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Michael Greger MD

Tarragon Toxicity?

Michael Greger MD | November 5, 2013 | Health

Read More: alcoholic beverages, anise seed, avocado, canned fish, carcinogens, chervil, comet tail test, Consumer Protection Scientific Committee on Food, DNA damage, fats, fennel, flavoring, mutagens, oils, spices, tarragon, The European Union's Health, toxins, whole foods

Decades ago, concern was raised about some of the components of the herb tarragon. The European Union's Health & Consumer Protection Scientific Committee on Food concluded that one of the constituents may act as a carcinogen and damage DNA,...

Michael Greger MD

Nutmeg Toxicity

Michael Greger MD | October 31, 2013 | Health

Read More: abortifacient, amphetamine, Christmas, holidays, margin of safety, mood elevating compounds, mortality, nutmeg, nutmeg intoxication, psychopharmacological effects, psychotropic drugs, toxins

The spice nutmeg appears to have a relatively narrow margin of safety. In my research on cinnamon I ran across a peculiar paper entitled "Christmas Gingerbread and Christmas Cheer: Review of the Potential Role of Mood Elevating Amphetamine-like Compounds."...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Food Over Medicine - Book Review

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | October 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: book review, dr pam popper, Food Over Medicine, glen merzer

I recently had the pleasure of reading the book Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life. Authors Dr. Pamela Popper, PhD, ND and Glen Merzer take on the subjects of health, nutrition, and the practice of modern medicine...

Michael Greger MD

Cinnamon for Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 29, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, blood sugar, cassia cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, children's health, Chinese cinnamon, cinnamon, coumarin, diabetes, Glucophage, glucose tolerance, Indian gooseberries, liver, liver disease, liver health, metformin, nutmeg, oxalates, plant-based diet, toxins, vegan, vegetarian, youth health

The use of cinnamon to help treat diabetes remains controversial. We know that cinnamon is so good at controlling one's blood sugar that you can cheat on a diabetes test by consuming two teaspoons of cinnamon the night before...

Michael Greger MD

Diet and Cellulite

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, adiponectin, belly fat, biogenic amines, bologna, cellulite, cheese, cholesterol, colorectal polyps, fat storage, ground meat, gynoid lipodystrophy, ham, healthy weight, meat, nutrient-dense, pease, plant-based diet, polyamine, salami, spermidine, spermine, subcutaneous fat, turkey, vegan, vegetarian, waistline, weight loss, weight management

Two theories about the build-up of subcutaneous fat, involving the chemical spermine and the hormone adiponectin, suggest a plant-based diet may help with cellulite. Gynoid lipodystrophy, known colloquially as cellulite, is the orange peel-type or cottage cheese-like dimpling of...

Michael Greger MD

Industry Influence on Our Dietary Guidelines

Michael Greger MD | October 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: beef, cancer, cholesterol, dairy, degenerative disease, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fish, George McGovern, Harvard, hypertension, International Sugar Research Foundation, ischemic heart disease, lamb, meat, milk, National Livestock and Meat Board, plant-based diet, poultry, public health, public policy, salt, Salt Institute, saturated fat, sugar, The National Dairy Council, The Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, vegan, vegetarian

The story behind the first U.S. dietary guidelines explains why, to this day, the decades of science supporting a more plant-based diet have yet to fully translate into public policy. George McGovern, who died last year at age 90,...

Michael Greger MD

Flax and Breast Cancer Survival

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: angiogenesis inhibitors, biopsy, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, c-erbB2, cancer, cell proliferation, chemotherapy, endostatin, flaxseeds, isoflavone phytoestrogen, lignans, longevity, metastases, microdialysis, mortality, phytonutrients, post-menopause, postmenopausal, prostate cancer, tamoxifen, tumors, women's health

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of flaxseeds in breast cancer patients found that flaxseeds appear to have the potential to reduce tumor growth in just a matter of weeks. Scientists believe this is due to a class of...

Michael Greger MD

Flax and Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | October 15, 2013 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, atypical hyperplasia, berries, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, carcinoma in situ, compound X, fecal flora, fiber, flax, flaxseeds, fruits, ground flax, gut bacteria, ki-67, lignans, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, precancerous, prevention, seeds, sesame seeds, urinary tract infection, UTI, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains, women's health

Just a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds a day may help protect against breast cancer. In 1980 a new compound was discovered in human urine. Researchers called it "compound X." Originally it was thought to be a new human hormone,...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Running With Dr. Ruth Heidrich

Janice Stanger, PhD | October 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: Dr. Ruth Heidrich, Forks Over Knives, whole foods plant based diet

Lifelong Running, Dr. Dr. Ruth's Latest Book, Will Get You Moving In Lifelong Running, Dr. Ruth Heidrich observes that children begin to run as soon as they learn to walk, and "stop running" is a frequent refrain parents and teachers...

Michael Greger MD

Treating Sensitive Skin From the Inside Out

Michael Greger MD | October 10, 2013 | Health

Read More: burning, chafing, flax, flax seed powder, flaxseed oil, flaxseeds, inflammation, itching, omega 3, safflower oil, sensitive skin, skin barrier, skin disease, skin health, tingling

Instead of treating sensitive skin topically, with lotions and creams, why not treat it from the inside out with diet? About half of the American population says they have sensitive skin, defined loosely as tingling, chafing, burning, itching sensations...

Michael Greger MD

Flaxseeds for Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | October 8, 2013 | Health

Read More: A1C, antioxidants, blood sugar, cholesterol, diabetes, fasting blood sugars, flax, flax seed powder, flaxseeds, insulin, insulin resistance, oxidant stress, plant-based diet, sexual dysfunction, supplements, triglycerides, vegan, vegetarian, weight gain, weight loss, World Health Organization

Drug companies hope to capitalize on the fact that the consumption of certain plants appears to lower the risk of diabetes by isolating these plants' active components for use and sale as pharmacological agents. Though not as profitable, why...

Michael Greger MD

Flaxseeds for Prostate Cancer

Michael Greger MD | October 3, 2013 | Health

Read More: African Americans, alcohol, animal fat, animal protein, biopsy, breast cancer, cancer, Chinese, cholesterol, ductal carcinoma, ethnicity, exercise, fat, fat-restricted diet, flax, flaxseeds, fruit, isoflavones, Japanese, lignans, low fat diet, phytoestrogen, PIN, plan-based diet, prostate cancer, prostate disease, prostate gland enlargement, prostate health, prostate-specific antigen, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, PSA, tumors, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian

Why is there such a huge disparity in prostate cancer rates around the world? The incidence of malignant prostate cancer is highest in African Americans, some 30 times greater than in Japanese men, and 120 times greater than in...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

The Business of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (And How To Prevent Breast Cancer In The First Place)

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | October 2, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, breast health, mammograms, plant-based diets, Plant-Based Pharmacist

Every year October comes along. Every year during October pink ribbons are more plentiful than ever signifying National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The intentions of many well-meaning non-profit organizations, medical establishments, individual healthcare providers, and even government agencies is to...

Michael Greger MD

Why Is Selling Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Legal?

Michael Greger MD | October 1, 2013 | Health

Read More: adulterant, adulterated, American Public Health Association, bacteria, beef, cheese, chicken, contamination, dairy, E. coli, eggs, fecal contamination, fish, food poisoning, foodborne pathogens, maggots, meat, milk, pathogens, poultry, public health, salmonella, U.S. Food and Drug Association, viruses, yogurt

When researchers last year at the Emerging Pathogens Institute ranked foodborne pathogens to figure out which was the worst, Salmonella was number one on their list. Salmonella was ranked the food poisoning bacteria with the greatest public health burden...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's New DVD Available For Download

Michael Greger MD | September 26, 2013 | Health

Read More: DVD

The newest volume of my Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD series is now out. Order on my website or through Amazon (all proceeds go to the 501c3 nonprofit charity that keeps NutritionFacts.org up and running). It can also now...

Michael Greger MD

Raisins vs. Energy Gels for Athletic Performance

Michael Greger MD | September 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, athletes, athletics, carbohydrate oxidation, dried fruit, energy bars, energy chews, energy expenditure, energy gels, energy shots, fat oxidation, glycogen, jelly beans, natural supplements, raisins, respiratory exchange, sports, sports drinks, sports gels, sports supplements, supplements

After about an hour of strenuous exercise, long-distance athletes can really start to deplete their glycogen stores, the body’s source of quick energy. Studies dating back to the ’30s found that by hooking athletes on a treadmill up to...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Taxpayers Are Showering Money On Meat and Dairy Businesses

Janice Stanger, PhD | September 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: Dave Simon, Meatonomics, whole foods plant based diet

Dave Simon's Meatonomics Shows Compelling Economic Reasons to Go Plant-Based You may be familiar with three major motives to ditch animal foods: your own health, the health of the planet, and animal suffering. To these, Dave Simon - author, lawyer,...

Michael Greger MD

The Best Nutrition Bar

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, almond butter, caloric density, cholesterol, dried apples, dried fruit, figs, fruit, nut bar, nut butter, nutrition bar, nuts, obesity, peanut butter, satiety, weight gain, weight loss

There are a variety of healthier fruit and nut bars on the market now that boast dried fruit as a primary ingredient. Dried fruit is calorically dense, though. Should we be concerned that eating such bars may make us...

Michael Greger MD

Best Treatment for Constipation

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2013 | Health

Read More: bowel movements, bowel regularity, Bristol stool scale, California Prune Board, constipation, dried plums, finer supplements, home remedies, International Prune Association, laxatives, Metamucil, natural remedies, over-the-counter drugs, plant-based diet, plums, prunes, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, vegan, vegetarian

Constipation is a common problem that affects up to 20 percent of the world's population. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation, which is particularly a problem in women and the elderly. It is a pathological condition that...

Michael Greger MD

Best Dried Fruit For Cholesterol

Michael Greger MD | September 12, 2013 | Health

Read More: apples, asthma, bile, blood sugar, c-reactive proteins, cholesterol, constipation, dates, digestion, dried fruit, figs, fruit, glycemic index, heart health, inflammation, LDL, minerals, pectin, plums, prunes, skin, sulfur dioxide, triglyceride levels, vitamins, women's health

When I saw there was a paper entitled "Daily Dried Apples Versus Daily Dried Plums: Impact on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Postmenopausal Women," the first thing I thought was well, was the study funded by the U.S. Apple...