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Phosphate Additives in Chicken Banned Elsewhere

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 2014 | 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......

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What Do Meat Purge and Cola Have in Common?

Michael Greger MD | October 9, 2014 | 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......

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4 Things To Help Prevent Most Disease

Michael Greger MD | September 25, 2014 | 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......

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Why the Egg-Cancer Link?

Michael Greger MD | August 21, 2014 | 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......

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How to Design a Misleading Study

Michael Greger MD | August 14, 2014 | 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......

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Test to See If Your Diet is Alkaline or Acid Forming

Michael Greger MD | August 5, 2014 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, aging, alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, anthocyanins, beef, bone health, bone mineral density, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cost savings, dairy, eggs, fish, fruit, gout, greens, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lifespan, meat, milk, mortality, muscle health, muscle strength, omnivores, pH, plant protein, plant-based diets, pork, potassium, protein, Quorn, seafood, standard American diet, stroke, tuna, uric acid, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Alkaline Diets, Animal Protein, and Calcium Loss I presented evidence challenging the notion that our body is buffering the acid formed from our diet with calcium from our bones. How then is our body neutralizing the......

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Stopping Heart Disease in Childhood

Michael Greger MD | July 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adolescence, aging, aneurism, animal fat, aortic aneurism, blood pressure, body fat, brain disease, brain health, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, fat, flexitarians, gangrene, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, infants, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-fat diets, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, saturated fat, smoking, stroke, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

A landmark paper in 1953 radically changed our view about the development of heart disease forever. The study looked at a series of 300 autopsies performed on U.S. battle casualties of the Korean War. The average age was 22......

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Improving Attractiveness in Six Weeks

Michael Greger MD | June 26, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, fruit, heart disease, heart health, junk food, mortality, physical attraction, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, sexual selection, skin health, soda, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may kill millions around the globe every year, so the public health community is not beyond "appealing to vanity." How can we tell if someone's healthy? You can look for that golden glow that......

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Pistachios May Help Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arginine, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, citruline, cyanopsia, depression, erectile dysfunction, exercise, eye health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, longevity, medications, men's health, mortality, nitric oxide, nuts, oxidative stress, penis health, phytosterols, pistachios, plant-based diets, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, side effects, vegans, vegetarians, Viagra, watermelon, weight loss, women's health

                Erectile dysfunction is a major cause of decreased quality of life in men—so much so that one early theory suggested that this may explain the link between impotence and heart attacks. Depression......

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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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Pills vs. Diet For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, angina, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, lifespan, medications, men's health, mortality, penis health, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stress test, stroke, Viagra

                Erectile dysfunction is the recurrent or persistent inability to attain and/or maintain an erection in order for satisfactory sexual performance. It is present in up to 30 million men in the U.S.......

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Seeing Red

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | May 14, 2014 | Health

Read More: american heart association, doctor, go red for women, heart disease, heart disease prevention, plant-based diet, vegan, women's health

The best advice I ever received was perhaps in the 9th grade. I told my English teacher I wanted to be a writer. She gave me a puzzling frown and replied, "Don't study to be a writer, do something with......

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How Citrus Might Help Keep Your Hands Warm

Michael Greger MD | May 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, citrus, cold hands, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, grapefruit, heart disease, heart health, hesperidin, juice, lemons, lettuce, limes, orange juice, oranges, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, quercitin, stroke, vitamin C

                In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C, described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids. Some, like......

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Is Noni or Mangosteen Juice Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 24, 2014 | Health

Read More: aloe vera, beverages, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, hepatotoxins, Hydroxycut, industry influence, juice, liver disease, liver failure, liver health, mangosteen, Metabolife, mortality, natural toxins, noni, safety limits, seizures, side effects, stroke, supplements

                There is now another case report of acute toxicity linked to noni juice ingestion, this time in a 14 year old. At least his liver didn’t fail completely like in two of......

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Egg Industry Caught Making False Claims

Michael Greger MD | March 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, American Heart Association, animal products, arachidonic acid, cake, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, eggs, false advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Freedom of Information Act, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, milk, National Commission on Egg Nutrition, poultry, safety limits, Salmonella, smoking, steak, tobacco, turkey, USDA, vegetables

                On the basis of concerns from the American Heart Association and consumer groups, the Federal Trade Commission carried out successful legal action—upheld by the Supreme Court—to compel the egg industry to cease......

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Trans Fat in Animal Fat

Michael Greger MD | February 27, 2014 | Health

Read More: aggression, animal products, bologna, breast cancer, burgers, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken fat, cholesterol, coronary heart disease, dairy, diabetes, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hydrogenated fats, impatience, irritability, junk food, meat, milk, National Academies of Science, olive oil, plant-based diet, refined oil, stroke, sudden death, trans fat, turkey meat, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

                Trans fats are bad. They may increase one’s risks of heart disease, sudden death, diabetes—and perhaps even aggression. Trans fat intake has been associated with overt aggressive behavior, impatience, and irritability. Trans fats......

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How Risky are CT Scans?

Michael Greger MD | February 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: angiograms, brain tumors, breast cancer, cancer, CAT scan, children, CT scan, heart disease, iatrogenic harm, leukemia, pediatrics, prescription drugs, radiation, thallium heart scans, X-ray computer tomography, X-rays

                The greatest radiation exposure risk comes not from the Fukushima fallout or the polonium naturally found in all seafood (see my last video, Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood), but from doctors. This......

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Fukushima and Radioactivity in Seafood

Michael Greger MD | February 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: angiograms, brain tumors, breast cancer, cancer, CAT scan, children, CT scan, heart disease, iatrogenic harm, leukemia, pediatrics, prescription drugs, radiation, thallium heart scans, X-ray computer tomography, X-rays

                With prevailing westerly winds over Japan, radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy was detected throughout North America at levels comparable to those seen 25 years earlier from Chernobyl, the......

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Breast Cancer & Alcohol: How Much is Safe?

Michael Greger MD | November 28, 2013 | Health

Read More: acetaldehyde, alcohol, alcohol metabolites, alcoholic beverages, antiseptic mouthwash, beer, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, heart disease, heart disease prevention, light drinking, liquor, Listerine, mouthwash, red wine, Scope, white wine, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

                Nearly 5,000 breast cancer deaths a year may be attributable to just light drinking (up to one drink a day). The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization body......

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Avoid Carnitine and Lethicin Supplements

Michael Greger MD | November 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, beans, beef, carnitine, carnitine palmitoyl transferase, chicken, cholesterol, choline, dairy, death, dietary cholesterol, eggs, energy drinks, fish, foam cells, fruit, grains, gut bacteria, gut flota, heart attack, heart disease, inflammatory cells, lethicin, meat, metabolism, milk, mortality, plant-based diet, plaque, pork, poultry, red meat, saturated fat, stroke, TMAO, trimethylamine-n-oxide, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, weight loss

A landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that choline in eggs, poultry, dairy and fish produces the same toxic TMAO as carnitine in red meat, which may help explain plant-based protection from heart disease. Earlier......

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Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Michael Greger MD | July 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association, atherosclerosis, bad cholesterol, clinical nutrition, clogged artereris, coconut oil, heart disease, LDL, medical community, medical school, saffron, saturated fat, stearic acid

Some who profit from coconut oil claim it has miraculous powers, curing everything from cancer to jock itch. The boldest claim may be that it is a potential cure for Alzheimer's, based on a series of anecdotes and one......

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Talking heart disease with Marilu Henner

J Morris Hicks | July 11, 2013 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: heart disease, marilu henner

  Featuring My 6-Step Solution for Ending Heart Disease Yesterday, July 10, I had the honor of being the very first "repeat" guest on the new Marilu Henner radio show, now eight weeks old. The topic was heart disease and featured a......

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