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Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

Michael Greger MD | October 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, blood pressure, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Walter Kempner, evolution, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, medications, mortality, pickled vegetables, plant-based diets, preservation, protein, rice, salt, sodium, stroke, vegans, vegetarians, vision

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into......

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Reversing Diabetic Blindness with Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, blindness, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, insulin, kidney disease, kidney failure, lasers, medication, protein, reversing chronic diseases, rice, sodium, steroids, surgery, vision, weight loss

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner's rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his "eyegrounds photographs," taken with a special......

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Optimal Bowel Movement Frequency

Michael Greger MD | August 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, blood pressure, bowel movements, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon disease constipation, colon health, diarrhea, evolution, fiber, gastrocolic reflex, heart disease, heart health, plant-based diets, salt, standard American diet, stool size, stroke, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetarians

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations--with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be "guardian[s] of the royal......

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What Happened to the Rice Diet?

Michael Greger MD | May 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blindness, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, Lifestyle medicine, medications, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, reversing chronic disease, rice, sodium, statins, stroke

During his career at Duke, Dr. Walter Kempner treated more than 18,000 patients with his rice diet. The diet was originally designed as a treatment for kidney failure and out-of-control high blood pressure at a time when these diagnoses......

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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......

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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......

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Four Ways to Improve on the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bread, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, fruit, grains, grapes, greens, heart disease, hypertension, Mediterranean diet, nuts, obesity, olive oil, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, red wine, salt, saturated fat, seeds, sodium, stroke, vegetables, wine

The traditional Mediterranean diet can be considered mainly, but not exclusively, as a plant-based diet, and certainly not a whole foods, plant-based diet. Olive oil and wine can be considered essentially fruit juices. Even if one is eating a......

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Benefits of Nuts for Stroke Prevention

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, fat, fruit, heart disease, hypertension, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, PREDIMED, saturated fat, standard American diet, stroke, vegetables

In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish "PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea," a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a heart attack, about half were obese, diabetic and most had......

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What's the Optimal Cholesterol Level?

Michael Greger MD | December 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, exercise, fruit, Harry Potter, heart disease, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, obesity, smoking, statins, vegan, vegetables

No matter where we live, how old we are or what we look like, health researchers from the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health have discovered that 90% of the chance of having a first heart attack "can be......

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The Natural Human Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: Africa, bacon, blood pressure, brains, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken, China, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, evolution, fiber, fruit, greens, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, low-carb diets, meat, Mioscene, nutrition myths, nuts, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, pork, prehistoric diets, Pritikin, seeds, stroke, trans fats, Twinkies, vegetables

Our epidemics of dietary disease have prompted a great deal of research into what humans are meant to eat for optimal health. In 1985, an influential article highlighted in my video The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument was......

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Flax Seeds Can Have Profound Effect on Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, antioxidants, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, hamburgers, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, lard, meat, medications, molasses, mortality, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, salt, saturated fat, side effects, statins, stroke, sugar, tomatoes

A recent article in the journal, Meat Science, acknowledged that a sector of the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat consumption with heart disease and cancer. So, the......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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,......

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Introducing the Kempner Rice Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 16, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, lifespan, low-carb diets, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, rice, salt, smoking, stroke, vegetables, vision

Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought us through the Great Depression and World War II. Who knows how history would have been different had he not died in his fourth term as President from a massive stroke. In the following days......

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What About All the Sugar in Fruit?

Michael Greger MD | August 9, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, berries, beverages, blood pressure, blood sugar, bread, fat, fiber, fructose, fruit, fruit juice, glycemic index, high fructose corn syrup, hypertension, insulin, intestinal health, juice, liver disease, liver health, pancakes, phytonutrients, soda, strawberries, sugar, water, weight loss

If the fructose in sugar and high fructose corn syrup has been considered "alcohol without the buzz" in terms of the potential to inflict liver damage, what about the source of natural fructose, fruit? If you compare the effects......

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How to Eliminate 90 Percent of Heart Disease Risk

Michael Greger MD | August 2, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, exercise, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, INTERHEART study, Lifestyle medicine, nutrition myths, plant-based diets, smoking, statins, stroke

Medical myths and dogmas die hard. Researchers creating a new body of knowledge for prevention and control of heart disease had to disprove a bunch of doozies. For example, we used to think that heart disease, high cholesterol and......

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Preventing Alzheimer's with Lifestyle Changes

Michael Greger MD | July 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's disease, blood pressure, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cognition, dementia, depression, diabetes, exercise, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, mortality, smoking, stroke

It's safe to say that Alzheimer's disease research is in a "state of crisis." For the past two decades, over 73,000 research articles have been published, averaging 100 papers per day, yet little clinical progress has been made. The......

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Rinse Your Mouth After Sour Foods and Drinks

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: blackberries, blood pressure, burgers, citrus, Coca-Cola, dental health, erectile dysfunction, food additives, fruit, hamburgers, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, impotence, liver disease, liver failure, meat, mortality, oral health, orange juice, periodontal disease, plant-based diets, side effects, tea, vegans, vegetables, water

Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence, including rare cases of potentially fatal liver damage).......

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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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Which Works Better: Adding Beans or Portion Control?

Michael Greger MD | December 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, beans, blood pressure, blood sugar, caloric restriction, calories, chickpeas, diabetes, legumes, lentils, metabolic syndrome, navy beans, obesity, peas, prediabetes, split peas

People who eat the most legumes appear to only have a fraction of the risk for a type of prediabetes known as metabolic syndrome. Legumes are beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils. In one studyout of Iran, people who......

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Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, heart disease, heart health, junk food, Kaiser Permanente, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medications, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, rheumatoid arthritis

A Nutritional Update for Physicians was published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States. It told physicians that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as......

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Where Do You Get Your Fiber?

Michael Greger MD | September 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, beans, blood pressure, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fiber, fish, flexitarians, folate, foodborne illness, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, junk food, meat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, omnivores, phytonutrients, plant protein, plant-based diets, prediabetes, protein, saturated fat, standard American diet, steak, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study that compared the......

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