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Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

Now Hiring! New Employment Opportunities at NutritionFacts.org

Michael Greger MD | February 12, 2015 | Health

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It's been a long-time dream of mine to bring a dietitian or other nutrition or medical professional onto the team to help answer everyone's questions. When NutritionFacts.org began in 2011, I was able to personally respond to every comment,...

Jess Parsons

Obesity: Supporting satisfaction instead of surgery

Jess Parsons | February 11, 2015 | Health

Read More: calorie density, dairy, government, health, meat industry, money, processed food, surgery, weight loss

Hot news from down under - a couple of surgeons who perform bariatric (stomach-stapling) operations would like to perform more of them on us, and would like tax money to fund their work. The media is running their advertisement...

Michael Greger MD

Who Should be Careful About Curcumin?

Michael Greger MD | February 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, calcium, cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, DNA damage, flax seeds, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, gallstones, gout, heavy metals, India, kidney disease, kidney function, kidney health, kidney stones, lead, liver disease, liver health, medications, mercury, oxalates, plutonium, pregnancy, safety limits, side effects, spices, supplements, turmeric

Following flax and wheatgrass, turmeric is the third best-selling botanical dietary supplement, racking up $12 million in sales. Currently, sales are increasing at a rate of 20%. "Curcumin is a natural plant product extracted from the turmeric root and...

Michael Greger MD

Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

Michael Greger MD | February 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, fat, heart disease, heart health, herbs, India, liver health, malaria, medications, pepper, piperine, quinine, spices, tea, turmeric

"Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs-often in a sophisticated way. Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was...

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN

Kickstart Your Heart Health this February, Little Rock!

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | February 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: Kickstart, Little Rock, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based nutrition, vegan diet

It's been less than a month, but Kickstart Your Health Little Rock has already made huge strides in helping our city get healthy and feel good! Now, it's still not too late to sign up for the free and fun...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger Takes on Mediterranean Diet in New DVD

Michael Greger MD | January 29, 2015 | Health

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The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays, in both the medical literature and the lay media. More than 450 papers were published in the medical literature during just the last year alone, more than one a day. As...

Michael Greger MD

The Spice That Helps Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Michael Greger MD | January 27, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, bone health, bone marrow health, cartilage health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, eye health, ginger, Ibuprofen, immune function, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, lifespan, liver health, medications, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects, spices, turmeric, World Health Organization

Accordingto the World Health Organization, "80% of the Earth's inhabitants rely upon the traditional medicine for their primary health-care needs, in part due to high cost of Western pharmaceuticals. Medicines derived from plants have played a pivotal role in...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How The Vegiterranean Diet Transforms the Mediterranean Diet

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 25, 2015 | Health

Read More: julieanna hever, Mediterranean diet, Vegiterranean Diet

Julieanna Hever Delivers a Delicious Journey To Blue Waters and Health-Enhancing Foods Julieanna Hever, the plant-based dietitian, takes the Mediterranean diet to its highest level of taste and health in her book The Vegiterranean Diet. She gives you several books...

Michael Greger MD

The Top Three DNA Protecting Spices

Michael Greger MD | January 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cinnamon, cooking methods, cooking temperature, curry powder, dairy, DNA damage, ginger, herbs, inflammation, milk, osteoarthritis, plant protein, protein, pumpkin, recipes, rosemary, soy, soy milk, spices, turmeric

In my video Which Spices Fight Inflammation? I profile a landmark study that compared the ability of different spices to suppress inflammation. The study also compared the spices' ability to protect DNA. Cloves, ginger, rosemary, and turmeric were able...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Why You Should Stop Counting Calories to Achieve Long-Term, Permanent Weight Loss

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | January 21, 2015 | Health

It's January, which means millions of people are looking to shed unwanted pounds. Gym memberships have been bought, diets have been started, and resolutions are in full swing. These are all the things determined to make this year THE year...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

Foods for Computer Eye Strain

Michael Greger MD | January 13, 2015 | Health

Read More: anthocyanins, berries, bilberries, computer eye strain, currants, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fruit, grapes, herbal remedies, industry influence, jam, raisins, supplements, vision

What happens to our eyesight when we sit in front of a computer all day? As researchers from the SUNY College of Optometry note, the rise in computer screens "has led to an increase in ocular and visual problems,...

Michael Greger MD

Currant Treatment for Glaucoma

Michael Greger MD | January 8, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, anthocyanins, blindness, blueberries, cabbage, corn, currants, eye disease, eye health, fruit, glaucoma, Japan, macular degeneration, phytonutrients, potatoes, purple potatoes, rice, vision

In my video, Dietary Prevention for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, I discussed how eating goji berries with nuts and seeds can help build up yellow plant pigments such as lutein and zeaxanthin in our eyes to help fight age-related macular...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How "Healthy Fats" Hurt You

Janice Stanger, PhD | January 4, 2015 | Health

Read More: fats, fish oil, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, oxidation

Extracted Oils Are the Most Dangerous The government, the food industry, even doctors may all bombard you with advice to eat so-called "healthy fats," in the form of: olive oil (for monounsaturated fats) other vegetable oils (for polyunsaturated fats) fish...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

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...

Michael Greger MD

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,...