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Michael Greger MD

Handling Poultry Tied to Liver/Pancreatic Cancers

Michael Greger MD | July 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, beverages, cancer, cancer survival, cancer viruses, CDC, chicken, children, EPA, industry influence, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, mesothelioma, mold, mortality, pancreas health, pancreatic cancer, penis cancer, penis health, poultry, poultry viruses, poultry workers, salami, salami brusher's disease, smoking, tobacco, turkey, virus, wart viruses, warts

Thousands of Americans continue to die from asbestos exposure decades after many uses were banned since the cancers can take years to show up. We are now in the so-called "third wave" of asbestos-related disease. The first wave was...

Michael Greger MD

Improving Attractiveness in Six Weeks

Michael Greger MD | June 26, 2014 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, fruit, heart disease, heart health, junk food, mortality, physical attraction, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, sexual selection, skin health, soda, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption may kill millions around the globe every year, so the public health community is not beyond "appealing to vanity." How can we tell if someone's healthy? You can look for that golden glow that...

Michael Greger MD

Want to be Healthier? Change Your Taste Buds

Michael Greger MD | June 24, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, body fat, butter, calories, cheese, dairy, eggs, fat, junk food, low-fat diets, meat, milk, obesity, salt, sodium, soup, sugar, taste buds, weight loss, yogurt

How can we overcome our built-in hunger drives for salt, sugar, and fat? We now have evidence showing that if we go a few weeks cutting down on junk food and animal products, our tastes start to change. We...

Michael Greger MD

How to Get Parents to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 19, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, beef, beef brains, body fat, brains, calories, chicken, children, cooking methods, fat, meat, obesity, offal, organ meats, plant protein, pork, pork brains, poultry, protein, rice, sheep, soy, soy milk, soybeans, U.S. Department of Defense, veal brains, vegetables, weight loss

Changing the name of healthy foods can have a significant impact on children's eating habits (See Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthier at School). Are adults as gullible? Yes. For example, in one study profiled in my video...

Michael Greger MD

How To Get Our Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 17, 2014 | Health

Read More: beans, broccoli, cauliflower, children, chocolate, cookies, cooking methods, dressings, fruit, grains, green beans, greens, junk food, kale, pasta, peanut butter, squash, tomatoes, vegetables, zucchini

When researchers offered kids broccoli or a chocolate bar, which do you think they picked? Four out of five picked the chocolate (though how proud are the parents of the one in five kids that chose the broccoli?!). But...

Michael Greger MD

How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | June 12, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, broccoli, cake, calories, carrots, cheese puffs, children, cookies, cupcakes, fat, fiber, fruit, green beans, hydrogenated fats, ice cream, junk food, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, obesity, oils, School Lunch Program, Texas, trans fats, vegetables, Veggiecation

What happens if we give one group of kids a plate of cookies and the other group the same number of cookies, but cut in half, and tell both groups they can eat as many as they want? Researchers...

Michael Greger MD

Food Dyes and ADHD

Michael Greger MD | June 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, attention deficit, botulism, brain health, brain tumors, cancer, Center for Science in the Public Interest, children, Coca-Cola, cola, Europe, FDA, food additives, food dyes, heavy metals, hyperactivity, ice cream, Kraft, lead, margarine, nitrite preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, sleep, United Kingdom, USDA, vitamin B12

                There are currently thousands of additives in our food supply. Some are good—like supplementing foods with vitamin B12, for example (See Vitamin B12 Necessary for Arterial Health). Other additives involve weighing the...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New Nutrition DVD Now Available

Michael Greger MD | June 5, 2014 | Health

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Exciting news! I just signed a book deal with a new non-fiction division of famed science publisher Macmillan. The book is provisionally entitled How Not to Die: Simple Secrets for Longer Living. The manuscript is due by March 2015,...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Vitamin B12 - Why You Should Never Go Plant-Based Without It

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | June 4, 2014 | Health

There are two vitamins not found naturally in plant foods⎯vitamin D and vitamin B12. Vitamin D is obtained via the sun. Not all people need to supplement with vitamin D. You can learn more about that topic in my article...

Michael Greger MD

How to Treat ADHD Without Drugs

Michael Greger MD | June 3, 2014 | Health

Read More: addiction, ADHD, alternative medicine, amphetamines, attention deficit, brain health, children, complementary medicine, dopamine, exercise, hyperactivity, medications, mental health, Ritalin, side effects

                Every year in the United States, doctors write 20 million prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin for kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Every year the number of prescriptions rises, more so than...

Michael Greger MD

Avoid Butter-Flavored Microwave Popcorn

Michael Greger MD | May 29, 2014 | Health

Read More: artificial flavors, bronchiolitis obliterans, butter, butter flavor, diacetyl, FDA, food additives, industry influence, lung disease, lung health, microwaving, mortality, Orville Redenbacher, phosgene, popcorn, popcorn lung, safety limits, smoking

                What does chemical warfare and microwave popcorn have in common? The poison gas phosgene, first used extensively as a chemical warfare agent during World War I, can cause a horrific lung disease...

Michael Greger MD

Foods for a Long Life and Love Life

Michael Greger MD | May 22, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, antioxidants, beans, cake, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, dairy, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, fat, fiber, fruit, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, meat, Mediterranean diet, men's health, mental health, nuts, penis health, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

                Motivating patients to change poor lifestyle habits can be extremely difficult. Preventing cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes is a relatively distant benefit, whereas barbecued ribs, cheesecake, or sitting on...

Michael Greger MD

Pills vs. Diet For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 20, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, angina, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart health, impotence, inflammation, lifespan, medications, men's health, mortality, penis health, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, stress test, stroke, Viagra

                Erectile dysfunction is the recurrent or persistent inability to attain and/or maintain an erection in order for satisfactory sexual performance. It is present in up to 30 million men in the U.S....

Michael Greger MD

Which Seaweed to Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | May 15, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal fat, animal products, arsenic, Asia, beet greens, beets, blood pressure, breast cancer, breast health, California, cancer, chemotherapy, dulse, estrogen, fat, fiber, fruit, gut flora, hijiki, hormones, hypertension, iodine, Japan, kelp, low-fat diets, medications, nori, phytonutrients, salt, sea vegetables, sodium, standard American diet, thyroid disease, thyroid health, vegetables, women's health

                Sushi lovers, rejoice. Nori seaweed may favorably alter estrogen metabolism by modulating women’s gut flora, resulting in decreased breast cancer risk. As traditional East Asian diets have westernized, breast cancer rates have...

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN

Seeing Red

Christie Mitchell Beck MD OB-GYN | May 14, 2014 | Health

Read More: american heart association, doctor, go red for women, heart disease, heart disease prevention, plant-based diet, vegan, women's health

The best advice I ever received was perhaps in the 9th grade. I told my English teacher I wanted to be a writer. She gave me a puzzling frown and replied, "Don't study to be a writer, do something with...

Michael Greger MD

Preloading with Watercress Before Exercise

Michael Greger MD | May 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, athletes, beef, broccoli, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, inflammation, lifespan, meat, medications, milk, muscle health, muscle inflammation, muscle strength, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, seafood, supplements, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, watercress, yogurt

                Could exercise be creating harmful free radicals? Oxidizing glucose to produce energy for our bodies is messy, creating free radicals the way cars burning their fuel produce combustion by-products out the exhaust....

Michael Greger MD

Berries to Prevent Muscle Soreness

Michael Greger MD | May 8, 2014 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, anthocyanins, athletes, berries, blueberries, C-reactive protein, cherries, citrus, complementary medicine, exercise, flavonoids, fruit, fruit juice, inflammation, juice, lactic acid, medications, muscle health, muscle inflammation, muscle soreness, muscle strength, pain, phytonutrients, side effects, sports drinks, sports medicine

                The burning sensation during strenuous exercise may be related to the build-up of lactic acid in our muscles (see Reducing Muscle Fatigue with Citrus), but that’s different than the delayed onset muscle...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

3 Myths of Consuming "Healthy" Oils

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | May 7, 2014 | Health

Olive oil is heart healthy. Coconut oil performs miracles. Flaxseed oil is a healthy source of omega-3s. These are the health claims purported in internet articles and scientific articles across the globe with these oils and others.Are they true? Do...