The 10 most important actions to insure optimum health


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The 10 most important actions to insure optimum health

Optimum health cannot be bought, it must be earned and it comes with a price.

The price of health is healthful living.
There are many actions that one can choose to take in an
attempt to achieve optimum health. This is a brief summary of the actions, that in our
experience, really matter.

  1. Avoid the use of drugs and exposure to environmental toxins. (Including
    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,
  2. Adopt a health promoting Vegan diet. (avoid meat, fish, fowl, eggs and
    DAIRY products.)
  3. Avoid the use of highly refined foods. (including added oil, salt, sugar and
    refined flour products)
  4. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (20-60 minutes of moderate aerobic
    activity most every day)
  5. Insure plentiful high quality sleep (7-9 hours of high quality sleep sufficient
    to allow you to wake spontaneously, feeling refreshed)
  6. Obtain appropriate exposure to sunshine and fresh air (20-40 minutes of
    generous skin exposure while avoiding burning)
  7. Create a supportive social network (amongst the people you meet, like and
  8. Insure adequate vitamin B12 (test for MMA or supplement)
  9. Fast when appropriate (seek guidance from an IAHP certified doctor)
  10. Educate and inspire yourself using the best quality materials available. (see
    reading list below)

  1. The use and abuse of recreational drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, caffeine,
    cocaine, methamphetamines, etc. results in the artificial release of the pleasure
    chemicals in the brain, including dopamine. This can result in a habitual pleasure
    trap (abuse and addiction) that can undermine the health and happiness. In
    addition, the use and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications and
    environmental toxins and radiation all contribute to a state of toxicity that must be
    minimized if optimum health is to be achieved.1,22
  2. Adopting a health promoting Vegan diet (free of all animal foods including meat,
    fish, fowl, eggs and dairy products) is one of the most important actions someone
    can take to promote optimum health and avoid the diseases of kings. These
    diseases include cancer (including breast, colon, prostate and lung), heart disease
    (including heart attack and stroke), diabetes and autoimmune disorders. 1,2,3,5-8,16-24
  3. Highly processed foods, including oil, flour, sugar and added salt artificially
    stimulate the pleasure chemicals of the brain, including dopamine, resulting in a
    addictive-like pleasure trap analogous to drug addiction. One result is the overconsumption
    of calories that is a major contributing cause of the epidemic of
    obesity in industrialized countries. 1,2,3,5-8,16-24
  4. In the world of scarcity in which our ancient ancestors survived, vigorous activity
    was a requirement for survival. In order to get enough to eat, and avoid being
    eaten, regular exercise was unavoidable. In our modern, industrialized world of
    abundance, the need for vigorous activity has been minimized. We must
    overcome our innate energy conserving mechanisms and obtain 30-60 minutes,
    most every day, of aerobic activity, including, walking, hiking, biking, dancing,
    swimming or similar activity. It is wise to combine this aerobic activity with
    stretching and strengthening and the use of sound ergonomics in order to
    maximize fitness and functional capacities so critical to optimum health. 1,22,10,11
  5. One of our frequently overlooked health promoting actions is a good night’s
    sleep. Much of the body building and repairing associated with healing are
    powerfully stimulated during the deepest phases of sleep. Most people sleep best
    in a cool, dark, and quiet place. How much sleep is enough? In general, it is
    desirable to get enough sleep (7-9 hours for most adults) such that you wake
    spontaneously, feeling refreshed. 1,22,21
  6. Essential nutrients, including vitamin D are formed when the skin is exposed to
    sunlight. This is necessary to insure optimum calcium absorption and bone health
    as well as optimum immune function. By avoiding excess exposure to the sun,
    particularly at mid-day, we can avoid the damaging effects of sunburn. If
    adequate sun exposure is not possible, vitamin D supplementation may need to be
    considered. 1,22,21,13,20
  7. Human beings are social creatures who need to effectively deal with 3 kinds of
    relationships; with the people we meet, the people we like and the people we love.
    Cultivating emotionally supportive interpersonal relationships can minimize the
    consequences of social isolation that is common when people step outside the
    social norms, especially as they relate to dietary and lifestyle issues. 1,22,15
  8. Our modern day hygienic practices help to protect us from parasites, toxins and
    consequent disease. These hygienic practices also minimize our exposure to
    bacteria, which are the sole source of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin). Although
    our need for this essential nutrient is small and it stores well in the human body,
    whole body depletion can occur in long-term vegans, leading to elevations in
    homocysteine and increased risk of heart disease. B12 deficiency can also be
    associated with neurological disorders (neuropathy) and megablastic anemia
    (pernicious). Periodic testing for methymalonic acid (MMA) and
    supplementation if indicated will prevent one’s health from being compromised
    by vitamin B12 deficiency. 1,22,20
  9. Fasting involves the complete abstinence of all substances except pure water in an
    environment of complete rest. Fasting gives the body an opportunity to rapidly do
    what it does best: cleanse and heal itself. Fasting should be undertaken with the
    guidance of a doctor trained and experienced in fasting supervision (certified
    members of the International Association of Hygienic Physicians should be your
    first choice). 1,22,20,4,14,10.


Most of the resources listed below are available from the National Health Association at or from TrueNorth Health

  1. The Pleasure Trap mastering the hidden force that undermines health and
    happiness, by Doug Lisle Ph.D. and Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
  2. The Health Promoting Cookbook, by Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
  3. The China Study, by T.Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
  4. Fasting Can Save Your Life the video, documentary filmed at TrueNorth
    Health Center
  5. The Pleasure Trap Lectures on DVD, by Doug Lisle, Ph.D.
  6. The McDougall Program by John McDougall, M.D.
  7. Diet For A New America by John Robbins
  8. No More Bull by Howard Lyman
  9. The Ultimate Fit or Fat by Covert Bailey
  10. Walking by Mark Fenton
  11. Stretching by Bob Anderson
  12. The Mcdougall Program For Optimum Weight Loss by John McDougall
  13. Light by John Ott
  14. Fasting and Eating For Health by Joel Fuhrman
  15. Feeling Good by David Burns
  16. Diet For A New America video by John Robbins
  17. Diet For All Reasons DVD by Michael Klapper
  18. Health Food versus Healthy Food by Jeff Novick
  19. Eating DVD
  20. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease by Shils and Young
  21. Power Sleep by Maas
  22. Various Articles:
  23. Disease Proof Your Children by Joel Fuhrman
  24. Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman

Alan Goldhamer, D.C., is a chiropractor and founder of the TrueNorth Health Clinic in Penngrove, California, a multi-discipline outpatient clinic and in-patient residential health care program specializing in medically supervised water-only fasting. Dr. Goldhamer is the author of The Health Promoting Cookbook and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness.