Hypertension? No Problem, Try Water Fasting : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview with Dr. Alan Goldhamer

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Blood boiling? We have some answers…

Last week, I had a chance to have a chat with — who I feel — is one of the most knowledgeable health practitioners around.

I don’t throw around comments like that.

Whenever anyone asks me where they should look if they’re looking to fast or cleanse, I point them to his facility.

My colleague is Dr. Alan Goldhamer and in this interview we’re going to be talking about fasting — in particular water only fasting. You’ve probably seen him around the blog before.

We’ll cover the healing crisis, detox symptoms, safety, and why they use the kind of water they do.

It’s a great interview and this is only Part 1.

Here’s where you can listen to it now (my commentary follows)…

Listen to Part 1 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


Here are my thoughts…

1. What I like about True North…

I’ve visited True North at least 5 times to date — one for a 5 day water fast, the others to meet with Dr. Goldhamer or tour the facility.

What I like most about the place is the very evident attention to detail.

Dr. Goldhamer understands how to run a professional fasting facility.

This isn’t an unsupervised fasting retreat in Costa Rica where you go and hand your life into the hands of capable — or non-capable — pseudo-doctors.

This is a real medical facility with real medical check-ins. If you want to feel comfortable and watched over while you’re fasting (I do) then this is the place to go.

2. Results.

What Dr. Goldhamer is also very quick to point out is that people come to True North, not because it’s a nice place to fast, but that when you fast you get results and he has proof.

In a study done by the clinic, 174 people were treated for hypertension with water only fasting. With follow up, many of them continued to have lowered blood pressure and overall better health — even if they “reasonably” stuck to the diet.

It’s likely that you could get these results fasting at another clinic, but doesn’t it make sense to go somewhere that is well trusted and has a proven track record?

I think so.

(BTW: I make no money talking about True North like this.)

3. Safety in the details.

Another thing that makes me think highly of Dr. Goldhamer and True North is their very specific intake and attention to medical testing for all potential and new patients.

To determine what type of fasting (or none at all) is good for you, you will go through an intake and if you get accepted, they will make sure you do some baseline medical testing.

This allows them and you to know if something is working or if something is not.

It’s in your best interest and theirs. You’re safe and they can monitor your progress to make sure you don’t encounter anything out of the ordinary.

4. Weening off medication during fasting needs to be done carefully.

If you are on medication and you start to fast, you have to be careful about weening off medication.

This is one of the reasons why anyone who is on medication and wants to do a water fast must do so under supervision.

I know there are some rebels out there, but do it right the first time and the results will be the best.

5. A healing crisis and a problem may look the same.

Another reason why I think a supervised fast is best is because — as Alan says — a healing crisis and a problem may look the same to an outsider.

How do you know if you’re going through a healing crisis or starting to encounter a real problem on day 5 of your water fast?

If you’re inexperienced (or even if you are), you may not know at all.

The biggest mistake I’ve heard coming from other places is that most fasting retreat supervisors call everything a healing crisis.

If it’s a healing crisis, then they’re right.

If it’s a problem, then they could be very, very wrong.

6. “The danger of being a vegan is that some of them get headaches because their halo is so tight.”

Still laughing about this quote.

7. Not everyone needs or is a candidate for water only fasting.

A statement like this is the sign of a trustworthy health expert. Any person who is selling specific groups or individuals OUT of what they do for a living is someone I want to align myself with.

Not everything is for everyone, and someone who can recognize this gains my trust much quicker than someone who can’t.

8. Use distilled water when fasting because…

Dr. Alan Goldhamer uses distilled water for all water only fasting clients.


Because it’s the most natural water — free from any impurities.

Some people are concerned that distilled water can do all sorts of funky things in the body, this is untrue.

If you eat a healthy diet and drink distilled water — fasting or not — you will get plenty on minerals and they will not be “stripped” from your body because the distilled water “attracts them out of your system.”

Dr. Goldhamer points out that there is no true science that support the mineral stripping theory about distilled water.

I’ve found the same thing. The water filtration industry does a lot of in-fighting when they market which causes a good deal of confusion.

A few days of distilled water — if you’re very militant about not drinking it — will not cause a problem.

Your question of the day: Where is your favorite place to fast? (If you haven’t fasted yet, where do you want to go?)

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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