Making Informed Decisions About Our Healthcare with Pam Popper, PhD: PYP 232

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Pam Popper makes her fourth appearance on the podcast, to further expand on her assertion that most of us make better decisions about buying blenders and toasters than we do around the healthcare options that can often mean life or death.

I invite Pam onto the show at least once a year to remind myself why I'm doing what I'm doing, and also to keep me strong and curious in defending my own health and my family's health in the face of industry shenanigans.

Also, I think the Wellness Forum Health annual conference is awesome, and really important if you're the sort of person who likes to base your choices and actions upon good evidence, and you're kind of a health geek.

Plus, to be fully transparent, I get a huge ego thrill when people come up to me at events and tell me that they're there because of my podcast.

Pam and I cover:

  • why we tend to believe people who don't love us or have our best interests at heart
  • the importance of developing “credibility filters” when accessing information
  • the career of Dr Peter Gotzsche (founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, and a man who could stand a few more vowels in his last name if you ask me)
  • uncovering the conflicts of interest that plague the medical profession
  • “medical school is where you adhere to the party line and do what you're told”
  • how to survive in an overmedicated world
  • Sharyl Atkisson and The Smear – how media is controlled by people who sometimes make things up to suit their agenda (I'm sure I would find her political views troubling, just so you know)
  • “there are no real reporters left”
  • the “equivalency issue” – why Gary Taubes should not be taken seriously when he writes about diet and nutrition
  • the implications of the “fake news” phenomenon
  • the work of Peter Breggin, MD, in humanizing therapy and focusing on root causes of mental disturbances
  • why it's no surprise that the Las Vegas shooter was on psych meds
  • how expecting children (and especially boys) to be “kindergarten ready” has led to a made-up ADHD epidemic
  • “don't believe me – look it up for yourself”
  • and much more…

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Links

The Wellness Forum Health 2017 annual conference

The Cochrane Collaboration

TheNNT.com

Peter Breggin's website: Breggin.com

The Smear

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