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Why Are Eggs Linked to Cancer Progression?

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, beef, cancer progression, carcinogens, carnitine, chicken, choline, cooked meat, early detection, Egg Nutrition Center, eggs, heart attack, heterocyclic amines, inflammation, meat, men's health, metastases, mortality, plant-based, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate disease, prostate health, steak, stroke, TMAO, turkey, vegan, vegetarian

About two million men in the U.S. are living with prostate cancer, but that's better than dying from prostate cancer. Catch it when it's localized and our 5-year survival is practically guaranteed, but once it really starts spreading our......

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Avoid Carnitine and Lethicin Supplements

Michael Greger MD | November 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, beans, beef, carnitine, carnitine palmitoyl transferase, chicken, cholesterol, choline, dairy, death, dietary cholesterol, eggs, energy drinks, fish, foam cells, fruit, grains, gut bacteria, gut flota, heart attack, heart disease, inflammatory cells, lethicin, meat, metabolism, milk, mortality, plant-based diet, plaque, pork, poultry, red meat, saturated fat, stroke, TMAO, trimethylamine-n-oxide, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, weight loss

A landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that choline in eggs, poultry, dairy and fish produces the same toxic TMAO as carnitine in red meat, which may help explain plant-based protection from heart disease. Earlier......

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Treating Breast Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 2013 | Health

Read More: anovulatory, Asia, Asian women, bloating, bread, breast pain, breast sensitivity, breast tenderness, butter, cramping, cyclical mastalgia, eggs, fat, hormone therapy, hormones, low-fat diet, mastectomy, meat, menstrual pain, menstrual symptoms, menstruation, milk, Nathan Pritikin, period, plant-based diet, PMS, premenstrual syndrome, prolactin, sugar, surgery, vegan, vegetarian, Western diet, women's health

As I explore in my video Plant-Based Diets For Breast Pain, eating healthy appears to offer relief from a variety of menstrual symptoms, including cramping, bloating, and breast pain. Breast pain accompanying one's period, called cyclical mastalgia, was dismissed......

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Diet and Cellulite

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adiponectin, belly fat, biogenic amines, bologna, cellulite, cheese, cholesterol, colorectal polyps, fat storage, ground meat, gynoid lipodystrophy, ham, healthy weight, meat, nutrient-dense, pease, plant-based diet, polyamine, salami, spermidine, spermine, subcutaneous fat, turkey, vegan, vegetarian, waistline, weight loss, weight management

Two theories about the build-up of subcutaneous fat, involving the chemical spermine and the hormone adiponectin, suggest a plant-based diet may help with cellulite. Gynoid lipodystrophy, known colloquially as cellulite, is the orange peel-type or cottage cheese-like dimpling of......

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Industry Influence on Our Dietary Guidelines

Michael Greger MD | October 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: beef, cancer, cholesterol, dairy, degenerative disease, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fish, George McGovern, Harvard, hypertension, International Sugar Research Foundation, ischemic heart disease, lamb, meat, milk, National Livestock and Meat Board, plant-based diet, poultry, public health, public policy, salt, Salt Institute, saturated fat, sugar, The National Dairy Council, The Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, vegan, vegetarian

The story behind the first U.S. dietary guidelines explains why, to this day, the decades of science supporting a more plant-based diet have yet to fully translate into public policy. George McGovern, who died last year at age 90,......

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Why Is Selling Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Legal?

Michael Greger MD | October 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: adulterant, adulterated, American Public Health Association, bacteria, beef, cheese, chicken, contamination, dairy, E. coli, eggs, fecal contamination, fish, food poisoning, foodborne pathogens, maggots, meat, milk, pathogens, poultry, public health, salmonella, U.S. Food and Drug Association, viruses, yogurt

When researchers last year at the Emerging Pathogens Institute ranked foodborne pathogens to figure out which was the worst, Salmonella was number one on their list. Salmonella was ranked the food poisoning bacteria with the greatest public health burden......

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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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Why are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, cancer, cheese, chicken, children, dairy, diet, early onset puberty, emphysema, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fish, IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, kids, meat, menstruation, obesity, plant-based diet, premature puberty, puberty, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

Early onset of puberty is considered a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood, including hormone-related cancers, a shorter lifespan, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The conventional thinking has been that the age of puberty has been......

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Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Two potential risk factors that may increases the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) are animal protein and nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide. Of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish......

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The Best Way to Prevent the Common Cold?

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Gargling is one of the best things to do to treat a sore throat. As one of my medical mentors Dr. Klaper instructs: Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of salt, hold the glass of salt......

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Do Vegans Get More Cavities?

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: acid erosion, American Dental Association, apples, beef, carrots, cavities, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, chronic gum disease, citrus, citrus fruit, dairy, dentist, enamel erosion, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, gingivitis, grapes, high-fiber food, impotence, leafy vegetables, meat, oral cancer, oral care, oral disease, oral health, periodontal disease, plant-based diet, raw, saturated fat, sexual dysfunction, soda, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

A diet high in saturated fat, which can clog our arteries and lead to inflammation, is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. This may explain why chronic gum disease is associated with sexual dysfunction.......

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Avoiding Cooked Meat Carcinogens

Michael Greger MD | July 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: bacon, baking, barbecuing, beef, birds, boiled, breast cancer, carcinogens, cheese, chicken, cigarettes, coffee, cooked meat, creatine, diesel fumes, E. coli, eggs, estrogen, fast food, fish, frying, grilling, heterocyclic amines, incinerator ash, lung cancer, mammals, meat, nitrosamines, pancreatic cancer, PCBs, PhIP, prostate cancer, protein supplements, roasted, smoking, well cooked

When the muscles of mammals, fish, or birds are cooked at high temperatures carcinogenic chemicals called heterocyclic amines are created that may increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancer (see my last post Estrogens in......

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Estrogens in Cooked Meat

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, cancer-producing substances, carcinogens, cooked meat, ductal carcinoma, estrogen, heterocyclic amines, IGF-1, Indian gooseberries, meat, metastatic potential, mutagens, National Cancer Institute, PhIP, three strikes, tumor, tumor growth

We've known since 1939 that there were "cancer-producing substances" in roasted meat. Scientists have since identified these compounds as heterocyclic amines, described by the National Cancer Institute as "chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry,......

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Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, BHA, Butylated hydroxyanisole, carcinogens, crystal deposits, diabetes, evolutionary heritage, fat retention, Germany, gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, meat, plant-based diet, preservatives, salt retention, sodium, stroke, sugar, uric acid, vegan, vegetarian

Human beings lost the ability to detoxify uric acid millions of years ago. What implications does this have for our health today? Our story starts about 15 million years ago. It was the Miocene epoch. Things seemed to be......

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Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: calories, EPIC study, meat, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, nuts, weight gain

Meat is considered fattening due to its caloric density and fat content. Nuts are also packed with calories and fat though, but as I noted in my blog post Nuts Don't Cause Expected Weight Gain so maybe we shouldn't......

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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - Review

Jess Parsons | October 17, 2012 | Animals

Read More: animal abuse, Book review, healthy body healthy mind, jonathan safran foer, kids, meat, meat industry, vegan, vegetarian to vegan, vegetarians

As far as I know, the only people I have inspired to be vegan are those I've given birth to. So I give full credit to any book which can "turn someone vegan" - as (most famously) Natalie Portman says......

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Preventing and Treating Kidney Failure With Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 2012 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, cholesterol, Harvard study, heart attacks, kidney, meat, plant fat, plant protein, standard american diet

Our kidneys are highly vascular organs. That's why when you see kidneys in the meat case they look so red. After all, our two little kidneys have to filter through our entire blood supply and as such receive about......

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Why Meat Causes Inflammation

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 2012 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, anti-inflammatory, arteries, bacteria, breast cancer, Crohn's Disease, dairy, diabetes, eggs, endotoxin, gut, heart disease, inflammation, meat, pork

The anti-inflammatory effect of plant-based diets is about more than just the power of plants. It's also the avoidance of animal foods. In my Care2 column last week, Dietary Treatment for Crohn's Disease, I profiled the extraordinary power of......

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Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 2012 | Health

Read More: CDC, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, foodborne illness, hamburger, industry influence, meat, poultry, salmonella

Most of the U.S. population suffers an acute diarrheal illness every year. According to a recent survey, most people correctly identified food as the most common source of infection, but fewer than half (45%) believed it legal for grocery......

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Adding FDA-Approved Viruses to Meat

Michael Greger MD | August 2, 2012 | Health

Read More: arsenic, bacteria, bacteria-eating virus, bacteriophage, bird flu, brain parasites, campylobacter, chickens, food industry, listeria, maggots, meat, meat industry, poultry, processed meat, toxin genes, viruses

Bacteria-eating viruses (bacteriophages) have been approved as meat additives to reduce the food safety risks associated with processed meat and poultry products. There is a concern, however, that viruses fed to chickens could spread toxin genes between bacteria, the......

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Evolved to eat meat?

Jess Parsons | July 30, 2012 | Animals

Read More: carnivores, dissection, evolution, meat, meat industry, omnivores, sardines

So I went to the local meatpacker. I didn't really want to, and I probably could have asked someone else to do it. But it was for a nonvegan children's club (traditional dissection activity), and I figured I could......

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Language and animals - who hears a who?

Jess Parsons | May 5, 2012 | Animals

Read More: animal identity, cows, hens, language, meat, meat industry, pigs, sheep, software, words

I just learned something new.  In MS Word, a sentence with the phrase “a hen who slept at the foot of the bed” shows a grammar error on “who” – the grammar rules recommend “that”.  Change it to “man”......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 16)

Michael Greger MD | January 14, 2012 | Health

Read More: allergies, cancer, cheese, children, chocolate, coffe, dairy, DHA, ear infections, eggs, fish, Heiner Syndrome, ice cream, iron, meat, moringa, pregnancy, soy milk, tannins, tea, vitamin B12, vitamin K

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

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Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 2011 | Health

Read More: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm, aorta, Boston Celtics, cardiovascular disease, diet, fruits, Jeff Green, meat, Mt. Sinai, plant-based diet, prevention, risk, screening, smoking, symptoms, treatment, vegetables

Last week the Boston Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will miss the 2012 season due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm, set to be operated on next month. Jeff is lucky. An estimated million other Americans have aortic aneurysms,......

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Generic Lipitor is not the answer to our heart disease epidemic

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: American Journal of Cardiology, cancer, cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, dietary cholesterol, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, eggs, fast food, Happy Meal, heart attack, heart disease, LDL, Lipitor, meat, muscle damage, obesity, plant-based diet, polypill, poultry, saturated fat, statins, trans fat

The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug on the planet. Nearly a million Americans filled their prescriptions the first week after it went generic this month. Over the past 25 years, this one drug raked in $100......

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