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Can Reading Faster Make You Healthier? : Renegade Exclusive Interview

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Speedreading Wizard Jim, Alexis, Annmarie and I catching Avatar in 3D on New Years Eve. Pimpin’

I have a friend who can read a book in an hour.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty impressive.

I also think it’s pretty valuable.

It means you can read more health information and shorten your learning curve. Imagine if you could read 4 health books a month instead of one.

Would you be smarter in May than you were in April?

You bet.

My friend is Jim Kwik – I know… Kwik… Speedreading… LOL – and I have an interview with him here today.

The first hour is some great content and at the end he introduces you to a special deal to help you read faster – and in turn get you healthier.

I think you’ll enjoy it…

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Click the play button to start the call:

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Kev’s comments and thoughts:

1. Why mental exercises and this interview?

I told this story at the beginning of the call…

My grandfather is a active computer and Internet user at 92 years old.

He comments on political blogs, categorizes digital slides of my grandmother’s artwork, burns disks of family pictures and uses Gmail.

At the top of his computer is a label that reads: “If you lose the mental game, you lose the physical game.”

You know how important food is for your health. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be hanging around with Annmarie and I.

You probably know how important exercise is too, but most of you don’t do enough… :-)

Keeping your mind sharp is pretty important to.

My grandfather understands this concept.

So I wanted to bring it to you too.

2. How does this relate to your health?

I took a speed reading course with Jim about 4-5 years ago. This is where we first met.

The reason why I took the course was to see if there was any way I could be a better researcher by – hopefully – speeding up the time it took to get through all the material that I needed to review.

I also wanted to be able to actually read all the books that were being sent to me so I could be able to recommend them or not.

Most of us live in a colossal time crunch.

Sometimes it seems like there’s not enough time to be healthy, eat right, prepare raw foods, exercise, have fun and do all the things that we want to do in a day.

The truth is – that regardless of what we think – there is time.

We just have to be more smart about how we use our resources.

I know you want to learn about health.

Between our articles, countless books, journals and other health writers on the web (and in print), you’d have to live many lifetimes to read all the information that is available.

When you can speed read effectively, you allow yourself to learn more in a shorter period of time. It allows you to get the information you need quicker.

This translates loosely to better results. I say loosely, because you actually have to do some of the stuff you learn too. ;-)

3. The average CEO reads more…

Jim once told me that the average CEO reads 12 books a year. I’ve seen numbers that say even more.

Regardless, the average person reads only one.

You could argue that the reason the CEO is in a leadership role is because he or she reads more. Not because of any other factor.

While this likely it not the only factor, it certainly is one that seems relevant to me.

4. Sub-vocalization is holding you back, I know it.

Sub-vocalization was my problem too.

I would read all the words on the page in my head. So my reading speed was limited by the speed I could talk.

One of the keys to reading faster is to read visually, by identifying the words like you would an edible plant.

When you see Miner’s lettuce, you don’t need to say “oh, look at that, it’s Miner’s lettuce, I wonder if I could eat some of it now.”

What I do – and you probably do – is make sure it’s not in a dog’s leg reach and then pick a bunch to munch on.

You can change your sub-vocalization by practice and by realizing that you’re doing it while you’re reading. If you consciously stop, you’ll start to recognize words without having to say them in your head. (We already have too many voices in our heads anyway, right?)

5. If you want to read faster and be sharper, get Jim’s program.

In the past, I’ve been a little more liberal about programs that I recommend.

The reason why is because I realize that some people have different needs and may be interested in some things I find valuable, but may not be in alignment with what most of you want.

So for instance, I’ve stopped recommending most self improvement programs, because I saw that there wasn’t a lot of interest in them.

If you notice, I have recommended only a few select programs in the last year or so due to my new outlook on what I share with you and why.

I am recommending Jim’s program for a few reasons that I want to share with you.

a. First, because the content is amazing and it will make you a better, smarter person.

I know that’s a bold statement, but if you take the course, like I did, you’ll be a faster reader and you’ll have a better memory – so you’ll be able to recall names, remember where you put your keys, etc.

This, in the long run, is a very important psychological edge that you’ll have as you get older.

The more you’re confident about your memory, the less likely you’re going to emotinally derail your good health.

“If you lose the mental game, you lose the physical game.”

b. Jim is a very good and close friend of mine.

The dude has our couches and dehydrator in his house.

He Skypes me at 3:00 in the morning. (Yes, sometimes we’re both up – working – at that time.)

I trust him and know he wants to help.

c. You will be amazed at what you can do when you’re done.

I was already a fast reader, but when I came out the other end of Jim’s course, I was a super-fast reader.

This saved me a heap of time that I usually spent going through articles and books to do my own research.

I’m sure it can help you stay on top of your game as well.

Here’s where you can get more information about Jim’s course:

http://www.kwiklearning.com/kevin

I want to hear your thoughts: Are you a fast reader? Do you think reading faster will help you get healthier?

Live Awesome!
Kev

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. Tara Burner says:

    Hey Kevin, awesome to your grandfather!!!!
    and yep I’m a fast reader, always have been and YES totally it helps with health…keeps mind, eyes alert and functioning and like you said can read more faster so getting more info quicker which should lead to people making more changes as they learn healthier things to do, etc.

  2. David King says:

    Great interview Kevin! Thanks for having him… I like the “We all have a superhero inside of us” it’s very true… I started learning how to juggle several years ago and can juggle 3 & 4 balls now and I know it has improved my memory, speed, creativity & overall cognitive function. It also strengthens the eyes, almost like an eye “workout” and it improves hand-eye coordination as well.

    I took a speed reading course several years ago but didn’t get a lot out of it and want to learn how to read faster and recall as well so thanks for posting this!

    Great content!

    David

  3. Sue says:

    I have become a faster reader. In homeschooling, my son and I took a speed reading course together. We read quickly before the course, but read much quicker now! We also remember a great deal of what we have read. Am I healthier? I don’t know! But, I have peace of mind because I read quickly and can keep on learning! People who look at my selection of library books are surprised at the variety of books and information I check out!

  4. tboi says:

    wow i guess i wasn’t paying much attention but i herd you talk about conn. and danberry… you every here of wallan pools they lived just down the street from me.. in fairfield… the family who own it …here i thought you were a CALIE couple… maybe i need this reading course and memory course….well i took a year off once and i read a book or two a day… except for when i was out foraging for more .. and food…but mostly i just had to go out side and pick it… i was liven in Alva Fla. nothing there but farms and churches…i do go on… but i’m to poor to do this the bulk of my funds are going to healthy foods and we all know how that goes…last year i made about 15k down from 70k 7years ago & 5years out of work so i’ve got to work at it around the the out side edges and do the best i can with the free bee’s oh we hadf billions of bees uot there too peace man and i send love & good vibes..thanks..(-)(0)…be grovie all…

  5. Juraj says:

    I just ordered another product that is focused on speed reading which I’d really like to improve so the offer grabbed my attention as I;m in the “learning” mode.

    The only problem I see and had to write about is the 12 week course and 30 days money guarantee only – that doesn’t make much sense to me.

  6. Leon Horne says:

    Hey Kevin!

    Thank you so much for making me aware of Jim Kwik! This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted to go on a photo reading course in the near future although I was having second thoughts as it was not as all encompassing I would like it to be in terms of covering what I needed.
    Been following your information about health for quite some time and it has really been a super inspiration from my recovery and now thriving on life, health, mind, body and soul. I love it! Keep it up you have really changed my life for the best! Changed my world one show at a time! TRUE THAT!

  7. Thanks Kevin… I LOVE to read, and I do a great deal of research in my practice. Also have a pretty impressive library, mostly on the subject of natural health and healing, and would really like to be able to read and retain the info in those great books. I’ll definitely be looking into this program!

    Maggie Wilbert ~ Emissary of Hope
    Lymphatic Therapist
    Energy Medicine Therapist
    Natural Healthcare Consultant
    “Hope is just a phone call away!”

  8. Daniel W says:

    I think your articles and email newsletters would benefit tremendously from more organization. I love the great information you’re constantly sending out, but it can be very daunting when it comes as one massive jumble of words.
    It would be much easier to read if different topics were subheaded. For instance: Jim Kwik Interview/Special Offers/Renegade Health Show
    There are always topics that certain people will be experts in, and providing a title of any segment will allow people to skip or scan bits that they already know or don’t find interesting. I for one was particularly interested in the interview portion of this newsletter, but it was difficult to single that topic out of the others. The only way I could find what I was looking for (without taking several minutes to read the whole thing and sift through much unrelated information) was to skip down to the link.
    Subheadings would provide wonderful organization to newsletters and make them more usable/professional.
    Thanks for the great interview; I’ll probably take up this special offer

  9. we live in a society where more information is deemed as good. It’s a vicious cycle, filling our heads with words and facts. I think we are each given the capacity to take in information at our own speed. I for one feel blessed that I don’t and can’t read and memorize and learn at hyper speed. It is nice to a marinate in words and language, as it’s meaning evolves. This is not to diminish Jim’s talent, it’s just not something I personally strive to master.
    Thanks for the wide range of topics.

  10. Kuru says:

    Kevin, I enjoy your site and appreciate what you’re doing for the world; the variety is fabulous. However, having been interested in health for over 30 years, I have opinions about things, and don’t always agree with everything presented, especially misrepresenting the truth. Wouldn’t an Italian mother want to know that she is feeding her family oxidized oil by heating it too high? Believe me, she would find a way to use it by adding it after the dish is cooked, or that idea could be offered, giving her a new option. I personally enjoy the comments that express truthfully, and find myself not commenting when I think you’re going to feel disdain. (Sometimes I write one and then delete, even though I don’t find it to be negative.)

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  12. Andrew Chin says:

    Hello Kevin and Ann Marie,
    Thank you very much for making this offer. I received this offer originally at The Longevity Conference 6 months ago, but I didn’t take advantage of it at the time. This time I made sure to sign up!

    Blessings,
    Andrew

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