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Optimal Bowel Movement Position

Michael Greger MD | August 8, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, anorectal angle, appendicitis, bowel movements, colon disease, colon health, constipation, diverticulitis, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. Joel Kahn, fiber, gallstones, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernia, mortality, plant-based diets, squatty potty, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Compared to rural African populations eating traditional plant-based diets, white South Africans and black and white Americans have more than 50 times more heart disease, 10 times more colon cancer, more than 50 times more gallstones and appendicitis, and......

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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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Diet and Hiatal Hernia

Michael Greger MD | July 13, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, Barrett's esophagus, bowel movements, cancer, carcinogens, colon disease, colon health, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, esophageal cancer, fat, fiber, GERD, heartburn, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, phytates, plant-based diets, standard American diet, stool size, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

In terms of preventing acid reflux heartburn, high-fat meals cause dramatically more acid exposure in the esophagus in the hours after a meal. I talked about this in Diet and GERD Acid Reflux Heartburn. High fiber intake decreases the......

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Solving a Colon Cancer Mystery

Michael Greger MD | June 29, 2017 | Health

Read More: Africa, African Americans, animal fat, animal protein, cancer, cholesterol, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, exercise, fiber, lung cancer, mortality, processed foods, rectal cancer, smoking, standard American diet, tobacco

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. The rates of lung cancer around the world vary by a factor of 10. If there was nothing we could do to......

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Treating Kidney Stones with Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 27, 2017 | Health

Read More: alkaline diet, animal products, animal protein, beans, beef, bread, calcium, cheese, complementary medicine, dairy, eggs, fish, fruit, grains, kidney disease, kidney health, kidney stones, LAKE score, Lifestyle medicine, meat, milk, oxalate, pasta, pH, plant protein, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, rice, salt, seafood, sodium, standard American diet, tuna, uric acid, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, water

Studies suggest that excessive consumption of animal protein poses a risk of kidney stone formation, likely due to the acid load contributed by the high content of sulfur-containing amino acids in animal protein, a topic I explore in my......

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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 Animal Protein Does in Your Colon

Michael Greger MD | April 11, 2017 | Health

Read More: alcohol, ammonia, animal protein, beans, beef, beverages, butyrate, cabbage, cancer, colon cancer, colon disease, colon health, cruciferous vegetables, dried fruit, fiber, food additives, fruit, hydrogen sulfide, inflammatory bowel disease, lentils, meat, oatmeal, organic, pasta, peas, plant protein, plant-based diets, preservatives, processed foods, protein, rectal cancer, standard American diet, sulfites, sulfur, sulfur dioxide, ulcerative colitis, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, wine, women's health

There's a take-off of the industry slogan, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" - "Beef: It's What's Rotting in Your Colon." I saw this on a shirt once with some friends and I was such the party pooper--no pun intended--explaining......

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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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The Five Most Important Dietary Tweaks

Michael Greger MD | March 28, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, bacon, beverages, cancer, cardiovascular disease, children, chronic diseases, cola, deli meats, diabetes, exercise, fruit, heart disease, hot dogs, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, longevity, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, pork, processed meats, seeds, Slovenia, smoking, soda, standard American diet, stroke, tobacco, tofu, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

Generally, adherence to healthy lifestyle patterns has decreased during the last 18 years. Obesity is up, exercise is down, and the number of people eating just five servings of fruits and veggies a day dropped like a rock. And......

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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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Benefits of Nuts for Stroke Prevention

Michael Greger MD | January 10, 2017 | Health

Read More: American Heart Association, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, fat, fruit, heart disease, hypertension, meat, Mediterranean diet, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, PREDIMED, saturated fat, standard American diet, stroke, vegetables

In the PREDIMED study, from the Spanish "PREvencio ́n con DIeta MEDiterranea," a whopping 7,447 patients were randomized into three groups. These were folks at high risk for a heart attack, about half were obese, diabetic and most had......

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What's the Mediterranean Diet's Secret?

Michael Greger MD | December 22, 2016 | Health

Read More: Ancel Keys, animal fat, animal products, beans, brain health, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, cognition, cruciferous vegetables, dairy, depression, diabetes, fruit, grains, Greece, greens, heart disease, inflammation, iron, meat, Mediterranean diet, mental health, mortality, nuts, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, soy, standard American diet, stroke, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The Mediterranean Diet is an "in" topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. As one researcher put it, "Uncritical laudatory coverage is common, but specifics are hard to come by: What is it? Where did......

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Striving for Alkaline Pee and Acidic Poo

Michael Greger MD | December 20, 2016 | Health

Read More: acid/base balance, Africa, African Americans, animal protein, beans, bowel movements, cabbage, colon cancer, colon health, fecal bacteria, fiber, fruit, grains, gut flora, pH, plant-based diets, sauerkraut, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vinegar

More than 30 years ago, an idea was put forward that high colonic pH promoted colorectal cancer. A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below......

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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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Reversal of Chronic Disease Risk Even Late in Life

Michael Greger MD | October 18, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, colon cancer, diabetes, fruit, grains, heart disease, Japan, junk food, legumes, meat, mortality, nuts, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, smoking, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

A hundred years ago, the New York Times reported on a rather sophisticated study for the time: 4,600 cases of cancer appearing over a seven year period, suggesting that the increased consumption of animal foods was to blame. A......

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Preventing and Treating Low Back Pain With Diet

Michael Greger MD | August 11, 2016 | Health

Read More: adolescence, angiography, back pain, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cholesterol, chronic diseases, erectile dysfunction, heart disease, heart health, lactic acid, lower back pain, nerve health, pain, sciatica, standard American diet

Low back pain became one of the biggest problems for public health systems in the Western world during the second half of the 20th century. The lifetime prevalence of low back pain is reported to be as high as......

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Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Turmeric Curcumin

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, cancer, carcinogens, chemotherapy, chicken, curcumin, dried fruit, fake meat, fat, FDA, fruit, heterocyclic amines, legumes, meat, mortality, pancreatic cancer, poultry, red meat, side effects, spices, standard American diet, turkey, turmeric, vegetables, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, white meat

Pancreatic cancer is among the most aggressive forms of human cancer, characterized by a very high mortality rate. It represents the fourth leading cause of cancer death in United States, killing 32,000 people annually. With a five-year survival rate......

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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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Eating Garlic and Raisins May Help Prevent Preterm Birth

Michael Greger MD | April 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: aspartame, berries, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, diabetes, dried fruit, fiber, fruit, garlic, grains, heart disease, heart health, oils, onions, plant-based diets, prediabetes, pregnancy, probiotics, processed meat, raisins, saturated fat, soda, standard American diet, vegetables, water, women's health

The United States has one of the worst premature birth rates in the world, now ranking 131st worldwide. Even worse, over the last few decades, the rate of preterm birth in the U.S. has been going up. We've known......

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When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up......

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Making Your Own Mouthwash

Michael Greger MD | January 21, 2016 | Health

Read More: amla, antibiotics, antioxidants, antiseptic, beans, cancer, candy, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chlorhexidine, dental health, diabetes, diarrhea, DNA damage, drug residues, forgive to win, grains, green tea, heart disease, heart health, lentils, mouthwash, oral health, oxidative stress, peas, periodontal disease, phytonutrients, plant-based diets, potatoes, prediabetes, side effects, smoking, spices, standard American diet, sugar, tobacco, vegans, vegetarians, vomiting

The effects of a vegetarian diet on systemic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases have been studied and have revealed predominantly less systemic diseases in those eating plant-based diets. However, there have only been a few studies on......

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Evidence-Based Nutrition

Michael Greger MD | January 12, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, China Study, chronic diseases, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Denis Burkitt, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Walter Kempner, ECMO, extracorporeal membranous oxygenation, heart disease, heart health, infants, Lifestyle medicine, Louis Pasteur, lung health, medical education, mortality, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets, rabies, Rice Diet, standard American diet, vaccines

Dr. Esselstyn's landmark study, demonstrating that even advanced triple vessel coronary artery disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet, has been criticized for being such a small study. But the reason we're used to seeing large studies is......

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The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne......

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How Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: boiling, breakfast, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, cooking methods, diabetes, dietary guidelines, fast food, fiber, industry influence, junk food, LDL cholesterol, mortality, obesity, pizza, poultry, processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, standard American diet, supermarkets, Taiwan, turkey, United Kingdom, vegetables, World Health Organization

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, "eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket." Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer......

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Where are the Lowest Rates of Alzheimer's in the World?

Michael Greger MD | November 12, 2015 | Health

Read More: Africa, African-American, Alzheimer's disease, animal fat, animal products, Asia, beans, cholesterol, dementia, Europe, grains, India, iron, LDL cholesterol, low-carb diets, meat, Nigeria, plant-based diets, rice, saturated fat, standard American diet, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians

The rates of dementia differ greatly around the world, from the lowest rates in Africa, India, and South Asia, to the highest rates in Western Europe and especially North America. Is it all just genetics? Well, the incidence of......

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