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Michael Greger MD

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....

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, aging, almonds, blood sugar, body fat, brazil nuts, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cashews, chestnuts, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, fat, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, lung disease, lung health, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, oxidative stress, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, prediabetes, PREDIMED, smoking, stroke, walnut, weight loss

We've known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually live longer lives? Clinical trials have shown nuts help...

Michael Greger MD

How Curry Can Kill Cancer Cells

Michael Greger MD | May 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, cancer, carcinogens, cell death, chemotherapy, colon cancer, colon health, curcumin, curry powder, kidney cancer, kidney health, lung cancer, lung health, medications, nasal cavity cancer, pregnancy, skin cancer, skin health, spices, supplements, throat cancer, throat health, turmeric, water

It is estimated that the human body consists of ten or so trillion cells. Almost all of these cells get turned over within approximately 100 days. That means we're like a new person every three months. We reinvent ourselves...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Soy: The News Is Good

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: phytoestrogens, soy

The Health Benefits of Soy Are Real, While the Ideas of Danger Are Fantasies Remember the school lesson about how, in fifteenth century Europe, influential thinkers said it was impossible to sail across the Atlantic Ocean? The governing idea was...

Michael Greger MD

Testing Turmeric on Smokers

Michael Greger MD | May 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, curcumin, curry powder, DNA damage, India, metastases, National Cancer Institute, oxidative stress, smoking, spices, tobacco, turmeric

Researchers are becoming increasingly aware of "plant-derived substances that act as chemopreventive agents." Chemopreventatives are substances that help prevent cancer, as opposed to chemotherapy agents aimed at treating cancer. These plant-derived substances are not only inexpensive, they are also...

Michael Greger MD

Red Dye No. 3 and Thyroid Cancer

Michael Greger MD | April 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, cancer, chemotherapy, children, DNA damage, FDA, food additives, food dyes, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, maraschino cherry, mortality, processed foods, red dye #3, thyroid cancer, thyroid disease, thyroid health

Fifteen million pounds of food dyes are sold every year in the U.S. Why? Foods "are artificially colored to make unattractive mixtures of basic ingredients and food additives acceptable to consumers." Food colorings are added to countless processed food...

Michael Greger MD

How to Reduce Exposure to Alkylphenols Through Your Diet

Michael Greger MD | April 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: alkylphenols, allergies, anchovies, animal fat, asthma, biomagnification, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, breast milk, breastfeeding, cancer, chicken, cod liver oil, eczema, endocrine disruptors, EPA, estrogen, Europe, fat, fish, fish oil, hormones, industrial toxins, infants, Japan, lard, lung disease, lung health, mackerel, memory, milk, persistent organic pollutants, phytoestrogens, plastic, poultry, pregnancy, salmon, seafood, soy, turkey, xenoestrogens

Alkylphenols are industrial chemicals that are found in hair products, spermicides, cleaning products and detergents. They are considered endocrine disruptors. For more information on alkylphenols, check out my video Alkylphenol Endocrine Disruptors and Allergies. Concern about alkylphenols first surfaced...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Coconut Oil Increases Heart Disease and Death Risk

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | April 15, 2015 | Health

If you do a Google search for "Coconut Oil Health Benefits" over four million results will pop up. Coconut oil has been made out to be a miracle cure for everything from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease in our culture,...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Stroke and Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | April 9, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, factory farming practices, farm animals, fat, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, mortality, multivitamins, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, poultry, stomach health, stroke, supplements, turkey

In my video Food Antioxidants and Cancer, I talked about how antioxidants from whole plants are associated with lower cancer risk. It turns out that total antioxidant capacity of diet may also be protective against stroke, the world's leading...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

Is buying organic worth it? A review of the science in new DVD

Michael Greger MD | April 2, 2015 | Health

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One of the most common questions I get when I speak is "What do you think about buying organic?" As with any question like this, I first try to gently explain that what I or anyone else thinks doesn't...

Michael Greger MD

Orange Aromatherapy for Anxiety

Michael Greger MD | March 31, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anxiety, aromatherapy, benzodiazepines, cancer, chemotherapy, citrus, complementary medicine, fragrance, France, fruit, massage, medications, mental health, oranges, plant-based diets, radiation, side effects, skin health, sunlight, Valium

Aromatherapy -- the use of concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to treat disease -- is commonly used to treat anxiety symptoms. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychiatric disorders in the general population. However, their treatment...

Michael Greger MD

What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States...