Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life

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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 ...

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Overview


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 fail to realize the answer to lower disease rates doesn’t lie in more pills but in the foods we eat.

With so much misleading nutritional information regarded as common knowledge, from “everything in moderation” to “avoid carbs,” the average American is ill-equipped to recognize the deadly force of abundant, cheap, unhealthy food options that not only offer no nutritional benefits but actually bring on disease.

In Food Over Medicine, Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, and Glen Merzer invite the reader into a conversation about the dire state of American health—the result of poor nutrition choices stemming from food politics and medical misinformation. But, more important, they share the key to getting and staying healthy for life.

Backed by numerous scientific studies, Food Over Medicine details how dietary choices either build health or destroy it. Including recipes from Chef Del Sroufe, author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan, Food Over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in an accessible way.

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Publishers Weekly
Wellness Forum executive director and naturopath Popper and co-author Merzer (coauthor, Mad Cowboy) sit readers down for a long talk about “eating way out of disease” in this no-nonsense dialogue. “We have strange ideas about food in this country,” Popper notes. “One is the idea that... you can eat almost anything you want as long as you eat it in moderation.” The pair advocate for a strict no-dairy, plant-focused diet based on a food pyramid with 64 ounces of water a day at the minimum, organic meat two to three times a week (optional), an occasional treat, and loads of veggies in between. Popper chides medical professionals for prescribing “minimal, half-assed dietary changes” to sick patients before going on to explain how diet and lifestyle contribute to everything from heart disease to strokes, cancer, MS, and possibly even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Also covered in this wide-ranging conversation are numerous testimonials and an urgent call for educating future doctors—Popper insists that “if they’re seeing patients with degenerative diseases and they’re not practicing nutrition, they’re not practicing medicine, period.” Ultimately, of course, the patient must decide whether to trust traditional medicine or a well-balanced meal. 25 recipes. (June)
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"Very few people, and even very few doctors, really understand how powerful nutrition can be in preventing and in treating most of the illness that afflicts us today. Food Over Medicine is an outstanding resource for anyone wanting to maximize their health and minimize their dependence on western medicine."
John Robbins, author of No Happy Cows and Diet for a New America

Food Over Medicine explains nutrition in an original, highly compelling way. A totally digestible, accessible approach to learning how to maintain or regain your health.”
Rory Freedman, author of Skinny Bitch

“A unique, fresh approach that makes the book a fun and enjoyable read.”
VegNews Magazine

“Reading Food Over Medicine is like having nutrition explained to you in a no-nonsense way by a dear friend. This is not some dry textbook; it's a jargon-free conversation—one that will change your life!”
Lindsay S. Nixon, author of the bestselling Happy Herbivore cookbook series

Food Over Medicine is brimming with useful information that is both detailed and yet easy to understand. The question-and-answer format is very effective with excellent points. It’s the sort of book that everyone who cares about their health should read.”
Lee Fulkerson, director of Forks Over Knives

Food Over Medicine is a must for anyone remotely concerned about health. It is incredibly funny, totally engaging, and promotes a diet that just happens to be the best for the planet.”
Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmental activist

“Reading Food Over Medicine could be the best health insurance you ever had. This no-nonsense approach to solid health information may save your life!”
Howard F. Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy and No More Bull!

Food Over Medicine is an excellent book that reveals the truth that health is more about dietary choices and plant-based nutrition than about doctors, diagnostic tests, surgeries, procedures, and medications. The book is easy-to-read, entertaining, and humorous. But, above all else, it is incredibly informative, enlightening, inspiring, and self-empowering. It will open your eyes. It will encourage you to take charge of your life.”
Walter E. Jacobson, M.D., author of Forgive to Win!

Food Over Medicine cuts through every nutrition-related controversy to give you the information you need for a lifetime of health and trim weight.”
Janice Stanger, Ph.D., author of The Perfect Formula Diet

"Wellness Forum executive director and naturopath Popper and co-author Merzer (coauthor, Mad Cowboy) sit readers down for a long talk about “eating [one’s] way out of disease” in this no-nonsense dialogue."
Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937856809
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 207,705
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela A. Popper, PhD, is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine, and health, and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. Dr. Popper serves on the Physician’s Steering Committee and the President’s Board for the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Popper is one of the health care professionals involved in the famed Sacramento Food Bank Project, in which economically disadvantaged people were shown how to reverse their diseases and eliminate medications with diet.

Dr. Popper is part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition. She has been featured in many widely distributed documentaries, including Processed People and Making a Killing and appears in a new film, Forks Over Knives, which played in major theaters throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the co-authors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for several months.

Glen Merzer is a playwright and screenwriter living in California. He is co-author with Howard Lyman of Mad Cowboy, and with Howard Lyman and Joanna Samorow-Merzer of No More Bull! He also co-authored Chef AJ's Unprocessed. He has been a vegetarian for almost 40 years, and a vegan for almost 20.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    What an interesting book! It's done as an interview which makes

    What an interesting book! It's done as an interview which makes it really entertaining, funny and easy to digest (so to speak). I learned a lot about food and diet from both a personal and societal point of view. I was afraid it might be all lecture-y, but it was very readable as well as informative and thought-provoking. It's more than a little scary to think about the obesity epidemic that's sweeping the US and other countries, but at least there are some easy (and tasty) cures. Maybe they should've named it "World War P(orkers)"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    Great book, well written, and yummy recipes. If you liked Food O

    Great book, well written, and yummy recipes. If you liked Food Over Medicine, try this book on healing without drugs that also covers
    whole health lifestyle choices to heal mind, body, and soul:
    Hands on Health: Take Your Vibrant, Whole Health Back Into Your Healing Hands

    Thanks for this wonderful book; it reminds me that I AM in control of my health and drugs are NOT the answer.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly recommend

    If you want to get healthy, read this book! Pam Popper not only talks the talk, she walks the walk.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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