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Is Dry Fasting Desirable or Deadly?

by Dr. Douglas Graham

T. C. Fry taught me a lot about hygiene, but he taught me a lot more about how to think. One time, out of the blue, he looked up at me during the middle of a chess game he was playing with his friend Max Huberman and said to me..See More …

Fasting: Exactly the Way YOU Want It!

by Dr. Douglas Graham

Over the past thirty years, I've trained hundreds of people to bring various aspects of healthful living to the general public. Many have become notable leaders in the raw movement. One, Nadder Montassir, has quietly and competently led more than a dozen retreats over the past five years focused strictly on helping people to regain their health through hygienic supervised fasting.See More …

Eat Them Alone Or Leave Them Alone?

by Dr. Douglas Graham

Before diabetes, heart disease, and cancer became the big concerns on the American health scene, before the rash of digestive disorders that now affects more than one out of every three adults, doctors noted the rising trend of obesity.See More …

The Starch Myth: KEY Talk live online event

by Dr. Graham

Are we naturally starch eaters? Is starch a health food, a staff of life, or a crutch? Join Dr. Graham in this live online KEY Talk presentation followed by Q & A, and get your questions answered. Watch the replay anytime.See More …

The H2O Performance Difference

by Dr. Graham

When exercising heavily, especially when there is a strong cardio component to the exertions, much of our digestive functioning is depressed. Digestion and absorption are effectively put on hold so that the body's physiology can best support the exercise being undertaken.See More …

Raw Emotions: KEY Talk live online event

by Dr. D. Graham & Prof R. Graham

Does diet affect emotions? Discover how your emotions can serve you. Learn ways to overcome cravings. Watch this KEY Talk for your health, inner peace, and joy. Join the Grahams in this live online presentation followed by Q & A, and get your questions answered. Watch the replay anytime.See More …

Dangers of Cooked Food: KEY Talk live online event

by Dr. Graham

Just what are the dangers of cooked food? Watch this KEY Talk for your health, the health of others, the environment, and more. Join Dr. Graham in this live online presentation followed by Q & A, and get your questions answered. Watch the replay anytime.See More …

Importance of Biomechanics : 3 Factors to Physical Performance

by Dr. Graham

Having realistic expectations helps reduce frustration and increase inspiration. Biomechanics is in short the mechanical physics of biological systems, and is a key factor to correctly assessing potential athletic performance and progress in fitness endeavors. Read on for Three Everyday Factors to Physical Performance.See More …

Persistent and Consistent

by Dr. Graham

We all get excited now and then, motivated to make changes in our lives. Every once in a while, I get bitten by the exercise bug. Who doesn't? Next thing you know, life intervenes. Read tips on how to stay fit and live your life.See More …

Go Easy On Me, It’s My First Time

by Dr. Graham

Do you remember the first time you learned physical activities? What happens when you learn new skills? Is it worth the effort to learn something new? Read what Dr. Graham has to say about this.See More …

What is the secret to fitness?

by Dr. Graham

Having trouble dealing with or overcoming the plateau effect? Check out these three strategies from Dr. Graham on turning your fitness training plateaus into progress.See More …

Q & A with Dr Graham: Are Oils Healthy Foods?


Many have been misinformed about the supposed health benefits of refined oils. Whether the oil comes from olives, coconuts, or sesame seeds, it's still just pure fat. In this video excerpt of a Q & A session Dr. Graham offers his insights as to how often we can healthfully use oils in our diets. Transcript included.See More …

Retreat TV: Food & Lifestyle Retreat


Discover our Food & Lifestyle Retreat! Dr Graham, Shari Letterman, Lisa "Lightningbolt" Holt, and Kevin Cosmo discuss the retreat experience in this webinar replay. Includes photos of the retreat meals, fitness, facilities, atmosphere and more. Transcript included.See More …

Raising Raw Kids Live Online Event

by Dr. Graham

Wonder how to apply 80/10/10 to your children? Struggle with understanding what is best regarding a raw vegan diet for children? Join Dr. Graham and host Kevin Cosmo covering pregnancy to puberty in our first live webinar lecture!See More …

Earn Your Fitness

by Dr. Graham

People say the funniest things. For instance, I commonly hear, "If I even just look at doughnuts I gain weight." And today, we are NOT going to look at why they say such things.See More …

Up Your Outlook

by Dr. Graham

The question of the day, however, is not about how those various positive and negative thoughts affect us, as they surely do. The question is, "for how long do they affect us?" The answer is: Forever, to some degree.See More …

5 Strength Training Myths

by Dr. Graham

Debunk these 5 strength training myths and increase your health, happiness, performance, and quality of life. Includes different types of training for strength and size.See More …

You are NEVER too old

by Dr. Graham

If you wish to get really old, really rapidly, stop exercising. Infirmity comes on the sedentary people far more rapidly than it "attacks" the fit folk. See More …

Spring is Full of Promises

by Dr. Graham

Daffodils are blooming, and spring just can't be far behind. Here are some tricks to succeeding with 80/10/10 through the long months of winter. Enjoy the winter fruit and know that the most luscious time of the year is just around the corner.See More …

Try Training Triceps

by Dr. Graham

You will feel, look, and function better with stronger triceps. Find out more about why triceps are more important than biceps for functional and sports training. Exercise instructions included.See More …

A Can of Progress

by Dr. Graham

Progress, apparently, comes in cans. I encourage you to push the limits, safely, but nevertheless push against the edges of your performance abilities.See More …

Deadlift Video Review Now Available!

by Dr. Graham

Dr. Graham will look at your video of 3-5 deadlift reps and give you tips and suggestions on how to improve your deadlifting technique for the introductory price of $1 (one US dollar).* See article for instructions and more information.See More …

What do you do with a rebounder?

by Dr. Graham

Rebound exercise is far more varied and versatile than it may initially appear. We will focus on just two rebound exercises in this article, and a variation of each one. Neither of these exercises are taught in the “how to” videos you can find on rebound exercise. In both exercises, neurologic awareness is challenged and developed. Have fun on your rebounder. Be creative. And remember, you do the work, not the springs. See More …

Cold Weather Training Tips

by Dr. Graham

Short of high tech gear for facing extreme conditions, the following tips will serve as basic guidelines for getting the most out of cold weather fitness activities, while also making them more enjoyable.See More …

Getting Started: Putting Your Inertia To Work

by Dr. Graham

The new year started almost six weeks ago. Many of us were excited about our New Year's resolutions, and all the wonderful things we were going to accomplish in 2015. For many of us, the time has gone by and we're yet to start on some or even all of those goals. Now is the time to start, you are not too late.See More …

How Diabetes Develops In a Person Over Time : And how it can be reversed in an even shorter time.

by Dr. Douglas Graham

The focus of this article will be on Type 2 Diabetes, as Type 1 Diabetes is literally something that people are born with, although the medical people have stretched that usage to include people who give themselves Type 2 Diabetes at a fairly young age because Type 1 used to be called 'Childhood Onset' or 'Infant Onset' Diabetes. You were literally born with it and the idea that if you are a young person you don't get Type 2 Diabetes is still hanging on, but it's not really true. We are sicker than we have ever been in the history of humans. See More …

Which Banana Island Would You Like to Visit?

by Dr. Douglas Graham

Someday Isle is an imaginary futuristic place where people go who likely will not achieve this, that, or their next stated goal. Banana Island, on the other hand, is a place where much is accomplished. For the past twenty-five years, Dr. Graham has been leading tours through Banana Island experiences. Read his description of three unique Banana Island experiences: Banana Island Guided, Banana Island Retreat, and Banana Island Solo.See More …

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries : New Book Now Available!

by Dr. Graham

Unlike its predecessors, which focused primarily on first aid, therapy, and the treatment of injuries while putting little emphasis on injury prevention, the emphasis of Prevention and Care of Injuries is on the procedures, concepts, and awareness that result in healthy athletes who are not likely to be injury prone.See More …

That was one Tough Mudder!

by Dr. Graham

It isn't every day that one gets the chance to jump into a pool of ice water, swim underwater to the far end, break through the ice, and then laugh at yourself as your muscles completely fail you in your efforts to simply climb out of the freezing wet, unable to feel your legs. Nor do we often have the opportunity to crawl under a real army tank through thick, wet mud, carry someone your own weight up a long hill, climb high walls, steep ramps, and other forbidding obstacles, run through cages fitted with thousands of live electric wires, and attempt to conquer a dozen or so other fitness challenges, all during the course of an otherwise normal but very hilly, twelve-mile run. Tough Mudder is truly an assault course, designed to challenge and entertain reasonably fit individuals, with a variety of creative stations. I didn't master all of them, but I did complete the course.
The first few events were relatively tame ...See More …

Splash, Clap, Press, Swing.

by Dr. Graham

Full of fantastic physical fitness tips and tricks, Dr. Graham offers pool-goers some effective and enjoyable pool games to get your in tip top shape for the summer. See More …

Raw Vegan Fitness with Dr. Graham


As a proven fitness leader, Dr. Graham applies consistency and creativity to his workouts. There are several components to succeeding as a raw vegan. Fitness is primary. You simply must be fit enough to drive the calorie demand to consume the volume of food that will leave you both satisfied and well nourished. Here are a few of Dr. Graham's favorite exercises. Incorporate one or more into your fitness routineSee More …

The Challenges of Going on a Raw Food Diet

by Dr. Graham

Only a few people have consistently maintained a completely raw diet over a period of years that lasted into decades. For many folks, the raw food diet is an experiment that fails rapidly. Initial weight loss results are deemed positive, when a person has weight to lose, but for those who are already thin, this first response of rapid weight loss and subsequent fatigue tends to be received in a negative light. Of course, everyone blames the diet, ignoring the details of how they actually applied it. The old adage “practice makes perfect” is applicable, but it should be amended to say, “perfect practice makes perfect,” for those who fail early tend to give up rather than persist and pull through.

Calories Per Bite

A crucial steppingstone for success in a healthy raw diet is understanding the concept of...See More …

Everything About Nothing

by Dr. Graham

Interested in nutrition? Sure, that's a huge part of why we made dietary changes. Concerned about nutrition? Yes, that's why we are committed to improving our regimen. Would the words, "worried about nutrition" (in a healthy way, of course) describe us? Definitely, we are worried about nutrition, or so I am told, and that is where we become vulnerable.See More …

Sensory Fasting for Optimal Health


Most folks seem to think that fasting means not eating. Well, certainly, that is part of the story. But by no means is it the entire picture, and using the word in that way often misleads people. I would like to explain a bit more about what a fast really entails, and how to make it as effective and efficient as possible.See More …

Nutrition: It's NOT Just About Food, Part 1

by Dr. Graham

Nutrition is a perennial hot topic, no matter what your diet. And, it seems, almost everyone considers themselves to be experts on the subject. Just ask anyone if they think they eat well, or tell them that you are considering eating a diet made up solely of raw fruits and vegetables, and see what kind of response you get.See More …

Nutrition: It's NOT Just About Food, Part 2

by Dr. Graham

Nutrition is a perennial hot topic, no matter what your diet. And, it seems, almost everyone considers themselves to be experts on the subject. Just ask anyone if they think they eat well, or tell them that you are considering eating a diet made up solely of raw fruits and vegetables, and see what kind of response you get... Read Part 2 now...See More …

Fast, Faster, and Fastest Results

by Dr. Graham

Fasting has been hailed as the ultimate rejuvenator. Done properly, it can take years off your appearance and add years to your life. Done improperly, fasting can be one of the worst, if not the last, experience of your life.See More …

The Body Beautiful: Part I of II

by Dr. Graham

How did we let our forms deteriorate from the god or goddess that our parents saw in us as children, and what can we do about it now? Most of us know the answer to the first part of the question, and it is unique to each individual. It is the second part that really needs answering, and is the focus of this article.See More …

Cool Running

by Dr. Graham

When a piece of machinery is running efficiently and is properly cared for, we do not expect it to overheat. Something must go very wrong before overheating becomes a problem. The human body works in much the same fashion: properly cared for, our temperature never reaches the danger zone we call "fevered."See More …

Half-Fast Metabolism

by Dr. Graham

What is metabolism, anyway? In this article, you will learn what, exactly, the term metabolism means. And we will set the record straight concerning fast versus slow metabolizers. We will bring to light the contradictions found in the many dietary recommendations that have to deal with metabolism. We encourage you to draw your own conclusions.See More …

The One Car Theory

by Dr. Graham

What if you had only one car, issued to you by the government when you turned eighteen? What would you do with it? This article presents an analogy for you, our health-concerned reader, to consider ...See More …

Do You Find This Stimulating?

by Dr. Graham

Now you can understand the role of stimulants as they relate to sports performance and your overall health. Learn why the use of stimulants must be considered an aging factor and how they increase your risk of injury. Learn which foods function as stimulants, and how they affect you. Want to be able to tell if something in your diet is a stimulant? Read this article and you will know for sure.See More …

Getting Optimal Results

by Dr. Graham

Pay no attention to your fitness and it will go away. Add in that which is missing from your program and your fitness will improve dramatically. By paying more attention to the weakest link in any aspect of your health regimen, including your physical fitness, you stand to access the greatest possible return on investment.See More …

Nutrients: Are You Getting Enough?

by Dr. Graham

In the raw-food arena, everyone seems to be concerned about nutrients in one form or another. If you want to know whether you are getting enough, you can follow these 12 simple guidelines.See More …

Olives: A Historical Perspective

by Dr. Graham

Olives have a well-respected place in the annals of human history. They have been used for thousands of years, almost as long as the banana, a fruit with one of the most ancient histories of all. Olives, however, were not venerated as a food source; instead they were used as fuel and animal fodder. For this reason, and no other, olives earned the high regard and frequent mention of both ancient and modern peoples.See More …

Medical and Nonmedical Models of Health

by Dr. Graham

If you have ever been confused about the differences between the medical model, alternative medicine, and the health creation available through Natural Hygiene, read this article. It may be the first time that you can truly appreciate the marvelous health system that Nature has provided for us, and how to tap in to it in order to accumulate and create your own vitality and high level of health.See More …

Celery: More Than Worth Its Salt

by Dr. Graham

Mention celery in any group of people and you will usually get very polarized responses. In general, most folks don't have very strong feelings about carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, or other vegetables, but when it comes to celery, it seems they either love it or they just plain hate it. And their reasons are as varied as are the characteristics of this many-splendored veggie.See More …

Enzymes: Are They for Real?

by Dr. Graham

Should we supplement our diet or correct it? It seems we have had the wool pulled over our eyes again, that the salesman's classic sleight of hand is upon us. Health seekers are more vulnerable to fraud, it seems, than folks who are not looking for or open to change. And fall for it we have, big time.See More …

Fruit, the Most Misunderstood Food

by Dr. Graham

Is fruit a snack, a dessert, a meal, or something to be avoided entirely? Fruit has been consumed by people for as long as there have been people. It has a lengthy and prestigious history that has of late been somewhat tarnished. I believe fruit has been given a bad rap.See More …

Human Energy

by Dr. Graham

One of the major misconceptions about food is that it is a source of energy. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that in the nutritional sciences, the words "fuel" and "energy" are synonymous. But in Natural Hygiene, "energy" and "fuel" mean different things. Food is not a source of energy, but it IS a source of fuel.See More …

The Low-Fat Diet in a Nutshell

by Dr. Graham

The low-fat diet (a maximum of roughly ten percent of total calories consumed) is universally recommended for maximum health and fitness results, by those health experts who consistently help people reverse disease and live vibrant lives. Understanding the low-fat concept can be a bit tricky for some people, as even small volumes of fat can provide such high quantities of calories as to be misleading.See More …