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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 003. | December 12, 2022
003: Water Fasting, TrueNorth Health Center and the Power of Vision with Dr. Alan Goldhamer
003: Water Fasting, TrueNorth Health Center and the Power of Vision with Dr. Alan Goldhamer

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In this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino digs deep into the truth of what Dr. Alan Goldhamer has staked his career and reputation on.

Is water fasting a fad or a tried-and-true method of healing? Is water fasting here to stay or just the latest diet gimmick?

In this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino digs deep into the truth of what Dr. Alan Goldhamer has staked his career and reputation on.

Join in for a lively discussion on what water fasting is and is not, why many people miss the mark, who should never do water fasting and what you need to know to improve your health.

Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the founder of TrueNorth Health Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides medical and chiropractic services, psychotherapy, and counseling, as well as massage and body work. He is also director of the Center’s groundbreaking residential health education program.

Dr. Goldhamer is one of the most pioneering and dedicated visionaries in health today. An outspoken professional who doesn’t shy away from a spirited debate, he is deeply committed to helping people stuck in self-destructive cycles reclaim their ability to change their lives.

Dr. Goldhamer has supervised the fasts of thousands of patients. Under his guidance, the Center has become one of the premier training facilities for doctors wishing to gain certification in the supervision of therapeutic fasting.

Highlights of the Episode

02:30               History of Dr. Goldhamer and water fasting

05:00               It all started with the NHA Conference decades ago

08:20               Criteria for safe water fasting

17:00               Water fasting becomes more widely accepted due to published

24:00               Water fasting and its impact on cancer

30:30               Long-term fasting and microbiome, IBS and inflammatory conditions

34:15               How to avoid refeeding dangers after water fasting

36:50               Vegan, in and of itself, is not healthy, but this is

40:00               The environmental impact of a vegan lifestyle

More about Dr. Goldhamer

Dr. Goldhamer was the principal investigator in two landmark studies. The first: “Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension” appeared in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Its publication marked a turning point in the evolution of evidence supporting the benefits of water-only fasting. The second study: “Medically Supervised Water-Only Fasting in the Treatment of Borderline Hypertension,” appeared in the October 2002 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Goldhamer is directing a team that is developing a prospective study, incorporating random assignment and long-term follow-up on the cost and clinical outcomes in the treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure with fasting and a health-promoting diet. 

After completing his chiropractic education at Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Goldhamer traveled to Australia, where he became licensed as an osteopathic physician. He is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering The Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness.

About National Health Association

The National Health Association (NHA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. We recognize the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

We communicate the benefits of a plant-based diet, exercise and rest, a healthy environment, psychological well-being, and, when indicated, the use of fasting. We take a leadership role in advocating health freedom issues.

Members who enroll at the basic membership level for only $35 per year enjoy a subscription to our award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of NHA events.

Join in on the 75th Anniversary NHA Conference taking place in June, 2023. To learn more and register, visit

Be sure to check out the NHA Travel itinerary. Book you dream, plant-exclusive cruise.

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