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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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Can One Become a Sugar Addict?

Michael Greger MD | October 21, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, addiction, alcohol, body fat, brain waves, Coca-Cola, cocaine, dopamine, fat, fruit, obesity, processed foods, soda, sugar, sweeteners

People have chewed coca leaves for at least 8,000 years as a mild stimulant without any evidence of addiction, but when certain components are isolated and concentrated into cocaine, we've got a problem. The same may be true of...

Where are Phosphate Additives Found?

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

Read More: aluminum, animal products, cheese, chicken, dairy, fast food, food additives, industry influence, junk food, meat, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, turkey, World Health Organization

In my videos Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola and Phosphate Additives in Chicken, I talked about the danger of phosphate and phosphate additives, and how phosphates are often added to chicken and turkey to help preserve the...

Phosphate Additives in Chicken Banned Elsewhere

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

Read More: Campylobacter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Europe, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food additives, food poisoning, foodborne illness, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, medical profession, medical training, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, turkey

In my video Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola, I talked about the danger of phosphorus additives in food. However, when surveyed, most future medical professionals were insufficiently aware--in fact, two-thirds had no clue--of the risks related to...

What Do Meat Purge and Cola Have in Common?

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

Read More: aging, animal products, antinutrients, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Coca-Cola, cola, food additives, glycotoxins, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hormonal dysfunction, iron, junk food, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, meat, mortality, osteoporosis, phosphate additives, phosphorus, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, preservatives, soda, turkey, vegans, vegetarians

In my video, Treating Kidney Failure Through Diet, I profiled research suggesting that the use of a plant-based diet for patients with kidney failure would be beneficial. An important function of our kidneys is to filter out excess phosphorus...

What to Eat to Reduce Our Toxic Exposure

Michael Greger MD | October 7, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Ah receptor, animal products, apples, beans, beef, breast milk, breastfeeding, broccoli, cancer, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, dioxins, fish, fruit, immune function, industrial toxins, meat, onions, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, red onions, red wine, seafood, smoking, tea, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine

It is not very common that a single molecule attracts enough interest to merit international scientific conferences of its own. "Ah receptor," however, "belongs to the rare elite of such molecules." Ah receptors are an important factor in how...

Our Immune System Uses Plants To Activate Gut Protection

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

Read More: Ah receptor, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cruciferous vegetables, energy, greens, immune function, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, kale, medications, phytonutrients, processed food, standard American diet, ulcerative colitis, vegetables

It might seem that our skin is the first line of defense between our insides and the outside world, but our greatest interface with our environment is actually through the lining of our intestines, which covers thousands of square...

4 Things To Help Prevent Most Disease

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

Read More: blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medications, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, prostate health, reversing chronic disease, smoking, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Though I was trained as a general practitioner, my chosen specialty is lifestyle medicine. Most of the reasons we go see our doctors are for diseases that could have been prevented. But lifestyle medicine is not just about preventing...

Are Canned Beans as Healthy as Home Cooked?

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

Read More: beans, chickpeas, cooking methods, copper, cost savings, dietary guidelines, fiber, folate, iron, lentils, magnesium, phosphorus, plant protein, potassium, protein, sodium, split peas, standard American diet, vegetable protein, vegetables, vitamin B1

Beans are an essential part of any healthful diet. The federal government recommends about half a cup a day of beans, counting them as both a protein and a vegetable since they have the best of both worlds. Beans...

Can Eating Soy Prevent Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | September 18, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, Angelina Jolie, beans, blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, BRCA genes, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast disease, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, chickpeas, cholesterol, DNA damage, epigenetic changes, fat, hypertension, kidney function, LDL cholesterol, legumes, lentils, lifespan, metastases, mortality, phytonutrients, plant protein, protein, soy, soy milk, soybeans, split peas, tofu, triglycerides, vegetable protein, weight loss, women's health

In my video, Increased Lifespan From Beans, I discuss how beans may be the single most important dietary predictor of a long lifespan. But why do people who eat legumes such as beans, chickpeas, split peas, and lentils live...

Eat Beans to Live Longer

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

Read More: aging, Australia, beans, chickpeas, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, elderly, flatulence, Greece, Japan, kidney beans, legumes, lentils, lifespan, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nutrition myths, peas, reversing chronic disease, soy, soybeans, split peas, Sweden

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat, the...longer you live? Legumes may be the most important predictor of survival in older people from around the globe. Researchers from institutions different institutions looked at five different...

Overdosing on Poppy Seeds

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

Read More: alternative medicine, bagels, children, complimentary medicine, cooking methods, drug testing, infants, milk, morphine, poppy seeds, safety limits, seeds, sleep

The opium poppy used to make heroin is the same opium poppy used to make muffins and bagels. Does this mean that poppy seed muffin we may have had for breakfast contained a powerful narcotic? The idea that poppy...

The Healthiest Diet for Weight Control

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

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, calcium, calories, chicken, cholesterol, fat, fiber, fish, folate, greens, iron, LDL cholesterol, magnesium, meat, metabolism, plant-based diets, pork, potassium, poultry, protein, riboflavin, saturated fat, seafood, thiamine, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, weight loss

We know that vegetarians tend to be slimmer, but there's a perception that veg diets may somehow be deficient in nutrients. So how's this for a simple study, profiled in my video Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management: an analysis...

Why Athletes Should Eat Nutritional Yeast

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

Read More: aging, children, cognition, common cold, exercise, fatigue, fiber, immune function, mood, nutritional yeast, respiratory infections, stress, yeast

Does powering up at the gym also power up our immune system? Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immunity and decreases illness rates. According to an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, "the most important finding...

How to Boost the Benefits of Exercise

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, berries, beverages, cherries, chocolate, currants, DNA damage, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, greens, herbal tea, hormesis, inflammation, juice, lemon verbena, muscle health, muscle inflammation, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, supplements, tea, tomato juice, tomatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health. Then why is it that ultramarathon runners may generate so many free radicals during a race that they can damage the DNA of a significant percentage of their cells? Researchers...

Chronic Headaches and Pork Parasites

Michael Greger MD | August 26, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aneurism, brain disease, brain health, brain parasites, brain surgery, brain tumors, cooking methods, dementia, depression, epilepsy, eye disease, eye health, eye parasites, food poisoning, foodborne illness, headaches, inflammation, meat, migraine, muscle disease, muscle health, neurocysticercosis, parasites, polyphenols, pork seizures, sprouts, surgery, tapeworms

Neurocysticercosis is the sciencey name for an infection of the human central nervous system by pork tapeworm larvae. The invasion of baby pork tapeworms in the brain "has become an increasingly important emerging infection in the United States," and...

Why the Egg-Cancer Link?

Michael Greger MD | August 21, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, cancer, cancer survival, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carnitine, chicken, cholesterol, choline, Cleveland Clinic, dairy, eggs, Freedom of Information Act, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, heterocyclic amines, industry influence, inflammation, lecithin, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate health, red meat, steak, stroke, supplements, TMAO, trimethylamine, turkey

Two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer -- but that's better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it's localized and the five-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once it really starts spreading, chances...

How to Design a Misleading Study

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

Read More: animal fat, animal products, bacon, beef, butter, cake, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, Crisco, fat, fiber, fish, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, pork, poultry, protein, saturated fat, seafood, smoking, soda, sugar, tobacco, turkey, Twinkies, vegetable protein

Imagine working for the now defunct Twinkie division of Hostess and wanting to take the tobacco industry tact of not just downplaying the risk of your product, but actually promoting it as healthy. How would we do that? Our...

Dr. Greger Addresses Gluten in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | August 7, 14 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Until recently, those complaining to their doctors about symptoms associated with the wheat protein gluten were commonly referred to psychiatrists. The medical profession has a tragic history of dismissing genuine diseases as all in peoples' heads. PTSD, ulcerative colitis,...