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All The Blogs -- March 2015

Michael Greger MD

Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anxiety, aromatherapy, benzodiazepines, cancer, chemotherapy, citrus, complementary medicine, fragrance, France, fruit, massage, medications, mental health, oranges, plant-based diets, radiation, side effects, skin health, sunlight, Valium

Aromatherapy -- the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease -- is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment...

Michael Greger MD

What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Campbell Plan Guides Your Whole Food, Plant-Based Journey

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Dr. Thomas Campbell, The Campbell Plan

Dr. Thomas Campbell Puts You In Charge of Your Own Health As a family physician and coauthor of The China Study, Dr. Thomas Campbell is eminently credible in showing the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in transforming your...

Michael Greger MD

Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than...

Michael Greger MD

Introducing Joseph Gonzales, R.D.

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 2015 | Health

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States may...

Michael Greger MD

Meat Industry Wins Right to Sell Tainted Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Campylobacter, chicken, cooking methods, cooking temperature, farm animals, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, food recalls, foodborne illness, industry influence, Mexico, poultry, safety limits, Sweden, turkey, USDA

In my last post, I talked about a particularly virulent strand of Salmonella traced to Foster Farms. But while even Mexico banned the importation of Foster Farms' chicken on public health grounds, it was still sold in the United...

Michael Greger MD

Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks Show Food Safety Systems Failure

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, chicken, children, Consumers Union, elderly, factory farming practices, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, industry influence, meat, mortality, Pew Commission, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, USDA

Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and more deaths than any other foodborne illness, and it's been on the rise. Salmonella causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the U.S., and over the last decade or so the...

Michael Greger MD

Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Gout - Prevention and Treatment Options

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 4, 2015 | Health

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting joints of the periphery (feet, knees, hands, and elbows).1 The big toe is the most common and notorious site of acute gout attacks, and these attacks are extremely painful. Some have...

Michael Greger MD

The Reversal on Fish Oil

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, DHA, fat, fish, fish oil, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, lifespan, medical profession, men's health, mortality, nutrition myths, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, stroke, supplements

Are the purported benefits of fish oil supplementation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease just a "fish tale"? Thanks to recommendations from organizations such as the American Heart Association that individuals at high risk for heart disease...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Ways Bacon Will Kill You

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: AGEs, bacon, cancer

A Toxic Chemical Brew Disguised As Something Edible The dangers of bacon make this food fad a gateway to cancer and early death. Research shows that processed meats, which include bacon, are health disasters. For example: Two studies in the...