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Michael Greger MD

Cow's Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and Autism

Michael Greger MD | June 21, 2012 | Health

Read More: apnea, baby, breastfeeding, casomorphin, cow's milk, crib death, death, enzyme, evolution, hypercapnia, hypoxia, infant, milk, mothers, opiate, peptides, protein, SIDS, stomach

Evolution devised an ingenious way to bond infant to mother: proteins in milk that break down into peptides that have opiate-like drug effects. But what if a breastfeeding mother is herself effectively suckling by still drinking milk into adulthood?...

J Morris Hicks

Geneticist's Research Finds His Own Diabetes

J Morris Hicks | June 15, 2012 | Health

Read More: human genome medicine, reversing diabetes

And turns the story into a sales pitch for high-tech medicine. Many of the world's brightest medical minds are pinning their hopes for the future on the miracles that will ensue from human genome sequencing. On 6-2-12, the New York Times  published...

Michael Greger MD

E. coli O145 Ban Opposed by Meat Industry

Michael Greger MD | June 9, 2012 | Health

Read More: American Meat Institue, e. coli, foodborne illness

One child is dead and 13 others sickened across six states in an ongoing outbreak of E. coli O145. Another child--a first-grader in Massachusetts--also recently died, but that was from a different strain, E. coli O157. After the Jack-in-the-Box...

Michael Greger MD

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...

J Morris Hicks

Are you a colonoscopy customer?

J Morris Hicks | June 6, 2012 | Health

Read More: need for colonoscopy, risk of dying of colon cancer

Not me; I just said NO---to this $60 billion business. Last week, the New York Times published an article about the "major colonoscopy bills" that people are facing these days. In an article of well over one thousand words (See link...

Michael Greger MD

Watermelon For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 2012 | Health

Read More: aneurism, arthritis, cancer, cGMP, cholesterol, citrulline, diabetes, heart disease, lower back pain, mortality, sexual dysfunction, stroke, viagra

A disturbing analysis of mortality and morbidity was recently published in the Journal of Gerontology. Americans are living longer but sicker lives. We're now living fewer healthy years. Compared to a decade ago, we live about a year longer,...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Six Hidden Dangers of Sunscreen You Must Know for Summer

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 28, 2012 | Health

Read More: Environmental Working Group, sunburns, sunscreen, whole food plant-based diets

Can a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet Do What Sunscreen Can’t? Life on earth evolved with the sun. Plants, the base of the food chain, harness solar power through photosynthesis in leaves. Animals live off the energy and nutrients in plants....

J Morris Hicks

Searching for the cure---now has a life of its own.

J Morris Hicks | May 21, 2012 | Health

Read More: prevention of cancer, searching for the cure

A midnight message from Karen inspires a new look at cancer research. At 12:08 EDT, while I was sound asleep at my home in Stonington, Connecticut; an email message arrived from a reader in Arizona. A super healthy, bike-racing...

Michael Greger MD

Latest in Nutrition vol. 9 DVD now available (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2012 | Health

Read More: Dr. Michael Greger, DVD, Latest in Clinical Nutrition, NutritionFacts.org, The Humane Society of the United States, volume 9, watermelon

The current batch of videos from volume 8 are set to run out soon, and so starting this week, and running up until August here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Clinical...

Michael Greger MD

Poultry and Penis Cancer

Michael Greger MD | May 17, 2012 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, cancer, chicken, cigarette, coffee, eggs, exercise, food safety, fruits, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, obesity, penis cancer, plants, poultry, raw poultry, vegetarian, viruses

One of the reasons it's so difficult to study the relationship between diet and cancer is because many dietary behaviors are associated with non-dietary behaviors. For example, one of the reasons we used to think coffee-drinking caused cancer was...

J Morris Hicks

HBO 'Obesity Special' simply adds to the confusion.

J Morris Hicks | May 15, 2012 | Health

Read More: HBO Obesity documentary, reversing obesity, Weight of the Nation

  Good description of the problem. The solution? Not so much Image from the HBO documentary Did you watch the first few hours of the HBO Obesity special last night? If so, I would like to hear what you thought...

Michael Greger MD

Coffee Caveats

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2012 | Health

Read More: apples, bananas, berries, bladder, breast cancer, caffeine, cancer, cholesterol, chronic disease, coffee, colorectal cancer, green tea, heartburn, high blood pressure, insomnia, liver cancer, prostate cancer

Last month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an editorial entitled "Coffee consumption and risk of chronic diseases: changing our views" reviewed the growing evidence that for most people, the benefits of drinking coffee likely outweigh the risks....

J Morris Hicks

Early Detection; then slash, burn and poison...

J Morris Hicks | May 8, 2012 | Health

Read More: cancer treatment paradigm

There has to be a better way---and there is! President Richard Nixon signs the National Cancer Act on December 23, 1971.   Since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer back in 1971, a huge cancer business has gotten much...

Michael Greger MD

Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk

Michael Greger MD | May 3, 2012 | Health

Read More: beets, bowel movements, breast cancer, cholesterol, colon health, constipation, estrogen, fiber, stool size, transit time, women's health

Women eating plant-based diets may have lower breast cancer rates because they have larger bowel movements. In The Best Detox, I described the role of the liver in removing toxins from the blood stream, which can then be jettisoned...

Vegparadise Blog

Enter a Contest Where Everyone Wins

Vegparadise Blog | May 2, 2012 | Food, Health

Read More: meat warning label, Vegetarians in Paradise Contest

Let's face it. What this country needs is a warning label placed on each package of meat--something like the one on packages of cigarettes, but maybe more colorful. All of us have come to realize that Meat is Dangerous and...

Michael Greger MD

Breast Cancer Survival and Soy

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cheese, chicken, DNA, flax seeds, junk food, lignans, liver, phytonutrients, saturated fat, soy, trans fat

In my last two posts, The Best Detox and Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli, I documented ways to 1) boost our liver's ability to clear carcinogens, 2) make our DNA more resistant to toxins that make it past...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Oral Health And Plant-Based Diets

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | April 26, 2012 | Health

Read More: bad breath, Dustin Rudolph, oral cancers, oral health, plant-based diet, plant-based pharmacist

We all know that eating a plant-based diet abundant in fruits and vegetables does wonders for our health. The reduction in the three most talked about diseases in these regards are obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. All of them can...

Michael Greger MD

Mad Cow California: Is the Milk Supply Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 25, 2012 | Health

Read More: bovine spongiform encephalopathy, bse, mad cow disease, milk, pus

In announcing the detection of a new case of mad cow disease in California, the USDA emphasized that her carcass never made it into the food supply. The fact that the infected animal was a dairy cow, though, raises...

J Morris Hicks

Just say NO to a flawed "disease care" system.

J Morris Hicks | April 24, 2012 | Health

Read More: preventing cancer

  For if we continue to follow the money, our population will never be healthy. Just read a book review in the New York Times (See link below). The book is How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick In America (St....

Michael Greger MD

Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli

Michael Greger MD | April 19, 2012 | Health

Read More: alfalfa, amla, bladder cancer, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, carcinogen, cholesterol, cocoa, DNA, enzymes, EPIC, greens, kale, liver, lung cancer, phytonutrient, raw, sprouts

In my post The Best Detox last week, I detailed how a phytonutrient in broccoli boosts the detoxifying enzymes in the liver, but helping to clear carcinogens isn't the only way greens protect our DNA. A study of the...