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All The Blogs -- August 2013

Michael Greger MD

Treating Parkinson's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, berries, bioaccumulation, brown rice, caffeine, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, coffee, dairy, dopamine, fisetin, fish, Istradefylline, L-dopa, levodopa, meat, milk, N-hexacosanol, Parkinson's, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pollutants, Preladenant, protein redistribution diet, serotonin, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian, whole wheat, yogurt

                  Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson’s, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a...

Jess Parsons

In a vegan tomorrow, would vegans be happy?

Jess Parsons | August 30, 2013 | Animals

Read More: activist, Animal suffering, burnout, carnivores, companion animals, cow's milk, fur, junk food, vegan

(Hmmm. Fireworks aren't vegan.) Imagine it! Tomorrow - no animal farms torturing animals for profit. No enslaved mother cows and orphaned baby calves. No more animals being skinned alive for their fur. No more male chicks being ground up...

Michael Greger MD

Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinson's

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: brain damage, cheese, chemicals, concussions, dairy, exercise, head damage, hormones, industrial carcinogens, industrial pollutants, milk, Monsanto, neurotoxic chemicals, Parkinson's, PCBs, pesticides, plant-based diet, pollutants, Polychlorinated biphenyl, Tetrahydroisoquinoline, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

                  There are four things that may reduce our risk of developing Parkinson’s disease: increase exercise, and avoid dairy products, pesticides, and head trauma (please  wear your seatbelt and bike helmet!). What...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

The Forgiveness Diet - How To Stop Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | August 25, 2013 | Lifestyle

Read More: forgiveness, how to end self sabotaging behaviors, how to forgive

Most of us don't get what we want in our lives because we sabotage ourselves: We procrastinate. We resist. We don't follow through. We don't do the things that we know are in our best interests. The end result is...

J Morris Hicks

Bill Clinton connects "sustainability" and food choices.

J Morris Hicks | August 24, 2013 | Celebrities

Read More: collapse of civilization, sustainability of humanity

  In the August/September Issue of AARP Magazine When my copy arrived in the mail this week, two articles featured on the cover caught my attention. (See links to source articles below) The first article (Bill Clinton. His Life-Saving Diet) provides...

Michael Greger MD

NutritionFacts.org Video Hits a Million Views

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2013 | Health

                I'm so excited to share that my newest live presentation, More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases, has reached over a million views on YouTube, breaking my previous...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Messages From The Other Side - Fact or Fiction?

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | August 21, 2013 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: communicating with the dead, life after death, messages from the dead

I have a patient who reports that he communicates with his dead wife. Here are the facts. You decide. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE VIDEO....

Michael Greger MD

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...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

The Forgiveness Diet - Anger Hurts, Forgiveness Heals

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | August 19, 2013 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: anger management, forgiveness, forgiveness diet, how to end self sabotaging behaviors, how to forgive

Letting go of anger, grievances, resentments and other attack thoughts is a key component of the Forgiveness Diet. When we release these negative emotions and replace them with thoughts of acceptance, tolerance, compassion and forgiveness, we esteem ourselves, we eliminate...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Five Reasons to Make Black Pepper a Favorite Spice

Janice Stanger, PhD | August 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, black pepper, cancer, piperine, spice, whole foods plant-based diet

Black Pepper Sprinkles Unexpected Health Benefits and Pungent Taste Sometimes you seek health by expensive, exotic means; you may fail to see the benefits right in front of you in everyday, low cost foods that you take for granted....

Michael Greger MD

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...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Forgive Your Parents

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | August 14, 2013 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: forgive to win, forgive your parents, forgiveness, how to forgive, letting go of anger, letting go of resentments

When we hang onto anger and resentments towards our parents for what we feel they did to us we are victimizing ourselves long after they may have victimized us. Taking responsibility for our lives means letting go of past blames...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Anatomy of a Bowel Movement (And How To Cure Constipation)

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | August 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: constipation, fiber, plant-based diets, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Many of us take for granted our trip(s) to the porcelain throne each day as we rid ourselves of built up toxins and waste products via nature's evacuation system. Or to put it more candidly, I'm talking about pooping. Everybody...

Sarah Taylor

What's Wrong with Eating Dairy Products if Cows are not Slaughtered to Make Them?

Sarah Taylor | August 13, 2013 | Animals

Read More: dairy products, vegan

Many well-meaning vegetarians don’t eat meat because they know that animals are brutally slaughtered for their meat.  However, what many still wonder is what’s ethically wrong with eating dairy products when the cows aren’t slaughtered to provide us with milk?...

Michael Greger MD

Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 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

                  Two potential risk factors that may increases the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) are animal protein and nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide. Of all dietary...

Vegparadise Blog

Don't Bug My Yogurt; Dannon Is Already Doing It.

Vegparadise Blog | August 12, 2013 | Add category, Food, Health

Read More: carmine, cochineal, crushed insects, Dannon, food coloring, Starbucks, Tropicana, yogurt

Dannon has joined the lineup of companies that find it necessary to crush insects to add color to some of its products. The distinguished list of companies includes Starbucks and Tropicana. Both added cochineal or carmine derived from crushed insects...

J Morris Hicks

Do you breathe air, drink water and have sex?

J Morris Hicks | August 10, 2013 | Health

Even with no randomized studies proving that you should? What should humans be eating? That's the question that I began studying in 2002. Six months later, I concluded---without a doubt---that we should be eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. From...

Michael Greger MD

Which Pets Improve Children's Health?

Michael Greger MD | August 6, 2013 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cancer, cats, children, children's health, dogs, ear infections, foodborne pathogens, foodborne rabies, gastroenteritis, infectious diseases, lymphoma, pets, rabies, respiratory illnesses, respiratory infections

                To my surprise, studies of the effects of pets on human health and well-being have actually produced a mishmash of conflicting results. For example, some studies show pets lower your blood pressure—in...

J Morris Hicks

Are humans the "infestation" of planet Earth?

J Morris Hicks | August 5, 2013 | Green

I say YES! And a prominent Microsoft scientist agrees. Although he didn't actually refer to infestation specifically, his 3600-word article left no doubt. The title itself speaks volumes: "Humans: the real threat to life on Earth." Microsoft's head of Computational Science (based...