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Fish Consumption and Suicide

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, autism, beans, brain disease, brain health, dementia, depression, DHA, EPA, Europe, fat, fish, fruit, Greece, Harvard, industrial toxins, Japan, meat, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, mercury, mushrooms, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, red wine, seafood, soy, suicide, vegetables, wine

Depression is a serious and common mental disorder responsible for the majority of suicides. As I've covered in Antioxidants & Depression, intake of fruits, vegetables, and naturally occurring antioxidants have been found to be protectively associated with depression. Therefore,......

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Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?

Michael Greger MD | September 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: brain disease, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognition, dehydration, energy, exercise, fatigue, happiness, heart disease, mental health, mood, water

Water is by far the number-one nutrient in our diet. Studies have suggested that proper hydration may lower our risk of heart disease and cancer, and may even make us better kissers. Brushing artificial skin against the lips of......

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Foods that Affect Testosterone Levels

Michael Greger MD | May 16, 2017 | Health

Read More: bone health, children, dairy, depression, endocrine-disruptors, erectile dysfunction, fish, hormones, impotence, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, meat, memory, men's health, mental health, obesity, PCBs, penis health, penis size, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, puberty, reproductive health, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, sperm counts, testosterone, women's health

A number of studies suggest that exposure to industrial pollutants may affect sexual function, for example, loss of libido, sexual dysfunction, and impotence. This may be due to effects on testosterone levels. In a study of men who ate......

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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......

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Are Sugar Pills Better than Antidepressant Drugs?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, body fat, depression, diarrhea, exercise, FDA, Freedom of Information Act, industry influence, insomnia, lifespan, medications, mental health, mood, muscle health, nausea, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, side effects, SSRI's, weight gain

We've learned that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression (in my video Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression). But how much is that really saying? How effective are antidepressant drugs in......

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Exercise as a Treatment for Depression

Michael Greger MD | January 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, depression, exercise, lifestyle medicine, medications, mental health, mood, SSRI's, Zoloft

We've known for decades that even a single bout of exercise can elevate our mood, but could it be enough to be used as a treatment for major depression? We've known that physical activity has been associated with decreased......

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What's the Mediterranean Diet's Secret?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: Ancel Keys, animal fat, animal products, beans, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, cognition, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, depression, diabetes, fruit, grains, Greece, greens, heart disease, inflammation, iron, meat, Mediterranean diet, mental health, mortality, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, soy, standard American diet, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. As one researcher put it, "Uncritical laudatory coverage is common, but specifics are hard to come by: What is it? Where did......

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Reducing Glycotoxin Intake to Help Reduce Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | December 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: Advanced Glycation End-products, aging, Alzheimer's disease, Australia, beef, brain disease, brain health, chicken, cognition, dementia, fish, glycotoxins, histones, lifespan, longevity, mental health, nerve health, pork, sirtuins, vegans, vegetarians

Each of us has about six billion miles of DNA. How does our body keep it from getting all tangled up? There are special proteins called histones, which act like spools with DNA as the thread. Enzymes called sirtuins......

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Why Some Like Cilantro and Others Hate It

Michael Greger MD | December 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal studies, antioxidants, anxiety, arthritis, cilantro, coriander, gout, herbal remedies, inflammation, joint health, mental health, osteoarthritis, salsa, spices, steroids, sunburn, taste buds, uric acid

One sign of changing U.S. demographics is that salsa has replaced ketchup as America's #1 table condiment. One of the popular salsa ingredients is cilantro, described as one of the "most polarizing and divisive food ingredients known." Some people......

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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......

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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......

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Preventing Breast Cancer with Flax Seeds

Michael Greger MD | May 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, blood clots, brain health, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cognition, flax seeds, fruit, grains, interleukin-1, lignans, longevity, mental health, mortality, ovary health, phytoestrogens, plant-based diets, seeds, side effects, tamoxifen, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

I've previously discussed the role of dietary lignans in the reduction of breast cancer risk and improvement in breast cancer survival, based on studies that showed that women with breast cancer who ate the most lignans appeared to live......

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Can Turmeric Help with Alzheimer's?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, Alzheimer's disease, brain disease, brain health, cognition, complementary medicine, curcumin, dementia, depression, mental health, mood, patent, spices, supermarkets, supplements, turmeric

The spice turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease (See Preventing Alzheimer's with Turmeric), but what about treating Alzheimer's disease with turmeric? An exciting case series was published in 2012 (highlighted in my video, Treating Alzheimer's with Turmeric): three Alzheimer's......

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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......

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Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anxiety, aromatherapy, benzodiazepines, cancer, chemotherapy, citrus, complementary medicine, fragrance, France, fruit, massage, medications, mental health, oranges, plant-based diets, radiation, side effects, skin health, sunlight, Valium

Aromatherapy -- the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease -- is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment......

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The Vitamin Everyone on a Plant-Based Diet Needs

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China, cholesterol, cognition, depression, eggs, health, heart disease, heart health, homocysteine, hypertension, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, meat, mental health, neuropathy, omnivores, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, stroke, supplements, triglycerides, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12

A new study from China found that compared to omnivores, those who ate egg-free and meat-free diets had all the typical benefits of eating more plant-based: lower body mass index, lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride, lower total cholesterol, lower......

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How Seafood Can Impact Brain Development

Michael Greger MD | November 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: adolescence, algae, attention deficit, birth defects, brain health, children, cognition, DHA, EPA, epilepsy, FDA, fish, heavy metals, infants, mackerel, mental health, mercury, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, salmon, seafood, supplements, sustainability, swordfish, tuna, vision, women's health

In my video Fish Intake Associated With Brain Shrinkage, I discussed evidence suggesting that mercury exposure through fish intake during pregnancy may decrease the size of the newborn's brain. However, just because fish-eating mothers may give birth to children......

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Why Pregnant Women Should Avoid Tuna

Michael Greger MD | October 30, 2014 | Health

Read More: birth defects, brain health, children, cognition, fish, heavy metals, infants, mental health, mercury, microcephaly, persistent organic pollutants, pregnancy, safety limits, seafood, tuna, women's health

All fish contain small amounts of methylmercury, the most toxic form of mercury, and "fish consumption represents the main source of methylmercury exposure." In my videos Nerves of Mercury and Fish Fog, I discuss how mercury exposure through fish......

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How Fatty Foods May Affect Our Love Life

Michael Greger MD | October 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: addiction, animal fat, animal products, body fat, brain waves, burgers, caloric restriction, calories, cheese, cocaine, dopamine, energy, fat, hamburgers, ice cream, industry influence, junk food, low-fat diets, medications, mental health, plant-based diets, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, smoking, soda, sugar, sweeteners, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, water, weight loss, yogurt

The food industry, like the tobacco companies and other drug lords, has been able to come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars (See......

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How to Treat ADHD Without Drugs

Michael Greger MD | June 3, 2014 | Health

Read More: addiction, ADHD, alternative medicine, amphetamines, attention deficit, brain health, children, complementary medicine, dopamine, exercise, hyperactivity, medications, mental health, Ritalin, side effects

                Every year in the United States, doctors write 20 million prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Every year the number of prescriptions rises, more so than......

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Foods for a Long Life and Love Life

Michael Greger MD | May 22, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, beans, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, dairy, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, meat, Mediterranean diet, men's health, mental health, nuts, penis health, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

                Motivating patients to change poor lifestyle habits can be extremely difficult. Preventing cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes is a relatively distant benefit, whereas barbecued ribs, cheesecake, or sitting on......

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Can We Fight the Blues With Greens?

Michael Greger MD | March 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, amphetamines, aneurism, animal products, apples, arachidonic acid, berries, brain disease, brain health, cheese effect, chicken, cinnamon, cloves, cocaine, complementary medicine, depression, dopamine, ecstacy, eggs, fruit, grapes, green tea, inflammation, kale, lung cancer, lung health, MAO Inhibitors, medications, mental health, mood, nutmeg, onions, oregano, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, Prozac, serotonin, side effects, smoking, spices, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

                Why does frequent consumption of vegetables appear to cut one’s odds of depression by more than half? And "frequent" was defined as eating vegetables not 3 or more times a day, but......

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Treating Migraines With Lavender

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2014 | Health

Read More: anesthetic, anxiety, aromatherapy, aspartame, headaches, Ibuprofen, Imitrex, lavender, lavender essential oil, mental health, mental illness, migraine headaches, migraines, mood, pain, pain management, parasites, pregnancy, saffron, Tylenol

                Lavender has been studied recently for several purposes, including treatment of mood and anxiety disorders (see, for example, the video I profiled in my last post, Lavender for Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Though......

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