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All The Blogs -- April 2014

Michael Greger MD

Toxin Contamination of Spirulina Supplements

Michael Greger MD | April 29, 2014 | Health

Read More: algae, blue-green algae, cancer, infants, liver disease, liver failure, liver health, natural toxins, nerve health, pregnancy, safety limits, seizures, side effects, spirulina, supplements

                On his first day of life, an infant was hospitalized with seizures. Researchers concluded that his mother’s daily spirulina use starting in the fourth month of pregnancy was likely to blame. I’ve...

J Morris Hicks

What's the real story behind Bill Clinton's health turnaround?

J Morris Hicks | April 27, 2014 | Celebrities, Health, Video

Read More: Bill Clinton, Mark Hyman, vegan

Unfortunately, you won't find it in the New York Times. But you will find it here. Last week, Dr. Mark Hyman was in the news from coast-to-coast. For what? For publicizing the fact that he has convinced Bill Clinton to...

Michael Greger MD

Is Noni or Mangosteen Juice Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 24, 2014 | Health

Read More: aloe vera, beverages, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, hepatotoxins, Hydroxycut, industry influence, juice, liver disease, liver failure, liver health, mangosteen, Metabolife, mortality, natural toxins, noni, safety limits, seizures, side effects, stroke, supplements

                There is now another case report of acute toxicity linked to noni juice ingestion, this time in a 14 year old. At least his liver didn’t fail completely like in two of...

Michael Greger MD

Should Carrageenan Be Avoided?

Michael Greger MD | April 22, 2014 | Health

Read More: acrylamide, algae, bread, carrageenan, cheese, colon health, cooking temperature, dairy, EPA, Europe, fat, FDA, food additives, french fries, grains, infant formula, infants, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, Ireland, leaky gut theory, McDonald's, milk, potato chips, safety limits, yogurt

                Six hundred years ago, people living along the coast of Carragheen County Ireland started using a red algae, which came to be known as Irish moss, to make a jellied dessert. This...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Menstrual Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 17, 2014 | Health

Read More: bloating, energy, hormones, Ibuprofen, inflammation, medications, menstruation, pain, plant-based diets, premenstrual syndrome, side effects, sleep, surgery, uterine health, vegans, vegetarians, vitamin D, weight loss, women's health

                Almost half of menstruating women experience painful,crampy periods, also known as dysmenorrhea. According to Dr. Linda French from Michigan State University College of Medicine, "despite the substantial effect on quality of life...

Michael Greger MD

Cayenne for Irritable Bowel

Michael Greger MD | April 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, bloating, Campylobacter, capsaicin, Cayenne pepper, chronic diseases, dyspepsia, E. coli, food poisoning, foodborne illness, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel kiwi fruit, medications, mortality, nausea, pain, peppers, Propulcid, Salmonella, side effects, spices, spicy food, stomach health, substance P, syndrome

                Nearly 50 million Americans come down with food poisoning every year. Over a hundred thousand are hospitalized and thousands die every year just because of something they ate. If they had ordered...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Survival of the Fittest

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | April 13, 2014 | Lifestyle

Read More: acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, service to others, solutions, spirituality, success, survival of the fittest, sustainability

I just nominated myself to be a speaker at the next TED Conference. The Theme is "Truth and Dare." The application asked me to explain how my "Forgive To Win!" talk would fit into that theme. This is what I...

Michael Greger MD

Natural Treatment for Cluster Headaches

Michael Greger MD | April 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, chili peppers, cluster headaches, complementary medicine, headaches, pain, peppers, suicide, surgery

                In a study "Secretion, Pain and Sneezing Induced by the Application of Capsaicin to the Nasal Mucosa in Man," researchers found that if we cut a hot pepper and rub it inside...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New Nutrition DVD Now Available

Michael Greger MD | April 8, 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 NutritionFacts.org thriving). It can also be ordered as...

Pam Popper PhD

Doctors, Nurses, Dietitians: Earn 39 hours of CE Credit!

Pam Popper PhD | April 7, 2014

The Diet and Lifestyle Intervention Course begins Weds June 4!  Instructors include Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Caldwell Essestyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Ralph Moss, Dr. Pam Popper, and many others.  Topics include intense study of plant-based nutrition and disease treatment,...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Only The Mind Can Be Sick. Only The Mind Is In Need Of Healing

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | April 5, 2014 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: a course in miracles, acceptance, disease, forgive to heal, forgive to win, forgiveness, healing, love, medicine, mind-body connection, personal development, self help, walter jacobson md

The mind-body connection is much greater than most people appreciate. Our thoughts create our reality. Our thoughts dis-ease us. Our thoughts can heal us. Laughter isn't the best medicine. Forgiveness, acceptance and love are. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO...

Michael Greger MD

Foods With Natural Melatonin

Michael Greger MD | April 3, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, almonds, aspirin, bell peppers, berries, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, cherries, dried fruit, elderly, exercise, fenugreek, flax seeds, fruit, fruit juice, goji berries, hormones, Ibuprofen, inflammation, insomnia, juice, kiwi fruit, medications, Mediterranean diet, melatonin, muscle health, mustard seeds, nuts, phytonutrients, pineal gland, raspberries, seeds, serotonin, side effects, sleep, spices, sports drinks, tart cherries, tomatoes, walnuts

                We know that inadequate sleeping is associated with changes in diet—people tend to eat worse—but what about the opposite question: Can food affect sleep? In a study on kiwifruit, this seemed possible...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Forgive Others Unconditionally and Without Exception

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | April 2, 2014 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: acceptance, forgive to win, forgiveness, happiness, positive psychology, relationships, self help, unconditional love, walter jacobson md

The true self-healing power of forgiveness requires that we put no conditions on our forgiveness and we make no exceptions. This means we forgive others regardless of whether or not they apologize or make amends or are nice to us....

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Nothing Outside Yourself Will Bring You Peace

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | April 1, 2014 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: forgive to win, happiness, inner peace, personal development, positive psychology, self fulfillment, self help, success, walter jacobson md

No amount of success or material gain will heal a wounded heart or satisfy an empty soul. Discover your humanity and your spirit will soar. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Express Your Love To Your Loved Ones

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | April 1, 2014 | Lifestyle, Video

Read More: blessings, communication, forgive to win, gratitude, love, personal development, positive psychology, relationships, self help, walter jacobson md

We tend to take our loved ones for granted. We don't treat them as well as we should. We are oftentimes angry and irritable with them. We are oftentimes selfish, rude, sarcastic and unloving. Best we stop behaving in these...

Michael Greger MD

Two Kiwifruit an Hour Before Bedtime

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, antioxidants, cognition, complementary medicine, folate, fruit, immune function, industry influence, insomnia, kiwi fruit, lifespan, longevity, medications, memory, mortality, oxidative stress, pneumonia, serotonin, sleep, sleeping pills, tomatoes, Valium, vegetables

                The number one question in sleep research is “Why do we sleep?” followed by the question,“How much sleep do we need?” After literally hundreds of studies, we still don’t know the best...