Have you ever dreamed of having an opportunity to meet someone you deeply respect? Someone who might have answers to the topics you are still researching? Lucky girl that I am, I had such an opportunity–my nutrition dream come true.
I have followed the career of Dr. Pamela Popper, the author Food Over Medicine book, for over seven years. Before Hubby and I became vegan, I had a chance to attend one of her information sessions… and I was smitten. Brilliant, no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point, she seemed to have answers to about any question I had and could answer me before I finished my sentences. “I want to be like her when I grow up,” thought the not-s0-little girl inside of me.
Imagine how blown away I was when I corresponded with Dr. Popper’s publisher, preparing for the book review. I asked if I could send out a few questions to Dr. Popper. “Sure,” I was told.
“Do you think we could do a phone interview instead,” I ventured to ask, “so she would not have to waste her time typing up answers?” “Sure,” I was told again.
Why stop there? You have not because you ask not, is my philosophy. “I live only fifteen minutes from Dr. Popper’s office. I thank an in-person video interview would be even better,” I said. “Let me check her schedule,” I was told. So, I waited. The stars aligned–Dr. Popper cleared her schedule for an interview. The school girl inside me leaped with excitement.
This post is that interview–ready for your consumption. It is life changing. I am providing two formats–video and audio (podcast), to accommodate as many as I can. I know that some of you will need the transcript, so I commit to have it added to this post within the week.
We cover a wide range of topics. I guarantee that some of Dr. Popper’s responses will blow your mind. Here are some of the topics we cover:
- Protein Supplements: Are vegan protein supplements dangerous? Should vegan athletes supplement?
- Kidney Stones: Can vegans get kidney stones? What would cause a seemingly healthy individual to develop them?
- Gluten: Is it as dangerous as we hear? Should healthy individuals avoid gluten products?
- Medication: Learn if there are ever times you should medicate.
- Supplements: Should a healthy individual take vitamins?
- Are fortified foods a good idea?
- Hormones: Are cruciferous vegetables really bad for us, or is it simply a myth to keep us from living healthy?
- Should we supplement with iodine? Can iodine cause hypothyroidism?
- Is salt allowed in a healthy diet?
- How much and what kind of water should we drink?
- Probiotics: Who should take them? In Food Over Medicine Dr. Popper suggests that people with certain health conditions, and those who had ever used birth control or antibiotics, should go through a prescription-strength probiotic treatment. I asked Dr. Popper if I, seven years into my health quest, with six of those off birth control, should still consider a probiotic treatment. Find out what suggested.
- Health Insurance: How much of it do we really need?
- Green Smoothies: Is there any truth to the rumors that they might not be good for us?
- Does coconut oil have any healing properties?
- Do you need to be vegan to be healthy?
And there is more!
Food Over Medicine Video Interview
Podcast Interview[audio http://www.vega-licious.com/audio/Food-Over-Medicine-Interview.mp3]
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The book is just as amazing, covering even a broader range of topics. Make sure to read Food over Medicine Book review and enter the giveaway, or get your own copy today. Also, stop by Dr. Popper’s web-site and subscribe to her weekly newsletter–I enjoy her weekly articles regularly.
Thoughts or Questions?
What did you learn from this interview?
If you had a chance to ask Dr. Popper one question, what would it be?
Did you jot down any quotable thoughts? What are they?
Leave a comment; let me know.