B12 and Omega 3’s May Have Prevented This Life-Threatening Health Emergency : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview

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not omega 3 oil
Not the type of oil you want to take if you have low Omega 3 levels… (Used grease for the RV, back in 2010)

Yesterday, Christina Pirello told us her story about her amazing natural healing story…

But, that wasn’t the end of her journey. She’s kind of been struck by lighting twice.

Today, she shares another life-threatening issue that she overcame in 1998 — something that might have been avoided if she had done a few simple and natural preventative techniques.

Here’s where you can find out what happened and what she does now to avoid it again (my written thoughts follow)…

Listen to Part 2 here:

Click the play button to start the call:


1. In 1998… another health challenge.

In 1998, Christina had a brain aneurism. This was after she was eating this way for 10 years. Again like I said yesterday, it’s much easier to listen to her story than it is for me to recount it all here, but I’ll make it short by saying this is a hereditary issue that she says was agitated by not enough B12 and Omega 3 oils.

2. Getting sick as a health spokesperson is extremely humbling.

After getting the aneurism, Christina was humbled by the fact that maybe there were things in her diet that she still needed to fix. She’s been eating a strict macrobiotic diet for years, but her B12 and her essential fatty acids were too low. For her, it required some soul searching.

I know somewhat how she felt. My gut and hormone issues were not life-threatening — like a brain aneurism — but they sapped my energy and made me question if what I knew about health was really correct. It also wrecked me to think that I had to go into public with acne on my face — being a known health figure.

What I learned from it, is to be real, honest and accept that even the pros have issues that may or may not be solvable. I also learned not to judge as hard on appearance as I used to.

3. Testing identifies the issue!

For Christina, her blood tests confirmed her very low B12 and homocystine. This was evidence to her and her doctor that she needed supplementation in order to prevent problems in the other areas of her brain prone to aneurism.

Blood tests win again!

4. I think she could benefit by getting tested more often.

I asked Christina if she was doing a regular yearly — or even more often — blood test routine. She said no. She does do a brain scan every 3 years and will do testing every few years.

If I were her, I’d consider doing the tests at least every 12 months. This was there’s more time to identify new and potentially harmful levels — particularly since she’s been sick before.

Of course, I’m not her practitioner, nor do I have any business telling her what she should do. I just know, that if my mom or family member was in the same situation, I’d recommend are more frequent protocol to them. πŸ™‚

Your question of the day: Have you had your B12 levels tested? What were they — low, high?

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 β€” 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 β€” including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more β€” 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 β€” 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. Mikr says:

    I just found your site and the interviews are great! Is it possible for you to make a podcast with all of your interviews or tags them all “interview” by any chance?

  2. Mike says:

    or if you could add the audio interviews to your youtube channel that i just subscribe to with the word “interview” in the title or make an interview playlist we can get the word out to more folks. you do not have to add my comments to this great post, i just did not know how else to contact you

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      Hey Mike, we’re launching a new site design in the next 2-3 months. This will be included! Thanks for the feedback… we’ll also have a much better search so you can actually find things… LOL!


  3. Anna K. says:

    My levels were actually high (1591). I had been taking a daily B12 supplement (1mg methylcobalamin) and was consuming nutritional yeast almost daily. I had great energy, but trouble sleeping. I have since stopped the daily B12 supplement since B12 is already included in my multi, and cut back on the nutritional yeast. I have not been re-tested yet.

  4. Seppo says:

    Good article, Kevin. Too often people in the natural health field either forget or ignore genetics. This is something I’ve learned while writing about acne. We all have our own unigue genetic makeup and that can make us more prone to certain health conditions. While healthy diet and lifestyle can do a lot, there are limits to what we can achieve with them. I’ve lost count of people who despite extremely restrictive and ‘healthy’ diets fail to clear their skin.

    In the end we are all humans. And to be human means to be imperfect. So don’t worry too much if you think your health is less than perfect.

  5. Congratulations on a sensitive, informative portrayal of Christina Pirelli’s inspiring story. Human health is never simple, and as we all now know, both mind and body play huge parts when it comes to both prevention and cure. And on the body side, even traditional physicians who don’t put much stock in “alternative” methods recognize that if you take just one supplement, it should be omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system to support the health of the brain and the entire body. But consumers need to do just a little bit of homework, too, because not all omega-3’s are alike – starting with the difference between short-chain omegas derived from flax and other plant sources, vs. the more beneficial long-chain omegas from fish oils. The best answer is high-purity/high-potency fish oil supplements. We’ve amassed independently researched information on these and other issues relating to omega-3’s on our web site, http://www.ExpertOmega3.com.

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