Dr. Oz Says I’m Wrong about Cinnamon, Plus Natural Hair Growth Ideas : Renegade Health Q & A

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Annmarie says Dr. Oz needs to check himself… in a cute Peruvian / Gringa style.

I love it when Dr. Oz says I’m wrong…

I mean, he didn’t call me out directly, but a reader wrote in to tell me that he has an opposing view on which type of cinnamon to use. This is all good, since it gives me a chance to share that — in this instance — I have some insight on this subject that he may not.

This isn’t about an ego boost, it’s about making sure people don’t get confused like one of our readers did.

So today, I’ll address Dr. Oz’s comments, plus talk about natural hair regrown ideas, if you should eat sprouts while pregnant and some clarification on all types of milks (almond, cow’s, soy, etc.)

Let’s get moving…

Dr. Oz Says Cassia Cinnamon is better!

Donna was watching Dr. Oz and he said…

“I was watching Dr Oz. yesterday with Jorge Cruise, and they were saying that Cassia cinnamon bark was best for blood sugar, not Ceylon cinnamon bark. I was wondering your thoughts on this. They said if the bark is curled up real tight it is Ceylon, and if its loose its Cassia. I love cinnamon, and always thought there wasn’t any difference when it came to helping out blood sugar. Could you clarify this for me.” Thanks, Donna

Hey Donna, thanks so much for writing in!

Dr. Oz and Jorge are not correct in choosing one over the other.

Yes, cassia cinnamon has been studied more scientifically — because it’s more available in the U.S. and it’s cheaper — but it’s from the same family of tree as Ceylon cinnamon and has many similar properties.

I’m assuming that they’ve decided to yield to the side with more science because they’re covering their butts, not because it’s truthful. There, of course, is also science that says Ceylon cinnamon will regulate blood sugar as well.

You can read more about these studies on one of my favorite health information sites WHFoods.com here: The difference between cassia and Ceylon cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon even has two advantages over cassia cinnamon. First, it has much less coumarin, which is an anti-coagulant (and can be irritating to the liver) and second, it tastes so much better. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany has even go so far to recommended that large amounts of the cassia cinnamon be avoided — Ceylon cinnamon is the preferred choice.

Donna, what you’ve discovered here is a microcosm of them health world. Experts talk smack about a product because they haven’t fully researched it — or have been given one side — and create a ton of confusion.

Truth be told, both cinnamons are good for blood sugar regulation. I just prefer to use ours because it tastes better than the cassia, it is grown sustainably, its wickedly fresh, it has less coumarin content and our purchases help a community in Costa Rica.

The choice is yours, just make sure it’s informed!

(And never take anything at its face value. Always question. Always…)

Eat sprouts while pregnant?

Estelle wants to know if eating sprouts while pregnant is OK…

“I have been growing my own sprouts at home for a couple of years now, stopped for awhile and then started up again probably a month ago. I eat them everyday and love them! Thing is, I’m 29 weeks pregnant. I decided I would look up the health benefits of eating sprouts during pregnancy and actually found SO many sources saying I should avoid them altogether and that they wee dangerous because of the bacteria that could be present. I am wondering if this is just another silly thing to worry about, or if I really should pay attention and stop eating those sprouts I love. Is there a way I can keep bacteria from growing on my sprouts (maybe hydrogen peroxide or colloidal silver)?What would you recommend? Thanks!

Estelle, great question.

First off, I would 100% avoid the sprouts from the store while pregnant. The risk of contamination far outweighs the health benefits. Alfalfa sprouts and others from the supermarket have a history of being contaminated with bacteria, so it’s best to stay away.

As for eating sprouts that you’ve grown at home, I’m not as sure — but I wouldn’t want to tell you that it’s OK to find out later you did get a bacterial infection, so I’m going to yield to the side of caution.

During your pregnancy, I think it’s fair to follow some rules even though they may be a little too protective. Again, this is a risk vs. reward proposal.

If you made sprouts and did get infected with a bacteria and it then affected your baby, you’d look back to the decision and wish you just didn’t bother at all. I know I would.

So your best plan of action is to manage risk while pregnant. There are examples of rules that make sense and ones that don’t. Here’s one… Some say you should limit your intake of raw vegetables when pregnant. I, personally, think that’s absurd. Others say you shouldn’t have any coffee. I agree. Some say you shouldn’t drink a drop of wine, others say a small glass once in a while is OK. When it comes to sprouts, there is risk involved because you’re growing something in a jar that has the potential to mold. So I’d keep it safe and leave them be for the rest of your pregnancy, particularly since you only have less than 2 months left.

Of course, on the other side, there’s always the argument that tribal people didn’t have all the rules and phobias about pregnancy that we do and our species has still thrived and survived — but in these cases, the infant mortality rate was higher. So we have to consider all options.

Again, it’s entirely up to you and I’m sure many mothers here will write in telling you that they ate sprouts their whole pregnancy without any issue. I just feel like keeping the things you can control controlled is the best way to have a fantastic, healthy baby.

BTW: Are you doing a home birth?

Can you regrow your hair naturally?

Jiscard wants to know some natural ways to regrow hair…

“Hello I was wondering do you guys happen to have anything about regrowing your hair naturally. I found a video on youtube that has a guy talking about getting cacao bark and soaking it in water and the gummy substance that it produces after you let it sit out will produce a natural chemical that will regrow your hair if you apply it.” – Jiscard

Hey Jiscard, thanks for writing!

I’ve seen a lot of videos on YouTube talking about a lot of interesting things… the question is what is right and what is not.

When it comes to hair regrowth, we have to consider that marketers understand that men will do just about anything to not be bald. They’ll spend money, get hair replacements, spray aerosol hair on their head, take expensive supplements and dozens of other things.

The four things that can increase your changes of growing hair back are these… (I’ve added the qualifier “increasing your chances” because that is all these things may do.)

1. Stimulate the scalp.

Stimulating the scalp can bring more blood to the area and get your hair follicles working efficiently. Herbalists recommend using stinging nettles on the scalp — I personally can’t imagine that feeling good at all! I imagine this is part of the principle behind rubbing the cacao paste upstairs.

2. Calm your adrenals.

Adrenal stress can cause hair loss, so taking a break is always a good idea. Also, the Chinese use jing herbs — basically kidney supporting herbs — to help bring vitality back. He Shou Wu is a tonic herb that has reported been able to help men grown their hair back and also to bring its color back.

3. Balance your hormones.

Balancing hormones is effective in creating a complete and well functioning body for a lifetime, so if you’re losing your hair, it makes sense to look at your hormones and see what you can do. For male pattern baldness, you have to look at your levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). You may find an answer here. Too much DHT has a negative affect on hair follicles.

4. Check your heavy metals.

Finally, it makes sense to look at your heavy metal levels to see if there could be this very real and fixable issue that could help you grow your hair back. Check first with a heavy metal hair test and go from there. Chelation therapy is usually the most effective and if your hair loss is related to this toxicity, you will see results quite quickly.

So to wrap this question up, I don’t know anything about the cacao bark and paste. I also don’t even know where you’d get cacao bark unless you were in a region that grows these trees — it’s not readily available here in the U.S.

I think your best bet is to do a mix of all of these things and see what you come up with. Also, be sure to take before and after pictures and send them over if you get any results!

Also, keep in mind these tips do not all apply to thyroid related hair loss.

Cow, Almond, Soy? Which milk should I drink?

Joel wants to know what milk he should drink…

“Hi. I just watched the video comparing almond milk with cow’s milk. Thank you for the information, it was very clear. As a follow up, I am wondering, what would be an excess amount? Is it also true Soy milk is as dangerous as the stigma attached to it? Will either of the two actually make men grow breasts? I need to cut animal milk out of my diet and am searching for straight answers, as my local nutritionists have provided unbelievably weak info e.g.: Follow the age-old canadian food guide. Thank you for any help or info you have.” Joel

Hey Joel, the milk debate is never ending, so I understand your confusion.

First off, no human being needs soy milk or almond milk to be healthy. I see these as transition foods or once-in-a-whilers. Almond milk is a way to ween people off of dairy if they can’t or don’t want to eat it. Soy milk is processed, usually has additives, and is most likely GMO — or GMO contaminated. Not the best option, in my estimation.

You could also argue that some people don’t need animal milk to be healthy at all. For me, I’ve used fermented dairy as a tool to help rebuild my health, but I have not eaten it recently. I think viewing these foods as tools — let food by they medicine — allows you to be more rational about your health and not get so attached to either side of the milk or no milk battle (and it is a battle!)

Anyway, enough about me, let’s talk about you…

Will you grow breasts by drinking soy milk? Theoretically, you could (obviously non-functioning ones — or man-boobs as quoted in the Seinfield episode), because of the plant estrogens, but chances are you won’t — plus, you’d have to drink a massive amount of it regularly. If you do happen to have very low testosterone, soy likely will affect your fat patterns more than if your levels are higher.

But I think the biggest issue with alternative milks is this: do you really need them?

I say no.

Blending almonds in water to make a milk-like substance isn’t necessary for great health — same with soy. You, of course, can do it, I just think that you can have great health without those two foods and you can also eliminate some of the risks (of high nut consumption or soy consumption) associated with drinking them regularly. These risks are obviously lessened if you only drink them infrequently.

Less is better on all fronts in this instance, so if you want a milk replacement, try a green smoothie. You’ll get a fantastic amount of fruit and greens in your drink and don’t have to worry about the back and forth of it all (well, maybe there’s back and forth about this too… I’ll address later in the week!)

Your question of the day: Would you (did you) eat sprouts if (when) you were pregnant?

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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