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Alan-GoldhamerAlan Goldhamer, DC, is coauthor, with Doug Lisle, of The Pleasure Trap, and co-founder and director of one of the most important medical institutions in the world: The True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California. Using lifestyle medicine and supervised water fasting, the staff at True North achieve medical miracles on a daily basis.

Simply by letting the body heal faster than it can be made sick.

The healing power of water fasting is so remarkable that reputable medical journals feared for their credibility when asked to publish Goldhamer's results. Only recently has the British Medical Journal published a case report of a woman whose follicular lymphoma disappeared after 21 days of water fasting and 9 months of clean eating.

When my Whole lead author T. Colin Campbell's wife Karen was diagnosed with melanoma, she resolved it at True North through a couple of weeks of water fasting.

So when Alan speaks about disease reversal and optimal living, I listen. In our conversation today, we discussed:

  • how a desire to win at basketball led Alan to a “50-year experiment”
  • why working at True North is “the best job in the world”
  • the novel experience of seeing sick people get well
  • why he became a chiropractor, and why his uncle threw a fit when he found out
  • why medical journals refused to publish the most powerful research on hypertension ever conducted
  • the changing (for the better) research landscape, including retrospective research on 15,000 former patients
  • which conditions predictably respond well to water fasting, and why
  • why everyone should avoid sugar and oil, and why many people should avoid salt
  • what's wrong with whole wheat?
  • the three foundations of health (diet, sleep, and exercise)
  • why a slice of plain steamed zucchini was the best food I've ever eaten following a water fast
  • why fasting seems to work so well
  • the pleasure trap, and why sick and obese people can't get well and lean until they get out of it
  • why the fact that humans, unique among primates, have evolved the ability to fast is so significant
  • why animal products should be avoided, even though only one class is technically a “pleasure trap” food
  • Alan's 85-year-old patient who just scheduled his next appointment for 2030
  • and much more…

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True North Health Center

The Pleasure Trap – on amazon

Fasting and Hypertension journal article

Fasting and Borderline Hypertension journal article

Fasting and Lymphoma case study in the British Medical Journal

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5 comments on “PYP 142: Alan Goldhamer on the Fastest Way to Improve Health

  1. Edwin says:

    SUUUUUCH a great interview this week. I am truly inspired to get a consultation and perhaps even bend my trip out west in May to visit the center.

    Thank you again and again for such in depth, comprehensive and intriguing interviews!

    1. Howard says:

      Let me know what you think if you visit!

  2. Thank You says:

    Thank You, Love Alan Goldhamer and Doug Lisle.

  3. Ann says:

    Where can we obtain transcripts? I am deaf.

    1. Howard says:

      Hi Ann,

      I would love to offer transcripts, but the cost is currently prohibitive ($60/hour for an average of 5 hours per month of content). As the podcast has no sponsors or advertising, and I already donate 10+ hours a week to its production, I can’t spring for the additional $3600 a year to transcribe every episode.

      If anyone knows of anyone who would like to subsidize the creation of transcripts, I would very much like to add this feature to the podcast.


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