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Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.

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The Spice That Helps Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Michael Greger MD | January 27, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, bone health, bone marrow health, cartilage health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, eye health, ginger, Ibuprofen, immune function, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, lifespan, liver health, medications, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects, spices, turmeric, World Health Organization

Accordingto the World Health Organization, "80% of the Earth's inhabitants rely upon the traditional medicine for their primary health-care needs, in part due to high cost of Western pharmaceuticals. Medicines derived from plants have played a pivotal role in...

The Top Three DNA Protecting Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cinnamon, cooking methods, cooking temperature, curry powder, dairy, DNA damage, ginger, herbs, inflammation, milk, osteoarthritis, plant protein, protein, pumpkin, recipes, rosemary, soy, soy milk, spices, turmeric

In my video Which Spices Fight Inflammation? I profile a landmark study that compared the ability of different spices to suppress inflammation. The study also compared the spices' ability to protect DNA. Cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric were able...

Superbugs on Retail Chicken

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antibiotics, beef, chicken, children, Consumers Union, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, meat, medications, organic foods, penicillin, pork, poultry, Salmonella, superbugs, turkey, veggie burgers

One of the most concerning developments in medicine is the emergence of bacterial super-resistance--resistance not just to one class of drugs, like penicillin, but to multiple classes of drugs (so-called multi-drug resistance). In the 2013 Retail Meat Report, the...

Foods for Computer Eye Strain

Michael Greger MD | January 13, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anthocyanins, berries, bilberries, computer eye strain, currants, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fruit, grapes, herbal remedies, industry influence, jam, raisins, supplements, vision

What happens to our eyesight when we sit in front of a computer all day? As researchers from the SUNY College of Optometry note, the rise in computer screens "has led to an increase in ocular and visual problems,...

Currant Treatment for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | January 8, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, blindness, blueberries, cabbage, corn, currants, eye disease, eye health, fruit, glaucoma, Japan, macular degeneration, phytonutrients, potatoes, purple potatoes, rice, vision

In my video, Dietary Prevention for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, I discussed how eating goji berries with nuts and seeds can help build up yellow plant pigments such as lutein and zeaxanthin in our eyes to help fight age-related macular...

Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2014

Michael Greger MD | January 6, 15 at 05:00 AM

2014 was another banner year for NutritionFacts.org. Thanks to the collective enthusiasm for sharing this work from our subscribers, twitter followers, and 200,000 Facebook fans, we averaged more than 1.3 million views per month. But it's not about the...

Foods for Macular Degeneration

Michael Greger MD | January 1, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, blindness, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, glaucoma, goji berries, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lettuce, lutein, macular degeneration, nuts, organic foods, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, poultry, seeds, spinach, vegetables, vision, zeaxanthin

Anyone who has gotten a bad sunburn knows how damaging the UV rays in sunlight can be. Imagine what those same rays are doing to back of our eyeballs (our retinas). The eye is designed to take sunlight and...

Foods for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | December 30, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: African-American, antioxidants, bananas, blindness, calcium, carrots, collard greens, cooking methods, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, fruit juice, glaucoma, greens, iron, juice, kale, nuts, oils, orange juice, oranges, peaches, phytonutrients, seeds, supplements, tahini, vegetables, vision, women's health, zeaxanthin

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of legal blindness in white women, and the number one cause of blindness in African-American women. In a study I profile in the video Greens vs. Glaucoma, researchers chose a population of African-American...

How Long to Avoid Fish Before Conception?

Michael Greger MD | December 25, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal products, beef, body fat, brain disease, brain health, children, cognition, DDT, detoxification, DHA, diabetes, dioxins, EPA, fat, FDA, fish, industrial toxins, infants, meat, mercury, obesity, omega-3 fatty acids, PBCs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, pregnancy, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, tuna, vaccines, women's health

Mothers' increased consumption of fish before and during pregnancy leads to increased exposure to both mercury and the long-chain omega 3 DHA. Mercury may negatively affect brain development in one's unborn baby, whereas DHA may stimulate brain development. However,...

Boosting Anti-Cancer Immunity with Berries

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, cardamom, detoxification, exercise, fruit, goji berries, immune function, industry influence, inflammation, oxidative stress, pepper, spices

For disease prevention and health maintenance, berries of all colors have "emerged as champions." Research has focused mainly on cancer prevention and treatment. Studies show that the anticancer effects of berries are partially mediated through their abilities to counteract,...

The Vitamin Everyone on a Plant-Based Diet Needs

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 14 at 05:00 AM | 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...

Comparing Vegans' Arteries to Runners'

Michael Greger MD | December 16, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: beef, blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, low-fat diets, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, seafood, standard American diet, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

We know from the work of Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. that switching to a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease, opening up arteries in some cases without drugs or surgery. We can't wait until our...

Add Beans, Berries, and Greens to More Meals

Michael Greger MD | December 11, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

After we eat, our bodies create free radicals in the process of breaking down our food. That's why we need to eat antioxidant-rich foods with every meal to counteract this oxidation caused by metabolism. We can't just have berries...

Dr. Greger Addresses Saturated Fat Confusion in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | December 9, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Considering concerns over saturated fat to be the #1 threat to their growth, the global dairy industry launched a covert campaign to "neutralize the negative image of milkfat among regulators and health professionals." This would be no small task,...

How to Get Enough Antioxidants Each Day

Michael Greger MD | December 4, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

We need to get a daily minimum of 8-11,000 antioxidant units a day in our food just to stay out of oxidative debt (see my video on The Reason We Need More Antioxidants). To reach that minimum, all we...

The Reason We Need More Antioxidants

Michael Greger MD | December 2, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, energy, fat, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, immune function, juice, mortality, orange juice, oranges, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, standard American diet, sugar, vitamin C, vitamin E

Glucose is the primary fuel of the human body. We consume glucose and breathe in oxygen to make the energy needed to power our bodies. Plants then take the water and carbon dioxide we breathe out to make oxygen...

How Avoiding Eggs Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | November 27, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, amputations, Asia, blindness, chronic diseases, diabetes, eggs, Europe, eye disease, eye health, Freedom of Information Act, Harvard, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, mortality

Type 2 diabetes is becoming a global pandemic. We know the consumption of eggs is related to the development of some other chronic diseases, what about diabetes? There appears to be a stepwise increase in risk as more and...

Guest Blog: Healthy Holiday Eating

Michael Greger MD | November 25, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Imagine if, instead of a Thanksgiving dinner or winter celebration meal that left you and your guests overweight and over-stuffed, you had a meal that was both superbly satisfying and healthful! It could be the perfect opportunity to introduce some...

How Beans Help Our Bones

Michael Greger MD | November 20, 14 at 05:00 AM

Read More: animal studies, antinutrients, beans, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, calcium, chickpeas, Fosamax, grains, legumes, lentils, medications, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, polyphenols, seeds, side effects, split peas, sprouts, women's health

Health authorities from all over the world universally recommend increasing the consumption of whole grains and legumes--beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils--for health promotion. But what about the phytates? Phytate is a naturally occurring compound found in all plant...