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. Read more...
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 healththe 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. Food Over Medicine reveals the power and practice of optimal nutrition in an accessible way.
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-22
- Reviewer: Staff
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)