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Are the Benefits of Organic Food Underrated or Overrated?

Michael Greger MD | April 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: cadmium, cancer, carcinogens, carrots, cookies, dioxin, DNA damage, exercise, fruit, heavy metals, industrial pollutants, jelly beans, junk food, organic foods, pesticides, potato chips, smoking, tobacco, vegetables

Pesticides have been classified as probable carcinogens for 25 years. Different pesticides have been associated with different cancers through a variety of mechanisms, including genetic damage--direct hits to our DNA or chromosomes--and epigenetic modification, changes in the way our......

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What Are the Benefits of Organic?

Michael Greger MD | April 25, 2017 | Health

Read More: ADHD, alcohol, animal fat, antioxidants, beverages, birth defects, cancer, children, dairy, fat, fish, hypospadias, industrial pollutants, insecticides, insects, lymphoma, meat, men's health, milk, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, organic foods, organochlorines, penis health, pesticides, soda, testicular cancer, United Kingdom, women's health

The medical literature has been historically hostile to organic foods, blaming in part erroneous information supplied by the health food movement for our ignorance of nutrition. But until just a few generations ago, all food was organic. It's kind......

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The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Vegetables

Michael Greger MD | April 20, 2017 | Health

Read More: animal products, bacon, cheese, chicken, cooking methods, dairy, DDT, dishwashing detergent, eggs, fat, fish, fruit, fruit and vegetable wash, industrial pollutants, lettuce, meat, organic foods, pesticides, potatoes, poultry, salt, strawberries, TGI Friday's, tomatoes, vegetables, vinegar, water

How might we reduce our exposure to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables? What about staying away from imported produce? Well, it turns out domestic produce may be even worse, dispelling the notion that imported fruits and vegetables pose......

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The Food Safety Risk of Organic versus Conventional

Michael Greger MD | April 18, 2017 | Health

Read More: ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, antibiotics, birth defects, brain disease, brain health, brain tumors, Camplyobacter, cancer, chicken, children, dementia, food poisoning, foodborne illness, leukemia, meat, memory, organic foods, Parkinson's disease, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, Salmonella, superbugs, women's health

The stated principles of organic agriculture are "health, ecology, fairness, and care," but if you ask people why they buy organic, the strongest predictor is concern for their own health. People appear to spend more for organic foods for......

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Organic versus Conventional: Which has More Nutrients?

Michael Greger MD | April 14, 2017 | Health

Read More: antioxidants, barbecuing, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, colon cancer, cost savings, DNA damage, esophageal cancer, fruit, frying, heterocyclic amines, meat, organic foods, pesticides, phenolics, phytonutrients, polycyclic hydrocarbons, smoked foods, strawberries, sulforaphane, vegetables

Are organic foods safer and healthier than conventional alternatives? Those are two separate questions. Some consumers are interested in getting more nutrients; others are more concerned about getting fewer pesticides. Let's do nutrition first. As seen in my video,......

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GMO Soy and Breast Cancer

Michael Greger MD | July 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: ADHD, alcohol, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chicken, children, diabetes, estrogen, farm animals, feed additives, glyphosate, GMO, heart disease, Monsanto, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, organic, Parkinson's disease, pesticides, Roundup, safety limits, soy, soybeans, stroke, women's health

In response to concerns raised about the toxicity of Monsanto's roundup pesticide, which ends up in GMO foods (See Is Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?), Monsanto's scientists countered that these in vitro experiments used physiological irrelevant concentrations, meaning dripping......

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Is Monsanto's Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?

Michael Greger MD | July 8, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, Europe, fertility, glyphosate, GMO, hormones, industry influence, men's health, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, Roundup, safety limits, soy, soybeans, testosterone, women's health

GMO soy has been found to be contaminated with pesticide residues (see Are GMOs Safe? The Case of Roundup Ready Soy), but are these levels anything to worry about? I explore this question in my video Is Monsanto's Roundup......

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GMO Soybeans Compared to Conventionally Grown and Organic Soy

Michael Greger MD | July 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: glyphosate, GMO, industry influence, Monsanto, organic, pesticides, Roundup, soy, soybeans

As I discussed in the video, Are GMOs Safe? The Case of BT Corn, genes from GMO crops were found in pregnant women. There is debate on the direct threat of the inserted genes, but the real danger may......

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Is Insecticidal GMO Corn Safe?

Michael Greger MD | June 28, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal studies, BT corn, corn, farm animals, fruit, GMO, industrial toxins, industry influence, meat, organic, pesticides, pregnancy, reproductive health, salmon, vegetables, women's health

Recently the prominent science journal Nature editorialized that we are now swimming in information about genetically modified crops, but that much of the information is wrong--on both sides of the debate. "But a lot of this incorrect information is......

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Dioxins in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, catfish, chicken, China, dairy, dioxins, eggs, factory farming practices, farm animals, FDA, feed additives, fish, heart disease, heart health, industrial toxins, meat, milk, mineral clay, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, Taiwan, vegans, vegetarians

Dioxins are highly toxic pollutants that accumulate in tissue fat. Almost all dioxins found in people who don't work in toxic waste dumps or something similarly hazardous are believed to come from food, especially meat, milk, and fish, which......

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Why Would Eating Fish Increase Diabetes Risk?

Michael Greger MD | July 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal products, antioxidants, blood sugar, cancer, diabetes, dioxins, Europe, fish, fish oil, industrial toxins, insulin, meat, metabolic syndrome, omega-3 fatty acids, oxidative stress, pancreas health, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, prediabetes, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, toxins, Vietnam

In the past two years, six separate meta-analyses have been published on the relationship between fish consumption and type 2 diabetes. The whole point of a meta-analysis is to compile the best studies done to date and see what......

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Reducing Arsenic in Chicken and Rice

Michael Greger MD | June 23, 2015 | Health

Read More: apple juice, arsenic, brown rice syrup, cancer, carcinogens, Center for Food Safety, chicken, cooking methods, FDA, food additives, industrial toxins, Johns Hopkins University, lead, liver, meat, organic foods, parasites, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, pork, poultry, rice, safety limits, turkey

In 2013, Maryland became the first state to ban the feeding of an arsenic-containing drug to chickens. This arsenic-containing drug is used to control parasites and gives chicken meat an "appealing pink color." In 2011, the FDA found that......

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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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Viral Food Poisoning from Pesticides?

Michael Greger MD | March 5, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal products, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, food poisoning, foodborne illness, fruit, mortality, norovirus, organic foods, pesticides, poultry, Salmonella, turkey, vegetables, viral infections

Although the most serious causes of food poisoning like Salmonella come largely from animal products (for example, most foodborne-related deaths have been attributed to poultry), millions of Americans are sickened by produce every year, thanks to noroviruses. Noroviruses can......

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A Low Methionine Diet May Help Starve Cancer Cells

Michael Greger MD | July 8, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, beef, bladder cancer, bladder disease, bladder health, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast disease, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, chemotherapy, chicken, colon cancer, colon health, dairy, dogs, eggs, fish, fruit, fungicides, grains, insects, leukemia, lung cancer, lung disease, lung health, meat, medications, metastases, methionine, milk, nuts, ovarian cancer, ovary health, pesticides, plant-based diets, poultry, prostate cancer, prostate health, rectal cancer, red meat, skin cancer, skin health, smoking, tobacco, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, women's health

When designing an antibiotic, we can't create a drug that destroys DNA because that's something that both humans and bacteria share in common. It would kill bacteria, but it might kill us, too. Instead, many antibiotics work by attacking......

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Male Fertility and Dietary Pollutants

Michael Greger MD | March 4, 2014 | Health

Read More: anabolic steroids, animal fat, beef, cadium, cheese, chicken, cola, dairy, fish, heavy metal, hormones, industrial pollutants, infertility, lead, male infertility, meat, milk, pesticides, plant-based diet, saturated fat, scallops, shrimp, soda, soft drinks, sperm count, steroids, tuna, vegan, vegetarian, xenobiotics, xenoestrogens

                Infertility affects 10–15 percent of couples attempting to conceive, and in about half the cases the problem is in the man. A recent Harvard study found that increasing saturated fat intake just......

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Avoiding Dairy to Prevent Parkinson's

Michael Greger MD | August 27, 2013 | Health

Read More: brain damage, cheese, chemicals, concussions, dairy, exercise, head damage, hormones, industrial carcinogens, industrial pollutants, milk, Monsanto, neurotoxic chemicals, Parkinson's, PCBs, pesticides, plant-based diet, pollutants, Polychlorinated biphenyl, Tetrahydroisoquinoline, vegan, vegetarian, yogurt

There are four things that may reduce our risk of developing Parkinson's disease: increase exercise, and avoid dairy products, pesticides, and head trauma (please wear your seatbelt and bike helmet!). What about avoiding pesticides and other industrial pollutants? A......

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Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes

Michael Greger MD | June 25, 2013 | Health

Read More: anticancer genes, antioxidants, apple juice, apple peel, apple peels, apples, breast cancer, cancer, fruits, genetics, juice, maspin, pesticides, plant-based diet, prostate cancer, tumor suppression, tumor suppression gene, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole foods

A new study calculated that if half the U.S. population ate just one more serving of conventional fruits and vegetables, 20,000 cases of cancer could be prevented. At the same time the added pesticide consumption could cause up to......

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Eating To Extend Our Lifespan

Michael Greger MD | October 25, 2012 | Health

Read More: caloric restriction, dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, egg-free, fertility, human longevity, pesticides, processed meat, smoking, vegan, vegetarian

Why can't we live forever? Some animals do, and I don't mean some 200 year old whale-I'm talking immortal. There are actually species of animals that don't age and could technically go on living forever-and why not? In a......

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Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#18)

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 2012 | Health

Read More: algae, astaxanthin, BPA, canned vegetables, celery, chlorella, colon cancer, fish, fluoride, pesticides, phytonutrients, spirulina, supplements, vaccination, vitamin D, water

This is another sampling of the more than 800 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand......

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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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Organic Foods - Are They Worth It?

Dustin Rudolph, PharmD | January 12, 2011 | Food

Read More: cancer, conventional foods, herbicides, insecticides, nutrition, organic farming, organic food, pesticides, plant based diet

Ever find yourself in the produce section at the supermarket staring down two colorful apples wondering which one is worthy of making its way into your grocery cart?  Both apples look the same but one has that familiar USDA Organic......