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Michael Greger MD

Do Dietary Toxins Contribute to Hand Tremors?

Michael Greger MD | November 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: addiction, beef, beta-carboline alkaloids, brain disease, brain health, cancer, chicken, coffee, cognition, detoxification, essential tremor, fish, frying, Harmane, heterocyclic amines, liver, liver disease, liver health, lung cancer, meat, MPTP, neurotoxins, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, pork, poultry, reindeer meat, salmon, smoking, tobacco, tremors, turkey

Essential tremor, affecting 1 in 25 adults over 40 and up to 1 in 5 of those in their 90s, is one of the most common neurological diseases. In addition to the potentially debilitating hand tremor, there can be...

Michael Greger MD

How Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: boiling, breakfast, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, cooking methods, diabetes, dietary guidelines, fast food, fiber, industry influence, junk food, LDL cholesterol, mortality, obesity, pizza, poultry, processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, standard American diet, supermarkets, Taiwan, turkey, United Kingdom, vegetables, World Health Organization

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, "eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket." Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer...

Michael Greger MD

Is it Better to Bake, Boil, or Steam Sweet Potatoes?

Michael Greger MD | November 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: acrylamide, antioxidants, baking, beta carotene, bioavailability, blood sugar, blueberries, boiling, cancer, carcinogens, carrots, cooking methods, frying, glycemic index, infants, oxidative stress, roasting, steaming, sweet potatoes, vitamin A, yams

I previously talked about the cancer fighting properties of sweet potatoes (See Anti-Cancer Potential of Sweet Potato Proteins) and what would happen if you centered your diet around them (The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100). It seems that the...

Michael Greger MD

Sweet Potato Proteins vs. Cancer

Michael Greger MD | November 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: affordability, cancer, cervical cancer, chemotherapy, colon cancer, cost savings, gallbladder disease, gallbladder health, greens, leukemia, mortality, mouth cancer, NASA, potatoes, protein, sweet potatoes, tongue cancer, vegetables, yams

Sweet potatoes can be considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and cheapest vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet, as NASA has chosen the sweet potato for space missions.) A study...

Michael Greger MD

How to get signed, personalized copies of How Not to Die

Michael Greger MD | November 17, 2015 | Health

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To encourage as many pre-orders as possible, I will sign and personalize How Not to Die for anyone pre-ordering five or more copies any time before the launch date on December 8, 2015. If you've already pre-ordered five or...

Michael Greger MD

Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of...

Michael Greger MD

Coca-Cola Stopped Sponsoring the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, alcohol, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetics Association, American Egg Board, animal studies, candy, chewing gum, chocolate, Coca-Cola, cocoa, dairy, eggs, fast food, Hershey's, industry influence, junk food, McDonald's, meat, Pepsi, smoking, soda, tobacco

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the world's largest association of nutrition professionals. They claim to be devoted to "improving the nation's health." They promote a series of Nutrition Fact Sheets. Who writes them? Industry sources pay $20,000 per...

Michael Greger MD

How Dark Chocolate Affects Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | November 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: angiogram, antioxidants, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, chronic diseases, cocoa, dairy, dark chocolate, Dutched cocoa, fat, heart disease, heart health, Hershey's, industry influence, milk, milk chocolate, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, soda, sugar

Chocolate: delicious beauty or harmful beast? Or both? Although chocolate products can contain high levels of fat and sugar, the cocoa powder itself may have beneficial effects in a number of chronic disease conditions including heart disease. Flow-mediated dilation,...

Michael Greger MD

How Do Broccoli Supplements Compare to Sprouts?

Michael Greger MD | November 3, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Broccomax, cancer, cancer stem cells, cost savings, diabetes, inflammation, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, prediabetes, sprouts, sulforaphane, supplements

Your parents would have been smart to tell you to to "eat your broccoli." But what about broccoli sprouts? Or broccoli supplements? There have been a number of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the use of broccoli sprouts...

Michael Greger MD

Why Some Dietary Cholesterol Studies Fail to Show Harm

Michael Greger MD | October 29, 2015 | Health

Read More: alcohol, alternative medicine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, Framingham Heart Study, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, lung cancer, prediabetes, saturated fat, smoking, standard American diet

How else can we make decisions for ourselves and our families but by the best available balance of evidence? The latest meta-analysis, pooling data from more than a dozen studies involving more than 300,000 people, indicates that there is...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Proteinaholic Wipes Out Protein Myths

Janice Stanger, PhD | October 28, 2015 | Health

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Dr. Garth Davis Shows That What You Don't Know About Protein May Be Killing You The title of Proteinaholic captivated me, so I immersed myself in this book as soon as I could get hold of it. Proteinaholic lives up...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

How Can I Find a Plant-Based Doctor?

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | October 28, 2015 | Health

One of the most common questions I get from those who've adopted a plant-based lifestyle is, "How can I find a plant-based doctor?" Many who adopt a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet do so for their health. They realize the...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

How Can I Find a Plant-Based Doctor?

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | October 28, 2015 | Health

One of the most common questions I get from those who've adopted a plant-based lifestyle is, "How can I find a plant-based doctor?" Many who adopt a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet do so for their health. They realize the...

Michael Greger MD

Topical Application of Turmeric Curcumin for Cancer

Michael Greger MD | October 27, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, bone marrow health, breast cancer, cancer, cervical cancer, cervix health, chemotherapy, colon cancer, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, mouth cancer, oral cancer, oral health, side effects, skin cancer, spices, turmeric, Vaseline, vulva cancer, women's health

In my video, Turmeric Curcumin and Colon Cancer, I talked about a study where researchers showed that, by taking curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spices turmeric and curry powder, those at high risk for colon cancer could cut...

Michael Greger MD

Preventing and Treating Colon Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin

Michael Greger MD | October 22, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beta carotene, cancer, chemotherapy, Cleveland Clinic, colon cancer, curcumin, curry powder, India, Johns Hopkins University, phytonutrients, polyps, quercitin, red onions, red wine, side effects, smoking, spices, turmeric, vomiting, wine supplements

The low incidence of bowel cancer in India is often attributed to natural antioxidants such as curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spice turmeric, used in curry powder. However, it is important to remember that the benefits of a...

Michael Greger MD

How to Reduce Your Dietary Cadmium Absorption

Michael Greger MD | October 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, animal products, antioxidants, beans, breast cancer, cadmium, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cognition, diabetes, eggs, fiber, grains, heart disease, heart health, heavy metals, junk food, lead, meat, mercury, nuts, omnivores, organ meats, oxidative stress, phytates, plant-based diets, poultry, seafood, Slovakia, smoking, supplements, Sweden, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, zinc

Cadmium is known as a highly toxic metal that represents a major hazard to human health. It sticks around in our body for decades because our body has no efficient way to get rid of it and may contribute...

Michael Greger MD

Reduce Workout Soreness With Watermelon

Michael Greger MD | October 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, cherries, complementary medicine, fruit, ibuprofen, inflammation, internal bleeding, muscle soreness, naproxen, phytonutrients, side effects, Spain, stomach health, stomach inflammation, stomach ulcers, vegetables, watermelon

Long-distance runners and cross-fit athletes alike know it well: Delayed-onset muscle soreness is the discomfort that starts the day after a particularly grueling workout, caused by micro-tears in the muscle that lead to inflammation. The leading pharmaceutical interventions are...

Michael Greger MD

How to Treat Gout With Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 8, 2015 | Health

Read More: alcohol, allopurinol, animal products, animal studies, antioxidants, arthritis, asparagus, cherries, chronic diseases, colon health, fish, fruit, gout, grapes, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, kiwi fruit, meat, mushrooms, organ meats, oxidative stress, pain, protein, purines, sardines, seafood, side effects, skin health, strawberries, tart cherries, uric acid

The Washington State Fruit Commission, our largest cherry producer, can fund reviews that cherry-pick studies on the anti-inflammatory effects of cherries in a petri dish and animal models. But what we've needed are human studies. For example, if we...

Michael Greger MD

Which are More Anti-Inflammatory: Sweet Cherries or Tart Cherries?

Michael Greger MD | October 6, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, alternative medicine, anthocyanins, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cherries, complementary medicine, enzymes, frozen fruit, heart disease, heart health, ibuprofen, inflammation, insomnia, internal bleeding, meat, mortality, muscle health, muscle soreness, oatmeal, organ meats, pain, phytonutrients, side effects, stomach health, stomach inflammation, stomach ulcers, tart cherries, Vioxx

Haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is a savory pudding of heart, liver, lungs, and oatmeal traditionally stuffed inside of a stomach. When that stomach goes into our own stomach, our digestive enzymes and stomach acid have no problem...

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD

Breast and Prostate Cancer Treatment - Food versus Medicine

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | October 1, 2015 | Health

Cancer - the word actually comes from the Greek word karkinos, a word used to describe carcinoma tumors by the famous physician Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.).1Cancer is arguably the most terrifying diagnosis anyone can receive from his or her physician. It's...

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