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Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, nutritionist and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. The company offers educational programs designed to assist individuals in changing their health outcomes through improved diet and lifestyle habits; to assist employers in reducing the costs of health insurance and medical care for employees; and to educate health care professionals about how to use diet and lifestyle for preventing, reversing, and stopping the progression of degenerative disease. Dr. Popper is the author of several books and cookbooks, as well as several programs offered for continuing education credits for medical professionals. She is the Founder of The Wellness Forum Foundation, which offers programming in schools designed to improve children's health and well-being through better nutrition. Dr. Popper serves on the Physician's Steering Committee for the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington D.C. Additionally, she is part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's teaching team at eCornell, teaching part of a certification course on plant-based nutrition. She is currently featured in two widely distributed documentaries, Processed People and Making a Killing and will be appearing in a full-length feature film on diet and health next year. Dr. Popper is also a lobbyist and public policy expert, and continually works toward changing laws that interfere with patients' right to choose their health provider and method of care. She has testified in front of legislative committees on numerous occasions. Dr. Pam Popper is a straight-talking professional who is not afraid to criticize national health organizations, government agencies, medical professionals, pharmaceutical companies, agricultural organizations and manufacturing companies, many of whom have agendas and priorities that interfere with distributing truthful information and promoting public health. Everyone who is interested in health should hear her speak. For some, their lives may depend on what she has to say!

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Doctors, Nurses, Dietitians: Earn 39 hours of CE Credit!

Pam Popper PhD | April 7, 14 at 12:30 PM

The Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course begins Weds June 4!  Instructors include Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Essestyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Ralph Moss, Dr. Pam Popper, and many others.  Topics include intense study of plant-based nutrition and disease treatment,...

Wellness Forum's Annual Fall Conference November 8-10

Pam Popper PhD | September 30, 13 at 08:54 AM

This conference, in Columbsu Ohio will feature incredible speakers, including:     Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition     Dr. Alan Goldhamer, from True North and author of The Pleasure Trap     Susan Levin, R.D. from...

Become a Nutrition Educator!

Pam Popper PhD | August 14, 12 at 05:08 PM

The Wellness Forum Institute is the first school to offer students the opportunity to become nutrition professionals with a solid science foundation and an emphasis in plant-based nutrition. Due to our "virtual classroom" format, classes are live and interactive, but students can...

How Do Smart People Get Interested in Bad Diet and Health Ideas?

Pam Popper PhD | May 21, 12 at 08:49 AM

For many years, health professionals have been slowly realizing that traditional approaches to healthcare are ineffective and that some are actually harmful to patients.  They have also become increasingly unhappy with how healthcare is delivered (short office visits, insurance companies...

Learn to be a Plant-Based Health Professional!

Pam Popper PhD | March 16, 12 at 09:53 AM

The Wellness Forum Institute's Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course Begins June 6! The Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course is offered by The Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies.  The course is designed to teach doctors and other health and fitness...

Another Reason to Adopt a Plant-Based Diet

Pam Popper PhD | August 18, 11 at 04:33 AM

The conventional medical wisdom is that the best way to avoid dying from cancer is to make sure you regularly subject yourself to screening tests. Medical authorities tell us that the best protection is early detection, and that when found...

The High Price of Being Politically Correct

Pam Popper PhD | June 24, 11 at 01:22 PM

“People like to hear good news about their bad habits. John McDougall, M.D.  A new group, called Health at Every Size, promotes the idea that being overweight is not something to be concerned about and that people should accept themselves...

Let's Have the Right Discussion About Diet for a Change

Pam Popper PhD | May 25, 11 at 05:59 AM | Health

I read with interest the story in The New York Times entitled Foods With Benefits, or So They Say, about functional foods and the regulatory issues surrounding how they are labeled and marketed to the public.  Americans are sicker than...

Ask Dr. Pam - How Do You Get People To Change?

Pam Popper PhD | May 17, 11 at 09:38 AM | Health

I am curious about how you are getting people to make and stick with changes in their diet – in corporate and other environments.  I’m in the benefits business and one of the things we talk about all of the...

Good News for Plant-Based Health Professionals

Pam Popper PhD | April 4, 11 at 12:04 PM

One of our commitments at The Wellness Forum is to help doctors, nurses, dietitians, and others in the health care field learn how to use diet and lifestyle as primary tools in their practice.  So, we formed a school, The...

Success With the Plant-Based Diet

Pam Popper PhD | January 25, 11 at 09:33 AM | Lifestyle

I answer as many emails and voice mails about how to stay compliant on a program of dietary excellence as I do questions about the diet itself.  In spite of some of the best intentions, an intellectual understanding of the...

Use Action Triggers to Make Lifestyle Change

Pam Popper PhD | January 10, 11 at 03:49 AM | Lifestyle

I read a great book over the holidays called Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.  The book addresses how to help people and groups to change in positive ways.  I took many...

What the "Experts" are Saying About CAD"

Pam Popper PhD | November 30, 10 at 04:15 AM | Health

If you're like me, you become frustrated from time to time with your attempts to get others, particularly family and friends, to listen to you about the incredible healing power of a plant-based diet. Many people can't or just refuse...

Unlocking the Secret to Health Improvement

Pam Popper PhD | October 13, 10 at 09:46 AM | Health

Americans, including most health care professionals, are very misinformed about nutrition and health, which leads to a lot of confusion and frustration.  Many people with degenerative conditions have tried dietary improvement and have decided that it does not work.  But...

Never, Ever Give Up or Lose Hope!

Pam Popper PhD | October 5, 10 at 09:23 AM | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, CNN, heart disease, John McDougall, Wolf Blitzer

During the last few weeks, former President Clinton notified the world that he was eating a plant-based diet in two interviews on CNN. Subsequently Drs. Esselstyn and Ornish appeared on Wolf Blitzer's show on CNN to talk about the merits...

Dr. Pam's Response to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Pam Popper PhD | July 12, 10 at 09:00 PM | Health

  On Thursday, July 8 a joint committee of the United States Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services heard presentations from many individuals about the report from the Dietary Guidelines Committee concerning new dietary recommendations for Americans.  I...

Confusing Research Findings About Diet and Cancer

Pam Popper PhD | April 11, 10 at 10:41 AM | Health

Read More: Diet, Health, National Cancer Institute, Prostate cancer, Research, Vegetable

The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article online in which researchers reported that eating more servings of fruits and vegetables daily did not significantly reduce the risk of cancer.  Researchers obtained data on 478,478 men and...

Encouraging a New Doctor Patient Relationship

Pam Popper PhD | March 25, 10 at 12:27 PM | Health

Read More: Decision making, Doctors, Health, Health care, Medicine, Participatory Medicine, Research, Society for Participatory Medicine

I recently found out about a new organization that promotes better dialog between health care professionals and their patients. The Society for Participatory Medicine is open to both practitioners and individuals.  I decided to join myself, even though the group...

Forks Over Knives

Pam Popper PhD | March 2, 10 at 07:54 AM | Food, Green, Health, Lifestyle, Video

Read More: diet, film, food, health, movies, vegan

Forks Over Knives   I've always said I'm the one of the luckiest people on the planet; I get confirmation of this fact almost every week.  Not only was I lucky enough to be invited to work on and be...