Where Does the Raw Food Science Fall Short? : The Renegade Health Show Episode #825

Thursday May 19 | BY |
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No diet has bulletproof science to back it up…

In this interview, registered dietitian Brenda Davis explains where the raw food diet science falls short.

She also talks about where you can get plant based EPA and DHA.

This is the final segment of our interview and I think it may be the best!

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Where do you think diet science falls short – with any diet?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

To find out more about Brenda Davis, please click here: http://www.brendadavisrd.com/

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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. casey says:

    Thank you kevin for asking, and posting this video. I think all science will fall short in some way because science cannot grasp the soul. Which is the source of life to the physical shell.

  2. kristal says:

    Nutrition falls short in any diet when there is a lack of discipline and motivation!

    Really interesting about the EPA from micro algae, is there one in particular that you would recommend?

  3. One of the things that really stood out to me when listening to the Blood Testing audio series with Dr Williams was how many exceptions there were for vegans and raw foodists. Dr Williams points out how he consistently finds vegans and raw foodists test low for a number of vital health tests, because they’re not getting the nutrients they need in their diet.

  4. Marg says:

    Awesome interviews. I love hearing the knowledge that Brenda Davis has. I do wish she would have given suggestions on specific microalgae sources.

  5. Andrew says:

    I think Casey got it in one… 🙂

  6. nancy says:

    teeth how do we nourish gums and teeth on a diet rich in fruit is it massive amounts of greens and some nuts and seeds, which nuts and seeds an d once teeth have been compromised how do you get them back to health, thats been my battle at 70 to 90percent raw also low level of inflamation , just not enough good info on what foods are the best for teeth

  7. eyla says:

    I’ll second that Casey!

  8. Jorge Medeiros says:

    I think I’ve reached the same conclusion as you did Kevin: B12 and D

    As soon I restarted supplementing it my energy level improved dramatically.


  9. cloudwind says:

    grain and greens. similiar sound** hihi

    remineralizing of teeth like nancy said.

    Bioreginal difference in diets

    Ethnecity differences . Lack of love and comunity.

    Excluding groups of people

    Teeth mineralisation

    On Paleodiet science fall short, just look on paleohacks it often fall short and people tend into nonesense or humour.
    Or with all this dha eph and whatever only few people follow. we loose folks if we only talk in science terms.

  10. lola says:

    Good interview. I too wish she would have explained how to culture algea. Agree that vegans need food sources of B12 and D, sun is not enough even if you live in Southern California, as you well know Kevin from your and Annemarie’s levels of Vitamin D

  11. All relevant answers from wonderful Brenda, althought there are other answers too.

    The fact is that some people do well on raw and vegan diet and others not. There are so many reasons for that.

    Our vegan or raw diet is still just an experiment. But the results will be much better than the SAD-experiment. Like Brenda says wait a 100 years.

    Then we’ll have a better answer. We’ll hopefully see the connections and the WHOLE picture also, and we may better understand why we are different and why our needs are, to some extent different.

    But we should not expect all answers from science.

    And I agree with some comments. Teeth is a very imporant issue and tooth health is very important to general health.

  12. Anne says:

    Humans are omnivore and can survive on a variety of different diets depending on the conditions. I think that a “diet” does not address individual differences and also outside circumstances and those trying to adhere to a diet or movement without being extremely attuned to what their bodies are telling them, can run into problems.

    Sometimes we go into phases when we might need something and cannot deal with something else. It’s important to be aware of signals and to listen. Is this working for me???? or do I just desperately want this to work for me?

    However the quality of the food you eat is extremely important and eliminating or severely restricting processed foods also is. I also think that a diet rich in probiotic foods and low in simple sugars (including all the natural (except stevia) and artificial sweeteners and even fruit) is probably most helpful for everyone.

  13. Crow says:

    Let’s see people in India have been eating vegan diets for centuries.

  14. Lou says:

    E3 live is an excellent example of phytoplanktons and it’s grown in Klamath lake…. a great resource and source of algae.
    I love it………
    The interview confirmed the already known facts regarding the shortfalls of B12 and Vit D in a Vegan approach, she also made some clever suggestions about EFA and Omega 6, but bottom line it’s all how you absorb things based on your own metabolic type. WE are unique souls requiring different nourishment at different times in our lives. Balance of foods is the key.
    Good Job Kevin!

  15. Ryan says:

    We are not true omnivores because we CHOOSE to be, this is not a suitable reason to label us as such. It appears that the 2 million years of casual meat eating hasn’t done incredibly much to improve our ability survive well on it and cooking it just makes it worse for our system. If we we’re omnivores then our TRUE life expectancy would be realized by eating our current diet. Do you know our current life expectancy on a healthy diet is 140 years? Show me someone in modern society that has lived that long, a lot people don’t even live to 80! almost half our life expectancy! Dying in your 60s and 70s like many people do is a joke, look at peoples health at that age.. skin problems.. tremors.. wounds that take months to heal.. seriously.. we’re omnivores? Even people that look healthy aren’t, Frederick Patenaude’s father just passed away and he looked healthy..

  16. Space Walk Traveller says:

    Yes the B12 issue keeps coming up. About 40% of people are B12 deficient and less than 5% of people are vegetarians. The problem is as you age you loose your ability to absorb B12 from food. This is called atrophic gastritis which means the stomach secretes less hydrochloric acid, pepsin and intrinsic factor that are needed to absorb B12. This is very common in people who hit middle age. All people should take B12 regardless of whether you are a vegan or meat eater.
    It really is a silly debate when people say vegans are B12 deficient. A lot of meat eaters are B12 deficient also

  17. norman says:

    this Comment is for Ann, may 19th.
    can you give me one example that makes you believe that Humans are Omnivores?

  18. Jane Gudge says:

    one can eat optimally, exercise sensibly, meditate and generally use the body respectfully, however if one does not have a contented outlook and have a sense of purpose, whatever it may be, nothing is going to give the feeling of health and happiness

  19. John C. says:

    I like Casey’s answer up at the top, as well.

  20. Chris G. says:

    Nutritional science is horribly skewed by many lobbyists; particularly animal agriculture lobbyists for meat, dairy and eggs. We need more unbiassed research not done by the people with an economic interest in the products they push. This is where all nutritional science falls short.

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