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Michael Greger MD

Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, amputations, blindness, chicken, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, diarrhea, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fiber, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, muscle soreness, nausea, pork, poultry, prediabetes, saturated fat, side effects, vision

In just one decade, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes. What's the big deal?...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Overview and Treatment Options

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 5, 2016 | Health

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has become increasingly common amongst Western cultures. This chronic disease is now estimated to affect up to 27.8% of North America and 25.9% of Europe. With 1 out of every 4 people suffering from this condition,...

Michael Greger MD

Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the...

Michael Greger MD

What To Do if You Suspect Gluten Problems

Michael Greger MD | February 25, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, anemia, autoimmune diseases, bacon, bagels, blueberries, bread, candy, celiac disease, chocolate, depression, doughnuts, fast food, fatigue, food sensitivities, fructose, fruit, frying, gluten, grains, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, junk food, kale, lactose, marshmallows, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, rash, Twinkies, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wheat

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include irritable bowel type symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits, as well as systemic manifestations such as brain fog, headache, fatigue, depression, joint and muscle aches, numbness in the extremities,...

Michael Greger MD

Gluten Sensitivity Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | February 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, asthma, bagels, bread, celiac disease, dairy, depression, diarrhea, eggs, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, industry influence, irritable bowel syndrome, mental health, migraines, milk, mood, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, pasta, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, United Kingdom, wheat

In 1980, researchers in England reported a series of women with no evidence of celiac disease (the autoimmune disorder associated with gluten intolerance), who nevertheless resolved their chronic diarrhea on a gluten-free diet. The medical profession was skeptical at...

Michael Greger MD

A Simple Yet Neglected Cure for Childhood Constipation

Michael Greger MD | February 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, anal fissure, anal health, animal protein, asthma, bowel movements, children, chronic diseases, colon health, constipation, dairy, eczema, fiber, milk, rice milk, soy milk

Back in the 1950s, it was suggested that some cases of constipation among children might be due to the consumption of cow's milk. But it wasn't until 40 years later that it was finally put to the test. We...

Michael Greger MD

How to Cook Broccoli

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cancer, cauliflower, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, enzymes, greens, kale, mustard greens, mustard powder, mustard seeds, radishes, spices, sulforaphane, vegetables, women's health

When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called "iloccor-B." I'd talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, its excellent safety profile. Just as...

Michael Greger MD

The #1 Dietary Risk Factor is Not Eating Enough Fruit

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 2016 | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, aspirin, berries, blood clots, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fruit, grape juice, grapefruit juice, heart disease, heart health, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, mortality, orange juice, platelets, rheumatoid arthritis, saturated fat, side effects, strawberries, stroke, trans fats, vegetables

The Global Burden of Disease Study published in 2012, is the most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death undertaken to date, involving nearly 500 researchers from more than 300 institutions in 50 countries, and starting with almost...

Michael Greger MD

Why are Chickens Fed Prozac?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, antibiotics, antihistamines, arsenic, birth defects, caffeine, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, DES, drug residues, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, feather meal, feed additives, fish, fungicides, growth promoters, hormones, industry influence, medications, miscarriage, poultry, pregnancy, Prozac, sheep, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, women's health

Between 1940 and 1971, the synthetic estrogen DES was prescribed to several million pregnant women with the promise that it would "help prevent miscarriages." Problems were first highlighted in 1953 when it became clear that DES was not only...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Seven Dangerous Mistakes in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 24, 2016 | Health

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How Can You Protect Yourself Against This Really Bad Advice? The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the official federal directive on how to eat, starts out with a promising goal. The Guidelines observe "about half of all American adults--117 million...

Michael Greger MD

Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on...

Michael Greger MD

Bile Binding Beets

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carrots, cauliflower, cholesterol, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, detoxification, eggplant, enzymes, fiber, green beans, heart disease, heart health, kale, mustard greens, okra, oxidative stress, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, raw food, spinach, steaming, turnips, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Breast Cancer and Constipation, I discussed how fruits and veggies bind carcinogenic bile acids in our gut. Since bile acids are absorbed back into our systems, they may increase our risk of not only colon cancer...

Michael Greger MD

Bile Acids and Breast Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, bowel movements, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon health, constipation, DNA damage, estrogen, fiber, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, lead, mercury, plant-based diets, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why do constipated women appear to be at higher risk for breast cancer? The results of a 1989 study out of the American Journal of Public Health suggested a slight increased risk of breast cancer for both decreased frequency...

Michael Greger MD

Evidence-Based Nutrition

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, chronic diseases, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Walter Kempner, ECMO, extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, heart disease, heart health, infants, Lifestyle medicine, Louis Pasteur, lung health, medical education, mortality, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, rabies, Rice Diet, standard American diet, vaccines

Dr. Esselstyn's landmark study, demonstrating that even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet, has been criticized for being such a small study. But the reason we're used to seeing large studies is...

Michael Greger MD

The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne...

Michael Greger MD

How to Suppress the Aging Enzyme TOR

Michael Greger MD | January 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal protein, blueberries, breast cancer, broccoli, caloric restriction, cancer, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, dairy, endocrine disruptors, fruit, grapes, green tea, hormones, infants, Kaposi's sarcoma, kidney health, lifespan, mango, milk, mortality, onions, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, rapamycin, soy, spices, strawberries, TOR, turmeric, vegetables

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 papers have been published about TOR, an engine-of-aging enzyme inhibited by the drug rapamycin. (What is TOR? Check out my videos Why Do We Age? and Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction.)...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How Many Cigarettes Should You Smoke in the New Year?

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: health, smoking, whole foods plant-based diet

And How Much Meat and Dairy Are Safe to Eat? Will smokers get much benefit from a resolution to smoke fewer cigarettes, as an alternative to quitting altogether? Decades of global research on tobacco use show cutting down on cigarette...

Michael Greger MD

Free App for Android and iPhone and Top 10 Videos of 2015

Michael Greger MD | December 31, 2015 | Health

The second half of my new book (and New York Times Bestseller for the third week in a row--I'm still pinching myself!), How Not to Die, revolves around my Daily Dozen, a checklist of all the things I try...