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All The Blogs -- November 2015

Jess Parsons

Shocking abuse of New Zealand dairy calves

Jess Parsons | November 30, 2015 | Animals

Read More: activist, cruelty to animals, dairy cows, media, vegan, violence

Shocking footage, as published on TV. And further unaired footage, from Farmwatch. Of course, it's only shocking if you haven't been paying attention. For decades, investigative psychic geniuses, I mean, animal activists like those at Farmwatch always manage to...

Michael Greger MD

Do Dietary Toxins Contribute to Hand Tremors?

Michael Greger MD | November 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: addiction, beef, beta-carboline alkaloids, brain disease, brain health, cancer, chicken, coffee, cognition, detoxification, essential tremor, fish, frying, Harmane, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, meat, MPTP, neurotoxins, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, pork, poultry, reindeer meat, salmon, smoking, tobacco, tremors, turkey

Essential tremor, affecting 1 in 25 adults over 40 and up to 1 in 5 of those in their 90s, is one of the most common neurological diseases. In addition to the potentially debilitating hand tremor, there can be...

Michael Greger MD

How Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: boiling, breakfast, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, cooking methods, diabetes, dietary guidelines, fast food, fiber, industry influence, junk food, LDL cholesterol, mortality, obesity, pizza, poultry, processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, standard American diet, supermarkets, Taiwan, turkey, United Kingdom, vegetables, World Health Organization

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, "eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket." Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer...

Michael Greger MD

Is it Better to Bake, Boil, or Steam Sweet Potatoes?

Michael Greger MD | November 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: acrylamide, antioxidants, baking, beta carotene, bioavailability, blood sugar, blueberries, boiling, cancer, carcinogens, carrots, cooking methods, frying, glycemic index, infants, oxidative stress, roasting, steaming, sweet potatoes, vitamin A, yams

I previously talked about the cancer fighting properties of sweet potatoes (See Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins) and what would happen if you centered your diet around them (The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100). It seems that the...

Michael Greger MD

Sweet Potato Proteins vs. Cancer

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: affordability, cancer, cervical cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, cost savings, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, greens, leukemia, mortality, mouth cancer, NASA, potatoes, protein, sweet potatoes, tongue cancer, vegetables, yams

Sweet potatoes can be considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and cheapest vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study...

Michael Greger MD

How to get signed, personalized copies of How Not to Die

Michael Greger MD | November 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: How Not to Die

To encourage as many pre-orders as possible, I will sign and personalize How Not to Die for anyone pre-ordering five or more copies any time before the launch date on December 8, 2015. If you've already pre-ordered five or...

Michael Greger MD

Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of...

Michael Greger MD

Coca-Cola Stopped Sponsoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetics Association, American Egg Board, animal studies, candy, chewing gum, chocolate, Coca-Cola, cocoa, dairy, eggs, fast food, Hershey's, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, meat, Pepsi, smoking, soda, tobacco

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the world's largest association of nutrition professionals. They claim to be devoted to "improving the nation's health." They promote a series of Nutrition Fact Sheets. Who writes them? Industry sources pay $20,000 per...

Michael Greger MD

How Dark Chocolate Affects Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | November 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: angiogram, antioxidants, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, chronic diseases, cocoa, dairy, dark chocolate, Dutched cocoa, fat, heart disease, heart health, Hershey's, industry influence, milk, milk chocolate, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, soda, sugar

Chocolate: delicious beauty or harmful beast? Or both? Although chocolate products can contain high levels of fat and sugar, the cocoa powder itself may have beneficial effects in a number of chronic disease conditions including heart disease. Flow-mediated dilation,...

Michael Greger MD

How Do Broccoli Supplements Compare to Sprouts?

Michael Greger MD | November 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Broccomax, cancer, cancer stem cells, cost savings, diabetes, inflammation, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, prediabetes, sprouts, sulforaphane, supplements

Your parents would have been smart to tell you to to "eat your broccoli." But what about broccoli sprouts? Or broccoli supplements? There have been a number of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the use of broccoli sprouts...