Is MILA — The Miracle Seed — Worth The Price? (Plus, Your Questions Answered About Oatmeal, EFT and Cancer) : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

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MILA seeds are supposedly chia seeds on steroids (not literally), but are they worth the extra cost?

I get a lot of questions about certain products from time to time and do my best to address them if I feel necessary…

The truth is most health products leave much to be desired.

There are a few reasons why…

First, to get really high quality products the manufacturer has to pay more and sometimes this prices the retail cost of the product out of the market range.

Second, the manufacturer just wants to make money so they put poor quality ingredients in the products and stick “Natural” and “Organic” labels on them so they can charge a premium price.

Thirdly, somewhat of a compromise position, is where the owner has high integrity and knows that the product they are producing is good, even though the ingredients aren’t the top-shelf (they’re the one below) and they understand that the competitive product pricing puts a much better quality product into the market to reach more people and be helpful.

In this last instance, I can’t say anything negative about it — my hope would be as they sell more volume, they could increase the quality of ingredients.

But anyway, this is just me talking out loud. Today, I have a bunch of questions from you that include what I think of Mila by Lifemax, if oatmeal is OK to eat, if stevia with maltodextrin is OK or not, a question from a new cancer patient and more.

Let’s get rolling…

Is Mila a Good Product?

What do you think of Mila by LifeMax? It’s suppose to be a blend of three different chia seeds but it doesn’t look or act like it to me (i.e., it’s not gelatinous when soaked).

Thanks for this question! Like I said above, there are many different considerations from the manufacturer that need to be made before they produce a product.

In this case, everything I’ve read about Mila checks out in terms of its quality.

Where is doesn’t check out is its “price to nutritional value” structure.

I understand that Mila is a collection of special, super-nutritious chia seeds, but when you can buy 5 pounds of organic chia seeds for the price of one bag of Mila, I begin to question. When does the return on your nutrient investment diminish? Are these strains of super-seeds 5 times better than the real stuff — and can your body absorb and use the nutrients in them 5 times better?

I’m not sure about this.

Just based on the business structure of a multilevel marketing company, I know that the markup on a product like this is usually over 6-10 times (sometimes 10-30 and more!) to make sure that the compensation plan works for the company’s distributors — so this could mean the value for the price is even more inflated.

If I were on a budget, I would spend my money on the organic bag of regular chia seeds and save the other $40+ dollars to get a good green powder or a massive box of produce.

Of course, these are just my opinions or priorities, but I have no negative feelings about Mila. My friends are distributors, I’ve tried the product and like it — I just think per pound, you might be able to find a better deal and still be incredibly healthy.

On another note, Cherie Soria — a friend and amazing raw food chef — says that Mila is just plain old better to use to food prep than ground chia seeds, particularly if you want to make things thicker. So in that case — it’s not my expertise — I would say listen to her!

Can I eat oatmeal?

Marina wants to know if the calcium to phosphorus ratio in oatmeal makes it a no-no…

First of all thanks for the great, GREAT Youtube show and all your efforts and info!
I have a question about oatmeal – plain, no added sugar, just rolled oats soaked in boiled water and maybe some carob or cinnamon added. So, I am thinking about (my favorite and) a quite harmless meal. However, according to, plain oatmeal, has a very bad phosphorus – calcium ratio (much more P than Ca), has only some vitamins, not many, has quite a lot of omega 6 and much less omega 3 and has a lot of proteins. So, despite all these negatives, is plain oatmeal healthy or not?
Thanks for your reply!

Hey Marina, great question!

What you’re doing here is something that Michael Pollan has coined “nutritionism.” It’s the practice of being way to concerned the components of the food than just eating good food. I’ve been a victim of it too. For me with was with raw food. I was so concerned about eating 100% raw that I nearly drove myself crazy and definitely become deficient in essential nutrients.

Your questions are good, so I am going to address them with a little more detail…

You are right to want to eat more calcium than phosphorus. Diets high in phosphorus and low in other minerals can cause disease. But, this is simply one meal. What do your other meals look like? Do you eat more phosphorus than calcium in a month? Or a year?

To achieve a healthy, long term relationship with our diets we cannot look at the numbers every day and decide if it was a good or a bad day. Does Apple look at their income on a Monday and get disappointed if it was down from the day before? Of course not.

Your lasting success relies on you eating whole foods, more plants than not and making sure you don’t stress about it. (The last is my addition to the “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants” Pollan-ism — just lacking the eloquence.)

So is oatmeal healthy?


If it doesn’t cause you to gain weight or give you any outward reactions, sure. If it does, than maybe you process proteins better than carbohydrates and need a different type of breakfast.

But in general, I’d stay away from the nutrition counters and I’d continue to eat your oats in total bliss.

What stevia should I eat?

Theresa wants to quell the sweet tooth…

Just a question. I have tried stevia and did not like the bitter taste, but a friend gave me a packet of nustevia to try and I liked it a lot. It was very sweet and not bitter so I looked for more info about it on the internet and found that nustevia contains maltodextrin which comes from corn. Knowing this makes me hesitant to use nustevia. I’d like to know your thoughts. Thanks, Teresa

Thanks for your question, Theresa!

I’d avoid any product that contains corn or corn products and cannot confirm if it’s non-GMO. Even if they can confirm it, I’d ask for documentation — and likely they won’t be able to provide it. (Sometimes companies will tell you what you want to hear…)

GMO foods not only could have unforeseen consequences to our environment, they also could be causing us health problems as well. (Please see “Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey Smith.)

As per their ingredient specs, there is 80 mg of NuStevia extract and 920 mg in each serving. For me, this isn’t a sweetener, it’s a chemical mix of non-food.

I’d also stay away from any white powdered stevia as well, since it’s a highly processed extract of the original herb. If you want to use stevia, I would use the green powdered herb. For some it does tend to be bitter, so you have to play around with different combinations of sweeteners until you find the right mix.

For natural sweeteners, I like to use the old standbys like honey, maple syrup, stevia leaf powder and fruits like dates or banana sugar.

I might have cancer, what should I do?

Ron has a question about what to do since since he thinks he has lung cancer…

I\’m not sure how I ended up here? I was really looking for help. I was told I might have lung cancer and I,m not good at asking for help but for the first time in my life I am afraid

Hey Ron, thanks for writing in. Just to let you know, there’s a whole bunch of people here on the site that are willing to be helpful and provide you with at least the emotional support that you may need. Please be sure to comment regularly, make friends and ask questions — I always say that Renegade Health readers are smarter than I am, since I learn so much from the comments that are posted. Seriously.

First up, asking for help may be a start to your own healing process. The do-it-yourselfer tends to run into health issues further down the line because of the pent up stress of doing-it-all-themselves. Just something to note. Your journey, if it is in fact cancer, starts with asking for assistance and you’ve already proven to be somewhat willing to do so. That’s fantastic news.

Secondly, before any panic (and there shouldn’t be any anyway) sets in, confirm that you are dealing with cancer and not something else. It would be awful to find out that you’re worried so much about something that isn’t what you think it is.

Thirdly, if it is cancer, get the opinion of three to four qualified practitioners. Find an oncologist and find some natural practitioners who have extensive experience in the type of cancer that you have. Interview them and choose the doctor who is qualified and you feel most comfortable with. There are plenty of clinics and professionals around the globe that can help.

Finally, stress will make you sicker — regardless if it’s cancer or any other disease. So be sure to incorporate stress relieving techniques into your lifestyle — watch funny movies, do EFT or tapping, spend time doing something you love, take breaks and practice patience and calmness.

And of course, please let us know how everything goes along the way.

When Do I use EFT… Everyday? When I need it?

Gayle wants to be sure when the right time is to use EFT…

Maybe I’ve read this somewhere, but can’t remember the answer. My question is about EFT. I know you can tap on any issue as it comes up. But for instance, if I have cravings for sweets, do I just tap when I’m having a problem with it or do I tap on it everyday. Will it help to begin every morning to tap on it & do it all through the day whether I’m craving or not. Please don’t say, it won’t hurt. Because of time issues I want to do the most effective. If it won’t be effective anytime, craving or not, I won’t waste my time. Thank you so much. Gayle

Hey Gayle, thanks for writing in!

The answer to your question is fairly simple. If you wanted to be a figure skater, would you skate only when you felt like it, or would you practice every day?

You, of course, would go to the rink all the time.

I feel the same about EFT. You can get good results using it infrequently, but you can get even better results using it more often. So how often you do it is up to you, just know that the results might be part-time as well.

I’d also like to note that when you only tap for a few rounds, it’s very difficult to get to the deeper issues that are really causing your behavior. What I mean by this, is that if past trauma or lost love is causing your cravings, it might be very hard to get deep enough to really address this issue without putting in the time.

Finally, I do want to address your “not having the time” issues here. I don’t know you personally, but from your writing, I am going to guess that the best way to solve your cravings issues is a combination of these things…

(1) Take a little time for yourself, even if it’s scary, uncomfortable, or “impossible” to do so.
(2) Stop trying to take care of everyone else around you.
(3) Assess your job and your relationships and if they’re weighing you down, meet with those involved.
(4) If you’re low on money, ask for a raise.
(5) Look at all the other places in your life where you feel like you don’t want to do something without it being effective or perfect and give yourself a little love — there is no right way and enjoy the mystery of it all.

Just some thoughts!

That’s it for me today, I’ll have more for you tomorrow…

Your Question of the Day: Have you tried Mila? What do you think? Can you convince me otherwise?

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 — 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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