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Michael Greger MD

Who Should Avoid Coffee?

Michael Greger MD | October 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: atrial fibrillation, bone fractures, bone health, caffeine, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, diabetes, energy drinks, epilepsy, GERD, glaucoma, heart disease, heart health, heartburn, incontinence, mortality, safety limits, seizures, sleep, stroke, tea, women's health

Do coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers? Is it "wake up and smell the coffee" or don't wake up at all? I discuss these questions in my video, Coffee and Mortality. The largest study ever conducted on diet...

Michael Greger MD

What About Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, endothelium, fat, fruit, frying, grains, heart disease, heart health, McDonald's, Mediterranean diet, nuts, oils, olive oil, saturated fat, vegetables, vinegar, walnuts

The relative paralysis of our arteries for hours after eating fast food and cheesecake may also occur after consuming olive oil. Olive oil was found to have the same impairment to endothelial function as high-fat foods like sausage and...

Michael Greger MD

What a Single Fatty Meal Can Do to Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | October 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: angina, animal fat, blood clots, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, endothelium, fat, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, lactescence, low-fat diets, oils, protein, sugar, vegetable oil, venous thrombosis

The phenomenon of postprandial angina was described more than 200 years ago: chest pain that occurs after a meal, even if you're just sitting down and resting. This could be intuitively attributed to redistribution of blood flow away from...

Michael Greger MD

Chocolate is Finally Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | October 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: beans, bell peppers, beverages, body fat, Brussels sprouts, calories, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, junk food, legumes, lentils, music, National Confectioners Association, nuts, obesity, phytonutrients, processed food, saturated fat, seeds, split peas, sugar, vegetables, weight gain, weight loss

Botanically speaking, seeds are small embryonic plants--the whole plant stuffed into a tiny seed and surrounded by an outer layer packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to protect the seedling plant's DNA from free radicals. No wonder they're so...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Mindful Vegan Takes a New Approach to Transforming Food Choices

Janice Stanger, PhD | October 9, 2017 | Lifestyle

Read More: Lani Muelrath, The Mindful Vegan

Lani Muelrath Shows You How to Fuel Change From the Inside Out Do you struggle with your weight, compliance with endless diets, and guilt with every slip up? In her insightful, beautifully written book The Mindful Vegan, author Lani Muelrath...

Michael Greger MD

Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

Michael Greger MD | October 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, blood pressure, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Walter Kempner, evolution, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, medications, mortality, pickled vegetables, plant-based diets, preservation, protein, rice, salt, sodium, stroke, vegans, vegetarians, vision

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into...

Michael Greger MD

Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: arginine, Asia, beans, body fat, brown fat, calories, capsaicin, Caucasian, Cayenne pepper, chili peppers, exercise, fat, ginger, jalapeno, Japan, metabolism, nuts, obesity, pain, pepper, peppers, seeds, soy, spices, spicy food, stomach health, weight loss

Until about ten years ago, brown adipose tissue (BAT) was considered to be biologically active only in babies and small children where it generates heat by burning fat. But now, there is no doubt that active brown fat is...

Michael Greger MD

Brown Fat: Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis

Michael Greger MD | September 21, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, body fat, brown fat, calories, children, CT scan, DNP, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fever, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, medications, metabolism, obesity, safety limits, side effects, vision, weight loss

During World War I, it was discovered that many of the chemicals for new explosives had toxic or even lethal effects on the workers in the munitions factories. Chemicals such as di-nitro-phenol (DNP) can boost metabolism so much that...

Michael Greger MD

How Doctors Responded to Being Named a Leading Killer

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, aspirin, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Barbara Starfield, heart disease, heart health, iatrogenic, Institute of Medicine, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, mortality, side effects, surgery, Twinkies, women's health

In my video Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure, I profiled a paper that added up all the deaths caused by medical care in this country, including the hundred thousand deaths from medication side effects, all the...

Michael Greger MD

Does Rye Bread Protect Against Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | September 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, alcohol, berries, bread, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, children, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, fiber, flax seeds, grains, greens, lignans, men's health, milk, prostate cancer, puberty, red wine, rye, sesame seeds, Sweden, tea, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

Previously, I've explored the beneficial effects of flaxseeds on prostate cancer (Flaxseeds vs. Prostate Cancer), as well as breast cancer prevention and survival (Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Prevention and Breast Cancer Survival & Lignan Intake). The cancer-fighting effect of...

Michael Greger MD

Fish Consumption and Suicide

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, autism, beans, brain disease, brain health, dementia, depression, DHA, EPA, Europe, fat, fish, fruit, Greece, Harvard, industrial toxins, Japan, meat, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, mercury, mushrooms, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, red wine, seafood, soy, suicide, vegetables, wine

Depression is a serious and common mental disorder responsible for the majority of suicides. As I've covered in Antioxidants & Depression, intake of fruits, vegetables, and naturally occurring antioxidants have been found to be protectively associated with depression. Therefore,...

Michael Greger MD

Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?

Michael Greger MD | September 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: brain disease, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognition, dehydration, energy, exercise, fatigue, happiness, heart disease, mental health, mood, water

Water is by far the number-one nutrient in our diet. Studies have suggested that proper hydration may lower our risk of heart disease and cancer, and may even make us better kissers. Brushing artificial skin against the lips of...

Michael Greger MD

Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, curcumin, curry powder, exercise, fruit, heart disease, heart health, Japan, oxidative stress, stroke, supplements, turmeric, vegan, vegetables, vitamin C

The endothelium is the inner lining of our blood vessels. Laid end-to-end, endothelial cells from a single human would wrap more than four times around the world. And it's not just an inert layer; it's highly metabolically active. I've...

Michael Greger MD

How to Design a Misleading Study to Show Diet Doesn't Work

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, citrus, diverticulitis, Dr. James Linde, fiber, fish, fruit, greens, lemons, meat, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, scurvy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

A study out of the University of North Carolina found no association between dietary fiber intake and diverticulosis. They compared those who ate the highest amount of fiber, 25 grams, to those who ate the smallest amount, which was...

Michael Greger MD

9 out of 10 That Die From it Never Knew They Even Had This Preventable Disease

Michael Greger MD | August 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, aging, bladder health, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Neil Painter, fiber, grains, intestinal health, meat, mortality, pain, plant-based diets, stool size, sugar, Uganda

Diverticula are out-pouchings of our intestine. Doctors like using a tire analogy: high pressures within the gut can force the intestines to balloon out through weak spots in the intestinal wall like an inner tube poking out through a...

Michael Greger MD

The 3 Vitamins that Prevent Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, animal protein, b12, bacon, beans, brain disease, brain health, breakfast, cognition, colon health, dementia, eggs, fiber, folate, Framingham Heart Study, greens, gut flora, Harvard, homocysteine, legumes, meat, memory, methionine, mortality, plant-based diets, steak, supplements, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12, vitamin B6

By our seventies, one in five of us will suffer from cognitive impairment. Within five years, half of those cognitively impaired will progress to dementia and death. The earlier we can slow or stop this process, the better. Although...

Michael Greger MD

Comparing Pollutant Levels Between Different Diets

Michael Greger MD | August 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, Boston, breast milk, breastfeeding, California, CHAMACOS study, chicken, children, cognition, dioxins, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fat, feed additives, fish, flame-retardant chemicals, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, meat, neurotoxins, PBDEs, persistent organic pollutants, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, pregnancy, puberty, safety limits, seafood, thyroid health, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

The results of the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study were published recently. This study of a California birth cohort investigated the relationship between exposure to flame retardant chemical pollutants in pregnancy...

Michael Greger MD

A Dietary Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antidepressants, berries, colon disease, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dizziness, gut flora, herbal tea, herbs, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney failure, medications, mint, pain, peppermint, peppermint oil, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual health, side effects, smoothies, tea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It affects 1 in 7 Americans, although most go undiagnosed. IBS can have a substantial impact on well-being and health, but...

Michael Greger MD

Reversing Diabetic Blindness with Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, blindness, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, insulin, kidney disease, kidney failure, lasers, medication, protein, reversing chronic diseases, rice, sodium, steroids, surgery, vision, weight loss

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner's rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his "eyegrounds photographs," taken with a special...

Michael Greger MD

Optimal Bowel Movement Position

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, anorectal angle, appendicitis, bowel movements, colon disease, colon health, constipation, diverticulitis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Joel Kahn, fiber, gallstones, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, mortality, plant-based diets, squatty potty, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Compared to rural African populations eating traditional plant-based diets, white South Africans and black and white Americans have more than 50 times more heart disease, 10 times more colon cancer, more than 50 times more gallstones and appendicitis, and...

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