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All The Blogs -- January 2014

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New Nutrition DVD Now Available

Michael Greger MD | January 30, 2014 | Health

Read More: DVD

                  The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series is now out. Order on my website or through Amazon (all proceeds go to the 501c3 nonprofit charity that keeps...

Michael Greger MD

How Avoiding Chicken Could Prevent Bladder Infections

Michael Greger MD | January 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: antibiotic resistance, antibiotics, bladder infection, Campylobacter, chicken, cooking, cross-contamination, E. coli, Escherichia coli, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, gut flora, meat, pathogens, preparation, rectal bacteria, rectal flora, Salmonella, superbugs, urinary tract health, urinary tract infection, UTI, zoonoses, zoonotic diseases

                Where do bladder infections come from? Back in the ’70s, longitudinal studies of women over time showed that the movement of rectal bacteria into the vaginal area preceded the appearance of the...

Michael Greger MD

Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis With Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 23, 2014 | Health

Read More: bacterial vaginosis, beta carotene, biogenic amines, chicken, dairy, desserts, douching, fat, fishy odor, fruits, pH, phytonutrients, putrescine, reproductive health, saturated fat, vagina, vaginal health, vegetables, vitamin C, Whiff Test

                In the same way fermented pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut foster the growth of good bacteria by maintaining an acidic environment, so does the human vagina. The normal pH of one’s vagina is...

Jess Parsons

Why we plant grass, kill dandelions and buy kale

Jess Parsons | January 22, 2014 | Green

Read More: dandelion greens, edible, gardening, grass, greens, health, Home, kale, nutrition, organic greens, weed vegetables, weeds

I return from our summer travels to a garden invaded by tough shoots of invasive grass as the surrounding lawn tries to take over. I walk down a street with sweeping square metres of berms planted with grass. Many animals...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Plant-Based Diet Starter Guide - Book Review

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | January 22, 2014 | Lifestyle

As 2014 gets underway so do the goals of many individuals finally promising to make good on adopting healthier lifestyle habits. This is the year that you’re going to get fit and drop the extra pounds you always wanted to....

Michael Greger MD

Treating Migraines With Lavender

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2014 | Health

Read More: anesthetic, anxiety, aromatherapy, aspartame, headaches, Ibuprofen, Imitrex, lavender, lavender essential oil, mental health, mental illness, migraine headaches, migraines, mood, pain, pain management, parasites, pregnancy, saffron, Tylenol

                Lavender has been studied recently for several purposes, including treatment of mood and anxiety disorders (see, for example, the video I profiled in my last post, Lavender for Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Though...

Michael Greger MD

Using Lavender to Treat Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 2014 | Health

Read More: anxiety, aromatherapy, Ativan, benzodiazepines, brain waves, downers, hormone-disruptors, hormones, lavender, lavender oil, lorazepam, massage, saffron, sedatives, side-effects

                Lavender oil, which is distilled from lavender flowers, is often used in aromatherapy and massage. Despite its popularity, only recently have scientific investigations been undertaken into its biological activity. While there have...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Cold-Fighting Soup Helps Keep Winter Illness Away

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 12, 2014 | Food

Read More: colds, soup, whole foods plant-based recipes

This Soup Recipe Is Thick With Lightly Cooked Vegetables In winter you may find yourself near people who are coughing and sniffling. You don't want to be next. Or maybe you're already fighting a nasty cold yourself or, even worse,...

Michael Greger MD

Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2013

Michael Greger MD | January 9, 2014 | Health

                  2013 was a banner year for NutritionFacts.org. Thanks to the collective enthusiasm for sharing this work from our subscribers, twitter followers, and 100,000 Facebook fans, we averaged more than a million...

Michael Greger MD

How Probiotics Affect Mental Health

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2014 | Health

Read More: anger, anxiety, bacteria, bowel movements, colectomy, colon, constipation, depression, emotional health, enteric nervous system, enteric neuroscience, fecal transplant, fibromyalgia, gut dysfunction, gut flora, intestinal flora, intestinal putrefaction, lobotomy, mastectomy, mental health, mental illness, mood, plant-based diet, probiotics, psychiatric illness, Thorazine, vegan, vegetarian

                  Before Thorazine was invented in 1950, mental illness was often treated surgically. In fact, in 1949 the inventor of the lobotomy was awarded the Nobel Prize. Before tens of thousands were...

Chef AJ

Hail To The Kale!!! Revisited.

Chef AJ | January 6, 2014

Read More: almond butter, beans, Chef AJ, kale, salad dressing

One of the most popular recipes from my book, UNPROCESSED, is the Hail To The Kale Salad.  It is sold at the Whole Foods Market in Pasadena on Arroyo and is one of their best selling salads.  Some folks thought...

J Morris Hicks

Eating for health or sustainability? Why not BOTH?

J Morris Hicks | January 4, 2014 | Green

Most people don't think about either one when making their food choices. They simply eat what tastes good. With so much confusion around what we should be eating, they figure that they'll just eat what they want---and enjoy it. I...

Michael Greger MD

How Should I Take Probiotics?

Michael Greger MD | January 2, 2014 | Health

Read More: apple juice, dosage, fat, health food stores, milk, natural food stores, oatmeal, pharmacists, prebiotics, probiotics, supplements, vitamin D, water

                Foods appear to be better carriers for probiotics than supplements, but if one chooses to go with the supplement route, should they be taken before, during, or after meals? The package labeling...