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Dr. Eric Goodman, Foundations of Health

Eric Goodman Eric Goodman
Longevity By Nature

Dr. Eric Goodman has spent his professional life learning from his patients and from his own symptoms. Educated originally as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Goodman began quickly paving his own path in pain management through specific movements called Foundation Training.

Since 2007, Dr. Goodman’s Foundation Training has brought innovation, compassion and action to the chronic pain community, and continues to work tirelessly to improve the lives of those willing to put in the effort to help them-selves heal.

In addition to Foundations of Health, Dr. Goodman has written Foundation (2011) True to Form (2016) and coauthored Shaping Your Baby’s Foundation with his wife Jen Goodman in 2021.

Q: What inspired you to write Foundations of Health?

A: The previous 13 years of practicing pain relief with many complex cases has shown me that biomechanics, as a long-term treatment, is not quite enough. There are a couple additional elements that seem to help the body thrive in its attempts at adapting to pain relief. The sauna therapies and endogenous cannabinoid stimulations I discuss in the book are paramount to long term healing and strengths.

Q: Please explain “active adaptation.”

A: The human body is adapting, no matter what, so active adaptation is a simple awareness to patterns and practices that you repeat with the intention of health. Passive adaptation occurs, no matter what, so the more awareness and effort you can add to your adaptations, the better.

Q: What are the three daily protocols you recommend? How do they help with pain and stress on the body?


• Daily sauna about 180 degrees or more if you’re able to appropriately hydrate and rehydrate, 15 to 30 minutes.

• Foundation Training pose practice, 10 to 30 minutes daily.

• Walking with good posture and good breathing patterns a minimum of two miles daily. More is better.

Q: How does the body benefit from “foundation training”?

A: The simple answer to that is better force absorption of the body itself, better awareness of where to focus your breath and power. And immediate protective strength that surrounds your injury sites once you’ve accurately learned the pose or poses. A very important skill to know.

Q: Why is it so important to keep the endocannabinoid system (ECS) healthy? What steps should be taken to do so?

A: Stress is imminent in our lives and our endogenous cannabinoid system helps regulate all of our bodily systems with stressors in mind. It needs to be fed accurately with enough healthy fats and enough glucose to manufacture its primary innate agents: Anandamide and 2-AG. These are molecules made by us, for us. We just need the ingredients: avocados, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp oils and tinctures, cannabis oils, plants and tinctures are an easy and direct route of stimulating it as well, albeit still requiring healthy diet for health benefits.