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A Dietary Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Michael Greger MD | August 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antidepressants, berries, colon disease, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dizziness, gut flora, herbal tea, herbs, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney failure, medications, mint, pain, peppermint, peppermint oil, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual health, side effects, smoothies, tea

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, episodic intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. It affects 1 in 7 Americans, although most go undiagnosed. IBS can have a substantial impact on well-being and health, but......

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Ginger Root for Migraines

Michael Greger MD | June 22, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, complementary medicine, dizziness, ginger, headaches, heartburn, herbal remedies, industry influence, medications, migraine headaches, pain, side effects, spices, stomach health, water

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines......

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How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?

Michael Greger MD | June 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, heart disease, heart health, lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, plant-based diets, reversing chronic disease, stroke, surgery

In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical......

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How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?

Michael Greger MD | May 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, alcohol, alternative medicine, beer, beverages, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, cavities, colon cancer, constipation, dehydration, Europe, exercise, eye health, fast food, fruit, heart disease, immune function, junk food, kidney disease, kidney stones, Lifestyle medicine, lung cancer, lung health, men's health, nutrition myths, skin cancer, smoking, tobacco, urinary tract infections, vegetables, vegetarians, water, wine, women's health, World Health Organization

More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460-377 BCE) said, "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." What......

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What Happened to the Rice Diet?

Michael Greger MD | May 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blindness, blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, Lifestyle medicine, medications, mortality, plant-based diets, protein, reversing chronic disease, rice, sodium, statins, stroke

During his career at Duke, Dr. Walter Kempner treated more than 18,000 patients with his rice diet. The diet was originally designed as a treatment for kidney failure and out-of-control high blood pressure at a time when these diagnoses......

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Deep Breathing Exercise for Nausea

Michael Greger MD | March 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, alternative medicine, aromatherapy, caesarean section, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, ginger, mint, nausea, peppermint, spearmint, suppositories, surgery, vomiting, water

One of the most common fears patients express when facing surgery is postoperative nausea, which can range from minor queasiness to protracted periods of vomiting. Feeling sick to one's stomach and throwing up after surgery is a common problem,......

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Does Oatmeal Lotion Work?

Michael Greger MD | February 7, 2017 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, cancer, cetuximab, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, grains, oatmeal, oats, phytonutrients, rash, skin health

A review in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology notes oatmeal has been used for centuries as a topical soothing agent on the skin to relieve itch and irritation in dermatology. Of course, that was coming from Johnson &......

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Why Some Like Cilantro and Others Hate It

Michael Greger MD | December 6, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, animal studies, antioxidants, anxiety, arthritis, cilantro, coriander, gout, herbal remedies, inflammation, joint health, mental health, osteoarthritis, salsa, spices, steroids, sunburn, taste buds, uric acid

One sign of changing U.S. demographics is that salsa has replaced ketchup as America's #1 table condiment. One of the popular salsa ingredients is cilantro, described as one of the "most polarizing and divisive food ingredients known." Some people......

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Can Turmeric Help with Alzheimer's?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, Alzheimer's disease, brain disease, brain health, cognition, complementary medicine, curcumin, dementia, depression, mental health, mood, patent, spices, supermarkets, supplements, turmeric

The spice turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer's disease (See Preventing Alzheimer's with Turmeric), but what about treating Alzheimer's disease with turmeric? An exciting case series was published in 2012 (highlighted in my video, Treating Alzheimer's with Turmeric): three Alzheimer's......

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Why Don't More Doctors Practice Prevention?

Michael Greger MD | March 17, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, athletes, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, complementary medicine, depression, fiber, Framingham Heart Study, fruit, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, mood, nuts, plant-based diets, statins, vegans, vegetarians

Why don't more doctors practice preventive cardiology? Time availability is a reason frequently cited by physicians, but if you probe a little deeper, the number one reason given was their perception that patients fear being deprived of all the......

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Using Cherries to Treat Gout

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, cherries, complementary medicine, frozen fruit, gout, industry influence, joint disease, joint health, juice, pomegranate juice, uric acid

Over the last 40 years, the burden of gout, a painful inflammatory arthritis, has risen considerably, now affecting millions of Americans. In fact, gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in men and older women. In my video,......

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Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, amputations, blindness, chicken, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, diarrhea, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fatigue, fiber, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, muscle soreness, nausea, pork, poultry, prediabetes, saturated fat, side effects, vision

In just one decade, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes. What's the big deal?......

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Starch-Blocking Foods for Diabetics?

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 2015 | Health

Read More: acarbose, alternative medicine, American Diabetes Association, amylase, arsenic, beans, black beans, blood sugar, Canada, chickpeas, colon health, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, Europe, grains, green beans, insulin, kidney beans, legumes, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medications, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, Precose, prediabetes, rice, side effects, soybeans, vegetables

How did doctors treat diabetes before insulin? Almost a thousand medicinal plants are known antidiabetic agents, including beans, most of which have been used in traditional medicine. Of course, just because something has been used for centuries doesn't mean......

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Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, heart disease, heart health, junk food, Kaiser Permanente, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medications, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, rheumatoid arthritis

A Nutritional Update for Physicians was published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States. It told physicians that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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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......

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Exercise as Medicine

Michael Greger MD | September 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alcohol, alternative medicine, broccoli, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular heath, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, depression, diabetes, exercise, greens, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kale, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, obesity, osteoporosis, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables

Physical inactivity has been called the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Of course just because someone calls it that doesn't mean it's true, in fact physical inactivity ranks down at #5 in terms of risk factors......

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Eliminate Most of Your Chronic Disease Risk in Four Steps

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, colon cancer, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables, vitamin C

In 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead "instruct his patient in the care of the human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." A hundred......

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How Plants Can be Both Safer and More Effective

Michael Greger MD | September 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, aspirin, asthma, beans, calcium, cancer, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, cost savings, curcumin, FDA, fruit, genital health, genital warts, grains, green tea, hypertension, industry influence, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, medications, pain, spices, turmeric, vegetables

During the last decade, the drug industry has followed an assumption that a single drug hitting a single target was the "rational" way to design drugs. We're learning that Mother Nature may be a bit too complicated for that.......

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Plants as Intellectual Property: Patently Wrong?

Michael Greger MD | September 8, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, broccoli, complementary medicine, cost savings, curcumin, India, industry influence, marketing, medications, patent, phytonutrients, spices, supplements, turmeric, wound healing

Since ancient times, Mother Nature has been a fertile source for drugs used to treat human diseases. One such remedy is the spice turmeric, specifically known for its naturally-yellow compound, curcumin, which has been used for at least 2,500......

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How Humans Benefit From Stressed Plants

Michael Greger MD | September 1, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, antioxidants, aspirin, complementary medicine, DNA damage, evolution, fruit, grapes, hormones, lettuce, medications, nitric oxide, oxidative stress, penicillin, phytonutrients, protein, strawberries, stress, sunlight, vegetables, water, wound healing

Plants live the ultimate sedentary lifestyle--most of us usually think of plants more as objects than as organisms. Because plants can't move, they've had to evolve a whole other way to escape threats to their well-being. Plants can "sense......

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Why Do Heart Doctors Favor Surgery and Drugs Over Diet?

Michael Greger MD | June 2, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, AMA, brain disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Cleveland Clinic, coma, complementary medicine, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, heart disease, heart health, informed consent, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, liver disease, liver health, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, morbidity, mortality, muscle health, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians

When he was a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. published a controversial paper in the American Journal of Cardiology, highlighted in my video, Fully Consensual Heart Disease Treatment, noting that heart bypass operations carry significant......

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