Advanced Study Program

Each month Dr. Pam Popper prepares detailed slides and lectures based on important health-related books covering topics ranging from the study of genetics to cancer treatment. In addition to conducting two live sessions each month, lectures based on these books are posted on a video platform. Subscribers have access to all previous lectures in addition to those offered each month.

Below is a partial list of lectures posted on the platform (new ones added monthly):

Psychiatry Under The Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove   This is the disturbing story of how drug companies and the psychiatric establishment misled the American public about what was known about the biology of mental disorders, the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, and the safety and efficacy of drugs.  These lectures will horrify you, anger you, and motivate you to advocate for informed medical decision making.

Less Medicine More Health by Gilbert Welch, M.D.   Dr. Welch says that the biggest problem in medical care is not that it costs too much, but rather that many medical practices have too little value and that medical care is not correlated with good health. In fact, he says, you might be better off with less interaction with doctors!

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book traces the history of cancer starting from when it was discovered thousands of years ago through today.  Also includes an extensive look at cancer treatment and centuries of setbacks, victories, and deaths.

The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry by Lance Dodes, M.D. and Zachary Dodes   The success rate of most 12-step programs is between 5% and 10%, not much better than doing nothing at all.  Yet these programs are promoted and sometimes mandated by doctors, employers, and judges.  The authors offer new and better alternatives for addicts and their families based on a better understanding of addiction.

No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri, Ph.D. and Shirley Linde, Ph.D.  How much sleep is enough?  What is the definition of good quality sleep?  Need help getting to sleep or staying asleep?  These questions and more are answered in this book written by experts.  Dr. Hauri was the director of the Mayo Clinic Insomnia Program and was the world’s leading authority on sleep disorders.

Wheat Belly  by William Davis, M.D.  This class will take a detailed look at all of the claims made by Dr. Davis, who alleges that wheat is the leading cause of obesity and illness. The workshops include an analysis of the research Davis uses to support his ideas.

Another Person’s Poison A History of Food Allergy by Matthew Smith  Most clinicians agree that certain foods can cause a range of health problems for some people, but food allergies are still the subject of debate. This book covers the history of food allergies and explores why the incidence of allergy is increasing from scientific, political, economic and social points of view.

A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy by Max Gerson, M.D.   Dr. Max Gerson practiced medicine in New York and for 20 years, treated hundreds of cancer patients who had been sent home to die after conventional treatment failed with dietary intervention. The medical profession was hostile to the idea in 1958 and things have not changed much. While many of his ideas about cancer have been adopted, his protocols are still the subject of much controversy. These workshops discuss Gerson’s book, his case reports and the status of Gerson Therapy today.

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force By Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D. and Sharon Begley    While working with obsessive-compulsive patients, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz made a ground-breaking discovery; as patients changed their thinking, their neural pathways changed too. This book discusses how the brain can be rewired, which can impact the treatment of conditions ranging from psychological issues to stroke.

A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic By Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.   The incidence of ADHD has risen dramatically in the U.S., with most children being medicated for their “condition.”  In the meantime, incidence is low in other countries, with less than 1% of children taking medication. Dr. Wedge questions the assumption that the condition is biological and discusses alternative treatments such as diet, parenting, therapy, and effective educational approaches that result in better outcomes for kids.

Should I Be Tested for Cancer: Maybe Not and Here’s Why   by H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.P.H.   Dr. Welch provides evidence that most cancer screenings do not reduce the death rate from cancer, but they do increase the number of people who are told they are sick and who receive treatment.  He provides an excellent guide for patients and clinicians who are ready to base medical decisions on research and outcomes, rather than hype and simplistic slogans.

Healing Back Pain: the Mind-Body Connection by John Sarno, M.D. Dr. Sarno has helped thousands of patients to overcome back pain without drugs or surgery.  In this book, he discusses how anxiety and emotions can contribute to pain, and how to resolve these issues within a few weeks.

Annual tuition $420 members; $660 non-members