All The Blogs -- December 2012

Michael Greger MD

Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 2012 | Health

2012 was's first full year in existence. This year we added about 10,000 twitter followers, 10,000 facebook fans, and 20,000 new subscribers, whose collective enthusiasm in sharing this body of work resulted in over 6 million views. But...

J Morris Hicks

$132,000/year cancer drug. Guess who's paying for it?

J Morris Hicks | December 28, 2012 | Health

Read More: cost of cancer drugs

  Retired business journalist tells his story in the New York Times. Former Money Magazine editor Frank Lalli On 12-1-12, I noticed a story by Frank Lalli, entitled A Health Insurance Detective Story. He was writing about the nightmare endured while trying to...

Michael Greger MD

Nuts Don't Cause Expected Weight Gain

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 2012 | Health

Nuts are packed with nutrition, but they are also packed with calories. Why, then, don't nuts seem to make people fat? In my video Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence, I profile a review published back in 2007...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Brilliant Minds, Brilliant Ideas, Phenomenal Paths To Health And Good Habits

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | December 19, 2012 | Health

Read More: healthy habits, plant based nutrition, Tedx Fremont

For a 24 hour period on November 10th, 2012 the city of Palo Alto, CA gave up its reputation for being the world's epicenter of cyber technology and instead laid the groundwork for a revolution in health and behavior. The...

John Davis

Why Dresden? The Origins of IVU

John Davis | December 19, 2012 | International

IVU was founded in Dresden, Germany, in 1908 which is not the most obvious location that we might think of today, so this is how it happened. According to the Vegetarier Bund Deutschland the first Dresden Vegetarian Society was founded...

J Morris Hicks

Dr. Oz---still promoting the diet gimmick of the month

J Morris Hicks | December 17, 2012 | Celebrities, Food

Read More: cholesterol myth, Dr. Oz cholesterol

The Doctors Who Say Everything You Know About Cholesterol Is Wrong That was the title of the lead segment of the Dr. Oz show on 12-11-12. While he occasionally presents some very helpful information (See my "home run" blog below),...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How To Avoid Your Own Personal Health Cliff

Janice Stanger, PhD | December 16, 2012 | Health

Read More: chronic illness, fiscal cliff, whole foods plant based diet

The Health Cliff Is Way More Treacherous Than Any Fiscal Politics The drama of the "fiscal cliff" is riveting the country. Even when a political deal stops the threat of abrupt tax hikes and deep spending cuts, more battles over...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Gift Forgiveness To Someone You Love This Holiday Season

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | December 15, 2012 | Lifestyle

Read More: forgiveness, happiness, how to forgive, love, overcoming anger, success, world peace

Now, more than ever, in this very angry, judgmental, divisive, aggressive and violent world we live in, is there the need for compassion, acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness. There is little that individuals can do on a global level to effect...

Jess Parsons

Holiday Togetherness Tips - with a difference

Jess Parsons | December 13, 2012 | Lifestyle

Read More: activist, children, debate, family, holiday, peace, vegan, vegan Christmas

  It's the time of year for families to get together - like it or not. Usually I hang around with a bunch of people who share my interests and values. It's comfy. Family holiday gatherings are a lot more...

Michael Greger MD

Cholesterol Lowering in a Nut Shell

Michael Greger MD | December 13, 2012 | Health

Read More: cholesterol, Lipitor, nuts, saturated fat, statins

Though official recommendations are to first treat high cholesterol with dietary change, many physicians jump right to cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins like Lipitor that can have an array of side effects. As described in my 1-min. video Diet...

John Davis

The Vegan Food in Vegetarian Paradise

John Davis | December 12, 2012 | International

While we were in Los Angeles recently, Hazel and I were privileged to stay at the home of our friends Zel and Reuben Allen. Zel has been writing great vegan cookbooks for many years, and between them they run the...

Sarah Taylor

The New Vegan Health Issue: Omega 6 : Omega 3 Fatty Acid Ratio

Sarah Taylor | December 8, 2012 | Health

Read More: Vegan, Vegan Health, Vegan omega 6, vegan omega fatty acids

I’ve already blogged on the vagaries of oil.  You’ll remember back in October of 2011 I made some salient points about the research on oil: The Lyon Heart Study turned olive oil into a health food when they found that...

J Morris Hicks

Prostate cancer victim issues a challenge...

J Morris Hicks | December 7, 2012 | Health

Read More: prostate cancer

...Start helping us get this need addressed so those of us suffering can rejoin the human race.    The PSA Blue Ribbon After reading my blog (see link below) about the prostate cancer victim who regretted his radiation treatment,...

Michael Greger MD

The True Shelf Life of Cooking Oils

Michael Greger MD | December 6, 2012 | Health

Cooking oil manufacturer "best-by" dates are put to the test by comparing the development of rancidity between almond oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, grape seed oil, rice bran oil, toasted sesame oil, and walnut oil. Find out...

Vegparadise Blog

Costco Is Fattening Up Its Customers

Vegparadise Blog | December 5, 2012 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

We know that your organization takes great pride in offering a hot dog or polish sausage and a 20-ounce drink with refill for $1.50, the same price for the last 27 years. That offer is very attractive for people who...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Love Never Fails

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | December 5, 2012 | Lifestyle

Read More: effective communication, emotional baggage, forgiveness, happiness, love, relationships

A former patient of mine thanked me recently for helping her develop tools to communicate more effectively with her husband and resolve the difficulties in their relationship. She mentioned that they still have their ups and downs, but she is...

John Davis

Veg*ism in Australia

John Davis | December 5, 2012 | International

Some of those going to the 41st IVU World Vegfest in Malaysia, 2013, will have family and friends in Australia, and it’s very easy to get there from Kuala Lumpur, so you might like to go on down and see...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Why Meat Can Magnify the Dangers of Alcohol

Janice Stanger, PhD | December 2, 2012 | Health

Read More: alcohol, liver disease, phytonutrient, whole foods plant based diet

Wine and Cheese May Be a Particularly Toxic Combination Drinking too much over a period of years is even more deadly than smoking. Alcohol can damage your brain, liver, digestive system, and other body systems. A recent study found that...