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Should Cancer Patients Avoid Raw Fruits and Vegetables?

Michael Greger MD | June 13, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Cancer Society, animal products, antibiotics, antioxidants, bone marrow health, Campylobacter, cancer, CDC, chemotherapy, cooking methods, dairy, E. coli, eggs, Evidence-based medicine, FDA, food poisoning, food-borne illness, fruit, immune function, leukemia, lymphoma, meat, medical education, medical profession, mortality, neutropenic diet, raw food, salads, Salmonella, side effects, sprouts, vegetables

Back in the 1960s, a patient isolator unit was developed for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Because our immune system cells were often caught in the friendly fire, up to 50% of cancer patients died of infections before they could......

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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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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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Benefits of Nutritional Yeast to Prevent the Common Cold

Michael Greger MD | February 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal studies, antibiotics, athletes, beta glucan, brewer's yeast, California, candy, chemotherapy, common cold, FDA, gout, heavy metals, immune function, inflammation, kidney stones, lead, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, purines, safety limits, shiitake mushrooms, side effects, uric acid, yeast

Natural immunomodulators that can help regulate our immune system without side-effects have been sought for centuries, and all the while they've been sitting in the produce aisle. Plants produce thousand of active compounds, many of which modulate our immune......

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How a Gluten-Free Diet Can Be Harmful

Michael Greger MD | February 23, 2016 | Video

Read More: allergies, bagels, barley, bread, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, gut flora, heart disease, heart health, immune function, obesity, pasta, prediabetes, probiotics, rye, viral infections, wheat

Until only a few years ago, almost the whole of the scientific world maintained that the wheat protein gluten would provoke negative effects only in people with rare conditions such as celiac disease or wheat allergies. But by the......

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How a Tick Bite Can Lead to Food Allergies

Michael Greger MD | August 25, 2015 | Health

Read More: allergies, alpha-gal, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, brain disease, breast cancer, breast disease, breast health, cancer, Crohn's disease, evolution, farm animals, hormones, IGF-1, immune function, inflammation, insects, kidney disease, kidney health, kingdom, liver disease, liver health, lyme disease, meat, mushrooms, Neu5Gc, parasites, plant protein, pork, protein, saliva, STARI, thyroid disease, thyroid health, tick bites

In the beginning, Aristotle defined two forms of life on planet Earth: plants and animals. Two thousand years later, the light microscope was invented and we discovered tiny, single-celled organisms like amoebas. Then, the electron microscope was invented and......

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How Fruits and Vegetables Can Prevent Asthma

Michael Greger MD | June 30, 2015 | Health

Read More: air pollution, allergies, animal protein, antibiotics, antioxidants, asthma, biomagnification, breastfeeding, calories, children, chronic diseases, dairy, eczema, eggs, elderly, endocrine disruptors, fermented foods, fruit, immune function, India, industrial toxins, inflammation, lung disease, lung health, meat, organic foods, oxidative stress, persistent organic pollutants, plant protein, plant-based diets, probiotics, protein, respiratory infections, saturated fat, smoking, soda, soy, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children and the prevalence is increasing around the world. Despite this, most research dollars are spent on adult chronic disease. "One might ask," a group of researchers posited "whether this is......

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How Contaminated Are Our Children?

Michael Greger MD | June 18, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, arsenic, asthma, biomagnification, birth defects, breastfeeding, California, cancer, chicken, children, dairy, DDT, dieldrin, dioxins, ear health, endocrine disruptors, Europe, fish, heavy metals, immune function, immunosuppressive drugs, industrial toxins, lactation, lead, meat, men's health, mercury, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, respiratory infections, seafood, sore throat, throat health, tuna, turkey, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

In a study highlighted in my video, California Childen Are Contaminated, researchers analyzed the diets of California children ages two through seven to determine the cancer and non-cancer health effects from food contaminant exposures. It turns out food may......

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The Spice That Helps Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Michael Greger MD | January 27, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, bone health, bone marrow health, cartilage health, complementary medicine, curcumin, curry powder, eye health, ginger, Ibuprofen, immune function, inflammation, joint disease, joint health, lifespan, liver health, medications, pain, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects, spices, turmeric, World Health Organization

Accordingto the World Health Organization, "80% of the Earth's inhabitants rely upon the traditional medicine for their primary health-care needs, in part due to high cost of Western pharmaceuticals. Medicines derived from plants have played a pivotal role in......

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Boosting Anti-Cancer Immunity with Berries

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 2014 | Health

Read More: berries, blueberries, cancer, cancer survival, cardamom, detoxification, exercise, fruit, goji berries, immune function, industry influence, inflammation, oxidative stress, pepper, spices

For disease prevention and health maintenance, berries of all colors have "emerged as champions." Research has focused mainly on cancer prevention and treatment. Studies show that the anticancer effects of berries are partially mediated through their abilities to counteract,......

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The Reason We Need More Antioxidants

Michael Greger MD | December 2, 2014 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, energy, fat, fruit, fruit juice, heart disease, heart health, immune function, juice, mortality, orange juice, oranges, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, standard American diet, sugar, vitamin C, vitamin E

Glucose is the primary fuel of the human body. We consume glucose and breathe in oxygen to make the energy needed to power our bodies. Plants then take the water and carbon dioxide we breathe out to make oxygen......

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What to Eat to Reduce Our Toxic Exposure

Michael Greger MD | October 7, 2014 | Health

Read More: Ah receptor, animal products, apples, beans, beef, breast milk, breastfeeding, broccoli, cancer, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, dioxins, fish, fruit, immune function, industrial toxins, meat, onions, persistent organic pollutants, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, red onions, red wine, seafood, smoking, tea, turkey, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine

It is not very common that a single molecule attracts enough interest to merit international scientific conferences of its own. "Ah receptor," however, "belongs to the rare elite of such molecules." Ah receptors are an important factor in how......

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Our Immune System Uses Plants To Activate Gut Protection

Michael Greger MD | September 30, 2014 | Health

Read More: Ah receptor, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cruciferous vegetables, energy, fish oil, greens, immune function, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, kale, medications, phytonutrients, processed food, standard American diet, ulcerative colitis, vegetables

It might seem that our skin is the first line of defense between our insides and the outside world, but our greatest interface with our environment is actually through the lining of our intestines, which covers thousands of square......

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Why Athletes Should Eat Nutritional Yeast

Michael Greger MD | September 2, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, children, cognition, common cold, exercise, fatigue, fiber, immune function, mood, nutritional yeast, respiratory infections, stress, yeast

Does powering up at the gym also power up our immune system? Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immunity and decreases illness rates. According to an article in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, "the most important finding......

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Two Kiwifruit an Hour Before Bedtime

Michael Greger MD | April 1, 2014 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, antioxidants, cognition, complementary medicine, folate, fruit, immune function, industry influence, insomnia, kiwi fruit, lifespan, longevity, medications, memory, mortality, oxidative stress, pneumonia, serotonin, sleep, sleeping pills, tomatoes, Valium, vegetables

                The number one question in sleep research is “Why do we sleep?” followed by the question,“How much sleep do we need?” After literally hundreds of studies, we still don’t know the best......

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Why Do Vegan Women Have Fewer Female Cancers?

Michael Greger MD | March 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: Adventist Health Studies, cancer, cervical cancer, cervix health, chicken, fruit, genital health, green tea, growth promoters, hepatitis, hepatitis E, heterocyclic amines, human papilloma virus, IGF-1, immune function, inflammations, lutein, lycopene, lymphoma, meat, Neu5Gc, obesity, oxidative stress, penis cancer, penis health, pets, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, sexual health, sexual transmission, throat cancer, throat health, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vulva cancer

                Cervical cancer is now considered a sexually transmitted disease. It was originally suspected as such, but now we have DNA fingerprinting proof that virtually all cervical cancer is caused by a sexually......

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When a Scraped Knee May Once Again Kill

Michael Greger MD | March 13, 2014 | Health

Read More: agriculture, animal products, animal welfare, antibiotics, antimicrobial drugs, bacteria, beef, chicken, children, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, growth promoters, immune function, industry influence, meat, medications, mortality, penicillin, pork, poultry, superbugs, tetracycline, turkey, World Health Organization

                In a keynote address last year, the Director-General of the World Health Organization warned that we may be facing a future in which many of our miracle drugs no longer work. “A......

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Probiotics During Cold Season?

Michael Greger MD | December 31, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, antibiotics, asthma, babies, bloating, c-section, caesarean section, cancer, cold, common cold, diarrhea, fiber, fruit, gastroenteritis, gut flora, immune function, immune system, infants, infections, intestinal infections, lactic acid bacteria, prebiotics, probiotics, respiratory infections, soy, soy yogurt, supplements, vaginal delivery, vaginal flora, vegetables, white blood cells, yogurt

                Babies delivered via caesarean section appear to be at increased risk for various allergic diseases. The thought is that vaginal delivery leads to the first colonization of the baby’s gut with maternal......

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Mushrooms and Immunity

Michael Greger MD | December 24, 2013 | Health

Read More: allergies, amla, autoimmune diseases, breast glands, cancer, chronic inflammation, digestive tract, eyeballs, immune function, immune system, immunoglobulin A, Indian gooseberries, infection, inflammation, inflammatory diseases, mouth, mucosal immunity, mucous membrane, mushrooms, phytonutrients, pyrogallol, reproductive system, skin, type A antibodies, urinary system, white button mushrooms, white mushrooms

                There’re lots of products that promise to boost your immune system—who wouldn’t want that? Well, millions of people suffer from autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases, and allergies.  Their immune systems may already be......

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Schoolchildren Should Drink More Water

Michael Greger MD | November 21, 2013 | Health

Read More: amino acids, cardiovascular function, cellular dehydration, children, children's health, cognitive performance, dehydration, gastrointestinal function, hormonal function, hydration, immune function, juice, memory, mental health, milk, muscle function, neurological function, scholastic performance, skeletal function, sodium, sugar, tea, water, weight loss, weight management, youth

Most children arrive at school in a state of mild dehydration that may negatively affect scholastic performance. Preventing cellular dehydration is integral to hormonal, immune, neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, muscle and skeletal function. So researchers recently set out to determine......

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The Science on Acai Berries

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2013 | Health

Read More: açaí berries, acai berries, acai berry powder, and metabolic parameters, antioxidant content, antioxidants, arthritis, cancer, cholesterol, immune cell function, immune function, immune system, Indian gooseberries, insulin, metabolic parameters, metabolism, Natural Standards Research Collaboration, NSRC, obesity, osteoarthritis, pain, phytonutrients, plant-based diet, pomegranate, pomegranate juice, rose hips, superfood, supplements, vegan, vegetarian, World Health Organization

An independent review of the effects of açaí berries was recently published, which included studies on immune function, arthritis, and metabolic parameters. The "Evidence-Based Systematic Review of Acai" was issued by the Natural Standards Research Collaboration (NSRC), an impartial......