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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...

Michael Greger MD

Two Kiwifruit an Hour Before Bedtime

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, antioxidants, cognition, complementary medicine, folate, fruit, immune function, industry influence, insomnia, kiwi fruit, lifespan, longevity, medications, memory, mortality, oxidative stress, pneumonia, serotonin, sleep, sleeping pills, tomatoes, Valium, vegetables

                The number one question in sleep research is “Why do we sleep?” followed by the question,“How much sleep do we need?” After literally hundreds of studies, we still don’t know the best...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Calcium Myth - More Is Not Better

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | March 26, 2014 | Health

Read More: calcium, dairy, osteoporosis, plant-based pharmacist

Adopting a healthier lifestyle leads to a lot of questions. Adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet as part of a healthy lifestyle leads to even more questions. Aside from the question of, How do you get enough protein?, the question of How...

Michael Greger MD

Starving Tumors of Their Blood Supply

Michael Greger MD | March 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, angiogenesis, antiangiogenesis, apigen, beans, berries, breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, celery, citrus, exercise, fisitin, flavonoids, fruit, luteolin, metastases, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, rice, spices, strawberries, tea, vegans, vegetarians, VEGF, weight loss, women's health

                About a third of common cancers may be prevented by eating a healthy, plant-based diet; being physically active; and maintaining a healthy weight. One of the ways plants may help is by...

Michael Greger MD

Breast Cancer and Wine

Michael Greger MD | March 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, aromatase, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast feeding, breast health, cancer, colon cancer, dairy, endometrial cancer, EPIC Study, esophageal cancer, estrogen, fruit, fruit juice, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, kidney cancer, liver cancer, meat, mushrooms, oral cancer, plant-based diets, red wine, smoking, standard American diet, strawberries, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, white wine, wine

                After diagnosis, women with breast cancer may cut their risk of dying nearly in half by just instituting simple, modest lifestyle changes—5 or more servings of fruits and veggies a day and...

Michael Greger MD

When a Scraped Knee May Once Again Kill

Michael Greger MD | March 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: agriculture, animal products, animal welfare, antibiotics, antimicrobial drugs, bacteria, beef, chicken, children, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, growth promoters, immune function, industry influence, meat, medications, mortality, penicillin, pork, poultry, superbugs, tetracycline, turkey, World Health Organization

                In a keynote address last year, the Director-General of the World Health Organization warned that we may be facing a future in which many of our miracle drugs no longer work. “A...

Michael Greger MD

Why We Should Eat More Beans

Michael Greger MD | March 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: beans, blood sugar, bread, carbohydrates, chickpeas, diabetes, fiber, garbanzo beans, gastric emptying, glycemic index, gut bacteria, gut flora, insulin, lentil effect, lentils, metabolic syndrome, pasta, peas, potatoes, pre-diabetes, propionate, rice, second meal effect, sugar

                We’ve known for decades that beans have an exceptionally low glycemic index. You give someone cooked beans, peas, or lentils and they don’t even get half the blood sugar spike that they...

Michael Greger MD

Egg Industry Caught Making False Claims

Michael Greger MD | March 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, American Heart Association, animal products, arachidonic acid, cake, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, eggs, false advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Freedom of Information Act, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, milk, National Commission on Egg Nutrition, poultry, safety limits, Salmonella, smoking, steak, tobacco, turkey, USDA, vegetables

                On the basis of concerns from the American Heart Association and consumer groups, the Federal Trade Commission carried out successful legal action—upheld by the Supreme Court—to compel the egg industry to cease...

Michael Greger MD

Male Fertility and Dietary Pollutants

Michael Greger MD | March 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: anabolic steroids, animal fat, beef, cadium, cheese, chicken, cola, dairy, fish, heavy metal, hormones, industrial pollutants, infertility, lead, male infertility, meat, milk, pesticides, plant-based diet, saturated fat, scallops, shrimp, soda, soft drinks, sperm count, steroids, tuna, vegan, vegetarian, xenobiotics, xenoestrogens

                Infertility affects 10–15 percent of couples attempting to conceive, and in about half the cases the problem is in the man. A recent Harvard study found that increasing saturated fat intake just...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Heart Health - Statins vs Diet

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | February 27, 2014 | Health

February is American Heart Month and everybody is going red in support of building healthy hearts. There's fundraisers, walks for the cure, and even activities to teach kids about healthy hearts. While these events are a great way to raise money and...

Michael Greger MD

Trans Fat in Animal Fat

Michael Greger MD | February 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: aggression, animal products, bologna, breast cancer, burgers, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken fat, cholesterol, coronary heart disease, dairy, diabetes, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hydrogenated fats, impatience, irritability, junk food, meat, milk, National Academies of Science, olive oil, plant-based diet, refined oil, stroke, sudden death, trans fat, turkey meat, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

                Trans fats are bad. They may increase one’s risks of heart disease, sudden death, diabetes—and perhaps even aggression. Trans fat intake has been associated with overt aggressive behavior, impatience, and irritability. Trans fats...