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Disease-Free Living Through Fitness and Nutrition

We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.

True North Health and the Natural Hygiene Diet

Hello Gerry,

I learned at True North Health in California that you live in Alabama, too.

I arrived a couple of days after your departure. Just curious because I don't find many people from Alabama that have the same thought process about health as I do.

I have always been something of a health seeker and on the way to Hawaii in 1996 for my honeymoon I picked up a copy of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Fasting and Eating for Health".
I knew about it (fasting) from the Bible and thought it a bit looney but as I read the book I couldn't put it down because quite simply it was full of common sense. But still I thought it would be a cold day in hades before I'd so something that radical.

Fast forward three years and our son was born. Six weeks later my wife had to be carried by ambulance to the hospital because she couldn't move, her joints were immobilized. The diagnosis..rheumatoid arthritis.
The dr. gave us the grim prognosis and the drug therapy she would have to be on. I annoyed the dr by asking "stupid" questions about the impact on the liver.

I finally asked the dr about trying an alternative therapy first. When I told her I had read a book about fasting she told us we probably needed another physician

My wife opted for the drug therapy and she stayed on it for 5 days and over those 5 days I literally read her Fuhrmans book.

She fasted at his clinic for 10 days and the "arthritis" went away. Made a believer out of me. Fuhrman referred us out here when we fast now.

PS. I sent the dr (lower case always) a copy of the book with a short letter telling her of our success and told her that I knew the vast majority of patients would not opt for this treatment but they should at least be made aware of it.


Reply From Gerry

Hi, PC:

Thanks for sharing your story of how you discovered the wealth- of-health embodied in the practice of Natural Hygiene.

We have known Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D., former Olympic Athlete, since he was an intern and made his first speech at one of the International Natural Hygiene Conferences many years ago. At one point he stumbled and stammered and stared down at the floor for possibly a full 30 seconds before regaining his composure to go on with his talk.

It has been amazing to watch him progress to the point he is now one of the most dynamic speakers in the nation, has been on all of the major network TV programs: "TODAY," "GOOD MORNING AMERICA," "CBS MORNING NEWS," and now is a welcome lecturer at the major Medical Schools.

We have hosted him (and several other N.H. luminaries) here in Alabama. Regret we didn't know to invite you at the time;-).

My own path to its discovery is somewhat similar to yours though I wish I had been able to sit my own spouse down long enough to read some of the wisdom put forth by some of the N.H. professionals.

All things come in due time, I guess, because although it took 3 years and in the meantime I came close to death, once the mind was open, the wisdom became clear and now my spouse and I teach the N.H. Philosophy together.

I recently had the privilege of filling in for the Key-note-Speaker (who was too ill to travel) at the World Vegetarian Congress held in Dresden, Germany. (Fortunately for me, I didn't learn until after-the-fact the person I was replacing was an internationally acclaimed doctor from India who had spoken before the U.S. Congress and was a Nobel Peace Prize Alternate;-).

We will be attending a Health Ministers' Conference next weekend and have already made reservations for the 2009 NHA Healthy Living Conference 23-27 July at the Regency Spa in Hallendale, Florida. Perhaps you and your wife might also be attending?

Hope your fast is going well! How long do you expect to be there? Is your wife also fasting? If so,


Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Global Public Relations Officer
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The Vegetarian Union of North America:
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Recipient: 2006 International Vegetarian-of-the-Year-Award, Bangkok, Thailand

�If I don�t take care of my body and my planet, where am I going to live.� --gc

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