Food Over Medicine by Pamela A. Popper

Food Over Medicine

Nearly half of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, with almost a quarter taking three or more, as diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and dementia grow more prevalent than ever. The problem with medicating common ailments, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, is that drugs treat symptoms—and may even improve test results—without addressing the cause: diet.Overmedicated, overfed, and malnourished, most Americans ...

Details Food Over Medicine

TitleFood Over Medicine
Release DateJun 11th, 2013
PublisherBenBella Books
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Food and Drink, Vegan, Nutrition, Food, Cookbooks, Medical

Reviews Food Over Medicine

  • David
    This is a brilliant book about how many chronic diseases can be treated through food, rather than through medicine. Pamela Popper is a naturalist, an expert on nutrition, and founder of Wellness Forum Health. She and her coauthor, Glen Merzer, wrote a book in a conversational style. It is written like a transcript of a formal interview. This conversational style helped to engage me; instead of feeling link merely a passive reader, I felt like I w...
  • Diana
    This book was disappointing. While I agree with most of its premises in principal, the book did little to convince. I was hoping for something I could share with another person who takes too much medicine and eats poorly, but this book will NOT convince anyone who is not already convinced before they pick it up. They also become too narrow in their recommendations too quickly. The dialogue format is too unprofessional and there is not enough fact...
  • Stacey
    I found this book disappointing. Let me summarize it here: if you don't eat a low-fat, oil-free (no nuts or avocados), plant-based diet, you are slowly killing yourself. Unless you are a vegan or are planning to be one, this book is not helpful. It does contain some interesting info about pharm and insurance companies, but nothing that I couldn't have read elsewhere.
  • Mike Zickar
    I enjoyed this conversation between two intelligent, thoughtful individuals about how a plant-based diet can change your health for the better. This might be a good book to start off with as it provides a compelling narrative without being weighed down in specific recommendations.I'd give it a five except the last chapter, both conversationalists get into politics and public policy. And although they differ, and perhaps its useful to hear a nutri...
  • M
    It is too bad that the book is written as an interview. Dr Popper's theory is radical for Americans and she should have given more examples of how someone could maintain this diet. She criticizes the main stream health care professional for not give concrete instructions but she is also guilty of that in this book. Most people will never have an opportunity to go to her Wellness forum in Ohio. The few recipes she gives are not something the avera...
  • Heather Harding
    This book presents an alternative to our unhealthy practice of eating things that we know are bad for us and then trying to compensate for it with medication or being surprised that after years of abuse, our bodies become sick. It makes it a real possibility to eat a plant based diet that nourishes the body and naturally fights off disease. We have received so much bad information about what to eat. This makes it much simpler.
  • Susan Erhardt
    The information imparted was pretty good, but the conversation framework was stilted. I think Dr. Popper is a bit naive if she really believes that people will eat a lowfat vegan diet without question when they find out that it will cure their diabetes/heart disease/insert medical issue here. I've known for years that it would lower my cholesterol even more if I stopped eating ice cream and pizza all together, but can't quite make the leap.
  • Kellie Reynolds
    I have mixed feelings about this book, which is why I give it 3 stars. I selected the book because of my interest in the benefits of a whole food plant based diet. In particular, I am interested in the ability of such a diet to fuel strength and endurance athletes. The book is written as a conversation between Pamela Popper, Ph.D., ND and Glen Merzer. Popper is Executive Director of The Wellness Forum and appears in the film Forks over Knives. Me...
  • Cari
    AMAZING AND VERY EYE OPENING!I think this is the greatest and life altering book I have ever read!!! I had been on my own path to finding these same answers, of taking charge of my health when doctors wouldn't do it, and this book confirms everything I was discovering. I was diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis and was put of medication I was told I would always have to take. I got sicker and sicker until I was barely the walking dead, hardly g...
  • Spook Harrison
    Absolutely loved it! I'm recommending it to lots of people I love in the hope that their health will benefit. I'm not sure if the tone will be off-putting to some, though. Popper has obviously had a career of dealing with a closed-minded, blind and powerful establishment, so at times she uses her Outdoor Voice, as we say in the classroom, and that combined with her radically different, though valid, views might get up people's noses and shut down...