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Why Would Eating Fish Increase Diabetes Risk?

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, cancer, diabetes, dioxins, Europe, fish, fish oil, industrial toxins, insulin, meat, metabolic syndrome, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, pancreas health, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, prediabetes, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, toxins, Vietnam

In the past two years, six separate meta-analyses have been published on the relationship between fish consumption and type 2 diabetes. The whole point of a meta-analysis is to compile the best studies done to date and see what......

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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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Reducing Arsenic in Chicken and Rice

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: apple juice, arsenic, brown rice syrup, cancer, carcinogens, Center for Food Safety, chicken, cooking methods, FDA, food additives, industrial toxins, Johns Hopkins University, lead, liver, meat, organic foods, parasites, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pork, poultry, rice, safety limits, turkey

In 2013, Maryland became the first state to ban the feeding of an arsenic-containing drug to chickens. This arsenic-containing drug is used to control parasites and gives chicken meat an "appealing pink color." In 2011, the FDA found that......

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How Contaminated Are Our Children?

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, arsenic, asthma, biomagnification, birth defects, breastfeeding, California, cancer, chicken, children, dairy, DDT, dieldrin, dioxins, ear health, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fish, heavy metals, immune function, immunosuppressive drugs, industrial toxins, lactation, lead, meat, men's health, mercury, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, respiratory infections, seafood, sore throat, throat health, tuna, turkey, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

In a study highlighted in my video, California Childen Are Contaminated, researchers analyzed the diets of California children ages two through seven to determine the cancer and non-cancer health effects from food contaminant exposures. It turns out food may......

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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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Colon Cancer Prevention: Is it the Fiber or the Phytates?

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal products, antinutrients, antioxidants, beans, cancer, chicken, chickpeas, colon cancer, colon health, DNA damage, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, fish, grains, iron, lentils, meat, nuts, oxidative stress, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, poultry, processed foods, red meat, split peas, standard American diet, turkey, Uganda, vegans, vegetarians, white meat

Dietary factors are considered the most important environmental risk factors for cancer. Within recent years, a large number of naturally occurring health-enhancing substances of plant origin known as phytonutrients have been recognized to have beneficial effects on certain cancers.......

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What is 'Meat Glue'?

Michael Greger MD | April 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Meat Institute, animal products, animal protein, animal studies, autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, chicken, cost savings, E. coli, E. coli o157:H7, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, fish, food poisoning, foodborne illness, gluten, meat, meat glue, poultry, processed meat, salmon, steak, transglutaminase, turkey

The so-called "meat glue enzyme" transglutaminase is used by the meat industry to add value to meat by gluing together smaller scraps into a larger chunk. And it's not just used to make fake steak--the American Meat Institute estimates......

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Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks Show Food Safety Systems Failure

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, chicken, children, Consumers Union, elderly, factory farming practices, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, industry influence, meat, mortality, Pew Commission, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, USDA

Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and more deaths than any other foodborne illness, and it's been on the rise. Salmonella causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the U.S., and over the last decade or so the......

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Organic Milk and Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | February 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: almond milk, cancer, dairy, eggs, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, growth promoters, hormones, Japan, meat, men's health, metastases, milk, mortality, organic foods, organic milk, prostate cancer, prostate health, steroids

Researchers have expressed concern that since cow's milk contains estrogens, dairy could stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors. The thought is that the consumption of dairy products could both "promote the conversion of precancerous lesions or mutated cells to......

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Superbugs on Retail Chicken

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, beef, chicken, children, Consumers Union, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, meat, medications, organic foods, penicillin, pork, poultry, Salmonella, superbugs, turkey, veggie burgers

One of the most concerning developments in medicine is the emergence of bacterial super-resistance--resistance not just to one class of drugs, like penicillin, but to multiple classes of drugs (so-called multi-drug resistance). In the 2013 Retail Meat Report, the......

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How Long to Avoid Fish Before Conception?

Michael Greger MD | December 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal products, beef, body fat, brain disease, brain health, children, cognition, DDT, detoxification, DHA, diabetes, dioxins, EPA, fat, FDA, fish, industrial toxins, infants, meat, mercury, obesity, omega-3 fatty acids, PBCs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, pregnancy, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, tuna, vaccines, women's health

Mothers' increased consumption of fish before and during pregnancy leads to increased exposure to both mercury and the long-chain omega 3 DHA. Mercury may negatively affect brain development in one's unborn baby, whereas DHA may stimulate brain development. However,......

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The Vitamin Everyone on a Plant-Based Diet Needs

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China, cholesterol, cognition, depression, eggs, health, heart disease, heart health, homocysteine, hypertension, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, meat, mental health, neuropathy, omnivores, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, stroke, supplements, triglycerides, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin B12

A new study from China found that compared to omnivores, those who ate egg-free and meat-free diets had all the typical benefits of eating more plant-based: lower body mass index, lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride, lower total cholesterol, lower......

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Comparing Vegans' Arteries to Runners'

Michael Greger MD | December 16, 2014 | Health

Read More: beef, blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, low-fat diets, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, seafood, standard American diet, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

We know from the work of Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. that switching to a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease, opening up arteries in some cases without drugs or surgery. We can't wait until our......

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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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What is Actually in Chicken Nuggets?

Michael Greger MD | November 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, chicken, children, farm animals, fast food, fat, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, meat, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, pork, poultry, processed foods, processed meat, USDA

In a scathing expose of the USDA's new meat inspection program, the Washington Post quoted a representative from the meat inspectors union, who said: "pig processing lines may be moving too quickly to catch tainted meat... Tremendous amounts of......

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Where are Phosphate Additives Found?

Michael Greger MD | October 16, 2014 | Health

Read More: aluminum, animal products, cheese, chicken, dairy, fast food, food additives, industry influence, junk food, meat, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, turkey, World Health Organization

In my videos Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola and Phosphate Additives in Chicken, I talked about the danger of phosphate and phosphate additives, and how phosphates are often added to chicken and turkey to help preserve the......

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Phosphate Additives in Chicken Banned Elsewhere

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 2014 | Health

Read More: Campylobacter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Europe, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food additives, food poisoning, foodborne illness, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, medical profession, medical training, phosphate additives, phosphorus, poultry, preservatives, turkey

In my video Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola, I talked about the danger of phosphorus additives in food. However, when surveyed, most future medical professionals were insufficiently aware--in fact, two-thirds had no clue--of the risks related to......

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What Do Meat Purge and Cola Have in Common?

Michael Greger MD | October 9, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal products, antinutrients, beef, bone fractures, bone health, bone mineral density, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, Coca-Cola, cola, food additives, glycotoxins, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hormonal dysfunction, iron, junk food, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, lifespan, meat, mortality, osteoporosis, phosphate additives, phosphorus, phytates, phytic acid, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, preservatives, soda, turkey, vegans, vegetarians

In my video, Treating Kidney Failure Through Diet, I profiled research suggesting that the use of a plant-based diet for patients with kidney failure would be beneficial. An important function of our kidneys is to filter out excess phosphorus......

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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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