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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 052. | November 02, 2023
052: Hyper-Nourish, Green Smoothies and Reversing Disease with Dr. Brooke Goldner
052: Hyper-Nourish, Green Smoothies and Reversing Disease with Dr. Brooke Goldner

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Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, has emerged as a significant health concern, affecting millions worldwide. Often referred to as the “great imitator” due to its wide-ranging symptoms, lupus can impact various organs and systems within the body, leading to inflammation, pain, and, in severe cases, organ damage.

The exact cause of lupus remains elusive, making it challenging to predict or prevent. This epidemic has spurred extensive research efforts to unravel its complexities and develop more effective treatments.

Little did Dr. Brooke Goldner know that her experience as a patient, diagnosed with lupus, would be the foundation of her work as a doctor later in life. At the age of 16, Brooke faced an aggressive form of lupus known as lupus nephritis, a diagnosis that shook her world to its core. The challenges seemed insurmountable—debilitating symptoms, relentless migraines, and the constant fear of losing her kidneys. Despite the pain and uncertainty, Brooke chose to face each day with unwavering determination, approaching life one day at a time.

Academic Resilience: A Glimpse into Brooke’s Coping Mechanism

Amidst her physical struggles, academics became Brooke’s sanctuary. Her relentless focus on her studies allowed her to cope with the challenges she faced, providing a refuge from the pain that plagued her. This academic resilience not only saw her through school but also propelled her to graduate at the top of her class. Little did she know that this innate strength and resilience would be the cornerstone upon which she would later build her medical career.

Love, Diet, and Transformation: A Serendipitous Turn of Events

Love often enters our lives in unexpected ways, and for Dr. Goldner, it came in the form of her husband. His introduction of a high-raw vegan diet marked a significant turning point in Brooke’s health journey. Unknowingly, he initiated a transformation that would change her life. Transitioning from an unhealthy vegetarian diet to a plant-based lifestyle, Brooke experienced a remarkable shift in her health. Her energy levels soared, arthritis and migraines became distant memories, and most astonishingly, her lupus markers in the lab tests turned negative.

Beyond the Diagnosis: Brooke’s Mission to Empower Others

Brooke’s journey with lupus became more than just a personal triumph—it became her mission. Armed with her firsthand experience, she pursued medical education and emerged as a board-certified medical physician. Through her own struggles, she discovered the profound healing potential of a plant-based lifestyle, leading her to become the author of bestsellers “Goodbye Lupus” and “Goodbye Autoimmune Disease.” Her story became a beacon of hope for countless others grappling with autoimmune diseases.

The Hyper-Nourishment Protocol: A Revolutionary Approach to Healing

Central to Dr. Goldner’s approach in helping her patients is the Hyper-Nourishment Protocol, a groundbreaking method she developed to optimize cellular function and strengthen the immune response.

At the heart of this protocol lies the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, fundamental components influencing the body’s inflammatory and anti-inflammatory pathways. Brooke explained the detrimental effects of the modern Western diet, saturated with processed foods and animal products, on this delicate balance, leading to chronic inflammation.

She emphasized the significance of achieving a balanced ratio between these fatty acids, enabling the body to create inflammation when needed and effectively reduce it afterward. The Hyper-Nourishment Protocol deliberately inundates the body with omega-3-rich foods such as flax seeds and chia seeds while minimizing, and eventually eliminating, the intake of omega-6-rich foods like processed oils and animal products. This intentional approach facilitates the breakdown of omega-3 fatty acids, swiftly reducing inflammation, especially for individuals battling autoimmune diseases.

Inspiration for All: Brooke’s Message of Resilience and Transformation

Dr. Goldner’s journey from a dire lupus diagnosis to vibrant health serves as a testament to the power of resilience, positive mindset, and the healing potential of a plant-based lifestyle. Her story resonates far beyond the confines of her medical practice, inspiring individuals worldwide to embrace hope and take charge of their health.

Dr. Goldner’s experience highlights the transformative impact of embracing a 100% plant-based lifestyle.

Episode Highlights

[02:00]             Diagnosed with lupus at 16 changes the playing field for Brooke.     

[03:30]             Lupus explained in the many ways it attacks the body.

[06:45]             Over two years of chemotherapy with dire prognosis looming.

[13:30]             The power identifying patients as people rather than their diagnosis.

[16:00]             From unhealthy vegetarian to healthy plant-based, vegan.

[20:45]             The beginning of the Hyper-Nourishment Protocol.

[23:30]             Dr. Goldner is driven to save lives.

[27:30]             Omega-3 and Omega-6 explained.

[34:00]             An eating protocol to make up for a lifetime of damage from bad foods.

[38:15]             There IS a fountain of youth.

[42:00]             Incredible reversals of disease is possible.

[44:15]             How trauma impacts one’s immune system.

[49:00]             Start with what you’re missing.

About Dr. Brooke Goldner  

Dr. Goldner is a board-certified medical doctor and the author of 3 best-selling books, Goodbye Lupus, Goodbye Autoimmune Disease, and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kick-Start Your Health & Healing. She has been featured documentaries like Disease Reversal Hope and Eating You Alive, and television shows like the Home & Family Show, and has been on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine 3 times, including the cover of Fit Over Forty.

She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with honors for genetic research in leukemia and neurobiology, was a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine, was Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency, has published case studies in reversing Lupus Nephritis with her nutrition protocol, and is the sole autoimmune professor for the Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from Cornell University

She is a member of the Forbes Health Advisory Board, the founder of and creator of the Hyper-nourishing Protocol for Autoimmune Reversal.

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation and stress management.

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit 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. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the 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 the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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