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Michael Greger MD

What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Campbell Plan Guides Your Whole Food, Plant-Based Journey

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Dr. Thomas Campbell, The Campbell Plan

Dr. Thomas Campbell Puts You In Charge of Your Own Health As a family physician and coauthor of The China Study, Dr. Thomas Campbell is eminently credible in showing the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in transforming your...

Michael Greger MD

Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than...

Michael Greger MD

Introducing Joseph Gonzales, R.D.

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 2015 | Health

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States may...

Michael Greger MD

Meat Industry Wins Right to Sell Tainted Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Campylobacter, chicken, cooking methods, cooking temperature, farm animals, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, food recalls, foodborne illness, industry influence, Mexico, poultry, safety limits, Sweden, turkey, USDA

In my last post, I talked about a particularly virulent strand of Salmonella traced to Foster Farms. But while even Mexico banned the importation of Foster Farms' chicken on public health grounds, it was still sold in the United...

Michael Greger MD

Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks Show Food Safety Systems Failure

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, chicken, children, Consumers Union, elderly, factory farming practices, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, industry influence, meat, mortality, Pew Commission, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, USDA

Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and more deaths than any other foodborne illness, and it's been on the rise. Salmonella causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the U.S., and over the last decade or so the...

Michael Greger MD

Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Gout - Prevention and Treatment Options

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 4, 2015 | Health

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting joints of the periphery (feet, knees, hands, and elbows).1 The big toe is the most common and notorious site of acute gout attacks, and these attacks are extremely painful. Some have...

Michael Greger MD

The Reversal on Fish Oil

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, DHA, fat, fish, fish oil, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, lifespan, medical profession, men's health, mortality, nutrition myths, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, stroke, supplements

Are the purported benefits of fish oil supplementation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease just a "fish tale"? Thanks to recommendations from organizations such as the American Heart Association that individuals at high risk for heart disease...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Ways Bacon Will Kill You

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: AGEs, bacon, cancer

A Toxic Chemical Brew Disguised As Something Edible The dangers of bacon make this food fad a gateway to cancer and early death. Research shows that processed meats, which include bacon, are health disasters. For example: Two studies in the...

Michael Greger MD

Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,...

Michael Greger MD

Understanding Lifestyle Medicine From the Heart

Michael Greger MD | February 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: amputations, blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, eye disease, eye health, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, stroke, tobacco, Yale

I talk a lot about numbers and statistics, but as the Director of Yale's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz put it in an editorial in the American Journal of Health Promotion, to reach doctors, our fellow colleagues, maybe...

Michael Greger MD

Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty...

Michael Greger MD

Organic Milk and Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | February 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: almond milk, cancer, dairy, eggs, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, growth promoters, hormones, Japan, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, organic foods, organic milk, prostate cancer, prostate health, steroids

Researchers have expressed concern that since cow's milk contains estrogens, dairy could stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors. The thought is that the consumption of dairy products could both "promote the conversion of precancerous lesions or mutated cells to...

Michael Greger MD

Now Hiring! New Employment Opportunities at NutritionFacts.org

Michael Greger MD | February 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: jobs

It's been a long-time dream of mine to bring a dietitian or other nutrition or medical professional onto the team to help answer everyone's questions. When NutritionFacts.org began in 2011, I was able to personally respond to every comment,...

Jess Parsons

Obesity: Supporting satisfaction instead of surgery

Jess Parsons | February 11, 2015 | Health

Read More: calorie density, dairy, government, health, meat industry, money, processed food, surgery, weight loss

Hot news from down under - a couple of surgeons who perform bariatric (stomach-stapling) operations would like to perform more of them on us, and would like tax money to fund their work. The media is running their advertisement...

Michael Greger MD

Who Should be Careful About Curcumin?

Michael Greger MD | February 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, calcium, cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, DNA damage, flax seeds, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, gallstones, gout, heavy metals, India, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lead, liver disease, liver health, medications, mercury, oxalates, plutonium, pregnancy, safety limits, side effects, spices, supplements, turmeric

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. "Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and...

Michael Greger MD

Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications, pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmeric

"Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs-often in a sophisticated way. Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was...

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN

Kickstart Your Heart Health this February, Little Rock!

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | February 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: Kickstart, Little Rock, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based nutrition, vegan diet

It's been less than a month, but Kickstart Your Health Little Rock has already made huge strides in helping our city get healthy and feel good! Now, it's still not too late to sign up for the free and fun...