If the names Lisle and Goldhamer sound almost as familiar to you as Rogers and Hammerstein, it may be because they are co-authors of the brilliant and popular The Pleasure Trap. This visionary book could be considered the foundation of the practices and principles set forth at the True North Health facility in Santa Rosa in Northern California.
True North Health Center was founded in 1984 by Drs. Alan Goldhamer and Jennifer Marano. The integrative medicine approach they established offers you the opportunity to obtain evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of health problems. The staff at includes medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, research scientists, and other health professionals. True North is now the largest facility in the world that specializes in medically supervised water-only fasting.
At True North, the prevailing dietary guidelines are:
- no animal products
- no S.O.S. - standing for salt, oil, and sugar
These principles play out beautifully with every single meal at True North. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets all demonstrate how well you can eat with these guidelines in place. If you need a place to clean your palate and reset your tastes - while eating of bountiful and delicious whole plant-based food - True North is a good place to do it.
A daily schedule of lecture/demonstrations is featured at True North, providing ongoing education and inspiration for healthy living. During a recent stay at True North I was fortunate to attend and three hour cooking demonstration and to be there on a day when Dr. Goldhamer was giving the afternoon lecture. His topic: The 10 Most Important Things You Can Do to Get Healthy. This presentation went on for over two hours - I had to leave for a the long drive home before the session closed and Dr. Goldhamer was staying put to answer every single question that came from those in attendance, making this session full of content and personal value for attendees.
In brief, here they are:
Dr. Goldhamer's The 10 Most Important Things You Can Do to Get Healthy
1. Avoid chemicals, including the use of drugs and exposure to environmental toxins. This includes alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, other recreational drugs, over-the-counter and prescriptions drugs whenever possible, and environmental toxins including radiation, pesticides, herbicides, volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, etc.
3. Avoid the use of highly refined foods. This includes added oil, salt, sugar and refined flour products.
4. Engage in regular whole body exercise. 20-60 minutes of moderate aerobic activity most every day is ideal.
5. Insure plentiful high quality sleep. This means 7-9 hours of high quality sleep that is sufficient to allow you to wake spontaneously, feeling refreshed.
6. Obtain appropriate exposure to sunshine and fresh air.
7. Create a supportive social network with the people you like and love.
8. Insure adequate vitamin B12, 1,000 mcg/day.
9. Fast when appropriate with guidance from a certified professional.
10. Educate and inspire yourself using the best quality materials available: read, attend lectures, listen to audios - stay connected with the healthy message.
There were about 40 people in residence at True North when I visited. Many visitors come to True North to undergo supervised juice fasting or water fasting, or to do a combination of juice, fruits and vegetables. And many people - as I did - come to enjoy some great eats and full meals while someone else did the kitchen prep. When it comes to the fasts, at True North the emphasis is on supervised fasting and each person undergoing a fast goes through an extensive intake process to assess their need, take important bloodwork, and work closely with the staff to optimize the fast experience and benefit. There is more information about fasting at the True North website.
The True North experience is nothing short of excellent. First, the staff went out of their way from the beginning to make sure I was comfortable, had what I needed, and knew where everything was. The accomodations are really nice and quite the bargain - for only $139 you can get a private room with a shared bath and that includes all meals during your stay as well as program. While there I attended the three hour cooking class, two hour long yoga classes, and Dr. Goldhammer's presentation. And when I left for the long drive home, the kitchen even prepared a take-out dinner for me of eggplant lasagne and pasta with pesto.
For more about True North, or to book a stay, go to: http://www.healthpromoting.com
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