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All The Blogs -- November 2013

Michael Greger MD

Breast Cancer & Alcohol: How Much is Safe?

Michael Greger MD | November 28, 2013 | Health

Read More: acetaldehyde, alcohol, alcohol metabolites, alcoholic beverages, antiseptic mouthwash, beer, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cancer, carcinogens, heart disease, heart disease prevention, light drinking, liquor, Listerine, mouthwash, red wine, Scope, white wine, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

                Nearly 5,000 breast cancer deaths a year may be attributable to just light drinking (up to one drink a day). The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organization body...

Michael Greger MD

Best Nutrition Bang for Your Buck

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2013 | Health

Read More: beans, beef, calorie dense, cheap, chicken, cost per calorie, cost per nutrition, cost per serving, cost per weight, dairy, empty calorie foods, fruits, grains, health food, healthy food, junk food, legumes, meat, milk, minerals, nutrient density, plant-based diet, saving money, thrifty, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, vitamins, weight loss, weight management

When measured on a cost per serving, cost per weight, or cost per nutrition basis, fruits and vegetables beat out meat and junk food: Most Americans don't even meet the watered down Federal dietary recommendations. Some have suggested this...

Chef AJ

Some Great Thanksgiving Recipes

Chef AJ | November 23, 2013

Read More: chef aj, vegan holiday recipes

If you need some holiday inspiration, watch this enocre presentation from The Chef and The Dietitian because we make healthy taste delcious!!! Happy Thanksgiving. Love & Kale, Chef AJ  ...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Can People Really Change?

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

Read More: can people change, happiness, neutralizing inner critic, personal development, positive psychology, self help, success

People can change. They need to really want to. They need to really work at it. They need to have the right tools. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO...

Michael Greger MD

Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water

Michael Greger MD | November 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: amino acids, cardiovascular function, cellular dehydration, children, children's health, cognitive performance, dehydration, gastrointestinal function, hormonal function, hydration, immune function, juice, memory, mental health, milk, muscle function, neurological function, scholastic performance, skeletal function, sodium, sugar, tea, water, weight loss, weight management, youth

Most children arrive at school in a state of mild dehydration that may negatively affect scholastic performance. Preventing cellular dehydration is integral to hormonal, immune, neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, muscle and skeletal function. So researchers recently set out to determine...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

2013 AHA/ACC Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Guidelines - Drug Companies Win Again

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | November 19, 2013 | Health

Last week the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) published new updated guidelines in the journalCirculation for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals [1]. Their goals aim to "prevent cardiovascular (CV) diseases, improve the...

Sarah Taylor

Vegan Thanks

Sarah Taylor | November 19, 2013

This time of year, we all focus on the things we are grateful for.  I am so eternally grateful that I found the vegan diet.  I am grateful that my diet allows me to inspire other people, and that with...

Michael Greger MD

Why Are Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression?

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, beef, cancer progression, carcinogens, carnitine, chicken, choline, cooked meat, early detection, Egg Nutrition Center, eggs, heart attack, heterocyclic amines, inflammation, meat, men's health, metastases, mortality, plant-based, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate disease, prostate health, steak, stroke, TMAO, turkey, vegan, vegetarian

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that's better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it's localized and our 5-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once it really starts spreading our...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Think Good Thoughts: Read The Pillars of Health

Janice Stanger, PhD | November 16, 2013 | Health

Read More: compassion, John Pierre, The Pillars of Health, whole foods plant based diet

Do Good Deeds When You Are Done John Pierre, the nutrition and fitness consultant who works with celebrities, the military, corporations, seniors, and children, challenges one-dimensional views of health in his book The Pillars of Health. He describes four...

Sarah Taylor

When Others Just Don't Get It

Sarah Taylor | November 14, 2013 | Animals, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: influencing others, vegan, vegan education

I gave a speech at a conference once that was mainly composed of vegetarians and vegans.  A woman approached me afterward; she was very obese, with stringy hair and bad skin, with a serious scowl on her face.  She said,...

Michael Greger MD

Avoid Carnitine and Lethicin Supplements

Michael Greger MD | November 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, beans, beef, carnitine, carnitine palmitoyl transferase, chicken, cholesterol, choline, dairy, death, dietary cholesterol, eggs, energy drinks, fish, foam cells, fruit, grains, gut bacteria, gut flota, heart attack, heart disease, inflammatory cells, lethicin, meat, metabolism, milk, mortality, plant-based diet, plaque, pork, poultry, red meat, saturated fat, stroke, TMAO, trimethylamine-n-oxide, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, weight loss

A landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that choline in eggs, poultry, dairy and fish produces the same toxic TMAO as carnitine in red meat, which may help explain plant-based protection from heart disease. Earlier...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Breast Pain with Flax Seeds

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2013 | Health

Read More: anovulatory cycles, breast lumpiness, breast pain, breast swelling, caffeine, cyclical mastalgia, flax seeds, ground flax, hormonal changes, hormone therapy, hormone treatment, menstruation, nutrition education, ovarian function, period, plant-based diet, premenstrual symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, vegan, vegetarian, vitamin E

A tablespoon a day of ground flax seeds appears to improve ovarian function and is considered a first-line therapy for breast pain associated with one's period (cyclical mastalgia). A study I profile in my video Flax Seeds For Breast...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Dealing With Denial In Yourself And Others

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | November 11, 2013 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: contempt prior to investigation, denial, effective communication, improving relationships, inner critic, self empowerment, self help, shooting the messenger

On one level, denial is an unconscious defense mechanism to discharge anxiety. On another level, however, it’s a choice. A mind game we’re playing with ourselves.SCROLL TO WATCH VIDEO...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Breast Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 2013 | Health

Read More: anovulatory, Asia, Asian women, bloating, bread, breast pain, breast sensitivity, breast tenderness, butter, cramping, cyclical mastalgia, eggs, fat, hormone therapy, hormones, low-fat diet, mastectomy, meat, menstrual pain, menstrual symptoms, menstruation, milk, Nathan Pritikin, period, plant-based diet, PMS, premenstrual syndrome, prolactin, sugar, surgery, vegan, vegetarian, Western diet, women's health

As I explore in my video Plant-Based Diets For Breast Pain, eating healthy appears to offer relief from a variety of menstrual symptoms, including cramping, bloating, and breast pain. Breast pain accompanying one's period, called cyclical mastalgia, was dismissed...

Michael Greger MD

Tarragon Toxicity?

Michael Greger MD | November 5, 2013 | Health

Read More: alcoholic beverages, anise seed, avocado, canned fish, carcinogens, chervil, comet tail test, Consumer Protection Scientific Committee on Food, DNA damage, fats, fennel, flavoring, mutagens, oils, spices, tarragon, The European Union's Health, toxins, whole foods

Decades ago, concern was raised about some of the components of the herb tarragon. The European Union's Health & Consumer Protection Scientific Committee on Food concluded that one of the constituents may act as a carcinogen and damage DNA,...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Setting, Maintaining and Respecting Boundaries

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | November 4, 2013 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: bullies, effective communication, personal power, repairing relationships, self help, setting boundaries, victimhood

When we fail to set boundaries or set them and fail to maintain them, we make ourselves victims of those who need boundary setting. When we don't set and maintain boundaries, and then complain about the subsequent abuse, we are...