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Here’s the Wild Idea

Dr. Goldhamer’s Wild Idea: To teach people to lead healthy lives unharmed by unhealthy foods that many put into their bodies. To also share the benefits of water-only fasting.

With the new year coming up and the tendency for lots of people to make resolutions, many of which are health oriented, I wanted to do a show focused on health. One of the most popular shows I’ve done was with David Goldman, a proponent of intermittent fasting, who worked at a place called TrueNorth Health.

Fasting may seem like a wild idea, but the practice has actually been around for thousands of years and is still used in many cultures and religions. This episode is specifically about water-only fasting, and eating a plant-based, sugar-free, oil-free, and salt-free diet. Dr. Alan Goldhamer, who founded TrueNorth Health, is a huge supporter of these practices. Since 1984, he’s helped thousands of people take back control of their health with these techniques. He’s also a licensed osteopathic physician, author of The Health Promoting Cookbook, and the co-author of The Pleasure Trap.

To dig into this topic and to do this podcast, I went to TrueNorth Health in Santa Rosa, California, and did a five-day water-only fast, where I was supervised the whole time by an MD. I had some interesting results, which I share about at the end of the show. After I started eating again, I sat down to talk to Dr. Goldhamer about the results he’s seen from fasting, who can or should do a fast, how to maintain a plant-based diet, and what being featured in the film, What The Health, was like. He is super knowledgeable, and he doesn’t shy away from a spirited debate, which I appreciated.

Disclaimer time: I am not a doctor and this podcast is solely for informational purposes! Please consult your doctor and do your own research before trying a fast or any other unusual health practices.

Listen to this Episode if

  • You’re ready to get healthy.
  • You’re not afraid to try something unconventional.
  • You want to try a water-fast or are interested in fasting.
  • You’re thinking about moving to a plant-based diet.
  • You think Western medicine is too focused on medication.

Key Takeaways

  • 5:50 – What they do at TrueNorth Health.
  • 6:30 – The diseases that occur when people overeat.
  • 8:00 – What the hardest part of fasting is.
  • 9:25 – The difference between intermittent fasting and water-only fasting.
  • 10:40 – What long-term water-only fasting does?
  • 13:30 – What happens when you fast?
  • 15:00 – The importance of following protocols when you’re fasting.
  • 16:00 – Why you have to re-feed after a fast carefully.
  • 17:20 – The most interesting cases he’s seen.
  • 19:20 – How Dr. Goldhamer decided to open TrueNorth Health.
  • 22:00 – What a whole food, plant-based diet looks like for three meals a day.
  • 25:25 – Why there’s resistance to a plant-based diet.
  • 25:50 – Why there is no problem getting the right quantity or quality of protein on a plant-based diet.
  • 27:00 – What Dr. Goldhamer loves most about his job.
  • 30:00 – How to shop for healthy foods.
  • 31:20 – One of Dr. Goldhamer’s favorite patient stories.
  • 34:40 – Books to read about this kind of diet.
  • 38:25 – How TrueNorth has been achieving its goal.
  • 39:40 – I’m answering some questions about fasting.

Sponsors of this Episode

Active Skin Repair

Dr. Goldhamer’s Books

The Pleasure Trap by Douglas J. Lisle and Alan Goldhamer
The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer
Bravo! Health Promoting Meals from TrueNorth Health by Ramses Bravo and Alan Goldhamer 

Awesome book Dr. Goldhamer recommends gifting

Straight Up Food by Cathy Fisher
The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
Digestive Tuneup by Dr. John McDougall


What The Health Film
David Goldman’s episode
Hilarious GQ Article about fasting there
More education videos from TrueNorth

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