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, Medical, Cookbooks

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...
  • Anita
    If you want to take control of your health and your healthcare, read this book.
  • 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
    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.
  • Susan Burke
    "The Affordable Care Act", President Obama's signature achievement, has nothing whatsoever to do with health. "Our real problem isn't the large number of uninsured, lamentable as that fact may be. Our real problems are obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and all the other ailments that come from eating foods like the cheeseburger (I love a good burger now and then.) In this country we raise and kill more then ten billion land animals a year...
  • Christine Fitzgerald
    A quick read with good information however the format of an interview got old after the first chapter.
  • 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...
  • Lisa
    I agree with most of the premises in this book. I have been in oil free vegan for nearly 10 years. It is most unfortunate that this book was written as an interview style. For people who are already convinced, the book was fine. This book will not convince anyone to change though. That is most unfortunate.
  • 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...
  • Teri
    Manifesto! That would be my one word summary for this book. Is it absolutely correct? Probably, but the dialogue and the message is so off-putting you don't really care. It may work for some people, like listening to shock radio personality. It didn't work for me. With repeated I'm always right message paired with the Q&A dialogue of the book, it just doesn't work. I do believe food can work better than medicine. Read Dr. Andrew Weil's 8 Weeks to...
  • Stacy
    I was hesitant to read this book, as i didn't like the format that it was written in. The book is written as a conversation between two people about the state of American's health. This is the best book that I've read in a long time. I checked it out from the library but will be purchasing a copy for myself.
  • Debbie
    Unless you're already a vegan without a sweet tooth who has the occasional alcoholic beverage, this book is not designed to make you feel warm and fuzzy about your food choices. Popper, a naturopath, does not sugar coat her message, or anything else for that matter since sugar in the diet is pretty much verboten. But I found the book helpfully informative and candidly honest with regards to dietary and healthcare advice. The authors try to cut th...
  • Jelena
    Written by two medical and nutritional professionals this book will be appreciated by anyone looking for credible and easy to understand information on Whole Food Plant Based Diet and the connections between Big Pharma, agricultural lobby, government, medical education and dietary recommendations for general population. For both new beginners and very seasoned health enthusiasts the book is able to offer many interesting points and food for thoug...
  • Bina Khalfay
    After watching some of her lectures/talks online I had to check out this book. Love the conversation-style format which makes all that information more palatable and easy to understand, for a layperson or anyone who is not that into medical science terminology. Most nutrition books are either written like textbooks or autobiographical in nature. If you do not have the time and just want to get the important points out of text this is the book for...
  • Heather Neistein
    The book was easy to read, but if you aren't already sold on a low-fat vegan diet, the "humor" amongst the conversation may be off-putting and cause some to stop reading or not put stock in what is written.Also, there were times in the book where the authors mention something like everyone reading should know what they are talking about without elaborating.
  • Sally
    Some valuable information but I would have liked more discussion of the studies behind the recommendations. As others have noted, the self-righteous tone of the two speakers is grating, particularly at first. Not as helpful as I hoped it would be.
  • Pamela
    Disappointing. Very preachy and not at all helpful in expanding my mind or my health. Don’t bother with this one.
  • Bob
    The current health crisis facing America explained on the individual level.
  • Laurianne Theron
    Nice book which explain you very easily what is goimg wr8ng in our food system
  • Katrina Lybbert
    An amazing book! Everyone should read this and learn truths that will change the world. A plant-based diet would heal many people.
  • elsie aldahondo
    On point. She has no fear of being honest. Love it.
  • Phebe Idol
    There are a lot of excellent recommendations in this book; however, I disagree with several of Popper's and Merzer's ideas and hope people are not led astray from medical interventions that could have saved their life. For example, a patient from a case that she discusses had periods where he was not able to speak. Popper complains that the imaging done by the patient's doctor was expensive and useless. While imaging is certainly expensive and of...
  • Farah
    this book is very informative and the information mentioned make sense specially for someone like me who questions supermarket food and otc. what i understood clearly is medicine in our days is becoming more like a business and medical students are thaught in a way to make money out of patients specially those who have really good insurances. no wonder alot of people apply to medical school or other health schools and they get rejected although t...
  • Molly Ho
    I wonder who their target market is, because it can't be the U.S. general population (although I think it's meant to be since their tagline is "the conversation that could save your life"). I would never recommend this to a friend or anyone in general who wants to start eating healthier or learn how to start eating healthier, because the tone they speak in is so demeaning and it felt like she was shaming others for their choices. Yes, I completel...