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All The Blogs -- November 2016

Michael Greger MD

Get a 2017 Daily Dozen Recipe Calendar

Michael Greger MD | November 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: updates

Today is #GivingTuesday, kicking off the charitable season with a celebration of giving and philanthropy. To commemorate it this year, we've created a 2017 Daily Dozen Recipe Calendar, with each month featuring a Green-Light recipe submitted by one of...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Eating Animals: Myths and Realities

Janice Stanger, PhD | November 27, 2016 | Animals

Read More: Farm to Fable, Robert Grillo

In Farm to Fable, Robert Grillo Uncovers Dangerous Marketing Fantasies Farm to Fable is an eye-opening book that answers the question: Why do people in modern societies eat animals, when it is not necessary for (in fact is harmful to)...

Michael Greger MD

Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar

Michael Greger MD | November 24, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, autoimmune diseases, avocados, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, carnitine palmitoyl transferase, ceramide, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, diacylglycerol, eggs, fat, fruit, heart disease, hydrogenated fats, inflammation, insulin, lipotoxicity, meat, milk, monounsaturated fats, mortality, muscle health, nuts, olives, omnivores, oxidative stress, pancreas health, plant-based diets, prediabetes, saturated fat, trans fats, vegans, vegetable oil, vegetarians, weight loss

The reason those eating plant-based diets have less fat buildup in their muscle cells and less insulin resistance may be because saturated fats appear to impair blood sugar control the most. The association between fat and insulin resistance is...

Michael Greger MD

How a Low-Carb Diet is Metabolically Like Being Obese

Michael Greger MD | November 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: bacon, blood sugar, butter, calories, diabetes, fat, insulin, low-carb diets, obesity, oxidative stress, prediabetes, spillover effect, sugar, trigylcerides, weight loss

Free fatty acids (meaning fat circulating in the bloodstream not packaged into triglycerides) result in inflammation, toxic fat breakdown products, and oxidative stress, which can gum up the insulin receptor pathway and lead to insulin resistance in our muscles....

Michael Greger MD

Fat is the Cause of Type 2 Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | November 17, 2016 | Health

Read More: athletes, blood sugar, diabetes, fat, insulin, lipotoxicity, low-carb diets, muscle health, pancreas health, prediabetes, saturated fat, sports medicine, suga

Studies dating back nearly a century noted a striking finding: If you take young, healthy people and split them up into two groups--half on a fat-rich diet and half on a carbohydrate-rich diet--we find that within just two days,...

Michael Greger MD

The Natural Human Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: Africa, bacon, blood pressure, brains, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cheese, chicken, China, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, evolution, fiber, fruit, greens, heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, low-carb diets, meat, Mioscene, nutrition myths, nuts, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, pork, prehistoric diets, Pritikin, seeds, stroke, trans fats, Twinkies, vegetables

Our epidemics of dietary disease have prompted a great deal of research into what humans are meant to eat for optimal health. In 1985, an influential article highlighted in my video The Problem With the Paleo Diet Argument was...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Grass-fed Beef Is Heating the Planet

Janice Stanger, PhD | November 13, 2016 | Green

Read More: grass fed beef

Dr. Bill Ripple's Research Shows the Stark Destruction Caused by Grazing Cattle Bill Ripple, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Oregon State University. Over twenty years ago, he began researching the beneficial effects that wolves in Yellowstone have on...

Michael Greger MD

Medical Care: The Third Leading Cause of Death

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, hand washing, heart disease, iatrogenic, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, medications, mortality, penis health, side effects, statins, surgery

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but a pound isn't that heavy. Why change our diet and lifestyle when we can just wait and let modern medicine fix us up? In my video The Actual...

Michael Greger MD

How Well Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Actually Work?

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon cancer, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, Fosamax, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, Lipitor, medical education, medications, meditation, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stress

One of the reasons people may undervalue diet and lifestyle changes is an overconfidence in the ability of pills and procedures to prevent disease. For example, people tend to wildly overestimate the power of things like mammograms and colonoscopies...

Michael Greger MD

Flax Seeds Can Have Profound Effect on Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, antioxidants, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, hamburgers, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, lard, meat, medications, molasses, mortality, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, salt, saturated fat, side effects, statins, stroke, sugar, tomatoes

A recent article in the journal, Meat Science, acknowledged that a sector of the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat consumption with heart disease and cancer. So, the...