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Dietary Cholesterol Affects Blood Cholesterol Levels

Michael Greger MD | August 18, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, eggs, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, metabolic syndrome, mortality, nutrition myths, prediabetes, smoking, standard American diet

In my video, Eggs vs. Cigarettes in Atherosclerosis, I profiled a study showing that both smoking and eating eggs can harm our arteries. But even egg yolks alone were associated with artery-clogging plaque buildup nearly two thirds as bad......

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Do Walnuts Really Improve Artery Function?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, olive oil, walnuts

Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption may only drop our cholesterol levels about 5%. How could we get......

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Dr. Greger's 2015 Live Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | August 4, 2015 | Health

Read More: acne, Advanced Glycation End-products, Adventist Health Studies, Africa, African Americans, aging, alcohol, algae, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, AMA, American College of Cardiology, American Diabetes Association, ammonia, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, arthritis, bacon, beans, beef, biomagnification, blindness, BMAA, body fat, bone fractures, bone health, brain disease, brain health, breast cancer, C-reactive protein, California, California Raisin Marketing Board, cancer, candy, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cataracts, CDC, cereal, cheese, chicken, chickpeas, China, cholesterol, choline, chronic diseases, colon caner, colon health, dairy, DASH diet, deli meat, dementia, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Frank Sacks, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Walter Kempner, dried fruit, eggs, elderly, energy, estrogen, Europe, exercise, eye disease, eye health, farm animals, feed additives, fiber, Finland, fish, Framingham Heart Study, France, fruit, galactose, glycotoxins, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hormones, hot dogs, hypertension, IGF-1, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, industry influence, infants, inflammation, insulin, iron, joint disease, junk food, kidney failure, lentils, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver health, Lou Gehrig's disease, low-carb diets, lung cancer, McDonald's, McDonalds, meat, Meatless Mondays, medical education, medications, Mediterranean diet, methionine, milk, mortality, National Confectioners Association, neurotoxins, nitrosamines, nuts, oils, organochlorines, osteoarthritis, ovarian cancer, oxidative stress, oysters, Parkinson's disease, persistent organic pollutants, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, prediabetes, pregnancy, processed foods, prostate cancer, protein, red wine, rheumatoid arthritis, safety limits, saturated fat, seafood, seeds, sleep, smoking, soda, split peas, standard American diet, steroids, stroke, Surgeon General, surgery, Sweden, tobacco, turkey, twins, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, veal, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vision, weight loss, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

View my new live presentation here: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting,......

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Do Cholesterol Statin Drugs Cause Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 2015 | 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......

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Why Do Heart Doctors Favor Surgery and Drugs Over Diet?

Michael Greger MD | June 2, 2015 | 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......

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

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2015 | 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......

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Low Carb Diets Found to Feed Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | May 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal protein, Atkins diet, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cocaine, Dr. Richard Fleming, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-carb diets, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant protein, plant-based diets, prehistoric diets, protein, Twinkies, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

People going on low carb diets may not see a rise in their cholesterol levels. How is that possible? Because weight loss by any means can drop our cholesterol. We could go on an all-Twinkie diet and lower our......

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Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, aging, almonds, blood sugar, body fat, brazil nuts, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cashews, chestnuts, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, fat, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, lung disease, lung health, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, oxidative stress, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, prediabetes, PREDIMED, smoking, stroke, walnut, weight loss

We've known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually live longer lives? Clinical trials have shown nuts help......

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Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Stroke and Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | April 9, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, factory farming practices, farm animals, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, mortality, multivitamins, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, poultry, stomach health, stroke, supplements, turkey

In my video Food Antioxidants and Cancer, I talked about how antioxidants from whole plants are associated with lower cancer risk. It turns out that total antioxidant capacity of diet may also be protective against stroke, the world's leading......

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Peeks Behind the Egg Industry Curtain

Michael Greger MD | March 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bone fractures, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, Coca-Cola, cooking methods, eggs, elderly, factory farming practices, fat, food poisoning, foodborne illness, Freedom of Information Act, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, infants, LDL cholesterol, marketing, nutrient density, nutrition myths, poultry, pregnancy, protein, safety limits, Salmonella, saturated fat, turkey, Twinkies, USDA, weight loss, zoonotic disease

The American Egg Board is a promotional marketing board appointed by the U.S. government whose mission is to "increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg producers." If an individual egg company wants to run......

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What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States......

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Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than......

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The Reversal on Fish Oil

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, DHA, fat, fish, fish oil, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, lifespan, medical profession, men's health, mortality, nutrition myths, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, stroke, supplements

Are the purported benefits of fish oil supplementation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease just a "fish tale"? Thanks to recommendations from organizations such as the American Heart Association that individuals at high risk for heart disease......

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Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,......

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Understanding Lifestyle Medicine From the Heart

Michael Greger MD | February 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: amputations, blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, eye disease, eye health, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, stroke, tobacco, Yale

I talk a lot about numbers and statistics, but as the Director of Yale's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz put it in an editorial in the American Journal of Health Promotion, to reach doctors, our fellow colleagues, maybe......

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Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty......

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Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications, pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmeric

"Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs-often in a sophisticated way. Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was......

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The Top Four Anti-Inflammatory Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, ankylosing spondylitis, antioxidants, autoimmune diseases, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Cayenne pepper, chicken, cholesterol, cinnamon, cloves, complementary medicine, cost savings, cumin, curcumin, DNA damage, ginger, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, herbs, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, medications, oregano, osteoarthritis, oxidative stress, pepper, poultry, psoriasis, rosemary, side effects, spices, Tumor necrosis factor, turmeric

Once in a while I come across a study that's so juicy I have to do a whole video about it (Which Spices Fight Inflammation?). A group of researchers at the University of Florida, Gainesville and Pennsylvania State set......

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Foods for Macular Degeneration

Michael Greger MD | January 1, 2015 | 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......

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The Vitamin Everyone on a Plant-Based Diet Needs

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 2014 | 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......

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Comparing Vegans' Arteries to Runners'

Michael Greger MD | December 16, 2014 | 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......

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The Reason We Need More Antioxidants

Michael Greger MD | December 2, 2014 | 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......

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We Can End the Heart Disease Epidemic

Michael Greger MD | November 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, Africa, appendicitis, beans, body fat, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon cancer, colon health, constipation, corn, diabetes, diverticulosis, fat, fiber, gallbladder health, gallstones, heart disease, heart health, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, hypertension, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, rectal cancer, standard American diet, stomach health, stomach ulcers, stool size, surgery, Uganda, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Many of the diseases that are common in United States are rare or even nonexistent in populations eating mainly whole plant foods. These so-called Western Diseases are some of our most common conditions: Obesity, the most important nutritional disease......

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How to Prevent Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cavities, cholesterol, corn, dental health, exercise, fat, fruit, greens, heart disease, heart health, junk food, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, medications, millet, mortality, mouthwash, oral health, plant protein, plant-based diets, plantains, Pritikin, protein, pumpkin, trans fats, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

Many of today's lifestyle medicine doctors, myself included, were greatly influenced by Nathan Pritikin, the nutrition pioneer who started reversing heart disease with a plant-based diet and exercise back in the 70s. (More on Nathan Pritikin in Engineering a......

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