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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 risk of...

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...

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

Read More: DVD

                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...

J Morris Hicks

Talking heart disease with Marilu Henner

J Morris Hicks | July 11, 2013 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: heart disease, marilu henner

  Featuring My 6-Step Solution for Ending Heart Disease Yesterday, July 10, I had the honor of being the very first "repeat" guest on the new Marilu Henner radio show, now eight weeks old. The topic was heart disease and featured a...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New DVD (all proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | July 11, 2013 | Health

Read More: DVD

                The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series launches today. Order on my website or through Amazon (all proceeds go to keeping NutritionFacts.org up and running). The current batch...

Michael Greger MD

Foods That May Block Cancer Formation

Michael Greger MD | July 9, 2013 | Health

Read More: aging, antiangiogenesis, apigen, beans, berries, breast cancer, breast health, broccoli, cancer, cancer survival, celery, citrus, exercise, fisitin, flavonoids, fruit, luteolin, metastases, peppers, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, rice, spices, strawberries, tea, vegans, vegetarians, VEGF, weight loss, women's health

                More than 85% of breast cancers are sporadic and attributable to long-term exposure to environmental carcinogens, such as those in the diet, through a multistep disease process progressing from non-cancerous to pre-cancerous...

Michael Greger MD

Avoiding Cooked Meat Carcinogens

Michael Greger MD | July 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: bacon, baking, barbecuing, beef, birds, boiled, breast cancer, carcinogens, cheese, chicken, cigarettes, coffee, cooked meat, creatine, diesel fumes, E. coli, eggs, estrogen, fast food, fish, frying, grilling, heterocyclic amines, incinerator ash, lung cancer, mammals, meat, nitrosamines, pancreatic cancer, PCBs, PhIP, prostate cancer, protein supplements, roasted, smoking, well cooked

When the muscles of mammals, fish, or birds are cooked at high temperatures carcinogenic chemicals called heterocyclic amines are created that may increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancer (see my last post Estrogens in Cooked Meat)....

Vegparadise Blog

AMA Declares Obesity a Disease; Is That Really Enough?

Vegparadise Blog | July 2, 2013 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Academic Medicine, AMA, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, obesity, pharmaceuticals, USDA

When the American Medical Association labeled obesity as a disease, they in essence turned the health care world upside down. What a boon this new disease will be for the pharmaceutical industry! But is the blue or pink pill the...

J Morris Hicks

Do you breathe air, drink water and have sex?

J Morris Hicks | July 2, 2013 | Food, 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

Estrogens in Cooked Meat

Michael Greger MD | July 2, 2013 | Health

Read More: animal protein, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, cancer-producing substances, carcinogens, cooked meat, ductal carcinoma, estrogen, heterocyclic amines, IGF-1, Indian gooseberries, meat, metastatic potential, mutagens, National Cancer Institute, PhIP, three strikes, tumor, tumor growth

We've known since 1939 that there were "cancer-producing substances" in roasted meat. Scientists have since identified these compounds as heterocyclic amines, described by the National Cancer Institute as "chemicals formed when muscle meat, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry, is...

Jess Parsons

Fit Quickies - who wants to get fit fast?

Jess Parsons | June 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: Dr Campbell, exercise, Fit Quickies, Lani Muelrath, nutrition education, vegan

Lani Muelrath, I was so pleased to get my copy of Fit Quickies! (Lani and I both did Dr T Colin Campbell's Certificate of Plant-Based Nutrition... Introducing Lani and the Fit Quickies  The first two chapters cover the book's promises...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Fibromyalgia

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: anxiety, chronic pain, cognitive difficulties, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flexitarian diet, generalized pain, Hallelujah diet, headaches, inflammatory molecule, low back pain, Neu5Gc, pain, painkillers, plant-based diet, potassium, raw vegan, sleep disorders, vegan, vegetarian

Millions suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by months of widespread pain, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, headaches, low back pain, and other problems. Its cause is unknown and there is no known cure. In...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

What's The Best Plant-Based Diet?

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | June 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: healthy diet, plant based nutrition, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Your health depends heavily on your lifestyle and, more importantly, the foods you choose to include in your lifestyle. Over the past few years there has been a popular and growing movement to transition towards a plant-based diet in order...