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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 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 listener 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 importantly, 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. Food over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in an accessible way.

©2013 Glen Merzer and Pam Popper (P)2017 Glen Merzer

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  • Lorena
  • 11-06-2018

Necessary reading

The information I wish I had known before accepting surgery. Dr. Popper covers the reality of many medical interventions. Side effects of some medical interventions are completely unknown to the patients and they find out only after the fact.

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  • luanne dimaggio
  • 05-03-2018

excellent

I have been vegan for a 9 months and this is one of the most helpful books that I've read and his giving me more information on how to implement my new health routine.

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  • NASRULLA
  • 12-09-2017

Informative despite controversies

I have enjoyed listening to the discussion in the audible version covering many aspects of the subjects of healthy diet. That happened despite the controversial nature of many points and despite my tendency to disagree with the authors in multiple points. I advised all those interested in the subject of nutrition to listen to it as it helps balancing their views.

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  • Amma
  • 07-05-2019

Take with a grain of salt

This could have been a helpful book if it had been about nutrition and healthy diets. There is actually some good information here, but more time should have been spent emphasizing the benefits of a plant based diet and less time on conspiracy theories. Just report results, using large randomized reliable studies, not "I always" or "I have seen"... there is way too much antidotal information. Statements like "this is true of all medical physicians" is a broad sweeping statement and causes me to want to discount the content as a whole. I'm not sure what physicians the authors have visited, but they have obviously had some bad experiences. As a family physician, I take great offense in the inference that all physicians are ignorant concerning nutrition and are merely puppets of the government, big industry and are money hungry. Skip this book, there is a lot of good information about plant based diets out there, but this is not one of them.

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  • sunbinder
  • 12-12-2019

Wish I read more reviews, or something prior ..

Although interesting in its approach, I wonder why the authors couldn't make it more fact-based, than anecdotal. "Oh yeah, this, this and this, are the solution. Simple." doesn't really convince me of anything. As mentioned elsewhere, there is a business associated with this material thereby making it somewhat biased. Somewhat infomercial-like. Not confident in the material presented as helping much with regaining control over the food we eat. Our food is so toxic, that it goes beyond calories or selection. Would recommend looking at what foods cause inflammation, and why, as an alternate starting point.

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  • Noel M....
  • 26-03-2019

a must hear!

Awesome!!!!!!! a must for all seeking truth on how a wfpb diet can change your life. This book rocks!

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  • 406KCB
  • 08-02-2019

Compelling information.

Compelling information about how food impacts our health and how the medical community, agri-big-business and the government ignore these facts. We truly need to be our own advocate and take responsibility for our health.

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  • EJ Jones
  • 03-05-2019

A great book for much information that your family Doctor may not know or inform you of risks of the procure or meds they are recommend to A patient THANK YOU Pamela Popper you ROCK!

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  • Karen V.
  • 08-12-2018

Life changing!

I appreciate the wealth of information that will now empower me to take charge of my health!

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  • Enigma981
  • 16-10-2018

everyone should read this!

very interesting book, revolutionary, goes against many common misperceptions. a must read! only downside - would have been better narrated by the author than an actor.

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  • Hqmpest
  • 10-01-2019

Excellent book

This book is well thought through using questions and answers as it's format. I've listened to all of the major players advocating the WPBD and Dr Popper has I feel the most enlightened view on how to engage the public for "their" own good. I'm no fan of Dr Popper however as audio books go this is probably the best I've listened to on the subject.

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  • Stine Sandvik Lundekvam
  • 08-05-2019

OK at first, but then..

At first the book was OK, then it got super weird and then very political. There are much better books on this topic, this one is best to be avoided imo.

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  • Paul W
  • 03-05-2019

Amazing book

Great book more detail on some topics such as oils in my opinion would help.

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