David Benson on the Perfect Health Retreat

David Benson of Duluth, Minnesota was a guest at the May 2015 Perfect Health Retreat. David kindly recorded a video for us discussing his experience at the retreat.

Some highlights:

  • “I’ve been having a great time. It’s been relaxing and a nice mix of activities, we’ve been busy, I kind of lost track of the days and I feel great.”
  • “The best part has been the science classes. Even though I read the book and thought and studied about this for a while, it really has made things make much more sense for me and given me a good basis for continuing on.”
  • “I love the beach, it’s a fabulous beach, I could just walk up and down for a long time… Really nice place to stay.”
  • “I’m really committed to moving forward and keeping things going the way they’ve been going at the retreat…. A big benefit has been learning what it will take. When you try it and see how it goes, you both see ‘oh, that’s how it’s done’ and also that ‘oh I can do this, it’s not as difficult as it may have seemed when I read about it.’”
  • “The main improvement that I’ve noticed [at the retreat] is that I feel really good. I feel great right now. I’ve had other noticeable improvements but I feel great.”
  • “It’s been a great experience.”

Thank you David!

We are taking reservations now for the next Perfect Health Retreat to be held April 30 to May 7, 2016. Don’t miss this opportunity for a luxurious vacation combined with a week of learning that will pay a lifetime of dividends.

To learn about the retreat, visit the web pages under the Perfect Health Retreat tab, starting here. To reserve a room or for more information, please contact Paul Jaminet at paul@perfecthealthretreat.com or Whitney Ross Gray at whitney@perfecthealthretreat.com.



  1. Is white rice and dairy not a cross reactor to gluten? How would you go about healing a dairy allergy so that you could eat the perfect health diet? Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Kristin,

      Dairy can certainly cross-react with gluten antibodies, but I’m not aware of any potential cross-reactivity with white rice.

      In any event, white rice and dairy are not essential foods for PHD — so if they bother you, just omit them from your diet. If you aren’t eating dairy, make sure to include other source(s) of calcium in your diet (such as bone stock, mineral water, leafy green vegetables, or supplements). And if you aren’t eating white rice, make sure to include other safe starches in your diet (such as potato, sweet potato, taro).


    • Rice does not have gluten, but there can be some cross-reactivity between rice and wheat proteins. You can minimize this by (a) using white rice instead of brown rice and (b) cooking rice in a pressure cooker. If you do both of these, there shouldn’t be any reaction to rice even in celiacs.

      If you do have such food sensitivities, then you should focus on digestive tract healing. Most of the PHD standard nutrients and supplemental foods support this.

  2. A big benefit has been learning what it will take. Great retreat that you have improvement.

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