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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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How Much Longer Do Fruit and Vegetable Eaters Live?

Michael Greger MD | September 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: cost savings, fruit, lifespan, longevity, mortality, phytonutrients, side effects, Taiwan, vegetables

Probably the least controversial advice in all of nutrition is to eat more fruits and vegetables, which is to say to eat more plants since the term vegetable basically means all parts of the plant that aren't fruit. We've......

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How Plants Can be Both Safer and More Effective

Michael Greger MD | September 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, beans, calcium, cancer, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, cost savings, curcumin, FDA, fruit, genital health, genital warts, grains, green tea, hypertension, industry influence, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, medications, pain, spices, turmeric, vegetables

During the last decade, the drug industry has followed an assumption that a single drug hitting a single target was the "rational" way to design drugs. We're learning that Mother Nature may be a bit too complicated for that.......

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Why Certain Plant Compounds May Mimic Dietary Restriction

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, caloric restriction, chronic diseases, curcumin, evolution, exercise, fruit, grapes, green tea, hormesis, inflammation, lifespan, liquid smoke, longevity, medications, oxidative stress, pain, phytonutrients, resveratrol, spices, stress, turmeric, vegetables, xenohormesis

A new concept, called xenohormesis, has arisen to explain the mystery of why so many plant molecules interact with and modulate key regulators of our physiology in ways that are beneficial to our health (explained further in my video,......

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How Humans Benefit From Stressed Plants

Michael Greger MD | September 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antioxidants, aspirin, complementary medicine, DNA damage, evolution, fruit, grapes, hormones, lettuce, medications, nitric oxide, oxidative stress, penicillin, phytonutrients, protein, strawberries, stress, sunlight, vegetables, water, wound healing

Plants live the ultimate sedentary lifestyle--most of us usually think of plants more as objects than as organisms. Because plants can't move, they've had to evolve a whole other way to escape threats to their well-being. Plants can "sense......

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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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Treating Asthma With Plants vs. Pills

Michael Greger MD | July 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, antioxidants, apples, asthma, beans, berries, broccoli, children, citrus, flax seeds, fruit, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, herbs, inflammation, Japan, lung disease, lung health, nuts, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, polyphenols, protein, respiratory infections, salads, soy, sugar, supplements, tea, tomatoes, vegetables, vitamin C, vitamin E

In my video Treating Asthma With Fruits and Vegetables, I highlighted a landmark study on manipulating antioxidant intake in asthma. The study found that just a few extra fruits and vegetables a day can powerfully reduce asthma exacerbation rates.......

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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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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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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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Phytates in Beans: Anti-Nutrient or Anti-Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: antinutrients, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calcium, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, colon cancer, colon health, diabetes, fiber, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, kidney health, kidney stones, low-fat diets, metastases, mortality, National Cancer Institute, nuts, osteoporosis, phytates, phytic acid, polyps, prediabetes, seeds, side effects, vegetables, vitamins, women's health

In my videos, Phytates in the Prevention of Cancer and Phytates for Rehabilitating Cancer Cells, I described how phytates in beans may be the reason why legumes are so successful in preventing cancer and re-educating cancer cells. What about......

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Slowing Cognitive Decline with Berries

Michael Greger MD | April 21, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, chronic diseases, cognition, Concord grapes, dementia, evolution, fruit, fruit juice, grape juice, grapes, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, inflammation, memory, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, placebo effect, plant-based diets, polyphenols, strawberries, supplements, vegetables, vitamin C, wrinkles

A plant-based diet is thought to have played a significant role in human evolution and the consumption of whole plant foods and even just extracts have repeatedly been associated with a decreased risk of aging related diseases. And by......

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Is Liquid Smoke Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, artificial flavors, black tea, body fat, broccoli, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, coffee, cooking methods, cooking temperature, cruciferous vegetables, DNA damage, exercise, fat, fish, fish sauce, green tea, ham, herbal tea, herring, hormesis, liquid smoke, liver disease, liver health, lox, mesquite, mutation, oxidative stress, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, poultry, safety limits, salmon, smoked foods, smoking, stress, tobacco, tumor suppressor genes, turkey, vegetables

We know smoke inhalation isn't good for us, but what about smoke ingestion? Decades ago, smoke flavorings were tested to see if they caused DNA mutations in bacteria--the tests came up negative. Even as more and more smoke flavoring......

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Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chronic diseases, DNA damage, fruit, greens, industry influence, lifespan, lymphoma, mortality, multivitamins, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, ranking foods, stomach cancer, stomach health, supplements, USDA, vegetables

The USDA removed their online antioxidant database of foods, "concerned that ORAC values were routinely misused by food and dietary supplement manufacturing companies to promote their products." Indeed, supplement manufacturers got into my-ORAC-is-bigger-than-your-ORAC contests, comparing their pills to the......

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Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can......

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Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,......

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Foods for Macular Degeneration

Michael Greger MD | January 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, blindness, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, glaucoma, goji berries, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lettuce, lutein, macular degeneration, nuts, organic foods, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, poultry, seeds, spinach, vegetables, vision, zeaxanthin

Anyone who has gotten a bad sunburn knows how damaging the UV rays in sunlight can be. Imagine what those same rays are doing to back of our eyeballs (our retinas). The eye is designed to take sunlight and......

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Foods for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | December 30, 2014 | Health

Read More: African-American, antioxidants, bananas, blindness, calcium, carrots, collard greens, cooking methods, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, fruit juice, glaucoma, greens, iron, juice, kale, nuts, oils, orange juice, oranges, peaches, phytonutrients, seeds, supplements, tahini, vegetables, vision, women's health, zeaxanthin

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of legal blindness in white women, and the number one cause of blindness in African-American women. In a study I profile in the video Greens vs. Glaucoma, researchers chose a population of African-American......

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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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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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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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