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All The Blogs -- May 2013

Michael Greger MD

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...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Is It & How To Treat It

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | 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...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2013 | Health

Read More: after-surgery, anti-vomiting agent, antiemetic, apple, chemo, Dramamine, ginger, lemon, lemon-ginger apple chews, mangoes, motion sickness, natural remedies, nausea, nauseous, oxalates, post-surgery, pregnanacy, radiation, traditional healing systems, travel, turmeric

I travel a lot. When I was on the road full time, there were months I'd give over 40 presentations in 30 days across dozens of cities. My speaking schedule is still fuller than I'd like (especially now that...

Michael Greger MD

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...

J Morris Hicks

Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente.

J Morris Hicks | May 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: Kaiser Permanente Plant-Based

Finally some much needed CLARITY from the "system" In their Spring 2013 Journal, America's largest managed care company and hospital system has taken a bold stand on the superiority of plant-based nutrition to promote health. This is big news...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Reasons To Read Whole Now

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: reductionism, T Colin Campbell, Whole

Why Whole Is the Must-Read Nutrition Book of Our Century If you read only one book for the entire rest of your life, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, should be it. T Colin Campbell, PhD, the book's pioneering...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Jess Parsons

Normal Vegans: Are You For Real?

Jess Parsons | May 20, 2013 | Lifestyle

Read More: book, children, entertainment, healthy eating big picture, image, media, tradition, vegan dining

Voracious readers and voracious vegans, we have a real problem. Most books aren't written by vegans. So most stories will, without any warning, launch into lingering descriptions of animal-based meals. Food in Fiction Revisiting childhood favourites like the Narnia...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 16, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arthritis, atherosclerosis, autoreactive antibodies, cardiac disease, E. coli, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, immune system, inflammatory meat particle, joint inflammation, Neu5Gc, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory "Trojan horse" compound found in animal products called Neu5Gc. On Tuesday in my post How Tumors Use Meat to Grow I talked about the role Neu5Gc may...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Food Co-ops - The Smart Buyer's Destination (Plus Vegan on the Cheap Recipe Book Giveaway Contest)

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | May 15, 2013 | Food

Read More: food co-op, fresh produce, fruits, organic plants, Vegan on the Cheap, vegetables

"But it's too expensive to eat healthy!" If I had a dime for every time I heard this excuse I'd be one of the youngest retirees on the face of the planet. Eating healthy has become synonymous with eating expensively,...

Michael Greger MD

How Tumors Use Meat to Grow

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, immune system, immunosuppressive drugs, inflammation, inflammatory meat particle, inflammatory response, Neu5Gc, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Certain cancers--like breast cancer--can be thought of in part as an autoimmune disease. When people get heart or kidney transplants, they must be given immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the new organ. What do you suppose happens to...

Michael Greger MD

How to Gain Weight on Diet Soda

Michael Greger MD | May 9, 2013 | Health

Read More: diet soda, erythritol, junk food, sugar, weight gain

Erythritol, the too-good-to-be-true nontoxic, low-calorie, tooth friendly sweetener that I profiled in my last blog post "Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?" may even act as an antioxidant. So what's the catch? Well, there are three ways that all...

Michael Greger MD

Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?

Michael Greger MD | May 7, 2013 | Health

Read More: agave, date sugar, erythritol, headaches, hypertension, maple syrup, stevia, steviol, sweetener

The natural sweetener erythritol does not appear to carry the adverse effects associated with other low and non-caloric natural and artificial sweeteners and may actually have antioxidant potential. For a while it was only available in Japan but now it's...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Cancer Is a Whole Body Disease

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: integrative oncology, The China Study, UCSD, whole foods plant based diet

The UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine Treats and Prevents Cancer By Helping Your Body to Heal Itself You may think of cancer as a discrete mass of cells with a life of its own. Every kind of cancer is labeled...

Michael Greger MD

Are Microgreens Healthier?

Michael Greger MD | May 2, 2013 | Health

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, antioxidants, microgreens, red cabbage

USDA researchers recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants. Just a few inches tall, they boast intense flavors and...

J Morris Hicks

How many people do you know that have heart disease?

J Morris Hicks | May 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: Reversing heart disease

Probably a great many more than you think. Think of how many people you know over thirty; then multiply that number by 90%. You see, most people in the United States over the age of thirty already have heart...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Incredible, Edible Egg or Not?

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | May 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: cancer, choline, egg, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, vitamin A

Eggs have long been part of the traditional American diet especially when it comes to a hearty breakfast. Gym junkies also swear by eggs, highlighting the egg whites as a perfect low-fat, low-calorie source of protein. Others say eggs are an essential...