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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  1. Cindy says:

    I tried a bag of Mila once. Didn’t notice any difference in how I felt. I agree with what you say over the inflated cost to support the MLM structure and was put off by it.

  2. wendy green says:

    we can find dark chia seeds here in honduras….pretty cheap too. we are sticking with what we can find locally!

  3. Nomi says:

    Mila. Ridiculous! I was given two bags by two different people…yes I liked it but plain ol chia is good too. I understand what Cherie is saying about its thickening properties (we’ve had the same conversation) but nothing I eat is worth $55 a pound to me, esp the lowly chia seed.

    As for the fellow who thinks he might have lung cancer: whether you choose to go all ‘natural’, all ‘allopathic’ (medical route) or a combination of both: DIAGNOSTICS ARE EVERYTHING. You must avail yourself of great medical diagnostices no matter what you do. Good diagnostics tell you if what you doing is going in the right direction. Good luck to you…

  4. suzanne says:

    Ron, please see This is Dr. Richard Schulze blog. You may get some info about curing your cancer. He has been around for a long time, quite a character also. His latest blog was from a woman dx w/breast cancer. She has led a very healthy lifestyle, but still….
    Sorry, Kevin, if I didn’t answer the ?, but Ron spoke to me.

  5. April says:

    Bob’s Red Mill sells a 25lb bag of chia seeds for $85 (through their website). That’s a.. hold on.. it’s $3.40 a pound, which makes Mila 1,617.65% more expensive. Yeah, maybe not worth it!

  6. Nicole says:

    Hi Ron,

    Also check out the Gerson Therapy. Good Luck!

  7. jackie says:

    I haven’t tried Mila, though am familiar with it. I love your thinking process, Kevin; you always make total sense to me.

  8. Ellen from Davis says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I haven’t tried Mila but I have tried Salba – and wondered why on earth it should be more expensive than plain chia. Do you know?


  9. maca says:

    From what I can tell, most of these types of products are just not worth the money, as the price is really jacked up high for us health freaks. It’s mostly just a rip-off. Just look at goji berries. Nothing special about them, easy to grow, but put the label superfood on them and you can charge 10 times what they are worth.

    They are also aggressively marketed, which is usually a bad sign.

  10. Lauren says:


  11. Trine says:

    Hi there! I am actually a distributor of Mila in Tokyo, so I figured I should put in my two cents re this post: I think that it is normal for any MLM to charge way more for their product – this is so that the people who work hard and successfully build a team of distributors get compensated. This is capitalism at its best, as it is an endevour accessible to all. And sadly, accessibility to success is becoming less and less possible in the United States from what I understand. Here in Japan, lucky for me as a distributor, “regular” chia seeds are not only hard to come by, but are pretty much sold at a comparable price to MILA. (On the other hand, foreign foods are not easily “digested” into Japanese culture.) In any case, I also think that MLM businesses in general have to have superior products in order to survive, since some businesses operating under such models in past have left a bad reputation (in some countries anyway), sadly tarnishing the industry. Whether MLM based products are worth the price difference or not depends on the consumer, who has all the power to choose to buy or not. If you are a raw foodie interested in earning an income, small or substantial, Mila (from Lifemax) might be something to look into. If you have absolutely no interest in such business models and are strictly interested in getting the cheapest price for your own consumption, AND happen to live in an area where that is viable, yes, I’d recommend doing some research and finding the brand that best accommodates your needs (and I say this as a MILA distributor). One thing is for sure – regardless of brand, chia seeds rock! I am extremely satisfied eating my “expensive” daily dose of MILA brand chia seeds. And naturally I’m very happy to share MILA with anyone who is interested!

  12. Bob says:

    There is so much marketing hype that sounds so reasonable. There are too many self-proclaimed experts that want to separate us from our money and quite often what they are selling is based on junk science.

  13. joel says:

    Lauren, EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It involves tapping on your face and body to help remove negative thoughts/energies/beliefs.

  14. Debra Evans says:

    This note is for Ron…

    My apologies in advance if the info I’m posting has already been posted by anyone else. I don’t have time at the moment to check each of the messages, but I wanted to be sure to pass along the two related links below.

    Oasis of Healing in Arizona is doing amazing work with people to heal cancer and other diseases. I found out about them from watching some of Green Smoothie Girl’s videos (Robyn O.).

    I hope they’re helpful. And I send you all my best.


  15. Sharon C. says:

    Ron, as part of your healing journey, check out the videos on Dr. Robert Morse’s channel. He has some where he specifically addresses cancer, and he also does consultations. Dan McDonald, (The Life Regenerator) has some good You Tube videos also which address cancer. Also, you might look into True North Health. You can get their phone number, as well as watch some of their videos on their site. Best of everything to you.

  16. Jim says:

    AMAS test for Cancer Detection

    The Anti-Malignin Antibody in Serum (AMAS) Test can indicate/detect the presence of cancer but not the type or location.

    It is simple blood draw and very accurate. Cost is about $165.00. It has been around for many years and is a staple of “Alternative and Complementary” Medicine. However your regular MD probably has never heard of it.

    Full information and history of results can be found at

  17. Betoman says:

    Never tried Mila. Just bought some white chia instead of black for the first time. Is there a difference?

  18. Isa says:

    I use Mila daily in kefir & with some flax oil. I like it because I can use less of it to get what I need. I feel it supports my body. So, I will buy it again. One bag has lasted me about 6 weeks.

  19. Anonymous says:


    The way to evaluate the additional cost is to consider farming techniques. Chia seeds are from a flower. If a Mila distributor can answer these questions then you know if its worth it.

    What country is it grown in?
    Do they have standards for organic products?
    Is the flower mulched back into the soil?
    How is the soil treated for weeds?

    Things as simple as how much sun and water a growing field gets can change the composition of the product too.

    I believe many varieties are still more wild harvested than cultured that could cause significant differences over time as field nutrition has to be managed.

  20. Lew. H says:

    To those who think they have cancer or friend that may have Big C. Purchase a book from Amazon or else where called “The Cure for all Cancers. by Dr. Hulda Clark. I paid three dollars plus shipping and the education is vital…. Be better informed…Enough from Lew.



  21. Kathy says:

    Hello –

    Regarding the comment on the AMAS test, I would not rely on this test. I heard this was a good test and had one while I had a 8cm lump (this is around 3 inches in diameter) in my breast. I also did standard testing, including mammogram and biopsy. Biopsy diagnosed the lump as cancer. AMAS said I was ok, no cancer. Based on my experience, I would not recommend this test. Didn’t work for me at all.

  22. Darcy says:

    I couldn’t help responding, especially as I read that many people judge the product without having actually tried it. And I say a good try would be a month on Mila. Try 2 Tbsp Mila a day and one month on regular chia.
    Mila is far superior, and that’s not just my say so but many others who thought they could go back to regular chia after trying Mila and get the same benefits. Mila is one of the few raw foods i know where people actually experience tangible benefits by adding only it to their already raw diet. Most people feel more energized, but I actually felt less depressed. Studies show that more Omega 3’s enter the blood stream with Mila after a month than ordinary chia. You can see the difference in the seeds- It’s a proprietary blend of the most nutritional strains of chia out there. It also matters at what altitude it’s grown. The independent lab that did the study attributed the results to the altitude Mila was grown at. Manufacturers of Mila independently test each crop- meticulously clean it, and microslice it. It is the best of the best- and although I’m a penny pincher, I will not give up my Mila. And it’s my basic breakfast with fruit. So it’s a rather economical breakfast. For me it’s worth the money- and although I’m bothering to write this- I can’t blame people for being skeptical about it cause it is MLM. But distributing is hard work, and if people can help people by consuming Mila- I’m all for it.

  23. Ryan says:

    Not really, don’t worry about the color it matters extremely little.

  24. DENISE says:

    What stevia should I eat?

    Theresa wants to quell the sweet tooth…

    I tried stevia quite a few years ago in the powdered form. It was a good, clean product, but it tasted so bad to me that I gave up on it. (I might have been using too much, as a little goes a very long way.)
    I was later introduced to liquid stevia from Body It’s the best.
    Many people are switching to stevia because of issues with yeast infections or candida. It’s derived from the stevia plant, which is also quite sweet.

  25. Lisa says:

    Just heard of the Chia seed today as a better source for the omega 3.
    Do you soak or grind or eat whole or all of these?
    If soak (for how long).
    Thanks, Kev, and readers for a thought provoking post (as usual).
    I will go with organic, good quality (where do I get in the SF bay area)?

  26. Max Tuck says:

    Ron – Get to the Hippocrates Health Institute ASAP.
    They have the highest success rate with degenerative disease anywhere in the world, traditional medicine or otherwise. Plain old “normal” chia seed works best for me!

  27. On the subject of cancer, I would like to suggest the inspiring CANCERactive website (over 3,000 pages) If you click on the Cancer Information button in the box on the left hand side you can discover the latest information on cancer treatments including conventional, alternative and complementary. Along with so much on nutrition and cancer prevention.



  28. Deborah says:

    I read an article yesterday about Chia. It said that 95% of regular Chia is black, and 5% is white. The white seeds are more potent. Salba is white seeds. The article says to grind chia seeds before using. I have been just sprinkling them on my food. Any thoughts?

  29. Dsc says:

    Getting a bit off track here, but depending on Ron’s financial situation, not everyone can afford the diagnostics and going to several doctors to find out whether or not they have cancer. Especially these days with unemployment and lack of medical insurance. You’re talking several thousands of dollars. I know. I’m there. And then you have to be strong enough to deal with western medicine attitudes. There is a tremendous network on the internet now for alternatives. First thing is to deal with the fear; know you most likely have time,and know this is a gift, to learn about yourself, physically,emotionally, and spiritually. Learn as much as you possibly can, through as many resources you can find. Lots of people have healed themselves with making lifestyle changes. It takes work, attitude and belief adjustments, and yes, you do have to have some kind of support system. Good luck to you on your life journey!

  30. Jan M says:

    For Ron – A great source for research-based nutritional adjunct cancer therapies is Dr. Jeanne Wallace. Her website is

  31. Malcolm says:

    Porridge Porridge Porridge!
    Baked in the lowest part of the oven at lowest
    setting overnight (add salt later)
    1 cup oats 2 and half cups water quarter cup of juicy
    raisins. bring to boil only (stirring)
    pour into ceramic oven bowl,cover and put in oven, set
    message to others not to touch. see you for breakfast.
    Optional: in the morning add I t of best organic butter
    to the top of your serve if you dare!

    This idea can be expanded to savoury ingredients.
    Kevin can have cinnamon on his porridge.

  32. LynnCS says:

    Malcolm, you made my mouth water!! Learned that method when I was doing macrobiotics. I will only add that whole or steel cut oats are best. Whole are my fave’s. Right now I am off grains to see what is bothering my digestion. I’ll give it another year or so.

    Haven’t tried Mila seeds. I just started hearing about them and looked up a site that sells them. Couldn’t find anywhere to tell me whether they are certified organic or not, so I will stay with my organic chia seeds for now.

    Ron..Good luck, man..I don’t have anything to add but want to thank you and the other posters for the question and answers. My sister also thinks she has cancer but doesn’t know where. She sent a “urine test” to Manila, Philippines. I don’t really know what kind of place that is but they say she is positive. She has some terrible symptoms and says the MDs here can’t find anything. So glad you are reaching out to the alternative community here. There are a lot of options. I can’t help her. It’s a bad situation. All my best to you.

  33. isabelle says:

    Salvia hispanica is chia. Mila must be just another English name for the same seed and a great marketing idea to sell the same old seed under a new and fancy label with a new and fancy price….Feeling duped? you outta cuz you have been……..

  34. isabelle says:

    Thank you Sharon C for telling us about Dr. Robert Morse. He’s brilliant.

  35. Bonnie Pickhardt says:

    Thanks Kevin and other contributors for helpful suggestions; and salba, chia, mila information.

  36. Carina says:

    Hi Ron

    I just happened to see this youtube film today, link below, where
    Lynn Gray discusses how she cured her lung cancer without chemotherapy and what she learned about cancer. So I forward it not knowing if it would be of any value to you. All the best healing to you!

  37. sheri says:

    For the one who may have lung cancer, as part of the cancer diet, the testemonials about people who had cancer and got better by drinking kombucha tea are amazing, and almost hard to believe, but it seems to have helped many to heal cancer and other things too, if you go to kombuchaamerica, you can read some. I would of course use it along with whatever other ways you choose to treat it, a good friend of mine who has fought cancer successfully, said never be afraid of any type or stage of cancer. It can be cleansed out of the body. She has helped many others also by using diet and herbs to successfully heal. Take care

  38. Dan says:

    RE: Oatmeal…

    “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.”

    Would it not also be plausible that one might consider what types of carbohydrates they are consuming (grain vs. fruit), before assuming that they do better on a higher protein breakfast/diet?

  39. Gloria says:

    I am a cancer survivor (cancer is GONE) via The Natural Healing Paradigm. I will mentin th ewebsite: There are 2 basic requirements to be radically concerned with in getting rid of cancer and that’s a clean cellular environment and the best nurtients you can find to support the regeneration of healthy cells. I enjoy the chia seeds for their nutrition and put them in my smoothies. There is so much hype out there. Especially with anything new. We can get lost in th e minutia. I make sure my nutritional status is up there with whole foods. Whole foods as nature intended.

  40. Cheryl says:

    Just wondering what you know about Kefir and where you can get it!

  41. Cyd says:

    I just finished reading Dr Bob Arnot’s book “The Aztec Diet”. In it he highly recommends Milo for it’s quality and for the microslicing which he says is better than grinding. He sites a recent study by Dave Nieman in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine which reports a 58% increase in plasma ALA and 39% EPA with ground chia….but NON significant changes with WHOLE Chia. Arnot then says grinding chia is difficult as it is small and the ground chia goes bad quickly.

    I have a big stash of whole chia seed. If I don’t grind it am I getting the benefits? If I throw it in my smoothie will my Vitamix grind it enough? I ground a small amount in my hand held coffee grinder. That worked fine as far as I could see.

    Kevin – is this new study well done? Is grinding chia really necessary? If so, is a smoothie blended in the Vitamix good enough? For other applications should it be ground first?

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