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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

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 8)

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

Read More: blood type, calcium, celiac, cinnamon, dairy, diet, drugs, durian, fruits, kidney stone, meat, Methotrexate, orange juice, oxalates, rheumatoid arthritis, salt, sugar, vegetables, water

This is another sampling of the more than 600 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (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...

Dietary Guideline graphics: From the Food Pyramid to MyPlate, Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate, and PCRM's Power Plate

Michael Greger MD | November 7, 11 at 05:19 AM | Health

Read More: agribusiness, American Meat Institute, beans, berries, candy, CDC, Coca Cola, dairy, dietary guidelines, disease, egg, Finland, fruit, Greece, Harvard, McDonald's, nuts, obesity, plant-based diet, protein, saturated fat, trans fat, USDA, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian, whole grains

In last week's New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard, and David Ludwig, founding director of the childhood obesity program at Children's Hospital, published a commentary on the latest dietary guidelines. They echo much of...

The Best Foods: test your nutrition knowledge

Michael Greger MD | November 6, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: algae, antioxidant, apple, apple juice, beans, breast cancer, cancer, chia, chlorella, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cooking method, cranberries, edamame, flax, lemon, lentil, mushroom, nuts, onion, orange juice, rice, soy, spirulina, sweetener, tea, tempeh, tofu, tomato juice, vegetables, water

Today I’m highlighting twenty questions from twenty NutritionFacts.org “best of” videos ranking different classes of foods. Ultimately, the “best” apple, bean, vegetable, etc. is whichever one you actually eat (in the same way that the “best” exercise is the exercise...

Supreme Court case: meat industry sues to keep downed animals in food supply

Michael Greger MD | November 3, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: American Meat Institute, anthrax, campylobacter, cows, dairy, downed animals, downers, e. coli, Federal School Lunch Program, ground beef, hamburger, Humane Society of the United States, livestock, mad cow disease, meat, meat industry, National Meat Association, pigs, public health, Salmonella, sheep, swine flu, USDA

This week I participated in a press briefing to discuss National Meat Association v. Harris, a case appearing before the Supreme Court next week. The meat industry is trying to overturn a California law meant to keep “downed” animals—those too...

Foie gras ban in California: human health implications

Michael Greger MD | November 1, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: Alzheimer's, amyloid, amyloidosis, chickens, diabetes, duck, foie gras, goose, leprosy, liver, mad cow disease, New York Times, protein, rheumatoid arthritis, soup, toxocara, toxoplasma

Originally featured on One Green Planet. The New York Times recently ran a story on the upcoming foie gras ban in California. July 1, 2012, the Golden State will join over a dozen nations that have prohibited the production of foie gras, the enlarged liver...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 7)

Michael Greger MD | October 30, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: apple cider vinegar, Aricept, BPA, cancer, erectile dysfunction, greens, infertility, obesity, pine needles, plastic, PMS, potassium, saffron, scurvy, tea, toxins, vitamin C

This is another sampling of the more than 600 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org. 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. And...

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board accused of making illegally deceptive claims

Michael Greger MD | October 24, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: children, dairy, milk, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, salt, sodium, weight loss, Wisconsin

A two-part investigation (1 & 2) released last week by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism revealed that the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was making claims that may violate state laws prohibiting agricultural marketing boards from false advertising. The Milk Board spends...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 6)

Michael Greger MD | October 23, 11 at 09:40 AM | Health

Read More: aloe vera, chlorophyll, dates, fiber, greens, horse meat, kale, peppermint oil, sodium benzoate, spices, titanium dioxide, wheatgrass

This is just a sampling of the more than 600 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...

Latest in Nutrition volume 6 DVD now available (all proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | October 17, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: diabetes, disease, doctor, emphysema, heart disease, hospital, Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, medical school, medicine, NutritionFacts.org, public health, science

The genesis of NutritionFacts.org dates back to more than a decade ago. Like most doctors, I went into medicine because I wanted to help people, but found myself in some hospital-based practice often dispensing drugs to counteract the side-effects of other drugs...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 5)

Michael Greger MD | October 16, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cruciferous, greens, hormones, infertility, iodine, kale, kimchi, licorice, sodium, soy, tanning beds, thyroid, vitamin D, vitamin D2, vitamin D3

This is just a sampling of the over 600 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....

Heart disease: there is a cure

Michael Greger MD | October 14, 11 at 08:00 AM | Health

Read More: Bill Clinton, China Study, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Ornish, heart disease, Medicare, plant-based diet, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Tomato Effect, USDA

Decades ago, it was proven that heart disease could be reversed with a plant-based diet. And yet hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to needlessly die. Why the disconnect? That's the subject of this morning's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day The Tomato Effect....

Multivitamins and Mortality

Michael Greger MD | October 11, 11 at 07:00 AM | Health

Read More: mortality, multivitamins, supplements, women's health

In my recent NutritionFacts.org video Multivitamin Supplements and Breast Cancer I profiled a study of 35,000 women published last year that suggested that those who take multivitamins are placing themselves at increased risk for breast cancer. A recent review has...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 4)

Michael Greger MD | October 9, 11 at 10:30 AM | Health

Read More: blue-green algae, bones, breast cancer, calcium, cannabis, dairy, fish oil, flax, lung cancer, lycopene, multivitamins, nutrient absorption, omega-3, phytoplankton, produce, spirulina, toxins, vegetables, yeast

This is just a sampling of the 600 comments and questions I’ve responded to on the site (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...

Inflammation, Diet, and "Vitamin S"

Michael Greger MD | October 4, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: anxiety, arachidonic acid, aspirin, asthma, autoimmune disorders, Canadian seal hunt, cancer, chicken, cholesterol, cumin, depression, eggs, fish, fruits, heart disease, herbs, inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, mint, mood disturbance, omega-6, paprika, rheumatoid arthritis, salicylic acid, seals, spieces, stroke, thyme, ulcers, vegetables, Vitamin 'S', volunteer

Last month an update was published on the intriguing suggestion that low levels of salicylic acid—the active component in aspirin—naturally found in plant foods may in part explain the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Some scientists go as far as to suggest those who...

Call for dietitians, nutrition students, and other healthcare trainees and practitioners

Michael Greger MD | October 3, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: dietitian, healthcare professionals, interns, nutrition students, volunteer

The response to NutritionFacts.org has been overwhelming. Though only about 1% of visitors leave a question or comment, that still means more than a thousand questions/comments a month. My dreams of answering every one personally were swiftly dashed. I'm having...

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 3)

Michael Greger MD | October 1, 11 at 12:45 PM | Health

Read More: apple juice, arsenic, breast cancer, cabbage, cancer, chicken, chili peppers, cruciferous, mammography, manure, mushrooms, penis size, phthalates, poultry, thermography

First, please allow me to apologize to all those who have submitted questions that remain unanswered. In the first month, more than 1,300 comments/questions were posted to NutritionFacts.org and I’ve been so busy posting a new video every day that...

Cantaloupe and Listeria: an estimated 85% of cases are from deli meats, not melons

Michael Greger MD | September 30, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: alfalfa sprouts, bacteria, cantaloupe, cheese, cold cuts, dairy, deli meat, eggs, hot dogs, Listeria, livestock, lunch meat, meat pâté, milk, pork, poultry, salmonella, seafood

More than a dozen deaths have been reported in the national outbreak of listeriosis linked to cantaloupes from a farm in Colorado, making it the third deadliest recorded Listeria outbreak in U.S. history, after a 1985 outbreak linked to cheese,...

Bowel movements: the scoop on poop

Michael Greger MD | September 29, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: beets, bowel movements, breast cancer, colon, diverticulosis, fiber, meat, omnivores, Painter and Burkitt, stool shape, stool size, vegans, vegetarians

Years ago we learned that those eating plant-based diets are just "regular" people. In a study comparing omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans profiled in my Bowel Movement Frequency video on NutritionFacts.org, researchers found a "very clear trend towards an increasing number of bowel movements with...

Breast Cancer and Diet

Michael Greger MD | September 26, 11 at 05:00 AM | Health

Read More: acrylamide, alcohol, anabolic steroids, apples, beans, black beans, breast cancer, broccoli, cabbage, cancer, dairy, estrogen, exercise, flax seeds, folic acid, garlic, heterocyclic amines, hormones, industrial pollutants, kale, Kimchi, leeks, meat, melatonin, multivitamin, mushroom, onions, plant-based diet, prostate, puberty, soy foods, strawberries, Tamoxifen, tea, turmeric, vegetables, women's health

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a concept invented more than 25 years ago by Imperial Chemical Industries with the curious mantra "Early Detection Is Your Best Prevention." Of course early detection (by definition) doesn't prevent breast cancer...

NutritionFacts.org: the first month

Michael Greger MD | September 25, 11 at 07:35 PM | Health

Read More: antioxidants, apple juice, Bristol Stool Scale, cancer, chicken, Dr. Oz, Forks Over Knives, goji berries, Green tea, Kombucha tea, PCRM, peanut butter, pork, vegetables, vinegar, vitamin B12

Reposted from Vegan Mainstream. NutritionFacts.org is the first non-commercial, science-based website to provide daily updates on the latest in nutrition research, presented in short, easy-to-understand video segments. A labor of love brought to life by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation,...