Sunrise through the smoke on a Texas morning.
On Saturday, I told you we’d asked many of the experts to submit rebuttals, clarifications or summaries of their lectures from The Great Health Debate.
Today, we have our first submitted by Dr. Alan Goldhamer from the True North Health Center.
I originally thought I should post them all together once I received all of them, but then I realized that some may be later than others and that would delay the process pretty significantly.
So what I’ll be doing is posting them as they come in real-time.
I’ll have my comments at the bottom of the expert contribution (if I have any!)
Here’s Dr. Goldhamer’s response:
After listening to the many contributors to this discussion it is apparent that most of us agree on more than we disagree.
1. Plant foods (fruits and vegetables) are valuable nutrient dense foods that provide us vitamins, minerals, phytochemical, water and fiber. These low caloric density, high nutrient dense foods should make up a large percentage of the volume of the diet in humans that wish to achieve and maintain optimum health.
a. There is debate about what percentage of the diet should be derived from fruits and vegetables.
2. There is clearly agreement that the specifics of a health promoting diet will vary amongst individuals based on biochemical individuality and accumulative use and abuse that can modify an individuals capacity.
3. There are some foods that are more antigenic than others. Foods that commonly cause problems for patients include dairy products, sugar, oil, added salt and gluten containing grains especially when presented in the form of refined flour.
4. There is general support that the diet should be plant based and minimize or avoid the use of added oil, salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
a. There is debate about how much if, any, animal based products can be included in the diet without compromising health.
5. There is general agreement that in addition to a health promoting diet people need to engage in regular exercise that promotes strength, flexibility and aerobic conditioning.
6. Adequate quantity and quality of sleep is an essential component to maintaining optimum health.
Most participants agree that most of the disease in industrialized countries results from dietary excess, especially from the use of excess animal food, and added oil, salt and sugar and other refined carbohydrates.
There are also problems that come from deficiency issues including low vitamin B12, vitamin D and possibly DHA resulting from too low an Omega 3 fatty acid intake or to much omega 6 fatty acids.
Improving the essential fatty acid rations may result from increasing vegetables, flax seeds, walnuts and reducing or eliminating the use of oils, especially fried foods and foods with added oil.
There is much debate about the utility of added relatively small amounts of animal products and other concentrated “health foods.” There are moral, ethical, environmental and spiritual impacts involved with our diet and lifestyle choices.
Conclusion: Eat a diet that is derived from large quantities of fruits and vegetables and avoid the use of some or all animal products, especially dairy products and avoid some or all added oil, salt and sugar.
Recommendations on the use of animal products, chocolate, alcohol, etc. range from allowing small amounts to avoiding them completely.
First, I’d like the publicly thank Dr. Goldhamer for his contribution to the debate as well as for taking the time to do this summary. Many of the experts have expressed to me how important this event was, so I’m honored that many want to continue the discussion.
In this summary, Dr. Goldhamer captures the essence of the program (if it had an essence, LOL!)
My mission was to find the commonalities in diet to help us understand what will work for our longevity – not argue about the differences.
Many of the points he’s made here, could be between 80-100% of the blueprint for any healthy diet for almost ALL individuals. It would be smart to follow them, or at least take notes. 🙂
I want to hear your thoughts: What do you think of Dr. Goldhamer’s summary?
Last Chance to Try Annmarie’s New Peppermint Rosemary Body Wash for FREE!
This entire weekend I’ve been talking about Annmarie’s new Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash.
I’m really excited about for many reasons and if you haven’t read them yet, here’s why…
First, it can replace soaps that are not pH balanced and damage your acid mantle barrier.
Your skin is delicate and requires a certain amount of oil to protect it from infection and keep it healthy.
Most soaps (all soaps that foam) are too alkaline and damage this barrier.
Washing with a body wash that is equal to your skin surface pH – about 5.5 – will help you maintain your skin’s integrity and keep you looking youthful and vibrant.
Second, using it in the shower is refreshing, energizing and totally turns your cleaning time into an aroma therapy session.
(Almost like those Herbal Essences commercials minus the synthetic chemical smells!)
Finally, it’s something the whole family can use. I know most men don’t invest in skin care products, so this is a way to get everyone interested in taking care of possibly one of the most important body parts!
(If you’re one of the rare men that do, I’m thrilled you’ve learned the importance of this!)
The reason why I’m sharing all this is because, we want you to try this product!
Do to so, you have two options – and both include a FREE travel bottle of the new Body Wash!
Here they are…
1. You can trust us and dive right in!
If you’ve already tried Ann’s products and know they’re awesome, here’s where you can get Annmarie’s Body Wash now…
When you order the full size, we’ll also send you a 1 oz travel size bottle as well as a gift! ($6.95 value!)
(Please note: Unlike Annmarie’s other products, the Body Wash is in a plastic bottle for shower safety!)
2. If you want to try before you buy, we can send you a free 1 oz travel size bottle if you purchase over $35 in the store. (Excluding e-orders.)
For all orders in the Renegade Health Store over $35, we’ll send you a free 1oz travel size bottle of Annmarie’s Rosemary Peppermint Body Wash for you to try ($6.95 value!)
This deal only lasts until Tuesday Morning, March 1st OR until we run out of the travel size bottles!
As you know, we tend to run out of things pretty fast (we ran out of cinnamon bark in 2 days last week!), so be sure to secure your gift with your order now!
To get this gift, all you have to do is put the word “Bodywash” in the “shipping Instructions” area when you check out!
Here’s where you can go to take a look in the store, get your $35 worth of awesome health products and get a travel sized bottle of this new, awesome Body Wash ($6.95 Value!)…
(E-orders are excluded from this deal.)