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Jess Parsons

The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn - Book review

Jess Parsons | September 12, 2011 | Health

Read More: animal foods, diabetes, dr esselstyn, dr t colin campbell, heart disease reversal, men, nutrition, obesity and the food we eat, plant-based diet, rip esselstyn, stroke, weight-loss

OK, so from the first chapter about firefighters, leaps from a burning apartment building, screams and injuries, it’s obvious this isn’t your typical vegan diet book.  Heck, it’s obvious from the cover!  Engine 2…  This book is unique in...

Michael Greger MD

Optimum Nutrition Recommendations

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2011 | Health

Read More: beans, calcium, carotenoid, fruit, grains, greens, iodine, iron, nuts, omega 3s, phytonutrients, seeds, selenium, vegetables, vitamin B12, vitamin D

In today's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Golden glow, and tomorrow's, Produce, not pills to increase physical attractiveness, I review the new research suggesting the consumption of dark green leafy vegetables improves the healthy appearance of Caucasians due to carotenoid deposition in...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Why the Much-Hyped Weight Watchers Study Sets You Up for Disappointment

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 11, 2011 | Health

Read More: weight loss, Weight Watchers, whole foods plant-based diet

Is the Glass 6 Pounds Full or 42 Pounds Empty? The media have been overflowing with a recent British study that compared weight loss results of visits to a doctor vs. the Weight Watchers program. A Google search for...

Michael Greger MD

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger MD | September 10, 2011 | Health

Read More: Ask the Doctor, cholesterol, eggs, lycopene, raw food, supplements, tomatoes, vitamin B12, vitamin D

With hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics and new content every day it may be hard to keep up with NutritionFacts.org! So I thought every weekend I'd start reposting some of the most popular back-and-forth of...

J Morris Hicks

Gupta over Oz -- Proving that we want CLARITY over confusion

J Morris Hicks | September 8, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: gupta oz, reversal of heart disease

  Another lop-sided football score, something like 49-0 During the past week, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta aired his heart attack documentary numerous times -- and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I am particularly impressed with what Sanjay is still...

Michael Greger MD

How much pus is there in milk?

Michael Greger MD | September 8, 2011 | Health

Read More: dairy, dairy cows, hamburger, iodine, lameness, mastitis, pus

In the new NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day today, I note that the antiseptics used to disinfect cow teats can provide a source of iodine, but have been found to boost the level of pus in the milk of cows with staph-infected...

Sarah Taylor

The Vegan Craze

Sarah Taylor | September 7, 2011 | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton vegan, Caldwell Esselstyn, Colin Campbell, Oprah vegan, Sanjay Gupta, Skinny Bitch, vegan

Well, it’s taken 9 years since I went vegan, but I’m officially no longer a freak:  The vegan diet has decidedly gone mainstream, and I couldn’t be more excited! It probably started when Skinny Bitch became a best-seller, convincing all...

Michael Greger MD

Natural Alzheimer's treatment

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 2011 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, cholesterol, dementia, phytonutrients, saffron, World Health Organization

September is Alzheimer's Month, in recognition of the five million Americans stricken with the devastating disease, now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. We've known for almost 20 years that compared to long-time vegetarians, those...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Five Ways You Thrive With Flax Seeds for Pennies a Day

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 5, 2011 | Health

Read More: flax seeds, inflammation, omega 3s, omega 6s, whole food plant-based diets

Why Consuming Fish for Omega-3s Is Like Eating Radioactive Vegetables You can’t eat a single nutrient in isolation. This includes overhyped omega-3 fatty acids. Whether you get these nutrients from food or pills, they’re part of a package. Here’s an...

J Morris Hicks

Oz takes "confusion over clarity" to a new level - TIME

J Morris Hicks | September 5, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: gupta and oz, last heart attack, oz myths about food

The Oz Diet. No more myths. No more fads. What you should eat -- and why. Leading off with a title like that, you're no doubt expecting to see some much-needed clarity on this crucial topic -- but Dr....

Michael Greger MD

Contagion: bad timing for CDC report of new swine flu strain

Michael Greger MD | September 4, 2011 | Health

Read More: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children, Contagion, epidemic, flu, foodborne illness, influenza, pandemic, pigs, pork, swine flu, virus

A week before the premiere of Contagion, a star-studded thriller about (spoiler alert!) a pork-borne pandemic, is unfortunate timing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce the identification of a new strain of swine flu in...

Michael Greger MD

Physician-assisted suicide? When doctors give nutrition advice

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2011 | Health

Read More: medical education, medical school, nutrition, PCRM, The Last Heart Attack

In our society, we physicians are afforded extraordinary power. "In the case of the United States," noted an article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, "the question of how a profession held in low esteem and mired in...

J Morris Hicks

American Hangnail "Association." Do we need one?

J Morris Hicks | September 2, 2011 | Health

Read More: esselstyn clinton, heart attack proof, ornish heart disease, the last heart attack

  No. And we may not need one for heart disease very much longer... If you missed the CNN Special "The Last Heart Attack" this past Sunday, you will have several opportunities to see it -- described later in this...

Sarah Taylor

Be Kind to Yourself

Sarah Taylor | September 1, 2011 | Health

Read More: diet, dieting, vegan

I read in a recent blog where the author said she was “feeling like a fraud for struggling to take advice she’d offered in an article.” I can totally relate.  People assume that as a vegan author and speaker I...

Sarah Taylor

Be Kind to Yourself

Sarah Taylor | September 1, 2011 | Health

Read More: diet, dieting, vegan

I read in a recent blog where the author said she was “feeling like a fraud for struggling to take advice she’d offered in an article.” I can totally relate.  People assume that as a vegan author and speaker I...

Michael Greger MD

Bad Egg

Michael Greger MD | August 31, 2011 | Health

Read More: cholesterol, diabetes, eggs, gestational diabetes, Harvard, heart failure, mortality, Physician's Health Study

In 2008, the Harvard Physician's Health Study, which followed 20,000 physicians for 20 years, found that those eating just a single egg a day or more had significantly higher total mortality risk, meaning eating just one egg a day...

J Morris Hicks

"The Last Heart Attack" on CNN -- My Review

J Morris Hicks | August 30, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: bill clinton diet, CNN special last heart attack, esselstyn, reverse heart disease, sanjay gupta

Overall it was a fabulous, life-saving, telecast -- but... While watching the show from near Boston during Hurricane Irene, my first thought was that both Irene and the "Sanjay Special" had fallen short of meeting expectations. Thankfully in the...

Michael Greger MD

Vitamin B12: how much, how often?

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2011 | Health

Read More: Airborne supplements, Alli, Applebee's, Burger King, Centrum, Chick-fil-A, Chili's, Coca-Cola, dairy, Dow Chemical, Dr Greger, Dr Gregor, Eggbeaters, fish oil, Flomax, Häagen-Dazs, Herbalife, Juice Plus+, KFC, Lipitor, McDonald's, Michael Gregor, milk, mucus, Nutrasweet, nutritional yeast, Pop Tarts, Purevia, red yeast rice, spirulina, Splenda, Sugar Twin, supplements, Sweet and Low, Sweet One, TGI Friday's, Truvia, Vaseline, vitamin B12, weight loss

This week NutritionFacts.org celebrates the upload of its 300th video. Though the site is officially only 9 days old, it launched "preloaded" with 288 videos taken from the last four years of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series....

Michael Greger MD

Soy and breast cancer: an update

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 2011 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, estrogen, phytoestrogens, puberty, soy, soya milk, soymilk

We've known that regular soy consumption appears to both prevent breast cancer--the number one cancer killer of young women--and prolong survival in women battling the dreaded disease, but we haven't understood why. Soybeans naturally contain weakly estrogenic compounds called...

Michael Greger MD

Making day-to-day grocery store decisions

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 2011 | Health

Read More: aluminum, blueberries, cholesterol, dairy, dog rose berries, Dr. Jenkins, JAMA, Lipitor, scombroid poisoning, soymilk, tuna

When I treasure hunt through the medical literature every year for NutritionFacts.org, there are three qualities I find myself using most often to sift the year's nutritional nuggets into video form. Is it groundbreaking? Is it interesting? Is it practical?...