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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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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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Probiotics During Cold Season?

Michael Greger MD | December 31, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, antibiotics, asthma, babies, bloating, c-section, caesarean section, cancer, cold, common cold, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, gastroenteritis, gut flora, immune function, immune system, infants, infections, intestinal infections, lactic acid bacteria, prebiotics, probiotics, respiratory infections, soy, soy yogurt, supplements, vaginal delivery, vaginal flora, vegetables, white blood cells, yogurt

                Babies delivered via caesarean section appear to be at increased risk for various allergic diseases. The thought is that vaginal delivery leads to the first colonization of the baby’s gut with maternal......

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Raspberries Reverse Precancerous Lesions

Michael Greger MD | December 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: alcohol, black raspberries, cancer, esophageal cancer, freeze-dried, fruits, intraepithelial neoplasia, jam, marijuana, obesity, oral cancer, oral lesions, precancerous changes, precancerous growths, precancerous lesions, raspberries, smoking, strawberries, tobacco, vegetables

                More berried treasure! A story similar to the strawberries and esophageal cancer revelation I documented in Strawberries versus Esophageal Cancer has emerged with black raspberries and oral cancer. Oral cancer is one......

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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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Best Nutrition Bang for Your Buck

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2013 | Health

Read More: beans, beef, calorie dense, cheap, chicken, cost per calorie, cost per nutrition, cost per serving, cost per weight, dairy, empty calorie foods, fruits, grains, health food, healthy food, junk food, legumes, meat, milk, minerals, nutrient density, plant-based diet, saving money, thrifty, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, vitamins, weight loss, weight management

When measured on a cost per serving, cost per weight, or cost per nutrition basis, fruits and vegetables beat out meat and junk food: Most Americans don't even meet the watered down Federal dietary recommendations. Some have suggested this......

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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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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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Flaxseeds for Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | October 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: African Americans, alcohol, animal fat, animal protein, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, Chinese, cholesterol, ductal carcinoma, ethnicity, exercise, fat, fat-restricted diet, flax, flaxseeds, fruit, isoflavones, Japanese, lignans, low fat diet, phytoestrogen, PIN, plan-based diet, prostate cancer, prostate disease, prostate gland enlargement, prostate health, prostate-specific antigen, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, PSA, tumors, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Why is there such a huge disparity in prostate cancer rates around the world? The incidence of malignant prostate cancer is highest in African Americans, some 30 times greater than in Japanese men, and 120 times greater than in......

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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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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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Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: anticancer genes, antioxidants, apple juice, apple peel, apple peels, apples, breast cancer, cancer, fruits, genetics, juice, maspin, pesticides, plant-based diet, prostate cancer, tumor suppression, tumor suppression gene, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole foods

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to......

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Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: African, African-American, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, collards, diabetes, fruits, high blood pressure, Nathan Pritikin, plant-based diet, That Black Women's Health Study, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, women

Recently a study of 50,000 African-American women was published, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and, in fact, medical research generally. Certain African populations were among the healthiest on earth, inspiring one of America's lifestyle......

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Food Co-ops - The Smart Buyer's Destination (Plus Vegan on the Cheap Recipe Book Giveaway Contest)

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | May 15, 2013 | Food

Read More: food co-op, fresh produce, fruits, organic plants, Vegan on the Cheap, vegetables

"But it's too expensive to eat healthy!" If I had a dime for every time I heard this excuse I'd be one of the youngest retirees on the face of the planet. Eating healthy has become synonymous with eating expensively,......

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The Ice Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: colon, fiber, firmicutes, fruits, gut flora, phtyonutrients, vegan, vegetables, vegetarians

Other than fiber, what else do plants make that animals don't that could help account for how dramatically slimmer those who eat plant-based diets tend to be? In my last article Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics I covered fiber.......

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Fighting Inflammation With Food Synergy

Michael Greger MD | June 28, 2012 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, apple, beta carotene, black pepper, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, disease, fruits, glucosinolates, lemonin, lemonoids, limonol, mesclun, orange, phytonutrient, roots, spinach, tangeretin, turmeric, variety, vegetables, vitamin c, vkale

One of the reasons some studies haven't shown more impressive results tying disease reduction to the quantity of fruit and vegetable consumption (see EPIC Study) may be because of quality of fruit and vegetable consumption. People are more likely......

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Treating COPD With Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 7, 2012 | Health

Read More: acai berries, antioxidants, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, cured meats, diet, emphysema, fiber, fruits, heart disease, nitrites, soy, stroke, tea, tobacco, tofu, vegetables

The three top killers in the United States are no longer heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Stroke just moved down to number four. Number three is now COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meaning respiratory disorders such as emphysema. We......

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Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings

Michael Greger MD | January 25, 2012 | Health

Read More: aging, animal foods, animal products, antioxidants, apples, argon laser, berries, boiling, breakfast, cholesterol, cooking, Dragon's blood, fruits, goji berries, green tea, lutein, lycopene, microwaving, mitochondria, oxidation, pills, plant foods, produce, raw, selenium, steaming, stress, supplements, vegetables, vitamin D, vitamin E

Today's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Dragon's Blood wraps up a ten-part series based on a groundbreaking study that measured the total Antioxidant Content of 3,139 foods, beverages, herbs, and spices. Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods presents the best......

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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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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 8)

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2011 | Health

Read More: blood type, calcium, celiac, cinnamon, dairy, diet, drugs, durian, fruits, kidney stone, meat, Methotrexate, orange juice, oxalates, rheumatoid arthritis, salt, sugar, vegetables, water

This is another sampling of the more than 600 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (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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Dietary Guideline graphics: From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM's Power Plate

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 2011 | Health

Read More: agribusiness, American Meat Institute, beans, berries, candy, CDC, Coca Cola, dairy, dietary guidelines, disease, egg, Finland, fruit, Greece, Harvard, McDonald's, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, protein, saturated fat, trans fat, USDA, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains

In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, and David Ludwig, founding director of the childhood obesity program at Children's Hospital, published a commentary on the latest dietary guidelines.......

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Planting for Summer - the toilet rolls rocked!

Jess Parsons | November 6, 2011 | Green

Read More: frugal, fruits, garden, organic, vegetables

The summer squash seeds love their free biodegradable planters and showed their appreciation with big green leaves.And the beans we planted at Small Poppies were going bonsai for lack of soil depth in that cute little decorated pink tub...unlike......

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The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 2011 | Health

Read More: algae, antioxidant, apple, apple juice, beans, breast cancer, cancer, chia, chlorella, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cooking method, cranberries, edamame, flax, lemon, lentil, mushroom, nuts, onion, orange juice, rice, soy, spirulina, sweetener, tea, tempeh, tofu, tomato juice, vegetables, water

Today I'm highlighting twenty questions from twenty NutritionFacts.org "best of" videos ranking different classes of foods. Ultimately, the "best" apple, bean, vegetable, etc. is whichever one you actually eat (in the same way that the "best" exercise is the......

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Vegan Winter Veggie Egg Rolls

Ellen Sheen | October 24, 2011 | Food

Read More: vegan recipes, vegetables

When my salty fried food craving kicks in, this is my new favorite recipe. Simple and as healthy as you can get when it comes to egg rolls! For full recipe and more photos and information, go here on the......

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