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Michael Greger MD

What Causes Diabetes?

Michael Greger MD | July 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, animal products, avocados, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, exercise, fat, fatty liver disease, insulin, LDL cholesterol, lipotoxicity, lung cancer, meat, monounsaturated fats, nuts, olives, pancreas health, prediabetes, saturated fat, smoking, tobacco

After about age 20, we may have all the insulin-producing beta cells we're ever going to get. So if we lose them, we may lose them for good. Autopsy studies show that by the time type 2 diabetes is...

Michael Greger MD

Stomach Stapling Kids

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: anxiety, children, gastric bypass, mortality, nausea, obesity, pulmonary embolism, shock, side effects, surgery, weight loss

Weight loss surgery for children and adolescents is becoming widespread and is being performed in children as young as five years old. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common type of procedure, in which surgeons cut out nearly the...

Michael Greger MD

Diet and Hiatal Hernia

Michael Greger MD | July 13, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, Barrett's esophagus, bowel movements, cancer, carcinogens, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, esophageal cancer, fat, fiber, GERD, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, phytates, plant-based diets, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

In terms of preventing acid reflux heartburn, high-fat meals cause dramatically more acid exposure in the esophagus in the hours after a meal. I talked about this in Diet and GERD Acid Reflux Heartburn. High fiber intake decreases the...

Michael Greger MD

Music as Medicine

Michael Greger MD | July 11, 2017 | Health

Read More: allergies, anxiety, athletes, Bach, Beethoven, calories, children, exercise, jazz, medications, men's health, metabolism, Mozart, music, pain, side effects, surgery, testosterone, Valium, weight gain, weight loss, women's health

We've been playing music since the Paleolithic Era, 40,000 years ago. Music as therapy has been documented since at least biblical times. The first music therapy experiment was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1914....

Michael Greger MD

My New DVD Starts Streaming Today

Michael Greger MD | July 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: updates

My new DVD is out today and is available as a streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. In this new volume, I have videos on treating metastatic cancer with diet, coconut oil and candida; but, the...

Michael Greger MD

Solving a Colon Cancer Mystery

Michael Greger MD | June 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, animal fat, animal protein, cancer, cholesterol, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, exercise, fiber, lung cancer, mortality, processed foods, rectal cancer, smoking, standard American diet, tobacco

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. The rates of lung cancer around the world vary by a factor of 10. If there was nothing we could do to...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Kidney Stones with Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, beans, beef, bread, calcium, cheese, complementary medicine, dairy, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, kidney disease, kidney health, kidney stones, LAKE score, Lifestyle medicine, meat, milk, oxalate, pasta, pH, plant protein, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, rice, salt, seafood, sodium, standard American diet, tuna, uric acid, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, water

Studies suggest that excessive consumption of animal protein poses a risk of kidney stone formation, likely due to the acid load contributed by the high content of sulfur-containing amino acids in animal protein, a topic I explore in my...

Michael Greger MD

Ginger Root for Migraines

Michael Greger MD | June 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, complementary medicine, dizziness, ginger, headaches, heartburn, herbal remedies, industry influence, medications, migraine headaches, pain, side effects, spices, stomach health, water

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines...

Michael Greger MD

Sushi Worm Parasite

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: brain disease, brain health, eye health, fish, food poisoning, food-borne illness, mortality, oral health, pain, paralysis, parasites, plant-based diets, raw food, seafood, sushi, worms

There was a report recently of a woman in San Francisco suffering from gnathostomiasis. I had learned about the disease while I was in medical school, but never actually saw a case. Evidently, it's now on the rise. Clinically,...

Michael Greger MD

Plant versus Animal Iron

Michael Greger MD | June 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, anemia, animal products, beans, beef, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, chickpeas, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, diabetes, dried fruit, farm animals, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, iron, legumes, lentils, lung cancer, magnesium, meat, metabolic syndrome, Mexican Americans, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, rye, seeds, split peas, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they're no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because...

Michael Greger MD

Should Cancer Patients Avoid Raw Fruits and Vegetables?

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Cancer Society, animal products, antibiotics, antioxidants, bone marrow health, Campylobacter, cancer, CDC, chemotherapy, cooking methods, dairy, E. coli, eggs, Evidence-based medicine, FDA, food poisoning, food-borne illness, fruit, immune function, leukemia, lymphoma, meat, medical education, medical profession, mortality, neutropenic diet, raw food, salads, Salmonella, side effects, sprouts, vegetables

Back in the 1960s, a patient isolator unit was developed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Because our immune system cells were often caught in the friendly fire, up to 50% of cancer patients died of infections before they could...

Michael Greger MD

How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?

Michael Greger MD | June 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, plant-based diets, reversing chronic disease, stroke, surgery

In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical...

Michael Greger MD

Using a Smell Test to Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

Michael Greger MD | June 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's disease, brain disease, brain health, cognition, dementia, elderly, lavender, peanut butter, sense of smell

Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology appears to start in the part of the brain that handles smell before subsequently spreading to additional brain regions and then, ultimately, taking over much of the rest of the brain. This led some to...

Michael Greger MD

Follow-up Researcher Training, Upcoming CME, and The Big Fat Truth

Michael Greger MD | June 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: updates

Reaching More People Than Ever Before A long time dream of mine is finally coming true! NutritionFacts.org will be partnering with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to offer online courses for Continuing Medical Education credits. To maintain an...

Michael Greger MD

Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, antioxidants, bacon, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, constipation, corn, diabetes, Dr. Hugh Trowell, eggs, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, meat, medications, millet, mortality, oatmeal, obesity, plant-based diets, standard American diet, statins, stroke, sweet potatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We're getting only about half the minimum recommended intake on average. There is a fiber gap in America. Less than 3 percent meet the recommended minimum....

Janice Stanger, PhD

Estrogen and Testosterone: Problems With Keeping Them Balanced

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 23, 2017 | Health

Read More: hormones

How Can You Keep Your Hormones At the Best Levels? Modern lifestyles contribute to unbalanced, excessive, or deficient levels of estrogen, testosterone, and other sex hormones in men and women. This may result in unpleasant outcomes - such as low...

Michael Greger MD

Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Michael Greger MD | May 23, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, apples, Asia, Barrett's esophagus, beans, berries, beverages, bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cholecystokinin, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, eggs, esophageal cancer, esophagus, esophagus health, fat, fiber, food poisoning, food-borne illness, fruit, GERD, heartburn, McDonald's, meat, medications, melanoma, men's health, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant protein, pneumonia, poultry, prostate cancer, reflux, smoking, stomach, supplements, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E, women's health

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat, but GERD is not just burning...

Michael Greger MD

What Happened to the Rice Diet?

Michael Greger MD | May 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blindness, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, Lifestyle medicine, medications, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, reversing chronic disease, rice, sodium, statins, stroke

During his career at Duke, Dr. Walter Kempner treated more than 18,000 patients with his rice diet. The diet was originally designed as a treatment for kidney failure and out-of-control high blood pressure at a time when these diagnoses...