Author(s): Pamela A. Popper
Forks Over Knives expert and The Wellness Forum director and the coauthor of Mad Cowboy outline in a conversation how we can reduce instances of disease and symptoms through diet, accompanied by recipes from the Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook author. Almost half of Americans take at least one prescription medicine, with almost a quarter taking three or more, but diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and dementia are growing more prevalent than ever. Overmedicated, overfed, and malnourished, Americans fail to realize the answer to lower disease rates doesn't lie in more pills, but in the foods we eat. In Food Over Medicine, Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, and Glen Merzer openly discuss the dire state of American health, the result of poor nutrition choices stemming from cynical food politics and medical misinformation. But, more important, they share the key to getting and staying healthy for life. As executive director of The Wellness Forum, Popper works to change lives through diet and lifestyle, reduce medical costs for businesses through health education programs for employees, and educate health care professionals on the healing potential of an optimal diet.
Backed by numerous scientific studies, Food Over Medicine details how diet can dramatically improve health and turn around alarming diagnoses - such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other major health problems - and do so more effectively than drugs that often have lingering side effects. Including recipes from Del Sroufe, author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook, Food Over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in a highly accessible way.
"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."
"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, procedu
Pamela A. Popper, PhD, ND, 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 theatres throughout North America in 2011. She is one of the coauthors 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 coauthor with Howard Lyman of Mad Cowboy, and with Howard Lyman and Joanna Samorow-Merzer of No More Bull! He also coauthored Chef AJ's Unprocessed. He has been a vegetarian for almost 40 years, and a vegan for almost 20.