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All The Blogs -- August 2017

Michael Greger MD

How to Design a Misleading Study to Show Diet Doesn't Work

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, citrus, diverticulitis, Dr. James Linde, fiber, fish, fruit, greens, lemons, meat, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant-based diets, scurvy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

A study out of the University of North Carolina found no association between dietary fiber intake and diverticulosis. They compared those who ate the highest amount of fiber, 25 grams, to those who ate the smallest amount, which was...

Michael Greger MD

9 out of 10 That Die From it Never Knew They Even Had This Preventable Disease

Michael Greger MD | August 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, aging, bladder health, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Neil Painter, fiber, grains, intestinal health, meat, mortality, pain, plant-based diets, stool size, sugar, Uganda

Diverticula are out-pouchings of our intestine. Doctors like using a tire analogy: high pressures within the gut can force the intestines to balloon out through weak spots in the intestinal wall like an inner tube poking out through a...

Michael Greger MD

The 3 Vitamins that Prevent Brain Loss

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, animal protein, b12, bacon, beans, brain disease, brain health, breakfast, cognition, colon health, dementia, eggs, fiber, folate, Framingham Heart Study, greens, gut flora, Harvard, homocysteine, legumes, meat, memory, methionine, mortality, plant-based diets, steak, supplements, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12, vitamin B6

By our seventies, one in five of us will suffer from cognitive impairment. Within five years, half of those cognitively impaired will progress to dementia and death. The earlier we can slow or stop this process, the better. Although...

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Comparing Pollutant Levels Between Different Diets

Michael Greger MD | August 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, Boston, breast milk, breastfeeding, California, CHAMACOS study, chicken, children, cognition, dioxins, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fat, feed additives, fish, flame-retardant chemicals, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, meat, neurotoxins, PBDEs, persistent organic pollutants, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, pregnancy, puberty, safety limits, seafood, thyroid health, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

The results of the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study were published recently. This study of a California birth cohort investigated the relationship between exposure to flame retardant chemical pollutants in pregnancy...

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A Dietary Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antidepressants, berries, colon disease, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dizziness, gut flora, herbal tea, herbs, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney failure, medications, mint, pain, peppermint, peppermint oil, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual health, side effects, smoothies, tea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It affects 1 in 7 Americans, although most go undiagnosed. IBS can have a substantial impact on well-being and health, but...

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Reversing Diabetic Blindness with Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, blindness, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, insulin, kidney disease, kidney failure, lasers, medication, protein, reversing chronic diseases, rice, sodium, steroids, surgery, vision, weight loss

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner's rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his "eyegrounds photographs," taken with a special...

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Optimal Bowel Movement Position

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, anorectal angle, appendicitis, bowel movements, colon disease, colon health, constipation, diverticulitis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Joel Kahn, fiber, gallstones, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, mortality, plant-based diets, squatty potty, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Compared to rural African populations eating traditional plant-based diets, white South Africans and black and white Americans have more than 50 times more heart disease, 10 times more colon cancer, more than 50 times more gallstones and appendicitis, and...

Michael Greger MD

Optimal Bowel Movement Frequency

Michael Greger MD | August 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, blood pressure, bowel movements, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon disease constipation, colon health, diarrhea, evolution, fiber, gastrocolic reflex, heart disease, heart health, plant-based diets, salt, standard American diet, stool size, stroke, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetarians

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations--with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be "guardian[s] of the royal...

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Plant-Based Diets as the Nutritional Equivalent of Quitting Smoking

Michael Greger MD | August 1, 2017 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard, exercise, fat, frying, heart disease, hypertension, lifestyle medicine, meat, medical education, mortality, plant-based diets, smoking, stroke, tobacco

Despite the most widely accepted and well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly calling for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, doctors often don't follow these recommendations. As seen in my video, The Best Kept Secret in Medicine,...