B-12, Algae, Naturopaths and “Pondscum Nutridiots”

By Dr. Bob McCauley

One Blogee wrote to me – my answers in blue:

Hi Bob, I like what you are saying. Did you ever get a reply or Nutridiot-1have further discussion with Dr Robert Young regarding your articles on some issues you had with his point of view on spirulina, soy products and purified water? No. He has never contacted me.

I wonder if you could kindly give me your thoughts on the following. I have followed a 95-99% raw foods vegan diet for the last 40 years, since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis at age 23 and told I would quite possible be in a wheelchair by the time I was 27yrs! Fortunately after much anxious researching I came across Herbert Sheltons book Superior Nutrition and went rawfood , within 6 months I was free of all illness and have been in great health as the title of yr book declares. (I’m interested in obtaining a copy as soon as I have some $ to do so) However, my concerns are that I have read that as a person ages they often become B12 deficient , so I had a blood test done and I was only just above the acceptable level , so I increased my green juice intake, started on spirulina with my salads (ive never used spirulina due to such articles as in Phmiracle books etc) and had bio organic acidophillus yoghurt and some salmon each week to boost this for the nxt 6 months, and had a further test and its even got worse!yoghurt and salmon are terrible.  Use Spirulina and chlorella for your protein and everything else – you will get B12.

I am below the acceptable lowest reading! Also another reason IBob "cured" by Angstrom Silver havent used spirulina or chlorella or any supplements is that it is not raw but appears dried out and processed so I think do it as a dead food.  They are dehydrated, not “dead” because they haven’t been cooked or processed. Big difference between those two.

Can you please give me your angle on this as it appears you advocate a fully raw diet. Is it possible to obtain or make ones own living algae and are there any populations in history that have used algae as nutrient sources? Very difficult to grown algae successfully – many civilizations in history has eaten algae. 

AGH Front Cover 2nd EdAlso do you have any suggestions for me regarding increasing B12 uptake, I grow my own sprouts, veges, exercise and really am living v healthy, have heaps of energy and doing what i think are all the right things (except possibly getting sufficient sleep, as I have orchards and gardens I manage and pick in season, so I’m quite busy). I have visited a naturopath who tested me with a bioenergetic machine , told me I have an underactive thyroid and wants to do a bioscan etc So far it has cost me $700 for 2 short visits, which i can’t. afford. My daughter was charged $700 for just one visit and recommended to do a diet called DSL. that looks ridiculous….a modified version of HCG fast weight loss. Do you know of any sincere naturopaths in New Zealand you would recommend. And the thing is I have none of the symptoms of low thyroid other than thinner eyebrows than what I used to have, yet I see most woman my age do. I hope you have time to advise me on the above. Kind regards, Sylvia

Follow my 7 components of health and you will be healthy, and won’t need a Naturopath.  I should known, I’m a naturopath.   🙂

 Dr. Bob

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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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7 Responses to B-12, Algae, Naturopaths and “Pondscum Nutridiots”

  1. Nora says:


    Could you write a post with regard to Spirulina intake and B12 levels.

    What is your opinion on this?
    “It is suspected that people taking spirulina as a source of vitamin B-12 may get vitamin B-12 deficiency quicker because the analogues in the product block human mammalian cell metabolism in culture [i.e., in the lab] and it is suspected that they will also do this in the living human.

    The presence of analogues, rather than true B-12, in fermented foods therefore makes them unreliable sources for B-12.” http://curezone.org/forums/am.asp?i=1398048

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