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Do Cholesterol Statin Drugs Cause Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 2015 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, estrogen, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, nuts, phytosterols, plant-based diets, plasma membrane, pumpkin seeds, seeds, side effects, statins, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

What does breast cancer have to do with cholesterol? There are many potential mechanisms by which cholesterol boosts breast cancer growth. For example, our bodies make estrogen, which is correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer, out of......

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Using Diet to Treat Asthma and Eczema

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 2015 | Health

Read More: asthma, blood pressure, caloric restriction, cancer, carcinogens, cholesterol, eczema, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, LDL cholesterol, lung disease, lung health, placebo effect, plant-based diets, side effects, smoking, steroids, Sweden, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

I previously discussed the power of fruits and vegetables to help prevent and treat asthma and allergies. If adding a few more servings of fruits and vegetables may help asthma, what about a diet centered around plants? Twenty patients......

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How Fruits and Vegetables Can Treat Asthma

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-carotene, animal products, antioxidants, asthma, beta carotene, chicken, cholesterol, cryptoxanthin, eczema, eggs, fruit, grains, lung disease, lung health, lutein, lycopene, oxidative stress, peas, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

In my video Preventing Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted an international study of asthma and allergies involving more than a million kids. The study found a consistent inverse relationship between prevalence rates of asthma, allergies, and eczema......

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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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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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Why Do Heart Doctors Favor Surgery and Drugs Over Diet?

Michael Greger MD | June 2, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, AMA, brain disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Cleveland Clinic, coma, complementary medicine, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, heart disease, heart health, informed consent, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, morbidity, mortality, muscle health, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians

When he was a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. published a controversial paper in the American Journal of Cardiology, highlighted in my video, Fully Consensual Heart Disease Treatment, noting that heart bypass operations carry significant......

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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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Low Carb Diets Found to Feed Heart Disease

Michael Greger MD | May 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal protein, Atkins diet, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cocaine, Dr. Richard Fleming, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, low-carb diets, mortality, paleolithic diets, plant protein, plant-based diets, prehistoric diets, protein, Twinkies, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

People going on low carb diets may not see a rise in their cholesterol levels. How is that possible? Because weight loss by any means can drop our cholesterol. We could go on an all-Twinkie diet and lower our......

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Don't Forget Fiber

Michael Greger MD | February 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, animal fat, animal products, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, corn, dietary guidelines, Dr. Denis Burkitt, fiber, heart disease, heart health, Japan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, Native Americans, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, squash, standard American diet, stool size, sugar, vegans, vegetarians

The famous surgeon Denis Burkitt is better known for his discovery of a childhood cancer now known as Burkitt's lymphoma than for his 1979 international bestseller, Don't Forget the Fibre in Your Diet. Anyone asked to list the twenty......

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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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We Can End the Heart Disease Epidemic

Michael Greger MD | November 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, Africa, appendicitis, beans, body fat, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon cancer, colon health, constipation, corn, diabetes, diverticulosis, fat, fiber, gallbladder health, gallstones, heart disease, heart health, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, hypertension, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, rectal cancer, standard American diet, stomach health, stomach ulcers, stool size, surgery, Uganda, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Many of the diseases that are common in United States are rare or even nonexistent in populations eating mainly whole plant foods. These so-called Western Diseases are some of our most common conditions: Obesity, the most important nutritional disease......

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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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How Fatty Foods May Affect Our Love Life

Michael Greger MD | October 28, 2014 | Health

Read More: addiction, animal fat, animal products, body fat, brain waves, burgers, caloric restriction, calories, cheese, cocaine, dopamine, energy, fat, hamburgers, ice cream, industry influence, junk food, low-fat diets, medications, mental health, plant-based diets, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, smoking, soda, sugar, sweeteners, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, water, weight loss, yogurt

The food industry, like the tobacco companies and other drug lords, has been able to come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars (See......

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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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4 Things To Help Prevent Most Disease

Michael Greger MD | September 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medications, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, prostate health, reversing chronic disease, smoking, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Though I was trained as a general practitioner, my chosen specialty is lifestyle medicine. Most of the reasons we go see our doctors are for diseases that could have been prevented. But lifestyle medicine is not just about preventing......

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The Healthiest Diet for Weight Control

Michael Greger MD | September 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, calcium, calories, chicken, cholesterol, fat, fiber, fish, folate, greens, iron, LDL cholesterol, magnesium, meat, metabolism, plant-based diets, pork, potassium, poultry, protein, riboflavin, saturated fat, seafood, thiamine, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, weight loss

We know that vegetarians tend to be slimmer, but there's a perception that veg diets may somehow be deficient in nutrients. So how's this for a simple study, profiled in my video Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management: an analysis......

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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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