Natural Source of Vitamin B12? Eat Ants!

Back in the 60s when I was in 7th grade, my mother brought home some chocolate covered ants shaped like Hershey's Kisses from a local gourmet store. I ate them just to enjoy the chocolate; didn't really taste the ants, though they added a bit of a crunch. I figured since it didn't kill me, I could eat ants from the playground sidewalks at school to gross-out my friends. Over a few days of this, it exploded into a sideshow of lunchtime gawkers. Then I realized if I charged each person a quarter, I could buy all the Captain Crunch Ice Cream Bars I wanted from the school cafeteria. So it endured for a while, and a school legend was born. Years later, at my North Carolina high school graduation awards day, as I walked down the auditorium aisle to pick up my award for "Most Likely to be Committed," I heard someone in the audience say "Ewww, that's that dude who eat flies." The ebonical commentator had mixed my legacy of 7th grade ant eating with my 6th grade hobby of slamming flies in my notebook, arranging them neatly into rows, and labeling the flies with my classmates names, much like a yearbook. (That one was so popular it became a status symbol to be in my fly "yearbook.")

But I digress. Here's an interesting and hilarious video of raw food guru David Wolfe talking seriously about eating ants to get vitamin B12. His earnest demeanor makes me laugh, though he's likely correct. I'm considering getting back to my old gig, but now I have a moral dilemma: is it morally reprehensible to eat conscious beings, small and segmented that they are? Science has proven plants are also sentient and able to read the minds of humans (see The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird), so really I have no moral high ground. Thought I was a vegan but now I may become a vegetarian alkalarian insectivore. Guess I'll have to re-read what Gandhi said about it all.


Ken Rohla

Ken Rohla is a natural health educator and inventor from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and has been teaching classes and retreats since 1993 on rejuvenation and cellular regeneration using raw and sprouted vegetarian food, herbs, food-based natural supplements, detoxification, emotional healing, reprogramming of limiting unconscious beliefs, ancient esoteric techniques, and cutting-edge science. With a background in electrical engineering, physics, and computer science, for 23 years he worked a variety of jobs in the medical industry, from the patient level to the national policy level. A cutting-edge researcher, Ken has studied with many pioneers in the natural health movement, including Gabriel Cousens, MD; Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement; David Wolfe; Dr. Robert Morse; Viktoras Kulvinskas; Brenda Cobb; and many others. In 2005, Ken became certified as a natural health educator by Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and in 2006 was honored to work with Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently Ken’s focus is developing natural solutions for new severe threats to our health, such as nuclear radiation, geoengineering pollutants, genetically modified foods and microorganisms, electromagnetic pollution, nanotechnology, biowarfare agents, depleted food, and other issues. You may see interviews with Ken on Gaiam TV, Red Ice Radio, and elsewhere on his web site,