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Michael Greger MD

Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Gout - Prevention and Treatment Options

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | March 4, 2015 | Health

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting joints of the periphery (feet, knees, hands, and elbows).1 The big toe is the most common and notorious site of acute gout attacks, and these attacks are extremely painful. Some have...

Michael Greger MD

The Reversal on Fish Oil

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, DHA, fat, fish, fish oil, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, lifespan, medical profession, men's health, mortality, nutrition myths, oils, omega-3 fatty acids, seafood, stroke, supplements

Are the purported benefits of fish oil supplementation for the prevention and treatment of heart disease just a "fish tale"? Thanks to recommendations from organizations such as the American Heart Association that individuals at high risk for heart disease...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Ways Bacon Will Kill You

Janice Stanger, PhD | March 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: AGEs, bacon, cancer

A Toxic Chemical Brew Disguised As Something Edible The dangers of bacon make this food fad a gateway to cancer and early death. Research shows that processed meats, which include bacon, are health disasters. For example: Two studies in the...

Michael Greger MD

Are Multivitamins Just a Waste of Money?

Michael Greger MD | February 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cost savings, fruit, Harvard Physicians' Study II, heart disease, heart health, Iowa Women's Health Study, lifespan, longevity, mortality, multivitamins, stroke, supplements, vegetables, women's health

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money? In 2011, the Iowa Women's Health Study reported that multivitamin use was associated with a higher risk of total mortality,...

Michael Greger MD

Understanding Lifestyle Medicine From the Heart

Michael Greger MD | February 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: amputations, blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, eye disease, eye health, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney function, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, mortality, smoking, stroke, tobacco, Yale

I talk a lot about numbers and statistics, but as the Director of Yale's Prevention Research Center Dr. David Katz put it in an editorial in the American Journal of Health Promotion, to reach doctors, our fellow colleagues, maybe...

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

Read More: jobs

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

Read More: DVD

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...