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All The Blogs -- February 2015

Michael Greger MD

Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,...

Michael Greger MD

Understanding Lifestyle Medicine From the Heart

Michael Greger MD | February 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: amputations, blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, eye disease, eye health, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, stroke, tobacco, Yale

I talk a lot about numbers and statistics, but as the Director of Yale's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz put it in an editorial in the American Journal of Health Promotion, to reach doctors, our fellow colleagues, maybe...

Michael Greger MD

Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty...

Michael Greger MD

Organic Milk and Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | February 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: almond milk, cancer, dairy, eggs, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, growth promoters, hormones, Japan, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, organic foods, organic milk, prostate cancer, prostate health, steroids

Researchers have expressed concern that since cow's milk contains estrogens, dairy could stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors. The thought is that the consumption of dairy products could both "promote the conversion of precancerous lesions or mutated cells to...

Jess Parsons

Bee my Valentine

Jess Parsons | February 14, 2015 | Animals

Read More: bees, fertility, insects, New Zealand, pollination, sex, Valentine's Day

(Don't bee shy, the camera loves ya!) This post will be short and sweet, like its main characters. But it won't bee a quickie. On our driveway, two bumblebees are celebrating Valentine's Day in the best way they know...

Michael Greger MD

Now Hiring! New Employment Opportunities at NutritionFacts.org

Michael Greger MD | February 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: jobs

It's been a long-time dream of mine to bring a dietitian or other nutrition or medical professional onto the team to help answer everyone's questions. When NutritionFacts.org began in 2011, I was able to personally respond to every comment,...

Jess Parsons

Obesity: Supporting satisfaction instead of surgery

Jess Parsons | February 11, 2015 | Health

Read More: calorie density, dairy, government, health, meat industry, money, processed food, surgery, weight loss

Hot news from down under - a couple of surgeons who perform bariatric (stomach-stapling) operations would like to perform more of them on us, and would like tax money to fund their work. The media is running their advertisement...

Michael Greger MD

Who Should be Careful About Curcumin?

Michael Greger MD | February 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, calcium, cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, DNA damage, flax seeds, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, gallstones, gout, heavy metals, India, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lead, liver disease, liver health, medications, mercury, oxalates, plutonium, pregnancy, safety limits, side effects, spices, supplements, turmeric

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. "Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How To Make Dark Chocolate Part of a Healthy Diet

Janice Stanger, PhD | February 8, 2015 | Food

Read More: cocoa powder, Dark chocolate

Seven Tips To Do It Right Compelling scientific findings, published in peer reviewed medical journals, show significant health benefits for dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Here are the major ways that chocolate helps you avoid chronic illness. Cardiovascular disease Dark...

Ellen Sheen

Handmade Vegan Ramen Noodles

Ellen Sheen | February 6, 2015 | Food

Read More: japanese, noodles, soup, vegan

After all these years, I'm still a girl who would rather make it herself than buy it. First, it's cheaper! And second, you know exactly what is in it. So when my oldest kiddo was sick and requested noodle soup,...

Michael Greger MD

Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications, pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmeric

"Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs-often in a sophisticated way. Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was...

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN

Kickstart Your Heart Health this February, Little Rock!

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | February 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: Kickstart, Little Rock, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based nutrition, vegan diet

It's been less than a month, but Kickstart Your Health Little Rock has already made huge strides in helping our city get healthy and feel good! Now, it's still not too late to sign up for the free and fun...