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All The Blogs -- April 2013

Sarah Taylor

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...

Michael Greger MD

Aspartame: Fibromyalgia & Preterm Birth

Michael Greger MD | April 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: aspartame, diet soda, erythritol, fibromyalgia, Nutrasweet, preterm birth, soda, vitamin D

When we learned how bad butter was, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which turned out to be even worse. When dietary guidelines told us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we’d pick up an apple,...

Michael Greger MD

Bugs & Drugs in Pork: Yersinia and Ractopamine

Michael Greger MD | April 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: adrenaline, Consumer Reports, foodborne bacteria, gestation crates, National Pork Producers Council, pork, ractopamine, yersinia

Consumer Reports recently released a study in which they analyzed U.S. retail pork and found trace levels of an adrenaline-like drug called ractopamine in about 20 percent of the samples and a foodborne bacteria that sickens nearly 100,000 Americans every year called Yersina in...

Michael Greger MD

Increasing Muscle Strength with Fenugreek

Michael Greger MD | April 23, 2013 | Health

Read More: beet juice, botanical supplements, cancer, fenugreek, maple syrup, muscles, prostate cancer

The spice fenugreek appears to significantly improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro. In my 2-min video Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds I profile a study entitled “The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on...

Michael Greger MD

The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, cholesterol, green tea, inflammation, ischemia, oxidation, oxidative stress, prunes, saturated fat, skin, tea, wrinkles

The skin is the largest organ in the body—about 20 square feet—and the most vulnerable organ in the body. It’s exposed to both the oxidizing effects of UV radiation from the sun and the oxidizing effects of oxygen in the...

Michael Greger MD

Treadmill Desks: Stand Up For Health

Michael Greger MD | April 16, 2013 | Health

Read More: exercise, lifespan, physical activity, treadmill desk, treadmills

A few months ago the New York Times ran a piece reiterating the hazards of prolonged sitting, which is associated with a shorter lifespan–even in those who exercise regularly. Our bodies were built to move. My 2-min. video Standing Up For Your Health is my contribution...

Sarah Taylor

The Four Agreements, Vegan Style!

Sarah Taylor | April 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: The Four Agreements, Vegan

Many of you have read Don Miguel Ruiz’s famous book, The Four Agreements.  In his book, he outlines in detail, four “agreements” that we should make with ourselves to have a truly happy life and avoid all the drama that...

J Morris Hicks

Slaughterhouses. New York Times article misses the point.

J Morris Hicks | April 11, 2013 | Animals

Unnecessary suffering. Part of a miserable process that need not exist Over a four-day span last week, I spoke to several hundred sixth graders at a middle school in New London, CT. (See links below for details). Prior to...

Michael Greger MD

New DVD to Help Spring Clean Your Diet (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | April 11, 2013 | Health

Read More: DVD

I'm excited to announce that last month the NutritionFacts.org podcast reached #1 on the iTunes health video podcast charts (subscribe here). What perfect timing to announce a new DVD! The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series launches today....

Michael Greger MD

Gerson Therapy for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 9, 2013 | Health

Read More: alternative therapies, cancer, chemotherapy, coffee enemas, Dr. Max Gerson, Gerson Therapy, health, oncology, pancreatic cancer

Gerson Therapy is a largely diet-based alternative treatment for cancer invented by the late Dr. Max Gerson. What have 65 years of medical research concluded about its efficacy and safety? According to a recent review out of Sloan-Kettering in the...

Michael Greger MD

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 out...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Essentials On Fats In The Diet

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | April 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: diets, essential fatty acids, fat, Plant-Based Pharmacist

"But I need fat in my diet."I've heard this line one too many times when talking to others about switching to a healthier, low-fat diet. Somehow, someway we Americans have come to the conclusion if we don't have large amounts of fat...