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Who Should Avoid Coffee?

Michael Greger MD | October 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: atrial fibrillation, bone fractures, bone health, caffeine, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, diabetes, energy drinks, epilepsy, GERD, glaucoma, heart disease, heart health, heartburn, incontinence, mortality, safety limits, seizures, sleep, stroke, tea, women's health

Do coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers? Is it "wake up and smell the coffee" or don't wake up at all? I discuss these questions in my video, Coffee and Mortality. The largest study ever conducted on diet......

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What About Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, beans, butter, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, endothelium, fat, fruit, frying, grains, heart disease, heart health, McDonald's, Mediterranean diet, nuts, oils, olive oil, saturated fat, vegetables, vinegar, walnuts

The relative paralysis of our arteries for hours after eating fast food and cheesecake may also occur after consuming olive oil. Olive oil was found to have the same impairment to endothelial function as high-fat foods like sausage and......

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What a Single Fatty Meal Can Do to Our Arteries

Michael Greger MD | October 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: angina, animal fat, blood clots, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, endothelium, fat, heart disease, heart health, kidney disease, kidney failure, lactescence, low-fat diets, oils, protein, sugar, vegetable oil, venous thrombosis

The phenomenon of postprandial angina was described more than 200 years ago: chest pain that occurs after a meal, even if you're just sitting down and resting. This could be intuitively attributed to redistribution of blood flow away from......

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Chocolate Is Finally Put to the Test

Michael Greger MD | October 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: beans, bell peppers, beverages, body fat, Brussels sprouts, calories, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, junk food, legumes, lentils, music, National Confectioners Association, nuts, obesity, phytonutrients, processed food, saturated fat, seeds, split peas, sugar, vegetables, weight gain, weight loss

Botanically speaking, seeds are small embryonic plants--the whole plant stuffed into a tiny seed and surrounded by an outer layer packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals to protect the seedling plant's DNA from free radicals. No wonder they're so......

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Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure

Michael Greger MD | October 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, blood pressure, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Walter Kempner, evolution, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kidney failure, kidney health, medications, mortality, pickled vegetables, plant-based diets, preservation, protein, rice, salt, sodium, stroke, vegans, vegetarians, vision

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into......

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How Doctors Responded to Being Named a Leading Killer

Michael Greger MD | September 19, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, aspirin, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Dr. Barbara Starfield, heart disease, heart health, iatrogenic, Institute of Medicine, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical ethics, medical profession, medications, mortality, side effects, surgery, Twinkies, women's health

In my video Why Prevention Is Worth a Ton of Cure, I profiled a paper that added up all the deaths caused by medical care in this country, including the hundred thousand deaths from medication side effects, all the......

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Heart of Gold: Turmeric vs. Exercise

Michael Greger MD | September 5, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, curcumin, curry powder, exercise, fruit, heart disease, heart health, Japan, oxidative stress, stroke, supplements, turmeric, vegan, vegetables, vitamin C

The endothelium is the inner lining of our blood vessels. Laid end-to-end, endothelial cells from a single human would wrap more than four times around the world. And it's not just an inert layer; it's highly metabolically active. I've......

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Reversing Diabetic Blindness with Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, blindness, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Walter Kempner, eye disease, eye health, fat, fruit, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, hypertension, insulin, kidney disease, kidney failure, lasers, medication, protein, reversing chronic diseases, rice, sodium, steroids, surgery, vision, weight loss

Though many reported feeling better on Dr. Walter Kempner's rice and fruit diet, he refused to accept such anecdotal evidence as proof of success. He wanted objective measurements. The most famous were his "eyegrounds photographs," taken with a special......

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Optimal Bowel Movement Frequency

Michael Greger MD | August 3, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, blood pressure, bowel movements, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon disease constipation, colon health, diarrhea, evolution, fiber, gastrocolic reflex, heart disease, heart health, plant-based diets, salt, standard American diet, stool size, stroke, United Kingdom, vegans, vegetarians

Lasting for 3,000 years, ancient Egypt was one of the greatest ancient civilizations--with a vastly underestimated knowledge of medicine. They even had medical subspecialties. The pharaohs, for example, had access to dedicated physicians to be "guardian[s] of the royal......

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Plant versus Animal Iron

Michael Greger MD | June 15, 2017 | Health

Read More: African Americans, anemia, animal products, beans, beef, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, chickpeas, cholesterol, cruciferous vegetables, diabetes, dried fruit, farm animals, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, heme iron, iron, legumes, lentils, lung cancer, magnesium, meat, metabolic syndrome, Mexican Americans, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, rye, seeds, split peas, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they're no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because......

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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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Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?

Michael Greger MD | May 30, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, antioxidants, bacon, beans, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, constipation, corn, diabetes, Dr. Hugh Trowell, eggs, fiber, grains, greens, heart disease, heart health, meat, medications, millet, mortality, oatmeal, obesity, plant-based diets, standard American diet, statins, stroke, sweet potatoes, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We're getting only about half the minimum recommended intake on average. There is a fiber gap in America. Less than 3 percent meet the recommended minimum.......

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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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The Best Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Michael Greger MD | May 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: arthritis, autoimmune diseases, C-reactive protein, cancer, cardiovascular health, gut flora, heart health, immune function, joint disease, joint health, lignans, pain, plant-based diet, Proteus mirabilis, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract infections, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease affecting millions. It is characterized by persistent pain, stiffness, and progressive joint destruction leading to crippling deformities, particularly in the hands and feet. What can we do to prevent and treat......

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High Blood Pressure: Normal but Not Natural

Michael Greger MD | April 6, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, aging, bacon, beans, beverages, blood pressure, bologna, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, cola, cruciferous vegetables, Europe, fruit, grains, greens, ham, heart disease, heart health, hot dogs, hypertension, lifespan, longevity, meat, medications, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, processed meat, seeds, soda, standard American diet, vegetables

The most comprehensive and systematic analysis of causes of death ever undertaken allows us to answer questions like, how many lives could we save if people cut back on soda? The answer is 299,521. Soft drinks aren't just bad......

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How to Prevent a Heart Attack

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, heart diseases, heart health, inflammation, lifespan, mortality, saturated fat, standard American diet, trans fat

In my video Arterial Acne, I described atherosclerotic plaques as inflamed pockets of pus. Our coronary arteries start out healthy, but then the saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol in the standard American diet increases the cholesterol in our......

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How Much Fiber Should You Eat Every Day?

Michael Greger MD | March 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: adolescence, apple, beans, berries, blood sugar, broccoli, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, diabetes, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, fat, fiber, Froot Loops, grains, heart disease, heart health, meat, nuts, oats, obesity, pasta, stroke, vegetables

High dietary fiber intake may help prevent strokes. The belief that dietary fiber intake is protectively associated with certain diseases was postulated 40 years ago and then enormously fueled and kept alive by a great body of science since.......

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White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red

Michael Greger MD | February 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, animal protein, beef, beverages, blood sugar, burgers, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, Coca-Cola, cola, dairy, eggs, fat, fish, flexitarians, hamburgers, heart health, industry influence, lard, LDL cholesterol, meat, Pepsi, plant protein, plant-based diets, poultry, protein, red meat, saturated fat, soda, sugar, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, white meat

In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat, the beef industry commissioned and co-wrote a review of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of beef versus chicken......

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Benefits of Oatmeal for Fatty Liver Disease

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, antioxidants, asthma, blood sugar, bread, breakfast, breakfast cereal, cancer, cardiovascular health, chemotherapy, cholesterol, cirrhosis, diabetes, exercise, fiber, fruit, grains, heart health, liver disease, liver health, mortality, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, oatmeal, obesity, rice, smoking, vegetables, weight loss

If oatmeal is so powerful that it can clear up some of the ravages of chemotherapy just applied to the skin (see my video Oatmeal Lotion for Chemotherapy-Induced Rash), what might it do if we actually ate it? Oats......

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The Two Most Active Ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, almonds, Ancel Keys, animal fats, antioxidants, butter, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cookies, dairy, DNA damage, eggs, fat, fish, Harvard, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hazelnuts, heart disease, heart health, lard, lifespan, longevity, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, olive oil, olives, oxidative stress, plant-based diets, PREDIMED, soda, stroke, vegetables, walnuts, wine, World Health Organization

Olives and nuts are plant foods, and as such, are packed with antioxidants, raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage, but what's happening inside people's arteries? Researchers measured the......

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How Well Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Actually Work?

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, colon cancer, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, Fosamax, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, Lipitor, medical education, medications, meditation, plant-based diets, side effects, statins, stress

One of the reasons people may undervalue diet and lifestyle changes is an overconfidence in the ability of pills and procedures to prevent disease. For example, people tend to wildly overestimate the power of things like mammograms and colonoscopies......

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Flax Seeds Can Have Profound Effect on Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, animal fat, antioxidants, blood pressure, burgers, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, fat, flax seeds, hamburgers, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, lard, meat, medications, molasses, mortality, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, salt, saturated fat, side effects, statins, stroke, sugar, tomatoes

A recent article in the journal, Meat Science, acknowledged that a sector of the population perceives meat as a food that is detrimental to their health because of studies associating meat consumption with heart disease and cancer. So, the......

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How Turmeric Can Help Combat the Effects of Sitting

Michael Greger MD | October 25, 2016 | Health

Read More: cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, Curcumin, diabetes, endothelial, exercise, fat, green tea, heart disease, heart health, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, nuts, spices, treadmill, turmeric

The average American spends most of their waking life sitting down, which is associated with an increased risk of death even among people who go to the gym after work and exercise regularly. Doing lots of sitting may double......

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What About Eating Just a Little Meat?

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, Asia, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, fish, flexitarians, heart health, hypertension, junk food, meat, plant-based diets, prediabetes, soda, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

As you can see in my video, Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes, we've known for decades that a plant-based diet may be protective against diabetes. Studies going back half a century found that those eating meat one or more days......

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