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All The Blogs -- December 2016

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New DVD Now Streaming

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: DVD, NutritionFacts.org, updates

Thank you for your incredible support! We blew the top off of our donation drive carrot in less than a week! Thank you for your flood of encouragement. It's such an honor to be able to dedicate my life...

Michael Greger MD

What's the Mediterranean Diet's Secret?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: Ancel Keys, animal fat, animal products, beans, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, cognition, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, depression, diabetes, fruit, grains, Greece, greens, heart disease, inflammation, iron, meat, Mediterranean diet, mental health, mortality, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, soy, standard American diet, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. As one researcher put it, "Uncritical laudatory coverage is common, but specifics are hard to come by: What is it? Where did...

Michael Greger MD

Striving for Alkaline Pee and Acidic Poo

Michael Greger MD | December 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, Africa, African Americans, animal protein, beans, bowel movements, cabbage, colon cancer, colon health, fecal bacteria, fiber, fruit, grains, gut flora, pH, plant-based diets, sauerkraut, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vinegar

More than 30 years ago, an idea was put forward that high colonic pH promoted colorectal cancer. A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Climate Change Simplified

Janice Stanger, PhD | December 18, 2016 | Green

Read More: climate change, global warming, greenhouse gases

Global Warming Is As Undeniable As Gravity - Here's Why If you've ever gotten into a car on a sunny day, you know that global warming is real. The inside of the car will be much hotter than the air...

Michael Greger MD

How to Prevent Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, butyrate, colon health, Crohn's disease, DNA damage, fecal bacteria, fiber, flatulence, gut flora, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal health, Japan, meat, plant protein, plant-based diets, steak, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetarians

What has driven the dramatic increase in prevalence of the inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's disease in societies that rapidly westernized--a disease practically unknown just a century ago? What has changed in our internal and external environment that has led...

Michael Greger MD

What's the Optimal Cholesterol Level?

Michael Greger MD | December 13, 2016 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, exercise, fruit, heart disease, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, obesity, smoking, statins, vegetables

No matter where we live, how old we are or what we look like, health researchers from the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health have discovered that 90% of the chance of having a first heart attack "can be...

Michael Greger MD

Reducing Glycotoxin Intake to Help Reduce Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | December 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: Advanced Glycation End-products, aging, Alzheimer's disease, Australia, beef, brain disease, brain health, chicken, cognition, dementia, fish, glycotoxins, histones, lifespan, longevity, mental health, nerve health, pork, sirtuins, vegans, vegetarians

Each of us has about six billion miles of DNA. How does our body keep it from getting all tangled up? There are special proteins called histones, which act like spools with DNA as the thread. Enzymes called sirtuins...

Michael Greger MD

Why Some Like Cilantro and Others Hate It

Michael Greger MD | December 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal studies, antioxidants, anxiety, arthritis, cilantro, coriander, gout, herbal remedies, inflammation, joint health, mental health, osteoarthritis, salsa, spices, steroids, sunburn, taste buds, uric acid

One sign of changing U.S. demographics is that salsa has replaced ketchup as America's #1 table condiment. One of the popular salsa ingredients is cilantro, described as one of the "most polarizing and divisive food ingredients known." Some people...

Michael Greger MD

Improving Employee Diets Could Save Companies Millions

Michael Greger MD | December 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, animal protein, beans, blood sugar, body fat, broccoli, calories, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, industry influence, insulin, Lifestyle medicine, meat, metabolism, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, saturated fat, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, Workplace intervention

The food, alcohol, and tobacco industries have been blamed for "manufacturing epidemics" of chronic disease, but they're just trying to sell more product like everyone else. And so if that means distorting science, creating front groups, compromising scientists, blocking...