most patients carry through on the needed changes when put on a natural
health program including nutritional reform?
attractiveness of going to a doctor for many is putting the
responsibility for getting better in the doctors hands. In medical
practice this means the patient only needs to take pills or go under a
knife... .there is little effort required on the part of the patient if
the insurance company pays for it also, the patient just goes along for
the ride all the way! All the way into never getting well, taking toxic
drugs, evolving into poor health, and never taking control of their
a hygienically oriented practice effort by the patient is required.
Causes of impaired health must be identified. Toxic habits e.g.
smoking, eating junk foods, drinking alcohol, overeating, etc., have to
cease. They must get off the drug train, eat from the bounties of
nature while learning to control their appetites and eat to live rather
than live to eat. Bad habits are to be faced and conquered.
only rewards are well functioning bowels, increased energy, more
resistance to disease, happier dispositions, good digestion, clear
skin, good concentration, improved vision, longer life, etc. and
absence of pain because the causes are gone.
must suffer the hardships of drinking pure water, eating the bounties
of the the earth like sweet fruits, crispy flavorful vegetables, raw
nuts and seeds, whole grains, and other nourishment our creator blessed
us with, rather than attachment to processed foods that nourish our
diseases. They learn to take responsibility of caring for themselves in
an effective manner for a lifetime.
percentage of my patients that carry through on a health building
program, with proper testing, undergoing detoxification as needed,
changing their diet and hygienic habits, learning about biochemical
individuality, and enjoying increased health and vitality I would
estimate at 70%.
are sick of being sick and are motivated to make the effort and changes
to get well. There are some who want to get well without making the
needed effort. Those individuals will continue to go from one doctor to
another never obtaining the good health they seek.
your opinion do we need to be dependent on doctors (of any kind) to
is unfortunate that we have created a privileged class of people
(doctors) that have generated the notion that the public must rely on
them to maintain their health.
those countries with the most doctors (M.D.'s, D.C.'s, D.D.S's, etc.)
there is no evidence that people are healthier. On the contrary, the
same countries with the highest number of doctors also have the highest
rates of degenerative diseases. ...
avoid this dependency trap, I work with patients intensively for as
little as three weeks to several months, analyzing the patient's health
condition as to the causes of their problems. ...
current modes of standard health care have trained our population to
put the responsibility on their physicians for their health. This has
not proven successful for two reasons.
under such a plan patients generally receive symptomatic care
only, whether it be a drug, a spinal adjustment, or an herb, none of
which fully address etiological factors involved in health and disease
the patient learns to be a very passive participant in their health.
The doctor gives a drug, the patient passively takes it. The patient
lies down passively on a table, the doctor moves a vertebra. The doctor
gives a herbal formula, the patient passively takes it.
in these procedures does the patient take an active role and learn to
take care of themselves. All this results in a very dependent
relationship between the practitioner and patient being formed.
serves the doctors needs very well. The patient is now dependent upon
him. The patient must run to the doctor on an ongoing basis for care
whether that care is considered corrective or preventive in origin. The
patient is at the tender mercy of the doctor henceforth and never
becomes a master of their own health. We have taken away one of the
individuals most important assets, the ability to care for themselves.
wise doctor realizes that initially he or she may need to take a active
role and the patient a more passive role in the early stages of health
restoration, but does everything possible to put the power of self care
into the patients hands as soon as possible enabling them to take
better care of themselves in the future.
is the single greatest deficiency that we have?
people asking me this are referring to nutrient deficit and the answer
to that questions is folic acid.
acid is found primarily in green leafy plants. Ironically this is one
nutrient you never find deficient in other primates that eat abundant
amounts of vegetation, but is a common one in Americans. A lack of it
can cause severe birth defects in children in the form of spina bifida.
A lack also leads to fatigue, anemia, and because of its relationship
with homocysteine, heart disease. Ironically, green leafy plants are
easily available. They are formed in cooperation with the rays of light
from the sun and the development of that beautiful emerald compound
called chlorophyll. Green leafy plants contain many nutrients and life
giving factors including vitamins, many minerals, enzymes, and amino
acids. It is significant that the very source of what should be a major
food for us is the number one deficiency in this land of processed
other exceedingly common deficiencies in the U.S. affecting our
nutritional status are loneliness and lack of sleep.
is a significant source of disease. Even when surrounded by people,
many people have few others they can relate to in a significant
fashion. It is common to find people with eating disorders, drug
addiction, emotional disturbances, and a host of other health problems
that stem from a lack of "significant others" . We are designed by
nature to be social creatures. A lack of meaningful contact with others
contributes to ill health and is a risk factor for many serious
diseases. Animals other than humans may also provide health benefits
and prevent loneliness such as a dog. The doctor should identify and
spend time with patients who are lonely it is why some people look
forward to going to see a Doctor, i.e. to have someone to talk to.
deficiency is lack of sleep and rest which may lead to much mental and
physical illness. We were intended by nature to go to sleep when the
sun goes down and rise when the sun comes up ....
are few things that can lower body efficiency more quickly then a lack
of sleep and rest. Sleep is the period for repair and revitalization of
body and mind. It is during this period that new tissues are built
(anabolism). Even a single night with too little sleep leaves us
feeling depleted, worn and unable to meet the demands of life. When we
receive too few hours over many years the body ages more quickly, loses
its resistance, and becomes susceptible to a host of ills.
can replace what sleep gives us in the way of balancing our energies
and promoting repair. The functional efficiency of our cells depends
upon the nutrients that come from food and the electrical energy that
comes from sleep. At the deepest levels of sleep, the body releases
healing hormones including growth hormone and testosterone. Without
adequate sleep the immune system does not function efficiently. Brain
function and emotional balance are impaired.
good nutrition slow down the aging process?
involves many factors including genetics. The way in which we lead our
lives, however, exerts significant influence on the rate of aging. Our
cells are constantly being renewed and need a continuous supply of
nutrients. The flow of nutrients and oxygen and the availability of
enzymes, along with how rapidly cellular wastes are discarded, are
primary factors in the rate of cellular aging. High quality nutrients
and oxygen in, waste products out, is the is the basic formula
determining cellular aging.
If wastes accumulate faster than cells are able to disperse them, aging
is accelerated. Signs of cellular toxicity include fatigue, lethargy,
problems in recuperating from stress, bad breath, poorly functioning
bowels, skin eruptions, diminished resistance to disease, etc. Cellular
wastes accumulate due to overeating, poor quality foods, lack of sleep
and rest, emotional stress, over or under-activity, digestive problems,
and other hygienic factors.
people eating poor quality foods, overeating, engaging in toxic habits,
ignoring the need for rest and sleep, etc., may think there will be no
repercussions because they feel "good". What they do not understand is
that the damage they are doing to their body is cumulative, with
affects often not noticed until they reach their late twenties,
thirties, or older. A price is paid for our abuses, and it can be a
clients tell me, "I wish I had learned about my biochemistry and how to
apply Hygienic principles before these problems started". Many of us
"get old too soon and smart too late."
we are eating such an inferior diet of refined foods these days, why
are we living longer?
and longevity are not tied to any single factor. The primary reason we
are living longer today is because of better sanitation. Sanitation
began to improve dramatically in the United States in the early part of
this century as chlorine was added to the water and sanitation
regulations were made and enforced. A variety of other public health
advancements such as screened windows, improved methods for reducing
infant mortality, and medical technology for keeping people alive by
artificial measures have also played a role.
is today, however, much more degenerative disease with important
nutritional implications. Cancer is the number one killer of children
after accidents. Diabetes is rampant in the U.S. population. Heart
attacks have become increasingly common in forty and fifty year old
men, and are seen more often even in twenty and thirty year olds.
live longer but not healthier.
much better it would be to take advantage of public health advancements
in sanitation, housing, and prenatal care combined with a hygienic way
of life. We could have the best of both worlds.
you believe in taking nutrient supplements?
is best to obtain nutrients from the diet whenever possible. Eating a
variety of natural, fresh, unprocessed foods grown on mineral rich
soil, having sound digestion, and keeping stress levels reasonable,
limits the need for nutrient supplementation. Many people do not meet
these criteria, but this does not warrant haphazardly gulping nutrient
is far better to first improve the diet along with addressing any
digestive impairment. Consuming fresh vegetables, raw nuts and seeds,
fresh fruits, beans and legumes, whole grains, and other nutrient rich
unprocessed foods is the place to start.
is surprising how many people gulp down handfuls of pills saying they
do so because of our depleted soil....yet have diets that include large
amounts of refined white flour, sugars, "pastas", and other denatured
foods. They not only eat foods that are grown on soil that is less than
perfect, but also buy foods that have been highly processed with the
life force drained from them.
digestive processes are impaired, nutrient supplements alone are not
the answer... reasons for the digestive impairment must be analyzed and
corrected so natural foods can be utilized.
often walk into my office carrying bags of the latest nutrient
supplement fads ..... Juice Plus tablets, Metrecs, blue green algae,
dehydrated grains, Shaklee, Solar, Aloe Vera, Herblike, Spiraling,
protein powders, colloidal mineral solutions, colon cleansers, etc,
etc, etc.... whatever is in vogue at the time.
Dr. Goldberg," they say, "my product is different... look what the
brochure says... look at the video that came with it... look at the
list of people with credentials who endorsed it
seen a thousand products come and go and seen thousands of patients
march in through my office door carrying products, which in excitement
desperation they hope will resolve their health problems, with minimal
effort their part ... only to be disappointed.
simplest, most natural foods direct from nature's garden will nourish
us if we choose them wisely, understand our individual traits, have
good digestion and elimination, and follow a hygienic way of living.
one avoid animal products entirely and still be healthy?
it is possible as long as the diet is varied and includes plenty of
green leafy plants and good sources of proteins such as nuts, seeds,
beans, legumes, lentils, and whole grains. The scientific evidence
points to the superiority of a plant based diet for human beings.
Animal flesh consumption is linked with the major causes of mortality
and morbidity in the U.S.
research in human nutrition and anthropology has lead me to believe
that approx. 5% to 8% of the total dietary intake could and in some
cases should consist of animal proteins.
source of those animal proteins is an important topic.
proteins that were and are consumed in small amounts by our primate
cousins such as the chimpanzees consist mostly of insects and perhaps
an occasional egg or small mammal. This is a far cry from the animal
proteins consumed by westernized man today.
hunter-gatherer ancestors ate mostly a plant based diet with some
animal proteins coming from insects and an occasional mammal (the
amount of animal flesh consumed by the hunter gatherer was less than is
assumed by most people when they visualize the caveman
hunter/gatherer). When they did manage to bring down a bison, antelope,
or other animal and consume it they were eating a product that had
little similarity to the animal flesh purchased in the stores today.
slaughterhouse animal products, are raised far differently than the
animals our hunter gatherer ancestors, early pioneers, or the American
Indians ate and have a much different chemical composition.
children don't eat animal flesh and avoid commercial standard food
items. Doesn't that make it hard for them to fit in with others at
their schools and in their social activities?
children have been raised on a mostly vegetarian diet comprised of
vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and free
range eggs. My wife and I try to set a good example for them to the
best of our abilities.
children ask them why they are not eating a "hot dog" or having a
"bologna sandwich" and my kids explain it to them.
children have learned that it is necessary to be different sometimes.
If being different means being kind to animals, not taking drugs, being
respectful to others, taking good care of their bodies, being conscious
about what they ingest, taking care of the planet they live on, being
respectful of other peoples beliefs, etc.... then being different is
not only good, it is essential. Interestingly, other children sometimes
see the natural foods my kids are eating and start thinking about what
they are eating as well.
the right things is not always easy. It is far easier to follow the
crowd and do like everybody else does. If we are not willing to be
different when it means doing the right things, however, our lives lose
meaning and we become little more then sheep.
my child's hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, poor learning
ability, behavioral problems in school, etc. be related to the foods
they are consuming?
It is tragic how parents feed their kids junk at home, the school
dietitians give them more junk at school, and then when the kids
biochemistry goes out of whack and the kid starts misbehaving out comes
the diagnostic titles such as attention deficit disorder and the
do you recommend for weight loss?
the person address their overall health and forget about their weight!
When they have undergone appropriate health reform measures their
weight will normalize as a direct result of their improved health and
have many people consult me for weight loss, but I never place people
on a weight loss program, for that is doomed to fail. Clients must be
addressed as individuals with health problems, and total health must be
the goal. Obesity is a disease. It is a sign of imbalances in the body,
in the metabolism, and in the way of living of the individual. With
obesity comes a plethora of problems such as cardiovascular disease,
cancer, spinal problems, fatigue, etc. When a persons health is
addressed from a total natural hygienic perspective, weight loss occurs
as a welcomed consequence, a side effect, of their new health. This
approach has proven enormously successful for my clients. Excess weight
comes off and stays off, along with improved vitality and resistance to
disease. The rapidity at which this occurs under proper care is amazing
to most people despite the fact that we are addressing the health of
the individual and not just the weight.
eight percent of all people in the United States who go on "weight loss
programs" will gain back all the weight they lost (or more) within a
years time after losing it. That is because they do not address the
causes of their problem their disturbed habits, disturbed metabolism,
and wrong ways of living .... not just their diet.
fasting appropriate for weightloss?
is appropriate to fast some people who are overweight, with careful
experienced supervision, but not with the orientation simply towards
weight loss, but rather towards balancing the persons entire health
would like to know more about being a doctor helping people through
hygienici nutritional avenues. How can I continue to learn?
health care students I advise that you first change your own habits and
learn to master yourself and your own behaviors.
wishing to further advance their knowledge should acquire a graduate
degree in a related area e.g. Public Health, Biochemistry, etc. You
will not, however, be able to learn how to be a Natural Hygiene
Practitioner merely by academic studies alone. Do self-study and
arrange an internship with a doctor involved in the practice of
Clinical Nutrition and Natural Hygiene.
a patient of a Natural Hygiene Practitioner. See what is involved in
your own case. ... I am amazed at how many students want to practice
Chiropractic, Natural Hygiene, or Clinical Nutrition and yet never went
through the experience of having a work up and being under the care of
an experienced practitioner themselves.
read, e.g. the books listed in the book list.
can read books by old hygienic masters, e.g. Herbert Shelton, at the
free Soil and Health Library (choose Health Library/ Alternative
a patient of an experienced Natural Hygiene practitioner, working with
such a practitioner, and reading Hygienic Literature will give you a
basis upon which to decide if a Natural Hygiene practice is for you.
Natural Hygiene practice can be very intense. It requires acquiring a
great deal of expertise, giving a generous amount of time to each
patient and not being afraid of a lot of hard work. You need to be
knowledgeable in many different areas if you are to be of help. It is
not just giving dietary and exercise advice. You must educate your
patients repeatedly and constantly be exploding misconceptions they
two or three minute office visit seen in many medical and chiropractic
offices will not suffice. You will put in three times the work and see
perhaps one third the number of patients due to time demands. You will
be confronted with more difficult cases than commonly seen in standard
practices, be confused with other doctors who merely sell food
supplements, often not be covered by insurance policies, be called in
the middle of the night by someone with cancer or lupus who heard from
someone else with cancer or lupus that they should call you immediately
for help, work much harder yet make less income, be under the gun by
other doctors who are ignorant or jealous of what you do, work with
patients desperate for help and impatient to get out of pain yet
wanting to get well without making the necessary effort.
Practitioners as well as others who address their patients health
through the application of natural laws, spend more time with each
patient than in other offices and yet on the average charge no more per
visit. One would have to be foolish to enter into a Hygienic practice
simply to make more money! Many young practitioners and students have
come into my office to discuss how to practice hygienically.
Very few actually do so when they learn of the greater demands upon the
practitioner and the generally lower income level to be expected.
seen in a Natural Hygiene practice are more demanding. They will not
seek you out just for some low pain, or a headache, or other single
problem, they will come to you for all symptoms and expect you to
return the outstanding health in total! (and with most patients we can).
seen in a Natural Hygiene Practice frequently come into the office as a
last resort having been through medical, chiropractic and other
channels without getting better. Many have taken numerous drugs and
undergone surgical procedures, all of which have left them weakened and
with less vitality to recover with. It is challenging, but of course
highly rewarding to help these patients when no one was able to
the demanding nature of a Natural Hygiene oriented practice (having
been in practice well over twenty years), I still would not trade what
I do for any other type of practice.
you concerned that insurance companies do not always pay for the
services you perform?
the only reason a patient is going to come is because their insurance
company will pay for it, I don't want them as a patient. There has to
be more motivation than that. I felt the same way when I limited my
practice to standard chiropractic care. The patient needed to
appreciate the benefits of what they were receiving and not make their
decision on the type of care based on insurance reimbursement.
benefits both short and long term a patient receives from working
through a program of care with myself or other hygienic practitioner,
in addition to the money they will save by reducing their risks for
cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc., is more than worth the
investment. If they want to go to a medical doctor and take drugs and
surgery for their symptoms and do nothing for their health, while
having some of their medical bills reimbursed - if that is the
determining factor, then they should have their symptoms treated by a
medical physician rather than have their vitality and health returned
through hygienic measures.
laboratory testing, office visits, and supplies combined, the average
client under a hygienic program of care spends far less then they would
with the average medical or chiropractic practitioner. This is because
we do not keep the patient coming back for ongoing care after he or she
has been returned to health, and because proper hygienic care lessens
their risk of ending up in the hospital for heart attacks, strokes,
diabetes, cancer, etc. where the costs are astronomical and the
outcomes are grim.
we understand the value of our health, we will feel secure in spending
for natural care and health education the amount others spend for a
vacation or a stereo TV. We will understand that competent natural care
more than pays for itself in recovering good health and preventing
heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. It helps prevent ending up in
hospitals with bills in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars,
and importantly, increases the quality of life for by giving us greater
vitality, energy, a spark for life, and resistance to disease.
need to be set!
do you think about early medical detection methods for cancer?
on having worked at the University of Texas Medical Center/ M.D.
Anderson Tumor Institute, and my own work with patients who have had
cancer, my opinion is that the main advantage to early medical
detection of cancer is to the hospitals and physicians who can "treat"
patients for a longer period and thereby generate more revenue.
"therapies" do not treat the cause of cancer, they are focused on
killing cancer cells. Extremely toxic drugs are employed along with
radiation. Notably, many of the medical methods used to treat cancer
will cause cancer in a healthy individual.
objectively, cancer statistics lend little support to the benefits of
early medical detection. Medical detection methods require the patient
to have cancer before it can be detected. The patient would be better
off learning how to lower their risks and prevent cancer development.
General hygienic education can be most helpful in this regard.
Have Better Health?
Have Better Health?
motivation for attaining physical health and long life through proper
nutrition and a Hygienic Lifestyle should not be only to look more
youthful, have greater freedom from pain, more strength, mental
clarity, sexual appeal and vitality. These are worthy goals, but should
not overshadow higher objectives.
endeavors toward attaining better health would be misguided were they
not to have a higher purpose. Our lives on this earth are not just for
the building of big biceps. I have witnessed numerous young people over
the years become singly focused on their physical appearance, strength
and/or athletic pursuits. Their days become devoted to hours in the
gym, running miles, lifting weights, admiring themselves in the mirror,
stuffing their bodies with excessive food to build more muscles. They
become addicted to the seeking of what they perceive to be physical
is a serious downside to this fixation.
body eventually degenerates and returns to the earth no matter what
steps we take. For the person centered on physical perfection and
strength, eventual disappointment is guaranteed.
the physically obsessed person ages with inevitable loss of youth,
physical beauty, vitality, and strength, they will be at a loss. There
will be depression, withdrawal, and great frustration.
need not be the case. The wise individual takes appropriate measures to
safeguard health, and prolong vitality, while maintaining balance in
their lives. They focus on service, spiritual development, and
intellectual growth. By achieving a balance, the transition into middle
and old age can be a smooth one. What is lost in physical strength and
appearance is gained in inner strength, wisdom, love, and the
satisfaction of making a positive contribution to the earth and its
best motivation for achieving good health and building a strong,
healthy, disease resistant, body is to allow us to better serve others
and pave the path for spiritual growth. We should never wait until the
day that we have good health to get started serving others.... the time
body racked with pain has difficulty pursuing life's higher callings
for service and personal development. Freedom from disease allows us to
better pursue perfection of our spirits which are not tied to physical
decay. When efforts to improve physical health are appropriately
focused, they contribute to fulfillment in our lives and make us
capable of being of greater service to others.
full text - the booklet "Hygienic
Heights" can be ordered from the Goldberg Clinic.