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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...

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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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Optimal Bowel Movement Frequency

Michael Greger MD | August 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, blood pressure, bowel movements, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon disease constipation, colon health, diarrhea, evolution, fiber, gastrocolic reflex, heart disease, heart health, plant-based diets, salt, standard American diet, stool size, stroke, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetarians

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations--with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be "guardian[s] of the royal...

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Plant-Based Diets as the Nutritional Equivalent of Quitting Smoking

Michael Greger MD | August 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard, exercise, fat, frying, heart disease, hypertension, lifestyle medicine, meat, medical education, mortality, plant-based diets, smoking, stroke, tobacco

Despite the most widely accepted and well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly calling for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, doctors often don't follow these recommendations. As seen in my video, The Best Kept Secret in Medicine,...

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Big Sugar Takes on the World Health Organization

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, beans, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, fat, fruit, grains, industry influence, junk food, lentils, medications, Michelle Obama, peas, processed foods, salt, saturated fat, subsidies, sugar, Sugar Association, tobacco, trans fats, vegetables, World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends we reduce our consumption of salt, trans fats, saturated fats, and added sugars. Why? Because consumption of such foods is the cause of at least 14 million deaths every year from chronic diseases....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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My New DVD Starts Streaming Today

Michael Greger MD | July 6, 2017 | Health

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

Michael Greger MD | June 1, 2017 | Health

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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...