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All The Blogs -- September 2016

Michael Greger MD

The Saturated Fat Studies: Buttering Up the Public

Michael Greger MD | September 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, animal fat, animal products, butter, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Center for Science in the Public Interest, cheese, chicken, dairy, dietary guidelines, European Food Safety Authority, fat, heart disease, heart health, ice cream, industry influence, Institute of Medicine, junk food, meat, Mexico, milk, National Dairy Board, National Dairy Promotion Board, pie, processed foods, safety limits, saturated fat, trans fat

Time magazine's cover exhorting people to eat butter could be viewed as a desperate attempt to revive dwindling print sales, but they claimed to be reporting on real science--a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a prestigious journal that...

Michael Greger MD

Which Dietary Factors Affect Breast Cancer Most?

Michael Greger MD | September 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, alcohol, American Institute for Cancer Research, beverages, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer, Forks Over Knives, greens, heart disease, heart health, kidney cancer, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver cancer, lung cancer, mortality, oral cancer, plant protein, plant-based diets, smoking, stomach cancer, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

One of my favorite cancer-specific charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research, lauds the China Study and the documentary Forks Over Knives, with which they share the same bottom-line message: The healthiest diets are those that revolve around whole...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Angela's Fast, Fresh, and Wildly Delicious Recipes

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 23, 2016 | Food

Read More: vegan recipes

Enjoy No-oil Vegan Pesto, Spicy, Savory Peanut Sauce, and Savory Vegan Dinner Pie When my daughter Angela came to visit me, we wanted to spend a lot of relaxed time together. We had not seen each other in over a...

Michael Greger MD

Ciguatera Poisoning & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | September 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: AMA, brain health, CDC, chronic fatigue syndrome, ciguatera, cooking methods, depression, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, mental health, neurotoxins, New York City, pain, pets, polymyositis, seafood, sexual health, sexual transmission, zoonotic disease

Ciguatera is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, which occurs after the consumption of fish contaminated with neurotoxins produced by certain microalgae that build up the food chain. Just a few bites can be sufficient to...

Michael Greger MD

How to Mitigate and Prevent Crohn's Disease with Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, artificial sweeteners, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, broccoli, carboxy-methyl cellulose, colon health, Crisco, Crohn's disease, dairy, dishwashing detergent, fiber, fruit, greens, gut flora, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, junk food, maltodextrin, meat, plant-based diets, plantains, Polysorbate 80, processed foods, Splenda, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, xanthan gum

Crohn's disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects more than a million Americans. It is an inflammatory bowel disease in which the body attacks the intestines. There is currently no known cure for Crohn's disease; current research focuses on...

Michael Greger MD

Should Pregnant Women Drink Cow's Milk?

Michael Greger MD | September 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, children, chronic diseases, dairy, endometrial cancer, estrogen, farm animals, fertility, hormones, IGF-1, men's health, menopause, milk, organic, ovarian cancer, plant-based diets, pregnancy, prostate cancer, puberty, reproductive health, twins, uterine cancer, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Foods of animal origin in general naturally contain hormones, but cow's milk may be of particular concern. The hormones naturally found even in organic cow's milk may have played a role in studies that found a relationship between dairy...

Michael Greger MD

Estrogen in Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

Michael Greger MD | September 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, birth control pills, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, children, dairy, eggs, endocrine disruptors, estrogen, Europe, farm animals, feed additives, fish, hormones, industrial toxins, meat, milk, persistent organic pollutants, poultry, steroids, water, women's health, xenoestrogens

Estrogen hormones can be thousands of times more estrogenic than typical endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Dietary exposure to natural sex steroids (in meat, dairy, and eggs) is "therefore highly relevant in the discussion of the impact of estrogens on human development...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Vitamin A Toxicity: A Little-Known Danger in Animal Foods

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: vitamin A toxicity

Too Much Vitamin A Can Lead to Weak Bones and Fractures Vitamin A is essential for proper vision, allowing new cells to form, and supporting reproduction and growth (including immune system strength). Sounds wonderful, you may be thinking, and decide...

Michael Greger MD

What to Eat to Protect Against Kidney Cancer

Michael Greger MD | September 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, antioxidants, bacon, beef, blood pressure, cancer, carcinogens, celery, chicken, collard greens, dairy, deli meat, diabetes, eggs, fermented foods, fiber, greens, hot dogs, hypertension, industry influence, kale, kidney cancer, kidney disease, kidney health, meat, NIH-AARP study, nitrate, nitrite, nitrosamines, obesity, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, processed meat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, vegetables, vitamin C

58,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney cancer every year, and 13,000 die. And the numbers have been going up. Approximately 4 percent of cases are hereditary, but what about the other 96 percent? The only accepted risk factor has...

Michael Greger MD

Paleo Diet May Undermine Benefit of CrossFit Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, apples, Atkins diet, beans, beef, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, doughnuts, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, HDL cholesterol, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, insulin, junk food, LDL cholesterol, legumes, low-carb diets, meat, nutrition myths, nuts, oatmeal, paleolithic diets, pasta, plant-based diets, pork, processed foods, protein, salmon, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss

Much of the low-carb and paleo reasoning revolves around insulin. To quote a paleo blogger, "carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health." So the logic follows that because carbs increase insulin,...

Michael Greger MD

Side-Effects of Aspartame on the Brain

Michael Greger MD | September 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: artificial sweeteners, aspartame, beverages, brain health, coffee, depression, dopamine, Europe, FDA, Harvard, headaches, insomnia, Kaiser Permanente, mental health, MIT, mood, NIH-AARP study, Nutrasweet, processed foods, saccharin, safety limits, seizures, serotonin, soda, sugar, suicide, Sweet and Low, sweeteners, tea

The National Institutes of Health AARP study of hundreds of thousands of Americans followed for years found that frequent consumption of sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, may increase depression risk among older adults. Whether soda, fruit-flavored drinks, or iced...