Are You Taking Synthetic Vitamin B12? : Exclusive Renegade Health Q & A

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Here is some green for St. Patrick’s Day. No one likes to get pinched… not even a blog. (View from the high point of the property where we get our cinnamon.)

Yes, you could be taking synthetic Vitamin B12…

In today’s Q & A, I address which forms are generally synthetic and which ones aren’t. I also address whether or not a colonoscopy is a good idea, tips on making chicha, alternative cancer options and if you can take fish oil and sacha inchi oil at the same time.

Let’s get into it…

Carla wants to know what type of B12 the body can utilize.

So what is the kind of B12 that the body can utilize? Is there a natural form of B12 that we can take, instead of synthetic type?

Hey Carla, great question.

As I’ve mentioned in the past many forms of B12 found in seaweeds or algae is not available to the body for use. These B12 compounds are analogs. They look and act like B12, but your body can’t use them.

The B12 that is available to the body for use is when the nutrient is in its co-factor forms like cyanocobalamin, hydroxycobalamin and methylcobalamin.

B12 for a supplement is synthesized in more than one way, but methylcobalamin generally comes from a natural bacteria source using a fermentation process. This form is the one that will naturally be found in foods like nutritional yeast (though generally fortified) and animal foods. Because animal foods are the best source, it’s recommended that vegans or raw foodies (who are vegans) take a B12 supplement. It’s also recommended that people who eat meat, take this essential nutrient as well — if they’re deficient.

Hydroxycobalamin and cyanocobalamin are both made in a lab — cyano- being the cheapest form and hyroxy- actually being the most expensive. Hydro- and methyl- are both used for injections.

Methylcobalamin is my preferred natural source, but they all actually work to raise B12 levels. So it’s up to you to decide which one you want to take, I just tend to go with the most natural — that also works — when it comes to supplements.

I use shots and B12 patches.

Majalehn wants to know if it’s OK to get a colonoscopy.

Hi I’d like to get your opinion about this colonoscopy test for colon canncer… I always stay away from allopathic everything… no mamagrams (did thermography etc… no vaccines or drugs for my kids… everything Au Natural BUT I am a bit freaked out since I know 3 woman who have died from CC (they followed a natural tract and one friend who caught it in time but had her colon mostly removed..hmm quite the epidemic!! The thought of this procedure is totally unappealing but not sure what to do..What sayest thou oh wise one?

LOL, “wise one” may not be the best descriptor for me, but I’m flattered.

I actually think having a colonoscopy is a good idea.

Yes, they are quite “invasive” (and not in the surgical use of the word), but don’t let that deter you. Based on your own experience and that of countless others, I’ve decided when it’s my time, I’d rather take my chances with the possible side effects of pre- and post- procedure, than die of colorectal cancer.

The possible side effects of a colonoscopy are these:

1. Reaction to the laxative that is given pre-exam.

Sodium phosphate or polyethylene glycol (PEG) are generally used. Sodium phosphate can be irritating to the kidneys and polyethylene glycol is probably not the most idea thing to put into your body — it’s used to make Spandex and fill paint balls.

The good news is that high doses of magnesium citrate work as a fantastic laxative and can be used alone to clear out your colon before your exam. Ask your doc if they’d be willing to let you use just this when you set up your appointment and you should be cool. (You also will likely be calmer since magnesium is also really good at helping with mood.)

2. Colon puncture from the probe.

I know it sounds like UFO abduction stuff, but it can happen. It’s rare and much more likely to happen to the elderly who have compromised and weak colon walls.

3. Cooky reaction to the sedatives.

Yes, they will sedate you when you get a colonoscopy and you will wake up feeling pretty woozy. I still remember waking up from my wisdom teeth surgery when I was in high school and not knowing where I was. I tried to ask my mother for a McDonald’s milk shake and a Big Mac blended together so I could drink it out of a straw — luckily my mouth was so full of cotton no one could understand me. That would have been awful.

Anyway, I personally think the “reward” of finding a polyp early is much more valuable than most of the risks of the entire procedure.

Of course this is up to you and your doctor to decide, but I would get one if I was 50 years old. (I’d also ask to see the video afterwords, since I think it’s amazingly cool to look inside yourself.)

FULL DISCLOSURE: I may be partial to this type of treatment due to this experience. I once dressed up as a giant red polyp (this photo is not be, but a sample of what I looked like) as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society (my mother used to work there) and sang this song in front of over 3000 people…

My version was definitely better. All the poor kids thought I was a giant strawberry — tough to break the news of what I really was.

Anonomyus wants to know the real story about stevia…

Hi, why is the Navitas stevia not available anywhere? What’s the real story? Thank you!

As far as I know the real story is that it wasn’t a great seller of theirs so they removed it from their inventory. We now have another high quality source that we will be bringing in shortly.

No conspiracy stories here, just good old capitalism.

When we do get it in, you’ll find it here.

Linda wants to know if the sugar she used for fermenting her chicha was the right kind…

I used granulated sugar instead of coconut sugar in making quinoa chicha. is that ok? also when do i know when chicha is ready to drink? its separated and cloudy. Do i strain it or stir to mix up and drink. I’m confused on this.

Hey Linda, I applaud you for actually attempting to make the chicha recipe!

I’ll bet 95% of the people who came across it didn’t take any action at all. I’m glad you’re one of the few that does.

As for the sugar, yes, you can use regular granulated sugar. My only concern about using this for a ferment is that it’s possible your sugar is genetically modified. If you have non-organic sugar that is from sugar beets — a lot of it is — you’re probably supporting the franken-food movement.

So on a line of good, better, best…

Sugar is good (organic) because the bacteria eat much of it up. When something has been fermented and has sugar in it before it gets bubbly, it’s not the same as drinking a sugary drink. The bacteria feed on the sugar, so they break it down. This is why milk is sweet and yogurt (plain) is sour — there’s little to no sugar left.

Better and best are other natural sweeteners like honey, coconut sugar (palm sugar) and others.

On to the separation and when it’s ready…

Most chichas take about 7 days to ferment and, yes, the separation is normal. Many ferments that have fiber in them do separate. All you have to do is mix it up a bit with a spoon once you’ve opened the containter and you should be good to go.

Just make sure you’re careful not to shake it before you open the container, since your ferment is naturally carbonated and you might build up a little pressure — I prefer my chicha in my stomach, not bubbling over on the counter.

Valorie needs help with alternative cancer treatments…

Hello Mr Kevin. Im quite inspired by your speech. however I am facing a dreadful situation. My father has tumor localized in different organs and concentional treatments have failed. He has Diabetes, had previous operations of cerebral hemorrhage and hydrocephalus and recently broke his thoracic bone t3 and 4. I have learnt from your lectures that bicarbonate treatment works. Can you help me? Im ready to try the alternative treatments. I would rather get your phone number so that I can call you. Hoping for you quick reply. Valerie

Hi Valerie, this is not the best news to hear. I’m sorry you’re going through this. Just by what you’ve indicated, he’s clearly not in good shape at all.

I’m not sure where you heard that bicarbonate treatment works on our program. Maybe there was someone who mentioned it, but according to many of the doctors that I’ve spoken to, this type of treatment — like almost all treatments — are not miracle cures.

They are a part of a carefully crafted protocol — created by a doctor who really knows what they’re doing.

It seems in the case of your father, that there’s a lot that needs to be done and very quickly. His organs are failing and he’s literally crumbling (his bones breaking.)

If the conventional treatments have not done any good and his oncologist basically has said that he should get his affairs together, I’d research some of the hospital type clinics like Oasis of Hope and see what their doctors suggest.

There are no guarantees in a case like this, but fast and informed action is the best.

I hope this works out for everyone in your family in the best of all ways. Please keep us posted.

Also, just as almost an aside, I want to mention this quickly…

You imply something interesting here when you say: “I’m ready to try the alternative treatments.”

I’m only pointing this out because I’d love to know what your relationship with your father is during these difficult times. It seems like you’re very active as a caregiver — or maybe even the only person involved. Is the care up to you now, has he giving his power over to you, or is he even able to make decisions?

In this instance, knowing what your role is would help determine what the best plan of action is for everyone involved — including your father. Sometimes people would rather continue what is harming them and call it a great life, than change in late stages of disease — others want to fight with all they have.

Ultimately, it’s their choice.

I, obviously, have no idea of what your situation is (or this might have been a typo and means nothing in your case), but it’s worth having a conversation to see what everyone feels about this hard and emotional time.

The reason I brought this up — without knowledge of your situation — is because I think having important conversations is something we all need to get better at having. I had one of these today and was reminded about how real and raw they are — I was also reminded how they make life that much more interesting.

Sending you tons of love and strength.

Robin wants to know if you can take more than one omega 3 oil…

I take 10G fish oil omega-3 for mood. Wondering how I could combine ‘doses’ if I used both the fish oil and sacha inchi?

Robin great question here.

This all depends on your personal needs. I know that sounds wishy-washy, but it’s true.

The best way to get omega-3 oils is to get them from all sources. Some people get the best results from animal based oils. Some can get good results from other plant based types.

So if the fish oil is working and you don’t have an issue eating animal foods, then keep taking it. If you want to try the sacha inchi or another type, go ahead and try it and see if it affects your mood.

My suggestion is to incorporate all types of essential fatty acids into your diet and get tested to see if they’re working for you.

Your Question of the Day: It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Do you have a tradition today? (I actually just remembered right now after writing this… I wear green. I don’t like getting pinched. LOL!)

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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