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Medical Decision-making

Guest Post: PSA Screening Still a Bad Idea

One of the unsung heroes of modern medicine is Richard J. Ablin, professor in the Pathology Department of the University of Arizona. The discoverer of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), Dr. Ablin has spent decades warning doctors and the public that the PSA test is not only useless for population screening for prostate cancer, but is incredibly harmful. For every man whose life is saved via early detection of a deadly tumor, dozens are maimed by treatments for tumors that were never going to hurt them.

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Overcoming Addiction with Adam and Lecia Sud: PYP 209

Adam Sud is only 34 years old and he’s already battled against obesity, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, drug addiction, fast food addiction, and severe depression. Once weighing over 300 pounds, he had lost all interest in life. Addicted to fast food and prescription drugs, Adam dug himself out with plant-based nutrition,… Read More

Saving America by Reforming Health Insurance with Ken Beckman: PYP 200

Ken Beckman is an actuary in the health insurance field. (Now hang on, you non-math folks – this is going to be a lot more interesting (and accessible) than you might think. Give us a chance here… 🙂 After getting turned on to the health benefits of a plant-based diet, Ken began seeing the health… Read More

Getting a Second Lease on Life – and Using It in a Big Way with Paul Chatlin: PYP 199

At age 55, Paul Chatlin was a few minutes away from surgery on a 100% blockage in his right coronary artery when his cardiologist asked him out of the blue, “Would you consider a nutritional change instead of bypass surgery?” Turns out the cardiologist’s mentor was a dude named Caldwell Esselstyn, which is the only… Read More

Pharmaceutical Brainwashing of America with Vanessa Sardi: PYP 196

When Vanessa Sardi was a drug rep for one of the world’s largest and most powerful pharmaceutical companies, she firmly believed that she was educating doctors to make better prescribing decisions and was helping patients live healthier, more comfortable lives. Read More

Dr Chad Teeters on Becoming an Infamous Cardiologist: PYP 188

Dr John “Chad” Teeters grew up eating a good old meat and potato diet in his home state of North Carolina. An active kid, he looked and felt healthy and fit; his diet started catching up with him only when combined with the rigors of college, medical school, and medical residency. For his entire adult… Read More

A Historic Health Conference with Dr Pam Popper: PYP 178

Dr Pam Popper is founder and president of Wellness Forum Health, and a four-time guest on this podcast. This week we talk about the upcoming Wellness Forum Health annual conference – specifically, the significance of the first-ever meeting between two of the most important health researchers of the past 50 years: T. Colin Campbell and… Read More

Keegan Kuhn on Not Hurting Anybody and Questioning Authority: PYP 157

Keegan Kuhn was raised with two rules: don’t hurt anybody, and question authority. Judging by what’s he’s become and what he’s accomplished, I think those two rules may comprise a necessary and sufficient philosophy of child-rearing. Keegan is an accomplished bio-intensive farm and garden developer, a social activist, and a documentary filmmaker whose latest project,… Read More

Bob Cafaro on Beating MS: PYP 153

Bob Cafaro was enjoying a successful career as a professional cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra when he was struck with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in December, 1998. After some serious denial and three increasingly nasty attacks, he was forced to confront the reality and severity of his diagnosis. With Bob’s eyesight worsening to the point of… Read More
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Trailer for PYP 153: Bob Cafaro on overcoming MS

I just recorded a wonderfully inspiring interview with professional cellist Bob Cafaro, who beat MS using, among other things, a plant-based diet. But there’s so much more to his story than broccoli and rice! We talked about Nolan Ryan, Bobby Fisher, Lance Armstrong, the US Army Survival Manual, Nando Parrado, finding free parking in Manhattan,…

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