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Why Do Vegan Women Have Fewer Female Cancers?

Michael Greger MD | March 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, cancer, cervical cancer, cervix health, chicken, fruit, genital health, green tea, growth promoters, hepatitis, hepatitis E, heterocyclic amines, human papilloma virus, IGF-1, immune function, inflammations, lutein, lycopene, lymphoma, meat, Neu5Gc, obesity, oxidative stress, penis cancer, penis health, pets, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, sexual health, sexual transmission, throat cancer, throat health, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vulva cancer

                Cervical cancer is now considered a sexually transmitted disease. It was originally suspected as such, but now we have DNA fingerprinting proof that virtually all cervical cancer is caused by a sexually......

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Ginger & Lemon Balm for Radiation Exposure

Michael Greger MD | February 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: children, DNA damage, free radicals, garlic, ginger, goji berries, lemon balm, lemon balm tea, mint leaves, Nuremburg, oxidative stress, Pentagon, phytonutrients, radiation, radioactive isotopes, The Cold War, The German Medical Association, The Holocaust, turmeric, X-rays, zingerone

                The German Medical Association has finally apologized for the profession’s role in the Nazi atrocities, 65 years after 20 physicians stood trial in Nuremberg. During the trial, the Nazi doctors argued that......

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Dealing With Air Travel Radiation Exposure

Michael Greger MD | February 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: air travel, antioxidants, B carotene, cancer, Chernobyl, cosmic rays, cryptoxanthin, dentists, DNA damage, doctors, eggs, fish, fruits, full-body scanners, iatrogenic harm, lutein, nuts, phytonutrients, radiation, seeds, synergistic effects, vegetables, vitamin C, X-rays, zeaxanthin

                Doctors appear to be causing tens of thousands of cancers with CT scans and dentists may be causing a few brain tumors with dental X-rays (see my two videos Cancer Risk from......

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Tea and Flouride Risk

Michael Greger MD | February 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, barley coffee, cavities, children's health, coffee, cranberries, decaf, decaffeinated tea, dehydration, dental, dental disease, dental fluorosis, dental health, dental plaque, fluoride, fluoride toxicity, fluorosis, gastrointestinal health, green tea, H. Pylori, herbal tea, oral health, phytonutrients, plaque, stomach health, Streptococcus mutans, tea, teeth, ulcers, wine

                If cranberries are so good at keeping bacteria from sticking to the wall of the bladder (see my video Can Cranberry Juice Treat Bladder Infections?), what about keeping bacteria from sticking to......

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Does Cranberry Juice Work Against Bladder Infections?

Michael Greger MD | February 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, bacteria, bladder disease, bladder health, bladder infection, cranberries, cranberry juice, E. Coli, Escherichia coli, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, urinary tract infection, UTI, white cranberry juice

                How could any bacteria cause a bladder infection without just getting flushed away—literally? Bladder infections may make sense if we’re not drinking enough or if we leave behind a stagnant pool because......

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Preventing Bacterial Vaginosis With Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 23, 2014 | Health

Read More: bacterial vaginosis, beta carotene, biogenic amines, chicken, dairy, desserts, douching, fat, fishy odor, fruits, pH, phytonutrients, putrescine, reproductive health, saturated fat, vagina, vaginal health, vegetables, vitamin C, Whiff Test

                In the same way fermented pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut foster the growth of good bacteria by maintaining an acidic environment, so does the human vagina. The normal pH of one’s vagina is......

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Mushrooms and Immunity

Michael Greger MD | December 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, amla, autoimmune diseases, breast glands, cancer, chronic inflammation, digestive tract, eyeballs, immune function, immune system, immunoglobulin A, Indian gooseberries, infection, inflammation, inflammatory diseases, mouth, mucosal immunity, mucous membrane, mushrooms, phytonutrients, pyrogallol, reproductive system, skin, type A antibodies, urinary system, white button mushrooms, white mushrooms

                There’re lots of products that promise to boost your immune system—who wouldn’t want that? Well, millions of people suffer from autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, and allergies.  Their immune systems may already be......

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Strawberries Can Reverse Precancerous Progression

Michael Greger MD | December 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: American Association for Cancer Research, antioxidants, berries, cancer, cancer progression, cancer reversal, cancer survival, combinatorial strategies, dietary intervention, esophageal cancer, esophagus, fat, free radicals, fruit, meat, metastases, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, precancerous lesions, precancerous progression, prostate cancer, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian

                In my last two posts, Which Fruit is Best at Fighting Cancer? and Anti-Cancer Nutrient Synergy in Cranberries I described what various common fruits could do to human cancer cells in a......

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Anti-Cancer Nutrient Synergy in Cranberries

Michael Greger MD | December 12, 2013 | Health

Read More: active ingredients, anthocyanin phytonutrients, antioxidants, blood sugar, brain cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cancer cell proliferation, cancer cells, cheap, colon cancer, cost-effective, cranberries, cranberry cocktail, cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, dried cranberries, fruit, high fructose corn syrup, liver cancer, nutrient absorption, oral cancer, ovarian cancer, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, pro-oxidants, prostate cancer, whole foods

                In research I profiled in my video Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?, cranberries were found to suppress the growth of human liver cancer cells in vitro. Other studies have found similar effects......

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Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?

Michael Greger MD | December 10, 2013 | Health

Read More: anthocyanins, antioxidants, apples, bananas, berries, cancer, cancer cell growth, cancer cell proliferation, cancer growth, cranberries, fruit, grapefruits, grapes, lemons, metastases, oranges, peaches, pears, phytonutrients, pineapples, strawberries, vegetables, vitamin C, wild bananas

                Recently, researchers compared the ability of eleven common fruits to suppress cancer cell growth in vitro. Which do you think was most effective--apples, bananas, cranberries, grapefruits, grapes, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples,......

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Flax and Breast Cancer Survival

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: angiogenesis inhibitors, biopsy, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, c-erbB2, cancer, cell proliferation, chemotherapy, endostatin, flaxseeds, isoflavone phytoestrogen, lignans, longevity, metastases, microdialysis, mortality, phytonutrients, post-menopause, postmenopausal, prostate cancer, tamoxifen, tumors, women's health

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of flaxseeds in breast cancer patients found that flaxseeds appear to have the potential to reduce tumor growth in just a matter of weeks. Scientists believe this is due to a class of......

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Flax and Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | October 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, atypical hyperplasia, berries, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, carcinoma in situ, compound X, fecal flora, fiber, flax, flaxseeds, fruits, ground flax, gut bacteria, ki-67, lignans, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, precancerous, prevention, seeds, sesame seeds, urinary tract infection, UTI, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains, women's health

Just a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds a day may help protect against breast cancer. In 1980 a new compound was discovered in human urine. Researchers called it "compound X." Originally it was thought to be a new human hormone,......

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Latest Science on Rooibos & Nettle Tea

Michael Greger MD | September 5, 2013 | Health

Read More: calcium, chamomile tea, copper, estrogen, green tea, hibiscus, iron, magnesium, minerals, mint tea, nettle tea, phytonutrients, prostate enlargement, red tea, rooibos, sage, St. John's Wort, steroid hormones, steroids, zinc

Rooibos, or red tea, is anecdotally reported to aid stress-related symptoms, but it has none of the mood-altering phytonutrients thought responsible for the increased calm and decreased stress after drinking green tea (see Dietary Brain Wave Alteration). So why......

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Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, berries, chamomile, dementia, depression, erythritol, flor de Jamaica, flowers, goji, green tea, herbal, hibiscus, matcha, mint, oxidant stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, PMS, rose bush, roselle, saffron crocus, sorrel, stress, tea, vegan, vegetarian, zinger tea

A landmark investigation of the Antioxidant Content of 3,139 Foods put all previous rankings to shame. That's where I got the data to create my videos Best Berries, which compares hundreds of berries to common fruits, and Better Than......

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Treating Parkinson's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, berries, bioaccumulation, brown rice, caffeine, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, coffee, dairy, dopamine, fisetin, fish, Istradefylline, L-dopa, levodopa, meat, milk, N-hexacosanol, Parkinson's, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pollutants, Preladenant, protein redistribution diet, serotonin, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian, whole wheat, yogurt

Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson's, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine significantly improved symptoms of......

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The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial......

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Broccoli Boosts Liver Detox Enzymes

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carcinogens, cruciferous vegetables, detox, detoxifying enzymes, enzymes, fruits, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver health, phase II enzyme system, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Researchers just found out that the boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks! Last spring in my post The Best Detox I described this amazing phenomenon in which a phytonutrient produced by broccoli......

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Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 2013 | Health

Read More: aging, antiangiogenesis, apigen, beans, berries, breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, celery, citrus, exercise, fisitin, flavonoids, fruit, luteolin, metastases, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, rice, spices, strawberries, tea, vegans, vegetarians, VEGF, weight loss, women's health

More than 85% of breast cancers are sporadic and attributable to long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens, such as those in the diet, through a multistep disease process progressing from non-cancerous to pre-cancerous to malignant stages. How can we interrupt......

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Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?

Michael Greger MD | September 27, 2012 | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, bacon, broccoli, cancer, cinnamon, flaxseeds, genital warts, gorlin syndrome, green tea, phytonutrients, saffron, skin cancer, stevia, tea, watermelon

Phytonutrients exclusive to the tea plant appear so powerful that they can reverse disease even when just applied to the skin. Now officially incorporated into the Centers for Disease Control STD Treatment Guidelines, the topical application of green tea......

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Preserving Vision Through Diet

Michael Greger MD | July 19, 2012 | Health

Read More: beta carotene, blindness, carrot, cataracts, collard greens, diabetes, eggs, eye, glaucoma, Harvard's Alternative Healthy Eating Index, kale, kidney, lutein, macular degeneration, peach, phytonutrients, pills, plant-based diet, prostate, prostate cancer, tomato, vision, zeaxanthin

More than a million Americans are blind. The good news is that all four of the most common causes of vision loss may be prevented with a healthy plant-based diet--age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, and cataracts. See my 2-min.......

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Breast Cancer Survival and Soy

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cheese, chicken, DNA, flax seeds, junk food, lignans, liver, phytonutrients, saturated fat, soy, trans fat

In my last two posts, The Best Detox and Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli, I documented ways to 1) boost our liver's ability to clear carcinogens, 2) make our DNA more resistant to toxins that make it past......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#20)

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 2012 | Health

Read More: alcohol, anorexia, beet juice, beets, beta carotene, caffeine, cancer, cardiac, carotenoderma, carrots, dementia, diabetes, dioxins, fish, fruit, glycemic index, greens, heart, hypothyroidism, jaundice, jenkins, kidney disease, mercury, phytonutrients, salmon, skin, stroke

This is another sampling of the more than 900 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#18)

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2012 | Health

Read More: algae, astaxanthin, BPA, canned vegetables, celery, chlorella, colon cancer, fish, fluoride, pesticides, phytonutrients, spirulina, supplements, vaccination, vitamin D, water

This is another sampling of the more than 800 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand......

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Alzheimer's Disease: Up to half of cases potentially preventable with lifestyle changes

Michael Greger MD | November 29, 2011 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, Amyloid, apple juice, cholesterol, cognition, cranberry, dementia, fruit, fruit juice, ginger, meat, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate

November was proclaimed National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, in recognition of the five million Americans stricken with the devastating terminal illness, now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. A new analysis suggests that up to......

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