The Best of the Rest : Best of 2012

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I had a few more categories for this year’s Best of 2012, but instead of spending the next month burning through them, I’ve decided to consolidate and simply by writing about all of them in final post.

Today, I’m going to cover these topics…

  • Best Renegade Health Interviews
  • Best Health Blog Posts (From Around the Web)
  • Best Natural / Health Food Company
  • Best Health Conference
    • Of course, there are dozens of additional categories I could share, but I think there’s plenty here for you to digest.

      Let’s get rolling…

      Best Health Interview Runner Up: Jon Gabriel

      Jon Gabriel is great to talk to.

      I interviewed Jon for the first time in August of 2012.

      I’m not going to go over all the details of the interview and who Jon is, I’m going to give you one insight on the behind the scenes stuff.

      What I like about Jon is that when we were talking pre-interview, I ran over the topics I wanted to talk about. He responded with a simple, “sounds great, I can handle anything.” This actually, in most cases, isn’t that impressive. In fact, many times it’s scary.

      I’ve had some of my worst guests say this before we started. So, I was hoping that Jon wouldn’t follow suit.

      He didn’t.

      Jon really was able to handle everything. (Even the slight time delay in the audio, LOL!)

      His story of losing 200 pounds and keeping it off for 8 years is remarkable, but so is his ability to share some of the emotions he felt while on his journey and the intimate details of how he was able to finally make a massive change in his life.

      A must listen.

      If you want to listen to this interview, you can here…

      Best Health Interview Top Dog: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

      I’ve interviewed Dr. Gonzalez twice to date and Annmarie and I were lucky enough to share a lunch with him a little over a year ago.

      Dr. Gonzalez is the kind of guy that has encyclopedias of knowledge in his head. So when you interview him (or any person like this), you need to be aware of two things. First, that you’ll have to ask him to clarify a few things, because he will most certainly get over someone’s head — including mine — at least two or more times in the interview. Second, you have to make sure you try to slow him down a bit.

      I can say that I’ve mastered the first task, but the second is still a work in progress. Sometimes, someone is so passionate and knowledgeable about a subject they just can’t get enough said in the time allotted.

      Each time I’ve finished with a Dr. Gonzalez interview, I’ve gotten off the phone, walked into the other room and told Annmarie, “that was awesome.”

      The interview that I did with Dr. Gonzalez this year for the 2nd Healing Cancer World Summit was one of those interviews.

      While this interview is part of the Healing Cancer World Summit package, I can share with you a clip from my 2011 interview.

      Here’s where you can listen to that…

      Best Health Blog Posts I’ve Come Across Runner Up: Frederic Patenaude

      I don’t read many health blogs anymore, but there are a few that I keep tabs on.

      Frederic’s is one of them.

      Frederic has written about raw food for years, but has taken a more critical position on diet of late. It’s somewhat similar to my views (and we spend plenty of time talking about it since we’re friends!)

      But, I really like the way some of his writing started moving in 2012. There are plenty of articles to read, so I think the best place to start is under his “Raw Food Controversies” blog category and move on from there.

      Here’s where you can go:

      Best Health Blog Posts I’ve Come Across Top Dog: Nomi Shannon

      I love this article…

      I actually don’t know if it was originally a blog post for Nomi or just a newsletter, but when I got the email in my inbox, I wrote to her immediately. I wanted to get her permission to post it on Renegade Health. She agreed and I’m thrilled to bring it to you.

      It’s about how to navigate the health space and make sure you’re not being duped. The focus is on raw food, but just replace “raw food” with any popular or strange diet (maybe any other thing as well) and you’ll get the same result — an instructive and interesting read!

      Here’s where you can find that article now…

      Best Health Company: Three Way Tie… Nature’s Path Foods / Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps / Mercola Health Resources

      This is not tied to a specific product that is produced by any of these companies, nor am I endorsing any products by them.

      The reason I want to give these companies recognition is because of their work for the Proposition 37 — GMO labeling — campaign.

      As far as I can tell, these three companies were the top three contributors and donated over $2,342,147 to the campaign. This is over 25% of the total raised and they, by doing so, made a significant difference.

      The proposition did not pass, but the conversation is still hot. We can thank each one of these companies — and their commitment to you — for keeping it alive.

      Best Health Conference: Longevity Now Conference

      David Wolfe, Len and Rebecca Foley (and now baby Sofia!) have put on the Longevity Now Conference in some form or fashion for years. It started as the Best Day Ever Conference and then became a serious player in the health conference space.

      Annmarie and I love taking our annual trip to Costa Mesa to check out this well organize, fun and informative event. I even spoke at it a few years ago when we were actively on tour.

      After all the conferences and events we’ve attended, this is one of the only ones we still go to, so that says a lot.

      If you want to check it out and see if it fits in your schedule this year, here’s where to go:

      We gave them this award last year as well and someone is really going to have to step up into the stratosphere event-wise to take over this top slot.

      (We’ll be there with Hudson as long as he lets us out of the house!)

      That’s all the Best of 2012s I can think of, so until next year…

      Your Question of the Day: What are some of the bests that I haven’t mentioned?

      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. Ira Edwards says:

        They don’t get much respect, but the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics, is an organization of some of the world’s most careful and thorough scientists. Uffe Ravnkov’s latest book IGNORE THE AWKWARD is a must-read for those who wonder why effective alternaive therapies don’t get publlicity.

      2. helena says:


        Is there a way to tap into the cancer summit. I just got diagnosed so I’m looking for up to date positive information.

        thanks you!!!!!

      3. Kym@natcom says:

        I just want to throw in a quick plug for Leo Babauta’s The Power of Less. Great book for how to handle change without overwhelm. Also Brendan Brazier has just launched Thrive Forward, which is maybe the most comprehensive free resource I’ve seen.

        Apologies if you’ve mentioned these, Kevin. I’ve just realized I’ve been missing a few of your posts recently (since you changed the e-mail format?). You said you’re writing less but do you still send out the e-mail announcements? Just received your Weekly Wednesday Update and am catching up on missed articles.

      4. Ken Weingard says:

        My vote goes to David Jubb’s LifeColloid Probiotic formula.

      5. Matt Menzies says:

        Hi Kevin,
        You guys really should interview Kevin or Katy Hinton.
        They are the masters –

        They are health educators.
        See ya

      6. George says:

        About the video… This sounds very much like Ernst Krebs Jr’s trophoblastic theory on cancer. G Edward Griffin does quite an excellent speech on this. ( The enzymes discussed are proteolytic enzymes(from the pancreas) and are useless on there own to fight cancer. This is because, on the molecular level, both the cancer and the enzymes have a negative charge thus repel each other. Ernst Krebs Jr found a way of breaking through the trophoblastic membrane with laetrile. Laetrile contains cyanide, benzaldehyde and glucose. Two of these substances are extremely harmful in free form but when locked into a tight molecular structure with glucose, they are theoretically harmless. The trophoblast layer of cancer contains an enzyme called beta-glucosidase, which consumes the glucose molecule and releases the toxic substances directly on the cancer ( as the only place the unlocking enzyme is found in concentration is in cancer). This immensely damages the trophoblast and makes room for the proteolytic enzymes to naturally consume the proteins of the cancer and thusly disintegrate the cancer entirely.

        That’s the theory on trophoblastic cancer BUT there hasn’t been any success in modern clinical trials undertaken by conventional organizations. This CANNOT be ignored. Either there is a political cover up, where people are being paid off, so rich money lords don’t lose one of their most treasured investments, Big Pharma, and expose a giant threat to their economy, which has been suggested. Or it is just an old belief that modern science has debunked. For me the evidence for and against cannot be confirmed.

      7. David Gaydos says:

        Happy New Year, Kevin (belatedly)!

        We were in NYC last week for two appointments with Dr. Gonzalez for my wife Paula, who is working through advanced breast cancer. I certainly agree with you, we were mind-blown by Dr. Gonzalez’s knowledge, thoroughness, and dedication to his work. Plus, at 65, he looks fantastic! He could pass for more than a decade younger. He walks his walk and does a coffee enema daily, as does his staff! We felt immediately at home in his office, his secretary Andrea was great, and not a toxic substance was to be found anywhere in the office. Paula’s starting the program this week (it starts with a liver/gallbladder flush) and we’re quite excited about it all. Thanks to you for having him on the Cancer Summit, as that was really what ultimately motivated us to see him.

      8. David says:


        Great job keeping us informed as always.

        Are you going to do a “Best Raw Restaurant” and/or “Healthiest Restaurant” like you have done in the past?

        Keep up the good work!


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