Monday, August 22, 2011

Treating Patients by Doing Nothing

Water-only Fasting: Treating Patients by Doing Nothing - Interview with Dr. Alan Goldhamer from Aron Choi on Vimeo.

For a few years, I have been following the work of the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California. This unique Center treats patients by focusing on lifestyle changes, namely diet, exercise and sleep, which they consider to be medicine's primary sources of prevention, wellness and reversal of disease. According to Dr. Alan Goldhamer, one of the Center's founders and a principle health provider everything else that medicine does to treat chronically ill patients is window dressing compared to making drastic lifestyle changes. The Center has been extremely successful in treating chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases with water fasting, a whole foods plant-based diet, exercise and improvements in sleep habits. As Dr. Goldhamer says in this video, the patients that he and his colleagues treat must be highly motivated to make these changes, but if they do the clinical outcomes, even with seriously ill patients, is very favorable. This 36 minute video describes the work of the Center, including patient care and research.

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