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Quick Facts From Last Night's Class: The Social Transformation of American Medicine Did you know that during the days of the Roman empire, doctors were slaves? That in the Soviet Union doctors earned less than factory workers? And that in the early 1900's the average doctor made less money than the average federal worker? Doctors have not always been respected or well-paid. This book is a great history of the medical profession and how the American Medical Association schemed and plotted to reduce the number of practicing doctors and to give medical doctors control over the medical profession. Great insight... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 by Nicholas Reynolds I read this for our upcoming July book club. Apparently Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway was a spy. This is a true story but reads like a spy thriller. LOVED it! The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smart Phones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer, M.D. I bought this book on the recommendation of my good friend Mary Marshall. I’m teaching a bootcamp on forming and maintaining good habits and this book has provided me with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Quick Facts From Cancer 101 Class 4 Cancer cells are very smart (they mutate in response to treatment, they use the immune system in order to travel throughout the body and metastasize) but they are not very hardy. Calorie restriction weakens cancer cells while strengthening normal cells in the body. There are many ways to reduce calorie intake, one of which is adopting a low-fat, plant-based diet. This is a fascinating topic - we've spent several hours on it in class. Diet should be part of every cancer patient's treatment plan. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Quick Facts From Cancer 101 Class II Cancer researchers continue to insist that genes are the cause of cancer. But they have been incredibly unsuccessful developing effective drugs based on this assumption. Over 700 drugs have been developing, and only one (Gleevec) has extended survival in a meaningful way for cancer patients. Most do not extend life and cost as much as $100,000 per patient. The FDA has a very low bar for approval - the drugs only have to shrink tumors; they are not required to extend survival by a single day. We started discussing the real cause of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Quick Facts From Real Food, Fake Food Part I This is a great book that has made me so much more conscientious about my food choices. Did you know that Kraft Parmesan Cheese contains wood pulp and cellulose? Or that fish is the most common fake food Americans purchase? Research shows that 94% of the time white tuna served in restaurants is not white tuna. It is a fish called escolar, which can cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Class two based on this book takes place Monday June 26. If you’d like to join us, email shermank@wellnessforum.com for more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
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Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2017 on Dr. Pam's Food Journal at Truth In Medicine
I'd suggest that you join Wellness Forum Health. Membership is inexpensive and our staff can help you wherever you are located - we have members in 35 countries! Just send me an email at pampopper@msn.com and I will send you a catalog describing our membership options.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2017 on Dr. Pam's Food Journal at Truth In Medicine
Quick Facts from Cancer 101 Class I Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s father in law, George Crile Jr. was one of the first to tell women that radical mastectomy would not save their lives. He told them that if cancer was localized, radical mastectomy was overtreatment; if metastasized, radical mastectomy would not change their outcomes. A study involving 1765 women in 34 centers later showed that he was right. Women were randomized to receive radical mastectomy, simple mastectomy, or surgery followed by radiation. There were no differences between the groups in rates of breast cancer recurrence, distant site metastases or death between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
I know this can be hard to understand for some, but eating an optimal diet and exercising 5-6 days per week is not punishment for developing weight or health problems. Access to good, reliable information and knowing how to make choices that improve long-term health outcomes is a gift for which we should be grateful, not resentful. Think about the hundreds of millions of people who do not know that type 2 diabetes can often be reversed, that cancer is largely preventable, that orthopedic surgery does not usually improve joint pain, and that depression is not caused by a chemical... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Lots of good feedback from people about the last food journal I posted, so here's yesterday's: Breakfast Wellness Forum Health Smoothie (cannot live without this, must have every day!!) and 2 piece sof Ezekiel toast and fat-free hummus Mid-morning 3 dried dates (always satisfies my sweet tooth Lunch: Mega veggie wrap with black bean salsa at Rudder's Cafe (one of my favorite spots in Port Clinton, my happy place!) Mid-afternoon (while driving home) banana and an apple Dinner - HUGE salad and big portion of vegetable soup from Portia's cafe Evening - no more to eat - got occupied with... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Almost every day someone asks me "Dr. Pam, what do you eat?" My usual answer is whole plant foods - lots of them. But I realize that what people are really looking for is direction in how to structure their own diets so I need to be a little more specific. So every few days, I'm going to post a day's eating for everyone to see. A quick warning - I am really busy and do not have time to cook on a daily basis, so I batch cook on the weekends. And I'm into simple food these days. I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
A Guide to Discussions With Traditional Medical Doctors Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D. Wellness Forum Health I’m writing this article to provide some guidance for patients about how to have more productive discussions with their medical doctors. One of the services we provide at Wellness Forum Health is information and data that facilitates informed medical decision-making. Our members maintain their relationships with their medical doctors and often return to them equipped with evidence, ready to engage in more collaborative discussions about care. These discussions can include things like medication reduction or withdrawal, diet and lifestyle change, and other evidence-based solutions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
The Importance of Automaticity Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D. Wellness Forum Health How much time do you spend thinking about activities like brushing your teeth, going to work every day if you have a job, picking up your child from school, or taking a shower after working out at the gym? If you are like most people you answered “none at all.” And if you are like most people, you probably can think of at least 100 other things you do without thinking about them too – like feeding your pets, stopping your car when the traffic light turns red,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Some people tell me that I'm a "workaholic." They say I am missing out on life since I work so much. I'm often encouraged to work toward more "balance" in my life. Personally I think "balance" is overrated. I love what I do, it does not seem like work, and for the record, I have a great social life and pursue a lot of interests that have nothing to do with work. My mother had a great saying about being super-busy, saying, "It is better to wear out than to rust out." For the record, I ignored most of what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Truth In Medicine
Here's a great Buddhist saying: Suffering comes from attachment. When we let go of the outcome, the outcome is better because we focus more on doing our best in the moment. Easier said than done, but makes perfect sense to me! Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Truth In Medicine
I think we have it backwards! Most of us say things like "I'll be happy after I lose weight" or "I'll be happy when I make more money." Perhaps we should be happy so that we can lose weight, make money, and do other things we want to do. I'm going to work on that! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Truth In Medicine
SWhy are you so opposed to natural HRT? I had my hormones tested and my levels showed that I need it, and I’m feeling better since I started taking it. I have several issues with any form of HRT. First, the body was designed to produce all of the hormones needed for health throughout a human being’s entire life cycle. If this production is impaired or abnormal, the cause should be identified and resolved so that the body returns to normal function. HRT does not do this – it simply masks the symptoms of abnormal hormone production, which inevitably leads... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Truth In Medicine
It has been a very long time since I posted here and I decided it's time to go back to blogging. This is a great way to have an interactive conversation with people and to respond to some of the comments people make about my video clips and my newsletter. So let's get started. Here is an email I just recevied today in reference to my video clip on home stool testing vs. colonoscopy: Question: You mentioned that you have not been tested for colon-rectal cancer. Given the study that you reported on about the FITS test, would you take... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Truth In Medicine
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Every year we have a tree decorating party at the office - Del makes decadent treats, we crank up the music, toast the holiday season - all in the middle of the work day! Here are some pics from Friday's frovolity! Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Truth In Medicine
The problem with this premise of this book is that it proposes another way to manage MS. The goal of healthcare should be to prevent, stop, and reverse disease. When that goal is the standard, the only effective method is diet and lifestyle. We have to get away from the reductionist approach to medicine that is so pervasive - the whole person being treated with attention to the entire dietary pattern instead of symptoms treated with drugs and supplements.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2012 on My Favorites at Truth In Medicine
I've been working on not getting riled up at other people's behavior and situations beyond my control, and most of the time I'm a pretty happy clam. But there are things that get on my nerves and it seems the older I get the more they both me. Here's my top ten list: 1. People who are late - I'm not talking about 5 minutes or once in a while, but people who are routinely late. No excuse in my opinion. 2. Loud people - some people are just unaware of how loud they are, or they don't care that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Truth In Medicine