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Jun 21, 2017

: Episode 841 - Vinnie and Nicole Recine RN MSN talk about training by heart (another phrase for zone training) and explore how the different training zones affect whether sugar or fat is used for energy.



  • There are four aerobic training zones
  • Vinnie recommends training in Zone 2
  • Zone 1 - up to 69% of your aerobic capacity
  • *Preferred Zone* Zone 2 - 70-79%
  • Zone 3 - 80-89%
  • Zone 4 - 90-100% (redlining, can only go for short period before wearing out)
  • Nicole's quick heart rate trick - count for 6 seconds, multiply by 10
  • Training in Zone 2 allows you to burn off stored fat 
    • Building up mitochondria, heart, skeletal muscles
  • Calculating Zone 2 (the easy way) - Take the number 180, subtract your age, then give or take a few depending on how fit you are
    • Labs can also calculate
  • You may have to slow down to stay in Zone 2


Jun 19, 2017

: Episode 840 - Anna Vocino and Vinnie Tortorich host this Monday podcast and the two discuss notoriety, advertising losing ounces to get that ideal body you've been working towards, and Lonnie Beauchamp joins the two to discuss his line of work.



  • Vinnie's getting to a point where people recognize his name
    • People pointed out that Vinnie's parents have the same name as Vinnie!
      • They are NSNGers
  • Vinnie has a lot of big celebrities on the podcast
    • Howie Mandel to Nina Teicholz to Minnie Driver to Ruel
  • The most popular guest is Marie Tortorich - Vinnie's mom!


  • Once you have lost a lot of weight, weight loss tends to slow down
  • Many people ask Vinnie how he looks the way he looks
  • NSNG is a lifestyle
    • You are resetting your body
  • The last few pounds can be tough to lose
    • Take your time and don't be so hard on yourself!
  • You can tinker with your diet if you are stalling, but most important thing is giving yourself time


Jun 17, 2017

: Episode 839 - Lonnie Beauchamp asks Vinnie one of the most common questions he sees in the Vinnie Tortorich's No Sugars No Grains Facebook group: how much protein should I eat?



  • People often ask about protein in the NSNG diet
    • Protein often discussed as 'most important' in bro science
  • NSNG believes more fat than protein by a relatively wide margin
    • Especially in ketosis 
  • Supplement meals with extra fat once you are fat adapted, etc.
Jun 16, 2017

: Episode 838 - Cardiologist Dr. William Davis talks a little about his new book Undoctored and how the profit-motivated healthcare system has resulted in doctors who may not have our best interests in mind when they treat us.



  • Very prominent cardiologist
  • Author of one of Vinnie's favorite books, Wheat Belly
    • Part of what helped Vinnie realize that grains are the problem!
  • DEFINITELY check him out if you are cutting out grains
  • Check out his website here
  • New book, Undoctored, discusses how healthcare industry is self-interested
  • A true expert in the field


  • Money motivates doctors
  • Because the sugar industry controls so much, often doctors become pariahs if they speak out against sugar and grain
    • Ex: The treatment of Dr. Tim Noakes in South Africa shows how this is so true and sad worldwide  
    • This leads them to valuing their best interest over ours
      • Don't tell us the truth about nutrition
  • A lot of the time, doctors are part of the problem
    • Dr. Davis tries to uncover the truths behind that in his new book
  • Doctors can make us sicker - we keep coming back to them
    • Must break this cycle somehow
    • We must look out for ourselves
      • Become an "unpatient"


Jun 14, 2017

: Epispde 837 - Vinnie tells Andy about his recent trip to the desert and how he noticed that every single person at the resort pool was overweight and laments that people do not seem to be taking care of themselves properly in many situations.



  • Vinnie and Serena recently went to Ojai on a little vacation
  • They also had a reservation out in the desert
    • Temperatures get ridiculous in the summer
  • The two wanted to get away and do nothing
    • Serena had massages and the like, Vinnie literally did nothing
      • Laid by the pool the whole time


  • On their vacation, they realized there were people who looked like they did not properly take care of themselves
    • This isn't about weight, it's about caring even a smidge
  • Also, everyone was totally overweight
    • Not just some extra weight, morbidly obese people
      • Young, old, everyone
  • People asked Serena how she looks the way she looks (because she is a babe)
    • So often people will ask about it, then brush it off ignorantly
  • Those who TRY are the ones who rock!
    • It's all about trying
    • Incremental = working for it
  • All Vinnie wants is for people to give NSNG a chance
    • Then, you will realize that it really works!
Jun 12, 2017

: Episode 836 - Vinnie & Anna call Vinnie's mother, and talk about Vinnie's selfie with Norman Lear, complain that they don't get any book love from family members, shoe store foot analysis scams, Chuck Taylors (the original zero drop shoe) and "Tortobitches".



  • You can get access to ALL podcasts for a very small fee
    • Like, less than a Starbucks
  • This helps keep the podcasts coming
  • Lots of valuable info in there


  • Converse, or Chuck Taylor's as old people call them, were the OG shoe with 0 drop
  • Chuck Taylor's are the most versatile shoes
    • Can wear them out, hiking, running, etc.
    • If you can only bring one pair of shoes on a trip, these are good ones
  • Cheaper than other 0 drop shoes


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Jun 12, 2017

: Episode 835 - Nurse Nicole joins Vinnie on today's Vinnie's Sunday School to talk about the importance of protecting a young girl's body image from the terrible message society sends.



Jun 10, 2017

: Episode 834 - Vinnie invites long-time friend and NSNG Facebook Group moderator Lonnie Beauchamp to the show to discuss the biggest questions people have in the group, including whether or not dietary ketosis is necessary in NSNG.



  • Lonnie essentially runs the Facebook group
    • Mark, Ru El, and Tallulah do as well
  • Has been listening to the show and following NSNG for quite a long time
  • People ask lots of questions in the group, Lonnie tries to answer them (Vinnie does, too)


  • NOT necessary for weight loss
  • Helpfulness of ketosis is situational
    • For example, for people with cancer, it may have more benefits 
  • Ketosis is just a stricter NSNG - keeping carbs to a lower degree in terms of grams 
Jun 9, 2017

: Episode 833 - Dr. Jack Wolfson joins Vinnie Tortorich today to discuss the perks of a paleo diet on heart health, supplements, and more!



  • Integrative Cardiologist
  • See his book below
  • Believes diet can be the key to heart health
  • Proponent of the paleo diet 
  • Used to follow common trends but then learned that paleo and high fat really is good
  • Check out his website here


  • Saturated fat is brain food!
  • Egg is loaded with healthy things 
  • Medical literature paints the wrong idea of heart health



Jun 7, 2017

Vitamin B-12 - A truly essential vitamin.

Webinar presented by: Celebrity Fitness Trainer Vinnie Tortorich Andy Schreiber, CEO of Pure Vitamin Club

What is Vitamin B-12?

Also called “cobalamin,” Vitamin B-12 is one of the 8 members of the B vitamin family, and is considered one of the “essential vitamins.” The reason they’re called “essential” is that they are literally required for the human body to work properly. There are 13 essential vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D (D2 and D3)
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K (K1 & K 2)
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate, or Folic Acid)
  • Vitamin B12

The B Vitamins

  • Water soluble (the body does not store them)
  • Help the body convert food into fuel, which is used to produce energy
  • Needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver
  • Help the nervous system function properly

What Does Vitamin B-12 Do?

  • Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.
  • Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.

How Is Vitamin B-12 Absorbed?

Two steps are required for the body to absorb vitamin B-12 from food.

How B-12 Works With Other B Vitamins

Vitamin B-12 works closely with Vitamin B-9 (Folate, or Folic Acid) to do the following:

  • Make red blood cells and help iron work better in the body.
  • Produce S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a compound involved in immune function and mood

Vitamin B-12 works closely with Vitamin B-9 and Vitamin B-6 to do the following:

  • Control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. High levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease.

What Foods Contain Vitamin B-12?

Vitamin B-12 does not occur in any plant-based foods. The best dietary sources are:

  • Meat
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs

Some packaged foods, such as breakfast cereals, are “fortified” with Vitamin B-12, as well as with other vitamins, but these are by definition “processed” foods, and may not be the best choices for people trying to maintain a healthy diet.

Will Vitamin B-12 Give Me Energy?

  • It’s a common myth that taking a Vitamin B-12 supplement will automatically give you a boost of energy.
  • Unless you have a deficiency, or are in the “low normal” range of Vitamin B-12, there is no evidence that taking a B-12 supplement will increase your energy at all.

What Is A Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

First it’s important to understand what constitutes a deficiency for Vitamin B-12. There is some question about where the actual clinical cutoff is. Plasma Vitamin B-12 levels are measured in pmol/L – picomoles per liter. Some important numbers to know:

  • The currently accepted cutoff for clinical “deficiency” is 148 pmol/L.
  • The “low normal” range is between 149 and 257 pmol/L

A major study from the 1970’s, the Framingham Offspring Study, revealed some very surprising data about

Vitamin B-12 levels in the population studied:

  • Around 9% of the population fell below the clinical deficiency level (148 pmol/L)
  • More than 16% of the population fell below 185 pmol/L, a seriously low level
  • A full 39% of the population fell into the “low normal” range – below 258 pmol/L

According to a nutritional epidemiologist at Tufts University in Boston, many people who fall into the under 185 level are actually fully deficient, in terms of the health effects, and a significant percentage of people in the under 258, or “low normal” range, can exhibit some of the neurological symptoms of clinical deficiency.

What Are The Symptoms Of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?


Chronic Fatigue •  Mood Changes, Increased Depression or
Muscle Aches and Weakness Anxiety
Joint Pain •  Abnormal Heart Problems / Palpitations
Difficulty Breathing/Shortness of Breath •  Poor Dental Health, Including Bleeding Gums
Feeling Dizzy and Mouth Sores
Poor Memory •  Digestive Problems like Nausea, Diarrhea, or
Inability to Concentrate Well Cramping
A Poor Appetite  

(A more serious deficiency can also cause pernicious anemia, which can cause memory loss, confusion, and even long-term dementia.)

Who Is Most At Risk For Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

  • People over 50
  • People who take, or have taken for extended periods, antacids or proton inhibitors, such as Prilosec, Zantac, Prevacid, etc.
  • People with digestive disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, IBS, celiac disease, etc.
  • People who take the diabetes drug Metformin
  • Vegans and vegetarians
  • Women who take birth control pills
  • Women with a history of infertility or miscarriage

What Do I Do If I Have A Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?

Research shows that for people who have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency, increasing dietary intake of meat, fish, dairy, etc., may not be enough, and supplementation may be necessary.

For most people with moderate deficiency, or who are in the “low normal” levels, oral supplementation is highly effective. For people with more serious deficiencies, it may be necessary to supplement with regular injections.

What Is The Best Form Of Vitamin B-12?

The two most common forms of Vitamin B-12 are methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin.

Methylcobalamin is the form of B-12 that occurs in nature, and is by far the more preferred form for supplementation.

Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of B-12 that binds the actual B-12 to a cyanide molecule. It is used in many commercially available Vitamin B-12 supplements, and can even be found in many brands of injectable B -12 prescribed by physicians. In order to utilize Cyanocobalamin, the liver must actually dispose of the cyanide molecule, and convert the cobalamin back to the methyl form. This greatly diminishes the effectiveness, and taxes the liver.

So why do so many supplements, and even injections, use this form?



Capsules, Liquid, or Tablet?

What delivery method for B-12 is the best?

  • Because B-12 absorption is so easily affected by levels of stomach acid, any pills that are swallowed are not the best option.
  • You will sometimes see “Soft Chews,” or other forms of candy used to deliver B-12, but these require sugar, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Liquid supplements are effective, but difficult to transport and to dose accurately.
  • Sub -lingual tablets dissolve under the tongue, delivering the B-12 directly to the blood stream, and are the most effective delivery method.

How Are Sub-Lingual Tablets Made?

  • Vitamin B-12, as taken in supplements, is measured in “micrograms,” so the physical amount even in a high-dose supplement is very small.
  • To visualize this – a typical multivitamin capsule contains about 850 mg of raw material. A high dosage of Vitamin B-12 is between 1,000 and 5,000 mcg, or between 1 and 5 mg.


On the left, you can see that even the highest dose of B-12, 5,000 mcg, barely even shows up against the amount in a typical capsule.

This means that a filler of some sort must be used to create a tablet large enough to even register or be able to handle.








So What Do Most Tablets Use As A Base?

Because the amount of cobalamin in a Vitamin B-12 supplement is so small, by definition it requires that the cobalamin be attached to some sort of base material. Virtually all products available use one of two such materials. Either:

  • Lactose – a disaccharide sugar composed of galactose and glucose that is found in milk. Lactose makes up around 2 – 8% of milk.
  • Lactose is a poor choice for a lot of people, as many people are lactose intolerant. Additionally, vegans, who need to rely on supplementation to meet their B-12 needs, cannot take lactose, as it is an animal product.


The other, and even more commonly used base material, or “bulking agent,” is Microcrystalline

Cellulose – a refined wood pulp used as a texturizer and anti-caking agent, and a bulking agent in food production.

Cellulose is the substance that makes up most of a plant’s cell walls, and is the most abundant organic compound on earth. Broccoli is essentially cellulose, as are strawberries, tomatoes, as well as wood.


Microcrystalline Cellulose in particular is what is known as a “micro-nano particle,” meaning it is incredibly small.

According to George Burdock, PhD, and Sabine Teske, PhD,:

“Our cells cannot stop the micro-nano particles from entering them, and once there they are not able to be useful, but float in and out of the cell membranes, and basically clog up tiny places in our bodies, bioaccumulating as we take more, and causing background inflammation to rise.”

Great For The Floor Of A Honky-Tonk. Lousy For Your Body.

Microcrystalline Cellulose is one of the worst ingredients you can put in your body. Burdock and Teske state further:

“Once in the body, some particles have changed the shape or conformation of proteins, creating a protein similar to that produced in Alzheimer’s disease. Changing protein conformation can potentially create new allergenic proteins in organs to which the body could mount an immune response.”

Binders and Flow Agents

Both Lactose and Microcrystalline Cellulose need a binding agent in order to hold together as a tablet. Some of these ingredients, like “acacia gum,” or “guar gum,” are fairly benign. Others, such as certain sugars and synthetic polymers, are to be completely avoided.

While capsules can be made (thought most aren’t) without any form of lubricant, tablets are another matter. Without some sort of lubricant, the raw materials accumulate on the pins that punch out the tablets, making production impossible.

The lubricant, or “flow agent,” used by the vast majority of tablets is Magnesium Stearate, or Stearic Acid. Magnesium Stearate is not a source of magnesium and has no health benefits. It may, in fact, have a detrimental effect on your immune function, as stearic acid has been linked to suppression of T Cells, the main line of defense in your immune system. It also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm, which can prevent proper absorption of nutrients in your digestive tract.

Sweeteners, Artificial Flavors, and Artificial Colors

Because they’re meant to dissolve under the tongue, most sub-lingual tablets contain artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol or mannitol, as well as artificial flavors and artificial colors.

For people who are taking vitamins in order to maintain their health, the use of these ingredients is highly counter-productive. As we say at Pure Vitamin Club – these are vitamins, not candy.

Pure Vitamin Club’s Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs

Pure Vitamin Club was founded in 2014, with a mission to provide the purest, highest quality nutritional supplements available, using the highest quality ingredients, in carefully balanced formulas, and absolutely no junk ingredients. We started with just one product – our Daily Multicap, an all-purpose multivitamin/multimineral formula.

In January 2016, we introduced our Broad Spectrum Magnesium Caps, a unique formulation of four different types of magnesium, specifically designed to provide the maximum benefit from each, while minimizing any unwanted side effects.

A Revolutionary Approach

PVC’s first two products were both capsules. While most manufacturers told us creating a capsule without fillers, flow agents, or other junk ingredients was impossible, we persisted, and by so doing, launched a revolution in nutritional supplementation.

Creating a tablet, however, was a much more difficult proposition. As laid out previously, we faced these challenges:

  • Finding a base ingredient that was natural, non-toxic, could be tolerated well by everybody, and which would actually add nutritional benefit to the formula.
  • Finding a way to hold the tablet together in the absence of any artificial binding agent.
  • Finding a way to keep the integrity of the tablets while not impeding the production process.
  • Creating a tablet that dissolved easily under the tongue, was an effective delivery system of the B-12, and was palatable.

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

After much research, a whole lot of trial and error, some more research, and a lot of dedication, we finally arrived at a formulation that delivered everything we wanted – the cleanest, most natural, and best sub-lingual Vitamin B-12 supplement ever created.

First Of Its Kind

  • Methylcobalamin, the preferred form of B-12, in a dose of 2,000 mcg
  • Calcium Citrate – a base ingredient that is also a nutrient.
  • Calcium Laurate – a natural lubricant that does not inhibit absorption or hamper immune function. Made of calcium and lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride commonly found in coconut oil.
  • No Magnesium Stearate!!
  • No binders! The calcium citrate is compressible, so with just the right amount of pressure, the tablet holds together all on its own, yet still dissolves easily under the tongue.
  • No artificial sweeteners. Remember, these are vitamins, not candy.
  • No artificial flavors. Again – not candy.
  • No artificial colors. We don’t care what color our vitamins are, as long as they’re pure and they work – and neither should you. So these are exactly the color the ingredients are.

How Do I Get It?

Currently, Pure Vitamin Products are available both on our website,, as well as on Amazon and Ebay, as follows:


Daily Multicaps: 30-Day Plan (Subscription) or 90-Day Plan

Broad Spectrum Magnesium Caps: 90-Day Plan, or 90-Day Supply (Non-recurring order) Combo Pack (Multicaps + Magnesium): 90-Day Plan

On Amazon

Daily Multicaps: 90-Day Supply (Subscription or non-recurring)

Broad Spectrum Magnesium Caps: 90-Day Supply (Subscription or non-recurring) Combo Pack: 90-Day Supply (Subscription or non-recurring)

On Ebay

Daily Multicaps: 90-Day Supply

Broad Spectrum Magnesium Caps: 90-Day Supply

Combo Pack: 90-Day Supply

Options and Pricing

The New Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs will be available on in the following ways:

Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs

Single Purchase – Non-Recurring

$19.95 + S/H

Combo Pack B

Daily Multicap + Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs

Delivered Every 90 Days

$37.95 + S/H

Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs 

Subscription – Delivered Every 90 Days

$16.95 + S/H

Combo Pack C

Daily Multicap + Broad Spectrum Magnesium Caps + Sub-Lingual Vitamin B-12 Tabs

Delivered Every 90 Days

$54.95 + S/H


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Your Questions

Brent asks: “How much Vitamin B-12 is too much? What about the other Vit-B’s?”

Intake recommendations for vitamin B12 and other nutrients are provided in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) developed by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The “UL” is the “Tolerable Upper Limit” of any given nutrient.

There is no UL for Vitamin B-12. It is a water-soluble vitamin, and virtually impossible to overdose on. Any excess that the body cannot use will simply be excreted in the urine.

As for the other B Vitamins, most also have no recommended UL. The biggest exception is Vitamin B3, known as Niacin. Niacin is a vasodilator, and as such, in higher doses it can cause a reaction known as a “niacin flush” – a flushing of the skin, accompanied by a burning and itching sensation. While not dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable.

Lori asks: “Will increasing intake of Vitamin B-12 help lower cortisol levels?”

This is actually a sort of complicated answer. When cortisol is released in response to stress, inflammation occurs. High cortisol levels are associated with high homocysteine levels, a marker of inflammation. Vitamin B-12 helps control inflammation by converting homocysteine to methionine, an amino acid. The effects of high cortisol on inflammation can be buffered by vitamin B-12.

Paradoxically, B-12 can actually help for people whose cortisol levels are too low as well.

Bottom line is, B-12 helps to regulate levels of hormones, including cortisol, and helps to mitigate the inflammatory effects of elevated cortisol.

Manny asks: “Can B12 help older people with the elasticity of their skin?”

A number of vitamins contribute to maintaining healthy skin elasticity. These include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

The B Vitamins, in particular B-12, folate, and B-6, help lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. Elevated homocysteine can block enzymes that are essential for the normal meshing of collagen and elastin. Other B vitamins, including biotin and niacin, also contribute to healthy skin.

James asks: “Could you comment on the NIH fact sheet on B12? Is not folic acid needed in conjunction with B12?”

All of the B vitamins work well together on a number of fronts. However, overly high levels of folic acid, or folate, can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency by correcting the megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency without correcting the neurological damage that also occurs. That’s why we recommend a higher dose of B-12, but not the higher dose of Folate.

Adelina asks: “I don't get enough sleep, and as much as I try to prioritize it I just don't have time to go to bed earlier, or get up later. I'm pretty tired all the time. Would taking B-12 help me?

We got a number of variations of this question, including from Christine and others.

The answer is that B-12 will help only if the reason you’re tired is that you are either deficient in B -12, or in the “low normal” range. This can be determined by a simple blood test, but you can also try B-12 and see if it helps. A dose of at least 1,000 mcg or more would be necessary to correct the kind of deficiency or low level enough for you to really feel the difference.

Brett asks: “What time of day is it optimal to take B-12?”

Simple answer – it’s probably best to take B-12 in the morning, but there are no hard and fast rules.

Herbert asks: “Elite ultra runners that are VEGAN living/training/racing at altitude: how many strikes against them if not taking B-12 sublingual?”

Simple answer – three strikes! Vegans NEED B-12 supplementation, and ultra athletes will also benefit greatly from increased supplementation.

Debra asks: “Vinnie, I have chosen to take a sublingual B12 and read that methylcobalamin is what you want...not cyanocobalamin. So I switched. I take 5000 per day once in the a.m. How's that? Also I'm old. 62. But still kinda cute.”

It’s great that you’re taking methylcobalamin, instead of cyanocobalamin, and also great that you’re taking a sublingual. 5,000 mcg in the morning is a great dose, though you may be just fine on a lower dose, like our 2,000 mcg formula.

The biggest issue is what those sub-lingual tablets are made of, and what additional crap ingredients they contain. Whatever you’re taking – read the label! If you see Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Mannitol, Sorbitol, etc. – throw them out.

Jun 5, 2017

: Episode 831 - Vinnie gets all riled up about the Shred Diet that claims to "blast out the sugar" while recommending things like drinking fruit juice and adding sugar in coffee.



  • This diet is just BS to get money 
  • Requires meal replacements
    • NEVER as good as eating REAL FOOD
  • Also encourages a degree of snacking which is bad for those with metabolic syndrome
  • Says to cut out sugar, but incorporates it into diet in many ways
  • 4-week program - money maker to make you come back and try again
  • "Blast the Sugar Out"
    • Absolutely ridiculous and hypocritical
  • The guy has a book but it's contradictory and ridiculous
  • Small meals, not filling, not good for you
  • Vinnie and Anna do not believe in dieting... they believe in a lifestyle change
    • The "shred diet" is NOT a lifestyle
      • Obsessive and unhealthy




Jun 3, 2017

: Episode 830 - Vinnie Tortorich takes the reins on this Saturday show to discuss the importance and necessity (and sometimes lack thereof) of protein.



  • A lot of people overvalue protein
  • Bro Science says protein is THE BIG THING, not always true
  • Ketosis, for example, doesn't have THAT much in a ketogenic diet


Jun 2, 2017

: Episode 829 - Author (The Vegetarian Myth), public speaker and former vegetarian Lierre Kieth joins Vinnie to discuss the damage that vegetarianism and veganism did to her body, her journey back to health, and the hatred she's received from the vegan community ever since.



  • Fantastic author
  • Gives lots of speeches
  • Former vegetarian but realized it was killing her
    • Became completely unhealthy 
    • She's treated poorly by the vegan community when she tells her story
      • The story is the truth!
      • This just makes her resent veganism/vegetarianism more
  • Our bodies are designed to eat meat and not too much sugar
  • Animal products are not the great evil
    • Lierre spent 20 years as a vegan, so she heard and believed this for a long time
      • Deep vegan, in the community
        • Now she is utterly out because it was all so awful 
  • ( More show notes on the way ... Check back later )




May 31, 2017

: Episode 828 - Andy & Vinnie talk about the new sublingual vitamin B-12 that PVC is launching on June 1st. Andy explains why they've had to go back to the drawing board multiple times.



  • The new vitamin launch is JUNE FIRST!
    • That's right folks, for many of you, that is tomorrow! For some, it is already available!
  • They have been tweaking the sublingual B 12 vitamin right up until the last minute
  • Ran into some problems along the way 
    • Andy and Vinnie were told it would be impossible
      • They have done it!
  • One of a kind product 
    • By FAR the easiest type to take (just put it under your tongue)
May 29, 2017

: Episode 827 - Anna Vocino joins Vinnie Tortorich this Monday to discuss plane rides, Vinnie's public speaking gigs, Stories from the Sauna, and more!



  • Back in the day, people dressed nicely to fly
  • You'd pack a different outfit for the plane
  • Now, people wear whatever they want
  • Seats used to be bigger, etc.
  • Flying seems to be getting worse and worse, even in First
    • Not worth the cost to upgrade
  • Vinnie flies a lot with Andy
  • Plane boarding takes years
  • Too many carry ons - people have to check tiny roll ons 
    • People on the plane made such a huge fuss, it messed with Vinnie's whole flight


  • Vinnie gave a speech to a bunch of Jewish women
  • Made a joke about Jewish people and bagels -- could have gone either way
  • Hard for people to understand you can give up grains but still eat the stuff that goes ON grains without using the grains as a vehicle
    • we think quinoa is good for us because it tastes bad (lol!)
    • Ended up having someone argue that it is good and had to work hard to dispel that myth
May 28, 2017

: Episode 826 - Nurse Nicole drops by today to tell kids to stay away from all the giant soda & sweet drinks and not to believe the advertising about "natural" sodas; they're not any better!



  • Soda is BAD for you! End of story!
    • Chalk full of sugar
  • Diet sodas with zero calories are full of chemicals, maybe even worse
  • "Natural" sodas still have a negative sugary effect
    • Really not better for you
  • Try La Croix, sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea instead!
    • Then, soda will start to taste gross and fake 
May 27, 2017

: Episode 825 - Podcaster, motivator, speaker and firefighter Jake Nawrocki, founder of Operation Self Reset, joins Vinnie to discuss how people can take control of their lives, achieve their dreams and make the world a better place, no excuses, no cop-outs.



  • "Smokin' Hot" -Vinnie Tortorich
  • Has a show called Operation Self Reset
  • Grew up struggling with ADHD & LD
    • Had to find a way to channel his energy, take control of his life 
  • All about creating the best version of self
    • Already have it in you!
  • Looks at Case Studies, hot tips for success, etc.
May 26, 2017

: Episode 824 - Researcher, author, speaker and former vegetarian Zoë Harcombe PhD joins Vinnie to discuss how her extensive research on high-carb low fat (HCLF) diets turned up no evidence of their health benefits. In fact, just the opposite...



  • Obesity researcher
  • From the UK, a top researcher in the field
  • Wrote her thesis on dietary fat guidelines and how, quite frankly, they are BS
    • Study done poorly and to fit a narrative 
  • Dr. Harcombe holds three main tenets in regards to diet
    • Don't snack!
    • Limit carbs
    • Eat REAL food
  • Wants people to KNOW what they are putting into their bodies and what effects that food has
  • Obesity does NOT come from fat
    • Meta analyses prove this 
  • Humans did not eat grains or high contents of sugar until INCREDIBLY recently from an evolutionary perspective
  • Has many publications, makes appearances in the media 
May 24, 2017

: Episode 823 - Vinnie and Andy spend this episode in a bitch session, moaning and whining about how hard their lives are, about CONTENT, and how mean people can be on the Facebook pages (lol).



  • Andy and Vinnie have been traveling together non stop
    • No down time
      • Nice because the company is expanding, but also stressful!
    • Started with India
      • Hopefully PVC will reach India 
    • Just got back from NYC, last weekend was San Fran, two weeks before, Seattle
  • The amount of CONTENT requested has also been off the charts
    • Vinnie has blog posts, Youtube vids, 4.5 podcasts per week, etc. AND ALL FOR FREE!
      • The "free" part is rare
    • Twitter counts as content too
  • The FB page is not run by Vinnie but is independently under his name
    • People seem to fight on that page all the time
    • The message is simple, DON'T EAT SUGAR OR GRAINS
    • Admins try to moderate as much as possible
    • "Is it just me or..." posts are the worst 
  • B12 on the way!


May 22, 2017

: Episode 822 - Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino cohost this Monday show and the two discuss creepy internet data collecting, PVC products, the Zone Diet, and more!



  • People find ads for products they have recently purchased
    • Whether they have texted someone about it or google searched it, these products seem to show up
  • A little creepy, to be honest
  • Magazines are paper forms of google


  • This diet is totally outdated
  • Diet is relatively low fat - NOT good for you
    • 40, 30, 30
    • This preaches a decent amount of grains - not good!!!
    • Supposed to be anti-inflammation but will cause inflammation 
  • It is better to eat low carb, medium protein, and high fat!


May 21, 2017

: Episode 821 - Here is the podcast version of Vinnie's recent YouTube video, "Vinnie Talks About Energy"! Please enjoy as Vinnie lays down what is important to maintain good energy levels while staying healthy, and be sure to check out the YouTube channel for other videos.



  • Sleep is ultra important
    • Try to sleep between 6-8hours per night, at the least
    • REM sleep is important
  • Carbs are NOT the best source
    • Carbs come with a crash
  • FAT is a steady source
  • We need protein, but not too much or it turns into sugar
  • Vitamins such as PVC's upcoming Vitamin B12 can be helpful
May 20, 2017

: Episode 820 - Dr. Jesse and Marni, hosts of The Ultimate Health Podcast, join Vinnie today to discuss their lifestyles, personal trainers, health and fitness, and building a community.



  • Check out their podcast here
    • Vinnie was on their podcast
  • Marni is a personal trainer
    • Opened a cooking school
  • Jesse was a chiropractor 
    • Also an ultra athlete 
  • They are enjoying helping people and building their community 
  • Active on social media 
    • Facebook community, like Vinnie's 
May 19, 2017

Episode 819: Journalist Marika Sboros joins Vinnie today to give a recap of the victorious Timothy Noakes trial and discuss the extreme double-standard and favoritism enjoyed by the orthodox medical community and vegan agenda.



  • Vinnie interviewed her about a month ago - make sure to check out that show
  • Strong believer that eating right (low carb high fat) can fix or alleviate many health issues
  • "Let Food be Your Medicine"
  • Has many LCHF resources on her site
  • She has been covering this trial


  • Dr. Noakes is a doctor in South Africa
  • He was facing trial because he prescribed LCHF diet for a breastfeeding mother on Twitter
    • Sugar and grain industry use their influence to strike again
  • He has been found NOT GUILTY of professional misconduct, thank goodness
    • However, the fact that he even faced trial for years
  • Noakes was just trying to show that the popular held believe (low fat, lots of carbs) is BS
  • Prosecution and persecution for his views on nutrition


You can see the Zapruder film here.

May 17, 2017

: Episode 818 - Nicole Recine RN, MSN joins Vinnie to talk about the terrible grain and sugar-crammed ingredients in nearly all kid-friendly food (foods marketed to mothers for their young kids).



  • Most kid friendly food is unhealthy
  • For the most part, it is junk
  • Full of carbs and chemicals
  • Not always parents' faults, food marketed as healthy is not so
    • Marketing tactic 
  • Kids CAN eat the same foods as adults
    • Encourage them to have diverse palettes 
    • Try new things!
  • Gerber baby food is not great either
    • They have food for babies with teeth
      • AWFUL food
  • Cheetos, potato chips are absolute trash
  • Feed your kids REAL food
    • NSNG is fine for kids! It is good for them, really
  • If they eat how you eat from the get go, they will not be picky in the future
    • More likely to be healthy in the future if they are healthy now
      • Lead by example
  • "Healthy" children's food has main ingredients that are all sugars and grains
May 15, 2017

:Episode 817: Fat-burning podcaster, author, musician and TV reality-show celebrity Abel James joins Vinnie and Anna today. The three talk about publishing books, reality TV shows, his Ayahuasca ceremonies in Peru and the unfortunate double-ended international 'shomit'.



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