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Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life

Pamela A. Popper (Author), Glen Merzer (Author)


From Publisher Weekly

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. "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)

Reviewed on: 04/22/2013



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"Having finished the book, and learned a few things along the way, I felt like I had taken a gulp of fresh water. No frills, no nonsense, no crazy theories, counting calories, or making healthy lifestyle unappealing to the masses, Dr. Popper inspired me to continue with my approach to teaching healthy living." Read more.


"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, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

"Food Over Medicine is brimming with useful information that is detailed yet easy to understand. The question and answer format is very effective. 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 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 Nixon, author of the bestselling Happy Herbivore series

"Reading Food Over Medicine could be the best health insurance you ever had. This solid health information may save your life."

     Howard F. Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy

"Very few people and even very few doctors, really understand how powerful nutrition can be in preventing and in treating most of the illnesses that afflict 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 Diet for a New America


Publication Date: June 11, 2013

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.