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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 023. | April 13, 2023
023: A New View of Food for a Healthier You with Dr. Debra Shapiro
023: A New View of Food for a Healthier You with Dr. Debra Shapiro

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Women’s health issues can often be frustrating, confusing, and can leave one with feelings of helplessness.

Women may find themselves struggling with issues that their doctors know very little about.

However, there are many ways in which women can take control of their health, including through lifestyle choices such as plant-based eating.

In this episode of the Health Science Podcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino speaks with Dr. Debra Shapiro, a women’s health specialist, about the importance of lifestyle medicine and the ways in which women can take control of their health.

For many, a decline in health can be the turning point that leads to reflection and evaluation of their lifestyle choices.

Dr. Shapiro is confident that eating with compassion and making mindful choices about what we eat can have a significant impact on our physical and emotional health.

Dr. Shapiro discusses the controversy and confusion surrounding soy and its unknown risks associated with breast cancer. She also highlights the importance of carefully considering decisions about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) with a healthcare provider.

Dr. Shapiro also talks about the Pregnancy Advantage program, which helps women make informed choices about their health during pregnancy and beyond.

Eating a plant-based diet can have a positive impact on emotional wellbeing, and Dr. Shapiro provides tips for eating out while following a plant-based diet.

Dr. Shapiro concludes by emphasizing the importance of healing trauma in the world, which can start with small changes in our lifestyle choices. By making mindful choices about what we eat, we can improve our physical and emotional health and contribute to a healthier world.

Episode Highlights

[02:30]             A decline in health is the turning point                     

[04:00]             Getting back to the compassionate side of eating

[07:30]             Fully embracing lifestyle medicine as a calling

[14:50]             The controversy and confusion with soy

[21:00]             Unknown risks associated with breast cancer

[24:30}]           HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) decisions

[28:30]             Women and Alzheimers

[30:45]             The Pregnancy Advantage is born     

[35:30]             Live well, be well

[37:00]             Diet as it impacts emotional well-being        

[42:00]             Secrets to eating out when you are plant-based

[44:00]             Healing the trauma in the world begins at the end of our fork

About Dr. Debra Shapiro

Dr. Debra Shapiro is a women’s health specialist who subscribes to a plant-based protocol for herself and her patients.

Dr. Debra Shapiro has practiced medicine for over three decades, and is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Lifestyle Medicine.  She has been studying Plant-Based Nutrition for 10 years, with a Certificate for Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.  

Dr. Shapiro is a Certified Health Coach and a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator.  Her passion is using plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease.   

Dr. Shapiro co-created a novel group coaching program, The Pregnancy Advantage™ to help women and men prepare physically and emotionally for pregnancy, with the goal of increasing fertility, decreasing pregnancy complications, and improving the health of future generations.  

She is also a contributor to the 2022 ACLM textbook, Improving Women’s Health Across the Lifespan. 



About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

More information:

Conference (75th Annual)

A one-of-a-kind experience, the annual NHA Conference features top leaders in the plant-based movement. Attendees of the in-person event enjoy 100% no SOS plant-exclusive meals.

To learn more and reserve your spot, visit


A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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