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All The Blogs -- July 2015

Michael Greger MD

Three Brands of Nutritional Yeast Contain Detectable Lead Levels But the Risk is Minimal

Michael Greger MD | July 30, 2015 | Health

Note from Dr. Greger: In short, we found detectable amounts of lead in samples of Frontier, KAL, and Whole Foods brand nutritional yeast, but the lead levels were so low that they all comply with the exceedingly (and justifiably)...

Michael Greger MD

Dioxins Stored in Our Own Fat May Increase Diabetes Risk

Michael Greger MD | July 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal fat, animal products, blood sugar, diabetes, dioxins, fat, fish, Great Lakes, industrial toxins, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, seafood

Finding higher diabetes rates among those heavily exposed to toxic pollutants--such as those exposed to Agent Orange, chemical plant explosions, toxic waste dumps, or heavy metals in fish from the Great Lakes--is one thing. Would the same link be...

Michael Greger MD

Why Would Eating Fish Increase Diabetes Risk?

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, cancer, diabetes, dioxins, Europe, fish, fish oil, industrial toxins, insulin, meat, metabolic syndrome, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, pancreas health, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, prediabetes, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, toxins, Vietnam

In the past two years, six separate meta-analyses have been published on the relationship between fish consumption and type 2 diabetes. The whole point of a meta-analysis is to compile the best studies done to date and see what...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Surprising Benefits of Whole Grains

Janice Stanger, PhD | July 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: whole grains, whole wheat

Whole Grains Are Healthy -And That Includes Whole Grain Bread Whole grains have an image problem. Pervasive media stories and nutrition books warn that eating grains puts you at risk for obesity and chronic illness. When you look at the...

Chef AJ

Help keep Healthy Living on TV and get Exclusive Recipes!!!

Chef AJ | July 16, 2015

Dear Vegsource Friends, I am running an Indie Go Go campaign to raise funds to shoot 7 more episodes of Healthy Living with Chef AJ which airs on Foody TV. You can see the campaign and the various perks,...

Michael Greger MD

Do Cholesterol Statin Drugs Cause Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, estrogen, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, nuts, phytosterols, plant-based diets, plasma membrane, pumpkin seeds, seeds, side effects, statins, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

What does breast cancer have to do with cholesterol? There are many potential mechanisms by which cholesterol boosts breast cancer growth. For example, our bodies make estrogen, which is correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer, out of...

Michael Greger MD

Breast Cancer Cells Feed on Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | July 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: body fat, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, Germany, LDL cholesterol, lignans, low-fat diets, phytosterols, pumpkin seeds, seeds, soy, sunflower seeds, women's health

One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. There are a number of compounds in plant foods that may protect against breast cancer by a variety of mechanisms. I've talked about the benefits...

Janice Stanger, PhD

The PlantPure Nation Cookbook Is a Recipe Delight

Janice Stanger, PhD | July 12, 2015 | Food

Read More: Kim Campbell, PlantPure Nation Cookbook, whole foods plant-based diet

Kim Campbell Proves That Taste and Health Can Be Best Friends The power of a whole foods, plant-based diet to transform health is compelling. But even with ample demonstration of this effectiveness, people may be reluctant to move to an...

Michael Greger MD

Using Diet to Treat Asthma and Eczema

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 2015 | Health

Read More: asthma, blood pressure, caloric restriction, cancer, carcinogens, cholesterol, eczema, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, lung disease, lung health, placebo effect, plant-based diets, side effects, smoking, steroids, Sweden, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

I previously discussed the power of fruits and vegetables to help prevent and treat asthma and allergies. If adding a few more servings of fruits and vegetables may help asthma, what about a diet centered around plants? Twenty patients...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Asthma With Plants vs. Pills

Michael Greger MD | July 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, antioxidants, apples, asthma, beans, berries, broccoli, children, citrus, flax seeds, fruit, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, herbs, inflammation, Japan, lung disease, lung health, nuts, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, polyphenols, protein, respiratory infections, salads, soy, sugar, supplements, tea, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, vitamin E

In my video Treating Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted a landmark study on manipulating antioxidant intake in asthma. The study found that just a few extra fruits and vegetables a day can powerfully reduce asthma exacerbation rates....

Michael Greger MD

How Fruits and Vegetables Can Treat Asthma

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-carotene, animal products, antioxidants, asthma, beta carotene, chicken, cholesterol, cryptoxanthin, eczema, eggs, fruit, grains, lung disease, lung health, lutein, lycopene, oxidative stress, peas, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Preventing Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted an international study of asthma and allergies involving more than a million kids. The study found a consistent inverse relationship between prevalence rates of asthma, allergies, and eczema...