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Michael Greger MD

High Blood Pressure: Normal but Not Natural

Michael Greger MD | April 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, aging, bacon, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bologna, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cola, cruciferous vegetables, Europe, fruit, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hypertension, lifespan, longevity, meat, medications, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, processed meat, seeds, soda, standard American diet, vegetables

The most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death ever undertaken allows us to answer questions like, how many lives could we save if people cut back on soda? The answer is 299,521. Soft drinks aren't just bad...

Michael Greger MD

NutritionFacts.org Gets a Makeover

Michael Greger MD | April 4, 2017 | Health

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New Features With More on the Way Notice anything different? NutritionFacts.org just got a major redesign! The site was looking SO 2014, but the main reason we wanted to shake things up is to make the homepage more newbie-friendly....

Michael Greger MD

Antioxidant- and Folate-Rich Foods for Depression

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, anxiety, ascorbic acid, beans, Canada, CDC, depression, folate, folic acid, fruit, grapefruit, greens, guava, junk food, lycopene, men's health, mental health, mood, mortality, oxidative stress, papaya, phytonutrients, processed foods, sexual health, spinach, suicide, supplements, tomatoes, vegetables, Vitamin C, vitamin E, women's health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of all of our top 10 killers have fallen or stabilized except for one, suicide. As shown in my video, Antioxidants & Depression, accumulating evidence indicates that free...

Michael Greger MD

The Five Most Important Dietary Tweaks

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, bacon, beverages, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children, chronic diseases, cola, deli meats, diabetes, exercise, fruit, heart disease, hot dogs, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, processed meats, seeds, Slovenia, smoking, soda, standard American diet, stroke, tobacco, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Generally, adherence to healthy lifestyle patterns has decreased during the last 18 years. Obesity is up, exercise is down, and the number of people eating just five servings of fruits and veggies a day dropped like a rock. And...

Michael Greger MD

How to Prevent a Heart Attack

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, heart diseases, heart health, inflammation, lifespan, mortality, saturated fat, standard American diet, trans fat

In my video Arterial Acne, I described atherosclerotic plaques as inflamed pockets of pus. Our coronary arteries start out healthy, but then the saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol in the standard American diet increases the cholesterol in our...

Michael Greger MD

Clostridium difficile in the Food Supply

Michael Greger MD | March 23, 2017 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, C. diff, chicken, colon health, cooking temperature, factory farming practices, farm animals, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, MRSA, pork, poultry, safety limits, superbugs, surgery, viral infections, zoonotic disease

Clostridium difficile is one of our most urgent bacterial threats, sickening a quarter million Americans every year, and killing thousands at the cost of a billion dollars a year. And it's on the rise. As shown in C. difficile...

Michael Greger MD

How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity

Michael Greger MD | March 21, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, breastfeeding, calories, casein, children, dairy, hormones, infant formula, infants, milk, obesity, premature puberty, protein, puberty, skim milk, women's health

We've known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula. Giving infants formula based on cow's milk presents an unusual situation. Cow's milk is...

Janice Stanger, PhD

What The Health Is What You Must Know

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 19, 2017 | Health

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Three Reasons To See This Documentary (Review) What The Health is a must-see documentary if you care about your health or the fate of our planet. This film is from the creators of the influential Cowspiracy, which shows the devastating...

Michael Greger MD

How Much Fiber Should You Eat Every Day?

Michael Greger MD | March 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, apple, beans, berries, blood sugar, broccoli, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, fat, fiber, Froot Loops, grains, heart disease, heart health, meat, nuts, oats, obesity, pasta, stroke, vegetables

High dietary fiber intake may help prevent strokes. The belief that dietary fiber intake is protectively associated with certain diseases was postulated 40 years ago and then enormously fueled and kept alive by a great body of science since....

Michael Greger MD

How Exactly Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop?

Michael Greger MD | March 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Diabetes Association, animal fat, blood sugar, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, diabetes, fat, fatty liver disease, insulin, liver health, obesity, pancreas health, prediabetes, VLDL, women's health

Insulin resistance is the cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. OkK, so what is the cause of insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is now accepted to be closely associated with the accumulation of fat within our muscle cells....

Michael Greger MD

Deep Breathing Exercise for Nausea

Michael Greger MD | March 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, alternative medicine, aromatherapy, caesarean section, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, ginger, mint, nausea, peppermint, spearmint, suppositories, surgery, vomiting, water

One of the most common fears patients express when facing surgery is postoperative nausea, which can range from minor queasiness to protracted periods of vomiting. Feeling sick to one's stomach and throwing up after surgery is a common problem,...

Michael Greger MD

New DVD, "Platinum," and Research Training

Michael Greger MD | March 2, 2017 | Health

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My new DVD came out last week and is available as streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. In this new volume, I have videos on practical tips to improve brain function, cramps, and asthma; not to...

Michael Greger MD

White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red

Michael Greger MD | February 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, beef, beverages, blood sugar, burgers, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, cola, dairy, eggs, fat, fish, flexitarians, hamburgers, heart health, industry influence, lard, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, soda, sugar, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, white meat

In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat, the beef industry commissioned and co-wrote a review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of beef versus chicken...

Michael Greger MD

Can You Eat Too Much Fruit?

Michael Greger MD | February 23, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blood pressure, blueberries, breakfast cereal, cancer, diabetes, fiber, fructose, fruit, Harvard, high fructose corn syrup, insulin, LDL cholesterol, oxidative stress, prediabetes, safety limits, soda, stool size, sugar, vegetables

In my video If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?, I explored how adding berries to our meals can actually blunt the detrimental effects of high glycemic foods, but how many berries? The purpose of one study out of...

Michael Greger MD

Foods Linked to ALS

Michael Greger MD | February 21, 2017 | Health

Read More: algae, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, biomagnification, BMAA, dementia, Finland, fish, France, industrial pollutants, Lou Gehrig's disease, mercury, neurotoxins, oysters, Parkinson's disease, seafood

As explored in my video ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease): Fishing for Answers, there may be a link in the consumption of the neurotoxin BMAA, produced by algae blooms, and increased risk of ALS. It now appears that BMAA could...

Michael Greger MD

What Is the Cause of ALS?

Michael Greger MD | February 16, 2017 | Health

Read More: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, biomagnification, blue-green algae, BMAA, brain disease, brain health, Canada, coconut milk, dementia, fish, Huntington's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, mortality, multiple sclerosis, neurotoxins, oysters, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, seafood, seeds, shrimp

Lou Gehrig's disease, known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, strikes healthy, middle-aged people seemingly at random. Of the major neurodegenerative diseases, it has the least hope for treatment and survival. Although mental capabilities stay intact, ALS paralyzes people,...

Michael Greger MD

Benefits of Nutritional Yeast to Prevent the Common Cold

Michael Greger MD | February 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal studies, antibiotics, athletes, beta glucan, brewer's yeast, California, candy, chemotherapy, common cold, FDA, gout, heavy metals, immune function, inflammation, kidney stones, lead, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, purines, safety limits, shiitake mushrooms, side effects, uric acid, yeast

Natural immunomodulators that can help regulate our immune system without side-effects have been sought for centuries, and all the while they've been sitting in the produce aisle. Plants produce thousand of active compounds, many of which modulate our immune...

Michael Greger MD

Benefits of Oatmeal for Fatty Liver Disease

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, asthma, blood sugar, bread, breakfast, breakfast cereal, cancer, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cirrhosis, diabetes, exercise, fiber, fruit, grains, heart health, liver disease, liver health, mortality, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, oatmeal, obesity, rice, smoking, vegetables, weight loss

If oatmeal is so powerful that it can clear up some of the ravages of chemotherapy just applied to the skin (see my video Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash), what might it do if we actually ate it? Oats...

Michael Greger MD

Does Oatmeal Lotion Work?

Michael Greger MD | February 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, cancer, cetuximab, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, grains, oatmeal, oats, phytonutrients, rash, skin health

A review in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology notes oatmeal has been used for centuries as a topical soothing agent on the skin to relieve itch and irritation in dermatology. Of course, that was coming from Johnson &...

Michael Greger MD

What Not to Add to White Rice, Potatoes, or Pasta

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, Asia, cardiovascular disease, chicken, China, China Study, diabetes, fat, fish, fruit, fruit juice, grains, heart disease, insulin, Japan, meat, obesity, oils, pancreas health, pork, potatoes, prediabetes, rice, seafood, stroke, sugar, tuna, vegans, vegetarians

Rice currently feeds almost half the human population, making it the single most important staple food in the world, but a meta-analysis of seven cohort studies following 350,000 people for up to 20 years found that higher consumption of...