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Michael Greger MD

How Turmeric Can Help Combat the Effects of Sitting

Michael Greger MD | October 25, 2016 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Curcumin, diabetes, endothelial, exercise, fat, green tea, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, nuts, spices, treadmill, turmeric

The average American spends most of their waking life sitting down, which is associated with an increased risk of death even among people who go to the gym after work and exercise regularly. Doing lots of sitting may double...

Michael Greger MD

Can Peppermint Improve Athletic Performance?

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: aromatherapy, athletes, body odor, Europe, exercise, fatigue, herbal remedies, lung health, mint, mood, PCOS, peppermint, peppermint oil, sexual health, smoking, spearmint, suicide, tea, testosterone, women's health

Ever since smoking was prohibited in night clubs, customers have increasingly noticed other unpleasant smells present in the club--like body odors. So, researchers in Europe thought they'd try to cover them up. The researchers measured the effects of peppermint,...

Michael Greger MD

Reversal of Chronic Disease Risk Even Late in Life

Michael Greger MD | October 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, colon cancer, diabetes, fruit, grains, heart disease, Japan, junk food, legumes, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, smoking, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A hundred years ago, the New York Times reported on a rather sophisticated study for the time: 4,600 cases of cancer appearing over a seven year period, suggesting that the increased consumption of animal foods was to blame. A...

Michael Greger MD

Are Raisins a Good Snack Choice?

Michael Greger MD | October 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood sugar, California Raison Marketing Board, calories, candy, Coca-Cola, cookies, dried fruit, fruit, grapes, industry influence, junk food, obesity, pizza, potato chips, raisins, soda

Raisins, like all fruits, have a variety of health benefits, but dried fruit is higher in calories per serving than fresh, so might they contribute to weight gain? A study done by the University of Connecticut helped set people's...

Michael Greger MD

What About Eating Just a Little Meat?

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, Asia, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, fish, flexitarians, heart health, hypertension, junk food, meat, plant-based diets, prediabetes, soda, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

As you can see in my video, Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes, we've known for decades that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies going back half a century found that those eating meat one or more days...

Michael Greger MD

Do You Meet the Simple Seven?

Michael Greger MD | October 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, beans, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, soda, vegetables, World Health Organization

In public health school, you learn there are three levels of preventive medicine. Primary prevention would be like trying to prevent someone at risk for heart disease from getting his or her first heart attack. Secondary prevention is when...

Michael Greger MD

How to Design Saturated Fat Studies to Hide the Truth

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, Atkins diet, butter, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, fat, Harvard, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, Hegsted Equation, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, milk, National Beef Cattleman's Association, National Dairy Board, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians

Where do the international consensus guidelines to dramatically lower saturated fat consumption come from? (I show the list in my video, The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public). They came from literally hundreds of metabolic ward experiments, which...

Michael Greger MD

The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public

Michael Greger MD | September 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, animal fat, animal products, butter, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Center for Science in the Public Interest, cheese, chicken, dairy, dietary guidelines, European Food Safety Authority, fat, heart disease, heart health, ice cream, industry influence, Institute of Medicine, junk food, meat, Mexico, milk, National Dairy Board, National Dairy Promotion Board, pie, processed foods, safety limits, saturated fat, trans fat

Time magazine's cover exhorting people to eat butter could be viewed as a desperate attempt to revive dwindling print sales, but they claimed to be reporting on real science--a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a prestigious journal that...

Michael Greger MD

Which Dietary Factors Affect Breast Cancer Most?

Michael Greger MD | September 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, alcohol, American Institute for Cancer Research, beverages, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, Forks Over Knives, greens, heart disease, heart health, kidney cancer, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver cancer, lung cancer, mortality, oral cancer, plant protein, plant-based diets, smoking, stomach cancer, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

One of my favorite cancer-specific charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research, lauds the China Study and the documentary Forks Over Knives, with which they share the same bottom-line message: The healthiest diets are those that revolve around whole...

Michael Greger MD

Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | September 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: AMA, brain health, CDC, chronic fatigue syndrome, ciguatera, cooking methods, depression, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, mental health, neurotoxins, New York City, pain, pets, polymyositis, seafood, sexual health, sexual transmission, zoonotic disease

Ciguatera is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, which occurs after the consumption of fish contaminated with neurotoxins produced by certain microalgae that build up the food chain. Just a few bites can be sufficient to...

Michael Greger MD

How to Mitigate and Prevent Crohn's Disease with Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, artificial sweeteners, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, broccoli, carboxy-methyl cellulose, colon health, Crisco, Crohn's disease, dairy, dishwashing detergent, fiber, fruit, greens, gut flora, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, junk food, maltodextrin, meat, plant-based diets, plantains, Polysorbate 80, processed foods, Splenda, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, xanthan gum

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease; current research focuses on...

Michael Greger MD

Should Pregnant Women Drink Cow's Milk?

Michael Greger MD | September 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, children, chronic diseases, dairy, endometrial cancer, estrogen, farm animals, fertility, hormones, IGF-1, men's health, menopause, milk, organic, ovarian cancer, plant-based diets, pregnancy, prostate cancer, puberty, reproductive health, twins, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Foods of animal origin in general naturally contain hormones, but cow's milk may be of particular concern. The hormones naturally found even in organic cow's milk may have played a role in studies that found a relationship between dairy...

Michael Greger MD

Estrogen in Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

Michael Greger MD | September 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, birth control pills, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, children, dairy, eggs, endocrine disruptors, estrogen, Europe, farm animals, feed additives, fish, hormones, industrial toxins, meat, milk, persistent organic pollutants, poultry, steroids, water, women's health, xenoestrogens

Estrogen hormones can be thousands of times more estrogenic than typical endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Dietary exposure to natural sex steroids (in meat, dairy, and eggs) is "therefore highly relevant in the discussion of the impact of estrogens on human development...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Vitamin A Toxicity: A Little-Known Danger in Animal Foods

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 8, 2016 | Health

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Too Much Vitamin A Can Lead to Weak Bones and Fractures Vitamin A is essential for proper vision, allowing new cells to form, and supporting reproduction and growth (including immune system strength). Sounds wonderful, you may be thinking, and decide...

Michael Greger MD

What to Eat to Protect Against Kidney Cancer

Michael Greger MD | September 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, bacon, beef, blood pressure, cancer, carcinogens, celery, chicken, collard greens, dairy, deli meat, diabetes, eggs, fermented foods, fiber, greens, hot dogs, hypertension, industry influence, kale, kidney cancer, kidney disease, kidney health, meat, NIH-AARP study, nitrate, nitrite, nitrosamines, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, processed meat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, vegetables, vitamin C

58,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year, and 13,000 die. And the numbers have been going up. Approximately 4 percent of cases are hereditary, but what about the other 96 percent? The only accepted risk factor has...

Michael Greger MD

Paleo Diet May Undermine Benefit of CrossFit Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, apples, Atkins diet, beans, beef, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, doughnuts, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, insulin, junk food, LDL cholesterol, legumes, low-carb diets, meat, nutrition myths, nuts, oatmeal, paleolithic diets, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, protein, salmon, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss

Much of the low-carb and paleo reasoning revolves around insulin. To quote a paleo blogger, "carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health." So the logic follows that because carbs increase insulin,...

Michael Greger MD

Side-Effects of Aspartame on the Brain

Michael Greger MD | September 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: artificial sweeteners, aspartame, beverages, brain health, coffee, depression, dopamine, Europe, FDA, Harvard, headaches, insomnia, Kaiser Permanente, mental health, MIT, mood, NIH-AARP study, Nutrasweet, processed foods, saccharin, safety limits, seizures, serotonin, soda, sugar, suicide, Sweet and Low, sweeteners, tea

The National Institutes of Health AARP study of hundreds of thousands of Americans followed for years found that frequent consumption of sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, may increase depression risk among older adults. Whether soda, fruit-flavored drinks, or iced...

Michael Greger MD

Chicken Big: The Correlation Between Poultry and Obesity

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, calories, chicken, exercise, fruit, grains, meat, obesity, plant-based diets, poultry, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Vegetarians have considerably lower obesity rates compared to meat-eaters, but why? Is it because they're not eating meat or because they're eating more plants? Or maybe they're just eating fewer calories or exercising more? A study out of the...

Michael Greger MD

The Role of Caffeine in Artery Function

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beverages, caffeine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, coffee, cream, exercise, grapes, heart disease, heart health, IGF-1, milk, phytonutrients, prostate cancer, red wine, soda, sweeteners, tea, water, wine

There are dietary guidelines for food, but what about for beverages? A Beverage Guidance Panel was "assembled to provide guidance on the relative health and nutritional benefits and risks of various beverage categories." They ranked them from one to...

Michael Greger MD

How Big Food Twists the Science

Michael Greger MD | August 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, beverages, burgers, cancer, candy, chicken, chronic diseases, doughnuts, Exponent Inc., FDA, hamburgers, industry influence, junk food, Kraft, lung cancer, National Confectioners Association, Phillip Morris, potato chips, potatoes, processed foods, smoking, soda, tobacco, ultra-processed foods, Whitecoat project

Just like mosquitos are the vectors of spread for malaria, a landmark article published last year in one of the most prestigious medical journals, Lancet, described large food corporations as the vectors of spread for chronic disease. Unlike "infectious...