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The Best Way to Prevent the Common Cold?

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Gargling is one of the best things to do to treat a sore throat. As one of my medical mentors Dr. Klaper instructs: Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of salt, hold the glass of salt......

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Do Vegans Get More Cavities?

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: acid erosion, American Dental Association, apples, beef, carrots, cavities, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, chronic gum disease, citrus, citrus fruit, dairy, dentist, enamel erosion, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, gingivitis, grapes, high-fiber food, impotence, leafy vegetables, meat, oral cancer, oral care, oral disease, oral health, periodontal disease, plant-based diet, raw, saturated fat, sexual dysfunction, soda, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

A diet high in saturated fat, which can clog our arteries and lead to inflammation, is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. This may explain why chronic gum disease is associated with sexual dysfunction.......

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Broccoli Boosts Liver Detox Enzymes

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carcinogens, cruciferous vegetables, detox, detoxifying enzymes, enzymes, fruits, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver health, phase II enzyme system, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Researchers just found out that the boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks! Last spring in my post The Best Detox I described this amazing phenomenon in which a phytonutrient produced by broccoli......

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Plant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: anxiety, chronic pain, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flexitarian diet, generalized pain, Hallelujah diet, headaches, inflammatory molecule, low back pain, Neu5Gc, pain, painkillers, plant-based diet, potassium, raw vegan, sleep disorders, vegan, vegetarian

Millions suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by months of widespread pain, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, headaches, low back pain, and other problems. Its cause is unknown and there is no known cure.......

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Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: anticancer genes, antioxidants, apple juice, apple peel, apple peels, apples, breast cancer, cancer, fruits, genetics, juice, maspin, pesticides, plant-based diet, prostate cancer, tumor suppression, tumor suppression gene, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole foods

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to......

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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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Go Nuts for Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: African-American, almond, Asian, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, breast lumps, fiber, fibroadenomas, fibrocystic breast disease, lifespan Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?, longer life expectancy, lumpectomy, nuts, peanut, pecan, plant-based diet, precancerous, soy, That Black Women's Health Study, true nut, vegan, vegetarian, women

The Black Women's Health Study I profiled in my last blog Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary was out of Boston University. Across the Charles River, the Harvard Nurse's Health Study also tried to determine which plants may......

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Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: African, African-American, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, collards, diabetes, fruits, high blood pressure, Nathan Pritikin, plant-based diet, That Black Women's Health Study, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, women

Recently a study of 50,000 African-American women was published, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and, in fact, medical research generally. Certain African populations were among the healthiest on earth, inspiring one of America's lifestyle......

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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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Plant-Based Diets for Psoriasis

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, autoimmune arthritis, fibromyalgia, glucocorticoids, inflammation, pain, plant-based diet, potassium, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, steroid hormones, steroids, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets appear to decrease inflammation via a variety of mechanisms, including boosting our adrenal gland function. Glucocorticoids are circulating steroid hormones produced by our adrenal glands that suppress inflammation and also help our kidneys excrete potassium. When we......

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Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Is It & How To Treat It

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | May 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: arthritis, medicine, plant-based diet, Plant-Based Pharmacist, rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a growing and leading public health concern in many developed countries. In the United States, it's the number one cause of disability, and its prevalence is rising due to the increase in obesity and age amongst the population [1]. In......

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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 Multiple Sclerosis

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: antibodies, auto-immune disease, B-cells, cancer, growth hormone, IGF-1, immune system, multiple sclerosis, plant-based diet, prostate, prostate gland growth, vegan, vegetarian

The distinguished neurologist Roy Swank's low saturated fat diet remains the "most effective treatment of multiple sclerosis ever reported in the peer review literature." In patients with early stage MS, 95% were without progression of their disease 34 years......

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Biblical Daniel Fast Tested

Michael Greger MD | January 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, Bible, Daniel, diet, disease, EPIC study, inflammation, plant-based diet, poultry, University of Memphis

Researchers recently set out to replicate the "Daniel Fast," the biblical nutrition trial outlined in Daniel 1:8-16. In my last blog post Poultry Paunch, I featured results from the EPIC study, one of the largest studies ever performed. The......

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Lessons From A Pharmacist - I Get A BIG, FAT Paycheck While You Stay Sick

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | October 3, 2012 | Health

Read More: greed, healthcare professionals, medical education, money, pharmaceuticals, pharmacists, plant-based diet, plant-based pharmacist

Hi. My name is Dustin Rudolph. I've been a practicing pharmacist for over 10 years now, and I'm here to tell you something you may not like hearing. I get a BIG, FAT paycheck every two weeks while YOU (or at......

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Preserving Vision Through Diet

Michael Greger MD | July 19, 2012 | Health

Read More: beta carotene, blindness, carrot, cataracts, collard greens, diabetes, eggs, eye, glaucoma, Harvard's Alternative Healthy Eating Index, kale, kidney, lutein, macular degeneration, peach, phytonutrients, pills, plant-based diet, prostate, prostate cancer, tomato, vision, zeaxanthin

More than a million Americans are blind. The good news is that all four of the most common causes of vision loss may be prevented with a healthy plant-based diet--age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, and cataracts. See my 2-min.......

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The Plant-Based Pharmacist's Favorite Recipe Sites

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | July 12, 2012 | Food

Read More: cooking, plant-based diet, plant-based pharmacist, recipes, vegan recipes, vegetarian recipes

For approximately three years I've been writing on the science and health benefits of plant-based diets. This kind of information is very important for understanding why you should follow a plant-based diet. However, many people (especially newcomers to the plant-based......

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Food Fight! - Overcoming the Social Dogma of Going Veg

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | June 27, 2012 | Health

Read More: dining out, going veg, plant-based diet, relationships, social pressure, vegan, vegetarian

Being different isn't always easy and so goes the life of those who choose to be vegetarian or vegan. The choice of what one eats is very personal. Every single time one of us puts something in our mouth there's......

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Oral Health And Plant-Based Diets

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | April 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: bad breath, Dustin Rudolph, oral cancers, oral health, plant-based diet, plant-based pharmacist

We all know that eating a plant-based diet abundant in fruits and vegetables does wonders for our health. The reduction in the three most talked about diseases in these regards are obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. All of them can......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#21)

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 2012 | Health

Read More: amalgam, beta-carotene, bitter melon, blood sugar, cancer, carcinogen, carotenoids, cholesterol, coconut water, diabetics, electrolyte, fenugreek, flax, hijiki, kelp, mercury, miso, omega-3, plant-based diet, sea vegetable, seaweed, sugar, tuna, vegan, yerba mate

This is another sampling of the nearly 1,000 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 topics covered on NutritionFacts.org.......

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Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. - Book review

Jess Parsons | March 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: dr antonia demas, Dr Attwood, dr campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, Esselstyn, Healthy food, heart, heart attack proof, moderation, plant-based diet, vegan recipes

Last time I reviewed an exciting book by this man’s son (Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn).  This book is more technical but in its way, just as exciting. Dr Esselstyn Jr doesn’t waste any time.  He starts with a......

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The Healthy Longevity Secret

Janice Stanger, PhD | February 5, 2012 | Health

Read More: aging, longevity, plant-based diet, whole foods

Six Ways Whole Foods Fuel Long and Active Years An enjoyable retirement is a great American dream. People save up financially for decades, often planning to spend retirement traveling, with family, and fulfilling long-postponed goals. The sad fact is......

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Paula Deen: Diabetes drug spokesperson

Michael Greger MD | January 18, 2012 | Health

Read More: blindness, burgers, butter balls, diabetes, doughnuts, Dr. Neal Barnard, drugs, Graham Kerr, kidney failure, pancreatitis, Paula Deen, pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia cream cheese, plant-based diet, Smithfield ham, The Galloping Gourmet, thyroid cancer, United States, Yul Brynner

The year before he died of lung cancer, actor Yul Brynner taped a commercial for the American Cancer Society. "Now that I'm gone," he pleaded into the camera, "I tell you: Don't smoke, whatever you do, just don't smoke."......

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Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 2011 | Health

Read More: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm, aorta, Boston Celtics, cardiovascular disease, diet, fruits, Jeff Green, meat, Mt. Sinai, plant-based diet, prevention, risk, screening, smoking, symptoms, treatment, vegetables

Last week the Boston Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will miss the 2012 season due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm, set to be operated on next month. Jeff is lucky. An estimated million other Americans have aortic aneurysms,......

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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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