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Michael Greger MD

Foods for a Long Life and Love Life

Michael Greger MD | May 22, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, beans, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, dairy, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, meat, Mediterranean diet, men's health, mental health, nuts, penis health, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

                Motivating patients to change poor lifestyle habits can be extremely difficult. Preventing cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes is a relatively distant benefit, whereas barbecued ribs, cheesecake, or sitting on...

Michael Greger MD

Pills vs. Diet For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, angina, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, lifespan, medications, men's health, mortality, penis health, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stress test, stroke, Viagra

                Erectile dysfunction is the recurrent or persistent inability to attain and/or maintain an erection in order for satisfactory sexual performance. It is present in up to 30 million men in the U.S....

Michael Greger MD

Which Seaweed to Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal fat, animal products, arsenic, Asia, beet greens, beets, blood pressure, breast cancer, breast health, California, cancer, chemotherapy, dulse, estrogen, fat, fiber, fruit, gut flora, hijiki, hormones, hypertension, iodine, Japan, kelp, low-fat diets, medications, nori, phytonutrients, salt, sea vegetables, sodium, standard American diet, thyroid disease, thyroid health, vegetables, women's health

                Sushi lovers, rejoice. Nori seaweed may favorably alter estrogen metabolism by modulating women’s gut flora, resulting in decreased breast cancer risk. As traditional East Asian diets have westernized, breast cancer rates have...

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN

Seeing Red

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | May 14, 2014 | Health

Read More: american heart association, doctor, go red for women, heart disease, heart disease prevention, plant-based diet, vegan, women's health

The best advice I ever received was perhaps in the 9th grade. I told my English teacher I wanted to be a writer. She gave me a puzzling frown and replied, "Don't study to be a writer, do something with...

Michael Greger MD

Preloading with Watercress Before Exercise

Michael Greger MD | May 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, athletes, beef, broccoli, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, inflammation, lifespan, meat, medications, milk, muscle health, muscle inflammation, muscle strength, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, seafood, supplements, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, watercress, yogurt

                Could exercise be creating harmful free radicals? Oxidizing glucose to produce energy for our bodies is messy, creating free radicals the way cars burning their fuel produce combustion by-products out the exhaust....

Michael Greger MD

Berries to Prevent Muscle Soreness

Michael Greger MD | May 8, 2014 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anthocyanins, athletes, berries, blueberries, C-reactive protein, cherries, citrus, complementary medicine, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, inflammation, juice, lactic acid, medications, muscle health, muscle inflammation, muscle soreness, muscle strength, pain, phytonutrients, side effects, sports drinks, sports medicine

                The burning sensation during strenuous exercise may be related to the build-up of lactic acid in our muscles (see Reducing Muscle Fatigue with Citrus), but that’s different than the delayed onset muscle...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

3 Myths of Consuming "Healthy" Oils

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | May 7, 2014 | Health

Olive oil is heart healthy. Coconut oil performs miracles. Flaxseed oil is a healthy source of omega-3s. These are the health claims purported in internet articles and scientific articles across the globe with these oils and others.Are they true? Do...

Michael Greger MD

Citrus to Reduce Muscle Fatigue

Michael Greger MD | May 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: athletes, blood sugar, body fat, citrus, Coca-Cola, dairy, exercise, fat, fatigue, fruit, grapefruit, hesperidin, lactic acid, lemons, limes, milk, muscle health, oranges, phytonutrients, sugar, triglycerides, yogurt

                The lactic acid that makes yogurt tangy is the same lactic acid that builds up in our muscles when we exercise strenuously. Instead of bacteria fermenting the sugar in milk to make...

Jess Parsons

Superbugs and deadly silence

Jess Parsons | May 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: antibiotic resistance, antibiotics, farm animals, health, vegan, water pollution, WHO

In the news today - again - scary deadly superbugs. A new WHO report reiterates that antibiotic overuse has led to antibiotic resistance, and there is now "no escape" from the risk. . But even with this documented developing...

Michael Greger MD

How Citrus Might Help Keep Your Hands Warm

Michael Greger MD | May 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, citrus, cold hands, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, grapefruit, heart disease, heart health, hesperidin, juice, lemons, lettuce, limes, orange juice, oranges, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, quercitin, stroke, vitamin C

                In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C, described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids. Some, like...

Michael Greger MD

Toxin Contamination of Spirulina Supplements

Michael Greger MD | April 29, 2014 | Health

Read More: algae, blue-green algae, cancer, infants, liver disease, liver failure, liver health, natural toxins, nerve health, pregnancy, safety limits, seizures, side effects, spirulina, supplements

                On his first day of life, an infant was hospitalized with seizures. Researchers concluded that his mother’s daily spirulina use starting in the fourth month of pregnancy was likely to blame. I’ve...

J Morris Hicks

What's the real story behind Bill Clinton's health turnaround?

J Morris Hicks | April 27, 2014 | Celebrities, Health, Video

Read More: Bill Clinton, Mark Hyman, vegan

Unfortunately, you won't find it in the New York Times. But you will find it here. Last week, Dr. Mark Hyman was in the news from coast-to-coast. For what? For publicizing the fact that he has convinced Bill Clinton to...

Michael Greger MD

Is Noni or Mangosteen Juice Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 24, 2014 | Health

Read More: aloe vera, beverages, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, hepatotoxins, Hydroxycut, industry influence, juice, liver disease, liver failure, liver health, mangosteen, Metabolife, mortality, natural toxins, noni, safety limits, seizures, side effects, stroke, supplements

                There is now another case report of acute toxicity linked to noni juice ingestion, this time in a 14 year old. At least his liver didn’t fail completely like in two of...

Michael Greger MD

Should Carrageenan Be Avoided?

Michael Greger MD | April 22, 2014 | Health

Read More: acrylamide, algae, bread, carrageenan, cheese, colon health, cooking temperature, dairy, EPA, Europe, fat, FDA, food additives, french fries, grains, infant formula, infants, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, Ireland, leaky gut theory, McDonald's, milk, potato chips, safety limits, yogurt

                Six hundred years ago, people living along the coast of Carragheen County Ireland started using a red algae, which came to be known as Irish moss, to make a jellied dessert. This...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Menstrual Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 17, 2014 | Health

Read More: bloating, energy, hormones, Ibuprofen, inflammation, medications, menstruation, pain, plant-based diets, premenstrual syndrome, side effects, sleep, surgery, uterine health, vegans, vegetarians, vitamin D, weight loss, women's health

                Almost half of menstruating women experience painful,crampy periods, also known as dysmenorrhea. According to Dr. Linda French from Michigan State University College of Medicine, "despite the substantial effect on quality of life...

Michael Greger MD

Cayenne for Irritable Bowel

Michael Greger MD | April 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, bloating, Campylobacter, capsaicin, Cayenne pepper, chronic diseases, dyspepsia, E. coli, food poisoning, foodborne illness, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel kiwi fruit, medications, mortality, nausea, pain, peppers, Propulcid, Salmonella, side effects, spices, spicy food, stomach health, substance P, syndrome

                Nearly 50 million Americans come down with food poisoning every year. Over a hundred thousand are hospitalized and thousands die every year just because of something they ate. If they had ordered...

Michael Greger MD

Natural Treatment for Cluster Headaches

Michael Greger MD | April 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, chili peppers, cluster headaches, complementary medicine, headaches, pain, peppers, suicide, surgery

                In a study "Secretion, Pain and Sneezing Induced by the Application of Capsaicin to the Nasal Mucosa in Man," researchers found that if we cut a hot pepper and rub it inside...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New Nutrition DVD Now Available

Michael Greger MD | April 8, 2014 | Health

Read More: DVD

The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series is now out. Order on my website or through Amazon (all proceeds go to the 501c3 nonprofit charity that keeps NutritionFacts.org thriving). It can also be ordered as...

Michael Greger MD

Foods With Natural Melatonin

Michael Greger MD | April 3, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, almonds, aspirin, bell peppers, berries, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, cherries, dried fruit, elderly, exercise, fenugreek, flax seeds, fruit, fruit juice, goji berries, hormones, Ibuprofen, inflammation, insomnia, juice, kiwi fruit, medications, Mediterranean diet, melatonin, muscle health, mustard seeds, nuts, phytonutrients, pineal gland, raspberries, seeds, serotonin, side effects, sleep, spices, sports drinks, tart cherries, tomatoes, walnuts

                We know that inadequate sleeping is associated with changes in diet—people tend to eat worse—but what about the opposite question: Can food affect sleep? In a study on kiwifruit, this seemed possible...