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How Fruits and Vegetables Can Prevent Asthma

Michael Greger MD | June 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, allergies, animal protein, antibiotics, antioxidants, asthma, biomagnification, breastfeeding, calories, children, chronic diseases, dairy, eczema, eggs, elderly, endocrine disruptors, fermented foods, fruit, immune function, India, industrial toxins, inflammation, lung disease, lung health, meat, organic foods, oxidative stress, persistent organic pollutants, plant protein, plant-based diets, probiotics, protein, respiratory infections, saturated fat, smoking, soda, soy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and the prevalence is increasing around the world. Despite this, most research dollars are spent on adult chronic disease. "One might ask," a group of researchers posited "whether this is......

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Our Tax Dollars Subsidize Unhealthy Foods

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal products, beans, chicken, Coca-Cola, corn, corn syrup, cost savings, dairy eggs, empty calories, factory farming practices, Farm Bill, farmers, feed additives, fish, fruit, grains, industry influence, marketing, meat, Medicare, milk, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Dairy Council, National Pork Producers Council, pork, poultry, seafood, soda, soy, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, turkey, vegetables

Why do food companies sell junk? Because unhealthy commodities are highly profitable. This is in part because of their "low production cost, long shelf-life, and high retail value," which create perverse incentives for industries to market and sell more......

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Living Longer by Reducing Leucine Intake

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, aging, animal products, animal protein, apples, beans, cabbage, California, caloric restriction, chicken, China Study, cholesterol, dairy, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, eggs, enzymes, fish, fruit, grains, IGF-1, Japan, LDL cholesterol, leucine, lifespan, longevity, meat, mood, mortality, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, rapamycin, side effects, standard American diet, TOR, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Many studies have shown that calorie restriction, without malnutrition, can increase lifespan and lower the risk of age-related diseases, such as cancer. However, for many people, calorie restriction clearly has its drawbacks. In the classic Minnesota Starvation Study, many......

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Blood Type Diet Perceived as "Crass Fraud"

Michael Greger MD | June 4, 2015 | Health

Read More: Albert Einstein, Atkins diet, blood type diet, doughnuts, exercise, fat, fruit, meat, Norway, nutrition myths, rheumatoid arthritis, smoking, sugar, vegetables

It was Adolf Hitler who coined a propaganda technique he called, "The Big Lie," arguing that people may be more likely to believe colossal untruths, because they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the......

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Phytates in Beans: Anti-Nutrient or Anti-Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: antinutrients, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calcium, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, colon cancer, colon health, diabetes, fiber, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, kidney health, kidney stones, low-fat diets, metastases, mortality, National Cancer Institute, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, phytic acid, polyps, prediabetes, seeds, side effects, vegetables, vitamins, women's health

In my videos, Phytates in the Prevention of Cancer and Phytates for Rehabilitating Cancer Cells, I described how phytates in beans may be the reason why legumes are so successful in preventing cancer and re-educating cancer cells. What about......

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Slowing Cognitive Decline with Berries

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, chronic diseases, cognition, Concord grapes, dementia, evolution, fruit, fruit juice, grape juice, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, memory, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, placebo effect, plant-based diets, polyphenols, strawberries, supplements, vegetables, vitamin C, wrinkles

A plant-based diet is thought to have played a significant role in human evolution and the consumption of whole plant foods and even just extracts have repeatedly been associated with a decreased risk of aging related diseases. And by......

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Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chronic diseases, DNA damage, fruit, greens, industry influence, lifespan, lymphoma, mortality, multivitamins, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, ranking foods, stomach cancer, stomach health, supplements, USDA, vegetables

The USDA removed their online antioxidant database of foods, "concerned that ORAC values were routinely misused by food and dietary supplement manufacturing companies to promote their products." Indeed, supplement manufacturers got into my-ORAC-is-bigger-than-your-ORAC contests, comparing their pills to the......

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Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anxiety, aromatherapy, benzodiazepines, cancer, chemotherapy, citrus, complementary medicine, fragrance, France, fruit, massage, medications, mental health, oranges, plant-based diets, radiation, side effects, skin health, sunlight, Valium

Aromatherapy -- the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease -- is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment......

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Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can......

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Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,......

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Foods for Computer Eye Strain

Michael Greger MD | January 13, 2015 | Health

Read More: anthocyanins, berries, bilberries, computer eye strain, currants, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fruit, grapes, herbal remedies, industry influence, jam, raisins, supplements, vision

What happens to our eyesight when we sit in front of a computer all day? As researchers from the SUNY College of Optometry note, the rise in computer screens "has led to an increase in ocular and visual problems,......

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Currant Treatment for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | January 8, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, blindness, blueberries, cabbage, corn, currants, eye disease, eye health, fruit, glaucoma, Japan, macular degeneration, phytonutrients, potatoes, purple potatoes, rice, vision

In my video, Dietary Prevention for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, I discussed how eating goji berries with nuts and seeds can help build up yellow plant pigments such as lutein and zeaxanthin in our eyes to help fight age-related macular......

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Foods for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | December 30, 2014 | Health

Read More: African-American, antioxidants, bananas, blindness, calcium, carrots, collard greens, cooking methods, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, fruit juice, glaucoma, greens, iron, juice, kale, nuts, oils, orange juice, oranges, peaches, phytonutrients, seeds, supplements, tahini, vegetables, vision, women's health, zeaxanthin

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of legal blindness in white women, and the number one cause of blindness in African-American women. In a study I profile in the video Greens vs. Glaucoma, researchers chose a population of African-American......

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Boosting Anti-Cancer Immunity with Berries

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 2014 | Health

Read More: berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, cardamom, detoxification, exercise, fruit, goji berries, immune function, industry influence, inflammation, oxidative stress, pepper, spices

For disease prevention and health maintenance, berries of all colors have "emerged as champions." Research has focused mainly on cancer prevention and treatment. Studies show that the anticancer effects of berries are partially mediated through their abilities to counteract,......

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Add Beans, Berries, and Greens to More Meals

Michael Greger MD | December 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

After we eat, our bodies create free radicals in the process of breaking down our food. That's why we need to eat antioxidant-rich foods with every meal to counteract this oxidation caused by metabolism. We can't just have berries......

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How to Get Enough Antioxidants Each Day

Michael Greger MD | December 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apples, bananas, beans, beef, berries, beverages, blueberries, carrots, chicken, cucumbers, dates, dietary guidelines, fish, fruit, green tea, ham, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, kidney beans, lettuce, meat, oregano, oxidative stress, peaches, peas, pork, poultry, seafood, sleep, smoking, spices, standard American diet, tea, tobacco, turkey, vegetables, watermelon

We need to get a daily minimum of 8-11,000 antioxidant units a day in our food just to stay out of oxidative debt (see my video on The Reason We Need More Antioxidants). To reach that minimum, all we......

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The Reason We Need More Antioxidants

Michael Greger MD | December 2, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, energy, fat, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, immune function, juice, mortality, orange juice, oranges, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, standard American diet, sugar, vitamin C, vitamin E

Glucose is the primary fuel of the human body. We consume glucose and breathe in oxygen to make the energy needed to power our bodies. Plants then take the water and carbon dioxide we breathe out to make oxygen......

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How to Prevent Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cavities, cholesterol, corn, dental health, exercise, fat, fruit, greens, heart disease, heart health, junk food, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, medications, millet, mortality, mouthwash, oral health, plant protein, plant-based diets, plantains, Pritikin, protein, pumpkin, trans fats, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

Many of today's lifestyle medicine doctors, myself included, were greatly influenced by Nathan Pritikin, the nutrition pioneer who started reversing heart disease with a plant-based diet and exercise back in the 70s. (More on Nathan Pritikin in Engineering a......

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Can One Become a Sugar Addict?

Michael Greger MD | October 21, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, addiction, alcohol, body fat, brain waves, Coca-Cola, cocaine, dopamine, fat, fruit, obesity, processed foods, soda, sugar, sweeteners

People have chewed coca leaves for at least 8,000 years as a mild stimulant without any evidence of addiction, but when certain components are isolated and concentrated into cocaine, we've got a problem. The same may be true of......

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What to Eat to Reduce Our Toxic Exposure

Michael Greger MD | October 7, 2014 | Health

Read More: Ah receptor, animal products, apples, beans, beef, breast milk, breastfeeding, broccoli, cancer, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, dioxins, fish, fruit, immune function, industrial toxins, meat, onions, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, red onions, red wine, seafood, smoking, tea, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine

It is not very common that a single molecule attracts enough interest to merit international scientific conferences of its own. "Ah receptor," however, "belongs to the rare elite of such molecules." Ah receptors are an important factor in how......

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How to Boost the Benefits of Exercise

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, berries, beverages, cherries, chocolate, currants, DNA damage, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, greens, herbal tea, hormesis, inflammation, juice, lemon verbena, muscle health, muscle inflammation, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, supplements, tea, tomato juice, tomatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E

We all know exercise is beneficial to our health. Then why is it that ultramarathon runners may generate so many free radicals during a race that they can damage the DNA of a significant percentage of their cells? Researchers......

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Test to See If Your Diet is Alkaline or Acid Forming

Michael Greger MD | August 5, 2014 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, aging, alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, anthocyanins, beef, bone health, bone mineral density, cabbage, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cost savings, dairy, eggs, fish, fruit, gout, greens, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lifespan, meat, milk, mortality, muscle health, muscle strength, omnivores, pH, plant protein, plant-based diets, pork, potassium, protein, Quorn, seafood, standard American diet, stroke, tuna, uric acid, vegans, vegetable protein, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Alkaline Diets, Animal Protein, and Calcium Loss I presented evidence challenging the notion that our body is buffering the acid formed from our diet with calcium from our bones. How then is our body neutralizing the......

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Does Animal Protein Cause Osteoporosis?

Michael Greger MD | July 31, 2014 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, antacids, beans, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, burgers, calcium, chicken, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, hamburgers, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, meat, medications, osteoporosis, pork, poultry, protein, steak, stomach health, Tums, turkey, vegetables

For most of the last century, a prevailing theory within the field of nutrition was that by eating acid-forming foods such as meat, we were, in essence, at risk of peeing our bones down the toilet. And no wonder!......

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