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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  1. Question: Out of all the medical schools in the US, how many teach nutrition?

    Answer: None!!

    Thanks for clarification on the cinnamon controversy!!

  2. Estelle says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question! I think I will err on the side of caution and avoid the sprouts for the remainder of my pregnancy. There are lots of other wonderful things I can eat (and have been eating!). 🙂
    And yes I am planning on doing a home birth. I’ve had two hospital births and one home birth so far, and the home birth experience was on a completely different scale. One of the best experiences of my life. Thanks again!

  3. Melissa says:


    I have not ever been pregnant, but I agree with you…in a case like this I would just not eat them.

    Also, I have been wondering lately, just from little things I’ve observered/read in your blog, if Annemarie is expecting…

    No need to respond…just wondered…hmmm…

  4. Gen says:

    Well, my very favourite cinnamon is Vietnamese cinnamon which is much more flavourful than any other I have tried, including Ceylon cinnamon, and a favourite of bakers. Mmmmmm….

  5. Mary says:

    Actually it was a guest on Dr. Oz, not Dr. Oz himself who made this statement.

  6. Norman says:

    Anaerobic bacteria cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment !

    Hydrogen Peroxide, is toxic in high doses and will create free radicals in any dose.

    I use Oxylife, a safe, stable oxygen, that will not create free radicals and will kill ALL known anaerobic bacteria, while leaving all aerobic bacteria to thrive.

    So if eating sprouts is your thing, then a quick rinse in Oxylife will make it SAFE to eat.


  7. I’ve heard a few things come out of Dr Oz’s mouth that I don’t agree with but I just chalk it up to lack of truly understanding nutrition. I’m a holistic lifestyle coach and personal trainer and one of my dear clients is the mother of a doctor…and even she agrees with me…they should have at least one full semester of nutrition for just the basics.
    I still like Dr Oz, though!

  8. BTW, that previous quote was from Dr. Sangeeta Pati, MD.. spoken at the Women’s Wellness Conference in Costa Mesa this past weekend!!!

  9. Scott says:

    Always great information, Kevin. Nice job on the research. Keep it up! 🙂

  10. Kristin says:

    If I were growing my own sprouts I would have eaten them during pregnancy…I just had my baby last summer and I definitely did the occasional glass of wine, daily coffee, and lots of veggies… I have three kids and all are very healthy, I’m even giving my little guy vegetable juice from the juicer now…he seems to like it!

  11. Kitty says:

    Hey Kev, I’m in total agreement with you about Ceylon cinnamon vs. cassia. Yes, they both have positive effect on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, but who wants to risk damaging their liver with cassia’s high coumarin levels? It has a cumulative effect, according to the German Commission E which regulates herbal supplements.

    Gen — the Vietnamese cinnamon is certainly more flavorful due to its high level of oils — but it is also cassia, not true cinnamon (aka Ceylon cinnamon or cinnamon verum) and therefore has the higher levels of coumarin. Use it (as it’s delicious), but use it carefully!

    Kev, I’ll be contacting you soon about some of the fantastic work we’re doing with spices. Stay tuned!

  12. Art Martin says:

    Dr Oz is a punk. He was nothing till Opra blessed him (like others), then he became an expert, a guru. Dr Oz is (supposedly) a cardiac surgeon/specialist. So why doesn’t he push any of the numerous natural heart disease cures? MONEY, duhh. Dr Oz is part of the massive machine to keep Americans “dumbed down.” Does he do it cause he’s an evil man? No. He,like most everyone, has been brainwashed into believing lies and teaching those lies as truths. His reward for participating in this massive “conditioning” is financial gain. Nuff said bout that.

    Peace, Joy, and Love forever…….

  13. Troy says:

    Silica is the best for hair growth (which is why the recommendation of stinging nettles)

    Silica and Sulfur are the 2 main components of hair. the keratin and collagen fibers.

    Get silica supplementation! my nails are solid white and grow faster than ever and my hair is long and strong.

  14. Julie says:

    Cassia cinnamon actually makes me nauseous. I was quite happy when I tried Ceylon cinnamon and I could have it without any problems.

  15. ani says:


    This is regarding hair regrowth. Baldness runs in my husband’s family. He is the only one in his immediately family not bald because of all the greens that he gets. Gary Null was always and gray hair until he started doing greens.

    My husband has been doing greens for 30 years, Gary Null started either in 1997 or 1998 and regrew all his hair and regained his natural color and then changed all what he recommended to folks.

    Want to keep your hair and the color means eat a lot of raw greens, green juices especially. I always keep powdered green juices on hand for the days when I cannot make fresh.

    We always have a small garden and grow collards which I juice and freeze. Also grow spinach and romaine lettuce (known to be good for adrenals and especially good for men) which I juice and freeze.

    Or, you can buy kale, chard, spinach and romaine lettuce from your grocer and juice it.

    Hope this helps.

  16. Ellen from Davis says:


    Thanks for this. I’ve watched clips of Dr. Oz’s show and am heartened by some of the information he’s spreading to the mainstream crowd, but concerned by some of it, too.

    Example: in a bit on “Fat-burning Aids” or something of that sort, he recommended 7-Keto DHEA to a lady from the audience – a blanket recommendation, no “get your levels tested first because this can be hazardous if your level of DHEA is already sufficient”!!! That was alarming, needless to say. A lot of people take him as a guru, too!

  17. Alli says:

    I ate homegrown sprouts all through 6 pregnancies. I also ate copious amounts of greens and veggies from my garden at home. Not too much difference in my book. You should be much more worried about the condition of your immune system and its ability to handle the odd bacteria or virus rather than being overly fearful of anything you might come in contact with. You can be careful without going crazy.

  18. Jennifer says:

    Hi Kevin, Love you guys’ videos and info! I have a comment about the hair loss thing. .. for those of us with thyroid related hair loss IS there anything you can do??? I’ve switched to high raw diet, tried every supplement out there (at least it feels that way), liquid kelp/sea vegetables, adaptagens, concoction, juice etc. and NOTHING has helped with my goiter/thyroid related hair loss. IS there anything that can help with that? Thanks!!! oh! and ps I’ve read similar contradicting opinions about goji berries while pregnant. One site said they cause miscarriage and another said it was her best source of vit. C all through pregnancy, any thoughts?

  19. I reckon cassia tastes like porridge..and not in a good way.
    Ceylon all the way home – it’s scrum-diddly-umptious!

    And I think Dr Oz is a bit ridiculous sometimes – weird that he wears scrubs.. It’s a super americanized show but I’m all for it as long as it helps people, and as long as it doesn’t put out erroneous information 😀

  20. louise says:

    I fracture my left ankle in 2010 and i started making green smoothies, every morning with all th green grasses and alfalfa and i used silica and i saw a difference in my hair length.Holy christ i gotten start doing it again and this not going to stop ahahah..

  21. David Pigg says:


    From credible assays, cassia can have as much as 10x as much coumarin as ceylon. There are some variable factors such as time of year it is harvested and which part of the bark is used and how it is prepared for use.

    Cassia in capsule form should be virtually coumarin free, because it should be steam extracted before encapsulating it to be used as a supplement.

    When steam extracted, the coumarin stays behind because coumarin is fat soluble not water soluble.

    Conclusion: Ceylon to be used on food.(tastes a little sweeter and has less coumarin).

    Cassia might be better as a supplement to help manage glucose transport into cells. It should have pretty much zero coumarin in capsule form if it is steam extracted.


    As a student of human nutrition and naturopathic medicine, this is what I have determined.

  22. Athena says:

    It’s interesting to read the debates about ceylon vs cassia cinnamon. As far as a nutritional standpoint I think it depends on the person’s health problems as well, if they have thicker blood (which many ill people do) then more natural blood thinners are excellent because it allows medicine and nutrients to reach more thoroughly in the body. Similar to systemic proteolytic enzymes, these are also significant natural blood thinners along with powerful healing/repairing effects.

    My only extensive knowledge about the two forms of cinnamon comes from a medical standpoint of understanding the biochemistry of the essential oils from these different forms. Interestingly, each form has significant differences in viral, bacteria, and pathogen killing. Personally, I do prefer cylon cinnamon for this purpose as well over cassia, but they are both useful in their own way.

    Thanks as always for your great info sharing!

  23. Athena says:

    And I agree, ceylon cinnamon tastes awesome over cassia :).

  24. Jim says:

    What about coconut milk. I understand it is very healthy.

  25. Marge says:

    Almond milk – I don’t use dairy, so in recipes I use almond milk and it works out fine in every recipe. I also substitute blanched almond flour for wheat flour – it’s fantastic!

  26. John says:

    Dr Oz? You mean the same one who’s a Strong advocate for vaccinations? That witch’s brew full of toxins that cripples people? Bill Gates thinks vaccinations are great for population reduction. Dr Oz is simply Big Pharmas Cheerleader. Sure he lets some new thing slip in so people think he’s on your side. How many shows on TV are there that give honest reports of Non-Traditional Medicine, the Cut-it-out, Burn-it-out, or poison-it-out, and non really work.They are masters of deception when they screw with the data to make it look like it works. Look at Ron Paul, who if given proper coverage by the controlled media would kick butt of all the other clowns that are running for Head Honcho of the US.
    So, please don’t use Dr Oz as a great authority figure.There are many much more worthy than he is.

  27. R.A.D says:

    IN regards to sprouts during pregnancy or in any other day of your life…

    I grow my sprouts at home all the time. I use a very large automated sprouting system. Well…Some varieties of sprouts will almost always have bacteria on them. So here is what i found to work…
    1. All beans, lentils, nuts and seeds are being soaked in food grade hydrogen peroxide before sprouting.

    2. All green sprouts like alfalfa, broccoli, clover, radish etc… get sprayed with food grade hydrogen peroxide before entering the sprouter and than soaked in a large ball of water with food grade hydrogen peroxide after harvesting. That way you can be in control of the bacteria and if there is any it will be killed by the hydrogen peroxide and you will be able to enjoy your sprouts safely pregnant or not! Sprouts are really great for you, it is worth the effort.

  28. I watched Dr.Oz .and heard him talk about cassia cinnamon .but I thought he got the name wrong that’s all nothing to get your panties in a bunch about.

  29. Carolyn Trewin says:

    Wikipedia has a pretty good page on Cinnamon…it lists all the different species and mentions Cassia Cinnamon as Chinese Cinnamon, interesting reading.

  30. Hello says:

    I don’t see how 1 semester of nutrition would make much of a difference in a Dr.’s education. I’m about to finish my bachelor’s in Nutritional Science and I still feel like there is so much I don’t know. Obviously, I’ve learned a ton; but I feel like I need to get a PhD and spend years more researching to feel more confident stating I’m an expert in nutrition. As for Dr. Oz. His issue isn’t a lack of nutritional education as much as it is lack of a scientific approach to knowledge that should have been drilled into him long ago in undergrad.

  31. Melissa says:

    I have had 5 children and if I felt well and healthy, I would eat my sprouts if I was pregnant again – maybe rinse them well, but definitely eat them. I could get really paranoid about all the germs and bacteria out there and sprouts are a wonderhouse of nutrition which I sure wouldn’t want baby to miss out on.

  32. Sarah says:

    To #18 Jennifer: I highly recommend a book called The Hormone Diet. It explains how all the different hormones work and what happens when they are out of balance. So many health problems stem from hormone imbalances.

    I work at a health food store and I am amazed at how influential Dr. Oz is. Whenever he makes a recommendation people come in droves and buy out the product. The latest is raspberry keytones for weight loss. What a joke! People do not even bother to research themselves. They just expect this “magic pill” will do all the work for them. I am so annoyed at the laziness of people who don’t do their research. I don’t have a clue why they recommended that particular product when there are so many others that help the body. First and foremost is diet. I can’t decide if I approve or disapprove of Dr. Oz. I don’t think misinformation is better than no information at all.

  33. Why is it dangerous to eat almond milk everyday? I use it in my morning smoothie and love it.

  34. June says:

    I’m 70 years old with hardly a grey hair. I started using He Shou Wu about 3 years ago and swear by it for retaining natural hair colour. The only grey I have is just a little I had before I started using this supplement. I’m not sure about it being able to regrow hair as I can’t tell on my own hair. I would highly recommend it for retaining hair colour though. I buy mine quite cheaply ($AU12 for 1 month) from a local Chinese massage parlour and understand it has liver/heart benefits, too.

  35. Mary says:

    Before everyone jumps on the let’s-bash-Oz bandwagon, be sure to know the facts. Dr. Oz had a guest who presented the cinnamon theory. His show is entertainment, for the most part, and he happens to be a highly qualified heart surgeon. So far as I know–and I’m a fan–he is learning along with everyone else and doesn’t claim to be a nutritionist, a naturpath, herbalist or anything else. All “experts” should be treated with respect and not as gods. They sometimes are simply trying to open people’s minds to THINK. In my opinion, Dr. Oz’s show does that. He has guests, he shows how the body functions, etc. Watch with an open mind and test all things. BTW, I doubt if he ever heard of you, so he can not be “disagreeing” with you. So, don’t take it personally. LOL

  36. Anna says:

    I am 34 weeks pregnant and enjoying my sprouts on my salads… never heard of the warnings against eating them. However, I grow my own sprouts at home. Both of my children love eating them, too.

    As for home birth, I say go for it if you and your baby are healthy! If you have a high-risk pregnancy I’d err on the side of caution and have that baby either at a hospital or at a birthing center across the street from one (with a very experienced midwife).

  37. Suz says:

    What about to topic of ‘regrowing your hair naturally’ for women? Your response to Jiscard’s query was for men only. Would appreciate some advice for us ladies too. Thanks

  38. ben says:

    call me a turkey, but isn’t being a natural anti-coagulant (coumarin) a GOOD thing.. aren’t most medications to prevent heart attacks some form of anticoagulants?

  39. Chrissie says:

    That’s a good question about sprouts, pregnant or otherwise, – would it help to rinse with something anti-bacterial – colloidal silver, H2O2, grapefruitseed extract, etc. Interested to know what you think. Thanks.


  40. geoffrey says:

    I find it highly disturbing that only one reader is critical of that murderous charlatan dr. oz.

  41. I understand, as an health educator, you can’t go into detail about every subject, but I am surprised you didn’t go into more detail about the risks of soy milk. I think you have covered it before… “The Whole Soy Story” (anywhere from 30 to 90 references in each chapter) is a great book explaining just how detrimental more than once in a while use of soy products can be, minus fermented ones.

    As a person that knows about the health deception, Dr Oz is annoying because it is STILL a big corp controlled show. However, he is opening peoples eyes, many of which think Renegade Health and myself are crazy, but since Dr Oz is on TV, it must be true… right? He opened my moms eyes, and spurred changes, after YEARS of me trying to get through to her about nutrition and depression. So, basically, you have to take the good with the bad and be grateful a Dr on TV is even allowed to talk about nutrition and have guests like Dr Mercola for the general, brainwashed public, to hear about and investigate.

    An aside, I think Facebook and other social networks can change the world. Post articles, regularly to your Facebook, if everyday you get one person to dig deeper we are one step closer. For every complaint I see about mainstream anything I want to see a post about that deception on Facebook or Twitter. Encourage your friends to share after posting! Lets change the health of the world, one Facebook post at a time, LOL!

  42. Also, I have heard wheat grass is effective for gray hair!

  43. Teresa says:

    its not always a good thing because if you bleed you cannot stop bleeding…so the only thing to avoid is…to avoid penetration of the skin…I mean be carefull when you take anti-coagulant medicine and eat cinnamon.

    @Kevin (and Annmarie),
    I looooove your topics. I like your approach to whatever you are writing about. You are the best.

  44. Stacy says:

    I believe that if you are questioning whether you should or not, then you should not.

    Personally I am with Kevin in agreeing, no sprouts from the store. I also avoided alfalfa sprouts while pregnant since they seem to be the ones that are more bacteria prone, and sprouted wheatberries myself when I was pregnant.

    David Wolfe said in a cd of his, that if a person is questioning whether a certain ingredient made them sick, they basically just did self kinesiology on themselves and answered their own question LOL! So if you are questioning whether they are safe, maybe your mind, or heart, is telling you that it is really best for you to avoid until not pregnant.

  45. QueensMary says:

    regarding cinnamon — if you’re buying it ground how can you tell which kind it is? I shop in Earth Fare and get organic ground cinnamon and the label never says, I also looked at Trader Joe’s product, the same.

  46. Cheryl says:

    Even though Dr OZ has no nutritional education, you have to give the man credit. He is an allopathic physician, and he is trying to educate the public on good nutrition and supplements to stay healthy. How many physicians would go that extra mile and help us?
    I think the man is awsome for trying.

  47. Annette says:

    Thank you, Paula for those websites. Wow, I knew animals were used but I did not know that they were so cruelly treated for research.
    I don’t follow Dr.Oz and with seeing this, he is one of many who use animals in such a way; and we are to respect him?

  48. Lori says:

    I much prefer the cassia cinnamon over ceylon myself.

  49. pe says:

    #35 says it right, and those opposing Oz should be aware that they are siding with a very stuffy medical establishment that resents the loss of dignity in discussing medical arcana on TV.
    I was struck by #1 saying no doctors are taught nutrition, so googled and quickly found a study
    that finds nearly all medical students are taught nutrition somehow, though only 30% get a nutrition course. (not None!)
    When disagreeing about cinnamons, taste is a good surrogate for nutrition, if not corrupted by corporate design. (They balance salt-fat-sweet to a fare-thee-well.) That suggests Kevin’s ethical product or the Vietnam cinnamon (#4; see #11) In France, cannelle is I think Ceylon cinnamon.
    The US version is much gooier and less sweet.

  50. roy traes says:

    with regards to sprouts they should never be eaten unless they are organic and only then, a little col silver maybe added to the water but not just silver as all palatines and heavy metals finish up in the seeds the same applies to nuts

  51. Rebecca says:

    So informative, merci beaucoup! How can I buy ceylon cinnamon? do you ship to paris, france??

  52. Selene says:

    Dr. Oz is doing a great service to the general public.

    If you actually watch his show, he continually presents food as the best medicine. Over and over and over. Also he highlights supplements and exercise.

    He does not push surgery or conventional medicine; it is hardly if ever mentioned.

    Many readers of this site are heavily into alternatives and raw veganism which are very very off the grid. You can’t possibly expect a TV show to get into the details that we are into — we are a niche audience.

    Many of his viewers have never even heard that animal protein is harmful. Seriously. We’re talking about heartland American here.

    Murderer? Really?

  53. Kuru says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Dr. Oz’s animal cruelty. I’m sure that was a misguided moment of ignorance.

    I have mixed opinions about his show. I’ve picked up some good tips, but mainly enjoy seeing people get to know their bodies and realize that the ball is really in their court. This is where health begins, and he is relentless in delivering this perspective.

    But, he does pass along some mistruths. For instance, he bought into a coffee study, and was suggesting 4 cups of coffee a day!! I wrote him instantly about adrenal exhaustion, blood vessel thinning, and road rage! If you see something that needs a correction, write him here:

  54. Diana says:

    In regards to Mary’s comment; I second that emotion. I think you put it all in a nut shell with such eloquent grace. Thank you

  55. Paula says:

    Hi Kuru – re: “I’m sure that was a misguided moment of ignorance.”

    I doubt he has any remorse about it. If he did he would try to make amends and join the A.R. community as some kind of spokesman. Instead he’s mute, and just rakin’ in the dough as a dr. celebrity. I can’t look ot or listen to him without hearing the tortured cries of those animals.

  56. Paula says:

    He also has the perfect opportunity on his show to promote veganism as the right and healthiest thing to do. He had on Drs. Barnard & Campbell, yet he’s still saying that dairy, animal protein and processed oils are ok. He flip flops. He’s an l.o. vegetarian, which is b.s.

  57. Selene says:

    Everyone is on his or her own path. Respect for each other and where they are is just as important as respecting animal’s rights.

    Give the man a break. Just because he’s not where you are on our path is no reason to denigrate him.

    Kindness, folks.

  58. Justin says:

    @June (#34):
    If you are 70 with almost no grey hair and have only been using He Shou Wu for the last 3 years, I don’t see how you can swear by it for keeping your hair dark. If your hair has been dark for 67 years, I think it’s safe to say there’s some other powerful factor at work and you wouldn’t have quickly gone grey over the next 3 years without the He Shou Wu.

  59. Annette says:

    Thanks,Kevin for all that you do and say It’s a real encouragement!
    I didn’t mean any unkindness in my response earlier.
    Thanks everyone for your contributions. I love learning; a great way to be educated without going to school. 🙂

  60. Jan says:

    Rice milk is good compromise between cow milk and almond milk. What do you think?

  61. Alyse Matsil says:

    It’s fine to sprout seeds at home, and safe for a pregnant woman to eat them if she is controlling the sanitary conditions under which they are grown in her kitchen. Sprouts contain a hundred-fold more nutrients than the unsprouted seed. They are a superfood and inexpensive to grow.

    The problem with the commercially grown hydroponic sprouts like alfalfa, clover, and radish is that they can become contaminated with listeria or salmonella because of the way the water recirculates in the growing system. Listeria is not harmful to healthy individuals, however, it could be harmful to an elderly person, a pregnant woman, or an immune-compromised person. However, this type of contamination is rare, despite the FDA’s attempt to create a great deal of hoopla in the press in order to attack the health food industry.

  62. barb says:

    I’ve been using both Ceylon and cassia, and I do like the taste of cassia much better. I used the WF reference before too, and have now decided to use mostly ceylon for its health benefits,

  63. Paula says:

    Replace Dr. Oz’s name with Dr. Mengele and see if you can still say “Give the man a break. Just because he’s not where you are on our path is no reason to denigrate him.” Maybe somewhere in your thinking is “they were only animals”.

    I wonder if Oprah knew about his experimentation on dogs (dog-lover that she is), and imagined her beloved Sophie as a puppy there, if she would ever had anything to do with Dr. Oz. And I wonder what the public would think of them if this fact about him were common knowledge.

    Moral relativism … la-di-da blanket forgiveness ? No thanks. The line is very thin to cross from being human with a heart to a heartless monster.

  64. Janay says:

    Very good thoughts here. Many times I read about things and then I do as much research as possible to make sure it works for me.
    I have a problem with WIKI because anyone, who knows how, can change an article and insert any information, so read with caution there.
    and please do some research on SOY, It is in everything these days, almost all the tortillas have soy oil, and most restuarants are using it too. I believe it is so bad. I do however love Miso, which is a fermented soy

  65. Annette says:

    Re the whole cinnamon controversy…I did not see the Dr. Oz show where he and Jorge Cruise discussed both Cassia and Ceylon Cinnamons, however, about a year or so ago I saw a video that Jorge did which was on his site that discussed the two and indicated on his video that Cassia could be toxic if eaten/taken regularly. From what I recall, they indicated due to trade routes, the US got Cassia, and Europe Ceylon which is from Sri Lanka. The link below talks about the video and has a link to the video, however it appears to require a log in which for some reason I cannot figure out how to register at this point.


    I’m not expert, but I think if I were to add it to my daily regiment, I’d stick to Ceylon which is said to have much lower levels of Coumarin(?).

  66. Sue says:

    I also am looking for the difference between cinimmon, sounds like a great old solution for many ailments. Spices are natural and I will be using more of them ….starting with cinimmon.

  67. Tina says:

    I’d like to know more about the animal cruelty by Dr. Oz. What exactly has he done? Why? Has he been confronted with the allegations?

  68. 9inchTroy says:

    I tried He Shou Wu and didn’t find it helped for grey hair I’m trying wheatgrass now and hopefully that will help with the grey hair.

    Good luck to all.

  69. mary dicerni says:

    About the cinnamon, I have used the open wider one, in Indian recipes , and find it has little flavour, but is enough for the dish. It is not enough for my apple pie.. No idea what Dr. Oz means. Is it an element in the bark? which part is the beneficial element? Which part is the great taste in the Ceylon ?

    About the hair growth… I have used a multi vitamin with the Lipotropic factors..Inositol, Choline bitartrate, and dl-methionine. There are many minerals and ginseng in it as well, so i am not certain that other factors are not also helpful… When I forget to take them for a few days, I notice that hairline recedes a bit, and after I start up again, for a few days, notice the baby hairs growing again all around the hairline, and all over the head… I was told it was the 3 factors, and believe it, but cannot prove it… I may be able to scan the bottle label for you.

    I also heard a long time ago, that men with a lot of body hair, and little on the head, may have too high a level of testosterone, and need to balance it with estrogen… so we all need to know what our hormones are doing as well.. i have not checked, and I am 80 yrs old.. so should check them… lol keep up the great work, and do not worry about the blog.. I believe we would be just as happy with a few less, and save your health . You can have mini blog days, and then a couple of the full ones if you feel like it.. you do so much for us .. thank you. mary

  70. cpmt says:

    I agree that Ceyland its the best cinnamon. The Mexican is the true cinnamon, the Asian or Ceyland is the fake one but its better for diabetes – see : peoplespharmacy.com and they explained better.

  71. Sheri says:

    Hi guys.. found your site looking up info on Spirulina..
    I love spirulina.. gives me so much wonderful energy and I was taking it every day along with Royal Jelly and Panax ginseng. In November my hair was beautiful, thick & lush.. two months later it was falling out A LOT! It is very thin now and the grey is coming in so very quickly! I was like “what the heck happened”???? I started taking 5,000mcg of Biotin, pantothenic acid, inositol, triple lecithin with choline, N-acetyl cysteine and folic acid.. laying off the spirulina, royal jelly & ginseng. My hair still just looks thin & dead.
    In the early hours between sleep & wakefulness this morning, it came to me that perhaps it had something to do with the iron in the spirulina or possibly some contaminate from it…
    Is this a possibilty? What should I do?

  72. Rod says:

    I urge readers to go to pubmed.org and read a few actual studies about cassia and ceylon cinnamon. MHCP has been identified as the compound in cinnamon that aids in glucose disposal and it is only present in ceylon cinnamon. If you read closely, studies that find no benefits to cinnamin supplementation are either using cassia cinnamon, or doses of ceylon that are far to low to elicit a benefit. To benefit from the glucose disposal effects of cinnamon, one should supplement ceylon cinnamon at 2-6 grams per day depending on bodyweight. Cassia, although high in anti-oxidants, is useless for blood sugar control.

    As for Dr. OZ, he’s an extra charismatic scam artist, making money off of supplements and luring viewers by making them feel like nutrition experts. One particular claim I can call on (besides raspberry ketones, and a few other silly supplements) is the time he said that chlorogenic acid is not present in black coffee, only his green coffee bean extract. Well..I happen to work in a lab that measures chlorogenic acid in berries, coffee, and nuts, and I can tell you that there is a lot of chlorogenic acid in black in coffee, and this was determined from LCMS analysis. Take what this man says with a grain of salt.

  73. Joli Forbes says:

    I have a question… I am wondering about health benefits of cinnamon and method of consumption. I add it to my coffee… does that do any good for me, or does the coffee negate it’s good properties? I guess my bigger-picture question is if you cook with and use herbs and powders in hot drinks, do they still have positive health benefits?

  74. Fredda says:

    Am I completely crazy, or is WebMD saying exactly the opposite in terms of the cinnamon discussion?


    Would love an answer!

    Thanks so much

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