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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.

Blog Entries by Michael Greger MD

Dioxins Stored in Our Own Fat May Increase Diabetes Risk

Michael Greger MD | July 28, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal fat, animal products, blood sugar, diabetes, dioxins, fat, fish, Great Lakes, industrial toxins, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, seafood

Finding higher diabetes rates among those heavily exposed to toxic pollutants--such as those exposed to Agent Orange, chemical plant explosions, toxic waste dumps, or heavy metals in fish from the Great Lakes--is one thing. Would the same link be...

Why Would Eating Fish Increase Diabetes Risk?

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, cancer, diabetes, dioxins, Europe, fish, fish oil, industrial toxins, insulin, meat, metabolic syndrome, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, pancreas health, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, prediabetes, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, toxins, Vietnam

In the past two years, six separate meta-analyses have been published on the relationship between fish consumption and type 2 diabetes. The whole point of a meta-analysis is to compile the best studies done to date and see what...

Why Deep Fried Foods May Cause Cancer

Michael Greger MD | July 21, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acrylamide, beans, breast cancer, cabbage, cancer, cancer survival, carcinogens, chicken, children, cooking methods, doughnuts, endometrial cancer, endometrial health, esophageal cancer, esophageal health, Europe, fish, french fries, frying, greens, heterocyclic amines, industry influence, inflammation, kidney cancer, legumes, lung cancer, men's health, oils, oral cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, potato chips, poultry, prostate cancer, sweet potatoes, throat cancer, turkey, vitamin C, women's health

In the latest study on dietary patterns and breast cancer risk among women, healthier eating was associated with eliminating three-quarters of the odds of breast cancer, whereas less healthy eating was associated with up to nearly eight times the...

Do Cholesterol Statin Drugs Cause Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, estrogen, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, nuts, phytosterols, plant-based diets, plasma membrane, pumpkin seeds, seeds, side effects, statins, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

What does breast cancer have to do with cholesterol? There are many potential mechanisms by which cholesterol boosts breast cancer growth. For example, our bodies make estrogen, which is correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer, out of...

Breast Cancer Cells Feed on Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | July 14, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: body fat, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, Germany, LDL cholesterol, lignans, low-fat diets, phytosterols, pumpkin seeds, seeds, soy, sunflower seeds, women's health

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. There are a number of compounds in plant foods that may protect against breast cancer by a variety of mechanisms. I've talked about the benefits...

Using Diet to Treat Asthma and Eczema

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: asthma, blood pressure, caloric restriction, cancer, carcinogens, cholesterol, eczema, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, lung disease, lung health, placebo effect, plant-based diets, side effects, smoking, steroids, Sweden, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

I previously discussed the power of fruits and vegetables to help prevent and treat asthma and allergies. If adding a few more servings of fruits and vegetables may help asthma, what about a diet centered around plants? Twenty patients...

Treating Asthma With Plants vs. Pills

Michael Greger MD | July 7, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, antioxidants, apples, asthma, beans, berries, broccoli, children, citrus, flax seeds, fruit, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, herbs, inflammation, Japan, lung disease, lung health, nuts, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, polyphenols, protein, respiratory infections, salads, soy, sugar, supplements, tea, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, vitamin E

In my video Treating Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted a landmark study on manipulating antioxidant intake in asthma. The study found that just a few extra fruits and vegetables a day can powerfully reduce asthma exacerbation rates....

How Fruits and Vegetables Can Treat Asthma

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-carotene, animal products, antioxidants, asthma, beta carotene, chicken, cholesterol, cryptoxanthin, eczema, eggs, fruit, grains, lung disease, lung health, lutein, lycopene, oxidative stress, peas, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Preventing Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted an international study of asthma and allergies involving more than a million kids. The study found a consistent inverse relationship between prevalence rates of asthma, allergies, and eczema...

How Fruits and Vegetables Can Prevent Asthma

Michael Greger MD | June 30, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: air pollution, allergies, animal protein, antibiotics, antioxidants, asthma, biomagnification, breastfeeding, calories, children, chronic diseases, dairy, eczema, eggs, elderly, endocrine disruptors, fermented foods, fruit, immune function, India, industrial toxins, inflammation, lung disease, lung health, meat, organic foods, oxidative stress, persistent organic pollutants, plant protein, plant-based diets, probiotics, protein, respiratory infections, saturated fat, smoking, soda, soy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and the prevalence is increasing around the world. Despite this, most research dollars are spent on adult chronic disease. "One might ask," a group of researchers posited "whether this is...

Our Tax Dollars Subsidize Unhealthy Foods

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal products, beans, chicken, Coca-Cola, corn, corn syrup, cost savings, dairy eggs, empty calories, factory farming practices, Farm Bill, farmers, feed additives, fish, fruit, grains, industry influence, marketing, meat, Medicare, milk, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Dairy Council, National Pork Producers Council, pork, poultry, seafood, soda, soy, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, turkey, vegetables

Why do food companies sell junk? Because unhealthy commodities are highly profitable. This is in part because of their "low production cost, long shelf-life, and high retail value," which create perverse incentives for industries to market and sell more...

Reducing Arsenic in Chicken and Rice

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: apple juice, arsenic, brown rice syrup, cancer, carcinogens, Center for Food Safety, chicken, cooking methods, FDA, food additives, industrial toxins, Johns Hopkins University, lead, liver, meat, organic foods, parasites, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pork, poultry, rice, safety limits, turkey

In 2013, Maryland became the first state to ban the feeding of an arsenic-containing drug to chickens. This arsenic-containing drug is used to control parasites and gives chicken meat an "appealing pink color." In 2011, the FDA found that...

How Contaminated Are Our Children?

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, arsenic, asthma, biomagnification, birth defects, breastfeeding, California, cancer, chicken, children, dairy, DDT, dieldrin, dioxins, ear health, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fish, heavy metals, immune function, immunosuppressive drugs, industrial toxins, lactation, lead, meat, men's health, mercury, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, respiratory infections, seafood, sore throat, throat health, tuna, turkey, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

In a study highlighted in my video, California Childen Are Contaminated, researchers analyzed the diets of California children ages two through seven to determine the cancer and non-cancer health effects from food contaminant exposures. It turns out food may...

Living Longer by Reducing Leucine Intake

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, aging, animal products, animal protein, apples, beans, cabbage, California, caloric restriction, chicken, China Study, cholesterol, dairy, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, eggs, enzymes, fish, fruit, grains, IGF-1, Japan, LDL cholesterol, leucine, lifespan, longevity, meat, mood, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, rapamycin, side effects, standard American diet, TOR, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Many studies have shown that calorie restriction, without malnutrition, can increase lifespan and lower the risk of age-related diseases, such as cancer. However, for many people, calorie restriction clearly has its drawbacks. In the classic Minnesota Starvation Study, many...

Exploiting Autophagy to Live Longer

Michael Greger MD | June 11, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aging, autophagy, blood pressure, bone health, caloric restriction, calories, depression, Easter Island, elderly, enzymes, evolution, infertility, lifespan, longevity, mitochondria, mood, morbidity, mortality, muscle strength, oxidative stress, rapamycin, reproductive health, sexual health, TOR, wound healing

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, we are living longer lives, but we're doing it by lengthening the morbidity phase. In other words, we live longer, but sicker, lives (see my video: Americans Are Live Longer, but Sicker Lives)....

New DVD Reviews Best Bowel Movement Science

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

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Of all human bodily functions, defecation has been described as perhaps the least studied and the least understood. Elimination doesn't just remove wastes from the body, but may play a vital role in hormonal, cholesterol, and bile acid regulation....

Blood Type Diet Perceived as "Crass Fraud"

Michael Greger MD | June 4, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Albert Einstein, Atkins diet, blood type diet, doughnuts, exercise, fat, fruit, meat, Norway, nutrition myths, rheumatoid arthritis, smoking, sugar, vegetables

It was Adolf Hitler who coined a propaganda technique he called, "The Big Lie," arguing that people may be more likely to believe colossal untruths, because they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the...

Why Do Heart Doctors Favor Surgery and Drugs Over Diet?

Michael Greger MD | June 2, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, AMA, brain disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Cleveland Clinic, coma, complementary medicine, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, heart disease, heart health, informed consent, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, morbidity, mortality, muscle health, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians

When he was a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. published a controversial paper in the American Journal of Cardiology, highlighted in my video, Fully Consensual Heart Disease Treatment, noting that heart bypass operations carry significant...

Phytates in Beans: Anti-Nutrient or Anti-Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antinutrients, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calcium, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, colon cancer, colon health, diabetes, fiber, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, kidney health, kidney stones, low-fat diets, metastases, mortality, National Cancer Institute, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, phytic acid, polyps, prediabetes, seeds, side effects, vegetables, vitamins, women's health

In my videos, Phytates in the Prevention of Cancer and Phytates for Rehabilitating Cancer Cells, I described how phytates in beans may be the reason why legumes are so successful in preventing cancer and re-educating cancer cells. What about...

Colon Cancer Prevention: Is it the Fiber or the Phytates?

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 15 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal products, antinutrients, antioxidants, beans, cancer, chicken, chickpeas, colon cancer, colon health, DNA damage, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, fish, grains, iron, lentils, meat, nuts, oxidative stress, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, poultry, processed foods, red meat, split peas, standard American diet, turkey, Uganda, vegans, vegetarians, white meat

Dietary factors are considered the most important environmental risk factors for cancer. Within recent years, a large number of naturally occurring health-enhancing substances of plant origin known as phytonutrients have been recognized to have beneficial effects on certain cancers....