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J Morris Hicks

Oz takes "confusion over clarity" to a new level - TIME

J Morris Hicks | September 5, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: gupta and oz, last heart attack, oz myths about food

The Oz Diet. No more myths. No more fads. What you should eat -- and why. Leading off with a title like that, you're no doubt expecting to see some much-needed clarity on this crucial topic -- but Dr....

Michael Greger MD

Contagion: bad timing for CDC report of new swine flu strain

Michael Greger MD | September 4, 2011 | Health

Read More: CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children, Contagion, epidemic, flu, foodborne illness, influenza, pandemic, pigs, pork, swine flu, virus

A week before the premiere of Contagion, a star-studded thriller about (spoiler alert!) a pork-borne pandemic, is unfortunate timing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to announce the identification of a new strain of swine flu in...

Michael Greger MD

Physician-assisted suicide? When doctors give nutrition advice

Michael Greger MD | September 3, 2011 | Health

Read More: medical education, medical school, nutrition, PCRM, The Last Heart Attack

In our society, we physicians are afforded extraordinary power. "In the case of the United States," noted an article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, "the question of how a profession held in low esteem and mired in...

J Morris Hicks

American Hangnail "Association." Do we need one?

J Morris Hicks | September 2, 2011 | Health

Read More: esselstyn clinton, heart attack proof, ornish heart disease, the last heart attack

  No. And we may not need one for heart disease very much longer... If you missed the CNN Special "The Last Heart Attack" this past Sunday, you will have several opportunities to see it -- described later in this...

Sarah Taylor

Be Kind to Yourself

Sarah Taylor | September 1, 2011 | Health

Read More: diet, dieting, vegan

I read in a recent blog where the author said she was “feeling like a fraud for struggling to take advice she’d offered in an article.” I can totally relate.  People assume that as a vegan author and speaker I...

Sarah Taylor

Be Kind to Yourself

Sarah Taylor | September 1, 2011 | Health

Read More: diet, dieting, vegan

I read in a recent blog where the author said she was “feeling like a fraud for struggling to take advice she’d offered in an article.” I can totally relate.  People assume that as a vegan author and speaker I...

Michael Greger MD

Bad Egg

Michael Greger MD | August 31, 2011 | Health

Read More: cholesterol, diabetes, eggs, gestational diabetes, Harvard, heart failure, mortality, Physician's Health Study

In 2008, the Harvard Physician's Health Study, which followed 20,000 physicians for 20 years, found that those eating just a single egg a day or more had significantly higher total mortality risk, meaning eating just one egg a day...

J Morris Hicks

"The Last Heart Attack" on CNN -- My Review

J Morris Hicks | August 30, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: bill clinton diet, CNN special last heart attack, esselstyn, reverse heart disease, sanjay gupta

Overall it was a fabulous, life-saving, telecast -- but... While watching the show from near Boston during Hurricane Irene, my first thought was that both Irene and the "Sanjay Special" had fallen short of meeting expectations. Thankfully in the...

Michael Greger MD

Vitamin B12: how much, how often?

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2011 | Health

Read More: Airborne supplements, Alli, Applebee's, Burger King, Centrum, Chick-fil-A, Chili's, Coca-Cola, dairy, Dow Chemical, Dr Greger, Dr Gregor, Eggbeaters, fish oil, Flomax, Häagen-Dazs, Herbalife, Juice Plus+, KFC, Lipitor, McDonald's, Michael Gregor, milk, mucus, Nutrasweet, nutritional yeast, Pop Tarts, Purevia, red yeast rice, spirulina, Splenda, Sugar Twin, supplements, Sweet and Low, Sweet One, TGI Friday's, Truvia, Vaseline, vitamin B12, weight loss

This week NutritionFacts.org celebrates the upload of its 300th video. Though the site is officially only 9 days old, it launched "preloaded" with 288 videos taken from the last four years of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series....

Michael Greger MD

Soy and breast cancer: an update

Michael Greger MD | August 29, 2011 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, estrogen, phytoestrogens, puberty, soy, soya milk, soymilk

We've known that regular soy consumption appears to both prevent breast cancer--the number one cancer killer of young women--and prolong survival in women battling the dreaded disease, but we haven't understood why. Soybeans naturally contain weakly estrogenic compounds called...

Michael Greger MD

Making day-to-day grocery store decisions

Michael Greger MD | August 28, 2011 | Health

Read More: aluminum, blueberries, cholesterol, dairy, dog rose berries, Dr. Jenkins, JAMA, Lipitor, scombroid poisoning, soymilk, tuna

When I treasure hunt through the medical literature every year for NutritionFacts.org, there are three qualities I find myself using most often to sift the year's nutritional nuggets into video form. Is it groundbreaking? Is it interesting? Is it practical?...

Vegparadise Blog

Kaiser Doctor Provides a Recipe for "A Healthy Burger." You'd Be Surprised.

Vegparadise Blog | August 26, 2011 | Food, Health

The recipe for this 183-calorie "A Healthier Burger" is the creation of Dr. Preston Maring, an obstetrician/gynecologist and administrator at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center. Wait a minute! Is our health provider now promoting barbecue burgers made from turkey or...

J Morris Hicks

"Audacious" Campbell and Esselstyn on CNN -- Says Dr. Gupta

J Morris Hicks | August 26, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: Campbell, Esselstyn, reversal of heart disease, Sanjay Gupta

Leading up to tomorrow's telecast on CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta posted a very powerful few paragraphs on the CNN website this week. As I read it, it occured to me that this may very well be the first time that...

Michael Greger MD

Vegan B12 deficiency: putting it into perspective

Michael Greger MD | August 25, 2011 | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, plant-based diet, supplements, vegan, vitamin B12

As excitement builds towards the premiere this Saturday at 8 and 11pm ET of CNN's new documentary The Last Heart Attack--documenting Bill Clinton's attempt to reverse his heart disease through diet--pundits are eager to point out the downsides. Yes,...

J Morris Hicks

Brian Williams, super-foods, and "confusion over clarity."

J Morris Hicks | August 24, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: brian williams super-foods, confusion over clarity, health promoting foods

Those employed in the "system" actually think that they are helping -- but in fact they are only adding to the confusion. On the NBC Evening news (8-22-11), Brian Williams introduced a piece about healthy eating saying "What if...

Michael Greger MD

How to live longer in four easy steps

Michael Greger MD | August 24, 2011 | Health

Read More: alcohol, CDC, diet score, exercise, food pyramid, healthy eating index, lifespan, longevity, phytochemicals, phytonutrients, smoking, Standard American Diet, telomeres, vitamin C

The CDC published a paper this week in the American Journal of Public Health suggesting that eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake can add more than a decade to our lives. And the criteria...

Sarah Taylor

The Spirituality of Veganism

Sarah Taylor | August 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: Spirituality, Veganism

I love hearing people’s success stories about switching to a vegan diet … how they lost the weight that had chained them down for years, or overcame their battle with diabetes or cancer by turning to a whole-foods, plant-based diet....

Sarah Taylor

The Spirituality of Veganism

Sarah Taylor | August 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: Spirituality, Veganism

I love hearing people’s success stories about switching to a vegan diet … how they lost the weight that had chained them down for years, or overcame their battle with diabetes or cancer by turning to a whole-foods, plant-based diet....

Michael Greger MD

Can antioxidant-rich spices counteract the effects of a high-fat meal?

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, chicken, cinnamon, cloves, Coca Cola, eggs, ginger, greens, lettuce, oregano, Penn State, plant-based diet, spices, triglycerides

In this month's Journal of Nutrition, researchers at Penn State report on their experiment in which overweight men were fed a high-fat (chicken) meal with or without a healthy dose of herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger,...