No medical advice here — just life-saving referrals

I can’t offer medical advice, but I can refer you to medical professionals that I would trust with my own life.

During my 615 consecutive days of blogging about health; I have occasionally heard from one of my readers or friends with a question about a specific medical condition. That happened again this week.

Someone I have known for twenty years called me with a question about her recently diagnosed condition of “silent reflux.” Not only is she suffering from that condition but thinks that she developed pneumonia as a result of the prescribed treatment.

Disclaimer. First of all, since I am not a medical doctor, I never give advice about specific conditions. But I often refer people to a handful of enlightened medical doctors who have an appreciation for dietary and other natural solutions to a plethora of medical conditions. I occasionally include the following disclaimer in some of my posts.

The author of this blog or the “Healthy Eating – Healthy World” book is not rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. The ideas, suggestions and procedures on this blog are not intended as a substitute for consulting with a physician. All matters of health require medical supervision. The author will not be responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestion on this blog.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has had personal experience at TrueNorth and speaks very highly of them in the video below.

So what did I tell my friend?. I told her that I had decided long ago what I would do if I had a serious medical condition. I would call the same people that Dr. T. Colin Campbell has called a few times. That would be the  professional team at TrueNorth Health Center, Santa Rosa, California. From their website:

TrueNorth Health Center was founded in 1984 by Drs. Alan Goldhamer and Jennifer Marano. The integrative medicine approach they established offers participants the opportunity to obtain evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of problems. The staff at TrueNorth Health Center includes medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, naturopaths, psychologists, research scientists, and other health professionals. The Center is now the largest facility in the world that specializes in medically supervised water-only fasting.

Dr. Alan Goldhamer, founder of TrueNorth Health Center

I have never been to TrueNorth but I have been to one of Dr. McDougall’s weekend retreats at a resort hotel nearby and have met some of the staff from TrueNorth.

I have also been a big fan of The Pleasure Trap, a book by TrueNorth founder Dr. Alan Goldhamer and psychologist Doug Lisle, PhD. In it, they explain how we humans got in trouble by following our natural instincts in an unnatural world.

Take a few minutes and watch this ten-minute video brochure. It features testimonials from many of their happy clients, including Dr. T. Colin Campbell and near the end, you will meet Dr. Goldhamer, who asks you to give him a call if you’d like more information.

From time to time, I hear from people who say they wish they had heard this life-saving information before following the irreversible, conventional treatment regimen for their condition. I always tell them, if it were me, I would always pursue the least invasive approach first. And I sincerely believe that a great place to start is TrueNorth. Their staff is professional, their rates are reasonable and their results are extraordinary.

Today is my 615th consecutive daily blog.

The first link below takes you directly to the website page that lists the TrueNorth professional staff. The next two links feature two of my earlier blogs on how to find a medical doctor who appreciates plant-based nutrition. If you call or visit TrueNorth, I would love to hear your comments about your experience with them.

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A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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4 Responses to No medical advice here — just life-saving referrals

  1. Jim – I posted excerpts of your blog today on the “New Atkins” book reviews website.

    I Also linked to Dr. Pam Popper’s 8th video talk on using drugs for psychiatric treatments. There is a tragedy! Today’s talk is on Ritalin for ADHD in children.

    “Dr. Pam Popper’s 8th video talk on psychiatric drugs harms. 12 minutes long.

    I post this because what we all should be after here is ‘WELLNESS” and Dr. Popper is an excellent evaluator. She points you to the benefits of plant-based nutrition for achieving a “Healthy Lifestyle.”


    Published on Oct 11, 2012 by drpamsnewschannel
    Today is a continuation of the series covering Dr. Robert Whittaker’s book Anatomy of an Epidemic. This book covers the history of psychiatric drugs in America, and how the use of these drugs has actually harmed millions of people, many of whom are permanently disabled as a result. Get ready to be shocked, angered, and motivated to do something about one of the worst chapters in American medical history.

    Listen to the video. The previous seven talks on this subject are also at this site.”

  2. Joanne Irwin says:

    Thanks for the information on True North, a place for healing, health and wellness. The passion you exude about disseminating life saving information is appreciated, and I will certainly share this with my own web list.

  3. Sal Liggieri says:


    Well written.

    Unfortunately, this situation is repeated thousands of times, day after day. And how will these afflicted people learn about their bad diets? They won’t. Most people, even if they hear the message, won’t change.

    For example, three of my neighbors:

    1. Joe, age 73, overweight: By pass surgery, stents, aneurism, limited walking because of back pain, cholesterol and blood pressure drug regimen, still smokes cigarettes. Change his diet, no way, he loves meat too much.
    2. Frank, age 52, obese: Kidney failure, waiting for transplant, on home dialysis every day. Change his diet, he rather die.
    3. Michael, age 63, thin: By pass surgery, stents, cholesterol and blood pressure drug regimen. Change his diet, maybe in his next life.

    And so it goes. Even with severe medical conditions, people changing their diet is too extreme. Too extreme . . . eating broccoli, kale, and other plant foods is too extreme.

    I don’t get it. I guess, we plant food eaters, are a little weird, at best a fringe group, who are misinformed about nutrition . . . after all, where do we get our protein from, our calcium from?

    The paradox: If the cow eats grass, why do people eat the cow?

    The universal madness!

    Sal Liggieri

  4. billkranker1 says:


    This is great advise and information.

    On another note, I had the ABC evening news on in the background yesterday as I was making a salad for dinner when I heard Diane Sawyer talking about her colleague Robin Roberts who is suffering from cancer. (Actually at this point Robin is being poisoned by conventional medicine but that is a whole other story) What caught my attention was what Robin said after being released from the Hospital yesterday. She said she was really looking forward to having some apple pie and ice cream! I understand that most people who seek the conventional medical treatment of cancer usually will have no clue regarding the food connection to cancer but it still makes me sad to see someone who, in essense, is commiting suicide while being murdered. It is really just a question of which weapon will kill her first.

    Education is the key to all of these problems. When people finally understand what is right they will voluntarily make the kind of changes needed to gain their health back. Legistlating the size of a soft drink served at a restaurant or removing the salt shakers from their tables is not going to make any meaningful changes just as prohibition didn’t stop drinking in the 1930’s. Right now the only education that most people get is watching Robin Roberts enjoy her first cup of ice cream after chemo with a bandana wrapped around her head. Lets just say that none of this is trully moving the needle forward on the health meter.


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