where we’d be right now.

My suggestion to you: If you want something, make a list about it now. You may be surprised at what you get.

NOTE: One important thing you need to know about lists is to be specific. Annmarie didn’t list “large kitchen,” so our kitchen is smaller than she’d like.

In my first list, while I was looking for a partner, I listed “tall” but didn’t specify what tall could mean. Annmarie is tall, compared so someone who is under 5 feet… LOL! 😉

3. Watch out, Berkeley, I have a bike.

For almost 7 years, I’ve been longing to live in a city where I could leave the car keys at home.

My dream was to walk everywhere… the grocery store or farmer’s market, a coffee or tea shop where I could work and get a tea, a healthy restaurant, and just about anywhere else I wanted to go.

I had this a long time ago when I lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and worked on the American Stock Exchange.

Since then, I’ve been longing to be mobile like that again.

One thing I didn’t think about much is getting a bike. Frankly, I was a little scared of the idea.

A few years ago, a crazy driver tired to run me off the road when I was running, so since then I’ve been a little cautious of running on the road, let alone biking.

Anyway, the other day, I got the biking bug after watching the hundreds of cyclists here in Berkeley ride to work, the store, or where ever else they needed to go.

I fell in love with the ease of it. You could get to a place just as fast a car and not have to worry about parking.

I also fell in love for what it stood for – a better environment. No gas = no pollution (and destruction of the earth, and violence, and war crimes, etc.)

And, finally, I fell in love over that fact that I could take it where some cars can’t go. (That’s the “renegade” in me.)

So, Ann and I went out the other day and I bought a used bike. (She’s getting hers shipped here from Connecticut next week.)

The bike is a classic mountain bike – at least that’s what the nice guys at The Pedaler in El Sobrante told me. It’s perfect for riding around town as well as getting out on the trails 2-3 times a month.

On the way home, I dreamed about criss-crossing through the Berkeley streets, using my arms to signal my turns and turning on my flashy headlight when it started to get dark. (Don’t worry, Annmarie as driving.)

When it came time to actually take it out and ride, I realized my dream was not a reality.

After the send off party, which included breaking a bottle of kombucha over the handle bars (it took 3-4 swings), I embarked on the inaugural ride.

When they say “you never forget how to ride a bike,” they’re definitely right.

I picked it up in seconds.

But the criss-crossing the streets, flashy headlight and hand signal fantasy was far from the truth.

It was chaos.

Riding a bike in the city has its own challenges and laws that are significantly different from riding on the windy side roads in Connecticut.

The first of these challenges is that there are more cops around watching your every move…

4. Running from the law.

More specifically, biking…

It was inevitable that I’d end up getting into some sort of trouble on my first bike ride in Berkeley.

I know you’re not supposed to ride on the sidewalk, but sometimes it’s just easier.

So when I popped up over the curb to cut through a parking lot on Shattuck, I knew I was running the risk of getting caught.

I also knew that since it was my first day out, my chances of getting caught doing something illegal were low – maybe even non-existent. I was more concerned about taking a spill or getting my pant leg caught in the gears (which it did.)

When I saw the black and white hood of the police cruiser pulling next to me out of the left corner of my eye – seconds after I came up on the curb, I knew I my assumption was at least $200 incorrect.

I was going to get a ticket if I didn’t think fast.

My first thought was to fall on the ground and fake a cramp. Everyone understands cramps.

My second was to keep going and maybe pretend that I didn’t see anything.

The third, was a little more practical and less theatrical – about 4 feet from me was a bike rack.

If I could stop riding, get off my bike and pretend to lock it up, then there’s a chance, the officer would assume I reached my destination and that I only rode up on the curb to dock my ride.

So I hoped off and fiddled with the lock for a few seconds. As I was doing this, I watched as the cop put his car back into drive, pull away from the curb and continue down into the parking lot to turn around.

I continued my act and walked into the CVS by the lot until he was gone.

City of Berkeley: $0.00

5. David Rainoshek and Dr. Gabriel Cousens created a stir.

I knew both these posts would be interesting and maybe even a little controversial.

What I didn’t anticipate is this – that for as many people who liked one of the speakers, there was an equal and opposite number who didn’t.

When we started the blog, our focus was a plant based diet – 100%. (Though always open to ideas.)

Over time, as we’ve evolved (some people would say de-volved), we’ve become more accepting of all type of opinions.

This is particularly clear with your comments. We seem to have a very wide range of readers / viewers who have many different views on what diet is the best.

This is fantastic, because inside of the disagreement there can be realization and grown.

But it does make content creation a little more difficult…

If 50% of you want 100% plant based authors and 50% want mainly plant based, that means we have to bring it to you. (Note: the distinction here is not large.)

My idea for the future is to get more contributors so that there is something interesting to everyone – every day.


6. Articles with Dr. J.E. Williams start this week!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we will be having Dr. Williams as a guest blogger on a weekly basis from here on out on Renegade Health.

Having Dr. Williams is our first step to providing more quality and interesting content for you in 2011. My goal by the end of the year (yes, it’s written down!) is to have at least 5 high quality articles, recipes or video posts daily. (Not 5 of each, but 5 total.)

This way, we’ll be more likely able to provide you with something that is interesting every single day!

Back to Dr. Williams, twice a month, he’ll be providing an interesting and content rich article for you. The other two weeks, he’ll be answering questions for you. All you’ll have to do is ask them in the comments field of the post and we’ll collect them and send them off to him to review and answer.

We’re thrilled to have him on board and I hope you are too!

7. Would you run across America? For natural health?

If you want, now you can.

You can join Dr. Dennis Godby, who’s decided to donate his body to the road to help spread the word about natural health and naturopathy.

Our friend Russ told us about this mission a few weeks ago, so I wanted to share it with you.

Dr. Godby’s run will start in San Francisco on July 17th, 2011 and end in Bridgeport, CT later on in the year. That’s a 3,250 mile run.

The coolest thing about this is, if you want, you can join him for a leg to show your support – or you can donate your leg if he’s already been at it for a while when he gets to your town. 🙂

Since we’re in Berkeley now, I might join him through town here to help send him off to oven-hot-in-the-summer Walnut Creek.

I’m always excited to see people doing unbelievable things, so this is one that I felt I needed to share.

The one thing I do want to say is that if he’s ending in Bridgeport, he better end at Bloodroot.

You can find out more here:


I want your thoughts: What kind of articles do you want to see here on Renegade Health now that we’re expanding?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Janet Kent says:

    I wish you happiness and blessings in your new home.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Thanks for the great suggestion of writing things down Kevin! And congrats to you, Annmarie, and kitty for the new home. I have really enjoyed the new direction of your biz/blog etc and feel lucky to be able to get such great, inspiring, and non-dogmatic info from you guys. Best to you all and hope things go great in Berkley and with AnnMarie’s products. ~ Adrienne in Boston

  3. Really, not Denver?

    I would like to see an article about Denver, all it’s finer points, and why it’s better than Berkeley.


    Just kidding.

    Sort of.


    Alright… an article I would like to see – getting in touch with local farmer’s markets – how to find and support your local non-pesticide-using growers of good and delicious things.

  4. STEPHANIE says:

    The Berkely Ecology Center on San Pablo is a wonderful resourse for sustainable living! Great store, and worthy organization to support.


    Congrats and EnJOY your new home,
    Stephanie…still stuck in NYC!

  5. Congrats on your new home. Travelling is awesome, but it’s also really nice to be in the same location for an extended time.

  6. Jenni Smith says:

    Welcome to the Bay Area! I work in Oakland, live in South San Francisco.

    Jenni 🙂

  7. aya kiawe says:


    i want to know what you honestly think about the chem trail issuse

    u dont talk about it but I am sure yo have heard

    please share soon with us what you think


  8. Jim says:

    Same concerns here in Portland — how to learn all of the biking rules. I don’t even have a bike yet, but it seems like you really need to know what the rules are before you go riding around on the streets. So weird… back in Pittsburgh, there weren’t any bikers at all, so there weren’t any real rules to follow.

  9. The only “best” diet is what works for each unique individual, which is you, me and everyone else. Thanks for the diversity you offer and promoting true health for all of us. May we all continue to evolve into healthier beings!

  10. saskia says:

    I was an on-&-off reader until the great health debate, where you won me over with your balanced point of view and your sincere attempt to share truth and not dogma.

    I’m delighted to know we’ll be hearing from Dr. Williams on a regular basis. I would stick around for that alone!

    Many thanks for the great job you are both doing. It sounds like your new home is perfect–even with a small kitchen. (After living in the van, I would hope any kitchen would feel bigger.)

  11. Tera says:

    I love your posts about your personal life. those are so interesting! how did you and Annmarie meet?

  12. James says:

    That story of your run in with the law almost had me holding my breath the whole time.

  13. Jim says:

    Forgot to mention earlier that, here in Portland, I’ve found two other great means of transportation: scooter and skateboard. I tend to favor the skateboard (simply because it’s more fun), but both are amazingly fast, expand your normal walking range quite a bit, and are also small enough to take indoors so you don’t have anything to lock up.

  14. Gail says:

    You are so entertaining, Kevin – nut! LOL
    I can so easily visualize the whole bike/cop scene – ha ha!

    You know what? I already knew you two would settle there, so I’m not surprised one bit.
    Gosh..who wouldn’t want to?! 🙂
    I miss my beloved CA EVERY DAY! 🙁

    Thanks so much for the reminder about writing things down and then they happen. I’d actually forgotten about it. You’re so right tho. Now what to do when you have very opposing wants?? Such as wanting acreage with lots of animals; a garden and wide open spaces; and then exactly the things (I mean EXACTLY) you listed? Then what??
    Typical Gemini..love variety and polarity..

    I haven’t listened to David or Gabriel yet, but will.
    I read on another’s newsletter about how ‘absurd’ it is to think one ‘needs’ to eat meat in order to feel better. Honestly I’m ‘over’ that whole topic. As I said before, you’d have to address each individuals food/health/toxicity history; their present habits, then address a healing plan and a diet of choice for Life. I say each person figure it out and let’s move on.
    There are some REAL harder core issues at hand in this world that need our brain cells for.
    I had commented on a FB page that I was a little annoyed with all the longevity stuff and the great idealistic-perfect-world spin on health that make people just say, “yeah, for the rich maybe; for Hollywood maybe”, and rather approach things more like Victoria Boutenko does. She takes a simple concept of ONE item – her Green Smoothies – and shows the WORLD how one item, made simply, easily, and inexpensively can change every aspect of their lives.
    This addresses where people are at RIGHT NOW – their health; their lack of insurance; lack of funds (grow your own smoothie!) and real stresses.
    Where I’m living right now, most people wonder how they will get through the day or the week and could care less about ‘longevity’.
    I want to make a difference in a person’s EVERY DAY life. One of my co-workers was VERY constipated. I told her to eat a pear. She told me she didn’t think she had any in the cupboard at home but might stop by the store on her way home from work and get a can. I was so stunned, I couldn’t think for a minute. No, a fresh pear, not canned I said.
    Oh..hmm. I’ve never had one. So, I went AT LUNCH to the store and bought her one to eat.
    She loved it. Oh, and about 2 hours later, her problem was ‘solved’.
    I had another co-worker whose 2 year old is on so much medication already, I was shocked. He has asthma;eczema, acid reflux, and the list goes on. He was there once and having an asthma attack. I gave him some of my alkaline ionized water and within seconds, his attack stopped and he was breathing normally.

    I just want people to ‘see’..

    Thanks Kevin.

  15. Judy says:

    Congrats on your new home in Berkeley! Good choice in cities to live in to be close to everything. My husband and I just moved down to San Diego from the Bay Area, after 36 years. We love Berkeley. My favorite grocery/health food store to shop is Berkeley Bowl (they have 2 locations, one on Adeleine and the new one off San Pablo Ave). The raw food restaurant Gratitude is on Shattuck. Good luck with your skin care line Annmarie.

  16. jackie says:

    In lieu of what’s going on in Japan right now, it might be beneficial to have an article or two on how to protect our families from radioactive poisioning. Even if the reactor blows in Japan, all that stuff will be released into the atmosphere and deposited who knows where.

  17. Mike says:

    Same home. Different house to put it in.

  18. Michele says:

    Hey, where’s the tour? I was hoping to see video/pictures of your new digs. Glad you’re in Bezerkly! That’s closer to me. Thanks for tip on list making. I’ll make the list on my perfect occupation…can’t wait for it to appear. Thanks for reminding me of my manifesting powers.
    Something Spectacular is About to Happen!
    Blue Skies and Bike Rides!

  19. Marie-Aude says:

    Funny story with the bike. In my own experience whenever one moves to a new location one has to sort of go through a few “acts of rights” to live in the area. And a bunch of things that never would happen to me in my prior city where let’s say I could get away with murder, wouldn’t jive anymore in the new location. I kind of had to pay my dues…

    On another note, how come Annemarie’s product line is not sold online? on her website?
    I live in the East mountains of Albuquerque, NM where no retail store carry her products.

  20. Lori says:

    Hi Kev,

    Congrats to you and AnnMarie. Where’s the link to tour your new digs in Berkely?


  21. Debbie says:

    Good wishes on your new home! May it be a super place for you guys and give you lots of fond memories.

  22. sans says:

    I certainly like the direction you are taking the RHS. You have an Edu-taining approach to the material posted. Keep up the great work, and thanks for continuing to spread the word of healthy living no matter what you choose!

  23. nina says:

    you guys really chose Berkeley over Denver, huh? I am definitely surprised. However, you will make the most of it, wherever you land.
    I have a customer with a “Smokey” identical to Johnny 5 – same beautiful eyes and color.
    Loads of luck to both of you in your new environment!

  24. Darla says:

    So happy to hear that Annmarie is going to expand her skin care line! I absolutly love the Anti-Aging Facial Oil, Coconut Honey Mask & Neroli Toning Mist. How about adding essential oil perfumes and a healthy makeup line! My skin has never looked better with your skincare so I don’t really need makeup but it’s nice to add a little color. Thank you for creating such a lovely, beneficial skincare line. I can’t wait to see whats coming next!

  25. Kevin!
    I have to share that I think you should have been honest with the police officer! I have kids and with two of them teenagers, I had to teach them this lesson when I found out my son used a swear word.
    He said, “Mom, I said it in front of my friends and they swear too. Its not that big of a deal.” So I asked him if it is ok to swear in front of me, or his teacher,or his grandparents and he said “No.” Point being, I wanted to teach my son that if a little bit of swearing is bad, then ALL swearing is bad, because when does the line become to much or to little?
    Keven, if it is ok to fake dishonesty about a small biking infraction, is it then ok to be dishonest with an ingredient in Ann Maries skincare line?? Where is the line drawn??
    I love your show and thank you for all you share!

  26. Brenda says:

    I think Berkeley suits you two/three. Welcome. I am a sixth generation East SF Bay dweller. My ancestors came here in 1847 to plant fruit orchards.
    I love how your Renegade Health adventure continues to expand. I love that you are inviting us to join your ride. Being a naturopath/energy healer . . . I enjoy just about everything you talk about.
    Maybe since you are so close to me, I will get to see you at some Bay Area event in the future. 🙂 I am glad to have you and Anne Marie near by. Johnny 5 too.

  27. mak says:

    Congratulations for moving to CA! Johnny 5 looks resigned to the fact!
    Thanks for keeping different points of view. I appreciate all of them because being 100% raw did not work for me. Everybody is at a different level, or different stages of healing after a serious illness.We must listen to our bodies and try new approaches to feel better.
    Thanks to both of you for showing us your blood work-It was so ever helpful.
    Blessings and much love to all three of you!!

  28. Claire says:

    Welcome to CA!!

    I really enjoyed Dr. Cousens!

  29. Paulette says:

    Congrats on the new home arrangements. Glad to hear your quick thinking saved you from a ticket. Good to know Dr. Wiliams is joining you to help answer our questions. And I am glad you are open to more than vegan alone to the path of a healthy body which gives a little something for everyone. I appreciate your openness and honesty to share what you are doing. Integrity goes a long way…in the long run of things. I respect your being honest to a fault in that you do not hide your actions from us in fear someone will get mad and quit reading and watching. You are truly exemplifying “to thine own self be true.” It lets me know you truly do have our best interest at heart and not just trying to tickle our ears.

  30. Dr. Gastaldo says:

    “I want your thoughts: What kind of articles do you want to see here on Renegade Health now that we’re expanding?”

    Hi Kevin,

    Any chance you could do an article on how organized medicine is fraudulently promoting vaccination using PLANNED endangerment of VACCINATED children?

    See Vaccination: Bruesewitz bumbling

    How about an article on how – by using semisitting and dorsal delivery positions – OBGYNs are closing birth canals up to 30% (most births).

    WORSE: In 1 in 10 births, OBGYNs are KEEPING women semisitting/dorsal when babies get stuck and forceps/vacuums are used to pull.

    Some babies are DYING and OBGYNs are LYING to cover-up.

    For the Four OB Lies (they are whoppers)…

    See A criminal obstetric habit involving vaginas

    Obviously, ORGANIZED MEDICINE is behaving in an “outlaw”/”renegade” fashion.



    ren·e·gade (rn-gd)
    1. One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.
    2. An outlaw; a rebel.
    Of, relating to, or resembling a renegade; traitorous.
    intr.v. ren·e·gad·ed, ren·e·gad·ing, ren·e·gades
    To become a deserter or an outlaw.

  31. Susan says:

    Kevin, I have received only Part 1 of Dr Cousens’ response to the health debates and must have failed to see the other guy (Rainoshek)if he was presented in one of your e-mails. Is Part 2 of Dr Cousens coming soon?Hope so….I enjoy hearing him.

  32. Joan says:

    Congats to you guys on your new home…I’m still here in CT…maybe we’ll join you out there soon. I’ve been wanting to make that move for some time now and after this winter here in CT CA is looking really good! All the best!

  33. Rhonda Ostberg says:

    Congratulations on your new home and thank you for staying true to you and providing us with such great information ALWAYS! There isjust one thing I don’t understand- why you would choose Ca over Minnesota! Hee Hee! We still hope you come to visit us someday!

  34. Angie says:

    Ooh, I LOVED Berkeley when I lived there! Have fun!!!

  35. Mary says:

    Welcome and peace in your CA apt. You never struck me as a California person, but Berkeley will change your attitude soon, I’m sure. Great that someone will actually be responding to our posts; never knew you even read them. Yes, really.

  36. s says:


    Why is your goal to post 5 articles/recipes/videos daily? Yikes. Am I the only one who is overwhelmed by one’s email inbox?

    I really do like the content that you provide
    and I don’t want to bash your goal.
    But what you provide is enough right now.
    I’m just sayin. 🙂

  37. Laura says:

    Kevin and Annmarie,
    It’s fantastic that you have chosen to spend some time here in California. While it has it’s good points and it’s not so good points I don’t think I could live anywhere else. If you two find yourselves exploring our beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains or Yosemite Park you must stop into my little herb/health shop in lovely Sonora to pick up some Kombuchas or other healthy snacks (these can be hard to come by in small towns even in CA.) We are called Artemisia Herbals(www.artemisiaherbals.net) and we would love to have you stop in and say hello.

  38. Charlotte says:

    i’d like to hear Dr. Williams talk more about women’s health, in particular the implications of not having regular periods or going for the better part of the year without a cycle. I’ve supplemented my diet with raw goat milk kefir and other animal products but I still haven’t restarted my cycle. I play tennis for my universtiy team and am very very active. I also get an average of 7 hours at most of sleep which is probably not enough. I think being too active and having too much stress from my biology degree as well as traveling for tennis leaves me unable to maintain periods. What are the consequences of not menstruating??? Help, I want to have kids someday in the far future!

  39. Dianne says:

    “City of Berkeley: $0.00”


  40. Cherie says:

    Ha! I told you a while back I saw you in Berkeley not in Denver. Wow. Glad you will be in Ca.

  41. Gina says:

    Love you two and the show! Although I now reside on a NC farm near the coast, the bay area is my birthplace and was home for much of my life! Lived in Berkeley and worked at the health dept. May your new home be filled with sunbeams and smiles! Enjoy!

  42. Kate says:

    Berkeley is a nice spot! I pop in all the time to visit friends and go sailing. The Berkeley bowl off of Shattuck is cool… and typical has some… interesting.. folk in there. I’ve seen a few fairies once.. a pink one.. and purple, if I do recall. Quite interesting. LOTS of diversity! 🙂

    And the list idea sounds fantastic!!! I’m 27 and haven’t found my man yet. Maybe this will help send him my way! Thanks!!

  43. Mary says:

    You really had me laughing on this one! Great to have you in Berkeley, which is only a couple of hours away from me. Would love to meet you two as I have followed you from your earliest shows.

    For the bathroom toilet. I found something at Costco for around $18 that you can install very easily. It has an upper button to flush liquid and a lower button for #2. So you have the option of saving water but you can use more water when you really need it! I think it was called Hydroright. If you Google Hydroright you can see what I’m talking about. Best wishes to you both on your new digs!

  44. Nicky says:

    Adorable nomad-cat! Do you feed your cat healthy too? Raw fed (organic/grass fed meats) cats are the healthiest; and if you can’t swing all raw, then Grain & By-product Free High quality canned food is a decent alternative, brands such as Natural Balance & Wellness are known to be quality. I’d love to know what you feed your pretty kitty! Oh, and I presume Filtered water of course!??

    I have 3 indoor Female cats, I delayed spaying for a year so their adrenals could operate normally while they mature & I didn’t have them vaccinated or given any shots to ruin their natural immune system, just had to have dewormed when they were kittens & that was it. I feed them a combination raw and canned Natural Balance or Wellness brand foods.

    Would love to hear at some point what you guys do for your baby! Great blogging here, always informative & entertaining! Thanks!

  45. Carol says:

    Hey Kev,
    That was a GREAT news letter, I really enjoyed reading. You’re sooo real. Unlike some other raw foodist/ vegan people on youtube. Anyway, I loved the story about making a list to get what you want. That’s a skill I forgot all about. Thank you for reminding me. I’m going to start using this idea today.
    I always look forward to your and AnnMarie’s videos. You’re such a cute couple & a great team!
    Thanks for all the hard work. Keep on being real and leave any ego behind. 🙂

  46. kristy says:

    congrat’s, love it!!

  47. Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

    @Kelly: I appreciate your thoughts here. I will assure you Ann’s products are the best of the best. I have an authority aversion, not a dishonesty issue, LOL! 🙂


  48. Erika says:

    Welcome to the
    Bay Area! Perhaps we could work together on a project in the very near future 😀
    Tons of Blessings! +Erika

  49. CINDY says:

    Cong to your new home. California is where to be because

    1. you can grow your own food

    2. it never really get’s too cold, but then does depend where in Ca.(That’s why I like Southern California better than Northern Ca.)

    3. it doesn’t rain too much,so your plans don’t get postponed or cancelled. Living in states like Oregon or Washington would BE depressing.(too much RAIN)

  50. I was trying to write you but e mial but it disappeared.

    Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), 8.5, all indoor air toxins.

    Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa), 8.5, all indoor air toxins.

    Bamboo palm(Chamaedorea seifrizii),8.4,benzene,trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

    Rubber plant (Ficus robusta), 8.0, formaldehyde.

    Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ (Dracaena deremensis, ‘Janet Craig’), 7.8, all indoor air toxins, especially cigarette smoke.

    English ivy (Hedera helix), 7.8, formaldehyde.

    Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), 7.8, xylene (found in paints, solvents and adhesives).

    Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii ‘Alii’), 7.7, all indoor air toxins.

    Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’), 7.5, formaldehyde.

    Peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.), 7.5, alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde.

    Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’), 7.5, all indoor air toxins.

    Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), 7.5, all indoor air toxins.

    Kimberley Queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata), 7.4, all indoor air toxins,
    especially formaldehyde and alcohols.

    Florist’s mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium), 7.4, formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.

    Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) 7.3, all indoor toxins.

    Dracaena ‘Warneckei’ (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckei’), 7.3, benzene.

    Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata), 7.0, xylene and trichloroethylene.
    Red emerald philodendron (Philodendron erubescens), 7.0, all indoor air toxins.
    Syngonium (Syngonium podophyllum), 7.0, all indoor air toxins.
    Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans), 6.6, all indoor air toxins.

  51. Yamina says:

    Hi Kevin !
    I am really shocked ! NASTY CARPETS ! It is scandalous ! My carpets are more than 10 years old and everyone asks me where I have bought them and if they are new ! In no exotic lands but in a main supermarket ! They are synthetical and very soft and comfortable. Every day or almost I clean them, and the beige of their pattern is always the same, clean and soft, as if it is new. Don’t be so dogmatic ! I am sure that some parquets, badly kept, are more nocive than my sweet and adorable carpets that I will not change for all the gold of the world because for me, nothing can replace the pleasure to walk barefootly at home, sit and lay down, read, etc. so confortably ! It is probabably my arabic origins that makes me stand up to defend the carpets’rights to support serene lives ! On the other hands, I have never accepted, and will never accept in my home woolcarpets,that the tiny fingers of poor children have made ! It depend where we place our vigilance ! I am really upset and will have one, maybe two sweat cookies with a so delicious raw butter, rapadura, and fine slices of roasted almonds, and tiny chunks of pralin chocolate with half a cup of moka to return to my quietness… Scandalous…

  52. Christine says:

    I am near Berkeley every so many months and would love to visit your store. Please tell me the name of it again.

    Thank you,

  53. nancy says:

    Congrats on your new place and manifesting your dreams .I read and watch your shows and love them.I am about to start Angela Stokes Monarchs “juice feasting fast ‘ I am attempting to clean out and re build , my teeth are in rough shape I have been attempting the raw food diet for 10yrs going from 50 to 95% raw letting social meetings temp me into eating healthy cooked food and suffering from it every time.I beleive in the raw food diet for me because I always fell better the more of it I do.I do however want to know the best way to do it so I don’t have teeth or bone problems ,so I appreciate your trying to show all the info you come across thank you

  54. Dr. Gastaldo says:



    Natural Hygienist Dr. Herbert Shelton wrote:

    “[D]ue to wrong eating and over eating…the large size and weight of infants,
    at birth, is one of the most prominent causes of difficulty and pain in
    –Dr. Herbert Shelton
    The Hygienic Care of Children [1931: Chap. 5]

    See Natural Hygiene vs. Big Babies/Difficult Delivery http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/chiro-list/message/6179


    Do you have info about birth weight of neonates born to women on raw food diets relative to birth weight of neonates born to women on the standard American diet?

    Of course, all babies should have maximal pelvic outlet area at delivery.


    Dr. Gastaldo
    Hillsboro, Oregon

    PS Dr. Oz blithely admits the birth-canal-closing crime (see quote below) – as he promotes it with illustrations!’

    I quoted Dr. Oz for Cathy Spong, MD at NIH…

    >>>>>>”Lying on your back…[the most widely used birthing position]…collapses the diameter of your pelvis a half inch to an inch…” [Roizen MF and Oz MC. YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy. NY: Free Press 2009:234,327]
    >>>>>>OBGYN child abusers indirectly ADMIT ON VIDEO^^^ that they KNOW they are routinely closing birth canals up to 30%. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/ACOG’s Shoulder Dystocia Drill video purports to demonstrate how to allow the birth canal to open maximally in the small number of cases when babies’ shoulders get stuck – which is the indirect admission that OBGYNs know they are routinely closing birth canals up to 30%.
    >>>>>>Sadly, the version of McRoberts maneuver, purported on the ACOG video to allow the birth canal to open maximally, actually keeps the woman on her sacrum, birth canal closed with more force.
    >>>>>>For the simple biomechanics and for a radiographic cite and a clinical cite from the medical literature, see Gastaldo TD. Letter. BIRTH. 1992;19(4):230-1. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/bir/19/4. Thanks to WileyInterscience, FREE ONLINE ACCESS was recently re-instated.
    >>^^^Significantly, the ACOG indirect video admission of the birth-canal-closing crime was ruled exempt from the hearsay rule in Costantino v. DAVID M. HERZOG, MD, PC, 203 F. 3d 164 – Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit. http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8777082126942104150&hl=en&as_s\dt=2&a\s_vis=1&oi=scholarr

    Even if women can’t use diet to make smaller babies/easier births, they can make their pelvic outlets up to 30% bigger (area-wise) – just by asking their OBGYNs/midwives to keep them off their backs/buttocks at delivery.

    Hopefully all women (and men) reading will join me in working to stop the ongoing birth-canal-closing crime of OBGYNs.

  55. Tamilyn says:

    Love the article! Thanks for the info! God bless your family and your new home.

  56. Amelia says:

    Welcome to the Bay Area and the East Bay.

  57. Maia says:

    So happy you both decided to settle here for a while. And J5 too! I hope to see you around town soon. You sure picked an exciting time to join us on the west coast. I loved your post on the actions you are taking. Thanks for always trying to take a calm, rational and balanced approach. Hugs, Maia

  58. Lexica says:

    Greetings and welcome to the area from this Oaklander! I hope life in the People’s Republic of Berzerkeley agrees with you both.

    My husband and I are both heavy-duty utility bikers (car-free for three years, so we do everything, sometimes including furniture shopping, by bike), so if you’ve got any questions about biking in the area or would like company on a get-to-know-the-area ride, we’d love to help. A couple of basic recommendations: membership in the local bike coalitions (East Bay Bike Coalition and SF Bike Coalition) is useful, and SFBC membership will give you 10% off any shopping you do at Rainbow Grocery through 2011. The East Bay bike maps put out by the EBBC are excellent resources, as is the bike-and-pedestrian map put out by Walk Oakland Bike Oakland (WOBO). The “I bike Oakland” map, from oaklandbikes.info, is also a useful one.

    In terms of safety, most of the drivers in the East Bay are pretty reasonable about coexisting with bikes, but there are some you have to watch out for. I recommend knowing the law (http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc21202.htm) and being prepared to yell it at the top of your lungs when necessary: “STATE LAW GIVES BICYCLISTS THE LEGAL RIGHT TO THE FULL LANE! VEHICLE CODE SECTION 21202! LEARN THE LAW AND STOP HARASSING BICYCLISTS!” Also carrying a camera or cell phone with camera is good — sometimes when a driver threatens me I’m able to snap a photo of their vehicle with license plate showing.

    The Bay Area by bike is an amazing place. So many wonderful places to ride and you can see so much that you wouldn’t be able to see from inside a car.


  59. Cindy says:

    Sorry for the late post but I cannot keep up with everything you send out nowadays. I am writing due to your comment above that you are looking to provide 5 posts A DAY!!!!
    I am so far behind and even deleting the long 1 hour audios as it is too much info too often. i used to love the RHS very daily and the odd post but now with daily posts and other things it is overwhelming to me. I may have to unsubscribe if this continues as i don’t like to delete without looking at or reading but it is just too much

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