On this episode of Healthytarian Living, host Evita Ochel features special guest Dr. Pamela Popper to talk about the calcium, diet and bone health connection.

Dr. Pam Popper is a naturopath, an internationally recognized expert on nutrition, medicine and health, and the Executive Director of The Wellness Forum. She serves on physician’s Committees for Responsible Medicine, and is an educator at eCornell, for certification courses on plant-based nutrition. She has been widely featured in numerous events, print and media, including the highly acclaimed documentary, Forks Over Knives. And Dr. Pam is the author of Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life.

General topics covered in the video include:

  1. The calcium, dairy and bone health connection. (1:30)

    • the diseases dairy is linked to
    • the dairy-osteoporosis link
  2. Examining whether a plant-based/dairy-free diet poses a risk for a lack of calcium in the diet. (4:13)

    • the problem with calcium dietary guidelines
  3. An explanation of how bone health works with respect to calcium. (6:17)

    • understanding human bone regeneration
    • the imbalances and risks of loading up on calcium supplements
  4. Most destructive habits to bone health. (10:51)

    • dietary patterns
    • pharmaceutical drugs
  5. How to address having rich sources of plant foods in the diet. (13:40)

    • making eating simple
  6. How to address calcium supplements. (16:25)

    • isolated versus whole food nutrients
    • the importance of fixing the root of the problem
  7. How to address bone testing and bone health diagnosis. (19:07)

    • the ‘artificial’ rise of osteoporosis/osteopenia
    • translating the DXA scan bone density test results
  8. General tips and guidelines for being a health-conscious, smart consumer, based on the “Food over Medicine” book. (23:36)

  9. Further resources. (26:44)

Books By Dr. Pam Popper

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