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Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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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 conversationone 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."
About the Author
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 coauthors of the companion book which was on the New York Times bestseller list for several months.
Glen Merzer is coauthor with Howard Lyman of Mad Cowboy, and with Howard Lyman and Joanna Samorow-Merzer of No More Bull!, and with Chef AJ of Unprocessed. Merzer is also a playwright and screenwriter, having most recently completed a screenplay from Mad Cowboy. He has been a vegetarian for 40 years and a vegan for the last 20.
Del Sroufe's passion for cooking began at eight years old and never faded. In 1989 he went to work for one of Columbus’ premier vegetarian restaurants, the King Avenue Coffeehouse, where he honed his craft as a baker and chef. Sroufe opened Del’s Bread, a vegan bakery, before beginning vegan meal delivery service in 2001, serving eclectic plant-based cuisine to Columbus residents. During this time, he developed what became a very popular cooking class series, sharing many of the delicious recipes he had created over the years.
In 2006, Sroufe joined Wellness Forum Foods as co-owner and chef, where he continued the tradition of delivering great tasting, plant-based meals to clients in Columbus as well as throughout the continental U.S. Sroufe also joined The Wellness Forum as a member where, after a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, he has lost over 200 pounds on a low fat, plant-based diet. He continues to teach cooking classes at local venues like Whole Foods, Community Recreation Centers, and The Wellness Forum. Sroufe is the author of Forks Over KnivesThe Cookbook, a vegan cookbook companion to the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives.
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With this new passion, I have a new yearning to learn as much as I can about this unfortunately missing piece of my medical training. When I first came across “Food Over Medicine” by Popper and Merzer, I was intrigued by both the message of the title and by the style of the book in the form of a conversation between the two authors. From the opening paragraphs, the book captivated me; I felt as if I was sitting on a sofa with the authors, listening to a most fascinating and important conversation about the food we eat and how it affects our health. There is a degree of candidness in this conversation that is very telling of the industries and politics involved. I found myself often wondering, “Why haven’t we been told all of this before?”
In addition to the conversation style of the book, which makes it quite enjoyable to read, there is a very logical flow and progression to the topics. Add to that the light humor of the talented interviewer, Merzer, along with the honest and often hard-hitting, eye-opening truth telling of Popper, and you have a book that is very difficult to put down. There is also a depth to the conversation that leaves the reader with a very profound, thought provoking understanding of this most important and timely topic which ultimately affects us all in so many ways. Why is it that we spend the most money on health care in the world yet our people are amongst the unhealthiest?
Excellent job, Merzer and Popper! Thanks for writing this – you have done a great deed for the health of our society at a time when this book is needed most!
Steven Lawenda, MD
I have read the vast majority of the health books on plant-based nutrition that have been written over the last 20 years (T Colin Campbell, John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Brenda Davis, Caldwell and Rip Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, Doug Lisle, Terry Shintani, John Robbins, etc.). This book belongs on the top 10 list because it really summarizes the most important things you need to know about nutrition and it's very easy to follow.
For those who don't know Pam Popper, she runs the Wellness Forum in Columbus, OH. I think this puts Pam in a totally different category vs. all the other plant-based experts listed above. Why? Because people can easily interact live with Pam and her team to learn what to eat, how to prepare the food, understand the science, and reverse their chronic conditions. The level of support provided at the Wellness Forum is much more hands-on, deeper and broader than what is typically offered by other experts. If you suffer from a chronic condition, you should not only read this book, you should also contact Pam Popper at the Wellness Forum.
Of course, with me she is preaching to the choir--I stopped eating animal products almost completely six years ago, and feel great--at 73 years old.
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