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Tell ‘em Albert. (What a sage…)

As you know, I’m always looking for the best of the best…

It’s this kind of exhausting, somewhat-irrational mission that I’ve set out on — for almost every aspect of my life.

If I want cinnamon, I don’t go to the supermarket, I bring mine in from Costa Rica — because it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.

If I want good food, I don’t settle for what the closest Whole Foods brings in — I move to where the local food movement began about 40 years ago with Alice Waters leading the way (Berkeley, CA.) Talk about good food. It’s amazing here.

If I want information, I want it straight from the source. That’s why I interview experts and ask them questions that I want answers to directly. I won’t settle for information that’s been passed along a long chain of individuals each with their own bias. It’s no different than that game of “Telephone” you played in kindergarten, where everyone sat in a circle and you whispered a sentence into the next person’s ear — only to find out how distorted it was after it went around the room once.

So I’m a seeker, but one that is discerning.

I get hundreds of emails a day. Many from readers like you who have questions that need to be answered. Many that could be answered with great programs and products that I’m always on the lookout for.

Some that even find me, since I get dozens of packages a month. Every time I open one up, I’m hoping it’s something I could share with you that will help you get the results you want — but, unfortunately, they’re rarely any good. Or at least not good enough for me to put my reputation on the line by promoting them.

But some actually are quite useful.

About a year ago, I was introduced to a resource book that I’ve been using ever since. It’s called “The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments.”

I love resource books like this.

Why?

I remember a story I heard once (I have no idea if it’s true or not), but it’s about Einstein.

Al was doing a talk somewhere in the world and someone from the audience asked him to recite a certain math equation that you’d expect a mathematical genius to be able to rattle off pretty quickly.

But when Einstein said he didn’t know the equation exactly, the audience collectively gasped. Is Einstein a fraud? He doesn’t know this simple equation by heart?

Einstein sensed the negative chatter and responded like this.

“Why would I bother to fill my head with that meaningless nonsense? If I want that equation, I know just the book to pick up and the page on which to find it.”

Thus, the benefit of a resource book.

A lot of people ask me questions like “what is the best herb for this or that?” or “what is the highest plant based source of nutrient X?” all the time. I don’t bother to memorize these details. It’s been my personal practice to learn from Einstein, because I don’t want my head clouded with all that data. I just want to know where I can find them, and I point people in that specific direction.

In the case above, I do have a resource to share. I use www.WHFoods.com, since their database is fantastic for any food or nutrient related inquiry. Simple as that, I don’t have to memorize data that I may or may not use. It saves space in my brain and it saves me the time trying to make sure the details stick in my memory database.

Back to Resource Books…

Another one of my favorites is the “Prescription for Natural Healing” Book. If you don’t have it, you’ve seen it on the shelf at a health food store near you. Here’s the link in case you don’t recognize the title, you’ll recognize the cover. (click)

This book, just like www.WHFoods.com to me, is one of those “must haves” that either sits on your bookshelf, rests in your Kindle or is stared in your browser bookmarks. It’s the natural health equivalent of Einstein’s little black book of equations.

So for the past year, I’ve been using the “The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments” when I need to research a few things. I have to admit, it’s a fantastic book.

Basically, it is a collection of researched and scientifically proven remedies and protocols that work for all different types of health issues — from allergies to diabetes, to Lyme disease and cancer. It’s just one of those books I’m glad to have around when I need to do some quick research — and that I know I can trust.

It takes a lot of pressure off of my work.

The larger the Internet grows the more likely it is to stumble upon poorly researched — or plain old false — health information.

This is why an appointment with Dr. Google, MD is not the best way to diagnose or treat any disease.

I remember when I was experiencing a list of symptoms about 6 years ago.

I decided to do a quick, preliminary search to see what it possibly could be.

I ended up on the WebMD symptom search engine. Basically, you put in symptoms and it spits out diseases that you could have. I knew I wasn’t going to get anything relevant, but decided to try it out anyway.

My results were shocking.

Apparently, based on my symptoms, I had every disease from cancer to AIDS. I instantly saw how so many people can get confused when they’re using the web to get their health information.

If I hadn’t been online since ’98 or so, I’d have panicked and gotten all my organs removed and immediately asked for prescription of the strongest drug cocktail around. (I’m kind of joking here, kind of not.)

What I’m saying here is that anyone with any knowledge of search engine optimization and back-linking strategy can get their page up at the top of the search engines (this is changing though, which is good news!) Unfortunately, for you, they probably know more about search engine optimization and back-linking than they do about health.

This is why spammy review type websites come up when you search some of the more popular herbs and supplements. These aren’t well sourced and documented articles, they’re advertorials that want to convince you whatever they’re writing about is the solution to your problem.

So where do you go?

You go to the resource books and the practitioners.

Meeting with a practitioner like Dr. Williams or those with a knowledge of Functional Medicine is priceless when you’re looking for the best health. But what is secondary is having good resources that you can use to start your fact finding.

“The Complete Blood Test Blueprint” is a fantastic resource for those who want to take the 30 years of Dr. Williams’ clinical work and compare it to your own blood test results.

“The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments” is another one that I feel is a must have for anyone serious about natural healing.

If you want to read more about this book or get it for yourself, then here’s the link to follow…

Click Here to Read More

I strongly recommend getting the printed version of this book — while it’s great to have the digital for quick searching, the print version is much easier to read and keep around the house for quick reference.

So there you have it, finally, something I’m excited to review that I think you will find of value — plus, I just saved you over 300 pages of storage in your brain, so now you only have to remember where you put the book.

(For that, you can click here)

Your question of the day: What are your favorite health resources?

Live Awesome!
Kev

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. Martha Johnson says:

    One site I know of that seems to provide actually HELPFUL health information online is healthtap.com. They put you in contact with thousands of real, certified, us doctors and the services are mostly free. I highly recommend that you check it out, it has saved me many time consuming and expensive trips to the doctor’s office.

  2. Todd says:

    Through 25+ years of studying nutrition, health, & medicine (western & eastern), I’ve amassed a medical library of around 100 books which I consider to contain important information. Among those, I would suggest the following if you can locate them: Dental Self-help by Soaring Bear (highlights the importance of “true” nutrition to our health & the neglect of our innate ability to heal by most professionals), Grey’s Anatomy, The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away by Dr. Rashid Buttar, You’re Not Sick – Your Just Thirsty also by Dr. Buttar (not sure of that title, I haven’t looked at it in a while), The Barefoot Doctor’s Handbook of Chinese Medicine, & The Art of Shenku. I believe that a good grasp of physiology is also highly important in order to make appropriate decisions when faced with the glut of misinformation that greedy entities have shoveled into the pipeline. The creator of all made us without synthetics & to regenerate without them, too. Best wishes to everyone on our paths of life.

  3. Todd says:

    OK. I remember now: Your Body’s Not Sick, You’re Just Thirsty.

  4. Beverly says:

    Great as always, I take adult stem cell nutrition, keeps my body, mind, and soul well, from http://Jdimlm.com/ miracles. God Bless

  5. Brenda says:

    Waaay too many books to list. Like you and Einstein, I look things up. Too much information to keep track of. Now I have too many books to keep track of. LOL! I don’t have “The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs & Forbidden Treatments.” though. Hmm? I do have other books and journals with that kind of info.
    I appreciate you offering this kind of info to people who are not in the holistic health field, so they can research things for themselves from a trusted source.
    Again, Kevin, you are awesome! :D

  6. Julia says:

    “So I’m a seeker, but one that is discerning.”

    Just wondering if you’re such a seeker why did you drop out of that nutrition school? You just wanted the title, not the education…that’s not a seeker…

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      Julia, I decided to seek at my own pace after I realized I didn’t need credentials to prove anything to anyone. Did you read that whole article? You might want to go back and review it… ;-)

      Kev

  7. Rebecca Cody says:

    This is off topic, but I recently found out through blood and urine testing that I have high levels of MTBE and styrene. In reading on the Environmental Working Group website (EWG.org)I read this warning about avoiding plastics:

    “Avoid polycarbonate containers (sometimes marked with a #7 or “PC”), especially for children’s food and drinks. These plastics are rigid and transparent, like plastic food storage containers and water bottles, among other things. Trace amounts of BPA can migrate from these containers, particularly if used for hot food or liquids. Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA.”

    Doesn’t this describe the containers of our beloved Vitamix and BlendTec blenders? Yikes! I use mine every day!

  8. John Michael says:

    Actually, Kevin, I believe you meant to list the book, “The Prescription for Nutritional Healing”, not “The Prescription for Natural Healing” and I only know this cause I just looked and see that I have this book. I greatly appreciate your recommendations as you, like my self, are consistently looking at upgrades in your life in health, awareness, etc. in your life and in your offerings to others. In that regard, though I have read countless books in the last 42 years since my commitment to personal health. Now, I am more convinced more than ever that our own intuition and the signs we receive from Angels looking over us, are the best guidelines for our optimum health. Even though we ARE ALL ONE, we are still unique individuals co-creating the ONENESS and all have our own requirements which serve our evolution to that ONENESS!

  9. R says:

    … Finally, a Question of the Day that’s easy for me to answer:

    RenegadeHealth.com ! =D

  10. Note to “Julia”…Go back to bed!!!

    Geez!

    I like the way you think, Mr Gianni!

  11. Linny says:

    Thanks for this recommendation Kevin. If I didn’t trust your judgement based on reading lots of other information you provide though, I’d be scratching my head on this one. I followed the link for the Encyclopedia and it is marketed the same way as some other cheesy books where they give you bits of information to lure you in but to get the whole picture you must order now! I’d like to order now but the way it’s presented is a big turn off and doesn’t inspire trust in the content. Kevin did you find the content to be sound and factual? I’d love that to be the case :-)

  12. Susan says:

    Kevin, I’m with Linny on this. I really dislike when you can’t find the price or it is put at the bottom. Maybe they’ve done research that shows that people won’t continue reading the ad once they see the price but I tend to be put off. It doesn’t work for me if the price is hidden. If the price isn’t out there front and center then that tells me that they don’t think much of their product. The price of the book, The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthoughs & Forbidden Treatments” is reasonable so I don’t understand why the price is hidden. But for your recommendation, which I value, I wouldn’t buy it. One of my go-to books is “alternative cures” by Bill Gottlieb. It’s not perfect but it has steered me in the right direction. I like Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies. It’s a little folksy and probably dated but, for me, it’s a good resource. Thank you, Kevin, for writing this article.

  13. Tina says:

    I have to agree with the 2 previous comments, that the website is cheesy. I was all gung ho to buy the book until I went to the website and was totally turned off. It reads “scam” all over it. Their teasing is like so many other fraudulent products on the web. I’ll wait for more feedback from Kevin on this.

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      Hey Guys, the book is great. I promise. Well researched, great content. I just actually talked to a colleague on the phone — you’d know her — and she told me that she has the book and it’s all marked up with bookmarks and dog ears.

      As for the marketing, don’t let it turn you off. Sometimes marketers go over the top to promote their things. Some times the things suck, other times they’re awesome. This one is the latter.

      Kev

  14. Mike says:

    Something tells me that all the information in this book can be boiled down to one sentence, and that everyone intuitively knows what that sentence is..

  15. Sherry says:

    Shut up Julia

  16. Thomas says:

    I agree with all the others that the book is marketed in the “cheesy” way of other hustles on the Internet. That tells me a lot right there.
    They can’t be honest about their product, like Amazon.com where you get the price and all the comments from people who actually purchased the product, not just the people who profit from it.

    Plus the fact that Kevin’s link is not a “straight” URL to their website. It is a link that tells where it came from, as in multilevel marketing ads.

    Kevin, do you make a profit for finding customers for these people? If so, you should be up-front about it.

  17. Iain says:

    Thomas, I agree that the site does not give off the right vibs but if you want to buy it from Amazon.com you can it will cost you $150 instead of $50.

    Kevin is there any good info on ME and cures or helpful natural medicines to treat it?

    Something I’d be interested to find out about but would like to know before purchasing.

    Keep up the good work!

  18. Jannet says:

    This has SCAM written all over it. Very dissapointing.

  19. Thomas says:

    You just answered my question.

    Today’s (6/30) newsletter says “We’ve had a lot of people head on over and purchase “The Encyclopedia of Medical
    Breakthroughs” that I reviewed on Thursday
    here…”

    Sounds like you are trying to get people to act like sheep and follow the crowd over there.

    For you to know that means they are paying you to promote their product with your newsletter and blog.

    Wasn’t it the famous circus and sideshow operator P.T. Barnum that said “there’s a new sucker born every minute”? :-)

  20. Diana says:

    Just order the encyclopedia-medical breakthroughs. Will order the blood test blue print later. My pocketbook can’t handle that one just yet. This is just what I need. Thanks Kev.

  21. Martha says:

    Wow, such negativity….Kevin is recommending this resource and (who cares if he is making a profit) and I haven’t been let down once by him…I have hundreds of books I use, and my family knows that they will have them when I pass (hopefully not soon..LOL) but as I have gotten older and have used lots of things for my health I usually just reach for the standbys if I have a problem, which thankfully is very rare. Love ya Kevin and keep on passing out the good information!

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