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All The Blogs -- September 2017

Michael Greger MD

Boosting Brown Fat Through Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: arginine, Asia, beans, body fat, brown fat, calories, capsaicin, Caucasian, Cayenne pepper, chili peppers, exercise, fat, ginger, jalapeno, Japan, metabolism, nuts, obesity, pain, pepper, peppers, seeds, soy, spices, spicy food, stomach health, weight loss

Until about ten years ago, brown adipose tissue (BAT) was considered to be biologically active only in babies and small children where it generates heat by burning fat. But now, there is no doubt that active brown fat is...

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Brown Fat: Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis

Michael Greger MD | September 21, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, body fat, brown fat, calories, children, CT scan, DNP, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fever, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, medications, metabolism, obesity, safety limits, side effects, vision, weight loss

During World War I, it was discovered that many of the chemicals for new explosives had toxic or even lethal effects on the workers in the munitions factories. Chemicals such as di-nitro-phenol (DNP) can boost metabolism so much that...

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How Doctors Responded to Being Named a Leading Killer

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, aspirin, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Barbara Starfield, heart disease, heart health, iatrogenic, Institute of Medicine, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, mortality, side effects, surgery, Twinkies, women's health

In my video Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure, I profiled a paper that added up all the deaths caused by medical care in this country, including the hundred thousand deaths from medication side effects, all the...

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Does Rye Bread Protect Against Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | September 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, alcohol, berries, bread, breast cancer, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, children, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, fiber, flax seeds, grains, greens, lignans, men's health, milk, prostate cancer, puberty, red wine, rye, sesame seeds, Sweden, tea, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

Previously, I've explored the beneficial effects of flaxseeds on prostate cancer (Flaxseeds vs. Prostate Cancer), as well as breast cancer prevention and survival (Flaxseeds & Breast Cancer Prevention and Breast Cancer Survival & Lignan Intake). The cancer-fighting effect of...

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Fish Consumption and Suicide

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, autism, beans, brain disease, brain health, dementia, depression, DHA, EPA, Europe, fat, fish, fruit, Greece, Harvard, industrial toxins, Japan, meat, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, mercury, mushrooms, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, red wine, seafood, soy, suicide, vegetables, wine

Depression is a serious and common mental disorder responsible for the majority of suicides. As I've covered in Antioxidants & Depression, intake of fruits, vegetables, and naturally occurring antioxidants have been found to be protectively associated with depression. Therefore,...

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Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?

Michael Greger MD | September 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: brain disease, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognition, dehydration, energy, exercise, fatigue, happiness, heart disease, mental health, mood, water

Water is by far the number-one nutrient in our diet. Studies have suggested that proper hydration may lower our risk of heart disease and cancer, and may even make us better kissers. Brushing artificial skin against the lips of...

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Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, curcumin, curry powder, exercise, fruit, heart disease, heart health, Japan, oxidative stress, stroke, supplements, turmeric, vegan, vegetables, vitamin C

The endothelium is the inner lining of our blood vessels. Laid end-to-end, endothelial cells from a single human would wrap more than four times around the world. And it's not just an inert layer; it's highly metabolically active. I've...