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All The Blogs -- January 2016

Michael Greger MD

Why are Chickens Fed Prozac?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, antibiotics, antihistamines, arsenic, birth defects, caffeine, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, DES, drug residues, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, feather meal, feed additives, fish, fungicides, growth promoters, hormones, industry influence, medications, miscarriage, poultry, pregnancy, Prozac, sheep, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, women's health

Between 1940 and 1971, the synthetic estrogen DES was prescribed to several million pregnant women with the promise that it would "help prevent miscarriages." Problems were first highlighted in 1953 when it became clear that DES was not only...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Seven Dangerous Mistakes in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 24, 2016 | Health

Read More: 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

How Can You Protect Yourself Against This Really Bad Advice? The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the official federal directive on how to eat, starts out with a promising goal. The Guidelines observe "about half of all American adults--117 million...

Michael Greger MD

Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on...

Michael Greger MD

Bile Binding Beets

Michael Greger MD | January 19, 2016 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, carrots, cauliflower, cholesterol, collard greens, cooking methods, cruciferous vegetables, detoxification, eggplant, enzymes, fiber, green beans, heart disease, heart health, kale, mustard greens, okra, oxidative stress, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, raw food, spinach, steaming, turnips, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Breast Cancer and Constipation, I discussed how fruits and veggies bind carcinogenic bile acids in our gut. Since bile acids are absorbed back into our systems, they may increase our risk of not only colon cancer...

Michael Greger MD

Bile Acids and Breast Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, bowel movements, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon health, constipation, DNA damage, estrogen, fiber, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, lead, mercury, plant-based diets, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Why do constipated women appear to be at higher risk for breast cancer? The results of a 1989 study out of the American Journal of Public Health suggested a slight increased risk of breast cancer for both decreased frequency...

Michael Greger MD

Evidence-Based Nutrition

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, chronic diseases, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Walter Kempner, ECMO, extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, heart disease, heart health, infants, Lifestyle medicine, Louis Pasteur, lung health, medical education, mortality, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, rabies, Rice Diet, standard American diet, vaccines

Dr. Esselstyn's landmark study, demonstrating that even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet, has been criticized for being such a small study. But the reason we're used to seeing large studies is...

Michael Greger MD

The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne...

Michael Greger MD

How to Suppress the Aging Enzyme TOR

Michael Greger MD | January 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal protein, blueberries, breast cancer, broccoli, caloric restriction, cancer, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, dairy, endocrine disruptors, fruit, grapes, green tea, hormones, infants, Kaposi's sarcoma, kidney health, lifespan, mango, milk, mortality, onions, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, rapamycin, soy, spices, strawberries, TOR, turmeric, vegetables

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 papers have been published about TOR, an engine-of-aging enzyme inhibited by the drug rapamycin. (What is TOR? Check out my videos Why Do We Age? and Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction.)...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How Many Cigarettes Should You Smoke in the New Year?

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 4, 2016 | Health

Read More: health, smoking, whole foods plant-based diet

And How Much Meat and Dairy Are Safe to Eat? Will smokers get much benefit from a resolution to smoke fewer cigarettes, as an alternative to quitting altogether? Decades of global research on tobacco use show cutting down on cigarette...