PYP 127: Dr Pam Popper on Empowering Patients to Make Good Health Decisions

rp_pam-popper-214x300.jpgDr Pam Popper is founder and president of Wellness Forum Health of Columbus, Ohio. She's  the author of Food Over Medicine and Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis.

Dr Pam has made it her mission to give her clients the means to make informed decisions about their own health care. (I wish the “teach a man to fish” metaphor were less sexist and less carnist – it would be useful here.)

Before we get to the meat (ugh, another carnist metaphor – I wish I could quit them cold turkey) of the conversation, I need to make a full disclosure: I’m so impressed with the potential of Wellness Forum Health to transform healthcare in this country, I’ve joined them as a partner practitioner.

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So you have to take my opinions with a grain of black Himalayan sea salt. (Hey, a food metaphor that doesn’t involve killing animals! See, there’s more than one way to skin a – never mind.)

Dr Pam and I went into this conversation hoping to shake your faith in the American healthcare system, and build your faith in the body’s ability to heal given an optimal diet and lifestyle. And to give you tools to make your own decisions as a consumer of healthcare.

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In our conversation, we covered:

  • the lack of “informed consent” in the doctor/patient relationship
  • why the downsides and risks of treatments are rarely discussed, or are dismissed as improbable or inconsequential
  • the costs of poor medical training in reading and analyzing research
  • why she wishes doctors were more like auto mechanics
  • the financial incentives that lead to bad treatment decisions and outcomes
  • why “90% of articles in medical journals are worthless”
  • how to prove that Scorpios and Libras should be diagnosed differently
  • what we can learn from Finland about treating schizophrenia
  • how smartphone cameras are turning the tide in the vaccine debate
  • celebrity poster children for and against the establishment
  • the recent Paxil adolescent suicide fraud revelations
  • the scandalous 80% FDA approval rate for off-label uses of drugs
  • the problem with using surrogate markers instead of outcome measures in medical research
  • and much more…

Links

Wellness Forum Health

Food Over Medicine on amazon

Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis on amazon

Overtreated, by Shannon Brownlee, on amazon

Music

The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

3 Responses to “PYP 127: Dr Pam Popper on Empowering Patients to Make Good Health Decisions”

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  1. Thank You says:

    We need more doctors like Dr. Popper, wish there was one near me.

    Thank You

  2. Sonja F says:

    Great podcast! Thanks for all you do.

    Don’t beat yourself up over using what you called a “carnist metaphor” (getting to the meat). It also means: _*the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (as a husk or shell)*_ (Merriam Webster)

    So, you’re good! (*???*)

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