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Michael Greger MD

Eating Garlic and Raisins May Help Prevent Preterm Birth

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: aspartame, berries, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, dried fruit, fiber, fruit, garlic, grains, heart disease, heart health, oils, onions, plant-based diets, prediabetes, pregnancy, probiotics, processed meat, raisins, saturated fat, soda, standard American diet, vegetables, water, women's health

The United States has one of the worst premature birth rates in the world, now ranking 131st worldwide. Even worse, over the last few decades, the rate of preterm birth in the U.S. has been going up. We've known...

Michael Greger MD

Dioxins in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, catfish, chicken, China, dairy, dioxins, eggs, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, meat, milk, mineral clay, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

Dioxins are highly toxic pollutants that accumulate in tissue fat. Almost all dioxins found in people who don't work in toxic waste dumps or something similarly hazardous are believed to come from food, especially meat, milk, and fish, which...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Fish is Not a Health Food

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 31, 2016 | Health

When I first switched to eating a healthier, plant-based diet I continued to eat fish. I believed I was doing my body good by doing this. After all, fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-3 fatty acids have...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Fish is Not a Health Food

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 31, 2016 | Health

When I first switched to eating a healthier, plant-based diet I continued to eat fish. I believed I was doing my body good by doing this. After all, fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-3 fatty acids have...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's new Google Talk

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2016 | Health

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I was recently honored to be invited to Google to present on How Not to Die, and they made it into an official Talk@Google! View the presentation I've been giving around the country on my book tour for free...

Michael Greger MD

When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up...

Michael Greger MD

Four Brazil Nuts Once a Month...

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2016 | Health

Read More: brazil nuts, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart healtha, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, liver health, nuts, safety limits, selenium, statins

One of the craziest studies I read all year involved feeding people a single serving of Brazil nuts to see what it would do to the cholesterol levels of healthy volunteers. They gave ten men and women a single...

Michael Greger MD

The Effects of Dietary Cholesterol on Blood Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | March 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bacon, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, eggs, fat, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, pork, saturated fat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, triglycerides

Blood cholesterol levels are clearly increased by eating dietary cholesterol. In other words, putting cholesterol in our mouth means putting cholesterol in our blood, and it may also potentiate the harmful effects of saturated fats, meaning when we eat...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Sugar Is Not the Great Evil

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: sugar, ultra-processed foods

The Health Effects of Sugar Are Exaggerated While More Harmful Ingredients are Ignored Sugar has become the scapegoat for everything wrong with the health of Americans. Media, government authorities, and even some doctors blame sugar as the chief culprit -...

Michael Greger MD

Why Don't More Doctors Practice Prevention?

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, athletes, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, complementary medicine, depression, fiber, Framingham Heart Study, fruit, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, mood, nuts, plant-based diets, statins, vegans, vegetarians

Why don't more doctors practice preventive cardiology? Time availability is a reason frequently cited by physicians, but if you probe a little deeper, the number one reason given was their perception that patients fear being deprived of all the...

Michael Greger MD

Using Cherries to Treat Gout

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, cherries, complementary medicine, frozen fruit, gout, industry influence, joint disease, joint health, juice, pomegranate juice, uric acid

Over the last 40 years, the burden of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, has risen considerably, now affecting millions of Americans. In fact, gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women. In my video,...

Michael Greger MD

Antibiotic-Resistant "Superbugs" in Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, drug residues, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, lifespan, mortality, MRSA, pork, staph infection, surgery, World Health Organization

As a rule, "high-ranking public-health officials try to avoid apocalyptic descriptors. So it's worrying to hear those like the Director of the CDC warn of a coming health 'nightmare' and a 'catastrophic threat.'" A number of prominent publications recently...

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...