The 7 Things I Learned this Year 2010 Edition : The Renegade Health Newsletter

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Looking up for 2011!

It’s 2011!

Annmarie and I (and Jonny 5) want to welcome you into the new year with some great insights about health that we’ve learned this year.

Many of you have written in telling us that “The 7 Things I Learned this Week” column is your favorite… so today, you get the 7 Things I Learned this YEAR!

Many of them are more detailed than my weekly ramblings, so I hope you enjoy!

First, last September, I spoke at The Longevity Conference about some of the things I’ve been researching and learning about over the last few years.

This week, the team that produces this conference is giving away a bunch of great video clips from that event that I think is worth checking out.

Today, they have up a clip from my talk that explains a few very important tips to help with your overall mood and energy levels.

What I talk about comes from my first hand experience and the mentorship of Dr. Williams.

I’m sure you may have some low energy or your mood isn’t so chippy from time to time, so be sure to check out these tips.

They may help you get on track with the right solution and transform your health.

Here’s the link to watch that video now…

Now on to the newsletter:

I spent the entire weekend adding and cutting from this list to make sure it was the best I could muster.

Here are the 7 Things I Learned this Year!

1. My own health has changed my views.

Over the past 3 years, I’ve been on a mission to regain my health after a few ill-advised experiments which have been well documented on the blog.

What’s funny to me (and actually quite serious) is that many of the information and advice I was taking to get better, never would have worked.

My focus was solely on healing my issues with raw food to prove that it worked for everything.

Unfortunately, that was not true and I was just spinning my wheels.

I never would be where I am now if I didn’t shift that very belief system and try new things.

Raw food will and always be an incredible tool for cleansing, weight loss and healing, but there is much more to health than that simplified explanation.

This year, I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that individuals require different tools to get better.

I’ve also come to realize that many raw foodists take an ideal to an extreme that eventually can and will damage their own health.

(I was one of them.)

I want to be clear, that I haven’t abandoned the use of raw foods by any means. (Remember, I wrote a book called High Raw!)

This year…

I have embraced the larger picture of overall health and realized how myopic I once was.

2. Dr. Williams is one of the best health minds around.

If you’ve had an opportunity to get any of Dr. Williams’ programs over the last 6 months, you’ll agree.

He’s been working clinically for over 30 years and has over 100,000 patient visits.

If there’s anyone who has seen first hand what works and what doesn’t it is him.

This clinical experience is where we should be looking for health information, not from our science and not from our theorists.

Dr. Williams’ own protocols helped me regain my vibrancy in literally 4-6 weeks.

A vibrancy that never came with about 2 years of different approaches.

It makes complete sense to me now.

He had done it for thousands of people before, so why wouldn’t it work for me too.

He also knew where to look. Which, like learning, is half the battle. LOL. 😉

This year…

I realized that there are some true experts out there who really know what they’re talking about. Dr. Williams is one of them.

3. We have to stop relying on “science.”

Scientists aren’t working for you.

They’re working for big money interests.

Remember this the next time a researcher or speaker or company quotes the “science” on a product, food or anything else.

Falling for the science is the biggest trap in the health world.

We just can’t do it.

This doesn’t mean that all science is wrong. I just means the majority of it is not fully intended to get you the best health possible.

This year, there have been many reports of industry paid researchers at “unbiased” Universities as well as pharmaceutical companies sweeping negative results under the rug.

We just can’t accept this system of selective publishing and believe that it will help us.

Frankly, we can’t even believe in much of the research of our peers as well, because many of them are quoting studies that were never (or loosely) meant to help with the health of the individual.

Most are funded to study plant alkaloids that could and will be turned into drugs.

So to sum it up…

Nutrition science, is not as black and white, cut and dried, exact and irrefutable as we’d like to think.

It’s controlled and manipulated data that wants to prove whatever point it set out to prove.

That’s dangerous.

This year…

I’ve taken to heart the quote I heard from Michael Pollan back in 2008…

“Nutrition science is like surgery in the 1600’s. It’s a cool idea, but don’t expect me to jump on the table just yet.”

4. Native people have knowledge we only wish to attain.

Meeting with the Q’ero Shamans from the Andes in Peru this year was remarkably life changing.

Only 10-15 years ago, Sebastian and his tribe Hatun Q’ero were completely secluded at 16,000 feet up in the Andes.

There are a lot of distinctions and “practical” things I learned from talking to them, but what I think is most powerful is observing them.

They are happy people and always smiling. They’re giving.

They connect with the earth and their surroundings many times throughout the day.

They do all of this with the most incredible sincerity.

(I’ve seen more than a fair share of people “connect” for show.)

What amazes me the most, is that these things stand out to me.

Shouldn’t they be the norm, not the exception?

(You don’t need to answer that one!)

what concerns me most is that I don’t know if this type of knowledge is transferable.

How can they be so happy, when they have – by our standards – nothing.

My fear is that we’ve gone too far. A true connection may not even be in our DNA any more.

How scary is that?

Ann and I will be in Peru for 3 months this year to see if any of it rubs off on us.

This year…

I realized I would like to be more like them.

5. Raw food is not, unfortunately, law.

I wanted it to be.

In fact, I fought it for a few years.

I wanted a single answer that could solve every equation, every challenge.

But I could not ignore the fact that the Q’ero live almost solely on cooked food and potatoes and up until recently have experienced incredible health. (At least the people who have stayed up in the mountains, away from civilization.)

How could that be?

There are many reasons, but the main one is that the food cannot be the main contributing factor when determining wellness and longevity.

It’s just not possible, faced with this evidence.

This year…

I finally came to terms that food isn’t everything and never will be.

6. You are what you digest (not exactly eat).

I mentioned this briefly in the Best of 2010, but I want to expand here.

You are what you eat is only half the equation when it comes to health.

In reality, you are what you digest and what you eat.

But saying it that way, doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue.

You are what you digest, is a perfect explanation as to why many people who try raw foods or other extreme diets may run into challenges.

They simply can’t digest the nutrients in a way the body can absorb them.

Now this isn’t a cure-all – fix the digestion and everything is better – but it is a good place to start.

This year…

I learned that this was evidently true with my mother. It’s been 4 weeks and with the addition of HCL and enzymes her digestion has been the best thing she’s done for herself all year.

7. We appreciate you!

This year, 2010, has been a great year because of you.

We have never before had more viewers, more comments on the blog and more customers who trust us and our recommendations.

We wouldn’t have that if you were not a part of it all.

With your help, we’ve reached thousands and thousands of people this year and thousands and thousands more next year.

When we come to events around the country, it’s inevitable that we’ll meet someone like you (if we haven’t met you already!) who have passed along this information to a friend, family member or pet (yes, I’m serious!) and in one way or another it has worked.

Without you, this would never happen, and we’re thrilled to have you as a valuable team member as we continue to change the lives of people around the globe for the better.

This year…

I want to thank you for who you are and wish you the best in 2011 for you and your family.

So that’s it for today… another chapter closed.

I’m looking forward to this new one called 2011.

Please be sure to check out the free video of me from the Longevity Conference here…

Talk to you tomorrow!

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. zyxomma says:

    Happy 2011, Kevin, Annmarie, Jonny 5, and all who visit here. The way I learned the “upgrade” from the more common “you are what you eat” is the following:


    As a colonic hydrotherapist, this truly resonates with me.

    Health and peace.

  2. Renee says:

    Now I understand why you strongly promote blood testing and particular protocols. You are not about making money but have concrete reasons why you promote your specific programs.

    The video makes everything clear to me and as newbie started following this track instinctively. I recently purchased a product full of probiotics and never felt better. A high dose of Omega also makes me feel good. I have also started with a high dose of Vitamin D3.

    I listened to your video and was overjoyed at this validation. We have to listen to our bodies!

    In these confusing times,I find myself listening to the leading health care practitioners not only for what food to eat but how to establish our connection with the world. What we feed our mind and bodies will determine our lead the way!!

    Thanks for everything!

  3. Cynthia says:

    thanks Kevin, for continuing to be a…hmm…renegade in the health movement! I too wanted the Raw Vegan Lifestyle to be “the rule” as you say. I even argued with friends who said it “didn’t quite work for” them. Well, guess what? I feel better as a high raw person who occasionally even is 100% cooked and has gone back to taking a few well-researched supplements (but NO MLM supplements– just the best I can find that don’t put me in the poorhouse). All the best in 2011 to you and Annemarie… and keep making those great vids!
    God bless, Cynthia

  4. Ann Patterson says:

    Thank you…Looking forward to more wonderful posts. Truly appreciate both of you and your commitment to staying “renegade” regardless of how you define it. I continue to believe that eating and living consciously is the constant. I would love to believe that one-size would fit all, but over 40 years ago began to realize that the SAD and the SAD weight-loss advice did not work for me. And, as the Mom of 4 wonderful children, 22, 22, 18, and 13, the same lifestyle prescription does not work for all of them either. Humility, acceptance and the willingness to be a life-long learner with a large measure of gratitude. Those are my prayers and my goals for 2011. Love, peace and health. Ann

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