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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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Want to be Healthier? Change Your Taste Buds

Michael Greger MD | June 24, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, body fat, butter, calories, cheese, dairy, eggs, fat, junk food, low-fat diets, meat, milk, obesity, salt, sodium, soup, sugar, taste buds, weight loss, yogurt

How can we overcome our built-in hunger drives for salt, sugar, and fat? We now have evidence showing that if we go a few weeks cutting down on junk food and animal products, our tastes start to change. We......

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How to Get Parents to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 19, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, beef, beef brains, body fat, brains, calories, chicken, children, cooking methods, fat, meat, obesity, offal, organ meats, plant protein, pork, pork brains, poultry, protein, rice, sheep, soy, soy milk, soybeans, U.S. Department of Defense, veal brains, vegetables, weight loss

Changing the name of healthy foods can have a significant impact on children's eating habits (See Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at School). Are adults as gullible? Yes. For example, in one study profiled in my video......

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How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 12, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, broccoli, cake, calories, carrots, cheese puffs, children, cookies, cupcakes, fat, fiber, fruit, green beans, hydrogenated fats, ice cream, junk food, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, obesity, oils, School Lunch Program, survey, Texas, trans fats, vegetables, Veggiecation

What happens if we give one group of kids a plate of cookies and the other group the same number of cookies, but cut in half, and tell both groups they can eat as many as they want? Researchers......

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Why Do Vegan Women Have Fewer Female Cancers?

Michael Greger MD | March 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, cancer, cervical cancer, cervix health, chicken, fruit, genital health, green tea, growth promoters, hepatitis, hepatitis E, heterocyclic amines, human papilloma virus, IGF-1, immune function, inflammations, lutein, lycopene, lymphoma, meat, Neu5Gc, obesity, oxidative stress, penis cancer, penis health, pets, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, sexual health, sexual transmission, throat cancer, throat health, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vulva cancer

                Cervical cancer is now considered a sexually transmitted disease. It was originally suspected as such, but now we have DNA fingerprinting proof that virtually all cervical cancer is caused by a sexually......

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Raspberries Reverse Precancerous Lesions

Michael Greger MD | December 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: alcohol, black raspberries, cancer, esophageal cancer, freeze-dried, fruits, intraepithelial neoplasia, jam, marijuana, obesity, oral cancer, oral lesions, precancerous changes, precancerous growths, precancerous lesions, raspberries, smoking, strawberries, tobacco, vegetables

                More berried treasure! A story similar to the strawberries and esophageal cancer revelation I documented in Strawberries versus Esophageal Cancer has emerged with black raspberries and oral cancer. Oral cancer is one......

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The Best Nutrition Bar

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, almond butter, caloric density, cholesterol, dried apples, dried fruit, figs, fruit, nut bar, nut butter, nutrition bar, nuts, obesity, peanut butter, satiety, weight gain, weight loss

There are a variety of healthier fruit and nut bars on the market now that boast dried fruit as a primary ingredient. Dried fruit is calorically dense, though. Should we be concerned that eating such bars may make us......

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The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial......

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Why are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, cancer, cheese, chicken, children, dairy, diet, early onset puberty, emphysema, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fish, IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, kids, meat, menstruation, obesity, plant-based diet, premature puberty, puberty, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

Early onset of puberty is considered a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood, including hormone-related cancers, a shorter lifespan, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The conventional thinking has been that the age of puberty has been......

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AMA Declares Obesity a Disease; Is That Really Enough?

Vegparadise Blog | July 2, 2013 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Academic Medicine, AMA, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, obesity, pharmaceuticals, USDA

When the American Medical Association labeled obesity as a disease, they in essence turned the health care world upside down. What a boon this new disease will be for the pharmaceutical industry! But is the blue or pink pill the......

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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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Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2013 | Health

Read More: anti-inflammatory, bacteria, butyrate, colon cancer, fiber, flora, obesity, probiotics

Obesity is so rare among those eating plant-based diets (see my video Thousands of Vegans Studied), nutrition researchers have been desperate to uncover their secret. Yes, they tend to eat fewer calories, but not that many fewer. In the......

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Skim Milk and Acne

Michael Greger MD | July 12, 2012 | Health

Read More: acne, bioactive molecules, cancer, dairy, dairy cows, diabetes, diseases, estrogen, hormones, milk, National Dairy Council, obesity, sex hormones, skim milk, teenagers, whole milk

The National Dairy Council denies that milk intake causes acne, but a study they supported--the Harvard Nurse's Health Study--found otherwise, as I show in my 3-min. video National Dairy Council on Acne and Milk. The conclusion reads: "We found......

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Poultry and Penis Cancer

Michael Greger MD | May 17, 2012 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, cancer, chicken, cigarette, coffee, eggs, exercise, food safety, fruits, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, obesity, penis cancer, plants, poultry, raw poultry, vegetarian, viruses

One of the reasons it's so difficult to study the relationship between diet and cancer is because many dietary behaviors are associated with non-dietary behaviors. For example, one of the reasons we used to think coffee-drinking caused cancer was......

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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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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 10)

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2011 | Health

Read More: algae, alkaline water, American Heart Association, amyloid, apple juice, baking soda, chicken, cholesterol, DDT, Dukan Diet, fish oil, flax, Gardein, krill oil, milk protein, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, Quorn, salt, sodium, soy protein, strokes, veggie chicken, vitamin D

This is another sampling of the more than 700 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (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......

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Dietary Guideline graphics: From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM's Power Plate

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 2011 | Health

Read More: agribusiness, American Meat Institute, beans, berries, candy, CDC, Coca Cola, dairy, dietary guidelines, disease, egg, Finland, fruit, Greece, Harvard, McDonald's, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, protein, saturated fat, trans fat, USDA, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains

In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, and David Ludwig, founding director of the childhood obesity program at Children's Hospital, published a commentary on the latest dietary guidelines.......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 7)

Michael Greger MD | October 30, 2011 | Health

Read More: apple cider vinegar, Aricept, BPA, cancer, erectile dysfunction, greens, infertility, obesity, pine needles, plastic, PMS, potassium, saffron, scurvy, tea, toxins, vitamin C

This is another sampling of the more than 600 comments and questions I've responded to on NutritionFacts.org. 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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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of making illegally deceptive claims

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2011 | Health

Read More: children, dairy, milk, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, salt, sodium, weight loss, Wisconsin

A two-part investigation (1 & 2) released last week by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism revealed that the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was making claims that may violate state laws prohibiting agricultural marketing boards from false advertising. The......

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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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Bringing "Plant-Based" to the Masses

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD | July 23, 2011 | Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Brendan Brazier, diabetes, dr barnard, dr campbell, dr fuhrman, dr mcdougall, dr popper, EarthSave, Farm Sanctuary, healthcare, Mike Anderson, millennium, obesity, the veggie grill, To Your Health

It is now edging towards the later side of 2011. We still have a worldwide epidemic of obesity and chronic disease. Medical costs are literally bankrupting our nation...even though nobody is getting better by using the medications and procedures......

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