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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.

Blog Entries by Michael Greger MD

Treating COPD With Diet

Michael Greger MD | June 7, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acai berries, antioxidants, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, cured meats, diet, emphysema, fiber, fruits, heart disease, nitrites, soy, stroke, tea, tobacco, tofu, vegetables

The three top killers in the United States are no longer heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Stroke just moved down to number four. Number three is now COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meaning respiratory disorders such as emphysema. We...

Watermelon For Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | May 31, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: aneurism, arthritis, cancer, cGMP, cholesterol, citrulline, diabetes, heart disease, lower back pain, mortality, sexual dysfunction, stroke, viagra

A disturbing analysis of mortality and morbidity was recently published in the Journal of Gerontology. Americans are living longer but sicker lives. We're now living fewer healthy years. Compared to a decade ago, we live about a year longer,...

Latest in Nutrition vol. 9 DVD now available (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | May 21, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Dr. Michael Greger, DVD, Latest in Clinical Nutrition, NutritionFacts.org, The Humane Society of the United States, volume 9, watermelon

The current batch of videos from volume 8 are set to run out soon, and so starting this week, and running up until August here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Clinical...

Poultry and Penis Cancer

Michael Greger MD | May 17, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antibiotics, cancer, chicken, cigarette, coffee, eggs, exercise, food safety, fruits, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, obesity, penis cancer, plants, poultry, raw poultry, vegetarian, viruses

One of the reasons it's so difficult to study the relationship between diet and cancer is because many dietary behaviors are associated with non-dietary behaviors. For example, one of the reasons we used to think coffee-drinking caused cancer was...

Coffee Caveats

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: apples, bananas, berries, bladder, breast cancer, caffeine, cancer, cholesterol, chronic disease, coffee, colorectal cancer, green tea, heartburn, high blood pressure, insomnia, liver cancer, prostate cancer

Last month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, an editorial entitled "Coffee consumption and risk of chronic diseases: changing our views" reviewed the growing evidence that for most people, the benefits of drinking coffee likely outweigh the risks....

Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk

Michael Greger MD | May 3, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: beets, bowel movements, breast cancer, cholesterol, colon health, constipation, estrogen, fiber, stool size, transit time, women's health

Women eating plant-based diets may have lower breast cancer rates because they have larger bowel movements. In The Best Detox, I described the role of the liver in removing toxins from the blood stream, which can then be jettisoned...

Breast Cancer Survival and Soy

Michael Greger MD | April 26, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alcohol, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cheese, chicken, DNA, flax seeds, junk food, lignans, liver, phytonutrients, saturated fat, soy, trans fat

In my last two posts, The Best Detox and Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli, I documented ways to 1) boost our liver's ability to clear carcinogens, 2) make our DNA more resistant to toxins that make it past...

Mad Cow California: Is the Milk Supply Safe?

Michael Greger MD | April 25, 12 at 09:00 AM | Health

Read More: bovine spongiform encephalopathy, bse, mad cow disease, milk, pus

In announcing the detection of a new case of mad cow disease in California, the USDA emphasized that her carcass never made it into the food supply. The fact that the infected animal was a dairy cow, though, raises...

Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. Broccoli

Michael Greger MD | April 19, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alfalfa, amla, bladder cancer, breast cancer, broccoli, cancer, carcinogen, cholesterol, cocoa, DNA, enzymes, EPIC, greens, kale, liver, lung cancer, phytonutrient, raw, sprouts

In my post The Best Detox last week, I detailed how a phytonutrient in broccoli boosts the detoxifying enzymes in the liver, but helping to clear carcinogens isn't the only way greens protect our DNA. A study of the...

The Best Detox

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

Read More: broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, coffee, cooking, detox, enzyme, garlic, glow stick, glucoraphanin, goji berries, herbivore, kelp, liver, plant, sulforaphane, tea, turmeric

As detailed in my 3-minute video The Best Detox, there's lots of talk these days about detoxing, but talk is cheap--our liver is actually doing it, all day, every day. If we want to detoxify our bodies, the best...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#21)

Michael Greger MD | April 5, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amalgam, beta-carotene, bitter melon, blood sugar, cancer, carcinogen, carotenoids, cholesterol, coconut water, diabetics, electrolyte, fenugreek, flax, hijiki, kelp, mercury, miso, omega-3, plant-based diet, sea vegetable, seaweed, sugar, tuna, vegan, yerba mate

This is another sampling of the nearly 1,000 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 topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance

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

Earlier this month on NutritionFacts.org I completed a 17-part video series on the performance-enhancing effects of certain vegetables. It started with Doping with Beet Juice, which described how beets were the first to be found to significantly improve athletic...

Harvard's Meat and Mortality Studies

Michael Greger MD | March 15, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

On Monday, the results of two major Harvard studies were published, following more than 100,000 men and women--and their diets--for up to 22 years. They found that red meat consumption was associated with living a significantly shorter life--increased cancer...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#20)

Michael Greger MD | March 8, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alcohol, anorexia, beet juice, beets, beta carotene, caffeine, cancer, cardiac, carotenoderma, carrots, dementia, diabetes, dioxins, fish, fruit, glycemic index, greens, heart, hypothyroidism, jaundice, jenkins, kidney disease, mercury, phytonutrients, salmon, skin, stroke

This is another sampling of the more than 900 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...

Latest in Nutrition vol. 8 DVD now available (all proceeds to charity)

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

The current batch of videos from volume 7 are set to run out soon, and so starting next week, and running through May here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Clinical Nutrition...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#19)

Michael Greger MD | February 16, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: antioxidant, arugula, atherosclerosis, beets, blood pressure, caffeine, coffee, colon cancer, dermatitis, DNA, eczema, endothelial, energy drink, espresso, flaxseed oil, green tea, health, heart disease, hempseed, hempseed oil, inflammation, nutrition, olive oil, oxalates, potato, stroke, supplement, sweet potato, toxins

This is another sampling of the more than 900 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...

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

Michael Greger MD | February 9, 12 at 05:00 AM | 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...

Atkins Diet and Erectile Dysfunction

Michael Greger MD | February 2, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: atherosclerosis, Atkins, carbs, cholesterol, eco-Atkins, erectile dysfunction, Harvard, heart attack, heart disease, low carb, stroke

Yesterday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day, Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up, discusses a case report of a man who went on a low carb diet, lost his ability to have an erection, and nearly lost his life. That was just one...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (#17)

Michael Greger MD | January 28, 12 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: amla, antioxidants, apples, apricots, asthma, blood pressure, cancer, cavities, cholesterol, cinnamon, diabetes, food synergy, gum disease, hibiscus tea, indian gooseberries, iron, oxalates, pepper, plaque, polyphenols, prunes, raisins, salt, sodium, spice, sulphur dioxide, turmeric, vitamin C

This is another sampling of the more than 800 comments and questions I’ve responded to on 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 topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Acai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings

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

Read More: aging, animal foods, animal products, antioxidants, apples, argon laser, berries, boiling, breakfast, cholesterol, cooking, Dragon's blood, fruits, goji berries, green tea, lutein, lycopene, microwaving, mitochondria, oxidation, pills, plant foods, produce, raw, selenium, steaming, stress, supplements, vegetables, vitamin D, vitamin E

Today's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Dragon's Blood wraps up a ten-part series based on a groundbreaking study that measured the total Antioxidant Content of 3,139 foods, beverages, herbs, and spices. Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods presents the best...