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How to Treat Dry Eye Disease Naturally with Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 31, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, antihistamines, autism, bananas, beans, blindness, bread, breakfast cereal, caffeine, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, dehydration, eye disease, eye health, French fries, fruit juice, grains, greens, herbal remedies, herbal tea, junk food, LASIK, limes, medications, men's health, nuts, potassium, potato chips, processed foods, rice, salt, soy milk, spinach, sugar, surgery, vegetables, vision, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, water, women's health

One of the most common eye disorders, dry eye disease, causes irritation or discomfort, and can decrease functional vision, sometimes causing a dramatic deterioration in the quality of life. About five million Americans over age 50 suffer from moderate-to-severe......

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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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Brown Fat: Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis

Michael Greger MD | September 21, 2017 | Health

Read More: blindness, body fat, brown fat, calories, children, CT scan, DNP, exercise, eye disease, eye health, fever, industrial pollutants, industrial toxins, medications, metabolism, obesity, safety limits, side effects, vision, weight loss

During World War I, it was discovered that many of the chemicals for new explosives had toxic or even lethal effects on the workers in the munitions factories. Chemicals such as di-nitro-phenol (DNP) can boost metabolism so much that......

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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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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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Big Sugar Takes on the World Health Organization

Michael Greger MD | July 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, beans, chronic diseases, dietary guidelines, fat, fruit, grains, industry influence, junk food, lentils, medications, Michelle Obama, peas, processed foods, salt, saturated fat, subsidies, sugar, Sugar Association, tobacco, trans fats, vegetables, World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends we reduce our consumption of salt, trans fats, saturated fats, and added sugars. Why? Because consumption of such foods is the cause of at least 14 million deaths every year from chronic diseases.......

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Music as Medicine

Michael Greger MD | July 11, 2017 | Health

Read More: allergies, anxiety, athletes, Bach, Beethoven, calories, children, exercise, jazz, medications, men's health, metabolism, Mozart, music, pain, side effects, surgery, testosterone, Valium, weight gain, weight loss, women's health

We've been playing music since the Paleolithic Era, 40,000 years ago. Music as therapy has been documented since at least biblical times. The first music therapy experiment was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1914.......

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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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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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Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Michael Greger MD | May 23, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, antioxidants, apples, Asia, Barrett's esophagus, beans, berries, beverages, bone fractures, breast cancer, cancer, cholecystokinin, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, eggs, esophageal cancer, esophagus, esophagus health, fat, fiber, food poisoning, food-borne illness, fruit, GERD, heartburn, McDonald's, meat, medications, melanoma, men's health, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant protein, pneumonia, poultry, prostate cancer, reflux, smoking, stomach, supplements, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C, vitamin E, women's health

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat, but GERD is not just burning......

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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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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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Are Sugar Pills Better than Antidepressant Drugs?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, body fat, depression, diarrhea, exercise, FDA, Freedom of Information Act, industry influence, insomnia, lifespan, medications, mental health, mood, muscle health, nausea, placebo, placebo effect, Prozac, sexual dysfunction, sexual health, side effects, SSRI's, weight gain

We've learned that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression (in my video Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression). But how much is that really saying? How effective are antidepressant drugs in......

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Exercise as a Treatment for Depression

Michael Greger MD | January 24, 2017 | Health

Read More: antidepressants, depression, exercise, lifestyle medicine, medications, mental health, mood, SSRI's, Zoloft

We've known for decades that even a single bout of exercise can elevate our mood, but could it be enough to be used as a treatment for major depression? We've known that physical activity has been associated with decreased......

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Medical Care: The Third Leading Cause of Death

Michael Greger MD | November 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: cancer, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, hand washing, heart disease, iatrogenic, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medical profession, medications, mortality, penis health, side effects, statins, surgery

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but a pound isn't that heavy. Why change our diet and lifestyle when we can just wait and let modern medicine fix us up? In my video The Actual......

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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 May Eating Plants Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?

Michael Greger MD | October 27, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, Alzheimer's disease, antioxidants, berries, blueberries, brain disease, brain health, cognition, dairy, dementia, Evidence-based medicine, exercise, fat, FDA, fiber, fruit, greens, lifespan, meat, medications, mortality, oxidative stress, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, saffron, saturated fat, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, strawberries, sugar, turmeric, vegetables

Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet, is linked with the development of Alzheimer's disease. There has been a global shift in dietary composition, from traditional diets high in......

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Why are Chickens Fed Prozac?

Michael Greger MD | January 26, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal protein, antibiotics, antihistamines, arsenic, birth defects, caffeine, cancer, carcinogens, chicken, DES, drug residues, estrogen, factory farming practices, farm animals, feather meal, feed additives, fish, fungicides, growth promoters, hormones, industry influence, medications, miscarriage, poultry, pregnancy, Prozac, sheep, turkey, vaginal cancer, vaginal health, women's health

Between 1940 and 1971, the synthetic estrogen DES was prescribed to several million pregnant women with the promise that it would "help prevent miscarriages." Problems were first highlighted in 1953 when it became clear that DES was not only......

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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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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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