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Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.

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New DVD to Help Resolute Your Resolutions

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 13 at 05:21 AM | Health

The current batch of videos from volume 11 on are set to run out soon here on NutritionFacts.org, so starting mid-month and running through April I'll be rolling out the videos from this new DVD volume 12. The DVDs...

Burning Fat With Flavonoids

Michael Greger MD | January 3, 13 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: arginine, flavonoids, grape juice, metabolism, nuts, sugar, walnuts

Nuts appear to boost one's metabolism, such that when we eat nuts we burn more of our own fat to compensate. In my 2-min. video, Testing the Fat Burning Theory, I show that people who don't eat nuts tend...

Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year

Michael Greger MD | December 29, 12 at 10:25 AM | Health

2012 was NutritionFacts.org's first full year in existence. This year we added about 10,000 twitter followers, 10,000 facebook fans, and 20,000 new subscribers, whose collective enthusiasm in sharing this body of work resulted in over 6 million views. But...

Nuts Don't Cause Expected Weight Gain

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Nuts are packed with nutrition, but they are also packed with calories. Why, then, don't nuts seem to make people fat? In my video Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence, I profile a review published back in 2007...

Cholesterol Lowering in a Nut Shell

Michael Greger MD | December 13, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: cholesterol, Lipitor, nuts, saturated fat, statins

Though official recommendations are to first treat high cholesterol with dietary change, many physicians jump right to cholesterol-lowering medications such as statins like Lipitor that can have an array of side effects. As described in my 1-min. video Diet...

The True Shelf Life of Cooking Oils

Michael Greger MD | December 6, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Cooking oil manufacturer "best-by" dates are put to the test by comparing the development of rancidity between almond oil, avocado oil, hazelnut oil, macadamia oil, grape seed oil, rice bran oil, toasted sesame oil, and walnut oil. Find out...

Drugs & Bugs in Pork: Ractopamine and Yersinia

Michael Greger MD | November 29, 12 at 08:00 PM | Health

Read More: food poisoning, pigs, pork, ractopamine, yersinia

Earlier this year, China rejected 200,000 pounds of pork from the United States after discovering residues in the meat of an adrenaline-like drug called ractopamine, which is fed to U.S. pigs (Paylean™) and turkeys (Topmax™) as a growth promoter...

New Features and Black Friday Sale

Michael Greger MD | November 22, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

The new and improved NutritionFacts.org has arrived! Thanks to the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation and our brilliant web developer Christi Richards, we launched the renovated site this month with a new design and functionality. Here are some of...

Magnesium-Rich Foods to Prevent Sudden Death

Michael Greger MD | November 8, 12 at 06:00 AM | Health

Read More: arrhythmias, cardiac death, heart disease, magnesium, nuts

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As I note in my 3-min. NutritionFacts.org video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55% of men and...

How to Enhance Mineral Absorption

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Iron is a double-edged sword. If we don't absorb enough we risk anemia, but if we absorb too much we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory conditions. See my 3-min....

Eating To Extend Our Lifespan

Michael Greger MD | October 25, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: caloric restriction, dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA, egg-free, fertility, human longevity, 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...

Vol. 11 Nutrition DVD Now Available (Proceeds to Charity)

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

The current batch of videos from volume 10 are about to run out, so starting next week and running into 2013 I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Clinical Nutrition DVD, volume 11. The DVDs...

Preventing and Treating Kidney Failure With Diet

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 12 at 12:05 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, cholesterol, Harvard study, heart attacks, kidney, meat, plant fat, plant protein, standard american diet

Our kidneys are highly vascular organs. That's why when you see kidneys in the meat case they look so red. After all, our two little kidneys have to filter through our entire blood supply and as such receive about...

Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?

Michael Greger MD | September 27, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, bacon, broccoli, cancer, cinnamon, flaxseeds, genital warts, gorlin syndrome, green tea, phytonutrients, saffron, skin cancer, stevia, tea, watermelon

Phytonutrients exclusive to the tea plant appear so powerful that they can reverse disease even when just applied to the skin. Now officially incorporated into the Centers for Disease Control STD Treatment Guidelines, the topical application of green tea...

Why Meat Causes Inflammation

Michael Greger MD | September 20, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, anti-inflammatory, arteries, bacteria, breast cancer, Crohn's Disease, dairy, diabetes, eggs, endotoxin, gut, heart disease, inflammation, meat, pork

The anti-inflammatory effect of plant-based diets is about more than just the power of plants. It's also the avoidance of animal foods. In my Care2 column last week, Dietary Treatment for Crohn's Disease, I profiled the extraordinary power of...

Treating Crohn's Disease With Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 13, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alzheimer's disease, anti-inflammatory, cancer, crohn's disease, diabetes, garlic, heart disease, inflammation, tomato juice, walnuts

Inflammation has recently emerged as an important player in the development of age-related disability and many of our major chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Now that laboratory tests such as C-reactive protein have been...

Antioxidants in a Pinch: Dried Herbs and Spices

Michael Greger MD | September 6, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidant, basil, Care2, dried herbs, hydroponic basil, hydroponic greenhouse, minerals, nuts, organic, organic greens, organic plants, seeds, spices, vitamins

In the Washington, DC area we are blessed with more than a dozen farmers' markets. One local farm I frequent has a hydroponic greenhouse, so I can get fresh basil all year long. I've always been curious, though, how...

The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom

Michael Greger MD | August 30, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Atherosclerotic plaques may be more aptly described as pimples. These inflamed pockets of pus building up in the lining of our arteries can rupture, cut off our hearts' blood supply, and kill us. In my 2-min. video Arterial Acne,...

Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?

Michael Greger MD | August 23, 12 at 01:30 PM | Health

Read More: CDC, chicken, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, foodborne illness, hamburger, industry influence, meat, poultry, salmonella

Most of the U.S. population suffers an acute diarrheal illness every year. According to a recent survey, most people correctly identified food as the most common source of infection, but fewer than half (45%) believed it legal for grocery...

Health Food Store Advice: Often Worthless or Worst

Michael Greger MD | August 9, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: black cohosh, breast cancer, disease, dizziness, doctors, fever, feverfew, health food store, HIV medications, kava kava, liver toxicity, natural food store, nausea, pharmacists, shark cartilage, snake oil, supplement, supports immunity

How many times has this happened to you? You're in a natural food store walking near the supplement section and an employee graciously asks if you need any help, and proceeds to offer advice on healing what ails you....