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Michael Greger MD

Treating Parkinson's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, berries, bioaccumulation, brown rice, caffeine, cancer, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, coffee, dairy, dopamine, fisetin, fish, Istradefylline, L-dopa, levodopa, meat, milk, N-hexacosanol, Parkinson's, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pollutants, Preladenant, protein redistribution diet, serotonin, strawberries, vegan, vegetarian, whole wheat, yogurt

Caffeine consumption appears to help prevent Parkinson's, but what if you already have the condition? A recent study found that giving folks the equivalent of about two cups of coffee a day worth of caffeine significantly improved symptoms of...

Michael Greger MD

Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinson's

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: brain damage, cheese, chemicals, concussions, dairy, exercise, head damage, hormones, industrial carcinogens, industrial pollutants, milk, Monsanto, neurotoxic chemicals, Parkinson's, PCBs, pesticides, plant-based diet, pollutants, Polychlorinated biphenyl, Tetrahydroisoquinoline, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

There are four things that may reduce our risk of developing Parkinson's disease: increase exercise, and avoid dairy products, pesticides, and head trauma (please wear your seatbelt and bike helmet!). What about avoiding pesticides and other industrial pollutants? A...

Michael Greger MD

NutritionFacts.org Video Hits a Million Views

Michael Greger MD | August 22, 2013 | Health

I'm so excited to share that my newest live presentation, More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases, has reached over a million views on YouTube, breaking my previous record of 800,000 for last year's Uprooting...

Michael Greger MD

The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Five Reasons to Make Black Pepper a Favorite Spice

Janice Stanger, PhD | August 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, black pepper, cancer, piperine, spice, whole foods plant-based diet

Black Pepper Sprinkles Unexpected Health Benefits and Pungent Taste Sometimes you seek health by expensive, exotic means; you may fail to see the benefits right in front of you in everyday, low cost foods that you take for granted....

Michael Greger MD

Why are Children Starting Puberty Earlier?

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, beef, cancer, cheese, chicken, children, dairy, diet, early onset puberty, emphysema, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fish, IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, kids, meat, menstruation, obesity, plant-based diet, premature puberty, puberty, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

Early onset of puberty is considered a risk factor for a number of diseases in adulthood, including hormone-related cancers, a shorter lifespan, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. The conventional thinking has been that the age of puberty has been...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Anatomy of a Bowel Movement (And How To Cure Constipation)

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | August 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: constipation, fiber, plant-based diets, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Many of us take for granted our trip(s) to the porcelain throne each day as we rid ourselves of built up toxins and waste products via nature's evacuation system. Or to put it more candidly, I'm talking about pooping. Everybody...

Michael Greger MD

Should We Avoid Titanium Dioxide?

Michael Greger MD | August 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal products, animal protein, antibiotics, arachidonic acid, bacteria, beef, carbon monoxide, chewing gums, chicken, Crohn's disease, endotoxin, estrogen, fish, heterocyclic amines, inflammatory bowel disease, intenstinal flora, intestinal inflammation, marshmallows, meat, microparticles, nanoparticles, plant-based diet, powdered sugar, processed meat, titanium dioxide, toxins, ulcerative colitis, vegan, vegetarian

Two potential risk factors that may increases the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) are animal protein and nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide. Of all dietary factors, animal protein from meat and fish...

Vegparadise Blog

Don't Bug My Yogurt; Dannon Is Already Doing It.

Vegparadise Blog | August 12, 2013 | Add category, Food, Health

Read More: carmine, cochineal, crushed insects, Dannon, food coloring, Starbucks, Tropicana, yogurt

Dannon has joined the lineup of companies that find it necessary to crush insects to add color to some of its products. The distinguished list of companies includes Starbucks and Tropicana. Both added cochineal or carmine derived from crushed insects...

J Morris Hicks

Do you breathe air, drink water and have sex?

J Morris Hicks | August 10, 2013 | Health

Even with no randomized studies proving that you should? What should humans be eating? That's the question that I began studying in 2002. Six months later, I concluded---without a doubt---that we should be eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. From...

Michael Greger MD

Which Pets Improve Children's Health?

Michael Greger MD | August 6, 2013 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, cancer, cats, children, children's health, dogs, ear infections, foodborne pathogens, foodborne rabies, gastroenteritis, infectious diseases, lymphoma, pets, rabies, respiratory illnesses, respiratory infections

To my surprise, studies of the effects of pets on human health and well-being have actually produced a mishmash of conflicting results. For example, some studies show pets lower your blood pressure--in some cases more than drugs do--but other...

Michael Greger MD

Vitamin D from Mushrooms, Sun, or Supplements?

Michael Greger MD | August 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: bioavailability, Institute of Medicine, mushrooms, sun, vitamin D, vitamin D2, vitamin D3, vitamin deficiency, vitamin recommendations, vitamin requirements, wool

Years ago, it was shown that vitamin D isn't just the sunshine vitamin for us, but for mushrooms as well. You take some mushrooms, put them under a sun lamp for an hour, and they'll make vitamin D just...

Michael Greger MD

Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Michael Greger MD | July 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association, atherosclerosis, bad cholesterol, clinical nutrition, clogged artereris, coconut oil, heart disease, LDL, medical community, medical school, saffron, saturated fat, stearic acid

Some who profit from coconut oil claim it has miraculous powers, curing everything from cancer to jock itch. The boldest claim may be that it is a potential cure for Alzheimer's, based on a series of anecdotes and one...

Sarah Taylor

Eggs and Your Health

Sarah Taylor | July 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: eggs, vegan, vegan health

Since I touched on Cage Layer Osteoporosis in my last blog entry – that painful condition that laying hens in factory farms suffer greatly from, due to the excessive number of eggs they are forced to lay – I thought...

Michael Greger MD

Do Vegans Get More Cavities?

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: acid erosion, American Dental Association, apples, beef, carrots, cavities, cheese, chicken, cholesterol, chronic gum disease, citrus, citrus fruit, dairy, dentist, enamel erosion, fiber, fruit, fruit juice, gingivitis, grapes, high-fiber food, impotence, leafy vegetables, meat, oral cancer, oral care, oral disease, oral health, periodontal disease, plant-based diet, raw, saturated fat, sexual dysfunction, soda, tomatoes, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

A diet high in saturated fat, which can clog our arteries and lead to inflammation, is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. This may explain why chronic gum disease is associated with sexual dysfunction....

Michael Greger MD

Head Shrinking from Grilling Meat

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 2013 | Health

Read More: bacon, barbeque, BBQ, birth weight, carcinogens, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cooking meat, COPD, DNA, fetal development, frying meat, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, meat fumes, mutations, newborns, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pregnant women, respiratory tract cancer, restaurants, young children

A year ago I posted a two minute video entitled Carcinogens in the Smell of Frying Bacon, in which I described the ability of the fumes generated by frying meat to mutate DNA. This helped explain both the increased...

Michael Greger MD

Broccoli Boosts Liver Detox Enzymes

Michael Greger MD | July 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carcinogens, cruciferous vegetables, detox, detoxifying enzymes, enzymes, fruits, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver health, phase II enzyme system, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Researchers just found out that the boost in detoxifying enzymes triggered by cruciferous vegetable consumption may last for weeks! Last spring in my post The Best Detox I described this amazing phenomenon in which a phytonutrient produced by broccoli...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Fish Oil Reviews - The Evidence Behind Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | July 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: fish oil pills, omega-3 supplements, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Like many individuals, my day starts with an eagerly awaited trip to the kitchen after a quick hop in the shower. By this time, the alarm clock haze has finally worn off long enough to realize the neurotic taste buds...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New Year-in-Review Presentation

Michael Greger MD | July 16, 2013 | Health

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Watch my new live presentation online at More Than an Apple a Day or order it on DVD (all proceeds to charity). Every year I scour the world's scholarly literature on clinical nutrition, pulling together what I find to...