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Michael Greger MD

Preventing and Treating Low Back Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: adolescence, angiography, back pain, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, chronic diseases, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart health, lactic acid, lower back pain, nerve health, pain, sciatica, standard American diet

Low back pain became one of the biggest problems for public health systems in the Western world during the second half of the 20th century. The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as...

Michael Greger MD

What About All the Sugar in Fruit?

Michael Greger MD | August 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, berries, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, bread, fat, fiber, fructose, fruit, fruit juice, glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup, hypertension, insulin, intestinal health, juice, liver disease, liver health, pancakes, phytonutrients, soda, strawberries, sugar, water, weight loss

If the fructose in sugar and high fructose corn syrup has been considered "alcohol without the buzz" in terms of the potential to inflict liver damage, what about the source of natural fructose, fruit? If you compare the effects...

Michael Greger MD

New DVD, New Annual Talk, New Live Q&A's and HOW NOT TO DIE now out in Spanish

Michael Greger MD | August 4, 2016 | Health

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Decades ago, when I was still studying biophysics at Cornell's Agriculture School, I reached out to Professor Gertrude Buehring about her landmark findings that a cancer-causing virus was infecting the U.S. meat and dairy supply. What could I do...

Michael Greger MD

How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Heart Disease Risk

Michael Greger MD | August 2, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, exercise, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, INTERHEART study, Lifestyle medicine, nutrition myths, plant-based diets, smoking, statins, stroke

Medical myths and dogmas die hard. Researchers creating a new body of knowledge for prevention and control of heart disease had to disprove a bunch of doozies. For example, we used to think that heart disease, high cholesterol and...

Michael Greger MD

Inhibiting Platelet Activation with Tomato Seeds

Michael Greger MD | July 28, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, antioxidants, aspirin, blood clots, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fruit, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, heart disease, heart health, inflammation, kiwi fruit, mortality, oxidative stress, platelets, strawberries, stroke, tomato juice, tomato sauce, tomatoes, vegetables

In the prevention of cardiovascular disease, the consumption of fruits and vegetables is crucial. Preventing the oxidation of cholesterol may be one of the mechanisms by which fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However,...

Michael Greger MD

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease with Diet

Michael Greger MD | July 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, beans, brain disease, brain health, China, cognition, dairy, dementia, fish, fruit, meat, Mediterranean diet, nuts, saturate fat, vegetables

Up to half of Alzheimer's cases may be attributable to just seven risk factors shown in my video, Preventing Alzheimer's with Lifestyle Changes, which include diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, smoking, depression, and mental exercise; and that's not...

Michael Greger MD

Preventing Alzheimer's with Lifestyle Changes

Michael Greger MD | July 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's disease, blood pressure, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cognition, dementia, depression, diabetes, exercise, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, mortality, smoking, stroke

It's safe to say that Alzheimer's disease research is in a "state of crisis." For the past two decades, over 73,000 research articles have been published, averaging 100 papers per day, yet little clinical progress has been made. The...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Are You Getting Enough Sun?

Janice Stanger, PhD | July 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: sun, sunburn, sunscreen, vitamin D

Four Health Benefits of Sun, and Why Sunscreen Can Be Dangerous Life on earth evolved with the sun. Humans are adapted to live and thrive with sunshine - otherwise, people would have long since vanished from the planet. Once you...

Michael Greger MD

How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?

Michael Greger MD | July 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Heart Association, apples, calories, chronic diseases, Coca-Cola, empty calories, fatty liver disease, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, industry influence, liver disease, liver inflammation, soda, sugar, World Health Organization

In 1776, at the time of the American Revolution, Americans consumed about four pounds of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 pounds, and by 1994 to 120 pounds. Now we're closer to 160...

Michael Greger MD

Caloric Restriction vs. Plant-Based Diets

Michael Greger MD | July 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal protein, animal studies, athletes, body fat, caloric restriction, calories, cancer, chemotherapy, children, IGF-1, liver health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, protein, side effects, smoking, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

Hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year are attributed to obesity, now overtaking smoking as perhaps the main preventable cause of illness and premature death. In particular, excess body fatness is an important cause of...

Michael Greger MD

GMO Soy and Breast Cancer

Michael Greger MD | July 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: ADHD, alcohol, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chicken, children, diabetes, estrogen, farm animals, feed additives, glyphosate, GMO, heart disease, Monsanto, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, organic, Parkinson's disease, pesticides, Roundup, safety limits, soy, soybeans, stroke, women's health

In response to concerns raised about the toxicity of Monsanto's roundup pesticide, which ends up in GMO foods (See Is Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?), Monsanto's scientists countered that these in vitro experiments used physiological irrelevant concentrations, meaning dripping...

Michael Greger MD

Is Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?

Michael Greger MD | July 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, Europe, fertility, glyphosate, GMO, hormones, industry influence, men's health, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, Roundup, safety limits, soy, soybeans, testosterone, women's health

GMO soy has been found to be contaminated with pesticide residues (see Are GMOs Safe? The Case of Roundup Ready Soy), but are these levels anything to worry about? I explore this question in my video Is Monsanto's Roundup...

Michael Greger MD

Free Meal Plan with Dr. Greger-Approved Recipes

Michael Greger MD | July 7, 2016 | Health

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The good news: I'm writing a cookbook.When I set out to write How Not to Die I wanted to create more than just a reference book. Yes, I tried to pull together all of the most compelling evidence on...

Michael Greger MD

GMO Soybeans Compared to Conventionally Grown and Organic Soy

Michael Greger MD | July 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: glyphosate, GMO, industry influence, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, Roundup, soy, soybeans

As I discussed in the video, Are GMOs Safe? The Case of BT Corn, genes from GMO crops were found in pregnant women. There is debate on the direct threat of the inserted genes, but the real danger may...

Michael Greger MD

Is Insecticidal GMO Corn Safe?

Michael Greger MD | June 28, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, BT corn, corn, farm animals, fruit, GMO, industrial toxins, industry influence, meat, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, salmon, vegetables, women's health

Recently the prominent science journal Nature editorialized that we are now swimming in information about genetically modified crops, but that much of the information is wrong--on both sides of the debate. "But a lot of this incorrect information is...

Michael Greger MD

Why Does the Meat Industry Routinely Feed Animals Antibiotics?

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, chicken, cost savings, Europe, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, feed additives, industry influence, meat, MRSA, penicillin, Pew Commission, poultry, staph infection, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians

When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts. Manure contamination of meat can then transfer these gut bacteria to humans. These bacteria can even spread to vegetarians, since drug-resistant bacteria in the animal...

Michael Greger MD

Fast Food Restaurants in Children's Hospitals

Michael Greger MD | June 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: calories, candy, carrots, cholesterol, fast food, fruit, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, National Cancer Institute, smoking, tobacco, vegetables

The food industry spends billions on advertising. Promotion costs for individual candy bars can run in the tens of millions. McDonald's alone spends a billion dollars on advertising every year. Such figures dwarf the National Cancer Institute's million dollar...

Michael Greger MD

Dietary Estrogens and Male Fertility

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cheese, cholesterol, dairy, dioxin, eggs, estrogen, Europe, fish, hormones, industrial toxins, infertility, meat, men's health, milk, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, reproductive health, saturated fat, semen, sexual health, sperm counts, statins, xenoestrogens

In my video, The Role of Diet in Declining Sperm Counts, I discussed the association between high saturated fat intake and reduced semen quality. But what's the connection? One of the most recent papers on the topic found that...

Michael Greger MD

Preserving Male Reproductive Health With Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, fruit, infertility, longevity, men's health, mortality, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, reproductive health, saturated fat, semen, sperm counts, supplements, vegetables, vitamin C, walnuts

In 1992 a controversial paper was published suggesting sperm counts have been dropping around the world over the last 50 years. However, this remains a matter of debate. It's notoriously difficult to determine sperm counts in the general population...

Michael Greger MD

Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: apple juice, apples, asparagus, bananas, blueberries, bone health, bone mineral density, bowel movements, butyrate, calcium, carob, cholesterol, colon health, diabetes, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, grapes, gut flora, juice, laxatives, Metamucil, onions, phytonutrients, polyphenols, smoothies, stool size, vegetables

Studies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk,...