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Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, BHA, Butylated hydroxyanisole, carcinogens, crystal deposits, diabetes, evolutionary heritage, fat retention, Germany, gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, meat, plant-based diet, preservatives, salt retention, sodium, stroke, sugar, uric acid, vegan, vegetarian

Human beings lost the ability to detoxify uric acid millions of years ago. What implications does this have for our health today? Our story starts about 15 million years ago. It was the Miocene epoch. Things seemed to be......

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Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | June 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, antioxidants, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, hypertension, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, phytates, plant-based diet, refined grain, stroke, syndrome x, vegan, vegetarian, white bread, whole grain, whole grains

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a medical disorder characterized by the so-called "deadly quartet": abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome can set people up for liver disease, stroke,......

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98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient

Michael Greger MD | May 23, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, bananas, cardiac disease, cardiac health, eggs, eyesight, fiber, healthy diet, heart disease, minerals, plant-based diet, potassium, potassium-rich foods, stroke, vascular disease, vascular health, vegan, vegetarian

Less than 2% of Americans achieve even the recommended minimum adequate intake of potassium due, primarily, to inadequate plant food intake. If you take any plant, burn it to ash, throw the ash in a pot of water, stir......

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Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 16, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arthritis, atherosclerosis, autoreactive antibodies, cardiac disease, E. coli, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, immune system, inflammatory meat particle, joint inflammation, Neu5Gc, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory "Trojan horse" compound found in animal products called Neu5Gc. On Tuesday in my post How Tumors Use Meat to Grow I talked about the role Neu5Gc may......

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The Incredible, Edible Egg or Not?

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | May 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: cancer, choline, egg, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, vitamin A

Eggs have long been part of the traditional American diet especially when it comes to a hearty breakfast. Gym junkies also swear by eggs, highlighting the egg whites as a perfect low-fat, low-calorie source of protein. Others say eggs are an essential......

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A New Culprit for Heart Disease

Sarah Taylor | April 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: heart disease, TMAO, vegan, vegan diet, vegan research

A recent article in the NY Times shocked many of us who follow health research: Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic now believe that saturated fat and cholesterol only play a minor role in heart disease.  They believe that a little-known......

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Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: bio-identical hormones, breast cancer, heart disease, hormones, horse urine, International Menopause Society, menopause, permarin, stroke

Hormone replacement therapy for menopause grew to prominence in the 1990s when millions of women were sold hormones made from horse urine. Premarin (from the words pregnant mare urine) was promised to prevent age-related diseases. When the truth got......

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The False Hope Of Prescription Medications - A Pharmacist Tells All

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: heart disease, pharmaceuticals, plant based nutrition, Plant-Based Pharmacist, prescription medications

For every ailment in today's world there is a pill. A solution in the form of a capsule or tablet or liquid with a concoction of chemicals inside designed to "cure" our misfortunes. Big Pharma has made their mark. As......

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Magnesium-Rich Foods to Prevent Sudden Death

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 2012 | Health

Read More: arrhythmias, cardiac death, heart disease, magnesium, nuts

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As I note in my 3-min. NutritionFacts.org video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55% of men and......

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Why Meat Causes Inflammation

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2012 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, anti-inflammatory, arteries, bacteria, breast cancer, Crohn's Disease, dairy, diabetes, eggs, endotoxin, gut, heart disease, inflammation, meat, pork

The anti-inflammatory effect of plant-based diets is about more than just the power of plants. It's also the avoidance of animal foods. In my Care2 column last week, Dietary Treatment for Crohn's Disease, I profiled the extraordinary power of......

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Treating Crohn's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 13, 2012 | Health

Read More: alzheimer's disease, anti-inflammatory, cancer, crohn's disease, diabetes, garlic, heart disease, inflammation, tomato juice, walnuts

Inflammation has recently emerged as an important player in the development of age-related disability and many of our major chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Now that laboratory tests such as C-reactive protein have been......

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Treating COPD With Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 7, 2012 | Health

Read More: acai berries, antioxidants, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, cured meats, diet, emphysema, fiber, fruits, heart disease, nitrites, soy, stroke, tea, tobacco, tofu, vegetables

The three top killers in the United States are no longer heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Stroke just moved down to number four. Number three is now COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meaning respiratory disorders such as emphysema. We......

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Watermelon For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 2012 | Health

Read More: aneurism, arthritis, cancer, cGMP, cholesterol, citrulline, diabetes, heart disease, lower back pain, mortality, sexual dysfunction, stroke, viagra

A disturbing analysis of mortality and morbidity was recently published in the Journal of Gerontology. Americans are living longer but sicker lives. We're now living fewer healthy years. Compared to a decade ago, we live about a year longer,......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#19)

Michael Greger MD | February 16, 2012 | Health

Read More: antioxidant, arugula, atherosclerosis, beets, blood pressure, caffeine, coffee, colon cancer, dermatitis, DNA, eczema, endothelial, energy drink, espresso, flaxseed oil, green tea, health, heart disease, hempseed, hempseed oil, inflammation, nutrition, olive oil, oxalates, potato, stroke, supplement, sweet potato, toxins

This is another sampling of the more than 900 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand......

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Atkins Diet and Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 2012 | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, Atkins, carbs, cholesterol, eco-Atkins, erectile dysfunction, Harvard, heart attack, heart disease, low carb, stroke

Yesterday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day, Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up, discusses a case report of a man who went on a low carb diet, lost his ability to have an erection, and nearly lost his life. That was just one......

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Plant-based Benefits Extend Beyond the Top Killers

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2012 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Study, allergies, antacids, aspirin, asthma, blood pressure, blood pressure medications, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, insulin, laxatives, obesity, pain-killers, sleeping pills, stroke, tranquilizers

The Adventist Health Studies offer some of the best science on the impacts of plant-based diets on health and longevity. Based in California, they include both the longest running study of vegetarians in history as well as the largest......

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Generic Lipitor is not the answer to our heart disease epidemic

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: American Journal of Cardiology, cancer, cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, dietary cholesterol, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, eggs, fast food, Happy Meal, heart attack, heart disease, LDL, Lipitor, meat, muscle damage, obesity, plant-based diet, polypill, poultry, saturated fat, statins, trans fat

The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug on the planet. Nearly a million Americans filled their prescriptions the first week after it went generic this month. Over the past 25 years, this one drug raked in $100......

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Latest in Nutrition vol. 7 DVD now available (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | December 19, 2011 | Health

Read More: diabetes, disease, doctor, emphysema, heart disease, hospital, Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, medical school, medicine, NutritionFacts.org, public health, science

The current batch of videos from volume 6 are set to run out before Christmas, and so starting December 26, and running through March here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Nutrition......

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This Is Your Body On The Standard American Diet

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | December 14, 2011 | Health

Read More: animal-based diet, arthritis, cancer, chronic diseases, diabetes, heart disease, plant based diet, Standard American Diet

Back in the late 80's and early 90's the Partnership For a Drug-Free America launched a campaign to help fight narcotic drug abuse in the United States. It became known as the This Is Your Brain On Drugs campaign. It sparked a......

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Latest in Nutrition volume 6 DVD now available (all proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2011 | Health

Read More: diabetes, disease, doctor, emphysema, heart disease, hospital, Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, medical school, medicine, NutritionFacts.org, public health, science

The genesis of NutritionFacts.org dates back to more than a decade ago. Like most doctors, I went into medicine because I wanted to help people, but found myself in some hospital-based practice often dispensing drugs to counteract the side-effects......

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Heart disease: there is a cure

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 2011 | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, China Study, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, heart disease, Medicare, plant-based diet, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Tomato Effect, USDA

Decades ago, it was proven that heart disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet. And yet hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to needlessly die. Why the disconnect? That's the subject of this morning's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day The Tomato......

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Inflammation, Diet, and "Vitamin S"

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2011 | Health

Read More: anxiety, arachidonic acid, aspirin, asthma, autoimmune disorders, Canadian seal hunt, cancer, chicken, cholesterol, cumin, depression, eggs, fish, fruits, heart disease, herbs, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, mint, mood disturbance, omega-6, paprika, rheumatoid arthritis, salicylic acid, seals, spieces, stroke, thyme, ulcers, vegetables, Vitamin 'S', volunteer

Last month an update was published on the intriguing suggestion that low levels of salicylic acid--the active component in aspirin--naturally found in plant foods may in part explain the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Some scientists go as......

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Vegan B12 deficiency: putting it into perspective

Michael Greger MD | August 25, 2011 | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, plant-based diet, supplements, vegan, vitamin B12

As excitement builds towards the premiere this Saturday at 8 and 11pm ET of CNN's new documentary The Last Heart Attack--documenting Bill Clinton's attempt to reverse his heart disease through diet--pundits are eager to point out the downsides. Yes,......

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NutritionFacts.org officially launched!

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2011 | Health

Read More: animal products, Caldwell Esselstyn, cancer, Dean Ornish, diabetes, heart disease, last heart attack, Michele Simon, Nancy Chute, obesity, plant-based diet, Sanjay Gupta, surgery, vegan

Though bumped last night due to developments in Libya, the new CNN documentary The Last Heart Attack features Bill Clinton’s attempts to reverse his heart disease with a plant-based diet. In From omnivore to vegan: The dietary education of......

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Olive Oil; not a health food...the first in a series of six

J Morris Hicks | July 14, 2011 | Food, Health

Read More: esselstyn, healthy food, heart disease, olive oil

I received a note from a reader recently about someone who had just been told that olive oil was not good for you: Hi, I am so confused about the oil issue. The movie "Forks over Knives" says that......

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