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Comparing Pollutant Levels Between Different Diets

Michael Greger MD | August 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, beef, Boston, breast milk, breastfeeding, California, CHAMACOS study, chicken, children, cognition, dioxins, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fat, feed additives, fish, flame-retardant chemicals, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, infants, meat, neurotoxins, PBDEs, persistent organic pollutants, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, pregnancy, puberty, safety limits, seafood, thyroid health, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

The results of the CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) study were published recently. This study of a California birth cohort investigated the relationship between exposure to flame retardant chemical pollutants in pregnancy......

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Why Does the Meat Industry Routinely Feed Animals Antibiotics?

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2016 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, chicken, cost savings, Europe, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, fecal contamination, feed additives, industry influence, meat, MRSA, penicillin, Pew Commission, poultry, staph infection, turkey, USDA, vegans, vegetarians

When farm animals are fed antibiotics, they can develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts. Manure contamination of meat can then transfer these gut bacteria to humans. These bacteria can even spread to vegetarians, since drug-resistant bacteria in the animal......

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Does Antioxidant Intake Matter for Cancer?

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2015 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chronic diseases, DNA damage, fruit, greens, industry influence, lifespan, lymphoma, mortality, multivitamins, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, nutrient synergy, oxidative stress, ranking foods, stomach cancer, stomach health, supplements, USDA, vegetables

The USDA removed their online antioxidant database of foods, "concerned that ORAC values were routinely misused by food and dietary supplement manufacturing companies to promote their products." Indeed, supplement manufacturers got into my-ORAC-is-bigger-than-your-ORAC contests, comparing their pills to the......

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Peeks Behind the Egg Industry Curtain

Michael Greger MD | March 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, animal fat, bone fractures, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, Coca-Cola, cooking methods, eggs, elderly, factory farming practices, fat, food poisoning, foodborne illness, Freedom of Information Act, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, infants, LDL cholesterol, marketing, nutrient density, nutrition myths, poultry, pregnancy, protein, safety limits, Salmonella, saturated fat, turkey, Twinkies, USDA, weight loss, zoonotic disease

The American Egg Board is a promotional marketing board appointed by the U.S. government whose mission is to "increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg producers." If an individual egg company wants to run......

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Food Manufacturers Get to Decide if Their Own Additives Are Safe

Michael Greger MD | March 19, 2015 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, FDA, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, Marion Nestle, mortality, Pepsi, processed foods, safety limits, trans fats, USDA

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their plans to all but eliminate trans fats from processed foods, citing a CDC statistic that the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply could prevent more than......

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Meat Industry Wins Right to Sell Tainted Meat

Michael Greger MD | March 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Campylobacter, chicken, cooking methods, cooking temperature, farm animals, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, food recalls, foodborne illness, industry influence, Mexico, poultry, safety limits, Sweden, turkey, USDA

In my last post, I talked about a particularly virulent strand of Salmonella traced to Foster Farms. But while even Mexico banned the importation of Foster Farms' chicken on public health grounds, it was still sold in the United......

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Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks Show Food Safety Systems Failure

Michael Greger MD | March 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: antibiotics, CDC, Center for Science in the Public Interest, chicken, children, Consumers Union, elderly, factory farming practices, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, industry influence, meat, mortality, Pew Commission, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, USDA

Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and more deaths than any other foodborne illness, and it's been on the rise. Salmonella causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the U.S., and over the last decade or so the......

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What is Actually in Chicken Nuggets?

Michael Greger MD | November 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, chicken, children, farm animals, fast food, fat, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, meat, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, pork, poultry, processed foods, processed meat, USDA

In a scathing expose of the USDA's new meat inspection program, the Washington Post quoted a representative from the meat inspectors union, who said: "pig processing lines may be moving too quickly to catch tainted meat... Tremendous amounts of......

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Food Dyes and ADHD

Michael Greger MD | June 10, 2014 | Health

Read More: ADHD, artificial colors, attention deficit, botulism, brain health, brain tumors, cancer, Center for Science in the Public Interest, children, Coca-Cola, cola, Europe, FDA, food additives, food dyes, heavy metals, hyperactivity, ice cream, Kraft, lead, margarine, nitrite preservatives, processed foods, processed meat, sleep, United Kingdom, USDA, vitamin B12

                There are currently thousands of additives in our food supply. Some are good—like supplementing foods with vitamin B12, for example (See Vitamin B12 Necessary for Arterial Health). Other additives involve weighing the......

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Egg Industry Caught Making False Claims

Michael Greger MD | March 6, 2014 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, American Heart Association, animal products, arachidonic acid, cake, carcinogens, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, dietary guidelines, eggs, false advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Freedom of Information Act, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, meat, milk, National Commission on Egg Nutrition, poultry, safety limits, Salmonella, smoking, steak, tobacco, turkey, USDA, vegetables

                On the basis of concerns from the American Heart Association and consumer groups, the Federal Trade Commission carried out successful legal action—upheld by the Supreme Court—to compel the egg industry to cease......

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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......

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If Education Were the Answer - 5 things that would already be true

Jess Parsons | August 2, 2012 | Lifestyle

Read More: education, exercise, fruits, legislation, meat industry, meatless monday, USDA, vegetable

Heard this before? We don't need to pass laws to make things better; we just need more education. If people knew better, they would do better. I'm a writer. I'm all for information sharing. But telling the truth isn't......

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Dietary Guideline graphics: From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM's Power Plate

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 2011 | Health

Read More: agribusiness, American Meat Institute, beans, berries, candy, CDC, Coca Cola, dairy, dietary guidelines, disease, egg, Finland, fruit, Greece, Harvard, McDonald's, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, protein, saturated fat, trans fat, USDA, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains

In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, and David Ludwig, founding director of the childhood obesity program at Children's Hospital, published a commentary on the latest dietary guidelines.......

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Supreme Court case: meat industry sues to keep downed animals in food supply

Michael Greger MD | November 3, 2011 | Health

Read More: American Meat Institute, anthrax, campylobacter, cows, dairy, downed animals, downers, e. coli, Federal School Lunch Program, ground beef, hamburger, Humane Society of the United States, livestock, mad cow disease, meat, meat industry, National Meat Association, pigs, public health, Salmonella, sheep, soy, swine flu, USDA

This week I participated in a press briefing to discuss National Meat Association v. Harris, a case appearing before the Supreme Court next week. The meat industry is trying to overturn a California law meant to keep "downed" animals--those......

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Heart disease: there is a cure

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 2011 | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, China Study, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, heart disease, Medicare, plant-based diet, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Tomato Effect, USDA

Decades ago, it was proven that heart disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet. And yet hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to needlessly die. Why the disconnect? That's the subject of this morning's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day The Tomato......

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Dr. Oz, apple juice, and arsenic: chicken may have 10 times more

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2011 | Health

Read More: apple juice, arsenic, cancer, cardiovascul, chicken, China, diabetes, Dr. Oz, Environmental Protection Agency, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, pesticides, poultry, poultry industry, USDA

Dr. Oz is right to be concerned about arsenic contamination in our food supply. According to scientists from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, "Arsenic is a human carcinogen, and is also associated......

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Six Reasons Portion Control Will Make You Overweight

Janice Stanger, PhD | May 15, 2011 | Health

Read More: portion control, serving size, USDA, weight loss, whole foods plant-based diet

Why Serving Sizes Undercut Health and Weight Loss Run-of-the-mill diets focus on controlling the amount you eat by limiting portions. This is an attempt to fit a manmade, arbitrary concept (“serving size”) into a natural biological system (your body). While......

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Our Taxes - Are They Making Us Sick?

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | May 4, 2011 | Health

Read More: animal-based diet, commodity crops, diabetes, food subsidies, heart disease, nutrition, Obesity, plant based diet, stroke, USDA

When it comes to spending money, you're making a conscious decision on whether or not the goods and services you're purchasing are worth your hard earned dollars.  You want to feel like you've made a smart decision that contains some......

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The Low-Down on Downers and the USDA

Gene Baur | March 4, 2011 | Animals

Read More: Agribusiness, Alison Longley, Campaigns, Cattle, Downed Animals, downers, Factory Farming, Farm Sanctuary, goats, Investigations, News and Updates, Petition, Pigs, President Obama, Sheep, Slaughterhouses, Undercover Investigations, USDA

When it comes to slaughtering animals too sick or weak to even stand for human food, the majority of U.S. citizens are resoundingly opposed. But despite this public sentiment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows this irresponsible and inhumane......

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Eleven Risky Mistakes the USDA Makes About Plant-Based Diets

Janice Stanger, PhD | February 5, 2011 | Health

Read More: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, protein, USDA, weight loss, whole foods

You’ll Need Bigger Clothes If You Follow the Government’s Advice   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 with great fanfare. Mostly, the Guidelines are more of the same wimpy advice that has been......

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YOUR GOVERNMENT IS MAKING YOU SICK, AND YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT!

Vegparadise Blog | January 8, 2011 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Dairy Management, Environmental Working Group, farm subsidies, Farm Subsidy Database, Michael Pollan, My Food Pyramid, school lunch program, USDA

One of the primary culprits in pushing unhealthful, obesity-promoting food is our venerable United States Department of Agriculture. Yes, this is the same organization that is responsible for the Food Pyramid, or as it known now--My Pyramid--bought and paid for......