Tom Coghill was born in Britain and immigrated to Canada at 12 years old. He presently resides in the Sagada, Philippines. Tom is the author of several popular books and the owner of several websites that promote natural healing through fasting and healthy living.
Holistic Program Director St. Theodore’s Hospital, 2009
His sister Margaret, and his father died of cancer which motivated Tom to press through in seeking a natural treatment of cancer base on the pass successes he had witnessed with juice fasting. Tom moved to Sagada as it fit his lifestyle. Fresh mountain air, lots of hiking, low cost of living, and friendly people created a perfect healthy-living environment. In his first exploration of the town, he dropped int the local hospital and met Dr. Clare Lalwet. She had been looking for a holistic program for the hospital and had researched on fasting.ws . To her surprise, she found the author standing in her office. An offer was tabled for Tom to direct holistic treatment. Thirty days later the program opened and the first terminal cancer patients entered the program. So many diseases were cured that the news spread throughout the Philippine and doctors in other cities and countries started to refer patients. For cancer we used a modified version of the Bruess Cancer Treatment. For most conditions, a 30 day juice fast was prescribed. Test were taken and physician monitored the status of patients. With nonterminal disease there were improvements every few days. With terminal disease, the protocols became complex.
Working with terminal patients was discovered to be exhausting, frustrating but also profoundly exhilarating and touching. Dr. Clare who was acting as Chief of Hospital, Chief Medical Doctor, Administrator and Overseer of the Holistic Program decided she wanted to devote her time and energy to holistic medicine and asked for a leave of absence. Without a physician to monitor the program it was closed.
Tom is now rewriting his books bases on the wealth of knowledge gained at St. Theodore’s and hopes to be able to lay out precise treatment protocol for hospitals with video and audio support.
For many years Tom Coghill used a pen name, Tom McGregor at his parents request. Constantly in the media due to his lecturing on addiction and health, stating I was a reformed drug addict was thought make his parents look like failures. After his father’s death, he changed back to his family name Tom Coghill to honor his father after he passed on from liver cancer.
Before Tom came to the Philippines, He lived seven happy years in Colombia enjoying life to the fullest where he developed an unique art style that was promoted in several prestigious locations. To view Tom’s art.
Update 2106 – End of Religion
After being a Bible believer for several years, I discovered that the four gospels were originally anonymous and the names Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were added years later including the fake personal intro. With more study it became clear that the books of the Bible were written from 40 to 120 years AD and each version becoming more complex and detailed. I was in shock to read the note at the bottom of Mark stating the various more elaborate additions of the resurrection story that did not exist in the first publishing were added at a later date. The evidence points to a highly embellished story centred on a travelling magician that became a central plot for hundreds of gospel styled books. Over one hundred were discovered dated to the period. One had John the Baptist ordering bedbugs out of his bed with the power of God. One statement in the Bible is accurate “the truth shall set you free.”
I had based my belief on a feeling. Believing in God had given me purpose, significance and a plan. I wanted to feel special. I faced harsh depression when the religion bubble bust and it took me years to get to a basic understanding that I define my purpose and death is not to be feared as there is nothing.
I have continued to help people in fasting and worked in a hospital in the Philippines and with the provincial governments of Papua New Guinea. I believe that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to help people regain health and passion for life. I have travelled the world for 15 years and presently in Asia. Occasionally, I am joined by a visitor from Fasting.ws and we have fasted together and become good friends.
It takes courage to challenge a religious belief that offers so much. For me, truth and hash, cold reality is better than the most beautiful intoxicating lie. Soul searching finding meaning purpose and passion is a journey that you define. There is no map or predefined steps to take, just big questions and the courage to make changes. I constantly ask myself “what do I want” and “what do I need”. At this moment I am living in a hotel in Vietnam for $6 a day in the cool mountain air of Dalat, Vietnam. I have more than I need, rich in experience and freedom and uncluttered with possessions and attachments. Yet I never would have made it to this point without the big questions, forcing myself to answer and act. Freedom demands sacrifice to reach it which I am glad I did.
We all make mistakes and fail. No one is perfect, and failure is part of life. You do not have to live up to some impossible religious standard. You can be “you” and that is good enough for the world. Life is hard, confusing, and painful but if you push your limits there are some glorious moments ahead of you. I wish there is a God, a divine creator, heaven and master plan, I want to believe, but the more I look for proof, the more difficult it is hard to believe and as of yet nothing to prove God exists. The existence of mankind and the universe does not prove there is a creator just that there is Universe, a bubble in a sea of Universes that is a just bubble in an endless ocean of infinity. Yes, we are small and insignificant but we have life, love, freedom and the opportunity to create.
Set your standards for an amazing life then live it. Eating healthy, exercise daily, and the fasting occasional are excellent standards to live a high quality life.