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Why Does the Meat Industry Routinely Feed Animals Antibiotics?

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, chicken, cost savings, Europe, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, feed additives, industry influence, meat, MRSA, penicillin, Pew Commission, poultry, staph infection, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians

When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts. Manure contamination of meat can then transfer these gut bacteria to humans. These bacteria can even spread to vegetarians, since drug-resistant bacteria in the animal......

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Dietary Estrogens and Male Fertility

Michael Greger MD | June 16, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cheese, cholesterol, dairy, dioxin, eggs, estrogen, Europe, fish, hormones, industrial toxins, infertility, john robbins, meat, men's health, milk, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, reproductive health, saturated fat, semen, sexual health, sperm counts, statins, xenoestrogens

In my video, The Role of Diet in Declining Sperm Counts, I discussed the association between high saturated fat intake and reduced semen quality. But what's the connection? One of the most recent papers on the topic found that......

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Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, curcumin, dried fruit, fake meat, fat, FDA, fruit, heterocyclic amines, legumes, meat, mortality, pancreatic cancer, poultry, red meat, side effects, spices, standard American diet, turkey, turmeric, vegetables, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, white meat

Pancreatic cancer is among the most aggressive forms of human cancer, characterized by a very high mortality rate. It represents the fourth leading cause of cancer death in United States, killing 32,000 people annually. With a five-year survival rate......

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Rinse Your Mouth After Sour Foods and Drinks

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: blackberries, blood pressure, burgers, citrus, Coca-Cola, dental health, erectile dysfunction, food additives, fruit, hamburgers, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, impotence, liver disease, liver failure, meat, mortality, oral health, orange juice, periodontal disease, plant-based diets, side effects, tea, vegans, vegetables, water

Hibiscus tea has been found to be as effective at lowering blood pressure as a leading hypertension drug without the potential side-effects (which include everything from lack of strength to impotence, including rare cases of potentially fatal liver damage).......

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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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How to Treat Prediabetes with Diet

Michael Greger MD | May 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Diabetes Association, calories, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fat, fiber, flax seeds, grains, Institute of Medicine, insulin, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medical education, mortality, omega-3 fatty acids, phytosterols, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, saturated fat, sugar, trans fats

For people with prediabetes, lifestyle modification is considered "the cornerstone of diabetes prevention." Diet-wise, this means individuals with prediabetes or diabetes should aim to reduce their intake of excess calories, saturated fat, and trans fat. Too many of us......

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How to Protect Our Telomeres with Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fats, animal products, antioxidants, athletes, birth defects, bologna, butter, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, DNA damage, Dr. Dean Ornish, eggs, exercise, fiber, fish, fruit, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, inflammation, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, meditation, mortality, oxidative stress, palmitic acid, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, processed foods, processed meat, salami, saturated fat, stress, telomeres, vegetables, vitamins, weight loss

In my video, Does Meditation Affect Cellular Aging?, I discussed how stress reduction through meditation might be able to lengthen telomeres, the protective caps at the tips of our chromosomes that tend to deplete as we age. What about......

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Might Turmeric Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Michael Greger MD | April 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's disease, animal products, brain disease, brain health, chicken, chickpeas, cognition, curcumin, curry powder, dementia, eggs, India, kidney health, liver health, meat, poultry, red meat, spices, stomach health, turmeric, vegans, vegetarians, white meat

There are plenty of anti-inflammatory drugs out there that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but stomach, liver, and kidney toxicity precludes their widespread use. So maybe using an anti-inflammatory food like the spice, turmeric, found in curry......

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Dioxins in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, catfish, chicken, China, dairy, dioxins, eggs, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, meat, milk, mineral clay, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

Dioxins are highly toxic pollutants that accumulate in tissue fat. Almost all dioxins found in people who don't work in toxic waste dumps or something similarly hazardous are believed to come from food, especially meat, milk, and fish, which......

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The Effects of Dietary Cholesterol on Blood Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | March 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bacon, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, eggs, fat, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, meat, pork, saturated fat, sausage, smoking, tobacco, triglycerides

Blood cholesterol levels are clearly increased by eating dietary cholesterol. In other words, putting cholesterol in our mouth means putting cholesterol in our blood, and it may also potentiate the harmful effects of saturated fats, meaning when we eat......

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How to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Academy of Pediatrics, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, beans, blindness, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cost savings, dairy, diabetes, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, fiber, fruit, gout, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Loma Linda University, meat, milk, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vision, water

Thirty years ago, virtually all diabetes in young individuals was thought to be autoimmune Type 1 diabetes, but since the mid-90s, we started to see an increase in Type 2 diabetes among youth, particularly in the United States. Indeed,......

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The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne......

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Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, heart disease, heart health, junk food, Kaiser Permanente, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medications, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, rheumatoid arthritis

A Nutritional Update for Physicians was published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States. It told physicians that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as......

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Do Dietary Toxins Contribute to Hand Tremors?

Michael Greger MD | November 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: addiction, beef, beta-carboline alkaloids, brain disease, brain health, cancer, chicken, coffee, cognition, detoxification, essential tremor, fish, frying, Harmane, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, meat, MPTP, neurotoxins, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, pork, poultry, reindeer meat, salmon, smoking, tobacco, tremors, turkey

Essential tremor, affecting 1 in 25 adults over 40 and up to 1 in 5 of those in their 90s, is one of the most common neurological diseases. In addition to the potentially debilitating hand tremor, there can be......

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Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of......

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Coca-Cola Stopped Sponsoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetics Association, American Egg Board, animal studies, candy, chewing gum, chocolate, Coca-Cola, cocoa, dairy, eggs, fast food, Hershey's, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, meat, Pepsi, smoking, soda, tobacco

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the world's largest association of nutrition professionals. They claim to be devoted to "improving the nation's health." They promote a series of Nutrition Fact Sheets. Who writes them? Industry sources pay $20,000 per......

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How to Reduce Your Dietary Cadmium Absorption

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, animal products, antioxidants, beans, breast cancer, cadmium, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cognition, diabetes, eggs, fiber, grains, heart disease, heart health, heavy metals, junk food, lead, meat, mercury, nuts, omnivores, organ meats, oxidative stress, phytates, plant-based diets, poultry, seafood, Slovakia, smoking, supplements, Sweden, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, zinc

Cadmium is known as a highly toxic metal that represents a major hazard to human health. It sticks around in our body for decades because our body has no efficient way to get rid of it and may contribute......

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How to Treat Gout With Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 8, 2015 | Health

Read More: alcohol, allopurinol, animal products, animal studies, antioxidants, arthritis, asparagus, cherries, chronic diseases, colon health, fish, fruit, gout, grapes, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, kiwi fruit, meat, mushrooms, organ meats, oxidative stress, pain, protein, purines, sardines, seafood, side effects, skin health, strawberries, tart cherries, uric acid

The Washington State Fruit Commission, our largest cherry producer, can fund reviews that cherry-pick studies on the anti-inflammatory effects of cherries in a petri dish and animal models. But what we've needed are human studies. For example, if we......

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Which are More Anti-Inflammatory: Sweet Cherries or Tart Cherries?

Michael Greger MD | October 6, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, alternative medicine, anthocyanins, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cherries, complementary medicine, enzymes, frozen fruit, heart disease, heart health, ibuprofen, inflammation, insomnia, internal bleeding, meat, mortality, muscle health, muscle soreness, oatmeal, organ meats, pain, phytonutrients, side effects, stomach health, stomach inflammation, stomach ulcers, tart cherries, Vioxx

Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is a savory pudding of heart, liver, lungs, and oatmeal traditionally stuffed inside of a stomach. When that stomach goes into our own stomach, our digestive enzymes and stomach acid have no problem......

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Where Do You Get Your Fiber?

Michael Greger MD | September 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, beans, blood pressure, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fiber, fish, flexitarians, folate, foodborne illness, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, junk food, meat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, omnivores, phytonutrients, plant protein, plant-based diets, prediabetes, protein, saturated fat, standard American diet, steak, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study that compared the......

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Eliminate Most of Your Chronic Disease Risk in Four Steps

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, colon cancer, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables, vitamin C

In 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead "instruct his patient in the care of the human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." A hundred......

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Hives from Tick Bite-Induced Meat Allergies

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-gal, anchovies, anisakis, autoimmune diseases, bacon, cats, chicken, children, fat, fish, hives, insects, leaky gut theory, meat, medications, parasites, pork, pork rinds, poultry, red meat, seafood, skin health, sushi, tick bites, turkey, urticaria

In a previous video Alpha Gal and the Lone Star Tick, I started talking about a tick bite-induced meat allergy, called Alpha-Gal, that is unlike any other food allergy we know. The most interesting feature of the reactions may......

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How a Tick Bite Can Lead to Food Allergies

Michael Greger MD | August 25, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-gal, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cancer, Crohn's disease, evolution, farm animals, hormones, IGF-1, immune function, inflammation, insects, kidney disease, kidney health, kingdom, liver disease, liver health, lyme disease, meat, mushrooms, Neu5Gc, parasites, plant protein, pork, protein, saliva, STARI, thyroid disease, thyroid health, tick bites

In the beginning, Aristotle defined two forms of life on planet Earth: plants and animals. Two thousand years later, the light microscope was invented and we discovered tiny, single-celled organisms like amoebas. Then, the electron microscope was invented and......

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Do Walnuts Really Improve Artery Function?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, olive oil, walnuts

Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption may only drop our cholesterol levels about 5%. How could we get......

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Dr. Greger's 2015 Live Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | August 4, 2015 | Health

Read More: acne, Advanced Glycation End-products, Adventist Health Studies, Africa, African Americans, aging, alcohol, algae, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, AMA, American College of Cardiology, American Diabetes Association, ammonia, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, arthritis, bacon, beans, beef, biomagnification, blindness, BMAA, body fat, bone fractures, bone health, brain disease, brain health, breast cancer, C-reactive protein, California, California Raisin Marketing Board, cancer, candy, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cataracts, CDC, cereal, cheese, chicken, chickpeas, China, cholesterol, choline, chronic diseases, colon caner, colon health, dairy, DASH diet, deli meat, dementia, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Frank Sacks, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Walter Kempner, dried fruit, eggs, elderly, energy, estrogen, Europe, exercise, eye disease, eye health, farm animals, feed additives, fiber, Finland, fish, Framingham Heart Study, France, fruit, galactose, glycotoxins, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hormones, hot dogs, hypertension, IGF-1, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, industry influence, infants, inflammation, insulin, iron, joint disease, junk food, kidney failure, lentils, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, liver health, Lou Gehrig's disease, low-carb diets, lung cancer, McDonald's, McDonalds, meat, Meatless Mondays, medical education, medications, Mediterranean diet, methionine, milk, mortality, National Confectioners Association, neurotoxins, nitrosamines, nuts, oils, organochlorines, osteoarthritis, ovarian cancer, oxidative stress, oysters, Parkinson's disease, persistent organic pollutants, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, prediabetes, pregnancy, processed foods, prostate cancer, protein, red wine, rheumatoid arthritis, safety limits, saturated fat, seafood, seeds, sleep, smoking, soda, split peas, standard American diet, steroids, stroke, Surgeon General, surgery, Sweden, tobacco, turkey, twins, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, veal, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vision, weight loss, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

View my new live presentation here: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to be the most interesting,......

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