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Michael Greger MD

Uric Acid From Meat and Sugar

Michael Greger MD | June 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, BHA, Butylated hydroxyanisole, carcinogens, crystal deposits, diabetes, evolutionary heritage, fat retention, Germany, gout, heart disease, high blood pressure, meat, plant-based diet, preservatives, salt retention, sodium, stroke, sugar, uric acid, vegan, vegetarian

Human beings lost the ability to detoxify uric acid millions of years ago. What implications does this have for our health today? Our story starts about 15 million years ago. It was the Miocene epoch. Things seemed to be...

Michael Greger MD

Go Nuts for Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 2013 | Health

Read More: African-American, almond, Asian, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, breast lumps, fiber, fibroadenomas, fibrocystic breast disease, lifespan Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?, longer life expectancy, lumpectomy, nuts, peanut, pecan, plant-based diet, precancerous, soy, That Black Women's Health Study, true nut, vegan, vegetarian, women

The Black Women’s Health Study I profiled in my last blog Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary was out of Boston University. Across the Charles River, the Harvard Nurse’s Health Study also tried to determine which plants may be particularly...

Chef AJ

Meet the Forks Over Knives Doctor In Person on June 23rd!!!

Chef AJ | June 15, 2013 | Celebrities, Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: cardiac health, Chef AJ, oil, plant based nutrition, reversing heart disease with diet

One of the most delightful segments of the blockbuster documentary was Dr. Terry Mason, the Cook County Medical Commission.  In a rare Southern California appearance he will be speaking with Dr. Baxter Montgomery (the Vegan Cardiologist from Houston Texas) and...

Michael Greger MD

Prevent Breast Cancer by Any Greens Necessary

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 2013 | Health

Read More: African, African-American, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, collards, diabetes, fruits, high blood pressure, Nathan Pritikin, plant-based diet, That Black Women's Health Study, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, women

Recently a study of 50,000 African-American women was published, a sadly neglected demographic when it comes to nutritional science and, in fact, medical research generally. Certain African populations were among the healthiest on earth, inspiring one of America’s lifestyle medicine...

Michael Greger MD

Why Less Breast Cancer in Asia?

Michael Greger MD | June 11, 2013 | Health

Read More: Asia, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cold steeping, dried mushrooms, estrogen, green tea, mushrooms, soy, soy milk, white mushrooms, white tea

Though breast cancer is the most common cancer among women around the world, the rate in some areas of the world, such as Asia, is up to six-fold lower than in North America. Maybe it's the green tea and...

Michael Greger MD

Mushrooms For Breast Cancer Prevention

Michael Greger MD | June 6, 2013 | Health

Read More: anti-aromatase, aromatase, aromatase inhibitors, bell peppers, bioidentical hormones, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer prevention, cancer treatment, carrots, celery, chemotherapy, colon cancer, estrogen, green onions, lung cancer, mushrooms, ovarian cancer, postmenopause, prostate cancer, spinach, tumors

Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so "early" detection via mammogram may be too late. The breast cancer you may feel one day as a lump in the shower, may have started 20 years ago.  We now suspect...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Metabolic Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | June 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: abdominal obesity, antioxidants, cancer, cataracts, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, hypertension, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity, phytates, plant-based diet, refined grain, stroke, syndrome x, vegan, vegetarian, white bread, whole grain, whole grains

Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X, is a medical disorder characterized by the so-called “deadly quartet”: abdominal obesity, high fasting blood sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome can set people up for liver disease, stroke,...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Psoriasis

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, arthritis, autoimmune arthritis, fibromyalgia, glucocorticoids, inflammation, pain, plant-based diet, potassium, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, steroid hormones, steroids, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets appear to decrease inflammation via a variety of mechanisms, including boosting our adrenal gland function. Glucocorticoids are circulating steroid hormones produced by our adrenal glands that suppress inflammation and also help our kidneys excrete potassium. When we...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - What Is It & How To Treat It

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

Read More: arthritis, medicine, plant-based diet, Plant-Based Pharmacist, rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a growing and leading public health concern in many developed countries. In the United States, it's the number one cause of disability, and its prevalence is rising due to the increase in obesity and age amongst the population [1]. In...

Michael Greger MD

Dr. Greger's Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe

Michael Greger MD | May 28, 2013 | Health

Read More: after-surgery, anti-vomiting agent, antiemetic, apple, chemo, Dramamine, ginger, lemon, lemon-ginger apple chews, mangoes, motion sickness, natural remedies, nausea, nauseous, oxalates, post-surgery, pregnanacy, radiation, traditional healing systems, travel, turmeric

I travel a lot. When I was on the road full time, there were months I'd give over 40 presentations in 30 days across dozens of cities. My speaking schedule is still fuller than I'd like (especially now that I can...

Michael Greger MD

98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient

Michael Greger MD | May 23, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, bananas, cardiac disease, cardiac health, eggs, eyesight, fiber, healthy diet, heart disease, minerals, plant-based diet, potassium, potassium-rich foods, stroke, vascular disease, vascular health, vegan, vegetarian

Less than 2% of Americans achieve even the recommended minimum adequate intake of potassium due, primarily, to inadequate plant food intake. If you take any plant, burn it to ash, throw the ash in a pot of water, stir...

J Morris Hicks

Plant-Based for ALL Patients! Says Kaiser Permanente.

J Morris Hicks | May 22, 2013 | Health

Read More: Kaiser Permanente Plant-Based

Finally some much needed CLARITY from the "system" In their Spring 2013 Journal, America's largest managed care company and hospital system has taken a bold stand on the superiority of plant-based nutrition to promote health. This is big news...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Three Reasons To Read Whole Now

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: reductionism, T Colin Campbell, Whole

Why Whole Is the Must-Read Nutrition Book of Our Century If you read only one book for the entire rest of your life, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, should be it. T Colin Campbell, PhD, the book's pioneering...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Multiple Sclerosis

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: antibodies, auto-immune disease, B-cells, cancer, growth hormone, IGF-1, immune system, multiple sclerosis, plant-based diet, prostate, prostate gland growth, vegan, vegetarian

The distinguished neurologist Roy Swank‘s low saturated fat diet remains the “most effective treatment of multiple sclerosis ever reported in the peer review literature.” In patients with early stage MS, 95% were without progression of their disease 34 years after adopting his...

Michael Greger MD

Plant-Based Diets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 16, 2013 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, arthritis, atherosclerosis, autoreactive antibodies, cardiac disease, E. coli, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, immune system, inflammatory meat particle, joint inflammation, Neu5Gc, rheumatoid arthritis, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Plant-based diets may help rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing exposure to an inflammatory “Trojan horse” compound found in animal products called Neu5Gc. On Tuesday in my post How Tumors Use Meat to Grow I talked about the role Neu5Gc may play in...

Michael Greger MD

How Tumors Use Meat to Grow

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2013 | Health

Read More: breast cancer, cancer, immune system, immunosuppressive drugs, inflammation, inflammatory meat particle, inflammatory response, Neu5Gc, tumors, vegan, vegetarian

Certain cancers—like breast cancer—can be thought of in part as an autoimmune disease. When people get heart or kidney transplants, they must be given immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the new organ. What do you suppose happens to...

Michael Greger MD

How to Gain Weight on Diet Soda

Michael Greger MD | May 9, 2013 | Health

Read More: diet soda, erythritol, junk food, sugar, weight gain

Erythritol, the too-good-to-be-true nontoxic, low-calorie, tooth friendly sweetener that I profiled in my last blog post “Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?” may even act as an antioxidant. So what’s the catch? Well, there are three ways that all low-caloric...

Michael Greger MD

Is There a Safe, Low-Calorie Sweetener?

Michael Greger MD | May 7, 2013 | Health

Read More: agave, date sugar, erythritol, headaches, hypertension, maple syrup, stevia, steviol, sweetener

The natural sweetener erythritol does not appear to carry the adverse effects associated with other low and non-caloric natural and artificial sweeteners and may actually have antioxidant potential. For a while it was only available in Japan but now it’s becoming more...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Cancer Is a Whole Body Disease

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 4, 2013 | Health

Read More: integrative oncology, The China Study, UCSD, whole foods plant based diet

The UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine Treats and Prevents Cancer By Helping Your Body to Heal Itself You may think of cancer as a discrete mass of cells with a life of its own. Every kind of cancer is labeled...

Michael Greger MD

Are Microgreens Healthier?

Michael Greger MD | May 2, 2013 | Health

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, antioxidants, microgreens, red cabbage

USDA researchers recently published a study assessing the nutrition content of 25 commercially available microgreens, seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have gained popularity in upscale markets and restaurants. Just a few inches tall, they boast intense flavors and vivid colors, but...